Day 59: Microbiome Update

To date, I’ve used donated fecal matter from one donor and human breast milk from one donor to give myself retention enemas. The results have been astounding. One of the most significant things I’ve noticed (aside from being cured of IBS) is that my cognitive processes have improved. Things that I thought were forever lost to me are starting to come back… like the ability to read a book and keep track of the story, or to fix things that are broken, or to focus long enough to pay my bills.

Today I ran across this article on the importance of maternal microbiota in forming the protective blood-brain barrier in utero. I found it very interesting that fecal microbiota transplant is cited as healing the BBB in adult mice and I wonder if that has anything to do with my sudden and profound improvements in mental clarity.

I decided not to use my second donor’s milk as an enema after learning that she suffered from several late-term miscarriages. I didn’t learn about the miscarriages until after I’d purchased the milk and read an article implicating microbiota imbalance in late-term miscarriage. I seriously doubt that her milk would harm me, but I decided not to risk bottom-up delivery and have been using it in smoothies and to make kefir instead. I also put a bit of her milk in my neti pot along with more L. Sakei the other day because of one persistent stuffy spot in my right sinus, and it seems to have finally “taken”. I’d had a couple of minor episodes of eyelash crusting so treated my eyeslashes with her milk twice and have had no further crusting.

In addition to drinking the human milk plain and fermented, I’m drinking raw camel milk from camels fed on a GMO-free diet, brewing ginger beer, and making homemade saurkraut. I also eat miso soup made from raw miso paste about once a week, half-cooked organic eggs, and am continuing with a high fiber diet. I’ve continued to see improvement in my gut function. I occasionally experience bloating, but from what, I’m not sure. I’ve had absolutely no more instances of soft stool and no bowel urgency. I’ve had a couple of pimples, but overall my skin is quite clear. It’s been extremely difficult lately to stick to an organic diet, or to get my supplements, because of a financial set-back that almost resulted in my utilities getting shut off, and I’m developing a deep fear of ingesting anything treated with glyphosate because of its antimicrobial nature, so I hope the new year treats me more kindly in money matters.

When it’s possible, I plan to purchase more milk from my first milk donor, and to approach the person who I’d like to be my 2nd fecal microbiota donor. When it’s kidding season, I’ll be able to puchase raw goat milk locally… it’s almost as beneficial to the gut as camel milk but much less expensive.

Day 10: L. Sakei to The Sinus, etc.

The sausage probiotic arrived today, and the package was much larger than I thought it would be. I think there’s enough starter in their to colonate at least a dozen people. My teen child consented to give it a try, because she was just resigning herself to a lifetime of sinus issues and is now hoping she won’t have to, so I mixed us each up a Neti pot-ful with water I boiled earlier and let cool. It stung a bit more than the usual Neti-pot experience.

I also started my morning with 5 ounces of human breast milk and filtered water, and a bit later a high-fiber smoothie. My tummy feels fine today. I haven’t experienced any of the painful bloating I usually do toward the end of the day. In fact I just ate and my tummy is rumbling, which is a sound I haven’t heard for a while!

My hair smells and feels better than it did a couple of days ago, in spite of just rinsing it well with no shampoo. I’m skipping the soak tonight and just applied a little HBM to the back of my neck, chest, feet and hands.

Day 7: Human Breast Milk, BLIS K12, L. Sakei

My delivery of organic, antibiotic-free breast milk from a gluten-free paleo mama arrived today. It went straight into my freezer so I can take a couple of days to lower my stress level before I start using it to reintroduce microbiota to my system.

Because I’ve been battling thrush, I also ordered a bottle of BLIS K12, an oral probiotic. It’s fairly new on the market so not carried in stores, but Whole Foods was able to order the NOW! OralBiotic version… I wish I’d known about this particular probiotic before I put in my LuckyVitamin order because it’s much cheaper on their webiste, but I’m not going to wait for my next big order to get it.

Because I have chronic sinus issues and always have, I also went looking for a local source for L. Sakei, which is present in the sinus cavities of healthy people. Couldn’t find any, so ordered a packet of #19008 Bactoferm F-RM-52 from