May 14, 2016
As I demonstrate over, and over, and over again on this website, mild to severe pathogenic overgrowth will alter your personality. This notion is both unnerving and empowering; knowing that you could perhaps attribute your anxiety, depression, malaise, or any other form of chronic mental woe to extrinsic forces will surely baffle you, but will also compel you to liberate yourself from the confines of disorder. In a society driven by toxicity–toxic foods, toxic drugs, toxic standards of living and ideals (those largely perpetuated by ignorance, image, and misguided notions of worth)–the inclination that we all may be at least a little affected by sub-par digestion isn’t that hard to believe, especially considering the amount of stress we’re all under to perform, to achieve perfection, to live up to the versions of ourselves we think make us valuable. Even if you haven’t succumbed to the standardization of humanity, at one point in your life you have likely encountered a different form of toxicity, that which no society is exempt from: illness brought on by suppressed emotion, a natural and unavoidable product of a world dominated by learning souls. Physical disturbances also thwart the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis; acute illness (such as a round of the stomach bug, food poisoning, etc.), prolonged drug usage (prescription as well as recreational), eating-disordered behavior, antibiotic or birth control usage that damages proper gut flora, consistent exposure to chemicals (rampant in processed foods), and more all contribute to digestive dysfunction (McCabe, “Let Like Cure Like” 27-42; Owen 39-48, 51-63, 67-78, 141-152). In the case of addictive and eating-disordered behavior, or any other method of self-harm that directly injures the corporeal, the cyclical nature of self-destruction ensures that the body, nor the mind, ever heal. Trauma impresses disorder upon one front, which is inevitably reflected within the other; controlling, restrictive, or otherwise impulsive behavior damages the body (malnutrition and inflammation ensue), and inflammation and malnutrition allow lower mentalities to continually dominate the psyche (1, 2). A similar formula characterizes behaviors that do not readily harm the corporeal: the constant depression of the mental solidifies the constant depression of the physical, especially when other forms of suppression are involved.
When both physical and emotional traumas are suppressed, via allopathic medicine or avoidant (typically reactive, and unintentionally inhibitive) coping mechanisms, as opposed to corrected, cured, and managed with the proper release of negativity–i.e. healed from the inside out–acute toxicity turns chronic, specifically by way of inhibited digestive organs in the case of pathogenic overgrowth. Indeed, such overgrowth does not stand alone; it is the failure of homeostatic mechanisms within, those that keep proper balances of gut flora in check, that allows for the proliferation of Candida and other pathogenic organisms. What mechanisms these are may interest researchers, but homeopaths can do their job all the same without a specific diagnosis. These healers need only know your symptoms as they have evinced in the body and mind so that they may doctor the whole being, who you are at that very moment in order to decipher your outermost constitutional layer (in turn indicating what remedy you need). The method by which homeopaths prescribe ensures that even the most diagnostically-defunct individuals will be cured, and in totality at that.
Visiting another country may put an individual into contact with a deadly parasite, one that would, in effect, lead to the rapid deterioration of the foundations on which a healthy GI tract stands (given that ne is susceptible, first and foremost, to such external forces (Owen 8)); however, it is more likely, and more common, that past trauma, whether mild or severe in nature, has diseased digestive schemas, and will continue to do so until the vital force is compelled into a state of healing. Pathogens, even parasites, exist within the healthy; however, they do not thrive. Pathogenic overgrowth, then (once again), is secondary to digestive dysfunction, not the origin.
Minor digestive disturbances, which many afflicted fail to realize they possess, may remain unrecognizable as such for years to come in light of their subliminal, often undetectable effects on the body and mind. Most people have been traumatized at some point in their lives, and thus could benefit from a restorative treatment, even when they show no overt signs of digestive insufficiency (or insufficiency wherever else their traumas have manifested*). Otherwise, graver disturbances later on in life will make the disease process overt, aggravating the already-defunct until fruitions of disharmony can be ignored no longer; the suffering will then seek help, and often from allopathic medicine. Unfortunately, bandages will only mask the problem, and worse drive illness deeper: the drugs used to combat constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, depression, anxiety, etc.– the symptoms instead of the cause– inflame the already-inflamed, stress the already-stressed, and set the stage for perpetual struggle, due to which the lower self thrives.
