Monday, February 14, 2011

Metametrix DNA microbiology test results

I am experiencing a lot of emotions about the results of the boys' stool tests.  One one hand, Grayson's results look great!  The test is perfect, he is colonizing the good bacteria (not as high as he should, but better than the last test which had none of some good bacteria), has no significant bad bacteria or yeast and no parasites.  As wonderful as it sounds, yes we are clearing things up, chelation is working, and the antimicrobials are working, there is still something going on.

Yeast, bacteria or virus?
For those of you who have been following our story, you know that we had huge issues with Clostridia and yeast in the past, along with symptoms of regression recently.  So if they aren't yeast and Clostridia, what are they, right?  We have always thought Grayson was a "viral kid", meaning that he would have high levels of live viruses residing in his gut.  This was evident by his lack of illnesses when he was two and now his frequent viruses, and it was confirmed when I added OLE (olive leaf extract) to his daily routine.  Ten days into treatment, he broke out in a viral rash that looked like the chicken pox, but less severe.  It was all over his truck and neck for days.  This is a common event for those who are treating for latent viruses.  So now all this stool test tells me is that I was right, we need to focus on attacking the viruses, although, we don't know which ones we are aiming for.  I can guess that being he was given four live virus vaccines in one visit, before all of this started, we should probably consider the measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox, at minimum.  In fact, when we did the vaccine treatment with the BioVeda BAX3000, he had a significant reaction that started right in the office after the treatment.  He got really hot, flush and itchy and immediately broke out in yet another rash!  Since getting the results of the stool test, I added Monolaurin back into his routine and just two teeny tiny pellets (they are usually given as a scoop of pellets) send him reeling in emotion, impatience, itching, and head swatting comes back along with some minor sensory symptoms.  Viral die off can cause a flare in yeast, so it wouldn't be uncommon to see a combination of viral and yeast symptoms.  I can tell that the addition of the Monolaurin is doing something to him, because he wakes in the morning in a perfect mood, and then after his dose, the symptoms begin to rise.  Using some PectaSol C calms down the itching at least.

The monster within
Ok, now for the interesting one.  Gavin's test found a parasite called Dientamoeba Fragilis, also known as DF.  (sigh) It's a flagellate protozoan parasite.  Sounds nice, doesn't it?  I hate to say it, because I probably should have done this test with Gavin sooner, but I had a feeling part of his problems were parasitic.  He never gained weight well (always under the growth chart), he eats more than we do some days, he's hungry constantly, always had the red anal ring, severe bloating (especially lately), food sensitivities, eczema, recently he started saying he was having pain in his upper intestinal area and his BMs have always alternated between constipation and loose.  I always said his issues were only GI related and ironically, this parasite resides in the large intestines reeking havoc on the GI system. Now take a look at how similar the list of symptoms from emedicine are compared to what we were experiencing:

In chronic infection, duration of symptoms is greater than 1-2 months. Abdominal pain is the more common complaint. In children, pain varies with regards to location, duration, and character.

Other GI complaints include the following:
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea
Nonintestinal complaints include the following:
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Pruritus
  • Urticaria

Other sites go on to say that chronic infections cause food allergies/sensitivities, especially to wheat and milk!  Another symptom noticed by those with confirmed cases is green BMs with undigested food.  Gavin requires the use of enzymes in order to prevent the undigested food from showing up.  He has always had a random green stool here and there  and now that I have started treatment for this parasite, just this morning his stool was green!  We did the family parasite cleanse only 4 months ago, but we avoided wormwood (artmesia) so I decided to add that in this time.  He is most definitely reacting to this treatment with strong emotional frustrations, his tags in his clothes are bothering him suddenly, severe bloating and he is very needy.  He's speaking less than previously too, or perhaps it's just more to the point with his unfavorable mood.  I hope we are on the right track to dealing with this parasite, because I have read such conflicting information about effective treatment protocols!  It appears to be a very hard parasite to eradicate.  I'm not surprised though, I heard the same thing about the Clostridia in Grayson.  We are combining the anti-parasite treatment with the biofilm protocol (without EDTA) to ensure that the anti-parasitics reach the bugs.  I've also read great things about a product called W-W by Pure Herbs.  I may do what we are doing now for a little over a month (today happens to be four days before the next full moon, so it was perfect timing to start treating!) and then I will repeat a treatment every month with the W-W which is recommended by using it four days before the full moon until four days after the full moon, for about 9 months.  Contrary to this treatment though, I have also read that a prescription called Alinia was successful at eradicating it in another mother/child that were infected with it.  But this mother said it was absolutely imperative to use it in high doses for a long time (35+ days).  So I think I will try the natural route first, retest and then consider the Alinia, if this doesn't work.  I am sure I will see a decrease in symptoms, if this parasite is killed off.

On a good note, already since using the biofilm protocol with the Artmesia and black walnut hull all together for the first time today, his belly is less bloated and his mood is getting better.  We also had a green stool this morning, wondering if that signifies die-off....there is much to research!


angelique said...

Hi Jessica-Just discovered your blog. We are doing AC chelation also. On round #2. Good luck with the parasite cleanse! I can't wait to make your cauliflower cookies.

Jessica said...

Thank you, Angelique! There can be some rough patches with chelation, especially in the beginning, just keep the book handy (and the Yahoo group) and you will get through it. Eventually you will look back on your journey and be very proud of the progress you have made! I remember those early days, the excitement, the fears, the anticipation. It's worth it all. I hope you will keep me posted!