20 years ago, at uni, my lifestyle went mad – eating poor quality food cooked in the halls of residence, drinking and partying a lot, not getting much sleep… you get the idea.
When I look back, three things happened that make me wonder how I even survived:
1. I developed hay fever (I didn’t have before uni, and I haven’t had it since)
I distinctly remember a rather large – say ¼ the size of a fingernail – piece of skin falling off my head one day.
My friend laughed and told me I had dandruff. I laughed and told him not to be stupid, and I entered a state of denial.
A couple of weeks later, we were in a lecture and I heard a girl on the row behind me say “eeeeuggghhh, he’s got dandruff”.
She was a HOT chick I was planning on taking out. It was embarrassing, painful and totally sapped my confidence.
I now know that dandruff is a fungal infection of the scalp in many cases, but the fungal overgrowth begins in the GUT.
Thus, using anti-dandruff shampoo to treat dandruff is like asking a mechanic to fix the oil light on the dashboard when it comes on, instead of checking the oil.
Dandruff isn’t the only type of fungal infection people suffer with.
Jock itch, athlete’s foot (which I also developed at uni), oral thrush, vaginal thrush are all relatively common and they all share a common source: the gut.
Yeast and fungal organisms are SUPPOSED to be in the gut – they are part of a normal gut flora.
But they can OVERGROW relative to all the other healthy microbes and it’s the overgrowth that causes the problem.
Fungal overgrowth in the gut can cause virtually any and every symptom, but the common ones are:
(not too many people walking round with these symptoms!)
People who have “external” yeast and fungal symptoms almost always have internal fungal overgrowth and the internal situation needs to be dealt with to resolve the external one!
In other words, you gotta fix the gut as that’s where the fungi overgrow in the first place.
Fungal overgrowth tends to develop as a result of several factors:
1. Stress, which reduces immune function (note that fungal infections kill AIDS patients because their immune systems are so weak; a fungal infection likely won’t kill you, but the fungi WILL overgrow if your immune system isn’t working optimally)
2. Antibiotics, which kill good bacteria but not yeast/fungi and enable them to out-muscle the friendly bacteria
3. Eating too much sugar
4. Drinking alcohol
5. Toxins, including mercury
Thus, to effectively eliminate fungal overgrowth it’s important to focus on changing diet, enhancing immune function, detoxification and most importantly, getting the gut back in shape.
How do you know if you have a fungal overgrowth in your gut?
A comprehensive stool test will not only tell you whether you have a fungal overgrowth, but also what type it is.
Candida is the most common, but it’s not the only one.
I’ve seen other ones such as Aspergillus (more a mold than a fungus), Penicillum, Geotrichum and others show up over the years.
Here’s a test result showing a strong yeast and fungal overgrowth, from a client I consulted yesterday:
Of course, the stool test also shows you whether you have H. pylori, other bacteria and parasites, as well as showing how well your digesting food, and how strong your immune system it.
Finally – and really importantly – the lab runs a sensitivity profile which shows exactly which pharmaceutical drugs and herbs will be effective against the fungal organisms in YOUR gut.
This helps make sure you don’t try to kill it with drugs or herbs that will not work, saving a lot of time, money and energy.
I don’t have dandruff now. After I fixed my gut, my dandruff went away – no toxic anti-dandruff shampoo needed.
Is it time to fix your gut? Don’t forget, a stool test is done in the privacy of your own home. You just send off the sample in the packaging provided.
And if it comes back blank, you get a full refund.