Some triggers (instigators) to imbalances in gut flora resemble signs and symptoms in that the presence of overgrowth exacerbates negative qualities that already exist within, from which negativity sustains negativity. The lower self may otherwise minimally affect the individual that holds it. Poor character traits may be treated as intrinsic and fixed; while attempts to overcome them will prove spiritually-expansive, the source of the issue–digestive dysfunction–will continue to force the sufferer to manifest a positive reality instead of it simply existing. On one end of the spectrum, sensitivity to light and noise, irritability, an inability to commit (to someone, something, or anything), forgetfulness, heightened fears, the like indicate moderate disharmony; on the other end, suicidal tendencies, extreme aggression, erratic behavior, oppressive anxiety, etc. indicate serious disharmony, and perhaps serious digestive dysfunction. The totality of the being is comprised of parts that continually intersect one another. Thus, all symptoms an individual experiences must be treated wholly, and will quite often cease once homeopathic treatment is sought, as this practice aims to induce a state of equilibrium via the restoration of the body, mind, and spirit, not by suffocating them.
*A note: everyone responds to trauma differently–due to genealogy, past experiences (which may themselves be traumatic), and some invisible forces (think nature). Thus, not everyone who has been “traumatized” at some point in their lives–that is, to say, permanently affected by their acute struggles–will have digestive issues. Rather, some will develop allergies, eczema, anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia, ovarian cysts, warts, cancer, diabetes, etc., all of which may, in fact, be linked to GI distress (in any event, all symptoms will be connected (Owen 6)). The list goes on and on, and the symptoms of one individual will worsen with time as a minor ailment is suppressed over time, perhaps with allopathic medicine (skin cream, corticosteroids, norcos, you get the picture), and definitely with avoidant coping mechanisms. These mechanisms, once again, tend to be subconscious as well as subliminal, and thus beyond an individual’s awareness–at least until ne can no longer ignore the mental ramifications of repressed disorder. Most people won’t realize they are less happy than they could be, less happy than they were as a child, until multiple blows to their vital force–or one especially impactful episode–incites a more severe depression, severe anxiety, or severe ailment, such as cancer, Crohn’s, liver disease, gallbladder dysfunction, etc.
TRIGGERS TO PATHOGENIC OVERGROWTH
(When Suppressed Will Manifest Symptomatically Later On In Life):
- suppressed immunity during illness (“stomach bugs”, viruses, food poisoning, etc.; may be the onset of parasitic infection itself)
- antibiotic, birth control usage (inflammation to the digestive tract, disruption of good and bad bacteria, leading to “dysbiosis”)
- prolonged prescription/recreational drug usage (chronic inflammation, dysbiosis, suppression of emotions and bodily illness if used to treat disorder on either front)
- frequent consumption of raw meat, fish, unwashed fruits and vegetables
- eating disorders (disruptive to natural bodily processes and “harmonized” mentalities; stress on the body due to poor nutrition)
- binge eating (poorly-utilized sugars= feast for pathogenic overgrowth; food addiction is a vice that both manifests out of trauma and sustains the damage done)
- Diabetes (insufficient insulin=poor uptake of sugars; pathogenic organisms feast)
- excessive refined-sugar consumption; chronic intake of processed foods is itself physically traumatic
- thyroid problems (poor utilization of nutrients; pathogens feast)
- low stomach acid (keeps overgrowth in check; can occur because of long-term intake of acid-blockers)
- alcoholism (poor liver function=impaired detoxification)
- general poor liver function caused by other factors
- inhibited gallbladder function (bile encapsulates toxins)
- emotional suppression directly causes disorder within the body and mind
- emotional trauma (shock, grief, fear; anxiety=inflammation=lowered immunity)
- physical trauma (lowered immunity while the body is under intense stress)
- toxic thoughts, chronic negativity, anger, depression arising out of trauma
- constant anxiety over life’s hardships, an extreme inability to cope
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF PATHOGENIC OVERGROWTH
(Which May Mirror Triggers):
- nutrient deficiencies
- hypoglycemia (stressed adrenals=inability to regulate blood sugar)
This one is crucial. The human body is designed to tolerate fasting for long periods of time, a huge survival mechanism when food is not readily available. If you suffer from hypoglycemia within a few hours to a few days’ time, your digestive system– as it affects your adrenals–is under more stress than it should be.
- leaky gut (chronic low-grade inflammation from pathogenic overgrowth leads to degradation of intestinal lining)
- allergies, including gluten intolerance (leaky gut allows substances to permeate intestinal lining and enter the blood, triggering an immune response; nutrients are then treated as foreign bodies, leading to more inflammation)
- chronic inflammation (pathogens both cause this and thrive in it)
- food addiction (especially to sugar)
- eating disorders, binge eating and desiring to eat when not hungry (You should not want to eat when you are satiated. Food is nourishment; when the body is full, the mind is full. When this mechanism has been compromised, misguided standards of beauty combine with a desire for self-control to perpetuate an inner battle: fulfill cravings versus restrict. This behavior further disrupts the mind-body connection)
- feeling compelled to eat foods you don’t really want to. The mind and body have been disharmonized.
