“All Disease Begins in the Gut.” – Hippocrates
The immune system protects the body from pathogens like parasites, bacteria, viruses, and fungus, as well as infections, tumor cells and more.
Most of the immune system is in the gut. This is why understanding the gut microbiome was critical for me in recovering from mercury poisoning.
However, understanding the microbiome is just as important for anyone working on immune system disorders, which can result in autoimmune disease and cancer.
Before I share how I am healing my gut with nutrient dense food, testing, probiotics, and sleep, here is my understanding of the microbiome and how my immune system got out of balance.
Part 1: The Microbiome & Gut Dysbiosis
We are made of bacteria. Almost all of the DNA in our bodies belongs to bacteria. In fact, the human microbiome is a collection of trillions of organisms living within the large intestines, skin, mouth, sinus, eyes, and reproductive area. These bacteria (good and bad) not only communicate with and influence brain health, but also regulate gene expression.
The base of our microbiota, bacteria that colonize our gut, is obtained when we pass through the birth canal (if one is delivered vaginally and not via a C-section). But the bacteria can change as quickly as every three days depending on what we eat or don’t eat, the environment, and stress (1).
When healthy, the beneficial bacteria in the microbiota are responsible for:
- Maintain the gut lining.
- Aiding in digestion.
- Liberating nutrients from food making them more easily absorbed (like vitamin A, C, B, K).
- Regulating immunity.
- Controlling inflammation.
- Determining weight.
- Easing stress.
- Producing chemicals essential for brain health.
- Acting as antibiotics, antivirals,and anti-fungals.
However, when there is too much exposure to substances that alter the gut balance or kill good bacteria, it can lead to gut dysbiosis (aka insufficiency dysbiosis), which is a lack of or not enough good bacteria.
Examples of major threats to a healthy microbiota are:
- Environmental toxins like heavy metals, amalgams, chlorine in drinking water, and glyphosate can cause bad bacterial overgrowth.
- Antibiotics from shots, soaps, drugs like antibiotics, antibiotic soaps, treated livestock — chicken, eggs, dairy, red meat, etc. — kill both good and bad bacteria.
- Stress increases cortisol which decreases lacto/bifido.
- Pathogens — think viruses, parasites, and bad bacteria.
Pathogens can live anywhere in the body and are very clever at staying alive at the expense of their host. They can elude the immune system by several tactics, including:
- Secrete enzymes, proteins or other compounds that diminish or shut down defenses.
- Hide within cells to avoid immune cells and antibodies.
- Form biofilms to protect themselves.
My Gut Dysbiosis Story
In 2012, I had a “silver” onlay (similar to a crown) in my mouth replaced with a gold / copper one. That uninformed act, along with what I later learned about “Extreme Concern” cell tower radiation, sent a flood of galvanized methyl mercury from the mercury fillings in my mouth into my body, poisoning it, weakening the immune system, and creating a hostile environment that wiped out a lot of good bacteria. The medical term is gut dysbiosis, meaning that there was an imbalance of healthy to unhealthy intestinal bacteria, or in my case, no growth of the lactobacillus species when not supplementing (diagnosed with testing). As mentioned above, when good bacteria like lactobacillus or bifidobacterium are absent, the body misses out on a lot.
In addition, if there is an insufficiency of the good bacteria, that can lead to an overgrowth of opportunistic or bad bacteria, like parasites, viruses, or yeast. And that over-population can cause additional gut problems and other systemic symptoms throughout the body. As well as an increased risk for diabetes type 2 & obesity, and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s
Yeast, for example, is a natural fungi that grows in every human’s intestinal tract. A certain number are supposed to be there for proper digestion and even to keep mercury under control. But when yeast get out of control a lot can go wrong — think vaginal infections, dandruff, and sinus problems to start.
My gut eventually became like a wrecked motel full of too many of the bad guys (i.e. yeast) and not enough good gals (i.e. lactobacillus). And the gals were not going to stick around or return on their own until there was a full renovation.
So the most important things I did to begin healing my gut was to change my diet and re-populate my gut with good bacteria in the form of cultured food & beverages, and probiotic supplementation. But not just any probiotics and definitely not wild fermented food & drinks.
To read about how I re-populated my gut, click on the link below for Part 2.
Part 2: Eating Nutrient Dense Food
Part 3: Supplementing Probiotics
Part 4: Testing Gut Dysbiosis, Nutrient Deficiencies, & More
Healing Naturally = Nutrients In + Toxins Out
1. Nutrients In
- Nutrition: Microbiome, Healing Food & Probiotics
- Tests: 23andMe, Gut Bacteria, Nutrients & Metals
- Supplements: Vitamins, Minerals & More
- Sleep: Training For Mercurial Night Owls
- Support: Anxiety & Depression
2. Toxins Out
- Dental Revision: Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal
- Detoxing: Saunas and Rebounding
- Cleansing: Parasites, Candida & Humaworm
- Chelating: Frequent, Low-Dose ALA
- Avoiding: EMF, Travel, and Beauty Products