from a lecture by K. Steven Whiting Ph.D., Director, Institute
of Nutritional Science. Reproduced by permission.
Overview of the Candida Epidemic
There is more misinformation about yeast infections and candida albicans that almost any health topic. Yeast diets or candida diets, along with special herbal formulas for combating yeast and candida infections abound. Yet after 30 years in the nutrition field, we have found very few of these to be effective. Research shows that women, following yeast diets and candida diets, obtain some relief from they symptoms, yet as soon as they go off the restricted diet, their yeast infection and candida symptoms return almost immediately. The only substance ever shown to actually destroy the candida and yeast organism on contact is oxygen. Oral oxygen has proven to be very effective in eliminating yeast infections and candida. Candida diets do not eliminate candida or yeast. Candida diets help reduce the symptoms of candida or yeast, but will not cure the problem. When oral oxygen is used candida diets become unnecessary. Buffered oral oxygen is the only safe way to raise the oxygen levels, but you must take the right formula in order for it to be safe and effective. The Institute of Nutritional Science offers a formulation, which has been used for over 20 years in eliminating systemic candida and yeast without the use of dangerous drugs and ineffective diets. Preventing candida overgrowth from re-occurring, once you are enjoying a healthier state of being involves re-implanting the healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. If you must take an antibiotic for any reason, it is essential that you replace the health bacteria by taking high potency acidophilus for about 10 days after the antibiotic program. Also, if you are female and taking birth control medications, regular use of acidophilus is recommended. The most common symptom of yeast overgrowth in males is what is called 'jock itch', or some other type of fungal skin condition. Once you have your candida under control it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a diet of mostly whole foods and to take a Full Spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplement on a daily basis.
The reason for this confusion is that there are actually two separate candida issues. The first is what we call localized yeast overgrowth. This occurs in the digestive tract and the genital- urinary region. In these cases herbal combinations, antifungal agents, and candida diets may have some effect. The second form of yeast overgrowth is what we call systemic candidiasis. This is where the yeast has migrated out of the digestive tract in into the soft tissues of the body. When this occurs 90 percent of all the dietary and supplement recommendations for candida are ineffective. This is simply because they can no longer reach the sites where the candida is thriving. Oftentimes people will use what they believe is the ultimate candida diet along with herbal supplements and even antifungal agents and get significant results. These are almost always temporary however because as soon as they stop using the supplements and return to a normal healthy diet, their symptoms return slowly and soon they are as bad or worse off than before. This is because the yeast is migrating back to the intestinal tract from other locations where the dietary changes and herbal supplements for candida cannot reach.
You often hear about special foods to avoid and there are many dietary recommendations out there, each claiming to be the ultimate candida diet. Unfortunately there is no ultimate candida diet once the yeast overgrowth has become systemic. Let's look at us logically; if the standard American diet was the cause of this problem, 90 percent of all Americans would have this problem! They don't. There are temporary benefits from avoid certain foods as far as reducing the severity of symptoms of candida while proceeding to eliminate the systemic candida problem. Changing your diet to greatly reduce sugary foods and white flour products will help with symptoms even though these changes will not ultimately solve the problem. Changing your diet can be of benefit on a temporary basis so understanding the foods to avoid such as concentrated sugars and starches can be of benefit. These changes can be a first step in a total program to beating candida, but if it is systemic it is only a first step.
The proper program for treatment of candida has helped thousands of candida suffers, but the total program must be completed. Changing your diet is one step but not the ultimate. You must understand that there is no real ultimate candida diet if the yeast overgrowth has become systemic. Beating candida is not that difficult even if it has become systemic. In addition to the use of diet restrictions and perhaps in some cases natural antifungal agents, the real key in eliminating systemic candida is the use of liquid oral oxygen supplements!
