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Candida and Cancer: New Link or Old News

The causes of cancer seem to be as numerous as cancers themselves, but recent clinical research has demonstrated a link between certain types of cancer and the presence of fungus in the body. Candida abicans is one of the most common types of fungus (technically speaking, a yeast) that is present in small amounts in and on the human body. Under normal conditions, Candida cohabitates without causing us any problems. But when the environment is primed for it, Candida yeast can multiply and grow out of control.


Types Of Candida

The infection that results is known as candidiasis, and there are several different types:

  • Thrush – Candida yeast that spreads to the mouth and throat.
  • Genital Yeast Infection – Concentration of Candida in the genitals that affects three out of four women in their lifetime. Men can also get genital candida.
  • Diaper Rash from Yeast Infection – Candida that spreads under wet or soiled diapers.
  • Invasive Candida – Candida yeast that enters the bloodstream (often through medical devices).

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms associated with an overabundance of Candida include the aforementioned yeast and fungal infections across and within the body, but also extend to include:

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Digestive Issues
  • Food Allergy/Intolerance
  • Sinus Infections
  • Joint Pain
  • Low Mood
  • Weakened Immune System

Causes Of Candida

So, what is it then that causes Candida abicans to suddenly run amok and terrorize our physiology and immune system? Keep in mind that Candida lives in the digestive tract of most people already – candidiasis is an abnormal, excess growth of Candida. There are several primary and secondary contributors to an excess of Candida in the body:

  • High-Sugar Diet
  • Antibiotics
  • Chronic Stress
  • Contraceptive Pill
  • Dental Mercury
  • Chemical Exposure
  • Diabetes

3 Primary Causes Of Candida

We’ll discuss the first three, primary causes of candidiasis in people. Antibiotics are effective at killing harmful bacteria that cause infection in the body; the problem is that oftentimes the antibiotic will wipe out many of the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut and aid in proper digestion and food processing. Chronic psychological stress is another major factor that contributes to Candida.

Secondly, when under stress, the body releases a hormone known as cortisol which depresses the immune system and raises blood sugar levels. The Candida yeast will then seize this opportunity to feed on the extra sugar and multiply, while the immune system has become too weak to resist its spread.

This brings us to the third primary cause of Candida overgrowth: a high-sugar diet. Candida albicans is a yeast, and yeasts thrive by consuming carbon-based molecule chains. What this translates to for us is that Candida feeds on carbohydrates like glucose and fructose – simple sugars. The modern diet is loaded with simple carbohydrates from processed foods and beverages like sugar, flower, white breads, and alcohol. These simple sugars are easy for Candida to break down and so a sustained high-sugar, high-processed food diet like many people eat may essentially provide a non-stop buffet for Candida to flourish and spread.


Credible Scientific Studies

A 2011 study[LINK] (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21513811) published in the journal Fungal Genetics and Biology looked to examine what exactly is going on metabolically when Candida gets out of control. The research noted that Candida is a polymorphic fungus, which means that it is able to morph from its single-celled yeast form to a larger, filamentous form. It is when Candida grows into these long filaments that it is able to lodge into the intestinal lining and disrupt our gut ecology.

Dr. T.L. Han and his team were able to reconstruct the central carbon metabolism of C. abicans, showing that the presence of sugars like glucose leads to dimorphic transition into a virulent form of the fungus. Moreover, this sugar metabolism process leads to an increase in quorum sensing molecules that regulate gene expression. This means that the more glucose present, the more that Candida is able to grow and increase its gene expression within the body.

This information was supported by another study[LINK] (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1595344/) published in Eukaryotic Cell. This study determined the presence within C. abicans of a glucose sensor gene called HGT4. High levels of glucose in the body cause expression of this HGT4 gene, which leads to filament growth and eventually the virulent form of Candida.


Percentage Of Cancer Patients Who Also Have Candida

We know that candidiasis is an infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida. Numerous studies have shown a correlation between cancer and the presence of Candida in 79 to 97 percent of cases. A study[LINK] (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24963692) from Critical Reviews in Mcirobiology provides findings that show Candida capable of promoting cancer through carcinogenic byproducts, and the triggering of inflammation as well as growth of tumor cells.

Dr. Tullio Simoncini, author of the book Cancer Is A Fungus, argues that Candida actually appears in 97 to 98 percent of cancer cases, and that it is Candida itself that causes cancer and not the other way around, as traditional Western medicine has assumed. As the Candida fungus invades various parts of our anatomy, the affected organs attempt to encyst, or encapsulate, the invasive fungus with hyper-production of cells. Dr. Simoncini maintains that this over-production of cellular tissue in response to Candida is what leads to cancerous tumor growth.

Dr. Simoncini’s holistic approach to cancer treatment has been ignored and even ridiculed by the ‘official’ stance on oncology. He has developed a pioneering yet simple method to treat all forms of cancer in his patients – sodium bicarbonate or baking soda (NaHCO3). The alkalinity of the NaHCO3 applied directly to a tumor site changes the acidic pH rapidly, killing the Candida yeast before it has a chance to adapt. After a regimen of sodium bicarbonate directly applied to the tumor-afflicted area, many of Dr. Simoncini’s patients recovered from their cancers – even in cases where traditional oncology had given up.


