Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Interview with Christine Tomlinson PhD, Founder of the National Candida Society

by Emma Holister

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EH: Of all the theories about Candidiasis flying around the Net, I feel that the one explored on your website "Is Candida an Endocrine Disorder?" delves furthest into the heart of this complex issue. Have your experiences over the years given you more conviction about this hypothesis?

CT: I am sure that it is one significant cause of candida. Any hypothesis about the cause(s) of candida has to be able to account for its epidemiology. We know that it is mainly women who suffer from it – estimates are 60% women, 20% men and 20% children. All other explanations for candida such as antibiotics or mercury don’t satisfy that criterion. However, I don’t think it is the sole cause of candida; I never did. The article on our website is one of several that first appeared in our quarterly newsletter, the Candida Digest, exploring possible causes. A recent (2006) edition of the Candida Digest featured another article on causes, so I’d like to quote from that in answering your question:

Candida is multifactorial, which means that there is not one sole cause of candida, but several contributory factors. This does tend to complicate things, because the cause of my candida may not be the same as the cause of yours.

Candida albicans, (and other types such as C. krusei, C. parapsilosis and C. tropicalis) are opportunistic which means that they live in us in small numbers, ready to grow out-of-control, if given half a chance. It is important to understand that Candida albicans is not a pathogen that invades the body from the outside. People often think that their immune system has let them down when they have candida, but this is not so. It is not a failure of defence, but a failure of internal regulation. Physiologists have a name for this internal regulation and the balance it achieves. They call it ‘homoeostasis’. Candida is a sign that homoeostasis is being breached; that the body is struggling in its attempts to maintain the balance of our ‘internal terrain’. The degree of Candida albicans overgrowth indicates the degree of the imbalance. There are three types of imbalance of our internal terrain which could lead to candida:

1. Of the microbes residing in our digestive system. No doubt you are aware that all of us have several pounds of microbes (mainly bacterial) which digest our food for us. It is critical that the microbes are present in the correct ratios. Imbalances here are usually caused by taking broad-spectrum antibiotics or other medication, and are aggravated by poor dietary choices.

2. Of the regulatory system of the body i.e. the endocrine system. In brief, Candida albicans overgrows in the presence of progesterone which is why so many women have thrush when they are pre-menstrual. You can have relatively high progesterone by having relatively low oestrogen, and a number of things block oestrogen receptors e.g. mercury, and steroidal drugs such as the contraceptive pill and HRT.

3. Of the cells and organelles such as:

- sugar imbalance (which is why the symptoms of candida and hypoglycaemia are so similar, and why diabetics regularly succumb to fungal infections);

- acid-alkaline imbalance (see Volume 7 Issue 3 of the Candida Digest);

- insufficient oxygen: evolutionary biologists tell us that fungi first appeared on our planet when there wasn’t much oxygen around, so candida naturally thrives when oxygen levels plummet. Oxygen kills fungus, helping to stop it spreading. Insufficient oxygen is often caused by a lack of iron in the blood (anaemia), making anaemia a prime cause of candida. People who are chronically tired with candida, often think that their tiredness is caused by the candida, but this isn’t necessarily so. In some cases, both the candida and the tiredness are caused by the anaemia. If you are chronically tired and haven’t been tested for anaemia, I would urge you to ask your GP for a test. Ask to be tested for both haemoglobin and ferritin.

It stands to reason that if anaemia is behind your candida problem, you will not get well without increasing your iron levels, and an overly-restrictive diet could do more harm than good.

EH: The natural products recommended for hormonal problems are, amongst others, Black Cohosh, Red Clover, Siberian Ginseng, Dong Quai and Wild Yam. Could these be more effective than the more frequently recommended Evening Primrose Oil?

CT: For menstrual difficulties, I tend to favour GLA over Evening Primrose Oil. The other products you mention are more helpful for menopausal symptoms. The two products that I would NOT recommend for candida sufferers are Agnus Castus and Natural Progesterone Cream. Based on my experience and that of members, those products exacerbate candida symptoms.

EH: Am I right in thinking that on your site you suggest that antibiotics may not necessarily be the worst culprit when it comes to causing Candidiasis? And that hormones such as the pill and HRT could be even worse?

CT: Candida is multifactorial so the prime cause varies from person to person. My impression is that for women, the trigger is often steroidal pills or creams, whilst for children and men, it is more likely to be antibiotics. To give a more complete answer, I shall quote from another Candida Digest that discussed causes:

Candida is part of a cascade of causes and effects, indicating that the body is out-of-balance i.e. that homoeostasis is being breached… I prefer the term ‘contributory factors’ to causes because whilst these factors do cause candida in susceptible people, they do not affect healthy people. The main contributory factors that can result in a loss of homoeostasis leading to candida are:

1. Prolonged use of broad-spectrum or strong antibiotics which destroys the good bacteria in the digestive system. During the course of a long interview with the editor of CAM (a magazine for health professionals), in 2004, Dr Nigel Plummer described a trial undertaken by BioCare that demonstrated Candida albicans overgrowth in the human caecum following the use of antibiotics in 50% of subjects; 33% had mucosal surface colonisation by yeast; 15% of subjects had (what appeared to be) persistent colonisation giving rise to a low-grade inflammatory response. He said that because the inflammation never becomes systemic, the immune system is incapable of resolving it. This means that people end up with a low-level chronic inflammatory condition that gives rise to fatigue, periodic aches and pains, muscle pain, joint pain, intermittent fever, depression, loss of concentration, brain-fog, i.e. symptoms of candida.

