Thursday, 31 July 2014

The American diet has flooded the UK

I keep thinking why do so many UK people appear to have Candida as Diabetes obesity and Cancer are at epidemic levels, then the penny drops 80% of Americans are said to have it. The American diet is in the UK which is a very poor one. We are eating takeaway pizza, burgers and chips and Southern fried chicken in bucket loads. We have to have takeaways now and again as I do not cook at moment and poor diet is being sold to us on the cheap. When we used to eat Indian and Chinese quality food we now eat the opposite

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Candida/Candiasis and HIV/Aids info from April 1995 2 decades ago by National Institute of Health (NIH)

                       


HIV-Related Candidiasis

Date: April 1, 1995
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Author: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Candidiasis is a yeast infection caused by Candida albicans. In people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, candidiasis commonly affects the skin and mucous membranes such as the mouth, throat, esophagus and vagina. Although troublesome and sometimes painful, candidiasis is rarely life-threatening.
Candidiasis also can occur in healthy people, but it does not usually cause disease. It is kept in check by bacteria that colonize these areas, by white blood cells and by additional immune defenses. Even in people with healthy immune systems, however, candidiasis can occur under certain conditions. For example, antibiotic drugs can kill the bacteria that keep the yeast population in check, leading to vaginal or mouth infections.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
The signs and symptoms of oral candidiasis (in the mouth and throat) include white or red patches in the mouth, tongue or throat, cracking and soreness at the corners of the mouth, altered taste, mouth pain or burning; candidiasis in the esophagus can cause upper chest pain, sore throat and painful or difficult swallowing; in the vagina, candidiasis causes a white cheesy vaginal discharge accompanied by vaginal itching and burning.
Doctors diagnose candidiasis if a patient's symptoms suggest a yeast infection, and if they detect yeast in the scrapings taken from infected areas. To diagnose a Candida infection in the esophagus, doctors may need to take an x-ray or insert a tiny tube down the throat to see the area and take scrapings.
Treatment
Doctors usually treat people with HIV-related candida infections with clotrimazole or nystatin. Patients take these drugs several times a day for about two weeks as lozenges or a swish-and-swallow preparation to treat candidiasis of the mouth or throat, or use them as vaginal creams or tablets for vaginal infections. If these topical therapies are not effective, or the patient has candidiasis of the esophagus, either oral fluconazole or ketoconazole tablets can be taken.
Doctors may prescribe amphotericin B if the yeast infection does not respond to the above treatments. Amphotericin B must be given through a vein. It works very well but can cause serious side effects.
Maintenance Therapy
Candidiasis recurs in many people with HIV infection. Clinical trials are ongoing to determine if it is beneficial to continue patients on the oral or topical medications in an effort to prevent recurrent infection.
Research
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) funds research aimed at finding new drugs for the treatment or prevention of candidiasis. For more information on these or other studies, call the AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:
1-800-TRIALS-A 1-800-243-7012 (TDD/Deaf Access)
For federally approved treatment guidelines on HIV/AIDS, call the HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service:
1-800-HIV-0440 1-800-243-7012 (TDD/Deaf Access)
NIAID, a component of the National Institutes of Health, supports research on AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases as well as allergies and immunology. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Prepared by: Office of Communications National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD 20892
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Friday, 25 July 2014

This is the NHS Candida info, they concerntrate on vaginal thrush - totally inadequate information



Thrush




GP Dr Sarah Jarvis describes the symptoms of thrush, a yeast infection, and discusses who is most at risk and how it is treated.
Media last reviewed: 02/10/2013
Next review due: 02/10/2015


Types of thrush

Thrush can also affect the mouth, skin and, in men, the head of the penis (glans).
The pages in this section are all about vaginal thrush, but we also have information on:

Women's health 18-39

Healthy living advice for women aged 18-39 including real stories, fitness, diet, fertility and sexual health


Most women experience occasional bouts of a common yeast infection known as vaginal thrush.
It causes itching, irritation and swelling of the vagina and surrounding area, sometimes with a creamy white cottage cheese-like discharge.
Vaginal thrush is fairly harmless, but it can be uncomfortable. It can also keep returning  this is known as recurrent (or complicated) thrush.
Read more about the symptoms of vaginal thrush.

