Intestinal Dysbiosis – A Review

McLaren Howard J Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1993;1:153-157 The importance to human health of the intestinal microflora has been more widely recognised in recent years. Ever-increasing environmental challenges (antibiotics, oral contraceptives, food additives) have contributed to the greater prevalence of disharmony in the ecology of the intestines (intestinal dysbiosis). The consequences of this appear to extend beyond the immediately obvious gastro-intestinal distress; evidence points to the influence of nutrient intake, intestinal permeability, and changes in levels of essential fatty acids as the root cause of a number of systemic disorders. Other studies have implicated intestinal candidiasis as a basis for conditions ranging from recurrent infections and immune breakdown to chronic fatigue. Patients who ferment dietary carbohydrate to ethanol can be identified using a simple clinical test which, when positive, may be strongly suggestive of yeast overgrowth.