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Vomiting or diarrhea on holiday?

Been on holiday and had a nasty bout of vomiting or diarrhea?

If so, you really should read this.

And if you still don’t feel well after returning home, please think long and hard about what I’m about to say.

What doctors often don’t tell you about tummy trouble abroad, is the bad bugs causing the symptoms don’t always go away – even if the diarrhea does.

I’m genuinely thankful that I developed travelers’ vomiting and diarrhea whilst in Egypt, way back in 2004.

Had I not been a victim of the illness, I probably wouldn’t be writing this message.

Of course, you know the story by now – H. pylori was the culprit.

Since then I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve come to me saying “I had tummy trouble on holiday and never felt the same since”.

Fortunately I’ve been able to help the majority of these people feel a lot better, pretty quickly.

But how widespread is the problem? According to the US Center For Disease Control:

“Travelers’ diarrhea (TD) is the most predictable travel-related illness. Attack rates range from 30% to 70% of travelers, depending on the destination and season of travel. Traditionally, it was thought that TD could be prevented by following simple recommendations such as “boil it, cook it, peel, it, or forget it,” but studies have found that people who follow these rules may still become ill.”

TD is caused by infectious agents – generally parasites and bacteria, which can be picked up during all kinds of holidays, ranging from camping trips to far-flung adventures in exotic countries.

Some of the bad bugs I’ve seen in people getting ill on holiday include:

Giardia
Cryptosporidium
Blastocystis hominis (which I had, in addition to H. pylori)
Salmonella
E. coli
Various kinds of worms (often causing rashes on the hands and feet).

Perhaps you’ve been to the doctors already after your ‘TD’ because you still don’t feel right. Doctors may run tests, or give broad-spectrum antibiotics. Either way, treatments don’t always work and tests don’t always pick up the bad bugs.

In both situations, you’re stuck…especially if you haven’t quite felt the same since your holiday incident.

And if the bugs hang around they can make you feel tired, affect your mood and skin,, prevent a good night’s sleep and mess up your sex drive.

If this isn’t reason enough to consider running a more thorough stool test, I don’t know what is.

But it’s also important to learn that the GI Effects tests we use to detect these bad bugs are far more technologically advanced than the standard stool testing offered in the medical community.

That’s why we’re able to find bad bugs some doctors have never heard of, never mind tested for.

Of course I’m biased because in the end, it was one of these stool test that helped me identify my H. pylori and Blastocystis infections, when the docs didn’t know where to turn.

And it transformed my life because I could treat the cause, not just try and patch up the symptoms.

If you are anxious or squeamish about taking a stool test, please don’t be. They are done in the privacy of your home – you just send off a sample in the packaging provided. It couldn’t be more private.

The results are simply emailed to you, so there are no embarrassing conversations either.

What’s more, if it comes back blank, you get a full refund.

You can arrange a test here, and you can see how they find the bugs doctors miss too.

By the way, if you have any questions at all, just email me. You won’t get an automated reply. You’ll get a personal one from me.

Best

Dave