What are binders? I've not heard that term. I'm also wondering what Dr. K's products are? Is this a doc on the west coast? Did you use any specific anti-yeast herbal?
Also, thanks for all your information & everyone else's here!
Jinna, You mentioned a allergy test? Do NDs do those? I don't have a ND, but could find one. I am starting w/an herbalist soon who was recommended by an herbalist listed on Buhner's website.
Binders are generally used to bind toxins in your GI that then get eliminated quicker through normal bowel activity. Often, they can help regulate bowel movement - like they do for me.
Common OTC binders are activated charcoal, bentonite clay, modified citrus pectin, psyllium husk. There are also products used as binders but these are chlators and are best for binding to heavy metals - not for regular binding (chlorella, EDTA and others, cilantro, etc.) My favorite is PURE cholestyramine, which is an expensive heavy-hitter and requires Rx but is probably the best for mold.
Binders are really important for the kind of anti-pathogen treatment we're all doing because sometimes, what we're killing needs to be removed from our bodies faster than our bodies can remove them (do to detoxing issues, methylation issues). For y/f overgrowth, a good binder can also help prevent imbalance in the GI.
Always give yourself time buffers before/after binders because they will drag everything out of your GI - including food/nutrients and medication/supplements. And the more good stuff you're binding too, the less binder is available for the stuff it's supposed to be removing.
A good sequence is to take your antimicrobial and antifungal together, then take your binder. Give yourself two hrs before taking the binder and wait 2 hrs after the binder before taking ANYTHING else or eating.
ALWAYS, always always drink a good amount of water before, during and after binders. This helps with constipation some people have.
And due to the constipation risk and the risk of doing too much detoxing all at once, always start using a binder with a very small amount (1/2 capsule of charcoal, 1 teaspoon of clay, etc.) and with a lot of water. As long as you can manage the binding effectively, continue to increase doses.
Yes - NDs are probably better at discovering food sensitivities and allergies than regular MDs. There are fecal stool tests that can help determine if the body is producing antibodies to food matter (likely due to "leaky gut" - might be good to look that up) and that can cause your body to treat foods you commonly eat with sensitive reactions and/or allergies (although they are not the same).
Hope that's helpful -