By Chris Woollams
Most people simply would not think that one of the first steps in a cancer prevention programme might be to cut out excess yeasts or candida infections. Certainly few oncology doctors would tell a newly diagnosed cancer patient to go on an anti-yeast, anti-candida diet. Moreover, they will probably give you antibiotics, steroids and other drugs that will only make your yeast infections worse!
However, there is a growing body of evidence that yeast infections, and particularly candida, are involved in a number of cancers. They are definitely an acknowledged problem in certain cancer treatments, for example in Multiple Myeloma and Leukaemia, a by-product of the heavy drug routine and the lack of a strong immune system.
But could yeasts and candida actually lie behind many cancers, far more than Doctors would expect? Could they even be the cause of a cancer? Or a factor that could drive the disease as it progresses?
Try this for size: Cancer patients undergoing radio or chemotherapy did not finally succumb to the cancer itself, but to an infestation of candida albicans. That was taken from Contemporary Oncology Magazine 1993 in the USA.
This is one article about the possibility that common yeasts, which can show as symptoms like thrush, cystitis, yellow toe nails and/or bloating after meals, can develop in the body to become serious candida albicans infections. These thrive in a low oxygen environment (as do cancers) and produce toxic by-products that can both feed and stimulate cancers. The article, about the work of Gerald Green, will even give you a simple anti-candida diet. (Readers might also look at a further Candida, yeast infection and cancer
I have a wonderful job. I meet so many interesting people, so many experts all on the same mission - helping people beat cancer. One minute its Charlotte Gerson, then Dr Contreras. I may get a complex soon though; none of Britains top orthodox doctors ever seem to ring me up to tell me of their latest work, which is very sad because icon now goes out to over 450,000 readers every issue in over 500 hospitals, oncology units,complementary centres and health centres in UK libraries.
It is estimated that 70 per cent of the British population have a yeast infection
One gentleman, with whom I have been corresponding, is Gerald Green, a medical herbalist and immunologist in Bexhill, Sussex. His grandfather (Professor Fritz Hber 1868-1934) won a Nobel Prize and was one of Germanys finest scientists. Energy and investigative endurance clearly run in the family. Gerald has devoted a large part of his life to studying candida.
It is estimated that 70 per cent of the British population have a yeast infection. The primary cause of this is our love of antibiotics. Swollen glands? Take antibiotics. Tonsillitis? Take antibiotics. Are you allergic to antibiotics? If the answer is no, thats fine. Antibiotics have no side effects. Who says?
So would you be surprised if I told you that The Journal of the American Medical Association (Feb 18th 2004; 291; 827-35) has reported a study on 10,000 women in which women who took over 500 days of antibiotics in a 17 year period (dubbed 25 plus doses) had twice the risk of breast cancer as those that took none at all. Even women taking just ONE DOSE had a statistical risk increase to 1.5 times. This followed worrysome findings in Finland in 2000.
Apart from a minor problem that they may well be toxic to brain cells (Drs Goldman & Klatz - US), antibiotics kill many strains of bacteria in the body, including the ones you need; the friendly ones in the gut.
Friendly bacteria? Youve probably heard of acidophilus, or bifidobacteria? Your gut actually contains about 800 different strains, 400 of which have been identified. Roughly 12 come up time and time again in research and, for example,
1 They are known drivers of 85 per cent of your immune system - they act by stimulating it to produce antibodies
2 They help you cut up your foods and release important (and anti-cancer) vitamins like biotin, folic acid, B-12 and vitamin K.
3 They help you eliminate carcinogenic hormones and chemicals like oestrogen, nitrosamines, cadmium and mercury
4 They even produce an anti-cancer chemical from your foods
5 Their favourite foods are whole foods and whole grains - and candida albicans and microbes
Antibiotics kill most of the bacteria in the body, including the ones you need
At night they can digest roughly 2.2 kilograms of yeasts and microbes for you. They are your first line of defence.
They have inhabited our bodies for thousands of years. They help us, and in return we give them a nice cosy place to live.
Except we dont anymore. We have broken our lifetime deal with them. We no longer feed them their favourite fibre-full, whole foods. And we eat too much salt, drink alcohol and chlorinated water that changes our stomachs acidity and harms them and reduces their action. Worse we eat food with antibiotics in it and take drugs, both of which can kill them.
We live our lives with acid bodies caused by poor diet and stress, and this will stop them working to their full efficiency. These friendly bacteria thrive in alkaline bodies. (To read more on acid bodies and cancer - click here)
And to make matters worse we feed their enemies - yeasts and candida love sugar and dairy!
