May 14, 2018
As I demonstrate quite often 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 may all 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: disorder brought on by suppressed emotion, a natural and unavoidable product of a world dominated by learning souls. Physical disturbances also thwart homeostasis, as acute illness (the stomach bug, food poisoning, dengue fever, 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 burden the vital force enough to induce temporary, if not permanent, 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 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 demands damage 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 sphere 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 a defunct gastrointestinal tract in the case of pathogenic overgrowth. Indeed, such overgrowth does not stand alone; it is the failure of homeostatic processes within, those that keep proper balances of gut flora in check, that allows for the proliferation of Candida and other pathogenic organisms. 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 digestive system stands (given that ne is susceptible, first and foremost,to such external forces (Owen 8)); however, it is far more likely, and much more common, for a conventional trauma or string of triggers to disease digestive schemas until real healing and thus real dealing permits stability. Candida and even parasites exist within the healthy, but they do not thrive–a vital force in a state of balance can handle threats to homeostasis, which you should be able to rebut with ease depending on their enormity and of course, your awareness of your own capacity to cultivate skills of benefit to you.
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, and often undetectable, effects on the body and mind (seeing as many of us fail to listen). 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). Graver disturbances will certainly make the disease process overt, aggravating the already-defunct until fruitions of disharmony can no longer be ignored. All the while, the lower self has been exacerbated, a necessary and unavoidable facet of unalleviated suffering, which explains why some triggers (instigators) to imbalances in gut flora resemble the signs and symptoms of resulting disorder. The lower self may otherwise minimally affect the individual that holds it, yet its illumination only serves to pave way toward growth.
*According to homeopathic literature, the vital force technically maintains homeostasis, and houses disorder. Given that the vital force is both comprised of the body and mind as well as a consolidation of them, allowing their current conditions to conjoin, digestive processes still must be inhibited before one’s gut flora can go out of whack. The dysfunction of the GI tract arises prior to the pathogenic overgrowth, but the vital force is the GI tract. Just a clarification.
Now, everyone responds to trauma differently–due to genealogy, past experiences (which may themselves be traumatic), and some invisible forces (spiritual rather than biological in nature, which are nonetheless compatible). Thus, not everyone who has been “traumatized” at some point in their lives will develop 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 (the symptoms the vital force expresses are interconnected (Owen 6)). Certainly any acute physical illnesses from which one suffers will increase the likelihood of permanent disorder arising in the affected area of the body.
What digestive illness you suffer from–SIBO, Candida overgrowth, parasites–may interest researchers, but homeopaths can do their job all the same without a specific diagnosis. Homeopathy treats the person, not the disease. I explain more about this principle here. Ultimately, the method by which homeopaths prescribe ensures that even the most diagnostically-defunct individuals will be cured, and in totality at that.
TRIGGERS TO PATHOGENIC OVERGROWTH
(When Suppressed Will Manifest Symptomatically Later On In Life):
- acute illness (“stomach bugs”, viruses, food poisoning, etc.; may be the onset of parasitic infection itself)
- antibiotic usage, birth control usage (inflammation of the digestive tract, disruption of good and bad bacteria, leading to dysbiosis)
- prolonged prescription/recreational drug usage (chronic inflammation, dysbiosis, suppression of emotions. Digestive insufficiency perhaps underlying documented mood disorder or desire to escape never rectified and thus furthered)
- frequent consumption of raw meat, fish, unwashed fruits and vegetables
- eating disorders (disruptive to natural bodily processes and “harmonious” mentalities; stress on the body due to poor nutrition. Eating disorder likely came after gut flora imbalances, and sustains the damage done)
- binge eating (poorly-utilized sugars=feast for pathogenic overgrowth; ditto to the above)
- 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.