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80% of Americans have Candida overgrowth
Candida or systemic yeast overgrowth is an epidemic in America. Approximately 80% of Americans (mostly female) suffer from this overgrowth. From skin rashes to cancer practitioners in the natural health field are giving Candida blame for virtually every health problem under the sun. Candida overgrowth is a legitimate health issue but I have other opinions on this organism being the problem of so many illnesses. I also struggle with the treatment approach of candida practitioners and their methodology to keep Candida under control.
Candidiasis is the overgrowth condition of Candida, an infection caused by a yeast called Candida Albicans. Candidiasis means “the condition of”, and albicans meaning “white.” How do we get such an infestation? It starts in bowel. Unfriendly organisms can dwell in the healthiest of bowels; however, they will be held in check. In our society we tend to add things to our bodies which disrupt our natural balance and this allows these unfriendly organisms to take over. All medications especially antibiotics will kill the friendly or “probiotic” organisms. Biotic meaning “life". In fact, once a female has her kidney or bladder infection “cured” via antibiotics, doctors will often say, "Come back in a week to speak about the yeast infection you are going to get".
Poor digestion also kills friendly bacteria. In the thousands we have tested with Ejuva's “Health by Mail” program we have never found someone with great digestion. If you have poor digestion and consume carbohydrates you will create toxins through a process known as fermentation. If you eat protein poor digestion will cause the protein to putrefy in the intestine which will also kill the friendlies. So bad digestion leads to both putrification and fermentation which will kill probiotics and create an environment in the bowels that is not conducive to friendly bacteria. This environment will allow the the unfriendlies to take over. Alcohol and stress are also major killers of probiotitics.
There are 3 types of Candida infestations. The first includes bloating and/or diarrhea, which is related to the overgrowth in the bowel. Symptoms are strongest after eating, especially when eating refined carbohydrates as Candida love sugar. The second type of infection is when the yeast overgrowth is concentrated on a specific area of a body part such as the vagina, toes, tongue (thrush), etc. The third type, and the one we will concentrate on, is the most prevalent, and it's known as a systemic infection.
A systemic infection is when Candida leaves the bowel and enters the blood stream. Allopathic doctors have a hard time with this concept, but they are beginning to change. The reason they have such a hard with this concept is because if yeast enters our bloodstream we will die. So, how can one have a systemic yeast infection and be alive? This is because if something called “hard shelled” yeast enters the blood it will kill you, and in a hurry. However, Candida Albicans is unique in that it is a soft shelled yeast and death will not occur. However, certain consequences will occur as America is finding out.
What are the symptoms of systemic Candida overgrowth?
There are literally 3 pages worth, and I am going to name a few, Memory, ring worm, prostatitis, lowered libido, fatigue, PMS, anxiety, bladder infections, sinus problems, hives, food sensitivity, halitosis, nasal congestion, coughs, bronchitis, burning during urination, indigestion, pain in chest, shortness of breath, seeing spots in your line of vision, deafness, mood swings, loss of balance, rectal itching, mouth rashes, wheezing, teary eyes, and thousands of other symptoms.
How can a single “bug” cause so many symptoms? Candida, when it gets a hold of sugar it releases a number of toxins, 42 to be exact. In fact, any pathogenic bug whether its bacteria, germ, yeast, or virus when its fed properly produces toxins, that's what makes them disease producing. In the same sense, the friendly bacteria produces its gifts for the body when they are fed properly. These gifts include natural anti bodies, all B vitamins including B12, they help with assimilation, and boost our immune system. In fact, you need about 4 pounds of those friendlies in your gut at all times to have a healthy bowel.
So, if you feed yeast sugar and as a result they make toxins, where are the toxins going to go? The answer is throughout the blood stream. This will result in a variety of symptoms. But can Candida really cause all those symptoms OR, does Candida bring to light an already weakened system? The answer is, both, to one degree or another. Remember, the second type of overgrowth will cause thrush, nail fungus, between the toe fungus, and vaginal discharge. But, all the symptoms listed above from A to Z CANNOT possibly be caused by Candida.
How do I know? Its simple, if Candida produces specific symptoms which it does, everyone with Candida would have the same symptoms. There would NOT be a thousand different symptoms each symptom varying from person to person. The toxins released by Candida are the same toxins released in every body. What happens is these toxins find the weak links in the body, and that's where they settle. Flies cannot survive in a brand new spotless never been used trash can. They need an used, smelly, slimy, broken down, toxic trash can to survive and multiply. None of the pathogens in our bodies can damage us in and of themselves. They do NOT possess that kind of power. They need damaged tissue to survive and thrive, they cannot hurt us on their own, they are scavengers. We have to help them hurt us by damaging our own tissue through poor genetics and/or an unnatural lifestyle.
So why is that important to mention? Because we are happy to say Candida is cause of all my ills and take the “stuff” to kill them. But this leads us to a viscous cycle, that the Candida will win! I Think of the Candida as I do all symptoms, as a blessing in disguise, it brings to surface many of the issues that are wrong with us.
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Written by Dr. Charles Partito N.D.
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