Jun 17 2011
Here’s an interesting article from Mercola.com about the link between yeast overgrowth and immune system diseases like Fibromyalgia, CFS and chronic Epstein Barr or mononucleosis. I find many of my Epstein Barr patients have a problem with yeast overgrowth and Candida.
Yeast: The Missing Link?
There are numerous theories about the causes of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, ranging from viral infections like Epstein Barr, neurotransmitter imbalances, immune system failure, intestinal bacterial and yeast overgrowth.
One way of looking at chronic candidiasis, CFIDS and fibromyalgia is from an immunological point of view:
- CFIDS is defined as an immune disorder
- The symptoms of fibromyalgia indicate widespread immune involvement
- Candidia albicans releases dozens of toxic waste products that trigger immune reactions throughout the body
We also know that in the most severe immune disorder we know–acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)–100 percent of patients have candida overgrowth and candidiasis symptoms.
Here’s how the story goes beginning chronologically at birth and medically leading to candidiasis, CFIDS and fibromyalgia:
The Baby Years
Yes, it’s a nightmare scenario. It may seem extreme, but you have only to look around you, talk to a neighbor or look at your own health history to see the pattern.
If you have chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic Epstein Barr, headaches, muscle aches, memory loss, digestive disorders and other symptoms listed above, you may benefit from a comprehensive treatment program that includes the following five-step approach:
1. Diet and exercise
Eat a diet rich in meats, fish, chicken and eggs (free range and organic), seeds and nuts, vegetables and oils while avoiding sugars, grains, and fermented products like vinegars and preserved meats. This diet restricts the amount of fuel available to the yeast in your intestines.
Once you’ve started on the diet, begin to exercise, even if for only five minutes a day, especially for people with CFIDS.
Probiotics: These supplements contain friendly bacteria that help you keep a natural, healthy balance of microorganisms in your digestive tract. There are many different forms and brands of probiotics available in foods and pills and capsules. However, to be effective, they need to be able to bypass harsh stomach acid and deliver at least 1 billion live organisms to the intestines.
Digestive Enzymes: These supplements help break down foods so that incompletely digested food molecules don’t enter the intestines and become absorbed, which causes food allergies and sensitivities. Most good products contain several enzymes to promote optimal digestion.
Herbs and Nutrients: These elements inhibit the growth of candida albicans. Before resorting to prescription antifungal medications and their possible side effects, a variety of herbs and nutrients can help support a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria, reining in yeast growth. Among the nutrients that work together to stop candida overgrowth are caprylic acid, pau d’Arco, oregano oil, black walnut, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, beta carotene and biotin.
Vitamins and minerals: Taking a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement daily helps supply your body with the nutrients it needs to help you regain your health. A good calcium-magnesium-vitamin D supplement is also essential to optimal health, especially for women.
3. Avoid exposure to chemicals
Chemical sensitivities and allergic reactions are very common in people with yeast overgrowth. Avoid exposure to paints, pesticides, herbicides, household cleaners, perfumes and scents.
4. Address emotional and psychological issues
This step also profoundly impacts your ability to cope and helps balance the chemistry of your body and brain.
5. Work with a kind and caring health professional
Spend some time interviewing doctors and finding one willing to work with you. You’ll find links at our site to help you in this search.
Dr. Crook wrote, “I feel that CFIDS and fibromyalgia are often yeast-related. People with these disorders seem to develop them because their immune systems are weakened (by yeast overgrowth), viruses are activated, yeasts multiply, food and chemical allergies become activated, and nutritional deficiencies develop.”
Dr. Crook was careful to note that he didn’t think that yeast overgrowth was the primary cause of CFIDS and fibromyalgia. I fully concur, yet based on Dr. Crook’s experience and my own, following a diet free of sugar and processed and refined foods plus the correct supplementation, can be exceedingly successful in helping people suffering from these conditions.
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is health advisor to Woman’s Health Connection at www.yeastconnection.com and is featured on the website’s “Ask A Pro” page. Her latest books are The Miracle of Magnesium and Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments.
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