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Why Antibiotics Could Make Your Candida Worse

Posted in Candida on January 25th, 2007

Candida, or Candida albicans, is a type of yeast that is generally found in the regular flora of the skin, intestinal track and the mouth, rectum, and vagina.  Although Candida is naturally present in the body, it can cause problems if there is an overgrowth, resulting in Candidiasis. 

Candidiasis usually occurs when there is a disruption of bacterial flora in the body, and in people who have compromised immune systems.  There are different factors which can lead to Candida overgrowth such as a person’s diet.  However, research is finding that prolonged use of antibiotics can also play a major role in the development of Candidiasis. 

Why do antibiotics cause Candidiasis? Antibiotics are designed to eradicate the bad bacteria that cause certain diseases and infections.  While antibiotics destroy bad bacteria and stop the spread of infection, they also destroy the good bacteria that help to keep the Candida in the body under control.

Prolonged or strong doses of antibiotics can lead to an imbalance in gut flora, an imbalance that allows bad bacteria, yeasts and parasites to overgrow in the stomach.  If not controlled, the affected person can begin to suffer a slew of negative side effects and yeast infections including:

Oral Thrush (“oropharyngeal Candidiasis”) - is an infection that occurs along the lining of the mouth and/or the throat, and characterized by inflammation of the tongue, which is also coated with bluish-white or creamy patches.

Intetrigo – Skin irritation that is caused by two moist surfaces adjacent rubbing against one another and accompanied by a fungal or bacterial infection.

Vaginitis (“Candida vulvovaginitis” and “Moniliasis”) - Commonly referred to as a “vaginal yeast infection”, it is characterized by a thick white or yellow, odorless discharge.  It often causes itching in the affected area and may cause burning or pain during intercourse.

Systemic yeast infections – Dangerous infections that often affect the vital organs of those with compromised immune systems such as people with AIDS, diabetes, or those receiving chemotherapy.
Note:  Over 90% of Thrush and Vaginitis is caused by Candida overgrowth.

How can you protect yourself against developing Candidiasis from antibiotics?

Don’t take antibiotic treatment unless it is absolutely necessary – Illnesses such as the common cold, flu and sinus infections do not require antibiotics unless they prolong for more than two weeks, cause irregular symptoms, or produce a high fever.

Unfortunately, many people believe that antibiotics are a fast way to get rid of common infections.  Although this may be true, those who take antibiotics for these illnesses do not allow their immune system the chance to fight off the infection and become stronger.  Instead, they allow their body to become dependant on antibiotics.  The result – eventually they will develop a resistance to these medications, and will require a higher dosage the next time they become sick.

In addition, antibiotic overuse is exceptionally bad for children.  Children are in a state of constant growth which makes them highly susceptible to common viruses.  A child who is administered antibiotics to treat every infection they experience only causes their immune system to weaken and develop poorly.  Essentially, by the time they are adults, their body will depend on antibiotics to be cured from the smallest infection.

Consider holistic remedies - There are plenty of holistic and alternative drug treatments.  Research different remedies and consult your doctor.

If you must take antibiotics keep the following in mind -

Eat a healthy balanced diet - limit your intake of yeast and sugar and drink plenty of water to help clean your system of impurities.

Eat yogurt – Yogurt contains active cultures that can help restore the good bacteria your body requires.

Exercise – Exercise helps keep your body and immune system strong

Talk to your doctor - Find out if you can take a lower dosage of antibiotics or complimentary treatment.

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The Little Known Link Between Premature Birth and Candida

Posted in Candida on January 23rd, 2007

It is important to understand that eating the right diet plays a major role in controlling your Candida overgrowth.  This is knowledge that is especially true for expecting mothers, and couples who are planning to become pregnant.  Why? Scientific research is finding that many premature babies are born from mothers who have cases of Candidiasis.  Furthermore, the infection within the mother was likely passed on to the baby while developing within the womb.

In fact, research has discovered that an expecting mother who has Candida overgrowth has a higher chance of putting her child at risk for premature birth, brain damage, or bowel or lung complications. 

How is this possible?  Systemic fungal infections, such as Candidiasis, that exist in the mother’s blood, can easily be passed to her developing baby by entering the amniotic sac.  The amniotic sac is where the fetus develops.  The fetus is protected by amniotic fluid which is produced by the placenta during the early stages of pregnancy.  After the 4th month of gestation, the baby’s kidneys begin to work and create amniotic fluid.  However, by the 14th week of pregnancy, fluid (blood) from the mother’s circulatory system flows into the amniotic sac.  If the fluid is contaminated with bacteria, yeast or viruses, it can be passed to the baby through amniotic fluid that has become infected.

