One of my most important articles yet. I was privileged to spend time with a world leading microbiologist Joseph Cerecedes, whose knowledge across bio-technology, natural health and nutrition is unparalleled; standing with a foot in both the natural health world and scientific method. He shared with me incredible truths that will change the way you look at nutrition and health. Please take the time to digest this article.
"You are not what you eat, but what eats you", Joseph Cerecedes. Inside your gut, there are 300 to 500 different kinds of bacteria containing nearly 2 million genes that are paired with other tiny organisms like viruses and fungi, which make up what is known as the microbiome. Each person's microbiome is unique, and determines their health status, as the immune system resides in the gut and our ability to digest food and convert this to energy is in the gut. If the gut is compromised, health is compromised.
"You are not what you eat, you are what is eating you, so choose your microbes wisely and protect your cells"
One of the most overlooked health issues is the presence of mould and parasitic fungi in the body. We talk about viruses and bacteria but rarely is mould and fungi brought up and yet these creatures are one of the most difficult to kill. They love flesh, blood, alcohol, oil, nuclear radiation, heavy metals, etc, with Aspergillus, black and green moulds, yeasts, candida even being able to feed off radiation alone!!
So when prescribed anti-virals or anti-biotics, what this does is cause an imbalance in the body, and if parasitic fungi are present, these fungi can become dominant and cause all sorts of health issues. Then throw in supplements and super foods and what happens is that you end up supercharging the growth of parasitic fungi in the body but fungus can also enter the body through food consumed. Fungus has been linked to everything from Alzheimer's disease to cancer.
Think of a petridish that has a sample of the gut microbiota, and inoculating that with antibiotics and anti-virals that wipes out the bacteria and leaves only the fungi present. With no competing bacteria and viruses present, the fungi will completely take over the whole petri dish. In the body, parasitic fungi can become dominant also by a diet that is rich in those things that it loves to eat and even natural health treatments like colonics, can clear out the bacteria but leave parasitic fungi which has a protective sheath over it, able to grow relatively unchallenged. A diet that has high load of parasitic fungi will also be harmful. Recent research that came out in November 2022, found that fungi was detected in 35 types of cancers. Intercellularly, the fungi was at the heart of these cancers. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20221122/Fungi-detected-in-35-cancer-types-often-intracellular.aspx
Nothing in this world wants to die and every living thing wants to protect itself and it's offspring, whether they are viruses, bacteria, fungi, humans, animals, plants, trees, etc.. In every living thing, there is a protective mechanism because nothing wants to be eaten. All life is primed for survival.
For good health in the human body, you want to feed the good bacteria not the bad and to do this, you need a diet rich in fibre from whole foods that have been properly prepared by traditional methods to deal with the protective mechanisms like oxalates, phylates and acids that are found naturally in certain foods. Indigenous people understood that proper food preparation was key to healthy living but many of the methods like soaking, nixtamalizing, sprouting, fermenting, soaking in lye/ash water to kill off fungi moulds and neutralize phylic acid and oxalates, are simply not done but instead food has been stripped of it's fibre, and converted into packaged industrial products for mass distribution and consumption.
FAD DIETS THAT HARM
Fad diets that encourage eating raw kale, which is coated with phytates and oxalates, will eventually destroy the gut intestinal lining and block nutrient absorption, leading to pellegra and vitamin B deficiencies.
One of the most harmful "natural" foods is corn when it is not prepared properly. An essential step in the preparation of corn is nixtamalization, which liberates the chemical compounds niacin and tryptophan and makes them bioavailable. Nixtamalization is a traditional process in Mexico and Central America whereby corn is treated with lime, cooked, and dried and ground to produce the flour, more commonly known as masa flour.
"Corn-dependent populations in both Europe and North America suffered from pellagra, a chronic niacin deficiency that brings on four progressively catastrophic “Ds”: diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, and death. The human body uses niacin, or vitamin B3, to control blood sugar, process fats, maintain healthy skin, and make new DNA.
