Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for January 31, 2007

This article makes so much sense…it’s scary… and it all starts with the fungus…fueled by sugar, effecting the adrenal glands, effecting the thyroid…effecting the neuro-transmitters…

Add to that: Fifteen years of daily chocolate bars, candies, donuts, no fruits and a very low vegetable intake. It’s no wonder I have issues.

What is the fungal immune system?

Initially in a adult it is about 4-8 lbs of friendly bacteria in the lower gut. This comprises about 85% of all organisms in the bowels. The remaining 15% is fungus. It takes this ratio to keep the fungus in check. Fungus is the aggressor and is much more powerful than the bacteria. Fungus has no anti-bodies to protect itself but it produces very deadly mycotoxins. …

Once the fungus takes over the bowels it migrates upward until reaching the small intestine where digestion and assimilation of all nutrients takes place. However, when the small intestine fills with fungus this process cannot take place. Organs and glands are deprived of its building blocks and systems begin to fail.

Hypoglycemia

Symptoms begin to show up and are usually viewed as individual diseases themselves.

The fungus in seeking its main food of SUGAR upsets the body’s whole sugar system. The person deprived of the chaperone minerals needed to escort sugar and insulin into the cells…… becomes hypoglycemic. They now have low cellular sugar, a perfect playground for fungus to feed. However, now the cells do not have enough sugar to burn for energy so we become weak if we do not eat often and we surely do not have enough sugar to keep us alive during the night!

The brain now signals the adrenal gland to send out adrenal hormones to keep the body functioning during the night, which it does. But the side effect is that during the night the person may get hot or they may even have night sweats! The adrenal gland is now working 24 hours per day! …

This fermenting begins the failure of the THYROID to get its building blocks to produce it’s hormones in order to regulate body temperature and important help towards the making of some neuro-transmitters.

Not only does this lack of thyroid hormone produce some fatigue and make the person’s hands & feet cold but it can effect the brain in several ways. One is foggy thinking. It seems to physically interrupt short term memory because of Candida’s alcohol by-product. Alcohol is documented to cause brain and nervous system damage.

Depression
The other is in the form of depression since the thyroid may be deprived of Iodine and the amino acid tyrosine because of mal-absorption. A severe case of hypo-thyroid-ism may result. Often however, upon examination the thyroid will fall into a low-end-zone of what is considered medically OK. In most cases no hormone is given and the condition continues. …

The thyroid is also involved in the production of some neuro-transmitters. Without these they may soon feel they require a drug for problems with depression.

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January 31, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 02, 2007

Here’s an amazing find about serotonin and it’s effect on candida.

Serotonin – Can Fight Fungus
By Stephen Pincock (Reuters Health)
SOURCE: Journal of Medical Microbiology 2003;52:169-171.

The neurotransmitter serotonin could form the basis of new antifungal drugs, according to researchers who have shown in the lab that serotonin can kill one type of fungus that frequently infects humans.

Two years ago, the University of Innsbruck team showed that antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) could also inhibit fungi.

Serotonin seemed to suppress the symptoms of vaginal candidiasis, or yeast infection, in women. The patients found they had no flare-ups of the yeast infection while taking Zoloft to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder, but when they stopped taking the drug the infection returned.

“My colleague who had these patients asked me to test the antifungal effect of sertraline,” all hindered the growth of Aspergillus and Candida species.

Fungi belonging to the Candida family are responsible for yeast infections, and can also cause thrush, an infection of the mouth and throat. Aspergillus fungi can also infect humans.

Because (SSRIs) increase serotonin levels during treatment, the researchers tested serotonin directly against a range of Candida species.

The researchers report in this month’s issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology that serotonin was active against all four species tested.

