From the podcast The SIBO Doctor - The Methane Fungal Connection Part 2
Dr. Rahbar: We saw that some of the high-methane patients, they were eating a lot of egg yolks. When we asked them to stop that, spontaneously the numbers came down. One of them was not responding to the treatment, eventually by stopping the egg yolks and reducing the overall red meat, we were able to normalize the methane level. I presented some of the literature on this one, that the choline and carnitine through that enzyme, trimethylamine oxide in the liver, they produce TMAO. This molecule is basically a carbon with three, its prime material is basically one carbon and some elements of CH3 attached to it. It’s very easy for that to become the substrate for the methane. The case is actually among the presentation we did last year. The numbers came down by about 40, 50% without any treatment.
The mentioned case can be found starting at slide 112 ish of his sibo presentation with more explanations, when you scroll to “Download Dr Rahbars sibocon 2019 presentation” : https://www.thesibodoctor.com/2020/06/29/methane-fungal-connection-farshid-sam-rahbar-part-2/#dr-farshid-sam-rahbar (lots of possible root causes and cases discussed also)
Many people with sibo seem to feel better on a lower carb diet or end up eating more protein so this is an interesting finding since treating methane is so hard... I have relied heavily on eggs the past year and will see if eliminating them changes something.
Edit: specifically egg yolks due to their high choline content
Thank you :-)
I've just got my results back from my GI 360 test which analyses my microbiome. I submitted 3 stool samples over 3 days so it's quite comprehensive. They also attack the pathogens with anti biotics and natural anti microbials to see which ones you're most susceptible too.
Results here (22 page doc!): https://mega.nz/file/1XogiBBJ#wRQHnatSsfuhZhMVnGaRrReXa5F6bNUiyIdxWqfBf3g
I suffer from quite bad dermatitis and gas (also tested positive for methane SIBO). And every time I water fast my symptoms clear up so I know it's gut related.
There's a few alarming things in my results, which are listed on the first page of the document under "Key findings". I'll paste them here for convenience too:
Actinomycetales, Very High
Alistipes spp., Very Low
Firmicutes, Very High
Eubacterium siraeum, Very High
Blastocystis spp., Observed
Endolimax nana, Observed
Citrobacter freundii complex, Cultured
Klebsiella oxytoca, Cultured
Candida inconspicua, Cultured
Elastase, Very Low
Secretory IgA, Low
% Valerate, High
Total SCFA's, Low
pH, Very High
My document contains way more information about each of these. And I have an appointment booked with my naturopath in a month to go through this, but I wanted to know what things I can do now to start fixing my gut.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
It does seem really environmental unfriendly to release methane so I was wondering if the prototypes (or the final build for that matter) release methane in the atmosphere. If so, is there any measure put in place to mitigate it?
A few different thoughts stringed together here: first, I was looking at the current SN access hatches which are sometimes located on the windward side of the ship--obviously that will have to change once they start applying the heat tiles--but what if rather than relocating them to the leeward side they relocated them to the bulkheads? A few interesting opportunities if they did this:
Thoughts on the feasibility of this? Obviously there are a few concerns: added weight and complexity of a bulkhead hatch, added complexity of life-support systems, lack of whipple shield for passenger protection (as I would assume they will be adding in the passenger area) but I feel those trade-offs could be worth it? What other problems would arise from this and what other possibilities could it enable?