NeekyNoo wrote: To categorically say that everyone would suffer if they followed this is unfair. I’m sorry if you are having a really tough time with it, but some people are luckier.
To be sure you understand, thankfully I’m not having a ‘tough time’ with this or any other health problem at the moment. I did have a mild case of Candida which started late last year. It was a ‘mild’ case until I went against the diet and decided that I was well enough to start eating a few items that I was not enjoying previously on the diet; foods such as an occasional red apple, half a sweet potato, and occasionally a few whole-wheat crackers. Eventually I was hit with the full force of a Candida infestation. The Candida I had before this was really nothing compared to what I was feeling at that time, because this ‘new’ Candida was at least five times worse than anything I had previously experienced.
Today, I am without a single Candida symptom, but only because of the protocol which I followed devotedly, diet included. However, I still have to be very careful and not eat anything that may feed the left over Candida in my system, as I am aware that it will take many more months before my body is completely rid of this disease.
I’ve spent the last six or seven months studying every volume of information I’ve been able to uncover in the area of Candida causes and treatments (and failures).
What I’ve learned is to take this disease as seriously as I possibly can. I’ve also learned why, on many forums, you will find people who have suffered from Candida for 10 to 20 years without a cure.
Medical Fact: When Candida is left untreated in the early stages, the disease has been known to cause death to the patient.
If Candida progresses to a stage during which it enters the bloodstream, it is then referred to as Candida Sepsis. I imagine most if not all of you know what the word “sepsis” means, but if you don’t, I will place the definition below. When it reaches this stage, it is extremely difficult to treat and to successfully overcome. Once it reaches this point, the death rate from the disseminated Candidiasis infestation can easily reach 30% and higher.
For this reason, let alone the pain and suffering both emotionally and physically that the patient endures, a dedicated treatment of Candida in its very early stages cannot be overstated.
Sepsis: “Sepsis is the body’s response to a bacterial infection. Your immune system goes into overdrive, which overwhelms the normal processes of your blood. The result is small blood clots forming and blocking the blood flow to vital organs, which in turn can lead to organ failure. Even healthy people can become deathly ill from any type of sepsis. Quick diagnosis and treatment are crucial, because at least one third of the people who are diagnosed with sepsis die from it.”
Even if Candida does not reach this level of overgrowth, even a mild to serious case can cause a condition known as Intestinal Hyper-Permeability, also called Leaky Gut Syndrome. This occurs when the wall of the gastrointestinal tract is damaged by the Candida when it changes its form and creates something called rhizoids, a root like structure which breaks into the intestinal walls. The ‘breaks’ allow molecules such as partially digested fats, toxins and proteins to get through the walls. The body of course sees these substances as foreign forms, and therefore will make antibodies to fight them. This in turn causes the patient to quickly become allergic to various foods which they would previously been able to eat without a problem. By the way, a “rhizoid” is a root type filament which anchors itself to a foundation for the purpose absorbing a food source from the foundation which in turn sustains its existence.
If Leaky Gut Syndrome cannot be healed soon, it eventually leads to many different vitamin deficiencies, as well as deficiencies of minerals such as zinc which causes eye disorders (macular degeneration). Copper deficiencies are normal with leaky guy syndrome which leads to Osteoarthritis and elevated blood cholesterol.
Am I attempting to scare people into taking this disease more seriously? Maybe I am, so pardon me if I take Candida more seriously than some people think I should. What I type here on the forum is done for no other purpose than because I really do hate to see good people suffering, people who, in the beginning of their disease could be healed completely and much quicker than they will later on, but instead do not take a fairly light case of their disease quite seriously enough, and therefore often go in the opposite direction of a healthy recovery.
I truly hope you do not believe that I spend time on these posts which I write simply because I enjoy berating people for not listening or not taking their disease seriously enough, and I sincerely apologize to each of you, and I am asking your forgiveness if I have seemed impudent in my posts. I assure you that I did not intend to present myself in this manner.