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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Candida & Bloating What To Do

Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand. Author of Candida Crusher, and formulator of the CanXida range of products. Thanks for tuning in. Today, I’m going to talk about an article I read online, which I found quite interesting. It’s basically called “The 8 non-food reasons why you probably suffer from bloating.”

If you get bloating (and lots of patients I see get bloating all the time), and they immediately assume that it’s got to do with the food they’re eating or something they’re drinking, but they don’t think about these kind of reasons we’re going to talk about. These are non-food related reasons why you may well be bloating right now, going to your doctor and saying, “I feel pregnant! I’ve got a big gut! What’s wrong with me? I’ve got this awful churning pain here in my digestive system. The doctor may say, “You need an acid blocker. You’ve got a problem with your stomach. You just need a drug.” Well, maybe that doctor’s got one of these reasons too that we’re going to talk about.

Bloating is something that afflicts a lot of people. In fact, most people during their lifetime will suffer from bloating at some stage. It’s awful to be bloated. You could be sitting there with family or friends or you could be in a meeting, and you feel this awful sensation in your tummy… so yeah let’s get into it. Let’s look at some of these reasons.

The first one’s distractions. How many times have you seen somebody talking on their mobile phone while they’re eating food or drinking a coffee? How many times have you been in a restaurant where someone’s on a mobile phone and they’re eating food and they’re checking their twitter feed or their Instagram or they’re eating while on the computer. A key thing with a lot of people today is we want information and we want it fast. We want it right now.

Lots of people are involved with SM (social media). I’ve read on the internet recently that young people on average check their social media feeds up to 50 to 60 times per day. I can guarantee that some of those times will be around food.

Apparently, 25% of all meals consumed in America are when people are on Facebook. One in four meals are consumed when a person’s on Facebook. Can you imagine that? Imagine how much bloating that’s causing. Lots of bloated people out there.

Terrible. So how can you chew food and swallow it and digest it when you’re looking at how many times someone likes a comment about you or some crap like that.

When I grew up, there was no internet. There were no computers. We sat around the table having food. There were no distractions. We would talk about stuff to mum and dad or siblings, and meals would take time. Today, the average person doesn’t sit around a table anymore. And if they do, it’s around a desk as their table. They’ve got distractions. They’ve got buzzers and beepers and bells and noises going off around them all the time. All of these devices make noise. My parrots have become quite good at knowing all the Facebook notifications from my wife, so don’t get a parrot, because you’ll be running to your phone or your computer thinking you’ve got a message.

I just want to bring to your attention that distractions are a big part of bloating today. If you’re going to have food, I want you to have food over here and your computer over there and have them separated. Particularly breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try not to have meals around technology. It is not a good idea. You can’t chew food, and swallow it and digest it properly when your brain is engaged in something else. It’s called mindfulness: being mindful of the task at hand. That’s one, distractions, particularly technological distractions.

Number two is depression. Depression is a very big thing today. Many people suffer from depression. What I find quite amazing is in the last 5-10 years in particular, we’ve learned so much about the digestive system. We’re starting to see that many people with depression could have gut issues causing the depression, or the depression causing the gut issue. It’s a catch-22 really. We know also that beneficial bacteria play a very key role in the production and utilization of hormones like GABA and serotonin and other hormones. Many of these hormones are actually made in the gut. So having a very good gut can alleviate depression. In fact, some researchers are now using probiotics instead of anti-depressants and getting very favorable results with people. Moods can affect the gut which is non-food related. So think about that for a minute. That’s a quite interesting slant isn’t it?

The third point: dehydration. Lots of people today drink way too much coffee or tea. Remember, we’re talking about foods here. Coffee and tea are not really foods, so if you’re drinking way too much coffee or tea, you could be doing too many trips to the toilet and peeing all the time. Lots of urination can cause dehydration of the body, and we’ve seen that dehydration is actually a link with that and bloating. You can’t digest food properly if you’re not hydrated properly. Drinking more water, particularly away from food, is going to help you a lot and reduce your ability to be dehydrated and therefore reduce your gastric discomfort and stop bloating.

