Candidiasis – Dragging Down Your Immune System – Carolyn Dean MD ND
Yeast overgrowth is another condition that’s ignored by modern medicine. It’s not a topic in medical school, yet it’s a huge immune suppressant because yeast produces 178 different yeast toxins that have to be processed and eliminated from the body. That work uses up nutrients and takes energy away from other body functions – mostly the immune system. That’s why it’s important to focus on yeast overgrowth in today’s show because this tiny, mighty organism opens the door to viral and bacterial infections.
Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) is nothing new; it’s been around for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin in 1928 and we began to use antibiotics in earnest in the 1940s. Yeast itself, a cousin to molds, has grown in human bodies since Adam and Eve. Candida albicans is the main yeast in the human body. It lives there happily enough, kept in check by beneficial bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria make vitamins and help digest excess sugar that gets past the small intestine. A very special group of bacteria make lactic acid, which protects the gut and vagina against yeast. It’s a very balanced ecosystem.
However, when you begin taking antibiotics, this happy bacterial environment becomes unbalanced. Antibiotics wipe out most of the good along with the bad bacteria leaving yeast unharmed. In the absence of any competition, yeast colonies grow into all the empty nooks and crannies of the large intestine and even work their way into the small intestine. Sugar from our diet feeds yeast and with the special lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria wiped out of existence, there is no more production of lactic acid to protect the delicate intestinal and vaginal tissues from marauding yeast.
It is a scientific fact that when yeast cells reach a certain critical mass they change from a round budding stage to a thread-like tissue invasive stage. They are simply running out of food and looking for more. They pack their bags and migrate from their main home in the large intestine into the small intestine. In the small intestine, the yeast threads poke holes in the intestinal lining. With this superhighway to the blood stream, there is nothing to stop yeast chemical by-products (all 178 of them), undigested food molecules, bacterial toxins, and other chemicals from taking a one-way ride. The holes are not necessarily big enough to allow yeast organisms to get into the blood stream, so there is no blood infection of yeast, just vast quantities of waste products that should be flushed down the toilet, that end up causing head-to-toe symptoms when they leak into the blood. That’s the definition of Leaky Gut, when toxins leak into the blood stream and tissues of the body.
When these toxins hit the bloodstream, they trigger widespread inflammatory and allergy reactions. Many yeast toxins like aldehyde, alcohol, zymosan, arabinitol, and gliotoxin have been named. They impair the immune system and the central nervous system. Others block thyroid function, impair female hormones and cause symptoms of PMS, and aggravate menopause but haven’t yet been properly studied. Inflammation is being investigated as the underlying cause of heart disease, bowel disease, arthritic conditions, and autoimmune disease. It is also intimately involved with weight gain, fatigue, allergies, asthma, headaches, irritability, and dozens of other health complaints but medicine doesn’t even acknowledge that yeast toxins play a role in the creation of inflammation.
The bottom line: Yeast Overgrowth will cause the immune system to overwork trying to deal with the toxic overload. The stress of inflammation also triggers the adrenal glands, which raises cortisol levels making weight gain another casualty of inflammation. You can’t lose weight when your cortisol levels are elevated due to chronic stress. That’s because the body perceives stress as an emergency and the worst emergency for the body is starvation-therefore it’s never going to give up an ounce of stored fat that it might need!
Dr. Carolyn Dean has been educating people about yeast overgrowth since the early 1980s and has been recommending a dual approach to kill-off excessive yeast colonies in the body and restore the body’s natural balance and well-being. Step One – eliminate the foods that feed yeast and they begin to starve! Step Two involves restoring the body’s structure and function so your body can thrive again.
Tonight on our internet-based radio show we will talk about Candidiasis – Dragging Down Your Immune System. If you yourself are unable to make the show, you have the option to email us and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment that is featured in Hour Two. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices can always be discussed with your doctor, should you choose to do so.
About Dr. Carolyn Dean
Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND has been featured on national media for over 30 years offering practical strategies to improve health, vitality, and well-being the natural way. As a medical doctor, naturopath, certified clinical nutritionist and master of many modalities including acupuncture and homeopathy, Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND has authored over 33 books and 100 publications including The Magnesium Miracle, 3rd Edition, Hormone Balance, Future Health Now Encyclopedia and Heart Health. Please note that the information and opinions expressed on these broadcasts are not designed to constitute advice or recommendations as to any disease, ailment, or physical condition. You should not act or rely upon any information contained in these broadcasts without seeking the advice of your personal physician. If you have any questions about the information or opinions expressed during these broadcasts, please contact your doctor.
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