Rebecca was referred to me because she had been struggling with digestive symptoms for quite some time.
Her tummy would get bloated to the point that she felt like she was eight months pregnant.
In addition to her bloating and abdominal distention, she would also have periodic loose stools and diarrhea.
Doctors had diagnosed Rebecca’s symptoms as “irritable bowel syndrome” or “IBS” for short.
Nobody had investigated why she had her symptoms – she was just told it was IBS.
“IBS” – a “get out” clause for docs?
IBS is a blanket diagnosis that leads people to believe they have to “live with” their symptoms.
This isn’t accurate and it’s quite sad that patients are told they’ll just have to deal with their symptoms.
The main reason patients are told they will have to live with irritable bowels is that doctors don’t really have time to investigate the underlying cause.
But the underlying cause can actually be very easy to deal with!
What causes IBS?
Usually, IBS is caused by certain foods that people are eating, by excessive “bad bugs” in the stomach and intestine, or by a lack of stomach acid and digestive enzymes needed to break down food properly.
When these simple factors are addressed, IBS can usually be dealt with quickly, and you certainly don’t have to live with it forever.
With this in mind, we got to work on figuring out why Rebecca’s IBS was making her so miserable.
Rebecca’s stool test
The first thing I wanted to do is check whether Rebecca’s digestive system was playing host to “bad bugs”.
As you can see below, her stool test indicated some potential offenders.
The snippet below, taken from Rebecca’s stool test, shows high levels of quite a few bacteria what we know can cause IBS-like symptoms.
While these bacteria are considered by doctors to cause problems in other areas of the body, such as the urinary tract, lungs and skin, they are not thought to be problematic in the digestive tract.
However, we know from the scientific literature that opportunistic bacteria can cause a lot of problems when they overgrow in the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition to the bacterial overgrowth, we found that Rebecca was also playing host to some parasites, including Blastocystis hominis, which is strongly associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
Finally, Rebecca’s stool test also revealed that she had some inflammation in her intestine, as shown by a moderately high calprotectin level.
Rebecca’s lactulose breath test
The scientific literature clearly shows a link between IBS and a condition called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (or “SIBO” for short).
SIBO happens when bacteria from the large intestine flood and overwhelm the small intestine, leading to carbohydrate fermentation, gas, bloating and usually a pattern of constipation, diarrhea or both.
I wanted to know whether Rebecca had SIBO, so we ran a home breath test. The results showed a mild elevation of both hydrogen (blue line) and methane (red line) in her breath after approximately 60min of the test.
This result indicated that she did, indeed, have a case of SIBO, and it correlated with the high levels of opportunistic bacteria in the stool test result.
How would all this cause irritable bowels?
From the results of Rebecca’s stool and breath tests, it was crystal clear that unfriendly bacteria and parasites had overwhelmed her small intestine.
Excessive bacterial overgrowth leads to the fermentation of food, which in turn creates gas.
Too much gas in the intestine leads to bloating, which can make life very uncomfortable and was the reason Rebecca felt like she was eight months pregnant.
The bad bugs also trigger inflammation in the intestine, which causes a lot of irritation to the delicate and sensitive intestinal lining.
It was clear that Rebecca’s intestine was inflamed because of the elevated calprotectin value in her stool test.
When the body realizes there is inflammation in the digestive tract, it pushes water into the intestine to try and protect itself and bring the inflammation down.
This effort to push more water into the intestine is great, but it can cause loose stools and watery diarrhea, which was why Rebecca was periodically suffering these symptoms.
IBS is not always caused by “bad bugs” living in the gut – food sensitivities and allergies can also irritate and inflame the intestinal lining.
However when I checked through Rebecca’s eating plan, she was not eating any of the common offenders such as gluten, cow’s milk or soy.
In fact, her diet looked squeaky clean, which is why before running stool and breath tests, she was very confused as to why her digestive system was so uncomfortable.
Rebecca’s action plan
When a person has SIBO, I always make sure they are aware of all possible treatment options.
