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For diets and related information, also look at the Diet and Lifestyles section of the collection. Often changes in diet are very helpful. Also look at the Microbiome Disruptors section to learn about things that negatively impact the gut microbiome as you heal.

There is some treatment information filed with specific health conditions. Special Diets for Gut Repair.

Fecal Microbiota Transfers (FMT)

Helminth/Hookworm Therapy. RHR: New Treatment for SIBO and IBS-C—with Dr. Kenneth Brown. As you know, I treat a lot of patients with gastrointestinal issues.

RHR: New Treatment for SIBO and IBS-C—with Dr. Kenneth Brown

Two of the most challenging conditions to treat are methane-predominant SIBO and constipation-predominant IBS. Join me as I talk with Dr. Kenneth Brown, a practicing physician and clinical researcher who has been specializing in treating these conditions for the past 15 years. We discuss the drawbacks of existing treatments and a new product that Dr. Brown has developed, called Atrantil. In this episode we cover: 04:26 The problems with current treatments08:03 The underlying issues with IBS-C11:12 The connection between SIBO and rosacea12:25 The drawbacks to Xifaxan/rifaximin15:48 How Atrantil works21:08 Studies published on Atrantil25:36 Clinical pearls for treating with Atrantil.

Biofilm: Why You Should Care That Too Much Of It Is Making You Ill. Biofilm are any group of microorganisms that stick together in a large colony on a surface.

Biofilm: Why You Should Care That Too Much Of It Is Making You Ill

Bacteria for example adhere themselves to a surface and other bacteria using tiny hair like appendages called pili. They also form polysaccharide matrices to enclose the bacterial colonies to protect themselves further. Finally, bacteria can either multiply or disperse within a biofilm colony to further infect the host while they are safely protected! Opportunistic bacteria form protective biofilms (one of the most common examples of a biofilm is the “film” on your teeth that appears when you do not brush for a while) which can make eradication with antibiotics or by your immune system very difficult. Supplements to Combat Biofilm: Part 1. In one of my past blog posts, I wrote about biofilm.

Supplements to Combat Biofilm: Part 1

If you do not remember, biofilm is any group of microorganisms that stick together in a large colony on a surface. Supplements to Combat Biofilm: Part 2. Another way to eliminate biofilm is to degrade the EPS matrix that protects the bacteria.

Supplements to Combat Biofilm: Part 2

Biofilm are held together by an exopolysaccharide matrix. The protective exopolysaccharide matrix encases the bacteria and has water channels that acts as a transport medium to exchange biochemical signals and nutrients between enclosed bacteria. The matrix also protects the bacteria from oxidative damage caused by antimicrobial agents and increases their resistance. There are many different supplements that can damage this exopolysaccharide matrix and allow antimicrobial agents to eliminate the bacteria. Colloidal Silver. Supplements to Combat Biofilm: Part 3. Supplements that I have recommended in the prior biofilm blog entries were about breaking down and eliminating biofilm.

Supplements to Combat Biofilm: Part 3

Are there supplements that can keep biofilm from being able to adhere so that it can be eliminated or not be able to be formed correctly in the first place? Yes, these supplements do exist, and can help use fight bacterial infections. These supplements are limited in their use though because they have to come directly in contact with the bacterium or be used for an infection to help. D-mannose Mannose is sugar and can be used to reduce certain bacterial biofilm formation and adherence in the urinary tract. D-mannose is effective in reducing E. coli populations in the urinary tract and can help with reducing urinary tract infections. If you believe, you have a UTI, get a bacterial culture done first before you use d-mannose, and if E. coli is the cause, take it. Supplements to Combat Biofilm: Part 4. A majority of our antibiotics are produced from chemicals that microorganisms produce to reduce other organisms rate of growth or outright eliminate them.

Supplements to Combat Biofilm: Part 4

We use these chemicals (antibiotics) to reduce the growth of opportunistic organisms in the hope that we can reduce or eliminate sepsis. Sometimes antibiotics are needed depending on the severity of the infection and rather it is systemic or not. Do not get me wrong, here at Fix Your Gut we definitely believe antibiotics are overused, inappropriately used, and understand the issues that stem from both.

They are however a necessary component of integrative medicine. You have to weigh the pros and the cons when it comes to using anything, natural or otherwise. This leads us to today’s supplement cis-2-decenoic acid, a potent biofilm disruptor that is a produced by an occasional opportunistic gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. What is the Relationship Between Cis-2-decenoic acid and Pseudomonas aeruginosa? Pros Cons.

Ozone Therapy Is It Safe? Ozone therapy is the one of the newest trends in alternative health.

Ozone Therapy Is It Safe?

Ozone is supposed to do everything from eliminating every pathogen known to man to correcting autoimmune issues. Sounds great, right? We know that ozone is an expensive way to purify water of pathogens. It also appears to change natural bromide concentrations in ozonated purified water into bromate, which is way worse for your health. Rifaximin: Why It May or May Not Improve Your SIBO. Rifaximin is one of the most common antibiotics prescribed for SIBO.

Rifaximin: Why It May or May Not Improve Your SIBO

It is a relatively safe antibiotic and can help reduce bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. There are, however, some drawbacks associated with its use, of which, many people are sadly unaware. The rifamycin class of antibiotics was discovered in the 1960s and is used currently in the treatment of MAP, tuberculosis, SIBO, and MRSA. It is synthesized from Streptomyces mediterranei. The antibiotic inhibits DNA-dependent RNA synthesis in prokaryotes and has a poor affinity for eukaryotes.