Years ago, yeast infections, a highly reduced immune function and a very hyper sensitivity to fragrances had me feeling ill all the time.
I was first introduced to the concept of Candida, it’s pervasiveness and how most medical professionals do not address this health concern at a local lecture given by pediatrician Linda P. Rodriguez, M.D.
The symptoms she described fit me perfectly. I had Candida. My recovery took 4 months. I made changes, I stuck with the rigor of the diet restrictions and I used my supplements as suggested.
I got well.
One of the foods I was told not to consume during this diet restriction was sugar. Sugar feeds the Candida.
One of the key components in recovery from Candida is taking probiotics.
In those days finding a high quality probiotics (acidopholus/bifidus aka friendly bacteria) was a challenge.
Products were expensive, required refrigeration, were often outdated and mishandled. No one could guarantee live beneficial bacteria past manufacturing, as a matter fact only one company today can make that claim.
Many confuse supplemental probiotics with the beneficial enzymes found in yogurt. Yogurt companies forgot to tell you that these friendly bacteria were destroyed by the acids of the stomach. Not much good if yogurt was your only source of restorative friendly bacteria!
Once a high quality probiotic is encapsulated it has to withstand any heat, light, air and the acid of the stomach in order to be beneficial. Additionally it also has to go to exactly the right place in the colon. Once there it has to deliver the good stuff,the much needed friendly bacteria, that can then multiply and conquer the bad guys.
Not only does Candida benefit from this product/pearl but so do many digestive health disorders.
I believe all health starts with the colon, if it’s toxic, congested or loaded with Candida overgrowth, this effects the rest of our health.
*If you have a history of the symptoms below you may have Candida:
Antibiotic usage , especially broad spectrum drugs
Birth control pills or steroids
Mood swings or irritability
Cravings for sweets, breads and alcohol
Problems in moldy areas or on muggy days
Sensitivity to perfumes, chemical odors, etc.
Being really bothered by tobacco smoke
Athletes foot, fungus infections of nails and skin
Are an infant with:
Diaper rash that is worse in the skin folds
Thrush or white patches on the inner cheeks of the mouth
A white coated tongue
Excessive genital touching
Frequent ear infections
Have children with:
Thickly – coated or patchy, white tongue
Red ring around anus or rectal area
Itchy genital area leading to frequent touching
A chronic hair or foot odor
Bloated abdomen and bowel complaints
Frequent infections particularly of the ears and tonsils
Muscle aches and weaknesses
Or are an adolescents or an adult with:
Frequent fatigue, lethargy and drowsiness
Frequent feelings of “spaciness”
Inability to make decisions
Bloating, belching, or intestinal gas
Muscle aches and weakness
Recurrent skin problems
Pain and or swelling in joints
Loss of interest in sex
Endometriosis or infertility
Prostatis or impotance
Anxiety attacks or frequent crying
Mucus in stools
Constipation and /or diarrhea
Excessive vaginal discharge or itching
Burning or white coated tongue
Rash or blisters in mouth
Dizziness/loss of balance /incoordination
Pain or tightness in your chest
Spots in front of your eyes
What is Candida? How do I treat it ?
*Yeasts occur naturally on or in the skin, ears and nails and they flourish in moist, mucous membrane areas such as mouth, intestines, genitals or rectum.
We all have microorganisms or “friendly bacteria” called lactobacilli in our intestines that live along with the yeast.
They coexist in harmony unless the natural balance is upset by eating too much of certain foods, or by taking drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, and steroids.
These drugs destroy the friendly bacteria allowing the yeast ( candida albicans ) to multiply.
Toxins excreted by an overgrowth of yeast travel through the blood stream to many sites in the body.
These toxins cause a variety of respiratory, digestive and emotional symptoms and weaken the immune system.
Many people with Candida also develop adverse reactions to a wide variety of foods, chemicals and scents.
Simple Steps to Correct Yeast Overgrowth:
Decrease the amount of yeast in the body by using antifungal preparations.
Stop feeding the existing yeast by limiting the foods and drugs that cause the yeast to multiply.
Rebuild the immune system through a comprehensive nutritional supplement program.
Create a non – toxic environment in your home to decrease Candida related symptoms.
*Resourced from the Candida Brochure 1997 Gemma Gorham, M.P.H
Specific yeast reduction preparations, diet restrictions, supplement recommendations and tips on creating a non- – toxic environment are available by appointment.
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