Author: russ_sutton

Most effective treatment for C-Diff?

The Enema of Your Enemy is Your Friend Fecal transplants could be a cheap and effective treatment for gastrointestinal disorders. http://www.slate.com/id/2282768/pagenum/all/ His plan was to administer “normal feces into the colon of patients with the disease,” so as to “re-establish the balance of nature.” Three of his four patients were near death before the fecal […]

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What would you like to see on this site?

What would you like to see on this site? That’s the one question I’m asking right now. If we can share with each other what we want to see on this site, we can start giving it (or more of it). Like you, I’d like to get rid of C Diff forever, but until then […]

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Is Brewers Yeast the same as Saccharomyces Boulardii?

Brewer’s Yeast (Saccharomyces Cerevisiae) and Florastor (Saccharomyces Boulardii) are not the same organism.  They are both yeasts and have similarities, but they are distinctly different strains within the same species.  There are many studies that show S. Boulardii is beneficial in the treatment of C Diff.  However, there is only anecdotal evidence (not fully reliable) […]

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Splenda Side Effects and C Diff (what not to eat)

I never would have predicted it, but it looks like Splenda/sucralose could be a big no no for anyone worried about C Diff. According to Neo-Paleolithic-Diet.com [1], “How would you like to reduce your normal flora by 50%?” The study sited there suggests that Splenda reduces the amount of “good bacteria” in your gut. The […]

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C Diff Infection – Hypervirulent NAP1 Strain and Fidaxomicin

There are multiple strains of C Diff floating around our hospitals and this one is pretty scary.  “This NAP1 strain has a genetic change that results in literally 16 to 23 times more toxin,” says William Jarvis, MD according to an excellent recent College of American Pathologists article [1].  In the same article, L. Clifford […]

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Fidaxomicin (formerly OPT-80, PAR-101 or Difimicin)

It looks like “Fidaxomicin (formerly OPT-80, PAR-101 or Difimicin),” is still looking very promising so be sure to keep searching for its new name, Fidaxomicin. [1]  Again, Fidaxomicin is a new drug soon to complete its last studies before applying for FDA approval.  It has been shown, so far, to a tiny bit more effective […]

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Should I take antibiotics? [Part 4]

Off Antibiotics – No More Cramps or Urges It has been 3 days of not taking the antibiotic now (Azithromycin/Z-Pak).  Within 24 hours of skipping the last dose, and doubling up on the probiotics for a day, I was feeling less cramping and urges that were identical to the prior C Diff bouts I’d had.  […]

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Should I take antibiotics? [Part 3]

Part 1 of this article can be found here. Part 2 of this article can be found here. I asked for more antibiotics I’m still on antibiotics and I’m concerned about relapsing with C Diff.  However, the great news is that I actually requested a second round of anitbiotics (Z-Pak/Azithromycin) since my sinus infection was […]

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Should I take antibiotics? [Part 2]

Part 1 of this article can be found here. Started Antibiotics Well, I wasn’t getting better, so I decided to take the antibiotics before I had infection spread to my brain or something crazy.  As delirious as I was at this point, though, I knew I needed to do whatever I could to prevent a […]

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Should I take my antibiotics?

Relapses everytime I take antibiotics Because antibiotics seem to cause relapses in my C Diff, I have sworn to my family and friends that I won’t take antibiotics again unless it is life and death.  Everytime I have taken antibiotics since my first bout, I “get” C Diff all over again. Common Cold A week […]

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