I'm at somewhat of a crossroad and need help in deciding how best to proceed.
I've been working with two functional medicine practitioners over the past several months. Each has recommended a gut healing protocol. I am trying now to decide which option makes most sense.
A little background about myself: I'm 27 years old and have been dealing with cystic acne, to varying degrees, for over 10 years now. From 2008 to roughly 2012, I was on a variety of antibiotics, including Doxycycline, Bactrim, and Solodyn. In recent years, I have also dealt with dry eyes. My eyes were always somewhat dry but it wasn't until several months after I had LASIK that they became much worse. The cystic acne, dry eyes, and fatigue are the worst of my symptoms, but I also experience cold hands and feet, oily and dry skin, dark circles under my eyes, irritable bowel, brain fog, social anxiety, etc.
This past summer I had several tests done, including the BH 401H (GI Pathogens Screen), which uncovered a light growth of aspergillus and citrobacter.The first practitioner I worked with (who advised option 1) was not aware of this, as I had this test done at a later time through the other practitioner.
My goal in essentially implementing a 4R/gut healing program is to address my test results as well as to counter years of antibiotic overuse. While option 2 adds things like liver and adrenal support and seems to be the more comprehensive protocol, my biggest problem with this is that it's $2,400 over three months, which just seems sort of insane.I want to heal myself but at the same time I want to make sure that I'm being very careful with my money.
Is anyone familiar with any of these products? Biocidin seems to be the gold standard among the functional medicine community for pathogen eradication but it has been difficult to find any information on these products outside of the manufacturer's website. Some things I'm wondering: Are these products safe? Can they used for three or more months? Can taking natural antibiocitcs, especially after years of using harsh prescription antibiotics, cause more damage to the gut? I have tried to include in parenthesis the intended use of each supplement, if known.
Metagenics Candibactin BR (Antimicrobial)
Numedica Gluten Support Tri-Flora Plus (Probiotic)
Azeopangen Extra Strength (Digestive Enzymes)
Numedica B-Replete (Vitamin B Supplement)
Numedica Dual Detox DPO (Detoxing Agent)
Numedica Magnesium Citrate (Detoxing Agent)
Numedica Gluten Sensitivity GI Support
Metagenics Glutagenics Powder