Stress and poor diet can eliminate most in just a few days, so you are wise anyway to take a daily multi-strain probiotic. (To Read More On Beneficial Bacteria - click here)
It is easy to see how yeasts have taken a hold in the Western world. The US and UK diets are simply weak in the foods that keep yeasts under control. My Thai wife used to live in a country with a trillion such microbes lounging on every street corner, but in a Thai diet rich in coconut (caprylic acid), garlic, chillies and bee propolis, foods are natural controllers of yeasts. Once we ate raw honey, but now our diets merely help to propagate them. High sugar drinks, snacks, fast food, alcohol, refined wheat, indeed any high glycaemic food, feed the yeasts. And we live in high glycaemic land in the West.
Yeasts Are Parasites
Over the last 80 years several people have had theories about parasites and their cause of cancer. By and large they have been ridiculed. But why? Dr Hulda Clarke wrote a book The cure for all cancers in which she stated her belief that all cancers had parasites at their root cause. And that the growth of modern chemicals in our blood streams meant these parasites could avoid the need for a second host. Another who had a parasite theory was Dr Royal Rife back in the 1930s. He identified 40 or so viruses or factors at the heart of different cancer cells and even used some to infect healthy cells. Both these Doctors developed frequency devises to kill these infections and leave the surrounding body cells intact. This is not madness as some would have it; the Russians are perfecting exactly the same sort of zappers.
In the 1970s several research centres looked for viruses as the cause of cancer but their equipment and technology was too limited. But now there is greatly renewed interest. A bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, has been found to cause stomach ulcers and since 2001 it has been seen as the cause of stomach cancers. Humanpapilloma virus (HPV) is known to cause cervical cancer. And in June 2006 Cancer Watch at long last researchers have found what we have been saying for years - infections of microbes in the intestines cause colon cancer. (They deplete folate and B-12 levels, cause inflammation etc etc). But viruses, microbes and bacteria are simply parasites by another name, and even Cancer Research UK now believes that 15 per cent of all cancers may have infection as a cause. I think - as a general debilitating and contributory factor - this is way too low, but its good to see it on the radar screens.
Of course, if viruses were at the root of cancers there would be a real need to develop lots and lots of vaccines for us all to take - but that is another story.
So why ignore yeasts?? Maybe because antibiotics are the big blame factor that no one dare own up to??
Yeasts Cause Other Illnesses
Diabetes is a well studied disease. Arthritis is probably less clear. But recently research in the USA showed that taking cinnamon could - in some people - significantly reduce the symptoms of both diseases. Why? Well one theory - although not proposed by the researchers in either case, is that yeast infections eventually move across the gut lining and into the blood system. Every cell has large numbers of receptor sites on the cell wall which it needs to function properly. In non-diabetics, insulin alights on some receptors, for example, to take glucose out of the blood and into the cells.
But what if the receptors are blocked with yeasts? In the past 5 years two Nobel prizes were won by people showing how these receptor sites could become blocked and thus cells could not communicate very well. One reason for this blocking was that carbohydrate could make them sticky and what stuck to them? Yeasts.
Now, theres many a nutritionist that knows what these scientists dont know. Namely that cinnamon will help kill yeasts in the blood stream. So now you can see why some people may well benefit. The receptor sites for insulin become unblocked. And although taking cinnamon is officially credited with glucose control in the blood stream, you can see that the research results that cinnamon benefited 25 per cent of diabetics may have had nothing to do with sugar directly, but by unblocking receptor sites the insulin could suddenly work again and thus, indirectly, blood sugar was lowered.
(You may also want to know that the Nobel Prize winners suggested that polysaccharides and glycoproteins could also help clean up cell membranes. Think medicinal mushrooms, aloe vera, brown rice, apples, onions, garlic - but this can be found elsewhere on the site)
A Cause of Cancer?
I like Gerald Green. Of course, Im biased. I always like people who share my views We seem to have two views in common.
Candida is a part of the cause of most, if not all cancers.
Doctors rarely, if ever, stop to think about candida, or parasite infection. And as a result their medicines only treat part of the cancer equation. In other walks of life it would be called: "Neglect". There, Ive said it.
I recently went to a cancer clinic in the USA, and to the Dove Clinic in the UK. At both I talked to the nurses.
Every Cancer patient they see, man or woman, has bad candida
They were unanimous. Every cancer patient they see, man or woman, has bad candida. Whether it is breast cancer or prostate cancer. (It is most definitely true for my daughter with her brain tumour too).
The problem is that these yeasts get everywhere. Whilst they might start off in your gut, they soon pass into the blood stream and then, like Alien, they are loose in the mother ship. And they make an alcohol as a by-product of their very existence, and this alcohol feeds cancer cells. Moreover Yeasts are anaerobes - they dont use oxygen to metabolise and survive. If they move round your body and colonise an area of your breast or prostate they set up anaerobic conditions. And cancer thrives in situations where oxygen levels are lowered.
