Vaginal Yeast Infection | Causes of Yeast and Bacteria Infection | Staph Infection (MRSA)
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Fungus and Yeast
A "yeast" is just another type of fungus organism. Some tiny yeasts feed on sugars and produce gas - which is how bread-making yeast gets the dough to rise. Other yeasts cause grains and starchy vegetables like barley, rye, rice, corn and potatoes to ferment and excrete alcohol as a waste product - which is how liquors and beers are produced.
A certain amount of yeast in your intestinal tract is normal and healthy. The probiotic "good bacteria" normally found in your gut either feed on the yeast or keep it under control by crowding it out. But when the probiotic bacteria like Acidopholus and Bifidus are killed off by the use of antibiotic drugs, the yeast are free to multiply and spread into other parts of your body. Too much yeast is unhealthy, and causes all kinds of problems.
Yeast produce toxins like acetaldehyde, zymosan, arabinitol, gliotoxin, and alcohol.
When yeast digests sugar, it produces acetaldehyde. This is a potent toxin that can damage all the tissues of the body, including the brain.
Acetaldehyde easily combines with proteins, red blood cells, and enzymes. It can travel to all parts of the body, even passing through the blood brain barrier. This toxin also blocks the attachment of oxygen to red blood cells, damages the structure of the red blood cells, and makes them unable to pass through tiny capillaries to carry oxygen to the tissues that need it.
Arabinitol attacks the immune system, the nervous system, and the brain. Gliotoxin disrupts the DNA in the white blood cells and kills them. Zymosan causes inflammation and is associated with psoriasis.
About 180 different chemical byproducts are produced by yeast in the human body, and these nasty toxins are only a few of them. An overgrowth of yeast increases the amount of toxins that can harm the body and brain; yet medical doctors do not seem to be very well trained in dealing with yeast and give little rhought to yeast being a possible underlying cause of so many medical conditions.
The most common yeast which grows in the human body is Candida albicans, a tiny single-celled organism which appears in the intestines of babies soon after birth and will be found in the intestines of healthy people in its more "friendly" form which is like a true yeast.
But under certain conditions Candida can be stimulated to change its normal yeast structure and turn into the decidedly "unfriendly" fungus form.
The fungal form of Candida grows as tiny filaments which can root into the lining of the intestines and penetrate into the tissues of organs. And then the trouble begins.
Passing more gas than a normal amount (i.e. flatus or flatulence) is one common sign of a yeast overgrowth.
Really foul-smelling farts are a sign that there is also an excess of undigested and putrefying animal meat and/or rotting vegetable matter in your gut. Not chewing your food thoroughly contributes to sending bits of undigested food through the colon.
Experiencing bloating and/or cramps from excess gas shortly after eating may be a sign of a Candida yeast overgrowth in the upper small intestine, especially if it occurs after eating any of the "trigger" foods such as sugars, baked goods, breads, pizza crust, beer, alcohol, vinegar, fermented foods, pickled foods, and most beans - things that the yeast feeds on.
In persons who are sensitive to alcohol, an excessive yeast overgrowth may produce enough alcohol in their small intestine after a meal to cause the person to feel slightly inebriated when the alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal lining.
All the gas produced by the yeast in the small intestine creates a kind of back pressure which can cause acid reflux when it forces some of the stomach contents up into the esophagus, where the hydrochloric acid causes a burning sensation commonly known as "heartburn".
Some people have gone to hospital emergency rooms because they mistook their heartburn for a heart attack. However, if your heartburn is accompanied by symptoms like shortness of breath, sudden weakness, problems with vision, or excessive sweating, you really SHOULD seek emergency treatment IMMEDIATELY.
The greater the yeast overgrowth in the intestine, the more quickly the gas will be produced - and more gas means more bloating and more acid reflux.
A better solution to the acid reflux problem is not to chew more antacid tablets or take medicines which inhibit the natural formation of stomach acid, but to get rid of yeast in the small intestine. Or at least stop feeding it the foods which make it grow and produce more gas.
The stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is not the problem. You need that acid to properly digest your food. In fact, many people produce too little stomach acid to thoroughly digest their food and assimilate the nutrients. Acid production continues to decline as we age.
