I read this article this afternoon: “Doctors’ Group Says Antibiotics Can Be Taken for Shorter Periods.” Some key points:
👉 “The American College of Physicians (ACP), says that for several types of infections, shorter courses of antibiotics do the job — and even do it more safely.” 👉 “In general, the ACP says, [certain non-complicated infections] can be managed with five to seven days of antibiotics, or even three days in certain cases, instead of the traditional 10 days or more.” 👉 Antibiotics kill the good bacteria. 👉 Antibiotic overuse contributes to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 👉 “One particular concern, Fincher said, are potentially fatal gut infections caused by antibiotic-resistant C. difficile bacteria. Those infections often arise after a person has had antibiotic treatment that destroyed many of the good bacteria in the gut.” 👉 “An estimated 30% of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States are unnecessary…”
⭐ ⭐”Ask your doctor, ‘Do I really need this?'” Boucher advised. The next question, she said, can be about duration: If the prescription is for 10 days — the “default” for many doctors, the ACP says — patients can again ask why.” ⭐⭐
A good little reminder (and even a mantra) for the healing journey. I’ve been recovering/healing for half a year now. Yes, that seems like a long time, and I wish the process were quicker. But also I am amazed at how far I’ve come from feeling I’d die and then thinking I’d never eat again. I had to learn or relearn (or actually apply lessons I’d learned and pocketed) a lot about how to help support my body in its healing efforts. I still have a ways to go…I look forward to hitting that one year mark and celebrating the progress I’ve made between now & then. I hope I’ll be able to exercise more, maybe even rejoin my friends at group fitness classes; and I hope I get the birthday dinner out at my favorite restaurant, which I missed last year.
I won the dough-pizza stone battle tonight (unlike last night). It looks like an actual pizza. 😂 Homemade sourdough crust, lemon tahini sauce, mushrooms, feta. And again I will go to bed #grateful for the access, means, and opportunity to cook good healthy meals for myself (even if I’d rather someone else did it for me sometimes). 1/2 a year post-treatment. Next milestone: one year. Hard to believe. Sleep well, friends.
This is the first proper snack plate I’ve had since I got really sick in September. 26 weeks post-treatment this week. I made hummus with my lemon tahini sauce from the other day and sourdough flat breads for dipping. Tahini is packed full of vitamins A & E, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Chickpeas are a good source of magnesium, folic acid, manganese, protein, and fiber and can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels. Oh, also…delicious. Grateful for my snack plate; everything I’ve learned about food and nutrition lately; and the ability to make my own food.
I did great meal planning this week. And everything actually went as planned. This morning, I made a sourdough pizza dough and let it rise while we were at work all day, so tonight we could make personal pizzas. I made mine first, and I had a small disagreement 👊 with the dough and the pizza stone (resulting in one minor burn), so I ended up with random, wierd-shaped pieces of flat bread instead of a pizza. But it still tasted good. I used my lemon tahini sauce from the other night in lieu of traditional pizza sauce. And my toppings were sauteed mushrooms and greens, kalamata olives, and feta. All things I know I can eat. After learning from my pizza stone/dough debacle, Trent’s came out much more pizza like. And of course, his is actual pizza with tomato sauce and real pizza type cheese, so…🤷🏼♀️.
During my recovery, I started learning more about Ayurveda (5,000 y/o holistic healing system) and adopting more of its principles (eating according to my dosha; daily tongue scraping; healing spices like turmeric; yoga & meditation, etc.), including a nightly dose of Triphala. According to my book, “triphala is made from three detoxifying and tonifying fruits that help you more effectively absorb and assimilate nutrients and get rid of waste through healthy bowel movements.”✳️ Sounded good to me as I was recovering.
This morning I read this article that explains more of the health benefits of Triphala. 📝 Note: it does say it has a natural laxative effect. I’d guess it’s pretty mild because I’ve never had that affect me personally, but obviously everyone is different. Some key points from the article:
👉 The most commonly known health benefit of Triphala is that it helps in the digestion process. 👉 It also helps in strengthening the digestive tract of the body by increasing the number of good bacteria in the intestinal tract. 👉 According to a study published in The Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Triphala is great for our immunity and also acts as an immunosuppressant. 👉 Regular consumption of Triphala can help fight infections and control allergies due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
➕ It also explains its effects on dental health, enhanced vision, and weight loss.
2 reasons: 1. Many people are intolerant of foods, especially difficult to digest foods, given their intestines have been ravaged by infection. Colitis causes problems with digestion, resulting in gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, etc. Naturally, people want to avoid that, so their GI tract can heal (and because that’s unpleasant).
2. Rebuilding the microbiome is critical to getting and staying healthy post-treatment. Diet is the biggest and most important way we change and support our microbiome. Since CDI is the direct result of a) ingesting spores AND b) disruption to the microbiome, it’s incredibly important to make diet and lifestyle choices that help rebuild and then keep strong the microbiome to avoid future infection.
This is some exciting new research that could lead to new and better treatment options for C-diff: “Experts have uncovered a new molecular reason why faecal transplants are highly effective in treating infections such as C. difficile (a nasty bacteria that can infect the bowel), which could lead to more targeted treatments for this and other similar diseases.”
Dr. Monaghan said: “We have discovered a new mechanism by which the transplants work, which will now help us to develop a new method of therapeutics, which specifically target microRNAs. MicroRNA-based drugs are already being investigated to treat cancers, heart abnormalities, and kidney disease, but this is the first time microRNAs have been looked at as a means to treat C. diff infections. If used with antimicrobials, microRNA drugs could be extremely effective in treating C. diff and potentially other diseases.”
It’s Wellness Wednesday! Feeling tired all the time? That third or fourth cup of coffee just not cutting it? There may be some simple ways to fix that. And I’m not just talking about getting more sleep! Check out this article about how to stay energized according to the experts.
Some key points:
“Shah explains that by increasing your intake of fibre-rich, prebiotic vegetables, intermittent fasting, and using simple exercises to ease anxiety, within just two weeks, you’ll feel your energy surge.”
Shah recommends eating at least six-11 servings of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
Gundry says: “Add more greens and tubers like yams to your diet, and supplement with ground flax seeds or psyllium husks to feed the good bacteria in your gut prebiotics. When you do so, they manufacture postbiotics, which literally turbocharge your energy production.”
Shah says simple energy-increasing measures include going to bed and waking up at the same time daily, sleeping seven to nine hours most nights, getting 10-20 minutes of sunlight every day before 10am, limiting exposure to blue light from screens in the evening as much as possible, and exercising mindfully.