Fungus is a Huge Cause of Health Conditions – How to Get Rid of It
C. Ingram, author of The Cure is in the Cupboard and the Miracle of Wild Oregano
No doubt, fungal infections are a major cause of ill-health among people of the world. It is an epidemic of proportions that is beyond comprehension. There are countless conditions caused by fungal infestation, and many of them are rarely or poorly recognized by medical professionals. There is simply not a high enough awareness among the medical community regarding the role of fungal pathogens as causative factors in human disease.
Fungi are highly destructive to human tissue. They are great agents of immunosuppression. They produce toxins which directly interfere with immune surveillance. Fungi have the capacity to vigorously invade a wide range of tissues and organs, where they establish what is essentially a permanent residence. A list of the fungi which readily attack and invade the human body and which also disable the immune system includes:
- Candida albicans
- Pityriasis versicolor (causes skin infections and psoriasis-like lesions)
- Cladosporidium (causes sinus and bronchial infections)
- Penicillium (causes sinus infections)
- Aspergillus species (causes aspergillosis, usually of the lungs, sinuses, and other regions)
- Coccidioides (causes Valley Fever)
- Histoplasma capsulatum (causes histoplasmosis)
- Blastomyces dermatitidis (causes blastomycosis)
- Dermatophytes (cause athlete’s foot, jock itch, toenail fungal infections, fingernail fungal infections)
- ringworm-causing fungal agents
Primary sites of fungal attack include the skin, scalp, hair roots, nails, sinuses, bronchial tract, lungs, mouth, kidneys, prostate, and bladder. In addition, the various mucous membranes of the body, notably the linings of the vaginal tract, intestinal canal, oral cavity, and urinary tract, are readily attacked and invaded by various fungi.
The invasion is facilitated by certain factors, notably a high sugar diet, significant psychological stress, the intake of cortisone-type drugs, and most notably extensive use of antibiotics. Regarding the latter a mere two-week course can lead to fungal infection, notably by the arch-inflammatory and immunosuppressive yeast, Candida albicans.
Antibiotic therapy causes an increase in the pathogenicity of the yeast, facilitating its ability to invade and colonize human cells. Normally, this organism is kept in check by the healthy bacteria found lining the mucous membranes. These bacteria are vigorously destroyed by antibiotics, leading a void. That void is filled by the opportunistic candida which, when it becomes prolific, over-growing in the gut and elsewhere, causes great toxicity within these membranes.
Candida invades tissue through a phenomenon known as mycelial production. The mycelia are, essentially, fungal tentacles which dig into tissue. The resultant irritation and inflammation can be extreme, leading to a wide range of symptoms, including heartburn, bloating, irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea, alternating constipation and diarrhea, bladder pressure and infection, kidney infection, vaginitis, prostatitis, and joint pain. Incredibly, with proper treatment aimed at eradicating the yeast/fungus all such symptoms readily disappear. The same is true of the other fungal agents of human disease, including those which cause chronic sinusitis, chronic or acute bronchitis, lung disorders/pneumonia, eczema, psoriasis, and fibromyalgia; all such agents can be vigorously destroyed, not merely through drugs but rather through the intake of natural anti fungal agents. As a result, there will be a vast improvement in health with rapid dissipation of all symptoms.
The destructive agents are known as escharotic agents, meaning substances which corrode the noxious fungi and molds, essentially rooting them out of the body.
There are natural substances or complexes which achieve this. Moreover, despite their actions against noxious germs they are harmless to the human body. The primary escharotic agents which are active against yeasts and molds, as well as other fungal agents which cause human disease, are the plant essential oils. Yet another group are the sulfated caustic oils, that is the oils found in plants of the allium family: garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks.
Plant essential oils which have demonstrable anti-fungal actions include oils of wild oregano, thyme, sage, and bay leaf as well as the oils from certain farm-raised plants, including cumin, cloves, and cinnamon. Oil of lemongrass is also a significant anti-fungal agent. Oils of garlic and onion are moderately effective as anti-fungal substances, while raw garlic itself and to a lesser degree raw onion exhibits destructive powers against various fungal species. The wild berry, Rhus coriaria, also has actions against fungi as well as viruses.
The most well-researched of all such substances and/or plant complexes is oil of wild oregano. A study conducted at Georgetown University found it equally as effective as standard anti-fungal drugs in clearing a pathogenic form of Candida albicans from animal tissues. This led the researchers to conclude that the oil is a ‘promising anti-fungal agent’ for use in human cases of candida infection. The study has since been repeated by other investigators with the same result: the clearance of all noxious candida species from the tissues, without any harm to the animals themselves.
The oil proved to be well tolerated by the test animals when emulsified in extra virgin olive oil. This is the form that is most ideal for human use.
Other studies have demonstrated that oil of wild oregano is effective against drug-resistant bacteria, including MRSA. In yet another study conducted at Georgetown University the oil proved to be, once again, equal to pharmaceutical drugs in efficacy. Both oregano oil and the drug Vancomycin prevented deaths of mice infected with penicillin-resistent staph. Moreover, it was determined that the wild oregano oil treated mice were healthier post recovery than those treated with drug therapy.
Incredibly, the drug therapy mice become scurfy, regarding their coats of hair, and sluggish. Their immune systems were adversely affected by the medication. This was not the case with those treated with edible, wild oil of oregano. Those mice remained vital with healthy coats of hair. The same negative effect was seen with mice treated with synthetic oregano oil, that is carvacrol. This demonstrates the power of wild nature, that power of unaltered, uncorrupted whole natural complexes such as truly wild, edible oregano oil, which is a complex of substances, some 35 total, which work synergistically for positive effects.
So, as a natural approach to supporting the immune system and supporting the fight against noxious germs, whether fungal, bacterial, viral or more, spice oils are the ideal therapy. Of all such oils wild oregano oil is most utilitarian. High-quality, edible oil of wild oregano is a reliable natural therapy for chronic fungal infestation by Candida albicans and other species, including aspergillus, dermatophytes, ringworm-causing agents, and numerous others. For internal use it must always be used as an extra virgin olive oil emulsion. The oil may be combined with the whole crude herb complex, including Rhus coriaria, garlic, and onion (as capsules). A reasonable dosage for supporting overall immune health and as an anti-fungal therapy is as follows:
- oil of edible, mountain-grown wild oregano: five drops two or three times daily (avoid wild oregano oil of Mexican, Spanish, and/or Moroccan source)
- crude wild oregano herb complex with Rhus coriaria, garlic, and onion: two capsules twice daily
Note: the crude wild oregano contains a substance known as beta carophyllin, which is a powerful agent for reducing inflammation in the tissues, including the inflammation caused by Candida yeasts.
Manohar, V., Ingram, C., Gray, J., Talpur, N.A., Echard, B.W., Bagchi, D, and H.G. Preuss. 2001. Antifungal activities of origanum oil against Candida albicans. Mol. Cell. Biochem. 228:111.