Health & Disease Begins In The Gut

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Hippocrates said, "Health and disease begins in the gut."

The gastrointestinal system is fascinatingly complex, and essentially the engine in the human body. We are not given an 'owners manual' to know how the body functions, what it requires for maintenance and what to do when it malfunctions. The more we learn about the human body, the more we realize how much we don't know. Mostly, we learn by trial and error. I want to explain the most important aspects of this system to you, so you can understand and take action to restore your health. First, I will introduce you to the players. Then we will look at the process of disease.

Candida Albicans

Candida is a group of yeast-like/fungus, single cell microorganisms that are supposed to live in the GI tract, but they are capable of living anywhere in and on the body. Their favorite places are the very vulnerable mucous membranes, or inner skin. This includes the mouth, throat, intestines, urinary tract, genital area, vagina, inner ears and under nails.

Candida is present in the gut as part of then natural micro-biome, where it has a very useful purpose - to kill parasites, viruses and bacteria that travel down through the GI tract. This explains why Candida are so virulent and indomitable, because they must be tougher than the bad bugs they were designed to kill. Candida was designed to live in a communal relationship with us, in which they benefit without affecting the host.

When conditions are ideal, Candida populations in the GI tract are kept under control by the presence of beneficial bacteria (bifido and lacto bacteria or probiotics), at a ratio of 10/1, and by a few other environmental controls, like pH. However, the use of antibiotics, steroids and the chemicals in processed foods kill the beneficial bacteria, forever altering the environment of the intestines. This gives the opportunistic Candida a chance to overpopulate and predominate, creating a condition known as 'yeast overgrowth,' which predisposes to 'Systemic Candidiasis'.



Beneficial bacteria

The gut is supposed to be populated with many strains of beneficial bacteria during the process of natural child birth and breast feeding the first two years of life. Friendly bacteria live on the little 'hair-like' projections (villus) that line the intestines.

We employ beneficial bacteria to do many very important jobs for us.
  • Their job is to convert the food we eat into something that can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • They benefit the host by fermenting dietary fiber into short-chain fatty acids, which are absorbed by the host. The lack of short-chain fatty acids produced by gut flora can cause diarrhea.
  • Beneficial bacteria consume a wide range of sugar derivatives, which are potentially toxic, from plant material as their source of energy and thereby relieving us of that toxic burden. People who are deficient in beneficial bacteria have issues with plant phytochemicals.
  • They regulate the development of the gut and train the immune system via end products of metabolism.
  • Friendly bacteria, like B longum and bifidus increase the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and other nutrients. Deficiency of these friendly bacteria eventually result in mineral deficiencies that predispose to osteoporosis.
  • Beneficial bacteria prevent growth of harmful species and create an environment that keeps the Candida from developing into an invasive fungus.
  • Acidopholus produces lactase enzyme, which digests lactose in milk and inhibits the growth of Candida Albicans. Deficiency of this friendly bacteria leads to lactose intolerance and milk allergy.
  • Friendly bacteria also produce many beneficial substances, which are critical for maintaining healthy intestines. Specific nutrients are needed to maintain intestinal wall integrity and a strong immune system. Without them, the (single cell layer) thin walls of the intestine break down, creating voids (Leaky Gut) and the villus die back.
  • Beneficial bacteria make a wide range of B vitamins and vitamin K.
  • They produce hormones to direct the host to store fats.
  • They metabolize bile acids, sterols and xenobiotics (foreign substances).
  • Gut flora have about a hundred times as many genes in total as there are in the human genome and they influence gene expression. Imbalances of but microbes and the gut micro biome - gene connection are associated with obesity.
  • Beneficial bacteria play an important role in the gut-brain axis. The microbiome-gut-brain axis is the biological signaling that takes place between the GI tract and the central nervous system, which includes the central nervous system, neuroendocrine and neuroimmune systems including the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA axis), sympathetic and parasympathetic arms of the autonomic nervous system including the enteric nervous system, the vagus nerve, and the gut microbiota. Microbes in the gut push our buttons and profoundly influence behavior, mood, mental function and brain health. Of the commercially available strains of probiotic bacteria, Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus genera (B. longum, B. breve, B. infantis, L. helveticus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, and L. casei), have the most potential to be useful for certain central nervous system disorders.

How do we get Candida Albicans & friendly bacteria to begin with?

A baby is born with a sterile digestive system. It was designed to be populated with several strains of live friendly bacteria as it passes down the birth canal and a different batch of friendly bacteria via breast milk, directly from mom. However, that process cannot occur if the baby was born c-section, formula fed and/or mother has no beneficial bacteria to pass on to her new born, because she didn't receive them from her mother or due to antibiotic use in the past. But, more about antibiotics in a moment. During birth and rapidly thereafter, bacteria from the surrounding environment (the air, other infants, and the nursing staff, which serve as vectors for transfer) colonize the infant's gut.

Ideally, the initial bacterial population are generally facultative anaerobic organisms, which decrease the concentration of oxygen in the gut. This allows purely anaerobic bacteria like Bacteroides, Actinobacteria, and Firmicutes to become established and thrive.

Breast-fed babies become dominated by bifidobacteria, due to the contents of bifidobacterial growth factors in breast milk, and because breast milk carries prebiotic components, allowing for healthy bacterial growth. Their overwhelming presence in the digestive tract crowds out and inhibits the growth of pathogenic microorganisms.

In contrast, the microbiota of
formula-fed infants contain high numbers of Enterobacteriaceae, Enterococci, Bifidobacteria, Bacteroides, and Clostridia.
  • Enterobacteriaceae are rod-shaped, gram-negative bacteria that are found everywhere in nature - water, soil, plants, insects, animals, and humans, can also behave as opportunistic human pathogens. They undergo biochemical adaptations to make them better suited to a particular environment and colonize any surface. A few are harmless, while many more are familiar pathogens, such as
  • Salmonella - typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and food poisoning (salmonellosis). Infants and young children are much more susceptible to infection, easily achieved by ingesting a small number of bacteria. In infants, infection through inhalation of bacteria-laden dust is possible.
  • Escherichia coli / E coli - causes gastroenteritis, UTI’s, hemolytic-uremic syndrome - HUS, neonatal meningitis, colitis, and Crohn's disease,
  • Yersinia pestis is responsible for pneumonic, septicemic, and bubonic plagues.
  • Klebsiella - pneumonia, urinary tract infections, septicemia, meningitis, diarrhea, and soft tissue infections.
  • Proteus is a community-acquired infection, UTI, struvite stone formation.
  • Enterobacter causes obesity and insulin resistance.
  • Serratia - arthritis, UTI's, lower respiratory tract infection, meningitis.
  • Citrobacter - UTI, respiratory tract, wounds, bone, peritoneum, endocardium, pneumonia, meninges, and bloodstream infections.
  • Shigella - cause severe inflammation and premature death of the cells lining the small intestine and colon, diarrhea and dysentery.

