Several weeks ago Scott had some tests done to try to identify the cause of his gastrointestinal issues which have plagued him for some years now. The results of these tests recently came back and he was able to discuss them with his naturopath. The first test was simply checking for SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) and came back positive. SIBO is a condition which occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. It causes pain, diarrhea, and malnutrition. It is treatable through antibiotics, herbal supplements, and diet, although there is a high rate of recurrence since these treatments do not address the underlying issue (which is often unknown).
The second test was a comprehensive stool analysis that seeks to evaluate the overall health of the large intestine. Basically, this test showed that there are more bad bacteria in the gut than good bacteria. It identifies exactly which bacteria are present and what treatments will be effective against them. This information is very valuable since other doctors/naturopaths have guessed that bacteria could be one of the causes of Scott’s issues, but no treatment has ever been effective because it was not specific to the type of bacteria in his gut. The treatment is similar to SIBO and has the same problem of not addressing the underlying issue. The test also showed a few other problems that are most likely being caused by the bacteria so hopefully, they are resolved once the bacteria are dealt with.
In sum, we hope these two tests will prove decisive in finally resolving Scott’s chronic gut issues since they identify the type of treatment that is needed. Please pray that the treatment would be effective and Scott’s health will be restored.
Elizabeth also has a health update. She was able to see the ENT (ears, nose, and throat specialist) regarding her uncommon breathing pattern. Enlarged adenoids were suspected and surgery possible to remove them, however, they found that her adenoids are only slightly enlarged and surgery is not required. We are very thankful for this and also grateful that Elizabeth has been much healthier lately.