Our goal here at SW is to give you important information on health and wellness that is more than just the “basics”, but that doesn’t overwhelm the reader with so much science that it loses the impact of importance. We hope to provide a jumping off point into a healthier lifestyle. This post will be a great example of what we mean as we introduce you to the concept of fungus and ill health.
What is fungus?
Fungus, mold, candida, mildew, yeast, and parasites are different in name and in structure, but for the purpose of this post we will just call them what they all really are: fungus. Fungi are eukaryotes, meaning that like parasites, their cells have a true nucleus and complex internal structures.
Pathogenic fungi make poisonous byproducts called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are poisons, and one fungus can emit many poisons. Most suppress the immune system leaving you with ill effects ranging from annoying to life threatening, capable of causing disease and death in humans.
The American Cancer Society defines fungal mycotoxins as genotoxic carcinogens.
Fungal mycotoxins are heat stable – they cannot be destroyed in boiling water, roasting or even autoclaving (pressurized sterilization chambers).
Aflatoxins are poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals that are produced by certain molds (fungus) that grow in decaying vegetation, hay, grains and soil. The cancer and aflatoxin connection has been extensively studied. Humans are exposed to aflatoxins by consuming foods contaminated with fungal growth.
4 reasons fungal exposure has accelerated
Despite our modern-day sanitary lifestyles, there are aspects of the developed world that have developed a fungal problem.
- Sealed up homes with HVAC systems that encourage mold growth
- Food pyramid and food guidelines heavily promoting grains, and increased grain consumption means more and bigger silos to store those grains, increasing the risk of fungal growth.
- Increased alcohol consumption (not only the sugar content but the potential of fungus from the source)
- Antibiotics, cyclosporine and other fungal based medications
Fungus makes it tricky for the human immune system to fight it because it can alter the human immune systems in favor of its own by manipulating the PH and other behaviors of the host for it’s survival.
What can you do?
Be on the lookout for environments that will increase your chances of fungal exposure.
Reduce your consumption of the following:
Sugar, Grain, Corn, Mushrooms, Peanuts, Milk, Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Pistachio Nuts, Walnuts, and Alcohol.
Your long-term goal is to create a healthy terrain in the body that doesn’t encourage fungal growth. Increasing organic vegetable consumption is key. Whether you fill in the rest of your diet as a carnivore or a vegan; grain, meat and dairy, should be only a compliment to the meal, and practicing food combining can help you get a handle on this idea.
Limit antibiotic use unless absolutely necessary. ex: Penicillium is the fungus and the mycotoxin it makes is called penicillin. By definition it is a mycotoxin, and mycotoxins do cause cancer.
Don’t hesitate to include anti fungal nutrients like: NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Glutathione, Curcumin, trans-Resveratrol, Zinc, Garlic, Aloe, Black Walnut, Caprylic Acid, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut Oil, Goldenseal, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oregano, Oregon Grape Root, and Pau D Arco.
Utilize anti fungal medications like: Itraconazole (Sporanox), Griseofulvin, Ketoconazole (Nizoral), Diflucan, and Nystatin
Fungal infections can be found in almost any area of the body including the skin, mouth, eyes, lung, blood, brain, vagina, penis, and rectum. A qualified healthcare practitioner should help you find a 2 or 3 tiered approach to reduce fungus overgrowth in your body, and prevent future overgrowths as well.
If you feel there is a missing link to health challenges you are facing, it could be a fungal connection. One of your best resources will be Doug Kauffman and his website Know The Cause. We recently saw him speak at a conference. The information he presented is included as the inspiration for this post.
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