Monday, February 20, 2012

The low down....and dirty

Get your mind out of the gutter!!  Dirty, hmm.  The only dirt I am referring to here is the soil, because the latest and greatest on us involves the soil!  Well, sort of. 

Mud pies and probiotics 

I believe there is a reason kids make (and eat) mud pies!  lol  Their body instinctively knows more than us germ-a-phobic parents!  Soil contains the very organisms that used to enter our body on a daily basis.  I know you are thinking, "but what about the parasites??"  Well, if you are ingesting certain microbes along side the parasites, those parasites have no chance of survival!  And chances are, if the soil is loaded with these beneficial bacteria, the bad guys are probably non-existent anyway.  Ahhh, mother nature....Now, I am not suggesting you run out back and make yourself a mud-pie for lunch, because today you can get those same bacteria in a capsule.  They are targeted to certain microbes and yes, they are parasite-free, haha.

Remember your grandmother talking to you about growing up on the farm?  I know mine did.  She raised animals, played in the dirt, rode horses, and ate foods grown in that very soil.  They didn't use anything but water to rinse those veggies too!  Today it's so eloquently referred to as "farm to table" and it's highly under-rated.  Before we tarnished our soils with pesticides, fertilizes and chemicals (be it natural or not), we had soil full of micro-organisms very beneficial to just about every aspect of our body chemistry and while they aren't natural residents of our intestines, they SHOULD be regular visitors!

These micro-organisms prevented the growth of anything harmful in the soil and ironically, they can do the same in our bodies!  The data is overwhelming and I will share a few links below, in case you want to read more, but before we get to that.  Let me share the results of our last five weeks using SBOs (soil-based organisms). 

We started them on very low doses on a Friday so that we could spend the weekend observing.  We didn't need to observe much though, because their uncontrolled yells, fighting and screeches could be heard from anywhere in the house.  We are no stranger to die-off and anything that results in die-off usually tells me that we are on the right track, but holy cow!!  But just like any other successful intervention, we also saw TONS of improvement.

Why the new probiotic? 

Just prior to starting the SBOs, Grayson had been going downhill, symptoms resembling his dark Clostridia-riddled days.  It was slow, but it was mounting.  He had begun to wake grumpy and irritable and this was quickly appearing to be the new norm, the OCD was trickling in and he had a new snort-tic, which we were trying to determine, if it had been related to the mold exposure he had at school (yeah, nice right?  A topic for another day, we are now homeschooling).  The symptoms were picking up speed and intensity.  Gavin on the other hand, had become a handful long before this.  Things had been going SO well, then suddenly we felt like we were hit by the pathogenic school bus from hell again.  I was increasing their three-times-daily natural anti-microbials without success.  Vague memories of Clostridia creeping back in, giving me nightmares!!  So we started the biofilm program back up and included Lumbrokinase this time.  It was going fairly well, but we were creeping back up the hill to better.  It wasn't fast enough for me.  I like to run when there is a hill on my horizon! 

In my usual nightly research mode, I came across a probiotic that was similar to some mentioned in our FB groups here and there.  I was intrigued, to say the least, because intertwined in the overgrowth madness, I felt like all I was doing was killing (the microbes, not the children).  This seemed to spur massive oxalate dumps.  Was it the chicken or the egg.  Were the pathogens causing the oxalates to build up or was the oxalate dumping causing the PH shift enabling the overgrowth.  Regardless, I needed to find out how to encourage the growth of the good guys.  Maybe in this way, we could salvage the few oxalabactor formigenes (the specific bacteria solely responsible for degrading oxalates from the diet) we have left.  Feed them, let them grow!!  If we can't buy them and put them back into our intestinal terrain, we needed something to protect the ones we have left.  I had personally begun to have oxalate dumps in this time period too, which had me seriously reconsidering the role of killing off microbes daily, even with the natural stuff, because this didn't start for me until I began the same regimen my kids were on.  I never had problems with chocolate, nuts, or carrots before.  But it wasn't long before I too was following in their footsteps.  Anytime we are killing off massive amounts of anything, we should question what else could be impaired in the process.  I knew it was the lesser of two evils at the time, but now I can say that I know differently.  But how would we do this successfully with such overgrowth challenges in the picture?

