Candida Infection

Candida Infection

Dr. KennedyIntroduction

The Yeast Syndrome, also known as chronic candidiasis, the chronic candida syndrome, and candida related complex is still unaccepted by some medical doctors. The habit of the medical establishment, in general, is to not accept as real any symptom complex which they do not understand. The effects of chronic yeast infestation in the intestine are so widespread in the body that it does not at first seem logical that one thing could cause all this. Many a patient have been branded hypochondriac, malingering, neurotic, and hysteric who appeared in doctors’ offices with this complex, confusing symptomatology. One of the symptoms is irritability and this quality has tended to alienate doctors, leaving both doctor and patient frustrated. Also, doctors are accustomed to think that if routine blood tests show nothing, then nothing is wrong. Chronic yeast, in fact, shows nothing on routine blood tests.

The incidence of yeast syndrome is remarkably high. In my practice signs and symptoms suggesting yeast syndrome are present in ½ of new patients. This can be attributed to the commonness of factors thought to lead to a predisposition to this health problem. The three most important factors favoring the development of this syndrome are the presence of dental amalgam and resultant mercury toxicity, the use (and overuse) of antibiotics and the high carbohydrate content of the typical western diet. All three of these predisposing factors are widely prevalent in the modern western world and both favor the growth of yeast. To be correct – yeast, fungus, and anaerobic bacteria as "yeast syndrome" always involves all three. In this article, when I write "yeast," I am referring to all three – yeast, fungus, and anaerobic bacteria. This condition is also know as dysbiosis. Persistent bloating and flatulence unrelated to specific foods are the consistent symptoms.

Antibiotics, especially Tetracycline, long used at the drop of a hat by doctors eager for a simple answer to complex health problems, kill off bacteria which are needed for normal digestion. In their relative absence intestinal yeast are able to proliferate beyond their normal bounds. Add to this the excessive intake of not only simple sugars but "high glycemic index" carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, potatoes, and rice which convert to simple sugars in short order, and yeast organisms are provided with their basic food group. Under these conditions yeast can proliferate and cause symptoms even in people with normal immune systems.

Symptoms of yeast syndrome are caused by the normal byproducts of yeast metabolism. Candida has been found to produce 79 distinct toxins. The human body must dispose of these toxins. They easily diffuse throughout the body and no organ system is immune to the effects they produce.

Yeast, once it takes hold in the intestinal mucosa, is difficult to eliminate and if eliminated, tends to return over and over. Dietary changes which control yeast overgrowth must become a life style change in order to be meaningful as a long term prevention. Once having dominated the intestinal mucosa, yeast renders the mucosa partially incompetent to regulate the entry of digested food into the intestine. This circumstance is called the "leaky gut syndrome" and what leaks into the circulation are long chain polypeptides (partially digested protein). These molecules can set off the immune system into inappropriate action as they are recognized as "foreign" by the immune system. The antibodies which are produced may attack host tissue and this may account for some autoimmune diseases.

Yeast overgrowth is implicated in many forms of psoriasis and other dermatoses (Skinner, Crook, James, Oranje, Buslau), also in infantile seborrheic dermatitis (Bothe, Busacker, Reinel).

The physician responsible for highly publicizing the Candida syndrome is Dr. William G. Crook, M.D. who wrote The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough.

Symptoms of Yeast Syndrome:

  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Feeling of being drained
  • Depression or manic depression
  • Numbness, burning, or tingling
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Aches
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Pain and/or swelling in joints
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Bloating, belching or intestinal gas
  • Troublesome vaginal burning, itching or discharge in women
  • Prostatitis in men
  • Impotence
  • Loss of sexual desire or feeling
  • Endometriosis or infertility
  • Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Attacks of anxiety or crying
  • Cold hands or feet, low body temperature
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Shaking or irritable when hungry
  • Cystitis or interstitial cystitis
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Poor coordination
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness/loss of balance
  • Pressure above ears…feeling of head swelling
  • Sinus problems…tenderness of cheekbones or forehead
  • Tendency to bruise easy
  • Eczema, itching eyes
  • Psoriasis
  • Chronic hives (urticaria)
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Sensitivity to milk, wheat, corn or other common foods
  • Mucous in stools
  • Rectal itching
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Mouth rashes including white tongue
  • Bad breath
  • Foot, hair, or body odor not relieved by washing
  • Nasal congestion or post nasal drip
  • Nasal itching
  • Sore throat
  • Laryngitis, loss of voice
  • Cough or recurrent bronchitis
  • Pain or tightness in chest
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Urinary frequency or urgency
  • Burning on urination
  • Spots in front of eyes or erratic vision
  • Burning or tearing eyes
  • Recurrent infections or fluid in ears
  • Ear pain or deafness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Skin problems (hives, athlete’s foot, fungus infection of the nails, jock itch, psoriasis (including of the scalp) or other chronic skin rashes)
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas, or bloating)
  • Symptoms involving the reproductive organs
  • Muscular and nervous system symptoms (including aching or swelling in your muscles and joints, numbness, burning or tingling, muscle weakness or paralysis)
  • Recurrent ear problems resulting in antibiotic therapy
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Lupus
  • Hyperactivity/Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Recurrent vaginal yeast infections in women
  • High sugar foods drastically increase symptoms
  • Inflammation of the hair follicles (candidiasis folliculitis) of various parts of the body (feet, legs, arms)
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Diarrhea, chronic gas, abdominal cramps alleviated by bowel movements. Perhaps labeled with the term "irritable bowel syndrome"
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Anxiety
  • Allergies and allergy symptoms, chemical sensitivities
  • Panic attacks
  • Sinus problems
  • Eye fatigue
  • Muscle weakness and bone pain
  • White tongue coating
  • Psoriasis/seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff, dry, itchy skin
  • Rectal itching
  • Swollen lips/face
  • Symptoms worse after waking
  • Facial rash
  • Avoiding food helps to alleviate symptoms
  • Hives
  • Chronic inflammation and irritation of the eye and conjunctiva
  • Feeling of being intoxicated which leads to a "hangover feeling" (due to fermentation and alcohol production by yeast)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


I have replaced traditional therapies for Yeast Syndrome with the German SanPharma and Pekana remedies. Why? Because they work, are simple and straight forward and the old therapies did not work so well. For a fuller descripton of my current thinking on this subject, go to this article:

Mercury, Gut Wall Infection, and Fatigue

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