How to Get Rid of a Yeast Infection: Candiasis

  I travel internationally a lot and it isn’t always easy to find over-the-counter yeast infection treatments especially in third world countries. I usually try to bring along a couple of yeast infection treatments on longer trips, but they take up a lot of space in my bag and honestly, sometimes they don’t always work. I’ve had my fair share of recurrent yeast infections that just won’t quit and I’ve learned to not put too much faith in prescription or over-the-counter medicines to solve the problem. We always have yeast in our bodies and in fact, it’s part of a delicate balance that’s not only necessary, but healthy. We don’t want to obliterate the yeast. We want balance. So I’ve learned a few tricks when it comes to treating a yeast infection using stuff that’s available almost anywhere in the world.  Stuff that won’t completely wipe out your intestinal flora or cause other weird side effects.   What is a yeast infection?   Many vaginal yeast infections are caused by an over-proliferation of yeast in the colon (candida albicans—not the yeast you’d use to make bread or beer). What happens in the colon spreads easily and directly to the vagina since the vagina and the rectum are located close to each other on a woman’s body. Normally, the vagina contains a few candida albicans cells and other bacteria that keep the population of candida under control, but a variety of things can cause an imbalance. Then, the candida do a coup and take over causing yeast infection symptoms like itching and vaginal soreness. A yeast infection can cause pain or burning when you pee or have sex. Some women (including myself at times) mistake a yeast infection for a urinary tract infection or cystitis. A clumpy, white, cottage-cheese like discharge is common.   The colon’s involvement in the yeast infection is why many yeast infections include a feeling of being bloated and swollen. I’ve had trouble finding information online about yeast infections in the colon, though I did find an article that talked about the sparsity of data about yeast infections in the colon despite the fact that they do happen [1]. I spent several years going to the doctor every other month for urinary tract infections and cystitis and every-so-often, the doctor would tell me that my problem was yeast and that I should be particularly hygienic whenever I’d wipe myself (“front to back”, they’d say…as though I... read more

A Dental Tourism Experience in Tijuana

Our family hasn’t been to a dentist in over 5 years. Since we don’t eat refined sugars, this hasn’t been a problem, except for the fact that John and I have mercury amalgam fillings. Based on all my reading and research, the mercury fillings needed to go. They can actually cause additional dental problems as well as a variety of other horrible health issues like liver toxicity and Alzheimers, if left in our mouths for too long. I’d put it off long enough. It was time to bite the bullet and go get those fillings out.   Finding a Holistic Dentist in the United States:   I began my search for a biological dentist in Denver, CO, a city near where we live in Nebrask. I hate shopping for dentists because dental work is inherently awful and I feel like that awfulness really gums up my intuition about dentists. I decided that I’d start by just making some phone calls to talk to office staff and find out about the financial aspects of biological dentistry. How much does it cost? How long does it take? That sort of thing.   What I learned about biological dentists in Denver:   They’re too expensive. I mean, the quote that I got for my own mouth from the holistic dental office I contacted in Denver was between $5000 and $12,000 to replace 3 relatively small mercury fillings and 2 larger fillings. I had to threaten the girl who answered the phone give me this extremely broad estimate by telling her that if she didn’t give me some sense of how much it would cost to get my teeth done that I’d just go to a foreign country to have my fillings extracted. She kept evading the question saying that my “oral ecology” would be repaired and that that would be “worth whatever the cost”. The range she gave me was, admittedly expensive even on the low-end of the range, When I’d looked at dental tourism sites in different countries like Mexico and Ecuador, the cost of each procedure was clearly listed and I could add it up for myself to determine an approximate cost for John and me to get our fillings removed. That’s one of the major perks of medical tourism in Mexico.   My mouth is a fairly straightforward situation. I’ve had 5 cavities filled in my 41 years of life on earth. That’s it. I haven’t had any root... read more

Top 4 Holistic Cancer Treatment Centers in Tijuana, Mexico

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and you’ve read the book The Truth About Cancer (or simply heard about the incredible treatments available south of the border), you might be considering a trip to Tijuana, Mexico to partake in some of the truly amazing holistic cancer cure treatments that are available there. I recently traveled to Tijuana with my family to see the city and get some holistic dental care done at a facility that’s attached to a holistic cancer treatment center, American Holistic Care. If you’re looking for a cure and not just a band-aid for your cancer, the alternative cancer treatments offered at these facilities is worth exploring.   The patients I spoke with at American Holistic Care were hopeful and excited about their cancer journeys. They were open with each other and supportive…a far cry from the silent, fearful patients sitting in American clinics waiting for “treatments”. And American Holistic Care is located at the Grand Hotel, which can be reached by a daily shuttle bus that goes back and forth from San Diego to Tijuana. If you’re nervous about how to get from the U.S. to Tijuana and back, call American Holistic Care and talk to Javier or Marisia and have them arrange the shuttle bus journey for you to simplify the experience. Both Javier and Marisia speak excellent English. Consider booking a room at the Grand Hotel for the duration of your treatments if it seems too overwhelming to go out into the city.   Tijuana is a safe destination that offers affordable medical treatments for cancer that aren’t widely available in the United States. I wanted to go see the Hope4Cancer treatment center, the Hoxsey BioMedical Center, and the Gerson Clinic while we were there, but my dental work at American BioDental ended up taking longer than I’d expected. We did, however, get to see a lot of the city and get a feel for Tijuana as a destination because we stayed on the playas (beaches) for our two week visit in a vacation rental. And John works closely with a man who’s from Tijuana, but currently living in San Diego so we were able to get some local insight into the city. What we found is that Tijuana is a culturally interesting destination that’s as safe as any city in the United States, though the driving rules are a little different (take a shuttle or a taxi if you aren’t up to... read more

