Insomnia, meaning difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, is a problem that has grown to epidemic proportions in recent years. The reasons behind insomnia and especially the recent increase in insomnia are not at all clear in the medical literature. The usual approach is to use benzodiazepine sleep medications (like Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin or the closely related drug Ambien) which are notorious for causing a subtle type of addiction which grows gradually to a seriously impaired neurologic state. Others seek natural remedies which may help bring on sleep, but never get at the underlying disorder which affects sleeping each night.
Insomnia follows some characteristic patterns:
A common experience with any of these patterns is that people find that their minds won’t turn off, that the mind is filled with too many thoughts or worries, and that the body doesn’t seem to even be aware that it’s the middle of the night and that it should be sleeping. These people often are frustrated and seeking "insomnia treatments."
After these rough nightly experiences, people either try to sleep in the next morning or simply tough it out the next day, often relying on stimulants to make it through.
What is causing the epidemic of insomnia?
While the brain and nervous system are the areas that control the sleep cycle, most people with insomnia have normal nervous systems. The most common cause of insomnia, as observed in clinical practice, is Candida infection and its effect on the liver.
The liver has the task of purifying the blood so that toxins (which can be natural substances, the products of metabolism, or unnatural chemicals) are altered to a non-toxic state and then removed from the bloodstream. If it fails in this function, the result is too high a level of unwelcome chemicals in the blood and hence to all the organs, including the brain. The most common example with which we’re all familiar is how tired and mentally non-functional a person can be for a while after eating too large a meal; the liver has the task of processing all food that enters the body, and in this case it is overwhelmed and cannot clear out all the foreign substances contained in the meal.
When a person has Candida infection, the first major organ invaded by Candida is the liver. After months to years of continuing invasion into deeper tissues, Candida causes the liver to malfunction, either through direct poisoning or through interruption of the liver’s normal processes. The result is excess levels of toxin (normal metabolites that should have been cleared out and/or direct toxins produced by Candida itself) in the bloodstream, especially evident between 1 and 3 am when it appears the liver goes through a natural nightly change. These toxins are generally irritating to the nervous system, causing irritability, anxiety and panic, depression, racing or hard-beating heart, and of course insomnia. This explains why the mind is filled with thoughts and won’t turn off in the middle of the night. If this symptom is not present, then the insomnia may have a different cause.
Effective Candida treatment is key to reversing the abnormal liver condition that accounts for most insomnia cases today. Other measures to further improve and restore liver function are often necessary, in addition to Candida treatment, to bring sleep back to normal. These include a liver/gallbladder flush technique that is included in the Candida treatment kit, the medicinal mushroom Reishi, adrenal cortex supplementation, and other helpful supplements. The instructional CD included with the Candida Kit specifically describes techniques and supplements that address insomnia. You can also call for a consultation to discuss poor sleeping and chronic insomnia.
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Updated: May 16, 2011
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