Candida albicans is termed a yeast or a yeast-like fungus, which is found in the intestinal tract of human beings. Yeast cells are much like our own cells in terms of size. Yeast cells have a capsule. Yeast display receptors (branch like stuctures coming out from the surface of the cell), much as our own cells do. In the intestinal tract, yeast share space with bacteria. Both bacteria and yeast can attach (adhere) to the inside wall of the intestinal tract. The good bacteria which adhere protect us from the adherence of “bad bugs” such as Salmonella and Shigella. These bacteria both cause diarrhea. Candida albicans unfortunately can adhere also. Bacteria are much smaller and do not resemble our own cells. The usual bacteria present are benign and do not harm us. The use of antibiotics can clear out these more benign bacteria and make room for yeast and for other bacteria which can cause disease.
Candida is not the same as the common yeast used in making bread. The common bread yeast is called Saccharomyces and this yeast does not usually grow inside of humans. Candida and Saccharomyces both make chemicals such as alcohols.
Even though the presence of this yeast Candida is commonly regarded as normal, the intestinal yeast is capable of and frequently does cause major health problems. Intestinal Candida causes major health problems by a number of mechanisms. The first of these mechanisms is by the production of toxic chemicals, which are then absorbed into the human body. The second mechanism is by causing the body’s immune system to react to Candida. Unfortunately the body¹s immune system cannot clear Candida completely. Then the immune response to Candida can remain turned on, which leads to health problems. The third mechanism is that Candida aids ” bad bugs” and helps them grow.
People have asked me if this yeast does anything good for human beings. The short answer is “no.” To use an analogy, if this yeast was your neighbor, it would be as if living next to a leaky toxic chemical plant, one of whose products is a nerve poison (hydrogen sulfide). Not only that, but this neighbor is ready to invade. You must employ a police force to keep it out. Gradually, this neighbor wears the people next to it down until they are weak and sick.
Is Candida normal? I do not think that having a neighbor making nerve poison is in any sense normal. And the nerve poison is only the beginning of the story.
What are yeast related disorders? These disorders are many and range from diarrhea and depression to fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. Briefly, the yeast Candida comes into our intestines from the food we eat. There, in the intestine, the yeast can attach to the inner intestinal lining. Yeast can cause health problems by making toxic chemicals. The chemicals which yeast make literally poison the nerves. The body’s immune system continuously tries to rid the body of Candida by attacking Candida. However, the yeast evades and tricks the body’s immune system, which leads to health problems as the body continues to try to get rid of the yeast. The yeast can affect different people in different ways. In some people, yeast chemicals slow down the brain. In others, yeast causes the body to appear to attack itself, as in fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Antibiotics cause yeast problems to become worse. In our bodies, in the normal state, yeast and bacteria are in balance. When we take antibiotics, we upset that balance. Antibiotics kill the bacteria in our gut and elsewhere. Killing this bacteria opens up space for the yeast to grow. In many people, the yeast and bacteria never regain a normal balance. We see this in reactions to antibiotics that may include diarrhea, constipation, rashes, itchiness, thrush (a yeast infection of the mouth), hives (a yeast infection of the skin) and women’s yeast infections.
We also eat foods that contain chemicals similar to the yeast chemicals.
By treating the yeast inside us, and by eliminating or limiting the yeast chemicals we eat, people can regain control of their health. So, the treatment consists of a taking a non-toxic, non-absorbed medicine called “nystatin” and changing what we eat.