Apr 06 2014

Candida The Silent Killer

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Candida — The Silent Killer…
                                    America’s Candida Epidemic

(Part One)

Why do we call Candida the silent killer?…because Candida can mask itself
behind a variety of symptoms, all the while, rob you of your vitality, your clear thinking,
your sexual appetite, your mobility and much, much more.  And, in its most severe stages,
gone unchecked….it can rob you of your life.

Candida is a highly opportunistic, pathogenic microorganism, known as Candida albicans,
that is normally found in the intestinal tract and the vaginal wall. In moderate amounts, it
is quite harmless.  But, a little as one round of antibiotics can so compromise the delicate
microbial gut balance that this aggressive microorganism can quickly spin out of control
and become a serious risk to your health, even for the healthiest among us. .

Candida, which is really yeast, is quite different from bacteria in that it is both,
pathogenic and opportunistic. Even more alarming, Candida can easily move from its
natural habitat in the digestive tract and invade the entire body by infiltrating weakened
tissue. Once it escapes the gut, it becomes a dangerous, systemic infection that is extremely
difficult to treat.  So dangerous, that Candida is now ranked as the fourth most common
source of hospital-acquired infections. 1

According to Clinical Microbiology Reviews, “… Invasive candidiasis (IC) is a leading
cause of mycosis-associated mortality in the United States. We examined data from the
National Center for Health Statistics and reviewed recent literature in order to update
the epidemiology of IC. IC-associated mortality has remained stable, at approximately
0.4 deaths per 100,000 populations since 1997, while mortality associated with invasive
aspergillosis has continued to decline. Candida albicans remains the predominant cause
of IC, accounting for over half of all cases…”
1

The scary part about all of this is we usually don’t even know we have an overgrowth of
Candida until it is wildly out of control.  Needless to say, Candida is a topic about which
all of us would be well served to learn more.

Symptoms can be mild to debilitating. Candida causes your body to crave sugars and
carbohydrates to survive, throwing the body into a downward spiral. Currently it is
estimated that 80% of the population has an overgrowth of Candida Albicans 2.  It can
affect virtually every organ of the body, as well as muscle tissue.

Some of the telltale signs of Candida are: foggy headedness and muddled thinking, strong
cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, fatigue and irritability, achiness of the joints and
muscles, skin or nail fungus, and sexual dysfunction, just to name a few.   “…Candida
infection is particularly common in people with diabetes and in people who are obese.
Antibiotics, steroid therapy, and chemotherapy increase the risk of cutaneous candidiasis.
Candida can also cause infections of the nails (onychomycosis), at the edge of the nails
(paronychia), and at the corners of the mouth (angular cheilitis). Oral thrush, a form of
Candida infection of the moist lining (mucous membranes) of the mouth, is usually
associated with taking antibiotics. It may also be a sign of HIV infection or other
immunodeficiency disorders when it occurs in adults. Individuals with Candida infections
are not usually contagious, though in some settings immune-compromised people can
catch the infection. People with seriously weakened immune systems and cutaneous
candidiasis may go on to develop more serious internal Candida infections…”.3

So how do you know if you are at the mercy of Candida? Take this quick test
to determine if you should be concerned about Candida overgrowth.  But, remember,
many of these symptoms overlap other issues in the body, so after you do this test, if the
number are above 7, make sure to go on and complete the morning saliva test explained
at the end of this segment.

Candida Test/Part One – Check all that apply to you. Give yourself two points for
each one you checked.

__ Do you feel tired most of the time?

__ Did you take antibiotics during the past 12 months?

__ Have you taken antibiotics in the past three years?

__ Do you crave sweets, breads and other carbohydrates?

__ Do you feel spaced out or foggy headed?

__ Are you Hypoglycemic?

__ Do you have ongoing nasal congestion or post nasal drip?

__ Do you experience PMS or premenstrual syndrome?

__ Have you had skin or nail fungus?

__ Are you often depressed?

__ Are you easy to bruise?

__ Do you have chronic fatigue?

__ Are you significantly overweight?

__ Do you have class II Diabetes?

__ Chronic rashes or itching?

__ Repeated allergic symptons?

__ Recurrent cough or bronchitis?

__ Have psoriasis?

__ Frequent headaches?

__ Joint aches?

__ Increased muscle aches?

__ Do you have Mitral Valve Prolapsed?

Add up your points and then proceed to Part Two.

