Colonoscopy prep may be a blessing

A reader mentioned getting scheduled for one. Coincidentally, a week ago, I had a natural clearing out of the bowels (source unknown). I suspect that both scenario may produce the same opportunity to do some restructuring.

The first item to be aware of, gravity, bacteria further up the flow will repopulate (for better or worst). For myself, once it became clear that the bowels were being deeply emptied, I loaded up on herbs that impact many of the bad bacteria for a day (several capsules of each, several times a day).

The rationale was to thin out the bacteria that are up-channel.

I then started to repopulate, the first item, an E.Coli probiotic, symbioflor 2 e.coli probiotics, stopped the natural clearing within 2 hrs (not surprising given what made Mutaflor, the alternative E.Coli probiotic, famous back in 1918). I then proceeded to load up on only probiotics that are known to persist (see thus post, Studies on Probiotic Persistence). For myself, I noticed some improvements (but really I do not have much wrong to improve).

This simple approach conceptually should work with colonoscopy prep. If moviprep (prescription)  is being used, we have a pretty good profile on it’s impact from BMJ’s Effects of bowel cleansing on the intestinal microbiota

That’s it — seize the opportunity!

Which brand of Herbs? A reader asked

Long ago we changed over to making our own pills/capsules using Organic Bulk Purchases. It has the following benefits:

  • Much lower cost per capsules
  • It is organic ingredients
  • Often you can also make tea from it (depends if it is powdered or not)
  • No fillers or creative mixology from brands.

A few examples

Organic India Triphala Powder - Immune Support, Digestion, Adaptogen, Colon Cleanse, Nutrient Dense, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher, USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Triphala Powder Organic - 1 Lb Bag
454 g for $16, versus 41 g for $15 as retail capsules
220 g for $7 versus 90 g for $19.00 as prepared capsules

One Readers Feedback

The experiment was an abject failure, unfortunately. 
I cleared the bowels and took no action the day of colonoscopy (Monday), other than to eat a dinner that included some fermentable fiber veggies. 
The next day (Tuesday) I took the baby scoop of Custom Probiotics D Lactate Free, which includes l rhamnosus. Continued eating meats and fermentable fiber veggies, introducing some shitaakes.
SIBO symptoms roared back with a vengeance that seemed almost too fast to be possible. By Tuesday night I had gross SIBO burps and an upset tummy. 
Wednesday I took a heaping baby spoonful of d-lactate free probiotics and suffered even more upset. By Thursday I forewent the probiotics but continued eating fermentable fibers, with a violent, burning, smelly bowel clearing that evening. I also became uncharacteristically emotionally reactive. 

Felt better Friday and switched to non-fermentable fibers. I had an mHBOT session that typically “resets” me, but after a low-fermentable fiber dinner, I got hit with a wave of brain fog I haven’t had for some time since doing rifaximin in Sept, continuing HBOT, and taking continued boswellia and Atrantil. 
I fogged out again after my morning Americano today, which is usually fine. Having unhappy poops again. A bit frustrated—I seem to have sent myself in the wrong direction and don’t totally understand why. I’ll add theanine for mast-cell control and start neem. Considering a rifaximin round. 
One theory—I have high mycophenolic acid in urine, and noted rats without microbiome do better when inundated with mycophenolic acid. Wonder if this is an angle to explore. 
Anyway! I thought you may be interested in the results—hope this wasn’t an overshare! I figure we’re all learning together.  

My comment: It is clear that the clearing set things up for a change – unfortunately, it went in the wrong direction. One of the items that I cited, “load up on only probiotics that are known to persist (see thus post, Studies on Probiotic Persistence).” was not done — Custom Probiotics D Lactate Free is not known to persist.

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