Candida. The Enemy Within
Melbourne based Boris von Rechenberg, DoCH shares a story about living with Candida Albicans symptoms, explains what Candida is, how we get it and why chronic Candidiasis goes hand in hand with depressed life energy.
This may interest you especially:
- If you’ve ever suffered from bloating, burping or gas
- If you’ve also suffered joint pain, stiffness and/or tiredness
- If you’ve ever been plagued by a lack of clarity, memory loss or easy distraction, weakened will, lethargy and a general lack of wellbeing
- If you want to resolve poor digestion, skin conditions & allergies, yeast infections & candidiasis, with all their associated mental stresses, and how to avoid them in the first place.
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Sometimes similar to your story?
I wake up early, too early, feeling crappy, needing more sleep, with a bladder demanding attention.
Someone has poured concrete into my limbs, and my mouth is sticky with staleness.
As I stumble out of bed stiffly, feeling bloated, my muddy head is half trying to negotiate the path to bladder release, and half working on the mystery of why I feel this way.
My inner alarm bells are mixing with silent calls of ‘why?’, creating a fog of echoing confusion.
I disgust myself with a fruity burp and spit some thick mess into the sink.
The fog beckons me back to bed.
But first I go to the fridge, find the bottle of olive leaf extract and take a swig.
Blinking awake a few hours later, I feel better.
Not awesome. But better.
Actually, lots better.
The fog has lifted and I can think straight. Ish.
It dawns on me. Of course…
Now I remember.
The guests that had dropped around unexpectedly.
The fun, the great atmosphere, good conversation, laughter, someone playing guitar.
I remember raiding the fridge and cupboards. The quick stir fry.
Delicious saucy Singapore noodles, with loads of oozy goodness.
All the right mixes of salt, sweet and spice.
The bitter bite of garlic, the heat of chilli.
The cool relief of lime and mint, the touch of coriander.
It had been a hit.
And I’d eaten a second big bowl and then dessert…
Once again, a victim of my own impulsive appetite and weakened will.
But it had been a great night, and I’d had loads of fun.
So get over it and stop beating yourself up.
It was worth it.
I get up, letting a little groan escape, as I walk into the kitchen and pour myself a glass of water from the filter.
But before I drink it, I get the apple cider vinegar out of the cupboard and give it a gentle swirl, watching how the mother of the vinegar clouds upwards.
A splash into my glass, a stir, and drink.
To most of us it does, to varying degrees, at some point or other.
Especially after late night feasting ; )
There is reputable evidence that Candidiasis is at least a contributor, and at worst a cause of IBS, LGS, Psoriasis, Eczema, Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Autism, ADHD, Arthritis, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer and even AIDS.
Wow -right? Even if it were only a contributing factor, rather than a cause, the implications are still huge.
Can you imagine what this would mean to our healthcare system?
What is it?
Candida Albicans is a harmless yeast that lives as one of the many naturally-occurring microorganisms in our gut. It is part of our normal, varied and healthy intestinal flora.
What we call ‘Candidiasis’ is simply an imbalance of the Candida yeast, when the other gut flora -which usually keeps Candida in check- is compromised.
When the scales tip the yeast into imbalance, it can quickly affect our entire system and its wellbeing.
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How do we get it?
In my former Oriental Therapist practice, I spent a good deal of time helping people address issues resulting from various stages of what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) calls ‘dampness’.
It was and still is a prevalent and stubborn affliction amongst us Westerners.
One common symptom resulting from dampness -especially when combined with blocked energy/stagnated chi- was simply referred to as ‘candida’.
When candida ‘blooms’, it begins to grow beyond a healthy proportion.
This happens especially after antibiotics and/or extended periods of stress, lack of movement, suppressed emotions etc.
These triggers often go hand in hand with
1) poor nutrition – such as refined, processed, fast or packaged foods, sugary, greasy or fried, and non-organic foods,
2) poor eating habits -such as under-chewing, over-eating, late-eating, distracted-eating and rushed-eating, and/or consumption of cold foods from fridge or freezer, or excessively rich foods.
An individual who cultivates any of the above habits is more likely to require pharmaceutical drugs, partake in stimulants such as coffee and energy drinks, consume alcohol in excess, smoke, and/or indulge in drugs.
All these factors contribute to potential candida imbalances.
A healthy body and mind ensures that our immune system can manage the situation and return us from a yeast imbalance back to a healthy balance. When we recognise symptoms as feedback from our body’s natural intelligence, we can allow these symptoms to direct and guide us back to healthy habits. The earlier we acknowledge symptoms and act on them, the easier and shorter the return to full health.
