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Episode 2: Candida, Saccharomyces, and Your Body’s Many Fungal Strains

In part 2 of the series, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum continues laying the microbiome groundwork as we discuss fungus and Candida, his favorite microorganism. If you missed part 1 about what the microbiome is and why it’s so important, go back and give it a listen.

There’s a fungus among us…actually, a lot of fungus. While most people are familiar with fungus because of mushrooms, the world of fungi is far wider and more wonderful than these culinary delights. There’s a common belief that fungi is a plant, but it’s not. In fact, it’s more closely related to humans than it is to broccoli, poinsettias or grass.

How is that possible? On this episode, Dr. Ghannoum is back in the studio explaining how fungus plays a huge role in our lives (bread, beer, and penicillin, anyone?) and our microbiomes.

We talk about why fungus was ignored for so long in the research and how the claims against Candida may be overblown. We also chat about who’s most susceptible for fungal infections and how Dr. Ghannoum’s persistence blew the doors open for fungal science to expand.

By the end of the show, you’ll have a good handle on how to keep your fungal colonies in check and what the next great frontier looks like in terms of how bacteria and fungus work together to cause harmony or create havoc.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The impact of Fungi on our health and wellness [2:28]
  • Fungus in our microbiome [6:09]
  • Impact of antibiotics [9:16]
  • The effect of drugs [11:59]
  • Let’s talk about Candida [14:54]

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