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Fungal Infection – A Common Threat Underlying Morgellons and Other Chronic Illnesses

According to a recent case study on Morgellons Disease, one common disease factor found in Morgellons patients is fungal infection.  Fungal infection places a constant burden on the immune system and the body’s detoxification pathways… which may in part explain why Morgellons patients so often end up with various multiple infections and parasitic infestations. 

It is difficult to say whether yeast overgrowth is a causal factor or a symptom of rapidly emerging  illnesses like Morgellons, but either way, it seems a wise course of action to control yeast infection and fungal overgrowth in the body.  Fungal infection is being implicated more and more in a number of degenerative illnesses including thyroid disorders, obesity, IBS and cancer.

In order to respond to this emerging threat, Logos Nutritionals just announced the release of a new cutting edge antifungal formula called Candida Rid.  Candida Rid is a comprehensive blend of antifungal herbs and nutrients that is designed to lower the body’s level of yeast and other unwanted pathogens. 

Some natural practitioners estimate that 70-80% of Americans are struggling with candidiasis yeast infection or some form of fungal overgrowth.  Logos’ Candida Cleanse Protocol includes Candida Rid and Liver CS Plus (for detox support) along with probiotics and digestive enzymes to restore digestion. L- Glutamine is included to help curb sweet cravings and restore the lining of the gut.

Yeast Infections: Ancient Microbes, Modern Plague

Yeast infections have been around since ancient times.  Although ancient healers couldn’t identify Candida as the organism most often responsible for yeast infections, they were able to successfully treat yeast infections using herbs with natural antifungal properties.  Microscopic fungi like Candida have always thrived, but yeast infections in humans were rare until modern times when two major factors set the stage to make yeast overgrowth in America as common as apple pie:
1.    Antibiotics – The overuse of antibiotics is a major cause of yeast infections and other forms of fungal overgrowth.  Modern antibiotics don’t discriminate between the pathogens they target and the beneficial microorganisms or probiotics that normally inhabit the gut in large numbers. 

When the delicate balance of essential flora in the GI tract is disturbed, yeasts and other pathogens are quick to capitalize on the opportunity to multiply.  Left to flourish untreated, candida can invade the intestinal walls, breaking them down until they begin to leak harmful bacteria and larger proteins into the blood stream. The resulting long term "leaky gut” toxicity and constant immune system burden can have devastating consequences to your health.
2.    Refined Carbohydrates – Our high carb diet alters pH levels, lowers baseline immunity, and directly feeds the cycle of yeast infection in our bodies.

Types of Yeast Infection

There are more than 20 species of Candida, the most common being Candida Albicans. These and other fungi normally live in and on all surfaces of our bodies with no ill effect. Under certain conditions, they can become so numerous they cause infections, particularly in warm and moist areas. Examples of such infections are vaginal yeast infections, thrush (infection in the mouth), skin outbreaks and diaper rash, sinus and nail bed infections. Rarely, the infection may spread throughout the body.  Most people do not survive systemic infections because of the massive amount of inflammation and toxicity produced.

Underlying Causes of Yeast Infection

Like antibiotics, corticosteroids also deplete the body of beneficial bacteria and undermine baseline immunity, encouraging the overgrowth of yeast. Birth control pills can also promote yeast infections.

A number of factors influence the body’s ability to directly or indirectly control Candida overgrowth:

•    Mineral Imbalance or Deficiency – Trace minerals like zinc and copper are essential to the body’s ability to keep yeast under control. 
•    Stress impairs immune system function and depletes the body of essential minerals.
•    Excessive Alkalinity favors yeast overgrowth. Adrenal exhaustion and thyroid insufficiency contribute to increased alkalinity.
•    Heavy Metal ToxicityCandida sufferers often have high levels of mercury, lead or cadmium in their tissues.  Hair analysis can be helpful in identifying toxicities.
•   Inadequate Cellular Energy Production – Biochemical energy is required for all body functions, including immune system function, and all other body systems.
•    Impaired Short-chain fatty Acid Metabolism – Short-chain fatty acids are protective compounds that are manufactured as a byproduct of normal metabolism. Caprylic and butyric acid are frequently used as anti-fungal agents. Hair analysis and Organic Acid Testing can be helpful in identifying deficiencies.
•    Thyroid Suppression is both a cause and a symptom of yeast infection because of its role in impaired immunity and energy production. Candida overgrowth in turn causes a buildup of mycotoxins that suppress thyroid function.

Symptoms of Yeast Infection

Symptoms of candidiasis can vary widely depending upon where the infection takes hold, from vaginal itching, burning and discharge to allergies and skin disorders to brain fog, thyroid and immune suppression, sugar cravings and chronic fatigue.

