HEALTH PROBLEMS MAY BE CAUSED BY CHRONIC CANDIDIASIS
Teresa Bohren Griffin: June 30, 2006
WHAT IS CANDIDIASIS?
Candidiasis is a condition that results when the friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract have been destroyed or overcome. Yeast organisms (which are always present in the body, but are kept under control by good bacteria) get out of balance and grow unchecked. Candidiasis is also known as a "Yeast Infection" or "Candida Albicans". Most people experience simple yeast infections at one time or another. Early manifestations may be a vaginal yeast infection, a rash (like diaper rash), athletes' foot, or oral thrush (yeast rash inside the mouth). These are so common they are often referred to as "JUST a little yeast infection". However, if these "minor" infections are not cured and recurrences prevented, the yeast may invade the bloodstream and spread throughout the entire body.
At this point it becomes "SYSTEMIC Candidiasis" because it may invade and weaken every system of the body (Digestive System from mouth to rectum, Circulatory System including blood pressure and the heart, Respiratory System, Endocrine and Reproductive System, Nervous System including the brain, and total Immune System). The only purpose scientists have found for the yeast in every human body is to assist the decomposition of the body after death. Candidiasis actually is yeast decaying the body while you are still living in it!
Systemic Candidiasis may lead to a wide variety of severe symptoms which mimic many other disorders, thus evading accurate diagnosis and treatment. Recently, medical doctors have begun labeling patients who manifest this SAME ROSTER OF SYMPTOMS as having Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Mononucleosis (Mono), Yuppie Disease, Neurasthenia, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, etc.
WHAT CAN DESTROY THE BACTERIA AND LEAD TO CANDIDIASIS?
Yeast may overgrow when antibiotics, medications, drugs, birth control and hormone pills, and steroids (such as Prednisone and Cortisone) are taken. These medications tend to kill the good bacteria in addition to the bad bacteria that caused the present illness. This allows the yeast to reign freely until our Immune System beats it back once again.
The typical modern diet facilitates the problem. Refined sugars and high starch/carbohydrate foods give the yeast exactly what it needs to flourish. (This is why we add Sugar or honey to the yeast when we make bread! This is also why so many people CRAVE sweets and breads just as badly as an alcoholic craves alcohol--the yeast is screaming for fuel to keep ever growing!)
Another factor allowing yeast overgrowth is STRESS. Stress depresses or even shuts down the Immune System. It is noted that following a great stress (such as the loss of a mate) a person is more than likely to become seriously ill within the next year, as a result of that stress on the body.
When a history of multiple medications is combined with poor diet and high stress, the stage may be set for Systemic Candida.
WHAT SYMPTOMS MAY BE CAUSED BY CANDIDA?
In the First Stage of Candida, the mucous membrane areas of the body may be infected. These include the mouth, vagina, nose, and Respiratory System. Besides vaginal infections, severe P.M.S., urinary tract infections, body rashes, acne, and oral thrush, ALLERGIES to foods, dust, molds, fungus, yeast, inhalants, and chemicals are the most common symptoms. Each day more people seem to be allergic to everything in their environment. Repeated bouts of bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and strep or staph infections may be typical. Mononucleosis and pneumonia may also be noted. It is easy to perceive that each of these successive illnesses requires more and more antibiotics, which may open the door for further Candida overgrowth. Talk about a vicious circle!
The Second Stage of Candida may involve more generalized reactions such as PAIN, HEADACHES (including Migraine), EXTREME FATIGUE, PSORIASIS, INFECTIONS OF THE NAILS, MUSCLE ACHES, JOINT PAINS, AND ARTHRITIS. Naturally, drug after drug is usually taken in hopes of alleviating these miserable conditions. In most cases, the SYMPTOMS alone are being treated--while the CAUSE (Candida overgrowth) may be literally being PROMOTED at the same time!
The Third Stage of Candida may involve MENTAL and BEHAVIORAL RESPONSES: Inability to concentrate, not being able to read or follow a television program or carry on a hobby, serious forgetfulness, memory loss, mental confusion, not being able to think of the words to say something, switching around of words and letters when trying to speak and/or write something, loss of previous skills (such as how-to-type or how-to-play-the-piano, etc.) These frightening problems may often lead to "HOPELESS CRYING" SPELLS, SEVERE DEPRESSION, SLEEP DISORDERS (may include insomnia, confusion dreams, nightmares, apnea, and not feeling rested or restored after sleep), IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS, UNUSUAL FEARS, PHOBIAS, PANIC/ANXIETY ATTACKS, MUSCLE TWITCHING, IRRITABILITY, VIOLENCE, AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR, and even EPILEPTIC SEIZURES and THOUGHTS OF DEATH OR SUICIDE. Sometimes people with these symptoms are labeled "Mentally ill", thought to be suffering from manic-depressive Psychosis or Schizophrenia. These desperately sick patients are sometimes turned over to the care of a psychiatrist or hospitalized in a mental institution. They may be given antidepressants, tranquilizers, lithium, etc. to lighten the mental symptoms. . But the CAUSE may be overlooked and the patient is not CURED on a long-term basis.
