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Candida infection a hidden culprit
There is a stow-away among us, a common fun-
gus called Candida. This yeast is a single cell
organism that normally lives in peace with thou-
sands of other microscopic critters that inhabit
our body, but when the conditions are right
Candida can become much more than a quiet
passenger. As it increases in number it begins
to over-run the microbial neighborhood leading
to an internal riot for the unwitting host.
Candida likes to take up residence in the gut,
especially in the colon or large intestine. The
small intestine keeps food and mucous moving
pretty quickly, making it harder for Candida to
really colonize there. But the large intestine is
prone to stagnation, which makes a much better
habitat for Candida.
The yeast can also make its way up into the
esophagus or mouth building up enough to
cause whitish plaques, known as thrush. The
most common yeast, Candida Albicans, gets its
name from the white plaque that it makes. On
the skin, it seeks out warm dark places such as
armpits, groin or underneath the breast, caus-
ing a bright red rash. Women commonly get
vaginitis caused by Candida. Babies are prone
to Candida infection in the diaper area. On the
skin surface Candida typically poses more of a
nuisance that is easily eradicated with topical
anti-fungal creams. But if the yeast gets going
internally that¡¯s when it can start to cause seri-
ous problems. For starters, it steals nutrients
from more beneficial microbes and encourages
overgrowth of other rogue bacteria. This dis-
rupts the delicate balance of bacteria that play
such an important role in gut health and health
in general.
The immune system gets riled up trying to com-
bat the Candida, which can lead to a domino
effect of downstream immune disorders such
as chemical sensitivities, allergies, autoimmune
disease, or impaired immunity. Candida also
releases toxins that cause more inflammation.
This can cause all manner of symptoms from
2015 August
Pg 6 - The Sunshine Express
Health & Nurturing
Sandy Lauzon
Summer surprises
¡°and you shall have Dominion over all the
earth¡± (Daniel 2:37)
I was sitting in my favorite room - my front
porch - admiring the array of garden flowers
in the front yard. Humming birds were at the
sugar feeder and the flowers, larger birds flitted
about and drank and splashed in the bird bath,
and Pepsi Chihuahua was on my lap. I was in a
reflective mood, so I reflected on my blessings.
Bounia came to my thoughts, and I wondered
how she would enjoy my favorite room. I rarely
saw her idle, except at her tri-fold altar (Tripty-
chicon) in her bedroom, and only if she had left
her bedroom door ajar. She was usually flit-
ting about, not unlike the humming birds at the
I thought about the moment in my life that Bou-
nia¡¯s wisdom was found in print. Oh, she never
published a word, but I found her wisdom in the
first ¡°organic farming¡± magazine I read in the
early sixties. ¡°Plan your garden with complimen-
tary vegetables and flowers together.¡± (Marigolds
will scare off some bugs) ¡°Use natural soil en-
hancements - dead fish, compost and the like.¡±
(That stuff that you buy at the store isn¡¯t good
to eat) ¡°Shade the delicate plants with broad
taking medication to kill Candida will only lead to a
temporary retreat. It will return to lay siege to the
host again.
I highly recommend, insist really, that patients
read about Candida so that they understand
there is much more to successful treatment than
a prescription. That said, we usually use either
prescription anti-fungal medications or choose
from a variety of natural supplements. Both work
well, it¡¯s just a matter of picking the best course
based on budget or willingness to take a handful of
It¡¯s critical to replenish the good bacteria that help
keep Candida at bay so a broad-spectrum probiotic
is always indicated. We also use supplements to
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heal a leaky gut and
more to support the
liver as clearing Can-
dida generates much
work for the liver and
it¡¯s detox systems.
Diflucan or nystatin
are the two main
medications we use
to eradicate Candida.
Natural treatments
include caprylic acid,
olive leaf, oregano leaf,
berberine, pau d¡¯ arco,
horopito and more.
The advantage to the
medications is their
strength, low cost, and
simple dosing. The
natural supplements
are easily obtained
without a prescription
and work well, but take
longer, cost more and
usually require lots
more pills to take each
A ¡°die-off¡± reaction is
common when treating
yeast. Called the ¡°Ja-
risch¨CHerxheimer¡± re-
action this occurs when
microbes are killed and
release internal toxins
and the dead organ-
isms that need to be
cleaned away. Some
people feel worse
when they start treat-
ing Candida but this
is reassuring in that
they will begin to feel
better, usually within a
few days to weeks. An
advantage of natural
supplements is they
tend to be more gentle and slow in killing the
yeast, thus reducing or eliminating the die-off
I recommend the book ¡®Yeast Connection¡¯ by Dr
William Crook. His Candida questionnaire is the
basis for most practitioners screening for pos-
sible Candida overgrowth. We also find Candida
on specialized stool studies, and we check for
the antibody to Candida in the blood, which
suggests the immune system is recognizing and
combating a significant Candida infection.
If you have vague symptoms that are plaguing
you and the reason is not apparent, consider
Candida as a culprit. Chronic infection is one of
the fundamental areas that a functional medi-
cine workup will include, and the little beast
known as Candida tops the list of possibilities.
(Scott Rollins, MD, is Board Certified with the
American Board of Family Practice and the
American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative
Medicine. He specializes in Bioidentical Hormone
Replacement for men and women, thyroid and
adrenal disorders, fibromyalgia, weight loss and
other complex medical conditions. He is founder
and medical director of the Integrative Medicine
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headaches and rashes, to joint pains and
Digestive symptoms are very common with
Candida, including heartburn, indigestion,
stomach fullness, bloating and gas. Menstru-
al disorders such as infertility and pms can
be caused by Candida, while urinary infec-
tions and prostatitis are also on the list.
Mental complaints such as brain fog and
trouble concentrating are common, and
even anxiety or depression can be seen with
Candida infection. I suspect many cases of
attention deficit and/or hyperactivity may be
Candida related.
It¡¯s all about the terrain
How is it that one ends up with an over-
growth of Candida? First of all, our diet plays
a major role. Yeast love sugar, which they
readily convert to alcohol and aldehydes. A
diet high in sugar or high-glycemic foods
helps nourish yeast. Medications such as
antibiotics, hormone contraceptives and ste-
roids alter the terrain and create a favorable
environment for yeast to flourish.
Insufficient stomach acid or pancreas en-
zymes will encourage Candida. A lack of
the beneficial good bacteria in the intestine
really opens up the way for Candida to take
over. People that have an impaired immune
system are susceptible to Candida since their
defenses are down.
Treating Candida is fairly simple, but it tends
to relapse unless the terrain of the body is
changed to discourage its return. Simply