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 Post subject: Colon Care While on Antibiotics
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:05 am 
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I have been on a lot of Doxy the last couple weeks, and my intestines now have a burning feeling as though there is inflammation. I saw some information in another thread, so I wanted to get some additional information.

I take 2 probiotics -- both in powder form and was informed it was a good brand. Was taking it once a day. Maybe I need to be taking more often. There is no blood in my stools that I know of and they are not watery (sorry for all the detail).

Today I feel like I should take the day off from abx, do alot of probiotics, and eat lightly until I see my MD tomorrow. I was taking Doxy 3x a day.

Thanks for any helpful input you may have.


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 Post subject: Re: Colon Care While on Antibiotics
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:27 am 
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My colon was why I stopped abx after 1 month. I was tested for yeast and c. difficile (negative for them). Strong probiotics are important, so is diet. I eat cooked okra almost every day because it has psyllium which coats the intestines and helps rebuild the mucosa. You could probably ask your doctor about taking psyllium husk also, which is available in health food or supplement stores. Drinking purified water (half your body weight in ounces) is very good, and walking/exercise is helpful. One of my docs gave me nitric acid (very very diluted of course!) as a remedy to heal my intestines after the Biaxin damaged them. Because the roots of our immune system are in our digestive system - and because all the toxins we flush out, including medication - goes through our liver, pancreas and other digestive organs - it is so important to eat healthy and drink a lot of water.

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 Post subject: Re: Colon Care While on Antibiotics
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Doxy is a drug that burns for sure. It is a hard drug for me in everyway (herxing, etc.) but other's say to eat a LARGE meal when you take it, eat half the meal then take the Doxy and then eat the other half. Some say to eat something heavy for breakfast (or whenever you take it) w/bread or something like oatmeal, etc. It does help so it doesn't burn so much.

Make sure your probiotic CFU's are in the billions, many billions. Very important is saccharomyces boulardii, it is another type of probiotic, very important. There is a brand name Florastor (you can google) or you can buy the Jarrow brand simply called saccharomyces boulardii. Iherb.com has the Jarrow brand. It can help to keep C.diff away and can even help treat it. Take it WITH your current probiotics.

During your treatment watch for diarrhea that is unusual, like going many times per day...abx can create C.diff which would need treatment if you get it. But taking good probiotics can really help keep your intestines normal. I just asked my LLMd the other day how I would know if I had C.diff...he said, "You will simply know, trust me!"

You can't take too many probiotics, if you do you may become constipated, constipation can be alleviated by taking extra vitamin C and/or magnesium, but I don't cut back on the probiotics though.



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 Post subject: Re: Colon Care While on Antibiotics
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:12 pm 
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Dana~
Thank you for the information on Florastor. I'll need to look into it further. Have many people had good experience with it?

Christina~
I'll also be looking into the Psyllium Husk. Thanks for pointing out that a strong immune system starts with the digestive track. I have been pouring my heart out in prayer regarding Gods direction for healing for Lyme, babesia, and ehrlichia. My heart is open to alternative treatments but we do not have the much in finances. I hear of people on antibiotics for years -- it just seems there has to be another way. Continuing to pray for Gods direction.


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 Post subject: Re: Colon Care While on Antibiotics
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I'm a big advocate of homeopathic supplements, detox, etc. It happened to be the route God used to cure my Lyme. It doesn't mean it's the only way, I'm just not fond of abx because they (temporarily) ruined my digestive system and opened the door to intestinal parasites (despite probiotics). Whatever route God chooses to heal you, realize that Jesus has already planned a way for you. You may very well be on the path to total recovery and just not realize it yet. "...with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Cor 10:13). One way I really began healing was by praying with others over the phone at my church. Even when I had strong symptoms and pain, when I began agreeing with another person for their healing/salvation etc, my mind was completely focused on the Lord and the other person, and in turn God was healing me. "Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed" (Jas. 5:16). That's why this forum is great - it's biblically sound! - everyone's in one accord praying for each other.

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 Post subject: Re: Colon Care While on Antibiotics
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YES - saccharomyces boulardii (brand Florastor or Jarrow brand generic) are an ABSOLUTE must! LLMd's are recommending it all the time. It can stop C.diff and colitis.

I remember 3 years ago when I was at another forum, I came across this probiotic - Europeans were using it. So I remember I posted it at the forum I was at and no one had heard of it. I bought it and took it for awhile. My sister noticed it is actually a form of yeast and told me I probably should take it. So I stopped. Next thing I knew an LLMD (one of the countries best) told me get on Florastor! When I read the ingredients - saccharomyces boulardii, I was shocked - I literally was the only one I knew of who had heard of it. Now all lymies know of it and take it along with their "regular" proibiotics.

Recently I had a bout of diarreha, I was sure it was C.diff I had slacked on taking the SB, so I was taking 2-4 per day and within 2 days my intestines were so thankful! lol! I wouldn't live without it and do abx.

You can google the benefits, here is one for wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saccharomyces_boulardii

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