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Candida Albicans is a usually harmless yeast organism, which lives on the skin and mucous membranes of the body and has long been recognised as the cause of thrush. Growing evidence worldwide states that yeasts such as Candida may be responsible for a wide range of medical disorders, and that the incidence of yeast related illness is increasing. When the delicate balance of yeasts and bacteria in the human ecosystem is disturbed, the debilitating disease of Candida Albicans can occur.
Once Candida Albicans becomes systemic with the onset of mycelial growth, it works its mischief indirectly and actually seems to generate food and chemical intolerances, probably by increasing the body load and even suppressing the immune system.
The three major contributors of yeast related illnesses are the wide use of:
1. Broad spectrum antibiotics
2. Immunosuppressant (cortisone) medication
3. Long-term use of the contraceptive pill.
Also a modern trend towards fast food and a diet high in refined sugar, together with the continual bombardment of chemicals, either taken with food, e.g. additives, colorants etc., or those which are airborne, i.e. car exhaust fumes, natural poisons, bacteria, yeasts and viruses; and lastly the use of chemical sprays on crops (wheat is sprayed seven times in a season!), increases the incidence of abnormal cells within the body. It is the responsibility of the immune system to identify and destroy these.
Candida can be suspected when one or more of the following symptoms exist:
lack of co-ordination
inability to concentrate
disorders of the urinary and sex organs such as fluid retention and endometriosis
irregular menstrual bleeding
skin infections (especially around the finger and toe nails)
loss of self confidence
inability to sleep
cravings for sweet and carbohydrate rich foods such as cheese, bread, yeast, malt extracts, alcohol etc
(these provide a supply of nutrients for the yeast colonies in the intestine)
sensitiveness to tobacco smoke,car or diesel fumes, perfumes or other chemical odours
persistent digestive problems
bloating and gas
abdominal distension and pain
constipation or diarrhoea or alternating bouts of both
recurrent sore throats
nasal congestion or cough
brain fog etc.
If Candida is confirmed all sugars and yeasts should be omitted from the diet, until such time as the test reveals a negative result. This can take anything from three to six months at which time great care should be taken when reintroducing these foods.