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 ( an infection in the lining of the digestive system)
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)
colonies release metabolic products and toxins which may be absorbed into the
blood stream, causing widely varying symptoms, including lethargy, chronic diarrhoea,
constipation, food sensitivity, bloating, asthma, migraine, headaches, and/or 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.
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. Some
meats are loaded with antibiotics. Low
stomach acid also fosters the growth of Candida.
The use of birth
control pills, cortisone, other steroids, and non-steroidal 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 if it weakens, the Candida
will spread and affect other parts of the body.
Due to a compromised immune system membranes swell; micro-organisms
multiply; and nasal, throat, sinus, ear, bronchial, bladder, vaginal and other
infections develop. When such infections
develop, antibiotics are prescribed which promote additional yeast growth. Health problems will continue until the cycle
is interrupted by appropriate 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.
causes further problems and damage by interfering with the receptor sites for
hormones in the body. The result is a
slowing down of the hormonal system affecting possibly the Thyroid, Adrenal or Pituitary glands and the production of Oestrogen or Progesterone, Testosterone etc. When the hormonal system is affected all manner of side effects can develop, which, if left untreated can lead to ore 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 chemicals 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 releases approximately 79
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.
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 but is uncommon.
Men, women and
children can 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 those who have received large
quantities of antibiotics and/or are consuming excessive sugar and junk food.
fall into three four areas:
Symptoms in the intestinal and urinary tracts include:
vaginal thrush and menstrual complaints. Bowel problems, such as bloating,
constipation, diarrhoea and gas. Inflammation of the oesophagus and stomach lining. Cystitis, Prostatitis, Athletes foot; and skin disorders.
Allergic symptoms include: asthma; migraines;
headaches; bronchitis; hay fever; earaches; hives; severe chemical and food
sensitivities; and Myalgic Encephalitis.
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 self-confidence.
is also suspect in infertility difficulties in women. Babies can be infected with Candida Albicans
as they pass through the birth canal if the mother has a vaginal thrush.
As Candida overgrowth causes the release of numerous harmful poisons this causes great stress on the immune system and causes inflammation. It is necessary to support the immune system, reduce inflammation and assist healing while destroying the Candida. As the regime necessitates a restricted diet (plus Candida 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.
Candida can be treated successfully, however it does require a strong will by the person concerned to stick to the Candida diet and to take all the recommended supplements. Please see Candida Gold which is recommended for a period of 12-18 months.
All areas of the body must be treated simultaneously.
Where there are skin problems e.g. rashes, vaginal thrush etc. these areas must be treated at the same time as treating the problems internally. Ask your doctor or chemist for advice.
Several facets of this treatment are:
- Use of a special yeast, sugar etc. free diet.
- Use of the recommended supplements.
- Avoidance of the use of antibiotics, steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs where safe to do so.
- Avoidance of birth control pills and hormones - particularly progesterone ( at your discretion and where safe to do so)
- 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 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. . Treatment length will vary from patient to
patient and treatment must be
continued until there is no relapse when the treatment is withdrawn. Where there is a Candida infection it can take between 12- 18 months of strictly keeping to the diet and taking the supplements.
Candida organism does not immediately undo its damage to the immune and hormone
systems. It has been found that it takes
about one to three years for the body to build back its immune resistance
against Candida Albicans infections.
Each individual is unique; therefore treatment programmes must be
tailored to each individual.
Faithfulness to the treatment programme
will be a big factor in determining the rapidity with which Candidiasis is
overgrowth is not controlled it will continue to spread and break down the
body’s ability to fight off other serious diseases.
Recommended Candida Diet
Foods which are allowed:
Cereals: (wholegrain or wholemeal) and sugar free. Wheat, rice, oats, barley, corn (maize) millet, buckwheat, pasta, soda bread, or bread made without yeast or added sugar.
Meat: Any meat including beef, veal, lamb, mutton, pork and rabbit.
Poultry: Any poultry including chicken, turkey, duck, goose and quail.
Fish: Any fish including saltwater or freshwater, shellfish; oysters, mussels, scallops. Crustaceans; crayfish, lobster, crab, prawn and shrimps.
Eggs: Chicken, duck and quail.
Nuts: Almonds, cashews, brazil, macademias and pecan
Seeds: Pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, lentils, dried peas and beans.
Milk and Dairy Products:
Cow and Goat's milk, natural yoghurt (preferably with Lactobacillus Acidophilus), Cottage and Ricotta cheese, buttermilk and cream
All fresh vegetables and vegetable juices except mushroom.
Lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, onions, cress, carrots, garlic, beetroot (un-pickled)
Tea and coffee (without sugar) herbal teas, mineral water, vegetable juice.
Avoid all drinks containing sugar or artificial sweetener.
Foods to be avoided
Fruit, dried fruit, fruit juice, tinned fruit.
Bread and bread rolls containing yeast
Sugars, honeys, sweeteners, fructose, glucose, malt, syrups.
Yeast spreads e.g. Marmite.
Smoked fish and smoked meats.
Peanuts and pistachios.
Commercially frozen vegetables and mushrooms.
Sweets, chocolate, cakes, biscuit, ice cream etc.
Pickles, chutneys and ketchups.
Tomato sauce, tomato puree, tomato paste, tomato juice.
Pickled, smoked or otherwise processed fish and meats.
The birth control pill is a steroid and will affect your Candida level. it is preferable if an alternative can be found, but, this is entirely at your own discretion.
This text is for information only and should not be taken as personal advice. If you have concerns about your health you should consult your doctor.
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