Discovering Wellness: Candida Albicans: A rising epidemic
By By Kimberly Kaye Castaneda, ND, CHt, DD
By Kimberly Kaye Castaneda, ND, CHt, DD
Truth and Wellness Facilitator
An overgrowth of Candida Albicans results in a yeast infection that begins in the digestive system which eventually goes systemic, finding its way to the blood stream and other parts of the body. It is a powerful, invasive yeast that attaches itself to the intestinal walls and dwells inside ones system. It inflicts more than 30 million men and women, and it is estimated that nearly everyone will become affected by the fungus at some point in their lifetime.
When your immune system is strong, candida yeast is not a problem, but when the system is compromised by antibiotic use, which destroys friendly bacteria, this, in turn, allows the yeast to multiply and thrive. The yeast will then put out mycotoxins such as acetaldehyde and the by-product ethanol. Ethanol, being an alcohol, then, in turn, causes symptoms such as a sick-all-over feeling, chronic ear and sinus infections, allergies, asthma, migraines, depression, manic depression, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, cystitis, sexual dysfunction, vaginal yeast infections, endometriosis, infertility, PMS, irritability, autism, autoimmune diseases and symptoms identified as such and confused with multiple sclerosis as blurred vision, tingling, numbness, muscular stiffness, loss of balance, slurred speech, staggering gait, weakness and fatigue (note: yeast lets off a toxic alcohol in the system. MS symptoms resemble drunkenness or vice-versa; yeast symptoms resemble MS). Think about it! Conventional medicine already knows that with MS, the white blood cells are causing damage to the myelin sheath, but why? My own personal theory with MS is that yeast surrounds the nerves, causing the white blood cells to react to the candida by trying to destroy it as their duty requires, and therefore, attacking the myelin sheath, not intending to damage it, but to rid the invader, the yeast.
Candida creates chaos in the intestines and contributes to diseases of which allopathic, mainstream doctors have little or no answers. Candida Albicans is an insatiable, voracious destroyer of health and is truly the main missing link in many of our modern-day diseases and health conditions. Consider this. We have many, many new disease conditions totally unheard of 50 years ago, but they manifested themselves along with a great deal of processed, refined foods loaded with chemicals and preservatives. No wonder were a sick and tired nation! For many, especially those afflicted with cancer, autoimmune diseases, the elderly and children with weakened immune systems, are wasting away due to malnutrition/malabsorption because they are not utilizing or absorbing the foods they eat. Most people actually digest less than 50 percent of their food because the candida creates digestive distress and robs one of their nutrition.
Once leaky gut has been established, and yeast has made its way into the bloodstream it is continually being fed and steals our bodies much-needed nutrients. Yeast feeds off sugar and other simple carbohydrate foods and drinks (junk food). Yeast feeds off yeast foods and drinks (breads, pastries and beer). Yeast feeds off fermented foods and drinks (vinegars, condiments, soy sauce & wine). Yeast feeds off fungi foods (mushrooms). Yeast feeds off mold-producing foods (cheese). So, inevitably, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D., and that it is) is extremely detrimental and toxic to our health.
Other factors causing yeast overgrowth include: Use of birth control pills, acne medications, steroid medications taken as pill form, injection, topical salves and creams and/or inhalers, diabetes, sexual transmission, hormonal changes, pregnancy (the baby is then subjected to it also: oral thrush is a sign) and genital irritation or abrasions.
Several symptoms can manifest simultaneously in different areas of the body such as, immune deficiency, endocrine insufficiency, central nervous system-related problems along with joint pain, for instance, giving a feeling of being sick all over. Always remember every part of your body is connected to every other part of your body, and yeast plays no favorites as far as where it wishes to reside and how it desires to manifest as a symptomatic picture according to your own personal constitutional makeup. It can encase the nerves and organs such as the heart and brain, it can congest the lymphatic system, the liver, the kidneys, the pancreas, the bowels, and it can find its way to the connective tissues and muscles … IT IS DESTRUCTIVE!
If you are sick and tired of finding yourself sick and tired from any of the above-noted health concerns, then you are most likely a prime candidate for being a host to Candida Albicans. If you have put on weight, yet eat like a bird, then you more than likely suffer from a candida infestation. People have been noted to drop up to 50 pounds when they removed the candida from the system. If you have any digestive problems, such as living on TUMS so your tummy can handle eating, then you more than likely suffer from candida. If you wake up exhausted in the morning, then you more than likely suffer from candida. If you have exhausted the medical field and still have no answers about why you feel the way you do, or you suspect that this may be a health concern for you, then there are tests available for you to find out. It is called Live B Blood and Dry Layer Analysis, where you can view and witness this tenacious health threat first hand and see for yourself what degree of damage it has caused in your system. You can find out more information by making an appointment with a naturopathic doctor, such as myself, who offers this type of testing in their practice. With this test, you will also find out other health issues including: the condition and count of the red and white blood cells and to what degree of oxygen deprivation, parasitic infestation, anemia, thrombosis, rouleauing, fibrin spicules (liver stress), heavy metal poisoning, uric acid crystals, undigested fat particles, protein linkage, free radical damage, viral activity, hormonal imbalances and the amount of stress there is in the system and where in the body your health issues reside.
You dont have to live the majority of your life feeling sick and tired. There are hidden reasons why you are not feeling well, and as a naturopath, my lifes work is to educate and guide you in the right direction and find the root cause of your dis-ease so that you can take back your health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and begin your path to DISCOVERING WELLNESS.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from Candida, go to http://www/discoveringwellness.com and take the Candida Questionnaire!!!