FMT · The Healing Project

The Healing Project, May: The Month of Prep and Planning

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Want to know why I’ve been so quiet around these parts?

THIS.

Planning. Preparation. And, the kicker, doing it all on what feels like 30% brain function.

Why does it feel like my brain is mush?

Ironically, the very prep I’d like to tell you about.

As you may have read here, I will be undergoing fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) at Taymount Clinic near London, England starting in about a week and a half. [Cue hyperventilation.]

In order for it to “stick”, my bowels need to be pink and squeaky clean. Their words, not mine. Yes, that phrase made me cringe, too.

Because I’ve been dealing with dysbiosis and yeast overgrowth for so long, one of my practitioners also suggested taking some biofilm busters and herbal antimicrobials in advance of the transplant. That’s exactly what I was thinking, so it was awesome to be on the same page!

*It shouldn’t have to be said, but I came up with this regimen with the help of my medical practitioner. Please consult your own medical team prior to starting any such treatment.*

In case you aren’t familiar, here’s the down low:

Biofilms are sticky polysaccharide matrices where microbes can thrive. When “bad” bacteria or yeast take over other beneficial microbiota, these matrices make them super difficult to kill. You could treat dysbiosis with loads and loads of antimicrobials, but you won’t be able to get to the biofilm residents in order to knock them down.

Breaking down biofilm using enzymes and chelators (prior to using antimicrobials) can be helpful to eradicate longstanding infections and bring balance back to the microbiota.

Probiotics also play a key role in this recovery.

So… you may be asking… “What in the world does that have to do with your mushy brain?”

Well, I’ll give you my theory. Skip if you’re so inclined. Or bored.

As soon as I started taking Interfase Plus*, I could feel the brain fog rolling in like Karl in San Francisco. I felt “glutened”—exhausted, foggy, and just unwell overall. I also experienced the return of dermatitis herpetiformis (a skin manifestation of Celiac Disease) on my toes for the first time in ages.

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Sorry. Also, I don’t do pedicures. Obvs.

Possible supplement-related reasons for this—one of the enzymes is lysozyme, which is derived from egg whites. I don’t do well with eggs.

Another consideration is that EDTA chelates minerals (intentionally, to “starve” the biofilm bugs), and my mineral balance is precarious on a good day. Magnesium is my BFF.

The most likely contributor, in my opinion, is yeast die-off. I learned a long time ago that proteins in yeast cell walls are similar to the gliadin fraction of gluten proteins. This means that by killing yeast, my body may recognize those proteins as gluten.

It’s currently a chicken and egg situation in the published research, as far as I know: which comes first, the gluten reaction or the yeast overgrowth? Hmm.

Moving on.

The herbal antimicrobial blend is one I’m familiar with: Biocidin*. I did a Biocidin regimen over a year ago. I didn’t have a lot of my other gut issues dialed in, so I’m not sure how much benefit I derived.

This time, I went with Biocidin LSF*. The liposomal formulation is purported to more easily cross cell membranes because of the liposomal encapsulation.

I also used some Olivirex occasionally for $#!+s and giggles. Emphasis on the former.

It has helped to take GI Detox (clay and charcoal) about an hour after the bug killers. Unfortunately, I can’t always use it because of timing and keeping all these things away from food intake. I do need to eat, now and then.

I started all of this as soon as I could following my appointment, probably six weeks or so ago.

I’ve now also started the Taymount-recommended four week bowel prep. They give detailed instructions and a few different options.

It’s been pretty crappy.

Some of their suggestions for the bowel squeegee effect: OxyKlenz, OxyPowder*, or MagO7*. I went with MagO7 because it was the easiest to get.

Let’s just say that anticipating the possibility of urgent toilet trips during the morning school run routine is quite interesting when your battery is already running low. #wompwomp

Tomorrow, I go for colon hydrotherapy. I have to drive about an hour and a half each way because its apparently not “a thing” in my area. I have no idea what I’m in for, and maybe that’s a good thing. #thelessyouknow

Next up, divulging all the sordid details of planning this trip. Am I prepared? Depends on which aspect you’re asking about.

My gut is prepared. I think.

The rest of me feels like I’m flying by the seat of my pants. As long as the seat of my pants stays clean, I guess I’m good to go. 😉

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