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According to a report published this September by the CDC, Candida albicans is one microbe out of 15 that is increasingly resistant to drug therapy.
As it turns out, Candida is as much of a concern as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which is one of the most common infections acquired in a hospital setting. Candida, MRSA, and a handful of other microbes are—as the CDC puts it—a “serious threat” to the American public. (1)
Each year, we see at least 46,000 cases of Candida infection in hospitalized patients, and 30% of those patients with a Candida infection in their blood die from a drug-resistant strain of Candida.
Those who survive often have a longer stay at the hospital—the average stay ranging anywhere between three and 13 days.
The CDC also emphasizes that these numbers are a modest estimate since they only account for infections observed in a hospital setting. This means that the number of people affected by Candida and drug-resistant strains of Candida is higher than reported.
The CDC estimates that Candida infections add millions of dollars in excess costs to U.S. healthcare expenditures each year. Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC’s director, explains that, “If we are not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era… And for some patients and for some microbes, we are already there.”
This report marks the first time that the CDC has released concrete numbers that describe the incidence, deaths, and cost of all the major drug-resistant microbes—including Candida albicans.
Candida Is a Serious Threat
Drug-resistant strains of Candida cause dangerous hospital infections in thousands of patients. Boosting your inner ecosystem can help to cleanse Candida and prevent harmful overgrowth.
Candida is not some foreign microbe that only the unlucky acquire. Candida is a fungus that is native to the human body. In other words, Candida yeast is normally found in the digestive tract, on the skin, or along other mucosal surfaces—like the birth canal.
And this is where it gets dangerous. We all harbor large or small colonies of Candida. And under the right conditions, we are all susceptible to Candida overgrowth.
Major factors that contribute to Candida overgrowth include:
- A diet that contains gluten and is high in sugar
- A history of antibiotic use
- Bacterial overgrowth in the gut, often showing up as heartburn or intestinal cramping
- An imbalance in the hormone estrogen or use of oral contraceptives
When Candida has the opportunity to take over large portions of the digestive tract or to spread beyond the gut wall, it becomes pathogenic.
Candida pollutes the body with its waste, increasing the burden placed on your liver. (2)(3) Candida also turns “off” the immune system as it invades organ tissue, actually budding inside of your body’s cells. (4)(5)
Candida overgrowth can contribute to a long list of symptoms, such as:
- Feeling drained, exhausted, or “spacey”
- Abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- Signs of leaky gut, such as indigestion and heartburn
- Mucus in stools
- Vaginal itching, burning, or discharge
- Bad breath
- Foot, hair, or body odor not relieved by washing
- Cramps or other menstrual irregularities
- Skin rashes, cystic acne, or psoriasis
- Recurring ear infections
The CDC states in the report that, “Candida is the 4th most common cause of healthcare-associated bloodstream infections in the United States. In some hospitals, it is the most common cause.”
Why Drug-Resistance Is a Problem
When we lose the ability to treat infection with antibiotics, we lose the ability to manage complications that can arise during an infection. While the Body Ecology Diet supports the health of the whole person—including the inner ecosystem—we also recognize that even antibiotics and antifungals have a place in medicine.
At the right time, antibiotic and antifungal therapy can save a life, but used too often or carelessly, these medications can devastate the inner ecosystem, making the body more vulnerable to disease.
Some microbes are already completely resistant to drug therapy.
Candida is increasingly resistant to first-line and second-line antifungals. More and more, researchers find Candida to be resistant to a class of drugs called azoles and another class of antifungals called echinocandins.
4 Steps to Balance Your Inner Ecosystem
As the CDC explains, “Prevention strategies for Candidemia are not well defined. Most infections are thought to be caused by Candida that the patient carries on his or her own body.”
This means that you can help control drug-resistant Candida by preventing Candida overgrowth in your own body. The Body Ecology Diet was created by Donna Gates to restore the inner ecosystem by controlling Candida overgrowth.
The Body Ecology Diet is sugar-free, gluten-free, and casein-free.
The Core Program was designed by Donna for this purpose to restore your inner ecosystem in 4 steps:
- Cleanse toxins and pathogens like Candida
- Rebuild the integrity of the gut lining
- Improve digestion
- Replenish beneficial bacteria and yeast
What To Remember Most About This Article:
The CDC calls Candida a "serious threat" to the public because of its increasing resistance to drug therapy. Like MRSA, Candida is a commonly acquired hospital infection that can lead to an extended hospital stay and even death, in some cases.
It's important to understand that Candida is a native fungus to the human body. It can be found in the digestive tract, on the skin, and in the birth canal. Candida overgrowth can be triggered by a gluten-rich, high-sugar diet, stress, antibiotic use, or bacterial overgrowth in the gut. Candida can quickly spread and become pathogenic to cause numerous symptoms, including headaches, acne, ear infections, bad breath, and much more.
Candida has progressively grown drug-resistant, making it even more essential to support your inner ecosystem. The Body Ecology Diet is designed for this purpose to control Candida overgrowth and preserve your health.
- Cleanse toxins and pathogens, including Candida
- Restore the gut lining
- Improve digestion
- Replenish good bacteria
- Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sept. 16, 2013. http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/. Retrieved 09-22-13.
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