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4.0 out of 5 stars fungus or thyroid?, 2 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Fungus Link (Paperback)
This book has valuable information, as the many 5* reviews on Amazon.com attest. An excellent book which links fungus overgrowth to many health problems like arthritis, cancers, diabetes, dental/gum, blood pressure & heart, cholesterol, bowel, burning feet, ear/eye, gallbladder/liver, kidney, lung, panic attacks, and more. Many suggestions for healing are given but most of the book is written in a question and answer letter style which makes it very difficult to find any specific detail (particularly as there is no index at the back). Further, another reviewer has written: "These books are really a compilation of newsletters. If you buy one, you get the basic diet and supplements he uses to combat fungal illness. I really felt ripped off since I bought two of the other books and got basically the same book." Yet another reviewer advises that this version, the latest publication, has all relevant information (including the diet).

Kaufman suggests that viruses are really fungus, including warts and herpes. He advises rubbing Vicks Vaporub, a powerful anti-fungal, on warts/moles and herpes as well as athletes' foot and many skin-related problems. This is a cheap and easy way to check out some of his advice, a lot of which seems impressive. [Later note: applying Vicks Vaporub twice daily for 4 weeks to "beauty spots" on the face finally saw them starting to get smaller! Others did not seem to be affected by the Vaporub but blood blisters shrunk more quickly. It took over three months of twice daily application to get two of the biggest "beauty spots" to disappear almost completely,but they always came back although much smaller. Now I use Emu Oil or coconut oil to keep them tiny, but even six months later they haven't given up completely]

Here and there in the book the author touches on thyroid problems, explaining that fungus can destroy pancreas, leading to type I diabetes, so why can't they also do the same to the thyroid gland? However, I would say Kaufman has put the cart before the horse, as is the case with so much conventional medicine too. Fungus is opportunistic and probably cannot attack either pancreas or thyroid unless they are already weakened by some other cause. "Hypothyroidism Type 2" by Starr ("Type 2" meaning thyroid problems which have no lab tests), which Kaufman mentions, shows how all chronic pain is linked to low thyroid, including those involved with diabetes, heart problems, both bleeding (like gums, periods) & blood clots (including strokes) and some cancers.

It is quite possible that fungus does cause cancers - Dr Tullio Simoncini, an Italian oncologist, has been attacked and vilified for his view that cancer is fungus and can be treated (and he has done so successfully with simple sodium bicarbonate - baking soda!) - but fungus (and any other overgrowths) cannot take hold in a healthy body. Therefore, something else has to be the root cause. Low thyroid is being described as a silent epidemic in many thyroid books (silent because officially denied).

If you suspect you have a low thyroid problem, there is an easy way to identify it. The FREE basal (at rest) temperature test is THE gold standard for low thyroid problems and - with your symptoms - means more than any lab test (although most conventional doctors won't agree). It will pick up conditions that current lab tests don't, such as thyroid resistance. The stopthethyroidmadness website has excellent instructions for this self-test, as well as several for adrenal fatigue, which often goes hand-in-hand with low thyroid.

One week later: I just realised my review is actually of a later book called: Fungus Link to Health Problems : Finally Hundreds of Your Questions Answered. My review still applies, as the gist of the advice is the same in both books.

Another later note: we immediately obtained the suggested medications online (without prescription). We did not try the diet as we already eat carefully; organic where possible but including some grains and corn, which Kaufman correctly warns against as they are fungus infested. Other products to exclude completely include beer and wine, which contain yeast, another fungus - and antibiotics, made from fungus.

Results? Heartburn with the blood anti-fungal drug and so-called "overdose" effects (diarrhea; GI distress; nausea) even at a low dose with the so-called "gentle" Nystatin, a mouth/gut/cavity anti-fungal. After trying gamely for a week, the cure felt far worse than the ills we were trying to clear from ourselves.

Latest note: true cinnamon leaf oil has powerful healing qualities: 2 drops a day for 105 days eliminates all infections, including bacteria, virus, fungus and parasite. Try it for yourself, it's both cheap and easy - but make sure to dilute it in some juice or oil, otherwise it will burn your mouth. Also, many other supplements will work against it - visit lyme-symptoms[dot]com for the full protocol.

You need to look for a products that states it's LEAF (it's the oil from the leaves of the cinnamon bush that has the necessary eugenol as the main component) and also "steam distilled".

Cinnamon bark oil gives the true cinnamon smell and flavor, while leaf does not, it smells like cloves. So it depends on what you want the oil for - smell and flavor or healing...

Also, avoid cassia, or any bottle that does NOT say cinnamon zeylanicum or cinnamon verum AND "steam distilled". They taste and smell somewhat similar but do not work the same way. Cassia is legally allowed to be called "cinnamon" so it's easy to get the wrong kind, which I did initially.

The few alternative oils for this healing protocol are:
- Marjoram (Origanum majorana) aka sweet marjoram
- Thymus Mastichina also known as Wild Marjoram, Mastic Thyme and Marjoram Spanish
- Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) from South Africa

They must of course be steam distilled.

Within an hour of taking the first drop of true cinnamon leaf oil in some juice my breathing became easier (for over a decade I had Babesia, a cousin of Malaria which eats red blood cells - these cells carry oxygen throughout the body; unfortunately, there are lab tests for only a few of the many types of babesia, so rely on a distinctive pair of symptoms: air starvation plus recurring low grade fever, usually afternoon or evening). Ugh, the juice failed to mask the taste, just as strong and as bitter as clove oil and oregano oil.

However, after a couple of months several of us (around the same time, some with Lyme and also several coinfections - by then we were all free of symptoms) doing the essential oil protocol together became intolerant of the cinnamon leaf oil - as we had with oil of oregano that we'd been using some years ago for tooth abscesses. As one of us also has a citrus intolerance, we all changed to thymus mastichina from Spain, steam distilled from the leaves and flowers, for the remainder of the 105 days.

I was then left with a dental abscess and checking back on the lyme-symptoms saw new information that this protocol does not eradicate

- parasites for which afterwards try Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) - 1 teaspoon twice daily (but work up slowly to this amount). Caution should be used as wormwood contains thujone, a chemical that can be toxic in high doses. Also, wormwood can eliminate all bacteria in the digestive system, both good and bad, so take a good probiotic about an hour later.

- amoebas (one-celled protozoas - these are free-living amoebae that can cause rare but devastating disease) for which try Goldthread (Coptis chinensis) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat all types of infections, including bacterial, parasitic, yeast, and protozoan. It contains a substance called berberine, shown to increase bile secretion. Berberine is responsible for the broad spectrum antimicrobial properties found in goldthread. In the April 2007 edition of "Alternative Medicine Review", a review of the herb stated that its main uses included bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasite infections, and ocular trachoma infections. It's also been used to treat Blastocystis hominis infections.

- treponemas (a spirochete type of bacteria, including those that cause abscesses in teeth/gums). Spirochetes include several species: Spirochaeta, Treponema, Borrelia, and Leptospira. Treponemas are a different species from the Lymes' spirochete bacteria which is one of the Borrelia spirochetes - all Borrelia (including Lymes) and the other spirochetes are eliminated by this protocol except the Treponema spirochete-bacteria for which you can afterwards try Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) - 1 teaspoon 3 times daily for about 50 days (but work up slowly to this amount).
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