Although millions of Americans are infected, the symptoms of candida overgrowth (a
yeast infection) are often misdiagnosed as...
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Diet Disorder
• Old Age
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• And a host of other maladies
Scientists estimate that 90% of Americans provide a warm home for this yeast-like
parasite called Candida albicans. Over-utilization of antibiotics, the American
diet and a weakened immune system allow these organisms to over-populate, invade
various organs and tissues and wreak havoc on normal bodily functions. Early
symptoms of “over-growth” include chronic aches and pains, digestive problems, lack
of energy, memory loss, depression, foggy thinking and many other conditions wrongly
associated with getting older. Scientific testing has shown that a widely prescribed
anti-fungal/anti-yeast drug is barely better than a placebo. On the other hand, recent
double blind clinical trials now show that a new, safe, over-the-counter herbal remedy
cuts to the very heart of this parasite. The results of this study suggest that people
no longer need to suffer with the menacing health problems caused by this yeast-like
What is Candida?
Candida is a yeast, similar to those that cause bread to rise. Candida albicans is
the most common and well known yeast, and can become problematic in the body when
it proliferates out of control. Candida albicans is one of over 80 species of Candida.
It is technically a digestive mold or yeast. These yeasts are parasites, organisms
that live off of us, taking in food from us and putting off toxic waste. Digestive
yeasts have been found to produce over 70 known toxins. Yeast is normally present
in our intestinal tract in small amounts. In low levels, it is not harmful to the
body - It is a source of food for beneficial gut flora (friendly bacteria) that help
the body fight infectious disease. As long as the amount of yeast in the body remains
small, internal balance is maintained and all is well. The ideal ratio of Candida
to bacteria in the body is 1:1 million; that is, 1 yeast to 1 million bacteria.
What causes Candida?
When the critical balance of Candida to bacteria in the body is disturbed, with Candida
gaining the upper hand, we can develop symptoms anywhere in the body as a result
of what progressive doctors call systemic candidiasis. This condition develops when
the balance between yeast and bacteria is upset as a result of:
Immune dysfunction or disease
Upset in ratio of good to bad bacteria in the GI tract
Change in intestinal pH A number of factors can cause immune dysfunction:
Drugs, anti-inflammatories, cortisone, birth control pills, antibiotics, non- steroidal
Toxic metals (like mercury, lead, cadmium, nickel and aluminum)
Stress and over-consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugar All of these factors
create an imbalance of beneficial gut flora (more bad bacteria than good) called
dysbiosis, which can result in reduced immunity. In its fungal form, Candida produces
waste products known as mycotoxins. Among the mycotoxins produced by Candida is acetaldehyde,
a poison that is transformed into ethanol and converted by the liver into alcohol.
As alcohol builds up in the system, symptoms associated with drunkenness develop.
This is how Candida can produce “brain fog”. Candida secretes acid that can alter
pH (acid/alkaline balance). It also grows very long roots called rhizoids, which
actually puncture the mucosal lining of the intestine. When it becomes damaged, we
develop a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome. This means that the mucosal lining
of the digestive tract has holes in it, allowing Candida to pass through it into
How does Candida create poor health?
What are some of the signs & symptoms?
When undigested food particles penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream,
the body views them as foreign invaders and makes antibodies (chemical bullets) against
them. This can result in the development of food allergies or sensitivities, and
ultimately autoimmune disease. There are some 80 known autoimmune diseases. The cause
for all of them is officially “unknown.”
Among these autoimmune diseases are:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
The cause of these diseases may be unknown to mainstream medicine, but holistic practitioners
are well aware of their connection to leaky gut syndrome. Since Candida is often
the culprit behind the leak, we can view systemic candidiasis as an underlying condition,
if not a cause, of allergies and other autoimmune disorders. Candida toxins are carried
through the leaky gut (via the bloodstream) to the liver. From there, they proceed
to other organs of the body — the brain, nervous system, joints, skin, etc. If the
liver’s detoxification ability is impaired due to inadequate nutrition and toxic
overload, these toxins will be stored and can initiate states of chronic disease.
ELIMINATE or MINIMIZE the use of ANTIBIOTICS, steroids, immune-suppressing drugs
and oral contraceptives (only after consulting your health care provider or physician).
CHANGE your DIET to one that will not encourage growth of Candida. Eliminate fruit
and fruit juices, sugar and other sweeteners, cheese and commercial dairy products.
Soy sauce, mushrooms, breads with yeast, baked goods and peanuts should also be eliminated,
as should any refined foods and any foods to which you are allergic or sensitive.
Avoid coffee, soda, and alcoholic beverages, as well as any fermented foods or beverages.
EAT plenty of vegetables and lean protein. Soups and stews are excellent. Substitute
yeast-free millet bread and gluten-free grains such as corn, millet, quinoa and teff.
If a sweetener is desired, use the herbs stevia or lo-han. Snacks should include
raw pumpkin seeds and oil-free corn chips. Use raw almond and raw cashew butter.
Granny Smith apples are the only fruits permitted.
DRINK plenty of water: at least a half (1/2) ounce of water per pound of body weight.
(For a 120-pound person, that would mean 60 ounces or about 7 tall glasses.)
ENHANCE digestion by eating more raw foods, chewing thoroughly and taking enzymes
with every meal.
RE-ESTABLISH beneficial flora (good bacteria) in your intestinal tract with acidophilus
and bifidus supplements.
IMPROVE immune function by stimulating lymph flow through exercise and deep breathing.
INCREASE fiber consumption. This will help absorb and sweep out the toxins that are
being created as Candida dies off. We need 30-40 grams of fiber per day, most Americans
only get 10-12 grams per day. Flax is an excellent source of fiber.
CLEANSE your system with herbs that help to reduce Candida.
STAY ON a probiotic and fiber supplement as a maintenance. Continue on a maintenance
diet — i.e., add back fruits and grains slowly!!!
TRY colon hydrotherapy with your detox program.