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.
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:
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 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.
The most common and persistent problems reoccurring after a course of antibiotics are
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.
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:
For the sake of your health you must :
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