2. Use of hormonal products such as HRT, contraceptive pill, or Natural Progesterone Cream. It doesn’t help that these products are usually taken when the body is already undergoing hormonal havoc. The female body is more susceptible to candida at times of puberty, pregnancy, and menopause; and during the post-ovulation stage of the monthly menstrual cycle.

3. Use of steroids such as hydrocortisone, beconase, and prednisolone which block oestrogen receptors.

4. Long-term use of drugs for medical conditions such as immuno-suppressive drugs following organ transplants.

5. Dental mercury amalgam poisoning, or mercury from other sources, e.g. fish. Make sure your Omega 3 is free from mercury. Mercury blocks oestrogen receptors.

6. Chemical poisoning from the home, garden, or workplace. This is particularly relevant for some occupations e.g. hairdressing and farming. Most of our farmer-members cite the handling of sheep-dips and other chemicals as precipitating their candida.

7. Heavy metal poisoning (other than mercury) e.g. lead, cadmium.

8. Stress leading to adrenal exhaustion.

9. As a complication of a medical condition such as diabetes, and/or of the treatment e.g. cancer or AIDS.

10. Vaccinations. There is increasing concern that babies are now given too many vaccinations (25 per year) when their immune systems are underdeveloped. This may predispose them to chronic illness, including candida, later in life. Our adult members who cite vaccinations as the cause of their candida had to have their injections twice because the first one ‘didn’t work’.

11. Poor dietary choices - eating an excessive amount of refined sugar, processed foods, inorganic produce etc.

Some causes indicate specific treatments e.g. detoxification or specific diets. For example if the cause is hormonal then soya and cow’s milk are best avoided, although sheep and goats’ milk may be ok. Conversely, food intolerances of milk and soya should alert a woman to the possibility that her candida has an hormonal cause.

EH: I believe that Candidiasis is the root cause of many modern illnesses. What is your opinion on this?

CT: I don’t think candidiasis is the root cause, because I think that it is a symptom – a sign that homoeostasis is being breached, and whatever is causing that imbalance is the root cause. The reason why I stress that point, is because people need to address the underlying cause in order to make a full recovery from their candidiasis/candida. If they see candida as the root cause then they won’t look beyond that. For many people, that is a crucial mistake. When they fail to recover using a self-help book, they blame themselves for not following the diet religiously, and embark on a dangerously restrictive diet, and fruitless search for the ‘best antifungal’ and the ‘best probiotic’. They run the risk of malnourishment and even more entrenched candida.

I get many telephone calls from people who tell me that they “know all about candida” as they have read the books and surfed the internet, and all they want from us is the definitive diet and the best anti-fungal. I find their self-assurance truly alarming – it takes so much effort to turn them around, to get them heading in the right direction. After 16 years’ involvement with candida, including a decade of intensive research, I certainly don’t feel that I know all there is to know about candida. Sometimes, I think I have barely touched the surface, which is probably what maintains my interest.

I also find that this simplistic view of candida can give rise to misunderstandings between sufferers and therapists. It can lead to a situation where sufferers appreciate the therapists who follow a strategy that they recognise from the self-help books, but are critical of those therapists who have a more fundamental (e.g. integrated medicine) approach, focused on identifying and treating underlying causes, rather than candida per se.

Having said all of that, candida does cause its own symptoms so it must be addressed. What I do think is that candida is implicated in a huge number of illnesses, but as part of a cascade of causes and symptoms, rather than as the root cause.

EH: Do you think that Candidiasis is a 'women's issue'? Do you think that the high incidence of misdiagnosis of Candida and the subsequent prescription of antidepressants has anything to do with this?

CT: Undeniably, it affects far more women than men, and many female members report that their mothers, daughters, and sisters suffer from it too. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it does affect boys as well as girls, and both sexes of the elderly, and even men in their prime when they are weakened by chemicals or drugs such as steroids or antibiotics. My fear is that it will be more prevalent in the next generation becoming a “children’s issue”, as more women with candida give birth. These mothers pass their abnormal gut flora to their offspring, because a human baby is born with a sterile gut and acquires most of its gut flora from its mother.

I don’t really have a view on the second part of your question, other than to say that it is certainly very depressing to find yourself with an illness that is not medically recognised. I find it hard to imagine that antidepressants can be a solution to a physiological problem; and given their addictive nature, they often serve to compound it.

EH: The moment a person suspects they may have Candida, they are at once bombarded by a tidal wave of sales ploys for this or that miracle cure. Attempting to get better can then become an expensive and fruitless journey for the average Candida sufferer. What would be your advice to someone who thinks they may be suffering from Candidiasis?

