Candida Albicans The Quiet Epidemic Special Thanks to Barbara Stuart, APRN, NP-C, CEN Integrative Medical Practitioner Presented by Melody Covino A benign sugar fermenting yeast. Integral part of intestinal ecology in small amounts. One of 600 strains of Candida. Can cause disease when overgrowth occurs. What is Candida albicans? Candida is a yeast that is normally harmless as a single-celled fungus. If it changes into a mycelial form it can take root in tissues and colonize. Ecological Balance in GI Tract Candida causes “leaky gut” Imbalance of GI yeast vs good bacteria. Immune dysfunction: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Exposure to toxic metals. Internal toxins from poor digestion. Stress HIV Reduction of good bacteria in the gut: ◦ Consumption of refined carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine. ◦ Antibiotics ◦ Immunosuppresive medications. Upset in intestinal pH: ◦ Acid blocking medications. ◦ Decreasing digestive enzymes and HCL as we age. What causes Candida to grow? Proliferation of Candida Releases waste products called mycotoxins (poisons) and oxalates. These further weaken the immune system. Candida By-products Candida Toxic Waste = Acetaldehyde Affects Central Nervous System. Interferes with hormone metabolism: Increased blood alcohol levels. ◦ Brain fog symptoms ◦ Pituitary ◦ Thyroid ◦ Adrenal glands Auto-Brewery Syndrome Digestion of proteins = beta-alanine. Lowers Taurine levels. ◦ Taurine increases uptake of magnesium & potassium inside our cells. ◦ Taurine binds toxins and removes them from the liver. Candida By-products Silver amalgam dental fillings have 53% mercury! Mercury has an antibiotic effect. Difficult to control yeast overgrowth. Heavy Metals affect Candida Women are more susceptible! Women are 8 times more likely to have a yeast syndrome. Vaginal yeast infections: ◦ With Antibiotics ◦ During pregnancy ◦ Using Oral contraceptives (OCP) Progestin from OCP: ◦ Changes vaginal lining ◦ Causes release of yeastfeeding sugar into bloodstream. Candida Transmission ◦ Sexually ◦ Mother to newborn Thrush Diaper Rash Candida affects all ages & gender 3 primary causes Parasites Hormonal imbalance Food allergies Antibiotics Corticosteroid drugs Compromised Immune System Damp, moldy environment Diet high in refined carbs Mercury fillings Stress Decreased digestive secretions Impaired liver function (NAFLD) Altered bowel flora (bacteria balance) Pregnancy Predisposing Factors Chronic fatigue Brain fog (↑ acetaldehyde) Anxiety Depression Food cravings ◦ Sweets, alcohol, carbonated drinks Hyperactivity & learning disabilities Decreased libido Autoimmune disorders Headaches Eczema, psoraisis Muscle aches Arthritis Bladder infections Gas & bloating Constipation and/or Diarrhea Bad breath Rectal itching Sinusitis Burning tongue Nail infections Diaper Rash Candida Signs and Symptoms Auto-Immune Diseases caused by Leaky Gut Lupus Rheumatoid Arthritis Multiple Sclerosis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fibromyalgia Thyroiditis (Hypothyroid) Crohn’s Disease Vitilego Vasculitis Ulcerative Colitis Urticaria (hives) Diabetes Causes Major Health Issues Mycotoxins in the bloodstream! ◦ Normally, the lining of the intestinal tract prevents mycotoxins from entering the blood. Toxins Microorganisms Undigested food particles ◦ The body launches an immune reaction that causes the allergic response. Candida = Allergies Healthy live blood cell analysis vs unhealthy Leaky gut Candida toxins in the bloodstream filter through the liver. From there, they proceed to other organs. ◦ Brain, Nervous System, joints, skin, etc. If impaired liver detoxification ability these toxins will not be eliminated and can initiate states of chronic disease. ◦ Inadequate nutrition, poor cellular health and/or toxic overload impair detoxification. Candida Affects All Systems ◦ Essential oils Lemon, melaleuca, oregano. GX assist capsules Dietary changes! Gluten free Diary free YEAST FREE Consider other grains Corn/soy (consider) Try to do organic meats and eggs Supplements for intestinal health: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Probiotics Digestive Enzymes Fiber supplement Omega 3 Oils DHA, EPA ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Vitamin D Multivitamin Essential Oils Digestzen, Myrrh, Frankincense, wild orange, lemon. Candida Treatment Probiotics ◦ Crowds out bad organisms. ◦ Uninhabitable environment to yeast. Digestive Enzymes ◦ Helps digest and absorb nutrients. ◦ Take with meals Candida and doTERRA Omega 3 Fatty Acid ◦ Restores moisture to GI tract. ◦ At least 2000 mg daily Fiber ◦ 4-5 grams twice/day ◦ Absorbs toxins ◦ Reduce “die off” reaction w/Candida Vitamin D3 ◦ At least 1,000 iu/day ◦ Helps heal leaky gut and decrease inflammation. L-Glutamine Powder Candida and doTERRA Multivitamins ◦ Corrects dietary insufficiencies. ◦ High potency Candida and doTERRA Daily Detoxification ◦ Zendocrine Oral capsules Essential Oil Blend ◦ Rub over abdomen in area of the liver ◦ Apply to reflex points. Liver Detoxification Candida Treatment ◦ GX Assist (10 days) Caprylic acid plus essential oils. Essential Oils ◦ Oregano, Lemon, Melalueca ◦ Take internally ◦ Apply to reflex points. ◦ Other oils to enhance immune system, onguard plus, DDR prime. Candida and doTERRA Candida Treatment ◦ Important to treat Candida aggressively and consistently. ◦ Candida can become resistant to some treatments. ◦ Essential oils have many constituents making resistance less likely. ◦ Mix up your oils when treating Candida. Essential Oils for targeted areas: ◦ Thyme & Clary Sage, Clary Calm – female, ◦ Coriander & Myrrh – skin ◦ Cinnamon – blood sugar ◦ Clove – Thyroid ◦ Rosemary – Adrenals ◦ Grapefruit - Energy ◦ Take internally ◦ Apply to bottom of feet Candida and doTERRA Candida overgrowth affects 8 out of 10 people. Dietary changes are the single most important change necessary to control Candida. Improve your vitality & energy while preventing inflammation and chronic disease. 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