Jagged path to the finish line

As with anything else that sets our body straight, we experienced a healing crisis in the first weeks on the SBOs, plus to muddy the waters, we decided that giving the anti-microbials was counterproductive and would kill off these essential bacteria, so we stopped everything other than their supplements, camel milk, Lauricidin and nightly probiotics.  While ramping-up the SBOs we had incredible challenges.  There were days I was running toward the kitchen cabinet that holds our natural anti-microbials....running.  My husband had to stop me!  Thank goodness he had done as much research as I had done on the SBOs and believed in the science behind them.  He was much stronger than I in the moments of question.  As we foraged through the "symptoms" it began looking more like we were seeing a healing crisis, as defined here.  Here is a description of healing crisis from Shirley's Wellness Cafe -

"Healing Crisis: As with all true natural cure, the road to better health may begin with a healing crisis. As you move toward better health with natural healing programs and better nutrition, healing begins to occur. As part of the healing process the body will begin to discard toxic residues which have built up in your body over the years. The healing process usually does not occur without repercussions. During the initial phase of healing, as your body begins to clean house, (detoxify) and your vital energy begins to repair and rebuild internal organs, you may experience headache, uneasiness, flu like symptoms and fatigue. This is called a healing crisis. You may feel worse before you feel better. As you continue to improve, you may begin a process called retracing. For example, if you used to get skin rashes, the rashes may reappear or get worse for a period of time as your body eliminates toxins through the skin. You may also experience an initial increase in urination, or you may feel more nervous. In actuality, you are not getting worse, you are actually getting better. Eventually you will reach a plateau of better health. During the healing crisis, it is important to not suppress these temporary symptoms with drugs or the healing process may become interrupted."

and this

"One crisis is not always enough for a complete cure. The person in a chronic "locked" disease state will often have to go through cycles of healing crises, with each one improving the condition some. It has taken time to develop a chronically diseased state, and time is required to let go of the "locked" energy, piece by piece. It's like peeling the layers off an onion.

Often the crisis will come after one feels their very best and most energized, setting the stage for the elimination. The whole body gets into action. Most people feel an energy boost at the beginning until the toxins start dumping into the blood stream for elimination. Go as slowly as your body needs so your elimination is gradual and comfortable.

With a more serious condition, there may be many small crisis to go through before the system can become healthily balanced. Everything must be considered and given its proper place in the build-up to a healing crisis. One should expect it and work with the body, not resentfully against it.
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What did our healing crisis look like?  In this order...
  • Better connections with both kids, but more-so with Gavin, including significant eye contact
  • Spontaneous singing from Grayson (who is normally extremely shy when it comes to performing in any way)
  • More affection
  • Grayson's snorting and Gavin's defiance significantly increased in frequency and intensity
  • Sensory defensiveness increased then fluctuated off and on for a few weeks
  • Anger and irritability
  • Both became clumsy, knocking things over, bumping into things and hurting themselves
  • Disproportionate reactions to anything frustrating
  • Yeast symptoms including: hyperactivity, mood swings, emotional liability, anxiety, sensory seeking and defensiveness
  • Many bowel changes (I won't gross you out with the details)
  • Repeated hiccup episodes, from both boys
  • Familial awareness in Gavin that never existed before (ie - one night he wouldn't let me in the kitchen while he surprised me with cleaning off the entire kitchen table from dinner, he's only 3)
  • Longer periods of the boys playing together
  • Gavin lost two chunks of hair from the scalp which is smooth where the hair was
  • Lack of focus
  • Explosive behaviors
  • Pain in ears for both (severe, like ear infections) which only lasted a day for each
  • Lethargy
  • Incredibly fidgety
  • Grayson began exhibiting tics we haven't seen in a while like head-tilting, jaw stretching and ear and head swatting
  • More irrational anger and hyperactivity
  • Gavin randomly experimenting with unknown foods and eating veggies
  • OCD in Grayson
  • Increased cooperation with both boys listening to me without argument
  • Increased hitting from Gavin
  • Bedtime routine more streamlined, less frantic
  • Sporadic sleep disturbances (not able to fall asleep, waking in the night, early waking)
  • Moods becoming more consistently happy with less of the above intermittently
  • Physical symptoms coming and going in Gavin: significant bloating, increased keratosis on arms, red spot like an inflammation under one eye, very dark circles under the eyes, broken blood vessels in one eye which increased when dose was increased, and eye pains for about a week
  • Grayson's tummy remaining flatter than ever
  • Increase in die-off symptoms appearing 45 minutes after dose, this increased to an hour and then it went away completely
  • Still seeing disproportionate irritability in Gavin and randomly with Grayson
  • Unsolicited report from school about Gavin having a "great day" and he's never really had a bad day
  • Grayson's snorting decreasing after going through a clear runny nose that burned his nose and lips for days
  • Increased cooperative play between the two boys
  • Grayson's mood consistently improving, only appropriately proportionate moments of frustration which diffuse easily
  • Gavin's BMs still changing, but many great ones in between
  • Gavin responding well to our requests
  • Intermittent yeasty signs coming and going, but since adding in Allimax (liquid garlic) this has tapered off quite a bit
  • Sensory defensiveness in both is gone
  • Intermittent bloating as doses are increased for Gavin
  • Old scar on Grayson's face fading, not as pink as before
  • Still seeing some random die-off symptoms, but less frequently and shorter in duration
  • Gavin expressing himself more vocally and clearly
  • My requests are met with a simple, "ok"
  • Consistent happiness all day, in both
  • Appropriate irritation for age of boys and tied to specific events
  • Gavin's keratosis is slowly clearing up 

