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Is Sulfur Intolerance Making You Sick?

August 29, 2019

Greetings. Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand. Thanks for coming back. I often get asked by people about histamine
reactions, about feeling sick or flushed in the face or nauseous and brain fog and many
people think that they’ve got a problem with the histamine reaction. In fact, they could have a reaction with sulfur
in their body. Sulfur is quite a natural compound found in
a whole bunch of different foods. It’s found especially in foods like garlic
and onions. It’s found in brassicas. You find it a lot in cauliflower and broccoli. You can even find it and watermelon. A quick Google search will show you a whole
list of sulfur-containing foods. Eggs, for example, contain a lot of sulfur
in them. Some people know that they react to these
foods, other people don’t. If we look at the structure of amino acids,
or if you look in the amino acids, protein break down to building blocks. We’ve got carbohydrates, we’ve got proteins,
we’ve got fats. But if we look at proteins and break them
down, we’ve got 21 different amino acids. Now, two of these amino acids contain sulfur,
methionine and cystine. All right? If we try and understand this, we’re gonna
go a little bit into chemistry here to explain, by chemistry to explain a few things to you. Sulfur’s very important for the body, particularly
for detoxification, because methionine and cystine drive three main detoxification pathways
in your liver. Your liver has two main ways how it breaks
foods down to detoxify, two filtration stages, phase one and phase two. Phase one works by virtue of a whole bunch
of different enzyme systems called P450 enzymes. Phase two works with five different regulatory
systems, five different pathways, I think, how it breaks foods down, or breaks toxins
down. Three of those pathways rely on methionine
and cystine to really help to drive them properly. Let’s just have a look at those three systems. I wonder if you can see my chart here. Here we’ve got phase one and phase two. Sulfation, glucorodiation, and glutathione
as transference. Those three pathways rely on cystine and methionine. They plug into that system. If you’ve got a problem with sulfur, you can
have a problem with detoxification, and it can make you feel quite sick. How do you get around this? What are we gonna do about all this? What’s the solution? Well, you can’t really completely avoid sulfur. It’s very hard to get it out of your diet. There are a couple of reasons why sulfur could
be playing up with you. Let me just go back to my notes here. What you could be looking at, for example,
is a genetic mutation. Some people have this. We know that, for example, with B12, we’ve
got the MTHFR gene, so you can be homozygous or have two bad copies of the gene and that
can cause a problem called CBS, or cystathionine beta-synthase. You can actually do an online search for CBS
to see if you’ve got a problem with this particular pathway. And then, if you have, you can do that test,
I believe, online, and it will allow you then to make up your mind if you wanna avoid the
highest sulfur containing foods or not, which is probably not a bad idea. But, one of the most common ways people get
a sulfur sensitivity is through heavy metal toxicity. If we look at the four main metals that affect
people, if they’ve got a sulfur problem, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. These are sulfhydryl metals. These metals, in particular, can make some
people really sick if they’ve got a buildup of them, due to their sulfur sensitivity. You can do a hair analysis to determine what
your level of heavy metals are like in the body, and particularly mercury can be a really
big problem if you got a sensitivity towards sulfur. That’s something that you might wanna have
a look at. One way you can test, if you’ve got a big
sulfur problem, is through the organic acids test, so the O test, that’s a urinary metabolite
test. That will give you an idea. And the markers you’re gonna find that could
come back could be high sulfates, ammonia, orotate, citrate, isocitrate, or vitamin B6. These could be really affected if you’ve got
a sulfur problem. I mentioned about the genetic test. You can do those. What do you do if you got a sulfur sensitivity? How do you get this fixed up? Well, go to Google and then do a Google search
for the list of the highest sulfur-containing foods, and then try and eliminate some of
those from your diet to see if it does really make a difference. If it does, and that’s the only thing that
you’ve done, you can put some of the higher sulfur-containing foods back in to see if
you get aggravated and feel sick again. Let’s look at some of the symptoms here; itchiness,
hives, asthma, headache, nausea, fatigue, flushing, brain fog. These are all particular symptoms that can
happen with sulfur sensitivity. How do you eliminate sulfur from your body
if it builds up too much? Well, the last step in sulfur detoxification
is an enzyme system called sulfide oxidase. So, if you take a [inaudible 00:05:27] called
molybdenum, it helps that enzyme system work effectively, and then later, excrete more
sulfur from the body. The other thing you can do is take chlorophyll
drinks or green sort of alkalizing detoxifying drinks. There are so many of them out there, the green
drinks. You probably know some of these. For example, green barley grass, spirulina,
and you can get a liquid chlorophyll drink on its own. You can also eat the deep, leafy greens like
spinach, for example, might be a good one to help you. But, also, chard and collard, as in kale. These are drinks you can make up just to pour
that chlorophyll into the body to help cleanse the system. But the thing I recommend you do is to do
a heavy metal analysis. All right? Do a hair test through either Doctor’s Data
or Genova Diagnostics and have a look if you’ve got any of those four metals; cadmium, arsenic,
mercury, or lead. Particularly, mercury. If these are elevated, you may want to get
onto that and remove those from the body to a higher extent ’cause that will allow sulfur
to work more effectively in the body and stop clashing with these heavy metals. But give it a try, it might be worth it. You may not have a histamine sensitivity after
all. You may have a sulfur sensitivity. I hope that answers a few questions. Thanks for tuning in.


