Most people think of yeast infections as little more than an uncomfortable nuisance. But there’s absolutely nothing harmless about yeast overgrowth.
In fact, Candida—the most common type of yeast to cause fungal infection—is a hidden cause behind a number of chronic conditions, from allergies to IBS. And some shocking new research shows that if you don’t keep yeast under control, it can even cause cancer.
In his Essential Cancer Protocol, Dr. Fred Pescatore cites a truly shocking recent study that investigated the possible connections between cancer and Candida. The researchers noted several different pathways that Candida might use to establish cancer:
- Yeast generates carcinogenic byproducts
These byproducts include nitrosamines, which Dr. Pescatore points out are the same compounds in processed meats that have been found to promote cancer.
- Yeast generates acetaldehyde
This toxin can damage DNA, setting off a chain of events that leads to cancer.
- Yeast triggers responses from TH17 cells
These specialized cells control Candida, but they may also promote tumor growth.
Dr. Pescatore also describes how yeast overgrowth can compromise your gut’s integrity, weakening the walls of your digestive tract, which causes “leaks.”
He says, “These leaks allow yeast, food particles and other toxins to permeate your gut’s lining, triggering systemic reactions. And a leaky gut paves the way not only for allergies and other immune problems, but for inflammation, the underlying cause of any number of chronic and even fatal conditions—including cancer.”
And Dr. Pescatore adds that yeast infections include skin or nail infections, athlete’s foot, ringworm, tinea versicolor, or toenail fungus and a recurrent vaginal infection. So, if your doctor confirms you have these—or any other yeast overgrowths—Dr. Pescatore recommends a few dietary changes that should be implemented immediately…
Dr. Pescatore’s simple yeast-eliminating diet
First and foremost, Dr. Pescatore advises eliminating sugar and any food that quickly turns into sugar in the body—like bread, pasta, and other refined, processed carbohydrates. Yeast feeds on sugar, so eliminating these foods is a must. But there are also a few other foods to be aware of…
Dr. Pescatore explains, “Cheese and fermented foods are also yeast-promoting. So while I normally give these items the thumbs-up, if you do have a problem with Candida, you should keep close tabs on your consumption of them, limiting their intake to special occasions, and then only in small amounts.”
Other yeast-promoting foods that should be eliminated or minimized include:
- High-sugar fruit or fruit juice
- Smoked meats or fish
Beyond dietary changes, Dr. Pescatore notes that most yeast overgrowths begin in the gut, so restoring microbial diversity is another important antifungal step.
He recommends using a high-quality probiotic that delivers multiple strains of flora, along with a prebiotic (the compounds that feed beneficial gut bacteria).
For yeast infections, Dr. Pescatore suggests taking up to five capsules of a high-quality probiotic twice per day for two days, followed by two capsules twice per day for three months.
Dr. Pescatore doesn’t discourage the use of anti-fungal medications, which he says may be necessary in cases of stubborn or recurrent yeast overgrowth. But along with the drugs he also recommends several natural supplements that are proven to curb fungal overgrowth. These include:
- Allicin: 240 mg, three times each day. This sulfur-based component of garlic is an effective anti-fungal.
- Grapefruit seed extract: 200 mg, three times daily. Grapefruit flavonoids help break down the Candida cell wall.
- Caprylic acid: 100 mg, three times per day. This medium chain fatty acid fights fungal overgrowth naturally.
You can find additional strategies to fight Candida—as well as other methods that prevents all types of cancer—in Dr. Pescatore’s Essential Cancer Protocol.