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My Candida Hell: Chronic Ethanol and Acetaldehyde Poisoning

 

 

Face of Auto-Brewery Syndrome Patient The following article is an account of my journey through Hell as a result of auto-brewery syndrome (ABS), often referred to as simply Candida, 'intestinal yeast overgrowth, or sometimes 'fungal-type dysbiosis'. It is meant as an educational piece as well as a warning of how bad things can get for those already suffering some degree of yeast-related illness or those at risk (immunocompromised individuals, chronic antibiotic of conctraceptive pill use etc) if action is not taken as early as possible to tackle the problem. I also hope doctors and researchers reading this will take note and aside from the enlightened few, stop burying their heads in the sand.

Candida and other opportunistic yeast are often the cause of death in the severely immunocompromised such as AIDS patients. As is often the case with the medical profession however they work in extremes. Either you have AIDS and Candida can kill you or you don't and it can't cause any health problems for you at all (other than mild irritating skin infections or thrush).

As someone who was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/M.E. aged 12, I can assure you that the immune dysfunction associated with this illness including low natural killer (NK) cell activity, TH1/Th2 imbalance, and RNase L abnormalities, are enough to allow Candida and other yeast to thrive (at least in the gut) given the right environmental factors such as antibiotic use and a high carbohydrate diet. I suspect these factors alone or combined with genetic susceptibility and/or unhealthy gut flora (due to caeserean section birth, formula-feeding etc) may be enough to allow for the proliferation of intestinal Candida and the problems I will describe, even in the absence of ME/CFS or otherwise compromised immunity; meaning people considered healthy may also become ill due to fungal-type dysbiosis.

The following is my story:

 

My Early Years

My story begins before my birth as my mother had always suffered from bowel problems include symptoms of bloating, indigestion, an abdominal pain...particularly after certain foods, fermented foods for example. This would be diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome by the conventional medical profession. IBS patients have been found to have disturbed gut flora with an increased risk of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).1 It is also likely that my mum had increased amounts of Candida/yeast and recurrent thrush provides some evidence for this.

Now, before a baby is born their gastrointestinal tracts are sterile, i.e. they contain no microorganisms at all. The innoculation with what will become the individual's gut microflora begins during birth. As the baby makes its way down the birth canal the mother passes on her microflora to the baby. So if the mother has an unhealthy makeup of gut microflora herself the baby inherists this and is off to a bad start. This was the case for me.

The second "hit" was the fact that for various reasons my mum was only able to breast feed me for 2 weeks. Despite what medical professionals or infant formula companies may tell you...breast milk is FAR superior to formula milk. The reason for this is that breast milk contains substances such as oligosaccharides(prebiotics) which act as food for beneficial types of gut bacteria, particularly Bifidobacteria. Research shows that the gut microflora of breast-fed infants is dominated by Bifidobacteria while bottle-fed infants have a less healthy mix containing much more Enterobacteriaceae, Enterococci, Bacteroides, and Clostridia.2,3

Now this was all very bad news for me as believe it or not an estimated 80% of the entire immune system is located in and around the gut and the gut microflora are now known to be instrumental in the development and regulation of immunity. Unhealthy gut microflora in infancy and associated immune system dysfunction are linked to an increased risk of allergic diseases as well as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), for example.

Signs of gut problems didn't take long to surface with me as I suffered severe colic for the whole first year of my life. Infant colic has recently been linked to overgrowth of Klebsiella bacteria and increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in later life (I was diagnosed with IBS in my teens and a CDSA showed elevated amounts of Klebsiella aged 20).

To further damage any hope of me establishing a healthy gut microflora and robust immunity I was repeatedly given broad spectrum antibiotic drugs throughout my childhood for repeated ear, throat and chest infections. Antibiotics wipe out all types of bacteria in the gut, including beneficial ones such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, but don't kill yeast such as Candida, potentially allowing them to multiply unrestricted by the beneficial gut microflora that usually keep them in check.

 

 

 

Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Teen Years

In 1991 on my 12th birthday I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). It is now well established that this is an illness that involves a compromised immune system and allows for latent viruses to be reactivated, and an increased risk for opportunistic infections. Since, as mentioned earlier, 80% of the immune system is located in the gut, it only stands to reason that impaired immunity would lead to disruption of gut microflora and increased risk for overgrowth of intestinal yeasts and bacteria, as well as infection with enteroviruses (viruses affecting the intestines).

