Candida and Your Health

Due mostly to the standard American diet, Candida is running rampant. Most people don't realize they have Candida as the symptoms associated with it vary. People may spend years trying to find out why they're fatigued, irritable, in pain, or one of many other symptoms. Without proper diagnosis, some people are incapacitated by Candida and its symptoms.

Most traditional doctors are either uneducated or under-educated when it comes to this condition. They simply don't understand the impact Candida can have on a person's health. Instead of trying to find the underlying cause for the symptoms, they treat them and expect them to go away.

Everyone has Candida Albicans in their body. This yeast is naturally occurring and it normally lives in symbiosis with the body's other microorganisms. It can be found in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat, and genitals. As long as the yeast remains in balance, there aren't any concerns. However, if something causes an imbalance between the bacteria naturally occurring in your body and the Candida yeast, the yeast will take over the healthy bacterium.

When Candida Albicans proliferates, it can drill tiny holes in the walls of the intestines allowing the yeast to get into the blood stream. Since an overabundance of yeast emits over 70 toxins into the body, it is the root problem to many illnesses, syndromes, and conditions.

Some of the most common symptoms associated with Candida Albicans include: bloating, headaches and migraines, abdominal gas, excessive fatigue, cravings for carbohydrates, alcohol or sweets, anxiety and irritability, vaginitis, rectal itching, inability to think clearly, concentrate, or poor memory mood swings, hyperactivity and/or attention deficit, constipation or diarrhea, kin conditions like eczema, depression, sinus inflammation, earaches, indigestion and many more.

Normally Candida is associated with women as many have vaginal yeast infections. Men and children can also be overcome with Candida Albicans. In fact, it may be directly associated with many mental health conditions or chronic illnesses that so many deal with daily. An overgrowth of yeast may be the main culprit behind alcoholism, anxiety disorders, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, Addison's disease, Crohn's disease, Autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, attention deficit disorder, multiple sclerosis, food allergies, hormonal imbalances, chronic urinary tract infections, clinical depression, migraines, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain and many others.

All systems in the body may be affected by Candida, but it seems to have the most profound negative effect on the digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, endocrine, urinary, lymphatic, and musculoskeletal systems. And, because Candida can move throughout the body through the blood, someone with Candida may experience symptoms in one system one day and an entirely different system the next.

With all of these symptoms, many which are indicative of other illnesses, it is usually the furthest thing from most doctor's minds when making a diagnosis. Candida has a profound impact on our physical and mental health, learn to recognize the symptoms and you may find the root cause of your health condition.

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Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed. is an author, holistic health counselor, sobriety coach and adult sex educator. She provides no hype, straight forward, down to earth, honest talk about holistic health, natural health and green living at her site Holistic Help or ask her a question at Holistic Health Talk Blog. Alternatively, learn about the science of addiction and how to achieve craving-free permanent sobriety at Alternatives for Alcoholism.

 


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the_phoenix_111

Like many of the metabolic diseases the POSSIBLE outcomes of Candida overgrowth are many and varied.
Consequently we have a great deal of difficulty establishing a causal link between symptom and root cause.
At the end of the day both Allopathic medicine, and the alternatives, suffer from the inability to perform accurate root cause diagnosis. (Even when the will exists, and the health philosophy is valid, cost and technical issues make the acquistion of definitive diagnosis elusive).
Specifically; I have searched for ways and means to diagnose Candida overgrowth and have found a lack of interest, or lack of knowledge, amongst orthodox medicos and no readily available 'gold standard' test that confirms the conditon amongst the alternatives.
Any suggestion as to how to obtain a definitive diagnosis?

I understand that the disease is difficult to overcome and therefore good diagnosis should surely precede treatment?

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the_phoenix_111

The symptoms are so diverse that we can't seem to rely on them as a definitive indicator of candida overgrowth.

Diagnosis is further complicated by the fact that there are several possible fungii, in the GI, that can get out of control (the limited range of pathology tests available in mainstream labs, in my local, are confined to Candida Albicans).

Searching around, I can't find any definitive test for CA overgrowth in the gut.

Is there anything reliable available?
What about testing for other types ... are the available tests only specific to Candida Albicans?

Is CA the only type of fungii that can cause extreme health issues if they get out of hand?

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Anonymous

Find a naturopath that has a dark field microscope. They draw one drop of blood onto a slide. The presence of candida, mold and other parasites is easy to see.

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Tim Fisher

This is a nicely written article with lots of good information about Candida albicans and the potentially far-reaching effects it can have on the body when it is able to multiply unchecked.
I share the view that many doctors are mis-informed about Candida and may inadvertently make the wrong diagnosis when presented with some of the less well-known symptoms.

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