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9Feb, 2018

What Bacteria Cause SIBO? Methane

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Archaea, such as Methanobrevibacter smithii are not actually bacteria at all, so perhaps methane based SIBO is not actually the right terminology for this type of overgrowth. Archaea are the predominant methane forming organisms in our digestive systems, but once thought to be bacteria, Archaea are actually prokaryotic organisms, that have features which do not resemble typical bacteria at all, so they have been reclassified from Archaebacteria to just Archaea in recent years. Although these ancient organisms are not the only methane producers in our intestines, with rivals like certain […]
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26Jan, 2018

What Bacteria Cause SIBO? Hydrogen

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The Major Players One of the biggest challenges with SIBO is that many bacteria that cause this condition are “normal” residents of our intestines. Bacteria such as Clostridium, E Coli or certain Streptococcus species are actually thought to be some of the most common contributors to SIBO, but because of impaired motility and other contributing factors mentioned above, these otherwise “healthy” bacteria are found to overgrow in the small intestine, resulting in SIBO. Table 1. Major Players associated with hydrogen based SIBO Streptococcus Escherichia coli Bacteroides Staphylococcus Clostridium Micrococcus Klebsiella […]
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17Jan, 2018

SIBO Sale!!!

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Right now the SIBO Testing and Treatment Clinic is offering SIBO kits at a cost of $140 CAD each. Find out more below! Are you suffering with a digestive problem – bloating, stomach cramps, heartburn or irregular bowel function? Thought about SIBO? …. perhaps now is the time to consider a test! Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a syndrome characterized by the atypical growth of bacteria in the small intestine and it just got easier to test than ever! SIBO is a common disorder that is thought to affect […]
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16May, 2016

Biofilms and Autoimmunity

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Autoimmunity is a major interest of mine. I wrote my first published article on the topic nearly 10 years ago (http://ndnr.com/e-version/apr07/apr07.pdf.html), generally outlining what I still believe today is the major causes of autoimmunity. Now with more than 10 year of experience in the management, treatment and complete remission of many autoimmune diseases, including Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, eczema, asthma, allergies, Fibromyalgia and CFS, among many others, I feel that I have a fairly good handle on the process of autoimmunity. The major […]
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9Jan, 2016

What Does SIBO Cause? – Anatomy

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The first part of the small intestine is called the duodenum. This part of the intestine is only about 30 cm long and is differentiated visually by the narrow opening from the stomach which is known as the pyloric sphincter. A sphincter to the average person is the punch line to a bad joke, but in actual fact it is a critical bit of anatomy that acts as an electrical barrier as well as a anatomical barrier between structures. The electrical barrier is in place to isolate contractions to one […]
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4Jan, 2016

What Does SIBO Cause?

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Once the terrain is established to promote the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, as discussed in the “What Causes SIBO?” series, along with a diet that can promote the overgrowth of bacteria, SIBO can result in, or has an association with, many different health conditions. Some of the most common things to look out for are the obvious irritable bowel symptoms, such as bloating, burping, stomach cramps, constipation, heartburn, nausea, flatulence and stomach pain! This really starts to sound like a Peptobismol commercial, but unfortunately Pepto will not […]
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21Dec, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – High Fat and Protein

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Fat and Protein As with everything, there is always “to much of a good thing” and there is no exception with a diet rich in fats and animal protein. High fat diets, contrary to popular belief are also detrimental to the onset of SIBO. Numerous research studies have outlined that the standard American diet, (which can be very high in fats, animal proteins, along with refined starches) can result in alterations in the gut microbiome. In fact, it has been shown that a diet high in fat (60%) alters the […]
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3Dec, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Fiber

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Fiber Complex carbs, or vegetables, whole grains, nuts and whole fruits are often no better, when it comes to people battling SIBO. This is because complex carbs contain fiber, which is actually made of sugars that are NOT digestible by our bodies. The cellulose fibers that give plants structure are actually pure sugar, but the bonds that hold these sugars together cannot to broken down by our enzymes. This makes them insoluble fibers … which simply means that they are not very soluble in water. Insoluble fiber is crucial in […]
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26Nov, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Carbohydrates

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The dietary connections to dysbiosis and SIBO could be a large topic all on its own. I have entire books on the subject which are fascinating but for the purpose of this work once again we want to keep things fairly simple. Sugar is the cause of SIBO! Done … Although this is partially true, there is a little more to it than that because sugar is actually a complex topic all on its own. You see not all sugars are created equal and when I mention sugar being the […]
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23Nov, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Bile and Enzymes

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As the small intestine is actually an alkaline environment or “terrain” this another part of how our bodies reduce the growth of bacteria. All bacteria, just like all enzymes in our bodies, require a certain pH (acid base balance) in order to grow or work. Altering the pH of the intestinal environment can favour certain bacteria to grow, and those bacteria actually produce more acid, which favours even more growth. This is why hydrogen (a measure of acidity) is actually a part of SIBO testing. High hydrogen levels are actually […]
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