Is it okay to leave SIBO Untreated? Will it treat on its own overtime?

Greetings. It’s Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements. I have a very interesting question here from a patient in California. Eric, what if my SIBO is left untreated, what will happen to me?

It’s like anything else in life. If you tend to turn a blind eye to something that’s a small problem in the beginning, in the end it will become such a big problem that you can’t turn a blind eye to it anymore. And you get to the point where you’re going to seek medical treatment. But the problem with medical treatment is if you presented a doctor with SIBO signs and symptoms, what do you think you’ll be given? You’ll probably be given antibiotics, which is the last thing that you need. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s like someone who’s got no money at all that is going to take out a huge big loan at an interest rate they’ll never be able to afford to pay back, and eventually, they’ll end up on the street with nothing.

When you start taking antibiotics for digestive problems, it’s a stupid thing to do. You get nowhere with this long term. The best way to treat any kind of a gut problem is initially by trying to identify the cause of the problem, particularly like the diet and the lifestyle change that you need for your gut to return to health again. It makes a lot of sense. What do they say, “A stitch in time saves nine.” So if you fix something now, down the track it’s not going to be unfixable.

I urge you to have a look at some of my writings at and read some of my other articles on dysbiosis and SIBO in particular. Do my Candida Crusher quiz, which I think is one of the best on the internet. And also have a think about my book, Candida Crusher, in general. Look at the diet that I’ve written there in the lifestyle suggestions. A lot of my writing is already published. There are over a thousand articles now published on the internet regarding the naturopathic gastroenterology work that I’ve done in the last 27 years, so you can benefit from a lot of free information. If you’re stuck, you can always have a consultation with me through Just go to my .com website. I’m always willing to see patients. I’ve seen a lot of patients now, and it’s really great that I can help so many people out through this medium, the internet.

I urge you if you’ve got a functional problem with the gut is to get onto it sooner rather than later because you can turn these things around. And if you get there in time, you’ll be able to save yourself a lot of problems. In New Zealand, we have four people dying every day of bowel cancer. Now, those people had no idea they had bowel cancer. And in this country, 34% of the people that get diagnosed with bowel cancer are terminal. When they’re diagnosed, they have metastases through various parts of the body. Now, they never had any pain. They had no problem. They just went through life with bloating, gas, with no problem at all until one day they’re passing blood, and then it was too late.

I’ve had patients like this that are no longer alive today because they chose to ignore these signs and symptoms. So I urge you if you have digestive problems, fix them now and don’t wait until you get a diagnosis that you might not be happy with because then it’s your own fault because you didn’t want to do anything about it.

Yeah, it’s not really a nice video today, but it’s one that I really want you to think about. Problems need solving sooner rather than later. Thanks for tuning in.

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