Candida Albicans

Candida albicans, a yeast-like organism, is important in allergic conditions, yet often goes undiagnosed.

Mother with babyAs a young pharmacist, the writer often encountered requests for treatment of 'thrush' in babies' mouths, a common condition which at that time was treated with a solution of borax in honey, using this to clean the white deposit from the baby's tongue. 'Cradle cap' - a seborrhoeic dermatitis was also prevalent at the time. It is now known that both these conditions were caused by yeasts, thrush being caused by Candida albicans and cradle cap by a related organism Pityrosporium ovale. It was generally accepted that these were passed from mother to baby at birth, the yeast having caused the vaginal thrush in the mother.

It was some 20 years later that the American doctor C. Orion Truss announced his findings that C. albicans was responsible or involved in far more ailments than thrush. Nowadays we are aware of other Candida yeasts, although albicans is the main problem. By the mid-seventies, we were well aware of the problems that could be caused in the bowel by Candida and then some 10 years later began to find, using muscle testing, that Candida was present in muscles that were so inflamed and tender to the touch that they could not be massaged, and coughs that seemed to be intractable.

Candida was also found to be responsible in some cases of anxiety and depression, "spaced-out feelings", urinary problems and joint pain. These conditions responded to treatment as soon as the Candida had been eliminated. Candida was able to invade the whole body, having been found by others in heart and liver.

C. albicans is now accepted medically to be responsible in cases of muscular fatigue, bowel problems, respiratory and sinus problems, poor short-term memory, "brain fag", some cases of eczema and psoriasis, in addition to the bowel problems mentioned in this module.

As are all yeasts, Candida is a single celled organism, but when conditions are favourable for it, it changes into a "pseudomycelial" form, strand like and branching. This enables it to penetrate the bowel wall and spread through the body.

Candida thrives in individuals whose immune system is compromised by infection, allergy and mercury leaching out of amalgam fillings in the teeth; it benefits from high levels of refined sugar and salt in the gastro-intestinal tract and indeed, apart from the conditions mentioned above, a person can actually be allergic to the yeast itself. It has been estimated that most of the population carries antibodies to Candida.

It has also been suggested, with convincing evidence, that Candida can produce toxic substances from sugars in the bowel that may have a link with autism.

Finally, linked to the Candida problem it may be expected that the patient is reacting to mould spores in the atmosphere. In Britain particularly on the West side of the country humidity is quite high for much of the year, the consequence of which is a higher level of moulds than found in the East of the Country.

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Candida

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