Recent research indicates that, over a period of time, low stomach acid can lead to a wide range of serious diseases, such as asthma, allergies, cardiovascular disease, type 1 diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, skin disorders, and depression. It makes no sense to keep eating antacid tablets to reduce stomach acid, and it may end up being harmful. Instead, try eating half a celery stalk when you experience painful heartburn.
Neutralizing the acid is only a "quick fix" which can stop the painful burning sensation - but the pain is a only a symptom of acid reflux disease and antacids are not a cure.
The real problem is whatever is causing the food particles covered in acid to rise up into your esophagus and burn the tender lining. If you experience heartburn while standing or sitting up, what would make the acid defy gravity and rise up into your throat? The most likely suspect is pressure from gas being produced in your intestine.
When you get rid of the yeast overgrowth which produces gas, often the bloating and acid reflux just go away.
Candida Yeast Infection
Most of us are aware that breadmaking yeast produces carbon dioxide gas which makes the bread dough rise. Wine-making yeast (which naturally grows on the skins of the grapes) feeds on the natural sugars in the grapes and produces alcohol and carbon dioxide gas as its waste products. Vintners in France call this yeast and its fermenting action "the Noble Rot".
Sparkling wines and champagnes are made by adding some more yeast and sugar to the already fermented wine so that the yeast will produce more gas bubbles.
Candida yeast also produces gas when it feeds on sugars and certain carbohydrates in your intestinal tract.
Candida albicans (previously known as Monilia) is a common yeast organism which lives on sugars, and Candida albicans is now thriving in our bodies on all the sugar we consume in a diet containing so many sugar-laden soft drinks and highly processed foods with too much sucrose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, and other "hidden" sugars whose names only a chemist would recognize.
Candida also feeds on the amino acid L-Glutamine which many people take as a supplement because Glutamine plays an important part in maintaining intestinal metabolism, structure, and function. Glutamine is also marketed as a supplement which aids muscle growth to persons involved in weightlifting, bodybuilding, endurance exercises, and other sports.
A synthetic female hormone found in birth control pills (Progesterone) can also stimulate the growth of Candida.
Even the natural fructose in healthy raw fruits is food for the Candida yeast. Fruit juices have even more fructose per gram. But not many people were suffering with a yeast overgrowth from eating raw fruits until they also started eating a lot of highly processed foods containing a lot of sugar and corn syrup after World War II.
The "baby boomer" generation was raised on processed foods, and they are now paying the price. (But the "boomers" also form the largest group of people who can be helped by Holy Tea.)
A Candida infestation can even cause your body to crave sugary and starchy foods.
The Candida yeast can spread to many parts of the body, and often causes a yeast infection called "Thrush" in the throats of people with compromised immune systems, such as those with AIDS or Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It is also the common cause of "diaper rash" in babies.
When the Candida yeast has spread throughout the body, the condition is referred to as a systemic yeast infection. It is difficult for medical doctors to treat this condition with pharmaceutical drugs. Often antibiotic drugs are mistakenly prescribed to treat a condition thought to be caused by bacteria, but which is really caused by yeast. Antibiotic drugs are not effective against yeast, but they do kill the probiotic bacteria in the intestines which normally inhibit the overgrowth of yeast.
Allergies Caused By Yeast
More than 70 different allergic molecules are produced by Candida albicans.
Allergens cause symptoms of itching, skin rashes, hives, nasal congestion, cough, bronchitis, asthma, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Wouldn't it make sense to do a Candida cleanse before assuming that these symptoms are caused by food allergies and other medical conditions?
Female Reproductive System Problems Caused By Yeast
Candida also produces hormonally active molecules. Patients who were treated with anti-fungal medications have reported improvement in symptoms related to the female reproductive system: PMS, cystic breast disease, infertility, and reduced sex drive.
From this relationship, one might suspect that the conditions were originally caused by an overgrowth of the Candida yeast in the person's body.
Scalp and Skin Infections Caused By Yeast and Fungus
It is well known that yeast (usually Candida albicans) causes vaginitis in women (with a white vaginal discharge) and diaper rash and thrush in infants.
Yeast and fungus are also common causes of other skin infections, scalp infections and nailbed infections, including:
Fungus and yeast infections are most likely to occur in people who are diabetic, or have cancer or AIDS or MS. Those with a lowered immune system response are less able to keep the yeast overgrowth under control.
