Candida albicans is a fungus found in the intestinal tract of the body. Normally, this fungus lives in a healthy balance with the other bacteria and yeasts found throughout the body. However, when the ph balance (acid and alkaline) gets out of balance, the conditions in the intestinal tract change and create the perfect environment for this fungus to multiply very quickly. As a result, the immune system is weakened and its ability to maintain the fungus and bacteria balance is compromised. Candidiasis or candida, a yeast infection, is the outcome of this imbalance. These yeast infections can range from an occasional occurrence to a chronic illness.
There are many different factors that cause yeast infections. They include food allergies, diets high in carbohydrates, excessive consumption of sugar, antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy, and diabetes. If a person is diagnosed with chronic candida, it is recommended that they also be checked for diabetes since this illness makes it more conducive for the growth of this fungus and will increase the risk of repeated infections. While candida is most often thought to be a female illness, current studies are showing that it is not gender specific. Both men and women are susceptible to these infections. In women the first indicators of the infection show up in the vaginal area, and with men, it surfaces on the skin such as in the webs of the hands, toes, and in the skin folds. It should be noted that candida is not sexually transmitted, dispelling many of the myths as to how a person gets it. Yet, while not sexually transmitted, it is not uncommon for a mother to pass the infection to her newborn, or for the newborn to get it from baby formulas that are high in sugar. Candida in newborns surfaces as diaper rash.
Candida is most often associated with yeast infections in the intestinal tract, the bladder, and the vagina. Yet, for some people this yeast infection can become systemic, meaning that it travels to other parts of the body through the blood stream and will surface in multiple places simultaneously. Systemic infections can occur in cases of diabetes and AIDS. When candida becomes systemic, it can surface in the mouth, ears and nasal areas, as well as the genitals, feet and hands.
The general medical community has not yet accepted that candida can be at the root cause of many illnesses and can surface as a variety of symptoms, whereas, many holistic practitioners believe otherwise. Illnesses believed to be associated with candida include chronic sinusitis, intense itching and crusty build-ups in the ears, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, abdominal pain, muscle and joint inflammation, nagging cough, arthritis, depression, thyroid disorders, respiratory inflammation, and even migraine headaches. Many holistic practitioners believe that high levels of metals such as mercury and lead also increase the susceptibility to candida. Even many dentists are now supporting the removal of amalgam fillings because they contain mercury, believing that the removal will minimize the potential for infections.
Energy AnalysisEnergetically, candidiasis reflects emotional distress around relationships, and specifically around the relationship with mother. If the relationship with the mother lacked the nurturing and support needed, it is not uncommon for a person to turn sour (acidic) on themselves and to find that the sweetness (alkaline) of life that comes from being loved is missing. As a result, they will become disgusted and bitter (ph imbalance) toward themselves and create destructive behavior to support their feelings of inadequacy; behavior such as eating disorders, binge eating, and addictions. There is also an increased susceptibility to depression. Since the relationship with our mother is so critical to our overall emotional development, when the strong connection is lacking it affects our lives in many ways. Examples being when there is the tendency to deny oneself from having loving relationships or preventing oneself from creating relationships that can provide a loving space. There can also be a deep conflict around intimacy resulting in the creation of behavior that supports the belief that we are not worthy of being loved. After all, how can others love us if our own mother could not? If the mother was overbearing and overly critical, then a person becomes unsure of themselves and will tend to doubt their abilities to make good decisions, and will have a difficult time taking charge of their life. The most destructive outcome emotionally and energetically is that the person will harbor strong feelings of guilt supporting the belief that they were somehow responsible for their mother not loving them. The stress created from this kind of situation causes the physical body to have a difficult time staying in sync, and will cause the chemistry of the body to get out of balance. Whenever there are strong feelings of not being loved, the immune system becomes weak and the susceptibility to infection increases significantly.
There is secondary factor that energetically contributes to the formation of candida. That factor is the struggle to find and sustain balance in one's life. The demands on our time have increased so much so that many people are feeling out of control and are constantly being challenged to juggle the demands of the family with the demands of a career. When we focus all of our attention on work, then our personal life suffers and consequently our deep emotional needs are not met and the stabilizing affects that come from the loving connection we have with our family begins to slip away. And at the same time, so does our health. The energy of love supports the immune system and the lack of love weakens it.
Chakra System AnalysisCandida represents energetic tension in the energy flows between the 4th and 2nd chakras. The 3rd chakra being caught in the middle attempts to restore some sort of balance and finds itself often struggling in the process. The outcome of this struggle is the creation of stress which causes the adrenals to become over stimulated. This over stimulation increases the amount of stress hormones in the body and ultimately results in the immune system becoming weakened.
When there is energetic tension between the 4th and 2nd chakras the 3rd chakra feels like it is caught in a tug-of-war, and no matter which chakra wins, the 3rd will be end up truly being the looser.
Personality Color SusceptibilityThe Orange personality color is the most susceptible to yeast infections such as candida and the typical cause has to do with the stress created by their relationships, specifically the relationship with their mother.
The Green personality is also susceptible to yeast infections, however, in their case the cause typically has to do with their struggle to find balance in their lives.
It is important to note that all four personality colors have an increased susceptibility to yeast infections following antibiotic therapy.
Case Study - James (Orange)James came to see me for three reasons;
When I heard his health issues and evaluated his energy flows, my suspicion was that the root cause of all of his illnesses was candida and it had to do with emotional insecurities he was still carrying from his childhood. He said that he knew inside that something was not right and believed that somehow all of these health issues were related, but his doctor could find nothing to support his belief. James said that interestingly enough, he realized very early on in life that his health issues seemed to surface or worsened immediately following an emotional conversation or confrontation with his mother. He admitted that he had struggled most of his life with the fact that she did not seem to love him and harbored guilt feelings about how he could not seem to make her happy or do anything right by her standards. When I asked him about their relationship, he said that she had always been domineering and overly critical of him. So much so, that throughout much of his life she was always telling him what to do and criticizing him when he did not listen to her. Her overbearing nature eventually impacted the perception he had of himself and gravely affected his masculinity. He literally had become afraid of getting into a relationship because he was sure he would never end up being someone who anyone could love. I asked James if he thought his mother loved him and his answer was that he would never know because she had died recently. Then thinking more about the question he said that if love is based on caring, he can never recall her touching him or ever using the word love when expressing how she felt about him.
Treatment Options for CandidiasisConventional medicine
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Carol Ritberger, Ph.D.
* In my book, Your Personality, Your Health, there is an explanation of chakras and the chakra system and an assessment to assist you in determining your personality type by color.
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