Unfortunately, more and more babies are now being born with systemic fungal infection.  In other words, yeast is present in the baby’s stomach.  To make matters worse, studies have found that yeast existing in the amniotic fluid can paralyze the baby’s gut wall, which makes the baby constipated at birth.  Constipation at this time can be very serious due to the fact that the baby lacks the ability to eliminate inherited toxins from his/her system; toxins that include metals such as mercury.

Systemic fungal infections, such as Candidiasis, are quite common among pregnant women of today.  Many believe the reason is because during pregnancy a woman’s progesterone naturally increases, as does her blood sugar.   These natural changes in a pregnant woman, who already has chronic problems with Candida, or an existing infection, will only encourage Candida growth, resulting in an acute yeast infection.  The presence of these infections is what likely triggers premature labor.

How can a mother find out if she has Candida and protect her unborn baby?
Since an expecting mother might not know she has Candida overgrowth and is putting her baby at risk, one of the biggest problems is being able to detect in-utero infections when there are no symptoms.

However, it’s now being discovered that by profiling amniotic fluid proteins, health care providers have a better chance of predicting the possibility of premature birth, and can even detect infections in pregnant women that could be potentially dangerous to the fetus.  Even though tests are still being developed, researchers strongly believe that detecting and diagnosis intra-amniotic infection or inflammation is vital to the wellbeing of the unborn baby.

Finally, the best thing future parents can do to help ensure the health of their upcoming baby is to make certain their bodies are cleansed of toxins and their gut flora well balanced.  This can be achieved by following an anti-Candida diet, which should be started and maintained 6 months prior to becoming pregnant.  Both parents should be involved in this anti-Candida program as both parents contribute to the health of the fetus.

Talk to your health care provider to learn more about Candida and pregnancy.

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Could Your Candida Be Celiac Disease?

Posted in Candida on January 5th, 2007

Everyone has candida. It’s a bacteria that lives naturally in all human bodies, mostly in the small intestine and the mucous membranes. It doesn’t do anything harmful, and our bodies don’t notice it. When it is allowed to flourish, though, it becomes problematic. The condition of system-wide candida symptoms is called candida dysbiosis.

The symptoms of candida dysbiosis are fatigue, headaches, weakness, the feeling of being “hungover,” diarrhea, nausea, and memory loss, among others. Yet it’s vital to note that another condition — celiac disease — has many of the same indications. Could your candida actually be celiac disease instead?

First, let’s consider the causes. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small bowel that is caused by an abnormal reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, and similar proteins found in barley and rye. Candida can be caused by taking antibiotics or hormones, or by alcohol, stress, or a poor diet. Candida and celiac disease have entirely different causes, in other words, even though some of their symptoms are the same.

Celiac disease and candida often share these symptoms: chronic fatigue, weakness, headaches, general flu-like achiness, joint pains, chronic sinus problems, allergies, irritability, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and gas.

On the other hand, these symptoms are common in candida but NOT in celiac disease: dizziness, cold sweats, sore throat, low-grade fever, chronic athlete’s foot, heart pains. If your symptoms include any of those, celiac disease is probably not what’s ailing you.

If you suspect you have celiac disease, it’s imperative that you get diagnosed properly as soon as possible. The condition is often misdiagnosed. Many of its symptoms suggest not just candida but irritable bowel syndrome and several other ailments. To accurately diagnose celiac disease, a blood test is needed. Other tests, such as an endoscopy, may also be necessary.

It’s important that if you think you have celiac disease, you don’t stop eating gluten products on your own before getting tested. Doing so may decrease the symptoms, but it will also make it harder to detect the disease when you do get tested. Instead, continue on with your regular diet until your doctor confirms you have celiac disease.

Once the diagnosis has been made, you’ll have to make some changes. There is no “cure” for celiac disease; the only way to deal with it is to stop eating foods with gluten in them, and to continue on that diet for the rest of your life. Fortunately, many food manufacturers are making gluten-free versions of their products, and some health insurance providers even reimburse patients for the cost of these special foods.

After undertaking a gluten-free diet, your intestines will be able to heal themselves. In the vast majority of cases, all the celiac-related symptoms go away. Occasionally, a celiac patient will find that even with a gluten-free diet, the symptoms remain, sometimes because the disease persisted for so long that the damage to the intestines was irreparable. In these rare cases, steroids may be used to combat the symptoms.

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