No problem with the questions. I've returned to this forum to try to help others
Yeah, I know what you mean. so many people on this site are suffering from intestinal bacterial imbalances caused by Antibiotics , but it all gets lost in the opinions inundating this site that it's all about diet, and there's no such thing as bad intestinal bacteria or parasites. The CDC reports that 1/3 of the worlds population is infected with intestinal parasites. That doesn't include those like you and I who have overgrowths of harmful intestinal bacteria, which are essentially parasites, in the sense that they are feeding off of the human host (us). Only in the last three years is this area of medicine growing exponentially. It's the newest physiological frontier.
By the way, I suffered from canker sores all of my life. I found that Tanalbit eliminated them. If I stopped the Tanalbit and felt a canker sore coming on, I could take some heavy doses (12/day) of Tanalbit and they would go away in a couple of days, before they could even start to get painful.
That being said, to help answer some of your questions, it was Tanalbit alone that gave me the initial boost in energy and digestion improvement. No other Antibiotics were combined. Although I felt greatly improved almost immediately, I would estimte that it took about 12/day for 60 days, or 6 - 120 capsule bottles to run the full course. Then the instructions are to go on maintenance. Tanalbit targets the lower section of the digestive tract including the colon, but the same company makes a product called Viracin, which supposedly focuses on the upper GI tract. AlthoughI didn't combine the two, it may be beneficial. Both are derived from plant tannins and are supposed to have minimal side effects. That was true for me.
Keep in mind that I knew the exact bacteria that were causing me problems, although Staph Aureus is already well know to be Antibiotic resistant and is a common hospital infection.
I'm not really sure whether or not it can be passed along to the intestines, but it certainly can be passed along sexually, if it's residing also in the groin area, as it was for me. Hell, I even had it coming out of my fingernail cuticle beds.
As far as diet, I just tried to eat healthy as I always did. Low fat, nothing fried. Little or no red meat, and only lean white meat and good omega 3 cold water seafood sources like salmon or cod. Brown rice with a splash of flaxseed oil or olive oil, millet and plenty of vegetables. Oatmeal was my standard breakfast. I limited fruits but stuck with primarily apples, blueberries, kiwi, honeydew melon. Frankly this is just a short list and I wasn't very strict. If I felt like pasta, I ate it. If the family was having pizza, I ate it. I could eat out without worry and didn't give up coffee.
Anyway, the diet has to be what your own body can tolerate. The Tanalbit improved my food tolerance for sure.
You will often times now hear Doctors tell you to eat yogurt while taking Antibiotics . This is because they now know that antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria in the intestines. Once the antibiotics are stopped, it becomes a race to determine which strains will dominate. Unfortunately the results are often not positive. The Doctor's fail to tell you that it has to be plain yogurt and that it's pasteurized to kill bacteria. they also don't tell you about prebiotics.
Here are some very recent articles. Like I said, Google "Intestinal Microbiota" or "Gut Microbiota" ad you'll find a plethora of very recent articles.