A new study has confirmed once again what many researchers and doctors of naturopathic medicine have believed for decades: fungus and bacteria are greatly responsible for Crohn’s disease. This time, the researchers discovered which ones in particular are the likely culprits: candida (Candida tropicalis), along with two different types of bacteria (Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens).
International Study Confirms What is Greatly to Blame for Crohn’s Disease
Case Western Reserve University led a team composed of international researchers found that the “presence of [candida and two bacteria] in the sick family members was significantly higher compared to their healthy relatives,” reported ScienceDaily. They also found that these three interact with one another and lead to inflammation.
It is not the only factor of course, as genetics play a role, but detoxing from candida and bacteria, as well as changing dietary habits and our environment, two other responsible factors, are ways that we can help our body to heal from these problems over time.
Fungus is Responsible for Many Digestive Disorders (study)
Fungi play a role not only in Chrohn’s disease, but also many other inflammatory intestinal conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, and it contributes to obesity.
A study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center found that having fungal issues in the large intestine is closely linked to inflammatory diseases.
“We were truly stunned to see just how common fungi are, identifying more than 100 different types,” said David Underhill, PhD, who led the study.
Now it’s a matter of identifying which ones are responsible for which disorders. What is known is that a large number of people suffer from inflammatory disorders, an estimated 1.4 million Americans have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and many are linked to, while many more are worsened, by fungi.
Getting Rid of Candida/Fungi Naturally
Because the aforementioned type of candida has been identified as being associated with digestive disorders, detoxing from it is an important step to put the body in a state of optimal health to rid itself of disease. Candida can be persistent however, so it should be noted that treatment plans take time. Also, every body, mind and spirit is different so not every plan will work for everyone.
However, the following plan is almost certain to help if implemented correctly.
There are many different candida cleanses out there; this is one example by Dr. Josh Axe, a well known doctor of natural medicine.
First step: Add the Following
He recommends introducing candida-fighting foods into the diet with healthy probiotics, such as kefirs and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut. To aid the detoxifying process, he suggests using bentonite clay. This clay helps relive digestive problems, while detoxing the body, and gives probiotics a boost.
Second step: Eliminate
While adding healthy food, it is important to at the same time eliminate sugars as much as possible, even natural ones found in grains, starches, fruit (editor’s note: fruit should be eaten separately from other types of foods ideally in the morning if you do happen to “cheat” on this plan), and alcohol.
Third step: Supplement
Finally, Dr. Axe recommends adding coconut oil for its antimicrobial properties, milk thistle for liver cleansing, Vitamin C for adrenal support, and essential oils that fight fungi: clover oil, oregano oil, myrrh oil, and lavender oil.
You can read the whole treatment plan here.
How to Find the Right Doctor to Help You
Finally, find a functional medicine doctor to help you with this treatment.
Functional medicine finds the underlying causes of any disease and uses a whole-body approach to treat it, which has been especially beneficial in treating chronic and autoimmune disease that other types of medicine were not able to treat.
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