Treating Harmful Bacteria

Because half of the stool tests I see show harmful bacteria and no yeast infection, and many times those bacteria have infected the small intestine, which is known as sibo, I thought it would be a very good idea to give you a plan to kill these bad bacteria. The bad bacterial treatment plan is slightly different from the yeast infection treatment plan so by treating for yeast, you are not necessarily killing these bacteria.

Common Harmful Bacteria

There are quite a few different species of bad bacteria that can infect the human body so this is by no means a complete list. Depending upon what lab did the stool test, they may or may not be listed as a Possible Pathogen (PP). However, the bacteria in the list below are generally recognized by most labs as human pathogens and I quite often see them on stool test results.

Proteus mirabilis is a gram negative, anaerobic (anaerobic means it does not require oxygen for growth), rod shaped bacteria that causes 90% of all bacterial infections in humans. This harmful bacteria produces urease that form kidney stones. If the stones or the infection get bad enough, it can result in kidney failure.

Klebsiella pneumoniae is also a gram negative, anaerobic, rod shaped bacteria. It can ferment dairy foods and it likes sugar as a food source. It is commonly found in the intestine, mouth and skin. The most common infection it causes is pneumonia.

Enterobacter cloacae is another harmful bacteria that is gram negative, anaerobic and rod shaped. It quite often is the cause of urinary and respiratory tract infections.

Campylobacter species are gram negative but instead of being rod shaped they are shaped like corkscrews. Over a dozen of these species have been implicated in human diseases. These bacterial species often produce an inflammatory diarrhea that is often bloody if it gets bad enough. They can induce intestinal cramps, fever and pain.

Citrobacter species of bacteria are gram negative and also rod shaped but does not produce spores. These bacteria are found just about everywhere so it’s important to wash your hands after using the restroom or handling food.

Citrobacter freundii can cause brain abscesses, meningitis, gastrointestinal infection, inflammation, which include watery diarrhea with stomach pain, and sometimes blood in the stool. It thrives on FOS!

Citrobacter cloacae can give you respiratory and urinary tract infections.

Clostridium difficile is a gram positive bacteria that produces spore forming rods much like candida albicans hyphae. This bacteria is normally found in the intestine in small amounts. It usually gets out of control as a result of taking antibiotics that kill your good bacteria. This harmful bacteria then causes diarrhea and can result in colitis. Colitis is a severe form of intestinal infection and results in diarrhea, bloating and severe abdominal pain. It can also give you flu like symptoms and inflammatory bowel disease.

Staphylococcus aureus is an anaerobic, gram positive bacteria that is responsible for what is commonly referred to as a staph infection. It is found on the skin and inside the nose. On the skin it can plug pores leading to acne and other skin infections. This harmful bacteria can also lead to other more serious diseases such as meningitis, toxic shock syndrome, osteomyelitis, pneumonia, endocarditis, bacterimia, chest pain and sepsis. It is a major pathogen in hospitals and is acquiring antibiotic resistance as time goes by.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa can infect both humans and animals. It is found everywhere, eats just about anything and commonly lives on the skin. People with reduced immune function are most susceptible to this harmful bacteria. It causes generalized inflammation but if it infects the lungs or the urinary tract and kidneys it can be fatal.

Various streptococcus species, although most labs don't recognize these species as possible pathogenic bacteria, can cause problems if they over grow.

Like I said before, this is a very short list but these bacteria are seen quite often on stool test results. Most labs will then run a susceptibility test to see what will kill these harmful bacteria. For our purposes I am only concerned with natural substances.

You can however see your doctor for the appropriate antibiotic and kill them that way if you choose to. However, this study points out that the herbs are more effective for sibo than most of the antibiotics with a lot less side effects. But if that is the way you decide to go, I would at the very least, take Biofase while on the antibiotic to reduce the chance of yeast over growth and to reduce the bacterial biofilms, which will make the antibiotics more effective. Afterwards, take a high dose probiotic such as CP-1 or the 11-Strain probiotic powder for at least 2 months after the antibiotic has been discontinued.

