Candida Yeast Infection: What We NEED to Know About It

Candida (also called yeast infection, candidiasis, thrush, fungus or fungal infection) is probably the most common plague of women in their childbearing years. Candida yeast infections cost women over half a billion dollars on over-the-counter drugs in 2002 alone. The recurring symptoms of this infection have made some women so miserable that they might have wished for death as a release. Undoubtedly, the debilitating symptoms of candida can greatly sabotage the quality of a woman’s life and a couple’s sexual and marital relationship. Countless women have been suffering from this pandemic for tens of years, and to this day, 15 to 55-year-old women are still being inflicted with it and are completely confused and clueless about where to turn for help.

Candida Yeast Infection in Women

Yet candida, or yeast infection, has not been the subject of much research, aside from studies sponsored by drug companies to test their own products. Most gynecologists are not well trained or well equipped to diagnose and treat such an infectious disease, and many do not take this life-ruining problem as seriously as they should.

As a result, misinformation and conflicting advice on how to cure candida prevail. Women with candida may be told never to douche or to do so with baking soda, to insert yogurt into the vagina, to avoid eating sugar and carbohydrates, to boil their underwear or to avoid having sex.

I was one of these women that nearly had their life ruined by the candida infection. I went through years of frustration and dealing with ungodly pains and unbearable symptoms, such as itching, burning, discharge, unbearable odor, and severe depression. After countless hours of research and experimentation, studying different books and research studies, and attending every health seminar I could attend, I was able to piece together the candida puzzle, and find out exactly what causes it in the very first place, and how to completely eliminate it. What I will share with you on this page, and in my book, Candida30: Permanently Heal Your Candida Infection in 30 Days or Less, is all the information a woman should ever need to completely treat her candida yeast overgrowth problem once and for all.

Symptoms of Candida

  • Vaginal itching
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal burning
  • Burning & pain during and after intercourse
  • Urinary infections
  • Burning sensations when urinating
  • Anal itching
  • Menstrual pain
  • Chronic vaginitis
  • PMS
  • Skin rashes
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Scalp itching
  • Bloating
  • Repeated, odorous flatulence
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Unusual stools
  • Acne or psoriasis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Athlete’s foot or toenail fungus
  • Chronic constipation
  • Recurring headaches
  • Chemical and environmental sensitivities
  • Poor memory
  • Mental fuzziness
  • Food allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders including weight gain and colitis
  • Energy imbalances or insomnia
  • Hormonal problems
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Thyroid issues

Candida Overgrowth in a glance

Causes of Candida


1- Mercury Toxicity

What most people, books, and websites won’t tell you is that candida overgrowth is very intimately related to mercury toxicity in the body, and directly caused by it. In fact, it is thought that the body has to produce candida as a defense against excess mercury and heavy metals. Many doctors report that over 90% of their patients with candida had elevated mercury levels. Similar numbers were found for patients with parasites and urinary tract infections.

Many people try to get rid of candida by working on the surface symptoms rather than targeting the underlying cause, which usually is mercury toxicity. They take all kinds of antifungals, cut all sugar and wheat, get on a vegetarian diet, and eat organic. They seem to do everything they possibly can, yet the candida doesn’t ever go away. Sadly, unless they work on the real problem, they can’t make real progress. This why so many people notice candida symptoms again as soon as they stop following their strict diets and go back to their normal habits; they haven’t eliminated the root of the problem. This can be very frustrating to the individual since most of her efforts have been wasted with no real progress.

Any approach to eliminating candida overgrowth from the body is flawed, unless it addresses mercury toxicity first. Most books advise the reader to address the candida right away, without determining whether or not mercury toxicity is a factor. What these people do not know is that mercury toxicity is usually the underlying cause of candida. It is a mercury toxic environment that is a perfect environment for the candida to thrive in, hence the correlation. Thus if you have mercury toxicity, it is most likely that you have some overgrowth of candida as well. The right way, the only real way, to get candida out of your body is to first detoxify your body from mercury. You must decrease the load of heavy metals in your body if you have any hope of completely eradicating candida.

Ignoring the primary causes for this fungal disease is also why most “anti-candida diets” are unrealistic and not sustainable over the long-term. Nutrition regimens stop working as soon as you get off the diet, and they don’t really fix any problems, nourish the body, or rebuild the immune system. They are a quick fix, albeit a very challenging, ineffective one.

I have seen people that detoxified mercury from their bodies and never had to deal with candida again, and I have also seen others who worked on their candida for months and never saw real results until they started detoxifying mercury from their bodies. So if you have mercury toxicity in your body, it would be futile to start working on eliminating your candida before you first begin detoxifying your body. And if you have been working on your candida for a while without making any real progress, then it is time for a heavy metals test.

