There is reason to believe that fungus could be the hidden cause of many diseases from the flu all the way to cancer.
Sounds like a big claim and a sweeping generalization, but when you take a closer look at it, you will be staggered to discover just how ubiquitous the humble fungus is, and how much ill-health it can cause.
Let’s start at the beginning. Nature has a way of eliminating old, decaying matter, whether plant or animal: the fungus. While bacteria are also decomposers, fungi are largely unrecognized for the role they can play in disease, and breaking down the human body prematurely.
Not all every kind of fungus is “bad” or harmful to your health. For example, many of the Chinese and Japanese medicinal mushrooms, such as reishi, shiitake and maitake, are among the greatest stimulators of the immune system and are superb natural remedies. Other mushrooms like the common button mushroom are also good for your health and high in certain nutrients like vitamin D, which is hard to get from food sources.
However, I am focusing here not on the more rare beneficial types of fungus, but on the more common and widespread deleterious types of fungus, including yeast (candida), strains of mold and mycotoxins.
THE HUMBLE FUNGUS IS EVERYWHERE
Fungi are everywhere in nature. They are tiny and practically invisible. They fly in the air. They survive the cold and dry conditions for years, dormant, just waiting to get activated by a hot, moist and dark environment, or an aerobic environment (one with sugar). They tend to attack or develop only in plants or animals that have an impaired immune system. If the plant or animal is healthy and strong, it will fight off the fungus and prevent it from taking root. However, once the plant or animal becomes weak, the fungus sets in, and slowly takes it over, killing it. The process may take days, weeks or years. (The video clip above shows the cordyceps fungus, some types of which are actually a medicinal mushroom for humans, killing ants through the spread of its spores).
You can see this in action with the way that food decays. Look at how lemons decompose. When they have just come off the tree, they are at usually at their most optimal and vital. Then, gradually, without the support of the immune system of their mother plant (the lemon tree) to give it defense through the tree’s branches and the fruit’s stalk, it is left on its own to fend off fungi in the air, which it can only do for so long, a few weeks at the very best. Eventually a spot of green mold develops somewhere on the lemon, and it’s game over.
The same phenomenon is happening all the time with plants and animals – including you. The question is: are you successfully fending off fungi, or has it already infiltrated your body, formed colonies and made a home there?
Yeast Fungi and Mycotoxins
Yeast fungi enter your body when you eat food with hidden mold (or outright mold as in the case of certain mushrooms, molded cheeses and molded breads). Unfortunately there is widespread contamination of food with mycotoxins, especially of grains such as corn, wheat and barley, and other foods such as peanuts. One such mycotoxin called aflatoxin is one of the most carcinogenic substances on earth. It has been estimated that we consume from 0.15mg to 0.5mg of aflatoxin per day, through contaminated food such as popcorn and peanuts.
Of course, fungi can also enter your body if you breathe them in. This could happen if you live or work in a damp environment, sleep on a musty pillow, wear musty clothes, or have items in your house or surroundings which have already been colonized by fungi.
Drugs and Sugar
Taking pharmaceutical drugs like antibiotics (which literally means “anti-life”) encourages fungal growth in your body, because these drugs indiscriminately kill all the bacteria, including the so-called “friendly” or “good” bacteria that reside in your gut and body. This upsets the balance of bacteria, the basis of your immune system, and inhibits your ability to fight off fungi. Other allopathic promoters of yeast overgrowth are cortisone-based hormonal drugs and painkillers. Additionaly, any fungus loves to feed on simple sugars (monosacchardies). Sugary foods are also detrimental to probiotic gut bacteria. The Standard American Diet contains so much sugar that people’s bodies are feeding the yeast all the time, with every meal.
Hence, due to the prevelance of drugs and sugar throughout Western society, we can witness a phenomenon of widespread yeast colonization. The yeast gravitates towards the mucus membranes, damaging the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract by making it porous. Consequently, food particles can enter the bloodstream undigested and cause allergic or toxic reactions. This is known as a “leaky gut”.
Candida – Humanity’s Biggest Fungal Invader
The Candida fungus slips through the stomach pores and enter the bloodstream. They are very adaptable; they can then travel to all corners of your body via your blood, causing local allergic symptoms like thrush, sinusitis, fungal toenails, or causing diseases throughout the whole body like colds, flus, hay fever, psoriasis, hypoglycemia, arthritis, diabetes, CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and even depression.
If you have a candida infection throughout your body, it can seriously weaken your immune system. Not only that, but candida excretes toxins which further degrade the body. The major waste product of candida is acetaldehyde, which turns into ethanol. Ethanol is a good fuel for machines but is a toxin for the human body. It reduces strength and stamina and results in excessive fatigue. It also destroys enzymes needed for cell energy, and causes the release of free radicals that can damage DNA.
To make things even worse, ethanol also inhibits the absorption of iron. Since iron is the primary element of hemoglobin (or blood), if you are not assimilating enough iron, you are going to have problems getting enough oxygen, which is of course vital to all bodily functions. Disease cannot exist in an oxygen-rich environment, and conversely, disease will thrive in a low-oxygen environment.
The World’s Top 5 Antifungal Foods
Baking soda is a very effective antifungal agent, but it is hardly a “food”. It is more of an ingredient you may put in your food now and then, e.g. if you are baking something you want to rise. Here is a list of the world’s top 5 antifungal foods which you can incorporate into your diet today:
- Coconut oil
Coconut oil is an incredible antifungal substance. Its antifungal power is mostly due to one of its constituents, caprylic acid. Numerous studies have been done (click here, here and here for instance) showing its incredible antifungal power against all sorts of fungi including candida.
- ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
Vinegar by its very nature is an antifungal substance because in the process of making it, whether from apples, grapes, rice or other grains, it turns into alcohol and then ferments again. The process involves exposing it to the ambient bacteria and fungi; thus the end product has already developed significant resistance to fungi, or it would not exist as an edible food product at all. ACV or apple cider vinegar is the best of all vinegars when it comes to fighting fungi – click here for a study showing its antifungal properties against candida.
Garlic is a without doubt one of the world’s most superb natural remedies for many ailments, especially viruses and fungi. Containing powerful constituents like allicin, garlic has been held in the highest respect by millennia-old healing modalities like TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Here is one study showing its efficacy against candida.
The humble clove spice is truly remarkable for a variety of reasons, including its off-the-charts antioxidant levels, and its sensational ability to ward of fungi. Mold can’t touch this stuff! Here is one of many studies (on eugenia jambalona) showing its antifungal properties against candida.
- Black Walnut
This one is the least common food and the hardest to obtain. Studies have shown that the active ingredient in black walnut, juglone, is as effective as some commercial antifungal drugs. Black walnut contains natural tannins that kill parasites, yeast and fungi. It is well known in the horticultural world as a danger to other plants. Juglone has antibacterial properties too. Additionally, black walnut can also rid your body of worms and parasites, as well as helping with lowering blood pressure, thyroid problems, diarrhea, sore throats and asthma.
Additional Antifungal Extracts, Supplements and Foods
If you are trying to eliminate fungi from your body, I would also suggest taking the following (click the links for studies after each one):
- GSE or grapefruit seed extract (study)
- olive leaf extract (study)
- oil of oregano (study)
- probiotics (study)
- oil of eucalyptus (study)
- ginger (study)
- onion (study)
- lemon (study)
Be aware of the small but powerful fungus – and watch its levels in your body.