7 Cancer Vaccines Everyone Should Know About

7 Cancer Vaccines Everyone Should Know About   Did you know that there are new cancer treatments that are safer and more effective than chemotherapy and radiation? Some of these vaccines for cancer can be used on a variety of different types of tumors in different areas of the body. How would it change your life, or the lives of your loved ones if you knew about a safe and effective breast cancer vaccine (Hint: look closely at RigVir)? Everyone should know about the new science of oncolytic virotherapy/cancer vaccines and cancer immunotherapy. Read on to learn more about 7 Cancer Vaccines that have gotten a lot of attention lately for their safety and effectiveness at treating cancer:   1)    RigVir   Everyone on the planet should know about RigVir. This cancer vaccine was developed in Riga, Latvia (thus the name). RigVir contains a virus that can identify cancer cells and then replicate only inside the cancer cells to destroy them, leaving the healthy cells alone. RigVir has been available in Latvia since 2004 and today it is also available in the country of Georgia, Armenia, and in Mexico at the Hope4Cancer clinics in both Tijuana and Cancun [1]. Over 50 years of research has documented the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine. It has passed all clinical trials in Latvia and it is a state-sponsored medicine used by oncologists in Latvia to treat cancer. It was initially developed for use against only melanoma but it has been shown to work on a variety of cancers [4] including:   Colon cancer Prostate cancer Lung cancer Stomach cancer Pancreatic cancer Bladder cancer Kidney cancer Sarcomas Rigvir may work on other cancers too…   2)    T-VEC (trade name Imlygic™) – also known as Talimogene Laherparapvec   In October, 2015, the FDA approved T-VEC, a cancer vaccine developed by Amgen from a modified version of the herpes simplex virus I (the virus responsible for causing cold sores). This is a genetically modified virus as opposed to Rigvir which is NOT genetically modified. The T-VEC virus has been tweaked to kill cancer cells. At this time, the FDA has only approved T-VEC for use against advanced melanoma that has relapsed and is inoperable [2].   3)    Provenge (sipuleucel-T)   Provenge was approved by the FDA in 2010 as the first therapeutic cancer vaccine for use against prostate cancer in the United States. It makes use of the patient’s own immune system to identify... read more

Hearing Aid Alternatives for People Who Don’t Want to Go Bankrupt Over Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a big deal. As one of the five senses, second perhaps only to sight, hearing loss can lead to poorer health and hospitalization, cognitive decline and dementia, and a higher risk of falls in the elderly. For younger folks, hearing loss can make socialization and certain work-related activities more difficult. When my husband, John, lost most of his hearing in one ear due to an ear fungus infection and a subsequent eardrum perforation, I started thinking about hearing aids. For 8 months to a year after his eardrum repair surgery, John’s hearing remained less than perfect and he considered getting a hearing aid, but the cost was prohibitive. So I started researching hearing aid alternatives that were more affordable but that still offered good results. Below are some of the interesting options that I found:   Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAP’s): Cheap Hearing Aid Alternatives for the Common Man   One of the first, and most compelling options that I found were Personal Sound Amplification Products or P.S.A.P.’s (also known by some as “hearables”). These are unregulated by the FDA (which could be a good thing considering some of harmful awful things that the FDA “regulates”) and you don’t need to visit an audiologist to get one. Manufacturers of these products, by law, cannot label PSAP’s as products that will help with hearing loss; most people with hearing loss never even realize these products are available. But the good news is that the lack of FDA regulation may push the innovation threshold higher. Some of these PSAP products will test your hearing as well as diminish hearing loss. And they’re cheap hearing aid alternatives at $70 to $700 on average for a pair [1]. Check out some of these products that have a good reputation for enhancing people’s hearing. When you’re purchasing cheap hearing aids or alternatives to hearing aids, it’s buyer beware:   Soundhawk – This PSAP operates using a smartphone. According to some users, it performed almost as well as an expensive hearing aid that you’d get at the audiologist’s office, but it only costs $399. CS50+ – Some PSAP’s call themselves “hearing amplifiers” and the CS50+ by Soundworld is no exception. It looks like a hybrid between a hearing aid and a Bluetooth device. It comes with a customizer app for use on Android, iPhone, Mac, or PC and you can set the CS50+ using environmental profile settings to get the best sound... read more