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Cleanse the Colon: Renew Health

By Andrew Gutauskas Attogram Founder and Pharmacist Andrew Gutauskas prepared the following article for presentation at the Third Symposium on Nutrition and Chiropractic at the Palmer College of Chiropractic, and it was subsequently printed in an issue of Health Freedom News.

Some researchers have suggested that Candidiasis can have any of more than 350 different symptoms. This is what mystifies so many of the health care professionals, as well as the patients themselves. John Trowbridge, M.D., in his book Yeast Syndrome states that there are 16 broad signs of Candida:

1.   feeling lousy all over, even after having had many treatments;
2.   cause of rotten feeling can't be identified;
3.   patient has had repeated courses of antibiotic drugs;
4.   subconscious preference for foods made with yeast, bread, beer, wine, alcohol, and certain cheeses;
5.   cravings for sweets and other sugar-containing edibles;
6.   insistent desire for refined simple carbohydrates, candy, chocolate, cake, cookies, soda pop, junk foods;
7.   discovery that sweets and simple carbohydrates give a quick pick-up followed by let down;
8.   low blood sugar;
9.   unusually high preference for alcoholic beverages;
10.  usage of birth control pills
11.  usage of corticosteroids or other anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressive drugs;
12.  multiple pregnancies;
13.  abdominal pain, vaginal infections, PMS, menstrual irregularities, discomfort during sex, loss of libido, and/or impotence;
14.  athlete's foot, jock itch, fungus infection of finger and/or toenails, fungus infection of the skin;
15.  feeling more tired on damp days or in moldy places such as basements, cellars or working in garden; and
16.  discomfort in proximity of smoke, chemicals and/or perfumes.

People with an overgrowth of Candida albicans can experience one or, more often, many of the above-mentioned symptoms. Often, as time goes by and the condition worsens, additional symptoms are added.

Many people with severe chronic conditions have fungal overgrowth. Whether this parasite causes these problems or just makes them worse is unknown, but 80% of cases improve when the Candida problem has been eliminated. These chronic conditions can include:
  • multiple sclerosis
  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic fatigue
  • crohn's disease
  • colitis
  • IBS
  • environmental illnesses
  • arthritis
  • infertility
Causes of Candidiasis
Soon after birth, Candida albicans is normally found in the intestinal tract of healthy individuals in its yeast-like friendly form. However, under certain conditions, Candida albicans may be encouraged to change its structure and metabolism to the unfriendly fungal form, as discovered by University of Iowa researcher Dr. David Soll. This new entity is composed of a mycelium (a mass of filaments or long root-like structures) which is able to penetrate into tissues. Because of its invasive quality, the mycelia form must be eradicated if treatment is to be successful.

Its disruption of tissue and membrane integrity, coupled with its continual release of toxic waste products, leads to a wide range of seemingly unrelated symptoms that have baffled doctors for decades, such as
  • adult-onset allergies
  • fatigue
  • indigestion
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • migraines
  • frequent infections
  • skin problems


Predisposing Factors
The following four factors stimulate the growth of Candida albicans and its change to the hostile, invasive form.
  • Destruction of Candida albicans, natural control mechanism, healthy bacteria, by wide-spectrum antibiotics. This can happen from
  • prolonged (several months or more) or repeated (more than three treatments a year) antibiotic usage;
  • regular consumption of poultry, meat and/or milk, since these usually contain antibiotics;
  • chemical preservatives present in many foods.
  • Weakened immune system, which can be caused by prolonged illness, stress, alcohol abuse, smoking, lack of exercise and/or rest, and poor nutrition.
  • Being female. Females are more likely to have Candidiasis. Sixty percent of these patients are women, 20% men and 20% children. The fluctuating female hormones during menstruation and pregnancy tend to impair the immune system function and stimulate Candida growth. The female anatomy with the vagina in close proximity to the rectum lends itself to easy migration of Candida albicans.
  • Our low-bulk, high-refined carbohydrate diet which establishes a breeding ground for Candida albicans. This diet builds up layers of fecal matter in the large intestine. This layering means putrification, fermentation and rancidification, a perfect toxin-producing home site for the Candida albicans. On this diet, the small intestine can become clogged with mucus, which also encourages Candida albicans growth.
The typical North American diet is the most significant factor supporting a candidiasis stronghold within the body. North Americans consume up to 100,000 pounds of food in a lifetime, most of which is over processed, low fiber, high refined carbohydrate in nature, with large amounts of red meat, dairy products and wheat. This diet promotes poor digestion and sluggishness in the intestinal tract and, over a period of years, coats the walls of the large intestine with a thick layer of mucus and impacted, decayed food. The average adult is carrying around 9-12 pounds of decayed food.