I had suffered from gut symptoms such as indigestion and bloating all through my childhood but soon after my diagnosis with ME/CFS I also began to experience severe rectal itching. I would suggest this was due to irritation of the rectal mucous membranes by toxins produced by Candida/yeast.

I am a very stubborn individual and spent my teen years resolutely ignoring the fact I was seriously Ill. I ate junk food and drank alcohol as most British teenagers do. As a result I noticed my gut symptoms of rectal itching, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, foul-smelling stools etc were getting worse. I was also rapidly becoming intolerant of alcohol. It took less and less to get drunk and less and less to cause a hangover. The hangovers were also becoming much much worse. In addition I had a burning sensation in my skin with its focus at my scalp and around my eyes. As I will explain later I believe this to be due to the poisoning of my nervous system by ethanol and acetaldehyde produced my Candida/yeast.

By my late teens I was generally in a very bad way and had gone from one of the highest acheivers in my high school to someone who couldn't concentrate at all in classes and just couldn't seem to grasp new concepts or retain new information. My grades went rapidly downhill along with my mood. I was by this time suffering from severe depression (which I attribute to the effects of Candida).

 

A Life Ruined by Candida

By 19 I had dropped out of university after a semester and a half after only just being given a place to begin with. Soon after is when my health and life well and truly hit rock bottom....the signs were that my liver gave way under the strain of dealing with Candida toxins day to day and I began to appear jaundiced, had pale stools, pain in the area of the duodenum on passing stools, and general inflammation type pain in the area of my liver under the right ribcage. I had an ultrasound around this time looking at my intestines but the ultrasound operator told me it looked like my liver was enlarged/inflammed. Unfortunately since my doctor had only asked for a scan of my intestines this detail was not recorded anywhere.

With the ultrasound, a Helicobacter pylori breath test, and a duodenal endoscopy all showing no abnormalities my doctor basically told me it was IBS and stress and that was that.

I spent the next few years at home. My daily schedule would be wake up at 1pm, lay in bed all afternoon watching TV or reading until 6pm (getting up only to go to the toilet or get food), then finally get dressed and sit at the computer researching my illness, playing games, or chatting to people in chat rooms (my only social life).

By this time it was clear I was in big, BIG trouble. After any meal I would experience loud gurgling noises from my lower abdomen (ileum area) as soon as I ate and then again, about 2 hours later. This would be accompanied by severe bloating and gas. Additionally, my bowel movements smelled terrible, like they had been fermented, as indeed, in my opinion, they had.

Initially if I ate foods of high carbohydrate content such as grains the symptoms above would be more severe and the next day I would have a hangover. Now let me make this clear. This is not an adjective I am using to describe a general feeling of being ill.....when I say "hangover" I mean a hangover caused by alcohol. The symptoms were exactly the same as those I experienced increasingly after drinking alcoholic beverages. I would wake up with a dehydrated, with a dry foul tasting mouth, the type of headache where moving your head is excruciatingly painful, general muscles aches, nausea, abdominal pain, aversion to light, and symptoms associated with being intoxicated e.g. dizziness, unsteadyness on my feet. Later these symptoms would also occur after any food containing carbohydrate, even low carbohydrate leafy vegetables.

If I thought things could not get any worse I was sadly mistaken. Under the advice of an envionmental medicine doctor I undertook a course of Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation (EPD) (known in the US as Low Dose Antigens (LDA)). The idea being to lower my allergic load. Unfortunately being a type of vaccine this treatment modulates the immune system and the result in me seems to have been allowing the yeast in my intestines to proliferate even further. After just a few treatments I was now feeling extremely intoxicated immediately after meals, worsening at the 2 hours+ mark. I felt a little drunk but this rapidly progressed to a hangover. The worst part was the severity of next day hangovers had increased exponentially. I was now suffering the symptoms described previously but more severely and I could add cold sweats, tremor, and severe depression, anxiety, and restlessness.

...all of this just from eating would be considered healthy home-cooked meals. It is safe to say suicide was constantly on my mind and I even visited websites looking for the most painless methods.

