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SIBO What Causes It And Why IS It So Hard To Treat?

August 24, 2019

Greetings! Eric Bakker from New Zealand a naturopath
all the way down from New Zealand. That’s for coming back and looking at my videos
today. It’s a nice, wet, rainy day out there and
we’re going to do some videos. I’ve got a question here from a lady in the
states, she says Eric what causes SIBO? Why is it so hard to treat? She really wants to know that. This lady sent me an email a while ago. I won’t read out the email, it’s like this
long with like 50 questions on it, which I haven’t really got time to answer personally,
but I’ll do it through a YouTube video. So, if we analyze the question, SIBO what
causes it and why’s it so hard to treat? I’ve done some questions, some YouTube videos
on SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. A long time ago, when I was a student we called
it dysbiosis, we didn’t call it SIBO. Now we know really that it’s a small intestinal
bowel problem, particularly it effects the small bowel. The small bowel’s about 20 feet long. It’s over three times as long as I am. It’s huge. And like any part of the GI tract it contains
bacteria. The stomach doesn’t have a lot of bacteria
in it because it’s quite acid forming and low PH. When we get down to the small bowel we have
got bacteria down there, but there nowhere near as much as you’re gonna find in the large
intestine and the colon. So, it’s estimated that you’ve got around
a thousand to maybe two or three thousand bacteria per milliliter in the small bowel. A milliliter is a thousand of a liter. So it’s only a very tiny amount of fluid. So, a thousand to two thousand bacteria in
a milliliter in the small bowel. When we get to the colon or the large intestine
however, we’re gonna find over a billion bacteria per milliliter. So a lot, lot more bacteria in the large bowel. It’s a lot more competitive. It’s a different kind of environment. But the small intestine is what we’re talking
about. The small intestine and the bacterial overgrowth. Some of the research I’ve looked at says that
SIBO can be caused by some bacteria in the large intestine coming back into the small
bowel and overgrowing. Other research I looked at states it’s primarily
a lifestyle, particularly of the western world kind of problem. So what causes it, it’s difficult to work
out, but antibiotics are a prime cause of SIBO but so is stress and so is irritable
bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. The oral contraceptive pill is also linked
with small intestinal bacterial problems. There are many medications, proton palp inhibitor
drives or acid blockers can be linked up with it. So there are a myriad of drugs that are linked
with it. Stress is one of the big ones, but it’s also
estimated that about six to 15 percent of healthy people are A-symptomatic, meaning
they haven’t really got symptoms but they also have SIBO. It’s also estimated that 80 to 90 percent
of people with irritable bowel syndrome have got SIBO. So, what are the symptoms? Well, cramping pains, bloating, gas, diarrhea,
a lot of abdominal discomfort, can be multiple mal motions or even only a bowel motion every
two or three days, but generally it will mean bloating and abdo … abdominal discomfort
will be a prime one that you can get with it. Why is it so hard to treat? Well if you think about, it’s right in the
middle of the body. It’s a difficult part to get access to. So, we can take medications in for example,
one of the prime drugs that are used for it is called Rifaximin, it’s an antibiotic. But one study I looked at, a very prominent
study, said that about half the people who take Rifaximin even more 60 percent get no
result with it at all, just aggravation. Also, research has shown that you’re gonna
get a slightly better outcome with an anti-microbial, natural one than you are the Rifaximin, but
the problem with Rifaximin is it really can create a lot of discomfort and pain and sickness
with a lot of people. It can have a lot of side effects. So, it is a transient drug. It doesn’t stay in the body, it moves through
and it causes [inaudible 00:04:10] killing the bacteria. I really don’t like Rifaximin. I know there are some SIBO doctors and SIBO
experts that love Rifaxamin, but I’ve had too many patients contact me that feel really
bad after taking it. And I see too much collateral damage with
that product. I don’t really like it. So, what do I recommend? I recommend natural microbial. I’m gonna recommend a broad spectrum, natural
antimicrobial. I find it far more effective that Rifaximin. We’ll talk about that in a minute. The other thing with SIBO I should tell you
is these bacteria can cause a lot of problems in your body, these bad bacteria. They’re little buggers because they can gobble
up B-vitamins. They can even eat up your B-12 before your
own body has access to it, right? Because if you look at B-12, B-12 comes primarily
from meat. You can get it from some natural sources,
but it’s much harder to get a hold of. Now, B-12 is very, very important because
it’s one of the most important B vitamins for the nervous system. It helps to give you a lot of strength and