Whereas the yeast for of Candid albicans likes to feed on carbohydrates, the mycelia form has a less discriminating palate. It does very well on decaying matter and, in fact, it is likely that the presence of this morbid material in the large intestine stimulates the conversion of the yeast to the invasive fungal form.

The inference is obvious. To reverse this disease condition, one must remove the cause. The Candida overgrowth is an indicator of the problem, but the cause is intestinal filth. Killing the micro-organism will do no more to permanently correct candidiasis than smashing a car's gas gauge will fill an empty tank.

The Nature of Candidiasis
Candida albicans intestinal mycelia filaments, or long root-like tentacles, produce illness in a number of ways. These tentacles penetrate the intestinal wall, destroying the membrane system. This allows for severe leaks of toxins into the bloodstream, causing symptoms and aggravating pre-existing conditions. Also, when the intestinal wall is penetrated, this allows for absorption of incompletely digested dietary proteins which can cause allergies and environmental hypersensitivities. Additionally, this penetration can introduce Candida albicans into the bloodstream. From there, it has access to all body tissues and can produce various gland/organ dysfunctions and weakening of the entire system, lowering resistance to other diseases.

With effective treatment, symptoms will often improve or disappear completely. Treatment can take form one to twenty-four months, or more, depending on the severity and length of the Candidiasis and on the age and condition of the patient.

Some individuals must continue therapy continuously or on an intermittent basis for extended periods or even for life. A return to the behavior that encouraged Candida overgrowth in the first place (stress, antibiotic usage, eating sugar, using cortisone type drugs, etc.) may necessitate treatment again.

Approaches to treating candidiasis that do not address the cause cannot offer a permanent cure because they are flawed in their design. Immune-system boosters are faced with the problem that the main Candida growth is not resident in living tissue and therefore is outside the influence of the immune system. Likewise, fungicidals cannot access Candida hidden beneath the surface of the intestinal adhesions.

A nutritious diet and a program which consist of a combination of Caproyl, Bentonite, Psyllium and Acidophilus
mixed with water is the therapy of choice because it works independently of the person's defense mechanisms. (The water should not contain chlorine, which kills bacteria.) With this method, the burden of microbial warfare is partially lifted from the immune system, an essential element because a Candidiasis patient's immune system is under constant attack.

Restoring proper colonic hygiene forces the Candida albicans to retreat to its former subdued state. In most cases, when the intestinal Candida albicans returns to the benign form, the immune system will clear Candida from the rest of the body. Without paying close attention to the restoration of proper colon cleanliness, the immune system will be forced to continually battle Candidiasis and its toxins.

So, a clean colon is essential in the battle against Candida albicans, and the accumulation of filth here can be decreased, if not eliminated, with proper dietary modifications. First, adapt these nutritional steps with liquid. Constance Kies, Ph.D., in an issue of Prevention Magazine wrote, as it absorbs water in the digestive tract, the Psyllium expands, stimulating and speeding up elimination. Psyllium also looks as though it is a cholesterol fighter, as Kies found in an experiment with healthy volunteers whose cholesterol levels dropped, on average, from 193 to 168 when they added Psyllium to their customary diets.

Psyllium reduces toxic overload (also called the die-off reaction) from poisons released by dead and dying Candida Albicans, by absorbing toxins within the colon and carrying them out.

Gastroenterologist Jack D. Welsh, M.D. at the University Of Oklahoma Health Science Center, noted in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that the Psyllium entirely prevents the expected gas and nausea. If psyllium seed powder is added to the husk powder in the proper ratio, the preparation becomes an intestinal cleanser. The Psyllium seed fragments are very hard; they tend to scrape away at the toxic plaquing on the intestinal walls and clean it away over a period of months.

A product containing both Psyllium seeds and husks is preferred. Most Psyllium products are sold only for their laxative effect and possess minimal intestinal cleansing action because they lack powdered Psyllium seeds, containing powdered husks only.

