Q&A: Getting Rid of Candida

| October 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Question:  Thank you for your help. It is very difficult to find anyone who understands. Is there a test for Candida that a doctor can do if you can convince them to do it? I try to read everything I can to help myself. Is it possible to get rid of the Candida?

Dr. Fitt: Use the “Yeast Overgrowth” symptom profile on website to assess yourself for Candida overgrowth. There is no accurate lab test. You will always have Candida, everyone does. They contribute to health when their numbers are low and they stay in your colon. When they overgrow and move to other places in the body, they weaken your immune system and cause chronic inflammation. The weakened immune system allows other critters to overgrow also. Normally, your good bacteria, stomach production of hydrochloric acid, along with a normal body temperature (Head to toe), keeps Candida levels in check. As thyroid and hydrochloric acid levels decline, Candida starts to overgrow and invade other areas of the body. Good bacteria need hydrochloric acid to survive. You also lose the protection of good bacteria when hydrochloric acid levels get low. Where Candida invade depends on your genetics. The sites of these invasions are where you will develop inflammation. The medical name for where you develop inflammation is determined by the place where it develops combined with the generic suffix for inflammation “itis”. Arthro designates joints. Inflammation in the joints is “arthritis”. “Hepa” designates liver. Hepatitis means there is inflammation in the liver. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the liver inflammation and production of alcohol caused by invasion of Candida into the liver. NASH is the number one cause of liver transplants in the U.S. Liver enzymes (SGOT/SGPT) above 25 indicate significant Candida invasion into the liver.

Hydrochloric acid is critical to the absorption of many nutrients, like iron, magnesium, potassium, amino acids and vitamins like B-12. B-12 is critical for healthy red blood cells. As B-12 levels get low, red blood cells get bigger and less able to transport the oxygen every cell needs to produce energy. This is why low energy is a common symptom of low B-12 levels. Taking B-12 shots addresses the B-12 deficiency, but you are still left with all the other nutrient deficiencies due to low hydrochloric acid. Similar situation for low iron, magnesium, potassium etc. Micro-managing a single nutrient is not the best choice. By measuring the size of your red blood cells, we get an indication of whether you are producing enough hydrochloric acid. If your MCV (mean corpuscular volume) is above 85, you should be evaluated for low hydrochloric acid. There is a symptom profile on the website for low hydrochloric acid also. Hydrochloric acid must be replaced in order to keep Candida from overgrowing.



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