Step #3: Soil-based probiotic 1-2 daily if not severely immune compromised (Prescript Assist, Bacillus licheniformis, Clostridium butyricum, etc)
Or eat soil-based organisms (SBOs) from ancestrally prepared fermented foods: KOREAN PEPPER PASTE (GOCHUJANG), Thai shrimp paste, natto, fermented black beans, etc.
Guest Post for DR. Grace/BG: Tim
Is everybody still with us?
Today we’d like to talk about step 3 in Dr. BG’s 7-Steps Paleo* Gastro IQ SIBO Protocol. I came here as a bit of a know-it-all on resistant starch [RS3 from legumes, lentils, whole GF grains and roasted heirloom tubers/roots], but quickly realized that while RS3 was somewhat of a missing-link on a paleo diet, soil-based organisms (SBOs) are missing even more-so. Luckily, combining RS and SBOs is the quickest route to restoring harmony in the gut. In a few email exchanges with Dr. BG, she mentioned SBOs several times. I was totally unfamiliar with the term. I thought to myself, ‘wow–she is so dumb, she can’t even spell ‘SIBO’. Boy was I in for a surprise! After sending me 200 links to read, I quickly became a believer in Soil Based Organisms.
Also known as Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs), these microbes have been flying under the radar for decades. All throughout our evolutionary history, SBOs were there with us. When we started cleverly sanitizing our hands, sterilizing our eating utensils, and homogenizing everything we ate SBOs were no longer our faithful ally.
Soil Based Organisms are microbes which normally live in dirt, but can also live happily in our digestive tract. Approximately 30 different strains have been successfully isolated and are commonly put into probiotic supplements. There are hundreds of articles available concerning SBOs, but most of them are advertisements from the supplement industry designed to sell you their favorite formulations. I managed to find a few papers that were reviewed by the National Institute of Health such as this one on SBOs and Immune Function. The article describes using SBOs to successfully treat Chronic Fatigue System and cancers and they had “…proven successful in restarting the immune systems of persons with allergies, lung cancer and TB.”
A clinical study was done with 25 sufferers of IBS using a commercial SBO probiotic. The study concluded: ” This study identified 3 subsyndromic factors of IBS: general ill feelings/nausea, indigestion/flatulence, and colitis. In this methodologically oriented double-blind study in patients with IBS, combined probiotic-prebiotic treatment with Prescript-Assist was associated with significant reductions in these factors.”
I looked at the formulations of several SBO supplements recommended by Dr. BG and found they all contained a variety of microbes. The first one I looked at is called Probiotic-3 from iHerb. It contains Streptococcus faecalis, Clostridium butyricum, and Bacillus mesentericus. Each one of these are well known probiotics found in the soil and in humans and convey protective properties when in the human digestive tract.
WHOA! HOLD ON…Dr. BG wants us to swallow a pill containing Streptococcus faecalis? [Grace: YESSSS] It’s commonly found in ‘diseased teeth needing or having had root canal treatment’ and ‘Some diseases caused E. Faecalis are endocarditis…, urinary tract infections, pneumonia or meningitis.’ WTF? Well, it turns out that this microbe is also a powerful ‘lactic acid [producing ] bacteria and it can help reduce symptoms when a person is lactose intolerant. The products created with this bacteria are useful for clearing diarrhea and for stimulating the immune system. Products fermented with this bacteria help to balance the intestinal microflora.’ Almost every one of the SBOs has a similar story! OK, maybe Dr. BG is not totally crazy, but the jury is still out. [Grace: Demented, no debate~!]
(NOTE: this is not an advertisement!)
Click the links to learn more:
Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus are some of our most ancient enviromental and soil based microflora that our ancestors co-evolved with.
- FloraMend (L. gasseri, B. longum, B. bifidum) ~ B. longum is one of the 7 ANCESTRAL CORE MICROBIOTA
- Delpro™ Super powered Russian Lactobacillus
- Renew Life/Ultimate Flora [Critical Colon] BIFIDO MAX
- Baby Jarro-Dophilus powder (1 tsp = 2.4 grams GOS) does contains dairy/soy
- Klaire Therabiotic Factor 4 (no dairy)
- Theralac lactobacilli and bifidobacteria
- PURE probiotics with Bifidobacteria longum and lactobacilli
If anyone is as interested in gut microbes as Dr. BG and I, please click each link above…these are links that I personally searched for, they were not hand-fed to me by manufacturer. For instance, the link on Lactobacillus paracasei will lead you to an article by the American Society for Microbiology concerning this microbe and it’s relationship to mucosal immune response. I will leave it to you to look into these, as each one alone could fill several blogs!
Here is the takeaway for this blog: If you are severely immune-compromised, do not take any probiotics. They are alive or spores (except for the killed ones). Like a live (attenuated) vaccine, probiotics are contraindicated in a severely immune-compromised individual, someone on or after chemo/radiation, low WBC or suppressed bone marrow.
If not, and you want to treat SIBO or just improve your gut microbiome, consider taking supplements like these in your therapeutic plan along with RS3-rich foods and Bionic Fiber (version A, B, C):
MegaSpore (practitioners’ offices only)
[Disclaimer: I have received samples for many of the above –Dr Grace/BG]
There is no magic in using these brands, but the supplement you choose should have a similar composition. These supplements don’t need to be taken for life, just until you kick-start your gut flora–when properly fed, these microbes will set up shop and help keep you healthy and happy. Proper feeding of microbes relies on resistant starch and some other prebiotics we will talk about next…