I've had acid reflux for 4+ years. It started after a course of antibiotics (doxycycline) for acne. I don't recall ever having a normal stool, yet lately I've ALWAYS been getting a rocky stool. I've had a rocky stool for quite a while. I've been taking some quality probiotics (420 billion a day), but have had little to no evident benefit.
About 3 months ago, my chiropractor discovered a yeast infection. I went off sugar for a month and the yeast overgrowth was practically gone. However, once I went off of apple cider vinegar and included SOME sugars into my diet, my yeast overgrowth came back.
He had me try to boost my stomach acid. Another month, no benefit after taking stomach acid supplements.
I suffer from: ???Acid Reflux/Heatburn ???Yeast overgrowth ???Rashes ???Itchy ear canals ???Constipation ???Stomach cramping ???Depression ???Anxiety ???Sleeplessness
What could be causing all of it, and how do I treat it?
Could I need to do a biofilm protocol? Might it be a parasite? Could I have low sphincter pressure?
PLEASE HELP!!!! Thank you!!!
(NOTE: I've been on the Paleo Diet for 3 months now. My acid reflux improved but did not go away. I've not been eating gluten.)
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on November 17, 2012
at 08:03 PM
Chris Kresser has an entire series on acid reflux/heartburn here:
Ah, yeast overgrowth. Since I too have been dealing with this for quite some time, I feel like I'm a bit of an expert, as irritating and life draining as this experience has been.
Find yourself some A.D.P. from Biotics Research. It's a slow-release form of oil of oregano. I take it 3x a day with meals, sometimes after. Rotate probiotics, or try fermented foods like sauerkraut.
There's so much you can do for candida, but the big thing that is overlooked is why you have it in the first place. Yes, antibiotics certainly play a part...
...your adrenal glands are probably SHOT, also explaining sleeplessness and digestion problems. Your adrenals regulate your immune system, your fight/flight response as well as your rest/digest response (aka sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems); they are responsible for managing your thyroid, as well as balancing hormones; adrenals help with energy levels, and libido. Adrenals kind of fracking rule the roost!
I would have a look at Dr. James Wilson's website and do his rather lengthy questionnaire: http://www.adrenalfatigue.org
I wonder if your stomach problems are a sign of gastritis...have you used a lot of ibuprofen during your lifetime? I did, and gastritis feels like constant heartburn/bloating/belching/burning post meals, no matter what I eat. Taking liquorice root powder before meals has helped a lot. I'll probably never use Advil again for pain. I now take Kaprex.
Liquorice root powder also supports adrenals, as does vitamin C. Your adrenals need more vitamin C than any other part of your body. Find a good source. A good multi B vitamin is also very important: Thorne Research has a multi B#6 that I've been taking for months, and I definitely feel it when I run out and don't buy it right away.
Your other symptoms sound like food intolerances. I found a good naturopathic doctor and paid nearly $500 to test me for about 200 foods. Many of the 'healthy' paleo things I was eating (eggs, kale, turmeric, just to name a few) were actually moderate to severe intolerances for me. I'd go ahead and get said test done. You never know what you may be ingesting that's causing all these problems.
on November 17, 2012
at 10:25 PM
H. pylori infection? It is worth getting tested for this.
on November 17, 2012
at 07:44 PM
Personally, I'd go for more fermented foods (not probiotic pills), offal, DAILY bone broth, and more shellfish. I know that dairy exaggerates acne, but I'd do an exception for home-made goat kefir (fermented for 24 hours, to get rid of lactose -- it must be home-made since commercial ones don't include all microbes, and it must be from goat or sheep that feature a different casein). For me, it has being a huge help. Also, check your D3 levels.
on February 19, 2015
at 06:26 PM
Like I mentioned in another post, there is a doctor named Jeff Mccombs who developed a protocol that actually CURES both forms of candida 100%, the fungus and the yeast. Just google the mccombs plan. It is CRAZY the level of mental clarity it frees up once you have done it.
on November 17, 2012
at 10:05 PM
you most likely have leaky gut and SIBO, triggered by the antibiotics, which now developed into multiple food sensitivities, possiby with auto-immune involvement.
which means: your best bet is to go on a ULTRA STRICT auto-immune paleo protcol (see "the paleo solution" by robb wolf) for at least a few months. even the tiniest cheat or mistake can rekindle the inflammation, and therefore the leaky gut for another few days or weeks. also, be 100% sure you don't take any supplements that contain anything that is not 100% AI compliant. even if one just has rice or corn as a filler, it could keep the process going. also, you must not take any pre-formed vitamin A (retinol) in any form. this is a direct stimulant for the auto-immune process in the gut (carotenoids are ok). also, any food sensitivity testing is useless a this point, as with a leaky and inflamed gut, you can basically get sensitive to anything at any time. the most dangerous (auto-immune inducing) foods are: all grains, all dairy, eggs and soy.
also, to support the healing process, i recommend to take a combination, or better, all of the following supplements, until you get better (the more of them you combine, the more powerful the stack gets, as you will see). i still take all of them daily, because they helped me tremendously to heal from a very similar problem, and still keep me completely stable and productive. btw, you can use coupon-code ZAM400 for 10$ off your first order):
i hope this helps. the healing process can take anywhere from a few weeks, to 1-2 years, depending on how clan your diet is, how much damage already has been done, and many other factors like stress level, sleep quality, nutrient status (especially vitamin D), etc.