Friday, March 30, 2007

Yeast/Candida and Fertility: Guest Post

I keep meaning to write something about yeast, aka candida albicans, because it's linked to fertility problems, I think largely because it's a signal of a weakened immune system. Everyone has some candida, but if you have a lousy immune system--or take birth control pills or antiobiotics or eat a lot of sugar--the candida takes over and is hard to remove. And it's not just the ol' yeast vaginal infection--yeast can get in your gut and in other parts of your digestive tract (thrush) as well.

Just in time, here's a guest post from reader Wendy at the Candida Blog . Thanks Wendy:
Candida is an issue many people, especially women deal with. Many women think intestinal candida, and vaginal yeast infections are two separate things, but in reality they are connected. Women who have vaginal yeast infections often improve when they go on a strict anti-candida diet, and go on a candida cleansing regimen with an anti-fungal.

Getting rid of candida can be tough, and I can attest to this. Candida basically ruined my life, as I aimlessly searched for what was wrong with me. I went from doctor to doctor, and was just prescribed antibiotics, which worsened the condition. Back in the summer of 2002, I discovered alternative medicine, and cleansing. I soon learned about the rich alternatives to medicine, such as http://www.colonzone.org bowel cleansing, fasting, juicing, detox baths, and rebounding.

There are 10 basic steps to getting rid of candida, and they are:

1. Follow my candida diet guidelines. Most guidelines on the 'net or in books have weird rules that are scientifically incorrect, such as avoiding vinegar. Vinegar is a yeast killer. You can use it to clean and disinfect your house even. It's nearly as thorough as bleach. Avoid foods generally thought to be healthy that aren't, such as soy milk, rice crackers, puffed cereals, fresh raw wheatgrass juice, raw veggies in general except for small cleansing salads.

2. Follow all the guidelines for digestive power. That means making sure you have adequate stomach acids, digestive enzymes, and eat small, easily digestible meals. If you don't digest it the yeast will, so even if you avoid sugar you may still be feeding the yeasties. Prepare foods so they are easy to digest with fast transit times. Most people need to avoid short-grain brown rice because it is constipating.

3. Do pungent therapy. That means eating and preparing things that are mostly cooked with hot, pungent and carminative spices such as cumin, ginger, garlic, basil, onion, cayenne, chili pepper, turmeric, curry, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves.

4. Do two weeks of anti-fungals every 3 months. Take probiotics the rest of the time, preferably as unsweetened kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, and live acidophilus supplements from the refrigerated section of the health food store. You can also take Primal Defense in large doses for 2 weeks after the anti-fungals, small doses after that.

5. Do thorough bowel management. That means salt water flushes weekly, candida fiber shakes daily, and the occasional enema/colonic/colema. I did enemas 3x a week for months even tho I have rarely had constipation, and this kept me from getting any brain fog or die off symptoms whatsoever, so a home setup such as an enema bucket is highly recommended.

This is essential, probably the most important part of curing candida because it removes the trash that candida is living on. It's also important to oxygenate the bowels, so you should be taking liquid chlorophyll or chlorophyll tabs, and taking a super-green supplement like Perfect Food. It's also a good idea to do 2-4 weeks of Colonix or OxyPowder.

6. Practice thorough lymph management. Your immune system needs support! That means daily dry skin brushing, weekly full-body massage or near daily self-massage, and detox baths, near-daily sweating such as a sauna, regular bath, castor oil pack.

7. Oxygenate!!! light cardiovascular exercise will help you cure your candida much faster. Rebounding, walking, yoga, stretching, 5 Tibetan rites, are all good things to do. You can also supplement oxygen by drinking aerobic water and increase circulation with cayenne tincture.

8. Liver management. Since candida excretes alcohol, your liver is very overworked and needs to be dredged. Liv.52 or Dr. Cabot's Livatone Plus are great for that. It would be a good idea to do at least 2 liver flushes after a month of liver herbs. Coffee enemas done every 2 weeks are fantastic.

9. Support the body and every system, especially lymphatic and endocrine, nutritionally. Support electrolytes, and become more alkaline. Super-foods and supplements such as cod liver oil, fish oil, nutritional yeast, Emergen-C, Cal-Mag Fizz and my Protein Shake are highly recommended. Avoid synthetic vitamins for the most part, especially the "one a day" pills. Total junk.

The Candida Blog has many more tips for those who are looking to finally put an end to candida.
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A note from me: Mary Shomon, the About.com Thyroid goddess, has a great post on yeast and possible links to fertility PLUS her own scary experience with yeast. Click here.

10 comments:

Patrick Sullivan Jr. said...

This online test developed by Dr. William Crook, author of "The Yeast Connection Handbook," can help you determine if yeast is a part of your chronic health issues.