CT: They need to understand the cause of their candida. Most of my work is geared towards helping sufferers realise that, and not to assume that because one product or approach worked for someone else, it will work for them too. We have trialled about two dozen supplements. The trials are informal; usually a dozen members try a product for one month. The usual pattern of results is that a couple of people experience significant improvement or even a cure; most report some improvement, and one person says that the product made him, or her, worse. Clearly, there are huge individual differences in reactions to the products. They all seem to work for some people, but they don’t work universally. I don’t find this too surprising, given the range of causes. If we had found a product that worked for everybody we would be shouting it from the hill-tops, but that hasn’t happened.

Similarly, I don’t believe that there is a universal anti-candida diet. I’m not a fan of overly restrictive diets, as I feel that they can do more harm than good. Candida feeds on sugar, so it is important to give up sucrose and glucose. Fructose is more controversial; some sufferers can tolerate it; others cannot. We recommend testing for food intolerances. In theory, sufferers should be able to tolerate yeast, as yeast doesn’t feed on yeast, but in practice, many sufferers find that they are intolerant to it.

EH: I think trying to inform others about Candida is a deeply frustrating process for many reasons. What would you say are the obstacles to progress that you find recurring the most in your line of work?

CT: It appears to me that recognition of candida has languished because of the challenges it makes to the prevailing reductionist medical paradigm. It violates Pasteur’s germ theory. In fact, I would go further and say that candida invalidates it. Pasteur’s germ theory is crude but it is deeply ingrained in our culture, so people have to go through a huge learning curve to really understand candida. It requires a paradigm shift, and that is always painful.

A lack of research evidence for candida. I know that the researchers at Southampton University went all over the place to try to get funding for their research, but were repeatedly turned down. Eventually, after several years of effort, AllergyUK funded the candida research in 2005-2006. I understand that the research went well, although I am still awaiting the detailed results. There is some other research evidence, but on the whole it is sparse. If researchers cannot get funding, this is to be expected.

To the uninitiated, Candida albicans is synonymous with thrush, which has unfortunate connotations. I suspect that is why we have failed to attract a high-profile patron and trustees, despite my endless begging letters.

We can anticipate that some vested interests may not take kindly to exposés about the causes of candida, but that hasn’t been a problem for us yet. This could probably be avoided altogether if we were advocating a narrow pharmaceutical solution, but we are not, as I doubt that the body can be drugged into homoeostasis, would expect toxic side-effects, and know that resistance to anti-fungals e.g. fluconazole, is already an issue.

EH: People suffering from all sorts of immunity diseases including AIDS in particular, have Candidiasis. Do you have many AIDS sufferers coming to your organisation for help?

CT: No we don’t. We do get the most distressing emails from people around the world who have systemic candidiasis (as opposed to chronic candidiasis) and they are obviously terribly ill – often terminal, I would think - but that is usually cancer-related. We have had requests for information from African countries about candida and AIDS. But my only UK involvement with AIDS was to accept an invitation to a major teaching hospital in London, to talk to the nutritionists about the anti-candida diet for their AIDS patients. But I’m not sure that they liked what I said, because yet again, they wanted the definitive diet with no ifs or buts.

I do, however, have strong views about AIDS. I am of the firm opinion that AIDS cannot be caused by any retrovirus, and that the most plausible explanation for AIDS is the one put forward by the Perth Group. This leads me to another point. There are three grades, possibly stages, of candida or candidiasis:

Superficial: thrush, skin and nail infections, nappy rash etc.

Chronic: usually what we mean by ‘candida’.

Systemic: Concomitant with serious illness e.g. cancer and AIDS.

Superficial and systemic are recognised medical conditions – chronic is not. We need to campaign to get chronic candidiasis medically recognised, but in addition I am not totally convinced that the prevailing view of superficial candidiasis and systemic candidiasis is correct. I think that needs revisiting as well. The medical view of superficial candidiasis is that it is a local, somewhat trivial, problem, but there is contradictory evidence, for example vaginal thrush is accompanied by candidiasis in the gut. I consider superficial candidiasis to be an early warning that homoeostasis is being breached.

Systemic candidiasis is viewed as an opportunistic infection that arises when a person’s immune system is shot to pieces. That may happen when someone’s immune system is deliberately suppressed, e.g. with immunosuppressant drugs following a liver transplant, but I’m not so sure about diseases. I think that there is convincing evidence that candidiasis is an integral part of the disease process of cancer, AIDS, and even diabetes. The candidiasis may, of course, progress as a side-effect of the treatment of these serious illnesses, but that’s not the same thing.

EH: The National Candida Society is a pioneer in the field and an inspiration for newer groups appearing world-wide. You have founded an international organisation, how is this coming along?

