Faecalibacterium prausnitzii is a member of the Firmicutes phylum and is the most numerous single bacteria found in the large intestine. Some estimates have it at over 5% of the microbial population. Big numbers. There have been a number of different papers exploring the link between dysbiosis (imbalanced gut microbiota) and a range of different […]
The use of prebiotics and probiotics in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO for short, has been generally considered a bad idea. The thinking does make sense. If you have an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine then why would you want to add more with probiotics or feed them with prebiotics. There is […]
I have been looking for the link between bacterial and parasite gut infections and damage to the liver for some time now. Along with the positive stool results showing that I had the parasites Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis and the bacterial infection Klebsiella I also ordered a liver function test (LFT) where the blood is analysed for certain liver enzymes that indicate damage.
If you’ve been following these articles for some time you’ll know that I write about Blastocystis infections quite frequently Blastocystis hominis – A Protozoan Gut Parasite Blastocystis homminis – Probiotic Treatment Blastocystis hominis – Skin Disorders and Gut Infections It isn’t a coincidence. I contracted this unpleasant bug a few years back and have tried […]
Intestinal permeability is a hot topic in the health field these days. Consistently there are new journal articles published exploring the correlation between a ‘leaky gut’ and a whole range of different conditions. This article will help unpack what intestinal permeability actually is. Following articles in this series will cover how it can contribute to different […]
For quite some time I’ve been stumped on one particular question. Why do so many of us have such little resistance to the environmental pathogens that surround us? Why are we so susceptible to infection, particularly gut infections? Reflecting on our evolutionary past I would assume that we have been experiencing constant exposure to a […]
Irritable bowel disorder, or IBS, is diagnosed as a disease of exclusion, meaning that all other pathologies (celiac disease, gut pathogens, fructose and lactose malabsorption, SIBO, etc) need to be ruled out first. A classic example would be a doctor diagnosing someone with irritable bowel syndrome when really a parasite infection was to blame for the symptoms. Does […]
Gentiana lutea, commonly known as gentian or bitterwort is yet another bitter herbal medicine used for digestive complaints and disorders. Applications include dyspepsia, anorexia and loss of appetite. It is approved by the German Commission E for a number of digestive complaints such as loss of appetite, uncomfortable fullness after a meal and flatulence. The […]