GAPS – Day 50

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I’m doing OK on GAPS in my opinion. I think other people would have a tough time with what I’m going through, but I’m very accepting of the roller coaster ride.

On Saturday night, I had an amazing and pretty darn sure GAPS legal meal with a friend of mine, but the next day I had three BM’s of D.

Then today, I had four unformed to very unformed and watery BM’s. But last night I started drinking Kefir and I’m hitting it pretty hard compared to how I should be drinking it. Kefir is a higher intensity probiotic beverage than I am used to drinking. I’m having herxheimer reactions which I think are not all that different from the “worm flu” symptoms people get when they infect themselves of Helminthic Therapy.

In Helminthic therapy, the intestinal parasites infect the intestines and the body’s immune system tries to flush them out by creating fevers and diarrhea. The Helminths then mature and are able to release chemicals that modualte the immune system and calm it down to stop the fevers and diarrhea.

The same immune modulation to keep the body from attacking the Helminths seems to also help put Crohn’s and Colitis into remission for many.

I believe the same thing happens with bacteria based probiotics (Helminths are parasite probiotics) that one doesn’t have enough of. The immune sys sees they are foreign, tries to kick them out, creating flu-like symptoms and diarrhea. But then if the person continues to introduce the beneficial bacteria into the body, the bacteria has a chance to modulate the immune system and make it stop trying to flush it out. I feel like my body is at that point now, beginning to accept the probiotics from the Kefir.

I hope that’s the case. I’m due to interview a patient and doctor in early July and I want my symptoms to be well controlled by then. That’s why I’m pushing it with the Kefir. I could go slow, but I feel like I’m running out of time to restore balance to my immune system.

  • There was a recent study on ‘p40’, a protein found in yogurts that are rich in cultured Lactobacillus rhamnosus, that could be helpful for IBDs.

    http://www.jci.org/articles/view/44031
    http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2011/05/probiotics-ibd/

  • Kat

    Hey Reid, have you heard of kefir enemas or kefir grain enemas? I haven’t ever done it but it’s something you might want to look into. Google probably has more info than me on this one!

  • OK, thanks for sharing. You may have read on my facebook that both Cory and I took a new probiotic called Solaray Multidopholous and we BOTH ended up with diarrhea. It has been 2 months for me and 2.5 for my son. I have never had this in my life prior. We both never took it again, but know somehow it is related and not a coincidence. Do you believe your explanation is what we are also going through based on your research?

  • @Kat, haven’t heard of those before but it doesn’t surprise me. There are enemas for everything!

    Shelley, short answer is I don’t know. I’m surprised and worried that you are experiencing symptoms still after not using the probiotic. How long has it been since you stopped it?

    Are you using other probiotics now?

    Longer answer is I have my doubts about Solaray providing a beneficial and therapeutic probiotic.

    Do they guarantee a certain number of active bacteria at time of expiration? Sometimes referred to as CFU (Colony Forming Units).

    Another thing to know, is that most companies do not list the strains used or they mislabel the bacteria as specific strains when in fact they have left that information off the label.

    For example, for Solaray’s Multidophilus http://www.affordablesolaray.com/4830.html

    They list the probiotic bacteria as
    “L. Acidophilus, B. Bifidum, L. Bulgaricus 360 mg”

    I don’t see it listed as milligrams usually. Is that alive or dead? Could be dead and the listing is still accurate. Look for something like, “Guaranteed 2 billion active live bacteria before expiration date.”

    L. stands for Lactobacillus, which is the genus. Acidophilus is the species and they don’t list the strain. Strains vary widely and some are effective while others are worthless.

    Point is, you don’t know what you are getting with this probiotic and you aren’t alone. There are so many that don’t label their probiotics well.

    That’s why I like Natren. I know what I’m getting from them and there are studies based on the strains they used showing they are effective for most people.