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MOST IMPORTANTLY THE MEDICAL PROFESSION DOES NOT RECOGNISE CANDIDA!!! YOUR DOCTOR IS MOST LIKELY OBLIVIOUS TO THIS EPIDEMIC!!!
What are Candida albicans?
Candida albicans, is an opportunistic yeast that normally inhabits the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract of most humans and is usually considered to be a normal part of the bowel flora (the organisms that coexist with us in our lower digestive tract). Its job is to recognize and destroy harmful bacteria. Without Candida albicans in our intestines we would be defenseless against many pathogen bacteria. In a healthy person, Candida albicans is numbered in millions. It is controlled by a properly functioning immune system and "friendly" bacteria. However, if the number of friendly bacteria is decreased (antibiotics), the immune systems is weakened or other conditions for yeast proliferation occur (diet high in sugar, improper pH in the digestive system) Candida albicans will shift from yeast to mycelial fungal form and start to invade the body. In the yeast state Candida is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism, while in fungal state it is invasive and can produce rhizoids, very long root-like structures. Rhizoids can penetrate mucosa or intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes and allowing toxins, undigested food particles and bacteria and yeast to enter the bloodstream. These condition is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) and that is an explanation for food and environmental allergies.
What causes Candida overgrowth?
To cure Candida albicans it is essential to find what caused Candida overgrowth. If the cause is not found and treated it is possible that treatment will not be effective and/or that Candida will relapse.
Here are the most common causes of Candida albicans overgrowth:
* ANTIBIOTICS reduce the number of "friendly bacteria" in the intestinal tract which normally keeps the Candida albicans under control.
* TOXIC METALS AND CHEMICALS Toxic metals, such as mercury (found in dental amalgams and some fish) and chemicals, such as aspartame, MSG and others can kill friendly intestinal flora, alter immune response and allow yeast to proliferate.
* IMMUNE DEFICIENCY Any condition that results in a weakened immune system can cause Candida proliferation. Common causes of immune deficiency are AIDS and cancer.
* GENETIC DISORDERS like celiac disease or hemochromatosis (high iron) can cause Candida overgrowth.
* HORMONAL IMBALANCE Hormonal balance is necessary for support of friendly flora in the gut.
o PREGNANCY can cause a significant hormonal imbalance.
o BIRTH CONTROL PILLS usually contain the estrogen hormone.
o THYROID DISEASE like hypothyroid also affects hormonal balance.
* STEROID HORMONES, IMMUNOSUPPRESSANT AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS, ULCER MEDICATIONS OR ACID BLOCKERS USED FOR PROLONGED PERIOD
* EXCESSIVE STRESS
* INTESTINAL PARASITES AND WORMS Destroy friendly bacteria in the gut making yeast overgrowth possible
* IMPROPER DIET. Diet high in carbohydrate and sugar, yeast and yeast products can lead to Candida overgrowth. Overeating causes indigestion of food and allows fermentation.
* CHRONIC CONSTIPATION
* CHRONIC DIARRHEA. The friendly Bifidobacterium bifidum can be thrown out of the colon and Candida may proliferate.
* ENVIRONMENTAL MOLDS OR CHEMICALS
* ALCOHOL Kills friendly bacteria, increases toxic overload of liver and in turn allows Candida to grow.
* TAP WATER Common tap water contains chlorine, that has the ability kill bad bacteria but effects also the good bacteria in the gut allowing Candida to proliferate.
3.1 What are the symptoms of Candida overgrowth?
Symptoms of Candida overgrowth are caused by toxins released. Not all listed symptoms will occur in all individuals. Usually, approximately 20 symptoms will be present.
Disfunctioning Glandular and Organ Symptoms:
adrenal and thyroid gland malfunction, cold hands or feet, diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, impotence and low body temperature.
bad breath (halitosis), bloating, coating on tongue (oral thrush), constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, gas, heartburn, indigestion, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity or/and excessive weight loss.
Psychological and Allergic:
acne, blurred vision, bronchitis (recurrent), burning or tingling, chemical sensitivity, chest pain, coughing, earaches, hayfever, headaches, hives, muscle aches and tension, nasal congestion, nasal congestion, head tension, numbness, painful, swollen, stiff joints, shortness of breath, sinusitis and sore throats.
Emotional and Mental:
ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, disorientation, drowsiness, fatigue, feelings of unreality, frequent mood swings hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, low energy, mental confusion, MS, muscle pain, muscle weakness, nervousness, poor memory and tingling and numbness.
Acne, anal itch, athlete's foot, dandruff, dermatitis, dermatitis, diaper rash, dry skin, eczema, excessive perspiration, facial rash, fungous infection of the nails, hives, impetigo, jock itch, lupus and psoriasis.
Bladder infection (recurrent), burning on urination, cramps, cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation), fluid retention (edema), frequent urination, impotency, infertility, loss of sexual feelings, menstrual irregularities, painful intercourse, PMS, prostitis, recurrent yeast vaginitis, vaginal burning, itching or discharge.
2.5 Can one die from Candida overgrowth?
Once the Candida migrates past the GI tract it will set up in other major organs like the lungs, kidney and brain and enter the bloodstream. You can die from it if left untreated, and especially if it hits the brain. Once you get it in the brain, it is extremely hard to recover and very lethal. Persons with severely compromised immune system die from blood poisoning known as Candida Septicemia. It all depends on your immune system. In short, Candida is by no means naive disease and has to be treated. If left untreated, it can cause other diseases that may be lethal.
2.9 What is systemic Candida overgrowth?
Systemic Candida overgrowth occurs when Candida breaks the intestinal lining (see LGS) and enters the bloodstream. From there, it can travel to various parts of your body, call it a residence and multiply. The symptoms of systemic Candida overgrowth are : muscle aches, sore/stiff joints, fatigue, problems with particular organs, recurrent urinary tract infections, serious illnesses (Asthma, ADHD, Diabetes, MS, Arthritis, CFS, Fibromyalgia and many more!).
10.1 What diseases are commonly linked with Candida overgrowth?
Candida overgrowth is commonly linked to:
* Celiac disease
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
* Fibromyalgia (FMS)
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
* Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS)
* Lichen Sclerosis (LS)
* Wilson Syndrome (WS)
2.6 Which toxins do Candida release ?
Candida releases poisons in blood causing all kinds of symptoms. There are about 80 of known toxic substances, some of which are:
* ethanol : Produced when yeast has lots of food. Excess ethanol can cause symptoms of alcohol intoxication
* acetaldehyde : can damage organs, disrupt fatty acid oxidation and production of collagen, cause abnormal behavior, memory loss, distorted thinking, mood swings, depression, impaired intellectual functioning and emotional disturbances.
* formaldehyde :
2.7 Where can I find doctor knowledgeable about Candida ?
Many doctors are ignorant and/or unwilling to treat Candida. Some organizations are listed to help you find professional help:
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