The Chaos of Candida – Yeast Infection
Candida Albicans is a one-celled mold organism that can get out of control and overwhelm our bodies, and our health, by causing a yeast infection. When the infection sets in, candida cells give off poisonous chemicals, causing problems most doctors don’t recognize.
In fact, much of medicine insists there’s no such thing as a yeast infection. They have no drugs to treat it, either, unless you’d like to risk your liver.
Since yeast infections are very common, we need to know some stuff.
All of us are home to candida albicans cells; they’re just part of life. But when candida gets out of control, chaos ensues. And even if we recognize what’s going on, a lot of what we read about it is wrong.
Possible signs of a yeast infection
• Fungus on fingernails and/or toenails
• Athlete’s foot
• Urinary tract infections
• Chronic fatigue symptoms can come from a yeast infection
• Low stomach acid (which has the same symptoms as high stomach acid, and doctors don’t test.)
• Ear infections, especially in kids
• Autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis
• Gluten intolerance
• Out of control estrogen (a cause of breast and prostate cancer)
• Gluten intolerance
• Sinus infection
• Underperforming thyroid, adrenals, etc. Mistaking a yeast infection for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis isn’t unheard of.
• The ever-popular mad dashes to the bathroom as your digestive system sounds an alarm
As you can see, yeast infections strike pretty much anywhere in the body; there’s no specific pattern that allows for easy self-diagnosis.
Some possible causes of a yeast infection
• Two significant, but largely unknown, causes of yeast infections are an imbalance in vitamins and minerals, especially minerals, and/or a whacked endocrine system. You can’t heal a yeast infection unless you get your vitamins, minerals and endocrine system balanced.
• Chlorinated water for drinking, bathing, cooking, etc.
• Fluoridated water for drinking, bathing, cooking, etc.
• Antibiotics. The more antibiotics you take, the more vulnerable you are. And keep in mind that, because of poor farming practices, grocery-store meat, chicken, milk, etc. contain antibiotics for your dining pleasure-and your body’s woe.
• Too much iron. Iron is very tricky to take, usually doing more harm than good. We have to be wise when dealing with anemia.
• Taking cortisone.
• Taking birth control pills.
• Low stomach acid can be a result of overgrown candida as well as a cause.
• Underactive adrenals.
Yikes, Bette! Is there anything I can do besides write my will?
There are lots of ways to fight back. My Moving to Health (below) program talks about 25 different ways to deal with candida, one by one, depending on which body parts are under attack. A wide-spread attack will require more ammunition to fight back than an attack on a single body part.
There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. You’ll hear about diets to handle yeast infections, but results are iffy-and sometimes they make things worse. Diets have to be custom-tailored to our specific body.
As I mentioned before, you have to get your vitamins and minerals marching in step, on the beat, to get rid of a yeast infection, as well as keep it from returning. Same with your endocrine system.
While you’re doing that, you can help your body by removing anything in the diet that’s feeding the yeast infection. This is not some kind of sissy deal; getting rid of yeast-feeders is hard, strict work. Fortunately, the stricter you are, the faster you reach the finish line. Half-hearted attempts don’t do much.
Don’t take anti-mold or anti-fungal drugs. They are very toxic, and what your body doesn’t need is an additional load of toxins. Eat more garlic, though. You may not be all that nice to be near, but your body will think you’re a hero (or heroine, as the case may be). And if everybody eats garlic, nobody will notice the odor.
What to remove from your diet if you want to kill the yeast beast
• Carbohydrates, whether in sugar, soda, Gatorade, fruit, high fructose corn syrup, bread, starches, etc. Get a carbohydrate-gram-counter book and stick to 25 grams, or less, of carbohydrates a day. This will cover low carb vegetables such as green beans, broccoli, spinach, celery, etc. It won’t cover fruit (juice or whole), pastries, bread, pasta, alcohol, etc. If you’re not sure, just “say no.”
• Anything fermented, such as sauerkraut, kombucha, alcohol. Fermented foods don’t cause yeast infections, but they add to your body’s load.
• Anything inherently moldy such as mushrooms. Also potatoes, peanuts, carrots, and other things that grow below-ground. Cashews and macadamia nuts are a problem, too.
• Cooked vegetables usually help more than raw vegetables.
Well, I could go on, but you’re probably begging for mercy already, so I’ll stop. All I’ll add is this: The results will be worth the struggle.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.