Candida what is it and why does it matter to our Autism community? Candida is a yeast overgrowth, our bodies are meant to have both yeast and good bacteria. Good forms of the bacteria are Lactobacillus, Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. Yeast and the good bacterias work together when balanced to play an important part in digestion and nutrient absorption. However, "When overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut." Leading to several different health problems including allergies, skin rashes, yeast infections, brain fog, depression and lack of focus. We are also beginning to hear more about leaky gut contributing to Autism. As well as suppressing the immune system, however there is talk of the overgrowth becoming a problem because of the immune disfunction.
Common Symptoms in Behavior:
- increased self stimulating behaviors
- sleep problems
- skin issues: eczema, psoriasis, hives or rashes
- allergies and or itchy ears
- sugar cravings
- vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching
- irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression
- digestive issues such as: bloating, constipation or diarrhea
How does Candida become a problem? Personally for us it started at delivery for my son. I had an emergency C-section and was in the hospital for seven days. During that time I had very large amounts of antibiotics which kills all the good and bad bacteria in your system. The good bacteria is wiped out and it allows the candida to flourish..not a good thing. I of course was breastfeeding, so the yeast that began to overgrow in my system was passed on through my breast milk. It started out as thrush in my newborns body, white coating on his tongue, severe bloating of his tummy, fussy and uncomfortable.
There are physical signs that your child has an overgrowth (see above) and you can also run a few tests. There are blood test, but chances are you will have to go to an alternative medicine Doctor like a Homeopathic. You may also order a stool sample through me for Great Plains Laboratory by clicking here, to contact me and request a lab test and reading.
How is Candida treated
There are three main pathways for treatment, medications, homeopathic (natural remedies) and/or diet. I prefer trying the natural remedies first and then look to taking medications. However, I also suggest that you check with your MD and discuss your options with him or her first. (Have to throw that disclaimer in there.)
A medication commonly used that has shown improvement in Autism symptoms is Diflucan, an anti-fungal, you can see the test results here at ARI. More natural means of treatment are essential oils, below I have included a healing protocol
Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008
Use the GX Assist/PB Assist protocol monthly (or more often to start with):
· 1-3 GX Assist capsules daily with meals for 10 days
· Follow with the probiotic PB Assist for 5 days, 3 capsules per day
The Candida Cleanse attributed to Dr. Hill that includes the following blend (This cleanse has now been streamlined into a premade blend called GXAssist described previously):
· 5 drops of Lemon
· 5 drops of Melaleuca
· 3 drops on Oregano
Put the oils into a gel cap and take internally twice a day for 10-14 days, rest two weeks and repeat the procedure.
Children 18 months to 5 years
Use the GX Assist/PB Assist protocol adapted in this way:
· Break open 1 GX Assist capsule and apply to the bottoms of the feet twice daily with morning and evening meals. For small children use 1/4 the contents (just a dab) and proportionally more for the older children. Continue daily with meals for 7 - 10 days again depending on age of child.
· Follow with probiotic PB Assist capsules for 5 days taken internally. One capsule per day for smaller children, 2 for 4 - 5 year olds.
Lots of water daily and 1 - 3 drops Lemon in each glass of water will speed the cleansing process.
Side note I only use pure therapeutic grade essential oils. You cannot always be sure that the over the counter brand essential oil is not filled with filler fragrance oils, these do not have the same healing benefits of pure essential oils. The oils I use are 100% pure aromatic botanical extracts using independent testing laboratories and are guarantee of 100% pure essential oil extracts that meet high standards for both purity and material composition and accurate product labeling. You can find them here.
Diet is also commonly used to fight the yeast overgrowth. Removing sugar and all processed foods, food colorings, and toxins from the diet. Limiting carbohydrates and replacing the healthy bacteria through probiotics and fermentation are proven ways to fight the yeast. According to TACA diet is one of the most effective way and highest-rated among the ASD community. If you would like dietary and essential oils support be sure to schedule a 30 minute Autism/ADHD Breakthrough consultation to see if working with me would be a great fit to recovering your child.
For more information on pure therapeutic grade essential oils click here.
Warning Please Read
When beginning a healing protocol for yeast overgrowth whether it be medicine, essential oils or diet, it is likely that the child will experience "die off". This happens when the yeast dies off and the toxins enter the blood stream. Symptoms get worse before they get better. You can expect symptoms to get better anywhere from 3 to 7 days. If you'd like personal support be sure to contact me here.