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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Candidiasis is overgrowth of Candida albicans in the gastrointestinal tract, or infection of other body areas with this yeast. Vaginal yeast infections, some forms of diaper rash and other skin rashes that emerge in intertriginous moist, warm areas of skin, and thrush (a condition characterized by patches of white inside the mouth and/or throat) are all forms of yeast infection. Candidiasis tends to develop when the normal acid/base balance of the mesodermal (connective tissue) compartment is upset, or when the normal flora of the body is dysregulated as can occur with antibiotic use. Prevention measures include alkalinization and the use of probiotics and in some cases dietary changes. Treatment can include antifungal medications, notably Nystatin for non-invasive conditions and Amphotericin B for invasive candidiasis. Candidiasis is usually a minor and easily addressed problem, but can be more serious for those with immune-system disorders, such as AIDS. If it progresses to yeast syndrome, treatment can require weeks or months.

invasive candidiasis occurs when Candida enters the bloodstream and then spreads through the body. Candida is the fourth most common cause of bloodstream infection among hospitalized patients in the US. A survey found that candidemia (bloodstream infection with Candida) 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. The symptoms of invasive candidiasis are not specific. Fever and chills that do not improve after antibiotic therapy are the most common symptoms. If the infection spreads to deep organs such as kidneys, liver, bones, muscles, joints, spleen, or eyes, additional specific symptoms may develop, which vary depending on the site of infection. If the infection does not respond to treatment, the patient’s organs may fail and cause death. Invasive candidiasis may result when a person’s own Candida organisms, normally found in the digestive tract, enter the bloodstream. On rare occasions, it can also occur when medical equipment or devices become contaminated with Candida. In either case, the infection may spread throughout the body. Invasive candidiasis is usually diagnosed by either culture of blood or tissue or by examining samples of infected tissue under the microscope. Invasive candidiasis is usually treated with an antifungal agent (amphotericin B) given intravenously (IV) (in the vein) or it may be treated with the azole drugs taken by mouth or intravenously

Oral candidiasis is yeast infection of the mouth and throat caused by Candida albicans; also known as thrush. Yeast organisms are part of the germs normally found in various parts of the body. They ordinarily do not cause symptoms. Certain conditions, such as antibiotic use and other immunosuppresants, can disturb the natural balance of microbes in the mouth and allow an overgrowth of Candida to cause thrush. The most important aspect of the success of any treatment for any form of candidiasis is the maintenance of alkalinity. Absent that and the infection will either not go away or it will return. In those cases in which the immune system is weak and/or damaged (and this does not have to be as severe as that found in AIDS), the infection will return and it must be dealt with by removal of sources of toxic heavy metals, treatment for the residual burden of heavy metals and finally the SanPharma Protocol.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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