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Tue, Feb 26 11:02am · Intermittent fecal/sulfur breath odor in Digestive Health

I just ordered zinc and a three in one bone formula, and will give it a try. Here is the immediate research I found on zinc and VSC's "Two mechanisms of oral malodor inhibition by zinc ions." As a new member I am unable to include links). Will you please post additional research on this topi?. Thanks again!

Tue, Feb 26 10:35am · Intermittent fecal/sulfur breath odor in Digestive Health

I just want to express my gratitude for your response and to ginjax28. Your compassion this morning also feel like important healing supplements.

Sun, Feb 24 6:43am · Almost a half-year wait for an appointment. in Digestive Health

I had two thoughts after reading all of your posts, which are nearly identical to my own, including the exhaustive testing. I replied on a different thread and provided a very similar history. While our root causes may have been different, we are now in a similar place.
These are not simply recommendations, but things I am also considering.
1. Trigger foods: I re-read your post multiple times and now I am reflecting on your mention of carbohydrates causing massive problems with your breath and junk food reducing your bloating. You appear to be very cautious of alternative approaches, but there is one that is scientific and precise:
The elimination diet. It would require a lot time and energy, as well as a partner (who is actually willing to smell your breath).
Start with bone broth (or a neutral food)-no dairy, no carbs (especially no gluten).
Day 1: How is my breath?
Day 2: Same question
Day 3: Add rice and non-glutenous grains. Then monitor it.
Day4: Repeat
Day 5: Add gluten
And on and on until you get to meat.
***Take VSL while on this diet. It is well researched and carried by most pharmacies.
Ultimately, you need to find a way to starve this colony of bacteria.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar
People have had really good results with ACV and I don't see it being a solution to the breath but may help with digestion. ACV helps create the right PH for digestion, including support for low acid production. I wonder if the junk food simply helped speed up the digestive process, thus you felt less bloated but it did little for the breath. ACV should also help with this.

Sat, Feb 23 10:23pm · Intermittent fecal/sulfur breath odor in Digestive Health

Thank you for responding.

I'm in the middle of watching True Detective season three where the main character is investigating the same crime at the time it occurred, a decade later and then years beyond as an elderly man struggling with memory.

I was afflicted with "something" in Costa Rica over a decade ago and have been investigating ever since. It was likely from something I ate, but no test could determine that.

Tonight a friend shared nearly identical symptoms that his sister suffered in 2007 after leaving Costa Rica (we each lost about 40 pounds as we were too bloated to eat, though she lost a considerably higher percentage). His sister now carries a tupperware of food wherever she goes due to great food sensitivity. I also struggle.

While others on this message board may not have been assaulted with such an aggressive bacteria/parasite/??? we may all now be suffering very similar forms of gut dysbiosis.

I take no medication, am in great shape and have been cleared from the dentist and ENT. I am assuming this is dysbiosis and that some foods have either greater amounts of sulfur which release into my breath or there are an abundance of sulfur smelling bacteria in the gut.

Thu, Feb 21 11:08am · Intermittent fecal/sulfur breath odor in Digestive Health

I appreciate all that you shared and have traveled a very similar path. In addition to exhausting all of the medical options presented to me (I will list them here in case any are of interest: multiple endoscopies (including one with a Bravo study to measure ph levels), colonoscopy, gastric emptying study, barium swallow test, multiple stool tests and lab work, and hydrogen/methane breath test), I also explored the holistic path (black walnut parasite cleanse, DGL, HCL, enzymes, ginger tea, grapefruit seed extract, and much more).

It seems we have found ourselves in a very similar place = our breath smells like poop.

Currently, I have become interested in studying SIBO caused from sulfur producing bacteria (the current test only measures hydrogen and methane) as well as focusing much more closely at specific dietary changes.

I know that meat exacerbates my issues (I can measure this by my kids saying things like "your breath smells like a rotten garbage")

To be clear, I have seen the dentist numerous times as well as an ENT, both pointed me back to the gut.

I am also an athlete (yoga 5x per week), lean body with an organic plant based diet with very little meat.

None of this is working and my GI is unsure of what to do next.

I also went to see multiple allergists and all of the results were negative.

What is interesting about these and related posts is that despite incredibly strong foul smelling breath (which is important evidence that something is wrong) no one has an answer.

Like many of you I now brush multiple times a day. So….how is it that 2 minutes after brushing and flossing others are smelling feces from one's mouth???

For me, all of this began in Costa Rica in 2006. After returning my gut was never the same. Bloating. Reflux. And for the last 5 years breath.