Today I had the most wonderful day ever. I got to stand…yes stand…outside in the 80% humidity for seven hours talking to people about their troubles.
Conversations about Probiotics
Most of the conversations went like this:
Do you take probiotics? No? Well, have you heard of probiotics? Yes? Is there a reason that you haven’t started a program? Do you have any chronic health issues? Before you answer, do they have to do with your skin? Headaches? Allergies? Digestion? Immune system? Pain? Blood sugar? Mental clarity? Mood disorders? Sleep issues?
Interesting thing is…everyone has something.
Actually, there were a few people with perfect health and happiness. There was one lady who answered that she knows all about probiotics and she doesn’t need them because she only eats healthy…as she is feeding her kids (and herself) a cupcake with five inches of icing on top.
There was another lady who said she also knows all about probiotics and doesn’t need them because she eats fermented cabbage…but she was also experiencing an adult acne breakout that led me to believe that she isn’t eating nearly enough fermented foods to combat her Candida problem.
I did meet some really great people who are suffering every day…and taking daily prescriptions that are either not really helping, causing many negative side-effects, or at best – just masking the symptoms of their disease…not really treating the issue.
What are symptoms of Candida overgrowth?
Physical symptoms of Candida overgrowth
White furry tongue coat or when white patches on the tongue are scraped off and the underlying red tissue bleeds slightly. Mouth sores or blisters, canker sores, dryness, bad breath
Eyes – Erratic vision, spots in front of eyes (eye floaters) and flashing lights, redness, dryness, itching
Vaginitis, unusual odors, discharge, redness or swelling of the vulva and surrounding area, vaginal itching, burning or redness, or persistent infections.
Fungal infections on the skin or nails
Nasal congestion, postnasal drip, itching, dryness
Skin – dryness, dry red patches, acne, pimples, hives, rashes, itching skin, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoea, ringworm, contact dermatitis
Constitutional symptoms of Candida overgrowth
Diarrhea, constipation, stomach bloating, pain, gas, mucus in the stools
Hair loss, scum on the scalp, itchy scalp, scalp sores and dryness
Heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat
Frequent Headaches, migraines, brain fog, dizziness, etc.
Hemorrhoids, and rectal itching, rash, irritation and redness
Loss of sex drive, impotence, prostitis, penis infections, difficulty urinating, urinary urgency, painful intercourse
Allergies or reactions
Muscle aches and pain, numbness, burning or tingling, and lack of strength and coordination
Stomach – heartburn, indigestion, belching, vomiting, burning, pains, needle-like pains, food seems to sit in the stomach like a lump, etc.
Behavioral symptoms of Candida overgrowth
Intolerance to perfumes, odors, fumes, dust
Cravings or addictions for sugar, bread or alcohol
Insomnia, waking up frequently, nightmares, restless sleep, etc.
Anxiety attacks, nervousness, jitteriness, memory loss, inability to concentrate, mood swings, irritability, etc.
Autoimmune Diseases & the Candida connection
Many autoimmune diseases and other diseases have a Candida connection. Whenever the immune system is severely depressed and cannot function normally, it opens up the body to many diseases and malfunctions. Some, but not all, of these diseases are: Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity, Crohn’s Disease, Epstein-Barr Virus, Fibromyalgia, Graves’ Disease, HIV/AIDS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Sjogren’s, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Candida is very opportunist when the immune system malfunctions, with candida overgrowth found in most cases. Therefore autoimmune diseases respond well to the candida program, particularly the diet, because it builds up and strengthens the immune system.
One woman I spoke with was really interested in the rocks I paint. I paint a variety of rocks – I make hobbit homes, fairy doors, Day of the Dead skulls, birds, turtles, owls…etc. As she limped off – I asked her about the pain in her leg. She told me that it is actually her back that is bothering her – and her heart, and head, and just about everything is wrong with her. She has Takayasu disease. She went on to tell me what it is and some of the side-effects of the illness. First – it’s very, very rare. Second, they can’t really figure out how to fix it. Here’s what I found out…
What is Takayasu disease?
Takayasu disease is a chronic inflammation of the large blood vessels that distribute blood from the heart, including the aorta and its main branches. Inflammation of blood vessels is also called vasculitis. It is most common in women of Asian descent. It usually begins between 10 and 30 years of age.
Takayasu disease has also been referred to as pulseless disease, aortic arch syndrome, Takayasu’s disease, and Takayasu’s arteritis.
What causes Takayasu disease?
The cause of Takayasu disease is unknown. The immune system in patients with Takayasu disease seems to be misdirected to cause inflammation of arteries (arteritis). White blood cells called T lymphocytes are part of the inflammation.
It sounds horrible and devastating. Worse…of all the specialists and professionals she’s met and consulted with – not one of them has recommended probiotics. She’s on a rainbow of medications to treat this and that – but not one person has mentioned that maybe her immune system is out of whack because of an unhealthy gut.
Also…I spoke to a lady with arthritis – again, never heard of probiotics. Thyroid issues. Psoriasis. Depression. Chronic sinus infection. Allergies. ADHD. Autism. Blood sugar diseases. Migraines. Torn ear drum (that one was concerning to me because the woman fears that the hole in her ear is allowing fungus to get into her brain). Nose polyps. Acne. Nail fungus.
The people I got to talk with were so very interested to hear about how nutrition and gut-health might be an answer to their prayers. After countless doctor visits and consultations, very few of these people understand how probiotics can help with these issues.
It’s time to change the way we view food. Your body and mind health begins in your gut. It’s not just what you eat, either. It’s what you don’t eat – what you don’t get enough of that affects your overall health.
Probiotics and gut health are the first place to start with any health concern.