This was the top viewed post of all time (1700 views) in the various Health series. I repeat annually simply because I have a new audience and it also is a reminder that we are treating the symptoms but not the root cause. If you consider the list of common ailments resulting from an imbalance of healthy and healthy bacteria and fungus such as candida it becomes very clear how important the health of our gut is and that we need to take more care of it.
In the posts on Candida Albicans I have mentioned that there are around 120 symptoms associated with an overgrowth. Obviously too many to list here. However, there are a substantial number of health issues that owe their origins to the overgrowth but it is seldom recognised when those conditions are diagnosed.
When I have worked with clients who have come to me because they have been diagnosed with Milk Allergy, Lactose Intolerance or Leaky Gut syndrome I am immediately suspicious. Usually when the client has completed the Candida Questionnaire it more often than not supports the link to an overgrowth of the fungus. Sometimes going back years..Babies who are born to mothers with a Candida overgrowth are rarely infected in the womb but because quite a high percentage of mothers have the Candida present in the birth tract, they acquire it at that point. It is estimated that this is 25% of all mothers.. That means that millions of babies are born already prone to a candida overgrowth.
I would like to see Candida screening for all women who are about to conceive since their overgrowth effects their ability to supply their own body with nutrients, let alone that of a growing foetus. I am not a scientist but I would bet that this inability to provide adequate nourishment for the baby may be contributory to the number of premature births and also health problems associated with newborns.
There are a great many illnesses associated with Candida but I am just going to cover these health issues today… If you feel that you might have an overgrowth then please contact me and I will send you the questionnaire by email. You have the previous posts to refer to and the final post next week will have some final notes on how to adapt your diet and also a natural remedy that I have used for over 20 years that you might find helpful.
Milk or Dairy Allergy is surprisingly common but there is some confusion over milk allergy and lactose intolerance.
A dairy allergy is an immune response that results in inflammation and tissue damage and it can be exhibited in any part of the body causing a wide range of problems. It is an immune response to the protein, Casein, in Cow dairy products that the body perceives as a threat. It is very rare for there to be the same reaction to the protein found in Goat’s milk which is a different protein. It is usually a genetic problem passed down through the family. If someone is reacting to both the casein in cow’s milk and the different protein in Goat’s milk then it is more likely to be leaky gut syndrome where inappropriate proteins are escaping into the bloodstream and causing an allergic reaction. I go into more detail about leaky gut later but here are the protein specifics for cows and goats.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COW AND GOAT CASEIN PROFILES.
Apha-s1 is the major casein protein present in cow milk and has been identified as one of the major cow milk allergens. By contrast the major casein in goat milk is ß-casein, and alpha-s2 casein is the main alpha casein present. Goat’s milk contains only trace amounts of an allergenic casein protein, alpha-S1, found in cow’s milk. Goat’s milk casein is more similar to human milk.
The most common symptoms associated with a Milk Allergy in babies are also very serious as they can include the anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) which is life threatening and has a very rapid onset. However all new mothers should be aware of the inability to thrive, constant crying, vomiting, wheezing, rashes and stomach upsets.
In children ear infections are very common – the reason being that the Eustachian tube which opens into the back of the throat is not fully developed in children and is easily blocked by mucus which provides a warm breeding ground for bacteria. The inflammation of the tube is usually caused by an allergy – most often dairy as this is usually the first foods after breast feeding or formula that a child will eat and drink.
There are a number of tests available to confirm milk allergy.
In adults these are the likely symptoms: sinusitis, heartburn/reflux, constipation, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome. Some others are as follows:
Abdominal Pain – Acne – Anxiety – Arthritis – Cold Sores – Fibromyalgia – Gas Headaches – Heartburn – Indigestion – Iron deficient anaemia – Irritability – Joint Pain
Lactose intolerance – Osteoporosis – Poor immune function.
Dairy allergy relates to all types of milk from a cow, cheese, butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream – it also includes anything else which contains the protein casein such as whey and lactalbumin which are unfortunately found in many processed foods. If you suffer from these symptoms and use industrialised foods you need to read the labels very carefully.
