Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker,
author of Candida Crusher. Thanks for checking out my video. I’ve got a question here from
a lady in France whose asking me “Can Candida cause gastroparesis?” That’s an interesting
question. Who knows what gastroparesis is? It’s a condition that’s not that uncommon
in I believe around three or four percent of people in the US have it. You will often
find it in particular with people who tend to be on the large side or obese. It can occur
in people that aren’t large, but a large population of people with gastroparesis are quite big
people. It basically means the inability of the stomach contents to really empty properly
or delay emptying of the gastric contents. Motility issue.
There are different etiologies or causes of gastroparesis. A common thing that occurs
is a problem with the vagus nerve. One of the biggest parasympathetic nerves we have
in the body that can cause a problem with the stomach to really function properly, but
obesity in general has many complications that can cause it.
Some of the causes of it are diabetes, especially if it’s not controlled properly. Gastric surgery
with injury to the vagus nerve. There are various kind of medications that can slow
motility right down. If you’re taking some kind of drug and you’re finding that you’re
getting a lot of up tummy pain or you’re burping or bloating, bowels aren’t working properly,
there could be a motility issue there, so you need to get checked out by the doctor,
especially if you’re taking medication. Of course diseases like Parkinson’s Disease
or Multiple Sclerosis that will affect the nerves in general of the digestive system
and other parts of the body. There are some other rare conditions. There is one called
amyloidosis that is development of the deposition of protein in different parts of the body.
These are all rare. But generally, a large percentage as I mentioned are bigger people.
Obviously, one of the big things to do is to lose weight if you’ve got a problem with
gastroparesis. Medications are commonly used. You’ve got
mild gastroparesis cases. You’ve got the intermediate phase and then you’ve got the failure for
the contents to empty. In the mild cases, the doctor will often recommend just generally
weight loss and a diet change. Sometimes they might recommend some enzymes. In the moderate
cases, they’re going to look at an optokinetic medication often. There are different kinds
of drugs they use to help speed the movement through the digestive system. And then in
the severe cases, you could look at endoscopy or IV treatment or surgical interventions
or things like that. What are some of the symptoms of gastroparesis?
One of the key ones is heartburn, bad heartburn. Nausea, 90 percent of people with gastroparesis
suffer from nausea and a large percentage have vomiting of food contents. Feeling full
quickly after eating and everything sort of building up in here. It’s 92 percent have
abdominal bloating and 40 to 80 percent get abdominal pains. Pains in the gut. Big thing
that occurs, of course, if the stomach is delaying in its ability to release the contents,
you can get a problem with food building up. That can cause all sorts of problems.
Candida can often come along for the ride. In fact, one study in 1987 found Candida esophagitis.
When they did endoscopes on a large group of people, they found a large percentage had
Candida in their throat, deep down with endoscopy. Did the Candida cause the gastroparesis or
did the paresis cause the Candida? I would say the gastroparesis cause the Candida because
it’s commonly found in diabetics and it commonly is also associated with blood sugar issues.
Of course, that can really Candida to thrive. I would certainly see a relationship here
with gastroparesis and Candida. If you’ve got a gastroparesis condition, be
sure to lose weight. That’s the number one thing. Second thing is make sure you take
some enzymes. Enzymes are going to work really well. Probiotics and enzyme combination works
fantastic with gastroparesis in the mild to moderate cases. The more problem you’ve got;
the more likelihood you’re going to need a more serious intervention. The big thing is,
lose weight. If you’ve got you’re carrying, just try to get rid of it. There are different
ways to lose weight. See your health care provider about that.
To answer that question succinctly, yes, there is a relationship between Candida and gastroparesis.
But I would not, in my opinion, believe that Candida causes gastroparesis. I would believe
there is a relationship between both. Thanks for tuning in.