I’m excited to share another case study with you all today. This time, we’ll be discussing the treatment of mould and candida actively growing in a patient’s gut.
After receiving positive feedback from my last methane SIBO case study, I decided to keep them coming! As a practitioner who specialises in digestive health, I’ve been using the organic acids test as a baseline test for a lot of chronically unwell patients.
Today’s case study involves a middle-aged woman who came to me initially with a stool test that showed a Candida overgrowth in her gut. We got to work on it and made some great progress, but unfortunately, a significant stressor in her life caused her symptoms to flare up again.
Image showing: A decent overgrowth of Candida in the large bowel.
That’s when we decided to run the organic acids test, and the results were surprising.
On page one of her results, we found markers of Aspergillus, a green mould actively growing in her gut. This is not to be confused with environmental exposure to mould, which may have been the initial cause, but rather a mould overgrowth within the gut itself. In my opinion, this is the first priority when dealing with patients who have mould overgrowth in their digestive tract.
It’s important to note that many mould patients are incredibly sensitive and may have symptoms like histamine intolerance, headaches, sore lymph nodes, and low immune systems. Therefore, before actively treating the mould, we need to stabilise the patient and build a buffer between them and their symptoms.
Moving down the page, we also found bacterial markers, which we treated with an antibacterial program. The patient had been on probiotics for a while, so we had to be careful and make sure we weren’t just picking up the probiotics in her gut. We also made sure to monitor clostridia bacterial markers, which can impact the nervous system and neurotransmitters.
During this patient’s acute flare, she had trouble tolerating active treatment, which was unusual for her. However, we were able to find a treatment plan that worked for her and helped alleviate her symptoms. It’s important to note that every patient is different, and the approach needs to be custom tailored to the individual.
For this case I recommended horopito, a fantastic anti-fungal herbal medicine, tailored probiotics, namely Saccharomyces boulardii, a fibre blend containing among others PHGG and green banana starch and finally liposomal glutathione.
After three months of treatment, we retested using the same lab and saw significant improvements. Her glutathione marker had improved, and her fungal markers like tartaric acid, which had been three times the upper limit, had normalised.
She had also resolved her gut issues, and her overall mood and nervous system disturbances had significantly decreased.
Treating Candida and mould overgrowth in the gut requires a comprehensive approach that targets the root cause of the problem. By starting with a quality lab test that showed us the issues and using a combination of targeted probiotics, fibres, and glutathione, we were able to support gut health and help to eliminate mould toxins successfully. If you’re struggling with gut issues, it’s important to work with a qualified practitioner who can help you find a personalised solution based on your unique needs.
That’s it for this case study! If you have any questions or comments leave them in the section below. Thanks for reading!