Candida Overgrowth: An Old Epidemic Rises Again
Candida overgrowth is making a comeback. Once the darling health concern of the 80s and 90s, Candida – a member of the fungus family — is staging a revival. And lest you think this is an over exaggeration, think again. Fungus is the most powerful and organized micro-organism – spores are generally so hardy that they can stay dormant for years and still retain their regenerative potential.
Fortunately, few fungus species cause illness in humans. But among those that do, the Candida group is the most dangerous and troublesome. In November 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first US cases of a drug-resistant and sometimes-fatal form of this disease called Candida auris, with a predilection for immune-compromised patients. (1)
The Main Culprit: Candida Albicans
Among the over 20 varieties of Candida which can cause infection in humans, Candida albicans is the most common for health complaints. It is a fungal yeast (mold) present everywhere in the environment, and to some degree, in the human body. Natural bacteria in the stomach and intestines actually feed upon Candida yeast, in its more benign form, to keep it in check. But when this yeast flips into overgrowth, health problems arise in various parts of the body, including the skin, nails, mouth, respiratory system, genitals, urinary tract or blood.
When Candida albicans goes into overdrive, it is called Candidiasis or Candida overgrowth. Symptoms of this infection can include: itching, rash and redness of tissues, fatigue, headaches, joint problems, urinary infections and unwanted weight gain.
Candida soreness and a white coating in the mouth or throat are called Thrush. Skin yeast infections manifest itchy red skin and include some cases of diaper rash. Genital infections with whitish discharge are called yeast infections. Gastrointestinal Candidiasis can manifest as belching, bloating, indigestion and intestinal problems. Respiratory Candidiasis may cause cough, sore throat, excessive mucus or sinus congestion. If this fungus enters the bloodstream, it is called invasive Candidiasis or Candidemia, which can cause serious and widespread systemic symptoms.
Why is Candida Overgrowth Making a Comeback?
A century ago, Candida overgrowth was uncommon. During that era, people ate foods that were naturally grown and alive with energy. In addition, people were not exposed to GMO foods, fast foods, processed foods high in sugar and corn syrup, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and other toxic materials. Most people know that an over-abundance of antibiotics can encourage a yeast infection. Therefore, good hygiene and the strategic avoidance of infections is highly recommended to prevent the need for antibiotics and thereby keep fungus overgrowth at bay.
It is also a well-established scientific fact that fungus needs sugar to survive. Dietary sugars create an acidic biological terrain, greatly conducive to fungal pathology. This means, that the average high-carbohydrate diet is likely to be a root cause of Candida overgrowth for many people. Other common Candida overgrowth triggers include: an underactive thyroid, compromised immunity from medications including steroids, and female hormonal fluctuations.
Certain environmental factors can also trigger fungus overgrowth. People living in cool, damp climates seem at higher risk for yeast infections. Also of interest in our age of wireless technology is a recent report from Swiss researchers who found that toxic molds greatly flourish when stimulated by microwaves and other forms of electromagnetic radiation. After exposing mold to these energies, they “discovered that not only the biotoxins in the culture had increased more than 600 fold, but also had increased to a more potent and virulent form of biotoxin.” (2) This suggests that electromagnetic radiation should be reduced as much as possible, especially at home in sleeping areas.
Prevention and Treatment of Candida Overgrowth
Patients who seek medical advice for Candida overgrowth are generally prescribed anti-fungal medications, reportedly effective for reducing or alleviating symptoms in the short term. But Candida often recurs repeatedly, despite medications. Fungus is so adaptive to its environment that it can become resistant to medication within days. So it is key for Candida sufferers to investigate the various root causes of Candida overload. While there are many complicating factors involved with the elderly, premature newborns and immune-compromised people, the root causes of Candida for most healthy people can be as simple as diet and lifestyle choices.
Dietary Recommendations for Candida overgrowth
Beating aggressive Candida back into a benign and dormant yeast is a journey towards common sense. A high carbohydrate diet should be replaced with non-gluten grains like rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet and amaranth. Leafy green and fibrous vegetables are important for vitality and immunity. Experts also recommend adding a daily dose of anti-fungal garlic. Providing the body with adequate vitamin B complex, especially biotin found in egg yolks, legumes and walnuts, is especially critical.
Pau d ’Arco tea and oil of oregano are reported to help combat Candida overgrowth. Above all, increasing the beneficial probiotic population of the body is essential. Pharmaceuticals that support fungus growth should be phased out with a doctor’s guidance. If antibiotics absolutely must be taken, a good probiotic supplement should be taken two hours before the medication.
Rebalancing the body’s digestive tract is vital in the quest for yeast control. Hydrochloric acid (HCI) with pepsin and bile salts can greatly improve digestion. Also important is a good digestive enzyme that includes pancreatin or papaya.
