In the quest to heal my gut, I first read Breaking the Vicious Cycle to get a good understanding of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the mechanics of digestion. Then I bought the Solving Leaky Gut Program and listened to part one which gave me even more background knowledge. I took the quiz that told me I need to 1) follow a 5 day-diarrhea protocol, 2) learn about G.I. infections, 3) follow a “tough case” diet plan, and 4) check my hormones for imbalances.
In my last post I went over the 5 day diarrhea protocol.
In this post I want to go over the GI Infection protocol.
In the program, they (Jordan and Steve from SCDLifestyle.com) have a module on parasites and g.i. infections. They say that it’s probably likely that if you have a chronic health complaint, there’s a good chance that there is an imbalance of bacteria or infection going on. You need to address this. Without taking care of infections, it doesn’t matter what foods you eat or what supplements you take if you don’t take care of the infection.
Jordan and Steve brought in Dr. Tom Obryan, the gluten doctor, and he said that 70%+ of his patients experience some sort of g.i. infection or gut dysbiosis. Jordan and Steve say that close to 90% of the patients they see have g.i. infections. I myself had an overabundance of H. Pylori.
Different types of infections include SIBO, Candida overgrowth, Parasites and Infectious Bacteria.
With SIBO, bacteria, whether they are good or bad, travels up from the colon into the small intestines and causes problems. This is explained pretty well in Breaking the Vicious Cycle. I explained a little of this in one of my earlier posts.
Candida is a yeast that is in everyone, but sometimes it can overgrow when we have parasite infections, too much stress in our lives, hormonal imbalances, dysbiosis, not enough good bacteria or just eat too much sugar.
Out of all of the root causes that may be causing problems, gut infections is probably the most prevalent.
There are two different options here. The first is to get testing to see what you have. The second option is to go ahead and do the protocol and then test after 60 days. I got the 401H and the Organic Acids Test, and will get the SIBO test and 2 more stool tests done after I complete the g.i. infection protocol.
The tests to get are the:
- SIBO test – checks for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
- 2 different advanced stool tests – you need to do 2 tests to rule out any false negatives
- Organic Acids Test – you can get a great picture of the bacteria and yeast, such as candida, in your gut with this test
Dr. Tom O’bryan and clinical nutritionist Michelle Ross are guests in the program and talk about a pleiotropic, or multifaceted approach to healing the gut. The g.i. infection program is called the “Biocidin Program” because it uses special supplements that are made by the company biocidin. Biocidin specialized in this and this is the protocol that some of the best functional medicine practitioners in the world use.
Bacteria produce something called a biofilm that surrounds them. This biofilm prevents a lot of antibiotics from actually killing off the bacteria. The biocidin protocol takes care of the biofilm that surrounds bacteria. It also seems to only focus on the “bad” bacteria, as opposed to antibiotics that target both the good and bacteria in our gut.
We want to get to the bacteria where they live. That’s why the Biocidin program is used to take care of infections. If you take only capsules to take care of the problem, it will take care of the bacteria in the gut, but it will miss the mouth and esophagus. If you only take sprays then you might get the bacteria in the mouth and esophagus but you’ll miss the bacteria in the intestines. Biocidin takes care of every part of the system.
Dr. O’Bryan says that you must follow the instructions exactly as prescribed because if you take too much then you will experience bad detoxification symptoms. If you start off too strong or take too much then you’ll kill off too much bacteria and you’ll probably feel even worse. Avoid this detox reaction by following the instructions. Dr. O’Bryan says that you should know that the protocol is working within 3 weeks and you shouldn’t experience bad detox reactions. You should actually feel amazing if the protocol takes care of any infections you have.
Do not neglect getting the tests done and getting this part of your health handled.
For the actual protocol, the Solving Leaky Gut Program gives a complete outline into how many bottles of each supplement you need and gives a link to get all of the supplements.
Because I’m doing this for real, I went ahead and ordered all of the supplements.
In my next post I’ll talk about the tough case diet plan that I’ll be doing after I finish my 5 day diarrhea protocol. Then I’ll go into my hormones, which can hold people back similarly to gut infections.