All About Candida

Last Update: April 10, 2019 at 11:49 am

DATE:  April 10, 2019

SOURCE:  News for the Soul

 

All About Candida

by Dr Holly, heard Wednesdays at NOON PST on News for the Soul Radio

 

 

Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly   – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 –   Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.

 

 

 

 

Candida is the genus name for a group of fungus called yeasts.  Despite all of its negative reputation, candida is actually good for our system in small amounts. It helps aid nutrient absorption and digestion. However, like many things, when out of balance, we’ve got a problem.

In the last 30 years there has been a significant increase in fungal infections. There are over 20 different kinds of Candida yeasts that can infect the human body, although there are over 150 different species. 65% of the species are unable to grow at a temperature of 37o C thus many of the species cannot grow in us.

The ones that can invade us can infect the skin, hair, nails and mucosal membrane. They can be local or systemic. The most common is Candida albicans. Candida is referred to as an opportunistic pathogenic yeast and is a normal part of the gut flora. Studies find that it exists in the GI tract and mouth in about 40-60% of the general population.

Candida normally take residence in the intestinal track. The good microbiota in the gut, in conjunction with the immune system in the gut, keep them under control. However, if either the microbiota or the immune system go sideways, then we can get an overgrowth of the yeast.

Next to the gut, the common places candida is found is in the:

  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • Gut
  • Vagina

How many types of candida are there?

  • Candida albicans 50%                        gut/mouth
  • Candida glabrata 15% – 30%            urinary tract
  • Candida parapsilosis 15% – 30%            although it outranks C. albicans in some European countries; also hugely prevalent with neonates, esp those with low birth weights
  • Candida tropicalis 15% – 30%            typically found in blood and urine

Today, the above four are said to account for about 95% of invasive candidosis.

  • Candida krusei ~2%                       used to break down chocolate and remove the bitter taste; grows on dextrose sugar; most victims have already used fluconazole – an anti-fungal drug
  • Candida dubliniensis ~1%                       found in AIDS patients & immunocompromised
  • Candida kefyr ~1%                       found in blood cancers
  • Candida lusitaniae ~1%                       found in immunocompromised
  • Vaginal candidiasis or vulvovaginal candidiasis – found in the vaginal area
  • Oropharyngeal cadidisis is commonly called thrush and found most commonly in infants

Relatively recent strains that are becoming a problem include:

  • Candida auris affects the eyes & is drug resistant
  • Candida neoformans HIV/AIDS and immune compromised people
  • Candida gattii breathe it in – respiratory/CNS
  1. albicans and C. tropicalis can exist in multiple forms.

So why the significant increase in Candida? It is generally accepted that the increase is due to the widespread use of various medical practices including:

  • Immunosuppressive drugs
  • Invasive surgical procedures
  • Hospital equipment:
    • Catheters
    • Intravenous lines
    • Transplants
    • Prosthetic valves
  • Broad spectrum anti-biotics
  • High risk for vaginal candidiasis
    • Pregnant women
    • Use of oral contraceptives
    • Diabetics
    • Immunocompromised
    • Use of antibiotics

They are the fourth leading causing of hospital bloodstream infections in the US, i.e., 8-15% of all hospital acquired infections

Other issues include:

  • A compromised immune system
  • Valvular disease (damage to one of the 4 heart valves: mitral, aortic, tricuspid, or pulmonary)
  • Diabetes
  • Too much sugar and simple carbs in the diet
  • High alcohol intake
  • Use of oral contraceptives
  • High stress levels
  • Use of various cosmetic, soaps, moisturizes that alter skin conditions, especially antibacterial types

Candida glabrata uses glucose to ferment while Candida albicans uses a number of sugars to ferment. Candida tropicalis has the ability to ferment and assimilate sucrose and maltose. Consequently, it is important to realize that when we have a diet that is high sugars, any kind of sugars, we are at a much higher risk of developing a yeast infection.

How are the different Candida species identified? Laboratory diagnosis is difficult. Microbiological confirmation can lead to many false negatives as 50% of autopsy cases have proven that there were in fact deep-seated candidiasis. Today, there are more developed techniques of identifying different species such as species-specific FISH; antibody and antigen detection; and molecular approaches for tying and detection of fungal pathogens which has been more effective then the older tests.

Utilizing symptoms for identification is again full of false negatives and false positives as the symptoms may be induced by other types of microorganisms.

What the common symptoms of Candida?