January 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for December 30, 2006

Here’s another thought. I’ve come to the realization that I do have a candida overgrowth. Although I’ve had success with my allergies from avoiding microwaved food, I do still have stuffiness in my nose. So if candida is a fungus, and and fungus can cause sinusitis…

Here’s part of my blog from May 10th, 2006 and although I found it very interesting at the time, I never pursued it and didn’t make the connection to candida until now:

“Sinusitis can be caused by both bacteria and fungus. A bacterial infection usually occurs after a cold or virus when the congestion in the nose stops drainage from the sinuses. This fluid buildup in the sinuses breeds bacteria and may cause sinusitis. However, it has recently been proven that sinusitis can also be an immune response to a fungus.

In fact, the Mayo Clinic recently published a study which found that over 90% of sinus infections are fungal rather than bacterial. Thus, antibiotics (which are the most commonly prescribed treatment) are completely ineffective (not to mention damaging to the immune system) over 90% of the time.”

 I get so annoyed when I read things like this. The most commonly prescribed treatment for sinusitis is completely ineffective over 90% of the time. This is so unbelievable!! With today’s knowledge and technology… this is totally unacceptable. Am I the only who thinks like this?

December 30, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | 1 Comment

Entry for December 26, 2006

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Went shopping to check out the Boxing Day sales. After a couple hours not finding of anything of interest, I head to the only store that wasn’t busy. The health food store! I picked up an extra strength Kyolic garlic supplement at 1000 mg, once per day. Got home and did some more googling about the effects of garlic:

Fungal Infections

Garlic in certain forms is considered a potent antibiotic and can be particularly effective against certain fungal infections. Like viruses, fungal infections are particularly difficult to treat. Traditional medical treatments for fungal infections are usually toxic and can be ineffectual over the long term. To the contrary, garlic has proven itself as an effective anti-fungal agent against candida, aspergillus and cryptococci.

A report from a Chinese medical journal delineates the use of intravenous garlic to treat a potentially fatal and rare fungal infection of the brain called cryptococcal meningitis. In the report, the Chinese compared the effectiveness of the garlic with standard medical treatment which involved a very toxic antibiotic called Amphotericin-B. The study revealed that intravenous garlic was more effective than the drug and was not toxic regardless of its dosage.

One study using liquid garlic extract found that candida colonies were substantially reduced in mice that had been treated with the garlic. This same study also revealed that garlic stimulated phagocytic activity. This implies that infections such as candida may be controlled because garlic stimulates the body’s own defenses. Applied externally, garlic oil can be used to treat ringworm, skin parasites and warts. Lesions that were caused by skin fungi in rabbits and guinea pigs were treated with external applications of garlic extract and began to heal after seven days.

Allicin is primarily a fungistatic substance which can slow or completely stop the proliferation of the microorganisms. As an external treatment, garlic has also been found to effectively treat acne and thrush.

YEAST INFECTIONS AND GARLIC

Garlic has proven over and over that it is an effective antifungal agent. For anyone suffering from recurring yeast infections, garlic should be added to the diet. Its compounds are very active against candida albicans which causes yeast infections. Some studies have shown that garlic is more potent in treating yeast infections than nystatin, gentian violet and six other reputable antifungal agents.

Yeast infections plague millions of Americans and can cause conditions such as thrush, vaginal yeast infections and intestinal yeast disorders. Candida albicans has been linked to a wide variety of symptoms including chronic fatigue, depression, infertility and allergies. Much of the scientific research done on garlic has centered around its antimicrobial activity, especially against infectious fungi like C. albicans which causes yeast infections. Chicks that were inoculated with the C. albicans organism were cured after ten days of ingesting garlic.

A study reported in Mycologia in 1977 concluded that garlic significantly inhibited all isolates of yeast-like fungi that were tested. Once again, it is important that the allicin component of garlic is present in order to receive the antifungal effect.

Some research has suggested that raw garlic was not effective against yeast infections, while aged extracts were very good. An added bonus of using garlic to treat yeast infections is that no clinical stains of C. albicans have been known to become resistant to garlic therapy.

Because high blood sugar is also related to a higher risk of yeast infections, garlic therapy has an additional advantage. Garlic compounds have demonstrated their ability to lower blood glucose levels which would help to decrease one’s risk of developing a yeast infection.