Dietary changes influence the numbers and species that are running the show. Altering diet causes changes in gut microbiota composition and diversity, so the quality of food you consume is vitally important. Long-term diet is strongly associated with gut micro biome composition.

C-Section:Breastfeeding Rates Graph

This is how generations of families develop the same or similar disease conditions.
It’s not 'genetic'.


Heat kills friendly bacteria, so if breast milk is heated, the friendly bacteria are destroyed. Formula is devoid of live friendly bacteria. You may have been breast fed as an infant, and received the live friendly bacteria, but if you have ever been treated with antibiotics once in your life, the friendly bacteria were killed and you ended up in the same situation as those who were not breast fed and received formula instead, like me.

Candida Albicans can be transferred to a baby during the birth process, but also from other sources in the environment, including human contact.

Can I repopulate my GI tract with friendly bacteria to correct the imbalance?

Candida Albicans multiplies 6x faster than friendly bacteria. When the balance between friendly bacteria and Candida in the GI tract is lost, restoring that balance is not achievable with diet or supplementation alone, because it is a race that the friendly bacteria just simply cannot win. This sets the stage for Candida Albicans to multiply, without opposition, and take over.

Eating yoghurt cannot provide the amount of live friendly bacteria/probiotic needed to restore their populations in the intestines for several reasons. Processing, and the addition of refined sugar kills many live cultures. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach also kills them. Even taking a refrigerated, live, high-quality probiotic supplement, in capsule form that is designed to dissolve and release many strains of friendly bacteria in the intestines, cannot reverse this process by itself. I know, because I tried it for many years, as part of my Candida fighting regimen.

Tornado damage
Taking probiotic to repopulate a Leaky Gut
is like expecting to move in after an F5 tornado came through your neighborhood!


What are the early symptoms of yeast overgrowth?

Because of the imbalance between friendly bacteria and Candida in the GI tract, young children often develop ear infections, diaper rash, GI tract symptoms, including intolerance to formulas or foods and food allergies, and many other ailments at an early age. This is also how my story began.

I was born in May 1964, and my 17 year old mother had no idea that my chronic diarrhea was a problem, though it lasted for two weeks. My father, age 17 at the time, arrived home from high school, took one look at me and prompted rushed me to the hospital. I was so dehydrated when I arrived, that I almost died. My parents were told I couldn't tolerate the milk based formula, but my young mother's intuition told her something was wrong with my gut.

Fourty years later, my mother told me she always suspected that something was wrong with my digestive system, but doctors never tested me for yeast overgrowth. The GI symptoms I suffered with didn't make any sense, until I was in my mid-40's. That is when I realized that my life-long yeast overgrowth problem started at birth, when Candida Albicans transferred to me during my c-section delivery and I received no friendly bacteria from my food.

Every person will experience different symptoms, depending on where the Candida has set up residence in your body and how long you have had it. This makes it very difficult to diagnose. Children get vaginal and genital yeast infections, and ear infections. These are all symptoms of yeast overgrowth and are most often treated as isolated infections, with antibiotics and anti-fungals, while the main yeast infection persists in the GI tract, undiagnosed and untreated.

A child may develop a vicious cycle of ear infections, treatment with antibiotics, followed by repeated ear infections. This usually results in the need for tubes in the ears. Children with a history of repeated ear infections may be more likely to develop neurological problems, including ADD, ADHD and autism.

Other signs of yeast overgrowth include:
Local infections - recurrent vaginitis, thrush, rash or blister in the corners of the mouth, itching ears
Skin problems - acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, chronic rashes or itching, fungus growing under toe nails, dandruff, athletes feet, skin infections, asthma, ear infections, sinus infection, inflammation, itching, dry skin, vaginal infections, genital irritation (jock itch).
Neurological problems - depression, violent mood swings, inability to concentrate, headaches, labeled hyperactive or day-dreams, learning problems (this was me in the 1st grade), short attention span, persistently irritable, unhappy or hard to please.
GI tract problems - digestive disorders, chronic constipation or diarrhea, excessive gas, bloating, sore throat, thrush, food allergies, sensitivity or intolerance, poor digestion, malabsorption, nutritional deficiencies, indigestion, abdominal pain, heartburn, leaky gut, IBS, IBD, Colitis, Crohn’s, acid reflux and intense cravings for sweets and/or carbohydrates including alcohol.
Respiratory problems - difficulty breathing, asthma, persistent cough and/or wheezing, exposure to perfume, laundry or bath soap, tobacco smoke, exhaust fumes, insecticides or other chemicals provoke moderate to severe symptoms.
General health problems - chronic fatigue, feeling bad all over, PMS, fibromyalgia, MS, Addison’s disease, hormone imbalances and arthritis, muscle aches, frequent colds, strep throat.
Your child isn't well, but diagnostic tests come back inconclusive, failing to reveal the true cause.

Antibiotic and steroid use has added fuel to the fire.

Prior to the development of Penicillin in 1928, the widespread use of antibiotics that began in 1942, and the addition of steroid hormone contraceptive drugs in the 1960's, Candida Albicans lived in 80% of the human population without any harmful effects. However, like any life form, when the opportunity to expand its territory and overpopulate presents itself, it will take full advantage. Antibiotics and steroids gave Candida that opportunity.

  • Antibiotics alter the numbers and composition of gut bacteria, negatively affecting the host’s health and ability to digest food. Changes in the numbers and species of gut flora can reduce the body's ability to ferment carbohydrates and metabolize bile acids. Carbohydrates that are not broken down may absorb too much water and cause diarrhea. Taking probiotics containing Lactobacillus species may help prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea, but it doesn’t fix the much more serious underlying problem.
  • Antibiotics allow pathogenic bacteria to grow and increase the numbers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which invade the host and cause illnesses that are difficult to treat with antibiotics or any other method.
  • The use of antibiotics globally affects host metabolic, hormonal and immune homeostasis. The gut functions like an endocrine organ and gut flora dysregulation is associated with host inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.

