Anyone suffering with any abnormal condition of their reproductive system, asthma, bronchitis, earaches, cystitis, diabetes, unexplained confusion or foggy feelings, who also has developed allergies and digestive problems with a general drop in their resistance to colds and infections may have a candida overgrowth as the underlying, hidden cause of their complaints. I myself did not believe in candida some years ago. As a clinical nutritionist I believed more in deficiencies. However, when people did not get the results they should have from my programs and would get strange reactions from taking health building substances, I was forced to look for a reason, and I have found that one out of every three people living in the U.S. has an overgrowth of candida. I hope this data is useful.
Candida is a yeast that lives in the human digestive system. It has the ability to change from a yeast and become a fungus. As a fungus it operates in a similar fashion to any other fungus such as athletes' foot fungus, etc. Candida is kept at low levels by the friendly bacteria that also reside in the digestive tract. The friendly bacteria feed on the Candida, thus a balance in the body is maintained. Modern medicine's use of antibiotics, birth control pills, cortisone and chemotherapy kill this friendly bacteria as do street drugs, alcohol, and junk food diets.
Once this friendly bacteria has been destroyed, the yeast begins to overgrow and take over the digestive system. Left untreated, it becomes a fungus and grows into a plant-like structure complete with roots. These roots can break through the intestinal walls, allowing the yeast to travel to other areas of the body such as the sinuses, throat, reproductive organs, the lungs and skin just to name a few.
It is capable of producing over 100 symptoms. This makes it extremely frustrating for anyone with this condition to be able to find out or understand what is exactly wrong with them. Billions are spent each year on antibiotics, creams, nasal sprays, unnecessary hospital visits, operations and antidepressants, due to the ignorance of the medical profession. It is written in their own journals that antibiotics can cause this condition yet they continue to boldly prescribe them and are resentful when discussing their side effects.
Look over the list of all the possible symptoms Candida can cause and you will see why I so firmly believe that by symptoms alone one can be misled into treating a "major symptom" and miss the true culprit.
Symptoms of Candida, regardless of what they are, will worsen in hot, humid or muggy weather. Like any mold or fungus, heat and humidity help it grow and spread. Symptoms can also vary according to one's diet. Sugar, alcohol, starches, fermented foods, sweets (even fruits) will increase symptoms by feeding the yeast organisms. This will cause them to grow and release more toxins which will produce symptoms. Stress is key in triggering symptoms. It has long been recognized that stress plays a part in lowering the immune function of the body. The immune system is what tries to keep the yeast under control. Simply being over-worked, over-tired, or over-stressed will cause an increase in Candida and therefore its symptoms.
Michael Biamonte holds a Doctorate of Nutripathy, a Degree in Natural Healing, and a Master's in Clinical Nutrition. He is affiliated with the International Academy of Clinical Nutritionists and the International Academy of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine. He is listed in "The Directory of Distinguished Americans" for his research in Nutrition and Physiology.
Michael Biamonte, C.C.N.
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Children are now a target for Candida overgrowth. Many are born with it or develop it after their first exposure to antibiotics.
A pregnant woman may experience an increase in Candida growth due to hormonal changes normal to pregnancy. If she already has Candida or is very susceptible, an outbreak may occur in the birth canal. The baby will then contract it and become infected as it passes through the birth canal.
Severe diaper rash, rectal rashes or infections, rashes in the genital area, and colic are the most common symptoms in babies. Thrush, rashes, infections of the ear, nose, and throat, gas, diarrhea or constipation are all possible indicators.
Food allergies are common. These are, in reality, reactions due to the excess yeast growth. Asthma or eczema is also a common indicator of Candida.
When you have a yeast infection in a child, it is very important to use only non-toxic natural substances to kill the yeast overgrowth. Children are not developed physically to handle toxic drugs. The treatment must be gentle. Natural remedies which change the intestinal environment to one that is yeast-killing should be used. Strong herbs which kill yeast and cause toxic waste from dead yeast may be too hard on children. They may become ill as the yeast is dying.
