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What is Candida Yeast?

Candida Yeast and Antibiotics

Antibiotics linked to Breast Cancer

Candida Yeast and other Drugs

Sugar, Carbohydrates and Stress and Candida Yeast

Candida Yeast Toxins

Acetaldehyde Poisoning and Candida Yeast

Leaky Gut Syndrome and Candida Yeast

Immune Suppression and Candida Yeast

Common Signals of Candida Yeast Overgrowth


What is Candida Yeast?

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There are 81 strains of candida yeast organisms. Candida Albicans is the most common yeast found in the human intestinal tract. Normal intestinal bacterial flora keeps yeast in check. The overgrowth of Candida Yeast in the intestinal tract is affecting at least one third of the people in the United States.

If you're not feeling well or healthy, but not really sick, if you suffer from chronic fatigue and other intractable symptoms, and standard lab tests don't show anything wrong, then you may be a Candida Yeastte for systemic yeast overgrowth. Candidiasis is the medical term for the condition that occurs when common yeast in the intestines (Candida Albicans) has taken over.

Yeast does not contribute anything to your well being, but is always part of our the nonpathogenic bowel flora. Candida Yeast is harmless when it is in balance with the other organisms that live in the intestinal tract. If an imbalance occurs, Candida Yeast organisms can take over. They can also establish colonies on the skin, in the vagina, as well as in the colon.

Normal Intestinal Flora

The normal bowel flora is essential for human health. The stool for healthy human beings on Western diets consists of 85 percent microorganisms. In the colon the predominant organisms are spirochetes, in the ileum coccobacillus, in the small intestines lactobacillus and yeast. Function of the normal intestinal flora:

  • Synthesize vitamins fatty acids
  • Degrades toxins and xenobiotics
  • Prevents colonization by pathogens
  • Stimulates normal immune system response
  • Degrades methyl mercury (most toxic form of mercury)

HCL and digestive enzymes are essential for maintaining a healthy intestinal flora. HCL and enzyme deficiency leads to incomplete protein and carbohydrate digestion. Instead of digestion there follows fermentation and putrefaction. This in turn leads to the overgrowth of pathological bacteria. The inadequate fiber content of in the Western diet leads to constipation, putrefaction and increase of pathological organisms.

Candida Yeast and Antibiotics

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Candida Yeast is an opportunistic organism. It can revert to a pathological fungal form. One of the worst offenders affecting gut flora, and the growth of Candida Yeast Albicans, is the repeated and prolonged use of broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs. Children with recurrent ear infections often receive this type of treatment.

Of all the antibiotics used in the United States, 55 percent are routinely fed to livestock. Nearly all the animals raised for food in this country receive antibiotics sometime during their lifetimes. This has caused resistant strains of bacteria, and probably yeast as well. There is no legislation that limits the use of antibiotics in animals used for food. This is the result of pressure from the beef and poultry producers. Also, the American meat-packing industry and the pharmaceutical industry work together and give support to each other. The entire European Economic Community has banned the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock and will not import any meat that has had antibiotics added.

  • Look for antibiotic-free meat and eggs now stocked at some health food stores and markets. You will usually pay more for these products, but it's worth it.

The most common and persistent problems reoccurring after a course of antibiotics are

  • sinusitis
  • hypersensitivity
  • skin problems
  • lower bowel grumbling
  • poor digestion
  • flatulence
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • and of course, "yeast infections".

Eating in a restaurant once a week can increase your risk of Candida Yeast proliferation because of the antibiotics found in animal fat and milk.

Evidence now points to allergies and Candida Yeast imbalance as a common cause of "ear infections" in infants and young children. Since the usual treatment for this condition is broad-spectrum antibiotics, symptoms may develop of oral thrush, clear nasal discharge, diarrhea, and diaper rash.

As a child grows, many other symptoms may occur and persist into adulthood. Children with recurrent "ear infections" tend to receive repeated and prolonged courses of broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs. These drugs cause alterations in gut flora including the proliferation of Candida Yeast, and tend to suppress the immune system. They also promote the absorption of food antigens that can play a major role in causing food allergies, hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Syndrome(ADD), and related behavior and learning problems.

Ample evidence in recent medical literature points to the fact that antibiotics are of little or no use in the treatment of "ear infections" in children.

Antibiotics linked to Breast Cancer

A research study described on CNN on February 17, 2004, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, states that women who took common antibiotics were twice as likely to develop breast cancer as women who took no antibiotics.

To quote from CNN: (bolds added by Dr. Z)

"It's as strong as any of the risk factors that we know," said Dr. Roberta Ness of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, who is author of an editorial accompanying the study.

"To put it into perspective, the risk for developing breast cancer from hormone replacement use is about a 30 [percent] to 40 percent increase in risk. And here we're talking about a doubling in risk of those women who are using chronic antibiotics."

Why antibiotics may possibly increase breast cancer risk is still a mystery, researchers said. The conditions that necessitated the antibiotics in the first place may have put the women at higher risk. Or, researchers said, the women in the study who had never taken antibiotics might have been generally healthier overall.

Another theory suggested in the study involves the way antibiotics affect bacteria in the intestine, which may disable possible cancer-fighting properties of some foods. Other explanations involve the effect of antibiotics on the body's immune system.

The research is not the first to show an association between antibiotics and a higher risk of breast cancer, the second most deadly cancer in women. In 1999, a Finnish study of almost 10,000 women found similar results.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overuse of antibiotics has exploded in the past 10 years, with the public mistakenly taking the medicine for colds, flu and coughs. These types of illnesses are caused by viruses and cannot be helped with antibiotics, which fight bacterial infections.

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Dr. Z's comment:

For the past 15 years, I have helped many patients and on-line clients to recover from many "unexplained" symptoms that had to do with Candida Yeast overgrowth which in most cases could be explained by often rampant antibiotic use.

I find the last paragraph most "amusing":

"..with the public mistakenly taking the medicine for colds, flu and coughs."

As you know, the "public" - you and I - is unable to purchase antibiotics without a doctor's prescription. This sentence should instead say something to the effect:

":...with many doctors mistakenly prescribing antibiotics for colds, flu and coughs."

From the above, consider the following:

  • If antibiotics can have those effects on women, who knows what they do to men
  • You may consider avoiding antibiotics, if at all possible
  • Consider using antibiotics only when absolutely necessary
  • If antibiotics "fail" to resolve your problems, why continue using them?
  • Whenever you use antibiotics, they destroy your good bowel flora
  • Candida Yeast overgrowth follows, with all the terrible consequences
  • Once destroyed, your flora stays that way, even if this occurred 20 years ago

For the sake of your health you must :

  • Get rid of Candida Yeast overgrowth
  • Restore normal and healthy intestinal flora
  • Support proper digestive function



Click here to read more about the devastating effects of antibiotic use and Candida Yeast overgrowth.

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