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Candida Albicans

Candidiasis is an infection with a fungus of the Candida strain, usually limited to the skin and mucous membranes, but sometimes is systemic and life-threatening.

Candida albicans are a single cell yeast/fungus that is found in practically 100% of the population. It lives on the mucous membranes of the body, the digestive/intestinal tract, vagina and the skin. Most important, in the proper environment, Candida albicans will co-exist with no negative side effects. So to understand, diagnose, and treat “candidemia,” we must understand what causes the Candida albicans relationship in our bodies to change from a saprophytic to a parasitic one.

Most researchers agree that the pathogenesis of “candidemia” is primarily due to an altered/improper balance of gut microflora. This is a result of primarily: 1) the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in both people and animals/food, 2) high beef, fat, sugar, and low fiber diets, 3) use of birth control pills, cortisone, cortisone-like drugs and immunosuppressant drugs.

As a result we end up with a drastic imbalance of the microecology in our body. This allows the Candida yeast and other “enemies” to over-populate, convert into a fungal form which produces some 70 neurotoxins, and irritate the gut lining to the point of allowing macromolecular absorption of many things not designed to enter into the circulatory system including the Candida albicans, toxins, and potential allergens. It is therefore extremely important to identify and implement a program designed to approach this problem.

Identification

Dr. Crook’s symptom questionnaires for candidemia are excellent indicators.

The Candida antibody blood test along with the cytoplasmic antigen-antibody test have been utilized by many practitioners, but appear to have approximately 60% error range.

The dark-field identification of yeast forms has a high degree of accuracy/reliability.

The applied kinesiology identification correlates well with dark-field identification and Dr. Crook’s symptom questionnaires.

Common Signals of Candida Overgrowth

Central Nervous System

Gastrointestinal Tract

Genitourinary Tract

Generalized

“Allergic” Symptoms

Headache

Chronic heartburn

Yeast vaginitis

Fatigue

Hay fever

Depression

Gastritis

Irregular menses

Joint pain/stiffness

Sinusitis

Lethargy

Colitis

Cramping

Cold hands/feet

Earaches

Agitation

Distension/bloating

Endometriosis

Increased body hair

Hives

Hyperirritability

Gas

Cystitis

Numbness/tingling

Asthma

Memory loss

Constipation

Urethritis

Food cravings

Food/chemical

Inability to Concentrate

Diarrhea

Kidney/bladder Infections

Loss of libido

Sensitivities

Treatment

The standard medical approach to candidemia has been aptly termed “the silver bullet approach,” referring to the idea of finding something that “kills off” only Candida albicans, which is not a very logical approach. If you COULD kill them off completely, they would just come back as soon as treatment would stop. Since they are found Practically Everywhere it is essentially impossible to prevent their re-entry into the body.

A more logical focus of nutritional treatment protocols should be to create an environment which keeps this naturally occurring yeast form at an appropriate saprophytic population concentration as well as keeping it in its yeast form by preventing its conversion to the mycelial/fungal form of the organism. The treatment protocols outlined are designed to accomplish just that goal.

You will also notice a recommended diet on called the Candida Albicans Nutrition Guide which can be used to reduce yeast overgrowth and enhance immune function from a dietary approach.

 

Candida Albicans Dietary Guide

Foods

Foods Permitted

Foods Not Permitted

Sweets

Unpasteurized honey, unsulfurated black-strap molasses, raw sugar sorghum by themselves or used as sweeteners. NOTE: Use in moderation!

Refined sugar, candy, chocolate.

Fish

All white flesh fish, water-packed tuna, salmon, shellfish. Baked or broiled. Very fresh.

All fried or oil packed fish and seafood.

Meat

Lean trimmed beef, very fresh calf liver, chicken, lamb, and turkey. NOTE: Remove skin on chicken and turkey.

Bacon, ham, pork, smoked meat, sausage, and pork sausage.

Milk Products

Occasional yogurt (unsweetened), occasional powdered milk.

Yogurt (sweetened), whole milk, chocolate milk, sweet cream, buttermilk, sour cream.

Fruits

Fresh fruits only: apples, pears, apricots, bananas, cherries, grapes, guava, currants, nectarines, papaya, peaches, plums, quince, tangerines, avocados, ripe pineapple. NOTE: Fruits should be limited to a maximum of two per day.

Canned fruit, oranges, melons, dried or candied fruits.

Juices

Only fresh juices. May be selected from list of vegetables permitted, including the following green leaves: chicory, endive, escarole lettuce, Swiss chard, and watercress.

Canned juices, and juices with artificial coloring or sweetening.

Beverages

Mineral water, herb tea, mint tea, papaya tea, fresh vegetable juices.

Alcohol, coffee, tea, soft drinks containing preservatives.

Breads

Rye, whole wheat, soya, bran, whole grain stone-ground breads. NOTE: Limit to a maximum of two slices per day.

White bread, bleached flour products.