 

Signs of Candida/Yeast Overgrowth and Alcohol and Acetaldehyde Poisoning Confirmed by Testing

Now, I should point out at this point that the following tests are dismissed by conventional medicine but I believe them along with my symptoms to provide convincing evidence that I am the victim of severe intestinal Candida/yeast overgrowth.

They led to Dr. Keith Eaton and Dr. Sarah Myhill here in the UK diagnosing me with fungal-type dysbiosis/intestinal Candida overgrowth.

Gut Fermentation Profile - Developed by Dr. Eaton and colleagues at Biolab (UK) in London, this test involves measuring blood levels of ethanol and various other alcohols an hour or two after drinking a glucose solution. Due to the severe hangover I would have experienced after drinking the solution I simply had my blood taken after eating a low-carbohydrate snack. Needless to say my blood ethanol was above the normal range anyway. Ethanol (drinking alcohol) is primarily produced by yeast. Other alcohols were elevated too and these indicate the presence of abnormally high numbers of various bacteria.

Toxic Effects Screen - Another Biolab (UK) test. This showed increased D-glucaric acid (17.3umol/g creatinine); a generic marker of toxic exposure. It also showed elevated Gamma glutamyl transferase which is a sensitive indicator of hepatobiliary (liver and gallbladder) disease. It is also an indicator of alcohol ingestion with a sensitivity of 52%-94.4,5 Finally, using a technique called affinity chromatography the lab reported that liver enzymes that deal specifically with alcohol and drugs such as paracetamol (isoenzymes 2A and 4) were raised in my case.

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) - Performed by Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab (now Genova Diagnostics) this stool test showed that Lactobacilli and beneficial strains of E.coli which normally keep Candida/yeast under control were almost entirely absent from my sample. The test also detected abnormally high levels of bacterial genae such as Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, and Proteus. Another stool test a few years later also detected significant amounts of Candida of various species.

Now I don't know about you, but given the fact that I had not drunk one sip of an alcoholic beverage for years before these tests were carried out, I would assume anyone would find it particularly strange that my blood should contain significant amounts of alcohol and that my liver showed all the signs of chronic alcohol ingestion.

Of course anyone in the medical profession could just dismiss my account of my symptoms and dismiss the tests results as those of someone who regularly consumed large amounts of alcoholic drinks.....but this is simply not the case. There is no doubt in my mind that the lower parts of my small intestine are covered in Candida/yeast growth which feed on whatever I eat and poison me with ethanol, acetaldehyde and other toxins which are absorbed through the small intestinal wall before passing down the portal vein to the liver.

 

Consequences of Ethanol and Acetaldehyde Poisoning

The consequences of chronic ethanol and acetaldehyde ingestion are well known as they occur in alcoholism. So assuming I do have a gut full of Candida/yeast acting as my own personal brewery, many of the effects are the same as those suffered by an alcoholic. At this stage it is worth knowing that ethanol is first converted by the body into acetaldehyde before that is itself converted into non-toxic acetic acid.

Here are some of the effects of ethanol:

  • Ethanol metabolism interferes with energy metabolism; this results in fatigue and buildup of lactic acid, causing muscle aches.
  • Hypoglycaemia or "low blood sugar" also results from the above.
  • Nutritional deficiencies - particularly but not limited to vitamins B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (folic acid), B12 (cobalamin ), zinc, magnesium, potassium, and molydenum.
  • Anaemia due to folic acid and B12 deficiencies.
  • Gastrointestinal ulcers and increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome). Ethanol is highly toxic to all GI tract cells. Leaky gut syndrome is implicated in many diseases including food allergies/intolerances, systemic allergies, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome etc.
     

Here are some of the effects of acetaldehyde (significantly more toxic than ethanol):
 

  • Is responsible for most of the symptoms of a hangover. Causes dilation of blood vessels in the brain which result in the characteristic severe headaches.
  • Attacks and forms complexes with many proteins and nucleic acid (as in DNA and RNA) disrupting their normal functions.
  • Blocks secretion of proteins by the liver and causes swelling of hepatocytes (liver cells).
  • Binds and inactivates glutathione - the body's main antioxidant - thus increasing oxidative stress and allowing free radicals to damage cells throughout the body. Mitochondria, the energy producing machinery within each cell, are particularly susceptible to free radical damage.
  • Impairs the function of lymphocytes (an important type of white blood cell) and red blood cells (those that transport oxygen).
  • Increases the release of adrenaline causes heart palpitations, anxiety etc.


