A Blog For Those Affected By Environmental And Invisible Illnesses Written By Fellow Survivors
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I have posted on the benefits of high dose vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) with regard to reducing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) before. Those of us living at high northern latitudes as I do in the UK, or indeed in lower southern latitudes, are particularly susceptible to SAD. This is not simply do to a lack of natural light but also it seems as a result of insufficient vitamin D which plays a key role in many important metabolic pathways throughout the body, including regulating the production of serotonin, melatonin and many other neurotransmitters and hormones that are vital for positive and stable moods.
Anyway, to the point of this post! In previous years I have taken vitamin D3 (the form produced in the skin during sun exposure) in a single high weekly dose of 25,000IU. I found however that this produced peaks and troughs in my mood with an initial significant brightening followed by a noticeable tailing off after 3-4 days.
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The widespread use of antibiotics, birth control pills and immune-suppressing steroids such as anti-inflammatories, combined with modern high sugar diets, has led to the overgrowth of Candida and other yeasts in the upper gut becoming common and leading to debilitating systemic illness.
As an individual living with this for the past 20 years or so I have begun to notice something that should be obvious but nobody I am aware of has written about - that is that many effects of intestinal Candida overgrowth are the same as those that alcoholics experience or are at risk for.
The reason for this is that the main way intestinal Candida overgrowth causes illnesses is through the production of alcohol. Candida is a yeast which ferments carbohydrates in our diet to produce exactly the same type of alcohol that an alcoholic would consume to excess in the form of alcoholic beverages - namely ethanol.
Ethanol is a central nervous system depressant and it is this property that makes social drinking enjoyable since it relaxes us and removes inhibitions. It can however also cause long-term effects on cognitive function and mood. Ethanol is toxic and can damage the body at the cellular level as well as the organ level - the obvious example of the latter being liver diseases including alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis.