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by 453 · about 17 hours ago

Since it seems I'm steadily losing my extra weight on paleo and finding what works in those regards, I've begun to focus my attention on some of my other issues. I've started eating sauerkraut recently, and I've been feeling a bit of brain-fog and... (more)

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PaleoGreyhound 0 · March 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Just for clarification sake, I think a Herxheimer reaction is a lot more severe than a brain fog...especially since it is caused by the "dying off" of some pretty severe pathogenic bacteria...Bartonella, Lyme disease, typhoid fever, etc. And it... (more)

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by 598 · about 18 hours ago

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 · about 18 hours ago

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 · about 18 hours ago

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 598 · about 18 hours ago

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 598 · about 18 hours ago

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 91 · about 18 hours ago

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 · about 18 hours ago

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 · about 18 hours ago

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 15400 · about 18 hours ago

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 · about 18 hours ago

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 15400 · about 18 hours ago

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 213 · about 18 hours ago

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 45 · about 18 hours ago

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 2379 · about 18 hours ago

Hi folks, just stumbled across an interesting review about crohn's disease and it makes sense. http://www.nature.com/mi/journal/v1/n1s/full/mi200848a.html Essentially they say that the gut lining needs antimicrobial proteins in order to contain... (more)

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Mscott 0 · November 08, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Thanks for posting this. I'm really curious about what the dietary recommendations might be for improving our defensins. According to this paper, vitamin D may be beneficial: "Vitamin D can enhance the induction of the antimicrobial... (more)

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by 613 · about 18 hours ago

Some protocols for treating pathogenic gut flora (particularly candida) include the use of grapefruit seed extract. I used it about two years ago. I was in a sort of desperate and reckless state of trying to improve my health, so I a) did not use... (more)

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rosabosa 0 · March 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Your theory sounds correct. GSE probably upset your flora balance. Alternatively, it might have worked but if you kept on the same diet, even with probiotics, you might have continued to irritate your gut. If the candida diet/GAPS/FODMAPS diets... (more)

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by 3850 · about 18 hours ago

I've always had a "nervous stomach" that when stressed would send me to the bathroom repeatedly. I've done a lot in the past year to help improve my gut, but sometimes the stress just gets you. During those times, I know there are things I can... (more)

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Wcc_Kamal_Stabby_fan 0 · July 22, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Personally, I've had very good success in treating diarrhea with saccharomyces boulardii. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saccharomyces_boulardii http://www.jarrow.com/product/265/Saccharomyces_Boulardii_MOS (more)

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by 431 · about 18 hours ago

So, I'm freaking out a bit because I can't figure out what's wrong with me- I thought it was food poisoning, so I ate just meat after recovering for a few days and then made bone broth and took some probiotics, did a brief 24 hour broth fast...but... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · July 15, 2012 at 8:45 PM

There's a difference between taking something as a treatment or for prevention. You're sick. Don't forgo useful medical treatment. Paleo is not anti-medicine.

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by 4266 · about 18 hours ago

I read recently a lot of opinions about gut flora. I have heard that we get our flora at birth and in childhood and what you get is what you get. After that it's highly unlikely we can change it much. I don't know if that is true. I have also... (more)

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Dr__Mitchell_J_Morris_PhD 0 · September 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Your gut flora defiantly has some interaction with weight set point. I don't think the science is far enough along to know which is the cause and which is the effect. "After that it's highly unlikely we can change it much." <-- totally... (more)

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by 658 · about 18 hours ago

I have been 90% paleo for the last year. I have felt great but have not last any weight, which I still hope to do. I am 56 years old, 5'6" and weigh 190 (thus the desire for weightloss!) Just for info: I have suffered in the past with the... (more)

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Julie_19 0 · August 03, 2012 at 3:13 AM

I appreciate all of your comments (sans dsohei's- yes, it was rude) Thank you. I just got off the antibiotics and am trying to build up my gut with probiotics amd broth. I feel stronger and am able to eat normally. I just wish I could figure... (more)

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by 5043 · about 18 hours ago

Here are a few links to scientific studies that caught my attention in just the past week: 1) a whole special issue of Science magazine dedicated to the gut microbiome (subscription or buy it in a good bookstore):... (more)

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by 941 · about 18 hours ago

Fruit juice has is higher than whole fruit on the index. Why? Is it because your body does not have to extract the sugars from the fiber? Or could it be because the fiber feeds your gut flora? Or maybe there is another reason that I missed.

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miked_2 0 · April 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

First you need to know what the glycemic index is. There are a couple of parts to it. I'll skip to the punchline now if you don't want to read everything below: I think it's a meaningless value unless you're a T1 diabetic and need to know how... (more)

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by 20 · about 18 hours ago

Just a bit of background to keep it short. I've probably had I diagnosed allergies to milk and gluten most of my life. I was a cholic baby, got sick frequently and felt "different" for as long as I can remember. Depression and anxiety have been an... (more)

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Nance 0 · March 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I believe a restrictive low-carb phase is a good way to begin because of what you described--finally realizing what healthy feels like. I don't believe a whole foods lifestyle causes sensitivities; I do believe it helps reveal them by reducing... (more)

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by 135 · about 18 hours ago

Well, I'm in a bit of a rut. I don't know what to do in the meantime, my appointment with the G.I specialist is 3 weeks away! I've got... (i've put a ? next to the symptoms that could or could not have to do with candida) Chronic... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · February 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Chris Masterjohn just recently recommended this podcast on SIBO and what to do about it. Looks like it might be very helpful! (more)

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by 25 · about 18 hours ago

Hi I believe I am constipated because there is something up with my gut flora, i've been dependent on laxatives stupid CW for the most part of being paleo and i think i've messed up bad. I bought Inner health plus dairy free probiotic supplement... (more)

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Fiona 0 · January 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

If you're lactose intolerant, you can still eat fermented dairy which doesn't contain much lactose at all... My son reacts to dairy, but I'm making some SCD goats yoghurt at the moment to see if he can tolerate it. It's fermented for 24 hours... (more)

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