By the time a child in America reaches adulthood, they have received an average of 10 courses of antibiotics, and I was no exception. I had one type of infection after another, beginning in my pre-teen years, for which I was given antibiotics as a matter of established and accepted code of procedure. This misuse of antibiotics continues into adulthood and their long-term effects are an increased susceptibility to infections and disease conditions such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in the past 70 years.

The general overuse of antibiotics in humans, in conjunction with sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics and growth hormones given to food animals, and the use of birth control pills in women, combine to form the recipe for an immunological nightmare. My mother started giving me birth control pills at the age of 13, whether I needed them or not. This caused the Candida population in me to explode!

Inside the bodies of most people, I would put bifido bacteria and acidophilus at the top of the "endangered species list," because they have many enemies. Their numbers are wiped out by antibiotics, excess sugar in the diet, the chemicals used to preserve processed foods and pharmaceutical drugs. Genetically-modified organisms (GMO's)
See documentary can permanently alter the composition and function of friendly bacteria. The liver produces bile to digest fats and to release toxins. If bile is high in toxins and released by the liver into the small intestines it will kill acidophilus. Also, some antibacterial and anti-fungal herbs can harm populations of friendly bacteria in the GI tract. This throws the balance of good vs bad bacteria, out of balance significantly.

When I was a child, my parents could not afford to purchase processed convenience foods. However, when I moved away from home, I didn't know how to cook, so I consumed processed foods exclusively. On a diet of high sugar, and refined carbohydrate processed foods the Candida had a party, so much so, that I had to get off birth control pills and have my tubes tied. I was too sick to keep myself going, much less create a new life inside this body. As a consequence, I was unable to have children, which was devastating and irreversible.

Evidence now clearly indicates that, once a probiotic deficiency exists, it is never recovered and is passed to the next generation. As a result, each generation is likely to suffer from poorer health than their parents experienced. I have witnessed that very thing happening in the last 5 generations of my family. Since the time my great-grandparents died, without exception, all of the succeeding generations of my family have experienced persistent yeast overgrowth and an ever growing list of serious, chronic health problems and died younger. The introduction of antibiotics in the 1940's and subsequent change in the behavior of Candida Albicans has created several pandemics of some of the worst chronic diseases ever evidenced in human history.

Generations


What is Systemic Candidiasis?

Yeast overgrowth progresses into Systemic Candidiasis. It's only a matter of time. I have explained how antibiotics, steroids, prescription drugs, preservatives and refined sugar/carbohydrates permanently change friendly bacteria populations and create a favorable environment for Candida Albicans to over populate. The other thing that happens as a result, is that the Candida also develop the ability to morph into an invasive fungus that acts more like a parasite that grows into the walls of the intestines like a plant spreads its roots into the soil, tapping into the blood stream directly and then sendings it’s spores throughout the body and brain, invading organs and damaging systems. They benefit while harming the host.

When the Candida have morphed into the filamentous form and become pathogenic, they grow into the one cell thick (very thin) lining of the intestines, like the roots of a plant grow into the soil. Once Candida has access to the bloodstream, they are able to travel throughout the entire body. They are now systemic. Now, Candida is tapped into the blood supply and is feeding directly off its host; YOU.

Candida can cross the blood-brain barrier and invade the brain and nervous system, where they cause brain damage and a variety of neurological and behavioral problems. It invades deep tissues, causes organ damage and a variety of disease conditions. Sadly, the symptoms of these disease conditions are treated as separate health problems, while the root cause of the conditions (Candida Albicans) is completely ignored. The health of the patient steadily declines, while secretly, the Candida continues to multiply. Candida Albicans will travel deep into tissues, where drugs and anti-fungal herbs cannot reach them. They hide there, waiting for favorable conditions (you end a course of antibiotics) to come out and multiply.

Candida Albicans wants you cold, so to make itself more comfortable, so it will alter your body to make itself more comfortable, thus you become cold (Hypothyroid), toxic and acidic - on the cellular level. At one point, for a few years, my body temperature got down to a consistent 95.9º. Almost 3 degrees colder than normal and I was always freezing, even in the summer. My combined average urine and saliva pH was 4.5. Extremely acidic!

Candida thrive in an oxygen deprived environment. It will invade the lungs and cause you to be barely breathing. Once it begins growing in the lungs - bronchitis, asthma and/or emphysema-like symptoms result. The patient is often misdiagnosed and treated with steroid inhalers and antibiotics, which only exacerbates the problem. I witnessed this exact scenario unfold in my grandmother and then in myself.

I witnessed this exact scenario unfold in my grandmother and then in myself. My Grandma was given antibiotics and steroid inhalers to treat symptoms of emphysema, when for 20 years what she really had was Candida in her lungs. Steroids and antibiotics made her condition progressively worse. I cared for my grandmother the last 6 months of her life and watched her suffocate slowly, even though she wore oxygen all the time.

A few years later, it became very real to me that the Candida favor an oxygen deprived environment, and wanted me to be barely breathing. One day, I found myself not taking a breath several times during the day and I had to consciously make the effort to do so. Suddenly, I remembered hearing my Grandma say, "Why do I have to think about breathing, every breath, or I don't breathe?" This made me very aware that Candida was growing in my lungs and causing my breathing difficulty. I was very glad that I didn't turn to the usual treatment most doctors would prescribe for asthma or emphysema. Instead, I got hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy and it 'cleaned house'. Once the Candida was out of my lungs, I felt like I could breath normally, without thought or effort.

Candida yeast travels to other parts of the body, like under nails, the scalp, vagina, genitals, bladder and ears. It especially likes mucous membranes; the inner skin - mouth & throat. I have been able to reach many of those orifices using various means. However, until recent years, I was not able to control Candida populations in the GI tract, which is its stronghold! I was also unable to reach Candida in the deep recesses of my body, where blood flow and oxygen are low. Candida lie dormant in places where antimicrobial compounds and even your immune system cannot get to it. Then I discovered the strategy for winning this war and developed "The Candida Exit Strategy".

