Can Probiotics Alone Treat Candida?

Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker. I’m the author of a book called Candida Crusher and I’m the formulator of a product range called Canxida. Thank you for tuning into my video today. I always get questions from people and particularly from my subscribers from all over the world. I have a question here from a lady in Sweden. The question is “Eric, is it possible to get rid of Candida with just probiotics?”

The difference between the possibility and the probability are quite remarkably different. Of course, it’s possible. Anything is possible, but the likelihood or the probability is quite remote. I’ll explain to you exactly why that is.

First thing I want you to understand that probiotics are bacteria. Bacteria are not necessarily bad. In fact, most of the bacteria in the body, the trillions of bacteria that we have are, in fact, very good and they’re beneficial. But like anything in life, it’s all about balance. Something I always try to teach my patients is about balance. Good, bad, ugly and somewhere in between. On top of the bacteria, our body also has to contend with many different kinds of viruses and parasites and also yeasts. Different types of fungi that can come in and on the body. On top of that, we’ve also got all sorts of poisons to deal with. There are hundreds of thousands of chemicals and toxins in our environment.

I’m straying from the point here, but we’re talking about bacteria. Anything is possible, but in my opinion, one of the most important things to recognize when you have a Candida problem is to understand it’s an imbalance and you really want to get the Candida numbers and the beneficials up at a similar kind of a time. Probiotics are very important for the body. And finally, in 2009, there was a study published in the States. I think it was the University of Pennsylvania. There was an important one from Yale in 2008 and an even more important one in 2009. The one in 2009 actually discovered that when they looked at mice and rats and rabbits and animals like this, they found a very interesting correlation between animals with good levels of beneficial bacteria in their body and poor levels. The animals with the higher levels of beneficial bacteria certainly had a much stronger immune profile. That’s the whole crux of the research today with probiotics is about immunity. We know that people with good levels of lactobacillus and bifida bacteria and many other kinds of bugs that we have in our system that we normally have got there. When we’ve got them in high amounts, we’ve got a very defense force there.

But the problem with human beings is we eat foods containing antibiotics. We go into high stress. We take antibiotics as pharmaceutical medications and particularly we suffer from stress, which reduces our immunity. Of course, the imbalance becomes quite evident and slowly but surely the Candida species build up. And all of a sudden, one round of antibiotics come in there and boom, we get a huge yeast infection. In those situations, when you certainly know you’ve got Candida, it makes a lot more sense to take an antifungal medication for a period of time to reduce the numbers. Note I didn’t say pharmaceutical antifungal. Because when you start taking those again, you’re very specific for the yeasts alone and that’s going to create more imbalances in the body. I believe broad spectrum effect products tend to be more effective. When used carefully and judiciously for a period of time, you’re going to eradicate these Candida infections. But not just the Candida infection, but also the bacterial and the parasite infections.

When you take a product to clean up the gut, make sure that it’s also going to target parasites, yeasts, and bad bacteria. Sure, some of the good bacteria will be affected, but you’re not going to wipe out the good bacteria like an antibiotic will do. When you take a probiotic, it’s also important to take an enzyme at the same time. Research in the last five years has validated that when people take enzymes and probiotics simultaneously, they have a much better effect. There is a lot of complicated reasons behind it. But I think one of the important reasons is because the enzymes kick starts the gut and they improve the acid/alkaline ratio of the stomach and the small intestine. They also create a more favorable environment for the beneficial bacteria to grow. They create a hostile environment for the dysbiotic bacteria and the fungi to grow. They annoy the bad stuff and they encourage the good stuff. Enzymes are a very smart thing to take along with probiotics. That’s part of the reason why I’ve created my Canxida Restore product with the seven enzymes and the six probiotics carefully formulated to match the anti-fungal product called Canxida Remove. Those two things as a tandem work very well together.

Probiotics have a very interesting effect on the immune system. The 2009 study also actually validated the fact that they are actually very beneficial to take on a daily basis. When big universities like Yale publish findings and actually validate a dietary supplement, you know that there is certainly some truth in the matter. A long, long time ago multivitamins where actually discredited by the medical profession. I can remember when I first started practicing and the doctors would say, “There is no need to take a multivitamin. You get everything you need from food.” We know now that’s not true.

I think it was back in 2007 or 2006 when the top doctor in the US released a statement saying that it actually made sense to take a multivitamin every day because we lack certain elements in our diet. That statement one day will be released with probiotics. You watch. It will be coming out. When statements will be released it makes good sense to take a probiotic every day because it will improve your immune function.

What’s happening. I’m not going to argue for or against global warming, but what I can see is people’s immune systems are declining. As climatic effects occur and we get increasing overpopulation, we’re getting increasing stress on the population. We’re getting more limited resources for food, for fresh air and clean water. All these things are going to be coming up in the future. Whether you like it or not, things like probiotics will be a natural part of what we take in every day. Because probiotics basically keep us alive. We need beneficial bacteria to perform multiple tasks. But when we get the bad bugs, it’s stepping over the line. Probiotics are not enough to get rid of a yeast infection. It’s important to remember that you need to take something to counter that.

I probably give the analogy of the probiotics to me are like the NATO people. You know these guys that walk around with those blue helmets on like peacekeepers. When the NATO forces are around in a lot of countries, the bad guys don’t tend to jump on top of people. “Ah, oh. We’ve got some NATO people here. We better be careful.” These are the peacekeepers. Beneficial bacteria are like that. When they mingle amongst good and bad people, the bad people tend to back off.

Anti-fungal/anti-parasite approach to me is like what I call a “smart bomb.” Antibiotics are the nuclear weapon. We just dropped the bomb and we wipe everything out. We don’t do that anymore in warfare. We don’t just drop bombs and just kill billions of people. The days of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are long gone. Now, we use smart bombs. This video is made in 2016. I hope this video is around long enough for someone to watch it and say, “That guy was right.” One day antibiotics will never be used because they will be considered the nuclear weapon of the gut. If this video is still around in 40 or 50 years, someone will watch it and say, “That guy was ahead of his time.” I’m not because a lot of people are realizing now how dangerous antibiotics are. Smart bombs where they can actually fire missiles from planes and laser guide them into a shaft and actually blow up one particular room.

That’s how I find a natural product. I find it’s more targeted and it has lower collateral damage. When you’re taking a natural anti-fungal, you’re not going to blow up everything and destroy everything. You’re going to target certain types of things in the body. And also, you’re not going to have this resistance issue that you’ve got with antibiotics where you get resistance. This is why the Taliban and a lot of these guys they dug out in the hills and why we couldn’t get Osama bin Laden. We started dropping bombs everywhere. These guys get smarter. It’s like drug resistance. They started digging in. They put up stronger shields and better barriers. It took years to get a hold of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden because they became drug resistant or bomb resistant.

This is something we don’t find with natural medicines. We can give people a good quality grapefruit seed extract. We can put some garlic in there or oregano in there. We can put many different quality herbal medicines in there. History has shown we don’t get that kind of resistance. To cut a long story short, if we’re going to use a quality anti-fungal/antibacterial and a probiotic together, we’re going to get more bang for your buck. You’re going to get a quicker result in a shorter period of time with the lease cost to you.

This isn’t a video about selling my products. You can check out my Canxida range if you want, but I want to encourage you. If you’re going to consider taking a probiotic and you’ve got a Candida problem, consider taking an anti-fungal/antibacterial at the same time. Thanks for tuning in.