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Rome II definition of IBS?

IBS can be diagnosed based on at least 12 wks of the preceding 12 mos if there was abd pain or discomfort that had 2 out of 3 features:
relieved w/defecation and/or onset assoc w/change in frequency of stool and/or onset assoc w/change in form of stool


sxs that cumulatively support dx of IBS?

abn stool frequency (more than 3 per d or less than 3 per wk)
abn stool form
abn stool passage
bloating or feeling of abd distention


5 common misdiagnoses of IBS which could also lead to IBS?

Food allergy/intolerance
ileocecal valve syndrome
parasitic infxn (emotions and sympathetic dominance)
deficiency of secretions: hypochlorhydria, pancreatic insufficiency, BB enzyme deficiency
overgrowth of commensals (SIBO)


6 txs for c. diff infxn?

saccharomyces boulardii: 3-6 B TID x 14 d
nutritional or brewer's yeast: 1 tsp BID x 14 d
cinnamon: 1000-1500 mg/d
metronidazole: 500 mg orally every 6-8 hrs for 10-14 d or alternatively 250 mg every 6 hrs for 10-14 d
vancomycin: 125-500 mg orally every 6 hrs for 10-14 d ($$$)
fecal microbiota transplantation x 5 d


5 txs for giardia lamblia infxn?

probiotics (L. casei)
garlic or allicin
pippali rasayana (butea monosperma) and piper longum: 1 gm TID x 15 d
berberine containing herbs
metronidazole: 250 mg orally every 8 hrs for 7 d depending on nature and severity of infxn


diet suggestions for someone with giardia infxn? what to avoid specifically?

whole-food based, high-fiber diet low in fat, lactose and refined sugars
additionally add probiotics and wheat germ
avoid vit A supplementation during infxn
beet diet?


2 txs for crypto in the immunocompetent pt?

chyawanprash (Ayurvedic herbal combo; base of ghee, may or may not contain silver, honey or sugar, purported to raise SIgA levels): 1/2 tsp BID for 30-60 d
crypto 30X nosode: 15 ggts TID for 1 mo or more


7 tx options for treating blastocystis hominis?

broad spectrum antiparasitic formula: 2 TID ic on alternating wks for 10 wks
B. hominus 30X nosode: 15 gtts TID x 10 wks
collodial silver
jackass bitters combo (?)
oregano oil
metronidazole (250-750 mg TID x 7 d) or tinidazole or bactrim or iodoquinol (650 mg orally 3x's/d x 20 d


3 tx options for treating dientamoeba fragilis, e. histolytica?

broad spectrum antiparasitic: 2 TID ic on alternate wks x 10 wks plus E. histolytica 30X or D. fragilis 30X: 15 gtts TID x 60 d
metronidazole for 10 d followed by iodoquinol for 20 d


4 tx options for ascaris lumbricoides?

carica papaya: 20 mL of seed blended in honey
1% solution of Artemesia santonica daily for 40 d
chenopodium ambrosiodies (Peruvian herb)
mebendazole: adults and children PO 100 mg tablet AM and PM on 3 consecutive days


if SIBO is present what 6 tx options should you consider? 4 diet options, 2 supplements

specific carb diet
SIBO specific foodguide (SCD/ low FODMAPS)
elemental diet
water fast x 2-3 wks
lactobacillus casei 6.5 B ac qd x 6 wks
enteric coated peppermint oil: 25 mg TID x 2-4 wks


what does the SCD eliminate? what does it allow? how quickly can you see improvement in sxs after beginning SCD?

eliminates grains and starches, starchy veggies, some beans, oligosaccharides (polysaccharides)
allows monosaccharides (honey), meat, fat, non-starchy veggies, ripe fruit, nuts/seeds, some beans, lactose-free dairy
can see improvement in sxs in 1-2 d


what is the low FODMAPs diet? % success rate?

IBS tx diet that eliminates fermentable carb foods (certain fruits, veggies and grain) and has a success rate of 76% in IBS


what does FODMAPs stand for?

