Candida Yeast: The Modern Curse on Civilization
also known as thrush, is a negative yeast infection that
starts in the digestive system and then spreads to other parts of the body.
Women are most likely to get yeast infections although millions of men have
the condition. Yeast infections are uncomfortable, irritating and at times embarrassing
for women. Holistic medical doctors teach us that yeast is often started by
taking antibiotics for other health conditions.
In a balanced state yeast population
is controlled by the friendly bacteria Lactobacillus Acidophilus. If this balance
is disrupted the yeast can overpopulate and cause infections commonly known
as Candida yeast infection or thrush. The Candida and bacteria associated with
it can get into the blood stream from where it may find its way to other parts
of the body leading to sore joints, chest pain, sinus problems and worse. Candida
covers the intestinal walls which interferes with digestion and food nutrients.
This prevents the body from functioning normally and can lead to numerous health
problems: bloating, gas, food reactions and allergies, constipation, diarrhea
and a host of digestive complaints. Candida can also spread to the vaginal area,
the prostate, the heart, lungs, liver and cause numerous symptoms and illnesses.
Many women find after taking antibiotics, they get vaginal yeast infections
because their normal bacterial balance has been lost. Antibiotics bring on
fungal and yeast infections thus will eventually
be seen as one additional cause of cancer since more and more oncologists are
seeing yeast and fungal infections as an integral part of cancer and its cause.
We know that there is a relationship between Candida and chronic illnesses because
when we treat the yeast and have the patient follow programs designed to control
the yeast, the patient responds remarkably even after many previous medical
treatment programs for unrelated conditions failed.
Antibiotics are a common cause of
Candida. Antibiotics destroy both harmful bacteria and good bacteria. When
antibiotics destroy friendly bacteria it gives the Candida a chance to begin
to multiply. Anyone who has been treated with antibiotics for acne, major dental work or any condition where
antibiotic use has been frequent, more than 1 course of 7-10 days, is a prime
Candidate for Candida.
Candida is actually a mold which inhabits the body, generally arising in
the colon. However, the word "yeast infection" is generally used to refer to
when the Candida mold has grown out of control, due to a compromised immune
system, use of antibiotics, refined sugar, chlorinated
water, and alcohol use, and begun to create harmful effects within the
body. Thus to say, "I think I have a Candida or yeast infection," would mean
that you have an overgrowth of the Candida or yeast mold. The Candida mold feeds
off of the food that you eat, especially sugars and starches. This takes away
from the nutrients you need to survive. The mold then begins to produce it's
own waste products. These wastes are toxic to the system and cause many of the
sicknesses and diseases which plagues the population today.
Antibiotic use can lead to Yeast Overgrowth
Dr. Lisa Landymore-Lin wrote all about this in her book Poisonous Prescriptions asking,
‘Do Antibiotics Cause Asthma and Diabetes?’ We are now even beginning to question
the role of antibiotics as a cause of cancer since they do lead to pathogen
overgrowth especially in the area of yeast and fungi. Chris Woollams writes,
“It is estimated that 70 per cent of the British population have a yeast infection.
The primary cause of this is our love of antibiotics.
Normally, candida albicans lives peacefully in our intestines
and elsewhere, in harmony with other flora that keep the yeast in check. Take
an antibiotic and all this changes. By suppressing the normal flora, candida
takes over and problems begin. In its mild form the result is diarrhea or a
yeast infection. Dr. Elmer Cranton says that, “Yeast overgrowth
is partly iatrogenic (caused by the medical profession) and can be caused by antibiotics and
steroids such as cortisone medications. A diet high
in sugar also promotes overgrowth of yeast. A highly refined diet common in
industrialized nations not only promotes growth of yeast, but is also deficient
in many of the essential vitamins and minerals needed by the immune system.
Chemical colorings, flavorings, preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, etc.,
add more to stress on the immune system"
Greg B. Wilson, Ph.D. and James B. Daily, Jr., Ph.D. - "Our
health is directly influenced by our immune system. The onset of almost all
infectious and degenerative disease is preceded or accompanied by inadequate immune response. With intensifying
concerns about the perils of vaccinations and antibiotic resistant organisms,
a new weapon against disease is sorely needed.
Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis
"Results of conventional treatment of female non-bacterial recurrent cystitis (NBRC) are discouraging.
Most patients show an unexpected high incidence of vaginal candidiasis, while
their cell mediated immunity to Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) and Candida antigens
seems impaired, and it is known that the persistence of mucocutaneous chronic candidiasis
is mainly due to a selective defect of CMI to Candida antigens.
Twenty nine women suffering of NBRC, and in whom previous treatment with antibiotics
and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs was unsuccessful, underwent oral
immune enhancing substance specific to Candida and/or to HSV was
administered bi-weekly for the first 2 weeks, and
then once a week for the following 6 months. No side effects were observed during
treatment. The total observation period of our cohort was 24379 days with 353
episodes of cystitis recorded and a cumulative relapse index (RI) of 43. The
observation period during and after treatment was 13920 days with 108 relapses
and a cumulative RI of 23 (P < 0.0001). It, thus, seems that specific TF
may be capable of controlling NBRC and alleviate the symptoms."
There are over 3,000 published papers and 50 years of research on this natural immune enhancing substance. There are thousands of case reports on the effectiveness of this supplement. There has also been a lab study and a human study done with these products.
In addition, the International Society sponsors an International
Symposium every three years on the findings of research.
"Transfusion of a Candida-specific immune enhancing substance has been reported to be very successful (remission for >
10 years) when combined with an anti-fungal"
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Low thyroid is very
common in cases of Candida. The thyroid gland has an important
effect on the immune system. Adequate thyroid function also helps the digestive
system operate correctly. As pointed out earlier, lack of proper digestive secretions
can cause reduction of friendly bacteria. Constipation is also common with low
thyroid. Body temperature will drop if thyroid function is low. A drop in body temperature stops many
different chemical reactions from taking place. Some of these chemical reactions
stop Candida overgrowth.
Immune Deficiency - Any condition that
results in a weakened immune system can bring about Candida.
Most notable are AIDS and CANCER. Candida can be considered
a side effect of these more threatening illnesses.
Parasites and intestinal worms are more common then anyone would think. Some researchers have estimated that
over 85% of all people living in North America and Canada have parasites. Parasites
can be large worm-like creatures or small microscopic organisms. Either type
destroy friendly bacteria in the intestines making yeast overgrowth
possible. (natural parasites remedies)
Oral birth control pills are mostly the hormone estrogen. Supplemental estrogen
in the synthetic form has been found to promote the growth of yeast. Several
years ago the Great Smokies Medical lab published studies showing that hormones
could effect intestinal bacteria. A common compliant of women on birth control
pills is yeast infection. The copper IUD is another possible yeast promoter.
It has been observed by David Watts, Ph.D., that copper promotes the growth
of yeast. Often copper IUD users develop excessive levels of copper in their
tissues. Excess copper can depress the adrenal, thyroid and immune systems of
the body. This can make it more difficult for the body to resist yeast.
- Food Allergies
- Chronic Fatigue
- Weight gain
- Skin Rashes
- Low Sex Drive
- Immune Disorders
- Joint and Muscle Pain
Yeast infection of the genital tract caused by Candida albicans - Candida
albicans infections are becoming increasingly common, especially in women. Such
genital infections usually develop by the yeast spreading from normal skin or
intestinal flora, uncommonly from a sexual partner. Two important factors contribute
to this increase in cases: use of
wide-spectrum antibiotics and women using oral contraceptives.
Predisposing factors include pregnancy, menstruation, diabetes mellitus, constrictive clothing,
taking immuno-suppressive drugs or steroids.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Candida Yeast Connection
William G. Crook, M.D.
During the past seven or eight years, professionals and the public have been
reading and hearing about a disorder that in the words of Dr. David Bell of
New York is a "disease with a thousand names."
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Although
this disorder has been described for decades, even centuries, it came to the
attention of the public following a 1984 outbreak which affected several hundred
people in Incline Village, Nevada, a resort town on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
It initially was called the Chronic
Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome
(CEBVS). However, laboratory studies showed that a lot of people with this disorder
did not have elevated levels of antibodies to the Epstein-Barr virus. In the
spring of 1988, the name was changed to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. And that's
the name most people have been using. However, Dr. Paul Cheney and associates
in North Carolina have suggested another name, Chronic Fatigue And Immune Deficiency
Still other people didn't like that name either because they felt that the
word "fatigue" in the name trivialized the disorder. And they suggested still
another name, - Chronic Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Even before CIFS came to the attention of most Americans, people in England,
Australia, New Zealand and Canada had been writing and talking about a disorder which they called
(ME). Epidemics of this disorder developed in several hospitals in the United
Kingdom including the Royal Free Hospital. So it was called the Royal Free Disease.
