Candida-Related Complex & Colon HydrotherapyWendy Mcphail
Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus and exists within most people in limited amounts in the digestive tract from the mouth to the rectum. It loves dark, moist places as all fungus does. In healthy people, candida albicans exists in small colonies and is kept balanced by the beneficial bacteria which co-exist with it.
Health problems arise when, because of a variety of causes, the body’s defense capability becomes deficient or weakens. When this happens, the controls that usually keep Candida in check are removed, and the yeast can spread to areas that are normally out of bounds. A combination of factors can cause the disruption in the normal balance of yeast-fungus and beneficial bacteria, some of which are: Drug therapy – especially antibiotics and corticosteroids (immunosuppressant types of drugs); a diet high in sugar/starch including fruits, breads/pasta and breakfast cereal, alcoholic beverages, and other food items with yeast as an ingredient; oral contraceptive hormones; stress/exhaustion and mold in the environment.
The fact that Candida causes different reactions in the people it affects and can be related to other conditions, such as allergies, depression, and chemical sensitivities is a major reason that Candida Related Complex has not been accepted by much of the medical community. Looking at one’s medical history, utilizing a yeast/fungal questionnaire listing symptoms, changing the diet – depriving the source of its growth, and taking natural antifungals will reveal very quickly any fungal involvement. This is one of the very few instances in which the treatment is the main means of diagnosis.
What are some of the symptoms? Candida can affect all 9 systems of the body: digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, reproductive, urinary, endocrine and musculoskeletal. The toxins secreted by Candida affect each system and each system affects the others. The person suffering from this condition usually experiences a combination of fatigue, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression and headaches; combined with poor dietary habits, chronic stress and little or no tolerance for exercise. Abdominal bloating is a frequent problem and is linked to the types of food ingested – those high in sugar/starch and beer and wine. Often this person has a history of treatment with drugs for recurrent infections like sinusitis, earaches, urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, bronchitis, etc.
I have developed a three-part approach with which I have seen very good results.
1. Part I is diet and lifestyle changes. This many times does include the removal of all grains (source of starch/sugar) from the diet for a time. Many people are also intolerant to the gluten and mycotoxic mold found in nuts, grains and seeds. Lifestyle changes can include looking at stress-laden relationships or employment, increasing exercise, learning proper breathing, dry-skin brushing, castor oil packs, etc.;
2. Part II is a fiber/antifungal mix recipe. This mix will thicken intestinally and move through the small intestine and colon as a broom. Natural antifungals in this mix must be rotated regularly to keep fungus from surviving by moving to other strains;
3. Part III is regular colon cleansing along with the above two steps, followed further down the road by liver cleansing.
I have also greatly appreciated and utilized oxygen/ozone therapy to invigorate the body, and lift the immune system, while the above 3-part program is utilized. Further detoxification by opening the pores using a medical grade ozone sauna will invigorate the blood and lymph system, and hastens recovery.
Candida has become a ‘buzz word’ in our natural health workshops and programs, but very few truly understand its tenacity and will to live at all costs. The immune system is key to recovery, but it is also the system most destroyed by the 72+ paralyzing toxins given off by a fungal infection in the body. The taking of many herbs or supplements when the systems are already overwhelmed usually lands the sufferer in their bed, or in more despair. Fungal/yeast conditions are opportunist in the sense that they only arrive and proliferate when things are already broken down. Fungal infestation is not the bad guy…. But the terrain that allowed the condition to exist in the first place.
Wendy McPhail, NBCCT, CNC, FDN-P