Immune Stress Caused by Yeast
When the growth of fungus and yeast is NOT kept in check by the good probiotic bacteria and the yeast becomes too widespread, the body identifies it as a foreign invader and an immune response is triggered. The immune response can cause fatigue, weakness, feelings of malaise or depression, and flu-like symptoms.
When yeast ferments foods in the intestines and produces gas, it can cause indigestion and swelling of the belly.
In the sinuses and nasal cavities, yeast overgrowth can also cause swelling, as well as other allergy-like symptoms.
A clinical syndrome known as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome or CFIDS has been linked to an overgrowth of the Candida yeast organism. It is not well recognized by doctors, who may not suspect that the underlying cause is a yeast overgrowth triggering an immune response.
CFIDS can present as a complicated mix of symptoms linked to, or including... Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr Syndrome, Candida Albicans Syndrome, Candidiasis, Monilia, Myalgic Encephalitis, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactivity Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Asthma, Food Allergy, Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome, Chemical Sensitivity, Ecological Illness, and Sick Building Syndrome.
An overgrowth of the Candida yeast which is normally present in the gut is called Candidiasis - or Monilia (to which the anti-yeast drug, Monistat™, refers).
Causes of Yeast Infection
An excessive growth of yeast such as Candida is caused by...
The average person in North America now has the proper healthy ratio (80/20) of probiotic "good bacteria" to yeast and fungus reversed - 15 per cent good probiotic bacteria and 85 per cent fungus and yeast!
It is the "bio-friendly" probiotic bacteria which help us by killing the pathogenic "bad bacteria" and by feeding on the yeast. These bio-friendly bowel bacteria also "crowd out" the yeast and fungus when they are present in sufficient numbers to take up most of the space on the mucosa or lining of the intestines. Your body should have more probiotic bacteria in your intestines than there are cells in the lining of the intestines!
If you have a healthy body, there will be about three pounds of probiotic bacteria in your digestive tract which help digest food and absorb the nutrients from the food you consume. In your entire body, there will be about four pounds of good and bad bacteria.
Because these probiotic bacteria like Lactobacillus also help you digest your food and help you in other ways, whenever you take an antibiotic (anti + bio = against life) drug treatment which kills all the probiotic (pro + bio = for life) bacteria you should take a probiotic supplement to replenish the helpful bacteria like acidophilus and bifidus. Otherwise, the absence of probiotic bacteria provides a fine opportunity for the "opportunistic yeast" like Candida to flourish, which leads to a rapid yeast overgrowth in your intestines and other parts of your body.
Signs and Symptoms of Fungus and Yeast Overgrowth
Signs of excessive yeast and fungus overgrowth and a deficiency of the good probiotic bacteria such as lactobacillus include...
The average sufferer of a Candida yeast infection (Candidiasis) may have twenty or more of the above symptoms. Some will have less, and some may have many more. Having only one or two of the above Candida symptoms may not be a reliable indication of a Candida yeast overgrowth. Some symptoms could also be caused by pathogenic bacteria or their toxins, or by human parasites and worms.
The symptoms may become worse in damp, muggy, or moldy environments. Dampness and humid heat support the growth of fungus and mold and the release of their spores into the air. Toxic mold can grow in humidifier water reservoirs, damp walls and ceilings, and in leather and paper materials like books and cardboard boxes stored in a humid or damp area, causing a musty odor.
These symptoms may also vary with diet. Consuming sugars, starches, alcohol (beer, wine, liquors), fermented foods, pickled foods, vinegar, L-Glutamine, sweets (even raw fruits) usually increase the symptoms by providing food which helps the yeast organisms grow and multiply. More yeast release more toxins, which will produce more symptoms or more noticeable symptoms.
Stress can trigger or increase these symptoms. Stress lowers the immune function, so it is less able to keep the yeast under control. Simply being over-tired, over-worked, or overly stressed can cause an increase in the overgrowth of yeasts like Candida albicans and produce more noticeable symptoms.
You can see how ridding your body of the excess yeast and fungus, using Dr. Miller's Holy Tea, may help relieve many of the above symptoms.
When these tiny troublemakers spread in the small intestine and fill it with fungus and yeast organisms, the result is incomplete digestion and poor assimilation of important nutrients. The organs and glands are deprived of their nutritional building blocks, and normal systems begin to fail.
