Candida – yeast fungus – A growing epidemic
The bacteria in the body could be divided in two major groups; beneficial or harmful. It is most important and decisive for the intestinal flora that the intestinal walls are richly furnished with large and dense populations of nice acidophilus and bifidus bacteria. Coliform bacteria, salmonella, parasites and fungus are examples of harmful groups in the intestinal flora.
Candida albicans (monilia) is a simple yeast fungus, part of the body’s natural flora serving the purpose of decomposing non-digested food. When overstimulated by too much junk food this beneficial organism may be transformed into a harmful fungous sort of parasite with long protuberances (mycelia) resembling roots.
As the candida fungus sticks to the intestinal wall, the intestinal transmission is increased and candida may easily spread with the blood in the body, invading and destroying the cells. This parasite produces more than 80 different toxins burdening all bodily functions, hormones, nervous signal substances and the detoxification ability of the liver.
Candida easily invades all bodily organs and tissues but seems to prefer the alimentary tract. Usually the alimentary enzymes ought to stop the yeast fungus of the food. Today, however, a large part of the civilisation, old people in particular, suffer from a deficiency of hydrochloric acid, and thus these uninvited guests stand good chances to attack the intestinal walls and settle down permanently with the affected person.
If the amount of beneficial bacteria is strongly reduced and/or the bowels are “dirty” = plaque, the fungus will have an excellent breeding ground to grow and reproduce through the entire intestinal tract, spreading in the whole body.
In his scripts Hippokrates mentioned patients with white tungs and fungal infection of nail and feet. But not until the last 20 years “candidiasis” has become an epidemic.
It is difficult to estimate correctly the number of people affected by candida infection as it occurs to a varying extent and symptoms fluctuate from person to person. According to statistics 25 % of the Western World population suffer from candida excess.
A significant increase in the candida population with a corresponding symptom picture is a warning signal that everything is not in order. It is a signal that drugs, medicines, inappropriate food or other ill-health are destroying the defence mechanisms of the body.
The reason why the candida fungus is now spreading more than before is the increased stress of modern civilisation combined with the frequent use of antibiotics, contraceptive pills, steroids and an excess of refined sugar and white flour, transforming the acid-base and immunological defence of the body.
The consumption of antibiotics as well as sweets has doubled since the 1960ies and we now consume a hundred times more sugar than 100 years ago.
The biochemical disturbance caused by candida excess will bring physical as well as mental ailments
Most people are not aware of their unbalance in the intestinal flora. They have learnt to live with symptoms such as fatigue, urinary tract infections, discharges, headache and recurrent colds et cetera. You may have an oral candida infection without knowing and vigorous forms may be transmitted by kissing, sexual intercourse or even by sharing tooth brush with your partner or family.
In our civilisation a new form of tiredness is spreading – “Burn-Out” – probably caused by a lowered human tolerance level, leaving constantly narrowing “living margins”. GUA has received a large number of guests with evident signs of this new phenomenon. We have therefore adopted the expression:
“Today’s environmentally diseased Human being in the
environmentally diseased society”.
Unfortunately our health service does not understand why so many antibiotic and penicillin treatments are without effect. Nor does the health service acknowledge the consequence of candida or its disastrous impact on the body. Today modern medicine with difficulty deals with our welfare diseases. Too many people suffer too much, needlessly, in spite of the fact that many alternative treatments are offered today as complement to modern medicine.
During the latter part of the 1980ies candida infections, beside aids, were the most discussed diseases and also the most intractable in the United States. There are signs indicating a connection between those two epidemics. Candida trouble is very common for patients with aids. The fungal infections weaken the immunological defence and at the same time the inhibited immunological defence gives free play to the aggressive form of candida.
That is why fungal infections are common when patients are treated with immuno-suppressive medicine, which in its turn results in complications.
The candida fungus may produce a type of false oestrogen, telling the body that there is enough oestrogen. Hereby the natural production of this hormone is restrained, causing menstrual disorder for females.
Today both sexes absorb in excess the hormone oestrogen, as many environmental toxins act as oestrogen in the body, disturbing the hormone balance, leading in its turn to many serious diseases. Scientists found that this is a major cause for reduced male fertility.
With high blood sugar level the candida also produces ethanol = alcohol, leading to a tipsy feeling although you have not consumed alcohol. This should be remembered in connection with driving. Acetaldehyde is another by-product closely related to formaldehyde, easily observed as it gives bad breath.
Candida may also cause a variety of serious physical disturbances, “Candidasis” is a most serious disease.