The use of antifungal drugs has many complications and harmful effects ranging from diarrhea and vomiting, to hair loss, immunosuppression, liver failure, and death. A completely unexpected effect, or what is termed a “Paradoxal Effect,” is that antifungal drugs cause fungal infections.

A study done at a medical Center in Taiwan showed that antifungal drugs such as voriconazole (VFend), Fluconazole (Diflucan), and echinocandins (caspofungin, micafungin, anidulafungin) increased the incidence of Healthcare Associated Candidemia (HCAC) in hospitalized patients.

As with their antibiotic counterparts, antifungal drugs are quickly creating antifungal resistant strains that are no longer susceptible to any medications. Although natural solutions are abundant through holistic practitioners, such solutions are never offered to patients in a hospital setting. The incidence of fungal candida infections is continuing to increase to the point where hospital-acquired fungal infections are causing a significant amount of deaths.

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that hospitals are “hotbeds for highly resistant pathogens, increasing the risk that hospitalization kills instead of cures.”

Many elderly people view hospitals as places where loved ones go to die. Sit down with any number of them and listen to their stories of friends and loved ones who went to the hospital with minor ailments, and subsequently died a short time later in the hospital.

We need to assume personal responsibility for our health and not expect an over-regulated, under-financed, and under-serviced healthcare system to provide answers or solutions. Michelle Obama may laud Barack’s healthcare plan, but how does flooding an already overwhelmed system with even more patients contribute to America’s  dismal healthcare rating. Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair may be a good metaphor for patients talking to their doctors. These “type of dog and pony” shows however, seldom provide real answers or next action steps.

A good place to start taking personal responsibility for our own health is with Dr. McCombs Candida Plan – http://CandidaPlan.com.

A good time to start is now.