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If you've followed the diets, taken the drugs and creams, and still can't get any relief from your constant yeast infections, this webpage is for you. It takes a look at what I believe to be the single most important factor that so many people refuse to look at when it comes to chronic yeast infections and how to address it yourself. That's right...refuse! They think it cannot happen to them and is the last thing they will look at when it should be the first!
So what is this mystery ailment?? I'll get to that in a minute but first here are the main causes of constant yeast infections.
Lets take a quick look at each one...
Immune System Problems
Normally the t-cells known as lymphocytes swing into action and kill the the yeast as it tries to establish itself but sometimes there is defect in their function and they don't. This is what is believed to happen in the case of vaginal yeast that has spread from the intestine. The vaginal candida yeast attaches in the mycelial form and the lymphocytes don't respond to the threat. Then it begins to produce spores giving the woman a full blown yeast infection.
It has also been found that many women have a poor IgA response in their vaginal secretions. IgA is the antibody responsible for the defense of all the mucous linings in the body. This is a very common immune system deficiency that has no cure; it is for life if you have it. It can be treated with colostrum or lactoferrin, which is the active ingredient in colostrum.
The woman begins to take Diflucan or some other medication and it initially clears up the yeast infection. However, in the case of constant yeast infections after a while it is back again because it has the ability to hide from the drugs and creams under the skin of the vagina. Once the drugs are gone it comes back out to play. At some point it becomes extremely resistant to the drugs or it shape shifts to other species like candida glabrata, which is almost immune to Diflucan and pretty much only responds to boric acid suppositories and as far as prescription drugs go, the Enchinocandins.
During pregnancy after the first trimester your estrogen levels rise to the highest they will ever be in your entire life. This excess estrogen feeds yeast, which brings us to the next reason.
Out of Balance Hormones
Excess estrogen is a definite risk factor for chronic yeast infections. Whether that estrogen comes from birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, or your body is simply out of whack, it doesn't seem to matter. To much fuels yeasts growth in the vagina. We also know that the hormones are an integral part of the immune system and any imbalances can throw its function out of whack. There is more information on hormones here.
A poor functioning Thyroid doesn't help either.
According to the ATA Hypothyroidism Booklet, page 3, American Thyroid Association, 2003.
"Thyroid hormone is essential to help each cell in each tissue and organ to work right. For example, thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should".
Because thyroid hormones affect every cell in your body, if your thyroid is having problems, it can throw off the other hormones. This can make the vaginal environment conducive to constant yeast infections because it can alter the amount of estrogen and estrogen controls the sugar levels in the vagina.
Diabetes or High Vaginal Sugar Levels
Diabetes is of course an obvious cause if you have this condition. Yeast feeds on glucose whether it gets it from the simple carbohydrates you eat or from your blood sugar.
If the glucose levels are conducive for yeast overgrowth it reproduces in the spore form and can double its population every hour.
If you starve it with diet, the food supply is lean so it turns to the mycelial form with hyphae and blastospores and begins to grow outward in search of food. These legs can puncture the stomach lining, the lining of the skin in the vagina, the outer layers of skin if you have skin yeast, etc, in search of food. Once they have tapped your blood supply it has found a glucose source and life is good again.
High vaginal sugar levels can also be caused by to much estrogen.
Oral Sex With a Partner That Has Oral Yeast
According to a study out of the University of Michigan, your risk of developing a vaginal yeast infection increased after having oral sex, because candida is found in one third to one half of all adults mouths.
High Heavy Metal Levels
The mystery problem, too much mercury in the body.
At Michael Biamonte's health clinic, testing the mercury levels
in his patients with various illnesses, 82 to 86% of his
patients with constant yeast infections, parasites, Epstein Barr virus, chronic urinary tract infections and multiple chemical sensitivities were 68 to 86% higher than the so called normal mercury level.
