Candida is a stress-related condition marked by a seriously compromised immune response. Candida albicans normally lives harmlessly in our gastrointestinal tracts and the genito-urinary areas of our body. If our immune response is reduced, as mine was from repeated courses of antibiotics, by a high-sugar diet and lack of rest and relaxation, candida then multiplies too quickly, resulting in major health problems. These yeast colonies establish a foothold and flourish throughout the body,releasing toxins into the bloodstream. The toxins that are released trigger many symptoms, including those listed below.

Candida can be defined as infection of the skin or mucous membrane with any species of candida, but chiefly candida albicans, usually localized in the skin, nails, mouth, vagina, vulva, bronchi, or lungs, but it may also infect the bloodstream.

Symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, colitis, bloating, muscle and joint pain, clogged sinuses, vaginitis, kidney and bladder infections, memory loss and mood swings, adrenal problems, low blood sugar, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances, severe itching, prostatitis,dizziness, foggy thinking, extreme fatigue, loss of memory, weight gain,weight loss, vaginal yeast infections, anxiety and depression, and as many as a hundred other symptoms.