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Why Am I Swollen
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Why Am I So Swollen?

I would imagine that this one question gets asked thousands of times daily in medical settings. Although the question is common, the answer is not. There are many reasons that people become swollen, but few physicians are aware of a 36 year old research paper that proved that fungus could cause swelling in people.

In February 2004, Time Magazine dedicated their entire cover to “The Hidden Killer” that inflammation had become, linking it to human heart attacks, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

To confirm that you are swelling inside of your body, the doctor will order a “C Reactive Protein (CRP)” blood test. If elevated, you will likely be introduced to anti-swelling drugs. But is that the right class of drugs to use? Yes, it is if you and your doctor are not concerned as to why you are swelling. These will help with the pain and swelling, but do not address the cause.

But if either of you are or become concerned about the cause of your swelling, it will help you both to know this; fungus (yeast) makes bread swell and it makes people swell, too. Just look at this list of strange named fungi and their poisonous byproducts, called “mycotoxins” that can cause swelling. We are commonly exposed to these fungi and mycotoxins in our diets or in other ways.


The fungal mycotoxin “Ochratoxin” causes liver inflammation.
Microbiome. 2019 Nov 28;7(1):151.

The fungal mycotoxin “Zearalenone” causes intestinal inflammation. Chemosphere. 2018 Jan;190:272-279.

The fungal mycotoxin “Deoxynivalenol” causes inflammation to animal intestinal cells.Environ Pollut. 2019 Aug;251:689-698

Candida yeast could stimulate the inflammatory response in human blood cells. Mycopathologia. 2017 Dec;182(11-12):1015-1023.


Research and References:

1. Journal of Infection via Science Direct:

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