CT: I am very proud of what we have achieved, but it edges forward ever so slowly. We currently have 700 members. We have had 6,000 members in total; about 85% of them were UK residents, and the rest lived in just about every country in the world, showing that candida is a world-wide problem. These early years have been foundational, and we are ready to use the knowledge gained to start campaigning for candida to be recognised as a medical illness. Achieving that goal will enable us to help many more sufferers, and most importantly to raise awareness into causes and prevention. What is holding us back is lack of resources for staff, premises etc. So far, I have failed to attract trustees and a patron, who will be able to help us draw in the financial resources that we need to expand. If you know of anyone who might be able to help in any capacity, I’d love to hear from them as soon as possible. There’s a huge amount of good rewarding work to be done.

The National Candida Society

Candidiasis - A Macrobiotic Perspective - The Overlooked Condition and the Missing Link to ‘Intractable’ Disease

by Mitja Fajdiga


I am hopeful this essay will draw the attention of the macrobiotic community to a very common, yet frequently overlooked subject/condition and will prompt macrobiotic counsellors to seriously check out the possibility of candidiasis whenever approached by patients with an immunocompromised condition.

Below, I will substantiate my assertion that candidiasis, the forerunner of systemic acidosis, is one of the most common destroyers of the immune system in humans. In my opinion, the condition of patients with ‘incurable’ disease can be causally related to candidiasis through the mechanism of acidosis and huge acid-alkaline imbalance.

Furthermore, according to macrobiotic literature and my personal experience, macrobiotic teachers and counsellors, renowned for their expertise in Oriental diagnosis, keep failing to diagnose it or they don't see its relevance to a compromised immune system. This is a serious diagnostic error and possibly fatal as well.

This is also to elaborate briefly why the standard macrobiotic diet has been found unacceptable by many novices to macrobiotics—it is directly related to the more and more ubiquitous condition of candidiasis. In counselling my suggestion to macrobiotic experts is the following: Be on alert for candidiasis and focus your advice on treatment of systemic candidiasis (and acidosis thereof) as the core condition when auto-immune deficiency has been diagnosed.

It is my experience and observation that in a candidiasis treatment the reversal of acidosis is the leverage of utmost importance, thus making immunocompromised patients again immunocompetent in the process. Also, this is the only natural way of reversing several ‘intractable’ diseases such as juvenile diabetes mellitus, Crohn's disease, cancer, excessive body weight, plausibly hepatitis C etc.

My lifelong adventure with candidiasis, my acquaintance with ancient diagnostics, and consultations rendered to a number of co-tormented have corroborated my findings on candidiasis and lead to this report.

The Candidiasis Comes for Rescue to Macrobiotics (and Calls for Immediate Attention)

This is to expose systemic candidiasis as the most frequent condition (i.e. fungemia and acidosis thereof) in modern men and to draw the attention of macrobiotic teachers and counsellors to this treacherous and sneaky condition. It is very likely a pivotal disorder that ought to be taken into account whenever looking for answers to health riddles of modern times not only by mainstream medicine but by macrobiotic counsellors, seemingly, as well.

The yeast organisms of several Candida species that are scientifically recognised as the cause of the systemic candidiasis will be left aside in this report, and I shall instead focus on manifestations of this condition in immunocompetent people before it turns into a full blown state; in addition I will make a brief list of Candida overgrowth manifestations in immunocompromised people that can be linked to the condition by the application of Oriental diagnosis.


Reading various macrobiotic essays I wondered on several occasions how come that the macrobiotic community totally neglected the issue of candidiasis. It dawned on me that it could be due, perhaps, to the prevalent notion that the common cause of candidiasis—taking a wide range of antibiotics or other strong artificial medications—was out of the question in those who adhere to macrobiotic principles and refrain from taking any medications whatsoever, thus the phenomenon of candidiasis should have no real existence amongst them.

However, the causes for Candida overgrowth are numerous and many of them are not even remotely pill-related. I am familiar with the following:

• Congenital and milk transmission. Candida bacteria (or fungi) are blood-transmitted from mother to the embryo during pregnancy, but more likely after birth by breastfeeding.

• Lowered intestinal flora due to a non-dietary cause such as chlorinated water, drug abuse, antibiotics, hormonal therapy, dental mercury amalgam fillings etc. In immunocompromised people Candida is replenished in their intestinal flora by their own saliva.

• Leaky gut syndrome, which is due to:

- Overeating in general; or

- Binging on food with strong expansive energy, such as sweets, sugary soft drinks, fruit diets etc.; or

- Taking antibiotics with strong yin energy; or

- Candida transmutation from a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism, into a fungal, invasive state; fungal form of candida can produce very long root-like structures, rhizoids; they penetrate mucosa or intestinal walls; or

- Intestinal colic as result of aggravated digestive stagnation (see * for more, below); or

- Intestinal parasite; or

• Geopathogenic stress, especially an underground water flow and sleeping close to a strong electromagnetic source such as electric trunk exchanges on the other side of the wall, location of house next to transformers or under power lines.

* Prolonged Candida overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract which initially causes problems with poor digestion, flatulence, lazy intestines and occasional digestive stagnation, can,in turn, induce low blood sugar levels, and lead to unhealthy cravings, carbohydrate addiction and overeating in general. These dietary ailments combined frequently lead to chronic digestive stagnation.

