Candida Albicans is a form of yeast found in the human body, normally confined to the large intestines. When the three following conditions are met, Candida albicans remains harmless:
THE PROBLEM There are an estimated one million species of fungi, mold and yeast. About 50 of this are considered pathogenic to humans. Most are opportunistic, increasing in numbers during periods of stress, or lowered immune response. Antibiotics kill beneficial as well as harmful bacteria, allowing Candida to thrive. The use of steroid drugs, the pill, alcohol, poor diet full of refined carbohydrates, environmental pollutants, psychological stress all can disrupt the gastrointestinal "terrain". This depletes the beneficial protective flora, and weakens the immune response. The opportunistic yeast/fungus may then spread and multiply beyond the intestinal tract. One?s health may be further compromised. Researchers estimate that up to 30% of the population suffers from Candida and related fungal conditions. More women than men are affected. Candida is a dimorphic organism, having a chameleon-like ability to change form from yeast to the mycelial fungal form. The yeast like-form is non0invasive, sugar-fermenting organism. The fungal form produces rhizoids (long root-like structures) which are invasive and can penetrate the intestinal mucosa , releasing metabolic toxins, and incompletely digested proteins into the blood stream. This process initiates a series of adverse reactions that may cause tissue damage, and a wide range of problems, including food sensitivities or allergies. THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM AND THE CANDIDA CONNECTION In this session concerning the endocrine system and the hormones, I would like to focus your attention on the fact that candida in the tissue somehow inhibits the tissue from responding normally to hormones. Hormones are essential to our understanding of the body?s metabolism or normal functioning. Endocrine glands secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream, not just to a special organ; thus these secretions reach every part of the body. Hormones influence the flow of substances through cell membranes and often work together, which means that a hormonal imbalance may interfere with normal body functions. Dr. Orion Truss M.D. states "When tests are done on estrogen levels. Thyroid levels, or other hormone levels and people are suffering from this symptoms, the hormones are there in the bloodstream, but they are not activating any response" Dr. Truss surmises that because of the presence of candida in the tissue, these toxins somehow inhibits the tissues from responding normally to hormones. Cold hands and feet�are common symptom of candidiasis, and yet on a blood test a person will have a perfectly normal thyroid level. This latter concept helps clar�fy the fact that the thymus which produces T cells to fight disease in the body becomes inactivated by candida albicans, subsequently shutting down the manufacturing of the T cells, thus shutting down the immune system. The connection between the thymus, Vertebrae C1, C2 and candida: C1-2 are the first two vertebrae in the neck area: the atlas and axis. The atlas is called the ?king pin?(most important vertebrae) if these vertebrae are out of alignment, the entire structure will be out. Both of these vertebrae supply the thymus. Through misalignment, nerve flow from C1- and C2 to the THYMUS will affect the function of the immune system. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE VAGUS NERVE, THYMUS AND CANDIDA The vagus nerve serves the larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs, esophagus, stomach large and small intestines and also the THYMUS. If the vagus nerve in some way pressed upon or injured, the nerve flow from this 10th cranial nerve will be lessened which in turn will cut down on the nerve stimulation it sends to the Thymus, causing less production of the T cells to fight disease within the body. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TMJ, THYMUS AND CANDIDA The TMJ is in very close proximity to the Vagus nerve. If the jaw joint is out of alignment this can also lessen the nerve stimulation to the Thymus. Four main acupuncture circuits run through the jaw joint. If these circuits are interfere with through bacteria and infection, this can in turn weaken the jaw causing candida to proliferate(traveling down the Thymus and paralyzing the T cells).