A study from Rice University shows that 70% of people world-wise have a systemic candida infection in it’s hyphae, fungal form.
Candida is a yeast found in humans all over and inside of the body. It’s most abundant;y found in colonies in the intestines, mouths or on the skin. On its own, Candida is normal in the body; however, once it’s out numbered the good bacteria in the gut and turned into a hyphae, it becomes a fungus. And just like you see a fungus decaying a tree in the wild, in the body fungus will opportunistically attack the tissues, organs and digestive tract.
We do not want candida to go into a system form for many reasons. The main reason is that it is becoming more apparent that beyond any infectious disease is a fungal infection.
Julia Koehler, found that candida is the predominant fungal infection behind all human disease, even cancer. According to Koehler, “candida was responsible for 60% of the fungal infections acquired in hospitals, killing 1 in 3 people with a bloodstream infection.”
What is Candida?
Something I consistently do in my work as a writer, coach and just as a human being is practice literacy. That is because we only fail to master a subject that we fail to learn the terminology to. If we wish to master the health game, we must become literate to terms. It is from my observation that Candida remains a persistent problem for many because they simply do not understand what Candida is.
That being said, Candida is a microscopic organism that can take two forms, a yeast form (it’s natural form) or a fungal form (hyphae, deadly form). It typically lives harmlessly in people. However, once the immune is weakened, the body becomes at risk for a fungal infection.
This single-cell organism, reproduces asexually and it an opportunistic yeast, meaning is thrives on undigested food, dead tissue and sugars. It will overgrow and persist to become systemic unless its environment is altered and its source of food is eliminated. Otherwise, if the body becomes a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria/yeast it will very quickly take over the entire body and it’s systems such as the digestive and urinary tract.
Do You Have Candida Overgrowth?
Knowing if you have a Candida infection or not is tricky. When someone has an overgrowth of candida they can often appear to look very healthy on the outside. Therefore, most people and many practitioners are unaware of this phenomenon.
Even more, the symptoms of candida can mimic other illnesses, so it can be difficult to diagnose without testing. In other words, people can actually feel much worse than they look.
Looks and health are not directly synonymous; however, health can ensure natural beauty. Where on the other hand, we can manipulate our looks despite our inner-health, at least for a short period.
Below are some of the most common symptoms of candida. Remember, most symptoms are the same for any disease as a symptom is just a signal that the body is not working properly. That being said, here are the most consistent symptoms:
- Fatigue and chronic fatigue
- Muscle aches, weakness or paralysis
- Pain and/or swelling in joints
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Bloating, belching, intestinal gas and/or abdominal pain
- Poor memory, foggy thinking or feeling “spacey”
- Troublesome vaginal itching, burning or discharge
- Loss of sexual desire or feeling
- Persistent skin problems
- Endometriosis or infertility
- Bad breath
- Frequent mood swings
If you want, you can take this candida questionnaire. Then from there, for better judgement, review your results with a holistic/functional practitioner. Know that most physicians are not aware of systemic fungal infections. For the best results, seek out a functional practitioner who’s education is well-rounded, not fragmented.
Why Are Candida Infections So Common?
Personally, when I see a persisting problem I must ask why. Why are so many people affected by a fungal infection? Don’t you find that weird? I do.
While the causes can vary (there are infinite number of ways for things to go wrong) there is usually one main cause. What is it?
A weakened immune system.
And what causes the immune system to become weak? Well, again, many things. I would say the number one cause is the fact that people’s spirits are becoming increasingly sicker. We live in a world that suppresses creativity, love and expression all the while promotes drinking, drugs, violence, war, hate and working dead end jobs with the ends justifying the means.
This forceful way of living causes stress. Stress is, force counter force. Then there is the strain, the pulling away from this forced way of living. Over time, enough stress and strain and the adrenals become weak.
Once the adrenals go, the body suffers from low levels of minerals needed to maintain the necessary slightly alkaline Ph. in the blood.
Here are just a few specific ways this phenomenon of modern life manifests:
- We live longer. Instead of increasing the quality of our lives, people are just trying to extend their time here. However, as we age, our bodies are more susceptible to pathogens due to weakened immune systems.
- The stress forced upon us daily just to survive. We’ve gotten in way too deep in the game of survival. It could be much simpler and we could have gotten ourselves out long ago. Stress weakens our immune systems, depletes our minerals and creates an acidic blood environment
- Instead of treating the cause, we treat the symptom. This is due to capitalization and many other twisted hidden intentions too. However, this has caused a widespread use of antibiotics and other drugs. Drugs not only become a medium, stopping the body’s own healing process, they damage the liver and make the blood acidity, which weakens our immunity.
