Considering the fact that at least 50 percent of the people treated successfully for SIBO will have a relapse within one year and a large percentage of people are not achieving complete eradication and treatment may need to be repeated numerous times, it may make more sense to try the herbal route before pharmaceuticals. Depending on how quickly overgrowth repopulates, one may be looking at needing treatment several times a year or more. Most of us in the natural health field would not be comfortable using an antibiotic that frequently. Another option would be to alternate pharmaceuticals and herbals with each treatment round. However, I think one of the best options is to hit the microbes hard with a pharmaceutical first and then maintain those improvements with the herbal route. At this point, die off will not be as severe, so herbs may be tolerated a little better.
In 2006, Aslan teamed up with Iranian American cinematographer and producer Mahyad Tousi to create BoomGen Studios, a studio and production company focused to bring stories from and about the Middle East to American audiences. Projects that they consulted on include National Geographic’s Amreeka ; Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and the Broadway adaptation of Aladdin ; the Weinstein Company’s Miral ; Relativity Media’s Desert Dancer ; Fork Films’ The Trials of Spring ; Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater ; and 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary The Square .