The effects of yeast overgrowth and Autism, ADD, ADHD, Tourette's, headaches, fatigue, depression and schizophrenia
Bruce Semon, M.D., Ph.D.
"The yeast Candida albicans affects the brain directly by producing toxic chemicals that slow down the brain. I call this the 'toxic chemical slowdown.'
To better understand, know that the yeast Candida albicans is a normal resident inside of our intestinal tract. This yeast can also be found at times in the mouth and in the birth canal. Sometimes this yeast overgrows and the doctor recognizes this overgrowth of yeast as a yeast infection of the birth canal or in the mouth, where this infection is commonly called thrush.
Bacteria are also resident inside the intestinal tract, sharing space with the yeast. After the use of antibiotics the yeast grow to fill in the space left by the removal of the bacteria. Even after the antibiotics have been stopped, the yeast continue to grow at a higher level.
Pregnancy and the use of birth control pills can also make yeast grow more.
Yeast make a number of chemical compounds which are then picked up and absorbed into the body. These compounds are quite toxic to the nervous system. These compounds include toxic alcohols and aldehydes, as well as the powerful nervous system poison hydrogen sulfide (editor's note: this is a totally different substance than hyrodgen sulfate). Alcohols depress the nervous system and at least some aldehydes are anesthetic agents, which of course put the brain to sleep. These chemicals slow the brain down so that the brain no longer works correctly. These chemicals should be cleared by the liver so that these chemicals never reach the brain.
However in some people, these chemicals are apparently not cleared, reach the brain, and cause mental symptoms. If such chemicals start to act early in life, the result is autism, an illness in which the brain functions do not develop properly.
If such compounds start to act later, Atention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may result. Later in life, depression and schizophrenia may occur. These chemical compounds are toxic to humans and can cause such problems as headaches, fatigue and depression. Pregnancy and the use of birth control pills can also make yeast grow more. From the intestinal tract, Candida albicans can release immunosuppressive factors, which again enable it to grow at a higher level. These immunosuppressive factors will circulate and prevent the body's immune system from responding to and clearing yeast at other sites, such as the birth canal. So even after an anti-fungal creme is applied to a yeast infection, the yeast which remain can grow back because the body's immune response to such yeast is suppressed by factors released by Candida in the intestinal tract. As long as the intestinal yeast is present and is making and releasing immunosuppressive factors, the body's immune system will have a difficult time clearing yeast from that area of the body. To clear yeast from that area, the yeast in the intestinal tract need to be cleared first."