- Success in treating diseases like AIDS/HIV – Created a subgroup of people susceptible to fungal infections due to lowered immunity.
- Fake food. Sadly, it seems that fake food for fake people is the desired final product for today’s food consumer. This ‘Standard American Diet’ is not only nutritionally empty, it is making people infertile, stupid and sick. This sets the stage for disease and lowered immunity.
If you have a strong immune system, you could still have this infection unknowingly. The difference would just be that instead of a chronic state of sickness, you experience “flare ups”.
The ultimate solution is keeping our immunity strong, it is imperative. Building a fighting spirit, nourishing the glands, organs and blood, living a natural life to support immunity are all key to vigor and optimal health.
Drugs Don’t Work
Let’s be honest. Most doctors don’t know shit. Worst of all, they are trained to become glorified drug salesmen, not healers.
In medical school, physicians are taught that fungal infections are deadly if they become acute. Additionally, they are taught to prescribe “safe and effective” drugs (as if that was really a thing) for a set of symptoms. Visit a standard Western Medicine doctor for a fungal infection and they will certainly prescribe ‘the drug of choice” in a billion dollar spectrum of anti-fungal drugs.
Unfortunately, not only do drugs not work, they have side effects that are worse than the infection themselves. These drugs; in sake of remedying a symptom, destroy your immune system, organs and body’s natural healing process.
Fungal infections are a result of a poor lifestyle. What drug can you take to help you get more nature and sunshine? Is there a drug to dissolve hate in your soul? How about the medication for food addictions, where is that one?
Not even just that, fungus and yeast have biofilms that drugs cannot penetrate. On top of that, even the best drugs would need to be taken in a series of months considering once certain parasites or yeast die off, they lay thousands of eggs which need to be killed. However, once they die they release toxins into the blood stream which need to be cared for as well. There’s no pill for wellness.
To learn more, read: How This All Too Common Habit is Making Your Blood Dangerously Acidic.
Just for fun, let’s look at some side effects of common anti-fungals prescribed for candida and their side effects are:
Nystatin – Side effects: itching, irritation, burning, diarrhea, upset stomach, stomach pain, skin rash.
Diflucan (fluconazole) – Side effects: liver damage, an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, closing of throat, swelling lips, tongue or face, hives), yellowing of skin or eyes, abdominal pain, unusual fatigue, dark urine, rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, itching.
Nizoral (ketoconazole) – Side effects: headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, impotence, rash, itching, nausea and/or vomiting and blood count abnormalities. A reaction resulting in serious lowering of the blood pressure and shock (anaphylaxis), depression and hair loss are reported as rare side effects.
Still think you’re getting an honest solution or outsmarting nature with those drugs?
However, because the collective laziness to live a natural lifestyle and ignorance of people, the demand for stronger and stronger anti-fungals continues…
Fortunately, modern medicine and modern people are beginning to see that fungi/yeast cannot be healed with some magic herb or drug. However, the movement toward the understanding of the actual cause is slow. People underestimate the power of diet, lifestyle, thoughts, and emotions that control and cause these infections.
Modern medicine is still not taking into account the need to reestablish our connection with Mother Nature and the human spirit to harmonize with Her in order for us to truly heal.
For Natural Solutions, Look To Nature
The cure is honestly simple. In fact, I feel it is it’s simplicity that keeps people from living it. It appears that while simplicity is better, it’s not always easier. IT’s in fact way more easy to complicate things.
For example, how easy is it to execute a song on a guitar improperly? Very, just smash the thing and you win. But performing a classical piece to perfection, note by note, exactly on tempo, is another story. Throw in the human shadow side and this idea of simplicity becomes even more aberrated.
If you’re up for it, life is ready for you to make it a whole hell of a lot simpler than we’ve been living it. Just by observing how Nature renews Herself and lives on eternally, we can discover answers for creating balance.
Native Americans, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners also sought answers from Natural Law. Just as nature has an ecosystem, we too have an ecosystem. Just as we are a fragment of God, we are a fragment of Nature. We are a microcosm, we cannot be healthier than our planet.
A healthy human ecosystem — a term coined by Donna Gates — is made up of the friendly microorganisms that live in our intestines, on our skin and more.
Their job is to keep us healthy. They work to protect us by digesting our food, protecting our immune systems, and guarding us from fungal and viral infections. They don’t just help us survive, if treated correctly, they can help us to thrive.
How do we work with the healthy bacteria that make up over 90% of our human bodies?
Through natural, holistic living of course.
Healing Yeast Infections
There are a few key components to helping heal the body. The first is that in order to heal the body, we first need to heal the spirit and then the mind. These two are the operators of the body. If they are sick, our actions will be sick.
- Heal The Spirit & Mind.
