What and Why?
Candida albicans is a yeast which commonly overgrows in people, producing a milky or clotted white vaginal discharge or an angry pink damp scaly skin rash with a fairly sharp edge, with or without crops of red spots. It can be terribly itchy and sore and is common on babies where their nappies prevent good ventilation. You can get thrush in your mouth, which usually means it is in your stomach too.
It thrives wherever there is alkaline moisture, which should not often occur when you are healthy. Most of the bacteria that inhabit your skin and colon produce acids which stop thrush flourishing, though there are always a few small colonies around. The conditions which produce colitis, constipation and wind also favour thrush; foremost among them is a meaty diet with lots of sugar and starch but little vegetable fibre.
Women are especially susceptible to thrush because steroid hormones favour it and dampen down your resistance. Oral contraception and pregnancy make you particularly vulnerable; you and your partner can pass it to and fro between you. Diabetes is sometimes uncovered because thrush has taken advantage of the plentiful sugar its victim provides. A much commoner cause is repeated or prolonged antibiotic treatment, frequently given for acne as well as other infections.
Milky discharges are thrush in its yeast form which would be fairly easy to deal with. It is the mycelium or vegetable form which invades your skin and throat, and that is much more troublesome. Not only can it penetrate your internal skins, threading its way past your natural defences; but partially digested proteins can travel along its threads as well, evading destruction. In your circulation, these can have widespread and devastating effects on your whole body and your, attempts to cope can exhaust your immune system.
Mycelium also forms spores, which are long-living seeds that resist most forms of destruction. These spread about and survive for years in household dust and soil, readily available to re-infect you after treatment if you continue in a vulnerable state.
What can I do?
Advice to maintain and maximise your health
1. Use a cleansing diet with plentiful fresh green vegetables and fruit but free of meat, fish, hard cheese, sugar, and refined floury food; it would be best to avoid bread altogether to begin with. Start each meal with some raw fresh vegetable or fruit and add live yoghurt recipe to it. Use garlic frequently in salads and swallow two or three chopped fresh garlic cloves with lots of water at bed-time. If your partner has one neither of you will notice!
2. Supplementation: Take a supplement of Biotin and a yeast-free strong B Complex. Extra Iron and Vitamin C sometimes helps in particularly stubborn infections. If your illness has been long and draining supplement your immunity also.
3. Doctor’s prescription: One or two tablets of Nystatin taken four times daily one hour before your next meal will gradually and harmlessly reduce your thrush population over about six weeks. Rinse colouring off the tablets and crush them in water, to enhance their effectiveness. This is only available on a doctor’s prescription, and he may not yet believe yeasts can cause your problems; but you lose nothing by asking him.
4. Homepathy: Alternatively consult a Homoeopathic practitioner, who can offer specific treatment with a potency of Candida albicans.
5. Ease flu symptoms: When masses of thrush begin to die off you may temporarily be quite ill with ’flu symptoms as your body struggles to make their remains harmless. Persevere with your cleansing programme using home-made lemon barley water and cider vinegar-honey recipes to help you. Take courage from this sign that your immune system is getting itself together again and putting you in order.
6. ‘Acidophilus’ cultures are expensive and tend to deteriorate, and often fail to gain a sustainable foothold. A new preparation, fructo-oligosaccharide, is a promising way to encourage acidophilus to ‘take’ and multiply in your gut so use the two together, and you should quickly be able to dispense with both (after 3-4 weeks).