Bentonite, a volcanic ash, when processed into a very fine liquid suspension, acts toward toxic material as flypaper does with flies. The unique properties of Bentonite were reported in the Medical Annals of the District of Columbia by Frederic Damrau, M.D., who established that Bentonite adsorbs toxins, bacteria, and viruses both in laboratory dishes and in humans. Because Bentonite itself is not absorbed, whatever it adsorbs is removed in the feces. This includes miscellaneous intestinal poisons and toxins generated by Candida albicans.

A direct assault upon the Candida albicans is affected by caprylic acid. Its anti-fungal properties were the subject of a Japanese study at the Niigata University School of Medicine and were reported in the Japanese Journal of Microbiology, "the fungicidal effect of caprylic acid on C. albicans was exceedingly powerful." It was also noted in the journal, "Caprylic acid exhibits the most remarkable fungistatic and fungicidal properties of all normal saturated fatty acids with even-numbered carbon atoms studied."

Caprylic acid is metabolized by the liver and does not get into the general circulation. It must exert its fungicidal effect in the intestinal tract or not at all. However, the problem with caprylic acid is that it is rapidly absorbed from the intestinal tract, and routed directly to the liver. According to studies, just ten minutes after oral intake of straight caprylic acid, more than 90% can be traced in the portal vein on its way to the liver. For this reason, it has little anti-Candida effect, both intestinally and systemically, unless its absorption is somehow retarded. Traditional caprylic acid preparations exist as capsules or tablets, but the one we prefer is a liquid called Caproyl. In liquid form, it acquires its needed sustained-released properties from the gel formed by the mixture of Psyllium and water in which it is entrapped. Caproyl contains not only caprylic acid, but also high-oleic safflower oil, which is rich in oleic acid. This fatty acid hinders conversion of Candida albicans yeast to its mycelia fungal form which roots into the mucosa of the body.

We recommend that this liquid caprylic acid be mixed with Psyllium husk and seed blend powder, Bentonite (liquid form only), acidophilus and water to be taken orally once or twice daily.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS, once the mixture is ingested. As the Psyllium presses up against the intestinal walls, some unique and beneficial things occur.

The liquid caprylic acid is released into the intestinal wall at a rate determined by the gel, not by intestinal pH conditions, which vary widely among individuals. Consequently, results are predictable, consistent, and favorable. Caprylic acid is slowly released through the entire length of the intestinal tract.
As the gel rubs itself against the intestinal wall, it acts as a paintbrush in delivering the liquid caprylic acid to the intestinal wall. Not a square millimeter of wall is missed through the entire length of the intestines.

Because the Candid albicans micro-organisms are buried deep within the toxic accumulations on the intestinal walls, access to them is difficult. But the bulking action of the gel forcibly rubs liquid caprylic acid into the filth and into the Candida.

Acidophilus implants beneficial bacteria to help provide equilibrium in the intestinal tract. It arrests intestinal Candida albicans. Acidophilus produces acidophilin (a natural antibiotic), lactic acid (which aids lactose digestion) and hydrogen peroxide. It is also effective against many pathogenic bacteria, thereby strengthening the immune system by lessening its workload.

Liquid caprylic acid, dispersed in the Psyllium gel, will rid most people of major yeast symptoms in three to eight weeks. If these people really want to improve their health, however or merely stay well, they will need to continue to eradicate the original cause of the problem. Additional cleansing of the intestinal environment may be necessary.

As a maintenance protocol, while other colon cleansers may be touted, we know that over a period of many months, using Psyllium/Bentonite mixture once or twice daily and adding liquid caprylic acid every fourth week for five consecutive days will clean out a colon and keep the Candida albicans in check.

NOTE: Many patients with Candidiasis experience uncomfortable effects within the first week after initiation of treatment. These symptoms may include such things as flu symptoms (stuffiness, headache, general aches, and diarrhea), skin rashes, or vaginal irritation/discharge. These symptoms result from the release of toxins from the rapidly dying Candida albicans colonies. The exact symptoms depend upon the individual case and are sometimes dramatic, but disappear in a few days. It may be necessary to cut back dosages of the fungicidal component of the program (Caproyl) until symptoms subside.

In her book, Conquering Yeast Infections, Colet Lahoz, RN, MS, Lac, discusses her effective use of the above protocol, referring to it as Candida Purge. She has treated well over 1,000 patients with a 97% success rate! She also includes the results of a 50 patient survey, clearly indicating the superiority of this approach over other natural remedies and drugs with respect to efficacy and side effects. For more information or to purchase this book, go to the WholeApproach Online Store.