Healing the Gut by Removing Unfriendly Bacteria, Yeast, and/or Parasites

Posted on 1/2/2014 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: detoxification, gut flora, immune system, inflammation, kid's health, leaky gut

After removing allergens and toxins from the diet, the next step in restoring gut health and overall health is to remove the overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria, parasites, and yeast. Unfortunately, these unfriendly organisms have become increasingly common, and may cause a cascade of inflammation and problems in the entire body.  

It all starts with the beginning of life. The largest part of your microbiome, or the ecological community of microorganisms that reside on your skin, in your mouth, and gastrointestinal tract, is inherited from your mother. If her microbiome was compromised, which it often is, it can further complicate things even when everything else is perfect.
The lack of proper microbial colonization from C-sections, rather than vaginal birth, and the introduction of unfriendly bacteria from hospitals at birth also shortchange babies of precious, immune boosting bacteria. A lack of breastfeeding, which is one of the most powerful ways to populate a child’s microbiome and fortify gut health, also contributes to the poor development of a healthy microbiome (Morelli, 2008).
These conditions can cause early childhood ear infections, which are common in at least half of children by three years of life (Yiengprugsawan, Hogan, & Strazdins, 2013).  Typically, antibiotics are administered to clear up the ear infection, which further damages the child’s microbiome and gut lining.
The addition of refined foods and too much sugar introduce elements that our gut is not resistant to, only continuing to encourage yeast overgrowth.  
The resultant effect is a huge compromise in what we consider to be 70% of our immune system – our microbiome.
Removing Unfriendly Invaders
To remove the unwanted invaders from our gut, we use a variety of weapons at DBC. These are just a few of our powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial remedies carried at Nature’s Remedies:  

 Artemisinin – This contains a powerful Chinese herb that kills anaerobic bacteria, including malaria.
2) Licorice Plus  – This contains a key active ingredient from licorice and ashwagandha, an herb that adapts to the body’s needs, to help balance health.
3) Allimax – This contains bioactive allicin, a powerful, concentrated form of garlic, which fights infection, prevents illness, and boosts the immune system.
4) Candibactin-AR and Candibactin-BR – These antimicrobials contain different herbs like thyme and oregano, as well as Chinese herbs like ginger, licorice, and skullcap, which help support a healthy intestinal environment, detoxification, and elimination functions.
5) Uva Ursi – This plant is helpful in treating infections and inflammation. 
6) Lauricidin – The active ingredient, monolaurin, does a terrific job clearing out die off, which occurs with detoxification.
Note: Because the removal of unfriendly yeast and bacteria can cause die off, where decaying organisms release toxic compounds, it must be complimented with a form of detoxification. Otherwise, a Herxheimer reaction may occur, where harmful organisms are released too fast, which can cause further complications.
It is also very important to have a medical professional oversee your detoxification to avoid complications. 
At DBC, we always ensure patients include plenty of plant foods with fiber, such as cruciferous vegetables, which are fantastic detoxifiers, and celery and parsley to stimulate the elimination of kidney toxins. This is a very important phase that needs proper support, and it’s critical to have guidance from a physician to aid in fine-tuning your healthy detoxification and elimination.
Sometimes, we use a Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) to guide us as to which invaders are present. This is nice, but not absolutely needed, as many of the nutraceuticals we use overlap in killing multiple organisms.  
Finally, we start to process reinoculation of healthy bacteria simultaneously, as described in my post here.
Morelli, L. (2008). Postnatal development of intestinal microflora as influenced by infant nutrition. The Journal of Nutrition. Vol. 138, no. 9, 17915-17955. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/9/1791S.full.
Yiengprugsawan, V., Hogan, A., Strazdins, L. (2013). Longitudinal analysis of ear infection and hearing impairment: findings from 6-year prospective cohorts of Australian children. BMC Pediatrics. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/13/28

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