Let's take a look at some of the signs that candida has become systemic throughout the body. Increasing fatigue, together with headaches, insomnia and even mood swings are often common. Gastro-intestinal disturbances such as bloating and gas, abdominal pain, and bowel disturbances can be common in both localized and systemic yeast overgrowth. Many systemic sufferers also experience dizziness, allergy-like issues such as itching skin, red, itchy eyes and rashes. If the yeast has crossed the blood/brain barrier memory problems, irritability, insomnia, mood swings and even depression can be common. Weight gain is also another factor for many suffering from systemic yeast overgrowth. As the candida continues to multiply it slows the metabolism often causing weight gain. The so-called candida diets often cause the individual to lose large amounts of weight even to the point where they become malnourished and underweight. The mental symptoms such as brain fog, memory loss, headaches, insomnia and dizziness are often the most annoying as they can affect the day to day thought process. Those suffering from candida often have urinary infections. If they are significant antibiotics are frequently used, which is one of the major reasons for candida overgrowth instead. Other symptoms in addition to the gut issues of bloating, gas, cramping and abdominal pains, are often adult onset allergies and what has been called "yeasty tongue" or oral thrush. Oral thrush is the result of a suppressed immune system, usually from prolonged candida overgrowth or some other immune suppressing disorder. If all other possible causes have been explored and eliminated, oral thrush or yeasty tongue is like being caused by a systemic candida overgrowth. The sinus region is a common site for yeast overgrowth and can cause sinus congestions, sinus infections and is often one of the more stubborn locations to control. As you can see there are a lot of potential symptoms that can be related to candida overgrowth. Mental issues such as brain fog, memory loss, mood swings, insomnia and dizziness are common Digestive issues such as bloating and gas, bowel disturbances and abdominal pain are often present as well. All of these symptoms have a common cause and may be related to a systemic yeast overgrowth.
The most common causes of systemic yeast overgrowth include the use and abuse of antibiotics for such things as acne, staph infections and other bacterial problems. These conditions often require prolonged antibiotic use and the longer this goes on the more likely they will cause a candida explosion. Steroid drugs are also a major problem as they also suppress healthy bacteria allowing the candida to explosively multiply. Birth control medications, used for long periods are also a common cause of candida overgrowth. Localized yeast infections can be transmitted sexually from person to person as well. If left unchecked, these local issues have the ability to become systemic over time.
When considering dietary changes there really is no ultimate candida diet. There are no specific foods that help fight candida overgrowth. We have been working with candida suffers for over 26 years and have never seen one single case where these concept have eliminated candida once it has become systemic. Every day we get calls to our research center from people who have been following the so-called "ultimate yeast diet" , sometimes for months or even years and as soon as they go off for even a very short time, their symptoms return with a vengeance. The problem with these diets is that they are very nutrient deficient and can produce dangerous weight loss. This severe weight loss is not only obviously unhealthy but can further weaken the immune system.
The program we have developed addresses both local and systemic yeast issues and does not require the strict unhealthy diets to be successful. By oxygenating the tissues of the body the candida can be safely and effectively eliminated by the body itself. Oxygenation of the soft tissues has been the "missing link" in successfully eliminating yeast overgrowth - until now. Our program combines dietary restrictions where necessary, nutritionals support for the immune system and the adrenal system as well as the re-implantation of healthy bacterial with specialized probiotics.
A Closer Look At Human Yeast
As we have seen, there is probably more misinformation about candida and human yeast problems than almost anything in health. In order to clear up some of these misconceptions, let's take a closer look at the process.
