Understanding Candida

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By: Dr. H. Schramm, Dr. W. Streit, J. Kingma

The three following articles are excerpts, translated from the Verein fuer ein Anthroposophisches Heilwesen, Publication #155, May 1996, called Candida albicans, with kind permission.


Intestinal Mykosis and its Therapy
by Dr. Henning Schramm

Natural science pays scant attention to intestinal fungal disorders (intestinal mycosis). Complemen­tary natural science, on the other hand, recognizes their importance fully.

Living in our large intestine are about 700 million microbes, crowded on a surface of 350 square meters. We have more germs in our intestine than cells in our body! Bacteria share the space with fungi to form a busy internal landscape of fauna and flora. Both of these are es­sential to our life, and important to the immunological resistance of the body. If this internal landscape is thrown off bal­ance we soon become aware of it.

The intestine, with its enormous sur­face, is a training ground on which our organism learns to differentiate between 'self' and 'other.' No other organ in the body deals so intensively with foreign life forms, conveyed from outside, some of which make their home in the intestinal wall. They must always be kept in normal limits to prevent stress and burden to the organism. If there is damage or imbal­ance, for example if there is too much undigested protein, normal acid-produc­ing flora can be suppressed while decom­posing flora take over. Then the immune system has to engage itself strongly in that one place, neglecting other areas of the body (such as the mucous membranes of the mouth or the breathing system) causing allergic illness, bronchitis, or colds, while the reaction in the lower or­ganism can be diarrhea, gas or foul stools. Children, whose inner balance is still delicate or undeveloped, are often af­flicted with such symptoms.

In the adult, imbalances cause not only a change in the nature of, but also increases in specific kinds of flora, par­ticularly candida. This fungus alcoholizes carbohy­drates, creating carbonic acid gas and al­cohol. Stomach gas can be a candida her­ald. This inferior alcohol is then taken up in the blood and carried to the liver via the portal vein. If, over weeks and months, the liver is thus burdened its function will be reduced, causing weak­ness, tiredness, lack of concentration and fuzzy thinking.

Rudolf Steiner described the intes­tine to medical doctors in 1920. He said that it is our main organ for overcoming foreign plant and animal processes. Par­ticularly the large intestine, or colon, is host to these minute plant and animal or­ganisms who constantly 'would like to take over.' In the healthy state this is pre­vented. Plant and animal organisms are kept within bounds and at their lowest stage of development. Miraculously, our organism not only recognizes the foreign element but keeps it at bay in its sim­plest form.

The only reason we don't find more developed plants and animals in us is be­cause we prevent their powers of orga­nization from developing. In other words, flora and fauna cannot develop in the intestine "into a lovely meadow inhabited by animals" because our or­ganism robs them of their formative forces and reduces them to fungi and bacteria. What happens to thoseforces?

We must understand what the formative forces in animals and plants really are — plants being the easier ex­ample. Plants are coaxed out of the earth by the light and then formed by the light. Basically, the formative force in plants is light. It is similar with animals. Within our organism these light-forces are freed, and spread throughout as transformed light, not externally visible, but used to build our power of thought. When we "see the light" it is connected with these light forces, freed from the organisms in the intestine. Rudolf Steiner told doctors that we couldn't think if we didn't meta­morphose the light which allows plants and animals to form in nature. This is a surprising premise, but it can clarify the phenomenon of intestinal illnesses.

If our organism lacks the force to overcome the flora and fauna in the in­testine a lack of inner light results. Then those very organisms proliferate which, loving darkness, flourish best in it: the fungi. They reproduce massively and form thick fungal webs in the colon. Some scientists believe that fungi also transform from simple to complex, in other words they develop to a higher stage. 1

If the interplay between conscious­ness and intestinal flora and fauna is un­derstood, we know that we can influence both sides. Fostering a light-filled life of soul can restore normal intestinal activ­ity and prevent many illnesses, and proper care of the intestine can foster clear thinking.

Therapy for Candida
If, as described, the upper pole (thinking) does not connect with the lower (intestines) due to a lack of light-production, then Carbo coffea 3X pulv. (homeopathic coffee charcoal) can be of help. The coffee plant possesses a strong rhythmic element. Coffee stimulates in­testinal peristalsis and elimination; on the other hand it stimulates the thinking pro­cess in the head. It also stimulates heart and lungs.

Charcoal (carbon) has a special re­lation to light and warmth, both locked into it by the burning process which pro­duced it. In its purest state carbon re­veals its hidden light as the brilliant dia­mond. Charcoal has the same relation­ship to pure metamorphosed light as the intestine does to thinking. The prepara­tion is taken three times daily 1/4 tea­spoon before meals for two months.

To further support digestion, the Weleda plant combination remedy Digestodoron can be given to balance in­testinal function.


Fungus in Nature
from an article by Dr. Wolfgang Streit

"There's not mushroom for light!"

There are more va­rieties of mushroom out there than any other plant family. They appear ee­rie yet fascinating, and present a plant riddle. Mushrooms, some poisonous, some non-poisonous, prolif­erate like an outgrowth or wart of nature, yet your imagination is piqued because they each look like little plants in a min­iature universe. Sometimes called "the dark members of nature" these parasites are banned to the darkness they love.

Mushrooms spread below the ground in web-like configurations (called mycelium), that practically explode over­night, with a tremendous increase in size and weight. Mushrooms are not food for bees and butterflies, but rather for bugs, snails and flies, thus their home is found in the half-living realm of the remains of plants and animals upon the earth. In

keeping with their unusualness, they do not differentiate much between root, leaf or blossom and appear to have short circuited the more common growth pattern.

Mushrooms do not build up nature, but break it down, caus­ing fermentation, mold­ing and must. Our bot­tling and canning meth­ods mainly serve to cur­tail or minimize this fun­gal growth. On the other hand, the mushrooms' most invaluable contri­bution to this earth is their activity in the for­mation of humus; they literally live off, con­sume, and transmute our dying, rotting organic substances.

1 See The Shifting Shapes of Bacteria, Cyril Boynes, DVM, LILIPOH #7.


Diet Suggestions for Candida
from an article by Johannes Kingma

Stinging nettles added to the diet can be helpful in cases of Candida. Nettles con­tain an extremely high chlorophyll, silica, and iron content, as well as great vitality and a formative, light-filled strength.

In Spring and Fall fresh nettles can be added to soups or as cooked as a vegetable. Young spring-nettles can also be added to salads. Nettles help regulate bowel move­ment, cleansing as they eliminate.

Another interesting dietary support for the digestive system in counteracting Can­dida is drinking barley- and millet-water. Both, but especially barley, have a relation­ship to light and are harmonizing and com­forting to irritated intestinal mucus mem­branes. Altogether, well-cooked, boiled or sun dried foods are intensified in their light qual­ity - it is as though blossoming is induced. Raw juice, on the other hand, should be avoided.

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