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Candida albicans is a type of yeast-like fungus that inhabits the intestine, genital tract, mouth, and throat. Normally this fungus lives in healthy balance with the other bacteria and yeasts in the body; however, certain conditions can cause this fungus to multiply, weakening the immune system and causing an infection known as candidiasis. Because this fungus travels through the bloodstream to many parts of the body, various symptoms may develop.

When this fungus infects the oral cavity, it is called thrush. White sores may form on the tongue, gums, and inside the cheeks. When the fungus infects the vagina, it results in vaginitis. The most common symptoms include a large amount of white, cheesey discharge and intense itching. Very often allergies to foods are present. Allergy testing is advised. Oral thrush, athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, and even diaper rash can develop as a result of food allergies and Candida albicans.

Because candidiasis can infect various parts of the body-the most common being the ears, nose, gastrointestinal tract, and bowels-it can also be characterized by many symptoms. These include constipation; diarrhea; colitis; abdominal pain; canker sores; persistent heartburn; muscle and joint pain; sore throat; congestion; nagging cough; numb hands, legs, or face; tingling sensations; acne; vaginitis; kidney and bladder infections; arthritis; depression; hyperactivity; hypothyroidism followed by adrenal problems; and even diabetes. Some afflicted with candidiasis may develop a sensitivity to the environment. Many cannot tolerate the smell of rubber, petroleum products, tobacco, exhaust fumes, and chemical odors.

Candidiasis may affect both men and women; however, it is rarely transmitted sexually. An infected mother may pass the fungal infection known as thrush to the newborn. Most often the baby's tongue will appear red and be covered with white spots that resemble milk spots. Thrush may also infect the baby's buttocks, appearing as a rash. Because there is no simple, accurate test, this infection is difficult to detect.

Women diagnosed with a yeast infection should also be checked for diabetes. Because their vaginal environment is more conducive to the growth of yeast, diabetics are at greater risk of contracting a yeast infection such as candidiasis.

Very Important    
Capricin from Professional Specialties

Caprystatin from Arteria (caprylic acid)

4 capsules
3 times daily
with meals.

1st week: 1 tablet
twice daily.
2nd week: 2 tablets
twice daily.
3rd week: 3 tablets
twice daily.
Destroys the Candida fungus.
Dioxychlor from American Biologics
Aerobic 07 from Aerobic Life Products
5 drops in water twice daily. These stabilized oxygen products destroy the fungus, while preserving the "good" bacteria.
Garlic Capsules (Kyolic) 2 capsules 3 times daily. An odorless form of garlic that inhibits the infecting organism. Kyolic vaginal suppositories also effectively treat Candida vaginitis.
Non-Dairy Neo-Flora
DDS Extracts
Prime-Dophilus from Klaire Laboratories
Use as directed on label. Send for Superdophilus:
Natren Inc.
10935 Camarillo St.
N. Hollywood, CA.
Eugalan Topfer, a from of mother's milk from Germany is the best form. A vegetarian form is also available for anyone who cannot tolerate dairy products.
Omega 3-6 with evening primrose oil from Arteria
primrose oil
salmon oil
Use as directed on label. A good source of essential fatty acids.
Vitamin B complex with extra biotin 100 mg 3 times daily. Malabsorption is common in candidiasis.
Vitamin B12 lozenges 1 lozenge (2,000 mcg) under the tongue 3 times daily, taken between meals. Vitamin B injections may be necessary. Important for digestion. Needed for metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Candida prevents the absorption of nutrients from the intestinal tract.
Germanium 100-200 mg daily. Improves tissue oxygenation.
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg daily. Improves tissue oxygenation.
L-Cysteine (amino acid) 500 mg on an empty stomach twice daily. A potent antioxidant and free radical destroyer.
Multivitamin and mineral complex (zinc, iron, and yeast free) with
vitamin A
Daily as directed on label.

25,000 IU

200 mcg.
Nutrients are needed for proper immune function.
Orithrush from Cardiovascular Research Use as a mouth rinse or as a douche. Destroys Candida.
Protein supplement (Free Form Amino Acid Complex from Cardiovascular Research) 1/4 tsp. under the tongue between meals on an empty stomach.  


Do not use corticosteroids or oral contraceptives until condition improves. Oral contraceptives can upset balance of Candida albicans.

Avoid aged cheeses, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruits, fermented foods, all grains containing gluten (wheat,rye, and barley), ham, honey, nut butters, pickles, mushrooms, soy sauce, sprouts, sugars of all forms, and all yeast products. Also eliminate citrus acid fruits (e.g., oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, pineapple, and limes) from your diet for one month; then add back only a few twice weekly. These are alkaline-forming and Candida thrives on them.

Your diet should be fruit free, sugar free, and yeast free. Candida thrives in a sugary environment, so your diet should be low in carbohydrates. Eat vegetables and meat instead. Eating live yogurt or applying it directly to the vagina can help inhibit the growth of the fungus. Consume also brown rice, millet, and acidophilus. Acidophilus capsules help to restore the normal balance of the bowel and vagina. This diet program has been used for years with good results. Take only hypoallergenic food supplements.

Avoid chemical household products and cleaners, chlorinated water, moth balls, synthetic textiles, and damp and moldy places, such as basements.

To prevent reinfection, use a new toothbrush every thirty days. This is a good preventive measure against both fungus and bacterial infections of the mouth.


For vaginal disorders use Yeast-Gard vaginal suppositories from Wakunaga of America Company.

Candida-Forte from Nature's Plus is good for mild cases candidiasis.

All persons on long-term antibiotics or chemotherapy are at high risk for severe cases of candidiasis.

Most doctors no longer use nystatin or antibiotics because they weaken the immune system and can damage certain organs. When prescribed, they are usually only for short-term treatment. Occasionally the antifungal drugs Nizoral and amphotericin B are also used for treatment. Stronger strains of yeast can develop, becoming resistant to the drugs. Higher dosages are then required, further weakening the immune system.

High mercury levels can result in candidiasis. Mercury salts inhibit the growth of necessary "friendly"
bacteria in the intestines. You may want to have a hair analysis done to determine the levels of toxic metals.

You might want to try pau d'arco herb tea. This tea contains an antibacterial agent. It does have an alkaloid base and a small percentage of people may not benefit from its use. Those that do not benefit from tea should try clove tea instead. It is a good idea to alternate between the two teas because clove tea has some benefits that pau d'arco does not have and vice versa. To make Pau d'arco tea, boil one quart of distilled water with two tablespoons tea for five minutes. Store it
in the refrigerator with the tea leaves in. Strain as much you need. Drink three to six cups daily.

Candidiasis may be related to hypoglycemia and allergies. Consult these sections for additional suggestions.

Fiber is an important part of the diet. Oat bran is more easily digestible than wheat bran.

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