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Leaky gut, yeast/bacteria, IBS, IBD, Crohn's, colitis

Candida FAQ
(v. helpful but not 100% correct on everything IMO)

Studying stools

Encoparesis http://www.enzymestuff.com/rtencopresis.htm

ASD. Sensory Issues, IBS and the Gut Reaction
http://www.pecanbread.com/BTVCautismchapter.html DIETS
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) in the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle
(start with Beginner section and "Science Behind the Diet" and "Intro Diet" in this section)
and www.pecanbread.com
(see Science Behind the Diet and food charts at Food Preparation/Beyond Intro Diet)

Nourishing Traditions
using NT for IBS: http://www.westonaprice.org/askdoctor/ibs.html
(NT is the cookbook of the WAPF nutritional foundation site www.westonaprice.org, lot of nutritional info there)

The Maker’s Diet and Patient Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...2/ai_107201236 TREATMENTS
Probiotics... why they are essential

Yogurt and Kefir… the strongest probiotic you can get

Making Yogurt in bulk http://www.mothering.com/discussions...&postcount=119

Fermented Foods (great dairy free source of probiotics)


Digestive Enzymes


Betaine HCI


Cod Liver Oil


Coconut Oil

Primer on Digestive System (and Nutrients Essential for Gut Health)

Natural Anti Fungals/Anti Bacterials

The Healing Power of Bone Broths
Source of natural glutamine and healing gelatin
http://www.westonaprice.org/foodfeat...beautiful.html OTHER PERTINENT ARTICLES AND THREADS
The Power of Probiotics

Nutrition/Immunology 101

Whatever happened to the cure for celiac disease?


Causes of Autism
Exactly what a deficient diet and immune system can and does result in.

How Not Have an Allergic Child: role of gut flora in development of allergies

Prepping the Body for Optimal Pregnancy

1. Digestive enzymes with meals.
2. Enzymes between meals, esp. proteases and cellulases.
3. Yogurt/kefir/fermented foods/probiotics.
4. Cut out foods you determine that you cannot digest or are allergic to.
5. Add nutrient dense superfoods and good quality supplements.
6. Educate yourself on what is really a healthy diet... nutrient deficiencies can in themselves lead to many digestive issues.
7. If all the above doesn't work, investigate alternatives: anti fungals/bacterials, homeopathy, etc.
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I think I will post updates as new messages instead of editing the list as I seem to be finding something new to post everyday!

Please don't respond to this thread, go to this month's Gut Healing Tribe to ask questions.

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The best step, after diet, in fighting yeast/bacteria imbalance seems to be enzymes. Please see link above: "Natural Anti Fungals/Anti Bacterials"
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There is an SCD Chefs thread in Meal Planning:

Another treatment which might be helpful: Colostrum
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Nutrition Log
for daily supplements, foods, reactions:

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on the cheat sheet!
Very cool!
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Genova Diagnostics
(formerly Great Smokies)


Organix OAT tests and Food Allergy/Antibody Profiles

Nutrient Elements - Red Blood Cell Erythrocyte test for mineral deficiencies and toxic metals

If you are not working with a doctor, you can order thru www.directlabs.com
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I read all the educative links and threads.

Great Job
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Bless you. No way was I wading through that monster thread.
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Jane, do you have a good online resource about making fermented veggies?
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Another book recommendation

Eat Fat, Lose Fat
by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon

The "Health Recovery" diet in the book is not for weight loss. It is for healing a number of autoimmune conditions including serious or not so serious digestive disorders:
  • Recovery from surgery, life-threatening illness, debilitated weak condition, chemotherapy, malnutrition.
  • Adrenal Weakness/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Allergies/Hay Fever
  • Asthma
  • ADD
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
  • Emotional Problems: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings
  • Fungal Infections/Candida
  • Gallbladder Ailments
  • Hormonal Imbalances/Women's Diseases
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Immune System/Autoimmune Disorders
  • IBS/Colitis/Crohn's Disease
  • Skin Problems: Eczema, Dry Skin, Wrinkles, Scaly Patches, Hair Loss
  • Thyroid Imbalance
  • Viral Infections: Epstein-Barr, Herpes, HIV/AIDS

The HR diet is based on a lot of coconut oil and coconut milk, lacto-fermented foods and beverages (kefir sodas and yogurt), and lots of homemade bone broth. They recommend raw milk and kefir/yogurt but there is a high calcium milk alternative made from coconut milk and KAL dolomite powder if you are allergic to dairy. And the fermented foods and kefir sodas are great dairy free sources of probiotics.

Also includes eggs, meat, liver (or just dessicated liver tablets), fish, cod liver oil, high vitamin butter oil, animal fats, vegetables, natural vitamin C from amla or acerola powder and only one serving of soaked grains/day. Swedish bitters or apple cider vinegar for liver and digestive support.
post #13 of 43
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Originally Posted by mimim
Jane, do you have a good online resource about making fermented veggies?
post #14 of 43
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Also other non diary sources of probiotics:

Water Kefir

Kombucha Tea

If you want to buy it instead of making your own:

Pronatura is really yummy but expensive


GT's Kombucha is available in some Whole Foods stores in the refrigerated teas section.
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The Essentials of Enzyme Nutrition Therapy

Food enzymes in raw food are vital for digesting that food, but their destruction during cooking is a key factor in today's rising levels of allergies and chronic degenerative diseases.