stamina. It helps to mature blood cells. It helps to stop anxiety and depression. It’s very, very powerful. A nervous system boosting vitrain. So when you’re low on B-12 you can have quite
low stamina, low energy. You can be much more prone to mood swings,
poor cognitive function. You’re also more prone to methylation disorders,
which is a complicated bi-chemical cycle. So if you have methylation disorder you can
be more prone to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Dementia’s, cancers, heart disease, many different
types of diseases, by having a poor methylation cycle. B-12’s also important for detoxification of
many different types of toxins from the body. These bacteria can also interfere with bio
acids. Now, bio acids are very important because
they allow a proper breakdown of fat soluble vitamins for us to absorb them and access
them, vitamins A, D, E, and K. So, if you’ve got a lot of these bad bacteria
you can actually have deficiencies of vitamin A, deficiencies of vitamin D, vitamin K, and
vitamin E, bad news. There’s also bacteria that can gobble up iron,
bad ones and that can make you really exhausted and tired. Give you a lot of anemia and a lot of immune
dysfunction. So, you need a very healthy viable gut to
have very good health and you need to do so by making sure you’ve got a good balance of
the right kind of bacteria in the small bowel and to keep the bad ones suppressed. Lactobacillus love the small intestine. Bifida bacteria predominate in the colon,
large intestine. So stool testing will often show the levels
of lactobacillus that we find in the small bowel. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but I
know that canxida removed the supplement I created about five years ago now. Has been used by a lot of people with SIBO
to great effect and also a lot of these people include people who’ve used Rifaximin with
no luck at all, and when they used canxida removed they had a good result. Now why is that so? Well as I mentioned before Rifaximin is only
a … it’s a one trick pony. It’s a one particular drug that has a very
narrow band of action in the small bowel. So, a study has shown that natural antimicrobials
has had a better effect that Rifaximin in fact. So why would you use an antibiotic when you
can use a natural treatment for SIBO? Canxida remove you’re gonna use two, three
times a day for example. One tablet, three times per day for about
two or three months. If you use it with a probiotic, a specific
one made to work on conditions like SIBO, like canxida restore, you’re gonna get an
even better outcome. The great thing with these natural antimicrobials
is particularity canxida removed, it has a broad spectrum action, okay? So it’s not a one trick pony. It doesn’t kill off the beneficial bacteria. We’ve repeatedly seen this with stool testing. And the third one is the bugs don’t seem to
become resistant to it. We can take down a lot of these bad bacteria
within about a 12 week period. So, that’s a bit of food for thought with
SIBO. It can be hard to treat, but with the right
kind of diet and the right kind of treatment you’re gonna get a great outcome with SIBO. So, I hope that gives you a little bit of
an insight into SIBO. What else have we got here? Yeah, so why’s [inaudible 00:08:34] … we
talked about that. So, don’t forget to click on the link in the
description below if you haven’t got my canxida report. It’s quite a good shopping list to take with
you. It shows you the foods which I really want
you to focus on when it comes to improving your body. Not just from canxida but also from SIBO. Thanks for tuning in on the video.


  • Reply PlantBasedSkate February 9, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    This might be a new/different ? for you Dr.. Have any of your patients ever suffered from the inability to burp/belch? I never learned how for whatever reason, and often wonder if it's been a contributing factor to my gut health or lack thereof. Thankfully the gas can escape no problem out the backdoor, but curious if it's doing damage being trapped in there until that point. Appreciate your thoughts and all that you do here, cheers!

  • Reply Legende m February 10, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Can sibo cause symptoms like gastroparesis and gerd have ?

  • Reply Legende m February 10, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Can sibo cause low testosteron ?

  • Reply Legende m February 10, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Hello docter what is your opinion about this suplements : fc cidal- dysbiocide- ginger pills- oregano pills and grapefruit extract?

  • Reply 14 fallout 88 April 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Hearing good things about Manuka/raw honey.

  • Reply Ash Abdi September 22, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Dr. Bakker I have SIBO-C, H-Pylori, Parasites, and Candida all together. I've been completely lost trying to heal from all this. In what order should I be addressing these issues?

  • Reply Suchitra Kamal November 18, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Hi please can you spell the name of the natural drug you mentioned and also the probiotic and can it go away by itself with diet change .Thanks

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