Monday, April 7, 2014

Yogurt in your vagina, Candida the unknown result of antibiotic use.

In today's post I am going to probably talk about something that if you've followed me for the past year or so know I talk about all the time and that is chronic antibiotic use.

As I currently sit here typing this I have five stitches in my forehead from general numbskullness from working out at the playground. Prescribed to me by the doctor was a round of antibiotics to prevent infection.

I took the prescription despite some hesitancy from being burned before by these things but as I lay there with blood pooling out of my decided it was in my best interest to maybe for once not be so stubborn on the issue.

From fear of wrecking my biome I am trying to do some major damage control to prevent any thing bad from happening and generally trying maximize their effectiveness to possibly due away with a sinus infection that has lasted 1.5 years or so I've been lead to believe is a sinus infection.

However, I do think maybe it was a bonehead move to prescribe something as a preventative despite not actually having a bacterial infection. That being said I am pounding bone broth shots at every meal, drinking kombucha, sauerkraut and pickle juice; taking probiotics and serrepeptase for some possible anti-biofilm affects.

So what I want to cover in this post isn't about me trying to carefully prevent my stomach and digestion from going to shit but rather talk about a common issue that arises from antibiotic use.

The dreaded CANDIDA!!! Something that is oftentimes talked about in the alternative health circles but very rarely mentioned in your mainstream M.D.s office setting.

It's one of those issues that people aren't really aware of and basically seems to be a catch all statement for fungal and/or yeast infections. So ladies if you get a sloppy vagina on the regular basis you may have an overgrowth of fungus and yeasts, and an undergrowth of beneficial bacteria.

Might be in your best interest to shove some homemade yogurt in your snatch a common old world remedy for yeast infections.

That doesn't mean that men aren't affected by it either.

I want to basically take a look at this shit from a perspective that isn't some hocus pocus mother goddess none sense and look at what this shit really is and really is doing.

Candida seems to be a blanket term that people attribute to just about every ailment, and no doubt I am not trying to underplay the significance of a disrupted microbiome but I just want to provide some reference besides just saying that itchy assholes and stinky farts are from the Candida... ya heard.

So what is Candida? I've already said it was like a fungus and yeast or whatever but I mean honestly I'm just some guy so fuck my word doesn't mean dick. So instead I want to provide a reference for what it is.

So according to WebMD:
Candida Albicans is a normally harmless yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina. Candidiasis is an infection caused by a fungus called Candida; most commonly the Candida albicans variety. The Candida infection (also known as a yeast infection) usually affects the skin and/or the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestines, or the vagina. Candida infections are rarely serious in otherwise healthy people. In rare cases, it may spread through other parts of the body if the patient's immune system is not functioning properly. In the most severe cases it can affect the blood, the membrane lining the heart muscle (endocardium), or membranes around the brain (meninges)
So that's what it supposedly is and these are the symptoms or conditions usually associated.
  • Candidiasis of the Skin
  • Cutaneous Candidiasis
  • Cutaneous Moniliasis
  • Vulvovaginitis, Caused by Candida
  • Vaginitis, Caused by Candida
  • Penis, infected by Candida
  • Oral Candidiasis
  • Thrush
  • Candida Infection around the Nails
  • Candida Paronichia
  • Mucocutaneous Candidiasis, Chronic
  • Candida Granuloma
  • Systemic Candidiasis
  • Yeast Infection, Systemic
I don't really usually rely on WebMD for information but for the sake of this article I am using them as a source because it is one I am sure most people will comfortably say that they find credible.

For more information on the supposed symptoms of each of these things feel free to use Google.

Although WebMD seems to downplay how serious Candida can be Doug Kauffman and his cohorts of the Know the Cause website will make you shit your pants from fear because according to them just about every issue from cancer to an itty-bitty penis

From Know the Cause:
Such life threatening bloodstream Candida infections or candidemia are increasing in most countries and are estimated to cause roughly 18,000 deaths annually in the USA alone( Infectious Disease Clinics of North America 2011;25:210-25.). Candidemia is now the 4th most common form of bloodstream infection seen in the USA. Mikulska et al., state “Candidemia is … remarkably frequent in the internal medicine setting”.
So I mean this is something most of us in the Western world are probably dealing with. An overgrowth of candida. Some people say that if you have a craving for sugar, starch and all things yummy in your tummy then it is an overgrowth of candida.