And with such strong evidence against candida, how many people have mentioned this? NONE. Not one person mentioned taking simple garlic for candida although the naturopath and the iridologist suggested a candida infection. It was never mentioned.

So I’ll try it and see what happens…

This Saturday will be nine weeks since the simple B6 vitamin blood test and not a word on the results. This is outrageous. “Our stated turnaround time is 15 days” seemed a little dated now. It has been exactly 60 days today since the blood test was taken.

60 days for a standard vitamin blood test. What a joke. It’s no wonder my doctor wants me on antidepressants…

December 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 1 Comment

Entry for June 14, 2006

In my research with Iridology, I come across the web site for the largest naturopathic and allergy clinic in North America and it happens to be in Toronto. I’ve never heard of it. One of the doctors wrote an article on Allergies:

Allergies
By Dr. Fateh Srajeldin N.D.

Allergies are hyper-reactive and adverse (systemic or total) bodily responses to a stimulus or multiple stimuli (antigens). These antigens are harmless to most people, but others show hyper-reaction when allergens gain access into the domain of their body. This hyper-reaction is a response from the body and a message to inform us of changes in the general status of the body. It is also one of many attempts of the body to free itself from the invading stimuli. The reaction is a protective measure from the body to reduce or nullify the effects of such stimuli. Many patients claim that they did not have allergies. They use the excuse that they never had allergies before. While I know that the statement is true, I also know that a diabetic never had diabetes before and a hypertensive patient did not have hypertension before. Therefore, the excuse of «I did not have allergies before» does not hold water any more and is insufficient to stamp a patient with allergy free individual.

Blood tests, skin tests and food elimination or rotation are not diagnostic tools for allergies. The only factors that determine patient’s allergies are the patient’s history of symptoms, its duration and periodicity. Allergy testing only confirms or denies your suspicion of allergies. Symptoms and history come first, tests come second.
Inherited or acquired.

During history taking a strong attempt is directed to find out whether the patient’s allergies are inherited at birth from parents or grandparents, or are allergies acquired after birth from patient’s life style, eating habits, work environment and medications. Acquired allergies arise from altered body ecology due to usage of medications, improper diet, and unhealthy lifestyle. Allergies caused by factors other than inheritance must not be treated as allergies. This type of allergies is considered as «an allergy like symptoms» not true allergies. The lymphatic system in this case would be congested due to medications, yeast or toxins. Further, at the same token the liver is weakened and unable to meet the body’s detoxification demands. In this case the cause of the problem is addressed during the treatment not the allergies that the patient is presenting.

Inherited allergies are attached to the body genetically and would be controlled by an extensive history taking during the first visit then a blood sample is drawn to evaluate the level of allergens in the sample. Blood sample would identify 200 different foods plus 50 inhalant allergens.

Allergies are classified according to the allergic response.

Type I
• is IgE mediated allergic reaction
• includes drugs, urticaria, anaphylaxis, angioedema and stings.

Type II
• is complement-dependent and involves 1gM or IgG antibodies, where the antibody is fixed on the circulating blood cell and than destroyed (cytolytic and cytotoxic)
• includes the following disorders due to drug interactions: systemic lupus erythematosus, lupoid hepatitis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenic purpura and agranulocytosis.

Type III
• is an immune complex disease
• involves IgG where a drug reaction is demonstrated by serum sickness
• includes arthralgia, arthritis, urticaria skin eruption, lymphadenopathy and fever
• the reaction may last for up to 2 weeks or until the offending drug is eliminated by the liver and the kidney.

Type IV
• is a cell mediated delayed hypersensitivity with I cells type lymphocytes, which occurs in 24-48 hours after exposure.
• an example of such a reaction is contact dermatitis due to topically applied substances such as drug or poison.

What are allergens?
There are approximately 1.4 million different pollen and ragweeds in one teaspoon. Only four are needed to trigger an allergic reaction in a susceptible patient. Some allergens are: dusts, ragweeds, pollens, drugs, molds, grasses, animal hair, animal dandruff.

