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“The only thing necessary for these diseases to the triumph is for good people and governments to do nothing.”


Fungal infection

Fungal infections are common yet stubborn skin conditions. Although any part of the skin or mucous membranes can be affected, fungi tend to thrive in moist environments with poor air circulation. Athlete's foot, jock itch, yeast infections and thrush  are among the most typical, and affect the calloused areas of the foot, the groin, the vagina and the mouth. Persistent itching, irritation and flaking of skin eruptions with raised borders are typical. Flare-ups may produce tiny, moist, red blisters. Sometimes the skin becomes softened and peels away easily, as is common in athlete's foot. Afflicted nails can be particularly resistant to healing if the fungus spreads  underneath the nail, causing softened white areas that raise the nailbed. Ringworm obvious by its circular appearance on the skin, is another type of fungal infection that appears as red, scaly areas that heal from the inside outward. It is sometimes found on the scalp or bearded facial areas, causing hair loss. If allowed to settle on the mucous membranes, these fungi can cause a vaginal yeast infection, characterized by much itching and irritation. Often, a creamy white discharge accompanies it. Thrush, which occurs as a white patchy coating in the mouth and on the tongue, is also caused by Candida fungi.

All fungal infections are highly contagious, but an underlying susceptibility must exist for them to appear and take hold. Taking medications like antibiotics, cortisone and oral contraceptives often precede fungal infections because they change the normal acid balance of the skin's surface and reduce its resistance to disease. Hormonal changes during pregnancy also create a susceptibility.

Fungal infections are more likely to develop when the acid-alkali balance of the skin is disturbed, for instance from cosmetics, creams and perfumed products. Even bathing too frequently can be a problem, by repeatedly removing the skin's natural protective oils. Neglect can also leave the skin more defenseless. Synthetic clothing that traps dampness and hinders air circulation promotes fungal growth. The elderly and all persons with low immune system function are most susceptible to stubborn and repeated fungal infections and systemic Candida infections.


Supplements and herbs

Lactobacillus acidophilus supplements replenish the friendly intestinal bacteria normally found in healthy bowels. These fight against fungal growth in the bowels and throughout the body. Antibiotics, the contraceptive pill and intestinal disturbances disrupt this natural balance. This disruption often affects the absorption of B vitamins, which in turn reduces resistance. Zinc further increases resistance to infection.

Garlic and citrus seed extract are both fungicides, supplements that destroy fungal organisms. These should be taken internally to increase resistance and reduce overall susceptibility. The citrus seed extract is also available in spray form or diluted for external use.

If the immune system needs some support, vitamins A, C and E should be added. Vitamins A and E are also used to improve skin health.

Herbal remedies are quite beneficial in eradicating the bacteria and fungi that cause infections of the skin.

  • Myrrh, black walnut and castor bean oil are natural antifungal remedies. Taken internally they can kill most harmful bacteria and fungi without significant side-effects.
  • Aloe vera gel is not only cooling for irritated skin, but also has antiparasitic properties.
  • Tie an absorbent cotton cloth soaked in liquid whey concentrate around the affected areas and leave on overnight. Continue until condition improves.
  • Millet and silica supply an acid coating to skin to help it protect itself.
  • Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Soak affected area with 5 drops of oil in water. Dry well and apply tea tree lotion or pure oil or oil mixed with olive oil. Add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil to your regular shampoo and use tea tree oil soap for washing.

More useful herbs

Acerola, Burdock, Cat's Claw, Echinacea, Figwort, Pokeroot, Sangre De Crago, Thyme, Turmeric, Yellow Dock.



What else you can do

  • Apply calendula cream in a flax seed oil base twice daily.
  • Change hair and toothbrushes regularly and do not share them with others.
  • Take care around cats and dogs; they can transmit fungi.
  • Supplementation to improve low hydrochloric acid secretions may benefit weak nails.

How much to take

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus complex, 3 capsules or 1 tsp.
  • Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg
  • Vitamin E, with mixed tocopherols, 400 IU
  • Zinc, 50 mg, with 3 mg copper
  • Garlic, 3 capsules three times daily
  • Vitamin A, 25,000 IU for six months, then decrease to 10,000 IU (avoid during pregnancy)
  • Vitamin B complex, 50 mg three times daily
  • Citrus seed extract, 3 capsules three times daily