Candida albicans, and other strains of Candida are yeast that normally inhabits our digestive system: the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract. Candida is a normal part of the bowel flora (the organisms that naturally live inside our intestines, and are not parasitic).
Candidiasis is the common name for a condition that results in the overgrowth of a form of yeast normally found in the body at low levels.
It can be quite a problem for both men and women if beneficial bacteria are killed or if the immune system becomes weakened, Candida yeast can grow unchecked. For women, antibiotics, birth control pills, and estrogen replacement therapy are the main culprits. The root cause in men are antibiotics, high sugar intake, or immune suppression from toxins, illness and stress. The result is a compromised immune system that cannot fight off the overgrowth of candida.
A friend of mine underwent a candida-test at a health fair. The doctor was very surprised when the results showed a very low candida count. The reason for this was that she had never taken antibiotics in her life. In our society, this is a rare occurrence.
The sad fact is that our children are riddled with antibiotics nowadays. I believe a part of this problem is our increasing dependence on antibiotics as being a "fix-all”, rather than parents taking the time to allow their children to heal naturally, for example, from a fever. We’ve lost such knowledge as how to bring a high fever down in a baby.
How candida and antibiotics are interlinked can be illustrated by my own story. Decades ago, I got a bladder infection which had to be treated with antibiotics. The ‘Merry-go-around’ started: candidiasis… Bladder infection… candidiasis… Bladder infection…. On it went for ten years, until I finally went to another doctor. In those days, I was still very trusting of doctors, without questioning.
The new doctor did not have a fancy office and he was just about to retire. I had my doubts about him, but it turned out they were unfounded. He gave me a very strong anti-candida medication which was very hard on my liver, but it got rid of the culprit: candida.
The danger of candidiasis is that its symptoms can mimic many other conditions: chronic fatigue (especially after eating), depression, gastrointestinal problems, rectal itching, allergies, severe PMS, impotence, memory loss, prostates, extreme sensitivity to odours, mood swings, or lightheadedness after a small amount of alcohol.
Candida overgrowth can be anywhere in our body. It can even invade our organs.
I once read in a German book that candida likes to piggy-back with parasites. Regular lab tests are check for a limited amount of parasites, when there are at least one hundred types of parasites.
Treating candidiasis takes commitment. Stop all sugar intake (including fruit), alcohol, and refined carbohydrates. Yeast thrives on sugar. Sugar cravings are a warning signal for candida or/and a lack of energy.
Probiotics are very helpful. When you eat yoghurt to repopulate your large intestines with good bacteria, be sure to eat only plain yoghurt. The sweet fruit in yoghurt kills the probiotics. Some doctors say that freeze dried capsules with acidophilus and bifidobacteria are better than yoghurt.
The goal is to have a balanced intestinal environment of "friendly” bacteria. This allows a healthy level of candida inside our digestive tract, to carry out its many functions, one of which is to recognize and destroy harmful bacteria.
Anna-Christine Doehring is a Certified Practitioner and Health Consultant. She owns Energy All Around Therapies and has clients in Canada, USA, Germany, and Spain. She can be reached at 250-756-2235, or her website: www.energyallaround.com