(Thrush and Yeast Infection)
Candida albicans is one of the many types of fungi that live and grow
inside most human bodies. Normally, candida causes no harm; our bodies are
equipped with probiotic (or "friendly) bacteria and immune cells that keep
it under control. However, some medications, high-sugar diets, allergies,
and other factors can all cause the friendly bacteria to die, leaving
candida free to grow unchecked in parts or all of the body.
The medical name for this overgrowth is candidiasis, but most people know
the condition as either thrush or as a yeast infection. Thrush is marked by
soft white patches in the oral cavity, around the anus, or on the skin. It
most often appears in babies and the elderly, but people with seriously
compromised immune systems such as those who have AIDS or who are
undergoing chemotherapy-are also quite vulnerable. Many conventional
doctors do not believe that such a condition exists except in cases of a
seriously compromised immune system such as AIDS. Our view is different,
and we find that many people with chronic fatigue and other chronic health
conditions have problems with yeast overgrowth.
A vaginal yeast infection, by far the more common manifestation of
candidiasis, causes burning, itching, and soreness in the vagina, along
with a thick, sticky discharge. It's often the result of antibiotic use,
poor diet, hormone imbalance, or a combination of these causes.
Sometimes the fungus spreads throughout the entire body in a condition
known as systemic candidiasis. This disorder can produce any of a wide
variety of symptoms and is often at the root of persistent, mysterious
illnesses. If you feel sick but are told by doctors that nothing is wrong,
there's a good chance that you're actually suffering from systemic
candidiasis. For people with dramatically weakened immune systems, systemic
candidiasis is a grave threat, as the fungus can actually poison the blood.
Complementary treatments, which emphasize therapies that reduce the levels
of candida to normal levels, are the best ways to resolve this condition.
Depending on the person, several steps are often required for success in
treating candida overgrowth. This requires treating the underlying
cause(s). One of the obvious steps is to eliminate or cut down on simple
sugars, alcohol, and so on, which feed yeast. Also, direct therapy that
destroys candida works to assist the body in getting candida levels down to
a controllable level. Examples include oregano oil and garlic. However,
many chronic cases require a change in the biological terrain. By this, we
mean the state and the health of the digestive tract, the organs of
detoxification and elimination, the immune system, and hormone balance. In
particular, one often needs to improve digestion and elimination. The
by-products of poor digestion can form metabolites that can promote candida
growth. Leaky gut syndrome, as the result of intestinal permeability, is
often a root problem of chronic candida. It is also imperative to promote
the growth of the friendly flora that inhabits the digestive tract and many
other areas of the body. These good bacteria are an essential component of
the immune system's presence that keeps yeast levels in check. Also, keep
in mind that chronic stress can alter flora balance and can suppress immune
function. And finally, hormone balance is important, especially for women.
The use of the birth control pill or other forms of synthetic hormones may
set the stage for candida overgrowth.
In a small percentage of cases, antifungal medications may be required.
They, of course, should be used sparingly and with close supervision. They
are not a magic bullet, and the root causes must still be addressed for
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D.
and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
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Take a 300 to 500 mg capsule or the liquid form (as
directed on the container) three times daily with meals
(to avoid digestive upset).
Super Prescription # 2
Probiotics / Dophilus
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Take a product containing 4 billion active organisms
twice daily, thirty minutes after a meal. It supplies
friendly bacteria, such as acidophilus and bifidus,
which fight candida and prevent its overgrowth.
Super Prescription #3
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Take 2,500 mg of aged garlic twice daily. Garlic fights
fungal infections and also boosts immune strength.
Super Prescription #4 Grapefruit seed extract
Take 200 mg two to three times daily. Practitioners
rely on this herb for its anti-candida properties.
Super Prescription #5 Caprylic acid
Take 1,000 mg three times daily. This type of fatty
acid has been shown in studies to have antifungal
Super Prescription # 6 Gentian root (Gentiana
Take 250 mg or 0.5 to 1.0 ml at the beginning of each
meal. It improves stomach acid levels and overall
digestive function. It's often used with other bitter
Super Prescription #7
Echinacea and Goldenseal
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Take as directed daily. Both herbs enhance immune
function. Echinacea has been shown to have anti-yeast
Super Prescription #8
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LifeSource's Candida Cleanse is a combination of
synergistic herbal ingredients to help support a
healthy balance of intestinal bacteria. Take as
directed on the container.
Symptoms of Thrush
White patches on the inside of the mouth
Inflamed, red patches on the skin
Heavily coated tongue
Symptoms of Yeast Infection
Vaginal itching, pain and burning
Thick yellow discharge
Burning during urination
Symptoms of Systemic Candidiasis
The list of symptoms that systemic candidiasis can cause is too long but
following are some of the most common:
Kidney and bladder infections
Numbness or tingling in the limbs
Poor memory and concentration
Mood problems (depression, anxiety)
Chronic skin rashes
Genital or toenail fungus
Prolonged or frequent use of antibiotics or corticosteroids, leading to
a depletion of good bacteria
Poor digestion and elimination
A depressed immune system
A high-sugar diet
Hormonal changes and birth control pills
For high-density nutrition and immune support, base your meals around fresh
vegetables, whole grains, and quality sources of lean protein, such as
beans, lentils, fish, and organic poultry.
To replace friendly bacteria, eat unsweetened yogurt daily. Make sure the
brand you're using has live yogurt cultures. Sauerkraut and miso are other
examples of foods that contain friendly bacteria.
Despite its name, brewer's yeast does not encourage Candida albicans; in
fact, it enhances your immune system, so add some to your salads and other
dishes. Vegetable and green drinks will improve your resistance. Drink 8
glasses of pure water a day to help flush yeast toxins out.
Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds daily. Flaxseeds have
Foods to Avoid
The fungus that causes candidiasis feeds on sugar and yeast, so you must
absolutely avoid all foods (especially alcohol) containing these substances
during the initial phase of treatment.
Many people with candidiasis also have undiagnosed allergies. Determine
whether you're one of them.
During the course of your infection, avoid foods with mold (aged cheese,
nuts, and nut butter)
Avoid refined foods that are likely to be loaded with sugars.
Avoid or reduce the use of fruits and fruit juices during the initial phase
(first month) of treatment. It is especially important to avoid these foods
Consume foods such as garlic, onions, chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, and
others that are known to support detoxification.
Whether you have thrush, a yeast infection, or systemic candidiasis,
change your toothbrush monthly to avoid re-infecting yourself.
For a yeast infection, wear cotton underwear and loose clothes to keep
the area dry.
If you have a yeast infection, you can apply live yogurt locally to
replace probiotic bacteria. Spoon the yogurt onto a towel or a sanitary
pad, or douche with yogurt and distilled water.
Be aware that sexual intercourse can spread candida. Partners should
both be treated if vaginitis is a chronic problem.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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