Dr. J. Trowbridge has written in his book "The Yeast Syndrome," that some doctors specializing in candida treatment have reported to him that they have discovered clinically that 98% of their patients with chronic candida also had mercury toxicity.
Mercury accumulation levels in females are 2:1 over males. It accumulates in the central nervous system, the endocrine system, and every major organ, as well as the body at large.
It disrupts the pituitary, thyroid, hypocampus, adrenal gland and interferes with the regulation of glucose. These disruptions help bring on fatigue, mind fog, short term memory loss, concentration problems and headaches. People can lose their sense of balance. Women can develop early menopause and endodemitriosis from loss of proper hormone regulation. Mercury is a possible source of too much estrogen because mercury is a hormone disruptor and could be altering estrogen levels leading to too much glucose in the vagina that feeds yeast.
The yeast cell also binds to the mercury molecule and is some what of an immune system defense mechanism designed to protect your body from the destructive effects of mercury poisoning. When the yeast cell becomes saturated or has absorbed all it can, roughly its own weight, it disposes of the rest as methyl mercury.
Methyl mercury now goes everywhere as it passes thru the intestinal wall. The body's macrophages and master antioxidant glutathione try to clean up and detoxify the body. At some point they become weakened, tired, and worn out. This weakening of the immune system hinders the bodies ability to heal and greatly effects immune system function as outlined below as it discusses heart disease.
In an article in the November 28, 2002, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, "Mercury, fish oils, and the risks of myocardial infarction," the authors stated: "Mercury may promote arteriosclerosis and hence increase the risk of myocardial infarction in several ways. Mercury promotes the production of free radicals…and may bind selenium [so that it] cannot serve as a cofactor for glutathione peroxidase. Mercury may…inactivate the antioxidant properties of glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase. Mercury may induce lipid peroxidation, and mercury levels were a strong predictor of oxidized LDL level. Mercury compounds can also promote platelet aggregability and blood coagulability, inhibit endothelial-cell formation and migration, and affect apoptosis and the inflammatory response. Increased rates of cardiovascular disease were found in mercury-exposed workers, and mercury levels in hair predicted the progression of carotid arteriosclerosis in a longitudinal study."
Mercury catalyzes oxidation of important parts of your body, the worst area being the membranes around and inside the cells. It sticks to the sulhydryl groups present on the membranes and destroys the essential fatty acids that your body can't replace. It also destroys the phospholipids that hold the membrane together.
Mercury oxidizes the proteins inside the cells that hold the cell together keeping things like your dna in place. It kicks out the appropriate metal from the enzyme receptor sites and renders these sites inactive.
The significance of the above two paragraphs have a lot to do with cell to cell communication and the immune system. The cells talk to one another and relay information so they all work together as a whole system. When cells are in danger for instance, they send out cytokines, which is a type of hormone signal asking for help from the immune system. If mercury has damaged the outer membranes, it is unable to send out the required signal for help. Viruses, bad bacteria, and yeast have a field day because the cells are defenseless by themselves.
I could probably build an entire website on mercury poisoning but I think you see what I'm trying to say?
Mercury can cause problems with three things that can cause constant yeast infections, immune system problems, hormones, and blood sugar levels. You must look at this, and I would do it sooner rather then later.
To Much Yeast in The Intestine
Many Microbiologists have suggested that 90% or more women have an over growth in the intestine and because of the close proximity of the anus to the vagina, it simply transfers. You then end up re-infecting yourself over and over and over again.
You really need to identify the cause and I have provided links above so you can get more information. Once you determine what the problem is, then you can take action to correct it.
You can see your doctor to get blood sugar levels, hormone levels, and to see if you're pregnant. They can also test for immune function and do a blood test for mercury.
However, blood testing for mercury is not that accurate. You are much better off to do a urine challenge test or hair test.
A stool test like those that I suggest here, can be done to check for intestinal yeast over growth.
Article written by Dan and edited for accuracy by Dr. Taylor
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