When to see your GP

If you display the symptoms of vaginal thrush for the very first time, it is recommended that you visit a GP, especially if you experience pain.
This is because the symptoms of vaginal thrush are sometimes similar to those of a number of skin conditions and, occasionally, a sexually transmitted infection (STI). However, your GP will be able to diagnose you correctly.
Your GP can take a swab to confirm whether or not you have vaginal thrush and prescribe the most suitable medication.
If you've had vaginal thrush diagnosed before and you recognise the symptoms, you can go directly to a pharmacy to buy anti-thrush medication over the counter.
Find your local pharmacy here.
However, if your thrush doesn't improve after treatment, or if you have frequent bouts (at least one every few months), you should return to your GP.
Read more about how vaginal thrush is diagnosed.

Why thrush happens

Thrush is a yeast infection, usually caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans.
Many women have Candida in their vagina without it causing any symptoms. Vaginal secretions and "friendly" vaginal bacteria keep the fungus under control. Problems arise when the natural balance in the vagina is upset and Candida multiplies.
Vaginal thrush isn't an STI, but it can sometimes be passed on to men during sex. This means that if you have thrush, it's best to avoid having sex until you've completed a course of treatment and the infection has cleared up. Thrush can also be triggered by sex, and this is more likely if you have trouble relaxing and producing lubrication during intercourse.
Read more about the causes of vaginal thrush and how thrush can be passed on through sex.

Treating thrush

In most cases, thrush can be easily treated with either a tablet that you take orally or anti-thrush pessaries, which are inserted into your vagina. Anti-thrush creams are also available, which you apply to the skin around the vagina to ease any soreness and itchiness. If you are using an antifungal tablet, you may prefer to use an ordinary emollient (moisturiser) near your vagina, as antifungal creams can sometimes cause irritation.
Anti-thrush remedies are available either on prescription from your GP or over the counter from a pharmacy.
Treatment works well for most women, and vaginal thrush usually clears up within a few days.
However, about 1 in 20 women may have recurrent thrush (4 or more episodes in a year). Around 1 in 100 women may have thrush almost constantly. In these instances, longer courses of treatment, for up to 6 months, may be needed.
Read more about treating thrush.

Who gets vaginal thrush?

Vaginal thrush is very common. Around three-quarters of women will have a bout of thrush at some point in their lives. Up to half of these will have thrush more than once.
Thrush most commonly affects women in their twenties and thirties. It is less common in girls who have not yet started their periods and women who have been through the menopause.
While any woman can experience a bout of thrush, you're particularly prone if you:
Read more about how to prevent vaginal thrush.

Thrush in pregnancy

You are more at risk of getting thrush while you're pregnant.
There is no evidence that thrush affects your chances of getting pregnant. It's important to note that if you have thrush while pregnant, it won't harm your unborn baby.
However, if you're pregnant or breastfeeding and you have thrush, you should avoid taking oral anti-thrush treatments. Instead, use intravaginal cream or pessaries, plus an anti-thrush cream if necessary.

This is Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital information NHS WHAT is going on!!!!!!!!

Candida information

Candida is a type of yeast (a type of fungus). Some types are harmless and some types cause infections. Candida infections range from the superficial and common – such as candidiasis or thrush – to systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases which are usually confined to severely immunocompromised persons, such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients.

What causes candida?

There are more than 20 species of candida, the most common being candida albicans. These fungi live on all surfaces of our bodies. Under certain conditions, they can become so numerous they cause infections, particularly in warm and moist areas. Types of infections caused by candida include vaginal yeast infections, thrush (infection of tissues of the oral cavity), skin and nappy rash, and nailbed infections.

