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Low secretary iga

July 14, 2013 by Dr. David Jockers
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Sun. July 14, 2013 by Dr. David Jockers
(NaturalHealth365) Are you interested in naturally eliminating digestive problems? If so, then let’s look at ways to boost your immune system by balancing secretory IgA – which protects you from infections.

Every mucosal membrane surface such as the eyes, nose, throat and intestinal system represent a large portal of entry for pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts. The body’s immune system utilizes a combination attack through innate mechanisms and acquired adaptations.

The innate immune response includes mucus formation, lactoferrin, lysozymes and cytokinetic inflammatory activity. The acquired system produces anti-bodies with the primary mucosal antibody being secretory IgA.

This antibody response is one of the most critical component to protecting the body against parasitic dominance.

Secretory IgA is the secreted form of an antibody in the blood called IgA. IgA is produced in the blood, taken into the gut, secreted across the mucosal lining into that mucous layer that is the surface lining of our digestive tract. It is the mucosal immune barrier or first line immune defense.

SIgA lies within the mucosal membrane of the entire digestive tract as well as our lungs, sinuses, eyes, urethra and vagina. It plays a significant role in neutralizing various pathogens like viruses, Candida, bacteria, protozoa and hemoliths.

The health problems associated with low SIgA levels

When SIgA is elevated it indicates an acute immune reaction within the gut. This could indicate an acute bacterial or parasitic infection. When s IgA is low it indicates an overall deficiency of this immune chemical. When this is low on a stool test the individual will also express food allergens, have elevated Candida yeast and have dysbiosis or abnormal bacterial balance in their gut.

Individuals with chronic gut problems, IBS, Candida, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and autism typically have low SIgA. This is a sign of chronic stress in the body that has drained the immune system and the adrenals. Chronic infections, environmental toxins, poor lifestyle could all be the major causes behind this.

How to naturally balance your SIgA levels

The first step to increase (or decrease) SIgA naturally is to use an anti-inflammatory diet. The most common food allergens include all grains, pasteurized dairy, soy products, eggs, nuts and high-sugar fruits. Utilizing intermittent fasting strategies and going 18-20 hours of fasting with only clean water, herbal teas, organic broths and light fermented beverages each day is highly recommended.

An advanced bone broth fast with organic, grass-fed beef bones and loads of garlic and onions can be extremely effective at helping the gut to reseal and boost SIgA levels. This should be a 10-14 day fast if the levels are severely low and 3-7 day if they are more moderate.

It is important to provide the gut and the immune system with the key nutrients they need such as vitamin C, zinc, selenium, glutamine, choline, glycine, glutathione and essential fatty acids among other things. A whole food based multi-vitamin without any filling agents such as magnesium stearate is very helpful.

Using non-denatured whey protein from grass-fed cows will boost glutamine and glutathione levels and is easily absorbed into the body. It is highly recommended if the individual can tolerate it. If they have allergenic reactions to whey than use a hypoallergenic protein powder made up of sprouted hemp and pea protein.

Great ways to naturally raise your SIgA levels

There are a few things that boost Secretory IgA levels naturally. Colostrum is an immunoglobulin blast that is secreted from mom’s breast in the early stages of breast feeding. Colostrum is loaded with antibodies that stimulate SIgA levels. Fermented dairy from 100% grass-fed cows is loaded with acidophilus, bacillus and saccharomyces boulardii species of probiotics that all help to stimulate S IgA levels.

Beta Glucans are polysaccharide fibers that are considered biological response modifiers because of their ability to activate the immune system. They help boost the production of SIgA. These are found in the highest concentration in different types of mushrooms such as reishi, shiitake and maitake. Cayenne pepper also has the ability to stimulate B-lymphocytes into manufacturing more SIgA.

How can I naturally lower SIgA?

Elevated SIgA is a sign of an acute infection and the immune system is running on high. Using an anti-inflammatory diet that includes the bone broth fast described above is especially helpful. One can also take systemic enzymes and high dose probiotics to help modulate the immune system. Essential fats from a high quality fish oil and grass-fed meat products are extremely critical as well.