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Should I see an ND or MD for this?
Can I do while breastfeeding?
What if I'm allergic/intolerant to certain foods?

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Research study cites:

Gut Flora 101 by MT
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Bristol Stool Scale

Unless you have a 3 or 4 rating, easily passed 1 - 3x/day, you have a problem:

The exception to this obviously is EBF babes. They should have curdy, yellowish soft stool smelling like yogurt (I think curried yogurt is how Dr. Sears describes it).
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Concept of human bowel flora as a living organ

Concept of human bowel flora as a healthy or sick organ

It is useful to compare the human faecal flora to a living organ because its major component is a complex mass of living cells. Furthermore, it interacts with the human body and the human body interacts with it.

Given that the human body is made up of approximately 1014 cells - while 1 x 1013 are body cells, about 9 x 1013 cells are bacteria contained within the bowel. Hence, purely on cell count we are 10% human and 90% stool!
post #20 of 43
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With respect to infants and gut flora:

Bifidobacteria comprises 91% of microflora of BF infants and 75% of FF infants. (Harmsen et al, 2000)

The bifidus dominance and exclusive BF'ing seals up the gut mucosal lining. This is extremely important for the immune system to start to develop the ability to recognize "self" vs. "non-self". The gut flora is 70% of the innate immune system primary defenses (basis of the GALT, MALT and BALT immune systems).

There is also a lot of evidence that colicky behavior, and sleeping and stool problems, with infants are a direct result of the imbalance of gut flora. So bifidus supplementation might be a good first step for correction or prevention of behavioral and immune system diseases.

Edit: B. Infantis is the correct human strain that is preferred. Natren Life Start or Solaray BabyLife. I have more confidence in the first one, but the second is dairy free if you know for sure your babe is allergic to dairy. Interestingly, Elizabeth Lipski PhD author of Digestive Wellness for Children recommends probiotics made from dairy if they are well tolerated by the child as helpful in aiding the body to digest dairy. She also states that she has seen B. Infantis correct colic in newborns within days and uses it in her clinical practice. Also indicated for cradle cap and eczema.

Intestinal flora in the neonate: impact on morbidity and therapeutic perspectives

Just One Bottle

The Case for the Virgin Gut

Developmental microbial ecology of the neonatal gastrointestinal tract

Beneficial Baby Bacteria: Their Key Benefits, Functions, & Selection

Your Baby's Best Advantage – Probiotics

Further studies found differences in the gut flora of infants who are likely to develop allergy. When compared with healthy infants, babies who developed allergy symptoms were less often colonized with bifidobacteria. These results could indicate a role for the intestinal microflora in the development of and protection from allergy, especially in developed countries, where antibiotic therapy and sterile C-section deliveries are far more common.

Childhood eczema is almost entirely caused by food allergies, noted Dr. McCann. “We also know that one allergy can predispose to another. In other words, if food allergies and eczema can be prevented, then so also can asthma.” He adds, “In future years, every newborn baby will receive with her first feeding, a goodly gulp of a friendly bacterial mix. Meanwhile, we are stuck with treating after the fact, rather than prevention.”

Of the many factors suggested to explain the worldwide increase in asthma, "We have found only one primary prevention, the maintenance of a normal bowel flora," reported pediatric allergy specialist Dr. Bengt Bjorksten, in an address to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Studies, Stockholm, Sweden. Studies from Europe show that newborns with abnormal flora have many more times the prevalence of allergic disease. If the baby does not have a good GI barrier, it sets the stage for increased allergic disease.
Effects of intestinal microflora and the environment on the development of asthma and allergy.
Bjorksten B.
Centre for Allergy Research and Department of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. bengt.bjorksten@cfa.ki.se

Recent studies have shown differences in the composition of the microflora between healthy and allergic infants in countries with a high and low prevalence of allergies and between healthy and allergic infants within such countries. These differences are apparent within the first week of life and thus precede clinical symptoms.
Evidence of probiotics in prevention of allergy and asthma.
Bjorksten B.
Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. bengt.bjorksten@cfa.ki.se

Recent epidemiological studies and experimental research suggest that the microbial environment and exposure to microbial products in infancy modifies immune responses and enhances the development of tolerance to ubiquitous allergens. The intestinal microflora may play a particular role in this respect, as it is the major external driving force in the maturation of the immune system after birth and animal experiments have shown it to be a prerequisite for normal development of oral tolerance. The composition of the microflora differs between healthy and allergic infants and in countries with a high and low prevalence of allergies. These differences are apparent within the first week of life, or even in the maternal vaginal flora during pregnancy and thus precede clinical symptoms.

Two very common things given to babes or BF'ing mamas that greatly effect the infant's ability to lay down and keep proper gut flora balance:


Also note: If you have yeast/thrush you are passing this on to your babe's flora. There is indication that yeast does indeed change the immune systems reaction to foods:

Animal Studies Show Gut Flora/Antibiotics Effect Oral Tolerance

Antibiotic administration early in life impairs specific humoral responses to an oral antigen and increases intestinal mast cell numbers and mediator concentrations.

The reconstitution of intestinal flora of GF mice with Bifidobacterium infantis, one of the predominant bacteria in the intestinal flora, restored the susceptibility of these Th2 responses to oral tolerance induction; however, this was only effective when such reconstitution was performed in neonates, but not in mice at an older age.
Antibiotics and Infant Gut Flora from MT
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