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Candia Scientific research reports

There are still medical doctors who will not believe or accept that Candia is a real disease. Here are a few research reports that indicate science recognizes candid.

1. CAUSES OF/OR CONTRIBUTORS TO GROWTH IN THE BODY: The use of Antibiotics, Birth Control Pills, Cortisone, Sugar & fat in the diet, Yeast in the diet, Insufficient supply of nutrients, A genetic deficiency of Ig A (Immunoglobulin A), Drugs or stress induced immune depression and related diseases, Hypothyroidism - this is a condition that is fairly common, as a low body temperature, permits easier and faster growth of candida albicans" http://www.altcancer.com/lugols.htm

2. I believe in the importance of providing all views, here is one that shows the current medical communities view on Candida. Mayo Clinic: "Be careful accepting this diagnosis. No studies have proved that having intestinal Candidasis — a large number of fungi-like Candida albicans in your intestines — causes any symptoms of illness, nor that treatments like a "candida cleanse" diet will treat intestinal Candidasis effectively." http://www.fungusfocus.com/html/fungus_general_info.htm This quote from the Mayo Clinic is one of many positions by the medical community who in large do not accept Candida as a real disease.

3. In a recent study, 100% of autopsies performed on "AIDS patients" revealed fatal levels of the fungal form of Candida albicans, the form the yeast takes as it develops unchecked by missing lactobacillus and bifidum bacterias, killed off by antibiotics. In fact, Candida, and interestingly, another fungal infection, pneumocystis pneumonia, were the ailments afflicting 100% of the patients Dr. Michael Gottlieb reported to the CDC. It was this report that the CDC used as kindling for the fire that would become HIV/AIDS. Is this mere coincidence or is it possible that Robert Gallo missed the true cause of AIDS? If 100% of the "first 5" reported by Dr. Gottlieb had the p24 antigen and Candida infections, why wasn't a direct causal connection between fungal infections and AIDS made? Why instead was a "probable" cause announced - a collection of p24 and other proteins - named HTLV, or HIV, that only 37% of the AIDS patient blood samples had? http://notaids.com/en/thrush

4. Blackwell Synergy: "We analysed the autopsy records of the Greifswald University Institute of Pathology (located in Eastern Germany) in respect of findings of candidosis and aspergillosis from 1994 to 2003. We also present eight immature aborted fetuses and premature infants with a mycosis. In a total of 2027 autopsies we found 164 cases of invasive candidosis and aspergillosis (8.1%) including a combination of both on four occasions. Other authors cited between 0.7 and 7.3%. In these 10 years in our material mycoses and in particular candidosis increased in spite of slightly decreased numbers of autopsies. The differences comparing the 5-years periods (1994–98 and 1999–2003) are highly significant for both mycoses and candidosis. They are not significant for aspergillosis. A similar relationship was observed in the distribution of mycotic organs and causative origin for candidosis alone. In the last 5 years the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, including the peritoneum, were more frequently infected by Candida. Non-haematological neoplasia and pneumonia as basic diseases more often appeared in cases of candidosis. All eight immature aborted fetuses and premature infants suffered from candidosis. The survey confirms the importance of autopsy as a tool for education and quality control in medical diagnostic and therapeutic activity in the field of mycoses, too." http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1439-0507.2005.01101.x?cookieSet=1&journalCode=myc

5. Walter Last: "In the 1940's Candida was found in only three per cent of autopsies, now the figure is nearer thirty per cent." http://users.mrbean.net.au/~wlast/candida.html

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US Govt.: "One form of invasive Candidasis, candidemia, is the fourth most common bloodstream infection among hospitalized patients in the United States.. A survey conducted at CDC found that candidemia occurs in 8 of every 100,000 persons per year. Persons at high risk for candidemia include low-birth-weight babies, surgical patients, and those whose immune systems are deficient." http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/Candidasis_inv_g.htm#How%20common%20is%20invasiv

7. eMedicine: "CMC (Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidosis) is associated with a defect in cell-mediated immunity that may either be limited to Candida antigens or be part of a more general immune abnormality. Recent data suggest alterations in cytokine production in response to Candida antigens. These alterations include decreased interleukin 2 and interferon-gamma levels (TH1 cytokines) and increased interleukin 10 levels in some studies. Patients who lack T-cell immunity (eg, those with severe combined immune deficiency syndrome or DiGeorge syndrome) or patients with severely impaired T-cell function (eg, patients with AIDS) are susceptible to chronic candidal infections. Defects in humoral immunity are not commonly observed in patients with CMC, and patients with antibody deficiencies are not particularly prone to Candidasis." http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic569.htm

8. "Candida is also like a chameleon, able to transform itself from a fungus into yeast. Candida is highly resistive and may be able to mutate against an antifungal at or around 21 days, so “rotation,” or switching the antifungal used in an orderly fashion, is essential."   This source claims toxic metals and hormone imbalances can cause Candida...Certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs can spread Candida. These are the B- complex, vitamin D, Calcium, Copper, and Iron. Other nutrients protect the Candida from the very medicines used to kill it. Most antifungals work by creating “oxidative stress” against the membrane or outer skin of the Candida. This works by “burning” or “digesting” the outer layer of the Candida. Antioxidant vitamins in high doses will protect the Candida from treatment." http://healthtruth.reachlocal.net/211.php

9. "COPPER AND YEAST INFECTIONS Our bodies use copper to help control the growth of yeast. This may be because copper favors aerobic metabolism, the type of cellular metabolism that human beings should have. More specifically, copper, along with iron, is required for the electron transport system, where most of our cellular energy is produced.
In contrast, yeasts and fungi are anaerobic. This means they ferment sugars for their energy production. Thus, when copper is not available to the body in sufficient quantity, aerobic or normal oxygen-using metabolism is crippled to some degree, while http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/copper_toxicity_syndrome.htm

10. "FUNGUS AND YEASTS -- AN OVERVIEW" http://www.aquaflorainc.com/candida_diet_1.htm This comprehensive article documents asthma is one of the first and a destructive symptom of fungus. It list Aspergillus. Blastomyces,Candida albicans, Coccidioides, Histoplasma, Pneumocystis carinii, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Trichosporon types of fungus. It is a must read article quoting 11 source articles.

