Candida is a type of yeast which lives in moderate amounts in our intestinal flora without causing any harm. Its growth is kept in check by the presence of beneficial bacteria. However, today we often consume large amounts of foods and products which disrupt the balance of surrounding bacteria and allow Candida to get out of control. These include sugar, carbohydrates and dairy products eaten in excess, alcohol, tobacco, processed foods, preservatives, additives, colouring, etc.
Candida also thrives during antibiotic treatments. When the gut bacteria are notable to control the growth of Candida, it can develop into a root-like structure, which eventually permeates through the intestinal wall. Once through, it rampages around the body producing a multitude of symptoms. Yeast overgrowth is a fermentative condition and as such it is connected with PH balances of the body. PH changes due to hormonal fluctuations, such as menstruation, menopause, or taking oral contraceptives can also contribute to Candida infections.
Candida causes a wide range of symptoms. The symptoms involving intestines include bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation and itchy anus. Another group of symptoms is due to the damage to the intestinalwall which allows undesireable toxins to get into the bloodstream. This condition, known as ‘leaky gut’, often leads to food allergies and intolerances, migraines, foggy brain and muscle aches.
Once through to the rest of the body, Candida has the ability to disrupt the endocrine system causing thrush, PMT and menstrual irregularities, joint pains, asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, weight gain or weight loss, ear infections and chronic tiredness.
Another way that Candida can present itself is by the appearance of eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other skin aliments. There are several different reasons for this. Because the skin has a very strong connection to the large intestine as well as the lungs (in Chinese medicine, we call skin ‘the third lung’ and large intestines and lungs are a considered paired organs), we can understand why intestinal imbalances might reflect outwardly on the skin. Similarly, the health of lungs also plays a role in skin moisture, suppleness and radience.
Diagnosing and Treating Candida
The standard medical treatment for Candida uses drugs containing certain type of yeasts which inhibit the growth of yeasts like Candida. While these drugs certainly kill Candida, they do not prevent Candida’s ability to mutate into drug resistant strains, nor do they prevent Candida from coming back.
Successful treatment of Candida depends on the correction of the environment which allowed it to develop in the first place. There are several tests which can be used to evaluate the PH balance and the internal environment of the body. They include the analysis of biological terrain from the saliva, blood test for Candida antibodies and gut fermentation test.
Decoder analysis can indicate acid/alkaline status of the body tissue. Measuring of the free radical activity levels can also be beneficial for treatment of Candida. Apart from the diagnosis, these tests can also be used to monitor the progress of the treatment.
Following the through diagnosis, a treatment program suitable for the individual patient should be prescribed. In many cases Candida infection can be successfully treated by tailor-made combination of herbs chosen specifically for the patient. In other cases a Detox program followed by Ozone Therapy is recommended. Moreover, nutritional therapy involving dietary supplements and changes in diet can greatly support the treatment.
Dr. Thomas Marshall-Manifold has over 30 years experience helping people with variety of health problems, including Candida. He uses blood and saliva tests, Decoder Analysis and other methods to diagnose and treat Candida. He also developed a unique system of Biomedical Testing. He is qualified in acupuncture, herbalism, nutrition, complex homeopathy and chiropractic technique.
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