What You Can Naturally Do About Candida

Aside from this groundbreaking clinical work, there are a host of natural options and remedies available to treat and rid the body of Candida. The first step in clearing out your Candida is to starve it of the food it loves – namely simple sugars and carbohydrates. Avoid processed foods with high sugar content and try to consume an organic, free-range diet that is rich in healthy fats and proteins as well as complex carbohydrates from vegetables and legumes. Ingesting cultured and fermented foods and beverages can introduce healthy probiotics to help rebalance your gut biology.

Since Candida is a fungus, we can look to naturally antifungal foods and herbs for help in cleansing our system.  Naturally antifungal foods include:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut oil
  • Garlic
  • Green tea
  • Lemon/lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • Turmeric (curcumin)

Herbs and plant components with antifungal properties include:

  • Astragalus
  • Cloves
  • Calendula
  • Echinacea
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Lavender
  • Licorice root
  • Rosemary
  • Usnea

Don’t Forget To Address Your  Leaky Gut

For internal gut issues with Candida, you want to be ingesting these available food options. Make a healthy antifungal salad dressing using olive oil and either apple cider vinegar or lemon/lime juice. Consider taking a ‘shot’ of cider vinegar or lemon juice during the day. Use coconut oil and olive oil to cook and prepare food dishes rather than corn, canola or vegetable oil. Get a healthy dose of cayenne pepper, cinnamon and turmeric by adding these to your food or consuming them in capsule form from a certified supplier. Cook with extra garlic, or even better, chop it up and eat it fresh (great with tomatoes!). Drink green tea or take an extract in capsule form.

All of these antifungal herbs are available as dietary supplement capsules that you can incorporate into a daily and weekly fungus fighting regimen. Nowadays it is common to find these herbal remedies also available in liquid form from retailers. Liquid herbal extracts are most commonly sold as glycerites, which use vegetable glycerin as the means of extraction. While glycerites are still quite effective, they are not nearly as potent as alcohol tinctures which use up to 95% alcohol (grain or cane) as a means of extraction. Higher alcohol percentages are able to maximally extract the medicinal constituents from herbs, and this results in the most robust and concentrated medicinal profiles.

Important Note: Most Candida sufferers have an underlying root cause for their affliction. That is to say they suffer from “Leaky Gut”.

Leaky gut occurs when the inner lining of the gut gets chronically inflamed, which results to the nutrients not being absorbed properly. Apart from that, small fissures appear in the membrane which lines the intestinal tract, allowing harmful toxins, bacteria and partially digested food particles to slip out of the gut and into the bloodstream, which the body’s immune system sees as foreign invaders. When these foreign invaders are detected, the white blood cells quickly rush towards them in an attempt to surround the invading particles and a kind of systemic inflammation ensues.

To fix leaky gut you should be taking collagen supplements. 


Tinctures For Candida

To treat your Candida, incorporate a rotating dose of organic tinctures for a diversified approach that never gives the invasive fungus a chance to rest and infest. Take 3 droppers mixed with water in the morning and before bed. Find out how to make your own potent alcohol tinctures[LINK] (https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/guide-tinctures-extracts) You can also brew a cleansing tea blend from any of these herbs. We recommend a soothing and aromatic combination of Calendula, Echinacea, Lavender, and Licorice Root.

Even when Candida flares up externally as a skin infection, you can still make use of these antifungal foods and herbs. Soak a paper towel in apple cider vinegar and make a compress to place over the affected area. Repeat several times throughout the day. You can also treat Candida topically with coconut oil and olive oil. The antifungal herbs mentioned work incredibly well infused into healing oils and curative salves that you can easily spread over the infected area. Purchase from a reputable herbal retailer or learn to make your own[LINK] (https://theherbalacademy.com/how-to-make-a-healing-salve/). You can even create a poultice from any blend of these herbs.


Ending Note

As we progress into an increasingly modern and technological world, the fields of healthcare and medicine continue to break new ground, yet have also found themselves turning back to older systems of health and wellness for answers. Classical Western medicine has positioned itself at the cutting edge of surgical intervention, trauma care and treatment of acute, life-threatening infection and disease. Despite these advancements, a lack of understanding of the full spectrum of causal factors for conditions like cancer has led patients and some medical professionals to seek alternative options for treatment. We’ve seen how Candida and candidiasis can be managed and treated through diet and herbal remediation. Perhaps it is time once again to pay homage to the storied herbal medicine traditions of the East and West, and consider a holistic approach to our health and wellness.


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The Link Between Leaky Gut and Cancer

Leaky gut syndrome may sound scary. That’s because it is. This also happens to be one of the most serious health issues that many people suffer from unknowingly. So, what is a leaky gut? This occurs when the inner lining of the gut gets chronically inflamed, which results to the nutrients not being absorbed properly. Apart from that, small fissures appear in the membrane which lines the intestinal tract, allowing harmful toxins, bacteria and partially digested food particles to slip out of the gut and into the bloodstream, which the body’s immune system sees as foreign invaders. When these foreign invaders are detected, the white blood cells quickly rush towards them in an attempt to surround the invading particles and a kind of systemic inflammation ensues.

