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July 6, 2010 / hawkinshealth

Candidiasis (Yeast infection)

Fungus-picture

I wanted to cover this topic quite extensively because I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who is not in some way dealing with yeast issues. You might not realize it but check out the list of symptoms and you’ll probably identify with this condition. A simple cleanse can make the world of difference, but some changes in diet will also be really beneficial.

Candida albicans is a single-celled fungus that we all have in the genital and intestinal tracts. It is supposed to be there as it’s part of our body’s defense mechanism. When we are exposed to internal or external toxins (from food, the environment, drugs, medication, stress) our body has to have a way to deal with these toxins. Yeast is there to surround the toxins so they can be safely eliminated. Without the yeast, the toxins could potentially stay in the body and affect body systems and function.

The problem occurs when we become so toxic that the yeast has to mulitiply to deal with the level of toxicity, and the yeast itself then becomes a problem. Part of the reason is that if we’re dealing with this much toxicity, we’re often constipated and so our body is just not able to eliminate the toxins.

Diaper rash, vaginitis and thrush are some of the possible manifestations of a Candida infection. Pregnancy can increase the chance of contracting a yeast infection due to changing hormone levels,  and with breastfeeding it’s really easy for mother and baby to keep reinfecting each other. You can usually tell if your baby has it as it affects their mouth with white spots or sores on the tongue, gums and inside the cheeks, and it can also affect the baby’s bum appearing as diaper rash (it’s called thrush when it infects the mouth).

Symptoms
Candidiasis mostly affects the mouth, ears, nose, toenails, fingernails, gastrointestinal tract and vagina. Check out this list of symptoms; constipation, diarrhea, colitis, abdominal pain, headaches, bad breath, rectal itching, impotence, memory loss, mood swings, prostatitis, canker sores, persistent heartburn, muscles and joint pain, sore throuat, congestion, nagging cough, numbness in the face or extremities, tingling sensations, acne, night sweats, severe itching, clogged sinuses, PMS, burning tongue, white spots on the tongue and in the mouth, extreme fatigue, vaginitis, kidney and bladder infections, arthritis, depression, hyperactivity, hypothyroidism, food allergies, adrenal problems, jock itch, athlete’s foot, oral thrush, ringworm and even diabetes.

Understandably, because of its many and varied symptoms, this disorder is often misdiagnosed. Men and women can both be affected although it’s rarely transmitted sexually. It tends to be more of a problem with people who have a compromised immune system so boosting the immune system will be really beneficial. In the most severe cases, Candida can travel though the bloodstream and invade every organ system in the body causing a type of blood poisening called candida septicemia.

Candida can also lead to endometriosis as the yeast builds up so drastically that it spreads outside the genital and intestinal regions and begins to surround the uterus and other reproductive organs causing pain and many other problems. Often this will lead to a hysterectomy unless the problem is dealt with.

Antibiotics are useless against a yeast infection.  It does kill the yeast temporarily but it also kills all the good bacteria in the intestinal tract, creating an environment for yeast to return and flourish unchecked. Incidentally, use of antibiotics is a major factor in creating yeast infections and is one of the reasons I believe that children often struggle with Candida and as a result, urinary tract infections (UTI) and bladder and kidney infections, especially if they were exposed to yeast during infancy.

Natural Remedies for Candidiasis
So, what can we do about this condition?  I highly recommend that everyone addresses candida by making the following diet changes and doing the Candida Cleanse. Yeast feeds on sugar and if the pH balance of the body is upset for any reason (nutrition, medication and stress primarily), the friendly bacteria that normally metabolize sugars cannot do their job properly.

Most people have a diet that is high in sugar and simple carbohydrates. This not only causes the pH of the body to become very acidic creating an environment for Candida to thrive, it also feeds the yeast. Cut back on sugar (or avoid completely), eat complex carbohydrates in place of simple carbs (whole grains instead of white bread, pasta, rice etc) and add more raw or steamed vegetables into the diet.  Eat fruit but just be aware that they have sugar in them too so veggies will be the best option. Fruits and vegetables are also alkaline so they will help to rebalance the acidity in the body.

Fungus

It would be very difficult to effectively deal with a yeast issue with diet alone (if you want to try I recommend that you read The Fungus Link by Doug Kaufman and follow the diet plan he explains at the end of the book).

Most of us would find it easier to make the smaller dietary changes I mentioned previously, and then add in a supplemental program.
Candida
1)   Candida Clear – a fourteen day cleanse

2)  After the fourteen day cleanse, take Yeast Fungal Detox for at least 3-6 months.

3)  For severe symptoms, take Silver Shield which safely kills harmful bacteria and fungus. You can also apply Silver Shield gel externally to fungus on the skin.
4) Bifidophilus – to replace the friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract

After six months, if symptoms have gone, do the following maintenance program:
1) Bifidophilus
2) Super Trio – multi vitamin, omega-3, Super Orac (antioxidant)
3) Garlic

For children, do the following program
1) L-Reuteri – a chewable probiotic
2) Silver Shield – is safe and non-toxic
3) Colostrum – open into apple sauce. Boosts the immune system
4) Black Walnut – especially effective on thrush in infants.
5) Silver Shield gel on diaper rash or oral thrush (apply around the mouth)

And finally, women can do a douche, especially if you’re experiencing vaginal itching and burning.

The two pSilverroducts I recommend are  Silver Shield, and Silver Shield Gel. Both products together will deal with the condition internally and externally in a matter of days by killing the candida fungus.

Use a douche syringe bulb, take 1/2 bottle of Silver Shield (so you’ll need to buy at least 3 bottles) and use it as a vaginal douche. Hold it for 10 minutes then release. Do this once a day for five days. At the same time, put a dime size amount of the Silver Shield Gel on a tampon.

There are so many symptoms that people experience that are given a vast array of disease names and labels. I believe that we have made it more complicated than is necessary. Most conditions have a common root and I believe that Candida is one of them. Deal with Candida and many of your symptoms will disappear on their own.
Resource:  Prescription for Nutritional Healing; Phyllis A Balch

June 3, 2010 / hawkinshealth

Poison Ivy

Ivy

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June 3, 2010 / hawkinshealth

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Packing

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Swine Flu

Silver Shield may protect you against Swine Flu (and any other flu) this season. Avoid antibiotics, medications, flu vaccinations and expensive visits to the doctor by taking Silver Shield. It is completely safe (you won’t turn blue:) and non-toxic. I give it to my 10 month old!

Silver


Read here for more information on Silver Shield.

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Sweating

Sweaty

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