Pathogens and parasites become active in the body for a purpose, however, left unchecked their activity becomes detrimental.
Pathogens and parasites have their purpose in the environment, both inside and outside the body. They keep the ecosystem in check. When considering the tropical rain-forest there isn’t just one large breed of mosquitoes, the whole ecosystem grows together. The same thing happens within our bodies.
Several health practitioners have spoken about this situation for years.
“Every disease I saw in my office had a dominant parasite involved. To my surprise, if you had diabetes, it would be euretrema, the pancreatic fluke. Pancreatic fluke! Diabetes is a disease of the pancreas!” says Dr. Hulda Clark (4:17).
“Kosher dairy products do not have these parasites, which shows you it’s a matter of cleanliness,” she says.
She found one specific product to be helpful.
“The hull of the black walnut tree, but the hull has to be green. There is something in the green hull that kills everything I ever test for, which doesn’t mean everything. But let’s say close to 100 parasite varieties,” she says.
Black walnut hull comes from young green walnuts, picked very early in the season.
Different imbalances create effects that need to be addressed, a downward spiral that can lead to other problems.
“When there’s pathogens, for example, a yeast overgrowth, or parasitic infection, or a bacterial infection, there’s an enzyme that resides in the gut called IDO. This IDO’s enzyme, it’s job is upregulated by some of the inflamatory cytochynes like ifengamma and tff alpha. What happens is it steals from our stores of tryptophan,” says Jill Carnahan, MD.
IDO is Indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase. “IDO1 initiates tryptophan catabolism along a pathway that generates several bioactive kynurenine-based metabolites. IDO1 is expressed by several human cancers and its presence has been linked to poor prognosis. The IDO1 like enzymes TDO and IDO2 have also been identified in several cancers.,” says Current Opinion in Gastroenterology.
Tryptophan is an amino acid associated with a calm feeling of relaxation.
Tryptophan is the precursor for serotonin, the happy chemical in our body that makes us feel satisfied and content, and melatonin, the hormome that assists in sleep.
“When that happens in the gut that tryptophan is stolen so your body can not make serotonin. Instead it creates kyuralin and eventually quinolinic acid. Quinolinic acid is a bad player. It crosses over into the blood brain barrier, into the brain, and excites MNDA receptors,” Carnahan says.
She goes on to say, “It creates this excitotoxicity. These patients can’t sleep. They’re agitated, they’re irritable. They might have depression as well. It’s very critical. Usually the core underlying imbalance is a pathogen,” she says.
Quinalinic acid can do many negative things in the body. After it crosses into the brain it causes glutamate to release into the body. Excess glutamate has the ability to excite the cells to death. This causes inflammation in the brain. This results in fears, anxiety, depression, mania. It also leads to autistic behaviors.
In addition quinolinic acid produces oxidative stress which stresses the body.
Quinolinic acid and kyuranin can be measured with the OAT (Organic Acid Test), a urine test. High lipid peroxides reflect a sign of oxidative stress. Other signs of quinolinic acid presence are high 8-hydroxy or 8-OHdG. If it’s very high the process has started and needs to be addressed.
*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. 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”.
“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.
Jill Carnahan, MD spoke at the Heal Your Gut Summit, January 27, 2016
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