Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker,
author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements.
The question I get asked every now and then is “Eric is there a link between multiple
sclerosis and Candida? Is it linked?” And this is a question posed to me by Mr. Machala
Ratko from New York City. Machala, your question is “Is MS linked with Candida?”
MS is an autoimmune disease. And it’s interesting; I have a lot of MS patients here in New Zealand.
It seems to be the colder parts of the world, the colder latitudes down under here in New
Zealand and at the top, Scotland and certain parts of Canada, but Scotland, in particular,
has high incidents of MS. The jury is really out on the cause of multiple sclerosis.
But what we do know is it’s an autoimmune disease that involves the body attacking the
myelin sheath. Parts of the nervous, in fact, the insulation coating of the nervous system
starts cracking up and gets attacked by the immune response. And this can create short-circuiting.
Commonly I see in MS patients, they’ll get burning in the feet or what we call peripheral
neuropathy kind of symptoms. They can get visual disturbances and dizziness. Many different
things can happen when you get a short circuit of the nervous system.
There are different kinds of MS. We have got the relapsing remitting kind. We’ve got a
steadily progressing kind. I’ve written many articles on MS over the years. It’s a condition
that I know well, and I follow a few protocols by a few different people. Dr. Roy Swank,
in fact, wrote a very good book on it. And Dr. Joyce Jelinek wrote a very good book on
overcoming MS. It’s a book I recommend all MS patients read. You can see my two MS articles
at EricBakker.com. They’re very popular articles. Is there a link? There are two independent
studies. One done in 2010 in a university hospital in Madrid, Spain and another one
done in 2012 in Switzerland. Both of these are separate studies and they found the link
between multiple sclerosis and Candida. In fact, Candida is linked with many different
kinds of autoimmune diseases. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. It’s estimated that
up to 90 percent of psoriasis patients have got a yeast infection.
In my professional experience, most all rheumatoid arthritis patients, ulcerative colitis patients,
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients, Graves’ disease patients, many of these autoimmune
presentations have got a yeast infection and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Could
this be the cause? The jury is out. But what we do know is when we clean up the digestive
system and eradicate Candida in a lot of these patients, they improve to a remarkable degree.
In my opinion, there is a link between autoimmune diseases in general and Candida, but we can’t
say that Candida causes autoimmune disease. We can say there is an association or a relationship
there between them. That is some information that I want you to bear in mind, Mr. Ratko
from New York City. There is a link between them. If you have got an autoimmune disease,
you would be well advised to do some comprehensive stool testing. Get your gut in order and then
watch what happens to the autoimmune disease. It should give you quite a good result.
I hope that answers your question. Thank you.