Ankylosing Spondylitis and Candida Connection

Greetings! Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher, formulator of the CanXida range of supplements. Thanks for checking out my video. We’re going to be talking about Ankylosing Spondylitis today, particularly with its reference to dysbiosis and Candida yeast overgrowth that I see in people.

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a condition I see quite regularly in my clinic with my patients. It seems to be more common in males, particularly aged between about 10 to30 years of age. It’s probably about the starting point. It’s one of the rare autoimmune conditions that tends to be predominantly male rather than female. Most autoimmune conditions tend to really affect women, but this one is really big with guys. In fact, 90 percent of the people who have AS are in fact male. There’s a gene involved here called HLA-B27 gene.

I remember first reading about this in a book called “The Four Pillars of Health,” written by a New York doctor, Leo Galland. I think it was written back in the late 1970s, early 1980s. Dr. Galland noticed the connection between Klebsiella, a bacteria, and people with AS. In fact, 70 to 80 percent of people with AS when we do stool tests, we find different types of Klebsiella, oxytoca, or pneumoniae or other kind of sub-species to be involved with AS. I think about 8 to 9 percent of the population have the HLA-B27 gene, but it seems to be big with people with AS.

The Klebsiella bacteria tend to get attacked by certain types of antibodies in a person who has this HLA-B27 gene, which causes inflammation and pain they tend to get in the lower back. AS often starts off with a lower back pain, and eventually, it gets worse and worse and worse to the point where the sacroiliac joint in the lower back can actually fuse and become so painful for these poor unfortunate people. The hip joints can be involved. The lower back can be involved. I’ve also seen in some cases the feet being involved and the knees being involved. Particularly the lower extremities. It can be a crippling terrible disease for a lot of young guys to have. It’s absolutely awful. I’ve helped many guys over the years with AS.

The first thing I do is a comprehensive stool analysis to determine what type of bugs they’ve got. Klebsiella we often find, but many people we find Candida in these people as well. Candida comes along for the ride, and they may have other parasites. They may have poor beneficial bacteria. They may have inflammatory markers. I tend to treat every AS case on a case-per-case basis, because no two cases of AS are the same.

So what do I do with AS? How do we alleviate the pain for these people? Many young guys I’ve seen with AS have already been doing things like acupuncture, massage, certain types of physical or remedial therapies to help them with their lower back pain. They’re usually quite good at that. I find the Candida Crusher dietary approach works quite well. The MEVY diet (Meat, Eggs, Vegetables, and Yogurt). We look at lower allergies, so we usually take the allergens out, the dairy products and gluten and certain types of foods we’ll take out of the diet.

We look at repairing the leaky gut, because most people with AS have got a seriously leaky gut. A lot of them will be taking Rheumatoid Arthritis I’ve just spoken about in the autoimmune video. They’ll be taking pain relief, which ends up wrecking their gut. Many of them end up on TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha) blockers. This is an inflammatory mediate produced by the immune system called tumor necrosis factor. These drugs block inflammation, but unfortunately a lot of side effects long term, and many people on TNF blockers long term end up getting off of these drugs and end up looking for more natural or alternatives to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical intervention.

Candida is a big thing with a lot of people with AS, so I tend to work hard on trying to remove Candida, remove the dysbiotic flora including Klebsiella. I use my CanXida Remove which contains grapefruit seed extract and the oregano, many other components in there: The caprylic acid, the undecanoic acid, the clove, all the other ingredients I put in there to clean the gut right up and get rid of this bad gut issue these people have. We clean up the diet. Clean up the gut, and we tend to work on a low stress kind of lifestyle. There’s a very positive outcome for AS, particularly if the young person gets involved with remedial therapies. Looks at maybe changing their occupation, looking at a low stress lifestyle. It all has a very beneficial effect. Eventually, we can get them off these kind of medications.

I’m not against the disease modifying drugs, but I think long-term use there will be a price you will pay for these kind of medications, but certainly they have their place with Ankylosing Spondylitis. This disease can also precipitate psoriasis or a secondary autoimmune disease, and I have seen several cases of psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis combined with Ankylosing Spondylitis which is very unfortunate for the person. But, if it’s picked up early and we can correct the gut function early on in the piece, clean the Klebsiella up, which is present in 90 percent of cases, we can get a significant anti-inflammatory response without having to look at things like pharmaceutical intervention long-term.

That’s my approach to AS. It’s really identifying the problem with the patient, cleaning it up, and trying to look at a long-term kind of strategy. If you’re looking at this video now and you have AS consider comprehensive stool analysis including parasitology. Three samples on three days, look at the report, act on the report. Six to twelve months later, repeat the report, look at the difference, which I call test and measure. Test what you’ve got, treat and then measure the response. And if you’ve been successful, you’ll have both a positive outcome both in symptoms, and in the test result.

For AS patients, a clever thing to do is 6 or 12 monthly repeated stool test for a few years to gauge how effective the treatment regime really is, because in my opinion it’s all about the gut. You get the gut right, fix the leaky gut, get rid of the bacterial imbalance, you’re going to be in a hell of a position long-term.

Check out my CanXida products. If you’re living in countries like Sweden at the moment or in the EU region, we’re working hard to try and remedy this problem in terms of access to this product. 2016 currently, certainly by 2017 we hope to have the issue solved. I find the CanXida Restore, Remove and Rebuild to be very good products for people with conditions like Ankylosing Spondylitis.

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