Medical doctors treat SIBO with specific antibiotics (e.g. Rifaxamin) and medications are sometimes needed in complex cases.
However, scientific studies have revealed that herbal protocols can also be very effective against SIBO.
I asked Rebecca whether she would like to use an herbal protocol or whether she would prefer to see her doctor to get antibiotics.
She preferred the herbal methods, so we got started with an anti-SIBO and anti-parasite protocol.
Specifically, we used a combination of herbs from Metagenics, called Candibactin AR and Candibactin BR, as well as some enzymes to break down bacterial biofilm.
The Candibactin products have been studied in SIBO treatment, and were shown to be highly effective against SIBO.
In fact, Candibactin used in the correct way was shown to be equally as effective as antibiotics in SIBO treatment.
As a bonus, the herbs contained in these products also have anti-parasite activity, meaning that they would also help to fight Rebecca’s parasites.
Results after 30-days
It took less than 30-days to bring Rebecca’s symptoms completely under control.
Her years of bloating and diarrhea completely disappeared in under a month.
I don’t really have anything else to say, except that the symptoms stayed away once she stopped the protocol.
But here’s what she said:
Symptoms have been scarce, and I’ve had little trouble, if any. I’ve had one bad day but it was after a night out, and I’m not a drinker. So I think it was more the alcohol. Aside from that I’ve felt really well! I’ve had no issues with my stomach at all.
But let’s be realistic here…
Although Rebecca’s results were remarkable, it’s wrong of me to claim that everyone experiences such improvements after 30-days.
Sometimes, it can take 90 days or more to bring these kinds of symptoms under control.
I’m sure you’ll agree that 90 days, or even longer, is a relatively short timeframe if you’ve been suffering for many years, or even decades!
Similarly, 90 days is a very short timeframe if you’ve been told that your symptoms are going to be with you for the rest of your life.
Typically, when we find bad bugs in our clients’ digestive tracts, we see improvements inside 30 days, but it may take longer to completely resolve the symptoms and fix digestion properly.
SIBO is often the most difficult condition to deal with, but as you have seen, even this tricky situation can be resolved very quickly in some people.
This is why I get so annoyed when I hear stories about “irritable bowel syndrome” being incurable.
It’s complete nonsense. In fact, I’d go so far as saying that IBS should be renamed “intestinal bull shit.”
If you have any of the symptoms below, even if you’ve had them for many years, you can get rid of them.
The fastest way to unwind your discomfort and recover your health is to get the right tests.
Without these tests, it’s hard to know what to do – if you’re not assessing, then you’re just guessing.
As you have seen with Rebecca’s case, two simple tests told us all we needed to know.
Once we could see why her symptoms were happening, we dealt with them using a laser focused and scientifically accurate protocol.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Are you dedicated to optimizing your health?
When I write these case studies, I don’t do it to boast or brag. I (and everyone here in the team) dedicated to helping you restore a level of health you deserve.
But we can’t do it all for you.
The lab tests we utilize to uncover the root causes of people’s symptoms are fantastic, but they’re no good if you neglect to do them.
We can apply our knowledge and skills to help you feel fantastic, but the commitment to running the right testing is up to you.
All of us realize that home lab testing costs money, but without investing in your body, it’s unlikely you’ll ever feel as well as you’d like to.
I found this out for myself when I felt unwell between 2004 and 2007. I lost nearly four years of my life because I refused to take the initial step and get tested.
Like Rebecca, I was stunned at how quickly I was able to regain my health once I knew what was going on (if you recall, I found out that I had H. pylori, parasites and a mold overgrowth in my gut – yes, a mold overgrowth!).
All it took was a stool test, someone to interpret it for me, and someone to design the right healing program.
I was so inspired by my health recovery that I dedicated my life to helping others enjoy the same improvements.
If you’re feeling sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, let us help you.
To soften the blow, if you run a stool test and it does not reveal the reasons you’ve been feeling unwell, I’ll refund your money.
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