Candida can be caused by:

* Use of antibiotics
* Steroids
* Birth control pills
* Heavy metal toxicity (particularly from mercury amalgams, aka. "silver fillings")
* Exposure to pesticides
* A weakened immune system, such as in the case of AIDS
* Type 2 diabetes
* Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
* A poor, unbalanced diet
(Source)

List of dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of candida

Anonymous said...

Oy, yeast/candida is a very bad memory for me, as I struggled with it for 3 years after having a severe reaction to birth control pills. I spent thousands of dollars on this quack accu/chinese medicine/vitamin therapy doctor who had me taking massive amounts of (expensive) vitamins, the standard vinegar-free candida diet and intense juice fasting. I sure was skinny but I didn't get rid of the candida. Finally, I went to a macrobiotic counselor and my candida went away within 6 weeks and has not returned, eventhough I am no longer macrobiotic.

Ali

Rachel said...

You can treat the effects of candida albicans naturally through the use of:

-yogurt
-grapefruit seed extract
-eating lots of fiber
-drinking lots of water
-using garlic cloves on the infected area
-and avoiding sugars.

If you want to see the step-by-step implementation of these remedies, check out www.yeast-infection-solution.com

Isaac said...

As soon as the number increase beyond the shelter can hold, the PENILE YEAST INFECTIONS fungi trace another delicate fresh your shaft and hurriedly, they get down to work. At this juncture the pain you feel plus the itch and disgusting white and thin discharge is driving you nuts.

JP - Colon Cleanse Forum said...

Excellent article on Candida. I've just bookmarked it and am going to pass it along to a friend who is looking for some info on this topic right now.

-JP
Colon Cleanse Forum

Hailey Harris said...

Candida can be a very irritating yeast infection. A person who has developed this infection suffers from itchiness and burning. If you are infected by Candida, you will require the proper treatment. Otherwise this infection can not be controlled and may spread to other parts of the body. Candida usually develops in the moist and damp parts of your body like vagina and around the douches. It is a fungal infection and depending on your conditions it may take a few months for it to fully clear up. One of the best ways of preventing Candida is by adopting a healthy lifestyle. However, it is a chronic infection that can reemerge frequently. Therefore, we have provided some advices that may prove helpful in preventing its onset.

If you have suffered from Candida before, it may reappear, as it is a chronic infection. We suggest that you avoid wearing very tight nylon clothes or any other clothes that accumulate moisture. Tight fittings and nylon underpants create damp and warm environment that breeds Candida. Do not sit in your swimming suit for along time. Dry your body completely after taking a bath because moisture on your body can be harmful if you have developed Candida before.

If you are suffering from Candida, you should be more careful about your personal hygiene. Keep your body clean and dry. Do not use soaps that cause irritation. Try avoiding harsh shampoos. They may cause burning or pain in the effected body parts. It is recommended that you should not take unnecessary doses of antibiotics because they can affect the immune system of body and may create suitable environment for Candida infection.

Here are some of the more common symptoms of Candida and yeast.

- Itching
- Pain when urinating
- Leaky guy syndrome
- Rashes
- Fatigue
- Tiredness
- Arthritis
- Gas
- Food allergies
- Memory problems
- Joint pain
- Headaches
- Premature aging
- Irritability
- Itching
- Pain when urinating
- Leaky guy syndrome
- Rashes
- Fatigue
- Tiredness
- Arthritis
- Gas
- Food allergies
- Memory problems
- Joint pain
- Headaches
- Premature aging
- Irritability
- And more...

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A. James said...

Women often times experience inflammation of the vulva and vagina which is acknowledged as vulvovaginitis but is sometimes mistaken as a yeast infection.

This can be uncomfortable but can be easily dealt with. The general symptoms include itching,irritation or pain in the extrinsic genital area and pain in the vagina when engaging in sexual intercourse. This vaginal discharge is heavier than usual and is discolored and has an dreadful scent.

Typical vaginal discharge is a combination of aging cells that drop off from your vaginal walls, secretions from the cervix that serve to protect the uterus from
infection and assist in fertility and other chemicals brought out by vaginal bacteria and fungi.

There may possibly be some alterations in the vaginal discharge that might possibly be natural and support no relation to any possible condition. These changes are governed by the menstrual cycle and fluctuating hormonal patterns of puberty and menopause.

Very high degrees of sexual hormones are essential to bring about vaginal discharge and therefore during childhood and menopause when hormone levels are real

low, this discharge is nominal. During the reproductive years, your discharge shifts in answer to your monthly cycle. Also when your hormone level falls after

menstrual period, your discharge becomes lighter. When new eggs begin to evolve in the ovaries, the sum of estrogen and progesterone gains and this results in a white cream color discharge. During ovulation this discharge changes abruptly and goes transparent and elastic like egg white.

Colon Flush said...

I think it's best to kill the candida with drugs and then stop it from coming back with a special diet.

Colon Flush said...

Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary because in addition to killing the bad bacteria in your body, they also kill the beneficial bacteria your body needs to prevent vaginal yeast infections.