I have been researching this disease since 2011 and have still not found anyone, except for one guy, who cured their SIBO. There are pages and pages on the internet detailing protocols to resolve this problem but hardly anyone talking about their success.
I have spent hundreds (if not thousands of dollars) buying novel supplements like Prescript-Assist, Thorne Research's b. Coagulans, glutamine, monolaurin, oregano oil, neem, goldenseal, pau d'arco, etc. to resolve this problem and I'm still not better off for it.
So, has anyone here found a solution?
Edit 5/25/14: while I have accepted an answer by @Sarah 14, those of you who have cured their SIBO, please continue to share your stories. Thanks
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on May 21, 2014
at 03:41 AM
I had SIBO this past year. I took two courses of Rifaxamin, one month apart. The first was 400 mg three times/day, the second was 550 mg three times/day. I combined this with biofilm disruptors, then after the Rifaxamin, slowed eased off the biofilm disruptors, ramped up soil based probiotics, drank a ton of bone broth, did SCD for several months and also took several natural herbs under the direction of a naturoapth: Oregon Grape, Uva Ursi, etc. Lots of fermented foods, no lactose, fructose and low sugar/fiber. Then I slowly ramped up a normal paleo diet. I even was able to finally reintroduce lactose and I have small amounts of fructose heavy fruits now with no problems. And I got pregnant again right away after the second round of rifaxamin. My body was so sick I wasn't even ovulating.
I did a lot of research and read all the books on SIBO. I finally decided Rifaxamin was worth a shot, and I don't have SIBO anymore and my life is basically back to normal. I did combine the antibiotics with a LOT of other lifestyle changes.... chiropractic, sleep, exercise, huge dietary changes for awhile.... but now I'm good. I will probably never be able to eat a whole watermelon or go out to eat as soy still kills my system, as do vegetable oils, etc.... but I can eat salads, milk products, meat, whatever I grow in my garden... life is good. Rifaxamin was amazing.
on February 08, 2016
at 08:15 AM
Gerard E Mullin, MD Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University has a 3 phase program to balance your gut microbe. The first phase lasts about a month while you "Till your garden" as he puts it. Certain foods, such as probiotics are temporarily restricted in order to clear up SIBO as well as bad microbes. The second phase adds probiotics and prebiotics and some different superfoods to rebuild or "seed" your healthy gut microbe. The last phase reintroduces some other foods in moderation, now that your gut should be healthy enough to process them without ill effect. Each stage comes with it's own lists of foods and even recipies and shopping lists if you want to follow (some or all of) them. It has a focus on losing weight, but it is much more comprehensive than that. It shows you how to take back and understand your basic health. The book is not expensive and well worth it. You can read the reveiws on Amazon if you want more opinions, but it's a keeper:-)
on January 19, 2016
at 05:41 PM
I've only recently been diagnosed BUT prior to diagnosis I just couldn't wait for it and had to see someone esle about the fatigue and headaches (primary symptom among many but I don't have many digestive pain or anything(luckily)).
An iridologist in Perth explained my gut lining needed clearing out and to take Pau d'arco, Bromezyme & Flaxeed oil for 6 months. Well I only started taking pau d'arco and Bromezyme 3 times a day after food. Started them at lunchtime the first day and the very next day the headache and fatigue that had set in for 2 weeks straight went away! It was rather miraculous.
So I've not yet treated my SIBO as I was just diagnosed with it a week ago, but couldn't wait for the results and tried this. I'm amazed. Perhaps it is in conjunction with the bromzyme that it's working?
ive since started the SIBO phase one diet (1 week) and have noticed a bit of difference to my head and the clarity. Weight loss has also occurred but that could be purely the fact that it I quite restricted so snacking is harder if I'm not prepared with food. I'm looking into how best to treat this SIBO as I'm finding SO many conflicting treatment protocols! Working with my naturopath and passing what I find on to her so she understand my perspective. I want to treat this right the first time around (if at all possible!) or at least five myself the best fighting chance.