When a person has leaky gut syndrome, toxins and other foreign bodies that enter the bloodstream move towards the liver to be filtered, but due to the increase in the foreign invaders, the liver is left exposed to the large quantity of toxins. As a result, these toxins eventually enter the cells and cause genetic mutation, which according to the Functional Medicine University, can lead to the formation of cancerous cells.


Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

The following are the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome:

Autoimmune disease – A disease in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues, leading to the deterioration and in some cases to the destruction of such tissue. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition.

  • Cancer
  • Candida
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Celiac disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Etc…

Malabsorption – Deficiencies such as magnesium or vitamin B12 along with certain enzymes that help in digestion leads to malabsorption. This is why, it is important for those with leaky gut syndrome to supplement with whole foods based multivitamins, and to ensure they get the nutrition they need.

Inflammatory Skin Conditions – Intestinal hyper-permeability can also lead to a range of skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne. While there are creams and drugs that help with these skin disorders, they can also be fixed by treating leaky gut syndrome.

Thyroid Problem – Hashimoto’s disease can also be triggered by leaky gut syndrome. Also known as ‘chronic thyroiditis’, the disorder leads to impaired metabolism, Graves’ disease, hypothyroidism, depression, fatigue and many other health concerns as well.

Mood Issues and Autism – The journal of Neuro Endocrinology Letters published a sturdy which stated that a leaky gut syndrome can cause various neurocognitive disorders, such as depression etc.

Food Sensitivities – Leaky gut syndrome can also lead to food sensitivities. This occurs due to the onslaught of harmful toxins which enter the bloodstream through the fissures and build up over time, since the liver is unable to keep up with the constant bombardment of toxins and other harmful agents building up in the body. With the immune system already on overdrive having to produce antibodies on a massive scale, this makes the body more susceptible to antigens that are present in certain dairy and gluten foods.


Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT)

Gut-associated lymphoid tissue or GALT is the largest collection of lymphoid tissue in the human body. It is a component of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue present in the immune system to protect the body from attacks in the gut. The GALT is made up of several types of lymphoid tissue that store immune cells, such as T and B lymphocytes which defend the body against pathogens. The mucosal surface acts as a permeable barrier to the interior body, and its primary function in the body’s defense relies on its large population of plasma cells which produce antibodies. Basically, the GALT, specifically the secondary lymphoid organs called the Peyer’s patches of the small intestine, surveys all materials coming across the gastrointestinal tract and marks them as friend or foe. The GALT then sends the orders for the amount of antibodies and other immune responses it needs depending on the level of threat it senses from a foreign body.

GALT.jpg

However, in certain cases, it is possible for the soft mucus barrier between the GALT and the contents of the intestines could get compromised if not enough fiber or other essential vitamins are being ingested. This usually occurs when a person ingests foods that they are allergic to. It is estimated that at least 70% of Westerners might be unknowingly suffering with food related allergies. Needless to say, having a healthy immune system translates to better protection against disease such as cancer, and encourages an overall sense of well-being, while a weakened immune system or GALT can mean the opposite.

To keep the GALT in tune, take a probiotic and multivitamin daily, and preferably one with vitamin C and zinc which are immune boosters. Also, eat whole plant foods and lots of fiber, and reduce the amount of poor quality food in your diet. Remove as much refined sugar from your diet as possible.


A Closer Look at the Lymphatic System

This is a system of thin tubes and lymph nodes which runs throughout the body. The lymph system makes up an important part of the immune system and plays a central role in fighting off harmful bacteria and other infections, such as cancer cells. In many ways, the lymph is quite similar to blood circulation, as in, the lymph system also branches through all parts of the body similar to the veins and arteries that carry blood. The only difference being, that the tubes of the lymph system are much finer in comparison, and carry a colorless fluid called “lymph.”

As the blood is circulated through the body, the fluid leaks out from the blood vessels and into the body’s tissue. The fluid then carries food to the cells and forms tissue fluid. This fluid then collects waste products such as damaged cells and bacteria along with any cancerous cells and drains into the lymph vessels. This fluid then travels through the lymph vessels and into the lymph glands.

The lymph glands are small bean shaped structures known as lymph nodes. These lymph nodes filter the lymph fluid as it passes through, while the white blood cells attack viruses or bacteria that are found in the lymph. When cancer cells break away from a tumor, they usually stick to one or more of the lymph nodes, which is why doctors first check the lymph nodes when they are working out how far the cancer has spread through the body. When the lymph nodes are swollen, doctors call it lymphadenopathy. The most common cause is infection but lymph nodes can also be swollen with cancer.


Bottom Line

By far, the worst part of having leaky gut syndrome is that it doesn’t correct itself, and the person is left with no alternative but to work hard to reduce the spaces in their intestines to keep the pathogens at bay. At the end of the day, by living an active lifestyle, consuming the right foods, avoiding harmful chemicals and creating an overall healthy environment, one can reduce the risk of a number of cancers.