In fact if you are someone who likes to get down and swap fluids you may be at a higher risk of having complications from this shit or at least if you are immune compromised with HIV/Aids.

Courtesy of Science Daily
Oral candidiasis is a common opportunistic infection in patients with HIV/AIDS, and even in the era of effective antiretroviral therapy, it compromises the quality of life of many patients. Making use of a mouse model of oral candidiasis, the researchers were able to show that mice treated with PSM had much less severe symptoms compared with untreated ones. Therefore, at least in this animal model, Pichia's antagonism of Candida can suppress oral candidiasis.

Hmm... well this may or may not be true but it is commonly recommended to do some sort of ketogenic diet. I've done ketogenic I was miserable for, started to lose my mind and was cold all the time. Paul Jaminet of the Perfect Health Diet recommends a different approach that allows starches.

From Chris Kresser episode 15

It’s not bad to go low carb by standard American diet standards, I think probably optimal for candida might be 600-800 carb calories a day, the average American gets maybe 1700 so cutting carbs in half for the average American is a good move. But going too low carb definitely risks systemic invasion so the very low carb approach, it’s not bad for a fungal gut infection but it’s not that good either. It doesn’t do that much to promote good bacteria taking over the gut. A lot of plant foods can really help suppress fungi in the gut and promote bacteria. So they can help give you a better gut flora and I think a lot of people who go extremely low carb can end up with a gut dysbiosis of some kind after years on these extreme low carb diets.
Basically this was in regards to this theory that candida can use ketone bodies as fuel. So basically a good strategy would be to focus on a moderate carbohydrate diet in my own opinion, This could be a sweet potato or plantain at a meal, or a cup of rice. I mean were not talking about going crazy here and eating coconut tends to be a benefit since the things in these substances are considered anti-fungal.

There are some studies on Pubmed relating antimicrobial and fungal benefits of some of the different in fatty fractions of coconut

We assessed anti-C. albicans activities of the 4 fatty acids : caproic acid, caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid in vitro. All four inhibited not only the mycelial but also the yeast-form growth of Candida albicans. In particular, capric acid and caprylic acid inhibited Candida mycelia growth at very low concentrations. The effects of treatment of these two fatty acids on oral candidiasis were examined using a murine model. When 50 µl of capric acid (more than 48.8 µM) was administered three times into the oral cavity of Candida-infected mice, symptom scores of tongues of the mice were significantly improved. Histological studies of the capric acid-treated animals indicated that the fatty acid suppressed mycelial growth of the fungus on the tongue surface. These results suggest that all four fatty acids, and especially capric acid, have potential as substances supporting anti-Candida treatment.
So coconut products could be a very powerful tool in the prevention of candida and is something I am focusing on right now.

So like Candida is definitely a thing here and can be a contributor to some major issues but like Chris Kresser said in that podcast
 What’s interesting is, as you’re probably aware in the alternative health world there’s a lot of different perceptions about how to deal with fungal infections and the word candida is thrown around a lot, which I think obviously that candida infection is real but I also, in my experience see it kind of slapped on as a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning we can’t figure out what else it is so we’ll just call it candida
So at times at least from his perspective this Candida thing is kind of a blanket term that doesn't exactly help alt-medicine at all gain any sort of credibility. As a side not blood type dieting and other non-scientific b.s. also does not help the credibility of these people.

There are certain conditions I certainly acknowledge that I'm sure your common doc will not. Candida being one and adrenal fatigue is another. To put it simply it really is common sense with emerging data saying that we are the some total of the microbes that infest us whether it be fungus, protozoa, bacteria, virus and etc.

Everything is being turned on its head in the scientific community with bacteria now being good and kombucha, kefir, kvass being the new "it" beverage things are starting to change. But whats even wilder are fecal transplants and helminth therapies, yuck.

Next installment will be a mostly un-cited work about my current and post antibiotic plans to mitigate any sort of disaster I may experience.


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