This is Part 1 of a 4-Part guest post series on Understanding and Healing from Yeast Over-Growth by Amy Jones.

Amy Jones is a Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula.  She teaches classes on vaccines, herbs, essential oils, and nutrition and has authored two books, A World of Wisdom Cookbook and The Way of the Peaceful Birther.  All of this led to her co-founding and directing Holistic Living Events, which puts on the annual LDS Holistic Living Conference

The LDS Holistic Living Conference is held the fourth Saturday in June at Paradigm High Charter School in South Jordan – this  year that’s June 23!  Register for the conference with a friend, and when you use this code: BOGO205C476B0C, you’ll get 20% off your second registration!  I hope you enjoy the following Taming the Yeastie Beasties – Introduction by Amy Jones.

You Don’t Have a Yeast Problem?

Yes, you do.  Seriously, stop arguing with me…you do.  I don’t care if you’ve never had a vaginal yeast infection, you still have a yeast problem.  How do I know?  Read on…

What’s the Big Deal?

You think cancer is our nation’s biggest health problem?  Think again.

What if I told you that the majority of all your health woes, if not all of them, were all rooted in one problem?  Yeast overgrowth.  Specifically speaking, Candida Albicans.

What modern people have come to describe as normal, and even expected, in terms of their health is far from normal and almost all of it is rooted in yeast.  Once, after I gave a lecture on yeast, a young woman approached me and asked something to the effect, ‘So, you’re saying that my irritable bowel is yeast?  My headaches, probably yeast?  My infertility, likely yeast?  My gas, yeast?  My eczema, yeast?  My baby’s incessant crying, yeast?’  When I responded yes to all of it, there was a look of disbelief, relief and terror on her face.  I understood.  I remember having that moment once.

But is yeast overgrowth just a modern day problem?  No – there are many many, many historical reports – even in the Bible – that describe ailments that we now know are the result of yeast overgrowth.  Some even believe that the week long Passover observance was God’s way of helping his people balance yeast overgrowth so that the ‘destroying angel would pass them by’.

While yeast overgrowth is nothing new, it is become an epidemic in the past century or so.  So much so, that the majority of the people in the United States suffer daily from yeast overgrowth manifestation in one form another.

As a mother, doula and childbirth educator it has become even more apparent that we as a nation are in the midst of a yeast crisis as I see infants – some as young as a week old – exhibiting painful signs of yeast overgrowth.  Colic, cradle cap, reflux, diaper rash – what we’ve all come to expect and define as normal is, in fact, yeast overgrowth.  And it’s becoming so rampant that it is rare that I see an infant that doesn’t have symptoms.

If not balanced and managed throughout one’s life, these symptoms can morph into bigger, debilitating issues as you will see.  In fact, I challenge you to look at the symptoms in the different stages of yeast overgrowth and not identify with at least one of two of the symptoms.

The good news is, balancing yeast is more simple and cost effective than most people have been led to believe.

What is Yeast?

Internal yeast, or Candida Albicans, is part of the ‘zoo’ in our bodies and we need a certain level of it in order to be healthy.  Yeast is responsible for eating our bodies away when we die.  But when we have an overgrowth in our bodies, it can literally eat us alive.

How is it Managed?

While the liver is responsible for the management of yeast, yeast can overgrow in every part of our body.  The overgrowth (known as Candidiasis) usually starts in the digestive system and gradually spreads to other parts of the body. It is also a type of parasite that is strong, invasive and usually attaches itself to the intestinal wall and becomes a permanent resident of the internal organs.

Candidiasis has the ability to produce 75 toxic substances that can poison the human body.

Candidiasis is so invasive that it enters the gastrointestinal wall in the form of fungus where it develops very long, root like structures that penetrates the wall breaking down the protective barrier between the intestinal tract and the bloodstream. This breakdown allows the entrance of foreign as well as toxic substances to the bloodstream where they can harm various body systems.

I remember when my husband was balancing his yeast and had some major die off in the form of vomiting.  He complained to me how unique this felt – not like a typical vomit, almost like someone was ripping his insides out.  I replied that was because the yeast root structure was literally being torn out of his gut.

The breaking down of the barrier results in some major problems especially when proteins and other food wastes are not completely digested or removed. There can also be an attack on the immune system that causes severe allergic reactions, fatigue and other health problems.

Candidiasis together with some bacteria swimming in the bloodstream is dangerous since it will be able to find its way to other tissues.

Candida infection may also cause of some heart attacks. There are reported cases of people who have never been diagnosed with heart problems, but then die from a heart attack for no apparent reason. Further, investigation has lead to surprising findings of Candida yeast causing undiagnosed heart attacks. Candida yeast can cover the heart, which is what causes the heart attack. The Candida yeast reaches the heart by means of the bloodstream.

Candidiasis or Candida infection usually interferes with digestion and assimilation of vitamins and minerals. A great number of senior citizens, cancer patients as well as those individuals with HIV are suffering nutritional deficiencies because their body is unable to absorb nutrients from the food that they eat.  A great number of people are experiencing iron deficiency due to the presence of Candida.

Immunological weaknesses and infectious conditions are usually worsened by the presence of Candida parasites throughout the body. Yeast cell activity gives off two dangerous by-products:  acetaidehyde and ethanol.

The Candida parasites also prohibits oxygen from entering the tissues. The ethanol that is given off by Candida parasites is the major cause excessive fatigue and reduction of strength and stamina in people infected with Candida. The ethanol likewise destroys enzymes that are needed for providing cells with energy and releases free radicals that hasten the aging process.

Click here to read Part 2 – Taming the Yeastie Beasties – Stages & Symptoms.

Click here to read Part 3 – Taming the Yeastie Beasties – Causes & Treatments.

Click here to read Part 4 – Taming the Yeastie Beasties – Yeast Die Off:  The Herxheimer Reaction.


Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Wonderwoman says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing more.

  • Christi says:

    I am very interested in hearing more about this subject. And hopefully more specifically in relation to helping babies overcome yeast overgrowth. My 5 month old son had colic and severe cradle cap, as well as, rash prone skin. I actually “cured” his cradle cap by applying a kombucha scooby to the affected area during his bath. It was 90% improved after one application. I fear, however, that his yeast issue is a much deeper problem. I am actually quite disappointed that he has these issues. I was on the GAPS diet throughout the entire pregnancy and ate no starches, sugars (except honey) or grains with only grassfed meats and organic fruits and veggies – yet he has tons of issues that my daughter never had and I ate only a moderately healthy gluten free diet (for my Celiacs disease) with her. I truly appreciate you sharing your wisdom and experiences. Thank you!

  • Great article! When is the next one coming out?

    I have candida. I’ve been eating gluten, dairy, and sugar free for over a year with a healthy supply of fermented food with an 80% veggie diet and only moderate high protein grains. I am very interested in learning what she means by:

    “The good news is, balancing yeast is more simple and cost effective than most people have been led to believe.”

    From what I’ve read, it is very difficult to manage, especially once it is systemic. The good news I see is that it is possible to take back your health and heal from anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorders, leaky gut, and a multitude of other conditions – not needing medications again, ever. I feel great! But, it is not “simple and cost effective”. Though, I hope she proves me wrong. 🙂

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