Thursday, October 29, 2009
What is Candida?
Candidiasis is caused by the overgrowth of a common type of yeast called Candida Albicans that occurs naturally in the body. In most cases, a healthy immune system can keep the balance between ‘good’ bacteria and fungus like Candida in check. Candida can occur anywhere in the body, but it is most commonly found in areas where there are mucous membranes such as the vaginal tract, the rectum and the throat. Some causes of an imbalance of Candida can include prolonged use of antibiotics, use of the Birth Control Pill (BCP), eating a high amount of refined sugar and processed foods and immune suppression.
Diagnosis and Potential Symptoms
For many people, especially women, systemic Candidiasis can seriously impact your quality of life.
Because an overgrowth of Candida can lead to such a diverse group of chronic symptoms, it is very difficult to diagnose. Many conventional medical doctors may treat symptoms, such as yeast infections or thrush, but will not tend to view the connection between Candida and these symptoms. In addition, there is no accepted medical test available, outside of allergic antibody testing, to determine the existence of an overgrowth of Candida. A Candida infection is of concern because it can also become a systemic issue and lead to a variety of symptoms such as;
• Digestive symptoms (pain, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea)
• Itching (skin, ears, vagina, rectum etc.)
• Skin problems (acne, eczema etc)
• Mood changes (anxiety, depression, mood swings, difficulty in thinking clearly, poor memory)
• Reproductive health ( PMS, painful menstruation, infertility, low sex drive)
How Homeopathy Can Help
My experience is that the Candida Diet can be very successful for cases of mild to moderate Candida. In fact, dietary changes are often a necessary part of decreasing and eliminating symptoms of Candida. However, I treat a lot of patients with Candida and repeatedly hear how the Candida diet did not alleviate or remove their symptoms of Candida. Certain diseases are hygienic in nature but there are also many conditions that can not be solved by dietary changes alone. For many people, systemic Candida infection cannot be resolved by diet alone. This is where homeopathy can be very useful.
Advantages of Homeopathic Treatment for Candida
Homeopathic medicine is totally holistic because it takes into consideration your unique experience of dis-ease on the mental, emotional and physical levels. As a Homeopath, I want to know whether you are prone to chronic yeast infections, oral Candida (thrush) as well as many of the other possible associated symptoms of Candida. In addition, I want to know very specific information. For example, if you get chronic yeast infections, I will want to know when you get them, what they feel like (do they itch, burn, sting?) and what does this discharge look like. Homeopaths are also fundamentally interested in you as a person. We ask questions about your body temperature; how weather affects you, patterns of perspiration, sleep, digestion and much more. In most cases, the selection of a homeopathic remedy for you will also help to address other chronic health issues that have been bothering you such as migraines or constipation or PMS or anxiety/depression.
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Thursday November 5th at 7 p.m.
348 Danforth Avenue Rm 212
Thursday, October 1, 2009
You just might be worried about a possible Swine Flu/H1N1 pandemic this winter especially if you have been watching the media reports for the last several months. Whether or not H1N1 is as serious as many public health officials and epidemiologists are predicting, you can protect yourself and your family even if you decide to either get the regular flu shot or the H1N1 vaccine if and when it is ready.
The History of Homeopathy in Influenza
Homeopathy gained its reputation by successfully treating many of infectious epidemics of the 18th and 19th century including o the Spanish Flu of 1919. The Spanish Flu is particularly relevant to the current H1N1 outbreak because it was also a H1N1 type A influenza virus. Public health records indicate the amazing success in homeopathy in treating people during the Spanish Flu. The mortality rate of people treated with conventional medicine was 30 percent while those treated by Homeopathic physicians had mortality rate of 1.05 percent.
Homeopathic Influenza Prevention
Homeopaths have been using Homeopathic Prophylaxis (or preventative treatment) to prevent the development of Influenza for over 150 years. The main remedy used for this is called Influenzinum. Homeopathic Prophylaxis is different from the ‘flu shot’ in that the ‘flu shot’ involves introducing crude doses of Influenza along with several chemicals into your body including thimerosol (mercury) and formaldehyde. On the other hand, homeopathic remedies including Influenzinum, have no extra chemicals in them and do not create side effects.
Free Homeopathic Treatment for Influenza Prevention
Starting in October 2009, you can access this treatment by making a 15-20 minute appointment with me either in my clinic or via a home visit if you live in the neighbourhoods of High Park/Roncesvalles/Parkdale, the Annex and the Junction.
For More Information, I can be contacted at;
647-688-8290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I practice out of Zen-Tai Wellness which is located at 120 Carlton Street (at Jarvis) (www.zen-tai.com)If you do get sick this winter, consider using homeopathic medicine for acute treatment. In most cases, homeopathy can quickly resolve many types of acute ailments including influenza, colds, coughs, strep throat and stomach viruses.