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Vol. 19, 04-15-00

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    Course In Miracles
Candida Albicans is a yeast organism which peacefully coexists in & with many people when it is present in modest amounts. When circumstances lead to the excessive growth of candida in the body, one can develop myriad symptoms of chronic illness. The conditions of overgrowth is called Candidiasis. The numerous problems which can result from this are called Candida Related Complex, or Candida Colonization/Hypersensitivity Syndrome.
What frustrates me is that though there is a great deal of information written on this subject, traditional physicians are not paying any attention to it. This creates tremendous confusion for those suffering from this problem. Those patients who seek consultation from physicians who acknowledge & diagnose candida are met with scoffing & disbelief when they report this to their more traditional physician.
Why all the misunderstanding? Because most doctors only recognize a brief vaginal "yeast" infection known as monilia, a brief oral "yeast" infection known as thrush, or a serious life threatening "systemic candidiasis" found only in those with severe immune deficiency such as in Aids patients.
But these doctors fail to recognize that the same fungal overgrowth which can occur in the mouth or vagina can occur in any mucous membranes in the body. This includes the entire gastrointestinal tract, the sinuses, the ears , nasopharynx, & entire respiratory system, & the genitourinary tract. And of course, fungal overgrowth can occur on the skin & under the finger & toenails. Furthermore this may not be the short-lived condition they attempt to treat with 1-3 days of antifungal medicine.
Some people develop a short term fungal overgrowth related to antibiotic treatment which can be readily cleared with a few days of meds. Yet a larger number suffer from Chronic Candidasis which is a far more complicated situation. I have seen published figures that this is as high as 80 million Americans. I don't know how they got those figures, but I know I have seen it frequently in my patients for many years, and I & family members have been previous victims of Chronic Candidiasis. I got my start by being a sugarholic for many younger years & promiscuously using antibiotics for the frequent sore throats I was getting during the rigourous hours of Medical school & training. Then, they knew very little about it, so I grappled for years before the problem was taken care of--by me. So I am particularly peeved when doctors say it doesn't exist.
Recurrent antibiotic use, steroid drugs, use of acid blockers, birth control pills, excess sugar & refined carbohydrate intake, alcohol, diabetes, decreased immune function, severe chronic stress, & familial factors are the main predisposers to chronic candida.
Anyone who has & knows they have chronic candida knows how many different symptoms can be stirred up. Unfortunately, most who have this disorder are unaware of it.
Such individuals may crave sugar, breads, carbohydrates & alcohol- though they are often alcohol intolerant. They may be bothered by the smell of tobacco smoke & more symptomatic when exposed to chemicals, such as household chemicals, perfumes. They may feel worse in damp muggy locations & not infrequently develop inhalant mold allergies.
General symptoms may be fatigue, drowsiness, muscle aches, weakness, or tension, joint pain or swelling, dizziness, loss of balance, incoordination, fluid retention & tissue swelling, numbness, burning or tingling.
Cognitive/emotional symptoms may be a sense of spaciness or mental fog, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, depression, anxiety, frequent mood changes, & irritability.
Head symptoms may be headache, nasal congestion or postnasal drip, nasal itching, chronic sinusitis, visual changes, burning, tearing, or itching eyes, fluid in ears, ear pain & congestion, recurrent ear infections, draining, itching ears, sore or dry throat or mouth, & scalp lesions.
Gastrointestinal symptoms may be constipation or diarrhea, bloating, belching, & flatulence, indigestion, heartburn, esophagitis, bad breath, & mucous in the stools.
Respiratory symptoms can be persistent cough, pain or tightness in the chest, wheezing, or shortness of breath.
Genitourinary symptoms can be genital itching, burning, or irritation, loss of sexual feeling, thick white lumpy vaginal discharge, painful intercourse, menstrual cramps, urinary urgency or frequency, burning on urination, PMS, endometriosis, prostatitis, & impotency.
Skin symptoms can be rashes & itching, especially in areas which are moist & get little air circulation. Sometimes there are fingernail & toenail fungal infections.


This is a logical question & the reason the manifestations can be so widespread is complex. Some of the symptoms are related to local inflammation of the mucous membranes caused by the overgrowth of the candida yeast.
Then the candida organisms can produce 79 different toxins which can cause other inflammatory responses anywhere in the body. Most notable of these is acetaldehyde which is the same chemical to which alcohol is metabolized. These chemical overloads may directly induce symptoms, as well as chronically affecting the system so that chemical hypersensivity reactions occur. The toxic metabolites further suppress the immune system which may already be compromised.
The individual may become allergic to the candida organism, so that reaction is added & also may become allergic to other foods & inhalant molds.
The inflammation & production of chemicals in the GI tract alter the intestinal membranes making them allow particles to pass into the system which would ordinarily be blocked. This increased intestinal permeability is one of the root causes of delayed food hypersensivity reactions, so food allergy symtpoms get added to the list.
Most serious of all are the autoimmune & endocrine disorders which may develop after years of significant chronic candidiasis. Decreased adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid, & ovarian functioning may also be associated with autoimmune disorders of those glands.
Other associated disorders may be hair loss, vitiligo, malabsorption, chronic hepatitis, dental enamel dysplasia, & disorders of the thymus gland.
This is why I am appalled by those doctors who fail to responsibly look in to this matter.


If you have the predisposing factors & suspicous symptoms, then tests can be done. There are blood tests which measure for increased antibodies to candida indicating overgrowth, there are blood tests for candida immune complexes, & there are stool culture & sensitivites when GI symptoms predominate. When I am able to get a positive stool culture & sensitivity, it aids treatment because it tells me which natural & presciption items will work best with this patient. The candida organism is extremely resilient & can keep mutating into resistant forms, so often is resistant to a number of items in the test. If your doctor is open to learning they can find out more about these tests from the labs which offer them.
The labs I use for the blood tests are:
Alletess Candida Profile -
The labs for the stool culture & sensitivity & preferably for their Comprehensive Stool & Digestive Analysis which gives other info helpful in treating candida are:


The most critical part of treatment is dietary change. There must be no sugar, honey, molasses, corn syrup, white flour products, fruit juices, dried fruits, melons, yeast, moldy cheeses or foods, or alcohol. One must read labels to be stringent. The allergy rotation diet doubles as an anticandida diet if you delete melons & dried fruits.
Unfortunately those prone to chronic candida are also prone to relapse if they stop their dietary program & complete wellness may require life- time dietary modifications.
It is also necessary to eliminate the predisposing factors listed earlier in this news as much as possible.


Depending upon the severity of the blood test & stool findings, I am prone to prescibing antifungal medication, which may need to be taken relatively long term in more severe cases. Those medicines are Nystatin capsules or powder ( not the tablets), Nizoral, Diflucan, & Sporonox. The last 2 are very expensive.

Additionally there are a number of natural antifungal agents I may recommend. However, one reason I recommend the meds is that often when I do order the culture & sensivity the candida is resistant to many of the natural items, except for something called Tannins & grapefruit seed extract. But with milder cases, where there is no culture & sensivity we opt for the natural items.


It is important to restore the normal acidophilus & bifidus organism in the GI tract which are killed with antibiotics & predispose to candida.


If there is a situation of low stomach acidity , betaine HCL needs to be added as the candida organisms thrive best in an alkaline environment. You want to make an inhospitable neighborhood for them. If food allergies have developed, further digestive enzyme support may be needed.

It is also helpful to support the immune system with thymus fractions.


There is a list of books on candida.
An additional good book not listed there is Candida Related Complex by Christine Wunderlin.


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Priscilla Slagle M.D.

"To heal is to make happy" ---Course In Miracles
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