Monday, March 08, 2010

Know the Cause - Hosted by Doug Kaufmann - Doug Explains A Little About His Background, His Purpose And Know The Cause Website

“Doug Kaufmann has become one of the most influential voices in natural health.”
David Steinman - Publisher and Editor - HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE, July 2007

KNOW THE CAUSE! Is America’s most viewable televised daily health talk show! Through cable, satellite and independent TV station, the show can now be viewed in over 80,000,000 households…and growing. After having discovered the cause of his medical symptoms upon returning home form Vietnam in 1971, host Doug Kaufmann set out to prove that many Americans were suffering like he was, from food and fungal disorders. Physicians simply did not know that fungus and common foods caused such serious health threats 36 years ago. Unfortunately, the still do not today. For 27 years Doug worked with numerous physicians who obliged his efforts to see how widespread food and fungal diseases really were. When symptoms and diseases were of unknown origin, with the patients and doctors approval, Doug used an antifungal approach in an effort to try to discover the cause of their suffering. Time after time, the trio (physician, patient and Doug) was amazed at the results seen by simply using antifungal and dietary approaches. Whereas traditional medicine regards inflammation as the cause of cancer, diabetes and even heart disease, Doug Kaufmann asks, “what causes inflammation?” Could this same yeast that makes bread rise be intimately involved in the human disease process? Surely, physicians would not believe that yeast and fungi cause serious health threats, but careful examination of the scientific literature proves otherwise, as he has published.

One case in point is the phenomenon created by cholesterol lowering drugs called Statin drugs, currently the darlings of Wall Street. Over and above their ability to reduce cholesterol levels, medical researchers are witnessing the reversal and prevention of many symptoms and diseases with statin drugs Why? They simply do not know, but remain thrilled with the clinical results.

Doug Kaufmann teaches that before they were statin drugs, they were proven effective against fungus…..yes, statin drugs used to be antifungal drugs. Therefore the apparent “panacea” being witnessed by researchers confirms the discovery of “The Fungus Link” to at very least, the presence of cholesterol in cardiovascular diseases, and at best virtually all diseases of unknown origin!

BIOGRAPHY: Doug A. Kaufmann

While in college in 1968, Doug Kaufmann received a draft notice from the U.S. Army. In lieu of accepting the invitation, Kaufmann opted for enlistment in the U.S. Navy, a 4 year contract rather than the 2 year proposal from the Army, but perhaps a way to avoid the Vietnam War. This is historically recorded now as one of his early errors. His enlistment commenced on October 4, 1968 in San Diego Naval Training Center and ended about the same date in 1972. After graduation from Hospital Corps “A” School, Kaufmann worked in Respiratory Therapy and in the operating room at The San Diego Naval Hospital. He was ordered to Vietnam in 1970 and was attached to The Seventh Marine Division, where he was a field corpsman. Upon returning to the USA in 1971, he became ill. While working at USC Medical School, the mystery surrounding the illness would be unraveled, enabling full recovery for Kaufmann without the recommended prescriptions. Thirty-six years later, many thousands of loyal television viewers enjoy learning about this still relevant discovery and how it might impact their health. Much occurred in the early years that convinced Kaufmann that he needed to teach this lifesaving information to physicians. Few listened, so his plans changed. The new mission was to educate the consumers of healthcare…we, the people.

In 1987, Kaufmann relocated his family to Dallas Texas at the request of several physicians who were familiar with his discovery. A few years into this relocation, a local radio station requested that Kaufmann begin broadcasting his different approach to health on their station and offered free time each Saturday. This 30-minute show was quickly enhanced to 3 full hours as its popularity (YOUR HEALTH MATTERS) grew into several large markets. In 1998, a television network requested Kaufmann’s presence and his TV shows have grown in popularity ever since. Today, Hermosa Studios in Rockwall, Texas tapes and edits the TV shows and arranges satellite uplinking for many independent television stations and networks to pull the show down and broadcast it in over 80,000,000 households throughout America. The show can be viewed on first tier DISH, DirecTV and via many cable systems nationwide. Kaufmann has always encouraged his viewers to understand why they are ill. His Show, KNOW THE CAUSE, expounds upon his decades old discovery and continues to teach the importance of disease prevention. The show has won three “Telly” awards.

Kaufmann has published seven books dealing with the discovery. He has lectured throughout America and writes extensively. At 58 years young, Kaufmann enjoys jogging and time with his family, two grown sons and his wife of 28 years. Truly, these are his greatest accomplishments.