Fermented vegetables load the body up with enzymes, probiotics, organic acids and highly bioavailable nutrients that raise SIgA levels. Other herbs such as turmeric, basil, oregano, garlic and thyme are especially helpful. Fermented herbal botanicals, apple cider vinegar, coconut kefir and kombucha should be used as well.

How long does it take to boost SIgA?

Secretory IgA is generally an indication of the immune system in the gut which is our first line immune defense and it is called the mucosal barrier. When the gut is damaged and leaky it causes chronic stress and poor healing. The faster the chronic stressors are removed the faster the individual will get well. The average period is a good four to six month process for complete healing to take place.

In some cases, it may even take years to finally get SIgA levels up to normal.

The variable in all accounts is the individuals’ unique healing process. Many individuals have a severe leaky gut and are loaded with Candida, viral infections, worms and other parasites and also have heavy metals and industrial toxins as well as physical stressors such as poor posture and breathing habits. These individuals are challenging because they must correct each of these imbalances. The longer each of these challenges persists it will contribute to the formation of other stressors and keep the adrenals weak and tired.

The faster we can get the gut healed and restored and use a ketogenic style, anti-inflammatory diet that is loaded with fermented foods the faster the body will be able to detoxify and restore healthy function to the gut, liver and adrenals.

Please note: Intermittent water fasting is one of the best strategies for boosting our healing potential.

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About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.

References:
https://www.metametrix.com/files/learning-center/articles/Secretory-IgA.pdf
http://www.yeastinfection.org/how-to-increase-your-siga-levels/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunoglobulin_A

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Candida

Candida is a fungus that normally inhabits the mouth, throat, gastrointestinal tract and vagina. Under normal conditions, candida exists within us in a healthy balance, and the body’s immune system keeps it from spreading.  When your immune system is strong, candida yeasts presents no problem.  But, if you have a poor and sugary diet, nutritional deficiencies, exposure to toxins and stress and/or take antibiotics or other medications the good bacteria that prevent fungal infections from developing can get knocked out.  Candida yeasts then multiply and further weaken the immune system.

Symptoms of Candida

Feelings of frustration and loneliness are common when dealing with a yeast overgrowth because Candida is evasive to much of the medical community. Here are some of the common symptoms:
• Gas, bloating and indigestion
• Bowel irregularities, constipation or diarrhea
• Food cravings especially for carbohydrates or sweets
• Mood swings or depression
• Headaches or migraines
• Menstrual problems and PMS
• Dry, itchy skin or hives
• Finger or toe nail fungus
• Vaginal yeast infections
• Itching or redness in body creases
• Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
• Weight imbalances (over or under-weight despite diet)
• Premature aging
• Chemical sensitivity (especially colognes or fabric dye)

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Dietary Changes in Reducing Candida

Changing your diet is also recommend to control the Candida. Your diet should exclude fruit, sugar and yeast. Especially in the beginning of the treatment you have to be very strict and disciplined. If you cheat you’ll feel the effect of the Candida “monster”.

Anti-fungal agents can also be used. The major anti-fungal prescription medications are Nystatin, Diflucan, Nizoral and Sporanox. Natural antifungal and antibacterial agents are garlic, olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, pau d’arco, uva ursi, golden seal, caprylic acid and citrus seed extract. Fibers such as flaxseed powder and psyllium husk are also beneficial.

Balancing Act

Generally speaking, proper diet, high potency and quality multi-strain probiotics and natural anti-fungal agents are essential in the prevention, control and elimination of Candida.
As the intestinal and vaginal microflora become balanced, you can tolerate a greater variety of foods. If you think you might have symptoms of Candida overgrowth, consult a health care practitioner who is familiar with this condition. Other conditions have similar manifestations. Self-diagnosis and self-treatment may cause these conditions to be overlooked.

For more detailed information on Candida click here.