In addition both substances result in liver disease when the liver has to deal with them chronically and in sufficient amounts. They cause the buildup of fat in the liver impairing its function. The liver is the most metabolically active organ in the body and so an inefficient liver interferes with the production of bile (and therefore fat digestion), the production and detoxification of steroid hormones, and the detoxifcation of a huge range of substances such as ammonia from protein metabolism and gut bacteria, drugs, and pollutants.

You are obviously aware of the effects of alcohol on the brain so imagine dealing with symptoms such as confusion, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, mood swings etc, constantly, on a day to day basis. As well as the direct effects of alcohol and acetaldehyde on the brain they also have indirect effects. For example pyridoxine is required for the production of many neurotransmitters that regulate mood such as serotonin and noradrenaline, while the activated form of vitamin D is also required for their production. It is the liver's job to activate vitamin D so a poorly functioning liver due to ethanol and acetaldehyde poisoning can result in mood disorders through this mechanism.

I would also hypothesise that my development of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) a couple of years after the symptoms of severe intoxication began was a result of ethanol and acetaldehyde poisoning. It has been proposed that MCS is due to an acquired hypersensitivity to a group of chemical that would include ethanol and acetaldehyde subsequent to either acute or chronic poisoning with these or related compounds (e.g. formaldehyde).6

 

Subsequent Developments

There was no way I could have sustained living with constant severe hangovers for years on end, and I suspect here is where many of you reading are hoping for a happy ending but I'm afraid that's not the case. I would surely have ended my own suffering by now but for a twist of fate - My development of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) which meant I had to move out of home. Living alone my stress levels shot up with the result that ever since my intestinal muscles have always been tensed and this has prevented the large amount of fermentation that was going on. Perhaps I am able to absorb my food before it reaches the Candida/yeast now, that is my best guess. In any case, on occassions where I do manage to relax (very very rarely), the noisy gurgling, bloating, gas, intoxication, and hangovers return.

I have been unable to treat the problem as advised by doctors, nutritionists and multitudes of other health professionals - low carbohydrate diet, antifungal medication/supplements, and probiotics (an approach I agree with) because the side-effects are so severe. I mentioned poisoning of my nervous system earlier. Well, taking anything that kills Candida/yeast results in symptoms of tension, stress, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, anger, feelings of aggression, and burning scalp and skin around my eyes. These increase in severity rapidly and I even begin to get subdermal (below the skin) bleeding around my eyes as the burning sensation becomes severe. I can only assume given the other symptoms this is due to highly elevated activity of sympathetic nerves. In any case, to stay on antifungal treatment would mean I would end up throwing myself under a bus after a few months even when plied with tranquilisers such as diazepam (Valium) in high doses at the same time. At least this serves as further confirmation that Candida/yeast is the problem as this reaction only happens when taking substances with antifungal activity; I have tried many, many different ones both prescription and "natural" and the reaction is always the same.

Now at the age of 30 I am left considering drastic options. Small intestinal biopsy to confirm the extent of the yeast overgrowth and procedures such as a faecal/fecal transplant. Yes, this is what it sounds like. A healthy donor provides samples of faeces which are liquidized and sent down tubes into the recipients small intestine. The idea being the healthy stool contains trillions of beneficial bacteria that can displace the pathogen, in this case Candida/yeast, and restore balance and health to the gut and by association, the body as a whole.

One thing is certain, I will not get well while I have my own personal brewery in my gut, so something needs to be done...

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  • Guest - Klynn

    United States

    I just signed up for a login, typed a very long response, and it disappeared. So I'm doing this as a guest now.

    I came across your story while researching the various scenarios they classify the reaction to food that you get regularly. I've had it on and off for a lot of my life, and I've explored many, many angles, some of which you mention above. My situation is complicated by autoimmune thyroid problems as well.

    Without going into details, I can relate to your experience and no one has been able to explain it logically to me. It's inconsistent and random.

    However, I am improving and your story has been eating at me enough that I thought I'd come back and share, jic sharing proved useful.