Also, when a pernicious yeast like Candida albicans is given room to spread, it sometimes spreads to other parts of the body. Systemic yeast infections are quite common today, and difficult to cure.
Vaginal Yeast Infection
A yeast infection of the vagina (Vulvovaginal Candidiasis or VVC) is also known as Candidiasis, a Candida yeast infection, a Monilia infection, or a fungus infection, and is a form of Candidosis. A vaginal yeast infection (VVC) is usually caused by the yeasts Candida albicans and Candida galbrata.
About 75 percent of North American women suffer from this yeast infection called Vulvovaginal Candidiasis at some time in their lives. About 40% of all vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans.
Women who douche more than three times a month are four to five times more likely to have a yeast overgrowth. Routine douching can make the vagina too alkaline to support the beneficial probiotic bacteria which inhibit yeast overgrowth (they require a slightly acidic environment). The vagina is self-cleaning, and in most cases douching is not necessary.
Though vulvovaginal candidiasis or VVC is not considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD), about 12% to 15% of men who have sexual contact with a VVC infected female partner will develop Candida yeast infection symptoms such as a penile rash or itching.
Women and girls can help avoid a vaginal yeast infection or re-infection by being careful in how they use toilet paper to wipe themselves after urination or a bowel movement. Always wipe front-to-back (wipe down, not up) so that you do not transfer any bits of fecal matter from the anus area to the vagina. The fecal matter is very likely to contain Candida albicans or other fungus and yeast organisms.
Avoiding nylon pantyhose and polyester panties, which restrict the flow of air that dries the skin, can help prevent moist and warm conditions from supporting the rapid growth of Candida on the skin and vaginal area, which can cause a skin rash, itching, or vaginal yeast infection (vaginitis). If one chooses to wear nylon or polyester panties or pantyhose or bathing suits, they should at least have a cotton material insert in the crotch (vaginal and anal area) to enable the flow of fresh air.
Females and males should avoid wearing wet bathing suits or sweat-dampened athletic clothing for long, and should wash them after each use to get rid of any yeast growth in the moist areas.
Body odor is not usually caused by the sweat itself, unless you are "detoxing" and releasing odorous toxins through the sweat glands, or have recently eaten garlic or other foods with unique strong odors.
Bad body odor is most often caused by the bacteria and yeast that grow quicker in warm and moist areas of the skin, such as the armpits and groin area. The bacteria and yeast can also grow in folds of the skin which become moist from trapped perspiration, such as under folds of belly fat in obese individuals, in the area under large breasts or sagging breasts, or in the crease between the buttocks.
Wearing "breathable" fabrics like cotton allows the free flow of air to keep the skin drier and less hospitable to bacteria and yeast. Wearing panties, underwear shorts, socks, and shirts made from "breathable" cotton, and changing them frequently, can help avoid bacterial and fungal infections of the skin.
Shaving the hair which grows in the armpit will prevent bacteria from growing on the hair, where their odors are more easily released into the air.
Using antiperspirants to control body odor is not a healthy solution, because this inhibits the body's ability to get rid of toxins through the sweat glands and perspiration. Also, antiperspirants often contain toxic substances like aluminum and artificial scents which can cause allergies). A healthier solution would be to use an all-natural herbal deodorant.
Frequent bathing and applying natural, chemical-free, antibacterial and antifungal deodorants such as those containing Australian Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca) or the much more effective New Zealand east cape Manuka Oil (leptospermum) is the healthy alternative.
These two tree oils also have some effectiveness against the drug-resistant Staph. A bacteria (MRSA) which most people carry on their skin, and which can re-infect yeast infections on the skin or get into cracks and breaks in the skin. (Allicin, extracted from garlic, is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial which is highly effective against MRSA and also bacteria, yeast, fungus, viruses and parasites.)
Cleaning out an overgrowth of yeast in your own body could contribute to the elimination of most of the ailments caused by the yeast overgrowth. You could start with a detoxifying Candida cleanse of the small intestine, colon, and whole body using Dr. Miller's Holy Tea.
The many types of Candida diet can help, but they are complicated and difficult to follow. Just adding two or three glasses of Holy Tea to your daily diet is usually all it takes, and you won't have to give up your favorite foods.
