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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Candida - Could You Be A Victim?

You should read this post because chances are you or one of your family members is likely to have Candida. When I was around twenty three years old I began having an odd health issue. First I would have problems with heartburn and reflux disease. This was followed by something called thrush, which was not very pleasant. My tongue would hurt and swell turning white in color. It was pretty painful and disgusting. I went to the doctor and they made me paranoid by asking me questions such as if I have been diagnosed with cancer or other diseases. After many tests the doctor was baffled and had no explanation for my problems.

Along with that I would get tired often and my joints ached especially in my hands and knuckles. The doctor thought that maybe it was a food allergy so I spent weeks logging everything in my diet. Then my friend Bridget thought it could be related to yeast. I noticed when I would drink beer or wine I would have thrush the next day. The one day Bridget brought me two small books about a disease called Candida Albicans.

Then a friend recommended that I go to the health food store and purchase something called acidophilus, found in the refrigerator section. I took the acidophilus along with a diets very low in yeast intake trying to avoid bread products and of course beer and wine. In about a month I was feeling like myself again and no longer had sore joints. I also ate yogurt often which is very helpful in fighting Candida.

Candida symptoms are vast and all encompassing and can even incapacitate the individual. Candida is nearly an epidemic in our society and is responsible for many of the chronic illness categories we see so frequently. Most people are unaware that it even exists, because most main stream doctors are uneducated about its impact on our health. People suffering from Candida often go from doctor to doctor for years and are usually told they are a hypochondriac or that it is stress or a psychiatric problem, before ever discovering the real culprit.

Candida Albicans is a naturally occurring yeast that is present in all our bodies and it is supposed to be there in balance with many other microorganisms. The problem begins when several factors in our lifestyle cause the Candida to grow in outstanding numbers and it overtakes all the other healthy microorganisms.

This yeast normally resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals, however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream and then make it's way into any organ of the body. To make matters worse it emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Some people may even become allergic to the yeast itself.

Once this yeast proliferates in the body, it wrecks havoc in many ways.
Some of the most frequent Candida symptoms are:
  • abdominal gas
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • excessive fatigue
  • cravings for alcohol
  • anxiety
  • rectal itching
  • cravings for sweets
  • inability to think clearly or concentrate
  • hyperactivity
  • mood swings
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • hyperactivity
  • itching
  • acne
  • eczema
  • depression
  • sinus inflammation
  • pre-menstrual syndrome
  • dizziness
  • poor memory
  • persistent cough
  • earaches
  • low sex drive
  • muscle weakness
  • irritability
  • learning difficulties
  • sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals
  • cognitive impairment
  • thrush
  • athletes foot
  • sore throat
  • acid reflux
This is just some of the information that I found on the web about Candida. If you have any of these things going on with your health you should do a little more research on Candida and of course you should always consult your doctor. The reason I decided to write this blog post is because it has been coming up often during my clients readings. Beings I had Candida when I was younger and the doctors could not figure it out and now its coming up in my readings I think its a good idea to share it with you. I even mentioned it during my radio show in a reading and received an email a few weeks later thanking me because now her symptoms are gone. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Be well and take care of yourself.
Joseph Tittel


Anonymous said...

Great info. I had never heard of this before. Good reminder as to why we should all eat yogurt.
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Anonymous said...

Good stuff - not many people know about this one. It's also a common thing for people with gluten intolerances to have - mostly those who don't realise they're gluten intolerant.
Going easy on sugar (especially if you're willing to go sugar-free here & there) really helps - yeast feeds on sugar.
Glad you're on top of this one :) Here's to great health!

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. said...

Hi Joseph,

I spoke to you on the phone last night, asking about my health and you mentioned to me that I probably have Candida. Well, once again, you are right on. It makes complete sense, I've totally been experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned and was wondering.. WHY? One symptom specifically had me concerned but I won't get into details.. :) Speaking with you has made me feel a lot better and now I can stop worrying and start moving forward! Anyhoo, just wanted to thank you. The only sad part is I'll have to cut out the wine for a bit, but I only have myself to blame for that. Time to fight those cravings!

All the best,