What is Candida and how does the Gut leak?


Candida is is one of the major root causes of most chronic illnesses?

Hippocrates The Father Of Medicine

Hippocrates, the father of medicine believed that all disease starts in the gut. He didn’t have the science that we have today to prove this, nor did he have a deep understanding of all of the interactions that go on inside of the gut. He just intuitively knew that health revolved around the gut.

Today, we can look through the lens of science to understand that Hippocrates was right.

How The Gut Works

The gut is an amazing organ. It’s lining, called the mucosa, is only 1 cell layer thick. But those cells are unique – there’s nothing like them anywhere else in the body. They have these finger like projections called microvilli that increase the surface area of the gut some 351 times.


The microvilli are like little fingers projecting out into the inside of the gut where your food passes. The microvilli  produce a lot of mucous that does 3 things: it adds liquid to the passing food; it lubricates the gut wall; it provides a medium where the flora or microbiota live.


The microbiota does the bulk of our digestion. And when we look at electron microscope pictures of the gut wall, it appears that the food never touches the gut wall. The microbiota seems to act as a shuttle moving nutrients from the passing food to the gut wall for absorption.

Immune Function

Just under the mucosal lining is the submucosa where we find half of our immune system. This is an intricate lymphatic chain of vessels and nodes called Peyer’s Patches. Here, the immune system is poised to deal with the primary source of incoming toxins, and  bacteria escaping from the gut.

There is an intricate system of blood vessels intertwined with the immune system that carry the absorbing nutrients straight back to the liver.

Enteric Nervous System

There is also an complete nervous system inside of the gut called the enteric nervous system. This controls the functions of the gut and communicates with the brain.

Outside of the submucosa is a few layers of smooth muscle to move the food along.

And outside of the muscle layer is some really tough connective tissue to hold all of this delicate balance together.

Changes With Inflammation

When any cause of inflammation stays in the gut for longer than 24 hours, several changes start to occur.

* The microvilli start to atrophy.

* The surface area of the gut wall decreases with the microvilli atrophy.

* Mucus production decreases with the atrophy, decreasing lubrication, digestive fluids, and a place for the microbiota to live.

* the microbiota starts to wash out of the gut into the toilet.

* Pathogens start to grow in place of the healthy flora.

* Food now rots and ferments rather than digest.

* This creates a toxic environment that spills out into the immune system and blood vessels.

* The liver gets overwhelmed with the toxic overflow.

* The toxicity becomes systemic.

* The systemic toxicity creates hormone dysregulation, autoimmune responses, and breaks down every metabolic process in the body.


Candida is a small part of the normal flora when everything is healthy an in balance.

But when the inflammatory changes described above begin to take place, Candida thrives and can become the primary microbe that grows in the gut. This is a big problem because it becomes a pathogen when it grows in large numbers.

Candida ferments food which changes digestion. And the fermentation process that it creates gives off a very strong toxin called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is 7 times stronger than embalming fluid – formaldehyde.

Leaky Gut

The Candida causes more inflammation in the gut wall, which makes the mucosal lining leak more in 2 ways.

1. The mucosal cells are connected together by what is called tight junctions. These tight junctions begin to loosen their grip and allow undigested food particles to pass between the cells rather than through them.

2. Autoimmune responses within the gut wall begin to destroy the mucosal cells.

Systemic Toxicity Reactions

All of this makes the gut wall leak more and more. The more it leaks, the more toxic it becomes, the more it overwhelms the liver. The liver can’t process all of the toxic spillover, so whole body to become toxic. This is called systemic toxicity.

The systemic toxins try to get out of the body through the 2 secondary elimination organs; the lungs and the skin.

The lungs start to respond with asthmatic reactions. The skin responds with unexplained rashes like eczema.

The toxins that can’t escape start to hide in all of your fat tissues making your fat stores toxic.

Thyroid and Adrenal Responses

All of your hormone producing glands are about 50% fat.

The Thyroid becomes toxic and starts to shut down. The Adrenal glands follow the thyroid. With this, the whole HPA Axis begins to dysregulate.

Brain Fog increases with the rising toxicity.


And autoimmune responses occur in reaction to the rising toxicity.

Candida starts to change to take deep root and survive. It turns from the yeast form to the fungal form and fungal parasite form. Mold is closely related to these changes.

Why People Don’t Heal

The whole reason why people can’t get help with this is really quite simple.

1. Candida is not the source of the problem, it grows in response to the real problem.

2. Most Candida Cleanse programs only hope to address the yeast form only. Anybody with chronic gut or reproductive problems usually has 3 or 4 forms of Candida that they have to deal with.

3. You can’t go after Candida to fix this problem, you have to find out why it is there and address it from that perspective.

4. Very few have the tools to figure all of this out.

5. Candida keeps changing as it tries to survive. Whoever is trying to direct people’s care need to have the tools to monitor  these changes and change therapy to keep you healing.

And because this is a lucrative market, you have a lot of people that have no idea what they are doing peddling quick fixes that just can’t work.


If you really want to gain your health back, and you are willing to do a little work,

Let’s Talk

We’ll show you how.

