"Candida organisms release more than 70 known toxins that accumulate in the joints, spinal fluid, and soft tissue. I can help you to overcome this health problem and educate you on ways to protect yourself from getting it back."
-Dr. Louis Granirer
Candida Remedy in Manhattan, New York City
Candida is a highly adaptable fungus that is part of the majority of people's gut flora. It is normal to have a small amount. Problems arise for the individual when Candida becomes excessive. Candida albicans is the most common form of yeast infection that causes related medical conditions. The effects of chronic and systemic candidiasis are not fully understood, however, infections have been linked to chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, ADD, and many other conditions.
Since the mid 1990s, researchers at Stanford University, MIT, and Harvard have been mapping genomes of the common Candida albicans fungus. Decades of innovative DNA research have changed the way scientists view and treat candida. To evolve and thrive, the fungus is constantly mutating its gene sequences. Candida is capable of spontaneously rearranging data, deleting gene patterns, and changing chromosomal repeats similar to the way computers rapidly handle and exchange data packets.
Causes of Candida
Commensal organisms like candida are parasitic, which means the fungus lives and feeds, causing harm to the host. When the healthy bacterial balance is thrown off, the opportunistic candida takes advantage of the situation causing a fungal overgrowth. When candida gains a foothold in this manner, it dominates the intestinal microflora and prevents beneficial organisms from reestablishing themselves. If left unchecked, candida infections can become systemic and enter the bloodstream.
Severe candida overgrowth causes the fungus to penetrate the membranes of the intestinal lining where it can compromise the function of the body. By moving through the membrane, the Candida creates microscope pores in the intestines that can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and other conditions. Most cases of Candida are caused by C. albicans, however, infections with C. glabrata are gaining prevalence due to the species' vigor and resistance.
There are many causes of candidiasis and fungal overgrowth, such as repeated antibiotic use, poor diet, steroid medications, birth control pills, drugs, etc. Fungus can also be passed by the saliva and sexual activity. Generally, if one person has Candida, and they are in a relationship, then their partner may have excess Candida as well.
The overuse of antibiotics is a major contributor to fungal and Candida problems. Antibiotics kill the good as well as the bad bacteria. We all have a small amount of fungus in our gut, but the good bacteria can usually keep it in check. When antibiotics kill the good bacteria in our systems, then the fungus has an opportunity to take over the gut. It is so important to take probiotics, and an anti-fungal natural supplement, while you are on antibiotics to avoid fungal overgrowth. It is vital to make sure the anti-fungal supplement doesn't have any contraindications with the antibiotic.
Symptoms of candidiasis and fungal problems include: