( Yeast Infection)
by Stephen A. Levine, Ph. D &
Candida Albicans is a normal fungus inhabiting the
mouth, throat and gastrointestinal tract. Excess development may result from
certain types of life style and can be an indicator of immune status.
Scientifically classified as fungus, these yeast organisms are free of
chlorophyll and therefore cannot by photosynthesis make their own food from
sunlight; hence they depend on their host for nourishment. They use oxygen for
Candida can be cultured from the mouth, vagina, or
feces from most people, and more frequently from debilitated individuals.
Yeasts such as candida are often secondary invaders in other infections.
Traditional beliefs hold that those most susceptible to candida infections are
infants (thrush), women (vaginitis), persons who have undergone extended
antibiotic therapy or used birth control pills, and postoperative patients. (1)
CAUSES OF/OR CONTRIBUTORS TO GROWTH
IN THE BODY
- The use of Antibiotics
- Birth Control Pills
- Sugar & fat in the diet
- Yeast in the diet
- Insufficient supply of nutrients
- A genetic deficiency of Ig A (Immunoglobulin A)
- Drugs or stress induced immune depression and
- Hypothyroidism - this is a condition that is fairly
common, as a low body temperature
- permits easier and faster growth of candida
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
In the last five years much interest has developed
with the recognition that candida overgrowth can underlie common
gastrointestinal and genitourinary tract conditions such as:
- Anal itching
- Hay fever
- Mental & Emotional problems including:
- Extreme irritability
- Memory lapses
Proliferation of Candida will cause damage to the
gastrointestinal mucosa and eventually allow absorption of the organism into
the blood stream so that it will reach other tissues. Other common yeast
associated problems are related to malfunction of glands and other organs, such
as hypothyroid or hyperthyroid conditions, adrenal failure, ovarian failure,
hormone deficiencies, etc. (2)
- Oxygen-carrying red blood cells are rigid and stiff
when compared to patients without candida
- Carbohydrate craving
- Topical infections of fingernails, vaginal
infections, underarm infections
- White coated tongue
- Increased allergic symptoms
- Reduced thyroid function
- Lowered immune system and increased susceptibility
to viral infections
- T-cell helper/suppressor ratios radically lowered
- Staphylococcus danger increases as much as 1000,000
- Up to 3/4 of the lymphocytes become paralyzed
- It produces the chemical toxin acetaldehyde - the
precursor of ethyl alcohol and the first by-product of alcohol's oxidation.
This toxin depresses the citric acid cycle (by which the body produces energy
from food) and disrupts collagen production and fatty acid oxidation. It blocks
synapses - the junctions between neurons or between a neuron and an organ,
where electrical or chemical impulses are transmitted. It also binds to
neurotransmitters and causes brain symptoms. Acetaldehyde is a close molecular
cousin to formaldehyde, and the two toxic substances are metabolized similarly
by the body. Thus exposure to formadlehyde in carpeting, furniture or
particleboard often causes candidiasis to worsen.
- Candida seems to upset the function of organs as
opposed to damaging them.
CONDITIONS THAT HAVE RESPONDED TO
- Allergic symptoms
- Skin rashes
- Hormonal blockages
- Learning disabilities
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spots in the eyes
- Crohn's disease
- Psychiatric problems
- Ear infections
- Fungus infections
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Staph infections
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Hypersensitivity to chemicals and foods
- Krupp and Chatton: Current Medical Diagnosis and
Treatment; 1982, Lange.
- Truss, Orien: The Missing Diagnosis.
- Levine, S. and Kidd, Parris: Antioxidant
Adaptation: Its Role in Free Radical Biochemistry; 1985, Biocurrents Press, San
Francisco. Spallnolz, T.: Selenium in Biology and Medicine; Aui Publishing Co.,
- Wuepper, Ray: Investiga. Dermatol. 67 7003, 1976
- Truss, Orien: Journal of Orthomolecular
Psychiatry, Vol. 2, 1984.
- Rodex, G.E., et al.: New Zealand Medical Journal,
August 10, 1983.
- Levine, S. and Kidd, Parris: Beyond Antioxidant
Adaptation, Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, 1985, Vol. 14, No. 3.
- Levine, S. and Kidd, P.: Manuscript in preparation,
1985, San Francisco.
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