by Judith G. Cobb, MH, CI, NCP
This article is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. It is meant for educational purposes only. Judith Cobb, Cobblestone Health, and Nature’s Sunshine Products accept no responsibility for results you get, whether good or bad, from using this information. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional.
Candida Albicans, also known as “yeast.” Back in the 1980s, candida was the ‘diagnosis of the decade.’ Everyone had it or wanted to blame all of their ailments, from PMS to being fat, on it. Dr. Crook fueled the fire with his book The Yeast Connection, which became a best-seller almost overnight.
I’m not saying candida isn’t a problem – it’s just not as big of a problem as we thought it was. Yeast mimics so many other common health problems that yeast is the easy scapegoat.
Every one of us has some candida in us all the time. Whether you have it or not is not the issue. The issue is how much do you have, and how sensitive are you to its waste products?
The most fundamental question is – why do we have it? Can it serve a useful purpose?
Why do we have candida?
According to German New Medicine, candida serves a very valid purpose for us, as do other microorganisms. For instance, even though a virus or bacteria can make us ill, it also serves to scavenge toxic garbage in our bodies, ultimately potentially saving our lives. Similarly, candida digests abnormal cells, also potentially saving our lives. German New Medicine teaches that emotional traumas can trigger cells to go abnormal. When the trauma is resolved, something needs to happen to eradicate the excess of abnormal cells – and that’s where candida comes in. Candida is a fundamental part of the clean-up crew. Candida is the final stage of healing.
Understanding this makes me wonder what antibiotics do in our bodies, beyond killing bacteria, since a candida overgrowth is often triggered by antibiotics. That, I’m sure, is a research article that is begging to be written.
I also wonder just how much damage refined sugar and refined foods do in our bodies. We know those types of foods create massive inflammation, acidify the body, and create a hospitable milieu for errant cells.
Let’s start at the beginning
Candida is a yeast that mutates to become a fungus. It is naturally occurring, and everyone has it. The symptoms that come with candida are a reaction to the toxins it releases.
Candida likes warm, moist, dark body parts, especially mucous membranes. It has a preference for mouths, nipples in breastfeeding moms, the vagina, the scrotum, and anywhere else it can find a warm, dark, and moist habitat. It also needs an acidic environment to flourish.
There are many theories as to what makes it decide to multiply. Having a high acid body can do it. Acid levels climb due to food choices, stress, and over-exercise. Colored toilet tissue seems to have chemicals that stimulate yeast. Underclothes that don’t have cotton gussets trap heat and moisture, creating an ideal breeding place. Candida can be passed between intimate partners, and unwanted sexual encounters can also trigger it even if neither partner has active symptoms. The use of antibiotics can trigger it, as can a serious emotional trauma (according to German New Medicine).
Medical tests can identify the presence of candida, but they cannot show how much a person has or how sensitive the person is to the candida toxins. The most accurate way to determine if your symptoms could be caused by candida, and I know it seems archaic, is to complete a questionnaire. The best questionnaire I’ve seen is in the out-of-print book Back To Health by Dennis Remington, MD.
By way of summary, here is a list of the questions.
Do you suffer with:
- Depression, loss of pleasure
- Anxiety, irritability, quick loss of temper, troubled sleep
- Trouble thinking clearly, poor memory, poor concentration
- Fatigue, weakness
- Intestinal gas, bloating, abdominal fullness
- Constipation, diarrhea, or both alternating
- Heartburn, acid indigestion, gastritis, intestinal pain or cramping
- Muscle stiffness with normal activity, muscle cramps, deep pains in legs, arms and back
- Cravings for sugar, carbohydrates or alcohol
- Feeling sick if don’t eat regularly
- Sensitivity to chemical and perfume odors
- Sinuses often full or swollen
- Airborne allergies
- Skin rash that just won’t go away
- Curdly vaginal discharge with yeasty odor that persists all month
Infants often get thrush, which is simply baby candida. It can show up in their mouths as white, curdly plaques that can’t be scraped off, and/or on their bottoms as a raging rash. Both of these can be really uncomfortable.
Men can carry yeast, asymptomatically, on their penises and scrotums.
Women do not need to have a vaginal yeast infection to have a systemic yeast infection.
Everyone can incubate it until it is systemic and causes an assortment of symptoms from the list above.
In order to get rid of this, all partners need to be treated at the same time. That means dad, mom and their breastfeeding baby. (If you are a breastfeeding mom, please seek the advice of a wellness professional. Many of the anti-yeast supplements are not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women.)
See the follow-up article, Getting Rid of Yeast – the Final Steps, for possible treatment options.
If you think you are dealing with candida or just don’t know where to begin making improvements with your health, please contact me, Judith Cobb, to book an appointment. Skype, phone, webinar, and face-to-face appointments are available.
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