Since the advent of antibiotics in the late 1940′s, disorders that affect the intestinal tract have risen dramatically. Chief among these are conditions related to a Candida albicans imbalance. A fungal Candida overgrowth can lead to gluten allergies, and may trigger Celiac disease in some individuals.
Here’s How It Works
When a person has a Candida imbalance, the fungal Candida cells will attach to the cells lining your intestines. As part of your body’s immune response, white blood cells come along and identify this Candida/intestinal-cell combination as an infection. They then call out the troops of white blood cells to attack anything that looks like this Candida/intestinal cell combination, or its separate parts. Now you have your own immune system attacking your intestinal cells. Celiac disease works in the same way – your immune system attacks your own body, but in the case of gluten allergies, the foreign invader is gliadan, the protein found in gluten.
Candida and gluten have another important similarity. The protein found on the cell wall of Candida (Hyphal Wall Protein-1), looks IDENTICAL to gliadan, the gluten protein. Research shows the immune system flags Candida protein and gluten protein as the exact same intruder. It’s the immune system’s response to these intruders that creates the inflammation that triggers gluten allergy symptoms.
That’s why it’s no surprise when time and again patients who use Dr. McCombs’ Candida Plan to correct their Candida imbalances often correct their gluten sensitivities as well. Their results range from complete relief, to a marked improvement in their ability to tolerate and digest gluten-containing foods.
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Research at Enterolab indicates that as many as 30-40% of all Americans have gluten sensitivity, with the majority of them unaware that they have it. Consider that the majority of people with systemic fungal Candida are also unaware of their problem. Is it any wonder that people with Candida often have gluten allergies?