If ANYONE has any drs or links to tests or WHERE to get definitive testing done … I’d be MORE than grateful.
There are holistic MDs out there that will treat people for candidiasis and mercury toxicity. You just have to know where to find them. The Institute for Functional Medicine has a search page that can be used to find them:
I used the above link to find an MD near me, and am being treated for candidiasis.
I’m all for trying to find some natural supplements that have been PROVEN to help kill excess Candida … but if Candida is necessary in your gut, how MUCH do we kill off?
Candida Albicans is not necessary in our gut. There are internet “health articles” that sometimes say otherwise, but these are not reputable sources. If you read the books and published papers by Orian Truss, MD, William Crook, MD, and John Trowbridge, MD, they explain that C. Albicans produces toxins regardless of whether it’s in its yeast form or its mycelial form. When C. Albicans exists in small numbers it can be considered a commensal organism because it does not produce toxins in great enough quantity to harm us; our immune system can easily handle it. But when there is an overgrowth of yeast in the gut, then there is a greater quantity of toxins being released and our immune system can become overwhelmed. It is when this overgrowth occurs that C. Albicans is deemed to be pathogenic. Note that C. Albicans can be pathogenic regardless of which form it’s in. When it’s well fed and happy, it stays in its yeast form and can grow rapidly. When it is starved of nutrients, it will grow hyphae and penetrate our cells looking for food.
The aforementioned MDs state that the goal of treatment is to kill as much of this shit as possible. Do not give your enemy any quarter. You won’t be able to kill every single cell of C. Albicans in the gut, but you can reduce the numbers back to a healthy level.
Most candida species are pathogenic in any form. In fact, Candida Glabrata is one of the most pathogenic of them but don’t germinate. The word mutation is wrongly used in internet forums (even by me in the past) to mention the phenotype change candida albicans experiments. Mutation is a genetic change that occurs 1 in a million during microbial growth independently of any drug offense. It is a natural spontaneous phenomenon. Candida Albicans is the only one candida species that germinates or is able to morph to another form. It is a polymorphic yeast. It elongates to form germ tubes or mycelia. The germination is only a physical change. The cell is the same with a different form in structure. Any form is able to produce metabolites and enzymes that reacts with our immune system. Those metabolites cause symptoms associated to many neuro-endocrine disorders. Germination gives candida albicans mobility and increses its virulence since it gains cell penetration abilities, a thing the single cell can not do. Keep in mind candida glabrata goes intracellular even when it is a mono cell, but candida albicans don’t.
You are learning very well about it and leaving behind a lot of internet myths.