By Michael Biamonte, C.C.N.
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. Most males surveyed who have C. Albicans appeared to have contracted it after oral sex with an infected female. For this reason it is common that males end up with the spores in their lungs.
Candida can also breakthrough the intestinal membrane directly to the blood. This 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.
- Fatigue, tired and irritable yet all blood tests values normal.
- Detached state of mind, memory loss, difficulty concentrating.
- Adult onset allergy. Kurt Donsbach has found allergies start out as being minor food allergies and they expand to include chemical allergies of all kinds.
- Extreme Allergy – to the point where practically everything effects the person.
- The last sign is mental deterioration with depression, delusions, violent and suicidal tendencies.
I would urge anyone who has been treated for Candida who still has any symptoms mentioned here to call our office and ask about the Candisphere test I wrote about last month. It is the only valid test of true over-colonization of C. Albicans.
TYPES OF TREATMENT
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.
In the natural health field many substances have bean promoted as being able to reduce yeast Infection. I have found that they do create a reduction in symptoms, but cannot destroy a yeast overgrowth in a systemic case. Both undecylenic and caprylic acid are poorly absorbed into the blood stream making them ineffective in systemic cases. Acidophilus is helpful but not in systemic cases. Many herbs, citrus extracts and other substances have been found to create some reduction, but rarely a complete one. 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.
THE CONFUSION OF TREATMENT
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?
Other analogies can be made for any of these steps done out of sequence. But I can assure you that if each phase is done, in order and to full completion, the chances are unlikely that the patient will relapse and unlikely that he or she will still have the underlying weakness which led to going on the antibiotic that may have induced the yeast infection to begin with.
My experience is that practitioners concentrate only on one of these four phases and neglect the other three. Look at it again. You reduce the infection first, so you will not produce further toxins, so that your colon or detoxing regime will be finite and effective. You then normalize endocrine function. Many toxins store in the thyroid directly, a good example is mercury. Opening up channels of elimination as in phase two allow for further cellular detox and endocrine function to resume. Since the adrenal glands also have a powerful immune stimulation, (sympathetic innervated immune response), phase three opens up to phase four re-establishing correct immune response. So there you have it. This is the solution and correct path to handling this modern scourge. I wish you well.
Michael Biamonte holds a Doctorate of Nutripathy, a Degree in Natural Healing, and a Masters in Clinical Nutrition. He is affiliated with the International Academy of Clinical Nutritionists end 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 holds a Doctorate of Nutripathy, and is a New York State certified Clinical Nutritionist. He is a professional member of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists,The American College of Nutrition and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. He is listed in “The Directory of Distinguished Americans” for his research in Nutrition and Physiology.