I often receive questions about health problems followed by explanations such as ‘’I have candida’’ or ‘’I have been on the candida diet since…’’ But is candida really the cause of your problems?
Candida is a fungus which normally lives in the human gut and in the majority of cases does not cause any problems or health issues. Problems only occur when they are too numerous in our body. Our immune system, intestinal flora and other safety mechanisms, such as gastric acid, protect our body against fungal growth. When these mechanisms work well, we will not have problems with the candida.
Problems only occur when they are too numerous in our body and we lose control over them.
Candida – mistruths and mits
There are a lot of mistruths and wrong interpretations circling around regarding candida and other fungal Infections of the gastrointestinal tract. We can conclude that the knowledge is lacking. Even among doctors. Most doctors will simply overlook the idea of the involvement of fungal gastrointestinal infections or push it away. You will receive comments like “the candida is a normal resident of the human gut” and similar, without any interest in sending you to get properly tested. On the other hand, patients often research their symptoms online where they find a lot of false information sensationalizing candida as the cause of all your problems.
I can assure you that ‘’Candida is probably not the cause behind your problems’’ you may quote me. Although I consider candida and fungal infections a major factor in health issues, from practice I discovered that the diagnosis itself leads to wrong treatment methods, which are often at least stupid, if not hazardous and harmful to health. Some of you may feel offended as you did not expect this, but eventually you will find that spending money and time on something without foundation is a waste, I just hope you do not endure any permanent damage in the meantime.
”Most doctors will simply overlook the idea of the involvement of fungal gastrointestinal infections…”
So, now that we got this out of the way let’s turn to those few percent who have serious problems caused by mould in the gut. Yes, there are such and symptoms can vary from digestion problems, frequent fungus skin infections, depression, energy and concentration problems, up to autism and celiac disease. Purification of the bowel and re-establishment of the immune system in such cases alleviates or even eliminates symptoms. Treatment is therefore justified when there are symptoms consistent with fungal infections, and this infection is also clinically confirmed by tests. Treatment is not easy.
”… diagnosis itself leads to wrong treatment methods, which are often at least stupid, if not hazardous and harmful to health.”
The cleansing and destruction of candida and other intestinal fungi is difficult in terms of detoxification processes of the body and, in particular, the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, also known as the die-off reaction. These are responses to endotoxins released by microorganisms at their death. Treatment of unconfirmed infections also causes qualitative and quantitative changes in the intestinal flora, which is connected with our entire metabolism. Such changes are often unwanted and cause harm to the body. For this reason, it is important to accordingly conclude therapy against candida and to establish normal functioning intestinal flora.
In numerous cases candida treatments described online are absurd and sometimes even counterproductive. One of those is certainly the non-carbohydrate diet, which escalates into a ketogenic diet. Candida loves ketones, even more than sugar. If you decide to treat candida with a ketogenic diet, you will, as a matter of fact, overfeed it and simultaneously destroy your intestinal flora. This way the fight against candida cannot be won.
So be smart and save yourself some time, money, and especially health, and fight candida properly. How? Firstly, you must ascertain if you have candida or not. If your symptoms might be associated with fungal gastrointestinal overgrowth, I recommend clinical testing in a renowned laboratory. No, white tongue and spitting in a glass are not confirmation that you have candida. There are quite a few tests available. You can use a simpler test that measures antibodies on candida albicans in your blood. This test is performed in many laboratories but it only tests one kind of fungus since it only measures specific antibodies your immune system produces when infected with that certain kind of fungus. If you are infected with any of the other 150 known kinds of fungus the test results will be negative.
Your second option is cultures from faeces samples or DNA sequencing for different types of mould or fungus in your faeces. The best option is the combination of the two since the first one during the microscopic examination discovers the most traces of fungus, while the other one can determine which ones they are.
If you include the measurements of intestinal flora, parasites, proteases and SIBO in the test, you will receive a complete picture of intestinal microbiological factors. That often appear together and also cause symptoms together. The only truly efficient treatment is a wholesome cleansing of organisms that do not belong in the intestine together with proper nutrition and stimulation of the immune system.
When you have a confirmed fungal infection, a proper cleansing protocol should be set up. This may include various active substances, either in the field of plant antimicrobials or clinical antimycotics. Depending on your test results.