Vaginal yeast infection, which is the most common form of vaginitis, is often referred to as vaginal candidiasis.

In adults, oral yeast infections become more common with increased age. Adults can also have yeast infections around dentures, in skin folds under the breast and lower abdomen, nailbeds, and beneath other skin folds.

The most common forms of candida infections to affect children include nappy rash and oral thrush, although young girls can also suffer from vaginal candidiasis.

In people who have a weakened immune system because of cancer treatments, steroids, or diseases such as AIDS, candidal infections can occur throughout the entire body and can be life-threatening.

The blood, brain, eye, kidney, and heart are most frequently affected, but candida also can grow in the lungs, liver, and spleen. Candida is a leading cause of esophagitis (infection in the swallowing tube) in people with AIDS.

What are the signs and symptoms of candida?

The signs and symptoms of a candidal infection can vary depending on the location of the infection.

Common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include a white discharge that is thick and often described as having a cottage cheese appearance.

The infection can also cause itching and irritation inside the vagina and surrounding the outer tissues. On occasion there may be pain with sexual intercourse or burning with urination (pee).

Oral candidiasis is called thrush. Typical symptoms include:

  • thick, white lacy patches on top of a red base can form on the tongue, palate, or elsewhere inside the mouth
  • red tongue
  • pain
  • difficulty eating

Superficial candidal skin infections (and nappy rash) appear as a red flat rash with sharp scalloped edges. There are usually smaller patches of similar appearing rash nearby, known as ‘satellite lesions’. These rashes may cause itching or pain.

In people with weakened immune systems, candidal infections can affect various internal organs and cause pain or dysfunction of the organ.

If candida gets into the bloodstream, the person may become sick with or without fever. If the infection spreads to the brain, they may have acute changes in mental function or behaviour.

How is candida normally diagnosed?

For healthy people (those without weakened immune systems), most GPs can diagnose a candidal infection by asking about symptoms and on physical examination of the area affected.

Occasionally, if the infection won't go away or involves the entire body, more extensive tests may need to be performed.

Oral thrush is diagnosed with an examination of the mouth and nappy rash diagnosed with an examination of the skin around the anus.

If there is any confusion about the diagnosis, the GP may obtain a small scraping of the area to be examined in a laboratory.

In people with weakened immune systems, oral, vaginal, and skin candidal infections can also usually be diagnosed by sight.

How is candida normally treated?

Most candidal infections can be treated at home with over-the-counter or prescription medications and can clear within a week. If it is a first candidal infection, or if the infection is in a child, the advice of a GP should be sought.,

Vaginal thrush can be treated with antifungal cream, tablets and/or pessaries (which are inserted inside the vagina). Usually a child can be treated with cream alone. Ask a pharmacist for advice on which creams are available.

Skin rashes and nappy rash can also be treated with cream alone. For nappy rashes, frequent nappy changes and the use of barrier creams will speed recovery.

Oral thrush is usually treated with a mouthwash containing an antifungal agent called nystatin.

If symptoms are recurrent or continue for more than one week, a GP should be consulted.

If a child has a weakened immune system due to any medical treatment for an underlying illness, you should speak to a doctor about any candidal infection. In some cases the infection can affect other parts of their body making them very ill. A doctor will want to monitor their treatment.

What happens next?

With proper treatment, most candidal infections resolve without further problems. Vaginal yeast infections, thrush, and nappy rash usually clear in one to two weeks. In people with weakened immune systems , these infections can recur and become difficult to treat.