When it is confirmed that the child's yeast is eliminated through proper testing, Bifidus bacteria must be given to establish friendly protective bacteria. ACIDOPHILUS IS NEVER GIVEN TO A CHILD UNDER 7 YEARS OLD. Acidophilus may cause a child to produce excess lactic acid which can lead to mineral deficiencies, digestive problems, and fatigue.
A child with yeast must avoid milk and yogurt, as they contain milk sugar. Milk sugar will feed yeast, create congestion, mucus, and weaken the child's immune system. Candida also feeds on sugar and refined carbohydrates like: white bread, cake, candy, etc. So these foods should be avoided as well.
A child with Candida is often mislabeled hyperactive or learning disabled by misinformed people who seek to put children on dangerous drugs.
Ritalin is a common drug given to hyperactive or learning disabled children. Ritalin has been implicated in the rise of drug addiction and suicide in children. It is highly addictive. It has also been found that children on Ritalin tend to become more involved with other addictive drugs as well. Many times children who have Candida manifest a multiple allergic syndrome. These children display behavioral and learning difficulties due to reactions to foods, chemicals, and preservatives. This situation also has been linked to Candida infection, not the need for these dangerous psychiatric drugs. It has been reported that children who have both behavioral or learning disabilities and Candida infection display a marked reduction of symptoms once the Candida is eliminated.
One study by the Candida Research Foundation showed that out of 167 institutionalized patients, 163 of them had Candida. I personally have seen many patients who were incorrectly labeled as having psychiatric disorders at an early age, who then ended up on dangerous psychiatric drugs; where in reality, the underlying cause was Candida infection and allergies.
If your child displays any of the characteristics or symptoms mentioned here, it is vital that you have the child checked by an experienced practitioner for allergies and Candida. Not only can you spare your family and your child years of hardship, but you can also vastly increase the quality of life by u nderstanding what is happening with your child's health.
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If you suspect that you have Systemic Candidiasis (systemic means the infection has spread to other areas, and is not confined to the bowel or vaginal area), consider carefully the treatment recommended by your health practitioner. 80% of all the treatments I have encountered are either only temporary in reducing symptoms, very toxic to vital organs such as the liver, or would take years to truly handle systemic candida.
Signs of overgrowth and the progression of spreading yeast are very similar in most cases. Gastrointestinal upset, bloating, constipation, itching rectum, burning stool, gas and, cramps are the first sign of overgrowth. This overgrowth has a chance to invade other parts of the body. Since the vaginal tract is close to the anus of a female, this seems to be where Candida first moves. At this stage, vaginal infections or in a male, jock itch is common. At this point Candida seems to move through the tract shared by the reproductive and urinary systems. Candida can also breakthrough the intestinal membrane directly to the blood. T his is the least likely yet second major way it becomes systemic.
This is a summary of the reported symptoms of progress of Candida as it goes systemic. This data was compiled from thousands of patients.
The most well known medicine for Candida might be Nystatin. According to the PDR, no detectable blood levels are found following oral administration of the drug at recommended doses. It is, therefore, effective at reducing localized vaginal or intestinal yeast growth, but cannot travel through the blood stream to handle the infections in other areas. Another drug, Nizoral, impairs the productions of ergosterol, a vitamin D like substance, which is vital to the integrity of the yeast cell membranes. This drug is difficult for Candidiasis patients to absorb because proper stomach acid is required to absorb it. Most patients are deficient in stomach acid. Yeast infections sometimes produce symptoms that make people believe they have excess acid. Recent evidence shows this drug may cause serious liver damage or even fatal reactions.
