Blastocystis Hominis Sydney

The Secret To Treating Blastocystis Hominis: Don’t Treat It.

  • Have you been struggling with chronic digestive issues?
  • Have you completed stool testing and been diagnosed with Blastocystis hominis?
  • Have you been told by your GP or naturopath that you need to take antibiotics or do a comprehensive gut
    detoxification protocol to get rid of Blastocystis?
  • Have you already completed many rounds of antibiotics & gut detoxification protocols and still have Blastocystis?
  • Have you gotten rid of Blastocystis and still feel awful, if not worse?

Stop Trying To ‘Treat’ Blastocystis Hominis

This may be a difficult idea to comprehend if you’ve been convinced that Blastocystis is the root of your chronic digestive symptoms

Logically it makes sense that Blastocystis must be the underlying cause of your digestive issues – you’ve had sluggish digestion and gut symptoms such as cramping, bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort and alternating bowels, you’re unusually fatigued, and have never been the same since travelling overseas & having a bout of gastroenteritis

Or maybe you have an autoimmune condition such as Hashmitos thyroiditis or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), and have finally uncovered Blastocystis, which must be the main culprit

What a relief to find out you have Blastocystis and can now treat it using antibiotics or herbal treatments…

If only it were that simple

The reality is that according to the research we do not know if Blastocystis hominis  is even a parasite, or pathogenic (disease-causing)

There are an estimated 1 billion people worldwide that have Blastocystis hominis, most of whom have no symptoms and are healthy

I meet so many clients at my practise in Sydney who are frustrated at having chronic gut issues, fatigue and brain fog, where all the typical recommendations and supplements they’ve been taking have not helped at all, and in many cases are now feeling worse

If so, this information is even more important for you

After consulting with clients and specialist practitioners in this area over many years, I educate as many people as I can that Blastocystis is most likely not very important

In my experience working with clients there are other underlying drivers of chronic digestive issues that are being overlooked

Before I go on any further, I’d like to highlight one very important point:

There is no known eradication strategy for Blastocystis hominis

Regardless of what any supplement company or practitioner has claimed

If anyone is claiming that you need no further investigation and just need to take a round of antibiotics/herbs and you’ll be fine, find a new physician

If i meet someone in Sydney or via skype and they have uncovered Blastocystis hominis, my approach is to focus on the entire clinical presentation of the individual, and come to ‘diagnostic closure’ by investigating and ruling out other things going on with your gut health.

This is incredibly important to understand

Most people make the mistake of fixating on Blastocystis as the cause of all their health issues, and typically go straight in with heavy antibiotic and herbal treatments, which typically leaves people with even more chronic gut issues that makes complete resolution harder to achieve in the long term. Antibiotics can temporarily relieve symptoms, but typically come back in time (and often worse)

Many practitioners – medical and naturopathic – immediately go in with the ‘kill’ approach, not really understanding the impact this is having on their client’s microbiome (and therefore, their entire well being)

GPs generally don’t know much about it and may prescribe antibiotics which don’t work, whilst negatively impacting the gut microbiome even further

Specialists may treat with extremely heavy antibiotics which typically leave people much worse-off, or just throw their hands up and admit they have no idea what to do about it and to ‘just live with it’

Many well-meaning naturopathic and herbal practitioners immediately treat with very strong herbal antimicrobials and essential oils, without investigating any further into the client’s gut microbiome and overall health picture

Herbal antimicrobial treatments (especially essential oils) can also have collateral damage on the gut microbiome as prescription antibiotics do. The major issue with all of these approaches is people end up much worse than before, regardless of whether or not they got rid of the Blastocystis hominis, due to side effects of antibiotics

GPs typically won’t go down the path of ruling out Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, Chronic Gut Dysbiosis, Fructose intolerance, or Intestinal Hyper-Permeability (‘leaky gut’)..

.It’s crucial to investigate all other potential gut issues

There are many things that could be going on with your gut health that need to be ruled out:

  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) (hallmark symptom is chronic bloating)
  • Dysbiosis (imbalance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gut bacteria)
  • Post-infective IBS (very common after travelling and having gastro)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Fructose Intolerance
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)

My Approach

Test – Don’t Guess!

Thorough investigative case-taking by a qualified practitioner  is extremely important

Seeking help with the right practitioner is essential, don’t put yourself through unnecessary stress by trying to figure it out yourself!

  • Ubiome Stool Test & Complete Microbiome Mapping (Nutripath)  are the two stool tests I routinely order to get an accurate assessment of the gut microbiome. These stool tests are DNA-based, using quantitative PCR technology. They are highly accurate & sensitive, and are the preferred testing method over any ‘culture-based’ stool tests
  • Majority of my clients are also tested for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – the majority of clients I’ve worked with who have Blastocystis ended up having severe cases of SIBO & chronic gut dysbiosis. By identifying the true underlying causes of their symptoms, we were able to treat appropriately without doing any more damage

Steven Judge
Sydney Naturopath

Wholistic Medical Centre (Surry Hills)
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24 replies
  1. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hello there and thank you for this information .
    I have had ongoing gut issues for awhile now and last year was tested for blastocystis hominis .
    I was treated with a herbal tincture which seemed to help and now 6 months later it seems to be creeping back .
    I’m hoping to be guided in a new direction.

