Yeast SyndromeIf you have this health problem, to rid yourself of it you must first wrap your mind around the complete cause and know at a deep level how it develops and evolves. If you fail to accomplish this you will fall for every fad treatment which hits the market and never be rid of this terrible disease. For this reason, I have written several related articles on this condition and I urge you to read and reread all of them.
Treatment of Immune System DysregulationI will begin with the most important aspect of the mis-named "yeast syndrome," namely treatment. Many thousands of people are suffering from this complex of symptoms which are all due to the toxic effects of extreme dysbiosis. Almost all treatment approaches suppress but do not cure. I aim for (and usually achieve) a final cure and to this end I have replaced traditional therapies for "yeast syndrome" with the German SanPharma and Pekana remedies. Why? Because they work, are simple and straight forward and the old therapies do not work but rather leave people trapped in treatment for a lifetime. You can read the traditional description of this syndrome below, or you can go directly to a more dynamic, cure oriented discussion in this article: "Yeast Syndrome," High Resolution Blood Morphology, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and The SanPharma Protocol. In short, the immune system must be set back to balance for any hope of cure. Killing a few microorganisms with antibiotics or herbs or trying to crowd them out with "good bacteria" will not produce a cure and only prolongs the illness while suppressing a few symptoms if you are lucky.
The Yeast Syndrome, also known as chronic candidiasis, the chronic candida syndrome, and candida related complex is still unaccepted by some medical doctors. The habit of the medical establishment, in general, is to not accept as real any symptom complex which they do not understand. The effects of chronic dysbiosis in the intestine are so widespread in the body that it does not at first seem logical that one thing could cause all this. Many patients are branded hypochondriac, malingering, neurotic, hysteric, depressed, or some combination of these conditions, who appear in doctors' offices with this complex, confusing symptomatology. One of the symptoms is irritability and this quality has tended to alienate doctors, leaving both doctor and patient frustrated. Also, doctors are accustomed to think that if routine blood tests show nothing, then nothing is wrong. Chronic dysbiosis, in fact, shows nothing on routine blood tests.
The incidence of "yeast syndrome" is remarkably high. In my practice signs and symptoms suggesting this diagnosis are present in ½ of new patients. This can be attributed to the commonness of factors thought to lead to a predisposition to this health problem. The three most important factors favoring the development of this syndrome are the presence of dental amalgam and resultant mercury toxicity, the use (and overuse) of antibiotics and the high carbohydrate content of the typical western diet. Genetic predisposition is also an important factor and explains why everyone who has amalgams, overuses antibiotics, and overconsumes carbs does not have this problem. With the exception of genetic predisposition, all of these predisposing factors are widely prevalent in the modern western world and both favor the growth of yeast, fungus, and anaerobic bacteria, that is to say dysbiosis. In this article, when I write "yeast," I am referring to all three - yeast, fungus, and anaerobic bacteria. Persistent bloating and flatulence unrelated to specific foods are the consistent symptoms. Fatigue and sometimes persistent muscle pain are common.
Antibiotics, especially Tetracycline and Erythromycin (but also many others), long used at the drop of a hat by doctors eager for a simple answer to complex health problems, kill off bacteria which are needed for normal digestion. In their relative absence intestinal yeast are able to proliferate beyond their normal bounds. Add to this the excessive intake of not only simple sugars but "high glycemic index" carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, potatoes, and rice which convert to simple sugars in short order, and yeast organisms and their friends are provided with their basic food group. Under these conditions yeast can proliferate and cause symptoms even in people with normal immune systems.
Symptoms of yeast syndrome are caused by the normal byproducts of yeast metabolism. Candida (yeast) has been found to produce 79 distinct toxins. The human body must dispose of these toxins. They easily diffuse throughout the body and no organ system is immune to the effects they produce.
Yeast, once it takes hold in the intestinal mucosa, is difficult to eliminate and if eliminated, tends to return over and over. You must chain yourself to a certain diet to have a hope of controlling symptoms and you have no hope, but dietary methods, of achieving an actual cure. Once having dominated the intestinal mucosa, yeast renders the mucosa incompetent to regulate the entry of intestinal micro-organisms into the intestine. This circumstance is called the "leaky gut syndrome". Long chain polypeptides (partially digested proteins) leak into the circulation. These molecules can set off the immune system into inappropriate action as they are recognized as "foreign" by the immune system. The antibodies which are produced against these polypeptide antigens may attack host tissue and this accounts for some, perhaps all, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, just to name a few. Through microscopic temporary holes in the gut wall micro-organisms invade the gut wall itself: yeast, fungus, and anaerobic bacteria which set up shop in the immune cells (lymphoid tissue or "Peyer's patches") located in the gut wall (where 80% of the immune system resides). The toxins produced by these organisms disable the immune system of the gut and it, in turn, looses its ability to regulate the gut flora and thus dysbiosis burrows its way even deeper into the system. If you fully understand what your just read, you are ahead of 99.9% of physicians.
Symptoms of Yeast Syndrome
No one individual will have all of the following symptoms. However, the presence of only a few which cannot be explained in another way should raise the index of suspicion for for "yeast syndrome" to a high level.
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