CANDIDA and the ANTIBIOTIC SYNDROME
By Walter Last
Lack of energy and digestive disturbances, arthritic joint pains, skin
disease, menstrual problems, emotional instability and depression. All
symptoms of what I call the 'antibiotic syndrome' which have greatly
increased in frequency in recent years.
On further examination, more symptoms may be discovered. Most of the
gastro-intestinal tract is tender when pressed, especially the small
intestine, liver and gall bladder. There may even have been a gall bladder
operation that failed to improve the condition, sometimes even worsening the
There could be a history of thrush or oral, anal or vaginal itching. When
these are present the diagnosis of Candida is obvious but it may also be
present in the absence of these manifestations and that can be somewhat
confusing. The yeast or fungus Candida albicans, of course, thrives during
antibiotic treatment. I regard it as reckless negligence to prescribe
antibiotics without simultaneous fungicides and replacement therapy with
lactobacilli afterwards. I believe that this practice has greatly added to
our vast pool of a chronically sick population.
However, the 'antibiotic syndrome' is not just due to Candida. I regard it
more generally as a 'dysbiosis' where the wrong kind of microbes inhabit the
intestinal tract, not just Candida and other fungi, but many types of
pathogenic bacteria including coli bacteria which are normal in the colon but
become disease-forming when they ascend into the small intestine.
If the problem has existed for years, there is usually a lack of gastric acid
which then allows the stomach to be colonised by microbes, causing
inflammation with pain and later, ulcers. The toxins released by the
microbial overpopulation cause in addition chronic inflammation of the liver,
gall bladder, pancreas and intestines. I regard it as rather likely that a
chronic inflammation of the pancreas is a major contributing factor in the
development of insulin-dependent diabetes.
Specific types of pathogenic bacteria appear to cause or contribute to
specific auto-immune diseases. One variety of coli bacteria, for instance,
produces a molecule that is very similar to insulin. When the immune system
becomes activated against this molecule it may then also attack related
features at the beta cells of the pancreas
Another type of bacteria, Yersinia enterocolitica, induces an immune response
that attacks the thyroid gland and leads to Grave's disease with a serious
overproduction of thyroid hormones.
Ulcerative colitis is linked to overgrowth with pathogenic microbes, the same
as Crohn's disease, osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylitis. In ankylosing
spondylitis the vertebra of the spine fuse together causing stiffness and
pain. Other joints may in time become affected.
Klebsiella, another type of pathogenic bacteria, produces a molecule that is
similar to a tissue type found in people with this disease. When klebsiella
numbers in the gut decrease, related antibodies in the blood decrease and the
Rheumatoid arthritis is linked to other bacteria, called proteus. Proteus is
also a common cause of urinary tract infections. Women suffer urinary tract
infections as well as rheumatoid arthritis twice as often as men, while men
usually have higher levels of klebsiella and three times more ankylosing
spondylitis than women.
In addition microbial overgrowth dam ages the intestinal wall so that only
partly digested food particles can pass into the bloodstream, causing
allergies. In this way all auto-immune diseases can be linked to food
While rheumatoid arthritis is a frequent feature of the antibiotic syndrome,
and I regard it as relatively easy to cure, not many sufferers of this
disease seem to be interested in this natural approach. The other day a young
man with severe rheumatoid arthritis knocked at my door to collect money for
a medically sponsored walkathon. When I told him that I do not give money for
drug treatment as it can be overcome with natural therapies, he shouted: 'You
are mad!' and left visibly upset.
Other auto-immune diseases that have so far been linked to dysbiosis are
psoriasis, lupus erythematosus and pancreatitis. When remedies are given that
bind bacterial endotoxins, these conditions usually improve. A further
consequence of dysbiosis is susceptibility to food poisoning as with
salmonella bacteria, while a healthy intestinal flora prevents these from
multiplying and causing trouble.
Staphylococcus aureus or golden staph cause serious infections in hospital
patients. It has been found that not only golden staph but also other
infections are greatly potentised when they occur with a Candida overgrowth.
As Candida overgrowth is a natural outcome of the standard hospital
treatment, it is easy to see why golden staph is so deadly in hospitals.
A similar picture emerges with AIDS. People do not die from the AIDS virus
but from Candida-potentised bacterial infections. I also see the
antibiotic-induced dysbiosis in babies and infants as the main cause of their
frequent infections, glue ear and greatly contributing to cot death.
