Candida And Celiac Disease The Missing Connection

Although quite unheard of, Candida Albicans is a serious fungal threat rising out of uncontrolled eating disorders and overindulgence on yeast as a prime diet constituent. A diploid fungus that can grow both as a filamentous cell and a yeast cell, this organism has proved to be the cause for a large number of oral and intestinal tract disorders in humans. Patients who are subject to low immune protection are more susceptible to infection from this newly discovered fungal disease. The Candida Albicans fungus has a tendency to grow on implant devices in the human system and is also a major threat from infections arising from hospitals.

As a virus that is normally present in the human system as a constituent matter of the intestinal parasites, they are normally harmless except when they start to achieve monumental proportions. A common form of this fungus is normally found in the mucus-lined membranes where they occur as thrush and can be easily cured if the individual is not subject to being immunodeficient. Its form of occurrence is mainly in the unicellular form but when it comes to affecting the host cells, it generally takes on a multi cellular form, a phenomenon which is described in medical terms as dimorphism.

LINKING CELIAC DISEASE WITH CANDIDA ALBICANS FUNGUS:

Celiac disease is a medical condition occurring in people who have a strong susceptibility towards wheat products and the constituent gluten protein matter that is present in them. Although considered to be due to problems such as digestive disorders and malfunctioning of the gastrointestinal tracts, recent studies have revealed that the occurrence of celiac disease may also be attributed to the overgrowth or a fungal infection caused by the Candida Albicans virus which possesses the same gluten proteins as is present in wheat products.

An individual understanding regarding the celiac disease has gone through many twists and turns. Many people have suggested in their studies that celiac disease results in central nervous system damage while others have been able to identify the particular protein structure and sequence present in gluten protein that brings about the cause of celiac disease. Some more have found in their research that the protein structure present in wheat products is similar to the one found in the Candida Albicans fungus and may well be responsible for the occurrence of Celiac disease. This is one significant study as it has also gone on to prove the fact that digestive disorders or having a properly functioning digestive system does not attribute to the chances that an individual will not be subjected to Celiac diseases.

Although there have been quite a few occurrences of the Celiac disease in recent years, the fact that it might be as a result of the Candida Albicans virus is a matter of gross under-diagnosis. People mostly owe it to the fact that they have a poor digestive system or some other form of gastro-intestinal disorder. However, one should make a note of the fact that in majority of the cases, 87% if the statistics are to be believed, the most commonly observed symptoms of digestive disorders were missing and yet they were affected with Celiac disease. This brings us to the point wherein we have managed to stumble upon the most interesting study so far with relation to Celiac disease and Candida Albicans Fungus.

A RESOUNDING YES TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS PUT UP:

It is a bit of a coincidence that this study has to emerge from the “Oranje” nation wherein celiac disease was first linked to diet conditions. Dr. Nieuwenhuizen, a member of the research group TNO Nutrition and Food Research had one of his papers published in the June 2003 edition of the Lancet wherein he linked the occurrence of the celiac disease to the presence or overgrowth of Candida Albicans. He had known the exact sequence of proteins that brought about the occurrence of the Celiac disease from consulting the works of other scientists and had gone on to research some of the available databases at the TNO Foundation to see if the same chain of protein structures matched elsewhere. To his astonishment, it was revealed that the same structure was also found to be present along the cell walls of the Candida Albicans fungus. These gluten-like proteins that the Candida fungus is found to possess has actually been determined to be the hypha-specific surface protein that the yeast cells have. Similar to the Velcro that we humans use, the yeasts use this modified version to attach it and hang onto the endomysium lining in the intestine wall. It is also a target for transglutaminase, enzyme acting on the gluten protein and a target for all immune antibodies. A Candida yeast cell that does not possess this particular protein structure is unable to have any effect on the digestive tract.

It has been observed in people who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease that rather than subjecting oneself to treatments of the digestive system, a better diagnosis with respect to the Candida Albicans fungus has yielded better results. People who have been suffering from this disease have been offered a reprieve when they have eliminated all forms of gluten from their diet. This may not be the case in all persons as the ones suffering from intestinal Candidiasis may continue witnessing the symptoms owing to the presence of the Candida fungus in the intestinal tract, where it continues functioning as a gluten producer. Also in people who have had an acute Candida infection, they may continue witnessing sufferings on consumption of wheat products although the fungus may have been completely eliminated from the system. Candida infections is also a problem occurring in individuals who have a high proximity towards antibiotic usage whose protein content is a good feed for the fungus. A further statistic reveals that since only a small amount of people with Celiac diseases are actually suffering from digestive or gastro-intestinal problems, one may safely assume that it is the presence of the Candida Albicans fungus that is primarily responsible for Celiac outbreak.

..AND TO CONCLUDE:

If the whole matter was to be summarised, then one can wholly agree with the fact that celiac conditions is vastly under-diagnosed. Although many studies have revealed the effects of Candida fungi on the disease outbreak, very few actually believe its existence. It is high time that people gave up their notions of possessing weak digestive systems and started undertaking better diagnosis and treatment for the same. It has been more than established that Candida Albicans is a major contributing factor for the Candida disease so better late than never, as far as treatment about this fast-growing fungal menace is concerned.

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