Thursday, May 21, 2009

Candida overgrowth

Disclaimer: My knowledge of the following topic is limited, so please do not assume I know what the hell I'm talking about here.

I've never been a fan of alternative medicine because most of it is bullshit. But then, I'm not much of a fan of doctors, either, because most of them are totally full of themselves and even more full of shit. Every time I go to a doctor, they spend 30 seconds with me, hand me a script for a medication that'll most likely do more harm than good, and then I leave without an explanation regarding what may be wrong with me.

During these past few months of constant pain in my head (not a headache), which now seems to be spreading to my respiratory and digestive systems, I've spent a lot of time scouring the internet for answers. I once came across some stuff about treatment for "Candida overgrowth," which I didn't pay much attention to. But I stumbled onto it again tonight, and I read a lot about it. Apparently "Candida overgrowth" is unrecognized as a legitimate condition by the medical establishment, thus its treatment is greeted with skepticism by doctors. But after reading the stuff tonight, all this "alternative mumbo jumbo" is beginning to make a lot of sense to me, at least with regard to the problems I've had.

Candida is a yeast that we all have in our bodies. Usually it is kept in check by proper diet and good bacteria in our bodies, but the alternative medicine people claim certain factors can help Candida get into the blood stream and run wild throughout the body. Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria that control Candida, and the overgrowth can be further fueled by a diet rich in Candida's favorite foods, like sugars and carbohydrates. As you may have guessed, the alternative method of treating this problem is to eliminate these kinds of foods from your diet, thus the Candida will have no food source of its own, and it will die off.

Now, seeing how I've been mega-obsessed with making pizza for the last 12 years--you might call me a pizza scientist--I've dealt a lot with yeast. And here's some of what I've learned about how to keep activated yeast alive: First of all, both flour and sugar provide food for the yeast, which the yeast consumes. When the yeast has eaten up all its food, all the yeast dies (unless you give it more food, like when you feed a starter).

So here's how I see what's going on inside my body and how to fix it, supposing it really is a growing Candida fungal infection: If I don't give the Candida the food it needs to survive (like pizza and candy bars), the Candida will die. It's that simple. So I'm going to make some major changes to my routine, beginning tomorrow, which means no sugar or carbs for a while, along with some other food items I'll have to 86 from my diet. So basically I'm going to be eating a lot of chicken, beef, peppers, eggs, yogurt, and garlic. NO PIZZA!

I'm also going to start drinking tons of water and walking at least several miles a day on the treadmill while carrying my backpack, because this shit is driving me nuts. I have a feeling this is the path to finally feeling better. I don't care if it is considered alternative medicine because it actually makes complete sense. But apparently the medical establishment has their heads so far up their asses that they can't see how much sense it makes.

If you have any puzzling pains and shit like that, you should check into this stuff because I suspect there are a lot of people going through this out there.

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