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heart problems and candida
03-26-2013, 07:46 PM
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heart problems and candida
Subject: heart problems and candida
Author: Kelly

Hi Everyone,

Am making my first visit to the "cardiologist" today. Had an abnormal stress test. I'm posting here today because I know that if it turns out that I have any kind of heart disease, It will probably be recommended that I try a specific kind of diet or even certain meds for my heart. Did a little research and found some facts on Wilkipedia that seemed to back up what Polly and others have promoted here on the site - that hydrogenated oils are more likely to promote heart disease, so it seems as if I could still continue using my organic butter, coconut oil and olive oil. I just wondered if anyone else has a similar situation as mine - heart disease in the family line, and yet you are also trying to self treat for candida. I want to make sure that I don't start taking some medication that will throw my whole system off and put me back to square one. Would love any suggestions regarding herbs or supplements to combat both problems without making one or the other worse! The latest treatments I have used are: olive leaf, a vitamin that included garlic and grapeseed extract. I was also taking vitamins A, D, E, and K. I recently stopped all treatments because I wanted to see if the indigestion I was experiencing was really that, or heart related. Have also had numbness in my left arm.

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Subject: Re: heart problems and candida
Author: Polly

Hi Kelly,

What is most controversial right now is the use of statins to lower cholesterol. You might take a look at what Dr. Mercola has on his website about their use. The statins reduce your liver's ability to produce coenzyme Q10. As you know, yeast deplete your coenzyme Q10 / ubiquinol by altering the coenzyme Q10 in your food to a form that you cannot use. Statins can cause some genetic abnormalities that aren't reversed when you stop them. Also, you need the cholesterol to protect your body from the toxins generated in the gut. If your cholesterol is below 160, some doctors recommend that you take cholesterol supplements to bring the levels up and protect yourself. There is also a book out about cholesterol, which says that cholesterol generally isn't the problem. Of course, there is a point at which the statins could be useful. Dr. Mercola mentions genetic cases where the cholesterol skyrockets to over 300. .

Taurine, ubiquinol, magnesium and acetyl-L-carnitine are very important for the heart. All of these should be considered when you have dysbiosis.

The ubiquinol is the best form of coenzyme Q10 to employ. It is depleted by yeast overgrowth. Ubiquinol is pretty low if you have diabetes. (So, it is horrible when doctors prescribe statins to diabetics without adding in ubiquinol.)

If you have or have had Clostridia overgrowth, you will want to pay particular attention to the L-carnitine.

Yeast deplete taurine. The Japanese found that 3,000 mg of taurine per day could help in cases of heart arrhythmia. If you check on the net, people are using up to 5,000 mg of taurine spread throughout the day for this condition. However, I'd start with less and let your body get used to the taurine.

Magnesium is usually in short supplement when there is dysbiosis. However, taking too much magnesium orally can cause diarrhea. You may want to get some magnesium in through your skin, by spraying on Epsom salts dissolved in water. Or putting the dissolved Epsom salts in olive or coconut oil and putting that on the skin.

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Subject: Re: heart problems and candida
Author: Kelly

Well, the weird thing is that I don't have high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. Just the "borderline" abnormal stress test and the symptoms (arm numbness and indigestion). The heart specialist told me I had three options, 1: to wait 2: to do a heart catheterization or 3: to do a Ct angiogram (which most insurances won't cover). I opted to do the heart catheterization - which is just a test to see if my arteries are clogged or not.

I've noticed that eating coconut seems to help with the indigestion, so it is possible that the symptoms may be false - but that doesn't account for the stress test results, or the numb arm. I decided to purchase some coconut water, and may go back to taking taurine again (I stopped because I was having some stomach reactions before when using it). I will also look into the other items you've suggested ( I have coQ10 and magnesium, and food grade organic coconut).

To be completely honest, I haven't been sticking to the diet, either. I've gained back all of my weight, and am eating whatever I want. I think that isn't helping (sigh).

I DO have a family heart history (dad has had quadruple and double bypass), mom died of stroke, and aunt also died of stroke-like brain bleed. I read that arterial damage can be increased by long term bacterial infections, and as I have been yo-yoing back and forth between the yeast and use of bacteria to combat the yeast, I'm wondering if that has caused me some problems. It might explain why I'm having "some" heart symptoms with out the cholesterol or high blood pressure.

As always, you have great suggestions. Thanks for your help and dedication to this site, Polly!

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Subject: Re: heart problems and candida
Author: Courtney

Kelly, I wish you lots of luck in your treatment. What stood out for me in your post is that you take vitamin k supplements. If you have heart disease involving artery blockage, I wouldn't take extra vitamin k because it promotes blood clotting. Your doctor will probably recommend a diet that will keep your blood thinner to cut down the chances of blood clots that could lead to heart attack or stroke.

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Subject: Re: heart problems and candida
Author: Kelly

Thanks for the heads up on that, Courtney. Just read some information on the internet that indicated that numbness and tingling can be part of menopause, and I'm also going through that stage of my life. Hopefully, with some testing, I can get on top of this and have it taken care of. May need to do some hormone retesting and a cat scan too (to rule out stroke).

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Subject: Re: heart problems and candida
Author: Polly

Vitamin K1 is needed to form blood clots. That isn't the function of K2. So, don't worry about taking K2 from that standpoint. Yet, you must be careful if you are taking the blood thinner Warfarin / coumadin. The K2 doesn't help the body form clots, but it will interfere with the efficacy of the Warfarin / coumadin. (There are better options than Warfarin. See this article http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james59.htm )

Vitamin K2 should help keep the plaque out of your arteries. Here is a quote from a LEF article.

"Studies have also shown that even modest amounts of vitamin K2 fight heart disease by controlling calcium-regulating proteins in vascular tissue, which keeps calcium out of the arteries and prevents the formation of dangerous calcified plaques."

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/mar2...-K2_01.htm

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Subject: Re: heart problems and candida
Author: Kelly

Well, it's looking like my symptoms may be the result of something else. I'm having numbness in both arms, mainly after excercise, and at night. My gp feels that this wouldn't be typical stroke symptom. The cardiologist has warned that my stress test results may be a false positive. I'm currently controlling my diet and reducing my carbs to see if that helps - and if this is connected to the candida, which seems like a possibility. Am using coconut oil and water for candida control and healthy hydration. Have a ultrasound scheduled to check my carotid arteries tomorrow. My indigestion is pretty much gone (since taking the coconut oil), which makes me wonder if I'm just experiencing a different but not atypical symptom of candida with the arm tingling and numbness. It would be good to know that Im not suffering from heart disease (yet), but not so good to have a new candida related symptom.

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Subject: Re: heart problems and candida
Author: Kelly

am going to re-read your book on fibromyalgia, too, Polly. I know tingling and numbness are sometimes symptoms found with this disease.

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Subject: Re: tingling / numbness
Author: Polly

It could be a lack of B vitamins. It could be a pinched nerve in the neck.Either of those could give you the numbness in both arms. If it is just one arm, then it is less likely to be the B vitamins.

The B vitamins that help with diabetic neuropathy are P5P, methyl-folate, methyl-B12 and benfotiamine.

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Subject: Re: tingling / numbness
Author: Kelly

I was also reading that low thyroid can cause this kind of response. It's often part of menopause, but missed by doctors. My doc won't do the more extensive thyroid tests, just the basic test, and it always comes back negative for me.
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