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Know The Cause

Know The Cause

Doug Kaufmann, the host of the popular TV show, Know The Cause, became interested in the subject of fungus as it pertains to disease while working in the area of food allergy.

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About Doug Kaufmann

Television show host, author and lecturer Doug Kaufmann returned home from Vietnam in 1971 with strange and annoying health problems.  He was trained in emergency medicine by the US Navy and served in that capacity as a Hospital Corpsman while attached to the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.   He knew that medications might successfully subdue his symptoms, but his interest was not in erasing the symptoms a few hours at a time with drugs, rather understanding why they began in the first place.  

It is fitting then, that in 1999, when he began his television career, he would name his health show, “Know The Cause!”  Little did he know in 1999 that the show would attract such a large and loyal following-it continues to air in most major American TV markets even today.  

“After coming home from Vietnam, I felt like a parasite had entered my body and it was reprogramming everything from my gut to my brain,” Kaufmann stated.  Armed only with curiosity a library card, Kaufmann set out to try to discover the cause of his symptoms.  A library book on parasitology, at USC Medical School, where he worked on research projects in the 1970’s with Dr. Everett Hughes, led him to many answers.  He finally understood that parasitic fungus was causing his health problems.  “Every war veteran knows that hygiene is the least of their concerns while in a war zone.  We were constantly wet and filthy, and this could have led to fungal growth in our lungs or on our skin.  Once inside our bodies, these fungi can emit poisons that endanger health.  We simply did not know this in 1971.” Fungi thrive on carbohydrates once inside the body.  Decades ago, Kaufmann developed a diet that assisted in starving parasitic fungi-The Kaufmann Diet.  Many have benefitted from this discovery.

While taking natural supplements and adhering to his own diet, his symptoms gradually began dissipated.  He worked clinically with various physicians and developed the first food allergy blood tests in the 1970’s.  While working clinically, he discovered that many people suffered as he did early in his career with symptoms of unknown cause.  How much of this was related to fungus?   Following 20+ years of clinical nutrition work, he had his answer.  “I and the doctors that I worked with discovered that many illnesses that were previously described as “cause unknown” were actually localized or systemic fungal infections.”  The physicians he worked with became convinced that an incredible science (Mycology-the study of fungus) had been totally overlooked during their training.   Sadly, this is still the case today, leaving many patients to suffer unnecessarily.

Thanks in part to his continued research and work, today we now know with certainty that about 300 species of fungi make poisonous byproducts (mycotoxins) that can alter our DNA, and cause or mimic numerous diseases, including cancer.  To this end, Kaufmann has lectured at Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses to physicians and nurses who attended one of his five CME courses.  He published on a paper on the fungal link to cancer in the medical journal, Oncology News in November 2014. 

His television show Know The Cause, has aired daily for 23 years in approximately 80 million American homes, as well as in 200 additional countries globally. The show enables viewers to learn about the fungus link to their own health problems.  Long before 2017, when the Center for Disease Control (CDC) instructed physicians to “think fungus” when their patients were not improving, Doug authored a dozen books on the subject of medical maladies including cancer and diabetes being linked to fungus and their poisonous byproducts.   

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