Another Candida symptom list- the medical world of today have got this all so very wrong

Here is a list of symptoms and conditions that commonly occur in people with Candida overgrowth.  Most all of these same symptoms typically improve or disappear with effective treatment for Candida.
Some of the symptoms listed may sound “normal,” because the Candida problem is so common in the modern world.  Some are led to say, when they review this list, “Doesn’t that describe everybody?”  It must be emphasized that none of these symptoms are part of normal health.  When too many people around us are ill, strange symptoms may become common, but that does not make them normal.  Many of the things listed — such as asthma, diabetes, epidemic obesity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, autism, panic attacks and others — were virtually non-existent (or at least much less common) before the 1970s.  They became much too common as a consequence of various factors, including:  widespread overuse of antibiotics starting in the 1950s; increased availability of chlorinated swimming pools; much increased use of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics in the food supply; the advent of the birth control pill; and the addition since the 1990s of barley malt into nearly every baked food (cereals, crackers, cookies) and of high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener in beverages.

A person with Candida overgrowth may have only 2-3 of these symptoms, or may identify with many.
Mental/emotional/nervous system:
  • Headaches and migraine headaches
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems — difficulty falling asleep, or waking up in the middle of the night with a mind that won’t calm down (typically between 1 and 3 am)
  • Irritability and confusion
  • Poor memory
  • Anxiety attacks, panic attacks
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Heart beating too fast or irregularly
  • Sexual problems — impotence or lack of desire, or excessive sexuality
  • Attention deficit, hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Feeling of floating or not quite being in your body
  • Indecisiveness, difficulty organizing and cleaning messy areas
Digestive system:
  • Cravings for sugar, chocolate, milk, cheese, vinegar, pickles, alcohol, bread, nuts or fruit
  • “Metabolic syndrome” which includes the following: large abdomen (“beer belly”), adult-onset diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure
  • “Beer belly,” also called truncal obesity — excess weight centered around the abdomen
  • Acid reflux/GERD (heartburn)
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Bloating, flatulence or abdominal pain
  • Rectal itching
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Excessively thin or anorexic/bulimic
Skin, eyes, hair:
  • Skin and nail fungal infections (current or past), including: athlete's foot, vaginal yeast infections, fungal toenails, ringworm, jock itch, tinea versicolor or itchy eyelids
  • Skin problems like eczema, rashes, psoriasis
  • Prematurely graying hair
  • Pupils always dilated
  • Unusually green eyes, or eye color has turned greenish
Immune disorders:
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Recurring infections — colds, ears, bladder, sinus
  • Autoimmune disease (lupus, hypothyroidism, arthritis, others)
  • Penicillin allergy
Whole body:
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or joint pain, fibromyalgia
  • Cold feet, cold hands, sometimes cold nose
  • Sweating, especially at night
  • Uncomfortable at any temperature
Women’s health issues:
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Endometriosis (chronic pelvic pain)
  • Infertility (female), some miscarriages, toxemia of pregnancy (preeclampsia)
Symptoms seen particularly in children up to about 8 years old:
  • Early allergy to foods like milk
  • Infections as a baby
  • Child had or has frequent ear infections, tonsillitis, strep throat or bladder infections, especially if these infections were treated with antibiotics
  • Cravings for milk, cheese, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter
  • Asthma
  • “Drama king” or “drama queen” — complains quite vocally and often
  • Poor sleep patterns — difficulty going to sleep, sleeps too lightly or has frequent nightmares, and wakes up too early (or sometimes too late)
  • Too thin or overweight
  • Attention deficit with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
  • Aggressive, poor social interactions, can’t stop moving, frequent fights or arguments, frequent crying
  • Autism
  • Pale complexion, dark circles under the eyes
Two points should be understood with regard to the above list of signs and symptoms of Candida overgrowth.  First, while all of the symptoms listed are definitely seen in Candida patients and evidence indicates Candida causes or strongly contributes to the development of these problems, there are other contributing factors that can also bring about some of these problems (such as mercury or other metal toxicity, consistent excess electromagnetic field exposure, underlying viral infections, petrochemical exposure, etc.).  Second, treatment for Candida alone will usually bring about significant improvement in these symptoms, but will not be adequate in all cases to restore health.  Often additional treatments aimed at improving liver, adrenal or thyroid function, or correcting immune and allergic problems, are necessary to regain health.

