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Antibiotics and Candida Infection

Monday, 30 Jul 2012 08:16 AM

Question: About six months ago, I was given massive amounts of antibiotics. Since then, I have developed an internal Candida infection. Is there anything I can do to cure it?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

One of the problems, and a great weakness in traditional healthcare, is a lack of knowledge on the part of physicians concerning antibiotic usage and its relation to destroying the healthy bacteria in the colon, which are essential to immune health. Candida is a type of yeast that lives in the human gut.
Overgrowth of the Candida fungus is very common, and most cases go undiagnosed for years. Unfortunately most physicians do not perform sensitivity testing for antifungal agents, even though such testing is easily available. What this means is that you test a culture of the patient’s particular strain of Candida against antifungal agents.
I have found that many strains are resistant to the drug fluconazole and more are sensitive to Sporanox. The natural products most effective against Candida include the herb uva ursi and an ammonium salt called berberine. These can be taken for months along with the medications. Berberine stimulates immune resistance and directly kills the budding yeast.
It is also vital to avoid all sugar, fruits, and yeast-containing breads during treatment for Candida. Probiotics (such as TruFlora) are best for replacing lost probiotics.

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