The Happy Twinkie Hunter: Type 3 Sugar Addiction

When Candida Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Spastic Colon and/or Chronic Sinusitis: In my recent series of blogs on the topic of sugar addiction (this is post 6) we’ve been talking about the 4 different types of sugar addiction. For those of you who have chronic sinusitis or the chronic bowel symptoms caused by a spastic colon or irritable bowel syndrome (e.g., gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation), today's blog is for you!


Spastic Colon and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (SC/IBS)
Spastic colon (also called irritable bowel syndrome) is when you have gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation with a negative medical workup. When doctors don’t know what’s causing your symptoms, we give it the label of "spastic colon," instead of more effectively searching for the source of your symptoms.


The most effective way to eliminate spastic colon/IBS is to treat the underlying causes. This is sometimes a food sensitivity such as to the lactose in milk or the fructose in sodas. More often, however, it is caused by an infection (missed by standard testing), and in my experience most patients' spastic colon resolves when the underlying fungal/Candida bowel infection is treated.


Chronic Sinusitis
Fungal infections cause a stuffy nose, eventually causing the nasal passages and sinuses to swell shut. In the body, any time something gets blocked (e.g., appendix, gallbladder, etc.), it results in a secondary bacterial infection — and the sinuses are no exception. When this happens, your nasal mucus turns yellow-green, and you go to the doctor in pain. They give you an antibiotic, which knocks out the bacterial infection and sometimes leaves you feeling better. Unfortunately, the antibiotic worsens the underlying yeast infection in your nose, causing more swelling and blockages and, therefore, more attacks of bacterial infections. This is why sinusitis in the US (most often caused by fungal/yeast overgrowth) usually becomes chronic.


Why is Sugar a Problem?
Yeast grow by fermenting sugar ― so your sweet tooth actually feeds them. In addition, having treated thousands of patients with Candida/yeast overgrowth, it seems clear that the Candida also triggers sugar craving so that the yeast can get fed. Unlike type 2 sugar addiction where people get irritable when hungry, sugar cravings from yeast do not make the person irritable. They simply send you in search of something sweet.


In my newest book Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!, we teach you how to use a mix of natural and even prescription therapies to eliminate the yeast overgrowth, along with the chronic sinusitis and spastic colon.  A side benefit: your sugar cravings also markedly decrease!


Love and blessings,

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Added to Diet, Addiction on Thu 03/25/2010