A person in the Fourth Stage of Candida may experience a virtual SHUTDOWN OF VARIOUS ORGAN SYSTEMS of the body. For example, the adrenal glands may stop functioning when the Endocrine System fails, or the Digestive System may stop, producing vomiting or severe constipation. The extreme fatigue may escalate into TOTAL MUSCLE WEAKNESS, such as the neck muscles no longer being able to hold up the head. The body rashes may escalate into HIVES or BOILS. The Circulatory System may be swamped with so much yeast that the capillaries are clogged, causing HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, NUMBNESS OF EXTREMITIES, and EASY BRUISING. The person may run a low-grade fever, but the hands and feet will often be very cold. The HEART may develop TACHYCARDIA (palpitations, irregular beats, mitral valve problems or heart murmur). In the Respiratory System, the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs may be packed with yeast so that the person cannot get adequate breath for speaking, singing, or exercise; there may be a FEELING OF SUFFOCATION, which may lead to HYPERVENTILATION and PANIC. The complete failure of the Immune System leaves the body defenseless against all enemy bacteria, viruses, and disease conditions--including cancer.
The Fifth Stage of Candida seems inevitable at this point: rampant systemic Candidiasis is 100% fatal unless it is diagnosed early enough to kill the yeast overgrowth and regenerate the Immune System.
HOW CAN A PERSON WITH SYSTEMIC CANDIDIASIS BE HELPED?
There is hope! Many are WELL again after following these steps:
1. KILL OFF YEAST by a special diet (NO starches, NO sugars, NO yeast, and NO dairy products for a period of at least four weeks). * Yeast-killing medicinal herbs and/or drugs MAY be taken as well, but they are optional, short-term, emergency treatment only. The ultimate GOAL is to restore THE BODY'S OWN ABILITY to control its own yeast. This can never be accomplished as long as drugs or medicinal herbs are being used to SUBSTITUTE for the body's proper, natural function.
2. FLUSH OUT DEAD YEAST with pure water/herbal cleansing teas.** Drink plenty.
3. EAT only raw, whole, unprocessed foods so that the body gets the level of nutrition required to (1) HEAL itself (regenerate tissues damaged by yeast) and (2) KEEP its own yeast under control from this point on.**
*NOTE: The short-term, rigid diet alone, although very important, is NOT sufficient to regenerate health and balance. Yeast-killing herbs and drugs may help destroy the yeast colonies, but they cannot, in themselves, lead to the regeneration of the body. Following a whole food, intense nutrition program without adherence to the diet markedly limits success. In sharing with people in all stages of Candida, my experience has been that it takes all three of the above steps to fully recover.
** I personally prefer to elevate my own levels of nutrients by using the Whole Food Concentrates to supplement the Anti-Candida Diet. I find Whole Food Beverages act as an effective cleansing drink/tea with a very pleasant tastein a form easily UTILIZED by the body.
It should be understood that the optimum source of nutrition for the body is our daily FOOD. Chemicals isolated FROM foods, commonly known as vitamin or mineral tablets, are NOT as easily recognized or effectively used by the body as whole foods are.
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I really wish you would contact me. I too along with my husband and 3 small children were exposed to deadly levels of toxic mold. According to your posting, I was in stage 4...could not hold up my head, vision & hearing impaired, could not take deep breaths, bronchial spasms, SEVERE vaginal yeast infection that continually spread up and into my urinary tract, bladder, etc, constant fever with freezing cold hands & feet, mental disturbances, thrush, numbness in my extremeties, optical neuritis...these are only a few of the symptoms I have experienced. I have been fighting this beast for over 2.5 years now and I am winning!! My adrenals have come out of complete exhaustion and I am now walking miles with easy breathing. Digestion is getting better and better even though there are only a handful of foods I am not allergic to, but I am working on that as well. THERE IS HOPE! I have come back from the land of the dead and I will not give up until I am completely restored. I have gained back 17lbs of the 35 I lost (I was thin before I got sick so I couldn't afford to lose the weight). My children are doing better too ~ we have pulled our youngest out of autism, reversed our other son's asthma and calmed a bi-polar disorder in our daughter. Please take in mind, we were all very healthy before living in the mold with NO symptoms. I have tried everything and I do agree that focusing on rebuilding the immune system is number one. It can be done and you can do it as well. Keep your eye on the prize. I hold on to the memories of how I used to feel and how I will feel again. God did not intend for us to suffer and that is why he created our bodies to heal themselves. Give it the support it needs and it will indeed heal.
