Is there a connection between yeast overgrowth and Fibromyalgia? Could some of the mystery surrounding this condition finally be beginning to fade away with the light of new knowledge? It would seem that a connection between Fibromyalgia and yeast overgrowth has been made.
Normally yeast are present in the lower intestine and held in check by friendly bacteria such as the Lactobacillus variety. When the population of the friendly is decreased (such as with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics) yeast populations, normally in check, now can begin to multiply out of control. They can also morph into a fungus state and disrupt the integrity of the intestinal walls. This allows toxic metabolic byproducts of the yeast to enter the blood stream. Among the many of these metabolic products are ethanol, carbon dioxide and tartaric acid.
Tartaric acid is an organic acid that acts as a muscle toxin. It is more toxic than 100% pure alcohol (ethanol) which is lethal at about a 1 ounce dose. Tartaric acid can be lethal at half that dose. When yeast ferment sugar and turn it into ethanol, they also create tartaric acid. In animal experiments, it causes muscle damage.
People with Fibromyalgia have been shown to have up to 50 times the normal level of tartaric acid in their blood. Fibromyalgia sufferers experience muscle and joint pain.
Tartaric acid has been shown to inhibit an enzyme called Fumarase which creates a material called Malic acid in the energy producing process called the Krebs cycle. Malic acid is a key component of the Krebs cycle in that it is used to both turn over energy in the cell and is used to create Glucose (blood sugar) through a process called Gluconeogenesis. This is a process where non-sugars are used to create blood sugar and is part of the survival mechanism of starvation. Your body will use up protein and fat to create sugar to feed your brain.
When Malic acid production is stopped, the energy mechanism of the cells becomes impaired and weakness can ensue. Tartaric acid crystals can settle in the muscles and joints and cause pain. Blood sugar levels can also drop because Gluconeogenesis is inhibited. This can lead to tiredness and brain fog.
So why would all this happen to Fibromyalgia sufferers? One likely reason is that many times the onset of Fibromyalgia occurs after a traumatic accident such as a car wreck. The standard procedure is to treat these people with broad spectrum antibiotics to prevent infections. This in turn kills off friendly bacteria. Next these people live on a high sugar and carbohydrate diet to get energy, but they end up feeding the yeast more than themselves. They end up, in fact, fueling their own poisoning from within.
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