and Weight Gain
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
I were to tell you that there is a fungus living in your intestines
that produces 180 chemical toxins capable of making you feel
dizzy and fatigued, shutting down your thyroid, throwing your
hormones off balance, and causing you to crave sugar and alcohol,
all of which make you put on weightwould you believe
me? You probably wouldn'tfew doctors even realize the
extent of damage caused by yeast overgrowth but the above
scenario is all too true.
the great detriment of the health of our society, this fungus
does exist and it is growing rampant in a large proportion
of the populationmostly women. It's one of the diseases
of civilization - the culmination of the side effects of technology
and the disservices of our way of life. The list of chronic
diseases is getting longer and longer: heart disease, cancer,
chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, auto immune disease,
and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Chronic yeast overgrowth
not only worsens all the above conditions but it's in a whole
disease category by itself.
miracle of antibiotics has its downside because it causes
an overgrowth of yeast. The refining of sugar and wheat has
its downside by creating a simple food source for yeast. The
tremendous levels of stress hormones that flood our bodies
daily, hourly, and every minute in our sped up world make
us prey to yeast.
Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) is nothing new; it's been around
for decades, ever since we began to use antibiotics in our
society. Yeast itself, a cousin to molds, has grown in human
bodies since Adam and Eve. Candida albicans is the main yeast
in the human body. It lives there happily enough, kept in
check by beneficial bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria
make vitamins and help digest excess sugar that gets past
the small intestine. A very special group of bacteria make
lactic acid, which protects the gut and vagina against yeast.
is one of the 400 organisms that live in our mouth, digestive
tract, vagina and on our skin. Most of the time they all get
along with their neighbors. When you begin taking antibiotics,
the whole delicate balance is lost. Antibiotics wipe out most
of the good and the bad bacteria leaving yeast unharmed. In
the absence of any competition, yeast colonies grow into all
the empty nooks and crannies of the large intestine and even
the small intestine. Sugar from our diet feeds yeast and with
the special lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria wiped out,
there is no more production of lactic acid to protect the
delicate intestinal and vaginal tissues from marauding yeast.
beast, Candida albicans, growing wildly inside our bodies
is an epidemic out of control. Most people, if they think
of it at all, imagine yeast as just a pesky vaginal infection
that a treatment of vaginal cream will cure overnight. Unfortunately,
that's just not the case for millions of people, especially
women who suffer an astonishing array of health complaints
from yeast overgrowth, yeast allergy and a build up of yeast
Gut: An Open Door To Our Tissues
is a scientific fact that when yeast cells reach a certain
critical mass they change from a round budding stage to a
thread-like tissue invasive stage. They are simply running
out of food and looking for more. They pack their bags and
emigrate from their main home in the large intestine into
the small intestine. In the small intestine, the yeast threads
poke holes in the intestinal lining. With this superhighway
to the blood stream, there is nothing to stop yeast chemical
by-products (all 180 of them), undigested food molecules,
bacterial toxins, and other chemicals from taking a one-way
ride. The holes are not necessarily big enough to allow yeast
to get into the blood stream, so there is no blood infection
of yeast, just hundreds of waste products that should be flushed
down the toilet that end up causing head to toe symptoms leak
into the blood. Yes, leaky gut happens when toxins leak into
the blood stream and tissues of the body.
these toxins hit the blood stream they trigger widespread
inflammatory and allergy reactions. Many of the toxins like
aldehyde, alcohol, zymosan, arabinitol, and gliotoxin have
been named. They impair the immune system and the central
nervous system. Others block thyroid function, impair female
hormones and cause symptoms of PMS and aggravate menopause
but haven't yet been properly studied. Inflammation is being
investigated as the underlying cause of heart disease, bowel
disease, arthritic conditions, and auto immune disease. It
is also intimately involved with weight gain, fatigue, allergies,
asthma, headaches, irritability, and dozens of other health
you taken several courses of antibiotics in the past
you been on the birth control pill
you react to the smell of damp moldy places
you crave sugar and bread
you feel drained to the point of exhaustion.
you have symptoms of intestinal gas, bloating, and cramping
you troubled by constant vaginal infections.
you bothered by itchy burning eyes
and Belly Fat
does belly fat have in common with beef cattle? Antibiotics!
These drugs are liberally used in the beef industry for the
specific purpose of "beefing up" cattle. It is little
recognized that antibiotics can do the same to humans! Yeast
can contribute pounds of fluid retention in an attempt by
the body to dilute the toxins that yeast produces. Over time,
in both cattle and people, tissue toxins and fluid build up
lead to cellulite and weight gain.
fat is more than just fat. Yeast causes abdominal bloating
that can add an extra 5-7 inches that seems to appear out
of nowhere. This can be devastating for someone who is on
a diet and trying to lose weight and lose inches. If a woman
says she has only been eating 1,000 calories a day for a week
yet still gained weight a doctor tends to think she is not
being truthful. However, if most of her diet is carbohydrates
and sugar she may very well be growing yeast, which create
a toxic build up and fluid retention to dilute the toxins.
It's a whole new way of looking at weight gain.
bloating and toxic fluid build up, yeast can decrease thyroid
function and lead to lowered metabolism, which is a well known
cause of weight gain. Some yeast toxins can block hormone
receptors and block hormone action. Hypothyroidism and PMS
can be the direct result of yeast overgrowth.
you crave carbs and give into those cravings you will also
experience weight gain as the carbs turn into fat cells. Those
food cravings that we think are just a lack of will power
can actually be caused by yeast clamoring for their favorite
overgrowth also causes the immune system to overwork trying
to deal with the toxic overload. This places chronic stress
on the adrenal glands, which raises cortisol levels. One thing
we know about cortisol is that you can't lose weight when
your levels are elevated due to chronic stress. That's because
the body perceives stress as an emergency and the worst emergency
for the body is starvation-therefore it's never going to give
up an ounce of stored fat that it might need!
the answer does not lie in a pill as many women have found
out when they go to their doctor. Even if the doctor does
recognize yeast overgrowth the most common treatment recommended
is a week or two or antifungal medications. As one client,
who is a chemist remarked to me that she is very concerned
about taking fluoride compounds like Diflucan, the most well
known antifungal medication. Doctors who are too dependent
on prescriptive medicine don't understand that yeast overgrowth
requires multi-pronged approach.
avoid sugar, wheat and dairy as well as fermented foods, and
alcohol. Subsitute sugar with stevia.
(good bacteria): the best ones are acidophilus and bifidus.
Obtain products that guarantee 2-10 billion organisms per
supplements: garlic (eat one or two cloves a day), oil
of oregano (take 2-3 capsules per day) and grapefruit seed
extract (take two to three capsules per day) or take a formula
that also includes caprylic acid, pauD'Arco, black walnut,
beta carotene, and biotin.
to move the lymph circulation that clears toxins from the
release to reduce the amount of natural cortisol that creates
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is only through diet and lifestyle change that people can
overcome yeast overgrowth-but they do overcome it.
a physician, I have found that reducing sugar intake is one
of the most important ways to control hypoglycemia, diabetes,
and intestinal yeast. Reduce your sugar intake by supplementing
your tea, water, and other beverages with Stevia.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
Dr. Dean is the author and coauthor of 15 books including
eBooks. Proficient in both conventional and alternative medicine,
Dr. Dean is the medical director of VidaCosta Spa el Puente
in Costa Rica (2010), President of VidaCosta Academy, U.S.,
and offers customized telephone consultations for health through
her website: www.drcarolyndean.com.