A CFS correspondent asked me the question whether she should start killing stuff off first and then take appropriate probiotics OR should she take the probiotics, then kill off the bad stuff and then take more good stuff. I had been reflecting on this over the last week and my thoughts are below.
I do not intend to go biblical on my readers, but the following seems appropriate to understand the CFS demon…
When an bad demon comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other demons more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. Matt 12:43-46
Bacteria has a resister behavior. A resister is a cell that goes dormant. Since most antibiotics interferes with the reproduction process, these sleep through it. The numbers are small, typically 0.05% of the population. There may also be mutations that are resistant.
If you kill the bad bacteria first, and leave an empty gut, resisters finds an ideal environment and proceed to fill the void. The resistant mutations will become a larger percentage of the population. You could end up with a worst situation!
The better approach is to populate with the good bacteria, using therapeutic dosages. Some of these will be resisters too. To give a real experience: when I started Amoxicillian and then the Tulsi,Neem, Haritaki combination, I knew that these would likely kill off the Mutaflor that I had already taken. Nothing like spending good money on probiotics that you then kill! To my surprise (and delight), while I started to have niacin flushes again (which disappears with Mutaflor) because of less NADH being produced, the flushes were very mild — so it appears a significant amount of Mutaflor survived….
So, my conclusion is that you want to do at least two weeks of all of the good probiotics (at therapeutic dosages) before you start killing off the bad ones. You need to have a few saints ready to occupy your gut immediately after clearing the demons.
My next post will deal with a problem that some CFS patients may have from taking probiotics. Mutaflor is “nasty” in terms of herx. Some CFS patients have problem with almost all of the probiotics…