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By Robert Ivker, D.O.
HOLISTIC TREATMENT FOR CANDIDIASIS (Part 3)
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The first step in treating candidiasis lies in making a proper diagnosis to ensure that it is, in fact, at the root of the patient's health problems. Unfortunately modern medicine has yet to devise a truly reliable lab test to confirm the disease's existence. Among the current tests that are available are cultures (primarily of the stool, but also vaginal, nasal, throat, and skin), candida antigen titer test (a blood test to determine the presence of yeast antigens or toxins), and candida antibodies and immune complexes (which measure the level of antibodies immune system cells have manufactured to fight candida). All of these tests are fallible, however, in some cases failing to detect candida, and in others giving a false positive reading. The last test is also expensive. In contrast, I find that the most reliable way to diagnose candidiasis is by reviewing the patient's symptoms and compiling a thorough medical history. The following questionnaire, adapted from The Yeast Connection by Dr. William Crook, one of the first physicians to call attention to the problem of candidiasis is an essential part of the process.
Have you ever taken a broad-spectrum antibiotic?
Have you ever taken antibiotics for two months or longer, or at various times during the course of a single year?
Have you ever used tetracycline or other drugs to treat acne for one month of longer?
Do now suffer, or have you suffered in the past, from prostatitis, vaginitis, or other conditions affecting your reproductive organs?
Have you ever taken birth controls?
Have you ever taken cortisone-type drugs (prednisone, etc.)?
Are you sensitive to perfumes, insecticides, and/or other chemical odors?
Do your symptoms worsen during damp, humid weather, or when you are in places with mold?
Have you ever suffered from athlete’s foot, ringworm, or other infections of the skin or nails?
Do you crave sugar, breads, and/or alcoholic beverages?
Are you severely bothered by tobacco smoke?
Do you now suffer or have you in the past suffered from: fatigue; lethargy; a feeling of being “drained” or “wiped out;” memory problems; depression; itching; numbness, burning, or tingling sensations anywhere on your body; muscle ache, weakness, or paralysis; painful or swelling joints; abdominal pain; constipation; diarrhea; bloating; persistent vaginal itch or burning; prostatitis; impotence; low libido or loss of sexua| desire; endometriosis; menstrual cramps or other menstrual irregularities; PMS; blurred vision and/or “floaters;” drowsiness; irritability; lack of coordination; mood swings; difficulty concentrating; headache; dizziness or balance problems; rashes; heartburn or indigestion; mucus in stools; hemorrhoids; dry mouth; bad breath; nasal congestion, nasal discharge, nasal itching, or postnasal drip; sore throat; persistent cough; pain or tightness in your chest; wheezing or shortness of breath; frequent urination; burning or tearing eyes; recurrent ear infections or fluid in the ears.
The more yes answers to the above questions, the greater is the likelihood that you suffer from candidiasis, but even a few of the above symptoms can be a sign that the condition is present. If you suspect you may be suffering from candidiasis, I recommend seeing a holistic physician, since many conventional doctors today still fail to test for the condition or rely on the fallible medical tests mentioned above.
The Health Plus Letter, July 22, 2003, Vol. 1, No.3.
Copyright © 2003 by Larry Trivieri, Jr., publisher of www.1healthyworld.com. All rights reserved
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