Yeast infections are a widespread problem that affect many people and they are often very difficult to treat because of the infections resistant nature. The problem is further compounded by high sugar diets, antibiotics and birth control pills. While herbs, dietary modifications and various natural substances can offer support, they are often not enough to clear up chronic and systematic forms of Candida.
In addition, many doctors and researchers are starting to link Candida infections with cancer, and it is thought that fungal toxins are a causative agent in various forms of cancer. Italian oncologist Dr. Tullio Simoncini has found that many tumors are filled with Candida and describes how Candida is the link in various forms and growth patterns of cancer. Milton White MD also found similar results when he found fungal spores in various cancer tissues. Candida is also believed to play a role in leukemia, and Meinfolf Karhaus MD reported cases of 3 children going into remission from leukemia when given anti-fungal drugs. Related to this is the fact that cancer grows in anaerobic conditions, and when fungal colonies form in the body it sets up an environment that is low in oxygen. In conclusion the correlations between cancer and Candida can not be ignored.
So why is Candida such a difficult condition to treat? Life-style factors such as high sugar diets and high antibiotic use are one reason that Candida is so persistent, but there are plenty of people who go on Candida diets and take herbal supplements only to find that the Candida easily returns.
To understand the challenge of treating Candida it is helpful to look at their cell walls and growth patterns. When Candida goes systematic in the body it begins to set up colonies, and as the old adage says 'strength in numbers' applies to the fungus fortress that invades the body. A colony of fungal yeast can easily go chronic and stay in the body for many years.
On a cellular level the fungal cell walls contain chitin, which is the same hard substance that gives insects their hard exoskeletons. Since the Candida have this hard substance surrounding them it makes it more difficult for the immune system to attack and destroy it.
In recent years there has been a lot of buzz about something called chitin synthesis inhibitor. This substance interferes with the chitin production and makes it impossible for the fungus to make a normal cell wall. When the chitin can not be made it creates holes in the cells of the yeast and greatly incapacitates their ability to survive. Since the hard protective shell is no longer present the yeast cells become vulnerable to our immune system and can easily be destroyed by it.