Understanding the Relationship Between Leukemia and Yeast Infections
Yeast infections are caused by a fungus in the yeast family, called Candida. Many people associate yeast infections with the female reproductive organs, but the truth is that any part of the body can be overcome with (and therefore infected by) yeast. It has recently come to light that there appears to be a mysterious connection between yeast infections and leukemia, and this news has the medical and scientific communities, as well as the average citizen, taking note. What is this all about? Here is a guide to understanding the relationship between leukemia and yeast infections:
Yeast Infections in Cancer Patients
For many years, it has been a known fact in the scientific and medical communities that cancer patients tend to develop yeast infections easily and quite often. Up until recently, it was widely accepted that yeast infections were the result of immune system weaknesses caused by cancer. However, a new school of thought is emerging, reversing the roles and making yeast infection the cancer-causing culprit.
Bone Cancer Origins
In scientific studies on leukemia (bone cancer), it has been found that the majority of bone cancer cases begin in the growth plates. Growth plates are the developing ends of long bones. Because they are made of cartilage, they are still soft, and susceptible to damage. Damaged growth plates are, in turn, susceptible to infection - including fungal (or, yeast) infection. Some doctors and scientists postulate that bone cancer is actually caused by yeast infection that affects the growth plates after a bone injury (fracture, etc.).
Did you know that plants get cancer, too? Guess what is responsible for any and every case of plant cancer? That's right - yeast infestation.
The Alkaline Environment
It is scientifically proven that fungus cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Curiously, cancer cannot either. Sodium bicarbonate (or baking soda) can kill fungi of all types. New scientific studies are also using this common kitchen pantry item to target and kill cancerous tumors, and with some very promising results. Therefore, the same, simple ingredient that can be used to kill yeast infections might very well be a viable solution for knocking out leukemia.
Cancer develops most easily and rapidly in irritated and inflamed environments. Yeast infection is a well-known cause of inflammation. This relationship - between cancer, infection, and infection-related inflammation - has long been noted by the scientific community.
Whether or not yeast infection is a direct cause of cancer is still up for debate. It is somewhat of a "which came first - the chicken or the egg?" type question. Time, and much research, is likely to reveal the answer - hopefully sooner rather than later.