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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 09, 2007

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I discovered today that Dr. Carolyn Dean is a consultant on a web site called “The Yeast Connection”. So she’s an expert on magnesium and candida.

Dr. Carolyn Dean is both a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor. In her role as medical advisor to YeastConnection.com and as a complimentary service to our readers, Dr. Dean regularly answers questions that are emailed through our “contact us” link. She also offers private fee-for-service telephone consultations.

MEN AND THE YEAST CONNECTION

How men react to yeast overgrowth is very different from women. I have had many male patients and clients over the years that express their yeast overgrowth with symptoms of anxiety. One recent client, in his forties complained of paralyzing anxiety, sugar addiction, and weight gain. After one particularly severe anxiety attack he was put on an antianxiety medication but it didn’t seem to help.

When he came to me for help he told me he was eating several chocolate bars a day to keep his energy up and had begun hiding them from his wife. He was also the son of a medical doctor and had many courses of antibiotics in his life for chronic sinus infections. I immediately thought of yeast overgrowth because sugar is it’s main food. But surprisingly, he didn’t have the usual gas, bloating, and intestinal distress from yeast fermenting with sugar in the intestines.

I explained that yeast in his body had probably overgrow because of all the antibiotics and sugar and was producing toxic yeast byproducts like alcohol and acetaldehyde. Of the 180 yeast toxins these are the most likely to create anxiety. I also told him about the proven connection of yeast and weight and the addiction to sugar and carbs caused by ravenous yeast in his body. Fortunately he was able to see the whole picture and was able to start on a high dose of chromium picolinate (500 micrograms twice a day) for his sugar cravings and tackle the yeast-free diet. He is now well on the way to getting back the life he was meant to live.

If you have men in your life that are eating too much sugar and have mood changes and weight gain, make sure they know the importance of the yeast connection to their health.

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February 11, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 18, 2007

With the higher dose of pantothenic acid and potassium, I wasn’t vibrating when I went to bed and there was nothing this morning. Lately I can still feel it but for the past couple of months, it’s been extremely weak. But is it progress? I’ll take the same dosage today and see what happens.

With the candida diet I’ve read that you should avoid vinegar because it is acidic. Vitmain C is also acidic and I’ve been taking 1500-2000 mg per day. So should acidic vitamin C be avoided on a candida diet? Let’s find out:

Some people think that to avoid yeast infections, you should avoid yeast. This sounds almost plausible until you think about it. As with sharks, spiders, and snakes, there are all kinds of yeasts, but only a few of them are troublemakers. Most yeast infections are caused by one particular species, Candida albicans. These fungal critters, which are found in any healthy body, are normally kept in balance by your other resident flora of “good” bacteria and other microorganisms. But a low immune system, stress, poor nutrition, and especially antibiotic use, can bring on a Candida overgrowth.

You do not cook with Candida when you bake bread. You do not eat Candida when you eat cheese. And even if you did, I doubt if Candida could survive the trip through your highly-acid stomach. I think eliminating yeast from the diet is barking up the wrong microbial tree.

For the various forms of yeast infection, I first recommend vegetable juicing and a near-vegetarian diet, including plenty of unsweetened yogurt. This helps get the entire body’s microbe population back into balance. Eliminating sugar is an absolute must. Candida love sugar, so starve them. In addition, to help bring prompt symptomatic relief, I suggest megadoses of vitamin C. Used in sufficient quantity, I think it is superior to nystatin, imidazoles or any other pharmaceutical you may be offered. You can expect to encounter widespread disagreement with that statement.

ORAL Thrush (Candidiasis or Moniliasis)

Direct application of vitamin C is an effective antifungal treatment. Due to where thrush is commonly found, and to the fact that ascorbic acid is, well, acidic, it is recommended that for topical use you select calcium ascorbate, sodium ascorbate, or any other non-acidic form of vitamin C. Adding a few drops of water to a half-teaspoon of vitamin C powder makes a nice paste that will adhere to the skin when applied with a “Q-Tip” type of cotton swab. Another method would be to make a vitamin C spray, using additional water and a cheap sprayer bottle from your local dollar store.