How do we heal the spirit and mind? This is another post/book in of itself. The place to start is to find start finding out who you truly are. HEre’s a hint, who you truly are, is everything you’re not. Whoever you think you are, subtract that and what’s left, that is you.
For more on spiritual healing you can coach with me or seek out other healers. At the very least, get some good reading material. Here is amazon’s best-sellers for spiritual and mental healing. It’s not the most impressive list; however, for someone first starting out, it will help greatly. I would also advice the readings of Osho for beginners.
There isn’t anything more “spiritual” than another. Everything and nothing is sacred. Perhaps the most spiritual attitude is playfulness. Seriousness is the root of all disease in my opinion. You might find more spiritual healing in laughter, giving love and nature than any book. However, the right person with proper training can dramatically improve this process.
On the metaphysical, the causes of yeast infections vary:
Candida: Feelings very scattered. Lots of frustration and anger. Demanding and untrusting in relationships. Great takers.”
Affirmation: I give myself permission to be all that I can be and deserve and the very best in life. I love and appreciate myself and others.”
Thrush: Feeling sexually abused or exploited. Feelings of guilt, shame or repressed sexual feelings,or being intimate with the wrong person.
Affirmation: I let go off my past, I am free and feeling good about myself. I am doing right things at present.
UTI: Feeling pissed off! Usually at the opposite sex or lover.
Affirmation: I release the pattern in my consciousness that created this condition. I am willing to change. I love and approve of myself.
Infections (general): Irritation, anger or annoyance about a recent situation.
Affirmation: I choose to be peaceful and harmonious
- Food Is Medicine.
The food a person is eating and digesting throughout the day is one of the most important factors in overcoming a fungal infection. Understand the true meaning of the phrase, food is medicine. I suggest a locally grown, organic and anti-fungal diet for overcoming a yeast infection for good. This would look a diet that is:
- Is totally sugar-free, gluten-free, casein free and won’t feed the candida.
- Includes fermented foods and drinks to rebalance the good:bad organisms.
- Provides minerals, which are depleted by yeast, pathogens, weak adrenals and low immunity.
- Heals digestion. Poor digestion creates a vicious cycle of sickness.
When I was renewing my immunity after a life time of modern living, stress and human problems I stuck to the Body Ecology Diet religiously for about 3 years. I still to this day eat the diet with a bit of freedom to consume the occasional organic, sweet treat such as an Ice Cream or maple syrup sweetened marshmallow. I would highly recommend reading this book as it’s been invaluable in my journey toward optimal wellness.
Other Action Steps
If you are having persistent yeast problems I would start the Body Ecology program today and start to nourish yourself with quality information and learn how to heal your body with food and holistic living.
Two key dietary components in my personal diet and healing protocol for clients are:
- Vitality SuperGreen – I drink this every morning to provide minerals, probiotics and glutamine to ensure a healthy gut lining. It’s also a great afternoon energizer. My favorite part about it is that it tastes amazing and has made eating an otherwise seemingly “strict” diet at first very fun and easy to do. Overtime, as my chef skills improved, this was less necessary but I still consume it! It’s amazing blended up with some coconut kefir, an avocado and coconut kefir yogurt.
- Young Coconut Kefir and Cultured Vegetables – Fermented foods and drinks are a staple in my diet. I have some sort of cultured food daily. In fact, I love them so much that once I perfected them, I eventually made an online course showing you how to make kefir soda. They aid digestion, nourish the immune system, heal the skin, provide trillions of probiotic bacteria and taste amazing. You can make them at home with with my step-by-step video course tutorial.
Additionally, I would also:
- Laugh A LOT more. Life isn’t serious. Seriousness is heaviness, it’s dead and rigid. Laughter is playful, it’s light, and a live.
- Give love. The best gift you could ever give is love. Everything else creates a ridge.
- Count your blessings. Gratitude is the greatest wealth.
- Become courageous. Only one with a fighting spirit will know life. Face your darkness, confront the bullies, stand up for yourself, create your world and share it with others, hell…kiss the girl already.
- Know yourself. I mean really know yourself. Not your personality and self identity, who is the person behind the mask?
How Long Will It Take?
8 out of 10 Americans would benefit greatly from following the above-mentioned tips for at least 3 months. That means following the dietary protocol, healing your digestion, and for just 3 months stop taking shit so seriously. Can you do that? I know you can.
After that, I encourage you to spread those newly nourished wings and fly a bit more. When you are feeling confident that you’ve overcome a good amount of your addictions, negitivies, compulsions, symptoms or any other thing holding you back then get back out there and incorporate new HEALTHY foods. AT first, a very simple diet and lifestyle is best.
Over time, this experience will show you your ability to heal yourself, this way you can maintain health, energy and youthful vigor for the rest of your life.