A few weeks ago, collaborating scientists discovered fungus or fungal DNA in 35 different types of cancer. Before that, other groups discovered fungus in Alzheimer’s brains. Before that, the Mayo Clinic found that 96% of patients with chronic sinus infections had fungus in their sinuses. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time until scientists discovered fungus in the airways of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients.
The paper (1) brought up a fascinating point, in that testing proved that even though 16 different fungi were discovered in the airways of 98% of the CF patients tested, only 42% of them always tested positive to fungus upon retesting! One (2%) who initially had a positive fungal airway test, had the infection totally disappear, while the remaining 56% had vacillating test results; sometimes the test was positive for fungus, and sometimes it was negative for fungus.
What does that mean? May I attempt a guess? Among other drugs, one NIH study (2) stated this; “Antibiotics prevent or treat lung infections and improve lung function. Your doctor may prescribe oral, inhaled, or intravenous (IV) antibiotics.” Further, children with CF are very often kept on antibiotics for extended periods of time, sometimes years, to prevent bacterial infections. Given this relevant discovery of fungus in 98% of CF airways, it is likely that antibiotics, especially prophylactic antibiotics given to prevent flare ups, are to blame for the appearance and then sudden disappearance of fungus in the airways. No one would ever pour gasoline on an open fire, yet fungal mycotoxins (eg…antibiotics) are fuel for yeast/fungal infections. Perhaps these airway fungal infections flourish (positive test result) when antibiotics are prescribed and then suddenly remiss (negative test result) when antibiotics are withheld for a period of time.
We are told that global warming and/or changes in the climate have much to do with accelerating fungal infections, but I believe that is self-serving nonsense. In my opinion, fungal infections have flown under the radar for centuries for one reason; doctors’ inability to accurately diagnose them. Until Clinical Mycology is mandated in all medical schools, we will continue to suffer serious health consequences as a result of misdiagnosed fungal infections.
2. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Cystic Fibrosis – Treatment | NHLBI, NIH