January 20, 2017

Candida: The Root to Many Health Problems

by Amanda Box

Candida is enemy #1 for me.  It has been my personal health battle for years.

I was like so many of you, struggling with health issues that no doctor could figure out. I was constantly bloated, constipated, exhausted, my brain was foggy and all I wanted to eat was sugar and carbohydrates. It took me a few years to diagnose myself, even after entering the world of natural health.  I was experiencing all the telltale signs of systemic Candida.

Once getting rid of the Candida, my symptoms disappeared and I felt like a new person. However, if I am not diligent and spend a weekend eating desserts, Candida tries very hard to sneak back up on me.  But you too can find the root of your Candida problem. By getting rid of the plaguing Candida symptoms, you will feel like a new person again.

The Silent Epidemic

One in three Americans have systemic Candida. But most have absolutely no idea what is causing their wearying symptoms. I have a file full of clients that struggle with Candida. Women are the majority of those who deal with Candida, but many men do, as well. I have actually gotten to the point where I am surprised when a client doesn’t have Candida.  Truly, it has become nothing short of an epidemic and, unfortunately, a silent one.

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Candida could also be disguised as picky eating, rashes, warts, dry skin, constipation and even bed wetting.

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?

Chances are very real that you may struggle with Candida, a chronic yeast infection. Candida is rarely talked about in mainstream medicine. Unless it manifests as a vaginal yeast infection or thrush (a rash on the tongue, mouth or throat), you may not know that you have a Candida infection.  But Candida is often a source of other health issues, causing everything from weight gain to migraines.

What is Candida Exactly?

Candida starts out in the body as a simple sugar fermenting yeast.  It is naturally found in the human intestine in small amounts. It aids with nutrient absorption and digestion when in proper levels in the body. But in some people it can grow out of control. If given the right conditions, it can turn into a fungus that produces something called rhizoids.

Rhizoids are long, root like structures that can penetrate the intestinal walls, allowing particles, bacteria, and yeast (including Candida) to pass through from the gut into the bloodstream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system, causing leaky gut syndrome.

Typically, our friendly bacteria keep Candida in check.  However, antibiotics, birth control pills, sugar, and even stress can throw the whole intestinal flora system out of balance. Candida is most prevalent in the vaginal canal, gastrointestinal tract and your mouth.

How do you know if you have a Candida infection? It’s important to know because now scientists are linking Candida to all kinds of conditions and diseases. This is far more serious than most people think.

The good news? If you test positive, there’s a natural strategy you can use to cure yourself of this scourge.

Identifying whether or not you suffer from Candida is a great first step on the road to overcoming your health issues.

Let’s get started.

Candida quiz How to Know if YOU Have Candida

Candida can be found several ways.  The first is via lab work on your saliva, feces and hair.

In my practice, I offer both saliva and feces kits that test for an overgrowth of Candida.  I also use hair mineral analysis, which tests the ratios of minerals present in the tissues.  An imbalance of certain minerals can be a sign of Candida.

Honestly, I feel like these tests are rarely necessary. With the prevalence of Candida and its easy-to-identify symptoms and causes, it’s not hard to spot a Candida candidate.

There are two very simple and easy ways to check for Candida.

  1. Candida questionnaires
  2. The spit test

Candida Questionnaire

CANDIDA testThere are many questionnaires you can take that will give you an idea whether or not you are a candidate for Candida.  However, these questionnaires are not foolproof.  You could fail the questionnaire and still have Candida. If you need further confirmation, then you’ll want to use lab work.

Dr. William Crook, author of the famed book about CandidaThe Yeast Connection, created one of the shorter, but still very accurate questionnaire tests.

  • Have you taken repeated or prolonged courses of antibiotics?
  • Have you been bothered by recurrent vaginal, prostate or urinary infections?
  • Do you feel “sick all over,” yet the cause has not been found?
  • Are you bothered by hormone disturbances, including PMS, menstrual irregularities, sexual dysfunction, sugar cravings, low body temperature or fatigue?
  • Are you unusually sensitive to tobacco smoke, perfumes and colognes, and chemical odors?
  • Are you bothered by memory or concentration problems? Do you sometimes feel spaced out or in a brain fog?
  • Have you taken prolonged courses of prednisone or other steroids, or have you taken birth control pills for more than three years?
  • Do some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms?
  • Do you suffer with constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal pain?
  • Does your skin itch, tingle, or burn; or is it unusually dry; or, do rashes bother you?
  • Do you have regular headaches or migraines?

If you answered yes to many of these questions, then you are most likely to be struggling with Candida.

The Spit Test 

Many practitioners recommend the “spit test” to get an idea of whether or not someone has Candida. It only requires a glass of water and saliva.

  1. Fill a clear glass with clean water and place it beside your bed at night.
  2. In the morning, immediately spit in the glass before brushing your teeth or drinking or eating anything.
  3. Note how the saliva looks.
  4. Check back in 2 minutes and again in 3 minutes.