    I see you've had some good theories to utilize through Dr. Myhill. I follow a larger group of autoimmune sufferers and their discussions towards getting their various conditions under control along with those whom are having success reversing their symptoms. I was bedridden and barely able to work years ago, so now I can't help but follow the progress of such communities.

    One thing about your story that jumped out at me was how you said you noted improvements when your gut was tightened up from stress while living out on your own. It made me thing about cortisol and if you had looked at that area? Being that you're body has been challenged for a very long time, I wonder if your cortisol isn't suboptimal? The reason I question that is that a specialist I saw once tried to put me on hydrocortisone stating that other patients of his improved their food tolerances with it. I couldn't tolerate hyrdrocortisone side affects. However, when I started addressing my cortisol with natural support items, I started to note a difference in my body's ability to process things. Prior to that my diet was meat and veggies and I struggled with constipation and what I preferred to consider as internal fermentation, due to things not moving right. I noted a pattern that I could tolerate things better near noon when my cortisol tended to be higher, and I was more reactive at other times. Yet I couldn't confirm for sure that this was a contributing factor. After adding in supps that supported cortisol, I again noted a pattern of increased tolerance at times. It was a significant enough change in my fatigue that I started being able to do a bit more in my days. Finally, digestive enzymes, were a big factor for me. This is my most recent progress in energy.

    That's sort of a over-simplified way of explaining where I'm at. Getting there took much more, but it involved a lot of what I'm seeing in the world of Functional Medicine theories. I see that Dr. Myhill touches on a bit of the topics, but I'm not sure if she addresses all of them or not? I see the mitochondrial, the nutritional support, etc. I wonder if exploring functional med protocols that involve detox, adrenals and hormones would be of any use to you? There's a lot of good summits that have been happening over the last year. They are often free on the day scheduled and then for a fee after that. Right now the Digestion Summit and Autoimmune Summit are in process, but there are still some days left with good speakers. Christa Orreccio is a good speaker on exploring candida, but I'm not sure which summit she spoke in.

    I really hope that you find some answers. In the last 2 years I've seen the focus on chronic illness growing in exponential ways and my health is improving along with it. I am finally able to start working again, though it's still part-time. Yet, I finally feel like I'm gaining steady progress for once instead of random roller coaster rises and dips.

    I only came back to comment because it was eating at me that it'd be wrong not to. If it's of the tiniest bit of usefulness, then I'm glad. If not, forgive me for intruding and I wish you good health and quicker recovery!

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  • Guest - Mark

    Hey Klynn,

    Thanks for the response. Yes, several years ago, I was on bio-identical hormones [cortisol, testosterone & thyroid] that temporarily fixed a lot of stuff, but never got down to the root cause of the problems. Plus, it was very very expensive so that I could not continue it. At the time, I had several mercury dental fillings, which I have since had removed. These were negatively affecting my thyroid. I was also on a low fat diet, which contributed to my hormone problem since fat and protein are used to make testosterone. I fixed that by taking coconut oil daily. I'm trying different things to clear out my gall bladder and flush the yeast out.

    You mentioned an auto immune thyroid. One angle you may not have looked at is corrective care chiropractic. If you have pinched nerves in your neck, or your neck is in a reverse curve [both of which are pretty common], that could be a root cause of your auto immune thyroid. An ideally curved neck is a positive 43 degrees. Many many people with chronic diseases have reverse curves, which means their necks are over 43 degrees away from where it should be. Some of the nerves in your neck go directly to your thyroid, so if they are not at 100% functioning, it will cause issues. Most people don't even experience symptoms until a tissue, organ, or body system is down to 60% functioning, which means your neck could really be out of whack. Your brain is the only organ that controls the functioning of the entire body. It can only communicate to your body through the nervous system, so if the nerves are not functioning at 100%, there will be problems.

    Live long and prosper

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  • Guest - Mark

    The best way for me to help deal with the toxins of candida is to consume a daily fiber drink. You can modify this how you want; If I'm on a serious cleanse, then I use powdered activated charcoal, bentonite liquid [montmorillionite], and psyllium seed powder in a blender with water or low sugar juice, or add stevia to taste. This will absorb tons of toxins and make life a bit more bearable. For everyday use, I use just the psyllium seed powder. Another option is to use apple pectin fiber powder. You may want to have your gallbladder checked to make sure you don't have any stones there incubating, protecting, or breeding candida. One more option is to use nutra-tabs. These absorb the toxins too, although I prefer the fiber powders once or twice a day. If you use all three ingredients, use them right before you go to bed, 2 or more hours after you have eaten to keep it from interfering with your dinner. That way, it has all night to absorb toxins. Apple cider vinegar seems to help, as well as tumeric in a drink.

