BEST site I've ever seen for candida information

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by hope2001, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member

    Ya'll have got to see this site. It explains EVERYTHING in a very easy to understand format....with click on's to continue subtopics if you choose. I looked and the way it shows up on this site just DOES NOT COMPARE to what you can see if you go to the actual link...

    http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C7890.html

    I have tried to cut n paste part of it, but I don't think it will transfer over to this site....


    Candida albicans is an opportunistic yeast that normally inhabits the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract of most humans and is usually considered to be a normal part of the bowel flora (the organisms that coexist with us in our lower digestive tract). However, it may become pathogenic when there is a disturbance in the balance of flora, or a debilitation of the host from other causes.


    Please note that it is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms: if you treat yourself for the wrong illness or a specific symptom of a complex disease, you may delay legitimate treatment of a serious underlying problem. In other words, the greatest danger in self-treatment may be self-diagnosis. If you do not know what you really have, you can not treat it!


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    The job of Candida albicans is to recognize and destroy harmful bacteria: Without it, we would be defenseless against many pathogenic bacteria. In a healthy person, Candida albicans numbers in the millions and is controlled by a properly-functioning immune system and "friendly" bacteria. However, if the number of friendly bacteria is decreased, the immune system is weakened, or other conditions for yeast proliferation occur (diet high in sugar, improper pH in the digestive system) Candida albicans will shift from yeast form to mycelial fungal form and start to invade the body.


    In the yeast state, Candida is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism, while in fungal state it is invasive and can produce rhizoids, very long root-like structures. Rhizoids can penetrate mucosa or intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes and allowing toxins, undigested food particles and bacteria and yeast to enter the bloodstream. This condition is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome and that is an explanation for many food and environmental allergies.


    If left untreated, Candida can cause other diseases that may even be lethal, for example by entering the brain or bloodstream. Persons with severely compromised immune system can die from blood poisoning known as Candida Septicemia.


    Systemic Candida Overgrowth is a condition that occurs when Candida breaks the intestinal lining and enters the bloodstream. From there, it can travel to various parts of your body and multiply. The symptoms include: muscle aches, sore/stiff joints, fatigue, problems with particular organs, recurrent urinary tract infections, serious illnesses (Asthma, ADHD, Diabetes, MS, Arthritis, CFS, Fibromyalgia).


    Candida can be a difficult condition to diagnose, some treatments are less than effective, and recovery can be prolonged. However, when candida is a problem (whether lab testing confirms it or not) and treatment is effective, there can be great health gains. Attempts at diagnosis are made through questionnaires, analyzing a history of causative factors, blood tests, and stool tests. Some doctors use a questionnaire only because of lab test confusion.


    Transmission
    Candida fungi can not become airborne and therefore Candida can not be transmitted by air. Sexual intercourse, deep kissing and oral sex can transmit Candida to/from the genitals or mouth from one person to another. If the other person is healthy, his immune system will destroy Candida cells and prevent infection. However, if his immune system is impaired or he/she eat lots of sugar and carbohydrates then Candida can proliferate.


    Treatment
    To cure Candida albicans it is essential to find what caused the Candida overgrowth. If the cause is not found and treated, it is possible that treatment will not be effective and/or that Candida will recur. The most common causes of Candida albicans overgrowth are:


    A comprehensive approach to presumed or documented candida should include:


    Eliminate the chronic use of antibiotics, steroids, immune-suppressing drugs, and birth control pills (unless there is absolute medical necessity).

    Follow the candida control diet suggestions given below.
    Enhance digestion. Check for hypochlorhydria and pancreatic adequacy.

    Enhance immune function. Consider thymus-containing products.

    Enhance liver function.

    Use nutritional and herbal supplements that help control yeast overgrowth and promote a healthy bacterial flora. Many combination preparations are available, and rotating products gives you the opportunity to see which are the most effective and reduces the likelihood of the yeast becoming resistant. Therapy may need to continue for 6 months or longer. Acidophilus supplementation has been shown to be ineffective in candidal infections when used by itself, but can be helpful if a deficiency exists or could be helpful when used in combination with other agents.
    Suggested diets are a variation on these basics:
    Avoid sugars. Some doctors strongly recommend you cannot have ANY sugar or grains at all on a program and should also eliminate all fruit until the symptoms resolve. Others are less strict and suggest avoiding foods high in simple carbohydrates such as refined sugars (sucrose, fructose, corn syrup), fruit juices, honey, and maple syrup. Limit intake of high carbohydrate vegetables such as potatoes, corn, yams, and parsnips. How strict you need to be will have to be discovered.
    Avoid foods with a high content of yeast or mold including alcoholic beverages, cheeses, dried fruits, melons, and peanuts.
    Avoid milk and milk products with a high content of lactose.
    Avoid all known or suspected allergic foods.
    Foods that can be eaten freely include all vegetables, protein sources (legumes, fish, poultry, and meat), and whole grains. Two to three one-cup servings of the following fruit can be eaten per day as well: apples, blueberries, cherries, other berries, and pears.

