Adrenal Fatigue and its link to candida
Date: 5/4/2005 12:53:41 PM ( 17 y ) ... viewed 2977 times
Several years ago we noted a correlation between healthy adrenal glands and the absence of candidiasis, and formed the opinion that healthy adrenal glands help protect against candidiasis. We now realize that the other side of the coin is perhaps more important: Candida commonly impairs adrenal functioning, sometimes severely so.
Having made this latter observation, we wondered about the possible mechanism:. Initially we supposed that the 1. Candida infection constituted an adrenal stressor, like any other infection. We then saw a lady in whom candidiasis was a major cause of hypoadrenia, and noted that the amino acids that supported her adrenal glands best were taurine, cysteine, and glycine - all antioxidants. Following up this clue we then ascertained that 2. Candida and its toxins appeared to be exerting a direct cytotoxic effect on the adrenal glands via free-radical activity.
Another mechanism suggested by our testing is that of 3. Candida-induced autoimmune damage to the adrenal glands. Several studies do, in fact, implicate Candida as a major cause of autoimmunity since it can reduce suppressor T-cell activity. Further, it is possible that because of a similarity between the protein sequence of the cell walls of Candida and that of human cells, antibodies directed at Candida may cross-react with human cells. We also wonder whether the presence of Candida and its toxins within a tissue causes the body to regard that tissue as non-self and therefore to initiate autoimmune attack.
Additionally, 4. Candida toxins interfere with acetyl coenzyme A activity, which could inhibit the synthesis of adrenal steroids, and further, it is believed that Candida possesses receptor sites that can bind adrenal steroids thus competing with host cells, producing apparent adrenal insufficiency.
The more I research this subject, the more I appreciate the work of Dr. Plechner. Plechner said improving IGA levels are critical to recovery. He is certainly on point here. IGA improves mucosal immunity, reduces HIV and viral replication in the intestines and reduces stress on the immune response to digestion thereby reducing allergies and food sensitivities. Reduced food allergies then reduces stress on the Adrenal glands and reduces the demand for more cortisol.
Dr Lam's guide to adrenal fatigue.
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