Some natural practitioners estimate that because of the factors mentioned above, 70-80% of Americans are dealing with some form of fungal overgrowth.  Don Dennis, MD, Board Certified EENT and plastic surgeon in Atlanta claims that fungal infection accounts for the suffering of a vast majority of chronic sinusitis patients.  According to Dr. Dennis, “Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) affects over 37 million Americans, making it more common than arthritis or high blood pressure.”

Most CRS patients, like virtually all sufferers of chronic fungal infection, are caught up in an endless and seemingly hopeless cycle of infection and secondary reinfection with repeated antibiotic and steroid exposures that lead to its familiar pattern of symptoms.

Cancer Connection

Many practitioners are convinced that yeast overgrowth plays a central role in the growth of many cancers because of the toxic burden and oxidative stress it places on the body… not to mention the estrogenic effect of mycotoxins, the pirating of valuable cellular resources or the consequences of an overwhelmed immune system.  Having a chronic yeast infection is like trying to row a boat with the anchor out!

Morgellons Connection

Similarly, fungal overgrowth appears to be a common factor among sufferers of Morgellons Disease, a horrific and increasingly common condition that involves immune compromise and failure of the bioterrain with multiple infections and infestations with plant and soil based pathogens that don’t normally affect humans. The greatest danger of chronic yeast infection may be that it sets the table for secondary opportunistic infections.

Treatment of Yeast Infections

Mild cases of yeast infection are easily treated, but successful treatment of chronic candidiasis requires time, patience, determination and a multifaceted approach. There are five critical areas of intervention that are required to root out entrenched yeast infection in the body:

1.    Diet – Anyone who has endured marathon struggles with candida overgrowth can attest to the difficulty of displacing established fungal infections, especially when underlying challenges such as heavy metal toxicity provide favorable conditions even when stringent dietary restrictions are followed. But the fact is, without a proper diet, there is virtually no hope of breaking out of the cycle of infection and reinfection. Basically, we need to eat what God has provided… a diet of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, while limiting meat and dairy and avoiding anything processed… especially refined carbs.
2.    Restore DigestionProbiotics and Digestive Enzymes are necessary to restore adequate numbers of beneficial bacteria to the GI tract and improve digestive efficiency.  Enzymes also help control yeast directly and perform a “house cleaning” function in the body. Hydrochloric acid (Betaine HCL) can also be helpful in restoring pH levels and improving protein and mineral absorption.

A broad spectum, high potency probiotic is very effective in restoring balance to essential flora in the gut.  Don’t fall for the sales hype about enteric coated delivery systems. God doesn’t package our probiotics in tiny plastic bubbles; neither should we.
3.    Antifungals – Prescription antifungal creams and suppositories can be very effective for topical or vaginal use.  Systemic drugs are also available, but they can be very hard on the liver and kidneys.  Natural practitioners prefer to use herbs and nutrients that are just as effective but lack the downside of chemical treatments, such as oil of oregano, caprylic acid, proteolytic enzymes, butyric acid, black walnut, and wormwood… all of which and more are combined in our antimicrobial blend.
4.    Detoxification Support – Regardless of whether natural or conventional treatment options are pursued, it is wise and very helpful to provide the body with some liver support to help promote detoxification pathways which are heavily burdened with mycotoxins generated in the dieoff of yeast cells.  This will minimize any Herxheimer effects as the body attempts to cast off these toxins.
5.    Heal the Gut – This may seem redundant as all of the above strategies are aimed at restoring the digestive process, but as this happens, certain nutrients may be particularly helpful in repairing the integrity of the intestinal lining, such as L- Glutamine, Omega Three Fats and – once progress has been made – Whey Protein Isolate (a great source of pure amino acids, the building blocks needed for repair). Glutamine is an amino acid that is particularly useful early on in treatment, and may also help with sugar cravings.

Yeasts like Candida have been with us all along, but our collective choices have made yeast infections and other types of fungal overgrowth and secondary infections a growing epidemic around the world. For those who have struggled with chronic yeast infections and fungal overgrowth for years, know this:

Because of the intransigent and pleomorphic (spontaneously mutating) nature of the microbes involved (not to mention the secondary infections they invite), don’t expect a first round knockout, but a multiple round epic struggle. With each round of treatment, the fungal load gets a little lower; with each round, the toxic burden gets a little lighter. With each round, the battle field is a little more level until finally the immune system is no longer outnumbered and outflanked.

With faithful determination and by God’s grace, this is a battle worth fighting; it is a battle that can be and is being won.  To learn more, visit the Logos Nutritionals site and check out the Candida Cleanse Protocol.

You Are What You Digest!

bigstockphoto_Fresh_Vegetable_Variety_4370931 Americans spend many billion dollars per year on food. Our diet consumes more of our budget than any other living expense, except for the medical care that we occasionally seek as a result of our dietary indiscretions. Not only do we overeat, but the foods that we eat have been largely stripped of their nutritional value- processed and preserved for a longer shelf life.

