What is Candida? What are the Symptoms? How did I get it? Is it contagious? Will I ever feel better?
I have been in practice for over 37 years. In that time I have seen many changes. The percentage of my patients 30 years ago that had Candida and other similar health issues was only about 30%. Today 99% of my patients have Candida. Why has this number continued to rise year after year?
Before we get into that let's discuss what Candida actually is. Candida Albicans and Candida Tropicalis are the most common forms, although there are fourteen known types. In your large intestine, you have helpful and healthy bacteria and small amounts of Candida and other fungus and molds. When everything is in balance in the large intestine, these small amounts of Candida and other fungus and molds do not cause any health problems. The pH of the large intestine is in the acidic range. As long as it stays there the good bacteria can live and thrive.
There are several things that can cause the pH of the large intestine to go into an alkaline range. Antibiotics, hormone replacement, and birth control pills. The overuse of antibiotics is probably the main cause of this change. Although antibiotics are necessary to treat many health conditions, they are often used and prescribed in abundance and unnecessarily. Over time their use changes the pH of the large intestine to become alkaline.
Unfortunately, this is a very unfriendly environment for helpful and healthy bacteria and so the majority of them die. It does though become a friendly environment for Candida, fungus, and other molds, so they multiply astronomically. The permeability of the tissues of the large intestine also changes. This creates micro-holes known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome.” This condition allows the Candida, fungus, and molds and their bi-product an opiate chemical similar to heroin to leak out of the large intestine and go everywhere--all over your body, ending up with layers of this opiate chemical around your brain.
Another way a person can get Candida is with the exchange of body fluids with another person that has candida. Kissing, sharing food and drink, and other forms of intimacy all exchange body fluids. Regardless of how you got Candida, your body does not have the ability to rebalance the pH of the large intestine and to restore normal bacteria balance on its own.
The classic symptoms of Candida are digestive problems like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), GERD (heartburn and reflux), constipation and or diarrhea, fatigue, malaise, musculoskeletal pain, inflammation, headaches, rashes, allergies, increased infections, vaginal yeast infections, depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, PMS, and memory problems. We call this “Brain Fog.” No one person ever has all of them, but everyone always has several of them.
Most of my patients with Candida usually have other health issues as well. They may also have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth), heavy metal accumulation, EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) imbalances, parasites, viruses, bacteria's, and more. What Candida does to the immune system is to lower your resistance to fight other infections and not hold onto toxins like heavy metals and heavy chemicals.
I determine what is going on with your body and your health after a comprehensive exam along with other standard diagnostic procedures. All of my testing utilizes the noninvasive techniques of Applied Kinesiology (AK). The Candida Protocol must be done first before any other health
issues can be addressed.
I have found in my many years of practice if this is not done in this order my patients do not get well as quickly. All of my testing utilizes the AK methods of complex muscle testing. Muscle testing is performed on three levels depending on what is being tested. This includes both structure and chemicals that could be affecting the overall health of your body.
The Triad of Health-structure, chemistry, and brain function must all be working together to restore optimal health. That is how the body works and is the foundation of Applied Kinesiology (AK). During the Candida protocol, I test seven strains of Candida, multiple molds, and funguses, as well as over two hundred foods and chemicals. This is done to determine what sensitivities you have developed. Some of the chemicals tested are pesticides, food additives, food preservatives, and food colors. Foods tested are from dairy, grains, vegetables, fruits, seasonings, proteins, and more.
After that, I test you on many types of vitamins, minerals, herbs, essential fatty acids, amino acids, homeopathic formulas and more to see what needs to be taken to rebalance your large intestine and get the Candida back into small numbers. These nutrients are also used to help your body get past any food and chemical sensitivities you may have developed because of the Candida overgrowth.
You are then desensitized to Candida, molds, fungus, and all of your food and chemical sensitivities through the meridian system. Without this step and engaging the brain you would never be able to get rid of the Candida infection and your sensitivities.
Lastly, you are put on a special Candida diet. This is a combination of taking the supplements, avoiding the foods Candida lives on, and all of the foods and chemicals you were sensitive to. It also involves structural work--chiropractic, acupressure, cranial techniques, Injury Recall Technique, NET exercise rehab, lifestyle changes, and more. All these steps are necessary to get the Triad of Health back into balance.
Many times there are some die-off symptoms. The most common are headaches, fatigue, and rashes. Most patients get these for a short period of time. It is not a bad thing, it shows that your body is working hard to get back into normal balance. This is a three-week protocol for most patients. Occasionally some patients have to stay off of several foods for a few more weeks. If you follow my instructions and do the protocol correctly you will not have an overgrowth of Candida and the normal pH of the large intestine will once again be in the acidic range allowing the helpful and healthy bacteria to replenish.
I have successfully helped hundreds and hundreds of my patients become Candida free and regain their health. Call or email the office today to set up an appointment.