Healthy saliva will float on the top and eventually dissolve into the water without any cloudiness or sinking.  There may be some bubbles and foam.

Candida saliva may have strings that go down the glass, cloudy saliva that sinks or cloudy specks that float.  See the image for a good visual.

The Battle of Overcoming Candida

Although you can’t totally eliminate Candida in your body, you can keep it under control.

I have concluded that once someone struggles with Candida, they must always be careful.  I have a file full of personal testimonies to prove it. Candida is not something that you get rid of and continue eating sweets and carbs.  Candida will be fed by bad habits, eventually multiply and take over.

2 Steps: Starve it and Kill it

The best way to get rid of Candida is to both to starve it and kill it.  Just starving Candida takes too long.  Trying to kill Candida while still feeding it is pointless.  You must do both.

The Candida diet is the best way to starve Candida.  Essentially, it is a diet that cuts out the main foods that feed Candida: carbohydrates and fermented foods.  The Candida diet consists of:

  • No sugar of any sort
  • Limited grains
  • No fermented foods or drinks

My favorite website for the diet is www.thecandidadiet.com.  It also contains great recipes that won’t leave you feeling so deprived.

Following this diet is often the most difficult thing for people in their journey to get their health back  from Candida. The results are amazing and make it worth the challenge. The first 3-5 days are typically the most challenging. Candida is starving and tells your body it NEEDS to be fed. But once those first few days are over, you will begin to feel a new sense of well-being. You have essentially begun to take your body back!

Crucial Supplements in Killing Candida 

Natural antifungals work best at keeping the Candida fungus under control. Thankfully, there are many to choose from.  Here’s a list of my favorite Candida-killing natural antifungals.

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The Yeast Of Your Problems

Candida is a devastating illness. It can consume your life, causing other health problems such as brain fog, joint pain, digestive issues and cravings. But, I hope to bring you a glimpse of hope and new-found peace to effectively heal this overwhelming yeast fungus condition.

Have you ever walked into a kitchen right about the time a fresh-baked loaf of bread comes out of the oven? The aroma of fresh-baked bread is intoxicating and it fills the entire house with….temptation! Then there is the aesthetic value of the golden brown crust virtually spilling over the pan, crunchy on the outside yet hot and moist on the inside.

Ok, I confess I just toasted two slices of bread and covered them with real butter. Yum! It is amazing to me that a tiny little organism called yeast makes the bread dough raise and expand. It doesn’t take much because a little goes a long way!

This month’s topic is Candida albicans, fungal yeast that can cause numerous health problems, if allowed to proliferate in the human body. If you have read any of my previous articles, then you are well aware of my angle. I find a spiritual application for each month’s health topic and leave the clinical healing to the guys (or girls!) in the lab coats! With all of that said, Candida albicans can make your life miserable! I know. I suffered with Candida for years.

The Candida Curse

As a teenager, I was blessed with great skin. In high school, I would see kids walking the halls with acne covered faces and thank God for my clear skin.

When I entered my mid twenties, however, things began to change! I developed a form of cystic acne that, left untreated, usually resulted in permanent scarring. I made an appointment with a dermatologist and he gave me a prescription for tetracycline saying I would need to stay on it indefinitely. Before long, the acne disappeared.

Yet, a few months later other symptoms started to surface: a toenail fungus, bloated abdomen and brain fog (spacey feeling). I went to the doctor, but he couldn’t find anything wrong. My health continued to decline. I became weak, tired and started to develop pain in my joints and trigger points, for which the doctor prescribed prednisone.

Remember, at this point, I am now a twenty-five year old musician with a poor diet and absolutely no idea what I was doing to myself! After taking prednisone, the joint pain subsided. However, the bloating got worse and I started bleeding when I used the bathroom. I didn’t notice it for some time, but I even started withdrawing socially. My bubbly outgoing personality was morphing into a depressed, isolated survivor.

After a year of antibiotics and months of prednisone, my immune system started shutting down. I had to avoid sick people like the plague since I had no defenses left.

Right Place. Right Time.

One day, I was walking in downtown Atlanta and came across a heath food store. I had no way of knowing going in that I was about to meet a man that would change my life forever. I looked past the counter at a man with a kind face and a name tag that said “Bill.”

He looked over his glasses at me with a face that said, “You have never been in a health food store in your life.” He then asked, “Can I help you, son?”

Maybe it was his kind face… maybe it was my desperation… but I broke down and told him everything.  Without emotion he replied, “It won’t be easy, but we will beat this thing.”

“What thing?” I asked.

The next sixty minutes was like Neo meeting Morpheus (from the Matrix film)! Bill took saliva samples, checked my pulse, looked at my eyes and had me fill out an exhaustive questionnaire. Finally, the verdict… You guessed it: Candida albicans!

