The Fungus Factor
By Dr. Donald Liebell
Fungi include mushrooms, yeast, molds and mildews. While some fungi, such as mushrooms can be food—many fungi are germs. Some fungi can even be deadly. They can infect your skin, nails or hair (dermatomycosis). Fungi can produce toxins harmful to human health. They do not get adequate medical and media attention. Recent research has proven that fungal toxins are responsible for way more human suffering than previously thought. Various health problems may have fungi as one of their underlying causes, and it appears to be a major factor for those suffering from chronic tick-triggered illness.
Candida is species of fungus that grows in soft and moist areas of the body. Candida overgrowth, like other fungal infections may result from antibiotic treatment. This can happen because the medicine that kills the harmful bacteria also kills off the beneficial bacteria. The helpful bacteria would normally compete with the yeast, but when killed off, enables the yeast free to grow too much.
This results in a yeast infection.
If you have taken lots of antibiotics, you surely have fungal concerns. In my opinion, merely taking probiotic supplements will unlikely make a dent in the fungal frenzy!
Candida (yeast infection) barely scratches the surface of fungal-related illness concerns.
Fungi can also affect your nervous system or internal organs such as your lungs. Most fungal infections develop much more slowly, compared to those caused by bacteria. A fungal infection (called a mycosis) also tends to come back more often. In addition, your body does not develop lasting immunity to fungal infections as it can for bacterial. More serious fungal infections can affect your entire body (systemic mycosis).
Fungal spores (the reproductive seeds) can get into your body through openings in your skin. Soil can be infected with a spreadable fungus. Fungal spores may be breathed in through the air, contributing to various respiratory diseases.
Coccidiomycosis is a fungal infection caused by a form of yeast that attaches to dust, which is breathed in. Such a fungal infection can cause symptoms that seem identical to flu!
Cryptococcus can cause encephalitis, particularly in those who have weakened immune systems. There are more than 30 species of these fungi.
Clearly, fungal woes go far beyond Candida—the fungus that gets most of the public attention.
Poisonous substances emitted by fungi are called mycotoxins. They commonly reside in contaminated fruits, vegetables, cereals, and nuts. Aspergillus is an example of a fungus that produces mycotoxins, which can be spread to people. Farm animals that eat fungus-contaminated grain can transmit mycotoxins to people through their meat or milk.
This Aspergillus-produced poison, specifically called aflatoxin is a powerful cancer-causing agent. Mycotoxins can damage your lymphatic system, including your bone marrow. Scientists are now confirming that more problems are caused by fungi than ever considered.
A 1999 Mayo Clinic study revealed that an immune system response to several species of fungi is the cause of most chronic sinus infections! Prior to the release of this study, the cause was unknown. Antibiotic treatment is wrong for chronic sinusitis!
Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis. The Mayo Clinic noted that fungus allergy was thought to be the cause of fewer than ten percent of cases. However, their studies showed that fungi are likely the cause of nearly all of these problems. They concluded that it is not an allergic reaction, but rather an immune reaction.
What’s the difference?
Generally, an allergic reaction is when the body reacts abnormally to a substance that is otherwise harmless. It is normal and healthy for one’s immune system to try to fight off a toxic fungus. However chronic sinusitis occurs when the immune system is NOT strong enough to win the ongoing battle with the fungi. The ongoing immune response irritates the sinuses in the process.
According to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (2009), nearly 30 million Americans are diagnosed with sinusitis, with nearly 12 million diagnosed as chronic. Nearly $6 billion is spent in annual health care costs related to treatment!
Isn’t it time to accept that conventional Western medicine has massively bungled diagnosis and treatment of chronic sinusitis? It is frightening to know about this repulsive amount of hard-earned money that Americans are spending on sinusitis. Here is yet another example of the disastrous misuse of antibiotics.
Lyme disease is hardly the only problem.
1999 was a long time ago. Despite this groundbreaking research being published by the world-famous Mayo Clinic, the way most doctors treat patients with chronic sinusitis does not to appear to have changed.
Doctors are still writing antibiotics prescriptions for chronic sinus infections, despite the compelling scientific evidence refuting the value of antibiotic treatment for fungal infections.
One might wonder, why is anti-fungal treatment not a major focus in pharmaceutical research? The answer seems to lie in the fact that anti-fungal drugs have been found to be extremely risky. Their serious and even deadly side effects cannot be justified for potential benefits.
Anti-fungal drugs pose serious risks of liver damage, allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, and death. Fungal cells are nothing like bacteria cells, which can be killed by antibiotics. Drug companies have struggled to create safe and effective anti-fungal medicines because fungal cells are similar to human cells on the molecular level. Because of the similarities in biochemistry, anti-fungal drugs can harm human cells too.
This is why doctors who practice holistic and natural methods have been desperately trying to get the medical establishment and the general public to understand the value of their treatments.
There are various approaches used worldwide, which can strengthen and boost the body’s natural ability to fight off germs, including fungi. One’s immune system must deal with fungi to assure progressive and lasting improvement.
Dr. Donald Liebell
D.C., B.C.A.O., B.A.
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of Medicine Since 1993
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