Look into Candida as causes brain fog yeah
National Candida Society
PO Box 151
Kent BR5 1UJ
telephone: +44 (0)1689-813039
Candida is controversial. The medical profession denies its existence, except in very limited cases, making it very difficult to get a medical diagnosis of candida. Candida is the popular term for candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) - a condition first identified by American physicians in the 1970s.
Moderate amounts of candida (and other yeast) live in every one of us without causing any harm, but when given free rein to grow unchecked, e.g. by wiping out the surrounding bacteria with broad-spectrum antibiotics, candida can change into its fungal form and spore through the intestinal wall into the rest of the body. Once through, it rampages around the body producing a multitude of symptoms.
Common symptoms of Candida
A minority of suffers have numerous symptoms; the vast majority have thrush + a few others; not every sufferer has thrush.
Group 1: The damage to the intestinal wall allows undesirable toxins to permeate into the bloodstream. This condition called ‘leaky gut syndrome’ often leads to:
food allergies and intolerances
Group 2: Once through to the rest of the body, candida has the ability to disrupt the endocrine system causing symptoms such as:
fungal infections of the nails/skin e.g. athlete’s foot
weight gain or weight loss
sensitivity to perfume, tobacco smoke and petrol
Group 3: Symptoms in the intestines include:
diarrhoea and/or constipation
In addition, candida involvement has been implicated in some cases of other illnesses e.g. ME/CFS, Endometriosis.
The popular perception is that candida is the consequence of antibiotics usage.The medical profession dismisses this as fantasy, saying that antibiotics could not have that effect in a healthy individual. But it may be that antibiotics act as the ‘final straw’ where health has already been compromised, most probably by one or more of the following:
use of the contraceptive pill or HRT
use of natural progesterone cream
use of other steroids (hydrocortisone, prednisolone etc.)
use of immuno-suppressive drugs
repeated use of broad-spectrum antibiotics e.g. for acne
dental mercury amalgam poisoning
other heavy metal poisoning e.g. lead, cadmium
chemical poisoning from the home, garden, workplace etc.
hormonal changes e.g. puberty, pregnancy, menopause
Read how these factors can compromise health by disrupting the regulation of the body in our article: Is Candida an Endocrine Disorder? It shows how these factors can block oestrogen receptors, giving rise to high levels of progesterone. It has been known for decades that Candida flourishes in the presence of progesterone which explains why so many women get outbreaks of thrush when pre-menstrual.
Candida is not just the result of a faltering hormonal system, as it in turn aggravates the situation by binding to hormones, making them incapable of arriving at their target sites. At this point new symptoms appear, adding to the misery.
Diagnosing and treating Candida
Many symptoms of candida are in fact symptoms of the hormonal disruption that underlies Candida - and which underlies other conditions too e.g. low blood sugar. For this reason, medical advice should be sought to eliminate other, potentially more serious, conditions. Guesswork is unnecessary anyway, the Tests page has links to laboratory tests that can be carried out on samples (of blood etc.) delivered by post from anywhere in the UK.
Self-help treatment is beset with pitfalls for the unwary. Too many sufferers who 'go it alone' spend months on a highly-restrictive diet without improvement because they fail to appreciate the need to:
address the root cause of their symptoms
deal with complicating factors, and
eliminate food allergies / heal the 'leaky gut' to prevent further allergies developing
For this reason, in addition to the information and support we provide, we encourage members to seek professional help from practitioners who have expertise in:
interpreting test results
identifying and treating underlying causes
identifying and treating complicating factors that jeopardise recovery
The Clinics page of our website has a listing of candida specialists including naturopaths, nutritionists, homoeopaths, medical herbalists, acupuncturists, kinesiologists and medical doctors