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Posted by: Debbie
Date: August 16, 2001 2:56 AM

1) During a colonoscopy can a doctor see if a person's colon is colonized by yeast and fungus, ie: a white film?
2) Do you advocate the use of Diflucan (as compared to the SanPharma remedies you talk about) to kill yeast that has colonized the colon?
3) a. I am considering taking herbal antifungals from a naturopath (once I find a good one in New York). What kind of effects can someone expect from taking SanPharma remedies for yeast overgrowth, ie: would it make one feel too sick to go to work? (I have taken herbal antifungal mixes prescribed by a naturopath at Shaw Health Center in Los Angeles and felt so ill that I had to stop taking them - I was starting a new job.)
b. Could you say what these remedies are made from and how they work?
4) Do you believe that "irritable bowel syndrome" has any connection to female hormone levels and with emotional state (i.e.: as opposed to yeast overgrowth). There seem to be many more women who suffer from ("IBS") constipation than men and it seems to get worse as our hormones levels begin to fluctuate (i.e.: in our 30s and at different times of the menstrual cycle).

RE: yeast/fungus
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 16, 2001 11:32 AM

Colonization is one single cell layer thick. Part of that layer is washed away with the enemas which are used to prepare the patient for a colonoscopy. Short answer: no, in most cases. However, when the gut wall itself is colonized, then yes: it appears as raised white bumps. I believe the only proper use for Diflucan is acute systemic fungal infection of the blood in which the patient's life is in danger. It kills fungus, no doubt about that, but the effect is not lasting and the side effects are sometimes intolerable, not the least of which is the Herxheimer ("die-off") reaction. Also, it does nothing for the immune system which is the core problem in this illness. The SanPharma remedies are made from extracts of the offending organisms. Enderlein believed they interferred with the reproductive cycle of the organism targeted. His explanation may not be true in light of modern research, nevertheless the remedies work, although by a different mechanism than Enderlein envisioned. They provoke the immune system into an immediate attack on the targeted organism. Like any other way of killing fungus, there is an immediate die-off reaction. The trick is to support the liver, kidneys, gut and sweat glands in excreting the die-off by-products so that the reaction is tolerable. The entire course of treatment can last many months. The effects are long lasting because the immune system is trained and "remembers" how to regulate the dysbiotic organisms. That is a good theory you have about IBS, and really, what else could it be? That is the major difference between men and women. Otherwise we are essentially the same. Nevertheless, I see men suffering from this illness to an intolerable degree,

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