I hear a lot about bacteria, but little about fungus. What are fungi, and how are the different from bacteria? 

Fungi are single-celled living organisms, and are more highly developed than bacteria and viruses. They vary from molds, mushrooms and tiny round yeast spores, to finger or string-like mycelial form. The number of species is estimated to be over 1 million, but the number implicated in causing human disease is on the order around 400 different species. Some fungi are dimorphic, or able to change forms, converting from the natural, environmental mold form, to the invasive round-cell tissue form. A “mycosis” (my-ko-sees) describes a fungal infection of either the skin or deeper tissues or organs in the body.
Fungi closely resemble humans and animals in their molecular processes, except that they have a rigid cell wall, and cannot produce their own energy like plants can. They therefore rely on other things as their food source, such an animal that has died in the forest. They are literally everywhere: the soil, the air, in certain foods, and even the water. Many fungi are normal inhabitants of the human body (e.g. the intestinal tract), and do not cause disease unless the “host” body becomes immuno-compromised. This is discussed above. The fungi can cause disease, then, by either directly invading the tissues or by producing toxic by-products called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can cause harm even if the host person is healthy to begin with.

Bacteria, like fungi, are sometimes also normal inhabitants of the human body. However, their physiology is different; this is why different drugs are used to kill bacteria than those that are used to kill fungi (although sulfa drugs, for example, have both antibacterial and antifungal capabilities). There are harmless and “good” bacteria, and there are “bad” bacteria. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of several good bacteria that inhabit the small and large intestines and produce chemicals that inhibit the growth of bad bacteria and keep yeast and fungal counts under control. For example, L. acidophilus produces chemicals that are toxic to the bacteria commonly known to cause “Montezuma’s revenge.” It is when these good bacteria succumb to antibiotics, or chemicals in food, or chlorinated water, that the normal balance is upset, and the “terrain” of the bowel is changed. Without the protective bacteria, yeast can freely proliferate; this is when normal becomes abnormal, and symptoms arise. Replacing the good bacteria and changing your diet to a Phase One Diet might make all of the difference in the world!

Why a Phase One Diet?
It is very well documented that fungi are parasites of man. They should not be inside the human body, but they have several portals of entry, including the skin, the lungs and even the food we eat! Certain fungi make a poisonous substance known as a “mycotoxin.” Mycotoxins are involved in human diseases, including but not limited to liver cancer. Avoidance is imperative, but once mycotoxin producing fungi are inside the human body, your doctor may offer a two fold approach to eliminating them; killing them with prescriptive or natural antifungals and starving them, but cutting off their primary food supply. Fungi, like many people, crave carbohydrates! That may be why so many people manifest with so many symptoms and diseases, yet doctors cannot accurately diagnose them. A fungal disease may be diagnosed as chronic sinusitis or high cholesterol, yet few physicians understand the fungus link to those health problems. Prescriptive medications control them, but never address the cause. Know that fungi must have carbohydrates in order to thrive inside your body, makes the Phase One Diet much easier to understand. Perhaps starving fungus would reverse the symptoms that contribute to so many health problems we Americans suffer from!

What foods are allowed on the Phase One Diet?
I vividly recall my early days on the then nameless, “horrible, rotten, restrictive diet.” Even though expert nutritionists cautioned me about eating the “too fattening” avocado and “cholesterol raising” eggs, I had learned that fungus disliked these foods and at the time, I just wanted to control this overgrowth of fungus that I thought I had. If these experts were correct, heck I could always run off my avocado induced weight and find an antidote for high cholesterol! Of course, 35 years later, we know that avocados and eggs are absolutely fine to eat in most instances. Many people on this diet find that their health elevates to a level where both they and their doctors are amazed at how good they feel! This can either be chalked up to food hypersensitivity or starving of the fungus that was responsible for the symptoms in the first place. Either way, many are living better because of this breakthrough approach to eating. In 2005, I wrote a recipe book entitled Eating Your Way to Good Health, that included recipes developed through the years that made this diet easier to follow. The book has been yet another hit because it enabled those who chose to make this diet more permanent a feast instead of a chore! 

