Alternative Medicine: Hidden parasite may be your problem
There is a problem that is affecting 80 percent of Americans. It takes over your body from the inside out, and you don't even know you have it until it is too late.
I am seeing it in more and more of my patients, so I am realizing it is a much more common problem than I previously thought. In my opinion, it is the biggest health problem in the last 50 years and is behind the soaring rates of diabetes, cancer and obesity.
Many people continually suffer from seemingly unrelated symptoms that are resistant to standard treatment. The symptoms may seem to have multiple causes but can all result from a parasite that stays hidden from view and is usually overlooked by most doctors.
It is a disruption in the normal balance between healthy bacteria in the gut, resulting in an overgrowth of yeast, a harmful fungus, first overgrowing in the gut and then spreading to the body in general, causing serious medical problems.
Yeast overgrowth is primarily caused by high blood sugar levels, antibiotics, birth control, excessive estrogen levels and steroid drugs. Yeast causes cravings of processed foods containing sugar, breads and starches that feed it. The biggest culprit put into almost all processed foods is sugar, and it is as addictive as cocaine.
The possible symptoms come on gradually and can include chronic fatigue, lack of energy, inability to lose weight, cancer, low sex drive, skin problems, psoriasis, eczema, toenail fungus, yeast infections, bladder infections, menstrual problems, thyroid dysfunction, digestive problems, bowel pain or cramping, irritable bowel, gas and bloating, rectal itching, diarrhea or constipation, headaches, food and chemical sensitivities, allergies, muscle and joint pains, depression, irritability, memory problems, lack of sleep, inability to concentrate and more.
Yeast overgrowth is hard to overcome. Medications that can be used are generally toxic to the liver, and if the causes of the overgrowth are not addressed, the yeast can come right back.
To kill the yeast, I recommend a holistic, natural approach, which can change your life. Don't take antibiotics, steroids or hormones unless absolutely necessary. Eliminate foods that feed yeast and seek help from a practitioner that has an effective yeast elimination program that takes the whole body into account.
The entire body will need to be helped to overcome this parasite.
Dr. Tim Holcomb is a Victoria nutritionist, pharmacist, naturopath and chiropractor.