    The most severe cases seem to be associated with the presence of mercury amalgam fillings.

    Documenting and diagnosing candidal overgrowth can be very confusing as different doctors interpret lab tests differently. Despite this confusion, many people treated properly for a suspected infection improve significantly over time. Reading a book such as Dr. Crook's The Yeast Connection can be helpful in understanding the condition.
    Signs, symptoms & indicators of Yeast / Candida Infection:
    Symptoms - Allergy (High) intolerance of sugars

    Counter-indicators:
    (High) tolerance of sugars

    Symptoms - Bowel Movements
    Bowel movement changes
    Mucus in stools

    Symptoms - Environment
    (High) cigarette smoke sensitivity
    (High) chemical sensitivity

    Symptoms - Food - Preferences
    Sugar/sweet craving
    Craving but not/craving and eating wheat

    Symptoms - Gas-Int - General
    Meal-related bloating
    General flatulence
    Difficulty swallowing If you have fungal overgrowth in your esophagus, symptoms may include pain and difficulty in swallowing.

    Pain with swallowing If you have fungal overgrowth in your esophagus, symptoms may include pain and difficulty in swallowing.

    (Regular/frequent) unexplained nausea
    Anal itching at night or anal itching

    Counter-indicators:
    Absence of meal-related bloating

    Symptoms - General
    History of/having a CFS diagnosis

    Symptoms - Head - Mouth/Oral
    Coughing up whitish/coughing up/coughing up yellowish curds If you have fungal overgrowth in your esophagus, symptoms may include pain and difficulty in swallowing. It is also possible that you may be able to cough up white curds which are probably part of these patches located in your esophagus.

    Coated tongue A white, coated tongue is a sign and symptom of what doctors call Oral Thrush. Candidiasis of the mouth and throat, also known as a "thrush" or oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC), is a fungal infection that occurs when there is overgrowth of fungus called Candida. Candida is normally found on skin or mucous membranes. However, if the environment inside the mouth or throat becomes imbalanced, Candida can multiply. People with white tongues may have painless, white patches in their mouths and throats.


    Symptoms - Head - Nose
    Allergic rhinitis

    Symptoms - Metabolic
    Low energy/stamina

    Symptoms - Mind - General
    Spacey/unreal feelings

    Symptoms - Nails
    Deformed toenails

    Symptoms - Reproductive - General
    Vaginal itching
    Genital sores

    Symptoms - Respiratory
    Discomfort caused by mold/mustiness

    Symptoms - Sleep
    Drowsiness after meals



    Conditions that suggest Yeast / Candida Infection:
    Allergy Indoor Allergies

    Autoimmune
    Crohn's Disease

    Circulation
    Mitral Valve Prolapse One doctor has reported that over 80% of the women who have been diagnosed as having mitral valve prolapse suffer from an overgrowth of candida albicans.


    Digestion
    Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut It is likely that both yeast and bacterial overgrowth commonly occur together; overgrowth of either can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome.


    Infections
    Sinusitis

    Musculo-Skeletal
    General Weakness

    Organ Health
    Gallbladder Disease

    Respiratory
    Asthma

    Skin-Hair-Nails
    Psoriasis A number of gut-derived toxins are implicated in the development of psoriasis including endotoxins (cell wall components of gram-negative bacteria), streptococcal products, Candida albicans, yeast compounds, and IgE or IgA immune complexes. These compounds increase the rate of skin cell proliferation dramatically. Candida albicans overgrowth in the intestines (chronic candidiasis) may play a major role in many cases.

    Male Hair Loss Candida can cause hair shedding in male or female patients. The exact mechanism is unclear because there are so many possible pathways. The three most likely pathways are thyroid dysfunction, allergies and enzyme suppression.