Many people have Systemic Candidiasis and don't even know it!

Systemic yeast overgrowth is a wide-spread, silent epidemic that affects approximately 70% of the population in America. And that is a conservative estimate. Few people ever discover that the true cause of their chronic symptoms is actually an invasive fungal yeast growing in their gut and then spreading throughout their body and into their brain, becoming “systemic”.

By the time I found out I had Systemic Candidiasis, I had been very sick and repeatedly misdiagnosed by several doctors over a period of 5 years. Candida had crossed the blood/brain barrier and was causing horrifying neurological symptoms; brain fog, memory loss, mood swings, depression, visual disturbances (I saw large circles of color - 'floaters' in my visual field), and had excruciating pain in my head (not headaches), in addition to debilitating chronic fatigue, insomnia, constipation, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, food intolerance and malnutrition.
  • People can barely survive with no gut flora, because the beneficial microorganisms perform a host of useful functions. However, some species are capable of causing infection, disease and increase cancer risk. Malnourished people have less diverse gut microbiota than healthy people. People with more pathogenic gut flora, and more yeast, suffer malnutrition. Changes in the gut micro biome is associated with nutrient depletion and a pathophysiological cause of malnutrition.
  • A reduction in levels of native bacterial species disrupts their ability to inhibit the growth of harmful opportunistic species which can get out of hand. In recent years, treatment protocols have been developed for gut associated infections involving fecal microbiota transplantation (Fecal transplant) of donor feces. Initial reports of treatment describe success rates of 90%, with few side effects.
That is when I contacted a naturopathic physician and began what ended up being 17 years of monthly intravenous oxidation treatments and hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy, just to stay alive. When he said this was the most difficult stage to treat, he wasn't exaggerating! But, I am getting ahead of myself.

Symptoms of Candida Yeast Overgrowth & Systemic Candidiasis

When Candida yeast processes the sugars in your gut, it releases about 80 toxins into your body, which cause muscle weakness, chronic physical pain and chronic fatigue. The liver is over burdened with the task of detoxify them, but Acetylide (a neurotoxin) cannot be detoxified and it accumulates in the body, killing brain cells, impairing brain function and causing brain fog, depression, and violent mood swings. It can also damage your endocrine, immune respiratory systems and the membranes of your red blood cells, which reduces their ability to carry oxygen to all parts of your body. This also directly affects your brain, weakens the immune system and predisposes the body to every kind of disease. As Candida robs you of your life-force, it controls how you feel and think, while silently killing you very slowly.

There is an essential mineral that helps your liver to expel the toxins that are produced by Candida and when the yeast is killed, however, Acetaldehyde stays in your body and doesn't get excreted like other toxins. It builds up in your body, causing joint pain and muscle aches. That sounds like MS, arthritis and fibromyalgia, doesn't it! That mineral converts Acetaldehyde into Acetic acid, which can be excreted, but what I think is so awesome is that Acetic acid can be converted into an enzyme called Acetyl coenzyme, which is important for your metabolism. So, it converts something that is poisonous to you, into something that can actually benefit you!

Every part of the body is connected to every other part, so when yeast produces waste it floods your body with toxins. Those toxins don't just affect one part. They wreak havoc on the immune system, inciting it's inflammatory response, and also cause changes in other parts as well. Add to this the toxic chemicals that are produced by other bacterial infections and parasites that pass into your bloodstream via leaky gut and multiply this a few dozen times, and it is easy to understand that Candida Albicans causes such symptoms as those listed below. It is clear to see that this is the beginning of disease.

How and where toxins interact with the body determines the disease process you will experience. These symptoms are often considered to be unrelated or separate conditions, but they all have one cause. That cause, which is the yeast, is often misdiagnosed and treated with antibiotics and/or steroids, or missed completely. This can go on for many years, while the yeast continues to invade tissues, organs and systems, causing damage and diseases that ravage the body and eventually result in premature death. Simply put, anyone who suffers from ill health is suffering from a Candida Albicans infection and Dysbiosis.

Symptoms List

The following is based on years of observation. It is by no means a perfect guideline, because the symptoms of Candidiasis are extremely varied and are experienced differently by every person. Every person will experience different symptoms, depending on where the Candida has set up residence in your body and how long you have had it. This makes it very difficult to diagnose. In fact, it is very likely to be misdiagnosed, and the person is medicated to manage the symptoms, which are given labels like arthritis, asthma, etc. When Candidiasis is properly diagnosed, it is often treated with antibiotics, anti-fungals and anti-yeast medications, but 100% of the time their benefits are short lived; about 2 weeks. Then they never "work" again because Candida mutate, dive deeper into the body and hide, waiting for you to discontinue your anti-Candida protocol.
  • GI tract symptoms include bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, sore throat, thrush, food allergies, poor digestion, malabsorption, nutritional deficiencies, indigestion, heartburn, leaky gut, IBS, IBD, Colitis, Crohn’s, acid reflux and intense carbohydrate cravings, including alcoholism.
  • Skin infections, psoriasis, acne, dandruff, asthma, ear infections, athlete’s foot, sinus infection, inflammation, itching, dry skin, vaginal infections are all caused by yeast overgrowth.
  • Candida wants you cold, so to make itself more comfortable, it will make you hypothyroid.
  • PMS, fibromyalgia, MS, Addison’s disease, hormone imbalances and arthritis are also symptoms of systemic Candidiasis.
  • Stage 1 The first indication of yeast overgrowth is that you notice that you get sick more frequently.
Infant Colic
Vaginal yeast infections
Ear infections, ears itch
Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections
Recurrent bronchitis, sinusitis, lung infections
Recurrent tonsillitis, strep throat, staph infections
Skin Rashes
Eczema
Dandruff
Psoriasis
Toe nail fungus (pictured below)
Athletes feet
Acne
Oral Thrush (pictured below)
Gas (excessive), belching, heartburn, bad breath
Cravings for sugar, refined carbs and/or alcohol
Colds & flu, frequently
Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Fatigue
Halitosis (bad breath)
Body odor

