Congratulations on making it this far in your quest for health! If you’ve come to realize that your problems are at least in part due to fungal candida as a result of past antibiotic use, then you’ve had to wade through a lot of ignorance, misinformation, disinformation, fantasy, prejudice, science, marketing hype, and general confusion to make it here. How long it takes someone to make it this far can vary depending mostly on how entrenched someone is in their belief that medical profession holds all the answers. At any rate, when you’ve made it this far, you’ve probably earned yourself a diploma of sorts and you’re ready for the facts and professional guidance. I say professional guidance because most of what you’ll encounter with candida is a whole body problem and not just candida isolated by itself on a petri dish. Unfortunately, selling candida products from home has become a business for many people, and what they primarily end up doing is creating discouragement among users of their products that sends people back to the same medical profession that created the problem in the first place.
As you probably know, when talking about candida, we’re primarily talking about Candida albicans. There are a handful of other strains of candida that affect humans, but they are much less common and the information that we cover here will apply to them as well. I’ll keep the Candida 101 lesson brief, as I’m sure that you’re well schooled in the basics already. Candida is a normal part of the body’s internal “ecosystem”. It exists along with over 100 trillion other microbes that help us to grow, develop, and protect us from the world around and within us. Candida is supposed to be there. Candida normally exists as a yeast organism and under the right, or possibly wrong conditions, it changes into a fungal version of itself. Some people have even suggested that the amazing ability of this organism to switch from a yeast to a fungus serves the purpose of scavenging dead cells and tissues when needed by the body. Given that nature doesn’t make mistakes, this seems like a plausible theory. In a system that is balanced, the body may very well be able to control the yeast-to-fungus conversion and fungus-to-yeast conversion, as needed. This would follow the rules of nature and ecosystems as science has discovered over the past 100 years. When this ecosystem is destroyed however, as with antibiotic use, the ability to regulate this organism is lost and the ability of the fungal form of candida to spread and create havoc throughout the body is enhanced. If we think of the internal landscape as being decimated by a nuclear explosion, then we have a good idea of what takes place with antibiotics. Without the bacteria present to control candida, candida can spread at will to every organ, tissue, and cell.
Did I say every organ, tissue, and cell? Yes, absolutely! Candida has demonstrated an ability to survive and live in every diverse environment found in the body. It can live off of sugars, fats, and proteins, and the tissues and cells of the body provide a sufficient smorgasbord of choices. Many of you have probably only heard that it was the sugars that are the problem. They are problematic and fuel candida growth very effectively, but candida can grow and exist under many conditions. In fact, a lack of nutrients is one of the “triggers” that will cause it to change from its yeast form to its fungal form. A good analogy here would be if someone came and took all of the food out of your house, you’d go shopping! Candida is no different. It converts from its “stay-at-home” yeast form to its energetic, high-powered fungal invader ready to consume everything in sight due to various triggers. This Dr. Jekyl to Mr Hyde transformation is fueled with lots of inflammation, as candida promotes inflammation and inflammation promotes the growth of candida. It is the inflammation that is at the root of the 100+ list of symptoms and conditions caused by candida. Unfortunately, many people look at this list and think that a bunch of crazy people think that candida causes everything. Actually, via the inflammation it creates, it can cause, contribute to, and/or maintain each and every one of the symptoms listed and more. Many of these symptoms can also be linked back to antibiotic use. A simple formula to consider is this: antibiotics = candida = inflammation = disease. Perhaps that seems too simple, but it is accurate.
