It’s no secret that autoimmunity comes from the health of the gut.
“All autoimmune diseases need to be treated by restoring and treating the gut flora,” says Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (41:15).
McBride is a medical doctor, neurologist, neurosurgeon and clinical nutritionist who specializes in autoimmunity through her famous GAPS protocol.
When the gut flora is dominated by pathogenic yeasts or bacteria and toxins it responds according to what is present. Some pathogens release toxic gasses such as ammonia, hydrogen, methane, acetone and acetaldehyde.
“It’s caused by protein and peptide complexes through the damaged gut wall. When these proteins absorb partially digested the immune system finds them and says you’re not appropriate and it starts developing antibodies against those proteins,” Dr. McBride says. “Trouble is a lot of proteins in our food are very similar to the proteins in our own bodies. These antibodies then find your own proteins in your body and start attacking those as well. This is called a mimicking phenomenon.” (41.45)
Streptococci living in the tonsils was the first marker for rheumatism, she says.
When the toxins released by the pathogenic flora are absorbed into the blood stream different things happen.
McBride says, “They like to attach themselves to proteins and fats inside the body. That might happen in your joints. That might happen in your brain, or in your spine or anywhere else in your body. Once they attach themselves to that protein they change its three-dimensional structure.” (42:15)
When the immune system sees this changed structure it recognizes it as foreign and attacks.
“It particularly happens with people who have a lot of candida overgrowth who are generating a lot of acetaldehyde in their bodies. Acetaldehyde has an ability to attach itself to proteins in the body and change their structure,” she says. (42:45)
People who suffer from heavy metal toxicity generally suffer from candida in this state.
Signs and symptoms of candida are frequent bloating, gas or general puffiness, a white layer across the tongue, frequent pink eye, red rash-like patches, hives, white crusty heals or feet, yellowed toenails, thick cracking toenails or fingernails that build up layer upon layer on themselves, foggy brain, athletes foot, jock itch, vaginal yeast infections, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, sinus infections, excitable energy especially in children often times accompanies with a peculiar giddy laugh for no reason and frequently occurring urinary tract infections.
The systematic name for acetaldhyde is ethanal.
The EPA says, “Acetaldehyde is mainly used as an intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals. It is ubiquitous in the environment and may be formed in the body from the breakdown of ethanol.”
In the body, when released by Candida albicans it presents in different forms. The EPA admits, “Acute (short-term) exposure to acetaldehyde results in effects including irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Symptoms of chronic (long-term) intoxication of acetaldehyde resemble those of alcoholism. Acetaldehyde is considered a probable human carcinogen (Group B2) based on inadequate human cancer studies and animal studies that have shown nasal tumors in rats and laryngeal tumors in hamsters.”
PubChem says, “It has a general narcotic action and also causes irritation of mucous membranes.”
The importance of removing chemicals from our food intake and eating nutrient dense inflammation reducing foods in situations like this is imperative.
A study reported in GUT says, “Translocation of E coli across M-cells is reduced by soluble plant fibres, particularly plantain (weed) and broccoli, but increased by the emulsifier Polysorbate-80. These effects occur at relevant concentrations and may contribute to the impact of dietary factors on Crohn’s disease pathogenesis.”
Specifically they say, “Plantain and broccoli NSP markedly reduced E colitranslocation across M-cells; apple and leek NSP had no significant effect. Polysorbate-80 increased E coli translocation through Caco2-cl1 monolayers 59-fold and, at higher concentrations, increased translocation across M-cells. Similarly, E coli translocation across human Peyer’s patches was reduced 45±7% by soluble plantain NSP (5 mg/ml) and increased 2-fold by polysorbate-80 (0.1% vol/vol).”
Eliminating these strains is impossible as our bodies are designed to have this specific strain of yeast. When we die, Candida albicans is one of the key players that decomposes our bodies. Keeping the overgrowth of this pathogenic opportunistic yeast is imperative.
Removing all sugars and carbohydrates from the diet are important so that the yeasts have no primary food source. Keep a diet high fat, low carb with specific fermented foods is reported as the most successful treatment. Home brewed kefir, yogurt and kraut juice are the champions yeast killers. Other natural methods include garlic or yogurt suppositories in the vaginal canal, coconut oil, and coconut oil mixed with tea tree oil.
In persistent situations it is best to be working with a practitioner who is knowledgeable in intestinal pathogens.
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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.
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