Years back, when I was searching for what had caused my sudden illness, I read the book, “The Yeast Connection”, by William G. Crook. In reading it, I learned that an overgrowth of candida in the gut, and a resulting “yeast hypersensitivity”, could cause all kinds of minor and major health problems, from airborne and/or food allergies, to depression, to “incurable diseases” such as multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, Lupus, chronic hives, autism and arthritis.
Reading of the book soon led me to an environmental doctor (named in the book – now-retired), who was one of the first doctors to discuss some of the causes of this overgrowth and the resulting adverse health consequences, and also how to treat it. This doctor, who I eventually went to see, was keen on the fact that anything that suppresses or alters the immune system can result in an overgrowth of the normal intestinal yeast, which then can cause this problem – “yeast-hypersensitivy” should be viewed as a symptom of immune/biological dysfunction, not as a disease.” 1
What Are Yeasts?
“Yeasts are single cell fungi which belong to the vegetable kingdom. And like their “cousins” the molds, they live all around you. And one family of yeasts, “Candida albicans”, normally lives in your body and more especially in your intestines and other parts of your digestive tract.” 2
Main Causes of Yeast-Hypersensitivity
“Antibiotics, especially broad spectrum antibiotics, kill “friendly germs” while they’re killing enemies. And when friendly germs are knocked out, yeasts (Candida albicans) multiply.
“Birth control pills, cortisone and other drugs stimulate yeast growth. So do diets rich in sugar.
“Toxins from large numbers of yeasts weaken your immune system. Your immune system is also affected adversely by nutritional deficiencies and sugar consumption, and by exposure to environmental molds and chemicals (such as formaldehyde, petrochemicals, perfume and tobacco).” 2
“Silver” amalgam tooth fillings (these are really 50% mercury and mercury suppresses the immune system), chronic infection(s) (bacterial, parasitic or otherwise), and the ingestion of yeast-containing foods/fermented foods are some other key causes.
Now, it’s tricky because you can never fully eradicate the yeast in your gut, and so you either need to treat the yeast overgrowth to lower the count, which can work many times (although some people unfortunately need to either treat indefinitely or seasonally, when mold is high, like in the fall), or hopefully treat or address that which is causing your immune suppression/dysfunction leading to this yeast overgrowth. Phew – hope this is making some sense so far.
Also note that there are no tests that can really identify whether Candida is causing your illness or part of your illness – vaginal and other smears and cultures for Candida don’t help since Candida germs live in everyone’s body.
Common Symptoms of Yeast-Hypersensitivity
Both men and women can both develop a yeast hypersensitivity – and women don’t need to have the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection to have this problem.
*Short attention span
*Multiple chemical sensitivity
Treating Yeast Overgrowth
The protocol given to me by the doctor I saw who was mentioned in “The Yeast Connection” was to take oral Nystatin in powder form, daily (POWDER FORM ONLY. Pill form is useless according to him and Diflucan is useless as well for yeast in the gut). You need to work up to 1 Nystatin filled 00 vegetable capsule 3 x day, although he had some patients who needed less and others who needed 2 capsules 3 x day to get symptom relief. I say work up (titrate) to the full dose as you will, as with Lyme, experience a herxheimer reaction due to killing the yeast and the resultant increase in toxins in your system.
I buy Now Foods brand empty 00 vegetable capsules and fill them with the powder. Note – as per this doctor, you should always keep powdered Nystatin in the freezer when not in use, even if it doesn’t say to on the label.
I strongly suggest that you speak with your doctor about taking Nystatin (powder form) while on antibiotics so that you do not end up with a secondary major problem.
1. Candida Albicans Therapy. Is there ever an end to it? Dental mercury removal: an effective adjunct. By Alfred V. Zamm, M.D., F.A.C.A., F.A.C.P. http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1986/pdf/1986-v01n04-p261.pdf
2. “The Yeast Connection” by William G. Crook