Enzymes
Reduced digestive enzymes or co-enzymes due to digestive problems and/or poor structure or due to heredity induce IgA and Gamma globulin.

Vaccines
It was found that some vaccines destroy I-regulatory cells that are produced by the thymus. These cells help reduce allergic effects. Vaccines, chemical exposure and some drugs reduce the effects of the I-regulatory cells or destroy them. Most vaccines are based on the introduction of bacteria, virus or their antigen into the blood stream. Such bacteria, virus or antigen are made of proteins that are foreign to the body. Most allergic reactions after a vaccination are related to the body’s reaction to that protein. Some individuals develop allergies shortly after vaccination.

Food and food additives
Some foods contain elements that the body is not familiar with it to digest it. Gluten, milk protein, milk sugar (lactase) are proteins that the body may not be able to digest them and consequently react to them upon ingestion. Not being able to digest any protein means that its presence would lead to mal-absorption of any food that contains the protein in question. At the first attempt to ingest such protein the intestine react to its presence by flattening its villi. Such intestinal reaction would lead to abdominal pains, gas, diarrhea or indigestion as follows:

I. expedite the transit time of unwanted food to prevent its absorption
II. shorten its exposure time in the intestine to lessen its adverse effects
III. the downfall of this procedure is that the body would absorb other material present in the intestine that it would have otherwise not absorbed.

Organic weakness due to lifestyle
Weakness of the lymphatic system, thinning of the intestinal walls, the liver and the thymus.

Chronic infections
Ear infections, tonsillitis, digestive track abnormalities, mononucleosis, chronic fatigue symptom, PMS (females only) and hepatitis.

Candida albicans
Antibiotics, birth control pills, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy set the stage for fungal infections by altering the bowel’s flora. The once controlled fungus, invades the intestinal mucosa to the flora making fenestrations in the flora exposing the species to the blood system. Once in the blood stream, it invades the uterine and vaginal cells, among other organs and tissues. Allergies develop over time with these patients due to the presence and over growth of fungus.

Stress
Destroys cellular enzymes that lead to cellular distress.
Improper weaning during infancy
In the span between birth and first birthday many parents make many irresponsible dietary mistakes with their infants that set the stage to allergies to settle in their children’s body. An improper weaning of your infant may lead to the introduction of certain by-products and toxins into the liver. Being unable to break these toxins down, their presence congests and weakens the liver. As a reaction to allergens in the body produces histamine, the liver’s role is to remove it from the body. Due to its weakness and congestion, however, the liver struggles in removing histamine and consequently, histamine builds up in the body leading to more allergic reactions. The best place to start allergy treatment is at the liver.

Food
Allergies start as a reaction to one type of food, food additives or food colourings. The body would attempt to capture whatever is causing the allergy and remove it. Repeated introduction of the same allergens would weaken the body organs. Further weakness of the organs would surface allergic symptoms.

Symptoms of allergy
General symptoms include pain, epistaxis, weight loss, night sweats (excluding hypoglycemia), temperature, tonsillitis, fatigue and frequent cold; sneezing, cough, itchy eyes, ears, nose and root of the mouth.

Diagnosis
Past medical history: physical and psychological Family history: parents, grand parents on sides, brothers, sisters, etc.
History of signs and symptoms: in-uterine history, infancy, childhood, teens and adulthood.

Foods to eliminate
Sugar including all its names, shapes, forms and disguise; milk, wheat, gluten, eggs, coffee, tea, citrus fruits, MSG.

Habits
Chew food well, do not eat fruits with your meals and do not drink water during meals.

Order of tests
I. Food rotation
II. IgG, IgE, 260 food allergens in serum test
III. The radioallergosorbent test (RAST)
IV. Cytotyxic allergy test
V. The cardiovascular test (complimentary)

Remedies
Must be hypoallergenic: Vitamin A, Vitamin E, glutathione, quercetin, echinacea and zinc.