Homeopaths frequently recommend Borax, 3X or 6X, for thrush.

January 18, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 11, 2007

Woke this morning and I’m starting to notice the effects of the garlic. My nose dosen’t seem to a stuffed up as it usually is and for years I thought it was my allergies. The chapped lips appear to be better as well. Were my deficiencies created by a chronic yeast infection?

Maybe once I get a handle on the candida, I can get better absorption from the magnesium supplements. All day I feel better overall and it feels like I have a bit more energy.

Garlic and yogurt? You would think that a naturopath would’ve mentioned an easy natural way to approach candida…and it was never mentioned.

January 11, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 02, 2007

Here’s an amazing find about serotonin and it’s effect on candida.

Serotonin – Can Fight Fungus
By Stephen Pincock (Reuters Health)
SOURCE: Journal of Medical Microbiology 2003;52:169-171.

The neurotransmitter serotonin could form the basis of new antifungal drugs, according to researchers who have shown in the lab that serotonin can kill one type of fungus that frequently infects humans.

Two years ago, the University of Innsbruck team showed that antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) could also inhibit fungi.

Serotonin seemed to suppress the symptoms of vaginal candidiasis, or yeast infection, in women. The patients found they had no flare-ups of the yeast infection while taking Zoloft to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder, but when they stopped taking the drug the infection returned.

“My colleague who had these patients asked me to test the antifungal effect of sertraline,” all hindered the growth of Aspergillus and Candida species.

Fungi belonging to the Candida family are responsible for yeast infections, and can also cause thrush, an infection of the mouth and throat. Aspergillus fungi can also infect humans.

Because (SSRIs) increase serotonin levels during treatment, the researchers tested serotonin directly against a range of Candida species.

The researchers report in this month’s issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology that serotonin was active against all four species tested.

January 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for December 26, 2006

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Went shopping to check out the Boxing Day sales. After a couple hours not finding of anything of interest, I head to the only store that wasn’t busy. The health food store! I picked up an extra strength Kyolic garlic supplement at 1000 mg, once per day. Got home and did some more googling about the effects of garlic:

Fungal Infections

Garlic in certain forms is considered a potent antibiotic and can be particularly effective against certain fungal infections. Like viruses, fungal infections are particularly difficult to treat. Traditional medical treatments for fungal infections are usually toxic and can be ineffectual over the long term. To the contrary, garlic has proven itself as an effective anti-fungal agent against candida, aspergillus and cryptococci.

A report from a Chinese medical journal delineates the use of intravenous garlic to treat a potentially fatal and rare fungal infection of the brain called cryptococcal meningitis. In the report, the Chinese compared the effectiveness of the garlic with standard medical treatment which involved a very toxic antibiotic called Amphotericin-B. The study revealed that intravenous garlic was more effective than the drug and was not toxic regardless of its dosage.

One study using liquid garlic extract found that candida colonies were substantially reduced in mice that had been treated with the garlic. This same study also revealed that garlic stimulated phagocytic activity. This implies that infections such as candida may be controlled because garlic stimulates the body’s own defenses. Applied externally, garlic oil can be used to treat ringworm, skin parasites and warts. Lesions that were caused by skin fungi in rabbits and guinea pigs were treated with external applications of garlic extract and began to heal after seven days.

Allicin is primarily a fungistatic substance which can slow or completely stop the proliferation of the microorganisms. As an external treatment, garlic has also been found to effectively treat acne and thrush.

YEAST INFECTIONS AND GARLIC

Garlic has proven over and over that it is an effective antifungal agent. For anyone suffering from recurring yeast infections, garlic should be added to the diet. Its compounds are very active against candida albicans which causes yeast infections. Some studies have shown that garlic is more potent in treating yeast infections than nystatin, gentian violet and six other reputable antifungal agents.

