If only I knew then what I know now! – Sarah Anne Barker

Wanting to work with the people and not just a part of them and an anonymous name on a form was the primary reason I left the medical laboratories. The training I received was exemplary, thorough, based in academia and with a rich experiential base. But I have known for many years just how limited it was. The difference between my original training and profession as a medical scientist and what I do now , is that now I work with the whole person, not just bits and pieces and specimens in bottles.

Now my passion is helping people to be the best they can be, to be stress and pain free, to work towards attaining wellbeing on all levels, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, and it is beautifully rewarding work.

Within all of this I often remember a particular aspect of the laboratory work and I wonder how the patient may have been helped to attain health again if I had known then what I know now. In fact, not just me but all of my professional colleagues who worked in the same field.

Those of you who have received the Purple House newsletters for a while will at some time have read one of Grada’s blogs on Candida. Now this little critter is always part of our microbial flora, we are covered with millions of bugs, both inside and outside, in fact, we need them to maintain health, they have a job to do. Really we are an ecosystem, much like a forest with all of the upper storey, middle storey and under storey plants, lichens, animals, birds, and even the microorganisms which live in the soil. Undisturbed and left for nature to care for itself, the forest is healthy and regenerative, every part works to maintain balance and harmony in the whole forest organism.

We are pretty much the same, but like a forest if something exterior creates an imbalance by destroying part of the ecosystem the whole organism has to attempt to rebalance itself or it will become sick and maybe even die. Deforestation and monoculture promotes the spread of blackberries and other noxious weeds. One thing I have noticed from my own land is that the blackberries will attempt to grow only up to the edge of the natural bush and in there they don’t even germinate, because the law of harmony of the forest reigns.

Our body is also ruled by a natural law of harmony but sometimes too much damage is done. We could call it human environmental damage although the chemicals aren’t sprayed on to us, we swallow them, breathe them in or rub them on our skin! How crazy is that!

Living in the modern world as we do, it is unfortunately too easy to imbalance our ecosystem and then the health giving microbes die off and the pesky bad ones multiply. The particular bad guys which I am talking about are the Candida species. They are the blackberries in our own system, growing rampantly, uncontrolled and creating ecosystem chaos. Some of the symptoms of over growth of Candida are:

  • Low energy,
  • gas and bloating,
  • leaky gut,
  • digestive disturbances,
  • fungal infections,
  • food and chemical sensitivities,
  • thrush,
  • food cravings,
  • skin rashes,
  • poor concentration,
  • mood swings
  • and diarrhoea to name a few.

Candida overgrowth can especially be caused by antibiotics, oral contraceptives, stressful lifestyle, eating too many refined carbohydrates and sugars and also overt alcohol consumption. I would say that most people have a degree of Candida overgrowth, it can be quite hard to avoid.

So how does this all relate to when I was a medical scientist working in a laboratory? We were taught that Candida was an issue, ie behaving in a pathogenic way, when it was isolated from certain areas of the body, particularly those prone to thrush, such as the urogenital areas and the mouth. Would you believe that I saw pure growths of Candida isolated from faecal samples thrown away and not reported as it was not considered an issue! The rationale behind this is that the gut is the home of Candida, but it is meant to share it with the healthy microbes too.

To see Candida rampantly growing in a microbial culture medium, on which we grew the bugs, meant that it was completely out of control and would have been causing mayhem in the gut, and in fact, throughout the whole of the body via its vegetative hyphae and toxins. The healthy bugs would have been devastated and struggled to maintain homeostasis in the bowel.

Did you know that the healthy bugs in the gut manufacture vitamins, they are key in maintaining a healthy immune system, scientists are now recognising the role of the healthy bugs in maintaining healthy brain and hormone function as 90% of neurotransmitters are made in the gut! That is why they call the gut our second brain. The healthy bugs are like the healthy microbes in the verdant forest soil, everything grows well and healthy when the little critters in life are happy and in balance.

While I am so grateful for my medical training, I’m so glad that now I can see the whole picture. I swapped 25 years ago to the natural side of health care and I now help my clients holistically, in other words the whole of their being, they are not just bits in bottles but real people with a story to tell about their life, health history, diet, medications and current and past symptoms, it is very rich and rewarding work.

How can we help with Candida overgrowth and regain a healthy microbiome:

  • Kinesiology and Reflexology treatments to rebalance the system, strengthen the immune system to fight off the Candida, identify food intolerances and give dietary advice, and clear stresses which are always part of the overall picture.
  • Probiotics such as Probiotic Foods and Immunosynbiotic
  • Colloidal Iodine
  • Boron
  • Fermented Foods, we have the yummy Love your Guts sauerkrauts and water kefir at the Purple House.
  • Coconut Oil helps to kill off the Candida.

All of the above products are available at the Purple House.
To book an appointment if you think you may have Candida or yeast overgrowth contact the Purple House 03 6428 3007 or email purplehouseforth@bigpond.com

With 25 years experience Sarah’s passion is inspiring health, wellbeing and happiness.

“I know from personal experience just how much Sarah can help to transform your world”

Sarah is a very gifted therapist who has the ability to bring a depth of healing to whatever situation maybe troubling the client, drawing on her years of experience, breadth of knowledge and a well-honed intuition.

Sarah is also passionate about personal and spiritual growth both as a therapist and teacher.  She is an ardent meditator and teaches about presence and mindfulness as part of her courses.  As a therapist she can guide you to let go of your self-limiting beliefs and blockages and enable you to grow and be the best, and the happiest, that you can be.

Having originally been a scientist working in Pathology in British hospitals, Sarah understands both worlds of health care!