|WHAT IS CANDIDIASIS?
Candida albicans is a single-celled yeast-like fungus that can be found in and on the mucous membranes of many regions of the body. Within
a healthy immune system and given ample amounts of good "friendly" bacteria, this fungus remains in balanced proportion. However, when the healthy balance or correct
intestinal medium is disturbed, the friendly bacteria lose their stronghold and this fungus (as well as other pathogenic substances, e.g., related yeasts and fungi,
bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.) is allowed to multiply and colonize throughout the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract.
If the yeast gets out of control, and the gastrointestinal tract lining becomes too weakened and permeable, the fungus in turn can infiltrate into the blood and migrate
throughout the body. Once this environmental change has taken place, a state of dysbiosis may follow (a context where there is a greater number of pathogenic
microorganisms inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract than there are beneficial ones).
SYMPTOMS OF CANDIDIASIS
Symptoms range from gastrointestinal tract troubles such as bloating, excessive gas, halitosis, chronic abdominal distension, diarrhea, thrush, colitis, chronic
indigestion and digestive weakness, to skin problems such as acne, scalp afflictions, nail fungus, diaper rash, athleteÕs foot, jock itch, hive-like symptoms, rash,
eczema, psoriasis to female disorders such as hormonal system changes, disruption of normal monthly cycle (PMS, dysmenorrhea, early periods, etc.), vaginal itching,
cystitis, yeast infections, bladder disorders, and vaginal swelling. There are also similar male disorders, neurological neuromuscular disorders, respiratory disorders,
emotional or mental disorders and cardiovascular disorders that have all been linked to Candidiasis.
The most important thing to remember is that with decreased immune system activity, these symptoms run unchecked. It is therefore very important to build up the immune
system through right eating and selective use of herbs.
|What about Parasites:
Some health experts estimate that an incredible eight out of ten
Americans are harboring one or more parasites in their bodies. Is it no wonder then that parasites, the great masqueraders, are the missing diagnosis in the genesis of
many chronic health problems including asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue,
sleep disorders, skin problems, overweight, underweight, fibromyalgia, and hyperactivity.
These parasites can infiltrate your blood, tissues, and organs (yes, they can cross the brain/blood barrier), and go undetected for years.
Common Symptoms of Parasite Problems:
- Persistent Bloating and Gas
- Environmental and Food Allergy
- Sugar Cravings
- Joint and Muscle Aches
- Skin Problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue
- Sleep Disturbance
- Arthritic Symptoms
Causes Behind Parasite Related Problems:
International Travel – Now more than ever Americans are traveling to exotic and remote areas where they are exposed to parasites that they may unknowingly bring
Contaminated Water – Many of today’s drinking water sources contain micro- organisms such as as cryptosporidium and giardia. They can be found in tap water in your
Day Care Centers – Believe it or not, our day care centers are a primary source of transmission of infection.
Exotic Foods – Raw food dishes like sushi, steak tartar, ceviche and Dutch Herring as well as under cooked or rare foods can pose a significant risk. Also,
unwashed produce can be problematic as well.
Household pets – Animals can transmit infections to their owners.
Antibiotic Use – Drugs upset the body’s balance of beneficial bacteria, leaving it open to opportunistic invaders.