Epidemics also occurred in Iceland where it was called the Akureyri Disease.
Then, in Australia, it was called by a different name.
Another group of professionals in the United States have described a closely
related (or perhaps identical) disorder which they have labeled
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). And,
as readers of Healthline know, during the past few years many professionals
and nonprofessionals in the United States and other countries have learned of
the observations of Dr. C. Orian Truss who described a disorder with similar
symptoms which he called Chronic Candidiasis.
To learn more about CFS, I attended conferences sponsored by Brown University
(1988), the University of California (1989) and the CIFIDS Association (1990).
At each of these conferences, speakers including Dr. Robert Hallowitz and Dr.
Carol Jessop reported that the majority of their patients with CFS responded
favorably to a comprehensive program which included a sugar-free special diet
and antifungal medications including Nystatin, Nizoral and Diflucan.
There are many factors which play a part in causing the
illness known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These include viral infections, food
sensitivities, chemical pollutants, nutritional deficiencies, parasites and
In some individuals with CFS, the illness develops suddenly following an
acute epidemic viral infection similar to the one that occurred in Incline Village,
Nevada in 1984 or the Los Angeles Hospital in 1930. Yet the observations of
Carol Jessop, a leading CFS clinician and researcher, show that this disorder
often develops insidiously; especially in individuals who give a history of:
- * Repeated courses of antibiotic drugs in childhood, adolescence or adult years
- Recurrent vaginal yeast infections
- Diets loaded with sugar and alcohol
- And, like many physicians who are working with patients with the Candida-Related
Complex, Dr. Jessop found that most people with CFS can be helped by a comprehensive
treatment program which includes:
- A sugar-free nutritious diet
- Antifungal medicationUnpolluted home and work environment
- Essential fatty acids
Common tap water is high in chlorine
Chlorinated water has been found to destroy friendly
intestinal bacteria. This will allow Candida to grow as covered earlier.
Matthew Silver, MD - "An associate in her early fifties
who had suffered for many years from the toxic effects of
chlorine poisoning from inhaling vapors from an over-chlorinated swimming pool. This
had resulted in many severe health challenges including extreme chronic fatigue
and breathing difficulty that kept her housebound and dependent on oxygen. Even
minimal exertion led to extreme shortness of breath. After just three days of
drinking glyconutrients, she reported that all of her symptoms improved dramatically
and that she was able to leave her house without oxygen and work in her garden,
which she had not been able to do in years." The sugars found on all
also address the workings of the brain and nervous system – from memory and
sleep to anxiety and depression.
Conquering Yeast Infections : The Non-Drug Solution for Men and Women
People who suffer from fatigue, muscle aches, food sensitivities, psoriasis,
asthma and many other common complaints may actually have a yeast infection.
Too much yeast (specifically, "Candida Albicans") in the body is a problem that
applies equally to both men and women. Candida Albican, a common yeast, normally
lives in the human body where it causes no problems, provided the body's biochemistry
is balanced and the immune system is strong. "I recommend that 'Conquering Yeast
Infections' be required reading for doctors and patients who are getting nowhere
treating chronic illnesses." Jonathan Collin, M.D.
Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus that normally lives in healthy balance
in the body, found mostly in the intestines, genital tract, mouth, and throat.
When the balance is upset, infection results. This is known as Candidiasis and
the fungus travels to all parts of the body through the bloodstream. In the
mouth, it is called thrush; in the vagina, it is called vaginitis. It affects
both women and men but is rarely transmitted sexually.
Candida Yeast Infections and Grapefruit Seed Extract
Dr. Galland considers the availability of grapefruit seed extract to be "...a
major therapeutic breakthrough for patients with chronic parasitic and yeast
infections..." Dr. Galland reports treatment failures in only two cases out
of 297. "It would be hard to overstate the value of GSE to my medical practice.