So what does this mean exactly?  Well first I must say that we have gotten past many of the above symptoms.  Considering we've spent over a month with our children off of anti-microbials completely and we've seen incredible improvements says a lot more than my words can ever spell out here.

** UPDATE - To see our OAT results after a month and a half on these probiotics (with NO antimicrobials or antibiotics), click here.
  
Now I would like to share some links with you about SBOs.


Soil-based organisms and immune function


22 Ways soil-based organisms build dynamic health


Collective writings of SBO probiotics by Dr. Rosthschild


I've chosen a particular brand (Body Biotics), because of it's pure ingredients.  There are only a handful out there to begin with, but many are made with maltodextrin (made from corn and I would guess probably GMO), and contain traces of soy and dairy.  Some contain ingredients like chlorella and spirulina which are unsafe for mercury toxic people.  Body Biotics is the brand that Jordan Rubin used to heal himself from death's door, when Crohn's Disease had taken the best of him.  He went on to create his own product, but Body Biotics remains to be the purest formula my research has found.  For 30% off your orders, just sign up as a preferred member on their website and use my name in the referral field.  

Here is what you need to do:
  1. Go to the Body Biotics website.
  2. Create a membership under “Preferred Customer”. (click on the link)
  3. Under “Referring Party Information”, enter “Jessica Galligani”
  4. Once you have completed your registration (which is free), log out and then log back in again to see your discount (30% off the retail price, for life!).
 My husband and I have also been using this product with great success.  In fact, it's recommended that all members of the family at least use a maintenance dose since pathogens are shared and will just pass back and forth, reinfecting each other.  I am also off all of my anti-microbials!! =)

13 comments:

Casey said...

I'm so glad SBO's are working for you guys! I finally got on the camel milk bandwagon this week and we are definitely having some die off symptoms (increased hitting, irritability, sleep issues) so I'm hoping it's a "healing crisis". It's always hard to tell when you're in the middle of it and I have made the mistake of giving up too soon.

I actually ordered some bottles of Body Biotics yesterday (found it for $36/bottle at GreatVitaminPrices.com‏), am hoping we see the same successes here.

Fabi Hart said...

Hi, I was refereed to your blog by my friend Andrea. I was going to try your protocol to kill yeast and clostridia at the same time, but then I was talking to a friend about how my son (he is 3 and has the ASD diagnosis) had really sandy poop, really smelly that looks like muddy. I thought the sandiness was from him not absorbing his supplements, but then my friend told me those were oxalate crystals. Then I remembered his test results did indicate high oxalate, but his doctor didn't really tell me this is what it was. Basically I didn't connect the dot until this friend told me what that was. Anyway a few weeks ago I took my son off all his supplements to try to start over and see which one was making my son's poop so smelly and creamy. He was taking massive doses of vit C among other things. So I took all that off and then his poop started actually coming out formed with good color and the weird "methane" smell was gone too. But I still had crystals. Not as bad. My son was on hemp milk so I switched to flax milk and it got better. But now I am struggling with how to treat the yeast and clostridia + the high oxalte. After reading your post I am wondering if the sandy poop was what you were calling the "oxalate dump" and if the sandy poop was actually a good sign. I am so lost. Not sure what to give him at this point. I have a prescription for nystatin to kill the yeast and I have been giving him "ultimate probiotic" from swansan's right now. But I wonder if I should just switch and try this probiotic you are talking about. Would that tackle the 3 problems then? Sorry, I know you don't know me or my kid, but I am just not sure what do to at this point. I don't want to leave him off the supplements. He is very irritable and OCD + struggling with his expressive language, doing a lot of echoing. What would you do if this was your kid?? I am on Facebook. I will try to find you. My name is Fabiola Esteves-Hart. Thanks!

