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How Mould Can Affect Your Life

The problem of mould is one that seems to be growing (if you will excuse the pun!) globally.  Why?

First is understanding what it actually is.

moulds are fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae.  A connected network of these tubular branching hyphae has multiple, genetically identical nuclei and is considered a single organism, referred to as a colony. In contrast, fungi that grow as single cells are called yeasts.

This is the dictionary definition but for those of you that are none the wiser – simply put, if you look at an old wall outside you can clearly see the rings or white splodges on it – this is fungus!  An old piece of cheese found at the back of the refrigerator with blue growing on it – fungus/mould.  Old bread, stored again in the refrigerator past its sell by date developes white patches on it – fungus/mould.

There are some healthy fungi out in the world, however, the mushrooms which are so powerful for our immune system such as shiitake, maitake or reishi.  Not so much the other varieties but these have been used for hundreds of years and I even use them in a tincture or dried form for my patients to use.

Why are moulds making us ill then?  The problem of today is linked to the diet of most people – we are talking internal body mould here – the dangerous outside ones I will cover later.  If you look at the average diet of most people it includes a great deal of what we call ‘damp-forming food’.  Mainly carbohydrates, sugars, bread, biscuits, cakes – none of these are good for the body and build up problems in the small and large intestine where they get stuck and build up on the walls of the colon.

Now we have the beginnings of a very friendly home for the bad guys – the yeasts, the moulds, the fungus.  As we continue our diet of the wrong foods eventually these guys overtake any good bacteria you have and hey presto things start to go wrong with your health.

How do you know if you have a fungal problem?  There are some indications that are quite clear such as fungal infections on your nails, between your toes, cracked heels, excess mucous developing in your sinuses and sometimes you can see it in your stools also.  Patches can develop on the skin that look like eczema, allergies start to develop as your immune system struggles to cope with this invasion and your health suffers.

So how to ensure that this does not happen and what to do if it already has?  Change your diet is the number one answer.  If you let the yeasts take over and continue to feed them with what they love – yeast, sugar, alcohol, bread (which is also basically sugar to the body) eventually this can cause serious problems all over your body.  Ok – so what are the right foods?

Garlic!!!  It is one of the most powerful anti-fungals we have on this planet – bar none!  I have actually used the neat juice to clear up a nasty foot infection that a patient had – just kept putting it onto the affected area and it was gone in a few days!  Miraculous?  No – just the allicin in the garlic doing its job!  By putting garlic into your diet on a daily basis you will begin to fight back – it has to be fresh, raw garlic to be effective.  Just chop up really fine and sprinkle on to your food once cooked.  If you cook it, you will kill it!  An alternative is to cut up the clove of garlic into 3 or 4 pieces and take it like a tablet with water.  However you do it, it works.

Common sense dictates that the way to clear damp is to dry it out!  If you left a wet towel all screwed up it would start to stink.  So you always ensure you dry things out when it comes to clothes or bed linen.  The same is true of your diet and insides.  Warming, drying food instead of more damp stuff!  So what is warming drying food?  Not salad that’s for sure!  We are told that raw is always best and salad is really healthy and so we now eat it all year round irrespective of the weather outside!  So you are cold as well as damp and you eat cold damp food – how does that work??

It all boils down to your digestive system – the fire has gone out, the wok is cold – you continue to add more cold and damp and you are increasingly more cold and damp.  Externally you put on weight – a damp problem, begin to get aches and pains and swellings – also a damp problem.

Choosing to eat hot food – stir frys, more protein-based food and avoiding the carbs (they are only a sugar hit after all).  Adding chilli to your food – this increases your body’s ‘fire’ and warms you up.  Gets your circulation moving, like turning on the heating!  Feel how warm you are after you have made a dish with chilli and garlic!  Keep your food light – eating too much is heavy work for your liver and creates more sluggishness.  Look what happens at the end of a heavy lunch say at Christmas or Thanksgiving – everyone wants to fall asleep!  That’s what the carbs do for you!  If you had the same meals but without the potatoes, bread or pudding you would still be raring to go!