These food trends, coupled with the stress of our modern lifestyle, wreak havoc on our ability to efficiently digest foods. This in turn compromises our immune system, making us susceptible to chronic infection and disease.

It is no wonder that the best selling prescription drugs in America are those which mask the symptoms of poor digestion. Over the counter remedies abound, and certain household names have capitalized for years on our ignorance and self-destructive behavior. Prolonged use of antacids has been shown to rob your body of essential vitamins and minerals. Instead of masking our symptoms for temporary relief, we must learn to attack the underlying cause of our diminished health.

Many chronic “syndrome” complaints and auto-immune disorders are increasingly being traced back to digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, parasites, and candida overgrowth. Candida albicans is a yeast microbe that lives in our intestinal tract in delicate balance with other more friendly bacteria., or probiotics.  The normal balance of intestinal flora may be disturbed by many things such as antibiotics, bad eating habits, drinking chlorinated water, or even stress. Candida overgrowth is often associated with yeast infections, skin problems, bloating and lethargy. Left to flourish untreated, candida can invade the intestinal walls, breaking them down until they begin to leak harmful bacteria and larger proteins into the blood stream. The resulting long term “leaky gut’ toxicity can have devastating consequences to your health.

Such conditions demonstrate how poor digestion can slowly sabotage your health and rob you of your quality of life. Many leading health experts estimate that up to 80 percent of all diseases start in the intestinal tract! Growing up the son of a nutrition pioneer, Carson B. Burgstiner, M.D., I was often told that “the quality of your life depends in large measure upon the quality of your choices”. Nowhere is this advice more true than in digestive health. We all need to exercise regularly and limit our intake of fat, alcohol, caffeine, and refined sugar. We need adequate amounts of fiber, rest, and pure, clean water. These are excellent choices for promoting vitality and longevity, but having such foresight and discipline is only half the battle.

The benefits of our dedication can only be realized to the extent that our bodies can absorb and assimilate the nutrients that we eat. In other words, we are not what we eat, but what we digest. One of the most important factors in our digestive efficiency is the level of enzymes present to act as catalysts in converting food into energy. Enzymes enable your body to break down vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates into the basic building blocks that it needs to function, grow and rejuvenate itself.

Enzymes, the Sparks of Life

Enzymes are found in all living things, plant and animal. Without them, seeds would not sprout, fruit would not ripen, and you would not exist. All enzymes can be divided into several different groups. Food enzymes are contained naturally in raw foods, and play an important role in facilitating digestion. Metabolic enzymes control every biochemical function in your body, providing energy, fighting disease and ensuring the smooth functioning of your cells.

Digestive enzymes help turn food into fuel. The typical American diet is drastically lacking in enzymes, while loaded with noxious elements that challenge our every cell. If our meals are not processed, preserved, canned, frozen, or irradiated, they are most certainly cooked. Cooking any food at temperatures above 116 degrees Fahrenheit kills the natural enzymes. Even raw fruits and vegetables contain little or no enzymes if they are picked green (often the case in supermarkets because they have to be transported over long distances). Significant enzymes are produced only when they ripen on the plant.

A diet low in food enzymes forces your body to borrow from its own metabolic and digestive enzymes in order to digest food. This enzyme deficit places an unnecessary burden on your vital organs that can manifest in a multitude of illnesses. As we age, it becomes harder and harder for our bodies to keep up. To make matters worse, as we become enzyme-deficient, we age faster! A newborn baby has a hundred times the enzyme levels of an elderly person.

As you can see, good digestion is foundational to good health. For all of these reasons, three of the six products in the Burgstiner Wellness Protocol have a direct and profound impact on digestive efficiency.

What To Do?

Fortunately there is a safe and effective deterrent to this vicious cycle of enzyme depletion. In addition to making quality life choices like enjoying organically grown, naturally ripened produce, you can and should supplement your diet with a comprehensive array of digestive enzymes. It seems so simple and obvious, but by the regular addition of digestive enzymes to your diet, you can transform your gut from a toxic dump to a fuel-burning machine! 

When selecting an enzyme supplement like Essential Digestion, remember that quality is more important than quantity. Choose a product with a wide range of plant and animal enzymes from a company that demonstrates a commitment to quality. Certain enzymes are more vulnerable to the acidic environment of the stomach than others. Look for products with delivery systems designed to recognize these differences, maximizing absorption and assimilation by the body. Like every Logos formula, products of superior quality will have an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.

Individuals with gastric or duodenal ulcers are often sensitive to animal proteases and may respond better to plant proteases, which are biologically active over a much wider pH range. These people may be best served using a plant based or vegetarian enzyme supplement, or perhaps even none at all. There has been much debate over the efficacy of enzyme supplementation for ulcer patients, but there is no shortage of enthusiastic patients who swear by them. In any event, ulcer patients should use caution with any enzyme supplement, taking them under the supervision of their health care practitioner.

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