Candida

Candida albicans is a yeast (= single cell fungus) which lives in our organism, especially in the intestine, in symbiosis with the micro-organisms of our “friendly” flora.

In certain conditions, when the organism is weakened due to pre-existing causes, this yeast transforms itself, it “aggregates” and takes on the characteristics of a multicellular fungus, thus becoming pathogenic.

Its hyphae damage the intestinal wall by penetrating it. Macro-elements resulting from incompletely digested food are then able to pass through the wall, activating the immune system, which identifies them as intruders, causing a toxicity snowball effect.

Serious damage is also caused by the candida producing an extremely high number of mycotoxins which it pours into the lymphatic and blood systems. These mycotixins, whether dead or alive, can cause damage to all of the body’s organs and systems. The following are considered predisposing conditions to the proliferation and diffusion of these fungi:

  • poor nutrition
  • heavy metal poisoning
  • excessive use of antibiotics and corticosteroids
  • the contraceptive pill
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • chemotherapy
  • radiation
  • drug or alcohol abuse
  • stress

All these factors have an effect on the intestinal flora, throwing it out of balance, allowing the yeast to get the upper hand. Candida feeds on and gets its energy from sugar, whether this comes from a diet rich is sugars, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and processed food or from cortisol, the stress hormone, which increases the blood sugar level (glycaemia). The mycotoxins of the fungus alter cellular communication causing infection and inflammation in those organs which are weaker for genetic reasons. One of the main toxins produced is acetaldehyde.

DAMAGE CAUSED BY ACETALDEHYDE

  • Compromised brain function
  • Memory problems
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Depression
  • Slower reflexes
  • Lethargy and apathy
  • Increased irritability
  • Increased anxiety and panic
  • Decreased sensory acuteness
  • Cravings for alcohol and sugar
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Worsening of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

The proliferation of the candida generates a landslide of imbalances in the body. The three main consequences are the diffusion of other micro-organisms, imbalance within the hormone system and emotional changes such as anxiety and depression.

Candida acts rather like a Trojan Horse – it opens the doors to other opportunistic micro-organisms which exploit the altered situation and the weakened immune system response. Sometimes a treatment for Candida albicans can be taken, but it won’t have the desired effect.

This is because the fungus is interacting with other germs. For example, a similtaneous infection caused by stafilococco aureo may be present. This is a germ which produces a toxin on which the candida feeds. In turn the candida produces substances which feed the stafilococco and allow it to proliferate, thus creating a vicious circle where the germs feed each other. The same negative synergy can occur with the protozoan trichomonas vaginalis, which is responsible for a type of vaginal infection called trichomoniasis (or “trich”): in fact the trichomonas activates the candida, if it happens to be present, and aids its proliferation.

Infection by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), best known as infectious mononucleosis, will not manifest symptoms unless there is also an excessive presence of candida.

The following are some of the disorders caused directly or indirectly by yeast overgrowth in the body:

Autoimmune pathologies 

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease)
  • Leukemia

Cardiovascular system 

  • Chronic infections
  • Iron deficiency
  • Porpora trombocitopenica
  • Endocarditis
  • Pericarditis

 

Heart valve problems Ear, nose and throat

  • Asthma 
  • Bronchitis
  • Otitis
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Oral candidiasis (thrush)
  • Sinusitis

 

Digestive system 

  • Anorexia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Cravings for sugar and carbohydrates
  • Bloating and flatulence
  • Dysbioses
  • Intestinal wall permeability
  • Food intolerance
  • Intestinal malabsorption
  • Gastritis
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach ache
  • Colitis
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn’s disease

Urogenital system 

  • Cystitis 
  • Urethritis
  • Loss of libido
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromas
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Vaginal candidiasis (thrush)
  • Prostatitis
  • Impotence

Endocrine system 

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Renal (kidney) and thyroid failure
  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Insomnia
  • Over- or underweight

 

 

Nervous system 

  • Headaches
  • Migraines 
  • Reduced cognitive function
  • Learning difficulties
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Alcoholism

Skin 

  • Acne 
  • Nappy rash
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Eczema
  • Hives (urticaria)
  • Hair loss
  • Leprosy
  • Age (liver) spots
  • Psoriasis

Tumours

Epstein-Barr virus (infectious mononucleosis)

I’d like to bring your attention to the following questionnaire (taken and adapted from “The Yeast Connection” by William G. Crook and “The Candida Cure” by Ann Boroch). It should help in making a preliminary evaluation of the possibility that your health problems are caused by an excess of candida in your body.

 

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One Response to “Candida”

  1. sito says:

    Good Post! :-)

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