Biological Population Dynamics
A note about 'biological control' populations
(starting new supplements, medications, diets, etc.. copyright Kd.) last updated 8.25.05
There is often talk about die-off reactions or adjustment reactions when supplements, medications, dietary changes or other measures are started to, epecially to control yeast, bacteria, parasites, or viruses (the pathogens).
When doing these things, we often are really altering the biological populations in our bodies. Most notably are getting out the bad gut bugs and trying to put in beneficial probiotics so our bodies work properly - cleaning out the gut and getting good fauna going.
At times people write,"I tried enzymes or whatever else and it seemed to clear out the bacteria or other pathogens in the beginning but then my problem seemed to became worse so I stopped the enzymes (or other thing)." or...
"My son was doing great on probiotics and enzymes for nearly a week and now he is doing these behaviors again. Did I do something wrong?"
There is a known cycle which happens in agriculture and other applied sciences concerning population dynamics which might be helpful here.
Let's say we have an area that is over-grown with a certain type of weed. We opt to use 'biological control' and release a certain moth that is known to eat that particular weed and not harm other crops or plants in the area. We release bunches of moths which promptly eat
the weed down. We are thrilled with our successful plan.
However, now you have moths at a certain population because they were able to eat their fill and continue their life-cycle. But now their initial food supply (the weeds) are sharply depleted. The moth population starves out and dwindles down. The low number of moths now allow the few remaining weeds to grow back again and proliferate. With insufficient moth control the weeds come back in a noticeable way. We are not happy and feel our great plan has backfired.
But if we are patient, the moth population (as long as it has not totally died out) now has a food source again and begins to proliferate, once again eating down the weeds into check.
This cycle continues a few more times until the moth and weed populations reach a new 'steady-state' or equilibrium where the moth population is adequate to control the current weed population. There is a series of highs and lows which become less severe over time until there aren't any more significant fluctuations.
With biological control and shifting populations, ups and downs are to be expected. In addition, when the moths kill the weeds, they don't eat every molecule of the weed. The rest of the plant dies and you have dead weed stalks, leaves, sap and other plant matter everywhere that can be a big unsightly mess for a while (like dead pathogen cells and their internal cellular waste which needs clearing out of the body). It might really smell too as it decomposes.
The bigger the initial problem, the bigger the mess to clean up. And the more extreme the highs and lows can be until it all levels out.
Even if we use a 'burndown' approach (such as a herbicide to kill off all the weeds and plants at once or an antibiotic that kills off all the bacteria, with the intention of starting fresh), we would still have a lot of plant or pathogen residue to get rid of. We would then need to prepare the ground and re-seed (with desired plants or probiotics). There is still repair work and healing needed to the area. Just something to keep in mind.
A ' lower-n-slower' approach tends to minimize these dramatic ups and downs. Using a lower dose and increasing the treatment in a slower manner may be easier on the person, particularly if it is a younger child with a sensitive system. Thus, it might be easier on the entire family. If you are using yogurt or other natural food as a source of probiotics, enzymes or other proactive healing element, keep this in mind as it may have more of a healing 'kick' than other foods given.