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  • Apologies to Klynn - we seem to have some gremlins - I don't know why your post won't send. I'm reposting here for you.

    Guest - Klynn - Posted on Fri Nov 14 18:22:57 2014
    I just signed up for a login, typed a very long response, and it disappeared. So I'm doing this as a guest now. I came across your story while researching the various scenarios they classify the reaction to food that you get regularly. I've had it on and off for a lot of my life, and I've explored many, many angles, some of which you mention above. My situation is complicated by autoimmune thyroid problems as well. Without going into details, I can relate to your experience and no one has been able to explain it logically to me. It's inconsistent and random. However, I am improving and your story has been eating at me enough that I thought I'd come back and share, jic sharing proved useful. I see you've had some good theories to utilize through Dr. Myhill. I follow a larger group of autoimmune sufferers and their discussions towards getting their various conditions under control along with those whom are having success reversing their symptoms. I was bedridden and barely able to work years ago, so now I can't help but follow the progress of such communities. One thing about your story that jumped out at me was how you said you noted improvements when your gut was tightened up from stress while living out on your own. It made me thing about cortisol and if you had looked at that area? Being that you're body has been challenged for a very long time, I wonder if your cortisol isn't suboptimal? The reason I question that is that a specialist I saw once tried to put me on hydrocortisone stating that other patients of his improved their food tolerances with it. I couldn't tolerate hyrdrocortisone side affects. However, when I started addressing my cortisol with natural support items, I started to note a difference in my body's ability to process things. Prior to that my diet was meat and veggies and I struggled with constipation and what I preferred to consider as internal fermentation, due to things not moving right. I noted a pattern that I could tolerate things better near noon when my cortisol tended to be higher, and I was more reactive at other times. Yet I couldn't confirm for sure that this was a contributing factor. After adding in supps that supported cortisol, I again noted a pattern of increased tolerance at times. It was a significant enough change in my fatigue that I started being able to do a bit more in my days. Finally, digestive enzymes, were a big factor for me. This is my most recent progress in energy. That's sort of a over-simplified way of explaining where I'm at. Getting there took much more, but it involved a lot of what I'm seeing in the world of Functional Medicine theories. I see that Dr. Myhill touches on a bit of the topics, but I'm not sure if she addresses all of them or not? I see the mitochondrial, the nutritional support, etc. I wonder if exploring functional med protocols that involve detox, adrenals and hormones would be of any use to you? There's a lot of good summits that have been happening over the last year. They are often free on the day scheduled and then for a fee after that. Right now the Digestion Summit and Autoimmune Summit are in process, but there are still some days left with good speakers. Christa Orreccio is a good speaker on exploring candida, but I'm not sure which summit she spoke in. I really hope that you find some answers. In the last 2 years I've seen the focus on chronic illness growing in exponential ways and my health is improving along with it. I am finally able to start working again, though it's still part-time. Yet, I finally feel like I'm gaining steady progress for once instead of random roller coaster rises and dips. I only came back to comment because it was eating at me that it'd be wrong not to. If it's of the tiniest bit of usefulness, then I'm glad. If not, forgive me for intruding and I wish you good health and quicker recovery!

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  • Guest - Laura

    Hi, I am wondering if you have had any colon hydrotherapy to clear out your gut? I have had 3 sessions and it is helping to detox my system rapidly from candida. My symptoms are not nearly as severe as yours but I wanted to suggest it since you also are considering a fecal transplant. I'm very sorry that probiotics and no carb diet hasn't killed off enough candida for you to be well. I hope you find a solution that works and your condition improves. This is no way to live.