Candida - A misdiagnosis of IBS, Chrones Disease or Gastroenteritis could mean prescribing Cortisone introducing steroids to the gut

Candida is such a difficult condition to diagnose because it can affect each sufferer in a different way, on a different part of their body, in a way that may even be unique to that person.
For this reason, Candida is often misdiagnosed and the symptom is treated instead of the underlying cause, rather like taking a lozenge for a throat infection! Practically, patients often have to diagnose themselves because the symptoms of Candida are so confusing.
The consensus is that many more people are suffering from Candida than those few who are diagnosed correctly. You may find yourself suffering from any or all of the following symptoms if you have Candida:

The Way You Feel

Inability to focus, Poor memory, Brain fog, Irritability, Anger, Dizziness, Depression, Crying spells, Panic attacks, Low libido, Persistent extreme fatigue, Hyperactivity, Cravings for sweets and alcohol, Insomnia, Poor coordination.

Your Digestive System

Acid reflux, Bloating, Flatulence, Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Stomach cramps, Indigestion, Burping after meals, Mucus in stool, Hemorrhoids, Itching anus.

Your Skin

Acne, Cysts, Hives, Night sweats, Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Fungal infections of the nails & skin, Athlete’s foot, Body odor.

Your Mouth

Thrush (white coating on tongue), Swollen lower lip, Halitosis, Metallic taste in mouth, Bad breath, Canker sores, Bleeding gums, Cracked tongue.

Your Respiratory System

Persistent cough, Mucus in throat, Sore throat, Sinus congestion, Chronic post-nasal drip, Flu-like symptoms, Hay fever symptoms, Sinusitis, Asthma.

Your Ears And Eyes

Eye pain, Itchy eyes, Sensitivity to light, Blurred vision, Bags under eyes, Ringing in the ears, Ear infections.

Your Genito-Urinary System

Recurring yeast infections, Recurring UTI’s (urinary tract infections), Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), PMS & menstrual irregularities, Fungal rash.

Your Immune System

Frequent colds and flu, Allergies, Sensitivities to food, fragrances and chemicals.

Your Weight

Inability to lose weight, Water retention, Weight loss.

Other Symptoms

Headaches, Heart palpitations, Chronic body pain and/or joint pains, Muscle aches and stiffness.
Check out our Candida Questionnaire to see if you might have excess Candida growth.
Expert Leon Chaitow says in his book that, “Candida is possibly the least understood, most widespread cause of continuing ill health currently in our midst.” Think of all the people suffering from the above symptoms, think of the number of times that you yourself have suffered from them, and you can see how this might be true!

Candida Misdiagnosis

Your doctor might confuse any of the following conditions with Candida. The reason is that the symptoms are often exactly the same, and Candida may manifest itself in any combination of those symptoms.
We have listed here some of the possible misdiagnoses, together with the symptom that your doctor has focused on. Remember, your doctor is relying on you for an accurate description of your symptoms, so make sure you tell him everything!
IBS - abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion
Arthritis - joint pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - constant fatigue
Diaper Rash - rashes and itching in infants
Athlete’s Foot - Fungus on toenails
Crohn’s Disease - abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion
Gastroenteritis - abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion
A Candida misdiagnosis may actually worsen your Candida overgrowth. If your doctor believes that you have IBS, Crohn’s Disease or Gastroenteritis, he may prescribe the anti-inflammatory Cortisone. This introduces steroids to the gut, which can increase the growth of Candida colonies

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WARNING contiue to ignore Candida and you sacrafice all of us WARNING!!!!!!!!

If America and Britain continue to ignore or fail to join up the dots on the whole Candida issue and people continue to buy over the counter remedies for thrush and fungal issues. Eventually the whole population will become sick. Its already at epidemic levels