Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker.
I’m author of Candida Crusher and I’m also the formulator of a range of products called
Canxida. Thanks for tuning into my video today. I’ve got a question here from a guy called
Steven Hutchinson, and Steven is in a place called Sale in Victoria, Australia. Steven
is asking me a question “Can antibiotics cure Candida?” That’s a very good question, Steve.
Antibiotics don’t cure any kind of disease, but what they can do in some instances is
fight infections. But the problem is in most cases � this is in my opinion � they tend
to be over prescribed and prescribed too freely for too many different kinds of conditions.
For example, I’ve heard many instances of a person having a small cut on the finger
and then going on a seven to ten-day course of antibiotics. In many cases, patients are
prescribed antibiotics for digestive related problems. This is, in my opinion, a travesty.
When you give antibiotics, particularly concurrent courses of antibiotics, because it creates
an incredible amount of damage to the gut microbiota or the bacteria that reside in
the gut. Don’t forget the term “antibiosis” means “antilife.”
So you’re actually killing life. You’re destroying a huge amount of life in the digestive system.
When what we want is a prolife product. Because if you think about it, you don’t win wars
by fighting wars. You just create more conflict. A lot of people think that wars really solve
problems, but they don’t. People have been fighting for thousands of years and they’ll
probably fight for thousands of more years, and they don’t seem to solve any kind of problems.
Currently in 2015, I believe there are wars in over 60 countries.
Now, when you take an antibiotic, you’re creating a huge turmoil internally. The chances are
that you may well have destroyed some of the pathogens that the doctor is trying to target,
but the problem is you can’t destroy them all. What’s even worse is you’re actually
destroying a huge amount of the beneficial flora that live in and around the gut. This
creates a big problem for the body at many different levels. Multiple species get wiped
out. Here’s an interesting picture for you to look
at. Antibiotics and the gut microbiota, so this really is a healthy digestive system.
I’ve held this picture up, I think, previously. You’re looking at that and thinking, “What
the hell is this guy on about? That’s the Amazon rain forest. This has got nothing to
do with the gut. This guy is nuts.” Well, I’m not nuts. I’m trying to portray a picture
here to you of a very, very powerful beautifully developed ecosystem. You’ve got thousands
of species of plants, animals, insects, all basically living in a very carefully defined
ecosystem. What you can’t see in this picture are the jaguars, anacondas, tarantulas or
the poison dart frogs or all the interesting creatures that live in this environment. They
all depend on each other. Some kill others. Some basically can only survive because they
need to feed on other creatures in the environment. There are multiple species of very good plants
in here. There are some plants that are not so good. There are some parasitic plants that
live in the rain forest. They thrive by sucking the sap from other plants.
It’s the same in your gut. You’ve got parasites that live in there. What they’re just discovering
now and I’m finding very interesting is they actually now believe that some helminths or
flatworms, which are a kind of parasite, are actually necessary to live in your digestive
system. That’s very interesting information. That information is only just recently come
to light. That we actually need a small amount of bad bacteria or parasites, which seem to
be very nasty. We actually need those in our digestive system. Having bugs like we’ve got
in the rain forest, we’ve got all kinds of creatures that live there. Some we see as
bad; some we see as good. It’s the same in our gut. We’ve got many different kinds of
bugs that live in there and they all have good cohabitation going on there.
What we’ve got here is, as I mentioned, a healthy rain forest. But then what we’re going
to do is we’re going to put the patient on antibiotics for about 10 or 14 days. Unfortunately,
we’re going to napalm the forest. Now that picture you saw there of the one tree standing,
that’s a person who has had four or five doses of antibiotics in a 12-month period. They’re
getting increasing reduction in the microbiota, so they’re reducing more and more of the beneficial
bacteria. It’s going to be harder and harder for these to come back again. Because what
also happens in the interim is the person will be smoking or drinking coke, having pizzas
and having crappy food, living a high stress lifestyle, and there will be not much attention
paid at all for restoring the gut function. They might pay a bit of lip service to taking
a probiotic. Here we go again. We’ve got a nice picture
of different kinds of bacteria that live in the gut. This is a microscopic picture, obviously.
You can see all the lovely colors, the purples, the blues. And then, of course, we put the
person on antibiotics and we end up with just a couple of select species.
The point I’m trying to make here is it’s generally not necessary to take an antibiotic
for digestive related problems. Even with helicobacter infections, infections of the
upper mucosa in the stomach, I’m finding that antibiotics just don’t really do much for
people. Some of the highly experienced doctors and gastroenterologists I’ve spoken to at
conferences tell me that they actually don’t even give triple therapy anymore. They don’t
even treat a patient with antibiotics for stomach related infections. Because they find
the recurrence rate is over 95 percent. It’s rare that you’re going to wipe out a bug and
going to keep it away with an antibiotic. How we actually can treat people with natural
alternatives to antibiotics is a topic of a whole new video, but I want you to bear
in mind that probiotics do play a very important role and prebiotic foods play an important
role. I’ve done some videos on prebiotic foods. I’m not a fan of prebiotics in dietary supplements.
I just find they create bigger problems. You don’t really want to go for things like inulin
and FOS, along with probiotics. Not a good idea.
Look at taking a good antifungal/antibacterial product alongside a good probiotic enzyme
formula, so those two formulas work quite well together. And generally, when you do
take that approach, you don’t need to take antibiotics anymore, especially for gut related
conditions. I hope that answers your question, Steven,
regarding do antibiotics cure Candida. They don’t cure Candida. In fact, they make Candida
worse because they don’t touch yeast. They only kill bacteria, allowing the Candida to
proliferate. You don’t really want to go there. Thanks for tuning in.