by Noah Lebowitz, DC
Most people have heard of yeast or candida albicans, two types of fungal overgrowth. Common infections include “jock itch,” athlete’s foot, ringworm, thrush, or yeast infections. All are fairly easy to detect because of their outward symptoms. But what about systemic fungal overgrowths that don’t necessarily cause an outward mark, yet wreak havoc in your body?
Consuming antibiotics, living in a moist or water damaged environment, or being in a sexual relationship with someone who has it, all create a strong potential for fungal overgrowth.
Fungal and candida overgrowth can cause a plethora of symptoms. Clinical research shows that people who have brain fog, fatigue, ADHD, asthma, depression, leaky gut, food sensitivities, thyroid issues, trouble with weight loss, or yeast infections often have a systemic fungal overgrowth.
Fungal overgrowth in the body can create toxic chemicals like benzene and acetaldehyde. These toxins must be broken down by the liver, which can overload it and prevent it from processing all the other elements we are exposed to everyday.
Treat the fungus, not the side effects
To counter the scenario above, many doctors prescribe a selenium and/or molybdenum supplement to support the liver, but this does not address the problem. This is why topical anti-fungal remedies for ringworm, for instance, do not ultimately work. Identifying and treating the root cause – fungal overgrowth – will often clear up issues you are dealing with on a daily basis.
A patient came in for multiple issues (fatigue, depression, etc.) and during the exam we suspected fungal overgrowth. I gave the patient dried noni and chrysanthemum flowers. When she came back in two weeks she reported sleeping better, decreased depression, and weight loss! We had not discussed losing weight, but it happened naturally after the fungal overgrowth was resolved. She continued to lose five more pounds before our next visit. She also reported having more energy, her depression was gone, and she felt better than she had in 10+ years. I did put her on an anti-fungal diet to help minimize new fungal growth, and cautioned her to avoid eggs and corn due to a possible sensitivity, but no calorie restrictions, carbohydrate reductions, or increase in exercise was needed.
Treating fungal overgrowth
Fungal overgrowth mustn’t be taken out of context. A patient needs to be evaluated for other co-infections including viral, bacterial, protozoan, etc., in addition to food sensitivities, the presence of heavy metals, etc. If your spouse or partner has a fungal overgrowth, they need to be treated simultaneously for optimal resolution, since many microbes can be passed back and forth with just one kiss.
In addition to a thorough examination and (when indicated) lab work, I use a form of Applied Kinesiology in my practice. It can take some doctors months to treat a fungal overgrowth, but my methods offer help in weeks, not months. Most of my patients notice a dramatic increase in health in weeks, not months or years. By helping the body deal with unwanted microbes, removing foods one is sensitive to (and other stressors to the body) you can be back on the path to a healthy state in no time at all.
While no single plan works for everyone, here is a basic outline many of my patients follow when trying to overcome a fungal issue.
1. Take a broad spectrum antimicrobial. Noni, melia (Neem), olive leaf, or goldenseal are all possibilities.
2. Go on an “anti-fungal” diet: no sweetener of any kind except stevia, no fruit juice, no dried fruit (fresh fruit is fine), and no vinegar, alcohol, soy sauce, miso, cheese, or yeast.
3. If your partner may be passing things back and forth with you, they need to follow the same instructions.
4. Make sure where you live or work isn’t moldy. ERMI or ImmunoLytics are good tests to run. If mold is present where you live, ozonators can help, or running an essential oil diffuser with tea tree and cedarwood oils can help lower the mold count.
5. While not usually necessary, eating raw sauerkraut or other vegetables are excellent, just make sure they are in a salt brine and not vinegar.
Dr. Noah Lebowitz, DC, practices Applied Kinesiology in Fircrest, Washington. He considers himself a Natural Health Physician and specializes in getting to the root of his patients issues, and treating accordingly. Learn more at drnoahlebowitz.com or contact him at 253.302.3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.