This is not a diet – it is a way of life!  Avoiding cold drinks, cold food, fruit, salad etc will help considerably to beginning to dry you out on the inside.

Now for the outside problems – I live in a very old house in a village in England – very picturesque, great thick walls but cold and damp.  Normally as I follow my own rules – I can counter this.  However we experienced the coldest, wettest summer for nearly 20 years in 2011 and went into the mildest, wettest winter for years also.  The damp levels really became a problem that I couldn’t overcome just with diet.  My lungs were the first place to show the problem – coughing and with raised mucous levels and difficulty breathing deeply.  Then continuous sinus infections, allergies, digestive problems etc.

This is about understanding that what is happening outside definitely affects us on the inside as well.  Short of moving house I had to do something drastic to dry myself up and heat myself – so I went back to the gym!!  Remember what  I said about the damp towel?  Well, exercise will dry you up by getting your circulation going.  I also advocate 3% ammonia baths (which sounds drastic but actually its not and helps to kill off the internal fungus), taking hydrogen peroxide in a 3% solution in the bath also and I take it internally (please DO NOT TRY THIS UNLESS SPEAKING WITH ME FIRST – THE DETOX IF  TOO MUCH IS TAKEN WILL MAKE YOU ILL), this also kills off the fungus and moulds.

Any damp patches within your home – clean with borax – it will stop it from coming back.  Don’t leave damp clothes airing where you sit.  If the air is damp in your home – use a de-humidifier.  Try a de-ioniser for where you sleep so you are breathing good air rather than damp. Check if you have black patches at windows, vents or around doors – block it with the borax.  Open windows on dry days to allow the air to circulate.   If you know you are living in an environment that has black mould that you can see or smell – use your common sense!  Do something about it before it makes you really ill!

Don’t  allow yourself to get cold or wet if possibly it can be avoided – it will make you feel much worse.

Bottom line here is – work on the inside and the immune system will be able to deal with the outside much more readily.  Your diet is so important here and how you cook.  Chilli and garlic have literally saved lives – use it to help you.

Here’s to your success!


What Is Candida?

You have probably heard the word – quite often these days – but do you know what it actually is and what it does to your body if you have an overgrowth of it?

Hopefully this post will go some way towards teaching you the why, what and how to get rid of it information!

The illness is called ‘candidiasis’ which is the overgrowth of Candida – a yeast-like fungi in the body.  This is what the Chinese refer to as a ‘dampness’ condition.  You feel heavy and sluggish, mental dullness, possible infections with yeasts and pathogenic moisture such as edema (fluid retention) and excess mucous.

If you have a digestive imbalance then chances are that you are playing host to this not so friendly parasite.  Yes, it is a parasite!

Candida tends to exist in high levels in individuals with weak immune systems – although it is normal for us to have some candida present in our gut when we are healthy and have a strong immune system – it is kept under control by the good bacteria in the gut.  Good bacteria play their role for proper nutrient absorption and are indispensable to our digestion.

Candida has an opposite effect in the digestive tract – inhibiting the take up of essential amino acids and other nutrients.  What follows in candidiasis is the weakening of immunity as well as the entire organism (body).  Ouch!

This yeast does not always confine itself to the digestive tract unfortunately.  It slips through weakened areas in the gut lining  or spreads through the anus into the sexual organs of both men and women (especially women) – from there into the blood and other body tissues.

Such spread of candida throughout the entire system – usually termed as ‘systemic’, is life-threatening if left untreated.  It is thought by some to be the cause of death in AIDS patients and various other viral-related degenerative illnesses.

Toxic by-products of normal systemic candida stimulate the body’s immune responses  but in a serious yeast infestation can tax the immune system to the point where it can no longer respond to invading viruses or other harmful substances.  The immune system ultimately breaks down which paves the way for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

Even if none of the above conditions do set in, the effects of yeast-induced poisoning can produce allergic reactions to minor environmental or dietary toxins.  If it progresses then one can become allergic to almost anything!

