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#1 of 6 Old 06-24-2013, 09:14 AM - Thread Starter
 
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This question doesn't really fit into any of the health sub-forums, and I can't find any info on the internet. I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow (sorry, TMI already!), and I am sort of lightly concerned about my intestinal flora. I feel like I have been cultivating this patch for 55 years, and I am happy enough with the results. I am sure I harbor bacterial strains from 4 continents. I am not having any symptoms that prompted the doc to recommend this procedure - it is routine at my age. Don't laugh; you will get old some day too! I have never had digestive problems, even when I lived in areas with questionable water and hygiene. I happily ignored (within reason) most common precautions to travelers about "don't drink the water" and like that. My retirement plans include much more travelling, including to developing countries. Will this near-sterilization of my innards set me up (lacking the protective bacterial strains that have been flourishing for so long) for new suseptability to enteric distress that I have been so lucky to avoid for so long? Will I become one of those wimpy tourists who won't eat salads or raw fruit and veggies? Will I have to buy bottled water for the first time in my life? I am a little bit radical and vocal about my anti-anti-bacterial feelings. I feel strongly that the current craze for near-obsessive hand-washing is weakening our natural bacterial defenses. So it sort of fits that I am concerned about my intestinal flora having to start all over again. I have never had any sort of invasive medical procedure before. Maybe I am just over-thinking this whole issue? Am I just trying to talk myself out of a humiliating, slightly scary procedure?

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I've never had a colonoscopy, so forgive my ignorance on the subject, but isn't it just the scope and air that goes in? I'm not sure what you mean by "near-sterilization." Are you referring to the prep, with laxatives and such? Also, the large intestine is only one-fifth of your entire bowel system, so even if the procedure somehow rid your colon of good flora, I would imagine that the flora from the other four-fifths would quickly repopulate the section they examine. Or are good gut flora not present in the small intestine?

I'd be nervous too -- good luck, we'll all be in your shoes one day!

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I have been told probiotics is the wonder drug for intentinal bacteria. I cant remember where I read it but a doctor from England travelled to questionable area and he was the only one on probiotics and he was the one that didn't get anything.

 

take it for what its worth.

 

I am catching up with your age soon, but thankfully (or whichever way you see it) since I don't have medical insurance I can bury my head under the sand.


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I don't see how it could; the stuff you drink is basically salt water. Even heavy duty antibiotics leave enought to repopulate, right? FWIW dh says he's taken care of a lot of people after and never noticed any indications that it would have that effect.
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I sent this to my mom the other day. It has some tips to minimize risk

http://empoweredsustenance.com/skip-the-colonoscopy/
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Well, I think if I had seen that link sooner, I would have skipped the whole procedure. 


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