Cancer Treatments Make Matters Worse!
To repeat: "cancer treatments make matters worse!" Steroids and chemotherapy, for example, both heighten the effect of the yeasts, worsening the cancer cell feeding. Its like throwing babies to the sharks.
But dont take my word for it, as I started the article above, try this comment from the prestigious US magazine Contemporary Oncology as long ago as April 1993: Cancer patients undergoing radio or chemotherapy did not finally succumb to the cancer itself, but to an infestation of candida albicans.
So back to the expert Mr Green. (And he is an expert. I have seen the letters he receives from hospitals and microbiology units saying he knows more than they do). He believes even terminal cancer patients can be saved if the root cause is candida.
He believes sufferers must immediately ELIMINATE THE FOLLOWING FROM THEIR DIET: All cows milk products: cheese, yoghurt, whey. And all cows milk derivatives which are everywhere in processed food.
Yeast products: alcohol, bread, Marmite, Oxo, Bovril, vinegars, mushrooms, processed and smoked fish and meats. All sugar products: honey, fructose, lactose, glucose, dextrose and sweeteners like Nutrisweet and Canderel. Nearly all fruit: overripe fruits are full of sugar and yeasts. Plus vegetables like courgettes, pumpkin, squash, marrow. High sugar root vegetables: carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, beetroots, (maximum 1 potato per day).
Personally, I would add all high glycaemic foods to this list, e.g. refined wheat, rice, pasta, fizzy soft drinks, fruit juices and squash, biscuits, pastries, pies and corn. Gerald mentions most of these too in his diet and he suggests you avoid all pulses, processed meats, high salt foods and hydrogenated vegetable oils too.
Below you will find his list of Good Food Choices.
His sweetener of choice is Stevia, a herb 100 times sweeter than sugar but a natural anti-fungal agent.
He recommends astragalus and echinacea pIus 1 gm vitamin C daily to boost the immune system. (Gerald does a lot of work with cancer patients, MS, Crohns and Lupus sufferers too).
Good Food Choices
EAT PLENTY OF THE FOLLOWING FOODS:
Alfalfa sprouts Bean sprouts Bell peppers (sweet peppers) Bok choy Broccoli Brussel sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Endive Fennel Garlic Green beans Hot chilli peppers Kale Lettuce Onions Parsley Radishes Spring onions Spinach Swiss chard Turnips Yellow beans
FATS (in moderation): Granose sunflower margarine Tomor kosher margarine (both these margarines should be available at your local health food shop) Avocado oil Fish oil Flaxseed oil Grapeseed oil Hemp oil Mayonnaise Monounsaturated fats Olive oil Primrose oil FLUIDS Try to drink eight glasses of water each day.
Herbal teas are acceptable PROTEINS Free range eggs Fresh fish and seafood Pork, lamb, veal Poultry: chicken, turkey (particularly skinless white meat) Game Tofu Quorn 5oy milk/cheeses (in moderation) Rice milk Sheeps milk/cheeses (dilute sheeps milk 50/50 with water and it will taste the same as cows milk) Goats milk/cheeses
Culinary herbs and spices
Personally, I would add that garlic, caprylic acid, oregano and Pau DArco are all excellent yeast raiders and can be found in proprietary High Street brands from stores like Holland and Barratt.
However, the natural compound par excellence that helped me personally when all the experts in Harley Street had failed was Neways Parafree, a purge that contains all natural ingredients and the things parasites hate.
Gerald Greens favourite natural destroyer is Wormwood, and again I agree and add it to my Parafree course. Wormwood is a natural herb and is now fast replacing poorer performing anti-Malarial Drugs in the world. It is very effiecient.
Finally I believe people should not confine themselves to just one strain of probiotic - there are several available that offer 6 or 7 strains. (Neways Advanced Probiotic is my favourite). Chlorella is a supplement that seems to enhance the action of probiotics and the natural flora in the gut. And I believe fish oils can help too.
Astragalus and Echinacea tinctures, plus Wormwood, Parafree and Neways Advanced Probiotic are all available in the Natural Selection Products of Choice shop, attached to this site. Simply click SHOP at the top of this page or click here. Reviews of herbs etc can be found in our Nutritionals section, under Complementary and Alternative Treatments.
Readers are also advised to look at our article on Beneficial Bacteria.
Gerald has just published new book called "Breaking Through the Untouchable Diseases". This along with multi-strain probiotics and other products mentioned here can be found in the Natural Selection shop.