While it used to be uncommon for children to have more than one or two
infections a year, now more than six is the norm.
In the 1940's Candida was found in only three per cent of autopsies, now the
figure is nearer thirty per cent. There are, of course, other factors that
can cause dysbiosis - the contraceptive pill, steroids and other drugs,
radiation treatment and chemotherapy - but the main culprit is, without
Dr Orian Truss
In 1953 Dr Orian Truss discovered the devastating effects of antibiotics in
an Alabama (USA) hospital. During a hospital round Truss was intrigued by a
gaunt, apparently elderly man who was obviously dying. However, he was only
in his forties and in hospital for four months. No specialist had been able
to make a diagnosis. Out of curiosity Truss asked the patient when be was
last completely well.
The man answered that he was well until six months before when he had cut his
finger He had received antibiotics for this. Shortly afterwards he developed
diarrhoea and his health deteriorated. Truss had seen before how antibiotics
cause diarrhoea. It was known that Candida was opportunistic and thrived in
debilitated patients, but now Truss wondered if it might not be the other way
round, that Candida actually caused the debilitated condition.
He had read that potassium iodide solution could be used to treat Candida
infestation of the blood. So he put the patient on six to eight drops of
Lugol's solution four times a day and soon the patient was again completely
Soon afterwards he had a female patient with a stuffy nose, a throbbing
headache, vaginitis and severe depression. To his amazement all her problems
immediately cleared with Candida treatment. Some time later he saw a female
patient who had been schizophrenic for six years with hundreds of
electroshock treatments and massive drug dosages. He started treating the
woman for sinus allergies with a Candida vaccine. Soon she had recovered
mentally and physically, and remained well.
From then on he treated his patients against Candida at the slightest
indication of its presence. Many of his patients made remarkable recoveries
from most unusual conditions including menstrual problems, hyperactivity,
learning disabilities, autism, multiple sclerosis and auto-immune diseases
such as Crohn's disease and lupus erythematosus.
Every experienced naturopath can relate similar success stories. Ironically,
antibiotics are usually not necessary in the first place. In a few per cent
of the cases in which they are necessary their serious after effects could
easily be avoided using fungicides and lactobacilli.
Many people doubt the effectiveness of natural therapies against apparently
serious infections, but my experience leads me to believe that frequently
natural therapies are more effective, without causing the repeated and
chronic infections seen after antibiotics. I have seen patients who have been
unsuccessful on long-term antibiotic treatment recover within days or weeks
with natural therapies.
Curing the'antibiotic syndrome'
The main treatment for the 'antibiotic syndrome' is sanitation of the
gastro-intestinal tract combined with a low-allergy diet. In this way most
acute problems can be overcome within weeks while degenerated joints or
organs can start a slower road to recovery.
One unpleasant side-effect of most methods used to reduce the pathogenic
microbial overgrowth of the intestines is the Herxheimer reaction - a sudden
worsening of symptoms due to toxins released by the dead or dying microbes.
This is sometimes used as a diagnostic tool, especially for Candida.
I recommend flushes combined with anti-microbial remedies to avoid or
minimise unpleasant side effects. An isotonic flush consists of nine grams or
one heaped teaspoon of salt in one litre of water and is suitable for
sensitive individuals and generally with low to normal blood pressure. A
solution is said to be isotonic if it contains a similar amount of salt as
the blood. An Epsom salt flush may contain one tablespoon of Epsom salt, more
or less according to need, in a large glass of water and is useful in cases
of constipation and with raised blood pressure.
A crushed clove of garlic can be added to the flush to reduce the microbial
overgrowth. If garlic cannot be used then up to two teaspoons of three per
cent hydrogen peroxide (food-grade) may be added instead. You can take
another glass of water after the Epsom salt to wash down the bitter
aftertaste but not after the isotonic flush, as it would no longer be
The flush will carry most of the dead microbes and their toxins out of the
body and minimise any unpleasant reactions. However, if the flush should not
be sufficient to produce a strong bowel movement within two to three hours,
then another flush, preferably with Epsom salt, should immediately follow or
unpleasant reactions may occur.
