Antibiotics and Yeast Infections

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John I. Pitt, in the Genus Penicillum (Academic Press 1979) made this oft-quoted statement: “It is ironic that this humbled fungus, hailed as a benefactor of mankind, may by its very success prove to be a deciding factor in the decline of the present civilization.”

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The problem with antibiotics-and this pertains to the antibiotics yeast infections issue-is that they kill everything, good and bad bacteria.  We need the good bacteria to help eliminate toxins, produce vitamins and generally protect our bodies.

Dysbiosis is the technical term when these “friendly” bacteria are displaced leaving a person open to yeast infections,and even parasites.

Antibiotics and Yeast Infections: Antibiotic use in animals

Antibiotics are everywhere! An example is their little-known appearance in a daily event very close to home: our meals.

From our own research on the antibiotics yeast infection link it appears that antibiotics in large quantities are being regularly fed to beef and dairy cattle (particularly in the U.S)-primarily so that they do not lose energy and weight (=profit) through fighting off infections.  The meat obviously ends up on the dinner plate.  Also grains-which we eat so much of e.g barley, rye peanuts -are usually contaminated with some kind of fungus or other.  Many grains are stored in silos where mold develops, and it is still there when it gets to us, even though the worst batches no doubt get sold off as feed for cattle or for beer-making!

Antibiotics,because of their overuse, are being detected even in waste water supplies!  They are not removed and get pumped right back through the tap!

A Government Accounting Office report in the USA has noted that “the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that antibiotic resistance in humans resulting from …using antibiotics in animals “is an unacceptable risk to the public health.” The study, entitled Antibiotic Resistance: Federal Agencies Need to Better Focus Efforts to Address Risk to Humans from Antibiotic Use in Animals, was requested by Senators Edward M. KennedyD-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Tom Harkin (D-IA).

You can see the report at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04490.pdf.

The legislation introduced by Senator Kennedy did not get much traction initially as it ran up against the Pharmaceutical giants but, at the time of writing,  it has gained support from 300 organizations including the American Medical Association and American Public Health Association.

Europe, it seems, has moved more decisively than the USA in this area.  Great Britain banned the use of  penicillin and tetracycline for promoting growth in livestock way back in the Seventies, and other European countries followed suit not long after.

In the light of this, it would seem advisable to consider food as a factor in yeast infections, and to check out a Yeast infection diet;also that organic food presents itself as a superior alternative because organic agriculture prohibits the use of livestock feed antibiotics.

David Holland M.D , who co-wrote the books Fungus Link and “The Fungus link vol 2” with Doug Kaufmann says “Grains are sources of carbohydrates, or sugars, and as such, they risk contamination by certain fungi. These fungi produce… mycotoxins.”  An example of a food that has these mycotoxins is CORN.  According to a Council for Agricultural Science and Technology report called  Mycotoxins: Risks in Plant, Animal and Human Systems. Task Force Report No. 139. Ames, IA. Jan 2003, corn is “universally contaminated” with fumonisin and other toxic fungal agents.  Think how much corn is used in our modern day diet e.g chicken nuggets cooked in corn batter, with even the sweetening agent derived from corn!

You can be tested to see if you have “dysbiosis”.  It is called a CDSA test or “comprehensive digestive stool analysis” which will tell you all the normal and abnormal bacteria present, including the “benevolent Lactobacillus organism”.  Also, the yeast invader Candida, will show up if you have it.

Antibiotics, yeast infections, toxins, yogurt remedy

Doug Kaufmann says: ”Simply put, antibiotics are poisons that are used to kill. Only licensed physicians can prescribe them. The drugs are used to kill bacteria. Certainly, many people have benefited from using them. However, if bacteria were the only organisms that antibiotics killed, much of this book would be unnecessary…. also… in some instances, antibiotics may become necessary.” He recommends, if one runs out of any further options, that one should request one’s doctor to prescribe nystatin.(which he recommends as 100% safe to use and “works wonders as an intestinal antifungal”.)  He continues by saying it is very important after taking the antibiotics , that one restore “the intestinal terrain with plain yogurt and probiotics. If you experience bloating, belching, gas, constipation etc…. probiotics can play an important role in restoring your intestinal terrain”. So yogurt can counter-act the effect of antibiotics and yeast infections.

The book he is referring to he co-wrote with David Holland M.D,  and is called The Fungus Link vol 2

So if you are concerned that there might be an antibiotics yeast infection link, check out this Natural Candida treatment

Other resources: Fungus Link, Volume 1 (Volume 1)