“Can I please have a burger, fries, one jock itch, two vaginal thrushes, one athlete’s foot, one skin rash Oh! and four fungal toenails please”.

Candida really is a made to order condition, and a disease of modern civilization. It grows more prevalent as we increase our use of medical drugs, sugar, and packaged/processed foods.

Candida yeast infection can underlie irritable bowel syndrome, a food allergy, gluten intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many other chronic and degenerative diseases

Under normal conditions, yeast and bacteria grow in and on our bodies in large numbers. When they are in balance, they live in harmony, but when this balance is disturbed, the harmony turns to disaster.

A bad diet and lifestyle are at the foundation of allowing this to happen. The body’s systems and defence mechanisms weaken and candida can then get the upper hand and mutate into more harmful fungal form depositing toxins into the body’s system.

I can recall in the early 80s reading about candida and discussing it with my doctor to sort out some digestive issues. He assured me that there was no such condition and the product of a well mean but misguided mind.

Candida used to thought of as a woman’s condition, even though men got “jock itch” and athlete’s foot. Conventional medicine’s response is usually a repeating cycle of creams and drugs addressing repeating symptoms. It is not until the symptoms get so dehabilitating that people are forced to address the causes. This is where natural medicine comes into its own.

There is no quick-fix program for a major candida infestation. Beware of any claims of a quick fix. A quick-fix program would have to involve swallowing a hand grenade. Quick-fix programs of a few weeks do shift some candida, but they come back with a vengeance. Endemic candida can take from 6 to 18 months to shift

My typical candida client is a middle aged female, with the standard pressures of modern living: a husband, kids, job. She will have been on the pill for a number of years and have taken antibiotic drugs at some stage. She will enjoy her sweet treats or maybe a soft cheese, and have a glass or two of wine in the evening. She will have gut issues, troublesome bowels, yeast infections, some mood issues, brain fog, and possibly allergies. Guys present differently, but it usually involves regular adjusting, poor diet, alcohol, and plenty of gas.