Regardless, in this day and age, mercury and heavy metal toxicity should be a real concern to everyone, and we should do everything we can to always keep our bodies free from mercury and heavy metals. It is the second-most toxic substance known to human biology after plutonium. Mercury toxicity also has a high statistical correlation with suicide rates. This is evidenced by the autopsy of several dentists, who have 800 times more mercury in their pituitary glands than the average person. This may well account for why dentists have very high levels of suicide. This toxin is in our fish and some of our other food, has been injected to us, put into our mouths, and even in our eyes (as it’s also in some contact lens solutions), so it’s only wise that we be a little more concerned about it.

Some Symptoms of Mercury Toxicity

  • Depression, along with fatigue and a lack of motivation
  • Autism
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • ADD
  • Poor digestion
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Low sex drive
  • Feelings of hopelessness, fear, or impending doom
  • Impaired Personal relationships
  • Social anxiety, becoming shy and avoiding social relationships
  • Impulsiveness, restlessness, loss of self-control, and impaired judgment
  • Deteriorating intelligence, becoming dull and slow thinking
  • Memory problems from lack of concentration
  • Frequent headaches
  • Being easily upset and embarrassed
  • Brain fog
  • Asthma
  • Increasing sensitivity to light
  • Reddening of the skin, especially face and neck
  • Tendency towards diarrhea alternating with constipation
  • Heart racing for no apparent reason
  • Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive salivation and bad breathe
  • Loss of sense of smell and hearing
  • A sensation of rawness in the vagina

Causes of Mercury Toxicity

Amalgam Fillings

It is impossible for anyone to tap into their potential and be as healthy and alive as they can be, if they are mercury poisoned. The most common cause is amalgam fillings, also called “silver” fillings, in the mouth. Studies show that the mercury migrates from the teeth into the bloodstream. Furthermore, every time you chew on your filling, a vapor comes out of it that is loaded with mercury, most of which you inhale into your body. When this keeps happening over time, you start developing serious mercury toxicity. Because of this, amalgam fillings are extremely dangerous and should be removed immediately.

If you have had amalgam fillings, then you are poisoned with mercury, or have an unacceptably high level of it in your body. You need to start detoxifying mercury from your body immediately. If you currently have mercury fillings in your mouth, then you need to immediately have them removed. It usually costs around $200 to remove one filling from your mouth, if you live in the United States. That is a small price to pay compared to the damage that these fillings will keep doing to your health over time. Leaving them in your mouth will only make your symptoms worse and your efforts to eliminate candida more futile.

To learn more about how to cleanse your body from mercury so that you can eliminate candida and its symptoms faster, go ahead and read my book Candida30: Permanently Heal Your Candida Infection in 30 Days or Less where I explain very extensively how to cleanse the body from mercury and other heavy metals.

Eating Fish

Mercury and heavy metals are prevalent in seafood, and after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, you should be very cautious with the kind of seafood you eat. Seafood is great if it’s from a clean source that is not contaminated, but that is nearly impossible in today’s world. Today virtually all fish are contaminated with heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic. Twenty-five percent of New Yorkers have toxic blood levels of mercury from eating too much sushi, and fifteen percent of American women of childbearing age have toxic levels of mercury in their blood. Eating seafood is now something that has more potential danger on our health than ever before, especially after the Fukushima disaster, from which toxic radiation has spread throughout the Pacific Ocean. Therefore use extreme caution when eating seafood, or preferably avoid it altogether.

Vaccines

Vaccines can be another cause of mercury toxicity, although not as significant as amalgam fillings or eating fish. Children born between 1989 and 2001 were all exposed to mercury in the form of Thimerosal, which was present in the multitude of vaccines they were given at a very early age. (This mercury preservative was removed from the vaccines in 2001.) If you were born during that time, you need to take action to get that mercury out of your body.

Do not underestimate what dental “silver” fillings, fish, vaccines, or even environmental exposure can do to your health. Mercury will wreak havoc on your body and your brain. Please take the necessary precautions to prevent mercury’s harmful effects.

2- Lack of Pro-biotic Bacteria in the Gut (Usually Caused by Previous Use of Anti-biotics)

Vicious Cycle of Candida

Friendly bacteria (also commonly known as healthy bacteria, beneficial bacteria, good bacteria, probiotic bacteria, or, pro-biotics, which means “for life”, as opposed to antibiotics, which means “against life”), such as bifidus, acidophilus, and lactobacillus are essential to a wide range of bodily functions. They help our immune system fight diseases such as candida, provide important nutrients for building the blood, assist in digestion, protect the intestines, prevent diarrhea and constipation, and contribute to bowel elimination. Friendly gut bacteria help produce serotonin, which is also called “the happiness hormone” and is the brain chemical that makes us feel good and calm. Without enough friendly bacteria, we will have low levels of serotonin; we will be much more likely to feel depressed and irritable most of the time. Friendly bacteria are also an important part of our immune system and keep bad opportunistic organisms such as candida and viruses under control. As extreme as it may sound, having a healthy gut with an abundance of friendly bacteria is essential for a happy life and a well-functioning brain.