I wrote about this in my Candida Crusher book. Not that you guys would do this, but if you make cement, you’ve got to have cement powder, your builder’s mix, which is gravel, and then you’ve got to have your water and you’ve got to mix them all together into a nice smooth mix, and that’s cement. Well, to me, food and water go well together. Some people say you’ve got to have the food away from the water. Some people say you can drink with meals. I personally find that I can drink water perfectly well before, during and after meals. I digest food much better when I have water with it. To me, that’s like a mix. You’re mixing things properly. Just be mindful that caffeine can cause dehydration, and so can alcohol. So that’s number three, dehydration.

Number four: meal skipping. This is a problem with a lot of people today. About 30 percent of women don’t even have breakfast anymore. They skip breakfast because they’ve got to get the kids off to school or they’ve got to go to work and they’ve got kids. Skipping meals is a bad idea, because what will happen is you become ravenously hungry later on in the day, and then you’re going to stuff your mouth full of food. You’re going to have these candy bars, coffee, donuts, everything you can throw into your face because you’re hungry. That causes bloating. We’re not talking about the food. We’re talking about meal skipping. Skipping meals can be linked with bloating, because it means that you’re going to get inappropriate cravings for food. Make sure that you eat meals at regular times through the day. It’s going to keep you feeling better. Your blood sugar will be better balanced.

Number five: poor hormone control. Many women, and also men, suffer from the inability to manufacture proper hormone control. These could be stress hormones. These could be sex hormones. These could be neurotransmitter hormones. Hormones have a very big influence on gut motility and regulating the gut. Even hormones like estrogen play their role in the proper regulation of the gut. So if you take things like the birth control pill, for example. If you have xenoestrogens in your diet (these are chemicals which can mimic estrogen). These can really affect the gut. These can speed it up or slow it down. These can create cramping and bloating in the gut.

Poor hormone control. Menopause can sometimes be a key time. Pregnancy can sometimes be a key time when a person gets more bloated. Be sure to get estrogen and progesterone and also testosterone checked out. Urinary metabolite testing can be performed, or salivary testing, to determine whether you’re in the ballpark or way out of the ballpark. That’s poor hormone control.

Number six: medications. Many medications affect the gut. The worst medications I think for the gut are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). They wreck the gut. Absolute destroy gut function. Many medications are linked up with it, but also other kinds of pain pills. Paracetamol, gout medications, anti-depressant medications can affect the gut. There are a whole raft of drugs that can really affect how your digestion works. If you’ve got bad bloating and you’re taking medications, talk to your doctor about that or someone like me, and try and work out what the hell’s going on. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen over the years, once we’ve got those stupid drugs away or changed the type of drug they’re on, their bloating went away and their digestion improved.

Number seven: desk jobs. Some people spend way too much time on their desk. So when you’ve got that kind of a job, how the hell can you expect to have a good digestive system, if you’re sitting there all day? The body was designed to move around. That’s going to really increase your circulation and decrease your ability to have bloating, but also it’s going to be very effective and that it’s going to help you burn up a lot of stress hormones that will cause the gut to slow right down.

That leads us into point number eight: stress. Stress to me is the biggest reason why people get bloating. They get an increase production of cortisol. Like that notification you heard before, that’s a tiny mini stress. Cortisol is designed to move blood to the bigger muscles, but reduce the blood to the digestive system. It reduces the body’s ability to produce enzymes, and slows bowel function right down. Stress is the key denominator when it comes to a non-food cause of bloating.

I want you to take some of that information and think which of those eight categories you belong to. If you haven’t got my Candida report, please click on the link below. Thanks for tuning in.

What Health Issues Can Candida Cause?

Greetings! Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher, formulator of the CanXida range of dietary supplements. Thanks again for looking at my video. I really appreciate all my subscribers, and it’s for you guys I make these videos. If you’re not a subscriber, then subscribe. Right.

Question: “What health issues or diseases can Candida cause?” Well, this is a very interesting question. The reply to this is quite simple. It can cause a wide range of dysfunction in the body. This is where medical people think people like me need to get their head examined or be on serious anti-psychotic medication, because they think that I’m absolutely crazy. Maybe I am crazy. I don’t think I’m crazy. Not that crazy.

