CANDIDA AS AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
By Leyla Muedin MS, RD, CDN
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EDITED AND ADJUSTED TO THE LATEST RESEARCH BY CAROLE VON AARBERG
Candida albicans are a species of yeast that normally reside in the GI tract. It is only wheN THE YEAST CANDIDA MORPHS INTO A FUNGUS, that trouble begins. Candida is an opportunistic fungAL PATHOGEN that feeds primarily on sugars and other yeast-containing foods (foods that are aged, pickled, dried, fermented or cured). FUNGAL MORPHING of candida also is caused by the use of Antibiotics , steroids and oral contraceptives. ALSO PUBERTY, PREGNANCY AND THE MENOPAUSE AND IN MEN BY PUMPING IRON AND ASSOCIATED STEROID USE. It is the FUNGAL FORM of candida in the gut that can lead to a myriad of symptoms, and it is more often than not the cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Symptoms of IBS can include constipation alternating with diarrhea, gas, bloating and cramping particularly in the lower abdomen with unpredictable bowel movements and urges. Typically, the dysbiosis (bacterial imbalance) that occurs with IBS starts with the invasion of multiple colonies of candida in the gut, followed by toxicity. Yeasts AND FUNGI (‘DERMATOPHYTES’) give off many toxins, like zymosan, which causes inflammation.
Research conducted at the University of Tennessee in Memphis found that zymosan is found to cause much of the inflammation associated with psoriasis. Another toxin called arabinitol is known to produce toxic effects on the brain, nervous system and immune system in animal studies. Numerous other toxins produced by yeasts AND FUNGI may explain the memory retention problems, feeling “drunk,” hormone disturbances, fatigue and Depression experienced by so many with yeast problems.
It is worth noting that more than 90 percent of a healthy population is “allergic” to FUNGAL candida. The delayed hypersensitivity (Type 4 allergy) response by the immune system is a normal and protective response to yeast but sometimes it gets out of hand. An immediate hypersensitivity response to candida (Type 1 allergy), which is found in approximately 10 percent of the population, BOTH can cause hives, asthma, eczema, chronic vaginitis, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
Other allergic reactions to FUNGAL DERMATOPHYTES may trigger autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis , thyroiditis or celiac disease. A recent study published in The Lancet showed candida contains a protein called HWP-1, which is similar in its structure to gluten. A candida infection in the gut can cause an immune system reaction to HWP-1, which then stimulates an allergic reaction to the gluten in wheat and other grains and may trigger celiac disease in genetically susceptible people. Under these circumstances, a gluten-free diet alone may not do the trick in relieving symptoms in a patient with celiac disease. A LOW CARB/ATKINS/PALEO diet with anti-fungal supplements such as Olive Leaf Extract, Oregacillin and/or medications such as Nystatin, Diflucan, Sporanox or Lamisil may be necessary. Other studies assert that candida is a sensitizing agent. Rats raised with regular doses of Antibiotics , when inoculated with live candida, were found to develop allergies to mold, dust and pollen.
Wiping out THE DERMATOPHYTE PATHOGENS in the gut requires starvation (of the DERMATOPHYTES, not the patient!) and elimination with a yeast-free, sugar-free diet and anti-fungal supplements.Reinoculation of the gut with healthy MICROBIOTA FROM FAECES HAS PROVED VERY SUCCESSFUL (SEE THE POWER OF POOP) Dysbiosis caused by FUNGAL candida IS IMPLICATED IN THE FOLLOWING:
1)“A SUGAR-free diet with anti-fungal supplements such as Olive Leaf Extract, OIL OF OREGANO, VITAMIN A ,Oregacillin and/or medications such as Nystatin, Diflucan, Sporanox or Lamisil may be necessary.”