I have learned that some people simply cannot afford the books with the diet in them and for this reason I have decided to simply publish the foods that are OK to eat on this diet in an effort to help everyone coming to our website: 

FRUIT, berries, grapefruit, lemon, lime, green apples, avocado, fresh coconut
MEATS, virtually all meat including fish, poultry and beef
VEGETABLES, Most fresh, unblemished vegetables and freshly made vegetable juice
BEVERAGES, bottled or filtered water, non-fruity herbal teas, stevia sweetened fresh lemonade or limeade, freshly squeezed carrot juice (see below)
VINEGAR, apple cider vinegar
OILS, olive, grape, flax seed, cold pressed virgin coconut oil
NUTS, raw nuts, including pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pumpkin seeds. Stored nuts tend to gather mold, so be careful!
SWEETENERS, Stevia, Stevia Plus, birch tree extracted Xylitol
DAIRY, Organic Butter, Organic Yogurt, (use the following very sparingly) cream cheese, unsweetened whipping cream, real sour cream.

Will I be on this diet forever?
It’s frightening when you look at the Phase One Diet at first. One consolation is that I lived this myself for years! I wouldn’t recommend it if I haven’t done it and experienced that amazing results myself! The answer to the question regarding “forever” is “no…unless you want or need to.” Usually, after the first two weeks, and depending on your progress and how closely you follow the program, we will begin adding foods back to your diet- i.e. a “Phase II” diet.

Remember, though, that to truly alter disease and improve your life permanently, it will take a lifestyle change, not just a 2-week program. Some people continue to follow a variation of the Phase One Diet indefinitely simply because they feel best eating that way. True health is not just a diet, a commitment to quit smoking or taking a pill. Rather lifestyle changes including diet and exercise may fulfill your quest for true health.

Won’t eating eggs, nuts and meat raise my cholesterol?
It’s a good question and one that I asked myself 35 years ago. As you have read, dietary rules have softened as common sense hardens. As a matter of fact, in my experience, cholesterol and triglycerides actually improve on this sort of diet. Over and over I have seen this, and, recently, studies have come out showing that eggs do not necessarily raise cholesterol after all, and eating nuts (not peanuts) can even decrease your risk of heart disease by up to 50%. Everybody is unique, but overall this diet is has repeatedly been shown to improve not only blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, but also disease symptoms in general. The public has been scared away from fats, and too often remove the beneficial fats from our diets. The only people that should be concerned with excessive cholesterol are those that have a genetic condition where the body cannot handle excessive cholesterol-probably less than 1% of the population.

How will I feel during this program?
Keep in mind the old saying, “No pain, no gain.” That is, if, at first, you feel worse, it may be a good sign. There is a phenomenon called the Herxheimer reaction, described first by Carl Herxheimer in the 1930’s. This is a reaction to the massive killing off of an organism, and the body’s subsequent reaction to this sudden load of toxins released in the blood stream. Other people have labeled this a “die-off” reaction.

Typically, the “die-off” reaction is characterized by flu-like aches, chills, sometimes-even fever, and an actual exacerbation or temporary worsening of symptoms. Recall that the skin is also an organ- with this in mind; we have seen outbreaks of rashes or worsening of rashes as the body begins to “clean house.”

How do you know this is not a reaction to something you are taking? If you are reacting to something, you will feel worse and worse, and whereas if you are going through this detox or “die-off”, you will feel better and better after the initial rough time. The initial rough time may last from one evening to several days, if you experience anything at all. In my experience, those illnesses with the longest duration and greatest severity often are the ones to produce the equivalent worse “die-off” reactions, but even this is not always predictable.
How do I know that this is a fungal problem?

There are fairly good blood tests that can detect the presence of antibodies to certain kinds of fungi that you may have been exposed to either recently or at some time in the past. The problem with these tests is that many of us have been exposed to different fungi; therefore, a positive test may or may not be relevant or helpful. Other tests such as blood cultures are less than perfect; many labs do not know how to culture for fungus adequately. The best, and least expensive, test is a trial of an antifungal program. If indeed you improve on this type of program, then retrospectively, you have a diagnosis. Our best clue as to whether you may have a fungal problem is your medical history. Talk to your doctors about implementing an antifungal program.

Will I have to do this for the rest of my life? Once I have a fungal problem, will I always have it?

