ThomasJoel2;53546 wrote: Confirmation is always good dvjorge, but isn’t it safe to assume based off the symptoms alone that there is a Th1/Th2 immune imbalance? Don’t all candida sufferers have a Th1/Th2 imbalance? Otherwise there would be no candida–besides the amount that normal, healthy people have in their GI tract.
I don’t not if you have followed all my posts here. It is hard for me to say that every candida sufferer had a Th1/Th2 imbalance before the infection occurred. There are two main protective mechanisms, the immune system and the antagonistic bacterial flora. Disruption of any of these two allow candida to overgrowth on mucosal tissues.
For instance, let say that a person had some considerable immune load such as moderated toxicity, viruses, an unhealthy diet, etc. Then, this person takes a long antibiotic round able to reduce LAB considerably. This case is a typical scenery of a fungal overgrowth caused by a loaded immune system even when the Th1 was responding to some extend but mostly by a severe flora disruption. The main cause in this case was antibiotic intake and a destruction of the antagonistic mucosal normal flora. I don’t see the immune system such as a switch that can be turned on and off, but something that increase or decrease gradually.
I will say that after a fungal infection be established by any reason, it is almost impossible not to have a Th1/Th2 imbalance. You probably already know that candida has mechanisms to affect and depresses cell-mediated immunity. In a few words, before the infection, the imbalance could or couldn’t be present, after the infection, it is present. There are different scenarios. Many cases may have previous underlying causes such as mercury affecting the Th1 immune response. No doubt at all.!