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JaneS 04-06-2006 03:13 PM

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

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

Studying stools


ASD. Sensory Issues, IBS and the Gut Reaction 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)
(see Science Behind the Diet and food charts at Food Preparation/Beyond Intro Diet)

Nourishing Traditions
using NT for IBS:
(NT is the cookbook of the WAPF nutritional foundation site, lot of nutritional info there)

The Maker’s Diet and Patient Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin TREATMENTS
Probiotics... why they are essential

Yogurt and Kefir… the strongest probiotic you can get

Making Yogurt in bulk

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 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.

JaneS 04-08-2006 02:59 PM

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.

If you would like to receive update notifications, click the "Subscribe to this Thread" option above under "Thread Tools".

JaneS 04-08-2006 03:03 PM

The best step, after diet, in fighting yeast/bacteria imbalance seems to be enzymes. Please see link above: "Natural Anti Fungals/Anti Bacterials"

JaneS 04-09-2006 04:03 PM

There is an SCD Chefs thread in Meal Planning:

Another treatment which might be helpful: Colostrum

JaneS 04-11-2006 09:47 PM

Nutrition Log
for daily supplements, foods, reactions:

JaneS 04-12-2006 11:00 PM

All About Kefir

zanelee 04-15-2006 10:14 AM

on the cheat sheet!
Very cool!

JaneS 04-15-2006 04:05 PM


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

folaboye 04-17-2006 04:41 PM

I read all the educative links and threads.

Great Job

Finch 04-24-2006 10:45 AM

Bless you. No way was I wading through that monster thread.

mimim 04-26-2006 03:33 PM

Jane, do you have a good online resource about making fermented veggies?

JaneS 05-02-2006 08:47 PM

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.

JaneS 05-02-2006 09:17 PM

Originally Posted by mimim
Jane, do you have a good online resource about making fermented veggies?

JaneS 05-21-2006 12:50 AM

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.

JaneS 05-26-2006 04:37 PM

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.

JaneS 05-26-2006 08:16 PM

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

JaneS 07-26-2006 03:32 PM

Research study cites:

Gut Flora 101 by MT

JaneS 07-27-2006 10:22 AM

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).

JaneS 07-30-2006 03:44 PM

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!

JaneS 08-13-2006 12:58 AM

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.

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.

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

JaneS 08-23-2006 09:43 PM

Dealing with Die Off

I've been doing a lot of research into vitamin C lately:
(see post on Levy's book)

Vitamin C neutralizes both endotoxins from cell death, aka die off, and exotoxins, metabolites produces by yeast/bacteria.

The issue seems to be taking enough to see a result, not that it won't work. If anyone has a physician who does vitamin C IVs this might be an option for someone having a hard time. It will saturate your body's tissues better than any oral dosing can. (As toxins rapidly deplete your tissue stores of C.)

So the next best thing is determining your "optidose" ... the amount that you can take to bowel tolerance. Start taking 1-2 grams every hour or two until you get watery diarrhea. Then take just under that amount every single day, 4x/day is best. Healthy adults will be in the range of 6-12 grams/day. So it's possible you will need more during die off crisis.

Sodium ascorbate version is ph buffered so the body absorbs it better than ascorbic acid.

JaneS 11-03-2006 06:01 PM

Great book on the role of gut flora in the development of allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, Crohn's, IBS, etc.

Bacteria for Breakfast

Has a cheesy title and cover, but this is a gem of a book with lots
of study references. Was written by a pharmacist whose young son
contracted a C. Difficile infection. He was put on many different
antibiotics with no success, probably making him worse. Finally
what worked was a new probiotic called VSL#3 with 450 billion count
of 8 strains.

Was most interesting for its detailed description of the role of gut flora in controlling the immune system in development of allergies for ex. And the fact that the way probiotics suppress bacteria and candida is because they produce metabolites that kill off the bad guys.

Also has the perspective that if you are facing any of these challenges, you are going to need very high counts of probiotics, in the trillions. And that several different strains of beneficial bacteria and/or yeasts may be needed. No one thing works for everyone. And since our gut flora numbers something like 500 different kinds, we will probably need many strains to make a difference.

Panserbjorne 11-11-2006 05:49 PM

So many people ask about different brands of supplements here. Do you think it would be worth creating a sticky of accepetable brands? You know Sodium Ascorbate: brand X,Y,and Z. CLO: brand X,Y,Z. Probiotics etc... Have we done that already? I'm thinking no, as I'm getting alot of pm's asking this question. It would be alot easier if the info were readily available-wouldn't it?