The yeast is very adaptive. Yeast sensitivity tests (where an individual yeast is tested to see which remedies will effectively kill it) have shown that the yeast can become resistant to any natural or medical therapy after a month or so of continuous use. I have found, through the brilliant work of Dr. Scott J. Gregory O.M .D., a protocol of several, natural, non-toxic, substances which are extremely effective in handling systemic candida. However, even at that, a special approach is needed to ensure effectiveness. I have found the best results, using four of the twelve or so remedies that I hand picked for the individual, in a rotation. Using one for four days, stopping it, then switching to another for four days, stopping it, then switching to the next and so on, until all four have been run through and then repeating the cycle again and again. The trick is that each remedy has a different chemical action in destroying the yeast. So rotating them exposes the yeast to different forms of attack. It also ensures that resistance to the remedy is avoided because use is not continuous.
Many practitioners you may visit for candida treatment will tell you one of four things. (1). "We must build your immune system"; or (2.) "We must detoxify you"; or (3.) "We must kill your candida"; (4.) "We must balance your metabolism". Some will tell you they must do all four immediately and put you on sixty products a day. The proper way to handle candida, EBV, HIV, or any such condition is in four steps. They must be done in an exact order and to full completion. If not, the patient is likely to relapse. (1.) Reduce the acute infection. (2.) Detoxify the bowel, liver, kidneys, etc. (3.) Normalize metabolism functions of adrenals, thyroid and other systems. (4.) Rebuild immunity and proper immune response. To do any of these out of sequence is to go appetite over tin cup. How can you rebuild the immune system if the person has a raging infection? If your house were on fire you wouldn't begin to repair your walls and structures until you put out the fire right?
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Overgrowth of intestinal yeast Candida albicans can be signified by a large number of skin problems, including psoriasis, inflammation, and rashes on various parts of the body. In fact, some experts estimate that 15% of patients with Candida overgrowth have some type of skin lesions.1 Numerous clinical studies have linked the presence of anti-Candida albicans antibodies in the blood with the clinical condition of atopic dermatitis.2-5 A team of German investigators found an inordinately large amount of Candida albicans yeast in the stool samples of HIV patients suffering from seborrheic dermatitis.6 The can be two types of candida related skin problems. The most common is when candida overgrows within the digestive tract and then releases "mycotoxins"(yeast toxins) and Neuro-toxins (toxins that effect the nervous system) into the Digestive tract. These are skin problems, which are indirectly caused by Candida. These toxins can be absorbed into the blood stream and the lymphatic system. At this point these toxins have entered they general circulation and can cause a cascade of allergic reactions which result in eczema, psoriasis atopic dermatitis etc. Candida typically causes malabsorption of many important nutrients that would normally help nourish the skin and prevent allergic reactions. Without these nutrients we are more susceptible to dry, flaky and inflamed skin. Allergic reactions also increase due to the lack of nutrients to help the liver detoxify the allergic reaction via liver function.
It is less common that Candida causes an infection of the skin by directly invading the skin. Candida can infect mucous membranes and moist areas of the skin. Typical areas of infection are the lining of the mouth and vagina, the genital area and anus, the armpits, the skin under the breasts in women, and the skin folds of the stomach. Conditions that enable Candida to infect the skin include hot, humid weather; tight, synthetic underclothing; poor hygiene; and inflammatory diseases, such as psoriasis, occurring in the skin folds. These are skin problems that are caused by the direct growth of candida on the skin!
(intertriginous infections) or in the navel usually cause a bright red rash, sometimes with softening and breakdown of skin. Small pustules may appear, especially at the edges of the rash, and the rash may itch intensely or burn. A Candida rash around the anus may be raw, white or red, and itchy. Babies may develop a Candida rash in the diaper area.
Many years ago I discovered that parasites could cause Candida. This is covered in other articles and writings that you can find on our Web site. The exact mechanics of this is simple. Parasite destroy friendly flora just like antibiotics do. Many parasites excrete ammonia and other toxic chemicals that destroy friendly flora like acidophilus. Some parasites also depress the immune response in the intestinal tract allowing yeasts to overgrow. Anything that destroys friendly flora can cause an overgrowth of Candida since friendly flora holds Candida in check.