11. "Candida fungus grows on sugar, starch and high carbohydrate foods. It is also fed by gluten-containing grains. Gluten-containing grains include wheat, oats, rye, and barley. Candida is also fed by the other yeast molds that are contained in many foods." http://www.aquaflorainc.com/candida_diet_1.htm

12. "Candida is not a stand alone disease. It is a symptom of a stress on the body. It can be from a weakened immune system, infected teeth, digestion problems and on and on. Candida can not exist if the bodies digestion and immune systems are fully functional and in good health. Any treatment that does not address the immune system and the bowels will not provide a permanent cure of Candida. http://www.amaluxherbal.com/candida_yeast_infections.htm

13. "And most Yeasts proliferate in the presence of mercury, and altered pH (a great debate!), which accompanies abnormal composition of bacterial flora - and actually drives down the iron levels - because the yeasts have a way of not using iron! Also, I found that historically, flax seed oil has been used to remove mercury from the body, ..." http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=50365

14.   Conquering Candidiasis Naturally by Stephen C. Byrnes, N.D., R.N.C.P.

Garlic, Golden Seal, Barberry, Oregon Grape Root, Licorice root, Astragalus, clove, ginseng, Tea tree oil, Caprylic acid, Colloidal silver, (He recommends; Oxygen is an antifungal compound. Taking stabilized oxygen products, like flavored peroxide combinations found in health food stores, can also be employed in one's recovery. See our warning)

"The latest in candida treatment are enteric coated essential oils. Oregano, peppermint, and rosemary oils are all extremely powerful against candida and some supplement companies already have formulas using these oils on the market. Oregano oil is estimated at being 100 times more powerful than caprylic acid. Be prepared for some explosive diarrhea when using this product. As the yeast cells die, the body makes every effort to expel them.

Vitamin/mineral supplementation is a good idea to not only insure that adequate nutrients are ingested, but also to help the immune system fight the infection. The following are suggested daily guidelines. For individual needs, its best to see a health practitioner who is familiar with approaching candidiasis: Vitamin A (as retinol and beta carotene)- 75,000 iu; vitamin C- 3 to 5 gms.; selenium- 200 mcg.; zinc- 50 mg.; vitamin E- 400 iu; iron- 10 mg.; essential fatty acids- 4 gms; high potency multi vitamin/mineral- 1 a day.One particularly useful nutrient is the free-form amino acid glutamine. Glutamine is very pivotal in maintaining proper muscle mass, brain function, intestinal integrity, and stable blood sugar levels..." Source

15. The site linked below is a must read for anyone with candida or who lives with someone who has candida. They promote and sell a product called Threelac. I do not endorse Threelac and have not tried it. However their site contains the best information about candidia, its history and the problems with its treatment.
http://www.candidasupport.org/RESOURCES/comparing-candida-products/?gclid=CP_pgqC7x54CFRQpawod412ysQ

16. "A medical test has been developed in which, after an overnight fast, the individual is given 100 grams of pure sugar. Blood samples taken both before the sugar loading, and an hour after, are mesured for alcohol. An increase of alcohol indicates yeast "auto-brewery" intoxication. Another connection between alcohol and candidiasis has been found in a study of 213 alcoholics at a recovery center in Minneapolis. Test and questionaire results indicated that candidiasis is a common complication of alcoholism due to the combination of high sugar content in alcohol and the inability of alcoholics to assimilate nutrients. Additionally, female alcoholics with candidiasis were significantly sicker than non alcoholic women with candidiasis." http://www.liferesearchuniversal.com/candidiasis2.html

Walter Last in a recent article called " Candida and the Antibiotic Syndrome" states that in the 1940's Candida was found in only three percent of autopsies, now the figure is 30%. That is quite a statistic - one in three has a high probability of having a candida fungus overgrowth. (13,14) It is astounding to me that medical doctors who use emperical knowledge can see this stastice and still not believe that Candida is a serious disease.

17. "Alcoholics usually have candida that has spread to the liver and as a result, experience powerful cravings from the overgrowth of yeast organisms AND an addiction to sugar and more alcohol." http://www.bodyecology.com/07/07/19/recover_from_alcohol.php

18. "Honey has an antifungal effect against Candida species. Irish J, Carter DA, Shokohi T, Blair SE. School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. j.irish@mmb.usyd.edu.au
Abstract The incidence of Candida infections is escalating worldwide. The serious nature of these infections is compounded by increasing levels of drug resistance. We report that certain honeys have significant antifungal activity against clinical isolates of Candida species. Importantly, the minimum inhibitory concentration of these honeys would be achievable in a clinical setting. PMID: 16702110

 
 
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