  • Tiredness/fatigue are a common symptom associated with Candida. However, it is not the Candida that is directly causing the problem. Rather Candida is usually associated with nutritional deficiencies that are the cause, i.e., fatty acids, magnesium and Vitamin B6. As well as high intake of sugars, simple carbs, starchy foods and a low intake of healthy fiber foods. Magnesium is usually associated with fatigue, because the mitochondria require it to make the cellular fuel, ATP. In addition, a low functioning immune system is also associated with fatigue. So if the Candida is out of control in the gut, that means that both the probiotics or microbiota and the immune system have gone sideways. Some even believe that prolonged candidiasis of the gut is the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Digestive issues like constipation, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, bloating/gas can also result from candiasis in the gut
  • If the Candida gets into the blood stream and travels through the body, it can cause joint pain or Candida arthritis – hips and knees are the most commonly affected. In worse case scenarios it can also cause bone infections causing pain and tenderness in the infected area
  • Oral thrush is most common in newborns, the elderly, those with a weakened immune system, those with poor dental hygiene or removable dentures. It will usually present as white bumpy patches on the tongue; inner cheeks, gums, tonsils or throat. The lesions can be painful and may bleed if scraped. The tongue is often red and sore. In bad cases, it can spread to the throat and cause pain or difficulty swallowing.
  • Recurring UTI (urinary tract infections) and genital infections in both men and women, although more common in women causing a burning sensation when urinating and frequent urination
  • Vaginal infections causing redness, swelling, itching, painful intercourse and a thick white vaginal discharge

 

So what can candiasis cause in the body?

  • Gut Candiasis is now associated with other gut issues like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • The secreted enzymes (hydrolytic enzymes (use water to break bonds between different chemicals), proteases (breaks down proteins), phospholipases converts phospholipids into fatty acids) and lipases (breaks down fats) of these pathogens are now being researched for their role in various diseases
  • If the yeast gets into the blood system, it can affect:
    • Blood
    • Heart
    • Brain
    • Eyes
    • Bones
    • Bones
    • And diagnosis can be difficult if it is not found in the blood
  • 15% of invasive candidiasis develop meningeal disease
  • 64% of neonates who die from invasive candidiasis have CNS involvement
  • parapsilosis and C. albicans can cause candida meningitis
  • Can cause major issues in people with renal dysfunction
  • If the candida invade the respiratory mucosa in the sinuses, it can cause a variety of issues from runny nose to nasal congestion to loss of smell and headaches – and note: treating a sinus infection with antibiotics can actually make it worse
  • If the candida spread to your skin and nails it can cause itching and/or rash in areas like the armpits and groin. An overgrowth of Candida can also cause conditions like athlete’s foot, ringworm and toenail fungus.
  • “The major predisposing factor for fungal periodontitis is treatment of previous bacterial peritonitis by antibiotics which provoked the fungal overgrowth (Amici, G., S. Grandesso, A. Mottola, G. Virga, G. Calconi, and C. Bocci. 1994. Fungal peritonitis in peritoneal dialysis: critical review of six cases.  Perit. Dial.10:169-173).

So what can we do about it? Well there are several things we can do:

Food:

  • Eliminate the sugars, simple carbs and sweet fruits
  • Go on a probiotic diet – increase the pre and probiotics in your diet; and take good probiotic supplements – do your research, they are NOT all the same
  • Increase foods like:
    1. Garlic – the allicin is an antifungal compound
    2. Coconut oil – the lauric acid is anti-microbial and capriylic acid which penetrates the mucosal membrane and fights off the yeast – considered to be more effective than prescription drugs like Diflucan https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2016-07-06/the-5-best-supplements-to-treat-candida
    3. Turmeric – the curcumin reduces their growth and some say kill it
    4. Pomegranate – seen to be beneficial
    5. Kombucha – part of the probiotic diet increasing the good guys; also rich in polyphenols and acetic acid both shown to kill Candida
    6. And take a glutathione provoking diet which of course is required by the immune system to develop, attack, maintain.

Supplements:

  • Take TF – build up your immune system
  • Grapefruit seed extract – also has various compounds that kill Candida; as well as helping to boost the immune system

Oils:

  • Oils: clove bud oil, oregano oil, and myrrh oil are all known to be powerful antifungals – adding these to the coconut oil can be very helpful but you have to make sure you have high quality that are safe for oral consumption!

Herbs:

  • Black walnut, cinnamon, cloves, neem are all excellent for fighting various types of Candida

The challenge is – you have to keep it up for a couple of months. These different foods, herbs and oils kill off the mature guys but often not the “buds”. So, while you may have killed off the mature, active guys, the still forming guys wait till you are off your protocol and then start to develop.

Bottom line:  if you think you have a yeast infection, then it is high time to start engaging in a healthy diet; increase your pre and probiotics; increase foods that help support glutathione production; and get rid of those sugars!!!

Beyond that, find a good health practitioner. Identify the specific type of yeast infection. Then you can put together a specific protocol to eliminate it!!!

 

 

 

Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly   – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 –   Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.