hi there, wondering what you did to get better from the mold? That is my biggest problem over candida (which I have it really bad) but the mold is the worst thing you can have by far. Its in my lungs, ears and sinuses.The pain in my sinuses is so bad I can't even begin to explain it. The pressure is so bad also my eyes feel like they will pop out at any sec and so dizzy with vertigo for almost a year now. No end in sight/ Do you have any advise? I'm on itraconazole 400mg a day for 3 months, was doing a lot better but it came full blown back the last week, seems to not be working anymore, have tried everything natural nothing natural has helped AT ALL. please give me any advise you have thanks soooo much!
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This is a brilliant concept developed by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. He theorizes that many different infections can produce toxins. These are toxic chemicals that can persist in the body even after the infection is gone. Normally, the body is able to excrete toxins through the liver and kidneys and eliminate them from the body. What makes these toxins unique is that only the liver excretes them. The liver excretes the toxins into your bowel (via the bile) so that they can be eliminated from the body with your stool. Unfortunately, these toxins are able to be reabsorbed from the bowel and therefore cannot be eliminated (they continue to re-circulate to the liver and then back to the blood).
Dr. Shoemaker believes that one common situation where this occurs is in Lyme's disease. The Lyme infection has often already been eliminated by using antibiotics but the toxins continues to persist in the body. Therefore people continue to be ill. He also believes that many other infections, including fungal infections that can be found in sick building syndromes and many waterborne infections can also produce similar toxins. It is possible that in the case of certain viral infections or after some traumatic injuries, the body's own genes may even be able to be tricked into continually making the toxins.
In addition to getting rid of the neurotoxins, it is important to support the body in two other key ways. These were developed and popularized by Dr. Russel Jaffe Ph.D. and are called the Vitamin C flush and the "Alkaline Way Diet". How to do these will be discussed below after we’ve discussed how to clear the neurotoxins.
So how can I test for these toxins?
Although there are no blood tests currently available, Dr. Shoemaker feels that your nervous system is very sensitive to these toxins. The retina in the back of the eye is part of the nervous system. He uses a test that examines the body's ability to discern different shades of black and gray. This VCS vision test (called the FACT) can be done on his web site (www.ChronicNeurotoxins.com -see this site for more info) for ~ $9. If you see a halo/glare around lights at night (which may cause trouble with driving), light sensitivity during the day, or have shooting pains, these symptoms (along with most of the other symptoms of CFS/fibromyalgia) are also suggestive of possible neurotoxins.
What is the treatment?
Because the liver is able to pull the toxins out of the body and excrete them into your bowel, the trick is to keep the toxins in your bowel so that they go out in the stool. Fortunately, there is an old medication called Questran (cholestyramine). It is a powder that acts like a sponge, and it used to be prescribed to pull cholesterol out of people's bodies. Dr. Shoemaker recommends that people take one scoop or one packet four times a day (although not as effective, you can sometimes get by with 3 times a day, however). Within a month (usually within 3 days to 2 weeks), those who are going to improve with this treatment will often start feeling better or at least have their vision test improve. Insomnia, pain and spastic colon symptoms can sometimes improve in 1-3 days with this treatment! If the Questran does not help symptoms or the vision test after 6 weeks, I have people stop the treatment. Most people are better and can stop cholestyramine after one month, but it can take 2 months for Lyme’s patients and those who have been ill with continuing toxin contact for a long time. When you improve and feel well with no further improvement in the symptoms or vision tests for 2 weeks in a row, suggesting that all of the toxin has been removed from your body, you can stop treatment. If symptoms recur, it suggests that something (e.g.- persistent infection or being in a “sick building”) is still making neurotoxins. This then should be treated as well. In this situation, I would continue the medication until it is no longer needed (e.g. -- try stopping it or lowering the dose every month). The main problem with Questran is that it soaks up everything. This means that you will likely not absorb a lot of the medications or supplements you are taking if they are taken at the same time as the Questran. Because of this, take the Questran/cholestyramine exactly this way: .
