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Stealth Invaders

September 29, 2011

Francis was chronically ill with fatigue, skin rashes, abdominal bloating, headaches, allergies, and depression. More than once she was told by her prior doctors that her nerves were the cause of her multiple complaints or that her illness was psychosomatic. She refused to accept that as an answer and continued to search for a solution to her health problems. When she consulted me about these health concerns, I ordered several blood tests, one of which demonstrated that she had antibodies to a yeast organism.

Francis is one of millions of people who have multiple health problems which do not fit any of the conventional diagnoses used today. The yeast organism to which she had antibodies was Candida albicans. Candida is an organism normally present in our bodies which in small numbers does not cause symptoms. When the body's ecology gets out of balance, the yeast organism can grow out of control and cause a wide variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms, such as indigestion, constipation, ringing or fullness in the ears, bad breath, muscle aches and pains, arthritis, recurring infections, premenstrual anxiety, sinusitis, fogginess, and loss of libido.

When Candida overgrows, it can overrun the intestinal tract, sinuses, vagina, and surface of the tongue. It can also burrow deeper into various organs of people with depressed immune systems. It can create cravings for sweets and alcohol, and can be responsible for confusion and inability to concentrate.

Yeast organisms are incapable of causing disease in a healthy person. For the body to succumb to yeast, stress (such as poor food choices, inadequate circulation, antibiotic use, environmental toxins, and hormone imbalances) must occur on a regular basis.

If you have any number of the above-mentioned symptoms, you might be a candidate for Candida overgrowth. You may be particularly susceptible if you have a history of:

  • Strong cravings for sweets or alcohol
  • Antibiotic use
  • Oral contraceptive use
  • Cortisone use

Candida raises a red flag that drugs, foods and other forms of distress have weakened our immune system. The goal is not to eliminate Candida completely; this is impossible as it normally lives as an innocuous organism within our bodies. Rather, the goal is to balance our systems, control the overgrowth, and restore a strong immune system. Francis began a yeast-control diet and nutritional therapy, and within three months all of her symptoms had cleared up completely.

If you suspect or would like to investigate whether you may have an overgrowth of Candida, please call Dr. Horan for an appointment today.

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