Panserbjorne 11-11-2006 05:55 PM

oops. wrong section.

Ex Libris 11-11-2006 08:16 PM

Originally Posted by firefaery View Post
So many people ask about different brands of supplements here. Do you think it would be worth creating a sticky of accepetable brands? You know Sodium Ascorbate: brand X,Y,and Z. CLO: brand X,Y,Z. Probiotics etc... Have we done that already? I'm thinking no, as I'm getting alot of pm's asking this question. It would be alot easier if the info were readily available-wouldn't it?
This would be very helpful. I spend a lot of time pouring through threads to figure out what brand/type people are using. I figure there's no sense in re-creating the wheel . . .

caedmyn 12-15-2006 11:01 AM

This is a link to a thread that discusses some of the good bacteria/yeasts in water kefirs, and some of the health benefits of kombucha.

Here's a quote from that link if it's not working (originally posted by xenabyte):
Milk Kefir grains are for culturing milk and will enrich and alter it to be more like a wide spectrum yogurt, with the addition of healthy yeasts also.

Info on the content of milk kefir is more easily found and so I'll not type that.

Water Kefir grains are for the use in a water/sugar mixture and will give you a probiotic drink that is dairy free. Here are some of the healthy bacteria and yeasts found in water kefir:

Lb. alactosus
Lb. brevis
Lb. casei subsp. casei
Lb. casei subsp. pseudoplantarum
Lb. casei subsp. rhamnosus
Lb. casei subsp. tolerans
Lb. coryneformis subsp. torquens
Lb. fructosus
Lb. hilgardii
Lb. homohiochi
Lb. plantarum
Lb. pseudoplantarum
Lb. yamanashiensis

Saccharomyces cerevisiae
S. florentinus
S. pretoriensis
Candida valida
C. lambica
Kloeckera apiculata
Hansenula yalbensis

Streptococcus cremeris
Str. faecalis
Str. lactis
Leuconostoc mesenteroides
Pediococcus damnosus

Water kefir is usually very mildly alcholic, but this can be increased by longer fermentations or with the addition of more sugar or solid fruit juices.

Kombucha (SCOBYs) are used to ferment/culture black or green tea. A Kombucha SCOBY is not a mushroom or a fungus as many call it, but another symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts (the good kinds).

The key ingredient formed in Kombucha ferments is glucuronic acid, which binds up poisons and toxins in the body, both environmental and metabolic (naturally occurring) and flushes it out of the body via the kidneys. This is a natural process that your liver and kidneys would do every day by producing its own glucuronic acid, however the Kombucha tea boosts this process.

Glucuronic acid is also a building block for a group of polysaccharides, including hyaluronic acid (a component of connective tissues), chondroitin sulfate (a component of cartilage), mucoitinsulfuric acid (a building block of the stomach lining and vitreous humor of the eye) and heparin.

A small amount of alcohol is produced (about .5%) and it is lightly carbonated.

The Kombucha brew also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 (vegan source), as well as folic acid and L-lactic acid, which is a substance that is usually low or missing in cancer patients, and is believed that low levels of this needed substance helps prevent failure in cell respiration and the build up of undesirable DL-lactic acid in tissues.

Kombucha also has usnic acid which has a mild antibacterial effect.

Kombucha also has the beneficial yeast strain, Saccharomyces boulardii, a popular treatment in Europe against candida infections ("yeast against yeast") and also c. difficile. It also increases the immunoglobulin IgA.

caedmyn 02-01-2007 12:46 PM

Here's a link to water kefir recipes
There's recipes on post #9 and #12.

Gitti 02-04-2007 07:43 PM

Ohhh this thread is a sticky anyway. Good!

I need to read through it. Thanks!

JaneS 03-03-2007 04:41 PM

This one is from our holistic dietician and tries to combine all families of foods by day.