Candida Test/Part Two – Check all that apply to you and give yourself one point for
each one checked.

__ Have you received any vaccinations in the past 5 years?

__ Do you have mercury amalgam dental fillings?

__ In the past year have you experienced any of the following?

__ persistent prostatitis or vaginitis

__ dizziness, lightheadedness

__ unusual nervousness

__ canker sores in the mouth

__ difficulty concentrating

__ feeling of helplessness

__ bladder infections

__ loss of interest

__ crave alcohol

__ overall weakness

__ loss of libidio

__ taken birth control pills

__ athletes foot or jock itch

__ severe menstrual cramps

__ vaginal discharge

__ taken Hydrocortisone type products

__ react badly to fumes, chemical or cigarettes

__ shaky when hungry

__ sore stomach (all over)

__ itchy ears

__ urinary urgency/frequency

__ racing heart

__ constipation and/or diarrhea

__ symptoms worse on muggy or damp days.

 

Give yourself one point for each yes answer.  Now, add up your total points from
part one and two. Score yourself based on the following chart:

 

Below 7 points = No yeast overgrowth

8 to 13 points = Minimal yeast overgrowth

14 to 21 points = Moderate yeast overgrowth

22 points and higher = Severe yeast overgrowth

Now for the real test…the “first thing in the morning” Candida overgrowth Saliva Test.

  1. Pour purified or bottled water in a clear glass at night before bed and let it sit overnight.
  2. Upon waking, spit a good amount of saliva into the glass of water. Check the glass
    every fifteen minutes for one hour. Normally, your saliva should disappear in the water.
  3. If you have an issue with Candida overgrowth, you will see any of these three formations:a. Strings like icicles traveling down from the saliva and floating on top of the water
    b. Cloudy specks or particles suspended in the water
    c. Cloud saliva sinking to the bottom of the glass.

One thing to remember is that whether you have minimal or severe Candida overgrowth,
this is not an issue to ignore. So what can be done? Stayed tuned for next week’s post
where we will provide helpful tips and information about dietary and lifestyle adjustment
you can make to help starve out Candida overgrowth and bring vitality to your life, once again.

Wishing you the healthiest and happiest of times,

Kelli

Resource References:
1.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1797637/
2. The Yeast Connection,  by Dr. William Crook
3.  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000880.htm

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Candida The Silent Killer”

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  2. adminon 15 Jun 2014 at 10:21 am

    Please elaborate further. We are very interested in these types of threads. Thanks

  3. Lesley Son 07 Jul 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I wasn’t sure if this is the right place to ask a question, but I didn’t want to take the chance of it showing up in my friends’ newsfeeds if I posted on the Facebook group.
    I have recently begun taking the Body Biotics SBO Consortia and I have a question.
    I have been dealing with a Candida over-growth for years and had been on and off anti-candida diets, including the Body Egology Diet. Last spring I had a sugar addiction. A few days to a week after I stopped eating sugar and starch, I developed a rash in the creases of my eyelids and under my eyes. It went away in about a week after using coconut oil on it a couple times a day. I received my first bottle of Body Biotics SBO Consortia a week or two later. I began taking them and increasing the dosage by one per week. After a few days of taking 3 per day the rash around my eyes came back. At the same time, I used an eye shadow that I had not used since I broke out the first time. I cleared the rash up almost completely with the coconut oil, but may have started wearing eye shadow a little too soon. I also increased my dosage to 4 per day. The rash is back again.
    I am trying to find out if my eye make-up is contaminated, (I did wipe out the eye shadow and I soaked the brushes in hydrogen peroxide), or if this is just part of how my body is releasing toxins. I do feel a little better, almost no gas, brain fog not as bad.
    I have ordered another bottle of the SBO Consortia, but until I receive it I’m trying to stretch the capsules to last until then. Should I work my way back up from 1 or 2 per day or start back at 4? Thank you for you time. Sincerely,
    Lesley S

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