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by -3 · September 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I am willing to take natural antibiotics like oregano oil, raw garlic, and others but I've read they can cause problems to people with already fragile livers. Anybody knows something about this ? Also I was thinking that maybe if I took... (more)

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VB 0 · September 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

1. Any medicine (even herbal) is somewhat damaging to your liver. Even some foods are damaging to your liver (sugar, etc.) 2. Do not take anything unless you have been tested for SIBO. After the test your doctor will tell you what antibiotics to... (more)

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by 0 · May 25, 2014 at 12:30 AM

In my search to heal a 2 year long battle with cystic acne, I finally had someone suggest to me: "Maybe its a result of too much probiotic?" This baffled me because every piece of advice I have taken in has been to "take more probiotic!"... (more)

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BobK 0 · May 25, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Why did you start taking the probiotics? What kind? What dose? Check out http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/2012/06/dr-oz-on-gut-flora-repair.html http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/search/label/acne (more)

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by 571 · May 08, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I heard this interview with Dr. Martin Blaser on th Leonard Lopate Show yesterday and it has sort of made me question what I've read about paleo eating. What I've read says that wheat/whole grains are not good for humans to eat. They cause... (more)

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bluekitty 0 · May 08, 2014 at 1:38 PM

We already know that antibiotics can surely cause these symptoms, nothing new. It's when you've killed all good and bad bacteria and you are eating crap like wheat or alot of sugar/carbs in general so that the bad bacteria will likely grow... (more)

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by 583 · January 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I felt really great for a few months using my current diet which is widely varied foods: moderate carb, low protein, high fat. Lots of potatoes and sweet potatoes, lots and lots of butter, olive oil, tallow, and other animal fats, lots of... (more)

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PaleoGod 0 · January 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Yes but trying to correct the problem by going high carb may not necessarily help. Are you sure that you have a bacterial overgrowth of bacteria that feed on fats. In fact you may even cause a bacterial overgrowth by going high carb as it is... (more)

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by 84 · June 11, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I'm woundering if there are some way of telling if your potato starch really contains resistant starch or if it has been destroyed in the process by heat, etc? I live in Sweden and don't know if the resistant starch that i get is any... (more)

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PhilT 0 · March 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Most likely any retail Potato Starch is going to be just that - raw starch extracted from potato, sometimes also labelled "kartoffel starke". I also see it sold as "Potato flour" in the UK and that is usually also potato starch in the same way... (more)

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by 0 · October 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Have severe B12 deficiency that built up for awhile. Also have anemia. (These are apparently very common with SIBO. Going to hopefully get tested in the next day or two.) Just tried garlic soaked in water for at least 15 minutes. 2 pieces... (more)

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jake3_14 0 · October 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Bacteria seem to be specific for different conditions. Check out Dr. Dahlman's video (if you have money to spend on a supplement protocol). Also, Chris Kresser reports very good results with Prescript-Assist, which has a lot of soil-based... (more)

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by 583 · February 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

GAPS seems to be aimed at some highly specific issues but I'm drawn to it for others. Before I dig deeper into it and buy the book, I wanted to get some critical feedback from you PaleoHackers. I've struggled with indigestion and chronic... (more)

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Methodician 0 · September 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

A shrewd observation, Migo. It's not letting me comment so my response goes here. Not exactly an active thread anyway... I've lacked exercise much of my life. The past 2-3 years have been of particular concern. I am actively pursuing a... (more)

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by 583 · September 12, 2013 at 6:37 AM

The 'doc has me on amoxicillin every 8 hours for a week after oral surgery. It's going to kill off most of the good bacteria in my gut. How to best get it all back on track? I'm taking probiotics in between the antibiotics so by the end of... (more)

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fysiologik 0 · September 11, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I agree that nature should take its course but a lot of the food and medicines we administer affect the flora in a unnatural way. I was told by a nutritionist I was working with said that we'd need to eat 20 cups of kefir to get the desirable... (more)

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by 175 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Just came across a study of mice suggesting doses of this strain of bacteria reduce anxiety, operating through the vagus nerve. The researcher said the effect was comparable to valium, but was careful to point out the effect in humans is... (more)

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Chris_27 0 · August 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

No scientific evidence, but anecdotally: 1) I had chronic moderate anxiety with periods of severe anxiety, depression, mood swings, and severe panic attacks from age 14 through age 23-24. I ate crap and was on antibiotics at least 3 times a year... (more)

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by 91 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

What's stopping us from reaching our full potential in terms of health. For example I know that we cannot absorb vitamins or have trouble digesting food without a balanced micro flora but also that we need something like glutamine to prevent... (more)

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Sabertooth 0 · August 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Poor gut health Lack of physical vitality Anti-sedentariness Mg deficiency Vit K2 deficiency Zn, Se, I deficiency Low sunlight exposure Poor understanding of the body and it's potential ("aiming too low") Allowing life stressors that are quite... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Hi, I would like to eventually make this a thread about repairing gut health properly via this method: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/you-and-your-gut-flora/ I believe that sebastian (the man who wrote the article) seems to be one of the only... (more)

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akman 0 · July 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM

I think gut health is probably THE most important factor in overall health and an area where we can make a huge impact with minor tweaks. Didja know: - Gut flora is responsible for producing most of the serotonin in our system? - Newborn... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I am almost done with re-building my good flora and killing off all the parasites. But I know some are still there. My friend and I had a prolonged discussion about it and basically, we disagree on how to reach recovery. So I thought I would ask... (more)

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CD 0 · July 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I'm a clean-slate kind of guy. So I would go with #2. Start fresh and rebuild. In my experience, 3 Doesn't really work 1 could work, but your are ice-skating up hill.