1- Take your thyroid as soon as you wake (leave it at your bedside with a glass of water). A half-hour later take your Daily Energy Enfusion vitamin powder, lipoic acid 300 mg and nystatin (and Cortef if prescribed). You can also take any other medications that are needed for other problems at this time. Take the Questran one hour later (1 scoop mixed in eight ounces of apple juice or distilled water followed by 12 ounces of distilled water). Exactly one-half hour after taking Questran, eat something that has at least a teaspoon of healthy fat (e.g. -- one egg or a pat of butter). Eating makes your body pour the neurotoxin containing bile into your gut. Eating ½ hour after the Questran puts the medicine right where it needs to be (like a catchers mitt) to soak up and bind the neurotoxins.
2- Also take the next 2 doses of Questran (each day) as close to a half hour before lunch and dinner as you can. Take your last (4th) daily dose one-half hour before bedtime and eat some turkey or an egg right at bedtime. Take your sleep medications/herbals an hour before the nighttime Questran.
3- Drink 12 ounces of water after taking the Questran. It is best if the water is pure without any minerals. Distilled water is inexpensive and would be a good choice.
Constipation is normally a problem while on the Questran, so drink a lot of water and use prunes or other laxatives as needed to have at least 1 BM a day for the time you are on it. Dr, Shoemaker uses 70% sorbitol, 1-3 tsp three times a day as needed for constipation (available by mail from Cape Apothecary@ 410-757-3522). Using a laxative called “ Cleanse More” from “www.RenewLife.com”, prunes, or other laxatives may be gentler (see treatment protocol for constipation treatments). You should have at least 1-2 bowel movements every day while on the Questran. You need to keep things moving to get the toxin out of your body!
It is not uncommon for people to have their symptoms worsen -- sometimes dramatically -- when one first kills off a chronic infection. This is called a Herxheimer reaction and was first noted in the early days of treating syphilis. Since then, it has been seen in many infections, including fungal infections. Interestingly, some people also experience this when they begin Questran to remove the toxins. In speaking with Dr. Shoemaker, he recommends that those who flare with the Questran be tested and treated for Lyme disease and that they take a medication called Actos 45 mg a day for 7 days before restarting the Questran (and continue it for 3 days after resuming Questran) to decrease the die off reaction. While you're taking the Actos, you should also be on a diet that is very low in sugars (a “low amylose diet"). For this diet you should also avoid any root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, etc. and you should also avoid all grains during that ten-day period as well. Because people with CFS/fibromyalgia tend to be very sensitive to medications anyway, you may choose to begin with one teaspoon of Questran once or twice daily for 1-2 days and then increase the dose as able to decrease the risk of getting a severe die off reaction. Although the infection/toxin die-off reaction is uncomfortable, it is a good sign that things are being cleared out and is worth going through. If you get the die-off, fill and take the Actos as discussed above for a week before resuming the Questran and let us know so we can look for Lyme’s and treat it. Fortunately, most people who do not have chronic Lyme’s syndrome improve without an infection/toxin die-off reaction. Although the Questran has ~ 1 tsp of Sugar per scoop, it is still OK to use in this situation. Using unsweetened cranberry juice (add stevia) instead of apple juice, or simply mixing it with water if even minimal sugar is a problem will decrease the amount of sugar you’re getting as well. You can also get Questran lite with NutraSweet.
I just got my father back to life after having a shoking systemic Candida that took him near to dead. My father is already 86 years old with diabetis, however very well controlled with pills. He had all the symptoms you described on stage 4. I took him to the hospital and on top of that he had the Sugar level up to 700 mg/dl, so basically what they did was to level him up to 350 mg/dl sugar level and they started to treat him with insulin and antibiotic for no reason . They did multiple blood test and urine test but couldn't find any bactiria however they insisted to give him antibiotic. He stayed on hospital for 3 days but there was no to little improvment, my father started to act weird, he turned violent towards the nurses and doctors so they started to give him tranquilizers, he was not able to talk nothing properly, he started to bruce and vomit continuasly and the doctors had no clue on what was causing the unbalance with his sugar as they said there was an infection but there was no trace of it on the exam. After I realized that the doctors had no single clue on the source of the problem and that they only wanted to put antibiotic and tried different medications on him, almost considering him as dementhia, I decided to take him out of the hospital under my own responsability, I actually had to sign out a responsability letter in which stated that if my father died it was my responsability, I took that decision and decided to take him out of the hospital. Right after I started to give him Fungal defence for 2 days 1/2 caplet 3 times per day but it made him to vomit, so I decided to swap him to something milder such as Wild oregano. Right after sugar level started to come down and after 5 days the sugar is now on 145 mg/dl and still coming down. Right now I have him on anti-candida diet, he is getting stronger, eating better, already walking and in general filling better. Also giving 3 times per day probiotics. Bottom line alopathic medicine doesn't know how to recognize Systemic candida and they always want to push antibiotic making things worst. thanks my deep investigation and already more that 8 years investigation that I was able to same my father life.