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Yeast Overgrowth Isn't Just Making Women Sick, It's Making Them Fat
Published on September 10, 2010 at 4:01 AM
Early this month, the cover of First for Women magazine stopped Kathleen Kalaf in her tracks. The magazine featured an article about the connection between systemic Candida, or yeast overgrowth, and fat. Kalaf, founder of Atlantic Journey to Wellness (http://www.atlanticjourneytowellness.org), the 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of systemic Candida, spends her time educating others about systemic Candida and its treatment - and she was overjoyed to see a national magazine helping to bring attention to the cause.
"For millions of women (and even for a growing number of men), attempts to lose weight are met with uncontrollable cravings," Kalaf explained. "But what few people know is that powerful overgrowths of yeast - systemic Candida - in their own bodies may actually be sabotaging their weight loss efforts. Fewer still are aware they can bring the yeast into balance, free themselves from overwhelming cravings, and safely lose the unwanted pounds as they regain the vibrant health they once enjoyed."
Candida is harmless, even beneficial, when it exists in the proper quantities in our bodies. But use of birth control pills, antibiotics and steroidal medications cause the yeast to grow out of control as a fungus. And as the fungal yeast colonies multiply, the systemic Candida sufferer will feel powerless against her cravings for sugars and starches.
That's what happened to Kalaf. For eight long years, she saw doctors and specialists in exhausting attempts to explain her weight gain, fatigue, foggy brain, weakness, and other debilitating symptoms. Only when Kalaf began taking Candida Force, a treatment developed by leading Candida researcher Jeffrey S. McCombs, DC, did her symptoms begin to clear up.
Relief for Kalaf came swiftly once she found Candida Force and embarked on the Candida Force program of detoxification and dietary recommendations. Her weight dropped from 175 pounds to 135 pounds - a 40-pound loss - in just four months. Her energy came back, her skin cleared up, and Kalaf began feeling well for the first time in years.
Renowned photographer Peter Simon (http://www.petersimon.com), Atlantic Journey to Wellness sponsor, also saw his cravings subside when his systemic Candida was brought under control. But Simon's Candida-driven cravings were for alcohol, not food.
"When I reached mid-life, I suddenly began to experience cravings for alcohol as others experience cravings for sugar and other carbohydrates," Simon stated. "At the time, I didn't realize those cravings were caused by the chronic Candidiasis in my body. Over time, alcohol became an addiction for me, partly because I was self-medicating various symptoms of systemic Candida such as anxiety, though I didn't know that … It wasn't until I restored the yeast balance in my body that the alcohol cravings diminished and I was able to begin healing."
Kalaf and Simon have been working hard to educate people on the signs, symptoms and treatment of systemic Candida through Atlantic Journey to Wellness. Now Kalaf wants women to know their weight struggles could very well be linked to yeast - and they don't have to live that way anymore.