SEA BRIGHT, N.J., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- For sufferers of Candidiasis, the often debilitating overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans, information is key to recovery. The condition's symptoms mimic those of other physical and mental illnesses, causing misdiagnoses and allowing the real culprit -- Candida -- to grow unchecked in the host's body.
It's a phenomenon Kathleen Kalaf, founder of Hopes Avenue, LLC, and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Atlantic Journey to Wellness, knows well. When Candidiasis forced Kalaf to leave her successful 25-year career with some of the nation's largest corporations, she devoted herself to finding the cause of the myriad of mental and physical problems she was experiencing. It took the insight of homeopath Bernardo Merizalde, M.D., along with Kalaf's own extensive research and networking with survivors of Candida, to diagnose the real problem and start her on the path to healing after eight years of illness.
Had information about Candida and Candidiasis been more readily available, Kalaf believes she could have regained her health sooner. Now she is so deeply committed to providing that critical information to others, Kalaf has just acquired Candida.com (http://www.candida.com) and Candidiasis.com (http://www.candidiasis.com). Her goal: To provide easy access to reliable, potentially life-changing information for Candida sufferers. Although the domains didn't come cheap, Kalaf says the expense was worth it if she can reach more people grappling with Candida.
"If you suspect you have a problem with Candida or Candidiasis, what's the logical place to look for information?" asked Kalaf. "You're going to try Candida.com and Candidiasis.com first. You may search a little, but most people will be looking for answers, and now those domains will be the reliable source for those answers."
Epik.com, the domain development and resale powerhouse founded by Rob Monster, brokered the Candidiasis.com deal. "We are always pleased to see valuable domains land with an individual who is passionate about building them out to their full potential," said Monster, who also co-founded Healthcare.com. "In the case of Candidiasis.com, I believe Kathy Kalaf is the type of person who will leverage the Internet to inform people about a medical condition that is debilitating but also treatable if diagnosed." Monster has firsthand experience in informational healthcare sites, having co-founded Healthcare.com.
Candida overgrowth can be devastating to those affected by it. An estimated 30% of the world's population has Candidiasis, but because it has so many seemingly unrelated symptoms and no reliable standard diagnostic test, most needlessly suffer from the condition. For that reason, says Kalaf, people have to be proactive in getting information about Candida. Many end up self-diagnosing before they see any real relief.
"That's why having a centralized source of information about Candida is crucial," said Kalaf. "Even if it's just to reassure someone this isn't in their head, it's real, and they can feel better. There is a way back from Candidiasis, and that's what Candida.com and Candidiasis.com are all about."