Video posted by Nutricentre, Jan 2012.
Again, this is another voyage into the world of candida, since it's important to rule it out as a root cause for your M.E.
There are no bacteria in the birthing sac. Our first contact with bacteria is through the vaginal tract, or through the doctors' skin contact if born through C-section.
Formula milk often now contains pro-biotics, typically galactooligosaccharide. [see video summary in previous post]
Kefir is a probiotic. It is a completely self-sustainable organism. It just needs a cool environment with a little oxygen. By itself, it doesn't have any use to us. However, kefir was discovered to have milk-fermenting properties. Kombucha was the name given to kefir by the Chinese, and used in teas. In Eastern Europe, kefir was used in cheese production, and later re-named bulgaricus.
Joy states that he isn't a fan of the average probiotic drink - they contain too much sugar; more so than most soft drinks. Too much sugar can supress the immune system.
Joy covers candida. Candida is part of the normal digestive system, but when it grows out of control, it becomes a pathogen. White blood cells die in large numbers when fighting candida, hence the white puss known as thrush.
Some natural ingredients that can fight against candida: oregano - but this can also fight against beneficial probiotics; garlic - petri dish experiments showed that candida could be totally obliterated, but that other organisms remain intact. However, garlic is broken down very quickly in the digestive system, and the sulferous compounds that it produces in the liver are toxic and don't aid digestion of other food. It's therefore recommended to take freeze-dried garlic capsules rather than fresh garlic cloves. Cinnamon is also cited as another good natural ingredient against candida. It contains cumerin and tannins, which are also used as a way of fermenting silage. Echinacea anglostofolia has also shown in some studies to fight against candida, but Joy reckons the actual observations of people who take echinacea are unreliable.
Probiotics alone won't fight candida because it's very persistant. The gut wall can be damaged by candida and leaky gut syndrome can emerge.
H-Pylori is another bacterium which behaves similarly to candida. About 50% of people carry it and will show no symptoms. But in other people, they can develop reflux and other stomach problems including ulcers. H-Pylori doesn't like stomach acid, and so will migrate to the top of the stomach. Their presence can trigger hormone receptors to produce more stomach acid. H-Pylori has become resistant to many types of antibiotics, including amoxcylin. Therefore a course of 3 or 4 different antibiotics is needed if H-Pylori is to stand a chance of being cleared.
Tannins in tea and wine are beneficial natural ingredients in fighting H-Pylori.
Mastic gum has also been shown to be effective in H-Pylori, but it's hard to get the aldehyde resin to be released effectively, and there are questions as to how unhealthy it might be to have large quanties of gum sitting in the stomach, since the gut doesn't digest gum. If the gum could be 'micronized' - i.e. ground up into very small particles before consumption, this could have better effects. The standard off-the-shelf chewing gum contains very little natural gum resin if any at all.
Licorice can correct the over-acidity of the stomach. Anise and fennel are also good.
Elderberry - Sambucus Nigra - is good at thickening cell walls, making it more difficult for viruses to penetrate. However, caution is advised against consuming too many raw elderberries, since their seeds can cause stomach upsets. Elderberry flowers also have medicinal qualities, in that they are a ventrifuge, and can warm the body, encouraging cold viruses to leave. Camomile, likewise, has similar warming properties.
Beta-glucens are also beneficial. They paradoxically come from yeast, such as brewer's yeast.
Joy also says he is not a fan of mushrooms, since the quality between mushrooms can vary so much, it's hard to know if they are effective or not.
Bacteria can exist in our body quite harmlessly. However, when a bacterium tries to invade and dominate the body in a destructive manner, it becomes a pathogen.
As a result of candida, food intolerances can occur, namely gluten and lactose intolerance. IBS can also be a symptom of candida.