Jessica said...

Hi Fabiola,
I will try to find you on FB since it will be easier to communicate there! But the gist of it is yes, you are right, you have high oxalates, but I want to talk to you about the OCD and irritability too, I hope to find you there!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Your blog is so informative. Thank you for all the time you spend sharing the information you have learned on your journey. I was wondering if you feel that the SBO's are able to work through the biofilm and destroy the bad bacteria and pathogens. I am starting to try the SBO's you recommended for my son who has overgrowth of yeast and clostridia. We haven't tried the biofilm protocol yet. Thanks, Ann

Jessica said...

This probiotic is reported to address biofilm and will definitely fight yeast and clostridia, our testing has proven that. It heals in a method of retracing. We are still in the early stages of using this probiotic ourselves, so we don't have a huge head start on you, but we've seen various stages of healing and regressing, then healing....two steps forward, one back....the story of my life, lol. I'm very hopeful, but this path is so new for us too, I don't have much more than that to offer, haha. I hope you will keep me and the readers posted on your own progress!

CECE said...

After reading Bodybiotics in your blog, I went ahead and purchased one for my 3 yr old son who's been told to have candida and parasites. the symptoms of your sons "Yeast symptoms including: hyperactivity, mood swings, emotional liability, anxiety, sensory seeking and defensiveness
Many bowel changes", perfectly describe my son. May I also add extra silliness/giddiness like a drunken person.

On day 1 of taking Bodybiotics, his symptoms were worsen. He was all over the place, moody, said inappropriate stuff, had very little control of his own body. I am scared because I feel like he's going down a wrong path here. Now he's on day 3 and takes 1/2 adult capsule 2x/day. What would you recommend for him?

on another topic, did your son(s) have behavioral issue more in a crowded/classroom setting than at home? my son seems to have less control and less composure in a crowded environment. i don't know if he exhibits some pyschological disorder or his candida/parasite causes his bad behavior. I see that he's a gentle kind child, but when he loses control over his own emotions, I feel like he's a different child. I am sure you know how I feel.

I'd appreciate your input.

Jessica said...

Cece, what you are seeing is normal, it's yeast die off. It will get worse before it gets better. It proves that you are killing off the pathogen. His body has to filter these toxins from the dead pathogens before he can feel or behave better. GO SLOW. And yes, my kids used to be worse in public places, it was like an anxiety, this is also pathogenic and will reduce with treatment. Just keep his dose at a manageable amount and SLOWLY increase as he tolerates it.

Anonymous said...

Hi,can I give with soil..... another supplements(vitamins and minerals),camel milk,probiotics or lauricidin?many thanks for your blog.

Jessica said...

Yes, the soil-based organisms can be taken with other supplements. It should not be given near anything that kills bacteria like GSE, OLE, etc and oil of oregano can kill them regardless of when they are taken so they should never be used together.

Anonymous said...

While receiving the SBO-probiotics should not take GSE,OLE,OoO and...? Or they can be taken 2-3 hours after taking probiotics?

Jessica said...

You should not take OoO with it at all, but the others can be given 2-3 hours away from the SBOs, if desired. When you get to a high enough dose, you shouldn't need any of them any longer. =)

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I was wondering what you ate for fermented foods during all this. Thanks and thank you for your blog as well.

Jessica said...

My children don't tolerate many fermented foods. There was a time when I made water kefir, but we have to avoid all strep strains, because of the PANDAS. Now, we really like KeVita which has very specific strains of bacteria, rather than wild strains.

Jessica