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Connections between Cortisol, Hypothyroidism and Candida?
Posted by: Kendra
Date: April 18, 2002 7:25 PM

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism two years ago and my doctor put me on an effective regime of Armour Thyroid, Cytomel, DHEA and Hydrocortisone (Cortisol). I am still taking all three drugs, but have been suffering from chronic yeast infections. I have read that you are only supposed to take hydrocortisone for a short amount of time, but I have been taking a dosage of 60 to 100 mg for these past two years. Is this a dangerous amount or long period of time to take Cortisol? After trying the over the counter medications like Monistat and getting no result, I am trying to get rid of my yeast infection internally. I am taking acidophilus, Undecenoic acid, vitamin C and Zinc. I have also cut out wheat, sugar, yeast, dairy except yogurt from my diet. I have been doing this for about a month. My progress is minimal. I have read about a connection between Cortisol and yeast infections. Do I need to cut down or quit my Cortisol? And if so, will it affect my thyroid? What sort of affect does Cortisol have on thyroid production?



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RE: Connections between Cortisol, Hypothyroidism and Candida?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 18, 2002 9:35 PM

Except in the case of Addison's disease, cortisol dosage should be no more than 10 mg. twice daily. Regarding candida, this organism thrives only when the extravascular fluid and tissue is in an acid condition. Whatever one does for therapy on top of an acid condition will fail. Acidity is derived from (1) diet (animal derived foods), (2) stress, (3) exposure to electromagnetic fields, and commonly (4) chronic (usually undiagnosed, unsuspected) infections - especially gut wall - and (5) presence of heavy metals in the body (commonly from dental amalgams). An alkaline internal environment is a one way ticket out of the system for yeast, fungus, and anaerobic bacteria. one of cortisol’s more important functions is to act in concert or synergy with thyroid hormone at the receptor-gene level. Cortisol makes thyroid work more efficiently. A physiologic amount of cortisol — not too high and not too low — is important for normal thyroid function. this explains why many people who have an imbalance cortisol levels have thyroid-like symptoms but normal thyroid hormone levels.



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RE: Connections between Cortisol, Hypothyroidism and Candida?
Posted by: Kendra
Date: April 18, 2002 10:09 PM

Thank you for your reply, I will look at your articles and read your advice for making one's internal environment more alkaline.



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