Your Questions Answered: Addisons Disease Cortef, Grapefruit Extract Worsening Heart Arrythmia & Seborrheic Dermatitis Linked To Malassezia Yeast

Question: I have addisons disease so i take cortef every day for about 25 years now. I’m told there’s no other options. I also have severe candidiases that i keep under some control with the candida diet. if i stray, i get horrible rashes that last for a long time so it’s not worth it to stray from the candida diet. Is there anything I can do to stop the drugs needed for addisons ( cortef and florinef) and therefore heal myself?

With addison’s disease, your adrenals produce too little cortisol and aldosterone. These hormones are essential for metabolism, energy, and regulating blood pressure and electrolytes. You will need to take corticosteroids to replace those that the adrenal glands are not making.

Corticosteroids are a family of compounds that include the adrenal steroid hormone cortisol (hydrocortisone) and related synthetic drugs, such as prednisone. Unfortunately corticosteroids are the only available treatment for adrenal insufficiency and they are crucial for mantaining normal levels of cortisol and aldosterone in the body. Corticosteroids have a few side effects. For example they increase the body’s loss of magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B6 which you may need to supplement with a good multivitamin (like CanXida Rebuild).

Corticosteroids retain more sodium and lower potassium levels so focus on eating more fruits and vegetables and limiting the intake of sodium. Certain herbs should be avoided with this medication include alder, buckthron, diuretic herbs, and laxative herbs. YHere it is important to adress lifestyle factors like sleep, excercise, hydration and diet. Make sure you add more antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables and anti-inflammatory foods like fish and flax/chia. The Remove and Restore formula are more effective taken together for best results.

Question: I am really interested in your product but my only concern is the grapefruit seed extract. I have read that it can make a heart arrythmia worse. I have a non-dangerous heart arrythmia, just pvc’s. Any idea if this would be affected?

Grapefruit seed extract is a potent dietary supplement that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system through its antioxidant and blood-thinning properties. Studies show grapefruit seed extracts have a protective effect on reperfusion arrhythmia. Other studies show benefits in different cardivoascular markers. The healthfull effects of grape seed extract in cardiovascular health come from the procyanidins, which exhibit very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Grapefruit seed extract is an excellent anti-inflammatory and because it’s a potent antioxidant, using grape seed extract can help protect against oxidative stress and contribute to many heart health benefits. Grapefruit seed extract flavonoids support the heart and blood vessels. According to different clinical reviews, they may protect against heart disease by fighting oxidative stress and inflammation, cutting the blood lipid levels, preventing plaque buildup in blood vessels (atherosclerosis) and protecting the heart cells against damage. However grapefruit JUICE can interact with many medications, although it is not clear if it is the case with the seed extract. Still, you should discuss its use with your doctor and tell him/her about all drugs and supplements you are using or considering.

Grapefruit juice inhibits enzymes involved in drug metabolism. This may lead to adverse effects and a possible overdose with certain prescription drugs, especially blood thinners, statins, drugs that treat abnormal heart rhythm, and antihistamines. So while grapefruit seed extract has heart benefits, it might be not recommended if you are taking drugs for heart arrythmias since it can interact with anti-arrhythmia drugs, which treat heart rhythm problems. You can still benefit from a safer supplement like CanXida Restore which is a high quality probiotic with 6 beneficial bacterial strains to help fight Candida and restore good gut health.

Question: You often mention stool tests. Can they be requested from a primary care doctor or is a specialist required? Are there specific things to request during the test? I’ve experienced stomach symptoms like bloating and heartburn in the past but have improved after following a low-carb, grain-free, sugar-free diet. However, I’ve been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis linked to Malassezia yeast. I’ve lost hair, have itching in various body parts, and my forehead is red and flaky. I’m using ketoconazole cream without much success. Based on my symptoms and an online test suggesting a high chance of Candida, would a stool test be useful? Any other recommendations?

Candida species are common in mucosal layers of the gut and lungs along with the skin. This species is the main cause for most fungal skin infections. Malassezia is a type of fungi that causes dermatitis and dandruff. They occasionally cause opportunistic skin infections. If you suspect a Candida yeast infection it is best to perform a reliable diagnosic test. The best test to confirm yeast overgrowth is the comprehensive digestive stool test. This test will report all microbial flora including beneficial and pathogenic bacteria, yeasts, and intestinal parasites.

The Comprehensive Stool Analysis detects the presence of pathogenic microorganisms and it provides helpful information about prescription and natural products effective against specific strains detected in the sample. The test also evaluates beneficial bacteria levels, intestinal immune function, overall intestinal health, and inflammation markers. DirectLabs, Great Plains, Genova and Doctor’s Data offer the best comprehensive stool tests. You can order them personally or via a clinician. You can also perform a stool culture (microbiology test) to look for microscopic yeast, but it takes longer to confirm yeast.

Finally an organic acids urine test that includes d-arabinitol markers can indicate yeast overgrowth. The OAT looks for various fungal toxins, including specific markers for candida, as well as other fungus such as mold and yeast. For some of these labs mentioned (like Great Plains) a registered healthcare practitioner must submit the request for a kit on your behalf, however you can send an email if you are having trouble with that. If Candida is confirmed it is crucial to start natural antmicrobial therapy like CanXida Remove with 12 herbal antimicrobial for maximum potency and broad spectrum action. You may also benefit from a probiotic like CanXida Restore to overcrowd the yeast and restore good gut health.

Disclaimer: This article intends to provide general insights and may not apply to individual cases. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure that any vitamin supplementation.