SLIGHTLY INEBRIATED FROM YEAST OVERGROWTH
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© November 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Definitions. This is a very common condition in which a person does not drink alcohol, and may never have drank or abused alcohol.
However, the body produces alcohol due to the presence of excessive yeast in the intestines. As a result, one is literally slightly inebriated for most of the day and night.
The yeast is often candida albicans, but other species of yeast may be present, as well. Recently, candida aureus has been identified in some people.
The yeast in the intestines and elsewhere also produce other toxins such as acetaldehyde and other chemicals. These slowly poison the liver and damage the entire body.
When a person in this condition eats sweets, some of the sugar ferments due to the presence of the yeast. The same can occur if one eats complex carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes or rice. These foods break down to sugar inside the body.
The fermentation of sugars causes the formation of alcohol inside the body. As a result, the person walks around slightly inebriated for much or all of the day.
People with this symptom crave sugar, fruit, juices or carbohydrates such as starches. The reason is they like the feeling of slight inebriation or relaxation that comes with the production of a small quantity of alcohol in their intestines.
Confusing names. This condition is also sometimes called the yeast syndrome or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) or intestinal dybiosis. Some books also call it problems with the terrain, intestinal flora or the microbiome. These terms may have slightly different meaning, but they all point to the same problem of improper intestinal flora.
II. SYMPTOMS OF YEAST OVERGROWTH
No noticeable symptoms until one stops eating sweets and starches. Often, a person with this condition feels quite well as long as he or she keeps eating some sweet foods or starches every day.
Symptoms arise when the person does not eat these foods for a day or, at times, just for a few hours. Then one may feel anxious, irritable, depressed, very angry or shaky. Some experience headaches, tremors and other signs of typical alcohol withdrawal.
Bringing up issues. The alcohol production due to eating sweets also blocks awareness of unpleasant memories, and these are likely to surface if one ceases to eat the alcohol-producing foods – anything sweet or starchy.
Mild alcohol intoxication. At times, one may have symptoms are those of mild alcohol intoxication. Common symptoms are brain fog, memory or cognitive impairment, fatigue or weakness.
Addiction. Often, the person becomes somewhat addicted to carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, or rice. One may also be addicted to sweet foods such as fruit, sweet juices, candy, cookies, ice cream, chocolate, soda pop or other sugary foods.
The addiction can be of varying degrees. However, in all cases, if one stops eating the addictive foods, one usually feels irritable, perhaps angry, and out of sorts as the body suddenly stops producing alcohol.
Lying. One may take on behaviors similar to addicts such as lying about one’s diet, lying about one’s weight, or about other things.
Weight gain. Most with this condition weight gain and can become obese. This, in turn, can lead to joint problems, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer and other physical health problems.
A doughy or bloated appearance. These people often look somewhat bloated, puffed up or doughy, similar to a loaf of bread that has risen due to the yeast in the bread.
A slightly sour odor. A lot of yeast in the body causes a somewhat sour odor.
Loss of mental sharpness. The presence of alcohol in the bloodstream dulls the mind to a degree, impairing mental sharpness and sometimes impairing memory and other cognitive activities.
Combinations. Slight inebriation often combines with other mineral deficiency and toxicity symptoms such as Yin Disease, Hypoglycemia, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Adrenal Insufficiency, Hypothyroidism Or Hashimoto’s Disease and Diabetes. This will complicate the symptom picture. Fortunately, if one balances the body properly, all of these conditions usually slowly disappear.
III. CAUSES FOR YEAST OVERGROWTH
YIN DISEASE. An underlying cause in almost all cases is that the body is too “cold” or yin. We call this yin disease. For details, read Yin Disease.
COPPER IMBALANCE. Commonly, one has a deficiency of bioavailable copper. Copper, in the proper valence and compounds, is one of the body’s natural yeast killers. In fact, copper compounds are used in swimming pools, hot tubs and on agricultural crops to control yeast growth.
When copper is out of balance, the body cannot kill off yeasts such as candida albicans. As a result, the yeasts build up in the body, particularly in the intestines.
MEDICAL DRUG USE. This is a major cause of yeast syndrome! For example:
Antibiotics. Many people experience yeast problems after taking antibiotics. This occurs because:
- Some antibiotics upset copper metabolism because they are copper chelators.
- Many antibiotic drugs kill off the normal intestinal flora that control the growth of yeasts and other abnormal intestinal organisms.
- Antibiotic drugs are yin or ‘cold’ in their quality. They subtly poison the liver, kidneys and other organs of the body and make the body more yin.
Antibiotics are not benign drugs. They are all toxic for the body. They are also tremendously overused by medical personnel. Medical and even natural healing schools do not teach students these facts and often do not teach students that much safer natural alternatives exist such as vitamin A, vitamin C, colloidal silver, and herbs such as echinacea. Antibiotics should be used only as a last resort if natural methods of controlling infections are not effective.
Residues of antibiotics can remain in the body for decades, causing yeast and other problems!
