Candida and allergies go hand-in-hand. Both are results of past antibiotic use and exposures. Once the beneficial bacteria of the body are eliminated, candida converts from its normal beneficial yeast form to its problematic fungal form. Candida and antibiotics create a shift in the immune system that is associated with allergic responses.
An allergy is an immune response or reaction to substances that are usually not harmful. In general, this is due to increased sensitivities to substances that are usually harmless. As with most diseases and conditions, inflammation plays a role in allergies. Common allergic responses associated with candida involve the lungs, skin, and digestive tract.
Inflammation has been discussed in several previous posts. Candida promotes allergies through two pro-inflammatory immune system pathways primarily, Th2 and Th17. Increased sensitivity to candida antigens has been demonstrated in allergies and asthma. Allergic responses to candida are also part of the pathway for associated skin conditions.
Disruption of the normal bacterial flora of the body has been shown to increase lung conditions, diseases, and deaths. Subsequent colonization of the Gastrointestinal tract leads to increased sensitivity to food allergens and skin conditions. Gluten intolerance can be caused by shared immune responses against candida. Gluten and candida share a common protein found in the cell wall of candida that the body reacts to.
The Hygiene Hypothesis, as developed by Dr. Erika Von Mutius, states that exposure to a wide diversity of microbes helps to create immune system tolerance to many allergens. Antibiotics and an antiseptic lifestyle of antibacterial substances reduces this diversity and increases exposure to pathogenic states. Candida colonization following antibiotics validates this model. Allergies and asthma in children are two of the most common outcomes of the Hygiene Hypothesis.
Posts like these are designed to close the gap between science and the many disorders that the medical profession dismisses as being linked to candida. Science backs up the diagnosis of candida, with over 28,000 studies published since the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s. The studies presented here are just a small sampling of what’s available.
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