Most Common Causes of Fungus, Yeast and Toxic Bacteria Infestations
Candida infection is particularly common in individuals with diabetes, and in people who are obese. Diabetics have issues with control of sugar (which yeast feeds on), and obese individuals have more folds of fat which provide warm and moist areas which facilitate the growth of yeast.
People with compromised immune systems are not as able to keep the yeast growth under control. A Candida yeast overgrowth further compromises the immune system, and leaves the sufferer susceptible to many other kinds of infections caused by a bacterium or virus.
For some strange reason, the medical establishment tends to ignore a yeast overgrowth as a possible cause of many ailments, and only seems to acknowledge the medical condition known as Thrush being caused by Candida. Medical doctors rarely suggest a colon cleanse or Candida cleanse or detox before prescribing antibiotic drug treatments that may actually worsen the yeast problem by killing all the HELPFUL probiotic bacteria which keep the bad bacteria, Candida and other yeast under control.
If you suspect a yeast overgrowth or Candida infection may be the real cause of your ailments, you may be wise to insist that your doctor test for the presence of yeast (especially Candida), or you may end up undergoing expensive drug treatments or tests which don't really help solve a yeast overgrowth problem and all the ailments it can cause.
The overuse and misuse of antibiotic drugs has been a major contributor to this problem. About $23 billion per year is spent on antibiotic drugs being given to patients in the USA. Sometimes antibiotics are too quickly prescribed to deal with a condition that is actually caused by a virus, fungus, yeast, or parasite - against which antibiotic drugs are totally ineffective! (See all the symptoms of yeast infections above, and click here to see the symptoms of parasite infections.)
When these man-made antibiotics are used, they kill all the bio-friendly bacteria in the gut, but do not kill the yeast, fungus, or parasite microbes or the parasitic worms, which now have less competition for food and growing places, and can take over - particularly the opportunistic yeast, Candida albicans.
The fungal form of Candida grows thread-like roots which can penetrate the mucosa lining of the intestines and reach other organs, or create a path for toxic waste material in the intestines to leak out of the bowels - a condition known as "leaky gut".
We can see the effects of antibiotic drug treaments experienced by women who are prescribed an antibiotic drug and then find that it has killed all the bio-friendly bacteria (which may lead to diarrhea) and has allowed the Candida yeast to spread to their vagina, resulting in a recurring "vaginal yeast infection" or Candidiasis.
Staph Infection and MRSA
There are some alternative natural antibiotics like Allicin, an extract from garlic cloves which does NOT destroy all the bio-friendly bacteria, but IS effective against parasites, viruses, yeast and fungus organisms like Giardia, Candida, and bad bacteria like Staph, E. Coli and Salmonella, or the Helicobacter pylori bacteria which causes stomach ulcers.
If you take an antibiotic drug, be absolutely certain to keep taking it for as long as your doctor tells you, or until ALL of the drug has been used up.
If you stop taking your antibiotic treatment just because you start to feel better, you have failed to kill ALL the bad bacteria - and the ones which have survived are the STRONGEST and MOST ADAPTABLE. They will adapt and reproduce and infect you again - and eventually will become immune to the antibiotic drug that once was able to kill them.
This is how pathogenic bacteria become immune to antibiotic drugs and make the drugs useless as a future treatment. One common bacteria, Staphylococcus Aureus - called MRSA or "the super-bug" or "Staph. A" in news reports - has now become immune to ALL antibiotic drugs, and is causing the deaths of many people who get infected during their stay in a hospital and then die of pneumonia or blood poisoning.
News reports in 2007 indicate that MRSA has now spread into the community in the USA and is infecting children in schools and public swimming pools (and especially high-school wrestlers who infect their opponents through skin contact).
Doctors tell those with less serious, non-fatal Staph. A infections that they have no treatment and no cure, and send them home with cuts, open sores, or boils that just will not heal. But the drug-resistant Staph. A is still NOT resistant to the above-mentioned safe and natural antibiotic, Allicin from garlic. Allicin is able to penetrate the external sheath (known as a biofilm) which colonies of bacteria and viruses keep creating and adapting to protect themselves from man-made pharmaceutical drugs. We suggest you click on the Allicin link to become informed about this new threat to your health and well-being, and Nature's antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal solution provided by a common food which has been safely eaten and used in herbal medicine for more than 4,000 years. NEW! Also see an amazing super-immunity product with 300 mg. Allicin called Camu-Cin.
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