Candida: what is this? (also known as systemic yeast infection)
Candida is a complex combination of infections and/or infestations. There is usually a number of interrelated infections working together. The yeast/fungal infection is almost always accompanied by some bacterial infection, and it can be in the blood and not just the G.I. tract. This can be demonstrated with Darkfield microscopy.
Symptoms of Candida
- Brain Fog.
- Allergies and hypersensitivity to smoke, fumes, and chemicals of all kinds.
- Craving for sweets and alcohol.
- Heavily coated tongue (Thrush)
- Repeated vaginal infections.
- Repeated or continuous nasal, sinus and other mucus problems including sinus headaches.
- Feeling sick all over but normal physical exam and blood chemistries.
- Nutritional deficiencies.
- Unexplained or unusual mood or personality changes.
In my experience not every patient is the same. I have seen many patients with chronic candidiasis that exhibit their own individual symptoms.
Patient “A” came to my office with their mother and father, a young girl of 14 years of age suffering with aggressive, dangerous behavior. This young girl was about to be institutionalized as the parents and the school were no longer able to cope with her aggressive behaviour. She had tried to stab the parents at night with knifes and forks while they were sleeping, and she had been demonstrating extreme aggression at school. The parents were desperate and had tried everything to get their little girl back. She was on three very strong anti psychotic medications. I was their last resort!
On testing this girl, I found that she was loaded with candida and fungi and that they had infiltrated through the blood stream into her brain. I put her on a protocol for candida correction and within 6 months this young girl was entirely back to normal, off all medications, back to school.
Candida is associated with the following syndromes
Dr Crook, MD associated Candida overgrowth with the following health problems:
- Chron’s Disease.
- Multiple Sclerosis.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis.
- Chronic Hives.
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia.
What perpetuates candida overgrowth?
The main factors leading to and perpetuating Candida overgrowth in the G.I. tract are:
- Heavy metal toxicity, especially mercury.
- The use of broad spectrum antibiotics.
- The reoccurring use of steroids.
- Birth control pills.
- A diet high in sweets, starch and alcohol.
- Chlorine and Fluoride.
- Severe constipation.
- “Leaky gut” syndrome.
- Use of immune suppressive drugs.
- Excessive alkalinity of the G.I. tract and systemic acidity of the body tissues.
- Impaired short-chain fatty acid metabolism.
- The bio-unavailability of copper.
- Zinc deficiency.
- Impaired carbohydrate metabolism.
- Nutrient imbalances.
- Psychological stress.
What tests are most useful to the patient and clinician
In my experience, the two most important tests that provide the most actionable clinical results are from hair mineral tissue analysis and a comprehensive stool analysis. The most commonly observed mineral imbalance found on hair tissue mineral analysis is what has been described as “bio-unavailability of copper” which means there is an excess of copper stored in various tissues and organs, and is not able to be accessed and so it can not serve its normal function as a fungicide. The causes of copper bio-unavailability are many and can often be determined with the right type of hair mineral analysis.
Hair analysis when correctly performed and interpreted yields significant insight into the possible mechanisms of candida albicans infection as well as hyper-alkalinity, toxic metal poisoning and mineral ratio imbalances etc.
Comprehensive stool analysis will diagnose yeast/fungal infection, parasites, selected bacterial overgrowth; it will reveal the amount of inflammation in the G.I. tract and evaluate the condition of the immune system, lining the G.I. tract. It will also test for hidden blood in the stool, fecal pH, and level of pancreatic enzyme output..
Read: Dr. A. I. Cushing’s Biography