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  • Guest - Mackenzie

    I just came across this post as I'm trying to find a solution to my problems. I have been dealing with chronic headaches and muscle aches, mucus in stools, tons of little bubbles in stools (both every time), smelly stools and gas, extreme anxiety, mucus build up in throat and post nasal drip as well as a itchy and hot rash on my forehead that still hasn't gone away after weeks. Is it possible that I have candida? I had a colonoscopy and no IBD found. I'm so frustrated I just want my symptoms to go away.

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  • Middlesbrough, UK

    I have been contacted by a national newspaper reporter in the UK who intends to write an article bringing the truth about all of us suffering with Candida and gut fermentation to the attention of the public at large. If you are a UK citizen and wish to be interviewed (by email/phone) about your illness and its affect on your life then please email [email protected]

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  • Hi Maff,
    I know this discussion happened 5 years ago, but if possible I would like to get in touch with JohnHazards. Did I get it right that you are owner of this website or partially involved in it? Is there any way you could connect me somehow to JohnHazards? I have been going through almost identical health issues beginning early after I was born. Not breastfed (fermented cow's milk instead), loads of antibiotics, ear infections, and severe candida overgrowth in my intestines, leaky gut, chronic pain and weakness, now starting arthritis, etc. I would just like to exchange few words with JohnHazards if he managed to deal with his situation somehow since he posted this article. I have gone through maaany different treatments with no success and I am on diet consisting mostly of rice and animal protein with few cooded vegetables. There is nothing else I can digest. I am doing some healing exercises too but nothing seems to be strong enough to start real healing process. Even with this diet, I am still having significant issues. Any information regarding how I can contact JohnHazards would be helpful. I believe people can exchange a lot of valuable information.

    thank you

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  • Middlesbrough, UK

    Hi foxxer, sorry to read that you too are struggling with the many horrible symptoms that can accompany Candida/yeast overgrowth and excessive gut fermentation. I am the owner of this website and also wrote this article - johnhazards was simply a member commenting on it. I have the email he used to register in the site's database but as I'm sure you can understand, I can't simply hand it out without his permission. If he still uses that email account he will receive a notification of our comments and may be encouraged to come back to the discussion.

    If I can help with specific questions please feel free to ask. To get well we must restore our gut microbiomes to a healthy state i.e. a balanced and diverse ecosystem of microbes. Some approaches that are more radical but potentially more advantages in attaining this goal than simple probiotic supplements include Human Probiotic Infusions (HPI) / faecal transplants and the use of helminths (gut worms) which are now known to be a valuable component of the gut microbiome rather than a parasite to be eradicated.

    I hope between us all here at The Environmental Illness Resource we can help you out and point you in the right direction. Best Wishes.

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  • HI Maff,

    Thank you for your prompt comment. I don't know why but I can't actually see our discussion in this forum. I was just notified by e-mail with your response in it. Never mind. Yes, your suggested approach to re balance the flora is something I have been trying to do for soo long . But I have to admit, also the wrong way... Fermented vegetables, as suggested by many holistic professionals, were actually causing evil fire in my intestines, just promoting more symptoms. I did not understand why. I believe now I know that fermented food only caused more fermentation in my gut, which is something I don't need. Antifungals worked to kill the yeast but only temporarily until yeast actually became resistant. Problems got always worse after taking antifungals (natural or synthetic). Vegetables and fruits make my ileus burn like fire and my stool is significantly worse (mushy). I believe spleen has a lot to do with my issue as well, as I can feel the pain in my spleen area (it is not swallen). I studied Chinese medicine and spleen is very important organ for proper digestion. My natural behavior is to over-think everything, worry a lot and have a lot of anxiety. Of course, when I was younger, I did not present any of these. Yin foods make me feel considerably worse. I try to stick to yang diet, however, mostly meats as they cause least of symptoms and natural or basmati rice. Since none of the probiotics I tried did any good, I am really stuck with reestablishing the gut flora. However, what you suggested (helminths) seems interesting. I have to research this further. Do you have some links or more detailed information about it? I was researching quite a lot about fecal transplant, but to be honest, the information is misleading. Some say it's good and the others opposes. What do you think about colostrum in mother's milk? Could that help gut flora? My wife is breastfeeding and is storing some additional stuff for a baby. Could that help me somehow? Anyway, I am glad I found this site. I know you can't share e-mail of JohnHazards but could you maybe drop him an e-mail and ask him if he would be willing to share some more info? thanx a lot.

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