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Candida low sugar Cyst form

http://www.thereachapproach.co.uk/research/the-science-of-candida-albicans/

If you suffer from Candida, it may mean that your immune system is compromised or your body has been weakened by stress or chronic illness. The traditional anti-Candida diet is incredibly restrictive and for the average person, can be extremely difficult to sustain in the long run. As Candida feeds on sugar and carbohydrates, the elimination of these foods from the diet will certainly help to reduce the number of cells, but in many cases it will not stop the fungi’s ability to cling to the intestinal walls. When Candida is starved of these food sources, the yeast is forced into its cyst form and it will use its fungal ability to lay dormant and rest. In this form it can survive for years and when these food sources are then re-introduced the yeast spores will start to replicate once again. When conditions are favourable for fungi, they can in fact switch to protein digestion anyway, leaving us with an impossible dietary challenge! It would therefore appear far better to maintain the Candida in a weakened and growing form rather than forcing it to lay dormant as this will enable anti-microbial therapies to work to their full potential.

Evidence:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17302741

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Ie07AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA18&lpg=PA18&dq=Chlamydospore+low+sugar&source=bl&ots=ZzAe0IFWAK&sig=nqd4rpESJ5fhgooHoFWs2gguQSQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jqP3UqT7IISqhQfWioD4Bw&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Chlamydospore%20low%20sugar&f=false

Lab Tests to be undertaken

A number of tests are available :

NHS Funded

  • Two Tier Testing
    • ELISA test  – Many false positives
    • Western Blot test  – <50% effective and many false negatives

Must Have

  • CD57 Count – An immune marker for Lyme
  • LTT-Elispot  –  97% Infectolab
  • Panel for co-infections
    • bartonella, ehrlichia, babesia
  • Candida
  • Vitamin D / Calcium / B12

Advised

  • Chlamydia pneumoniae
  • Mycoplasma
  • Rickettsia 
  • Ehrlichiosis

Others

  • Melissa –  (Dale had this tested positive 2011 on two bands)
  • PCR (Red Labs)
  • DNA
  • Hilysen (New in Europe)
  • Borrelia-Immunoblot
  • Troponin blood test  (Cardiac Muscle)
  • Coxsackie-Virus antibodies
  • Ehrlichia
  • EBV

Candida Test

Please note that the Candida Self Assessment will not give you a diagnosis of Candida overgrowth and that Candida is not the sole cause of the factors mentioned in the assessment. The self assessment is simply a tool to use to evaluate whether or not Candida may play a role in your health challenges. The Candida Self Assessment can be used to help you determine if you should consider seeking assistance from a health professional to begin the process of balancing the yeasts in your body.

To take the Candida Self Assessement, score 1 point for every “YES” answer to each of the following questions. The scoring profile follows the assessment.

Candida Self Assessment

Do/did/were you now or during the past three years:

