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Downtown wrote: dvjorge,
So you are saying that even though diet, exercise, stress, etc. can play a role in fungal overgrowth/candida, that the real culprit is a suppressed immune system? Let’s say that someone who had a severely suppressed immune system found a way to eliminate a large portion of daily stress, exercised often, got plenty of sleep, and ate ‘anti-candida’ foods 90% of the time.
Do you feel that the body could first heal the immune system, then begin to eliminate candida overgrowth, or has the body already begun not to see the candida as a threat?
Do you feel that candida must be under control to have a healthy immune system?
Say someone ate ‘anti-candida’ foods, but was under extreme stress, did no exercise, and other than healthy foods had a weak immune system due to other illnesses or factors. Do you think this person could still fall victim to an overgrowth?
What I feel and understand is both things must be addressed to be successful. One time the overgrowth is present, you have to treat it because it, itself, is a big load to the immune system (candida has its own mechanism to cause immune suppression)
But, if you lower the overgrowth to an acceptable normal level and the causes that allowed it first time are still present, it will go back. This is the famous relapse people speak continually.
This is the reason because you see hundreds of people trying to find what keep loaded their immune system that don’t allow it to control opportunistic pathogens.
One of the common load and probably what more influence have in a fungal overgrowth is mercury and other heavy metal toxicity.
If you don’t address it, when you release the diet and stop the supplements, the overgrowth is back. Who has undergoing proper chelation for 1 or 2 years, clean the immune suppressor, then they can release the diet, etc without a relapse. They have unloaded the immune system to a point that the immunity against candida is restored.
The immune system can deal with the immune suppression a sugary diet may cause and still control the fungus if other bigger suppressors aren’t present. But , if they are present is too much load and its limited soldiers can not defend the body.