Corticosteroid drugs such as Prednisone. These drugs inhibit the immune response and prevent the body from killing yeast organisms. These drugs are also greatly overused because healing professionals do not know about much safer alternatives to these drugs that are available in many instances. Corticosteroid drugs should be used only rarely and as a last resort.
Hormones. Hormones such as estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, and even thyroid replacement hormones are all very yin and toxic. They damage the liver and other organs and prevent the body from killing yeast organisms. These drugs are also greatly overused and should only be used if the body’s hormone-producing organs have been destroyed by surgery or radiation.
Other drugs, herbs and vitamin supplements. Many, if not most medical drugs damage the liver and other organs in ways that impair the body’s ability to control yeast. Most herbs and nutritional supplements are also yin and many herbs are somewhat toxic. They can easily make the body more yin.
EATING INCORRECTLY. Among the worst dietary errors of most people are:
- Eating a diet that is too low in cooked vegetables. This is the main problem with most people. Only cooked vegetables can provide dozens of trace minerals and hundreds of other nutrients the body needs.
Salads are not acceptable because human beings cannot break down tough vegetable fibers well enough to extract enough minerals from raw vegetables.
Stir-fried, sautéed or otherwise lightly cooked vegetables are not acceptable. Any vegetables that are crunchy or al dente have too much intact tough fiber for our bodies to extract enough minerals from them.
Frozen vegetables are also not acceptable, except for frozen meats. Most frozen vegetables are sprayed with chelators to preserve their color. These chemicals work by removing minerals from the food. Chemicals sprayed on frozen foods need not be listed on the label.
Overcooking vegetables is not acceptable. Vegetables need to be cooked until they are soft, but they should retain most of their color. This requires 2.5 to 3 minutes in a pressure cooker or about 20 to 40 minutes in a steamer, depending upon how vegetables are chopped up. If vegetables turn grey or fall apart they are overcooked and some mineral compounds are destroyed, ruining the nutritional value of the vegetables.
- Eating sweets of all kinds, including fruit, juices and smoothies. This includes products such as almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk and regular cows milk.
- Other errors are eating any refined flour, refined rice or other mineral-depleted foods.
- Eating yin foods. This includes eating fruit, fruit juices, most raw food, refined or mineral-deficient food, and the use of alcohol or recreational drugs.
- Overeating on simple or complex carbohydrate foods. Simple carbohydrates include all sugary foods, as discussed above. Complex carbohydrates include grains, dried beans, and starch vegetables such as sweet potatoes and yams.
- Another common error is eating food that contains chemical additives. All food additives such as preservatives, dough conditioners, flavors, colors, texture chemicals and hundreds of others that should not be permitted to be used in foods are somewhat yin and thus toxic.
Most food also contains residues of pesticides and insecticides used on crops and used on livestock. These are all toxic chemicals that damage our bodies and should not be in our food. Organic food and grass-fed meats and dairy products are better and are the only kind of foods that one should eat.
GMO (genetically modified organisms) and heavily hybridized foods such as wheat and sadly, rice and lentils, are also less nutritious today and often somewhat toxic. These altered foods should not be permitted, but today are widely used.
AN EXTREMELY COMMON PROBLEM
Slight inebriation affects millions of people around the world. It is a major cause of obesity, brain fog and all the physical ailments that go with obesity.
Unfortunately, medical and naturopathic personnel often do not recognize it so it continues. They may suggest a better diet, but since the person is addicted to carbohydrates, the person often cannot or will not follow the diet.
To get over this problem requires correcting body chemistry to end the excessive fermentation of sugars inside the body. This is not a simple process, in most cases. It usually requires a complete development program. For details, read Introduction To Development Programs. To find a Helper to begin a program, go to the Helper Referral Page.
Medical drugs, herbs, or symptomatic vitamin and mineral therapies are usually not sufficient to correct many and deep imbalances related to copper, zinc, manganese and often many other minerals that contribute to the problem.
Understanding the problem is also very helpful in order to make fast progress.
Dietary solutions. The high incidence of this problem is one reason more and more people are adopting diets such as Paleo, keto, Weston Price, primal, GAPS, gluten-free and other low-carbohydrate diets. This is a step in the right direction.
However, we find that just following one of these diets is not enough to rebuild body chemistry. In our experience, all the diets above are too low in well-cooked vegetables. These are needed to supply many nutrients to the body.
Nutritional supplements. In addition, everyone needs targeted nutritional supplements to replenish nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, iodine, selenium and perhaps others. We use supplements to also balance the oxidation rate and the sodium/potassium ratio on a properly performed and correctly interpreted hair mineral analysis.
Detoxification procedures. Also, we find most people need certain detoxification and healing procedures in order to rebalance and detoxify the body adequately. These are described in the Procedures Handbook.
Only with this combination can many people make a full recovery. It is more work, but it brings many, many other benefits besides healing the carbohydrate addiction. For details, read Introduction To Development.