Lactose intolerance is in fact an enzyme deficiency not an allergy – however lactose intolerance can be the result of a dairy allergy.
Lactase is the enzyme that digests the milk sugar lactose. People with lactose intolerance usually experience an upset stomach, bloating, gas and loose stools. Unfortunately these also mirror symptoms of milk allergy.
If someone has a milk allergy, damage can occur to the digestive tract which inhibits the production of the enzyme lactase therefore adding the lactose intolerance to the list of symptoms.
Milk allergy is estimated to affect 2% of infants and young children in the UK. That percentage decreases as the child ages and it rare to find onset after 12 months. Breastfeeding reduces the risk significantly. Usually 9 out of 10 sufferers will grow out of the allergy by age three. Obviously 1 in 10 children do not outgrow it and these are the children most likely to pass on the response to their own children.
This means that it is only likely to persist in those with a strong family history of allergies especially to other food allergies such as eggs, soya, peanuts or citrus fruits.
If someone is experiencing a severe allergic reaction to a particular food you are likely to see the followin: Skin problems such as eczema and dermatitis, gastro problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Breathing problems such as wheezing, coughing, rhinitis, asthma.
In a normal healthy person the small intestine acts like a sieve only permitting the breakdown products of the digestion into the bloodstream. These include the obvious nutrients but also fats, proteins and starches – all of which are very well digested and the larger molecules such as bacterium and toxins are excluded.
As part of this process, Villi, which are finger like projections from the wall of the intestinal tract with even smaller hair like extensions called microvilli, serve as a point of absorption for nutrients. The essential nutrients that the body needs such as glucose, amino acids are carried through the microvilli into the cells of the villus via a transport system comprised of carrier molecules.
If someone is suffering from a leaky gut the intestinal lining has become inflamed and the microvilli become damaged. They cannot then produce the necessary enzymes and secretions necessary for the absorption of nutrients.
Normally there is a strong wall of cells which prevents the larger molecules containing bacteria and toxins to pass through, however when there is an area of inflammation this structure becomes weakened and these harmful molecules can pass through into the bloodstream. This provokes an automatic response from the immune system which produces antibodies (proteins that locate and attack foreign objects as they are seen as antigens).
If this was a one off, the body would cope with the invasion and the gut would return to normal, but if the intestinal wall is damaged and the process is on-going then the immune system is unable to control the leakage of toxins and they begin to leak back into the liver causing that organ to become stressed and overburdened.
I talked about the liver in a previous post but here is a little reminder of how important this organ is in relation to Candida.. It is the largest gland in the body and plays a really important part in detoxification as well as having many other functions including: producing bile, containing bile acids, which aid digestion, filtering out toxins, such as drugs, alcohol and environmental toxins, storing glucose as glycogen, then breaking it down about 4 hours after a meal to be converted to glucose to regulate blood sugar levels, converting ammonia to urea and removing damaged red blood cells.
Leaky Gut completely overworks the liver because it floods it with additional toxins diminishing the liver’s ability to neutralise chemical substances. When it cannot cope with the level of toxins the liver expels them back into the bloodstream. The circulatory system then pushes the toxins into the connective tissues and muscles where the body stores them to prevent major organ damage. The liver doesn’t get the time to go back and rid the body of the toxins.
You then have a build-up of toxins in the tissues and major organs leading to inflammation and all the symptoms associated with allergic reactions. Including those of milk allergy and lactose intolerance.
In fact the person suffering from leaky gut usually test positive for a great many allergies, not because they are allergic to a specific substance or food but because their immune system is in overdrive – this leads to the chronic forms of conditions such as arthritis and asthma. The biggest problem is that therapists and doctors will begin to remove essential foods and nutrients from the diet to try and overcome this massive reaction when in fact they should be treating the root cause which is Candida. Starving the body of a broad spectrum of nutrients is not the answer, starving the Candida is.
I will be repeating the series on year after year as I consider it to be one of the fundamental causes of ill health.