Stage 2 (+ Stage 1 symptoms) Next is fatigue. It can creep up on you very slowly in the beginning, so it's not alarming at first. You go to bed tired and wake up tired. You are tired all day, with very noticeable dips in energy between 2-4 p.m. typically. Blood tests come back normal and your doctor says you're fine. You go home frustrated. You are so tired and irritable, that you begin to have trouble with family and at work, over little things. You have more chronic conditions:
More intense cravings for sugar, like an addiction
Allergies/ intolerance / sensitivity to foods- onset
Increased sensitivity to preservatives, artificial colors and artificial flavors in foods, yeast and molds in foods.
Dry skin, chronic - itching, excessive
Acid reflux
Endometriosis
Red itchy eyes
Ringworm
Sinus congestion / pressure, infections
Very slow wound healing
Rectal itching
Vaginal discomfort or burning

Stage 3 (+ Stage 1 & 2 symptoms) During this stage the Candida have invaded the tissues of the body. The toxins they produce begin to affect the mind.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)- chemicals, mold. Perfumes, laundry detergent, petroleum products take your breath away.
Chronic pain: muscles, joints, Arthritis
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Constipation or diarrhea, chronic
abdominal distention
Unexplained anger or rage
Chronic Fatigue
Unexplained weight gain, inflammation
Headaches (including migraine)
Dizziness or light-headedness / Vertigo
Depression, irritability, crying spells
Comprehension and memory begin to become a problem, as well as decision making.
Mouth sores
Nervous system problems - ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities

Stage 4 (+ Stage 1, 2 & 3 symptoms) Allergies - celiac disease, dairy, etc. You are now allergic to practically everything. You are having fewer good days.
Abdominal pain
Bite the inside of you cheeks while chewing
Bloating, gas
Canker sores
Diabetes - pancreatic dysfunction Enzyme deficiency
Fibromyalgia, nerve pain; it feels like your nerves are bathing in battery acid.
Muscle pain or weakness all over
Infertility, low libido
IBS
Inflammatory bowel
Hypoglycemia
Hypothyroidism
Severe constipation
Hives
Adrenal fatigue
Kidney infections & malfunction
Liver problems
Joint pain, Rheumatoid arthritis
Hashimoto's thyroiditis
Crohn's Disease
Ulcerative Colitis
Lupus
Celiac Disease
Meniere's Disease
Raynaud's Disease
Sjogren's Syndrome

Stage 5 (+ Stage 1, 2, 3 & 4 symptoms) This stage is the beginning of actual mental deterioration with delusions, phobias, irrational thoughts, manic depression, unusual fears, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, panic attacks, anti-social behavior and even violent episodes. The Candida are in the brain. I was zombie mommy for many years.
The toxic overload in the body, plus the Candida in the brain, are affecting the brain directly. This is a frightening and hopeless stage, because it's the most difficult phase to treat. Even when you eliminate the Candida from the brain, it takes many months to overcome the damaging effects. Blood tests still come back normal and this person demonstrates what is then diagnosed as "mental illness", and prescribed drugs.
Asthma, emphysema, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath - yeast is growing in the lungs
Adrenal exhaustion and failure; endocrine system problems
Debilitating chronic fatigue
Brain fog - Inability to concentrate, serious forgetfulness, memory loss, mental confusion, can't think of words
Violent mood swings, aggressive behaviors
Mental confusion
Inability to concentrate. You hear or read words, but you can't remember them by the end of the sentence.
Can't remember how to get somewhere you've been a thousand times, or how to do a skill or task.
Easily or always agitated
Doesn't want to be touched - prefers isolation
Muscle twitching
Epileptic seizures
Dark circles around the eyes Debilitating depression - including SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
Headaches - halo type; like your head will explode
Inability to digest food - stop making hydrochloric acid
Visual disturbances - circles of color floating in your vision. (see photo)
Unexplained weight loss or inability to keep weight on
Chronic inflammation
Constipation, chronic
Chronic insomnia

Stage 6 DEATH

In the British Medical Journal (1950), Dr Hans Selye described the human physiological response to prolonged stress as a General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS).
Read article. He identified three stages of General Adaptation Syndrome as alarm, resistance and exhaustion phases. This guide was developed to assist healthcare professionals with their evaluation of patients and early intervention strategies, but I have yet to hear a doctor mention any of this to me in the office. Selye cautioned, "The general adaptation syndrome never occurs in its pure form, but is always complicated by superimposed specific actions of eliciting stressors." The impact of stress is now referred to as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is individualized and varied in its outcome. Beneficial bacteria in the gut also play a role in the gut-brain axis. When they are deficient or absent, that contributes to how quickly someone progresses through the 5 stages of systemic candidiasis and various stress response stages. People with systemic candidiasis experience an increasingly impaired ability to respond and adapt to stressful stimuli, energy production and restorative sleep as they progress from alarm, through resistance and into the exhaustion phase. Alarm phase - food allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity, rash. Resistance - Adaptation phase - hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance, diabetes, cancer. Exhaustion phase - all systems are stressed to the max and begin to fail. How this shows up in every uniquely individual client varies greatly.

Diagnosis of Systemic Candidiasis

The list of symptoms on the left, makes it difficult for doctors to confidently diagnose what they call ‘Candida Related Complex,’ but is really Candida yeast overgrowth. This is because they are basing their diagnosis on symptomatology, and not asking the right questions.

Headaches, allergies, depression, mood swings and fatigue have become an accepted occurrence and part of ‘normal’ life, because everyone has these complaints and simply endure them, but they are not normal or acceptable.

Stop! Realize that no feeling of weakness, headaches, unstable energy, hypertension, insulin resistance, constipation, inflammation, skin problems on the inside or the outside, are not normal! All of this is the body trying to say, “This is not okay. I am trying to get your attention and tell you to look deeper inside yourself”. Even getting sick with the flu or catching a cold are not normal. It’s an indication that your immune system isn’t strong enough to defend you or that you are over-stressed and over-tired. It’s simply not normal, not to feel great! People have no idea what feeling “healthy” or “normal” really feels like, because they have always been sick. I have had experience with all of these conditions, and more, and endured 30 years of misdiagnosis by more than 23 different doctors. Candida almost killed me!

Mainstream medical doctors are generally unaware of any connection between yeast infection and chronic illness, or they may be skeptical about the possibility, because the laboratory tests that are available do not enable a physician to make a diagnosis of a yeast-related illness. Diagnosis of a yeast-related illness must be made based on clinical observation and the following lab tests.
1) Comprehensive Digestive Stool analysis for candida culture and sensitivity.
2) Organic Acids in urine, such as Arabinose.
3) Serum Candida antibodies (IgA, IgG, IgM).