However, if we ignore the natural feedback of our bodies, feelings and minds, and we maintain our destructive habits, then the immune system may eventually weaken, due to exhaustion from the extended effort of trying to mop up the toxins released by the yeasts.
In such cases, candida can transform from supporting us as a servant, to terrorising us as a tyrant.
From friend to foe
If the yeast has bloomed severely or rapidly, it may break out through the gut walls into the body.
As it does, it ceases its opportunity, morphing from yeast to fungus.
The difference between yeast and fungus is significant. The former occurs naturally in our body, the latter is a killer parasite with the sole intention of survival, and no allegiance or sympathy for its host.
And whereas yeast can be managed, a fungus has much stronger defences, including a chitin shell -which works like an exoskeleton or outer shield-, to protect the fungus from attack.
Then the fungi’s presence easily becomes chronic; causing discomforts, blockages, dysfunction, symptoms, and serious illness.
Luckily, most of us practice enough self awareness and self care to take action before it’s too late.
However, with our high reliance on antibiotics, and/or high stress life styles, even otherwise healthy people can experience imbalances and setbacks.
Even mild candida-blooms -when the yeast has not escaped the gut, and not become a fungus- can cause symptoms such as stiffness, bloating, gas, constipation, lethargy, lack of clarity, low level inflammations and reduced well being.
You see, as candida blooms, even as just yeast, its ‘mycotoxins’ flood our bloodstream, making it hard for our busy liver to deal with the normal demands of everyday life in a modern world.
The longer the imbalance, the more likely the condition is to become chronic, turning innocent yeast to parasite.
Simultaneously, we develop a chemical dependency on the fungal mycotoxins.
This addiction to toxins is no different to any other habit or dependency.
Addicted to the parasite
So, following on from above, when you apply a bit of logic, you can see that it is an addiction no different to drug dependency or nicotine addiction.
Meaning that once we have developed an addiction to the mycotoxins, then we tend to crave and seek out foods, and cultivate habits, which support the needs of the yeast.
Our habits create and support the ideal environment for the yeast, and when we satisfy its cravings for nourishment (particularly sweet), we satisfy our own subconscious cravings for a hit of mycotoxin.
What if it’s not sugar we’re addicted to, but that which feeds on the sugar?
An overexposure to mycotoxins easily makes itself felt in reduced wellness, tiredness, loss of clarity, a reduction in effectiveness, and inevitable stress. The lack of clarity means a larger likelihood of disconnection from our greater self and source, meaning we maintain lower order thinking, habits and behaviours.
The lack of effectiveness compounds with the lack of clarity, and as we disconnect from our greater self, we lose our mojo, sense of purpose, and our energy stagnates.
At this stage, the pattern has progressed from us being acutely aware of it, to it becoming chronic, and then -once it becomes part of our ‘new normal’ state of being-, it becomes part of our subconscious and transforms from being a chronic condition, to being an involuntary habit and pathological condition.
Depression is nothing more than the state of someone who’s energy is blocked in some way.
In Ayurvedic and Yogic traditions, chronic Candidiasis goes hand in hand with a blocked ‘Solar Plexus chakra’, meaning ‘not engaging with, and blocking life energy’ (a.k.a. depressed life energy).
In TCM and Taoist traditions, this is referred to as blocking and limiting the flow from our kidneys to our heart. The result is an individual stuck in base emotions, thinking about and reacting to small things.
Such an individual is less likely to exercise, stretch, get out and about, and tends to engage in unhealthy thinking, feeling, doing and eating.
As such, life tends to be lived seeking or maintaining comfort, material security, and combating problems.
Did you know
When kidney energy flows to the heart, life force flows up to higher levels of awareness and being, depression lifts, love is less conditional, and personal horizons /perspectives are expanded.
When the above happens, we don’t feel good, and then we tend to no longer nurture ourselves.
So at a time when self-love, self-appreciation, self-worth, and self-care are most needed, we ironically tend to ignore this need and turn to other habits and comforts like food.
And the currency of comfort food is sweetness. The very food the Candida likes most.
Voila! A vicious circle. Chronic dis-ease with a capital D. Not to mention premature aging. Depressing -right?
What can we do + 7 Wellness Habits to avoid Candidiasis!
In our upcoming August Issue (will be published on the 7.08.15)
Boris von Rechenberg, DoCH, is a transformational energy healer, coach and educator; combining holistic psychology and transpersonal hypnotherapy with quantum source energetics. Based in Melbourne, he helps others rediscover true self, life purpose, ease, abundance, radical forgiveness, peace of mind, youth and wellness through whole being.
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