  • Reply thunderstrike2525 odinson March 26, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    How would you know if you had this problem ,,,,,

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  • Reply David de la chapelle June 20, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Dr Bakker, it what be a good idea if you did a video on salicylate sensitivity and how to cope with it. Salicylate sensitivity could be a big issue for those concerned (due to the high level of salicylate food on the candida diet).

  • Reply Meredith H June 25, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    What are the things to look for in the OATS test again? It was hard to hear the middle ones. I heard sulfates, ammonia, and vitamin B6. What were the others, please? I just got the OATS test done for other things, but now I am reacting to sulfur foods

  • Reply koralblue August 16, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I thank you much for directing me to this video. It was very helpful.
    My problem with sulfur lies in the in Canada, most food come from different parts of the world and everything is sprayed with preservatives which contain high levels of the chemical.
    When I ingest this chemical I become significantly disable. Ie. Disorganized, dizziness, disoriented, poor memory, unable to focus, inflammation to my body.
    The impairments are quite significant to the point I cannot do activities of daily living such as work.
    Even whatever amount of sulfur might be in the air still affects me. To deal with this part I got an air filter that traps chemicals off the air. This has helped quite a bit as I wake up with my head more clear and less pain. I am living near a highway and the Toronto airport. ☹️

    Getting clean food is another challenge and very expensive to say the least
    I also got a water distiller to prevent getting sulfur into my body through the water.
    Now I saw your video I will get the molybdenum and green drinks. How much of these supplements is it recommended?
    In terms of the hair analysis, I am going to find a place to get it done. If I have a heavy metal toxicity in my body I certainly need to know this. It might be part of the solution to this problem.
    Your were very helpful. I thank you so much. If there is a fee for consulting with you please let me know. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Ernesto Valencia August 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I had an overgrowth of sulfur producing bacteria

  • Reply mark anthony October 30, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Brilliant thanks for that video doc..

  • Reply AJ November 4, 2018 at 7:45 am

    No more red wine for me then I guess.

  • Reply DC December 5, 2018 at 3:50 am

    I have been experiencing horrible sulfur intolerance issues (hives & severe insomnia) for a year and a half since being treated for H. pylori. You just gave me a really good clue about metal thiols (I didn't know metals contained thiols). Part of my treatment was taking a total of 29.4 grams of Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto bismol). I'm very positive that this is what's contributing to my sulfur issue. Just as you mentioned, I was misled for a long time thinking it was a histamine issue. Now I just need to figure out the best way to chelate Bismuth.

  • Reply jessica aus December 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I thought spinach, chard, kale were high thiols?

  • Reply asparaguspies January 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    The green drinks you mentioned are high in sulfur, I’m pretty sure.

  • Reply Vicky Spit February 10, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Thorne MOLYBDENUM. 1 MG a day. It has changed my life immediately. I am nothing short of stunned.

  • Reply Mello Yellow February 23, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you.

  • Reply Pris Dre April 12, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Msm is the best.

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