Well after several hours at Google University, consultation with some wonderfully supportive people and crying a handful of times, I’ve decided how I’m going to handle The Beast. Basically, I’m going to knock it down the same way I did in February and March – using the herbal supplements recommended by my coaches at Nourish Balance Thrive. I know I felt great within a couple weeks of starting them, so they work. I thought about going to my M.D. and begging for a prescription for antibiotics, to get this over with faster. But here’s how I imagine that conversation going:
Me: Good morning, Doc. I wonder if you could help me with something. I do my own testing because I really have very little faith in your ability to help me, and I did this stool test a few months ago. You’ll see here on the stool test it says I have very little beneficial bacteria in my digestive tract, as well as one really annoying and overgrown gram negative bacteria. Now, I know you don’t know much about this test, given that you’ve never ordered it for a patient, and I know you don’t probably don’t know much about the GI tract, given that you would just refer out when someone uses words like, “bloating,” and I know you probably don’t really buy into this whole notion of gut bacteria having any effect on our well-being, let alone that gut bugs could be responsible for many chronic and debilitating metabolic and psychiatric illnesses, but I’d like you to suspend judgment for a moment and partner with me as my healthcare practitioner, and trust that I’ve done a lot of research on this and that I know what’s best for my body right now. After I got these test results in February I tool herbal antibiotics (also known in your profession as “woo”), and while they were effective, I wasn’t quick enough to repopulate my gut with friendly flora and the bad guys grew back. I’m now experiencing depression severe enough to threaten my relationships and ruin my quality of life. Now, again, I know it’s a stretch for you to accept that depression could be caused by gut bacteria (or god forbid, a “leaky gut”) but I wonder if you wouldn’t mind prescribing me an antibiotic so I could kill this monster.
Doc: Depression? Do you want an antidepressant?
Me: No, an antibiotic.
Doc: What? No.
And at that point I’d have no choice but to fire my doc for being an idiot and then I’d have no one to prescribe my blood pressure medication.
So I decided against that potentially humiliating option and instead I’m trusting my friends at NBT who have been exceedingly patient, generous, and wise throughout all of this.
After the killing phase I’m going to bombard my gut with this probiotic. I hope several trillion bugs is enough to fill in the empty void that will then be my large intestine.
Also starting Glutamine today for gut wall integrity, per Amelia’s recommendation.