As a precaution after antibiotic therapy, as a general body cleanse or if
there are only mild symptoms of microbial over-growth, it will be sufficient
to continue this for about three days. In severe and long standing cases the
flush may be used for several weeks. If Candida overgrowth is suspected, any
sexual partner should have at least a short flush period. If it is
inconvenient to continue with a flush, as for instance with work commitments,
then it may be acceptable to have a flush just once or twice and then
continue for a long time with a high intake of acidophilus and bifido
Acidophilus & bifido
This leads us to the next step: replacing the decimated pathogenic microbes
with desirable lactobacilli. This must be done in a massive dose 30-60
minutes after each flush, otherwise the unwanted microbes may grow back to
full strength after the next meal. Acidophilus culture is used to repopulate
the freed-up spaces at the walls of the small intestines, while bifido
bacteria are the protective inhabitants of the colon or large intestines.
There are several possibilities. These bacterial cultures are available from
health food shops as powders in brown glass bottles that should be
refrigerated before and after sale. You may either buy a mixed culture and
take two teaspoons in water or vegetable juice or one teaspoon each of the
separate cultures. If you suspect cows' milk allergy, which is rather
frequent in this condition, then use milk-free cultures.
However, these cultures are rather expensive and not as active as fresh
cultures in good quality yoghurt. Therefore, it will be more economical to
use these cultures as a starter to make your own yoghurt. Again, because of
the problems caused by cows' milk, you may use goats' milk, soya milk or even
rice milk. In Australia I found the Sungold brand of soya milk to make the
best yoghurt. Goats' milk and rice milk may not set creamy because of their
lower protein content, but that does not matter as the beneficial bacteria
are in the liquid whey.
Because you will need to keep the milk warm for several hours until it has
set the easiest way to make your yoghurt is with a yoghurt maker. The
temperature should remain between 30 and 450C, best just below 410C. As
starter either add several teaspoons of powdered cultures or, much cheaper,
use a cupful of commercial cows' milk or soya yoghurt. Later you only need to
take about a cupful of the previous batch of yoghurt as a starter for the
next one. If the yoghurt should become too acid or otherwise spoil at a later
date, begin again with a fresh culture as starter. Refrigerate the yoghurt
after it sets.
Take a cupful of this yoghurt instead of the culture powders after each
flush, using more before or with other meals. It does not set as firmly as
commercial yoghurt and is somewhat more acid, similar to acidophilus milk.
Continue taking either the cultures or yoghurt for several months after you
have stopped taking a flush. Women should also for a few days or weeks apply
yoghurt or acidophilus powder to the vagina. It is preferable initially for a
few days to douche with diluted hydrogen peroxide solution at a strength of
one teaspoon of three per cent peroxide to a glass of water or more or less
according to sensitivity.
For those who do not ingest acidophilus/bifido products regularly it would be
good to take a course once a year just as a precaution, but especially with
or after taking any drugs, medical or recreational, or when leading a
The diet during therapy should be free of sweeteners, sweet foods, yeast,
alcohol and, initially, fruits. Various supplements, such as caprylic acid,
can be useful but are not necessary with this flush method.
If the Candida problem is severe or exists already for a long time, chances
are that the fungus has already invaded the bloodstream and internal organs.
In this case it is best to take a course of Lugol's solution. That is how Dr
Orian Truss originally cured his patients.
Lugol's solution is an internal iodine solution designed to eliminate Candida
and possibly viruses and other microbes from the bloodstream. Obtain 100ml of
Lugol's solution, also labelled Aqueous Iodine Oral Solution B.P., from a
chemist. Take a test drop in liquid other then just water to make it taste
less strong. If this does not cause an allergic reaction, continue to take 4
x 6 drops daily in liquid or mixed with food, but not together with vitamins
A, C, E, grape seed extract or cysteine. Iodine is an oxidant and it is best
to reduce the intake of antioxidants while using it.
If the blood was contaminated, then you may initially experience a die-off
reaction of the Candida, causing weakness and possibly headache or nausea. If
this happens cut temporarily back on the amount of Lugol's solution and drink
plenty of water and diluted teas or juices. Continue for 3 weeks, but
interrupt if you develop a serious reaction. After that you may continue with
1-2 drops once a day for several months.
Finally, as an addition or an alternative to Lugol's solution, you may use a
Beck-type blood purifier or zapper to eliminate Candida and other fungi and
infectious agents from the blood, for details see the article Electronic
Zapper & Magnetic Pulser. Furthermore, the magnetic pulser will be excellent
to sanitise pockets of Candida infestations inside the mouth, vagina or
underneath the skin.
Don't let the antibiotic syndrome creep up on you. Always try natural
alternatives in preference to antibiotics, but when they are absolutely
necessary, supplement your treatment with the steps outlined above.
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