- insomnia (parasites are nocturnal, causing the most tension at night; excessive ammonia in blood, their by-product, keeps the brain alert; adrenal fatigue will also lead to poor quality sleep)
- waking frequently throughout the night to urinate (excessive detox)
- chronic constipation (perhaps due to an overworked liver, which lubricates the walls of the colon)
- chronic diarrhea
- “constipated diarrhea”
- bloating (an absolutely classic sign of any form of pathogenic overgrowth or dysbiosis; when your body is functioning optimally you should not even develop this symptom before your period. I no longer do at this point in my homeopathic treatment and this symptom has accompanied my menstrual cycle for as long as I can remember)
- excessive burping/flatulence (gaseous by-products of pathogenic overgrowth)
- IBS/IBD diagnosis
- abdominal pain, mild to severe and even relatively unnoticeable (in earlier stages of my decline, my tummy pain was exacerbated by coffee, which I craved despite my discomfort)
- PMS (preoccupied liver= exacerbated symptoms, which should not be a problem for a completely healthy, unburdened liver)
- disrupted menstrual cycle
- acne (toxic-release)
- skin rashes (reaction to allergens in the gut)
- outward manifestations of Candida overgrowth, such as thrush and yeast infections of the genitals
- excessive weight loss/excessive weight gain (see this journal article regarding the body’s reduction of hunger hormones in an attempt to manage parasitic infection)
- inability to lose weight/gain weight
- excessive hunger/reduced appetite (I experienced both)
- “runny tummy“
- pica (cravings for indigestible foods, which pathogens will consume, such as skin on potatoes, burnt foods)
- cravings for sweets
- stressed gallbladder (fat cravings, pains, belching, difficulty digesting fats; diarrhea and fatty stools from malabsorption)
- manifestations of liver dysfunction
- enlarged spleen
- kidney problems
- grinding of teeth at night
- drooling in sleep (in line with night terrors; I even noticed this oddity in early 2015 before indications of serious digestive dysfunction came into fruition. It has since ceased)
- frequent night terrors (suppressed emotion! The body and mind are stressed)
- night sweats
- mood disorders (anxiety, depression, excessive irritability related to tension from constant detoxification and inability to properly carry out bodily processes; furthermore, due to leaky gut and the destruction of the blood-brain barrier)
- panic attacks
- constant negativity/pessimism
- propensity toward anger, heavy reactionary tendencies
- feeling as though you are constantly fighting something, especially negativity
- intolerance to loud/obtrusive stimuli
- malaise (for me, inability to live in the moment amongst other implications- “I haven’t felt happy since…”)
- brain fog, poor memory
- Type-A personality: constantly searching for fulfillment, restlessness, always on-edge
- Type-B personalities can also suffer from digestive distress, however; all that matters is how an individual’s constitution expresses disorder
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/low adrenal function
- intensified symptoms during the Full Moon and to a lesser degree New Moon (yes, this is real)
- anal itching/redness/soreness (pinworms)
- genital itching/burning/smelly discharge (Candida)
- headaches related to digestive disturbances
- frequent infections (low immunity)
- chemical sensitivities/strong dislike of cigarette smoke (due to overworked liver)
- tinnitus (roaring in the ears)
- body odor
- Berk, Michael, et al. “So depression is an inflammatory disease, but where does the inflammation come from?.” BMC medicine, vol. 11, no. 1, 2013, pp. 1.
- Campbell, Andrew W. “Autoimmunity and the Gut.” Autoimmune Diseases, vol. 2014, no. 152428, 2014, pp. 12.
Leonard, Brian, and Michael Maes. “Mechanistic explanations how cell-mediated immune activation, inflammation and oxidative and nitrosative stress pathways and their sequels and concomitants play a role in the pathophysiology of unipolar depression.” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 36, no. 2, 2012, pp. 764-785.
- McCabe, Vinton. Let Like Cure Like. St Martins Press, 1997. Print.
- Owen, David K., Bob Leckridge, and Peter Fisher. Principles and Practice of Homeopathy: The Therapeutic and Healing Process. London: Singing Dragon, 2015. Print.