Candida, (Candida albicans), formerly called Monilia.  It is a common yeast-like fungi that can be  found in the mouth, on the skin, intestinal tract, genitals and vagina. Candida albicans is part of the normal flora, of the mucus membranes, in the respiratory, gastrointestinal, female and male genital tracts. When the digestive system becomes out of balance, due to of aging, the use of antibiotics, proton pump Inhibitors (PPIs), chemotherapy, environmental toxins, etc. the normal Candida flora flourishes and becomes a fungal (yeast).  This is primarily because, the above medications, and a lot more, will stop the stomachs parietal cells, in the stomach, from producing sufficiently strong hydrochloric acid.  When this occurs a condition called Hypochlorhydria results.  The extreme, to this condition is called Achlorhydria. Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria causes a reduction or loss, of immune system protection and reduces vitamin and mineral absorption.

Common symptoms, of Hypochlorhydria, are belching, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, gas, cramps, diarrhea and/or constipation and reflux. Hypochlorhydria reduces absorption of the necessary vitamins, mineral and micronutrients necessary to support the immune system.  It also allows bacteria and pathogens to enter and flourish, in the digestive tract.

Candida bacteria can hide (sometimes for years) in parts of the body, where traditional therapies don’t reach, in joints, in deep folds of the intestines, in the mouth and genitals. Candida fungus thrives on foods that contain refined sugars. Feeding sugar, to Candida, is like adding gasoline to a fire, it doesn’t help it!! It is highly adaptable and can easily be transmitted from one person to another. Mothers can pass the bacteria to their children, through breast feeding, or though the birth canal.  In many instances, men will pass the bacteria to their partner, through intimate contact. Esophageal Candidiasis is the most common esophageal infection in people with AIDS.  It accounts for over 50% of all esophageal infections and is often coexisting with other esophageal diseases.

Candida, in its fungal form, develops rhizoids (long root-like structures) that are invasive and penetrate the mucosa.  When this happens, the boundary between the intestinal tract and the rest of the circulatory system breaks down (leaky gut), and this intestinal barrier impairment, allows partially digested proteins to travel into the blood stream. The undigested proteins can act as toxins and cause all sorts of health problems. The body tries to eliminate the toxins in the blood, created from the yeast overgrowth (undigested proteins), through the colon, liver,  kidneys and skin. When the body tries to expel the excess toxins through the skin, it can cause rashes, itching, and even acne.

Candida is an amazingly opportunistic and adaptive organism.  When the normal digestive flora is damaged, Candida bacteria will flourish and become fungus (yeast). Once the normal flora is damaged the yeast takes over, it can double in quantity every half hour. After flourishing Candida creates an environment that prevents the normal flora from repopulating.

Candida can cause a variety of infections and is the usual pathogen in humans. Most infections are predisposing factors, particularly, digestive disorders and immune suppression.  When a Candida infection occurs it is commonly called Candidiasis. 

Candida will cause skin diseases especially in children, in the form of diaper rash. Many older people suffer from Candida especially those on antibiotics, Proton Pump Inhibitors and chemotherapy.  It is as a common occurrence in people that contract the AID’s virus. A lesser known, but more common cause of Candida is decreased levels of hydrochloric acid (Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria) in the stomach

In many research studies, Candida and Gastritis are commonly found linked together.  The creation of Candida fungus, after the use of antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), is very well established.  Both of these medications inhibit the stomachs parietal cells, from producing sufficiently strong hydrochloric acid, resulting in proliferation of the bacteria.

The list of diseases Candida is associated with:  – allergies, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, cancer, heart conditions, sinusitis, immune system suppression, diabetes, neurological conditions, etc.

Recent studies found that 75% of patients taking antacid medications (PPIs), to treat gastritis, had fungal Candida overgrowth. The use of antibiotics and antacid medications will cause Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria.  Oral Candida can act as a reservoir for other bacteria like, H. pylori- which means you could re-infect yourself, after successful H. pylori treatment.

If you are taking antibiotics, PPIs, chemotherapy meds, you will have Hypochlorhydria, or Achlorhydria. Everyone, especially people over the age of 45, but not limited to any age group, should get a pH diagnostic test, pH capsule test, or pH gastrogram. 

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