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Its symptoms, effects and treatment
There are many strains of Candida in the environment. The two which affect humans to the greatest extent are Candida Albicans and Candida Tropicalis. In this discussion the reference to Candida will refer to Candida Albicans. The disease process that its overgrowth produces is referred to as chronic mucocutaneous Candidiasis.
Candida Albicans is a body yeast present in all humans. Normally its presence is limited to the skin, the vagina, and the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tracts. This yeast is controlled by the normal bacterial flora and the immune system, however, Candida is an opportunistic organism. If something destroys the normal flora and the immune system becomes depressed, inefficient, or overwhelmed, the yeast multiplies and an overgrowth (chronic infection) results.
These yeast colonies release metabolic products and toxins which may be absorbed into the blood stream causing widely varying symptoms, including lethargy, chronic diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, asthma, migraine, headaches, and depression. The symptoms can be so severe that they are totally incapacitating, or as mild as indigestion and heartburn. Any symptom is possible, and any organ can be affected. Candida is known as the great masquerade. Many patients with severe yeast problems have never told all their symptoms to one physician for fear of being labelled neurotic or a hypochondriac.
Although Candidiasis is typically thought of as a minor infection of the mucous membranes, skin, and nails, Candida overgrowth is not a simple problem. The use of antibiotics kills the normal bacterial flora and allows the Candida to proliferate and to become a chronic intestinal infection. This is an increasing problem as more and more antibiotics are prescribed; also some meat may contain antibiotics. Low stomach acid also fosters the growth of Candida.
The use of birth control pills, cortisone, other steroids, and other anti-inflammatory drugs, causes hormone imbalances in the body, which also allow the Candida to grow more abundantly. The chemicals produced by the yeast attack the immune system, and as it weakens, the Candida will spread and affect other parts of the body. Because of a compromised immune system membranes swell; micro-organisms multiply; and nasal, throat, sinus, ear, bronchial, bladder, vaginal, and other infections develop. When such infections become a problem, antibiotics are prescribed which promote additional yeast growth. Health problems will continue to deteriorate until the cycle is interrupted by correct treatment.
The most common place for growth of the Candida is in the digestive system, mouth, stomach, bowel, etc. therefore diet contributes to continuing yeast growth. Diets with excess refined or simple carbohydrates,sugar and junk food, contribute heavily to Candida overgrowth. Foods high in mould or yeast content such as bread, brewers yeast, beer, cheese, and mushrooms, also contribute to the problem of Candida overgrowth. Candida Albicans causes further problems and damage by interfering with the receptor sites for hormones in the body. The result is a slowing down of the production of some of the hormones such as thyroid, adrenal, oestrogen or progesterone, pituitary, or testosterone. When the hormonal system is affected all manner of side effects can develop, which if left untreated may lead to other more serious conditions.
Candida Albicans is capable of producing Acetaldehyde and Ethanol. The human body cannot convert these materials into useful substances and must eliminate them. When the load of these materials is too great, poor memory, light-headedness, and lack of concentration may result. Acetaldehyde is also a breakdown product of alcohol and is thought to cause the symptoms of a hangover. Candida Albicans is a very complex organism. It can release up to approximately seventy-nine poisons into the blood stream, which adversely affect the human body. If left untreated, a chronic Candida infection and overgrowth can severely debilitate the body, leaving it susceptible to more serious diseases.
Candida normally has a rounded, yeast-like shape, however, it can produce an invasive form in which it develops branching threads called mycelia. These mycelial branches can penetrate the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract looking for food. This mycelial form is more difficult to eradicate.
Men, women, and children can all have Candidiasis. Since women have a more complex hormone system, Candidiasis occurs in them more frequently, and with more severe effects. The children that it strikes are usually those who have received large quantities of antibiotics and/or are consuming excessive sugar and junk food.
Candida symptoms fall into four main areas.
- Symptoms in the intestinal and urinary tracts include vaginal thrush - however, a B.E.R. Test (see details at the end of this article) will confirm this condition; menstrual complaints; bowel problems, such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, and gas; prostatitis; and inflammations of the oesophagus, stomach lining, colon, and bladder, athletes foot and skin disorders.