The purpose of Phase 0 is to eliminate enough of the parasites from the lining of the intestinal tract so that the person will not quickly relapse on Phase 1. Phs0 also eliminates the top layers of Candida growth so there is less die-off from Phase 1 that could make you feel sick. This also allows Phase 1 to absorb faster and deeper into your system.
The purpose of Phase 1 is to eliminate and destroy most of the candida in the body. This program destroys
candida in the intestines, the blood, lymph and vital organs.
This is known as the rotation program. Once we have tested the person to discover the type of Candida they have, we now select 4 substances that are especially effective on that type of Candida. The first one is taken for a 4-day period, stopped and then we move to the next one for another 4 days, this is repeated over and over again. This is done so that the candida does not develop a resistance to the substance.
At this time hormones are checked and a program to correct them is begun as an adjunct. If the hormones are imbalanced the Candida will not fully clear and Phase 1 will not kill all of its intended victims!
The purpose of Phase 2 is to: 1) Destroy the Candida buried in the intestinal tract. If this candida is not removed it will eventually cause a full-blown relapse within 6 months to year. 2) To establish friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract and stimulate the immune response in the intestines that fights candida and harmful organisms. This is not done in phase 1 or phase 0 because we have proved that candida will prevent friendly acidophilus and bifidus bacteria from growing. The Candida must be eliminated first before the friendly bacteria will grow. An analogy would be trying to plant flowers in a garden of weeds. 3) To repair any damage to the intestines tract (leaky gut) that has occurred that may be causing food allergies and chemical sensitivities. At this time the fecal toxic metal test is performed to check for the metals referred to in the "Toxic Metal Connection" earlier in this article.
The purpose of phase 3 is to completing eliminate all toxic metals and then to correct any deficiency of vitamins, mineral, amino acids, hormones or fatty acids that exists.
Special tests are performed to measure all the nutrients. The most common mistake in trying to regain energy in one who has Candidiasis is the use of many vitamins and minerals or other exotic supplements intended to boost energy while the Candida still exists in the body.
Giving a toxic body dozens of nutrients is to ask for trouble. One can become severely ill if they take many nutrients when they are chronically toxic. The nutrients will cause a mad, uncontrolled release of toxins, which the body was not prepared to release. The result will be feeling terrible. Candida suffers u sually get bad reactions to vitamin supplements.
This is why vitamins are not given until phase 3 after the candida is gone.
Toxic metals and hormone imbalances in their own right have been implicated in all the skin problems we originally discussed.
At this point in our program the use of vitamins and nutrients can be of tremendous help in allowing the skin to heal correctly. One does not have to search very far to find that Vitamins have a profound healing effect on our skin!
The purpose here is to stimulate the immune system. In order to prevent relapse of Candida or any chronic viral condition, proper immune function must be restored. Supplements to restore the healthy bacteria are take to bring the intestines back into balance so that the yeast cannot overgrow again.
This method has a success rate of better then 90% according to our recent surveys. Much of the success of this approach is not in what we do but when we do it and what we DO NOT DO! Mixing these phases' together results in a patient that either responds slowly, does not respond at all or gets worse. Most doctors get poor results with candida because the fail to understand the interactions between candida, vitamins, hormones and toxic metals.
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The first thing I used for my son and I when dealing with the Candida was Marine Phytoplankton Powder. I took 1-2 teaspoons/day and gave my son ½ teaspoon a day. It is very powerful anti-fungal and is also the most nutritious food on the planet. This strengthened my body so I could resolve the candida with herbs/diet quickly. It also provided me with stamina and energy while detoxing. It prevented the bad die-off symptoms that occur when killing Candida which made the process much more comfortable. I started out with a very small amount of phytoplankton and built up slowly.