    Female Hair Loss Candida can cause hair shedding in male or female patients. The exact mechanism is unclear because there are so many possible pathways. The three most likely pathways are thyroid dysfunction, allergies and enzyme suppression.


    Symptoms - Immune System
    Non-vaginal candida (confirmed)
    General fungal/yeast infections (confirmed)

    Symptoms - Muscular
    History of/having a fibromyalgia diagnosis

    Uro-Genital
    Vaginitis/Vaginal Infection
    Vulvodynia / Vestibulitis Cyclic vulvovaginitis is probably the most common cause of vulvodynia and is believed to be caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to Candida. While vaginal smears and cultures are not consistently positive, microbiologic proof should be sought by obtaining candidal or fungal cultures during a symptom-free phase. The diagnosis of cyclic vulvitis is made based on the patient's report of cyclic symptomatic flare-ups (or, conversely, symptom-free days) and by the patient's report of symptomatic improvement after the administration of long-term topical or systemic anticandidal therapy. [Autoimmunity as a factor in recurrent vaginal candidiasis and the minor vestibular gland syndrome. J Reprod Med 1989;34: pp.264-6]




    Risk factors for Yeast / Candida Infection:
    Addictions Alcohol-related Problems Alcohol kills friendly bacteria, increases toxic overload of the liver and thus allows Candida to grow.


    Autoimmune
    Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease Genetic disorders such as celiac disease or hemochromatosis can cause Candida overgrowth.


    Circulation
    Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia Vitamin B12, B6, biotin and folate help maintain candida in its non-invasive form. A B12 deficiency is one of several conditions that can stimulate candida growth.


    Diet
    Overconsumption Overeating causes indigestion of food and allows fermentation.

    Consequences of Poor Diet Improper diets, such as those high in carbohydrates, sugar, yeast and yeast products can lead to Candida overgrowth.


    Digestion
    Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency
    Digestive Enzyme Need
    Diarrhea Chronic diarrhea can cause the friendly Bifidobacterium bifidum to be expelled from the colon and Candida may then proliferate.

    Constipation Chronic constipation can lead to Candida overgrowth.


    Drug Side-Effects
    (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects Steroid hormones, immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory drugs, ulcer medications or acid blockers used for prolonged periods can all cause yeast overgrowth.


    Environment / Toxicity
    Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)
    General Detoxification Requirement Toxic metals, such as mercury (found in dental amalgams and some fish) and chemicals, such as aspartame, MSG and others can kill friendly intestinal flora, alter immune response and allow yeast to proliferate.

    Household Mold Exposure Environmental molds or chemicals can cause Candida.


    Immunity
    Weakened Immune System Candidiasis is more common and severe in individuals with weakened immune systems. Any condition that results in a weakened immune system can cause Candida proliferation. Common causes of immune deficiency are AIDS and cancer.


    Laboratory Test Needed
    Hormone Imbalance Hormonal balance is necessary for support of friendly flora in the gut.


    Mental
    Stress

    Metabolic
    Hemochromatosis (Iron overload) Genetic disorders such as celiac disease or hemochromatosis can cause Candida overgrowth.


    Nutrients
    EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement
    Magnesium Requirement
    Vitamin B2 Requirement

    Organ Health
    Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

    Parasites
    Parasite Infection Intestinal parasites such as worms destroy friendly bacteria in the gut, making yeast overgrowth possible. It is common for Candida patients to also have parasites and parasites should be suspected if Candida overgrowth recurs.


    Supplements and Medications
    Broad-spectrum antibiotic use Antibiotics reduce the number of "friendly bacteria" in the intestinal tract that normally keep the Candida albicans under control.

    Tetracycline use
    Current birth control pill use
    Pain medication use

    Symptoms - Food - Intake
    (High) refined sugar consumption
    (High) refined white flour consumption

    Symptoms - Head - Nose
    History of sinusitis

    Symptoms - Immune System
    Past general fungal/yeast infections

    Symptoms - Nails
    History of deformed toenails

    Symptoms - Respiratory
    History of asthma



    Yeast / Candida Infection suggests the following may be present:
    Circulation Mitral Valve Prolapse One doctor has reported that over 80% of the women who have been diagnosed as having mitral valve prolapse suffer from an overgrowth of candida albicans.


