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Candida the epidemicCandida it's an Epidemic

Primarily created by the Process Food Industries

  Candida is a genus of yeasts and is currently the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide.[1] Many species are harmless commensals or endosymbionts of hosts including humans; however, when mucosal barriers are disrupted or the immune system is compromised they can invade and cause disease.[2] Candida albicans is currently the most commonly isolated species, and can cause infections (candidiasis or thrush) in humans and other animals. In winemaking, some species of Candida can potentially spoil wines.[3]

 Many species are found in gut flora, including C. albicans in mammalian hosts, whereas others live as endosymbionts in insect hosts.[4][5][6]

 Systemic infections of the bloodstream and major organs (candidemia or invasive candidiasis), particularly in immunocompromised patients, affect over 90,000 people a year in the U.S[7]

 The DNA of several Candida species have been sequenced.[7]

 Antibiotics promote yeast infections, including gastrointestinal Candida overgrowth, and penetration of the GI mucosa.[8] While women are more susceptible to genital yeast infections, men can also be infected. Certain factors, such as prolonged antibiotic use, increase the risk for both men and women. People with diabetes or impaired immune systems, such as those with HIV, are more susceptible to yeast infections.[9][10]

 Sign and symptoms

 Main article: Candidiasis

Candida are almost universal in low numbers on healthy adult skin[12] and albicans is part of the normal flora of the mucous membranes of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and female genital tracts. In the case of skin, the dryness of skin compared to other tissues prevents the growth of the fungus, but damaged skin or skin in intertriginous regions is more amenable to rapid growth of fungi.[13]

Overgrowth of several species including albicans can cause superficial infections such as oropharyngeal candidiasis (thrush) and vulvovaginal candidiasis (vaginal candidiasis). Oral candidiasis is common in elderly denture wearers.[14] In otherwise healthy individuals, these infections can be cured with topical or systemic antifungal medications [15] (commonly over-the-counter antifungal treatments like miconazole or clotrimazole). In debilitated or immunocompromised patients, or if introduced intravenously, candidiasis may become a systemic disease producing abscess, thrombophlebitis, endocarditis, or infections of the eyes or other organs.[7][12] Typically, relatively severe neutropenia is a prerequisite for the Candida to pass through the defenses of the skin and cause disease in deeper tissues; in such cases, mechanical disruption of the infected skin sites is typically a factor in the fungal invasion of the deeper tissues.[13]

 Colonization of the gastrointestinal tract by C. albicans after antibiotic therapy may not cause symptoms[12] and may also result from taking antacids or antihyperacidity drugs.[citation needed]

 Additional Information can be found at the links below.

This link will show you how to create your own probiotics at home. www,healthyconsumer.com

This link is an advertisement for a commercial probiotic product, but there presentation is very informative. It explains how the process food industry has helped create this growing problem which effects the health of 80% of the citizens of the United States!



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