Archive for SIBO

Diet, Drugs, Herbs and SIBO: One ME/CFS/FM Finds Relief with the Pimental Approach

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO is a chronic condition or infection of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Normally the small intestine has low numbers of bacteria and the large intestine has high numbers of bacteria; however, Read more [...]

Cheaper, Safer, Better: the Herbal Approach To Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

My general conception of herbs is has been that they’re what you grow in your garden. Yes, they can be helpful with illness, but mostly around the edges. Pharmaceutical companies, on the other hand, spend hundreds of millions of dollars to produce a drug. If you’re really sick – you’re Read more [...]

The Fibromyalgia Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Leaky Gut Connection

We  just saw Esther, an ME/CFS patient make dramatic improvement not just in her gut but in her decades-long problems with extreme  fatigue, cognition, orthostatic intolerance and mood by treating her small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) with an antibiotic called Xifaxin.  The gut problems Read more [...]

From the Gut to the Brain: Esther’s Amazing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Xifaxin Story

Esther’s Xifaxin Story “It's impossible to describe the awe I (and my husband) feel as I am able to do things I haven't been able to do for so many years.” Here we recount Esther's amazing experience with Xifaxin (Rifaxamin), an antibiotic often used to treat small intestinal bacterial Read more [...]

Big Bellies: the Causes of and Treatments for Bloating

"Abdominal bloating is a frequent and bothersome but poorly understood clinical problem" It's not a subject for dinner table conversation but about 15-30 percent of the population experiences it,  it can be very painful, and it's just beginning to get the respect it deserves in the research arena. Read more [...]

The Gut in Fatigue, Pain, Mood and ME/CFS/FM: Part II – The Emerging Story

  Two medical practitioners/researchers, Dr. Bested and Alan Logan, with a long history of involvement in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), have written a series of three review papers suggesting gut flora and gut issues impact the fatigue, pain and mood issues present in ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. Read more [...]

The Gut, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – the Emerging Story

Dysbiosis - The condition that results when the natural flora of the gut are thrown out of balance The gut has not received alot of research in either fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome but it's becoming more and more clear that the gut is a player and the only question is how big of a role Read more [...]