    Immunity
    Weakened Immune System Candidiasis is more common and severe in individuals with weakened immune systems. Any condition that results in a weakened immune system can cause Candida proliferation. Common causes of immune deficiency are AIDS and cancer.




    Yeast / Candida Infection can lead to:
    Digestion Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut It is likely that both yeast and bacterial overgrowth commonly occur together; overgrowth of either can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome.




    Recommendations and treatments for Yeast / Candida Infection:
    Amino Acid / Protein Glutamine L-Glutamine can help reduce candida-induced hair loss.


    Botanical
    Garlic Liberal consumption of garlic, ginger, cinnamon and other aromatic herbs can have significant antifungal activity.

    Grapefruit Seed Extract Chronic candidiasis can be successfully treated with grapefruit seed extract according to the many clinics and medical practitioners now prescribing it. Dr Leo Galland, who prescribes it for chronic candidiasis, has reported treatment failure in fewer than 1% of cases, and considers it to be "a major therapeutic breakthrough for patients with chronic parasitic and yeast infections."

    Pau D'Arco / Taheebo
    Oil of Oregano Place 3 drops of oregano oil into an empty gelatin capsule (or vegicap), or mix the same amount of oil into juice and take 3 times each day. Enteric-coated preparations are available at about 50-100mg of oil per capsule or tablet. Several weeks of continuous use may be required for the anti-fungal properties of oil of oregano to clear up a deep-seated Candida infection.

    Wormwood
    Quassia
    Olive Leaf Extract
    Black Walnut
    Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Stevia is an excellent natural sweetener and a good way to reduce refined sugar consumption.

    Chlorella

    Detoxification
    Supplemental Fiber Candidal toxins can be reduced by using a water-soluble fiber source such as guar gum, psyllium seed, or pectin, which can bind to toxins in the gut and promote their excretion.

    Bentonite Clay

    Diet
    Sugars Avoidance / Reduction Avoid foods high in simple carbohydrates such as refined sugars (sucrose, fructose, corn syrup), fruit juices, honey, and maple syrup.

    Coconut

    Not recommended:
    Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption Based on their clinical experience and on very preliminary research, several doctors have suggested that a number of dietary factors may promote the overgrowth of Candida. Dried fruits, which are high in sugar, have been blamed for contributing to promotion of Candida overgrowth. Sugars avoidance is a standard recommendation on any anti-candidal diet.


    Digestion
    Probiotics The use of probiotics to help keep candidal overgrowth from occurring is a common part of many antifungal programs.


    Hormone
    Thyroid Medications Thyroid medications can help reduce candida-induced hair loss.


    Lab Tests/Rule-Outs
    Bacteria / Pathogen Testing by PCR US Biotek lab offers a PanFungal Panel (Blood or Tissue Biopsy) which tests for the presence of several hundred human pathogenic fungal species. This panel also differentiates the Candida genus.


    Mineral
    Colloidal Silver

    Nutrient
    GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) GLA can help reduce candida-induced hair loss by suppressing conversion of testosterone to its derivative DHT, in the hair follicles.


    Vitamins
    Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) One Osteopath (DO) is known to use intravenous vitamin C followed by intravenous flagyl with good results for candidal overgrowth.







    [This Message was Edited on 03/22/2006]
  2. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member

    Thanks Storymyskye! I consider that a compliment because you seem to be one of the resident "experts" on a lot of topics!

    Did you see the one about Acidosis?
    :)
  3. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member

    Isn't it interesting how inter related all this stuff is? makes you wonder what came first, the chicken or the egg...

  4. berrytired

    berrytired New Member

    I'm finally being tested for this...99.9% sure i have it.





    Circulation
    Mitral Valve Prolapse One doctor has reported that over 80% of the women who have been diagnosed as having mitral valve prolapse suffer from an overgrowth of candida albicans.
  5. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member

    thanks, berry :)
  6. JulieO

    JulieO New Member

    Thank you so much for posting this excellent article! I am out sick today from work and researching some other things and encountered this. I'm currently being treated for candida and it was interesting to see all of the various symptoms that it can cause (that I wasn't aware of). I also wanted to bump this up in case others missed it!

    Thanks again,
    Julie
  7. morningsonshine

    morningsonshine New Member

  8. excellent article, I missed this before. thanks
  9. mollystwin

    mollystwin New Member

    For the great article. I am still battling candida, and am always interested in information.
  10. pawprints

    pawprints New Member

    Some good information to process!