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Candida Albicans

posted 8 May 2015, 03:54 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 14 May 2015, 08:55 ]
By Cynthia Sillars

Candida albicans is a normally inoffensive yeast-organism found in the intestines. I have to say this as an introduction because from this point forward, what I have to write is largely ignored as a cause of ill health simply because it is supposed to be present in the gut. So what's the problem, and why does it become a problem?

In certain conditions Candida proliferates and becomes aggressive; this can be down to many factors, but the one that stands out is a rapid overgrowth of the fungus after taking anti biotics. The anti biotics may be life saving, but the quality of life if the yeast overgrowth is not brought back under control can be very poor.

The sort of signs and symptoms of an overgrowth of Candida Albicans are as follows:-
  • Abdominal bloating and gas
  • Thrush of mouth, vagina, penis or anus
  • Sugar cravings
  • Athletes foot or fungal nail infections
  • Dandruff
  • Sinusitis or nasal catarrh
  • Pain behind the breastbone
  • Constant tiredness and lethargy
  • Brain fogginess and poor concentration
  • Frontal headaches
  • Pain in muscles or joints
  • Intolerance to perfumes and other smells
  • Symptoms worse in damp weather
I wonder if it is because of our damp summers that I am now seeing so many people who have these symptoms?

What's the solution? Well, diet can play a huge part, but there are problems associated with just eliminating sugars, refined carbohydrates and eating too much fruit. Another often overlooked factor is the disruption to hormones caused by Candida.

Candida has within its structure a steroid binding protein, which allows it to bind with progesterone and other hormones in the endocrine system. Once Candida has bound to the hormone, it is capable of interfering with normal hormonal signals. Hormone conditions associated with Candida proliferation include severe pre menstrual syndrome, possibly endometriosis, thyroid conditions, and a condition first described by the endocrinologist Phyliss Saider as APICH Syndrome (Auto-immune Polyendocrinopathy Immune-disregulation Candidosis Hypersensitivity).

The really important point is that a Candida overgrowth CANNOT be treated successfully with diet alone. It has been shown that if Candida is deprived of sugars, it will begin to feed on proteins, so it is really vital to follow a programme with the support of a practitioner.

I can't emphasis enough the need to take a close look at the disruption to the hormones as well. Long term, this is the biggest problem if Candida is left untreated, or treated with just diet alone.

Cynthia Sillars