Today Sasha and I are fully on the Body Ecology diet, so I thought I would throw out some info/theory on bacteria.
Did you know that your body has 20 times more microbes than it has cells? That’s a lot of bacteria. Makes you wonder what, or who is really in charge? Our bodies are basically their microbial earth. Just like the macro ecology, there is a micro ecology in our bodies. More than 500 different species of bacteria interact in our body ecology. The bacteria that keep the body ecology healthy is called Commensal, such as and the kind help digest food. The bacteria that ruin the body ecology are called Pathogenic.
Civilization has done a number to the ecology of this planet, but also the ecology of our own bodies. Chlorine and fluoride in our drinking water kill the bacteria in our digestive tracts. The anti-biotics we take slaughter not just the bacteria in our guts, but all over. These actions amount to clear-cutting these microbial forests. Pathogenic microbes such as Candida Albicans thrive in sugar-filled environments. Gluten from grains, Lactose in milk, processed sugar, even the sugars in fruit are like fertilizers that help pathogenic microbes take control. We clear-cut the commensal bacteria and dump fertilizer for the pathogenic. None of these food sources other than fruit was available to hunter-gatherers.
This is what I ate on an average day growing up:
- Surgary wheat cereal with milk for breakfast (Sugar + Sugar + Sugar)
- Sandwich, synthetic fruit snack w/ pint of milk for lunch (Sugar + Sugar + Sugar)
- PB & J sandwich for dinner w/ sugary desert (Sugar + Sugar + sugar)
If your body is 20 times more bacteria than cells… it makes me wonder who or what was craving this kind of food. Think about your favorite foods. I know mine are:
- Pizza (bread and milk)
- Breakfast Cereal (bread and milk and sugar)
- Mac & Cheese (wheat and milk)
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich (wheat and cheese)
- Cheese Burger & Fries (Wheat and Cheese and Potato starch, with sugary ketchup)
- Doughnuts & Milk (wheat + sugar + milk)
Whose favorite foods are these? Are they mine or the Candida Albicans and other pathogenic bacteria/fungi? Who am I? Does this food nourish my physical cells… or does it nourish the hordes of pathogenic bacteria thriving in my body? At least I know the answer to that one; they don’t nourish me.
Candida overgrowth can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Often people may experience as many as 20 of the following list of symptoms.
Allergic and Upper Respiratory
- Blurred vision
- Bronchitis (recurrent)
- Burning or tingling
- Chemical sensitivity
- Chest pain
- Allergic rhinitis (hayfever)
- Muscle aches and tension
- Nasal congestion
- Head tension
- Painful, swollen, stiff joints
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throats
- Swollen lips or face
- Urticaria (hives, wheals or welts)
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Feelings of unreality
- Inability to concentrate
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Poor memory
- Mood swings
- Oral thrush
- Dry mouth
- Halitosis (bad breath
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Lactose Intolerance
- Rectal itch
- Bladder infection (recurrent)
- Burning on urination
- Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder)
- Fluid retention (edema)
- Frequent urination
- Loss of sexual feelings
Glandular and Autoimmune
- Adrenal and thyroid gland malfunction
- Cold hands or feet
- Diabetes mellitus
- Low body temperature
- Athlete’s foot
- Diaper rash
- Dry skin
- Excessive perspiration
- Facial rash
- Fungous infection of the nails
- Impetigo (skin infection)
- Inflammation of hair follicles (candidiasis folliculitis)
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Tinea cruris (jock itch)
- Endometriosis (irregular, painful menstruation)
- Menstrual irregularities
- Painful intercourse
- Pre-Menstral Syndrome (PMS)
- Recurrent yeast vaginitis
- Vaginal burning, itching or discharge
- Chronic fatigue
- Eye Fatigue
- Excessive weight loss
- Muscle pain
- Muscle weakness
- Symptoms worse upon waking
- Tingling and numbness
Seems like a lot problems we think are other things might really be Candidiasis. Think you might have it? You probably do. You can take the quiz here.
So what do we do about this? I don’t know about you, but I want to restore my body ecology. The only way to get rid of the sugar-loving pathogenic bacteria is to starve them out. This can take months to years. That means no sugar. The second thing to do is fill your body with commensal bacteria, by brewing it up yourself. Since the beginning of the beginning humans have fermented their foods. Before refrigerators became all the rage, drying and fermenting was how people would store their food for long periods of time. Fermenting actually adds to the nutrition of food, while refrigerators don’t.
I’m looking forward to ridding my chronic fatigue, dandruff, numbness, etc. I’m also looking forward to learning how to ferment foods, then fermenting local edibles. This whole thing just makes me think that indigenous peoples were such geniuses…
Come join me at the Bacteria Cafeteria!
1. Is Botulism a hazard of fermentation?
2. What primitive tools can be used in place of pots?
3. What are the purposes of epidermal mibrobials? Sunblock?
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