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NE iab W ure
A rnonthly publcation of The PWA Health Group of Texas, Inc.
Perhaps Your Yeast Should Be Decreased
by Matt Earnest
Yeast can be a good thing. What else could make Granny's
bread rise so well? Even some of the yeast in our bodies has beneficial
properties. We as a society simply have a stigma about yeast. We
tend to associate things fungal with thrush, vaginal infections, and the
like; and if you think about it, it even sounds gross...yeast. But it really
is to one's advantage to understand and make peace with yeast. It's
part of the natural flora of the body, and though we are prejudiced
against it, a balance between avoiding bad yeast and promoting good
yeast must be achieved in order to maintain good health.
Candida albicans is a type of yeast which has probably
inhabited the human body for millions of years.1 It prefers the digestive
tract because of the warmth, darkness, moisture, and ample oxygen
supply. Problems with Candida don't arise until it reaches unusually
high numbers, causing a decrease in the defense power of the host (or
vice versa). An overgrowth of Candida (Candikiasis) oftentimes has
diverse effects on the immune system and on the body in general,
including: exhaustion, arthritis, skin disorders (acne, eczema,
psoriasis), headaches, musculoskeletal distress, urinary tract infections,
vaginitis, urethritis, prostatitis, chronic digestive disturbances, loss of
sex drive, and mental and emotional dysfunctions.1
What causes an overgrowth? Dr. John Parks Trowbridge,
a Houston physician, author, and president of the American College of
Advancement in Medicine, says that what he calls the Yeast Syndrome
is caused primarily by "the A-B-C-D's of modem illness": Antibiotics,
Birth control pills, Cortisone, and a Deplorable diet, which, he rightly
deduces, are all the by-products of a more sophisticated, industrialized
society.2 Candida is therefore endemic to the more technologically
advanced nations, just as amoebic dysentery is endemic to those of the
What can I do about it? A healthy diet is absolutely
essential in controlling Candida, says Dr. Trowbridge. Ways to keep
your diet from becoming deplorable include avoiding processed foods-
contain sugar or alcohol, most milk products, and anything containing
yeast. Meats, eggs, vegetables, and yogurt (which contains healthy
bacteria--Acidophilus, or acid-loving bacteria that discourages the
growth of yeast) are the keys to staying healthy and balancing the
helpful organisms with the potentially harmful.
There are many treatments for an overgrowth of Candida; to,
many to list here. Many physicians have only recently (within the last
10 years) begun to recognize Candidiasis, largely because it has
become so common in AIDS/ARC patients. A good physician can
devise a treatment which shows some beneficial signs in a few weeks,
if the patient is faithful and strict with his/her regimen. A common
occurrence in treatment for Yeast Syndrome is a Herxheimer reaction,
during which the patient will experience intensified versions of whatevE
symptoms he/she has. As the Candida die, the cells containing the
see YEAST, page 6
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