For all those with GI problems especially unformed stools
I got the following from an sydney GI clinic.
I have unformed stools together with an high IGE since atrip to turkey.
If diarrhea or unformed stools persist for long you might consider protozooa.
FIRST LINE TREATMENT PROTOCOL FOR CO-EXISTING DIENTAMOEBA
FRAGILIS AND BLASTOCYSTIS HOMINIS INFECTION
Dientamoeba fragilis and Blastocystis hominis are parasites found in the human digestive tract and
many of those infected are asymptomatic carriers. They can, however, cause a range of
gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation, bloating, flatulence, loss of
appetite, abdominal discomfort and pain. In chronic cases, symptoms can include weight loss, blood
in the stool, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, rectal itching, chronic fatigue and depression. D. fragilis
has also been implicated in some cases of colitis/ bowel inflammationi. Many people suffer symptoms
for years before diagnosis and are often misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBSi). It is
possible to treat this infection with a combination of drugs – after which, most patients report either a
complete resolution, or a great reduction, in symptoms.
The patient will take a combination of four medications for 10 days.
- Septrin DS (20 Tablets) 2 times a day
- Diloxinide Furoate 500 mg (30 Capsules) 3 times a day
- Secnidazole 400 mg (30 Capsules) 3 times a day
- Doxycycline 50 mg (20 Tablets) 2 times a day
Breakfast 1 Tablet 1 Capsule 1 Capsule 1 Tablet
Lunch 0 1 Capsule 1 Capsule 0
Dinner 1 Tablet 1 Capsule 1 Capsule 1 Tablet
These medications should be taken at the same time every day with food.
These medications have been known to cause the following side effects:
- Nausea and vomiting - Dizziness
- Headaches - Itching
The patient should avoid drinking alcohol for the duration of treatment.
To ensure successful treatment of D. fragilis, B. hominis it is important that the patient complete the
entire 10 day medication schedule.
Three or four weeks after finishing the treatment protocol the patient should repeat the stool test to
determine whether the parasites have been eradicated.
Note: The following protocol involves taking antibioticsi. If you take the Pill for contraceptive
purposes please be aware that taking antibiotics can reduce the efficacy of the Pill. Other
forms of contraceptive protection must be used
Integrative Approaches to Lyme Disease, Stealth Infectionsi, and Inflammation May 5-7, 2006
Dr. William Stuppy
“Neuroendocrine Manifestations of Gastrointestinal Infections”
In his experience, sending tests for parasites to labs in the US always came back negative. Assumption was that there were no parasites in the US. Testing with salivary SIgA provides useful information. Found parasites in 672 patients.
Adding up the numbers shows that several subjects had multiple infections. Assumption was that Cryptosporidium, C. Difficile, etc. were not going to be found.
95% of labs do not report blastocystis. There is also a debate on whether or not it is a commensal or pathenogen. Dr. Stuppy suggested to those that do not understand it is pathenogenic should consider drinking blastocystis and see how they feel.
Ascaris, Taenia, Trichinella not uncommon. When treated for Ascaris, salivary antibody goes away.
Follow adrenal function with saliva testing and autonomic nervous system with HRV (heart rate variability) – these manifestations are very common.
Adrenal Dysfunction – elevation of cortisol between 4am and 8am. DHEAi levels are low. Most are overweight and increased abdominal girth. Chronic infection with parasites will lead to weight gain. The parasites often cause adrenal dysfunction.
ANS Dysfunction – with parasites, often have sympathetic hyperactivity and parasympathetic hypoactivity especially at nighttime. HRV measures beat to beat variation in milliseconds. HRV represents the condition of the autonomic nervous system.
Other issues with parasites were diminished melatonini and irregularities of insulin activity related to cortisol. With salivary testing, melatonin is low. When parasites are eradicated, melatonin returns to normal.
Strongly suspect gastrointestinal infection in patient with adrenal dysfunction. Test and treat for adrenal dysfunction. Despite what much of the current mainstream medical community claims, blastocystis hominis (or at least certain sub-strains) is clearly and unequivocally a pathogen.
I've worked extensively in latin american countries and have come down, repeatedly, with amoebiasis and blastocystis hominis. The amoebas were relatively easy to beat. Not so blastocystis hominis.
Although I am not a doctor, I ascribe the failure of most treatments of blastocystis to a near complete lack of understanding of both its natural cycle and as well difficulty in its eradication. Doctor's have an unfortunate tendancy of underprescribing for things they don't understand, and third world have a tendancy to pass our antibiotics like candy. The result of this ignorance on both sides has created superbugs, and blastocystis is one them.
From my own extensive personal infection history I can tell you that the way to figure, better than doctors can, whether you are infected is to write down, exactly, when you are having the 'worst' symptoms. I did this after doctors, including near-worthless tropical medicine disease 'specialists', told me there was 'nothing wrong because you have already completed treatment with metronidazol'. Latin American doctors laugh at metronidazol (= Flagyl) because of widespread resistance of bugs to this. I have not yet met ONE American doctor who understands this. Further, doctors will typically treat you ONLY with metronidazol while being completely unaware of the fact that you have to KILL all the bugs through your intestinal track, something metronidazol does NOT do, or else they will come right back in a matter of weeks. You need a luminal antibiotic such as Kitnos (etofamide), Pharmeban (idioquino..something), and/or paromycin. If you don't do these drugs in combination YOU WILL NOT GET CLEARED.
My personal bug cycle is strongly and clearly 5-6 days. The sicker you get, the fewer 'good' days you have between the bad days. Realizing my bugs had a 5 days cycle I concluded I HAD TO kill at least two cycles, meaning you need to take AT LEAST 10 days of treatment. If you want to be even more agressive, 15 days is even better. I figured this out on my own, but have since run into one specialist in California who treats for 15 days as well.
To clear yourself of blasto, you might consider trying:
Kitnos (etofamide) 500 mg every 12 hours for 15 days
Albendazol 200 mg every 12 hours for 15 days
Rifaximin 200 mg every 8 hours for 15 days
I take these with Metamucil, about one tablespoon.
This rid me of ALL gas and bloating problems, it revived my appetite, and my energy level as well. It also cleared my stools of any signs of blastocystis hominis for many months of testing. My wife never cleared herself of these, and I got re-infected and am now treating myself again.
Also, if you have diahrrea research suggests you SHOULD take immodium with these drugs. The warnings against doing so are not borne out by research you can do yourself on the web. Controlled studies show that taking immodium actually speeds up the cure rate when taking antibiotics. It would seem that the idea of flushing your system of toxins is an old wives tale, and that probably taking immodium allows more residence times for the medicines in question, thus improving their efficacy.
Finally, for those who REALLY wish to whip this, I would strongly suggest duplicating the treatment I have listed above after a 10-15 day break.
DO NOT LISTEN TO DOCTORS WHO TELL YOU TO TAKE FLAGYL FOR FIVE DAYS AND THEN TELL YOU YOU MAY HAVE 'IBS'. They are bordering on, in my opinion, malpractice in doing so and will be helping to create in you more resistant bug strains.
The web site http://www.badbugs.org
is a GREAT place to learn how to take more control over your own health and not get 'taken' by the medical community.