Once the friendly bacteria in our digestive tract is destructed, the candida yeast cells start to mutate and spread throughout the body. By the time we get a candida infection, most of these bacteria are gone. They have been killed from antibiotics, toxins, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and extremely unhealthy diets and lifestyles. If you have been on a Standard American Diet and have ever taken an antibiotic, then your friendly gut bacteria have been severely weakened and altered. Replacing and rebuilding these bacteria in our guts is crucial; it’s nearly impossible to win the battle against candida without building up healthy levels of friendly bacteria first.

Previous Use of Anti-biotics: A Main Cause of Candida Infection

Doctors are nowadays prescribing antibiotics for such simple maladies as colds and acne. But antibiotics kill not only the disease-causing bacteria; they also kill the beneficial bacteria, upset the body’s inner ecology, and allow unfriendly organisms to take over. This upsets the delicate balance of the good bacteria to yeast ratio in our digestive systems, giving candida the upper hand in creating an infection. Without the good bacteria in our system to control the candida yeast, it spreads and becomes a toxic debilitating fungal parasite.

Undoubtedly, antibiotics cause candida yeast infections because they kill all the good bacteria, which frees the candida yeast cells to grow, flourish, and spread. Only two days of antibiotic use can cause candida overgrowth in a vulnerable person.

With some illnesses it can become a never-ending cycle. Many women will get an antibiotic for their cold or flu, urinary tract infection, or acne, and then get a vaginal candida yeast infection as a result. The doctor will then give them an anti-fungal drug or an anti-fungal cream, or they will purchase it over the counter at the local drugstore. The infection may go away for a few days, but then it comes back. This will keep repeating itself until the underlying problems are addressed.

How to Restore Friendly (Probiotic) Bacteria

It is obvious that we need to go right to the core issue and work on that. In this case it’s rebuilding and restoring our healthy bacteria levels. The amounts of friendly bacteria present in yogurt and probiotic supplements (except for very few supplements that actually work) are trivial and are not enough to replace and rebuild what has been lost. Taking yogurt and probiotics supplements is like trying to extinguish a fire with a squirt gone; it’s not enough. There are other, more potent and effective sources and ways to rebuild the levels of healthy bacteria in our guts, which I discuss in great detail in my book Candida30: Permanently Heal Your Candida Infection in 30 Days or Less.

3- Excess Estrogen & Hormonal Imbalances

Due to many factors such as toxicity in the environment, use of plastics, and age-related stress, a woman’s body is generally going to be a little bit more susceptible to hormonal imbalances and candida than a man’s body.

Many women notice the candida infection coming back or becoming more acute during pregnancy, and from the time when they ovulate, until their period starts. It may go away after menstruation, only to return again at the next ovulation. There is an explanation to this — it’s mainly due to hormonal changes that take place during these two times. More specifically, it is due to estrogen going up in a woman’s body. Estrogen is essentially the hormone that creates sexual feelings in females, and is responsible for stimulating the characteristics that make a woman a female.

Candida and Estrogen Connection

The problem with estrogen going up is that, in this day and age, most women already have too much estrogen in their bodies — a condition coined “estrogen dominance.” And so, in excess, estrogen becomes a problem. It literally feeds the candida yeast cells and induces the overgrowth & colonization of candida in the vagina. Simply put, excess estrogen raises glycogen levels in the vagina, and glycogen feeds candida yeast. This is why birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy put women at a greater risk of developing candida yeast infections.

Therefore, you need to deprive candida from of a main food source, which is the glygoen produced from excess estrogen. In order to do that, you need to get your estrogen levels down to a healthy level, and remove “bad” estrogen from your body. I explore this topic in much greater detail and teach a five-step proces to removing bad estrogen and balancing hormones in my book, Candida30: Permanently Heal Your Candida Infection in 30 Days or Less, which you need to start reading immediately if you suffer from candida or any of its symptoms. I also included in the book the most effective protocols and strategies for balancing hormones and getting the bad estrogen out of our bodies as quickly as possible.

Causes of Excess Estrogen

We have more than 77,000 chemicals in our environment that we are constantly exposed to. One of the results of chemicals in our environment is that some of the chemicals mimic estrogens in our bodies. These “chemical estrogens” are absorbed by our bodies and often lead to creating an imbalance in our body with too many estrogens (either natural or chemical.)

