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Yeast at the root of Fibromyalgia

By January 7, 2013October 30th, 2014No Comments

Enough is enough! There exists a cure for Fibromyalgia. It is accessible to each and every patient. It is not a fictitious or stealthy disease, but a disease resulting from a negative synergism of multiple, but treatable causes. Each cause will be introduced one at a time over the next few weeks in our East Valley Naturopathic Doctors blog. In our mesa practice, we see daily patients who have been to doctor after doctor searching for answers to their fatigue and pain. At the root, we find the most insidious underlying cause, we call yeast. Yeast is an organism part of an even larger family called Fungi. Fungi have been around for thousands of years and are probably some of the most, if not the most, resilient organisms to exist on this planet. They have adapted too many types of harsh and barren landscapes. They have even developed the ability to live without oxygen or very little oxygen for a time. All of this means they are hard to destroy or eradicate. The fungus form known as yeast resides in many places, but it enjoys dark, moist, and carbohydrate rich environments, which also includes the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The question is how does yeast affect the GI tract? Candida is a form of yeast that appears to be the predominant form with activity arising in the GI tract. Although it is not completely clear, it seems these issues with yeast arose with the advent and excessive use of antibiotics. Antibiotics can be miraculous due to their ability to destroy disease causing bacteria in the body, but when taken orally they disrupt the flora balance of the entire GI tract.

Flora is the combination of many types of friendly and even unfriendly bacteria that produce enzymes that digest food, they act as a protective barrier to the intestinal walls, and they enliven or strengthen the immune system. Antibiotics change this fragile balance and create a situation where normal yeast forms, perhaps residing in low dose within the GI tract, begin to flourish and grow or replicate in abundance without any friendly bacteria to control yeast growth. In essence, antibiotic use changes the micro flora environment from a protective role, to a war zone taken over by another host in the form of candida or yeast. These yeast are toxic and begin to cause significant inflammation in the GI tract with a subsequent increase in histamine, eosinophils, mucous, and result in a significant distraction or irritant to the immune system. In addition, yeast can begin to break down the gut barrier leading to and causing “leaky gut syndrome.” This immune distraction is the cause associated with the pain of Fibromyalgia. Imagine your immune system to be an army of 1 million white blood cells. They have the job to protect the borders and restore every cell back to normal functioning from the day’s normal “wear and tear.” Consider now that up to 80% of the body’s immune defense surrounds or resides surrounding the GI tract. With the yeast present it is in essence distracting up to 80% of your normal immune defense from its normal task. It does not take long before the immune system becomes completely distracted and even exhausted, while it wages a war with endless potential to replicate. Why do I say this? Well, all yeast needs to survive and thrive is sugar. This is of course supplied in abundance in the average diet. The first and most important step in recovering from Fibromyalgia is to reduce yeast expression in the GI tract. We have created protocols for achieving this goal in the most effective and safest possible way, with improvement in symptoms in just a few weeks. If you are curious if it is yeast, we can test and validate this theory very quickly through our Mesa/Gilbert office through labs often covered by insurance. If yeast is the number one problem read about number two next week.

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