Yeast infections plague millions of Americans and can cause conditions such as thrush, vaginal yeast infections and intestinal yeast disorders. Candida albicans has been linked to a wide variety of symptoms including chronic fatigue, depression, infertility and allergies. Much of the scientific research done on garlic has centered around its antimicrobial activity, especially against infectious fungi like C. albicans which causes yeast infections. Chicks that were inoculated with the C. albicans organism were cured after ten days of ingesting garlic.

A study reported in Mycologia in 1977 concluded that garlic significantly inhibited all isolates of yeast-like fungi that were tested. Once again, it is important that the allicin component of garlic is present in order to receive the antifungal effect.

Some research has suggested that raw garlic was not effective against yeast infections, while aged extracts were very good. An added bonus of using garlic to treat yeast infections is that no clinical stains of C. albicans have been known to become resistant to garlic therapy.

Because high blood sugar is also related to a higher risk of yeast infections, garlic therapy has an additional advantage. Garlic compounds have demonstrated their ability to lower blood glucose levels which would help to decrease one’s risk of developing a yeast infection.

And with such strong evidence against candida, how many people have mentioned this? NONE. Not one person mentioned taking simple garlic for candida although the naturopath and the iridologist suggested a candida infection. It was never mentioned.

So I’ll try it and see what happens…

This Saturday will be nine weeks since the simple B6 vitamin blood test and not a word on the results. This is outrageous. “Our stated turnaround time is 15 days” seemed a little dated now. It has been exactly 60 days today since the blood test was taken.

60 days for a standard vitamin blood test. What a joke. It’s no wonder my doctor wants me on antidepressants…

December 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 1 Comment

Entry for August 24, 2006

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As I’m eating my fruit lunch, I start to notice that it has a funny taste to it. I switch from eating the watermelon, to the grapes then the plum then the banana and they all have the same weird taste. I check in the mirror at my tongue and it’s the thrush again.

I took two capsules of acidophilus last night and two again this morning so why is it so bad all of a sudden? Does too much fruit have any effect on a yeast overgrowth?

Doctor Google:

Candidasis necessarily involves three major considerations:

  1. Cutting the conditions for the growth of yeasts by the elimination of immunosuppressive drugs and antibiotics, and dietary deprivation of the candida of those foods on which it is nourished and flourishes
  2. Destruction of yeast proliferation in the body.
  3. Rebalancing and strengthening of the body’s immune system for the restoration of proper function.The most important step in the treatment of people with candidasis is to curtail candida overgrowth in order to deprive the yeast of food on which it flourishes. Basically this includes the following:

SUGAR and CARBOHYDRATES such as those found in all sweetened food including those using honey, molasses, sorghum, maple syrup, sugar, fructose, maltose, dextrose, etc. Fruits and their juices are also restricted as well as soda pop.

YEAST PRODUCTS such as beer, wine, natural B vitamins, brewer’s yeast, dried fruits, melons, frozen and canned juices.

FERMENTED and MOLD FOODS such as mushrooms, cheese, vinegar, mustard, catsup, relish and other condiments made with vinegar, sour cream, buttermilk, tofu, soy sauce, miso and ciders.

So that’s why the weird taste started when I was eating the watermelon. The new healthy fruit diet is making it worse and I was trying to eat food high in B vitamins. And there’s more:

Yeast is found in all manufactured citric acid and in most fruits; in ciders from such fruits as grapes, pears, apples, and some herbs.

Grapes, pears, apples and melons. Exactly what I was eating. Now I know that the naturopath suggested Candidasis as the very first diagnosis last year but I followed her suggestions and it made no difference to my symptoms and I never had thrush back then. I think my lack of digestive enzymes from the riboflavin and the magnesium deficiencies has caused or is causing Candidasis now.

I take my digestive enzyme and it’s down to shoppers for some acidophilus…

August 24, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 24, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: None
Morning Vibration Status: Weak

I stopped taking my acidophilus a couple of days ago to see if the mysterious head tingling would appear and luckily it hasn’t so I really feel it proves the riboflavin deficiency. My fear now is going to the doctor next week and try and convince him that I also have a magnesium deficiency.