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms of high level candid growth can or may include the following:

Chronic Tiredness

Mental sluggishness

Chronic Vaginitis or Prostatitis

Anal Itching

Bloating And Other Digestive Problems

Extreme Sensitivity To Tobacco Smoke And Chemical Fumes

Bad Breath

Mucous In The Stools

Frequent Colds

Cravings For Sweets And Yeasted Breads

Recurrent Fungal Infections  – Athlete’s Foot

Low Immune System

What Causes The Problem?

The causes of candida problems are related to consumption of yeast and dampness creating foods – cold in temperature, too sweet or salty, mucous producting and stale or rancid.  Too much raw food additionally weakens the digestion – shown by loose or watery stools.

Also included amongst products that induce yeast are certain kinds of ferments, yeasted breads, alcoholic beverages, most intoxicants (even tea and coffee), and any food in excessive amounts.  Complicated meals made of a lot of different ingredients on the plate promote fermentation in the digestive system, exactly what yeasts thrive on.

The biggest factor in having candida overgrowth is the massive and/or repeated use of anti-biotic drugs.  Unfortunately these drugs kill off all the micro-organisms in the digestive tract – the good as well as the bad.  Now that is making a welcoming home environment for more yeasts and fungi to move in and take over.

For women who take oral contraceptives, the risk is greater than average of developing candidiasis, as it has become clear that a continual unnatural stimulation of the hormonal system unbalances the liver and pancreas – the organs that support a healthy environment in the digestive tract.

Added to that mix, anxiety and worry will greatly increase damp excesses such as yeast overgrowth.

Controlling Candida With Diet

Cutting down on foods rich in carbohydrates and they are mucous and acid-forming.  Eating too much of these will contribute to yeast and fungal conditions quite quickly.  If you have candida severely then avoid grains generally – ie gluten.  Quinoa is fine as it is more protein than carbohydrate-based.

Sweet foods to be avoided completely as are anything with yeast in it.  The sweet foods include fruits which, even though fructose, are just sugar.  Particularly juices or smoothies.

Avoid starchy vegetables also such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams – carrots, parsnips and beets are ok.

Avoid animal protein generally as most of it has been heavily dosed with antibiotics.  Unless you know a good organic supply.  Fish and fowl is generally better tolerated – especially if it is raised without the use of chemicals!

Miso, soya sauce and tempeh are actually tolerated even though fermented – however in small amounts and not daily!  Your body will tell you if it can cope with it – if not, you will feel tired, then stop them.

Generally avoid oils, nuts and seeds except in small quantities.  Only good quality olive oil or omega oils or flaxseed oil.

Avoid stimulants like tea and coffee, caffeinated drinks, fizzy drinks and alcohol – wine is a fermented product as is beer – it will just bloat you and make you feel uncomfortable.

The Good Guys

Garlic – anti viral and anti fungal – half a clove twice a day before meals taken like a tablet with water.  Just prior to the garlic, take wheat or barley grass concentrate – they will help to protect the stomach from the fire of garlic!  Best taken in powder form rather than juice.  Up to a tablespoon just prior to the meal.

Pau d’arco – a South American herb excels in controlling candida as does chaparral, and burdock.

Chlorophyll – can be taken in liquid form and tastes quite pleasant.

Kelp and other seawees are exceptional in treating candida as they contain selenium and other minerals necessary for rebuilding immunity.  Also the iodine content of the seaweeds is used by the body to create free radicals which deactivate yeasts.

Restrict salt intake to a pinch of only whole sea salt into vegetables.

Acidophilus is an important part of this repair as it will help to rebuild the friendly bacteria.

Citrus seed extract – extremely powerful an anti-microbial highly effective against yeasts.  Diluted according to instructions it is very effective agains most external fungal conditions.

This is a broad idea of treatment protocols.  However, depending on the strength of the person involved the diet may need to be tailored to suit.  Please consult with a natural health practitioner if in any doubt.

Please do not attempt any treatment options if in doubt!

To your health – with love