Homeopathic
Lyphosot drops, Chelidonium drops, Co-Enzyme drops.

Dr. Fateh Srajeldin N.D. of Toronto Ontario is the director of the largest naturopathic and allergy clinic in North America. Currently, he is treating members of the royal families in the Gulf area who have traveled specifically to be treated by Dr. Srajeldin N.D.

June 14, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 10, 2006

Day three of my microwave embargo and although my nose is a lot less plugged than usual, I’m not sure what had the greatest effect? The embargo, acupuncture or the new herb? I’ve decided to tackle my allergies with Doctor Google. Here is the history:

  • Allergies started around 1990/1991.
  • Allergies are the same all year round.
  • Tried numerous sprays and treatments with no effect.
  • Took allergy shots for two years with mild success.
  • Cigarettes and carbonated drinks have the greatest effect on the “stuffiness” but no one has ever been able to tell me why.
  • Took supplement called “Sinna” by A. Vogel with mild success.
  • Acupuncture has had the greatest, quickest effect.

So here’s what I find:

What is a Sinus Infection? Sinus infections (also known as sinusitis) usually follow a viral infection. Adults and children alike usually experience at least two or three viral infections a year. Often viral colds or upper respiratory infections are followed by a common cold and will usually clear up on their own. After a week of having cold symptoms a viral infection can turn into a bacterial infection. When the mucus from your nasal discharge changes from clear to yellow or green , it usually indicates a bacterial infection has developed.

What does a Sinus Infection do to your nose? Sinus infections cause swelling of the lining of the sinuses and thickening of the mucus. The swelling of the sinus tissue and thickening of the mucous causes congestion. The infection slows down the normal sinus drainage.

  • Chronic (continuous infections)
  • Congestion/nosebleeds
  • Mild to moderate headaches
  • Chronic sore throat and cough
  • Chronic post nasal drip
  • Bad breath/taste
  • Constant fatigue/discomfort

A bacterial infection? No one has ever mentioned this to me before. Although I appear to have Chronic Sinusitis, I don’t have nosebleeds or headaches. The mystery to me has always been why cigarette smoke and carbonated drinks have the greatest effect because I don’t touch either of them.

Doctor Google looks up the ingredients for cigarette smoke and carbonated drinks and there is a link:

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    • Carbon dioxide (Used in carbonated beverages, fruit, meat, wine)
    • Corn syrup (Used in carbonated beverages, baked goods, jam/jellies.)

The Top-10 MYCO-Toxic Foods By David A. Holland, M.D.

 (Mycotoxin: A toxin produced by a fungus under special conditions of moisture and temperature.)

 Corn

Corn is “universally contaminated” with fumonisin and other fungal toxins such as aflatoxin, zearalenone and ochratoxin (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Mycotoxins: Risks in Plant, Animal and Human Systems. Task Force Report No. 139. Ames, IA. Jan 2003). Fumonisin and aflatoxin are known for their cancer-causing effects, while zearalenone and ochratoxin cause estrogenic and kidney-related problems, respectively. Just as corn is universally contaminated with mycotoxins, our food supply seems to be universally contaminated with corn–it’s everywhere! A typical chicken nugget at a fast food restaurant consists of a nugget of corn-fed chicken that is covered by a corn-based batter that is sweetened with corn syrup! 

And then I find this: 

Sinusitis can be caused by both bacteria and fungus. A bacterial infection usually occurs after a cold or virus when the congestion in the nose stops drainage from the sinuses. This fluid buildup in the sinuses breeds bacteria and may cause sinusitis. However, it has recently been proven that sinusitis can also be an immune response to a fungus. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recently published a study which found that over 90% of sinus infections are fungal rather than bacterial. Thus, antibiotics (which are the most commonly prescribed treatment) are completely ineffective (not to mention damaging to the immune system) over 90% of the time.

The Mayo Clinic suggests that Doctors are wrong about sinusitis about 90% of the time? I think I need to do more research…

 

May 10, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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