If anyone has read any of my posts here they know I think alot. Here is a bit of interesting info I sent to a friend a while back and has been a topic of casual discussion within my circle for a few weeks. I read a post earlier that made me think this may be of some use to some people here with open minds and the willingness to think outside the box. This is a look into some of my many hours of thinking and reading. This info is not intended to treat or diagnose any disease, a skilled professional should always be consulted before trying anything read here.This info is an educated opinion and is to be taken as such. The post is lengthy but worth it to intellectuals interested in the advancement of UC. With that said, here it is:
Candida infection- The bacterial imbalance yeast overgrowth can create, as well as the damage done by the yeast itself. I believe it is responsible for occasional UC flares and some irritable bowel syndromes. This yeast is a very opportunistic organism that thrives on poor food choices and antibiotic therapies.
I don't believe diet alone can cause UC flares but I think it can be a factor. The combo of high stress combined with the bad diet that usually follows "guilty pleasure" foods in addition to genetic predisposition can cause flares. Remember--you harbor stress in your guts. Thats why when you get nervous for an activity often a trip to the restroom is in order. I usually go running for sugar and junk foods when I get stressed and the candida just loves it when I give in. I can feel it within hours.
Candida transforms from bud stage (dormant) to active (thread-like) stage when given high doses of refined carbs for food. The organism's threads invade the lining of the gut wall and often lets all kinds of bad stuff into the blood stream (leaky gut). The liver freaks out and starts overworking-- sending these toxins into the excretion channels: urine, sweat, and colon. These toxins are extremely irritating and causes bad acne, urinary tract infections, and yes, you guessed it-- inflammation of the colon. Now the immune system kicks in and starts attacking everything it determines to be detrimental to the survival of the body, even the body itself.
The antibodies released against these toxins mess with these organs and can cause flare ups in autoimmune diseases, lupus, arthritis, thyroiditis and a few others I think of off the top of my head. IgA, which is produced in the gut wall, is disrupted due to this inflammation and is a critical defense against the yeast and bad bacteria populating the intestines. So now candida has successfully neutralized your body's defenses against it and now continues its growth at full unchecked rate with his buddies, namely, foul gas and big "D" producing putrefactive bacteria.
That's why I think candida is such an adversary, it systematically cripples you to fight it. When its time to kill it one needs to replace the space it occupied in your gut when it dies so you don't get an infection from some of the baddies like E.Coli and salmonella left over (which are usually dormant and in small amounts in healthy people). When it starts dying, you feel really bad (die off). The demise of candida causes like over 150 toxins to be released. The body's last resort to fight candida is yes you guessed it, diarrhea to flush it out--sometimes bloody as the inflammation goes to work on your injured gut walls.
Anti-candida attack: Starve it. No refined starches [sugars] or refined carbs for like a week. As soon as the flare starts, anti-fungals are in order. I do this naturally. What nature gives you I believe she can cure you too. Here's a list of yeast destroyers I have used in the past: Coconut oil, Pau D'arco tea, Biotin- prevents yeast buds from threading, LOTS of garlic, oregano oil, black walnut, grapefruit seed extract, that's all I can think of. I read about these when i was like 21 or something and started using them all during flares to aid in remission. Mix them up to keep yeast confused too. I usually keep them all together in a special sack as my kit. I also combine them together for some synergy like garlic with the oregano leaf on fish, grapefruit seed in the pau Darco tea, Biotin pill with a shot of coconut oil.
Make these items a permanent addition to your arsenal and don't let them run out! I take Bifidus (30 billion) and L acidophilus (19 Bil) and L. Reuteri (5 bil)with some FOS powder and some metamucil (to feed them) two hours after my antifungal mixes. Highly digestible meals and probiotics are key. Bifidus is the big daddy of the colon and so are the lactic acid producers like L. Reuteri, B. Longum that actively combat bad bacteria. There is a ratio of 30:19 Bifidus to Acidoph. (that is ideal for successful probiotic supplementation I think) Also take Saccaromyces Boulardii (sp?) a very beneficial yeast that helps starve and takes the place of the empty spot candida left bare as it dies and sluffs off into the feces.