Inflammation is a co-factor in many diseases, if not all of them, which is another reason why the list of candida infections is so long. As candida continues to spread, it creates greater cell and tissue damage leading to greater levels of inflammation, which then helps to support the further spread of candida. Candida can manipulate how our immune system responds, and determines which bacteria grow back after being wiped out by antibiotics. It is an amazing organism in how it can survive in anywhere in the body and manipulate the environment to support its continued existence.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3163673

“Candida organisms commonly colonize the human gastrointestinal tract as a component of the resident microbiota. Their presence is generally benign. Recent studies, however, show that high level Candida colonization is associated with several diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Further, results from animal models argue that Candida colonization delays healing of inflammatory lesions and that inflammation promotes colonization. These effects may create a vicious cycle in which low-level inflammation promotes fungal colonization and fungal colonization promotes further inflammation. Both inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal Candida colonization are associated with elevated levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17. Therefore, effects on IL-17 levels may underlie the ability of Candida colonization to enhance inflammation. Because Candida is a frequent colonizer, these effects have the potential to impact many people.”

This statement from the study is one among thousands that MDs should familiarize themselves with – “These findings support the model that commensal organisms residing in the GI tract can escape from this niche and reach the bloodstream.” They aren’t stating that it will lead to fungal sepsis and kill you, just that it can enter the blood stream, which leads to fungal candida setting up throughout the body.

Consider this list of articles and studies on the effect of candida in the body: Candida and Gastritis; Candida and Ulcers; Candida and Asthma and Allergies; Candida and Psoriasis; Candida and Multiple Sclerosis; Candida and Vaginal Infections; Candida and Sinusitis; Candida and Diabetes; Candida, Arthritis, and Autoimmune Diseases; Candida, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis; and many more.

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