Week of August 31, 2016 - Candida Diet

Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:28 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Top Ten Worst Diet and Healthcare Choices
& Ten Better Choices
c. 2016, Susun S Weed

6. Anti-candida diets/treatments are based on a supposed overgrowth of the common gut resident Candida albicans. Since 1986, when Dr. William Crook published The Yeast Connection – a book based entirely on speculation, without a single study of any kind – until this very day, an entirely false view of Candida has prevailed. A recent (2009) article in the Huffington Post by Kim Evans claims: “First, an estimated 90 percent of the population has a problem with candida overgrowth, although most don’t know it. And second, candida overgrowth can be the root cause of literally hundreds of different problems in the body.” There are many MDs who have fallen for this unsubstantiated belief, including Dr. Tullio Simoncini of Rome, who is convinced that cancer is an advanced form of Candida overgrowth.

Candida is found in both the healthy vagina and throughout the healthy gut. When the pH of the vagina becomes more alkaline, candida is able to outgrow the other resident organisms, resulting in a yeast “infection.” Since virtually every woman has dealt with the yeasty-smelling, thick, white discharge indicative of overgrowth of vaginal Candida, (and, since some mothers have seen Candida overgrow in their babies mouth, that is, “thrush”), it makes sense that the same thing could happen in the gut: Candida could overgrow, causing problems.

How does the body work? It may make sense, but it still isn’t true. In fact, Candida is an important symbiotic organism in our gut. It helps us be healthy; it doesn’t make us sick. At least 90% of all humans have Candida in residence in their intestines, along with lots of other yeasts, fungi, bacteria, and micro-organisms. This is the microbiome, and its health is your health. The only times I have seen true Candida overgrowth in the intestines – after heavy radiation or chemo treatments or in end-stage HIV – the person was dead within days. We need a healthy range of gut flora, and eating a diet devoid of fermented foods severely limits the health of the microbiome.

Instead: Even if there was such a thing as Candida overgrowth in the intestines, the solution is not to destroy it, but to encourage the other members of the microbiome. This is the basic lesson we are all learning: Killing bad things does not work nearly as well as nourishing good things. Instead of following an anti-Candida diet, flaunt it: Eat miso and tamari, beer and wine, sauerkraut, seaweed, blue cheese and brie, sourdough bread and pickled beets, mushrooms galore, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, coffee, and chocolate. (All fermented foods rich in prebiotics and probiotics.)

Candida hypersensitivity is an implausible syndrome, useful only for generating demand for fanciful and worthless treatments.”

Learn More: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/candida-and-fake-illnesses/

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