Definition of Candida
In a healthy person, Candida numbering in the millions, is a yeast
that normally exists within the mouth, throat, intestines, and genital/urinary
tract. Its population is kept in check by other bacteria and a properly
functioning immune system.
If there are conditions within the body that cause a significant
decrease in the other bacteria and/or a weakened immune system,
the Candida will invade wherever it can.
It accomplishes this by shifting from a non-invasive yeast into
an opportunistic fungal state that has been shown to be capable
of spreading throughout the body.
Candida is considered to be a normal part of the organisms that
co-exist in our lower digestive tract. It's there to protect us
against pathogen bacteria. Ideally all of these organisms keep each
other in balance (homeostasis).
Unfortunately, when the balance is significantly disrupted, most
often Candida has the ability to survive and then to thrive while
the other organisms are killed off.
This is obviously based on the nature of what is causing this imbalance.
For example, Candida has the ability to resist antibiotics, cortisone,
steroids, etc. while the other organisms are destroyed leaving all
to be taken over by the remaining Candida.
In its original yeast state Candida is a noninvasive, sugar-fermenting
organism. When it is no longer held in balance it morphs into an
invasive fungal state producing very long root-like structures called
These structures penetrate the intestinal walls allowing it and
its waste products (toxins) to enter the blood stream and be transported
to most parts of the body.
It has been identified as causing infections of the vagina, ears,
nose, throat, finger and toe nails, and the entire digestive tract,
from the mouth to the rectum.
This single cell fungus belongs to the vegetable kingdom. It is
a cousin of the molds that live in damp bathrooms and basements,
stale bread, cheese and fruit that have "gone bad."
The images of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde come to mind, as a way to
describe its ability to change its looks and personality back and
forth to elude the body's immune system.
Researchers at the University of Iowa describe Candida as a "microscopic
monster, capable of inflicting a wide range of torture from annoying
vaginitis, jock itch, and oral lesions in relatively healthy individuals,
to death in patients weakened by other diseases."
Most common strains of Candida.
(Note:There are over 150, the most common
are listed here.)
- Candida albicans
- Candida dubliniensis
- Candida famata
- Candida glabrata
- Candida guilliermondii
- Candida humicola
- Candida krusei
- Candida lambica
- Candida lipolytica
- Candida lusitaniae
- Candida parapsilosis
- Candida pseudotropicalis
- Candida rugosa
- Candida stellatoidea
- Candida tropicalis
- Candida zeylanoide
Other names for Candida (AKA)
- C. Albicans
- C-RS (Candida-Related-Syndrome)
- CRC (Candida-Related-Complex)
- Candida Albicans
- Candida albicans
- Candida-Related Complex
- Candida Septicemia
- Candida-Related Syndrome
- Candidiasis Hypersensitivity Syndrome
- Candidiasis Syndrome
- Chronic Candida Sensitivity Syndrome
- Chronic Candida Syndrome
- Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidosis
- Chronic Systemic Candidiasis
- Hidden Epidemic
- Microscopic Monster
- Monilia Albicans
- Monilia Vaginitis
- Mucocutaneous Candidosis
- Oidium Albicans
- Oral Thrush
- Polysystematic Candidiasis
- Saccaromyces Albicans
- Systemic Candidiasis
- The Yeast Syndrome
- Unfriendly Bacteria
- Vaginal Thrush
- Yeast Infections
- Yeast Overgrowth
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