Systemic Yeast Infection - Checklist
Yeast Overgrowth Symptoms
WHAT IS A SYSTEMIC YEAST INFECTION (SYI)?
Before plunging into a yeast rebalancing program, you should have a basic understanding of the problem. Simply put, there are about 500 different known microorganisms residing in the digestive tract. Some are good, some are bad. These bacteria are necessary to maintain proper digestion and to build immunities for good health which is why using probiotics on a daily basis is important for wellness and keeping yeast issues away.
The good bacteria that are attached to the inner intestinal walls are benign and do not harm us. They dont make harmful chemicals or provoke immune responses and inflammation. These microorganisms protect us from the adherence of disease causing bacteria, like Salmonella and Shigella, which cause diarrhea.
When antibiotics are given for an infection, the antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria contributing to the infection but also can kill and clear out the more beneficial benign bacteria in your gut. Candida is unaffected by the antibiotics and readily moves-in and takes over as the good guys die off. As the yeast invades new territory, it entrenches itself, and will continue its relentless advance as long as it remains unopposed.
We all know the importance of antibiotics for a serious infection. The unfortunate side-effect of antibiotics is that they destroy the good guy bacteria, at the same time causing GI imbalance. Sadly, antibiotics are often part of many of the popular pet foods being sold today.
The disruption if the intestinal balance is where the troubles begin. The candida yeast goes through cycles of overgrowth, where toxins are released throughout the system causing numerous or various symptoms (see symptoms list). Candida makes a variety of toxic chemicals, which kill bacteria. The making of these chemicals prevents bacteria from coming back and enables the yeast to stay after antibiotics are given. These chemicals include toxic alcohols, acetone and the nerve poison hydrogen sulfide. These chemicals are very sedating, slow down the brain and may cause chronic fatigue.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? (see checklist)
Candida symptoms are often diagnosed as ALLERGIES and commonly seen as rashes and skin outbreaks in the paws, face/muzzle, ears, under arms, underbelly or genital areas. Other symptoms include recurring ear infections, eye infections, and bladder or urinary tract infections. In yet other ways, the yeast toxins can cause fatigue, lethargy, immobility, joint pain and discomfort. The animals start experience severe itching, which leads to endless biting, chewing and hair loss. Symptoms may include skin problems like; blackening of the skin, dry flaky skin or greasy type grit on the skin. As the condition worsens over time a bad yeasty smell or odor may accompany this.
Yeast is very evasive and resistant of the bodys immune system. So the immune system generates inflammation, which provides a defensive wall against the yeast. Normally this painful inflammation resolves with healing, but in the case of Candida, it resists the immune system. In the intestinal tract, such persistent inflammation can develop into Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis. As these immune cells circulate and find yeast in other places, such as the skin, they start additional inflammation. Again however the immune system cannot clear the Candida. Then the inflammation persists, leading to chronic inflammation on the skin. There are many names for such skin inflammation, on both humans and dogs, ranging from eczema to psoriasis.
REBALANCING THE YEAST IN THE DIGESTIVE TRACT
5-PART APPROACH THIS PROBLEM
PART 1. USE PROBIOTICS
This is a powerful blend of digestive enzymes and probiotics (good
guy microorganisms). Under normal conditions, these are essential
with the breakdown and then uptake of nutrients to the body. When
combating yeast overgrowth, BacPak Plus helps to reseed the gut and crowd out fungus.
PART 2. CHANGING TO A BETTER FOOD
Changing to a Super Premium, meat-based brand of food with human-grade ingredients and a vitamins and minerals package designed to be more thoroughly absorbed. Our first choice are the pet foods from Precise, Nutri-Source, Pure Vita and Petcurean.
These are appropriate for the yeast rebalancing process:
hese are foods that you can use:
PART 3. USE Oxy-E-100
Oxy-Drops is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral agent that can be used both internally and topically to battle the CANDIDA YEAST FUNGUS. It helps to alter the pH of the digestive track.
The internal dose is 1-2 drop per twenty pounds of bodyweight
given twice daily. The drops should be mixed with a little water with
each meal. Place the drops in a teaspoon of water and add to the pets
food. Tthe Drops are highly alkaline, so they must be diluted with
water for internal and topical use. In addition, a few drops can be added to the water dish to protect
against other bacteria and help keep a health pH balance in the gut.
Another important use for Oxy-E-100 Drops is topical. A 2% topical solution can be prepared by adding 1 teaspoon of Oxy-E-100 to 8 oz. of distilled water . This mixture is best applied with an 8 oz. spray bottle. Spray the affected areas 2-3 times a day or wipe with a soaked cotton ball. This works much like an antiseptic, speeding up the healing process on the surface of the skin, and helps to stop itching. For candida yeasty ears; saturate a cotton ball with the 2% solution and thoroughly rinse the inside of the ears 2-3 times daily; then once or twice weekly thereafter for maintenance.