Candida Albicans is an organism that is found in the intestinal tract of all humans. Science is not clear as it its purpose but we do no that it is 'normal'. As long as the candida stays confined within the intestinal region, it poses virtually no health concern. It is when, for a variety of reasons, that the candida overgrows, that we begin to have health challenges in other areas. The most common candida problem may be found in women in the form of a yeast infection. This occurs in the vaginal area and a vaginal yeast infection can be very uncomfortable. The candida albicans organism over multiplies in the vaginal area, leading to irritation, burning and discharge. A vaginal yeast infection can oftentimes take longer to clear up that the problem that may have contributed to the yeast overgrowth. Women are most likely to develop a vaginal yeast infection as a result of antibiotic use. Antibiotics destroy the healthy bacteria used to control the yeast overgrowth. In the absence of this 'friendly bacteria', the candida yeast begins to rapidly multiply, spilling into the vaginal area. This localized candida infection can still be treated and eliminated by the use of certain prescription drugs and local creams. If the candida should continue to spread and it finds its way into the bloodstream, a condition called systemic candida can develop. This is where you have yeast overgrowth in various places in the body. Common sites include the liver, stomach, lungs, bronchial region, sinuses and the brain. In addition to the use and abuse of antibiotics the use of steroid drugs can also lead to explosive candida overgrowth due to the fact that they destroy the healthy bacteria that keeps candida overgrowth in check. Steroid drugs are not as commonly used so they account for less incidence of systemic candida but those using steroid drugs often must due so for long periods of time, making the problem much more severe. If you have health conditions involving the intestinal tract such as IBS, (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), colitis or diverticulitis, these can cause sufficient irritation to produce bleeding. Once this occurs, the candida organism can easily make its way into the bloodstream and systemic candida is just around the corner. IBS and colitis are some of the many colon or intestinal factors that can create a perfect environment for the candida to enter the bloodstream. If colitis or IBS is present, all efforts to control and heal these problems should also be part of the overall program.
Myths About Candida
We have already discussed the so-called 'candida or yeast diets'. Following such diets as the Yeast Connection Diet or others, can provide relief from symptoms of candida overgrowth, but will do virtually nothing to actually eliminate the yeast in the body. The concept that high yeast, high starch, high sugar diet 'feeds' candida is not exactly correct. In truth, we don't 'eat' candida and by eliminating other foods, we cannot destroy it. Reducing those foods allows the body to better handle the candida problem and to some small extent helps to prevent accelerated candida overgrowth, but in order to eliminate the problem we need to look elsewhere. Another myth surrounding candida or systemic candida is the fact that it can be caused by the presence of toxins such as heavy metals. There is a lot of information about heavy metals, especially mercury from tooth fillings, causing candida. This of course is biologically impossible. Heavy metals of all kinds can, over time, depress the immune function of the body. This can make candida indirectly, worse along with a host of other immune-related problems. Eliminating heavy metals from the body is a good idea, but in and of itself will not eliminate the candida or human yeast problem. While detoxification of the body will help to eliminate mercury and other heavy metals, the link between mercury and candida is still not valid. In speaking of detoxification, another myth about candida is that it can be eliminated with various detox programs. While detoxification is important and effective in eliminating the waste or by products of candida metabolism, detoxification alone will not destroy the candida organism. Herbal extracts, found in health food stores and often recommended by nutritionists, can be somewhat helpful, especially if the candida overgrowth is still confined to the intestinal tract. Once it becomes systemic however, these products provide very little relief to the sufferer. It is sad that such myths are so extensive in the literature and on the Internet because they can do little to eliminate the actual cause of candida, systemic candida and extensive candida overgrowth.
The Natural Candida Program That Works!
If all these common methods are ineffective in eliminating systemic candida, what can be done? After over 20 years of working with candida sufferers, we have found a program that actually destroys and eliminates excess candida and human yeast within the body. This natural candida program is safe, effective and very easy to do. Unlike other candida home treatments our natural candida program is not invasive and is very pleasant to take. The all-natural candida program takes between 6 and 7 weeks to complete and totally eliminates systemic candida in the majority of those using the program. We will tell you more about our program in a bit, but first let's look at some of the many symptoms that can develop as a result of systemic candida and yeast overgrowth.
The longer the candida organism lives systemically in the body, the greater number of symptoms can develop. The Classic symptoms of yeast overgrowth include, digestive disturbances, diarrhea and/or constipation or altering between the two, tingling of the hands and feet, vaginal discharge, repeated vaginal yeast infections, headaches, a feeling of being disconnected with the environment, a spacey out of touch feeling, fatigue, excessive sleeping or insomnia alternating, adult onset allergies, sensitivity to smells, and many other fleeting health concerns. Since the symptoms can vary from person to person, it is important to understand that there can be potentially hundreds of symptoms linked to yeast overgrowth.
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