This condition is aggravated by regular consumption of sweets, refined food and too much liquid. Usually, the stagnation takes place in the lower part of the small intestine, next to the beginning of the large intestine. Thus the pressure from stagnated food and heat build up (extreme yang), and the accumulated energy will eventually turn into their opposite, i.e. expansive and upward energy (extreme yin).

(This health concern is completely overlooked by mainstream medicine, for only yin-yang understanding of processes in the human body offers this insight.)

Eventually, intestinal colic turns the small intestine into a loose, stagnated place and makes the intestinal walls too porous; this is the energetic mechanism of leaky gut syndrome allowing wasteful food stuff—toxins and pathogenic bacteria, including Candida—to enter the bloodstream making the initial phase of systemic Candida overgrowth possible.

This digestive disorder is incredulously common, when you think of all potbellied people. Teenage girls and young women are not exempt. Even if they avoid overeating their young bodies show a high incidence of Candida overgrowth presence and the effects of harmful dietary patterns. You can see numbers of young people in the prime of their life already endowed with potbellies.

Symptoms of Candida Presence in Immunocompetent People

Candida overgrowth symptoms can be considered as extreme-yin or extreme-yang phenomena.

· Offensive or acetone smelling breath; or

· Dry mouth cavity or excessive saliva excretion; or

· Athlete's foot; or

· Swollen, enlarged nose tip or hardened one; or

· In people of Caucasian descent a year-round darkish or greenish or greyish complexion (or even brown complexion; not to be mixed up with a suntan) is apparent or translucent or constant reddish complexion; or

· Some Asiatic facial features, especially around the eyes, in immunocompromised children of non-Asian descent or protruding eyes; or

· Flat instep in children even after they reach the age of six or inwardly curved feet; or

· Constantly present horizontal lines or saggy area under the eyes that can already be observed in adolescence and with individuals in their 20's or darkish, even blackish, sometimes emaciated area under the eyes; or

· Dark coloured area in corner parts of eye-socket, especially in areas adjacent to the bridge of the nose ; or

· High cholesterol levels or mal-absorption of fat and protein nutrients; or

· Food addiction or 'holding back from any food intake' attitude; the latter may in some cases turn to anorexic behaviour; or

· Cravings for carbohydrate foods (carbohydrate addiction) or salt cravings; or

· Constant stressful facial expression though the person feels relaxed or sleepy, weary facial expression throughout the day.

Experts in Oriental diagnosis should be able to co-relate these symptoms to the state of the gastrointestinal tract, organ groups and body systems affected by acidosis in progress, i.e. candidiasis in the first place.

Some experts may oppose this list by saying the symptoms should be attributed to various well-known conditions like kidney weakness, diabetes mellitus or other serious conditions in progress. And they are right. However, these symptoms are also attributable to the overlooked underlying condition of candidiasis in progress.

Disorders Characteristic of Candida Overgrowth

They are as follows:

· Pregnancy diabetes; or

· Sour saliva taste in the morning irrespective of the food intake of the previous day; or

· Infections of the tissues adjacent to fingers or on toenails (paronichia); or

· All too often a cold or overheated body state; or

· Itchy anus; or

· Many perpendicular ridges in fingernails indicate several conditions, including acidosis (as a result of candidiasis); or

· The little fingernail lacks pinkish colouration while other fingernails exhibit it; or

· Swollen lower eyelids, gradually accompanied by swollen sacks or dark circles under eyes; or

· Salt cravings (including indulgence in tamari/shoyu, miso or any other macrobiotic spice with high salt content) on the one hand and binge cravings of any kind on the other hand; or

· Lasting periodontal trouble; or

· Presence of annoying whistle or humming sound in ears or early loss of hearing ability; or

· Slow loss of muscle mass or steady body weight gain in spite of regular physical exercise; or

· Evening bouts of hunger and frequent overeating; or

· Cellulites (in males and females) or dermal problem, including acne, dandruff-like skin or even leprosy; or

· Accumulation of fatty pads in the abdominal area in spite of dietary care; or

· Hair begin to grow grey at an early age, e.g. when person is in his/her 30's or even 20's, or an accelerated hair loss; or

· Osteopenia in younger women and osteoporosis later on; or

· PMS or infertility disorders in young women; or

· Physical-mental hypersensitivity (mood swings and food or environmental allergy); or

· Thyroidal problem due to frequent energy surges in the body resulting from chronic digestive stagnation, i.e. constipation in small intestines; and

· Many other ailments and diseases already listed on the internet and in Candida related bibliographies.

The line between the symptoms in immunocompetent and immunocompromised individuals is indiscernible. It is rather subjective.

Inexpensive and Quick Saliva test

This test is described and equipped with an illustrationshown on many websites dealing with the condition of candidiasis.

It is a valid test attesting to the fact that Candida infested saliva is acidic and therefore tends to sink. The test has again and again proved to be one of the most precise and swiftly done tests available to anyone for validation or rejection of Candidosis suspicions. All the same, the test is ridiculed by the medical establishment. Perhaps, only a microbiological blood test surpasses the saliva test in accuracy.