F: fermentable
O: oligosaccharides
D: disaccharides
M: monosaccharides
A: and
P: polyols


what is the elemental diet? absorption occurs where? where can you get it? problems with it? is it successful? cautions?

liquid only diet
predigested nutrients in powder form- vivonex plus (Nestle)
absorbed w/in 1st 2 ft of SI
can get at hospital, OTC, internet
problems: VERY expensive ($450/week); tastes bad
most successful non-drug tx studied for SIBO, 80-85% success during 2-3 wk course
cautions with DM pts and pts on dialysis


how long does a water fast last? when to stop? who is this not recommended for? $?

lasts for 2 weeks
some say fast until what looks like the lining of the intestines come out
not suited for underweight pt
cheap (obviously)
no studies done yet


what diet is good to help heal the BB? what should it be made from?

broth made from marrow bones, vit A, L-glutamine, lactose-free colostrum (2-6 g/d), probiotics (sauerkraut juice, lactose-free yogurt), zinc carnosine (75 mg BID), combo formula


if a pt has IBS and part of the problem is hypochlorhydria what could you give?

vinegar: 1-2 tsp in water before meals
betaine HCl: up to 3120 mg per meal


what 6 tx options could you try for open ileocecal valve syndrome?

liquid chlorophyll: 1 tbsp TID
betaine HCl
plant or pancreatic enzymes
adrenal tissue
adrenal botanicals (eleutherococcus, glycyrrhiza, rhodiola, holy basil)
adrenal nutrients (B complex, C, Zn, B5)


what 4 tx options could you try for closed ileocecal valve syndrome?

calcium (Lowenberg's test)
pancreatic or plant enzymes
factors to balance high cortisol (ashwaganda, serine phosphate, plant sterols, DHEA)


what is the protocol for the ICVS transition diet?

avoid or minimized initially:
high fiber and irritant foods: popcorn, chips, pretzels, nuts, seeds, whole grains
raw fruits and veggies
potent spices: chili, black and cayenne peper
chocolate and alcohol: more than 2 c of coffee/d
dairy, wheat, corn, soy


what is the cedars-sinai diet? protocol?

lactose free
sweeteners allowed: glucose, sucrose, aspartame
sweeteners not allowed: corn syrup, mannitol, sorbitol, sucralose, lactose, lactulose, fruit juice
fiber from fruits and non-starchy veggies mostly: limit to 2 servings of fresh fruit/d
limit or eliminate beans, lentils, peas, soy, dairy
adequate water intake: 8 glasses/d
limit potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and cereals to 1/2-1 c at each meal, use white not whole grain products
protocol: diet follows 14 d of antibiotic dosage, 4-5 hrs b/w meals to stimulate MMC, 12 hr fast at night


5 botanical tx options for SIBO

allicin extract of garlic: 450 mg BID-TID
berberine herbs: 5 g qd in split dosage
emulsified oregano: 100 mg BID
neem: 300 mg TID
enteric coated peppermint/menthol oil: antibac in vitro for E. coli, can cause heartburn though b/c it is a SM relaxant
30-60 d prior to retesting for all
prolonged die off rxns may occur


John's Hopkins 2 herbal protocols

dysbiocide 2 BID, FC-cidal 2 BID
candibactin AR 2 BID, candibactin BR 2 BID
take either for 30 d


antibiotic protocol for hydrogen producing SIBO? what happens if you don't follow one of the SIBO clearing diets w/the abx?

rifaximin 550 mg TID x 10-14 d
if don't follow one of the 3 diets recurrence rate goes up to 47% w/in 9 mos


abx tx for methane producing SIBO? BM picture for these pts? alternative combo?

pts will present w/constipation or alternating constipation and diarrhea
rifaximin 550 mg TID x 14 d w/neomycin 500 mg BID x 14 d
alternative: rifaximin 550 mg TID x 10-14 d plus metronidazole 250 mg TID x 10 d


when is rifaximin and concurrent neomycin to tx methane producing SIBO c/i?

w/renal dysfunction, ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity


what 3 rxs can you use to tx low motility?

erythromycin compounded to 50 mg qhs x 3 mo (may use 1/4 of 250 mg standard tablet)
LDN nightly for 3 mos, 2.5 mg qhs for diarrhea and 4.5 mg qhs for constipation
prucalopride, potent, selective and specific 5-HT4 receptor agonist: 0.5-2 mg qhs, not available in US


what is a prokinetic?

has a (+) effect on the migrating motor complex (motilin receptor agonist)


what are 3 antifungals, 2 supplements and a functional problem you need to tx when treating candidiasis/rhodotorula/saprophytic fungi infxn?

antifungals: capryllic acid (800-1200 mg TID cc) or undecylenic acid or nystatin (500,000 units 1-4x's/d up to 1 yr or fluconazole
supplements: alternate oregano extract (100 mg TID) and garlic (whole herb) or allicin (180 mg QD to TID) along with probiotics (10-15 + billion BID cc)
functional problem: tx hypo/achlorhydria if present