Why can’t the body’s immune system clear Candida? Candida has many tricks to evade the body’s immune system. The immune system then calls in the reinforcements. These immune cells attack the yeast and generate the signals for inflammation. Inflammation is a defense, like a wall to keep out the Candida. Candida is still there, which means the inflammation remains.
In the intestine, this continued inflammation leads to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Sometimes these immune cells circulate and find yeast cells in other places. There is yeast on the skin. Again the yeast is evasive and the immune cells generate the signals for inflammation. The yeast is not cleared and the inflammation remains. This leads to skin problems from itching and eczema to psoriasis.
Candida has also evolved to look like our own cells. Candida has the body’s own connective tissue receptor on it, which it uses to anchor itself into our tissues. Sometimes the immune cells, as they attack the yeast, attack anything which looks like the yeast.
What else looks like the yeast? Body cells which have the connective tissue receptor. This attacking of body cells leads to “autoimmune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. In these diseases, the body’s immune system appears to be attacking the body’s own tissues. The immune cells are attacking the yeast and then attacking anything which looks like the yeast.
The yeast chemicals slow the brain down. The gut has its own brain to make sure all the food goes through the intestinal tract at the right rate. What will happen if yeast chemicals put the gut’s brain to sleep. The result will be constipation, sometimes very severe. Diarrhea is the body’s attempt to clear the yeast. The diarrhea can be present at the same time as the constipation, which is why they can alternate.
What happens if the yeast chemicals slow down the body’s nerves and put them to sleep. Then the child can’t feel anything or nothing feels right. The hardest parts of the nerves to numb up are the parts which carry pain. This is why light touch, instead of feeling pleasant, now feels painful. If the nerves are numb, sometimes pain feels better than nothing at all. This is why these children bang their heads. Even the pain feels better than numbness.
The lack of proper sensation in the mouth is a reason why these children can become picky eaters. Foods, especially new ones do not feel right to them. The picky eating improves with anti-yeast treatment.
Why do autistic children have such trouble sleeping? There are many chemicals which put their brains to sleep. But the brain does not want to go to sleep from these chemicals. How does the brain fight these chemicals? The brain stays awake. When the chemicals are removed, children sleep better. These chemicals also cause headaches and abdominal pain.
The link between autism and diet can not be overlooked. For the child with autism, diet may very well be one of the best defenses. Fortunately, a good autism diet is easy for any parent to create.