Steps in Holistic Treatment

In my experience the required measures include the following:

1. Removal of non-dietary source of Candida proliferation (chlorinated water, drug abuse, antibiotics, hormonal or steroid therapy, geopathogenic stress, dental mercury amalgam fillings etc.).

2. Avoidance of Candida overgrowth proliferating food.

3. Direct suppression of Candida by taking natural alkaline forming remedies, concoctions and dishes.

4. Adjusted macrobiotic diet regimen that can be effective in some cases.

5. Recovery of intestinal peristalsis, measures for digestion improvement and occasionally restoration of healthy intestinal flora by taking probiotic foods.

6. Restoration of immune system by consuming more alkaline forming food on permanent basis and regular physical exercise (may take a year or longer).

This list of Candida treatment measures may need upgrading. Folk medicine is abundant in remedies for acidosis; however, their identification is required, and supplementation with dietary regimen is necessary. In case of ‘intractable’ disease an adjusted macrobiotic regimen is recommended to suit the individual’s condition.

Treatment Pitfalls

Any macrobiotic counsel should include measures for necessary peristalsis recovery of the small intestine, for loose intestinal walls need to regain their natural contracting strength and selective porosity for nutrients and fluids to prevent toxic waste from entering the bloodstream. In other words, if leaky gut syndrome has been the primary cause of the candidiasis flare-up, they combined create a vicious circle and its discontinuation is a must in almost any treatment of Candidosis.

Also, energy surges in the body due to chronic digestive stagnation shouldn’t be occurring again in order to facilitate a successful process of recovery during the early stages of treatment.

Standard Macrobiotic Diet Controversy Linked to Candidiasis

Macrobiotics offers natural remedies as well as alimentary recommendations for acidosis. However, even expert macrobiotic advice on dietary change is most likely destined to fail, if the bean part is not substituted for seeds and nuts, for Candida overgrowth is propelled by strong yin energy immanent in bean (especially soybean) and bean products. Only yang varieties of bean (adzuki, and perhaps, chickpeas and old broad beans) are favourable to a degree. Nevertheless, until considerable improvement toward restoration of acid-alkaline balance is achieved roasted or cooked seeds and nuts should be the main source of fat and protein nutrients.

In the past the adoption of an adjusted standard macrobiotic diet, supplemented with some special concoctions, external applications or special dish remedies was in some cases powerful enough to bring about inspiring recoveries. Lately, this has been less and less the case, which is due to the conduciveness of the diet's bean part to the candidiasis. It is due to this neglect that it has rendered the standard macrobiotic diet inappropriate and inefficient.

In case of ‘intractable’ disease an adjusted macrobiotic dietary regimen, recommended for more yin, and more yang and yin conditions should be supplemented by special remedies for candidosis; the latter is a must that will make the difference similar to an adjusted macrobiotic diet in the past.

In my belief effective treatment of candidiasis renders the majority of intractable diseases curable. It is a bold prediction, I know. Nevertheless, I am willing to bet everything on it...

However, due to many dilemmas concerning the necessary measures in the holistic approach to the candidiasis mutual efforts on this health issue would be helpful. This could well be undertaken by a macrobiotic forum. Will this report serve this purpose? I am hopeful.

Sundry Insights

· The daily volume of food intake diminishes considerably once Candidosis recedes. This is probably the major factor in solving the world’s food paradigm. It goes for industrialised as well as developing countries.

· With Candidosis taken into account many health controversies start unravelling. Tobacco smoking is one of them. Nicotine (yang substance) in tobacco products is a natural acidosis reducing agent and an anti-Candida herbicide, affecting it directly by soothing the acidic state of the respiratory system; with this in view there is a chemical justification to smokers’ intuitive compulsive need to alleviate an overly acidic state in lungs. I don’t condone tobacco smoking, yet I do see its relevance in suppressing acidosis of the respiratory system as result of Candidosis.

· The phenomenon of food binging as supposedly the primary cause of strayed macrobiotics has lately been receiving a flock of disciplinary finger wagging in the macrobiotic community. With the assumption that the candidiasis incidence, except for the rate of its flare-up, is almost the same in macrobiotics as in main stream eaters food binging could have been driven from within, i.e. induced by the condition of acidosis (uncured Candidosis).

· For a long time it was a great puzzle to me why buckwheat had constantly been downplayed and its frequent intake advised against. Especially, when I realised that buckwheat with its strong contractive energy was an energetic substitute for meat. After taking it several times in a row I didn’t feel well, indeed.

It remained a puzzle to me until the discovery of Candidosis that provides an explanation—the strong water energy of buckwheat provides ample booster energy to candidiasis and for that reason buckwheat hasn’t been, isn’t and won’t be appealing to the taste of humans, or should I rather say, to their common state of health. Buckwheat does well to the intestine only when candidiasis has already retired considerably.

· Herman Aihara's book Acid & Alkaline may offer some very helpful information as far as the direction of action at this health crossroads is concerned.

