Been doing some reading on fungus. Turns out, there are a number of common fungi which can thrive in the human\animal gut, and produce immunosuppressants in the form of toxic peptides.
Now, I still maintain that candida in it's common form rarely causes disease, and the pathogenic form is nasty enough to kill. So, lets look at something such as penecillium which is a common fungus found in the gut of humans.
My experimental isolation of microbes from stool samples continues to yield high levels of penecillium mold. It is also producing high levels of e-coli and other gram negative forms.
Since my focus was on parasitic inhabitants, I have failed to recognize the significants of these findings.
Mycology is still a very complicated area of science, and much of the studies on toxins, were done to find Antibiotics
One thing they did find was cyclosporin from "tolypocladium infaltum" fungi.
This was made into a drug used by immunologists in organ transplatation procedures.
The drug or "toxin" suppresses the immune system to prevent organ rejections.
This is a good example of how powerful a metabolite from a fungal organism can be.
It has me thinking that there could be competition between the e-coli in my gut and the penecillium. Maybe this could cause a cascade of immune suppressing metabolites to enter my digestive system, which in turn, allows certain parasites
E-coli bacteria is known to carry certain plasmids giving them immunity to penicillin.
I am experimenting with isolated e-coli bacteria from past stool acquisition and growing it in vitro with tetracycline to study the survivability of the bacterium.
This should provide some insight into what may be going on in the gut.[like why there is very little lactobacteria]
In the culture dish, the fungi separate from the streaked colonies. This suggests co-existence is undesirable between the two. In aged cultures, the fungus always overtakes the bacteria---so there could be Antibiotics
being secreted. I will have to repeat this experiment to see if there are surviving bacteria and isolate them from the dead colonies.
So, my point is, mold in the gut could be a bad thing.
This does not however, mean the standard candia\antifungal protocols are moot. Just another way to look at the problem. Shroom