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Fungal Dysbiosis These two conditions often co-exsist at the same time, which is a red flag. Dysbiosis in the small intestine can lead to intestinal failure.

There are more than 500 different species but about 40 species do 99% of the work. Many species in the gut have not been studied outside the human body because most of them can’t be cultured.
  • Due to the high acid content of the stomach, most microorganisms cannot survive there. Stomach bacterial inhabitants include streptococcus and staphylococcus, which are both gram-positive, coccus or round bacteria, Lactobacillus (produces lactase to digest lactose in milk), Peptostreptococcus (gram-positive, non-spore forming, spherical bacteria which is also a normal inhabitant of the mouth, skin, GI tract, urinary tract and healthy lower reproductive tract of women), and types of yeast. Peptostreptococcus can become pathogenic and septic, causing abscesses in the brain, liver, breast and lung, as well as premature cell death in soft tissues. They participate in mixed anaerobic (bacteria that do not require or may be harmed by oxygen) infections.
  • Due to the proximity and influence of stomach acid, gram-positive cocci and rod-shaped bacteria are the prominent microorganisms in the small intestine. In the distal portion of the small intestine, where alkaline conditions support gram-negative bacterial flora, they provide regulatory signals that enable the development and utility of a wide range of intestinal functions.
  • Species from the genus Bacteroides (gram-negative, obligate anaerobic rod-shaped bacteria) constitute about 30% of all bacteria in the gut, suggesting their importance in maintaining the host’s health by processing complex molecules in the intestines into simpler ones and crowding out opportunistic pathogens that would cause infection, preventing their take-over in the gut. However, some species (B. fragilis, for example) are opportunistic human pathogens, capable of causing infections and resistant to a wide variety of antibiotics. They may have become a reservoir for resistance in other, more highly pathogenic bacterial strains.
  • The large intestine contains an extensive ecosystem, where 99% of the flora are made up of obligate anaerobes such as Bacteroides and Bifidobacterium. Bifidobacterium (gram-positive, nonmotile, branched anaerobic bacteria) inhabit the GI tract (especially the colon), vagina and mouth. They metabolize oligosaccharide carbohydrates. Oxygen limits their growth and low O2 concentrations stimulate growth of anaerobic inhabitants. Enemies of the microorganism population of the large intestine include antibiotics, stress and parasites.

The public became aware of yeast-related health problems before scientific studies were published in major medical journals. As a result, there is controversy and some hostility between the mainstream medical community and physicians who offer alternative treatments, including their respective staff and patients. The best test is the persons history and response to treatment.

Chronic disease begins with yeast overgrowth

Candida is also guilty of contributing to the development of such disease conditions as Crohn's and Colitis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Myasthenia Gravis, IBS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Asthma, Intestinal Cystitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, just to name a few.

I meet so many people who have yeast overgrowth, in various stages and they have been struggling to get rid of it. Some of them have had it their entire life, like me. People are trying to live with food allergies, celiac disease, IBS, multiple chemical sensitivity, Sjogrens Syndrome, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, digestive issues of all kinds, and numerous disease conditions that started with yeast overgrowth in the GI tract and manifest themselves in various ways throughout the body. But, the good news is that you don't have to 'live with' these conditions for the rest of your life. There is hope. It's called The Candida Exit Strategy.

Other symptoms of poor and deteriorating health include:

Sleep disturbances; waking up frequently and can't get back to sleep. Wake up feeling tired in the morning, instead of rested.
Low body temperature, which indicates loss of immune function.
Don't sweat, which indicates a selenium deficiency.
Either a decreased appetite or none at all. The absence of hunger pains in the stomach and no sensation of a full stomach. This indicates that the liver and kidneys are burdened with toxins. With no sensation of hunger, this person will eat, not because they are "hungry," but for pleasure and because it is time to eat. Food just sits in the stomach, doesn't get digested, ferments, and produces acid reflux and gas.
Clear urine, instead of medium to deep yellow, indicates that the large intestine does not have sufficient bifido-bacteria to produce B vitamins. If taking B vitamins, stop taking them for 24 hours to see if the color of urine changes to clear.
First urine pH in the morning that is very alkaline (above 6.8), instead of acidic (below 6.0), with an excessive amount of ammonia odor is typical of someone with Crohns, Colitis or cancer.
Saliva pH is less than 6.0 (between meals), which indicates a deficiency of ionic calcium, as well as magnesium.
Narrow stools - 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide stools, which indicate colon inflammation.
Dark brown or black stools, which indicates too much bile, resulting from a high fat diet.
Yellow or pale stools can indicate liver problems.
Bowel movements that do not float, but sink in water. This indicates an absence of short chain fatty acids and an absence of beneficial bacteria, especially acidopholis, and an overgrowth of Candida. A healthy acidopholis population will produce floating stools.
Stools have a mud like texture, are very hard chunks, mushy or chronic diarrhea.
Stools have an offensive odor.

Candida overgrowth predisposes people to all types of cancer

When Candida has access to the bloodstream, it is called Systemic Candidiasis. The yeast begins to live its entire life cycle there, with access to all parts of your body. It reproduces at a frightening rate and adds it's waste to your own. This extra load exhausts the liver and stresses all other parts of the immune system.

When Candida takes root in the intestinal walls, toxins from the yeast enter the bloodstream directly, and are carried throughout the body. This weakens organs and systems, and virtually paralyzes the immune system. Toxins, solvents from processed foods and heavy metals from dental fillings, cosmetics, and galvanized plumbing team up with parasites at trauma sights, and in weakened organs. In the body's final attempt to isolate these foreign invaders, it traps them in tumors. Chemical warfare develops between the imprisoned parasite and the tumor. The parasite tries to free itself by producing chemicals to dissolve the tumor, while the tumor becomes larger to keep the parasite confined. It is only a matter of time before the tumor becomes malignant. A tumor may be found and removed, but other tumors, in various stages, may be imprisoning parasites elsewhere in the body. They have not progressed to the point of discovery, yet.

Normally, the immune system would be standing guard along the surface of the mucous membranes - ready to attack all invaders, but nutritional deficiencies, exposure to environmental toxins and molds, and emotional stress have weakened the immune system, allowing pathogens to colonize. Bad microbes produce toxins, which when added to the body, contribute to liver toxicity. This results in chronic fatigue, poor blood circulation and impaired immune response.