· It is a well known fact that the western civilisation is propelled by yang activities and by suppressing the yin aspects of life and nature, including our mother Earth. Is it possible that this day-to-day behaviour of the Westerners has been but an intuitive reaction to the prevalent state of an overly yin condition, called acidosis? Perhaps, when acid-alkaline (yin-yang) balance in humans is set on track to effective restoration the general population will begin to appreciate our common mother, planet Earth, and yin qualities of life, spirituality included.

About Mitja Fajdiga:

I came across macrobiotics in 1989 when due to my deteriorating health (I was experiencing slow but steady weight loss, though I had been slim from my childhood after recovery from celiac disease and jaundice) and I was desperately seeking for some sound explanation.

After my bitter encounter with orthodox medicine when the latter proved to be as much bewildered by my health problem as I was myself I decided to venture into esoteric disciplines and studied folk herbal medicine, radio-aesthesia, bio-energy healing, zodiac astrology, chromo-therapy and others.

Macrobiotics offered me basic insights into my personal and common health issues, human behaviour patterns and dynamics in society and nature.

I have been an average economics student and took a degree in international economic relations. However, upon getting familiar with the basics of Oriental diagnosis I became aware of my natural inclination to medicine. Michio Kushi's books Your Face Never Lies and (several years later on) Nine Star Ki gave me the initial impulse to embark on translation of macrobiotic books in Slovene.

Quality macrobiotic books, translation of recovery testimonials and of macrobiotic articles available on the internet were instrumental in my personal quest—becoming somewhat a self-reliant diagnostician. Along the way grew my desire to convey the corpus of gathered practical macrobiotic knowledge to my countrymen.

I gave my first lectures on Nine Star Ki but the response from Slovenian seekers was meagre. At the break of the new millennium, came the incentive of my long distance tutor, Mr. Alex Jack (the president of the Planetary Health organisation and the editor-chief of the Amberwaves Magazine) who presented the Saving Organic Rice Petition to general public in Slovenia; I resumed giving lectures in non-governmental associations, primary and secondary schools, health centres, libraries, youth camps etc. I detest politics yet I didn't hesitate to become a founder member of the Coalition for GMO-Free Slovenia.

In the meantime, through painful personal experience, I pinned down the energetic cause of intestinal colic, i.e. aggravated digestive stagnation. The resulting devastating effects of upward energy surges (for detailed explanation see the footnote in my report) range from cancer in upper parts of the body, yin migraine headaches, cerebral blood vessel enlargements and bursts, seminal emissions in men at night, varicoceles, to severe thyroid and general hormonal imbalance, and endometriosis in women.

My pioneer work is related to making this underrated disorder public by authoring an internet article about it (in English it would read Digestive Stagnation—Seemingly Slight Problem with Dire Consequence, 2004). However, at the time I wasn't aware there is another health concern at the roots of this still waiting to be brought to light.

As of the beginning of 2004, introductory macrobiotic cooking and advanced seasonal cooking classes took place in Slovenia year around with the help of certified macrobiotics cooks. My part in these seminars has been to present the basics of yin-yang understanding of phenomena in nature, yin-yang transformations in human body, the energetics of food, and the healing power of food and home-made remedies.

During all this time, my personal health related quest continued and ended successfully only in March 2006 upon taking a saliva test in a glass of water when it became evident to me that myself had been affected by this silent, and most common invader, called candidiasis.

The recollection process on my illnesses and ailments history combined with Oriental diagnosis revealed to me a striking fact that all my health issues—except for some bruises, cuts and ankle sprains—can be linked to this treacherous condition. I stopped paid counselling and resumed consultations for free until I recover from candidiasis.

Looking up the literature proved my suspicions about the candidiasis (candidosis or fungemia) as one of the most underscored disorders by main stream medicine and overlooked by macrobiotic counsellors and teachers, as well. Thus I decided to write this report.

I am grateful to the editor of The Macrobiotic Guide in the UK. for making this report public internationally and I thank everybody for reading this.

Menopausal Help Line on the Side Effects of HRT

Maggie Tuttle writes to One Click

One Click Introduction

Investigative writer Martin J. Walker states:

“I was asked to write the HRT: Licensed to Kill and Maim book by Maggie Tuttle who set up an organisation called the Menopausal Help Line (MHL) in London, in 1996. Maggie, who herself had a bad experience with HRT, wanted more than anything to give a voice to the thousands of women with whom she had come into contact who had also been damaged.”

Before Maggie folded the Menopausal Helpline, she had received over 10,000 letters.

Since our publication of the BBC NEWS Report: HRT linked to ovarian cancer risk and our flagging of Walker’s book HRT: Licensed to Kill and Maim, Maggie Tuttle has been in touch with One Click. Here is what she writes.

Menopausal Help Line on the side effects of HRT

Regarding ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and many other chronic nervous diseases, as I have told you, I have so much research and a lot of leads came from the women calling the help line, then I or others would research it.

