This entire website, the whole Hompes Method concept, what we stand for and how we yearn to help you was borne out of the health challenges I struggled with due to having Bad Bugs in my gut.
If you know my story, you’ll have learned that I was infested with three “bad bugs”:
- Helicobacter pylori – the stomach bacterium that causes ulcers and even stomach cancer in some people.
- Blastocystis hominis – a tiny parasite that causes irritable bowels, fatigue and other symptoms.
- Aspergillus – a highly toxic mold organism that can create all manner of problems.
When I finally detected these critters using tests similar to the ones we now use with our clients in the Hompes Method Testing Toolkit, I was able to eradicate them using specific herbs and gut-healing supplements and completely revitalize my body!
Since 2007, I’ve analysed close to 2,000 client stool tests and I’ve seen more than forty different bad bugs show up in these results – a whole host of different bacteria, yeast, fungi and parasites.
Nobody is going to tell me these bad bugs aren’t problematic, yet the medical system only acknowledges a small handful of them, and generally only if you have obvious digestive symptoms.
But these bad bugs can and do cause a massive array of symptoms that can extend far beyond your digestive system.
The main bad bug classifications are:
- Bacteria – they can infect your mouth, stomach, small and large intestine, as well as your urinary tract, sinuses, lungs and skin.
- Fungi – as above!
- Parasites – parasites tend not to infect your mouth, throat and stomach so much, but they can be prolific in your intestine and may migrate to other organs, including your liver, muscles and even your brain.
- Viruses – we don’t tend to deal with viruses so much in Hompes Method, but there are a few that cause problems.
If you’d like to learn more about each bad bug category, please click on the links above. When you click through, you’ll also be able to read individual articles on each bad bug I’ve seen in client stool tests over the years.
How Bad Bugs Cause Symptoms in the Seven Areas of Health
Bad bugs can really irritate the specific area of your body where they’re living.
- If you have a sinus infection, you’ll likely have respiratory symptoms – blocked nose, postnasal drip, nasal soreness, etc.
- If you have bad bugs in your stomach, you might have a sore, bloated upper abdomen and some heartburn, along with nausea, burping and possibly vomiting.
- If you have an intestinal bad bug infestation you may well have some lower abdominal pain, bloating, wind, constipation or diarrhea. You might also see some blood and mucus in your bowel movements.
- If they’re infesting your urinary tract, bad bugs will likely cause some stinging, pain on urination, increased frequency of urination, kidney pain and other “local” symptoms.
These symptoms are kind of obvious, but a) they’re still not recognized by most medical doctors unless the symptoms are severe and b) what about symptoms outside the gut.
If your gut is damaged by bad foods, bad bugs and bad toxins, two things will happen.
First, you won’t be able to absorb nutrients into your body effectively and you’ll develop nutrient deficiencies. These nutrient deficiencies can cause symptoms ranging from low energy, mood disorders, sleep problems, skin rashes, low sex drive and muscle cramps.
Second, many of the bad bugs produce toxins, which leak through your digestive wall and into your blood. Once they’re in your blood, they trigger inflammation and immune reactions, leading to allergy-based symptoms, neurological disturbances, skin rashes and others.
That’s how bad bugs in you gut can lead to symptoms throughout your body. Let’s take inflammatory conditions in nerves, muscles and bones as an example and take a quote from Dr. Alex Vasquez:
“Approximately 70% of patients with chronic arthritis are carriers of “silent infections”, according to a 1992 article published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases A 2001article in this same journal which focused exclusively on five bacteria showed that 56% of patients with idiopathic inflammatory arthritis had gastrointestinal or genitourinary dysbiosis. Indeed, research evidence strongly indicates that bacteria, yeast/fungi, amebas, protozoa, and other “parasites” (rarely including helminths/worms) are an underappreciated cause of neuro-musculo-skeletal inflammation.”
What’s A “Silent Infection?”
One of the most confusing aspects when trying to educate you on the possible effects of bad bugs is that you can have these critters living in your gut without ever knowing they’re there.
They can hang around in your stomach or intestine without causing any obvious digestive symptoms. Meanwhile, you can be tired all the time, grumpy, have a hard time sleeping, have muscle and joint stiffness, skin rashes and feel about as sexual as a piece of limestone.
When I did the research for my book, H Pylori: From Heartburn To Heart Attacks, I came across a staggering amount of research showing how certain strains of H. pylori influence seemingly unrelated things like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and insulin resistance.
If H. pylori, which is just one of dozens of these bad bugs, has the potential to alter cardiovascular function, it’s no wonder people feel some of the following improvements in health when they find and subsequently knock out bad bugs:
- Improved energy
- Better sleep
- More even moods
- Reduced menstrual symptoms
- Increased sex drive
- Fewer aches and pains
In addition to the H. pylori and cardiovascular system scenario, here are just a few of the known associations between bad gut bugs and seemingly unrelated conditions:
- Klebsiella and rheumatoid arthritis
- Yersinia and thyroid problems
- Pseudomonas and neuropathy (possibly even multiple sclerosis)
- Endolimax nana and arthritis
- Entameba histolytica and fibromyalgia
- Hookworm and fatigue (due to anaemia)
- Dientamoeba fragilis and urticarial (hives)
Remember, the associations above are between bad bugs and specific medical conditions. Imagine the contribution these bugs can make to common, everyday symptoms like sleep disturbance, energy levels, concentration, memory and mood.
Getting Tested for Bad Bugs
Even if you have symptoms such as irritable bowels, bloating, heartburn and other common digestive maladies, it’s highly unlikely your regular doctor will test.
Testing is usually confined to people who have vomiting, diarrhea and more significant symptoms, and usually only then if the symptoms have been present for more than 3-4 days, or if they’ve come back from an exotic holiday.
Even the best-known bug, H. pylori, isn’t tested for anywhere near enough in my opinion, especially given the fact that it’s a known cancer-causing agent (it’s a class I carcinogen, actually, which is the same category as tobacco smoking and asbestos are in for lung cancer).
Testing isn’t done because doctors aren’t taught that bad bugs can cause ongoing, long-term chronic symptoms.
Fortunately, the Hompes Method Testing Toolkit is able to leverage the services of some of the best private labs in the world to help you detect your own little collection of bad bugs.
Testing through our facilities carries several advantages over testing through the standard medical route:
- The laboratories we use employ different methods and technology.
- The labs possess more expertise in their staff than standard medical labs.
- As a result, they find more bad bugs.
- They understand the role of a much larger range of bad bacteria, toxins and parasites in creating symptoms, so these findings are not overlooked as they may be in standard tests.
- When they find bad bacteria, they also run sensitivity tests to determine which pharmaceuticals will be most effective in treatment programmes.
- The tests also look at whether you are digesting food properly.
- They also check your good bug levels.
- You also get information about whether your intestine is damaged.
- You do not need a doctor’s prescription or recommendation to take the test.
- The tests can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
- As well as stool tests, you can also run urine tests for urinary tract infestations.
- You can also access skin, vaginal and mouth swab tests to check for bacterial and fungal organisms in these areas of your body.
- Drinking water tests are also available for the detection of bad bugs and toxins.
If you’d like to order a test, please first complete our Online Health Assessment and Initial Consultation. It is very important that we ensure the most appropriate tests are used in your individual case.
We must be 100% certain you’re ordering the most cost-effective testing combination that’s going to provide the most accurate and relevant information (in other words, we want to make sure you get the biggest possible bang for your buck).