It has no inherent toxicity. For the past year I have used GSE in the treatment
of intestinal parasitism and chronic candidiasis with excellent results. In
the treatment of candidiasis it appears as effective as nystatin, caprylic acid,
and other non-absorbed intestinal antifungal agents. Many drug sensitive individuals
find GSE to be much better tolerated than other antifungal preparations, and
I have several patients in whom this product alone helped control chronic candidiasis
when no other medication was tolerated or effective. In the treatment of intestinal
protozoan infections, (Giardia lamblia and Entamoeba histolytica) GSE has for
the most part been more effective than metronidazole and other prescription
antiprotozoan drugs." -Dr. Leo Galland, New York, NY
Women with diabetes have more yeast infections because their vaginal environment
is more conducive to the yeast growth. Corticosteroids and oral contraceptives
should be avoided, as they may upset the normal and healthy balance of the body.
The most healing diet for this condition is one that is fruit-free, sugar-free,
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is rapidly becoming the #1 safe herbal solution for
chronic vaginal and intestinal yeast infections(Candida)and thrush. One doctor
has reported success with 295 patients out of 297 being treated for chronic
yeast and parasitic infections. In a test of 20 patients with vaginal yeast
infection, 15 had relief of their symptoms in only 3 days after douching with
grapefruit seed extract every 12 hours.
A GSE douche is used for vaginal infections and capsules or liquid drops
mixed with juice for internal infections. Grapefruit Seed Extract is safe with
no side effects and as a liquid may be used as a gargle and may be swallowed.
And it has dozens of additional healthy benefits. It's a strong anti-bacterial
but doesn't seem to hurt beneficial bacteria.
Intestinal Candidiasis Stopped with GSE. Chronic candidiasis
(both intestinal and systemic) is being treated with excellent results using
grapefruit seed extract, according to numerous clinics and medical practitioners.
Dr. Leo Galland, M.D. of New York City, who also prescribes GSE for the treatment of candidiasis, advises patients to avoid its bitter
taste by mixing it with carrot, vegetable, orange or grapefruit juice, while
typically prescribing 2 to 3 drops(6-10 drops Nutribiotic), twice daily, diluted
in at least four ounces of liquid. (Ed. note: The product is now available in
"After many years of treating patients with thrush and intestinal Candidiasis,
I have found Citricidal to be very effective. It is easier to modulate the dose
than other anti-yeast products, as there is no bad after-taste. The liquid Citricidal
is excellent for administering to babies and children. Efficacy compares with
nystatin and GSE is less expensive." -Dr. David Bayley, N.D. North Vancouver, BC
Vaginitis, inflammation of the vagina, is responsible for an estimated 10% of
all visits by women to their health care practitioners. The three general causes
of vaginitis are hormonal imbalance, irritation, and infection. Hormone-related
vaginitis includes the atrophic vaginitis generally found in postmenopausal
or postpartum women, and occasionally in young girls before puberty. Irritant
vaginitis can result from allergies or irritating substances. Infectious vaginitis
is most common in reproductive-age women and is generally caused by one of three
types of infections: bacterial vaginosis , candidiasis or yeast infection, or
trichomoniasis. Additional predisposing factors for candida infection include
the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, or adrenal corticosteroids.
Garlic neutralizes most fungi. Acidophilus supplies friendly bacteria that
is usually deficient in people with fungal infections. Sambucal and Zinc Lozenges
have shown to be effective for sore Throat symptoms. Various other supplements
have been shown to benefit those with Yeast Infections, Thrush, and Candidiasis.
Pau d'Arco teas has strong antifungal properties.
Cat's Claw (Una De Gato)
Uncaria Tomentosa, is being called by many the "Miracle Herb from the Rain Forest
of Peru". The highly effective properties contained in the inner bark of the
cat's claw plant have demonstrated, through centuries of usage dating back to
the time of the ancient Incas, to have a profound and positive influence on
the body's defense system. Studies conducted since the 1970s at research clinics
in Peru, Austria, Germany, England, Hungary and Italy validate the traditional
usage and indicates that this herb may be beneficial in ameliorating a host
of modern day afflictions which have no answers from the orthodox medical arena.
It is known to help nutritionally support the body's defense, circulatory and
gastrointestinal systems through its antioxidant and build properties.
