Candida Dysbiosis, Are You Suffering from It?

All About Candida

Candida is probiotic yeast found in the gut and vaginal flora of most humans and is generally considered to be relatively harmless.1 The only problem with Candida is that it can turn into opportunistic yeast and can cause both a lot of digestive problems and systemic issues. One of the main causes of opportunistic Candida is by taking antibiotics for a long period of time,2 this causes both probiotic bacteria and yeasts to die off that would normally keep candida in check. Opportunistic Candida infections are mainly seen in people with severely comprised immune systems, like I.V. drug users and AIDS patients.3 It can also develop in people that have cancer or that are a recipient of cancer treatments, people under long term stress that lowers the immune system, or people using long term steroid medications which can also lower the immune system.4 Rarely, systemic Candida infection can be passed from sexual contact.5

When opportunistic Candida starts to flourish in the intestinal tract, it will manifest itself as digestion problems. Candida infection can be kept to the intestines by the body’s immune system, but it is possible if someone is in really poor health the candida infection can become systemic. Is it mostly impossible to truly know if you have an active Candida infection, unless either the Candida has gone fungal, or you have visual systemic signs of it. If you have systemic signs of Candida growing in your mouth, throat, vagina, mucous membranes, or skin, the Candida is considered as a fungal disease named thrush, and will be visible as white patches.6

If the candida does become an opportunistic yeast in your body, being overrun with the yeast to being with is usually an indicator of poor health. Opportunistic Candida should never be implicated as one of the sole causes of poor health, that many naturopaths consider the yeast to be. Opportunistic Candida infection is not as prominent as most nautropaths believe that it is, most people suffer from other conditions that cause their poor digestion instead of CandidaCandida can only become opportunistic if you give it the chance! If you have an opportunistic Candida infection then you must have other chronic health issues that lead to this dysfunction in the first place including, bacterial overgrowth,7 chronic use of PPI’s and antibiotics,8 ingestion of GMO’s, following the standard American diet, low vitamin D levels, or a poorly functioning immune system.9 So unless you currently have thrush, or have a lot of unexplained digestive issues that could point to a candida infection (consistent white tongue,10 heartburn that isn’t treated by any of the other protocols,11 brain fog,12 allergic reactions, etc.), then the average person can take coconut oil and occasionally probiotics, to keep opportunistic Candida at bay without concern.

A herx reaction can be a sign of the body’s natural healing process when eliminating pathogens. A herx reaction is caused by inflammatory products that are released by dead yeast and bacteria that cause the body’s immune system to overreact. This can happen when the opportunistic yeast is eliminated and they start to release toxins into the immediate area that later end up in the blood stream. General symptoms of a herx reaction are headache, muscle/joint aches, rashes, brain fog, extreme fatigue, flu-like symptoms, light sensitivity, irritability, tachycardia, low blood pressure, nightmares, and a low grade fever.13 If you have a mid to high grade fever higher than 102.5 F then you need to be checked out by a doctor, it might not be a herx reaction you are experiencing. Lab work that might be abnormal during a herx reaction would be elevated creatinine levels, blood urea nitrogen levels, liver enzymes, increased sedimentation rate, gamma globulin, decrease in white blood cells, hemoglobin, and an elevated CRP test. 14

Systemic Candida protocols should only be used for a specific period of time because some Candida is needed as natural intestinal flora in the human body can complete elimination wouldn’t be beneficial to the human host.

Candida Protocols

Supplements to stop a Basic Yeast Herx reaction (must be taken all together):

Molybdenum is used in the body to produce two enzymes, aldehydrogenase and aldehyde-oxidase. These enzymes allow the liver to neutralize a powerful and otherwise relatively inert toxin, aldehyde. Aldehyde’s are released by yeasts as a byproduct of their cellular respiration. They are the cause a lot of side effects from yeast die off including brain fog.15
Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation (the main cause of a Herx reaction).16

Chlorella and charcoal help bind to and eliminate the toxins released by the yeast during a herx reaction. 17

Supplements to stop an Advanced Yeast Herx reaction (must be taken all together):

  • Douglas Labs Molybdenum 500 mcg – take one capsule daily
  • Clean Chlorella – eat 10-15 tablets daily.
  • Sodium ascorbate – 6,000 mg two to three times daily in divided doses
  • Upgraded Activated charcoal – follow recommended supplement instructions
  • ACZ Nano extra strength zeolite – follow recommended supplement instructions
  • Take Epsom salt baths (twice daily), and drink plenty of water to speed up elimination of toxins (at least five glasses with 1/8 tsp of good quality sea salt in each)
  • Visit a sauna to help sweat out the toxins as well.

The zeolite adds another level of toxin binding and elimination that might be stronger then the chlorella and charcoal combined.18

The Epsom salt baths, water, and sauna also help eliminate toxins from the body.

Maintenance Candida Treatment Protocol

  • Organic extra virgin coconut oil – take two tablespoons daily
  • Follow the Bulletproof diet.

Mild Candida Protocol – Taken for Two – Three Weeks

Coconut oil contains a lot of anti-yeast goodies like capyrlic acid and lauric acid. Both caprylic acid and lauric acid are found in breast milk which is one of the reasons you can still breast feed if you have a yeast infection and why breast milk cures thrush!19
S. boulardii is a type of yeast found on lychee fruit that will compete with the Candida and eliminate it.20

Lactobacilus plantarium is mainly found in fermented foods and is one of the few probiotics that makes a barrier in the digestive tract that blocks unwanted pathogens.21

Moderate Candida Protocol – Taken for Three – Four Weeks

The carvacol in oregano oil has been found to be both anti-bacterial and anti-yeast. The North American Herb and Spice brand of oil is one of the strongest and best brands of the oil, and the capsules and oil are also non-gmo!22

Niacinamde has anti-yeast properties.23

Echinacea has been shown in clinical studies to inhibit yeast.24

Advanced Candida Protocol – Taken for One – Three Months

Lauricidin is just a concentrated form of lauric acid (like MCT oil is for coconut oil).25

Herbal Candida Protocol – Take for One – Two Months

The carvacol in oregano oil has been found to be both anti-bacterial and anti-yeast. The North American Herb and Spice brand is one of the strongest and best brands of the oil, and the capsules and oil are also non-gmo!

Echinacea has been shown in clinical studies to inhibit yeast.

The garlic in allicin C has been shown to inhibit yeast.26

Olive leaf extract has the chemical oluroperin in it which is known to stimulate the immune system.27

Remember to rebuild your gut for two weeks after all symptoms have subsided or treatment has stopped, whatever comes first. Follow the gut rebuilding protocols in the SIBO protocol.

  6. Beers, Mark, The Merck Manual, Merck Research Laboratories, 2006
  14. Beers, Mark, The Merck Manual, Merck Research Laboratories, 2006
  24. Balch, Phyllis. Prescription for Herbal Healing, Avery Publishing, 2012.
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