Cereals

Buckwheat, corn meal, cracked wheat, millet, oatmeal, sesame, grits.

Refined, bleached flour, and sugar coated cereals.

Cheese, Butter

Butter only very occasionally.

Margarine, cheese

Eggs

Limit to two eggs per day. Poached, hard-, or soft-boiled.

Oils

Cold pressed oils, preferably flaxseed, safflower, canola or soya lecithin spread.

Shortening, margarine, saturated oils and fats.

Nuts

Fresh, raw nuts such as almonds, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, and walnuts (peanuts very occasionally).

Roasted and salted nuts. No peanuts if patient has digestive or colon related problems.

Vegetables

Raw or lightly cooked: artichokes, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, corn, egg plant, endives, green leeks, green peas, green pepper, leeks, lentils, lima beans, potatoes, radishes, spinach, squash, tomatoes, wax beans, yams. Any vegetables listed under salads. NOTE: Washing vegetables in a 10% Clorox solution and rinsing well will reduce microbial growth.

All canned vegetables.

Potatoes

Baked, boiled, or mashed. May substitute brown rice or corn.

French fried, chips, white rice.

Salads

The following raw vegetables shredded or finely chopped, separated or mixed: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chicory, green pepper, lettuce, onions, radishes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, and watercress.

Any other. No white or cider vinegar.

Seasonings

Chives, garlic, onion, parsley, laurel, marjoram, sage, thyme, savory, cumin, oregano, salt substitutes such as Co-salt or other potassium salt, sea salt, kelp salt, and herbs.

Spices, pepper, paprika, sodium salt. No white or cider vinegar.

Soups

Vegetable soup. Barley, brown rice, or millet can be added.

Canned and creamed soup, fat stock, consomme.





























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yeast Questionnaire — Adult

In Section A circle the score for each YES answer. For Sections B and C score as indicated. Record total scores at the end of the questionnaire. Add the totals to get your Grand Total Score.

Section A — History

1. Have you taken tetracyclines (Sumycin, Panmycin, Vibra- mycin, Minocin, etc.) or other antibiotics for acne for one month or longer? ...........................................................................35

2. Have you ever taken other “broad spectrum” antibiotics for urinary, respiratory, or other infections for two months or longer, or in shorter courses four or more times in a one year period?............................................................................35

3. Have you ever taken a “broad spectrum” antibiotic drug? ..............6

4. Have you ever been bothered by persistent prostatitis, vaginitis, or other reproductive organ problems?...........................25

5. Have you been pregnant: two or more times?................................5

1 time?.............................................................................................3

6. Have you taken birth control pills for more than two years? .........15

For six months to two years? ..........................................................8

7. Have you taken prednisone, Decadron, or other cortisone- type drugs for more than two weeks?............................................15

For two weeks or less? ...................................................................6

8. Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors, and other chemicals provoke: Moderate to severe symptoms?....................................................20

Mild symptoms? ..............................................................................5

9. Are symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places? .........................................................................................20

10. Have you had athlete’s foot, ring worm, “jock itch,” or other chronic fungous infections of the skin or nails? Severe or persistent.......................................................................20

Mild to moderate?..........................................................................10

11. Do you crave sugar?......................................................................10

12. Do you crave breads?....................................................................10

13. Do you crave alcoholic beverages? ..............................................10

14. Does tobacco smoke really bother you?.......................................10

Section B — Major Symptoms

Enter the appropriate score for each symptom below.

If a symptom is occasional or mild Score 3 points If a symptom is frequent or moderately severe Score 6 points If a symptom is severe or disabling Score 9 points

1. Fatigue or lethargy...................................................... _________

2. Feeling of being “drained”........................................... _________

3. Poor memory............................................................... _________

4. Feeling “spacey” or “unreal”........................................ _________

5. Depression.................................................................. _________

6. Numbness, burning, or tingling................................... _________

7. Muscle aches.............................................................. _________

8. Muscle weakness or paralysis.................................... _________

9. Joint pain..................................................................... _________

10. Abdominal pain........................................................... _________

11. Constipation................................................................ _________

12. Diarrhea...................................................................... _________

13. Bloating....................................................................... _________

14. Troublesome vaginal discharge.................................. _________

15. Persistent vaginal burning or itching........................... _________

16. Prostatitis.................................................................... _________

17. Impotence................................................................... _________

18. Loss of sexual desire.................................................. _________

19. Endometriosis............................................................. _________

20. Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities.............. _________

21. Premenstrual tension.................................................. _________

22. Spots in front of eyes.................................................. _________

23. Erratic vision................................................................ _________

Section C — Other Symptoms

Enter the appropriate score for each symptom below.

