The following is a shortened excerpt of an article by Andrew Gutauskas, pharmacist and developer of the Whole Approach Candida Protocol
Causes of Candidiasis
Soon after birth, Candida albicans is normally found in the intestinal tract of healthy individuals in its yeast-like friendly form. However, under certain conditions, Candida albicans may be encouraged to change its structure and metabolism to the unfriendly fungal form, as discovered by University of Iowa researcher Dr. David Soll. This new entity is composed of a mycelium (a mass of filaments or long root-like structures) which is able to penetrate into tissues and requires anti-fungal treatment and restoration of healthy intestinal ecology (with a balance of beneficial bacteria).
Its disruption of tissue and membrane integrity, coupled with its continual release of toxic waste products, leads to a wide range of seemingly unrelated symptoms. These can include:
- adult-onset allergies
- mood swings
- frequent infections
- skin problems
The following four factors stimulate the growth of Candida albicans and its change to the hostile, invasive form.
- Destruction of Candida albicans, natural control mechanism, healthy bacteria, by wide-spectrum antibiotics. This can happen from
- prolonged (several months or more) or repeated (more than three treatments a year) antibiotic usage;
- regular consumption of poultry, meat and/or milk, since these usually contain antibiotics;
- chemical preservatives present in many foods.
- Weakened immune system, which can be caused by prolonged illness, stress, alcohol abuse, smoking, lack of exercise and/or rest, and poor nutrition.
- Gender. Females are more likely to have Candidiasis. Sixty percent of these patients are women, 20% men and 20% children. The fluctuating female hormones during menstruation and pregnancy tend to impair the immune system function and stimulate Candida growth. The female anatomy with the vagina in close proximity to the rectum lends itself to easy migration of Candida albicans.
- A low-bulk, high-refined carbohydrate diet which establishes a breeding ground for Candida albicans. This diet builds up layers of fecal matter and mucous in the large intestine making conditions for Candida to thrive.
The typical North American diet promotes poor digestion and sluggishness in the intestinal tract. The average adult is carrying around 9-12 pounds of decayed food. While the yeast form of Candid albicans likes to feed on carbohydrates, the mycelia form feeds on decaying matter and its presence can support the conversion of the yeast to the invasive fungal form.
The Nature of Candidiasis
Candida albicans intestinal mycelia filaments, or long root-like tentacles, produce illness in a number of ways. These tentacles penetrate the intestinal wall, destroying the membrane system. This allows for leaks into the bloodstream, causing symptoms and aggravating pre-existing conditions. Also, when the intestinal wall is penetrated, this allows for absorption of incompletely digested dietary proteins which can cause allergies and environmental hypersensitivities. Additionally, this penetration can introduce Candida albicans into the bloodstream. From there, it has access to all body tissues and can produce various gland/organ dysfunctions and weakening of the entire system, lowering resistance to other diseases.
With effective treatment that cleanses the colon and addresses the dietary and lifestyle causes, symptoms will often improve or disappear completely. Treatment can take form one to twenty-four months, or more, depending on the severity and length of the Candidiasis and on the age and condition of the patient. Some people may require intermittent treatment. In severe cases, they may even require ongoing support.
Colon Cleansing Treatment
A nutritious diet and a program which consist of a combination of Caproyl, Bentonite, Psyllium and Acidophilus (the Whole Approach Product Protocol) ,mixed with chlorine free water is the therapy of choice With this method, the burden of microbial warfare is partially lifted from the immune system.
Psyllium expands, stimulating and speeding up elimination. Psyllium also reduces toxic overload (also called the die-off reaction) from poisons released by dead and dying Candida Albicans, by absorbing toxins within the colon and carrying them out.
Gastroenterologist Jack D. Welsh, M.D. at the University Of Oklahoma Health Science Center, noted in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that the Psyllium entirely prevents the expected gas and nausea normally associated with killing off pathogens. If psyllium seed powder is added to the husk powder, the preparation becomes an intestinal cleanser. A product containing both Psyllium seeds and husks is preferred (Attogram). Most Psyllium products are sold only for their laxative effect and possess minimal intestinal cleansing action because they lack powdered Psyllium seeds (which scrub and cleanse.
Bentonite is a volcanic ash, when processed into a very fine liquid suspension. The unique properties of Bentonite were reported in the Medical Annals of the District of Columbia by Frederic Damrau, M.D., who established that Bentonite adsorbs toxins, bacteria, and viruses both in laboratory dishes and in humans. Because Bentonite itself is not absorbed, whatever it adsorbs is removed in the feces. This includes miscellaneous intestinal poisons and toxins generated by Candida albicans.
Caprylic acid has anti-fungal properties.Caproyl is caprylic acid In liquid form. When mixed with psyllium it acquires sustained-released properties. Caproyl contains not only caprylic acid, but also high-oleic safflower oil, which is rich in oleic acid. This fatty acid hinders conversion of Candida albicans yeast to its mycelia fungal form which roots into the mucosa of the body.
Caprylic acid was the subject of a Japanese study at the Niigata University School of Medicine and was reported in the Japanese Journal of Microbiology, "the fungicidal effect of caprylic acid on C. albicans was exceedingly powerful." It was also noted in the journal, "Caprylic acid exhibits the most remarkable fungistatic and fungicidal properties of all normal saturated fatty acids with even-numbered carbon atoms studied."
Caprylic acid normally is metabolized by the liver and does not get into the general circulation. It must exert its fungicidal effect in the intestinal tract or not at all. However, the problem with caprylic acid is that it is rapidly absorbed from the intestinal tract, and routed directly to the liver. According to studies, just ten minutes after oral intake of straight caprylic acid, more than 90% can be traced in the portal vein on its way to the liver. For this reason, it has little anti-Candida effect, both intestinally and systemically, unless its absorption is somehow retarded.
Synergy of the 3 - "The Purge Drink"
We recommend that this liquid caprylic acid be mixed with Psyllium husk and seed blend powder, Bentonite (liquid form only), acidophilus and water to be taken orally once or twice daily. In this form it is often referred to by our clients as the 'purge drink'. Instructions for mixing and shaking the drink come with each order of the purge drink products from Whole Approach.