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Question is simple... Hopefully. No one likes to waste money so the simple question is how do I know if I need it. A test of some sort?

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Joey_9 0 · June 25, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Your best bet is to get a stool test done. I did one with my naturopath and it was well worth doing. I discovered that there were two strains of bacteria that were completely non-existant within my gut. Taking probiotics actually made my... (more)

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by 315 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I had been strict paleo + pastured dairy for about two years. Great health during that time. Did a deployment to the middle east, and have been extremely sick for the six months I've been back (hair loss, joint pain, flu like symptoms,... (more)

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thegiantess 0 · May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I agree that you should be sure that you don't have some kind of parasite or something in the gut BEFORE you just go with the blanket diagnosis of dysbiosis. I would get a comprehensive stool test, possibly through metametrix. That will show not... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I don't understand anything - I admit it. I used to think I did, but now I know I don't. Well, I am gluten intolerant and sensitive to all kinds of foods. I always attributed it to my gut problem, some kind of dysbiosis and SIBO. A crazy doctor... (more)

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August 0 · May 02, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Yeah, so you have no symptoms because you shut off your immune system. So the damage still gets done, but your immune system just doesn't respond. If you get exposed to a virus or bacteria after one of these shots, the immune system won't... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I am looking into probiotic supplements and there are so many on the market, it is very confusing. Most sites recommend iflora. Ultimate flora is better, but it requires refrigeration. Could you please recommend a probiotic supplement based on... (more)

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PatternMatching 0 · May 30, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Prescript Assist. Yes, it's expensive. It's worth it. I've probably tried everything on here and I second kefir, although it needs to be refrigerated and that was a deal breaker per your criteria. Soil bacteria is the only thing in studies... (more)

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by 697 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Ever since I could think rationally for myself I was believed to be sensible, trying to eat relatively healthy, exercising, studying in elementary school to not doing hardcore drugs in high school and college. I feel like I've been deceived, I... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 03, 2013 at 11:08 AM

It's good that people are waking up to the truth. BTW, I ran across this excellent article about the history of cereals, which you may enjoy: http://www.humansarenotbroken.com/the-sleazy-story-of-cereals-success/ And yes, we have all been lied... (more)

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by 11254 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I fell asleep while listening to a discussion of FODMAPS, so if this sounds weird, blame the dreamworld. Anyway, various folks have said CO2 is good for you. I know I've seen a study somewhere about hydrogen therapy. Butyrate is supposed to be... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

My last question for today. I have noticed that my food cravings have changed dramatically after SIBO recovery. Cravings while having SIBO: chocolate sweets ice-cream dairy and creamy desserts bread/things made with dough like pies,... (more)

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RK 0 · March 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Mineral deficiency comes to mind. Iron is an obvious one. But what about zinc? BTW, I have been thinking something similar ... I got back on my SIBO protocol a few weeks ago. I fall off all the time ... I just want blueberries! Anyhoo, the... (more)

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by 309 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

The thought has been going through my mind ever since I screwed up my intestinal flora by taking several antibiotics. We all know that by doing so one does not only get rid of the bad bugs, but the beneficial bacteria get wiped out as well. By... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · February 09, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I always understood that babies picked up quite a lot of gut bacteria during the birthing process (which is often a little, ah, messy) and the rest from the wider world? I would avoid sugars and starches but not raw foods, take strong probiotic... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Whats the safest way to clear out and disrupt your guts biodome without using anti-biotics? Besides following an anti-candida or sibo protocal.

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Happy_Now 0 · April 04, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I believe the word you are looking for is biome....and garlic ain't too shabby. 3 cloves of raw garlic a day is supposed to be pretty good at kickin' butt and takin' names.

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by 213 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Could Iodine supplementation help cure dysbiosis/gut flora unbalance? Its a shot in the dark.

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greymouser 0 · January 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I would say it's a good possibility. Mineral deficiencies are more overlooked than vitamin deficiencies. If your going to supplement a diet, in the PHD Jaminet recommends not just iodine, but selenium and lithium (and other minerals and vitamins... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Hello everyone. I???ll try my best to make this as concise as possible??? I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in 2006, and started medication a few weeks after (Avonex). Up to 2011 I kept at it dutifully, despite no improvement in my... (more)

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hackadoodle82 0 · January 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Welcome to PaleoHacks! I have a hereditary seizure disorder and let me tell you neuromeds are tough stuff! Are you eating enough fat AND drinking enough water? I know when I don't drink enough water my skin suffers something awful and I have to... (more)

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by 45 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I came across this article in the Financial Times (not known for medicine or science, but credible for the most part). I have to link to an unknown (to me) website as FT is subscription based. Anyway, it seems very interesting and a bit beyond my... (more)

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Ted_Hutchinson 0 · December 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

You can read details of the actual diet used here Dietary intervention and sampling. This volunteer was given a diet composed of whole grains, traditional Chinese medicine and prebiotics (WTP diet) for intervention. He was given ... (more)

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by 3742 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

A friend of mine is about to start solids for his kid. I've heard that it mostly comes from parents at birth and doesn't change much after that. Is that true? Of course Paleo ingredients are best but is it wishful thinking to suggest that less... (more)

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akman 0 · May 03, 2013 at 10:41 PM

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0015046 Gut Flora can change quickly and drastically! In this study, different strains were examined during several weeks of feeding people resistant starch. In as little as one... (more)