This is a good question that is often brought up. The initial program will not have to be followed forever, but keep in mind that in order to avoid disease, a lifestyle change is necessary. One thing we know of: grains are a moldy food by the very nature that they are stored (and thus can potentially grow moldy). Thus, one can “tempt” symptoms to return by reverting to old lifestyle habits. What I try and do is provide you with the “tools” you need-the knowledge- to carry out your life with the intent on being in charge of your health, living a healthy life, and, if you do get sick, knowing what your body needs in order to get well, or better yet, what may have provoked or caused the illness. I can’t tell you how many times my favorite “goodie” provokes miserable symptoms a few hours or a day later! Certainly you can’t avoid all “goodies,” grains or inhaling molds forever, but you can know what to do to minimize symptoms.

Can this diet be dangerous for anyone?
Since the diet is high in proteins, one with advanced kidney disease should be very cautious on this diet, and should work closely with doctors. In fact, one with advanced kidney disease might even avoid it, since in this case the kidneys have trouble handling high loads of proteins in the diet. The diet, however, will not cause kidney disease in one with healthy kidneys- in fact; it may even prevent it according to numerous studies on atherosclerosis, the usual cause of kidney damage (A.V. Constantini 1994).

Also, those who are pregnant, breast feeding, or are in childhood years may not be suited to this type of diet due to the relative lack of carbohydrates. Those who exercise vigorously may also not do well on a diet that is severely restricted in carbohydrates. If you fit any of these categories, it should be discussed with the physician or nutritional counselor. 

Isn’t eating fat bad for you? Won’t I gain weight by eating fat?
There are good fats and bad fats: eating bad fats are bad and eating good fats is not bad. What are the bad fats? Well, margarine and vegetable oils used all day for deep-frying in restaurants are a couple examples of bad fats. Avocados, nuts (with the exception of peanuts), eggs, and meat are fine. We should note a disclaimer on meats, however: Meat from a cow that was fed moldy grains (likely very common) is not recommended. The fats of these meats contain mycotoxins from the moldy grain. This is the very reason why “meat” may contribute to cancer and heart disease: it is not the meat, but the toxins lacing the meat. (Argentineans consume more beef than anyone in the world, yet they have no heart disease or cancer as a result of this. This is because they let their cattle graze in the open field instead of feeding them moldy grain.) Grass fed meat, I believe, is best.

On the average, with a wide variation, people will lose around 5 pounds the first 2 weeks on this program. If you do not wish to lose weight, don’t worry- as grains are added back to diet, often your weight will return. If you wish to keep the weight off, stick more closely to a Phase One Diet.

Why Psyllium hulls?
Psyllium, being a non-digestible fiber, is one of the three things known to bind fungal poisons, or mycotoxins (the other two are charcoal and cholestyramine, a drug. A.V. Constantini, Fungal Bionics). Psyllium, as a fiber also regulates the bowels, relieving both constipation and diarrhea. It is imperative that, as you kill off fungus, it leaves the body via the bowels.
People with gut problems (constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, reflux, etc.) can almost be assured that they have an “inflamed” or leaky gut. Psyllium hulls greatly assist in “sealing up” the gut. Once the bowels are moving and the gut is sealed, one can absorb and assimilate nutrients from their food like they should.

NOTE: If you have high blood pressure, you should not take the Nature’s Sunshine brand of powdered psyllium hulls. This contains licorice, which can elevate blood pressure. The capsule form in this brand is fine to take. Also, if you have any form of intestinal obstruction, or have had surgery for intestinal obstruction, check with your physician before beginning psyllium or any other non-digestible fiber.

Are prescription antifungals safe?
The newer systemic, or bloodstream, antifungals are much safer than the older ones like Nizoral of Griseofulvin. Some of the newer ones include Diflucan, Lamisil, and Sporanox. The safety depends on both the length of time these are used and with which other medications they are taken. All of these antifungals are filtered through the liver, and anyone with known or suspected liver disease should be either very careful with these drugs or avoid them altogether. Also, if they are taken in large doses for a long period of time in anyone, the liver enzymes should be monitored (for example, every 3 months). The combination of these antifungals and certain antibiotics and antihistamines should be avoided; check with your physician or nurse if this might apply to you.

Nystatin is a “gut” antifungal. Only 1-3% of it is absorbed at all; the other 97-99% remains in the intestines all the way down and is excreted via the bowels. This medication has no known adverse reactions if taken with food. Sometimes, people refer to Nystatin as an antibiotic, when it is really a broad-spectrum antifungal. In part, it is an anti-“biotic,” since “bio” means living organism, and fungi certainly are living organisms!
I sincerely hope this information and this website helps you! Please apprise your doctor of any dietary changes you might consider!

Doug Kaufmann
301 West Washington Street
Rockwall, Texas 75087
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