Little did I know this “chance” meeting with Bill would catapult me into a lifelong study of health and wellness, which would eventually bring me to you today, dear reader! Like I previously mentioned, I will leave the research data and clinical research to the professionals. My job this month is to bring hope and peace and a little spiritual correction to those who suffer or have loved ones who are suffering with this potentially devastating condition.

Candida Complications

I know what you are thinking, “Did you recover?” And if so, “How did you do it?” Yes, I recovered. How I did it is another matter all together.

You see, there is no “one way’’ of attacking Candida albicans. It is a living organism that plays a vital role in the body, provided that there is symbiosis in your body. God created your body to operate flawlessly, as long as there is balance (homeostasis). But when we abuse antibiotics, take (steroidal) prednisone, and live on a high carbohydrate low protein diet, we create an imbalance in our body, which in turn creates the ultimate environment for Candida albicans to proliferate.

Candida albicans favorite food is sugar; the more you feed it, the more it grows. So even though Candida albicans is more prevalent in females, it is extremely opportunistic. You – male or female – are a prime target if:

  • You have a diet of predominantly carbohydrates (sugars and starches)
  • You use antibiotics
  • You suffer from a deficient immune system

Another problem with Candida is that it doesn’t want to leave when you have created an environment for it to thrive in. It will morph into resistant strains that will require you to occasionally change your protocol to successfully beat this stubborn foe. In advanced cases, Candida albicans can permeate the blood/brain barrier, which causes a myriad of problems including psychological issues like:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Brain fog
  • Mood swings
  • Even mania

Likewise Candida often permeates the intestines causing digestion problems known as leaky gut syndrome. I suffered from all of the above and I recovered. So can you, IF YOU DON’T GIVE UP!

I would love to go into more detail on my personal protocol, but for to have a comprehensive attack plan I highly recommend reading every article in this month’s Home Cures That Work.

Effective Natural Remedies for Candida

The first thing you will need to do is radically change your diet!

For some of you, removing sugars, starches and most dairy products (especially cheese) from your diet will be a titanic challenge. However, it is nigh unto impossible to succeed against Candida if you don’t. Believe it or not, the Candida in your body is causing you to crave the foods it needs to survive! When I learned this, it made me mad enough to do something about it. There was no way I was going to let an opportunistic fungus tell me what I was going to have for dinner!

The next step might be realizing your doctor is denial of the condition all together. Instead, try one of the many wonderful and extremely effective natural alternatives. Outside of the multitude of Candida cleanses available online or at your local health food store, here are four things that you can try that initially helped me.

  • Pau d’Arco tea is a wonderful and unique tea made from the inner bark of a tall tree that grows throughout South America. It should be your new best friend. Drink it as often as you like.
  • A quality probiotic. I used BioK but any good “multi species” probiotic will help. Your priority is to get as much “friendly” bacteria in your system as possible to offset the Candida overgrowth.
  • Take deodorized (social) garlic capsules at least three times a day.
  • Caprylic acid is a little dynamo derived from coconuts and will create a pH environment that creates havoc for Candida!

(Important side note) Remember, Candida albicans is a living organism. If your case is advanced, then any remedy that is effective is actually “killing off” the Candida. During this die-off stage, you might experience a Herxheimer reaction….or healing crisis. This healing crisis is completely normal, yet can be uncomfortable. Symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Body odor
  • Dizziness
  • Flu like aches and pains

This is nothing to be alarmed about and the quickest way to get instant relief is an old school coffee enema.

Everyone responds differently to Candida protocols, so if you are uncomfortable going at it alone, then you may want to seek a naturopathic doctor or contact one of our qualified contributors.

The Secret to Overcoming Candida

‘“Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”’~ Mark 8:15

Here is a secret to overcoming your condition. The medical community has an overarching description of Candida they interestingly call, “a yeast infection.”

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Have you ever noticed the warning labels on certain products? They  warn us about not drinking things that are bad for us, or not to use something the wrong way. Warnings are important because they help protect us from bad things. 

When baking bread, the yeast or leaven is added to the dough to make it rise. In the Old Testament, especially the book of Exodus, we see the Israelites are instructed to rid their homes of yeast for seven days and to,

“Eat NOTHING made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.” ~ Exodus 12:20

A closer examination of the text will help us unlock the mystery. The yeast of the Pharisee and of Herod had a root… PRIDE, which fueled their hypocrisy. You see, leaven or yeast causes the host (like bread) to rise, become puffed up, self-absorbed and self-centered.

When we become prideful or self-centered, then we begin to believe the whole world revolves around us! God was not concerned with the yeast from a nutritional standpoint, but as a symbolic decree, which rightly interpreted said, “I want a humble people, not a prideful posse of self absorbed worshippers.”

