Exciting new research has shown that a fungus called Malassezia, and perhaps others like candida, play a major role in the formation of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Martin Lawrence, a researcher at The Malassezia Project in Montreal believes this fungus is contributing to the excessive inflammation seen with theses bowel diseases.
Advanced DNA technology has allowed researchers to study the human microbiome more effectively and to change the focus a bit from bacteria to fungi. David Underhill, research chair for inflammatory bowel disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles believes this will be a game changer in the next five or ten years.
At the Salerno Center in New York City and now also in Fairfield Connecticut, we are now measuring and treating fungi in the bowel with first diet and special nutrients and in severe cases with anti- fungal medications with encouraging results!
Interestingly , many other chronic conditions such as asthma and gastritis and sinusitis are often related to fungi which can be treated similarly.