The most common reason that yeast grows out of control is due to excessive use of antibiotics. Many people have recurrent sinus infections, recurrent bladder infections, recurrent bouts of bronchitis or strep throat or prostatitis. Many teenagers have severe acne and are on antibiotics such as tetracycline for years. Many times the acne is actually the result of candida. So, the acne may actually worsen rather than improve on tetracycline.
Because these people have repeatedly used antibiotics or have been on long-term antibiotics, these drugs eventually kill the majority of the good bacteria that live in the GI tract. Since the antibiotics do not affect candida, they multiply rapidly and may proliferate out of control. The yeast are normally held in check by the friendly bacteria, which have been killed by the antibiotics.
Antibiotics and Our Meat Supply
In addition, people who eat large amounts of beef, pork, chicken and veal will usually absorb small amounts of antibiotics and hormone residues. In 1991, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta revealed that half of the fifteen million pounds of antibiotics produced in America each year are used on livestock and poultry.¹ Many of the cattle, pigs and poultry have antibiotics added to their food routinely.
As a result, residues of these antibiotics remain in many of the meats we eat. Long-term antibiotics taken for chronic infections or consumed by eating large amounts of meat will eventually affect the delicate balance of good bacteria in the GI tract, leading to death of the good bacteria and an overgrowth of yeast.
Also, successive use of antibiotics is causing the development of resistant strains of bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is much more common when antibiotics are used frequently. If this trend continues, many infectious diseases may be almost impossible to treat due to antibiotic resistance.
Side Effects From the Pill
Birth control pills and the hormone progesterone are factors in developing candida overgrowth. When progesterone levels are high, such as during the second half of the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy, women are much more prone to develop yeast vaginitis. Corticosteroids such as prednisone are commonly associated with yeast overgrowth.
Do You Have Candida?
We know that everyone has candida. Yes, it is actually present in all our GI tracts. But is the yeast in your body in balance with the good bacteria? Or is it growing out of control? This is extremely difficult to assess. Even lab test results are often unclear about it, even in very severe states of overgrowth.
Most medical doctors do not recognize candida as a problem in normal people. However, they recognize thrush in an AIDS victim and treat it immediately.