Do I have candida overgrowth?

Chronic illness frequently has names such as arthritis, asthma, depression, or psoriasis. However, many chronic conditions are frustratingly hard to diagnose. 

The chronically ill patient often responds remarkably to an anti-fungal cleanse that includes an anti-yeast diet, long-term use  and complementary nutritional supplementation. Acupuncture and naturopathy can play an important role in supporting the restoration of the Candida patient to their normal condition.

According to S. Colet Lahoz, RN, author of Conquering Yeast Infections:

"It has been quite difficult to develop research studies on treating patients having chronic illness labeled candidiasis or CRC when Candida is not easily diagnosed by a standard test. Further, even when the patient and physician are open to treating Candida, the usual quick one or two course treatments of Nystatin, Nizoral or Diflucan are usually insufficient to eradicate the more chronic cases. S. Colet Lahoz, RN, a nurse and acupuncturist in Minnesota, decided to undertake a research study of diagnosing and treating candidiasis employing a well-scheduled program of diet, anti-Candida fungicide, nutritional supportive supplements, as well as acupuncture. The study followed patients who scored high on questionnaires designed by Crook and Trowbridge to screen for candidiasis. Patients were asked to compare their symptom responses following essentially no anti-yeast program, a drug regimen or the program designed by Lahoz involving diet, a four-part anti-Candida colon-cleansing component, as well as nutritional supplementation."

The results of the study demonstrated Candida symptoms could be better controlled by patients who followed the Lahoz protocol than patients who followed diet and anti-fungal drugs. More remarkable was the constancy of symptom response for those who completed the bowel-cleansing program. The study strongly suggests that the yeast syndrome is not only tied into many chronic illnesses but that the gastro-intestinal tract is the primary site where yeast settles.

The Whole Approach Candida Protocol was based on Colet's clinical work and the Whole Approach Candida Diet was developed by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Conquering Yeast Infections - The Non-Drug Solution For Men & Women - A Book By S. Colet Lahoz, RN, MS, LAc

Conquering Yeast Infections: the Non-Drug Solution for Men and Women by S. Colet Lahoz, RN, MS, Lac, is a book for patients and physicians who have been frustrated by difficulties in managing candidiasis. It describes the basis for Candida as cause of chronic illness. Lahoz reviews the difficulty in diagnosing Candida by conventional laboratory testing and examines the tools most practitioners use in evaluating new and long-standing patients. She presents the data Dr's. Truss, Crook, Trowbridge and Walker and others have published on diagnosing and treating CRC.

Lahoz presents the components of her four-part colon cleansing program comprised of Attogram Corp's anti-Candida oil Caproyl, Whole Approach's liquid clay cleanser Bentonite, Psyllium powder, and probiotics. Lahoz uses the colon-cleansing program twice daily with the anti-Candida diet for a minimum of three months to effectively clean the colon of yeast overgrowth and toxins.

Many patients have, at a relatively young age 30-40, difficulties with remembering and calculating simple sales register receipts. It is unlikely that these individuals have major brain disorders such as Alzheimer's. But what can explain these lessened abilities to think in apparently normal persons?

Others continue to experience recurrent upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, sore throats, ear infections and colds with no apparent cause. Despite numerous rounds of antibiotics, even throat or ear surgery, they continue to have infection after infection. Other patients have terrible digestive tract disorders with continuous gas, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or heartburn, trying all sorts of medications and diets with little relief of their symptoms. What could be the cause? Diet and environmental factors can definitely play a roll but as unbelievable as it may be to many patients and doctors, Candida albicans, can also frequently be a contributing factor, if not the reason for the symptoms. 

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