If a symptom is occasional or mild Score 1 points If a symptom is frequent or moderately severe Score 2 points If a symptom is severe or disabling Score 3 points

1. Drowsiness............................................................... _________

2. Irritability or jitteriness............................................... _________

3. Incoordination........................................................... _________

4. Inability to concentrate.............................................. _________

5. Frequent mood swings............................................. _________

6. Headache................................................................. _________

7. Dizziness/loss of balance......................................... _________

8. Pressure above ears, feeling of head tingling.......... _________

9. Itching....................................................................... _________

10. Other rashes............................................................. _________

11. Heartburn.................................................................. _________

12. Indigestion................................................................ _________

13. Belching and intestinal gas....................................... _________

14. Mucus in stools......................................................... _________

15. Hemorrhoids ............................................................ _________

16. Dry mouth................................................................. _________

17. Rash or blisters in mouth.......................................... _________

18. Bad breath................................................................ _________

19. Joint swelling or arthritis........................................... _________

20. Nasal congestion or discharge................................. _________

21. Postnasal drip .......................................................... _________

22. Nasal itching............................................................. _________

23. Sore or dry throat...................................................... _________

24. Cough....................................................................... _________

25. Pain or tightness in chest......................................... _________

26. Wheezing or shortness of breath.............................. _________

27. Urgency or urinary frequency .................................. _________

28. Burning on urination................................................. _________

29. Failing vision............................................................. _________

30. Burning or tearing of eyes........................................ _________

31. Recurrent infections or fluid in ears.......................... _________

32. Ear pain or deafness................................................ _________

Scores: Section A ______ Section B ______ Section C ______Grand Total Score ______________


The
Grand Total Score will help determine if your health problems are yeast connected. Scores in women will run higher because more questions apply only to women than to men.

Yeast connected health problems are almost certainly present in women with scores over 180, and in men with scores over 140.

Yeast connected problems are probably present in women with scores over 120 and in men with scores over 90.

Yeast connected problems are possibly present in women with scores over 60 and in men with scores over 40.

Scores less than 60 in women and 40 in men: yeasts are less apt to cause health problems.

Yeast Questionnaire — Children

Circle the appropriate point score for questions you answer “yes.” Total your score and record it in the box at the end of the questionnaire.

1. During the two years before your child was born, were you bothered by recurrent vaginitis, menstrual irregularities, premenstrual tension, fatigue, headache, depression, digestive disorders, or “feeling bad all over”?

............................................................................................... 30

2. Was your child bothered by thrush? (Score 10 if mild, 20 if severe or persistent.)

........................................................................................ 10 20

3. Was your child bothered by frequent diaper rashes in infancy? (Score 10 if mild, 20 if severe or persistent.)

........................................................................................ 10 20

4. During infancy, was your child bothered by colic and irritability lasting over 3 months? (Score 10 if mild, 20 if moderate or severe.)

........................................................................................ 10 20

5. Are your child’s symptoms worse on damp days or in damp or moldy places?

............................................................................................... 20

6. Has your child been bothered by recurrent or persistent “athlete’s foot” or chronic fungous infections of his skin or nails?

............................................................................................... 30

7. Has your child been bothered by recurrent hives, eczema, or other skin problems?

............................................................................................... 10

8. Has your child received:

(A) 4 or more courses of antibiotic drugs during the past year? Or has he received continuous “prophy-lactic” courses of antibiotic drugs?

............................................................................................. 60 (B) 8 or more courses of “broad-spectrum” antibiotics (i.e. Amoxicillin, Keflex, Septra, Bactrim, or Ceclor) during the past 3 years? ............................................................................................... 30

9. Has your child experienced recurrent ear problems? ............................................................................................... 10

10. Has your child had tubes inserted in his ears?

............................................................................................... 10

11. Has your child been labeled “hyperactive”? (Score 10 if mild, 20 if moderate or severe.)

........................................................................................ 10 20

12. Is your child bothered by learning problems (even though his early developmental history was normal? ............................................................................................... 10

13. Does your child have a short attention span?

............................................................................................... 10

14. Is your child persistently irritable, unhappy, and hard to please?

............................................................................................... 10

15. Has your child been bothered by persistent or recurrent digestive problems, including constipation, diarrhea, bloating, excessive gas? (Score 10 if mild, 20 if moderate, 30 if severe.)

................................................................................. 10 20 30

16. Has your child been bothered by persistent nasal congestion, cough, and/or wheezing?

............................................................................................... 10

17. Is your child unusually tired or unhappy or depressed? (Score 10 if mild, 20 if severe.)

........................................................................................ 10 20

18. Has your child been bothered by recurrent headaches, abdominal pain, or muscle aches? (Score 10 if mild, 20 if severe.)

........................................................................................ 10 20

19. Does your child crave sweets?

............................................................................................... 10

20. Do you feel that your child isn’t well, yet diagnostic tests and studies haven’t revealed the cause?

............................................................................................... 10

GRAND TOTAL SCORE

Yeasts POSSIBLY play a role in causing health problems in children with scores of 60 or more.

Yeasts probably play a role in causing health problems in children with scores of 100 or more.

Yeasts almost certainly play a role in causing health problems in children with scores of 140 or more.

Copyright 1984, William G. Crook, M.D.