A lady who was a nurse in Liverpool and had been on HRT was also very poorly, but she was very aware that, as she said, something was going down in the mortuary with the autopsies, so she got herself transferred to the mortuary. On every form filled in on the autopsy reports, the pathologist had to check every dead person for their oestrogen levels and had to tick a box on the left side of the form which was for oestrogen levels.

So I and others started to research via the women on the database. I also spoke to many neurologists here in the UK and America. Oestrogen from the pill, HRT or any form of hormones prescribed, or from the chemicals en masse in the environment which mimic oestrogens, what happens is that oestrogens in the body go directly to the central nervous system which is the spine, which goes directly through to the brain. So when I linked from the database why so many women had all sorts of nervous problems to include severe headaches, tiredness, muscle pain, body shaking, legs only shaking, depression was reported big time. Suicide, memory loss, black outs, unable to walk or move at times including Narcolepsy, which is what I also use to have and is very frightening, Parkinson's Disease burning in the body and many other nervous disorders.

After listening to Dr Robert Aronowitz, a physician and Historian, of the medical university of Pennsylvania, he commented that when oestrogens entered the central nervous system, they also attacked the nerve endings which in turn attack the muscles. Then we have the problem as I have stated above, and this does make sense.

When I personally questioned the women, and remember I have questioned thousands of women via the help line, I also questioned women who are prescribed the pill which is in the same form as HRT. All hormones are a form of steroids which deplete the body of calcium, and that is why we have so much osteoporosis amongst women.

Then we go to the letter from the F.D.A in America and Martin Walker has also stated in the book HRT: Licensed to Kill and Maim, that all oestrogens are carcinogenic, so why are young girls and women prescribed oestrogens, when they all know oestrogens cause cancer?

I have also questioned many gay guys who have been prescribed hormones, they also have many of the same problems as we women. So if we go back to why in the present day in the autopsy reports, are they checking for oestrogens? They know from countless researches from around the world that oestrogens are playing havoc in the body. Including myself. So many of the women prescribed the pill and HRT are diagnosed with M.E, MS and chronic disorders.

My research is vast, even to the children born to mothers who had been on the pill. Babies are born with deformities, genital defects, and this I have also researched into. Is this why all mothers are being questioned as to the behaviour of children, and why many children are hyperactive?

A Professor Baum here in London publicly stated when he was asked to comment on babies born with defects. He said that it was either the contraception pill or something that is in the environment that was not there 40 years ago. Yes the chemicals used on the food we eat are mimicking oestrogens. Again I spoke to a professor Sweating at the water board, his exact words were, 'It is not the women's hormones that go down the loo it is the chemicals used 6/7 times to try and purify the water, the chemicals mimic oestrogens not women's pee'. Beer is made from water he also said, so I also researched in that field and found that the borough of Islington had also researched into why so many men were growing busts.

I have offered all the research that I have to governments, pharmaceutical companies, doctors and so on, but we are ignored. Cancer amongst women is a huge problem globally. If we go back in time to the 60s, we had cancer, yes, but not on an enormous scale like it is today. And just look around the world at the amount of cancer charities, organisations for cancer, research into cancer - it is never ending. So why from the 60s to the present day is there so much cancer in women and children? The answer is very clear: oestrogens. But look at the billions of Dollars lost if all of this was made public. Remember a database with over 11.000 women all having been questioned and sent a form to fill in. Here lies the truth.

Maggie Tuttle


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Maggie Tuttle is a life time campaigner, speaking out for women in difficulties. For ten years she has helped women suffering adverse reactions to HRT, standing up to pharmaceutical companies, company loyal doctors and sometimes an indifferent media. Her tireless support for women affected by HRT has been at considerable cost to her self, both financially and emotionally.

Martin Walker is a campaigner and writer. HRT, Licensed to Kill and Maim is his ninth book. His other books include, with Geoff Coggan, Frightened for My Life: An account of deaths in British Prisons (1982), With Extreme Prejudice: An Investigation in Police Vigilantism in Manchester (1986) and Dirty Medicine: Science, Big Business and the assault on Natural Health Care (1993).

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Feeling Alienated? Feeling Stressed? You Need Yoga for Aliens!

As time goes by it is becomming clear that the Health Freedom Movement has taken off on a UFO. Those who wish to inform people about anti-pharma issues and those wanting government disclosure of UFO files share a common cause: that of struggling to overcome suppression of information by governments and mainstream press. So as movements they have always rubbed shoulders and even shared webspace on popular websites.

There are outcries from 'Where's your credibility as a movement?!' to 'The Greys have put a chip in my brain and I'm under mind control!' with the result that the average person is left floundering in information quick sand.

The truth is out there somewhere....but let's face it....with government/industry controlled mainstream media on the one hand and the wild mayhem of conflicting views on the Internet, we may not get to the bottom of this anytime soon.

Meanwhile, the increasing state of confusion and distress caused by such battles to find The Truth, is giving people a bit of a headache. Not to mention the poor Greys who seem to be getting a great deal of unfair bad press these days...

So, time to step back, switch off and relax with some traditional healing and intergalactic luurrrv.

Yoga 4 Aliens