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Is There A Fungus Among Us? Chronic Candidiasis and your health

Chronic Candidiasis:  A major factor in many chronic diseases

One of the great health risks to human life today is not what you would ordinarily think of, or focus your attention on.  It is largely an unknown, underestimated and widely underdiagnosed enemy…fungus overgrowth in the body, also known as Chronic Candidiasis.  Most of the medical professions deny its relevance or even its existence, except in the cases of severely immunocompromised patients.  Nevertheless, when candida overgrows in the intestinal tract, it morphs into a fungi which then attaches themselves to the intestinal wall and secretes toxins in the bloodstream, it causes or contributes to a host of signs and symptoms that often baffle current medical diagnosticians.  When fungus becomes an aggressor, it is more powerful than even bacteria, and secretes mycotoxins and even cytotoxins.

Candida Suppresses the Immune System

Long term candida problems in the G.I. tract suppress the immune system, cripple the ATP energy cycle and are a major cause of “leaky gut” and dysbiosis.  You should know that Chronic Candidiasis is often not detectable by standard medical tests; specialized stool and blood antibody testing is usually required.  To complicate the whole matter further though is the fact that the well known yeast, “Candida Albicans” is just one of over eighty species.  But even this yeast when it progresses to the fungal stage forms over 70 known toxins that can cause clinical problems in humans and create an environment for viruses; pathogenic bacteria and parasites to flourish in the body.

Common Causes of Chronic Candidiasis

So now let’s summarize some of the common causes of chronic candidiasis

  • antibiotic therapy
  • steroid medications
  • birth control pills
  • mercury, cadmium, and aluminum toxicity
  • excessive alkalinity in the digestive tract
  • lowered/compromised immunity lining the G.I. tract from a variety of causes.

Associated Metabolic Defects of Systemic Candidiasis

Some of the metabolic defects that have been closely correlated with systemic candidiasis include:

  • the bio-unavailability of the mineral copper; copper has a fungicidal value in the bodies tissues
  • impaired carbohydrate metabolism
  • excessive systemic alkalinity of body tissues and/or the digestive tract

Symptoms of Chronic Candidiasis

Finally here are some of the many possible symptoms associated with chronic candidiasis:

  • significant unexplained fatigue
  • allergies and hypersensitivity to food and chemicals of all kinds
  • brain fog, attacks of anxiety or crying
  • pseudo psychiatric symptoms, (hostility, paranoia, etc.)
  • repeated vaginal infections
  • thrush or heavily coated tongue
  • repeated or continuous nasal sinus and other mucous problems including sinus headaches
  • inordinate craving for sweets and alcohol
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • just not feeling good, a sick all over feeling with normal blood chemistries and exams
  • poor memory, feeling “spacy” or “unreal”
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in a moldy place
  • a history of athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, or chronic fungal infections on the skin or nails
  • shaking or irritability when hungry
  • bloating, belching or gas
  • endometriosis or infertility
  • prostatitis
  • impotence or low libido
  • chronic itching, rashes, hives

When in doubt, have your holistic doctor perform a stool test for candida and fungal overgrowth.

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