All day yesterday I had a mildly sore/itchy tongue and I’m suspecting a yeast overgrowth. I check my tongue in the mirror and yup, I have thrush. So I start taking the acidophilus again…

August 24, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 12, 2005

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Went to the naturopath for my follow up appointment. I gave her my basal temperature readings for the past six days:

Monday – 36.05

Tuesday- 36.12

Wednesday- 36.01

Thursday- 35.98

Friday- 35.75

Saturday- 36.04

With the target range being 36.5 to 36.7, I am well under the normal reading so does this indicate thyroid? The doctor said my thyroid was fine.

She asked if the ultra flora was making a difference and it’s really hard to say because the bloating is so inconsistent. I think it’s too early to tell. She then pulled out the results from the urine test. (I’ve already had two of these that showed normal so let’s see if she finds anything different.)

She said it showed a high level of free radicals and told me about how it can effect the body. On a scale of zero to three, three being the highest, I scored four. She also pointed out that my adrenals were stressed. Adrenals? Never heard of them… On a scale of 17 to 25 as the normal range, I scored 29. My malabsorption was high as well scoring a 3-4 in the moderate/severe range but everything else looked okay.

Free radicals and stressed adrenals. We talked more about the types of foods I eat and she suggested I try a yeast free Candida diet for three weeks and see if there is any improvement.

Candida is believed to contribute to many troubling and vague health problems including:

Chronic vaginal yeast infections, with classic symptoms of itchiness, burning, and abnormal discharge, Digestive symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or heartburn, Respiratory allergies, such as sneezing, congestion and/or wheezing, Food allergies, Chronic fatigue, Nervous system symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, irritability, poor memory and/or poor concentration, Menstrual irregularities, such as severe premenstrual tension and/or irregular menstruation and Skin rashes

That’s a lot of symptoms! It included digestive and nervous system symptoms so I was willing to give it a try. Why didn’t any other doctor mention this?

She gave me an outline of the diet and listed the different types of food that is allowed and not allowed. After reading the list, I knew it was going to be an uphill battle.

Candida Diet: Foods to Consume

These include: onions and garlic, fresh vegetables (eg. cabbage, broccoli, turnips, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi), rice cakes, oat cakes, corn tortillas, tacos, Ryvita (sesame/original), soy milks, butter, cottage cheese and yogurt, freshly cracked nuts, seeds, water, fruit and herb teas, cold pressed oils, brown rice and brown flours, oats (eg. porridge), meats (chicken, lamb or veal), fresh fish (esp. oily fish), shellfish, eggs, lentils, peas and beans. Choose organic varieties where possible.

Candida Diet: Foods to Eliminate

1. All Types of Sugar
Brown, white, syrup, molasses, turbinado, demerrara, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, amisake, rice syrup, sorghum. This includes “hidden sugars” such as: sucrose, dextrose, maltose, lactose, glycogen, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, monosaccharides, polysaccharides. Fruit sugars (fructose) also feed Candida, so avoid all frozen, canned, and dried fruit, and fruit juices. Alcoholic drinks like wine, beer, cider, whiskey, brandy, gin, scotch, any fermented liquor, vodka, rum, and all liqueurs.

2. All Yeast-Containing Foods
Baker’s yeast, Brewer’s yeast, Engevita, Torula, bakery products raised with yeast like breads, rolls, crackers, bagels, pastries, muffins, ready to eat cereals (excepting Shredded Wheat and Kashi), white flour or white flour foods like cakes, cookies, pasta. Vinegar is made using yeast culture. Vinegar-containing foods include: pickles, pickled foods, relishes, mayonnaise, salad dressing, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, mustard, horseradish, chili sauce, to name but a few.

She wanted me to go on the diet for three weeks and take my basal temperature reading again the week before my next appointment. She gave a supplement called B6 Complex and I was to take it twice a day.

The one thing I’ve learned today? Sugar and wheat are in EVERYTHING!!!

March 4, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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