Candida albicans is a single celled yeast like fungus, which is an integral part of our intestinal ecology. Doctors we are not trained to treat “yeast overgrowth,” unless there is an ICD code for the yeast overgrowth, for example, vaginal yeast infections. If you have yeast overgrowth in your genital areas or on your nails, that is not the only place the yeast is residing.Patients know this because they study. Patients usually study out of necessity because what we doctors have been conventionally trained to do is not usually helping our patients feel better.
We are seeing more and more chronically unwell patients with so many symptoms. Patients who present with a shopping list of symptoms do not do well in a managed cost insurance system. As physicians we are not trained to think panoramically. We are trained to think linearly – high cholesterol, prescribe Statin drug (depletes CoQl0), high TSH, prescribe Synthroid (you probably need Cytomel as well)…
Candida can multiply into colonies and immune complexes. Now we have a simple single celled yeast that has transformed into an aggressive fungus. Now we have a fine mess, because what we are trained to think of as a normal inhabitant of our intestinaly ecology has proliferated (made lots of babies) and changes into a mycelial form where the candida take root in tissues and colonize.
Symptoms range from skin rashes, acne, fatigue (candida can block thyroid hormone from entering the cell), asthma, digestive difficulties, joint pains, carbohydrate cravings (especially sugar), weight gain (l5-50 lbs.), brain fog, labile mood, food sensitivities which decrease basal metabolic rate, nail infections, heartburn, sinusitis, prostatitis, bad breath, gas and bloating, change in bowel habits, headaches, rectal itching, sore throat, white spots on tongue and in mouth — and the list goes on.
Who Gets Systemic Candidiasis?
•Immune dysfunction which is compromised because of autoimmune diseases, cancer, AIDS, heavy body burden of toxins (our body fat contains toxins)
•A damp, moldy, environment
•Stress, of course
•Decreased digestive secretions
•Impaired liver function
•Patients who have undergone surgical interventions, catheterizations and dialysis, burn victims, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism
•Dysruption in ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract (which is why I tell you to take a quality probiotic)
•Upset in intestinal pH
•Overeating refined carbohydrates, which means fake food
•Antibiotics via medications and food (antibiotics are fed to livestock in large quantities, so if possible, buy organic meat)
•Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy
•Exposure to toxic metals, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, nickel, and aluminum
DIAGNOSING SYSTEMIC CANDIDIASIS
Conventionally, we are taught to take a smear, put a sample on a slide, and look under a microscope for long purple strands which represent Candida, usually in the vagina.
There is no single diagnostic test since we all have antibodies to candida which is considered a normal inhabitant.
Blood PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) for various fungi and blood tests for immune complexes are done by specialized laboratories, CDSA (Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis) testing can actually measure how much yeast is present intestinally, however, these tests are not covered by insurance.
Patient history indicating above symptoms and causes often mandates treatment in my practice.
HOW CAN YEAST HARM THE BODY:
•There can be local infection, such as thrush, esophagitis, cystitis, and vaginitis
•Immune suppression when the candida burrows into the intestinal lining (please know more than 75% of the immune system is in the gut)
•Intestinal yeast damages the intestinal lining, which then absorbs Candida toxins and partially digested food, which can then trigger food sensitivities
•Avoid white sugar, white flour, citrus, dairy, fermented foods, and alcohol
•Eat fresh vegetables, whole grains, garlic, olive oil
•Probiotics – billions of units – taken on empty stomach .
•Enteric coated (so it is released in small intestine instead of stomach) Caprylic Acid 3600 mg. a day for two weeks.
•Whey globulin extract (my patients have whey protein shakes)
•Nystatin 500,000 units three times a day and/or Diflucan, Sporonox, Nizoral – all requiring a physician’s prescription (see Healing Leaky Gut).
If patients are refractory (not fixed) no matter what you try………..THINK, you may be dealing with a parasite (see Parasites). Since Candida is actually a parasite