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Who Killed Candida?

Candidal infection can be a devastating disease. Many sufferers report that treatment with drugs is painful and often futile. Some doctors have tried prescribing a yeast-free diet. It works for a majority of patients. Vicki Glassburn, a recent victim of the disease, has written a personal history of her battle.

"When I first met Vicki Glassburn, it was hard to believe that someone so full of life, so energetic, so obviously healthy, could have been the nightmarish person described in this book. The chronic Candidiasis syndrome is perhaps the most prototypical lifestyle disease; in some people it causes only mild annoyances; in others it can be lifethreatening, as in Vicki's case.

"The shattered immune system apparently affected by toxins as well as many different allergens in the candida organism, allows dozens, if not hundreds, of environmental influences to batter the body. Few, if any, organ systems are spared.

"One can understand why many physicians would be extremely dubious that such widespread catastrophies could be possibly explained by one little organism -- one which has heretofore been considered only to be a nuisance, in a few people."

From the Foreword by Calvin L. Thrash, M.D.

To explain the variety of disasters that can strike victims of candida, the author tersely cites case histories that she has encountered in researching the disease. In addition to her own particular set of symptoms, she found many people with similar and seemingly different symptoms. All begin with a particular hardy type of yeast organism that belongs to the family of molds, mildew and fungi. Candida albicans is also known as yeast, candida, and candidiasis. The organism is normally found in the digestive tract, starting at the mouth and ending at the rectum or the urinary tract and male or female genitals.

Also found in the digestive tract are bacterial microorganisms, which differ from yeast microorganisms. One type of bacteria, identified as Lactobacillus acidophilus, forms a natural flora, or balance between the two families of microorganisms. L. acidophilus is a friendly bacterium.

In a healthy individual, the benevolent bacteria greatly outnumber the yeast microorganisms and keep the yeast from multiplying and feeding off the body as a parasite does. As long as the balance is maintained, the yeasts are not capable of causing disease. If the good bacteria are destroyed, nothing can keep the yeast under control.

Vicki Glassburn, the author of Who Killed Candida?, cites experts who agree that the destruction of benevolent bacteria can be attributed to nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes (during pregnancy or menstrual cycles), the use of antibiotics and hormonebased or steriod-based medications (birth control pills, anti-inflammatory medications, estrogen replacement therapy), and diets high in yeast products and sugar.

In her book, Glassburn offers relief by adhering to proper lifestyle choices that regulate the digestive system; these measures, in turn, should strengthen the immune system, eliminating yeast growth.

The medical profession has achieved some success prescribing antifungal preparations, such as nystatin and attempting to rebuild the immune system through the use of food supplements. Glassburn says that these measures do not work for every patient. Poor eating and living habits include much more than such narrow therapy. Her program, which she labels the 3-C, is based on the concept that the immune system is restored by regulating the digestive system through lifestyle choices which aid in reducing candidal infection and other degenerating illnesses.

The 3-C program, based on her own road to recovery, includes meticulous observance of principles that regulate the digestion of food, types of food to avoid and favor, the inherent dangers of particular foods, the avoidance of animals that spread allergens, and a wide range of recipes based on vegetarian health principles.

Glassburn's book, if read diligently and followed conscientiously, can establish an excellent lifestyle for both candida patients and others devoted to disease prevention.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
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Date:Jun 22, 1994
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