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CANDIDA and DYSBIOSIS

Recently, there is much talk among natural medicine enthusiasts on the topic of candidiasis or fungal infection.

Candidiasis, a yeast fungi infection, can indeed develop in people who have weakened immune systems, have undergone chemotherapy or a strong antibiotic regimen. The fungi, on the one hand, cause adverse reactions to the toxins they produce, and on the other may cause allergic reactions, especially in people with mold allergies.

The disease-causing yeast usually resides in the digestive tract.

The symptoms of candidiasis are easily mistaken for dysbiosis caused by unwanted intestinal bacteria. These can be either antibiotic-resistant malicious strains or the so-called opportunistic bacteria (normally harmless bacteria, which due to peculiar condition start multiplying and provoke symptoms).

Moreover, these bacteria can also activate the host’s immune system, and “misdirect” it, causing various inflammations, as well as autoaggression – creating antibodies which target host’s own tissues.

A person affected with from dysbiosis, regardless whether it is bacterial or fungal, suffers from many seemingly disconnected ailments.

Most obvious are stomach aches, bloating and indigestion, coated tongue and bad breath, poor sleep quality, or involuntary gnashing of teeth.

Also there are increased allergy symptoms (both of skin and asthmatic), as well as hay fever (a runny nose and eyes). Unfortunately, that is not always the end of problems: patients feel exhausted, unable to work, suffer from various neurological and psychological symptoms, including depression, disorders of orientation, hyperactivity, or anxiety. In case of a imbalanced immune system, aside from catching colds too often, there may be also joint swelling, kidney diseases, or neurological problems, since some bacteria have the capacity to induce antibodies against the nervous system (e.g. antibodies against streptococci and clostridium bacteria cross-react with myelin, which is a building block of the nervous system).

Additionally, toxins produced by bacteria and fungi may induce a state of feeling “high”, slowed reaction time, or attention disorders.

When the so-called candidiasis (because presently patients themselves blame candida for most of their problems – sadly, often mistakenly) is accompanied by a bacterial dysbiosis, a “scattershot” treatment of candida only causes a worsening of symptoms. The worsening is often attributed to the so-called “dying fungi reaction”. While it is true that such a reaction is known and it may occur (when an excess amount of toxins is released from dying microorganisms which leads to a temporary worsening), its symptoms cannot last longer than a few days, up to a week. A worse scenario takes place when we are treating only a fungal infection while a bacterial dysbiosis is present. In that case, harmful bacteria take the place of dying fungi, and cause the health problems to intensify.

This is why it is necessary to learn the cause of the disease before starting treatment.

While natural medicines, such as caprylic acid or Uva Ursi have a broad spectrum of antibacterial and antifungal effects, they often prove too weak.

If an eradication of microorganisms is necessary, it should be performed only under a medical supervision.