But the more I continue the pau d'Arco and bromezyme, the better I feel so perhaps it's keeping the little guys at bay or actually clearing them out in some way.
Anyway I'll try to come back here to let you know if my progress. Thanks for posting your question it will be interesting to see future successful treatments. Good luck.
on January 08, 2016
at 06:24 AM
I had all symptoms of SIBO years ago and even posted about it on here! It came with a nasty case of chronic Candida that grew all over my face and scalp. I did a lot to restore my gut health with supplements, got rid of a yersenia parasite (antibiotics sadly), fixed my stomach acid and eliminated certain foods for a while. It took years but I slowly improved between 2013 and 2015.
It surprised me how much fixing my hormones with supplements like DIM, burdock root, milk thistle and Vitex helped my digestion. My Candida problem was not fully gone this summer, but very minor, my digestion was pretty good.. I was even able to eat decent amounts of non Paleo starch (Gluten Free). I noticed my Candida fully went away in pregnancy July 2015 and my digestion improved further. I think hormones really got a lot to do with it.
on May 28, 2014
at 05:45 PM
I don't know if what I had was sibo for sure, but here's my story.
I went paleo for about 2 weeks, then came the holidays. Of course, I ate a ton of sweets. I don't know exactly what causes sibo, all I know is my digestive issues started around Christmas time. Was it because I made two big changes in my diet? Or some bad meat I ate? Or the loads of cookies and chocolate? I have no idea. Anyway, I'll save you the details (they're gross) but I started having diarrhea, bad gas, severe stomach bloating after eating, food sitting on my stomach forever, and burping even hours after the meal. I thought it would improve after going back to paleo but no. It sucked.
Happy time: After reading this guy's success story, I decided to eat garlic everyday. And I mean I ate a full clove every night. There is supposed to be some antibiotic property in it. It made me want to barf but what I did was cut it up and swallow bits with water. You can eat it with food but I don't think cooking it will have the same affect (dunno though).There are also garlic tablets available. I did this for a week straight (during which time I smelled) and lo and behold my symptoms of sibo disappeared!
Now I eat probiotics every now and then, eat a balanced diet full of fish, meat, veggies, fruit, and potatoes. I make sure to get enough zinc in relation to copper otherwise upset stomach starts again (completely unrelated to sibo). And I take betaine HCl if I have a high protein meal (not really necessary anymore though). So yeah if what I had was sibo, I completely cured it with garlic cloves.
on May 28, 2014
at 07:19 AM
Yes I did cure this. But the cure is extreme. I suffered for 1 year, and I am never going back to the abdominal distension etc.
I only eat animal flesh. So fish, oysters, steak, sausages. That sort of thing.
I find I can tolerate beer. So I drink beer as well. Good german beer. Life's good now.
Coffee and smoke in the morning. Fast for most hours, eat animals and drink. Repeat. GOOD LUCK
P.S. I get a reaction from a ton of things. It's ridiculous. Wasn't like this before. But who knows. The distension and gut pain is too real when I eat eggs, cayenne pepper, vegetables, fruit, etc.
I basically eat nothing that bloats me. Believe it or not but just animals + beer + coffee (lil bit of heavy cream) + cigars
Also leave a lot of hours between meals it will help things. Start out just eating animals, it is the ultimate elimination diet. That and make broth. YOU WILL SEE RESULTS.
Oh yeah nuts are a killer, it's pure food for SIBO. Do not eat.
on May 22, 2014
at 07:16 AM
I was looking for a recipe yesterday and stumbled upon this website : http://paleoinpdx.com/2012/09/04/my-story-part-ii/
She cured her SIBO by taking antibiotics and following the SCD (starting as a vegetarian then she introduced more animal proteins). She looks great!
on May 14, 2014
at 07:52 AM
What was your experience with Rifaximin?
on May 14, 2014
at 06:08 AM
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