When you think about something like Candida Albicans, or many different types of Candida strains. When you think about bacteria. When you think about viruses and parasites and lots of different potential pathogens. They can cause a big, big problem for one reason. They throw the balance of the body right out. They make the person’s immune system go crazy. Your immune system has an incredibly powerful effect on nearly all aspects of your body’s well being. But one of the biggest things I see with Candida what health issues it can cause, it can cause long-term serious dysfunction with the person and how that person views their life.

When you’ve been sick for a long time, like I was for example in my 20s-I got very, very unwell for a long period of time.

When you go from doctor to doctor and you’re told that you’re nuts, you’re crazy, you’re a hypochondriac. When your parents don’t believe you anymore. When your partner leaves you. When your kids think you’re completely bongo. When all the doors slam shut in your face. When you’ve been on all the drugs. You’ve been to all the doctors, and you’ve got no answers to your health, how do you think it makes you feel? What kind of disease do you think that causes?

It causes you to give up hope. It causes you to really question why you’re bloody well alive. Many people I’ve seen over the years with a serious yeast imbalance have contemplated suicide. They don’t want to live anymore. One of the big reasons why they don’t want to live anymore is because nobody believes in them anymore. They even start to give up believing in themselves. That’s the sort of diseases you can get and imbalances from a bad yeast infection. But when it comes to disease (diagnosable disease), I would say it can cause many different types of signs and symptoms.

Now remember, signs are what I the physician can see and your symptoms is what you experience. So a sign is more subjective, and the symptom is objective, because that’s what you’re feeling. So many different signs and symptoms can occur with this based on how the yeast infection in fact causes the immune imbalance. But not just the immune imbalance. Candida will also create a big problem with other things in your body. Beneficial bacteria and other bacteria. It will cause imbalance.

Good bacteria can go bad to nasty with a Candida infection. Beneficial bacteria can go from low to zero with a bad yeast infection. That can increase your risk of many different diseases when the beneficial bacteria go down the gurgler.

Beneficial bacteria now are linked to even cancer prevention. We know that people with bowel cancer have very compromised levels of beneficial bacteria. We know that most people with cancers have got significant amounts of yeast in their body.

There’s a lot of American and Italian research in particular that’s done a huge amount of work in this area. Nearly all cancer patients are loaded with yeast infection. Am I saying that Candida causes cancer? I never said that did I? But what I’m saying is there’s a correlation between them both. There’s a correlation between many autoimmune diseases and yeast infection. So we know that when people have got these serious illnesses, that Candida seems to sit there alongside. It’s just like when there’s a big fire. We know that usually a firetruck turns up, but did the firetruck cause the fire? Not really, but there’s an association between them both.

So, therefore, what we can infer from that that it’s very important to get rid of a yeast infection, to get the balance back again, to restore harmony in the body, to make sure there are lots of beneficial bacteria that keep these bad nasty yeast imbalances from going crazy. That’s what we can infer from that. The Candida can be not necessarily responsible or causing these diseases, but it can certainly create a massive imbalance in the body leading you towards this kind of a sickness. Now remember, I never said Candida can cause all these illnesses, but it certainly can contribute to it. There’s a big difference there.

So I hope that answers your question. It’s very important to determine A: Have you got Candida imbalance, and B: If you’ve got one, to deal with it. Now remember, I’ve said this before. Over 50 percent of people I see now in my online clinic-in fact, when I tested them, have got no Candida at all. They’ve got bad bacteria or low beneficial bacteria or parasites. There are many people who never thought they’ve got Candida, in fact, have got Candida. When I’ve done a stool test, I’ve found Candida. They didn’t believe it. But the microscope didn’t lie. The yeast culture didn’t lie.

Just be careful before you make an assumption that you’ve got a yeast infection. You first need to know the facts. Don’t jump to conclusions. Many people do that on the internet. It’s a crazy thing to do. Many health issues and diseases can be implicated with Candida. Don’t forget that. I hope that gives you a bit of an insight into my reply to that question.

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