We Are The Most Fungally Infested People
In The World
By Alex Strande, ND, Ph.D
Millions of Americans are affected with fungal infections. This is directly related to the sugar-rich diet followed in America.
Fungi, such as Candida, Saccharomyces, and Rodothorulla feed primarily upon sugar. The American diet is the highest in sugar of any nation, with the average American consuming about 150 pounds per person per year. That amount of sugar is enough to readily disable the body both physically and mentally. Besides depleting the body of critical nutrients, sugar disrupts metabolism and damages the glands; it also disrupts the immune system. As sugar feeds the fungi, this leads to overgrowth of various fungal organisms and yeast normally present in the body in small counts. In the overgrowth stages, skin, nails, scalp, mouth and vaginal infections occur.
Millions of Americans are affected with fungus infections, internal or external. Although they were once reported as rare, medical authorities note that fungal infections have reached epidemic proportions and the rate of incidence is rising by as much as 25% per year. The elderly, the very young and those persons suffering from long-standing, unresolved medical conditions are particularly vulnerable. However because of the American life-style and diet, virtually everyone is a candidate for infection.
Apart from sugar there are other factors that can increase body fungal populations. Some of these are antibiotics, cortisone, birth control pills, chemotherapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, radiation, stress or any other action that lowers the bodyís immune system. If fungal organisms such as Candida albicans disrupt the normal microbiological balance within the body by overpopulation, that can cause extensive disease including mental and physical symptoms. These organisms release toxins into the body as part of their own metabolic action and it is these toxins which impair the immune system and produce symptoms such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, inability to concentrate, etc.
Pathogenic fungi are highly invasive and capable of infesting virtually any tissue and organ of the body, including the skin, lungs, liver, spleen, thymus, adrenal glands, intestines, pancreas, bladder, kidneys, ovaries, uterus, esophagus, rectum and even the brain. Despite the output of the potent antibiotic hydrochloric acid, fungi may even invade the stomach. This shows the aggressive invasive survival abilities of these organisms. A glaring example of their amazing immunity to attack is the fact that when nuclear bombs were tested in the 1940ís and 50ís, various microbes were subjected to the radioactive fallout. The one organism that readily survived was a fungus/yeast known as Candida albicans.
In my clinical practice I encounter yeast overgrowth cases regularly. Usually they are secondary to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, adrenal/nervous break-down, autoimmune diseases or other debilitating conditions. Lately, I have noted an alarming increase in cases of fungal and parasitic overgrowth due to diets high in sugar. I also see a lot of kids where behavioral and immune problems are directly associated with high sugar intake.
For dealing with these conditions we take under consideration: diet, we strengthen the immune system and out number the yeast overgrowth factor by promoting the natural intestinal flora.
Iíve not seen any long term resolution to the yeast problems by trying to blast the yeast with anti-yeast medications such as antibiotics. Yeast just grows back with a vengeance and causes all associated symptoms of fatigue, aches, lack of concentration and irritability. I have been successfully addressing these problems in my patients over the last ten years.
Alex Strande, ND, Ph.D., is a naturopath and a microbiologist. For appointments and questions call (949) 553-1882.
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