If 1/8tsp is causing loose stools in bluebirdmama's toddler - is that more likely cause of mobilizing stuff, or hitting bowel tolerance? What's a reasonable ballpark for bowel tolerance at various ages?
And if the pbx strains are so individual and change so much... how do you know where to start? And what a reasonable cost effective way to buy them would be? And how do you know when to change it up?
this is where it would be critical to start them independently of anything else. you'd have to know what the pbx are doing. so you'd start and move up looking for changes in bowel habits.
for kids, I tend to start them around 1/4 tsp. again, with no other changes. I watch. My kids can tolerate 1T a day per. we did work up to it. you do have to play to make sure it was clay that caused the loose stool-pick a day you aren't going anywhere a try to see if you replicate the outcome. it *could* be an anomaly (and maybe BBM has already done this-I'm just saying generally.)
For the mobilizing/tolerance question, I think it's six of one, half dozen of the other. It may be that you're mobilizing and rapidly excreting (which isn't bad) or it could be bowel tolerance. Clay is a very interesting thing as I've said. It acts differently in different people. In mobilizing it does assist in excretion so the symptoms shouldn't be systemic. Bowel tolerance appears to be a function of it mobilizing the amount that you can *comfortably* excrete. Too much clay=too much excretion=loose bowels. It seems to take out what it stirs up though so there's not the issue of junk getting back into the bloodstream. Again, so much of this is trial and error. Different people like different clays. Some prefer swelling to non swelling (I think here the difference is how toxic one is.) Some prefer with food, some on an empty stomach. I've posted before that clay allows me to ingest known allergens (like at a restaurant where there could be hidden ingredients) and has prevented my dd from reacting to gluten. In general it does seem for food allergies it's best given with the meal. Beyond that though I've seen it clear hangovers, stop migraines, pull poisons, stop vomiting and diarrhea in the flu and with food poisoning, heal infections, clear wounds, stop pain in burns etc. It really is miraculous and it makes all the sense in the world to me that it will play a large role in gut healing if used correctly. I'm just trying to figure out what that means.