Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker.
Author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements.
Here’s a question I get asked from time to time from different people. “Can antibiotics
in meat cause yeast infections?” That’s a very good question.
Some people say yes. Some people say no. I think the jury is still out on it. I’ve read
lots of different studies on this particular topic, but there’s nothing really defined
that says, “Yes, they can,” or “No, they can’t.” But what I can tell you is, in my opinion
after treating thousands of people for many years, the people I see who recover a lot
faster from a yeast infection are people who tend to avoid commercial grain fed meats of
cow and animals like that. Looking at organic chicken in particular. Chicken is one animal
that’s been given lots and lots of antibiotics. So that’s one particular meat that you really
want to eat organic, clean or free range. When I was a young boy, chicken used to be
very, very expensive and now it’s very, very cheap. And, in fact, it’s one of the primary
forms of protein here in New Zealand and I expect in the US and many other western countries
as well. The average person consumes close to 40 kg of chicken per year now in this country
alone. The rates have really increased, which means production has really increased.
What I can tell you about chicken is what I have also found out about poultry is that
the food is generally kept in large silos and treated with an arsenic compound to stop
mold formation in it. And also that the chicken food can be sprayed with antibiotics, and
some manufacturers are quite unscrupulous when the birds produce waste that the wastes
that come out are actually sprayed with an antibiotic and fed back to the birds again.
Because it’s a high protein waste. Now, that might sound disgusting to you, but it actually
does occur, that kind of practice. And there is a whole different type of antibiotics actually
given to chickens, in particular. So poultry meat is one you really got to watch out for.
I found a little article here from Princeton University. Ciprofloxacin is the antibiotic
used to treat campylobacter bacteria that causes food poisoning and can cause chronic
problems like Gillian-Barr Syndrome and even reactive arthritis. Campylobacter affects
2.4 million Americans and causes 100 deaths per year. In 1990, the incidence of Cipro
related illness was negligible. In 1996, the FDA approved an antibiotic similar to Cipro
for use on poultry. By 2001, the Cipro resistance level in human campylobacter cases had reached
19 percent. Some fast food chains like MacDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Subway now refuse to serve poultry
that has been fed Ciprofloxacin. Hopefully, more restaurants will join in soon.
If you’ve got Candida, you want to eat organic meat. In New Zealand, we’re lucky because
most of our meats really aren’t given these kinds of chemicals. Chickens are but we have
got an abundance of good quality free-range eggs and free-range chicken and plenty of
fish. I don’t believe that Candida can be caused as such by antibiotics in the meat,
but I think if you eat commercial poultry two or three times per day and you’re weak,
it could certainly make you a lot more susceptible to getting Candida.
And if you can’t shake Candida and you’re eating a lot of commercial meat, drop the
commercial meat and go for free range certified organic meat. That way you’re not taking in
any hormones, pesticide residues, antibiotics, or chemicals like that that are going to weaken
your body. Because you want to have a strong body, a powerful immune system that overcomes
Candida. And if you continually consume food with an antibiotic in it at a low rate, it’s
not a good idea. You’re going to wipe out very small levels of beneficial bacteria continually
that will further weaken your body. So it’s not really a good idea to do that.
Don’t forget to read my articles at yeastinfection.org. I think I’ve written some articles on antibiotics
and also on poultry. There is a big section in my book, Candida Crusher, about poultry
and antibiotics. Don’t forget to do my quiz at yeastinfection.org. Check out my Canxida.com
product range please and you’ll find I make quite a nice antifungal and an enzyme probiotic
formula. The Canxida Restore, in particular, would be a good product for people who eat
occasional non-organic poultry. That’s not a bad product to take. It’s going to help
build up beneficial levels. I hope that sort of answers your question
on can antibiotics in meat cause yeast infection. I don’t think it can actually cause it unless
you’re eating lots and lots of it every day. But I believe it makes you much more susceptible
to getting a yeast infection because it weakens your immune system. It weakens your digestive
response and allows you to pick up not just Candida, but all other kinds of bad bacteria
as well. Plus it will reduce your level of beneficial bacteria. Thanks for tuning in.