Candida Case Study 8 Nikki Thrush and Endometriosis
We're going to do another case history now.This is a 32yearold lady called Nikki. Again, as usual, I'm going to read a little bit outof my book, Candida Crusher, and then I'm going to give the narration. I'm going toexplain a bit about the case as well. Nikki had her first antibiotic prescribedto her when she was five years of age for minor health concerns like tonsillitis andrepeated ear infections. As she grew up, she started to develop bladder infections or cystitis.During her years at boarding school, her prescribed a broadspectrum antibiotic andNikki was given penicillin twice annually for four years until she was 16.Her skin started to develop a good deal of
acne. At this stage, the again prescribedtetracycline, another antibiotic. At 17, Nikki developed a bad case of bronchitis that lefther with a wheeze and the prescribed her an asthma inhaler, a bronchial dilator,and a preventative steroid inhaler. She also started to develop vaginal thrush when shewas 17, and the prescribed fluconazole. And she also had regular prescriptions ofcreams that she applied regularly. At 18, she was given the Pill and stayed onit for 10 years until she decided to have a baby when she was 28. It took 18 monthsfor Nikki to conceive when she went off the Pill, and she had been unable to have a secondchild due to a case of endometriosis. I've
been working with Nikki for the past yearto help her overcome Candida. She's gained a considerable amount of weight and was prescribedProzac for depression last year. This is a typical case I see of a ladder ofdrugs, a progression of drugs. Can you see what's happened? Antibiotics, antibiotics,increasingly sick, increasingly poor immune response, cystitis, vaginal thrush, endometriosis,it just goes on and on. I saved this woman from a terrible fate because had she stayeda victim to the medical system, she would've been prescribed more and more and more drugs.The drug merrygoround goes nowhere. It just leads you to increasing sickness.I may sound cynical, but I'm speaking from
nearly 30 years of experience. In the earlydays, I was very angry and upset with the medical profession, but I've developed anunderstanding and an ability to accept the status quo, this is how it is. Most peopleare hooked into a drugbased system. They're victims to the system. Most people are hookedinto symptom prescribing, and that's because s have been taught to prescribe forsymptoms and never to look for causes. s see anywhere between 30 to 60 patients ina day. They've got no time at all to spend with you like I have in my consultation room.It's important for me to understand who you are, what you eat, how you live, how you relateto people, your lifestyle considerations are
critical to me if I'm to find out what thehell happened to you. What was the exciting cause? What started stuff? And what's themaintaining cause? If I can't work these things out, how the heck am I going to help giveyou assistance so your body can restore itself? I can't do that. Purely giving you Echinaceafor a cough or another herb or a vitamin for some symptom is as stupid as a givingyou antibiotics and different drugs. It's just not really going to get you anywhere.In poor Nikki's case, we can see here what's really going on here. Endometriosis is nota nice thing to have. One of my friends many years ago went to Canada on an endometriosisconference and she said that the whole three
days what was spoken about was how to getrid of vaginal thrush, different treatment that could be used because a lot of snow are starting to see a connection between vaginal thrush and endometriosis.When you get yeast in a vaginal area and you keep applying creams and applicators to tryto cure it or to keep taking diflucan, fluconazole, to try to cure it, you're not curing it all.You're basically just eradicating a symptom. And not only that, in bad cases, you're actuallydriving the yeast in through the cervix into the endometrium where you get endometriosis.You're going to get infections internally, and these cysts can start forming, these chocolatecysts, and you end up getting abdominal pain.
Adrenal Fatigue and Candida
Thanks for checking out my tutorial. Today we'regoing to talk about stress, adrenal fatigue, burnout, and Candida.In the early days of treating patients with Candida, I didn't pay too much attention towhat probably most practitioners don't pay attention to today, and that's the patient'sendocrine function, their hormonal balance, underpinning often chronic or severe yeastinfections, particularly people who don't recover or people that recover partially thenrelapse and feel sick again and go from one to another. Typically, patients whoshow me bags of supplements, boxes of products, they've been to 10 s and 20 naturopaths.These are the patients I generally get. They've
been everywhere. They often will have a componentunderpinning the condition, which will keep it going. It's one of the maintaining causes.The adrenal glands are glands that help you recover from stress. People that have beenunwell long term often are stressed people. They're anxious people. They're stressed people.They're depressed people. They can't find any answers to their health problems. Theyget bounced around from one practitioner to another, they buy stuff on IHerb, or theygo all over the place trying to feel well. And then at the end of the day, they're stillnot well. They've spent all this money. Think about why recovery is poor with these people.When you think about the adrenal glands, you
think about stress. Stress is something thataffects all of us. We can't escape stress. But most of us get good sleep. We've got abalanced lifestyle. We understand the difference between work and play. We eat good food. Werelax plenty, and our adrenals recover. But for quite a lot of people, the adrenals neverrecover fully, and I find this with many people today who are hooked into electronic devicesor people who have mortgage debt, relationship stress, nutritional deficiencies, heavy metaltoxicity, the list goes on and on. There are 101,000 causes why people get sick and maintainsickness, but healthy strong bodies recover from all sorts of latent viruses and toxicities.Most people will recover to quite a high degree.
When you don't recover, however, a very smarttest for you to do is an adrenal test, so a test to determine what your cortisol levelsare like. Salivary cortisol is a more accurate indication of the 24hour rhythm or patternof cortisol in the body, as opposed to doing one blood test, which s like to do.Pretty useless test if you're just going to do one hormone test. Doing salivary cortisoltests in a 24hour period is going to give me an idea on the cycle of cortisol, the rhythmor the balance of it. I just had a patient on Skype whose test cameback very flat. This is a 38yearold lady who has had Candida for many years. She'sgot chronic fatigue. She's got fibromyalgia.
She's got multiple problems. But when I lookback at her case history, there was sexual abuse there. She's had terminations. She'shad multiple relationships fail. She's had problems with her boss. She lost her propertybecause she couldn't pay it off. Her father got killed in an accident. All of these thingsoccurred to this lady in a period of about five to seven years. She just had one tragedyafter another, and she got stressed. She got highly burnt out, and she's never really beenwell since. This patient can't seem to get on top of her vaginal thrush. As I said toher, the best way to fix it up is to treat it locally, but also try to build up the underlyingimmune system, which is very affected by poor
cortisol levels.The adrenal gland produces cortisol every day. In fact, we produce about 7 to 10 milligramsof this hormone per day. Cortisol has a fantastically powerful effect to regulate many differentsystems in the body. It's one of the most important hormones that affect our inflammation.Lack of sufficient cortisol creates pain in the body. Too much cortisol can also createserious problems when it comes to inflammation. It can be more responsible for things likeallergies and hypersensitivities. But what we typically find in people with burnout,they've got a lack of cortisol. They just haven't got enough there, so the immune systemcan't be powered up enough to help fight fungal