Early symptoms of pellagra include loss of appetite, irritability, and vomiting, followed by inflammation of the mouth and tongue and a scaly red rash on the hands and neck." To read more about the interesting history of how they discovered pellegra was a dietary disease and not caused by germs can be found. https://www.southernfoodways.org/malnourished-cultural-ignorance-paved-the-way-for-pellagra/
Another interesting tit bit of information is that when meat is overcooked or boiled into bone broth for more than 45 minutes, it releases high levels of histamines. So, the fad of slow cooked bone broth that has been simmering for hours, is in fact creating a product that is high in histamines. It all goes back to preparing meat using traditional methods and eating it soon after it was killed but meat today is aged and overcooked, meaning that it releases histamines that are not good for health.
Histamine builds up in the body and if it is not broken down correctly can trigger an immune system response resulting in symptoms such as diarrhea, shortness of breath, headaches, or skin irritation.
FEEDING THE GUT MICROBE
Your gut is like a compost bin, and what you put into it, is broken down and provides the basis for which your body grows. Now consider what happens when the diet is high in meat, alcohol, processed foods, junk food, etc.. that feeds the bad bacteria and parasitic fungi in the gut? This causes the bad bacteria and fungi to out compete the good bacteria and when they grow to such high numbers that they run out of food, then these flesh eating creatures start to eat you, leading to diverticulitis, ulcers in the gut, Crohn's disease, colon cancer, etc..
The healthy, probiotic bacteria in the gut relies on fibre; beta glucans and protein bound polysaccaridees. These are the compounds that comprise much of the cell walls and when good bacteria digest the fibre, they produce short chain fatty acids, specifically butyrate. 75% of the colon's energy needs is supplied by butyrate. Without enough butyrate, people will develop inflammatory bowel disease. When you consider the majority of food being sold today, that has had its fibre removed from it, from white flour to white pasta, processed food, juices, etc.. all of these feed the bad bacteria and parasitic fungi, while doing little for the good bacteria that need fibre.
The fungi can also move into our brain from the gut. and they use the dopamine to manufacture melanin. The fungi effect the bodies' ability to make melanin causing a person to go grey. Essentially fungi is aging us by breaking down our bodies. In nature they break down substances to convert it back to base elements.
Research suggests mushrooms can convert pesticides and herbicides to more innocuous compounds, remove heavy metals from brownfield sites, and break down plastic. A coffin made of fungal mycelium and moss will biodegrade human remains naturally and that is the power of fungi to decompose and why it is so important to be feeding the good bacteria in the gut by providing it with adequate fibre from a whole foods diet.
The natural function of parasitic fungi is in fact decomposition. So if you want to die faster, feed the parasitic fungi the foods that it thrives on.
This topic is explained in greater detail in the following video. Well worth your time to watch to really get the concept that "You are not what you eat, but what eats you" which will change the way you look at food.
Joseph Cerecedes has created a Medicinal Mushroom Fiber based Prebiotic/Probiotic formulation as well as Alkali Bicarbonate Trace Mineral Salts from over 2 decades of research to help feed the proper beneficial microbes in the gut and balance pH. He can be reached on Linkedin for more information. https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-c-8b3405130 and his book (see link below to purchase) contains 2 decades of research, used to support the formulations of his products.
FUNGI AND DISEASE
When fungus invades the organs, it manifests as disease. Being parasitic, if the host is weak, it will take the opportunity to multiply and cause infection. Fungi that reaches the brain causes fungal meningitis. Candida species has been postulated to induce fungal glial granulomas with amyloid precursor protein (APP) accumulated inside. Alzheimer's disease will most likely be found to be a fungal infection and many studies that are confirming this. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep15015
You could almost theorize that disease is when parasitic fungi is eating you alive, until you die!!
Even though fungi can find it's way to various organs, it's roots are in the gut. Castor oil is a good tool to help keep the fungi purged out of the intestines and remove undigested food from the intestines that are fermenting with fungus. If things get really bad, which they are for the whole human population modern day, a high single dose of Fluconazole can kill them off and get parasitic fungi out of organs, brain and central nervous system.
Fluconazole is an antifungal medication used for a number of fungal infections. This includes candidiasis, blastomycosis, coccidioidomycosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, dermatophytosis, and pityriasis versicolor.
