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Fungal Infections 24 August 2009

Fungi are single cell organisms and are more highly developed than bacteria and viruses. They are simple plant-like organisms that lack green chlorophyll. They vary from moulds, mushrooms and tiny round yeast spores, to finger or string-like mycelial forms. Fungus which has long branching filaments (hyphae) are known as mould and those without are called yeast. There are over a million different fungal species, over 400 of which are known to cause human disease. Dimorphic fungi are able to change form- converting from the natural, environmental mould form, to the invasive round-cell tissue form. Dr Carol Kauffman writes in the September 2006 edition of the journal Infectious Disease Clinics of North America that “endemic mycoses are able to cause disease in healthy hosts and exhibit temperature dimorphism- existing as moulds at a temperature of 25- 30 degrees C and as yeasts at body temperatures.”

Fungi closely resemble humans and animals in their cellular processes except they have a rigid cell wall and cannot produce their own energy. They therefore rely on other things as their food source. They can exist almost anywhere- soil, air, in certain foods, and water. They survive by eating dead or decaying matter and can become parasitic in humans. Chronic fungal infecions means we are prematurely decaying!!

Fungi can cause disease by either directly invading the tissues or by producing toxic by-products called mycotoxins. Fungi produce mycotoxins to protect themselves from other organisms. Mycotoxins are poisonous to the body and are direct neurotoxins. They are heat stable and immune supressing. Bacteria have a different physiology than fungi which is why antibiotics are not effective against fungi. In fact, many antibiotics are actually fungal mycotoxins! Aflatoxin from the Aspergillus fungi is found in peanuts and is the most potent carcinogen known, penicillin is the mycotoxin from the Penicillium mould and alcohol is the mycotoxin from brewers yeast. Mycotoxins also suppress the immune system, potentiating the fungal survival and increasing the risk of other infections with bacteria and viruses. Note that cyclosporine is a mycotoxin and is used in transplant patients to suppress the immune system to avoid organ rejection.

Fungus does not grow in healthy tissue. It only grows in unhealthy acidic tissue. The acid status of the body is measured on a scale of 1-14 (pH) where 1 is highly acidic and 14 is highly alkaline. The body is healthiest when it operates in a slightly alkaline environment of a pH of 7.365. Many factors in our environment increase acid production in the body, decreasing the pH and increasing the risk of fungal infections. Presence of fungus in the body indicates a systemic pH imbalance and therefore an increased risk of many more severe chronic illnesses. This is why treatment of any fungal infection should not be done by just using attempts to kill the fungus- the metabolic pH disturbance that allowed the development of the fungus in the first place must ALWAYS be addressed. Click here to read how fungal infections can destroy health.

Fungus thrives in warm moist places. It therefore usually develops first in the gut due to depletion of probiotic bacteria by:

  • antibiotics
  • food sensitivities
  • mercury from amalgam fillings
  • oral contraceptive pills
  • steroid medication such as prednisone
  • parasites

Once in the gut it spreads to the blood (where it is visible by a skilled live blood microscopist) and then to other warm moist places like the nasal and sinus cavities, feet, toenails, armpits and groin. The fact that fungus from the gut can enter the blood stream through the gut wall has been scientifically proven (Infection and Immunity. 1993;61:619-626). This was also documented in Mycoses. 32 (Suppl 20. 42-46. 1989)- “even without any other predisposing factor, overgrowth of Candida in the gut will lead to invasion of the blood stream.” Once fungus is in the blood it can cause multiple degenerative diseases and symptoms including:

  • immune system suppression
  • lung problems such as asthma and bronchitis
  • sinusitis
  • dermatitis
  • memory impairment
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic fatigue
  • food sensitivities
  • headaches
  • mood swings
  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • elevated cholesterol levels
  • cancer

Chronic systemic fungal infections are one of the root causes of most degenerative illnesses. They cause severe sugar cravings because they feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. In any relationship between humans and fungus, the fungus always dominates and consequently dictates what we eat- hence the sugar and carb cravings.

Click here to see an amazing interview with the Italian Oncologist, Dr Tullio Simoncini, where he discusses the deadly link between acid, fungus and cancer. Dr Simoncini has stated that “in some cases, the aggressive power of fungus is so great as to allow it, with only a cellular ring made up of 3 units, to tighten its grip, capture and kill its prey. Fungus, which is the most powerful and the most organised micro-organism known, seems to be an extremely logical candidate as a cause of neoplastic proliferation.” For more information, see Cancer and Bicarbonate.

Medical research has also shown that a common antifungal drug blocks angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels critical for the growth of cancer). German research has shown that another antifungal drug (griseofulvin) actually kills cancer cells. Medical journals have also long recognised the link between mould, mycotoxins and illness: “Mycotoxins have proven to be very toxic and harmful and it is no wonder that many inhabitants of mould infested spaces are constantly ill, mainly with upper respiratory tract infections, lethargy, constant headaches, nausea and a general ill feeling. Inhabiting these living spaces for a considerable period may lead to cancer.” (Przegl Lek 2000;57(7-8):419-23).

Surprisingly, orthodox medicine has no way of accurately determining the presence of invasive fungal disease:

  • “There are no rapid, accurate diagnostic tests that can confirm with certainty the presence of invasive fungal disease.” (John Rex MD. Managing fungal infections in the new millenium. April 2000).
  • “Dissemination of yeasts is unlikely to be recognised because they are rarely identified in the routine laboratory.” (Kibbler CC, Principles and Practice of Clinical Mycology 1996).
Steps to prevent and treat fungal infections MUST include:
  1. Alkalinise the body

Drink lots of pure alkaline water. At least 1 liter for every 25kgs of body weight.

  • Consume lots of green alkalinising vegetables.
  • Consume green drinks like liquid chlorophyll and vegetable juices.
  • Avoid acidic, yeast containing foods such as refined sugar, peanuts, corn, mushrooms, grains, alcohol and trans fatty acids.
  • Minimise stress.
  1. Use an anti-fungal agent.

Note that any treatment of a chronic fungal infections may cause a flu-like illness, skin rashes or an initial worsening of current symptoms. This is cause by the fungal organisms dieing and is known as a Herxheimer reaction. The reaction can last from a few days to a few weeks. The longer the reaction, the more severe the fungal problem. Taking Essiac tea twice a day can hep to minimise the reaction.

It may take several years to recover from severe systemic fungal infections particularly if mercury or pesticides are also involved. Reoccurences will occur if a high sugar/high carbohydrate diet is returned to.

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