Cat's Claw (Una De Gato)is known to support a wide range of health problems
associated with immune and digestive problems; such as gastric ulcers, arthritis,
intestinal disorders, certain skin disorders, herpes, candidiasis,chronic
fatigue, lupus, and tumors. It can also be used as an aid for stomach
and bowel disorders including: Crohn's disease, leaky bowel, colitis, diverticulitis
gastritis, ulcers, intestinal flora imbalance, and hemorrhoids. Cat's Claw prevents
the formation of blood clots, lowers blood pressure, increases circulation,
and inhibits the formation of plaque. It is helpful for inflammatory conditions;
such as arthritis, bursitis, and rheumatism. It is also helpful with female
hormonal imbalances, irregularities of the female cycle and with symptoms of
PMS. It is also beneficial in support of diabetes and organic depression. Cat's
Claw also protects from environmental toxins.
In Vitro Killing of Candida Albicans by Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides
From the Institute of Biology, University of Iceland, Department of Anatomy,
University of Iceland Medical School, and Department of Microbiology, National
University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland
The susceptibility of Candida albicans to several fatty acids and their 1-monoglycerides
was tested with a short inactivation time, and ultra thin sections were studied
by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) after treatment with capric acid.
The results show that capric acid, a 10-carbon saturated fatty acid, causes
the fastest and most effective killing of all three strains of C. albicans tested,
leaving the cytoplasm disorganized and shrunken because of a disrupted or disintegrated
plasma membrane. Lauric acid, a 12-carbon saturated fatty acid, was the most
active at lower concentrations and after a longer incubation time.
The best source of essential fatty acids are flaxseed oil and fish oil.
Learn about the incredible healing power
of flaxseed oil
Homeopathic Remedies for Yeast Infections
"Yeast is an organism that sees an opportunity and makes the best of it. When
a pH imbalance, overload of refined sugar, or worn-down immune system provide a chance,
then a yeast infection in any warm, moist place may result. Sometimes, it occurs
in the digestive tract, resulting in bloating. Nursing women may get yeast infections
on their nipples and in their babies mouths. More commonly, women experience
vaginal yeast infections. Regardless of location, there is usually itching,
often soreness or swelling, and sometimes a discharge. Choosing a homeopathic
remedy is easiest after defining the type of discomfort that arises and the
type of discharge that is produced."
Conquering Yeast Infections: The Non-Drug Solution
by S. Colet Lahoz, RN, MS, LAc
Candida, can frequently be the culprit when: "...many patients
continue to experience recurrent upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, sore
throats, ear infections and colds with no apparent cause. Despite numerous rounds
of antibiotics, even throat or ear surgery, they continue to have infection
after infection. Other patients have terrible digestive tract disorders with
continuous gas, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and heartburn,
trying all sorts of medications and diets with little relief of their symptoms.
What could be the cause of these symptoms? As unbelievable as it may be to many
patients and doctors, this often ignored yeast, Candida, can frequently be the
culprit. Yet Candida cannot just be "eliminated." We all look for the simple
pill to cure all our problems; Candida is just not responsive to the magic bullet.
We know that there is a relationship between Candida and these chronic illnesses
because when we treat the yeast and have the patient follow programs designed
to control the yeast, the patient responds remarkably even after many previous
medical treatment programs for unrelated conditions failed.
Candida-Related Complex: What Your Doctor Might Be Missing
To educate physicians and their clients alike about the modern epidemic of
candida infections on account of antibiotic overuse and abuse, Sehnert and Winderlin
have created a comprehensive manual describing Candida-related complex (CRC),
the Candida organism, and Candida's impact, especially on the immune system.
They first establish that CRC is a real illness that will eventually be fully
recognized by the general medical community, but many doctors have not been
trained to detect it. They point out that the complex, caused by a normally
harmless yeast organism, produces symptoms that vary from individual to individual
and include fatigue, food intolerances, depression, anxiety, headaches, and
memory impairment. A separate section on treatment covers the basics of recovery:
a limited carbohydrate diet, prescribed antifungal medications,
"friendly" bacteria), and substances that naturally boost the immune system,
such as vitamins A, C, and E. Appendixes list suggested readings, support groups,
physicians treating CRC, and more.