The chemical estrogens are often referred to as xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are a type of xenohormone that imitates estrogen in the body. They are widely used in industrial compounds such as PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls), BPA (bisphenol) and Phthalates (which are in plastic bottles), that have estrogenic effects on a living organism even though they differ chemically from the natural hormones or the naturally occurring estrogenic substances internally produced by the endocrine system of the body.

In addition to chemical estrogens from the environment, some foods, such as soy, contain phytoestrogens, which mimic estrogen in our system as well. Dr. Mary Enig pointed out that two or three servings of soy per day is the equivalent of a birth control pill. That’s how estrogenic soy is.

Also, birth control pills are just as harmful. If you have been on birth control for ten or twenty years and then you come off, you are going to be dealing with major hormonal imbalances. The pill is one of the leading contributors to hormone imbalances.

With the xenoestrogens, phytoestrogens, and our own natural estrogen, our hormones are very likely to get out of balance. And all of this excess estrogen feeds and fuels the overgrowth of the candida yeast infection. We need to break it down and remove it from our body, which you’ll learn how to do in my book Candida30: Permanently Heal Your Candida Infection in 30 Days or Less.

4- High Sugar Diet

Candida feeds on sugar. Not only candida, but all harmful fungi, bacteria, viruses, microbes, parasites thrive on sugar. By eating high amounts of sugar, you will still be feeding the candida yeast and all these other bad organisms, and fueling and encouraging them to spread and overgrow. According to the USDA, the average American consumes 158 pounds of sugar a year. No wonder candida is such an epidemic.

If you are already suffering from a candida yeast infection, you need to starve the candida yeast in order to get rid of it as quickly as possible. The only way to do that is to avoid eating sugar altogether and any food that contains it, whether it’s natural or not. Avoid all foods that contain the sugars: glucose, fructose, and sucrose. These feed the candida yeast. Also, stay away from all artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, brown sugar, Splenda, and NutraSweet. In Candida30, I go through all the natural sweeteners that do not feed candida yet taste just as sweet as sugar.

It is also worth mentioning that, regardless of whether one has candida, a high sugar diet can literally be destructive to our lives. Excess sugar depletes a woman’s body of essential minerals – those same minerals that determine her beauty and strength throughout her life and that help create new life during pregnancy. Sugar also weakens and upsets a woman’s delicate endocrine balance.

5- Other Causes of Candida

High blood acidity, which is caused by an overly acidic diet. An acidic environement encourages the candida yeast and other viruses and bad organisms to thrive and overgrow in the body and colonize in a woman’s vagina. This can be reversed by eating alkaline-forming foods to get the acidity down.

Being born with it. As unfair as this sounds, if one’s mother had a candida yeast infecton or mercury poisoning or was exposed to too much toxicity, then there is a huge chance that she has passed it onto us. In fact, most babies being born nowadays have candida yeast in their which shows up in symptoms like diaper rash. This should encourage us to deal with the candida infection and clean our bodies from it before we get pregnant and victimize another innocent soul.

Sexually transmitted. You can catch a candida yeast infection from men that have skin yeast (fungus) on their penis. The man usually has no clue about this because it lies dormant due to the low skin temperature. But once the penis is inside the vagina, the yeast is activated, and it infects you. Since nearly 80% of all americans are inflicted with candida, it’s wise to always be protected.

How to Cure Candida Quickly & Naturally

Unfortunately there is only so much I can cover in one webpage. For that reason and to share more of my knowledge and experience with healing candida, I wrote a whole 100-page book that provides and neatly puts together every piece of information a woman would need to permanently get rid of her candida as quickly as possible — in 30 days or less. You can now get my book, Candida30: Permanently Heal Your Candida Infection in 30 Days or Less, and start reading it, applying it, and curing your candida and its nasty symptoms starting today.

Why Does This Yeast Infection Cure Work?

Candida30 is the only program that addresses all the core underlying problems that can be associated with a candida yeast infection. It works on mercury poisoning, horomonal imbalances, blood acidity and clogged intestines, restores and strengthens the digestion, restores good bacterial levels, and encourages a lifestyle full of activities that will tremendously accelerate your healing from candida. On top of that, it strengthens the immune system so that it is, literally, hundreds of times stronger than it was before. And most importantly, you can achieve all of that without having to spend a lot of money.

For these reasons, I would highly recommend to anyone who is suffering from candida, to read and apply the methods in Candida30: Permanently Heal Your Candida Infection in 30 Days or Less starting today to get this affliction out of their bodies as soon as humanly possible.

P.S. If you know anyone who has any of the symptoms we discussed, please send this article to them, it may be of great help to them.