Harmful Bacteria Protocol

On every single stool test I have seen, there seems to be four products that work for all of these bad bacteria. Some of these products do work better than others depending upon species, but you are only going to know what that product is if you do the stool test. Some of these bacteria, klebsiella pneumoniae comes to mind, are susceptible to each product equally so no single product works better than any other. Because bacteria will build resistance to herbs just like they do to antibiotics, I recommend you use all four.

The products are:

Tanalbit if allergic to casein, use Viracin instead.

Berberine

Oregano Oil

Uva Ursi

What I would do is take the Tanalbit everyday as directed. I would then start with the berberine and take it for four days and stop. For the next four days I would take the oregano oil then stop. The next four days take the uva ursi then stop and start over with the berberine. What you're doing is taking these in a rotation of four days on, four days off so the bacteria does not have the time to build a resistance to that particular herb.

I would only do this for two rotations then take a break from the Uva Ursi, Berberine, and Oregano oil for one week, then if needed do it again.

Many of these bacteria also build biofilms that protects them from antibiotics and natural remedies. There is a very good explanation of bacterial biofilms found here. My suggestion to break through these biofilms so all of the natural antibiotics are more effective is to take Biofase. Biofase is designed to eat through these biofilms, yeast too, and doses should be 1 to 3 capsules two times per day one hour before breakfast and at bedtime.

I would also take Profase because it is designed to help bust up biofilms and displace bad bacteria. It also boosts immune function which aids in your fight. I would take one or two capsules with Biofase.

Because many of these bacteria consume sugar for food, I would follow the candida diet or at least cut way back on the amount of sugar you consume. That includes grains, which typically have a glycemic load greater than sugar itself.

After the rotations have been completed and you are feeling better, you should start feeding your good bacteria, the directions are found on the good foods page. I would personally use the potato starch or organic hi-maize, any remaining bad bacteria will bind to it and be passed in your stool. Do this for six months.  

One of the other problems that could be associated with these harmful bacteria are high iron levels. Excess iron feeds bad bacteria just as it does yeast. So if your levels are high you need to take something to either remove the excess iron such as zeolite or DMSA at the same time. You could also take lactoferrin. Lactoferrin binds iron while stimulating the immune system. The bound iron is then passed in your stool.

Severe cases or those that don't respond, will need to repeat the therapy while following the Elemental Diet. If that doesn't work, a fecal matter transplant is your last alternative.

Pregnant women should not take Uva Ursi, DMSA or lactoferrin.

How to Treat H. Pylori

I see positve results for h pylori on stool test results quite often. H Pylori is short for Helicobacter Pylori and was previously called Campylobacter Pyloridis. It is a Gram-negative, microaerophilic bacterium that literally drills its way into the stomach wall like a corkscrew.

Symptoms appear as gastritis with abdominal pain and sometimes nausea. It can also cause bloating, burping and sometimes vomiting. It can lead to stomach and small intestinal ulcers and cancer of both organs. The standard treatment is a course of broad spectrum antibiotics and acid reducing proton pump inhibitors. This is not something you really want to do if you also suffer from yeast infections, antibiotics make yeast issues worse.

My youngest daughter had this at one time and it progressed far enough that she would occasionally vomit acid and almost couldn't eat, this is what we did to get rid of it.

At the grocery store I bought the generic version of Prevacid, Lansoprazole; you only need this if you are having acid reflux symptoms. I had her take one capsule a day for two weeks. I also picked up some Mastic Gum and Tumeric and had her take one capsule of each 30 to 60 minutes before meals. About an hour after dinner I would have her drink a cup of tea sweetened with Manuka honey and Truvia.

Within a day her pain was reduced enough where she had very few problems eating. After about a week she was back to feeling normal and no longer having any problems, except for when she took a Midol, which made her stomach bleed a little. You do have to continue this treatment for 60 days to get all the h pylori and prevent a relapse. 

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