Click Below For Candida/Leaky Gut Videos

1. Why Candida Grows
2. The Microbiota
3. What It Does Inside
4. Toxic Effects
5. Hormonal Problems & Intimacy
6. The Gut Brain Axis
7. Candida & Cancer:
8. Why Treatment Fails


Click the link below to join the next webinar where we explain how this can happen for you.

                   Food Intolerances, The Biggest Barrier To Healing

* Close to 40 years of Post Graduate Studies, Research, and Clinical Application of Functional Medicine.
* Over 90% regain their health – following instructions. [/show_more]

# 1 New Release on Amazon

Buy It Now!

Sign Up For Updates

Learn How to Conquer Lyme, Restore Health, & Get Your Life Back!

You’re in a fog, pains move through your head, your weakened body is plagued with pain. You don’t have energy, and confusion haunts you. It hurts to be touched, no one understands –  including yourself. You feel abandoned. And you just want to scream.

There is a hidden path – a secret way to end all of this.

You need to know what is really going on inside of you. This will allow you to choose the right course of care, and the right caregivers.

This book can save years of frustration with failing health, drained finances, and relational abandonment by knowing what it really takes to get your life back.

Full Of Practical Self Help Solutions

* Supplements that work.

* Diets that help.

* Changes that empower your healing.

Inside, you will find these topics:



  • Your Weakened Immune System allows sickness to grow – How to heal this.
  • Why Diagnostics Fail – And How To Avoid This.
  • Conquering Infections – Different Approaches For Different Kinds.
  • Candida Lyme Connection – The Nightmare.
  • Autoimmune Problems – Toxic Responses.
  • Hormones, Sex, & Frustration – More Toxic Responses.
  • Resolving Complications – You’ve Gotta Know How.
  • And Much Much More…

Become one of the few who heal and get their life back.

“Finally – a book that connects the dots – explains how all of the intricate processes in your body break down to cause all these crazy symptoms – and how to heal them.”

How To Get Your Real Diagnosis

How To Find The Right Doctor That Can Really Help You Get Your Health Back!

 Get Exposing Lyme & Chronic Illness today!

Buy Now


Hardcover Book


5 Star Reviews:


Not just Lyme disease, but also other pathogens and causes of chronic problems

Describing the geographic distribution and life cycles of the organisms in our environments and bodies is a big help. The book covers more than just Lyme; mold exposure, heavy metals, and things like Babesia and Candida are also covered in terms of their effects on health. It’s a good reference to have, especially since most doctors will never consider or discuss any of these possibilities, leaving patients struggling on their own. Understanding more about what can cause chronic problems is an important starting point.  — Amazon Customer

Restored to a better than normal life

Dr Brad has been helping to restore us to a better than normal life. We have much to learn and this book – comprising years of research, study of human physiology, and effective clinical experience – will provide a much needed education. Excited to have it all written down in one place. — S&A

A must read for true health seekers

The information contained in this book will not be found anywhere else. Dr Brad Montagne is an intuitive, brilliant, and pioneering Functional Medicine Practitioner with decades of clinical experience under his belt. My experience as a former patient was profound, and I can speak directly about how effective his approach to treatment is. I learned early in the process to pay attention to every detail and follow his instruction. I was cured and he was able to do what the doctors in the western medical system could not. Dr Brad explained how the human body works in a way that was easy to understand. Moreover, he showed how different systems within the body worked together and why that was important. This wealth of knowledge and results-based clinical experience is now available to you in this book. Speaking from personal experience, what this man knows and what he offers is nothing short of amazing. I would sincerely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about real health, regardless of any health condition.— Eric J.

Great reference and handbook to get useful information

Breaking the Chronic Nightmare of Lyme Disease…is a very useful book by Dr. Brad. It includes case studies, and information to help you learn about normal functions in the body in relationship to disease processes. The way it is written is easy to understand for laymen and interesting for science minded people. The book taught me things I did not know about adrenal fatigue which is helpful for me and family members. I appreciate the new facts about Lyme Disease, and thank him for the decades of research he has done to help conquer this debilitating disease. — Jennifer Sternberg, BSN

Why Can’t I Get Well!!!

Doctors weren’t helping. Treating my symptoms but no cures. Then Dr Brad explains function! How to improve your natural healing systems! So simple! So profound! Finally a cure! — Bonnie Busby

Lyme disease is compounded by underlying issues

Dr Brad gives an in depth explanation of how Lyme Disease by itself is devastating to one’s health, but he also explains how the effects of Lyme Disease are exacerbated by underlying issues that separately, in themselves, make the body ill and cause poor health. Dr. Brad goes on to present the path towards better health in a manner that is plain enough for laymen to understand but also technical enough to keep the scientific mind engaged. If you deal with Lyme Disease or know someone that does, this book will help. –Natural Gardner


Here is our Free E Book on Healing Lifestyles.

Get your copy here.

Lifestyle affects your hormones, it affects how your immune system works, how you build your proteins, it affects everything inside of you.
Lifestyle even affects your genetic expression.
Learn how to empower healing through Lifestyle.

Get your copy here.