- Allergic symptoms include asthma, migraines, headaches, bronchitis, hay fever, earaches, hives, and severe chemical and food sensitivities, Myalgic Encephalitis (ME).
- Emotional and mental problems include severe depression, confusion, extreme irritability, fretfulness, memory lapses, inability to concentrate, difficulty in reasoning, drowsiness, insomnia, lethargy, and loss of selfconfidence.
- Infertility problems: Candida overgrowth is also suspect in infertility difficulties in women. Babies can also be infected with Candida Albicans as they pass through the birth canal if the mother has a vaginal thrush.
The treatment for Candidias:
Because Candida overgrowth causes the release of numerous harmful poisons, putting great stress on the immune system, and causing inflammation, it is necessary, while destroying the Candida, to support the immune system, reduce inflammation and assist healing. Because the regime of treatment necessitates a restricted diet, and the Candida situation itself inhibits absorption of essential nutrients to a certain extent, it is also necessary to support the diet by the addition of
essential vitamins and minerals. We recommend Natures Choice product "Candida Gold" which contains all the recommended supplements.
Candida can be treated successfully, however it does require a strong will by the person concerned to stick to the yeast and sugar free Candida diet, and to take all the recommended supplements. All areas of the body affected must be treated simultaneously. Where there are skin problems i.e. rashes, Athletes foot, vaginal thrush etc. these areas must be treated at the same time as treating the
Several courses of action that will assist in this treatment are:
- Use of a special, yeast and sugar etc. free diet.
- Use of the recommended supplements.
- Avoidance of the use of antibiotics, steroids, and other anti-inflammatory drugs, where safe to do so.
- Avoidance of birth control pills and hormones if possible, particularly progesterone.
- Avoidance of environmental moulds at home and at work.
- Treatment of any other suspected illness.
- Avoidance of chemicals in the environment as much as possible in order to lower the total load on the immune system.
Since most Candida infections are long standing and well established, treatment must be persistent. It must be continued for as long as necessary to prevent symptoms from returning. All sites of Candida infection in the body must be treated. There is no "quick fix."
Treatment length will vary from patient to patient: treatment must be continued until there is no relapse when the treatment is withdrawn. Where there is a Candida infection it can take between twelve to eighteen months of strict adherence to the diet and supplementation in order to finally overcome the problem of yeast overgrowth.
Destroying the Candida organism does not immediately undo its damage to the immune and hormone systems.
Faithfulness to the treatment program is a big factor in determining the rapidity with which Candidiasis is defeated.
If Candida overgrowth is not controlled it will continue to spread and break down the body's ability to fight off other serious diseases.
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Canidiasis damages the immune and hormone systems, lowering resistance to infection and causing a tendancy to food intolerances.
It has been found that it takes about one to three years for the body to build back its immune resistance and resistance against Candida Albicans infections. During this time the body is still vulnerable to re-infection.
Candida Maintenace is formulated with supplements at a lower level than Candida Gold to give support during the recovery time.
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The individual supplements included in Candida Gold each play a part in the total treatment, and are available seperately. These are-
Caprylic Acid is one of the most important supplements in the destruction of the bad bacteria and encourages growth of beneficial bacteria.
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Psyllium assists in the breakup of the deposits which develop on the bowel wall, providing an ideal home for the Candida to live and breath.
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Probiotics help to replenish the billions of friendly bacteria that in normal circumstances liveHowever when there is a Candida problem the good bacteria are overcome and destroyed leading to weakening of the immune system.
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Multivitamins and Minerals
Multivitamins including B Complex and Iron supply nutrients which are likely to be deficient, due to the Candidiasis and the necessary restricted Candida diet.
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Vitamin B Complex
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Milk Thistle helps to protect the liver, a vital organ, against damaged caused by up to 79 poisons which can be released into the body by the Candida bacteria.
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Omega 3 boosts and supports the immune system ever weakened by the Candida overgrowth, this is crucial. Omega 3 also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
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Garlic helps to slow down the spread of bad bacteria, is a natural antibioticand also aids in supporting the immune system.
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The above is for information only and is taken from my personal experience. It is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice.
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