With fungal infections, you need to address all possible routes of entry into the body, including food and environmental sources and follow Ayurveda principles of detoxification and inoculating food with spices such as neem, turmeric, clove, thyme, oregano, clove, basil and morenga. Additionally sulfated polysachardies from algae, seaweeds and other edible medicinal fungi can form part of a healthy diet. Bicarb still has anti-fungal properties, and soaking beans, legumes, quinoa, rice, etc.. in bicarbonate of soda and salt and rinse prior to cooking. There are also excellent culinary reasons to do this. https://www.seriouseats.com/baking-soda-brine-for-beans-5217841
Zinc and copper and boron are also critical to health and NAC has also been found to be anti-fungal.
Topically, oregano and clove essential oil with castor topically is the strongest anti-fungal.
PARASITIC FUNGI & COVID-19
When it comes to COVID-19, according to my research and experience, SARS-cov-2 cause significant alterations in the gut and respiratory microbes in COVID-19 patients, with gastroenterologists finding that there was an increase in pathogenic bacteria and a decrease in beneficial ones, in particular bifidobacteria. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34818923/ and https://www.mdpi.com/2076-393X/10/5/708?ref=uncensored-wisdom and https://bmjopengastro.bmj.com/content/9/1/e000871
Could it be that in patients who are infected with parasitic fungi, that the reduction of good gut bacteria, leads to a situation where parasitic fungi becomes so high in numbers that it leads to malnutrition and inflammation in the body? It makes sense that this also leads to niacin deficiency and why taking full flush niacin can restore balance.
"Prior research has shown that secondary fungal infections in COVID-19 patients are high. Moreover, 14.8% and 33% of mild and severe COVID-19 patients, respectively, develop fungal secondary infections.
Notably, COVID-19 patients who are also receiving treatments for cancers, diabetes mellitus, or immunosuppressive agents are at a higher risk of fungal co-infections when hospitalized.
The time interval between COVID-19 diagnosis and the development of secondary fungal infections varies significantly among patients. As fungal co-infections increase the risk of mortality in COVID-19 patients, early detection and treatment are important to reduce adverse clinical outcomes." Source https://www.news-medical.net/news/20220802/High-prevalence-of-fungal-secondary-infections-among-COVID-19-patients.aspx
It has been linked to two serious fungal infections: COVID-19 associated pulmonary aspergillosis (CAPA) and COVID-19 associated mucormycosis (CAM).1 The resurgence of these rare fungal infections has medical personnel concerned.
Even recently, speaking to a friend whose unvaxxed daughter is suffering the effects of post covid infection where she has been incapacitated for months, vomiting numerous times a day, unable to live a normal life, she told me that when they pulled out the feeding tube, it was growing mould on the tube.
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ENVIRONMENTAL MOULD EXPOSURE
Mould in the environment that gets into the body is a serious issue. I have noticed how many new housing estates are being built on reclaimed wetlands and within a short period of time, mould starts growing in the home. Flooding in various areas like Lismore and the Northern Rivers, is going to cause a catastrophic health issues. I have heard that Queensland hospitals are keeping quiet about the number of people who have black mould in their lungs, which has lead to serious heart problems. In most cases, people will not connect the dots.
Homes that have water flowing under them are subject to mould, especially reclaimed wetlands and in modern houses, that are heated and sealed, develop high levels of warmth and humidity; the perfect conditions for mould to thrive. It cannot be understated to deal with mould issues in the home environment and after prolonged exposure to detoxify the body.
DETOXIFICATION AND HEALING THE GUT
The answers are found in Ayurveda diet and medicine, as the complete system.
Castor oil though is readily available and pathogenic fungi hate it, and will be eliminated through the bowels. It can be mixed with golden milk.
Substitute the coconut oil in the above recipe for a tablespoon of castor oil for adults or a teaspoon for children.
I am told by friends, that it was a tradition in families for children to take a teaspoon of castor oil every week.
This should be drunk in the morning, on a day that you are resting at home as you will likely need to go to the toilet and ideally you can combine with a salt enema (1 teaspoon of salt to a litre of water)
However for serious or stubborn infections, you will need fluconazole.
Under nourishment due to a compromised gut, poor diet will mean that parasitic fungi and parasites will become dominant and cause havoc in the body. Parasites are opportunists and look for weak hosts to take over.
I will discuss this topic more in another article.
You can order Joseph Cerecedes book to learn more about parasitic fungi.
Link to latest video on making water kefir, can be found
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