The introduction of antibiotics and subsequent change in the behavior of Candida Albicans has created several pandemics of some of the worst chronic diseases ever evidenced in human history. Systemic Candidiasis has emerged as an underlying cause of disease in the general population and a key factor in the death of people with compromised immune systems; AIDS, cancer, chemotherapy, and organ and bone marrow transplant patients. But, what came first, the Systemic Candidiasis or the cancer, AIDS, etc? The truth is that you have to get leaky gut and Systemic Candidiasis before you can get cancer or AIDS. You have to get Systemic Candidiasis before you can get cancer. Cancer cells feed on the sugary alcohol substance that is a by-product of Candida digesting carbohydrates. Consider the vast number of past and present cancer cases, AIDS patients and those with Lyme Disease, MS, or any autoimmune disease and you get an indication of just how rampant Systemic Candidiasis is. Cancer patients are often treated with surgery, chemo and radiation, but the yeast overgrowth that predisposed them to cancer, persists beyond cancer treatment and is often overlooked or ignored. Cancer cells feed on the sugary alcohol substance that is a by-product of Candida digesting carbohydrates. Cancer and Candida have two things in common; they both live on sugar and oxidation destroys them. However, Systemic Candidiasis is much more difficult to 'cure' than cancer.

Patients are often treated for cancer, but the yeast overgrowth that predisposed them to cancer, persists beyond cancer treatment and is often overlooked or ignored. Cancer and Candida have two things in common; they both live on sugar and oxidation destroys them. However, Systemic Candidiasis is much more difficult to 'cure' than cancer, because Candida embed themselves deep in tissues, where the capillaries are so small and blood flow is so low that there is very little oxygen, and they hide there, as if by stealth. Candida can live very comfortably in the oxygen deprived environment of these deep tissue hiding places, waiting for the right conditions to proliferate and ambush you. This is why Systemic Candidiasis is so difficult to defeat.

Leaky Gut Yeast overgrowth has the potential to cause a lifetime of health problems. Their overwhelming presence in the GI tract is called Fungal Dysbiosis. This invasive form of yeast secretes enzymes, like proteases and phosopholipases to break down the single cell thick membrane of the intestines, causing intestinal permeability. Fungal Dysbiosis, combined with the absence of friendly bacteria and nutritional deficiencies, cause Leaky Gut; voids (holes) in the intestinal wall allow large particles moving through the intestines to be absorbed into directly into the blood stream, including pathogens and allergens.

80% of the immune system stands guard along the GI tract - ready to attack all invaders. However, when the gut has big holes in it, that allow waste, parasites, viruses, harmful bacteria and other harmful things (that were never meant to go into the blood stream) to enter the body, the load is more than the immune system can bare. The liver is the second line of defense. It would filter out the invaders, but it is overburdened trying to eliminate chemicals pollutants from the environment, preservatives and additives in foods, toxic ingredients and heavy metals in skin care products, and all the waste that the pathogens produce.

The pathogens are now living their entire life cycle, reproducing and releasing their waste into you or your child, on a continual basis. This overloads the liver, kidneys and other systems, working them to exhaustion. The toxins, chemicals, parasites, viruses, bacteria and heavy metals deposit in the weakest organs and cause damage. It is only a matter of time before chronic illness, cancer, infertility and other diseases ensue. More details about Systemic Candidiasis are covered later in this article.

Lyme Disease and the Systemic Candidiasis connection

More recently, Systemic Candidiasis has also become a silent epidemic among people who get Lyme Disease and are treated with antibiotics. When the antibiotics are discontinued, they are overwhelmed with yeast overgrowth and end up getting back on antibiotics indefinitely in an attempt to deal with the secondary yeast infection. In addition, many of the symptoms of Lyme Disease and those of Systemic Candidiasis are identical; brain fog, headaches, chronic fatigue, GI tract problems, body aches and nerve pain. This makes it very difficult to distinguish between the two; which symptoms are attributed to which infection.

I got Systemic Candidiasis 15 years before I got Lyme Disease, so I know first hand how to tell the difference. In fact, I have had Lyme Disease 3 separate times, but that is another subject all together. I eliminated the Lyme from my body homeopathically, not with antibiotics or other drugs. I will say here, that it was easier for me to get rid of the Lyme Disease, and also breast cancer - than it has been to get rid of Candida. I don’t say this to discourage you, but to make you aware of just how serious yeast overgrowth and antibiotic use is.

I reserve the use of antibiotics for the most severe bacterial infections, in which not using an antibiotic will most certainly result in permanent consequences; like when I got MRSA and almost lost half of my right leg. After the course of antibiotics (14 days), I immediately began IV oxidation treatments every other day. Ideally, I planned to repeat the same 8 weeks of treatment as before, but after only one week, I realized that my veins just couldn't take it. I tapered down after the first week and ended the following week, with a total of 6 treatments, as opposed to 15. I managed to keep the Candida from "flashing-over," but it's levels in my deep tissues and lungs increased, as evidenced by more bothersome and persistent local yeast infections. The clock was ticking and I was running out of time. I needed a cure, not another band-aid.

If anyone tells you that they have beaten Candida for good and are Candida free, I’d be very, very skeptical. Here’s why…

When the intestinal wall breaks down (Leaky Gut), the Candida infect host tissue by reacting to environmental cues. Candida is able to morph between two cell-types; from a uni-cellular yeast-like form into an invasive, multi-cellular filamentous form (a slender thread-like fiber), which grows into the lining of the damaged intestines like the roots of a plant grow into the soil. Of these two strains, one undergoes further phenotypic switching, which consists of two phases that grow - One as round cells in smooth white colonies and one that is rod-like and grows as flat, gray colonies. The other strain undergoes switching that produces seven different colony morphologies. Both strains and their different forms are able to convert spontaneously to the others at a low rate of occurrence and reverse back. This switching may occur in response to some change in the environment, such as body temperature and/or pH, when you take a course of antibiotics or change from one Candida fighting treatment to another, as well as being a spontaneous event. Candida Albicans is constantly changing, adapting and actively using this variability to its advantage. This switching and spontaneous mutation is one of the things that makes Candida Albicans so incredibly difficult to control or kill.

