The Real Truth About Candida
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The Real Truth About CandidaAnthony William Explains The Cause of Candida Overgrowth
The popularity of a Candida diagnosis spread from the alternative to the conventional medical world around the late 1990s. Now it’s mainstream, and it’s one of the easiest ways to tell someone, “This is why you’re sick.” Do women actually recover when they’re treated for Candida? No. And the drastic recommended diet of no sugar but high fat and protein only provides temporary relief . . . and later backfires.
What is Candida?
In truth, Candida is the most inappropriately maligned yeast of our time. We all have Candida, which is a beneficial fungus residing in the intestinal tract that aids food digestion and absorption. It’s possible to be virtually riddled with Candida and yet be perfectly healthy. There are people with extremely high levels of it who eat and drink whatever they want without a hint of fatigue or stomach upset. Candida by itself is typically harmless.
What isn’t yet fully understood by medical communities is that Candida is a frequent companion, or cofactor, of other diseases and organisms. These include Lyme disease, shingles, EBV, herpes, C. difficile, Streptococcus, H. pylori, diabetes, MS, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus, and many more.
For example, if you have Lyme disease symptoms, the conditions that triggered them—e.g., antibiotics, unhealthy foods, lack of sleep, stress, fear—plus the inflammation created by any type of viral and/or bacterial infection is likely to result in a higher reproductive rate for Candida, making it more probable that a test for Candida turns up positive.
Keep in mind that tests for Candida are still fallible and inconclusive. Even if the test doesn’t show a positive, you can have Candida. Still, what’s causing the damage to your body isn’t the fungus; it’s everything else.
Blaming Candida is like shooting the messenger. A large buildup of Candida can be an indicator that there’s something wrong that bears investigation, not that the problem is the Candida itself.
Yet it’s comparatively easy for doctors to employ a handful of tests to detect Candida, while it’s currently almost impossible for them to detect the true culprits behind fibromyalgia, MS, Alzheimer’s, dementia, certain UTIs, certain types of adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, thyroid disease, and numerous other illnesses that medical communities don’t yet have a handle on. Candida has become a convenient scapegoat.
A number of absurd notions have arisen in medical communities regarding Candida, built on misinformation and reinforced by decades of fads.
Recognizing the Rare Case
Candida has been misdiagnosed as the cause behind major medical problems for hundreds of thousands of patients yearly. The truth is Candida plays a role in serious health issues for less than 0.1 percent of the populations of the U.S. and Europe combined.
In the less than 0.1 percent of cases in which Candida is doing notable harm and requires treatment, the out-of-control fungus will typically create a moderate-to-high fever that can become chronic and long term, ranging from weeks to months. Clinical blood work will also show the high levels of Candida in the bloodstream. These true cases of Candida are typically due to post-surgical complications, and there’s almost always a rampant bacterial infection at the same time.
If a doctor tells you that your symptoms are from Candida, the odds are enormous that she or he is mistaken.
The Canary in the Mine
Candida’s home is the gut, but it can also appear in the liver, the spleen, the vagina, and elsewhere. This causes no notable harm beyond some slight extra strain on your immune system. However, like a canary in a coal mine, Candida can be an indicator of something else truly worrisome that’s spurring the fungus’s growth. For instance, a vaginal Streptococcus infection could go unnoticed by doctors, while yeast that’s also present could receive the blame for the patient’s discomfort. Doctors would do well, instead, to take the Candida as a sign to look for the underlying strep bacteria.
You almost never need to treat an overabundance of Candida directly. Instead, address the root cause of the illness that’s creating your symptoms. Once you put an end to the real illness, Candida levels will naturally return to normal.
One bright spot in medicine today is that popular treatments for Candida, such as healthier eating habits, are also components of effective treatment for many of the genuine illnesses Candida accompanies. When someone changes her diet to eliminate foods such as cake, bread, and diet soda, her immune system will naturally strengthen, making her body less hospitable to autoimmune disease and other conditions.
Misconceptions About Candida
One of the greatest misconceptions about Candida has to do with what foods feed it. While it’s known that Candida may feed on sugar, the confusion lies around what kind of sugar. People often think that all sugar is the same. That’s like saying all water is the same, from a glass of fresh drinking water to the water in the toilet bowl.
In fact, the fructose that naturally occurs in fruit is actually bonded with compounds and substances—including antioxidants, polyphenols, anthocyanin, minerals, phytochemicals, and cancer-killing micronutrients—that annihilate almost all diseases and actually kill off Candida. Even when sugar is separated from fruit and concentrated into fructose, it still doesn’t have the ability to feed Candida.
You can listen to my radio show episode on this topic below:
Further, fruit sugar leaves your stomach in three to six minutes and doesn’t even touch the intestinal tract. So if your fear is that fruit sugar feeds Candida, you needn’t worry anymore. Fruit’s fiber, pulp, skin, and seeds kill not only all varieties of Candida, yeast, and fungus but also parasites, worms, and non-useful bacteria like E. coli and Streptococcus. Fruit is your anti-Candida secret weapon. (For more information, see Chapter 20 in my Medical Medium book called “Fruit Fear.”)
Sugars that do feed Candida include table sugar, processed cane sugar, processed beet sugar, sugar from sources like agave nectar, processed grain sugar of any kind, and sugar from corn (such as high fructose corn syrup). So this is where the alternative doctors were helping people—by encouraging them to lay off the chocolate cake.
The best way to heal from a flare-up of Candida is to address the illness that’s the real cause of your symptoms. That said, if you have no other mystery illness symptoms, no system imbalances, no autoimmune issues, or any other health problems, and you’re truly confident that you’re one of the rare cases in which Candida is an isolated issue, then follow the advice in Chapter 17 of Medical Medium, “Gut Health.” The information there will benefit anyone, including those who just want to address Candida as a side issue to an underlying health problem. Your goal in addressing your Candida is to increase levels of hydrochloric acid in the digestive fluid, rebuild the intestinal tract, and strengthen and detoxify the liver.
Also keep in mind that you should avoid both antibiotics and antifungal medications. These wipe out all bacteria in your gut—including good bacteria—which severely weakens your immune system. An impaired immune system is a trigger for viruses, bacteria, and/or fungi that are lurking in your body and highly resistant to these drugs, so they may start reproducing and reducing your quality of life. To learn more about mystery illnesses, you can see my book Medical Medium, and tune in to my Hay House Radio Show on Mondays 2-3 PM PST.