Should you do uBiome before going on Antibiotics?

A reader on a local CFS group asked:

Ken Lassesen, can I enlist your expertise and help? First, I’ve been enema-dependent for a few years and I’m wondering if my Ubiome might give you some fascinating info. Second, I’m going to treat SIBO soon with vancomycin and Rifaxamin and I haven’t had antibiotics in many years — before being sick with ME. Could this give any interesting or helpful info (either for you or me) – if I did a Ubiome before and after treatment? Thanks for the help!

The Answer is very much a yes. Each of these antibiotics cause significant changes — the question arises — will the net change be for the better or the worst?

The following is the information (with sources) that have been assembled so far. I have seen some CFS patients with high Proteobacteria thus Rifaximin would be good, but not vancomycin. For other patients, the opposite is true.

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Bottom Line

Most studies deal with a sample of patients that presents a condition.  The group as a whole may have positive results but individuals may not.  Working off your own uBiome may allow your likely response to be better predicted. More individual treatment based on your own reality.

 

This is an education post to facilitate discussing this approach with your medical professionals. It is not medical advice for the treatment of any medical condition. Always consult with your medical professional before doing any  changes of diet, supplements or activity. Some items cites may interfere with prescription medicines.