The thing that's frightening about candida and too much sugar consumption, is that we can feel good despite the fact that our blood looks like this.... so many women can be completely unaware that this is what's really going on, inside their body, when they're consuming a lot of sugar!
Years ago I spoke to a woman who said that she was sure (based on a bunch of research she had read) that Autism is caused by a woman having too much yeast in her body while she is pregnant. That always stuck with me, and recently I did some more research about it. I know it sounds crazy, but... I would have to agree, there is a lot of evidence to support the theory that there is a strong link between yeast overgrowth, and autism. And the scary part of that is, a lot of women may not even realize they have an overgrowth of yeast! What is even more scary (and disturbing) is to think of how many women will never hear this from a doctor.
I also discovered that I am one of those people who has too much yeast (which can lead to endometriosis, which I am pretty sure I had... and I know for sure both of my aunts had it... and it caused infertility in one aunt and pregnancy complications in the other). It was a real wake up call to find out that I have Candida, or Candidiasis - which I believe was the root cause of my (what I suspect was endometriosis). I did not realize I had this. I always thought I had a high tolerance for sugar, and didn't realize that the amount of refined sugar, soda and other junk I was eating could be causing such major complications with my health... or my ability to conceive and carry a healthy baby! (It's not that I always eat like this, but I definitely go through phases).
I want to make it clear that I do not think yeast is the only thing that causes Autism, or that this means women who have Autistic babies must have had yeast issues. I know that is not always the case. And I know that many women who have autistic children did nothing wrong and probably did everything they could, to have a healthy baby. Nobody is to blame. But it is frightening to think that almost no doctors ever seem to mention that there could be a connection between yeast overgrowth (which can be caused by something so simple as eating too many foods with refined flour and sugar, like boxed cereal, bagels, crackers) and autism. I am guessing the biggest reason they don't mention it is, they have never heard of the connection... and even if they did, I'm not sure they would believe it to be true.
For me, I can develop major yeast / candida problems by just eating too many of the wrong foods (that are considered normal in the American diet). Bagels, bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, soft drinks, beer (ok I know the soft drinks and beer are not exactly considered "good for you" but I'm just saying... it's easy to not realize how bad they really are, when they are so heavily advertised in the US... you'd practically think these things are good for you!). All of those things started to give me allergic reactions (namely, ITCHING) which I hated, but now I think of those allergic reactions as a blessing. There I was, trying to have a baby, while I had an underlying issue with candida, which could have caused some serious health issues for a growing fetus.
The American diet has so much more sugar in it now, than it did 40 years ago. And the rate of Autism has risen 600 percent in the last 2 decades. Please have a look at the similarities between these charts below. I know this doesn't mean there's definitely a connection, but... it's something to think about.
Note the green line in the graph below, that marks the rise in "Sugar Consumption" since the 70's...
You can see if you have Candidiasis by doing a simple "spit test" in a glass of water (sadly, I FLUNKED this test... BIG TIME!!).
I would encourage any woman who is planning to have a baby, to please google "candida," "yeast," and "autism" or "autism connection." Don't just take my word for it... please look it up and draw your own conclusions.
The article below is from THIS PAGE.
The Infection/Autism Connection
For more on autism and fetal health, read The Myths and Truths of the Mercury/Autism Connection.
- Start the Body Ecology program - this will help both parents build health and vitality to pass on to baby.
- Build up a storehouse of nutrients in your cells.
- Eliminate toxins that have been accumulating in those cells throughout your life.
- Eliminate stress as much as possible before and during your pregnancy.
In the first minute of this video you will see what normal blood is supposed to look like. And then if you scroll to about the 1 minute mark you will see the blood of the woman who had blood like mine (when I was consuming excessive sugar) looked like (the pic at the top of the page). She took pycnogenol, but pycnogenol is pretty expensive, so I drank antioxidant water, which helped (both are very powerful antioxidants, and I believe the water can give you more antioxidants for less money, than pycnogenol). HOWEVER, I do want to point out that I was consuming SO MUCH sugar, no amount of pycnogenol OR antioxidant water would be able to fix the issue completely, until I eliminated the source of the problem: Getting rid of the sugar. It's not that I never have any sugar at all, but just eliminating sugary drinks, for me, was HUUGE.
Note from Ellie:
In addition to antioxidant water, I would highly recommend taking probiotics, which greatly helped me to clear up my athlete's foot (a sign of candida, which I didn't understand was a sign of candida!). I would also recommend coconut oil, which I've found to be more effective than anything else I've tried (and I've tried a LOT of stuff)... to kill candida. You can even use this vaginally, with probiotics, if you're getting a yeast infection.
This brand of Coconut Oil has the best reviews on Amazon... over 5,000 reviews with a 5 star average. It's really inexpensive, and Organic! The kind I got was from Costco but I wish I'd gotten this kind instead, because Costco only sold a huuge tub of it, and it could go bad before I'm able to use it all!
Please note that there are several different books you can check out on Amazon, (that have high ratings), that can help you beat Candida. You can see some of them here.
If you have any friends or family members who are trying to get pregnant, please share this information with them!