Biotin – I took 5000 mg a day. It has been shown that candida cannot overgrow in an environment that has sufficient Biotin.
Candex - an enzyme that digests the cell wall of candida so it is eliminated quickly. I took 2 capsules 3 times/day continuously while doing the rotation below:
It’s very important to rotate the herbs when killing candida so it does not mutate and build up a resistance to the herbs. I did a four day rotation on Dr. Biamonte’s program. I took one herbal formulation for 4 days and then switched to a 2nd herbal formulation which I took that for 4 days, and then I switched to a 3rd which I took it for 4 days, and then I switched to the 4th herb supplement and took it for 4 days.
I would always start out with a very low dose when taking a new herbal formulation for the first time, and I would build up slowly to taking a much higher dose 3 times a day. This prevents a severe “die-off reaction” (Herxheimer Reaction) from occurring. Once I had built up to a higher dose, then I would start at that dose when I took it a second time.
I rotated these 4 herbs on a four-day rotation for a 8-12 weeks:
Kolorex – I started with one capsule and built up to 3 capsules 3 times a day
Biocidin & Biotonic – I started with 1 drop of Biocidin and build up to 5-10 drops 3 times a day. Biotonic – I started with 1 capsule and build up to 2 capsules 3 times a day
Olivirex & Cat's Claw – I started with one capsule of Olivirex and built up to 3 caps 3 times a day. I started with one drop of Cat's Claw and built up to 3 drops 3 times a day
Lomatium - I started with one drop and built up to one dropper full 3 times a day. Discontinue if rash developes!
I would watch for die off symptoms while taking the herbal formulations to make sure I wasn’t raising my doses to quickly. These symptoms are: flu-like symptoms, headache, extreme fatigue, achy joints, & nausea. If I had any of these symptoms I would cut back on the dose I was taking until the symptoms subsided. I also had to drink a lot of water during the rotation of the herbs to prevent die-off symptoms.
I also learned the importance of rotating the probiotics that you take. This way they will be more effective in eliminating the candida. Here are the probiotics I used on a 7 day rotation. I took one for 7 days and then switched to the 2nd for 7 days, and then switched back to the 1st one for 7 days. I started out with a small amount of the probiotic and slowly built up to 7-10 capsules that I spread through out the day. I was careful not take the probiotic at the same time as the herbs because it would reduce the potency of the probiotic.
I ate at least three meals a day or six small ones. I balanced my protein intake with green leafy vegetables in at least one generous green salad daily, juicing multiple times a day, eating lots of steamed vegetables. I would eat steamed brown rice, brown rice pasta, brown rice crackers, and rice bread in small amounts usually one meal a day. Some of the foods I ate were: granny smith apples dipped in almond butter, gaucamole with rice crackers, hemp seed and raspberries, chia gel and strawberries, smoothies made with hemp seeds, chia gel, stevia, coconut oil, and frozen berries.
I had small amounts of brown rice bread, hot brown rice cereal, and brown rice pasta 1-2 meals a day.
fresh fish (i.e., cod, flounder, haddock, halibut, herring, mackerel, perch, pike, salmon, sardines, trout, tuna, etc.). May be broiled or fried, baked or broiled. In frying, use coconut oil. No lard or hydrogenated fats (i.e., Spry, Crisco, etc.) Do not use bread crumbs or flour. Except for almond flour and brown rice flour.
Lean beef, lamb, veal, and poultry. Trim away visible, excess fat from meat. Bake, broil., boil, or sauté in coconut oil.
Artichokes, asparagus, beans (string), beet greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard leaves, chicory, chives, collards, cucumbers, dandelion, eggplant, endive, escarole, fennel, garden cress, herbs, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, green peppers, pumpkin, radishes, rhubarb, sauerkraut, spinach, squash (summer), tomatoes, turnip greens, watercress, zucchini. (Fresh preferred, may be frozen). Only these veggies.