  2. Janie Burry
    Janie Burry says:

    Thank you for this very interesting article. Is there a reason why you mention autoimmune conditions in this context, and specifically Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

  3. Patricia McMahon
    Patricia McMahon says:

    Hello.. I live in Melbourne and was diagnosed with Blasto about 7 years ago although I think I’ve had it much longer.. have had antibiotics to no avail.. can you help

  4. Saira
    Saira says:

    Treated for Blastocystis with antibiotics a few months ago after stool analysis revealed the cause of symptoms…going ok so far but not 100%…pretty sure these nasties triggered psoriasis…
    What’s your recommendation as far as effective treatment?

  5. Gerda Nijskens
    Gerda Nijskens says:

    Hi Steven
    Just reading this blog from you
    How are you ?

    I m from hinterland Gold Coast

    I did just an ordinary poo test done by my doctor
    It showed 2x parasites
    Dientamoeba fragilis and blastocystis hominis
    My doctor said to take antibiotics for 10 days what l ve been not doing for long long time as not keen on it

    Symptoms are that l have for more than 6 months now
    lots of grumpy music 😊l make in my stomach area BUT
    MOST IMPORTANT is to get rid of is the itch on my female organs between my lips down there Sorry
    I thought was fungal , was getting fungal vaginal cream for this , not helped much ,
    So did a swob test
    THIS came out negative. I m happy with that
    But need to get rid of the itch now still
    Doctor said parasites can itch there too
    Is this so ?
    I hope you can help me !

    Thanks Steven

  6. Motherof4Girls
    Motherof4Girls says:

    Do you know anyone offering similar testing practices in British Columbia, Canada? I had Blasto, treated with antibiotics, then treated for dysbiosus without testing. Symptoms have improved but return daily if I consume anything remotely sweet, sugar in my tea, a muffin, etc. I don’t mind the struck diet but it seems like I should be able to get better testing to resolve this issue. Thanks!

  7. Heather Aagard
    Heather Aagard says:

    Thoughts on keto to help eradicate blastocystis? I’ve done two rounds of antibiotics, and added ginger, garlic, oil of oregano, probiotics (including saccharomyces boulardii), digestive enzymes, with no decrease in symptoms. Thank you!

    • Steven Judge, Clinical Naturopath Sydney
      Steven Judge, Clinical Naturopath Sydney says:

      Hi Heather,

      I generally don’t recommend focusing on eradicating Blasto, as based on research I don’t believe it’s a pathogen. I’d focus more on ensuring gut dysbiosis, leaky gut and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth have been assessed for and treated.

      Keto I don’t think would be a good strategy in the long-term, as high-fat diets can encourage more bile secretion which can increase the growth of gram-negative sulphate-reducing bacteria, which will continue to drive leaky gut

      • Heather Aagard
        Heather Aagard says:

        Hi Steven,

        Okay, thank you for the helpful insight! I will follow your advise and look for a practitioner here in SLC, Utah that can do those tests. If one isn’t available, I will schedule an appointment with you, if you are still able to take international clients!

        Thank you so much!!

  8. Sonja
    Sonja says:

    Hi. After stool test done for suspected food poisoning they found Blastocystis. They recommended gave antibiotics. I have a history of ulcers and after the food poisoning episode(4days ago) I am suffering from symptoms of ulcers again… Can this be because of the parasit or just the antibiotics burning my stomach?
    Thank you.

  9. mirella
    mirella says:

    So you suggest that the main couse of gut problems is SIBO/leaky gut syndrome or dysbiosis ?? I heard that parasites are the main couse of leaky gut etc!! I had diagnose of Blastocistis…. after 2 years I thought that I found the reason (parasites) but after reading this blog I’m thinking that I’m even not close.. ;( I dont have SIBO so what should I do first? antybiotic or taking care about leaky gut syndrome? 🙁
    Best regards,

    • Steven Judge, Clinical Naturopath Sydney
      Steven Judge, Clinical Naturopath Sydney says:

      Hi Mirella,

      It’s difficult to say without your entire health history and a review of your results, e.g. to come to full diagnostic closure you need to do 3 different breath tests – lactulose, glucose and fructose.also need blood tests, then treatment can be directed individually. Everyone is different and there will be many contributing factors

  10. chatts
    chatts says:

    Thankyou Steven, this was the most informative Naturopathic post on Blasto that I have found. Please make a video for YouTube, your advice is invaluable and will help many.
    Blessings to you.


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