Although we are primarily focusing on fungal candida, it is important to understand that the imbalances created by antibiotics affect all the systems, organs, tissues, and cells of the body. For this reason, the body as a whole has to be considered when correcting fungal imbalances and enhancing the health of the body. This is one of the areas that you’ve had to wade through to make it this far. Along the way, you’ve encountered the pill sellers who market their product as targeting candida and eliminating it. This is very common with the multilevel marketing groups who throw up a little science (or none) and state that no diet or very little dietary change needs to happen. It’s also very inaccurate, as only drugs or toxic chemicals can do this, but unfortunately they harm the rest of the body, and in the case of drugs, they create stronger, antifungal-resistant strains of candida. It doesn’t make sense to turn one monster into an even stronger monster. A common hallmark of this type of approach is the long scrolling page that keeps enticing you with free books and papers that are also free elsewhere on the Internet, not just on these particular sites. Companies selling Threelac, Fivelac, Syntol, Candex, etc., follow this format. These companies offer distributors a nice side income, but that doesn’t help those working their way through the candida maze seeking reliable, up-to-date information. Candida and its effects aren’t necessarily something that people want to continue to deal with while the neighbor down the street makes some extra change. There are even two sites that promote the use of a veterinary flea medication (lufenuron), even though it has been proven that it doesn’t work.
When it comes to candida, it doesn’t need to be a guessing game. Since the introduction of antibiotics in the mid-1940s, there have been close to 30,000 studies done where the mechanisms around candida have slowly been revealed. If you search for Candida albicans on PubMed, the U.S. National Library on Medicine, maintained by the National Institutes of Health, you’ll see a timeline graph in the upper right corner of the page. Hold your cursor over the little arrow on the bottom left of the graph and you’ll see the bars in the graph diminish until there are none. Hold the cursor of your mouse over that blank space and the year 1944 pops up. It was in 1944 that the first antibiotic penicillin was introduced. The next year we see 2 studies and so on until you come up to the present. In 2012, you’ll see 1483 studies in that year alone, enough for 4 new studies being initiated on every day of the year. That’s a lot of money, time, and effort for something that according to most medical doctors doesn’t even exist. At this point, you may wonder why your medical doctor never recognizes candida in the face of so many studies? It’s really a simple matter of education. Medical doctors aren’t educated about candida, except in immunocompromised patients, you know, the ones with AIDS, cancers, and other drug-induced diseases. The forte of medicine is in emergency care, which excludes most people. Anything outside of that box is unrecognizable to them, even science. They simply aren’t educated about it. Frank Lipman, MD states, “I was shocked that my training was not very helpful for at least three quarters of them.” Researchers in the science fields (PhDs, MDs, etc) that look into candida have a different story to tell. They extend the list of those who can be affected by candida to include the following: diabetes, premature infants, surgical patients; hematological malignancies; hospitalized patients, especially in Intensive Care Units, or having major injuries; burn victims; nutritional deficiencies; the elderly; alcoholism; cirrhosis; tuberculosis; cancer; corticosteroids; and marrow hyperplasia to name a few. Other researchers go on to state that systemic fungal candida can occur in healthy individuals with intact immune systems. If you like the science behind this list of those affected and you’re a bit of a science geek like myself, you’ll find those listed here in another blog post.
Having systemic fungal candida is as simple as having antibiotics. The doctors who rolled their eyes at you, kicked you out of their offices, referred you for psychiatric care, and even laughed at you, were wrong. Systemic fungal candida is not a laughing matter. I’ve put together several other blogs below to talk about some of the common approaches that are out there. You’ll find lots of science-backed information on this site and on my other blogs like the Candida Expert at Curezone where I’ve had over 5 million page views. You can also check us out on our Facebook group to see how people do with the Candida Plan, or sit back and watch our YouTube videos. If you’d like more science, visit the Candida Library. If you have any questions, let us know. We provide excellent service and support throughout the Plan and beyond. Thank you for your time and interest!
Candida Diets: Part I: Medications
Candida Diets: Part II: Hydrogen Peroxide
Candida Diets: Part III: Bacillus subtilis
Candida Diets: Part IV: Sugars
Candida Diets: Part V: The Quick Fix
Candida Diets: Part VI: Herbs
Candida Diets: Part VII: Probiotics
Candida Diets: Part VIII: Fatty Acids
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