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Candida albicans

Candida albicans is a yeast (fungus) that is normally found in the digestive tract. If the normal microbial balance is disrupted due to antibiotic administration Candida may overgrow, causing the fungal infection (yeast infection), Candidiasis. Candida sp. is considered an opportunistic pathogen. Candida infections can cause AAD, or antibiotic - associated diarrhea [1], Thrush [2], Oral Candidosis Lesions, vaginal yeast infection, skin infection, or systemic infection in severe cases.

Candida overgrowth can be influenced by:
- antibiotic depletion of normal bacterial organisms in the gut [1]
- immunocompromised state (lowered immune system)
- can be caused by drug immunosuppressant or disease.
- increased sugar
- sugar increase can either be by patient consumption or uncontrolled diabetes.


1. Vaishnavi C, Kaur S, and Prakash S Speciation of fecal Candida isolates in antibiotic-associated diarrhea in non-HIV patients. Jpn. J. Invect. Dis. 2008;61:1-4.

2. Akpan A and Morgan R Oral candidiasis. Postgrad Med J 2002;78:455-459.

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02-03-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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In the case of diabetes, the susceptibility to Candida / yeast is more than just high sugar levels. If you put the cells of someone with diabetes in a petri dish, where you can control the sugar, those cells are more susceptible to yeast overgrowth than normal cells. There is something else going on in diabetes besides the sugar.
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Hope it's ok to post a link here to a thread where I posted about the difference between the types of candida infection accepted by conventional medicine and the concept of candida used in alternative medicine:
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