New Plan #435

Well after several hours at Google University, consultation with some wonderfully supportive people and crying a handful of times, I’ve decided how I’m going to handle The Beast.  Basically, I’m going to knock it down the same way I did in February and March – using the herbal supplements recommended by my coaches at Nourish Balance Thrive.  I know I felt great within a couple weeks of starting them, so they work.  I thought about going to my M.D. and begging for a prescription for antibiotics, to get this over with faster.  But here’s how I imagine that conversation going:

Me:  Good morning, Doc.  I wonder if you could help me with something.  I do my own testing because I really have very little faith in your ability to help me, and I did this stool test a few months ago.  You’ll see here on the stool test it says I have very little beneficial bacteria in my digestive tract, as well as one really annoying and overgrown gram negative bacteria.  Now, I know you don’t know much about this test, given that you’ve never ordered it for a patient, and I know you don’t probably don’t know much about the GI tract, given that you would just refer out when someone uses words like, “bloating,” and I know you probably don’t really buy into this whole notion of gut bacteria having any effect on our well-being, let alone that gut bugs could be responsible for many chronic and debilitating metabolic and psychiatric illnesses, but I’d like you to suspend judgment for a moment and partner with me as my healthcare practitioner, and trust that I’ve done a lot of research on this and that I know what’s best for my body right now.   After I got these test results in February I tool herbal antibiotics (also known in your profession as “woo”), and while they were effective, I wasn’t quick enough to repopulate my gut with friendly flora and the bad guys grew back. I’m now experiencing depression severe enough to threaten my relationships and ruin my quality of life.  Now, again, I know it’s a stretch for you to accept that depression could be caused by gut bacteria (or god forbid, a “leaky gut”)  but I wonder if you wouldn’t mind prescribing me an antibiotic so I could kill this monster. 

Doc: Depression?  Do you want an antidepressant?

Me:  No, an antibiotic.

Doc:  What?  No.

And at that point I’d have no choice but to fire my doc for being an idiot and then I’d have no one to prescribe my blood pressure medication.

So I decided against that potentially humiliating option and instead I’m trusting my friends at NBT who have been exceedingly patient, generous, and wise throughout all of this.

After the killing phase I’m going to bombard my gut with this probiotic.  I hope several trillion bugs is enough to fill in the empty void that will then be my large intestine.

Also starting Glutamine today for gut wall integrity, per Amelia’s recommendation.

6 thoughts on “New Plan #435

  1. At least you still have a sense of humor 🙂 There was this study with glutamine, zinc, N acetyl cysteine that showed benefits in healing the gut. Also I am sure you seen the study comparing Xifaxan with herbal antibiotics. Kind of same results. I am thinking the diabetes and blood pressure would calm down once the gut heals.

  2. Two things: not that you need anything else to worry about, but having done this to myself already, take care to avoid creating a beast of another kind known as “Glutumate overload”. I caused this in myself through the foolish daily use of gelatin and loads of ferments, in my misguided quest to heal my gut. I now have to follow a glutamate restricted diet. The neuro symptoms of glutamate toxicity are awful. My sister, who also had a run of gut issues a few years back, who also subsequently pounded ferments and kombucha, now, too, has developed glutamate accumulation issues. No glutamine for us. No ‘glycinated’ forms of vitamins or minerals. No peas, chickpeas….the list goes on. Secondly, I’ve pounded the super high dose probiotics. I finally responded positively when I started a four type rotation. Each morning I take a different type of probiotic (not even super high dose, just different strains), then at bedtime I dose a broad spectrum 200 billion count. My critter colony has seemed better finally. I’ll be running a CSA here, shortly, to check up on things.

  3. I’m wondering about the D-lactate forming species (like acidophilus) in the Elixa probiotic. See marker 46 on the organic acids test. That could all be water under the bridge now of course. Excessive D-lactate makes people fat and foggy. Would love, love, love to see the before and after uBiome data.

  4. Thanks, Susie – I remember you told me about that a while back. Since then some folks on the Ray Peat facebook page have asked why they don’t tolerate gelatin well and I’ve passed on your hard-earned wisdom to them. Good to know about your probiotic regimen. There will be some experimenting involved. Can you eat a wider variety of foods now?

  5. I’ve got the before on it’s way and I’ll definitely do an after. If the D-lactate forming species don’t make me too fat and foggy to remember…

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