Day 1

Protein Sources: Bass, white perch, chicken, chicken and duck eggs, salmon, trout, duck
Grains: Quinoa, rye, triticale, bran, kamut, spelt, wheat, wheat germ
Vegetables: Artichoke, chicory, dandelion greens, escarole, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, beet greens, beets, chard, spinach, swiss chard, carrot, celery, fennel, parsnips
Fruits: Banana, mango, papaya, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine
Nuts/Seeds: Cashew, pistaschio, sesame seed, sunflower seed, filbert, hazelnut
Spices/Flavorings: Tarragon, cream of tartar, wintergreen, anise, caraway, celery seeds, coriander, cumin, dill, lovage, parsley
Fats/Oils: Cashew butter, safflower oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil
Beverages: Cashew nut milk, green tea
Misc: Agar agar, carrageenan

Day 2

Protein Sources: Cod, haddock, crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp, herring, ham, pork, rabbit
Grains: Hominy, popcorn, millet, teff, rice (brown and white)
Vegetables: Bamboo Shoots, corn, cucumber, pumpkin, summer & winter squash, zucchini, asparagus, bermuda & spanish onion, scallions, shallot
Fruits: Apple, pear, watermelon, avocado, star fruit, pineapple, pomegrantes
Nuts/Seeds: Almond, pine/pignolia nut, poppy seed, water chestnut
Spices/Flavorings: Cardamom, ginger, saffron, bay leaf, cinnamon, chives, nutmeg
Fats/Oils: Almond butter, corn oil, olive oil, rice bran oil
Beverages: Almond nut milk, herbal tea, spring water
Misc: Lemongrass

Day 3

Protein Sources: Deer, flounder, halibut, sole, abalone, mussels, scallop, snail, squid, lamb, turkey
Grains: Amaranth, buckwheat, potato flour, garbanzo flour, soy flour
Vegetables: Eggplant, peppers, potato, tomato, alfalfa, fava bean, garbanzo bean, green beans, green peas, kidney bean, lentil, lima bean, mung bean, navy bean, pinto bean, snow peas (pea pods), soybean, split peas, tofu
Fruits: Kiwi, coconut
Nuts/Seeds: Peanut, soy nuts, pecan, walnuts
Spices/Flavorings: Cayenne pepper, paprika, Tabasco, vanilla, fenugreek, licorice, tamarind, white pepper
Fats/Oils: Peanut oil, soy margarine, soybean oil
Beverages: Soy milk
Misc: Peanut butter, tofu yogurt

Day 4

Protein Sources: Beef, yogurt, swordfish, goat, goat cheese, mackerel, tuna
Grains: Barley, flax seeds, oats, wild rice
Vegetables: Okra, sweet potato, wild potato, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage-red, cauliflower, collard greens, garden cress, kale, kohlrabi, radish, turnip, yam
Fruits: Guava, apricot, nectarine, peach, plum
Nuts/Seeds: Chestnut, brazil nut, macadamia nut
Spices/Flavorings: Caper, balm, basil, horehound, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, thyme, mustard seeds, cocoa
Fats/Oils: Butter, flax seed oil, cocoa butter
Beverages: Cow milk, bergamot tea, goat milk, mint teas, raspberry leaf tea
Misc: Gelatin, tapioca

Another 4 Day Rotation Diet here:

JaneS 04-12-2007 11:43 AM

"Digestive Wellness for Children" by Elizabeth Lipski, PhD in Clinical Nutrition.

We are not what we eat, but rather what we absorb, what wastes we eliminate, and how well our gut ecology is balanced.
She focuses on healing with food and herbs and provides a detailed list of lab tests pertaining to every issue covered. She highly recommends probiotics (including B. Infantis for kids up to age 7) and digestive enzymes (including proteases between meals). She described them as very gentle and highly effective in her clinical practice.

Good explanation of the many tiers of the immune system and the crucial role of IgA antibodies in protecting our mucus membranes from bacteria, food residues, fungus, parasites and viruses. (Which made me wonder just how much vitamin A deficiency has a role in development of allergies... because IgM, IgG and then finally IgE are mobilized when the first lines of the immune system, which includes IgA, are overwhelmed.)

She had a very succint explanation on the theory behind Rotation Diets:

Four Day Rotation Diet - to help a child with sensitivities or allergies to a large number of foods and/or food families. Such a child often becomes reactive to more and more foods, but a rotation diet prevents the development of an ever-widening set of sensitivities. In this protocol, the child avoids eating any foods to which he/she had strong antibody reactions, and eats the remaining foods in a rotating pattern that "tricks" the body into being more tolerant.

...eating a food to which we are sensitive results in the production of antibiodies against it for the next 24 hours. Therefore, if we eat that food again the next day, we'll have symptoms from our immune system's reaction to it; however, if we don't eat that food for several days, the antibodies that were ready for a fight will have disappeared as though it were a false alarm.
She has also written the books "Digestive Wellness" and "Leaky Gut" .

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