There is a myth that Candida Albicans cannot survive a high (alkaline) pH, and that raising the pH will kill the Candida. The fact is that Candida can survive pH levels from 2-10; 7 is neutral. The primary difference is the form it takes, depending on the pH it lives in. It morphs when the pH changes. It stays in a less pathogenic yeast form and its growth is inhibited when exposed to a slightly acidic to normal pH. However, it will morph into the filamentous form and become pathogenic, allowing it to invade deep into tissues and cause organ damage at a high pH. Then, growth of the branching filaments were observed to increase below pH 5 and halt at 4.

Candida Albicans reproduces by forming buds, which often fail to detach and result in a chain of cells. These cells will morph into the branching filament form when the concentration of oxygen is depleted. The fungal form of Candida Albicans was found in the acidic pH of the stomach and kidney ducts. In the non-acidic pH of the tongue, esophagus, intestine, and most areas of the skin, the filamentous forms of Candida Albicans was predominant, and most of them were the invasive type. It is important for the skin to be acidic, to protect us from pathogens. We get infections and skin breakdown when the skin becomes alkaline, usually due to what skin care products we use. In the non-acidic pH of the liver, lung, heart and thyroid of patients with Systemic Candidiasis, inconsistent numbers of yeast cells were found, together with the filamentous forms in virtually all cases, and they were highly immune-reactive.

Women get yeast infections after antibiotic treatment, because of the change in vaginal pH from slightly acidic to the alkaline side. The acidity that prevents Candida overgrowth comes from the beneficial Lactobacillus bacteria that produce lactic, acetic and fatty acids. Antibiotics destroy the beneficial flora and the acids are not produced in sufficient quantities to maintain proper pH. The pH shifts to alkaline and the Candida converts to a more virulent and pathogenic form. The same thing happens in the intestines. Beneficial flora are needed to maintain the proper pH, especially in the colon.

Perhaps one reason why there is such confusion over pH is that we generally think of acid as being bad, caustic, burning, dissolving, painful, destructive and alkaline as being good, soothing, calming, and healing. So, it wouldn’t be difficult to believe the hype about pH. Consider what happens if you put lye on your skin; a strong alkaline substance. It burns tissues. Both acid and alkaline have a purpose in the body.

One of the most important features of Candida Albicans is that it is able to change the number and structure of chromosomal arrangements in its DNA as a means of generating genetic diversity. This makes the genetic material present in the multi-cellular filamentous form of Candida Albicans highly dynamic. Also, the colony type can be inherited from one generation to another. Candida Albicans is constantly changing, adapting and actively using this variability to its advantage. This switching and spontaneous mutation is one of the things that makes Candida Albicans so incredibly difficult to control or kill. Now, Candida is tapped into the blood supply and feeding directly off its host; YOU.

It is very interesting to note that when Candida Albicans cells are grown in a medium that mimics the physiological environment of healthy human intestines, they grow as a "true" fungus and are unable to form into multi-cellular filaments, making them defective in their ability to invade tissue and cause infection.

Candida Albicans produces waste that floods your body with toxins, causing such symptoms as chronic fatigue, brain fog and memory loss, just to name a few. The yeast travels to other parts of the body, like under nails, dandruff, vagina, genitals, bladder, ears, mouth & throat, etc. It especially likes mucous membranes; the inner skin. I have been able to reach many of those orifices using various means. However, until recent years, I was not able to control Candida populations in the gut, which is its stronghold!

Candida Albicans is so virulent and adaptable that it defies destruction. It laughs at medications and antibiotics, because it can mutate into 11 different morphages and spontaneously switch from one to another to protect itself and keep thriving. The cellular membrane of Candida is made up of polysaccharides that form the Chitin layer. This layer is no different than the composition of plant cell walls. Taking anti-fungal medications like Fluconazole, Diflucan puts a great deal of stress on the kidneys and liver, and risk liver damage. Taking antibiotics, anti-fungal herbs or anything to “kill” Candida causes it to then create a biofilm layer that employs protein to make an exoskeleton to protect it like a suit of armor. This also makes it unrecognizable by your immune system. It dives deep into your muscle tissue, where nothing can reach it and can stay dormant for years. Candida are anaerobes, oxidase-negative, which means they don’t use oxygen to produce energy. In fact, O2 kills them. They can live very comfortably in your deep muscle tissue, where capillaries end and blood flow and oxygen is so low that nothing can reach it. It wants you to be barely breathing, so it grows in your lungs and causes symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema. When you end your Candida treatment and return to a more normal diet, or maybe have a stressful week that causes your immune system to weaken further, the Candida reveals itself with an explosion of symptoms all over the body. You thought you got rid of it, but the frightening reality is that it was hiding in stealth mode all along.

To defeat this wee-beast, you must know the enemy well and understand how it functions within your body, based on the most recent research. There is no single product or prescription in existence that can ‘cure’ Systemic Candidiasis or control yeast overgrowth long term.

To be successful, a multiple level, total body program that cleans the body, corrects nutritional deficiencies, attacks every aspect of yeast overgrowth at the same time while healing the intestinal wall and repopulating with beneficial bacteria is essential for the body to restore homeostasis. Together, working synergistically, they will be your soldiers in this battle. A program, that restores intestinal wall integrity (heals Leaky Gut), restores friendly bacteria populations, while regaining control of and reducing Candida populations throughout the entire body, and re-establishing a healthy immune system is needed to reverse this process.

You can’t starve Candida! If you stop eating entirely for days or weeks, it will turn the glycogen in your muscles back into glucose to feed itself and literally eat you instead. When you die, Candida will still be alive in your body to eat your remains as part of the decomposition process after death. This is why Candida Diets and treatments don’t work. When you eliminate foods from your diet, you eliminate the nutrition those foods provide and your immune system suffers even more. The Candida Diet is an unrealistic lifestyle that requires unimaginable will-power that can’t be maintained. Candida will flare up when it gets it’s favorite foods. However, the good news is that you can eat what's eating you! Your body knows how to heal itself and it wants to, very much. It just needs your cooperation and the right tools to enable the healing to begin. I can coach you on your journey through illness to wellness.

If you have questions, email
johnna@wholefamilyhealthandnutrition.com to schedule your free introductory consultation. I look forward to serving you. JVW