  1. Told you have a heavy metal toxicity?
  2. Belch frequently?
  3. Crave alcohol?
  4. Crave breads, pastas, crackers, etc.?
  5. Drink more than 16 ounces of beer or wine per week?
  6. Drink more than 6 ounces of distilled alcohol (vodka, rum, etc.) per week?
  7. Feel depressed?
  8. Feel fatigued frequently?
  9. Feel you have “brain fog?”
  10. Have a coated tongue?
  11. Have abdominal bloating or gas?
  12. Have acne?
  13. Have white, flaky patches on the skin?
  14. Have ADHD/ADD or lack of impulse control?
  15. Have amalgam fillings?
  16. Have an inability to concentrate?
  17. Have an inability to lose weight or an inability to gain weight?
  18. Have asthma or hay fever?
  19. Have athlete’s foot?
  20. Have dandruff?
  21. Have diabetes or hypoglycemia?
  22. Have discomfort during intercourse?
  23. Have dizziness?
  24. Have dry mouth?
  25. Have ear pain?
  26. Have elevated liver enzymes?
  27. Have endometriosis or infertility?
  28. Have fluid in the ear or frequent ear or sinus infections?
  29. Have food allergies?
  30. Have frequent bad breath?
  31. Have frequent boils?
  32. Have frequent colds or flus?
  33. Have frequent headaches?
  34. Have frequent heartburn?
  35. Have frequent hives?
  36. Have frequent hoarseness and/or postnasal drip?
  37. Have frequent insomnia?
  38. Have frequent irritability?
  39. Have frequent mood swings?
  40. Have frequent nasal congestion or stuffiness, especially on rainy days?
  41. Have frequent numbness or tingling?
  42. Have frequent rashes?
  43. Have frequent sore throat?
  44. Have frequent urinary tract infections?
  45. Have frequent vaginal yeast infections?
  46. Have frequent water retention?
  47. Have hemorrhoids?
  48. Have impotence?
  49. Have inflamed prostate?
  50. Have irritation in folds of skin or in areas where joints bend?
  51. Have irritation near areas rubbed by waistband, underwear elastic, bra, etc.?
  52. Have itchy skin?
  53. Have jock itch?
  54. Have loss of sexual desire?
  55. Have frequent mouth sores or blisters?
  56. Have mucous in stools?
  57. Have muscle aches?
  58. Have occasional or frequent constipation?
  59. Have occasional or frequent diarrhea?
  60. Have pain or swelling in your joints?
  61. Have persistent anal itching?
  62. Have persistent vaginal itching or burning?
  63. Have poor memory sometimes?
  64. Have premenstrual tension?
  65. Have psoriasis or eczema?
  66. Have rapid mood swings?
  67. Have ringworm or other fungal skin infections?
  68. Have thrush (oral yeast infection)?
  69. Have toe or fingernail fungus?
  70. Have urinary urge or frequency?
  71. Sometimes have abdominal pain?
  72. Take an antacid or prescription such as Nexxium, Prevavid, Protonix, Prilosec, etc.?
  73. Take antibiotics in the past five years? (Score 1 point for each time one was prescribed or refilled)
  74. Take Prednisone or other corticosteroids? (Score 1 point for every time one was prescribed or refilled)
  75. Taken oral birth control for more than two months in the past five years?

Candida Self Assessment Scoring:

  • 0-10 Points: Congratulations! The likelihood of Candida affecting your health is very low. Keep up the great work!
  • 11-25 Points: The likelihood of Candida being a factor that is affecting your health is likely, but the effects are probably minimal at this point.. You may benefit from making lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of Candida in your system.
  • 26-55 Points: Candida is probably an issue that is negatively affecting your health. Taking action to reduce Candida will most likely benefit your health in multiple ways.
  • 56-75 Points: It is highly likely that Candida is negatively affecting your health in multiple ways. Taking action now to reduce Candida will most likely improve your health physically, mentally and emotionally.

Lyme or Candida – How can you tell the difference ?

Unfortunately, it’s very hard to distinguish between the two…your doctor should be able to clinically diagnose what your symptoms are..

I had the advantage of treating with the Byron White formulas,which can be used diagnostically, and we were able to differentiate that way..

Here’s a link to check out if you’d like..

http://web.archive.org/web/20021029200337/ www.lymealliance.org/medical/secondary/secondary_2.php

CHAT WITH A LYME-LITERATE PHYSICIAN

Q. So many of the symptoms of chronic yeast infection sound like symptoms of Lyme disease. How can a physician tell the difference?

A. I suspect that some of the chronic Lyme disease that we see is actually chronic yeast infection.

The problem comes when one treats long-term with antibiotics without taking into account the yeast.

What happens is that over time the person on the antibiotic often goes from experiencing symptoms of Lyme disease to experiencing very similar symptoms with Candidiasis.

The doctor may assume that the person is still having significant problem with Lyme disease, when actually they’ve just encouraged a new disease, Candidiasis, which needs to be treated.

Since we have no idea when the last Lyme spirochete has left our system, it is important to get rid of all other invaders in order to allow our body to heal itself.

From <http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support-forums/general-support/3200732-how-to-differentiate-between-lyme-candida>