The following list includes foods that are best to avoid, especially while suffering from Candida overgrowth:
|Foods with refined sugar/corn syrup||Condiments with sugar: ketchup and mustard|
|White flour, bread and pastries, pasta||Fermented alcoholic beverages|
|Mushrooms and yeast||Melons and excessive amounts of fruit|
|Aged cheeses and dairy products||Leftovers|
|Cold cuts and preserved meats||Fast foods|
|Peanuts and roasted nuts||GMO foods|
Other Candida-promoting foods include: brewer’s yeast, vinegar (other than apple cider vinegar), mushrooms and truffles, and any supplements that are yeast-based. Excessive fruits, canned tomatoes or tomato juice should be avoided for the first two weeks of a yeast cleanse. Remember that many commercial sauces and condiments are high in sugar, including: mayonnaise, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce and pickles.
Supplement Recommendations for Candida Overgrowth
As with any disease or condition, prevention truly IS worth a thousand cures. We are now blessed with copious scientific information about fungus that can help us to avoid its advancement to a pathological state in our bodies. Best of all, in our busy lives we have access to advanced supplements and formulations that can help us consistently keep our pH in balance and protect our immunity to fungal invasion.
Numerous studies show that probiotics help stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria that populates the digestive system, making it harder for pathogenic bugs and toxins to take root. Supplementing with a probiotic powder or supplement may also aid in the synthesis of key vitamins and minerals for optimized gastrointestinal tract function. Flora-Key probiotic powder contains ten billion beneficial bacteria per serving. The formula is designed to help feed, strengthen and transport the good bacteria into your gut, while crowding out harmful toxins that can hinder optimum wellness and weight loss.
- Homeopathic Candida Cleanse
When the ecology of the GI tract is out of balance, non-invasive yeast can become a highly aggressive fungus and bore into the gastrointestinal lining. Y-C Cleanse is a homeopathic remedy for optimal yeast balance designed to stimulate the body to mount an increased attack on the yeast organism. Customers who use Y-C Cleanse as a yeast cleanse have reported: improvement in belly bloat, better control of cravings, weight loss with greater ease, enhanced mood and more energy.
The Cancer Connection: A Good Reason to Keep Candida in Check
Once Candida gains ascendancy in the body, it changes from its more benign single cell spore form into long threads called hyphae. In this expansive and aggressive state, it can deeply invade tissues. Fungi are able to implement an endless number of modifications to their own metabolism to overcome the defenses of their host. Candida albicans creates mycotoxins which are poisonous by-products (fecal matter).
Mycotoxins easily permeate the blood and the lymph system, especially affecting the white blood cells and killer cells responsible for finding invading microbes and eradicating them. Fungal disarmament of these important macrophages quickly depletes the immune system. Aggressive fungus can also impair the kidneys, liver and other organs of detoxification. The resulting cascade of inflammation and toxicity creates the perfect environment for cancer cells to prosper.
Among the most electrifying developments in modern medicine is the research of Dr. Tullio Simoncini, who offers amazing clinical and scientific documentation on the numerous links between fungus infection and many types of cancer. Working as an oncologist in Italy, Dr Simoncini noticed that an overgrowth of fungus was always present in his cancer patients.
As his knowledge of fungal diseases advanced, Dr. Simoncini was able to narrow down the specific fungus linked to the creation of tumors: Candida. He states: “Candida has an unlimited pathological potential which is underestimated….There are already many studies that testify to its carcinogenic potential.” (3)
Through his numerous case studies Dr. Sononcini collected enough evidence to conclude that Candida colonies and cancer cell colonies are virtually the same disease, simply called by different names. While he recognizes that there are many toxic, genetic, radiological, immunological and even geographical factors involved in the rooting of cancer, he hypothesizes that these carcinogenic co-agents are only successful only in the context of an underlying Candida infection! Dr. Simoncini’s book Cancer is a Fungus: A Revolution in Tumor Therapy provides numerous clinical case histories and explains how he used sodium bicarbonate solution (baking soda), through a number of protocols, to successfully mitigate or reverse the progress of cancer in those cases.(4)
Sodium bicarbonate has long been used in global agriculture to resolve fungal issues in plants. It is also successfully used to protect crops against fungus during storage. And long before Dr. Somoncini made his astonishing discoveries, Dr. H .Takeuchi in Japan found that in 20 cases of urinary fungal infection, Candida albicans was the most prevalent culprit. He too was able to use sodium bicarbonate to clear up such infections. (5) Sadly, the allopathic medical community has dropped the ball on the research needed to confirm and advance the preliminary cancer findings of Dr. Simoncini and others. But after all, where is the big money in a prevention and cure as simple as baking soda?
- “First Cases of Candida auris Reported in the United States,” ABC News, 11-04-2016.
- “Electromagnetic Fields Increase Toxins Quite Significantly,” American Chronicle, 03-10-2010.
- Cancer is a Fungus: A Revolution in Tumor Therapy, Dr. T. Simoncini, 2005.
- Takeuchi H, Arai Y, Konami T, Ikeda T, Tomoyoshi T, Tatewaki K. Hinyokika Kiyo. 1983 Oct; 29(10):1273-7.