When you are healthy, the flora in your large intestine primarily consist of "friendly" bacteria that are essential to proper gut health, and keep pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms in check.
But when an overgrowth of these pathogenic or parasitic microorganisms occurs, the condition is called dysbiosis — which is widespread in the United States today.
The spread and overgrowth of these harmful microorganisms leads to a wide range of diseases, including not just gastrointestinal conditions, but also diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome and cancer. In addition, dysbiosis is a contributing factor in many cases of obesity.
The primary causes of dysbiosis are the overuse of antibiotics and other drugs (including birth control pills and steroids such as cortisone), poor diet, excess consumption of alcohol, mercury toxicity, and exposure to pesticides and other environmental toxins.
All of these factors disrupt the balance of microorganisms in the gut, damaging the colonies of friendly bacteria, and thus enabling the spread of other potentially harmful microorganisms. Left unchecked, this will create a chronic imbalance in the gut.
Compounding the problem of dysbiosis is what happens to the waste byproducts excreted by the microbial colonies when they become imbalanced.
All microorganisms in the gut excrete wastes, just as all other living things do. In a healthy gut, your body's elimination and detoxification mechanisms are able to easily handle and get rid of microbial waste.
But when the number of unhealthy microorganisms grows beyond their normal parameters, the amount of waste matter they excrete can overtax the body's waste removal mechanisms, resulting in microbial waste build up.
It is the combination of these two factors — microbial overgrowth and the excess waste matter the microorganisms excrete — that causes the health problems associated with dysbiosis.
One of the common end results of dysbiosis is the unchecked growth and spread of Candida albicans, a naturally occurring yeast organism of the colon, leading to systemic yeast overgrowth throughout other areas of the body.
This condition is known as candidiasis or, more simply, Candida.
Normally, friendly bacteria live in harmony with the Candida yeast organism in your large intestine. Antibiotic drugs are one of the major offenders in disrupting this harmonic relationship — the good bacteria are destroyed and the Candida proliferate.
Mercury toxicity from silver-amalgam fillings is another major contributor to yeast overgrowth.
As this process proceeds, Candida changes its anatomy and physiology from the yeast-like form to a mycelial, or fungal, form which can penetrate the mucous membranes of the large intestine and release toxins into the bloodstream.
Resulting symptoms include flatulence, indigestion, depression, anxiety, irritability, PMS, migraine, mood swings, vaginal infections, and “brain fog”.
Treatment of both dysbiosis and candidiasis should include the following:
•Eliminating all foods containing yeast (alcohol, salad dressings, vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, pickles, mushrooms, breads)
• Eliminating all refined sugar and other refined foods
• Increasing dietary fiber, including legumes and vegetables
• Supplementing with lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidus, and other probiotics in order to reintroduce friendly bacteria into the large intestine
• Eliminating toxins from the digestive system and the body through stimulation (drainage) of the kidney, liver, and lymphatic circulation
• Avoiding all poorly tolerated foods which may be depressing the immune system
• Supplementing with digestive enzymes and garlic
• Using only yeast-free nutritional supplements
• Beginning specific therapies to strengthen the pancreas and the immune system
• Practicing stress-reducing, relaxation therapies, such as yoga, meditation, etc
Successful treatment of dysbiosis and candidiasis usually takes 3 to 5 months, but the rewards can last a lifetime.
Some cases of candidiasis are more difficult to treat, however. This occurs when the patient is also allergic to the byproducts of the yeast infection.
The paradox is that even though patients are allergic to these toxins, they are also addicted to them. When this happens, anti-Candida therapies can cause severe withdrawal-like reactions such as hyperactivity, extreme fatigue, hypoglycemia, mood swings, and allergic reactions.
Most of these patients are also chemically hypersensitive, and are allergic to alcohol and sugar. In such cases, therapy should proceed extremely slowly and can last up to one year.
With time, however, even these extreme cases can be treated successfully.
(Adapted from "Outstanding Health: The 6 Essential Keys To Maximize Your Energy and Well Being" by Michael Galitzer MD and Larry Trivieri Jr. For more information, visit www.outstandinghealthbook.com)
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