PART 4: Tincture of Black Leaf is a very potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic HERBAL tincture of olive leaf and black walnut. In addition to attacking the candida yeast more effectively, this combo is very helpful in fighting the more difficult skin infections and cleansing toxins and parasites from the body. It also is helpful in reconditioning and healing of the skin. This is a powerful anti-parasitic and should not be used while worming a dog for giardia or other worms, including heart worms. It is fine to use while your dog is on a heartworm preventative. It can not be used on pregnant and/or lactating bitches (same for humans), and on small breeds under 10 lbs, I do not recommend double dosing these dogs. Using Probiotics at the same time is critical - as this will strip the gut of all good and bad bacteria and parasites/protozoa.
PART 5. DIETARY ENZYMES - GRANULAR, CAPLETS OR CHEWABLE PET TREATS
Dietary enzymes (Nzymes Granular or Treats) provide vital live food, which are completely absent from all cooked and processed pet foods and even raw that is stored. These key enzymes provide the necessary mechanisms to help the body produce powerful antioxidant enzymes which detoxes the body, and flushing the free radicals (mycotoxins) from the yeast die off. Typically, these products help to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, speed the healing process, enhance the coat and skin, strengthen hair follicles, and much more.
NOTE: NOTE: I do not recommend double dosing this product for the first two week, regardless of what it says on the bottle, as it causes detoxification too quickly and can make the dogs have loose stool, nausea, vomiting. I suggest ramping up/easing into to a maintanence dose the first week, then you can double dose for two weeks then back to a maintanence dose.
WHY DO I NEED TO CHANGE FOOD?
Although antibiotics are commonly citied as the cause of SYIs, they are not the only contributor. By far, the vast majority of pet foods are comprised of poor quality ingredients, preservatives completely devoid of living foodstuffs and chock full of fractionated, poor quality carbohydrates (which feed the yeast). This is why a meat based food is so important. Healthy grains like oats, barley, millet,brown rice, quinoa and amaranth are fine as a carb source because their fiber is in tact.
WHAT DOES MEAL MEAN?
After water has been extracted from meat, it is then in a dry form and it is called meal. This is a highly concentrated form of meat. It contains 11 times more meat protein than when a label reads just chicken, fish or turkey. When a brand claims real, fresh, de-boned or whole beef or chicken as the first ingredient, it usually isnt. In its dry, undiluted form, real beef would be listed about 5th in the ingredient panel. Even though chicken, beef, or pork may be listed as the first ingredient, the food is still grain based unless it is listed as MEAL. The loophole here is that under pet food manufacturing guidelines, the manufacturer is allowed to weigh the contents before they are dehydrated, and the water-weight is removed. What is ok to use is a combination of real meat and meat meal in a food, but the meat must be labeld the "specific" type...as in chicken, pork, beef, fish, etc. If it just says meat meal...that means roadkill.
FOODS OR TREATS TO AVOID: Avoid starchy foods and processed carbohydrates. Avoid products where the first few ingredients used are grains, wheat flour, potatoes, pasta or only white rice when not combined with brown rice. This is VERY important with treats which should be meat-based.
ACCEPTABLE TREATS :
http://www.darwinspet.com Diets Freeze Dried Raw Meat Nuggets (3 varieties) and the dogs absolutely love these and the liver nuggets below. NO refridgeration or rehydration is necessary.
OTHER HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS:
GIVE WEEKLY BATHS
FOR PETS THAT ARE VERY ITCHY OR SMELL!
Using a final rinse of BAKING SODA AND WATER for the pets body after shampooing can be very effective to reduce the overall itchiness and smell.
PREPARING A BAKING SODA RINSE
Mix two (1/4) cup of BAKING SODA per gallon of water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves.
PREPARING BAKING SODA SPRAY BOTTLE
Mix one (1) heaping tablespoon of BAKING SODA with 8 ozs. of water. Use this with a spray bottle or cotton ball for the itchy rashes areas. Reports show that it is quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.
Some people report Listerine (original) on a cotton pad wiped on an itchy area helps, just make sure there is NO open sores as it is will sting.
YEAST SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST
Check each of the symptoms that the pet is experiencing. Then calculate your score.
( ) Fatigue
( ) Rashes and Itching
( ) Wheezing
( ) Bad Breath
( ) Increased Discharge
( ) Itching Eyes
( ) Joint Pain
( ) Bladder Infections
0 = excellent health
1-2 = mild dietary change and nutraceutical/herbal support needed.
2-5 = moderate dietary change and nutraceutical/ herbal support needed.
5+ = marked dietary change, nutraceutical and herbal support and time needed for your dog or cat to cleanse, detoxify rebuild his or her immune system and replenish missing food nutrients not available from previous diet.
YOU MUST HAVE PATIENCE - THIS TAKES TIME!
It is important to remember that this is a slow cleansing process which often takes one to five months before you begin see the major changes. Symptoms often appear to worsen during the first month of the program (usually at about 2-4 weeks). This is completely normal as the body is in the process of cleansing itself. Those with Candida often experience flu-like symptoms like nausea, loose stools and diarrhea during the detoxification process and may appear lethargic.
Make sure to keep an eye on your pets general health and temperature and certainly DONT AVOID treatment by your Vet for serious infections.
The time needed to rebalance the gut averages out to be 1-3 months.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR IF YOU THINK YOUR DOG HAS AN ALLERGY READ THIS ARTICLE: A MINI-COURSE IN SYSTEMIC YEAST.