You see, he asked them to eat unleavened bread…or as it is commonly referred to, humble bread. Friends, when I was suffering with Candida, I completely adhered to the proper diet, took all of the right supplements, read every book on the subject, consulted with experts and ultimately only found an element of success.

One day (with help from my wife, Lillian), I realized the truth. I had become so obsessed with my “cure” for well-being that everything became about me! As a minister, counselor, friend and husband, I had abandoned my call to give and was only concerned with receiving!

  • When I began to help others with their burdens, mine became lighter.
  • When I began to push past my discomfort to comfort others, I was comforted.
  • When I resumed my place as a healer, I was healed!

Was the therapy helpful? Yes! Was the diet important? Yes! But the healing came quickly once I determined not to make Candida albicans the motivating factor of my life.

Pride is subtle. It stealthily cloaks itself beneath suffering so that you may believe that nobody cares how much you are hurting so that you can actually believe your condition is more important than anything else in the world. I read this once and it cut me to the heart:

“I once complained that I had no shoes till I met a happier man with no feet.”

Friend, if you have Candida, then you WILL recover. But, if you live a self-absorbed life of pride, then Candida will be the yeast of your health problems. When you help another hurting soul, you will soon discover the healing power of these words: “ It is more blessed to give, than it is to receive.”

Be Well!

Michael

How has Candida consumed your life? Did Candida become all you could think or talk about? What are some ways you can defer your suffering by helping someone else overcome theirs?

 

Michael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well known musician. http://michaeltyrrell.wordpress.com 

 

 

 

Baking Soda, Cancer and Fungus

Let met give you a summary about cancer and fungal conditions:

Baking Soda Fights CancerThe cancer industry is closing in on baking soda and how it is a primary tool in treating fungus. Cancer is a fungus, can be caused by a fungus, or is accompanied by late-stage fungal infections. If one has cancer, chances are pretty good that one also has a fungal infection to one degree or another.

They are not the first to say so though. Many, even from the official world of orthodox oncology, recognize the similarities of cancer and fungal infections, the decay that ties these two together in a dance that all too often ends in miserable death.

Specialists in throat and mouth cancer say that cancers can be red or white patches: any patch that appears randomly and is red or white in color could be a mouth cancer symptom. The white patches in the mouth are called leukoplakia and the red patches are called erythroplakia, which are pre-cancerous conditions. Though these red or white patches are not always cancerous, it could be the result of a fungal infection caused by Candida called thrush.

Thrush will lead to a red patch that often bleeds after the white patch disappears. A small amount of this fungus lives in your mouth most of the time. It is usually kept in check by your immune system and other types of germs that also normally live in your mouth. However, when your immune system is weak, the fungus can grow.

Bacteria, yeast/fungi, and mold are not the cause of a cancerous condition but are the result and the evidence of cells and tissues biologically transforming from a healthy state and to an unhealthy state. Over-acidification of the body leads to the development of chronic yeast and fungal infections and ultimately a cancerous condition of the cells and tissues.

According to The Home Medical Encyclopedia, in 1963 about one-half of all Americans suffered from an “unrecognized” systemic fungal condition. Far more Americans suffer from fungal infections today as antibiotics, hormone replacement therapies, and birth control pills continue to be consumed like candy. Thus more and more children are becoming infected with candidal meningitis or viral meningitis, which means their systems are suffering under the weight of fungi who put out an assortment of poisons – or mycotoxins.

Fungi produce toxic metabolites called mycotoxins that can cause cancer. Researchers in 1993 examined human breast cancer tissue and found significant carcinogenic aflatoxin within the cancer tissue implicating aflatoxin and thus fungus as a cause of breast cancer.

The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our body. Chronic over-acidity corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked  will interrupt all cellular activities and functions. In other words, over-acidity interferes with life itself. It is at the root of cancer.

Sodium bicarbonate medical treatments are the time-honored method to “speed up” the return of the body’s bicarbonate levels to normal. Sodium bicarbonate happens to be one of our most useful medicines as it treats the basic acid-alkaline axis of human physiology.

Sodium bicarbonate is available and sold in every supermarket and pharmacy in the world and is widely used in emergency rooms and intensive care wards in injectable forms but is sold as a common household substance that is used for hundreds of different things.

Read Dr. Sircus’ book, Sodium Bicarbonate, Rich Man’s, Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment. and see that something as inexpensive as baking soda will outperform the most expensive pharmaceuticals. Across a wide range of disorders, including cancer and diabetes, we find conclusive evidence and plenty of theoretical backing to suggest that sodium bicarbonate is a frontline universal medicine that should be employed by all practitioners of the healing and medical arts for a broad range of disorders that are afflicting contemporary man.

For all the references, sources and more articles, please visit Dr. Mark Sircus blog.

Do you think that one of the first steps in a cancer prevention program might be to cut out excess yeasts or candida infections? 

 

 

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