Granny Smith apples, Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries, avocado, cantaloupe, casaba, cranshaw and honey dew, Lemons and limes. I ate fruit only one time a day to keep my sugar consumption very low. No canned, sweetened, or dried fruits of any kind.
Salad dressings made from lime, lemon juice, olive oil, and coconut oil or sesame oil. olives (ripe or green) pickle (dill or sour only). Mustard (fresh or dry). Hard-boiled or deviled eggs. Fresh nuts-walnuts, pecans and almonds. Stevia may be used. Seeds-sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, hemp seed, and chia seed. No mayonnaise, cider vinegar and no cashews.
Herb teas-unsweetened. No milk, tomato juice, V-8 juice. No colas of any kind. No canned, condensed, evaporated or sweetened milk. No alcohol in any form. No sugar free soft drinks.
No cereals, cereal products, bread stuffs, cakes, cookies, pies, candy, ice cream, etc. No beans or legumes as they will irritate the intestinal lining.
A book that explains that diet for Leaky Gut and why it is healing is: Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall.
Here's a really great video that shows the power of food to heal the body. This lady basically did the candida & leaky gut diet aka Hunter/Gatherer Diet and reversed her auto-immune disease. Very inspiring! Dr. Terry Wahls
I also took 2 supplements that coated my intestinal lining to heal the leaky gut. Here are some that I used: Slippery Elm, Gastic Complex, and Serovera . I took 3 capsules of each before meals.
I took the probiotics first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and right before bed on an empty stomach. I would take the herbs in between meals, unless the specified to take them with foods. I took the mucin supplements right before I would eat.
For my son's eczema, asthma, and food allergies I used basically the same information as above, but I gave him smaller amounts. I kept him on the diet (see above), but used more rice to make sure he was getting enough carbs. I fed him brown rice hot cereal, brown rice pasta, brown rice bread, brown rice tortilla, steamed brown rice, and brown rice crackers. He ate smoothies I made out of chia seeds and hemp seeds that were sweetened with frozen berries and stevia. I fed him lots of steamed vegetables, fresh vegetable juice, and avocados. He loved hemp seed on fresh berries with stevia, and ate that multiple times a day. He also ate small amounts of organic grass fed beef, and chicken. Once his allergies started to improve I added in wild caught salmon and organic eggs.
I gave him 1/2 teaspoon of Marine Phytoplankton Powder in the morning and in the evening. I also rotated 2 probiotics, Latero-flora & BifoViden. I gave him slippery elm that I steamed in water daily. I also gave him 10 capsules of Serovera each day and 1/2 teaspoon of Sea Buckthorn Oil twice a day, 1/2 teaspoon of Camu each day. I rotated these herbal formulations on a 4 day rotation: Biocidin, Lomatium, Cat's Claw, Olive Leaf Extract, and Sovereign Silver. I started out with a very small amount of the herbal formulation diluted in water and built up to giving him 6-8 drops of the herbal formulations over a couple months of time. This is how I would give it to him: I would mix 1/2 teaspoon of Marine Phytoplankton Powder, 1/4 teaspoon of Camu, 5 capsules of Serovera, Slippery Elm (that I steamed and then cooled), 1/2 teaspoon of Sea Buckthorn Oil, and Probiotic in a cup with a small amount of water. I would then use a medicine syringe to give it to him, I would try and keep it to one or two syringes so it would be fast. I would follow it with a piece of his favorite fruit. I would give this to him morning and night. During the day I would give him the diluted drops of the herbal formulations spread out though out the day.
After a couple weeks of doing this I started to add in additional superfoods to his diet. I gave him Raw Coconut Oil in his smoothie (it kills candida). In his morning and evening mixture I added Goji Powder, Spirulina, Barley Powder, Brown Seaweed Extract, Astaxanthin, Wheat Grass, & Krill Oil. He had a fast recovery and is a strong and healthy boy!