Is Hidden Fungus Making You Ill?

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A HIDDEN FUNGUS MAY BE MAKING YOU ILL. A 35-year-old recently walked into my office suffering from a whole list of health problems (which is why I often call myself a “whole-listic doctor”). She had chronic fatigue, recurrent yeast vaginal infections, itchy ears, dandruff, patchy itchy skin rashes, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle twitching, acne rosacea, malabsorption, headaches, and more.

These symptoms can have multiple causes, but in her case all of these problems were related. They were symptoms of an overgrowth of yeast in and on her body. This patient had such a fungus problem that she was practically a walking mushroom!

The cause was clear. She had taken many, many courses of antibiotic over the years. She had been diagnosed with a mostly benign condition called mitral valve prolapse-a problem I believe is over diagnosed and over treated-and “needed” antibiotics every time she went to the dentist. In addition, she had many urinary tract infections for which she took many more courses of antibiotics.

Frequent use of antibiotics disrupts the normal balance between healthy bugs in the gut (lactobacillus, bifidobacter, e. coli) and other potentially dangerous bugs, including yeasts, bacteria, and occasionally parasites. These bad bugs are usually present in small numbers in the digestive system. But when the good bugs are killed by antibiotics (i) or not fed with adequate fiber, or the bad guys are fueled with too much sugar, or the gut’s delicate ecosystem (ii) is damaged by too much stress, then yeasts and other noxious agents take over.

This can result in many chronic illnesses and symptoms including allergies, chronic inflammation, joint problems, mood and brain disorders, digestive symptoms, and more.

In today’s problem I will explain why yeast overgrowth is such a common problem, why conventional medicine tends to overlook it, and provide you with a comprehensive plan to reduce and remove yeast and rebalance your gut’s delicate ecosystem, which sits at the center of your health.

Yeast: A Common But Often Unrecognized Problem

Yeast overgrowth is quite common, but many people don’t know they have it and conventional doctors tend to ignore it.  In medical school, we are taught that you either have a disease or you don’t. It’s black and white. However, our bodies weren’t designed with an “on” or “off” switch for disease. All diseases occur in shades of gray along a continuum of imbalance along spectrum of disease.

Many tests we use for diagnosis of yeast problems are not definitive or foolproof. Some can be helpful if they come out positive but don’t rule yeast out if they’re negative.

Medical students learn about fungal and yeast problems, but only in a limited way. They know that AIDS patients have severe yeast and fungal infections and need long-term anti-fungal treatment. People with diabetes tend to grow yeast because yeast likes sugar. Babies get thrush and need antifungal treatment. Women get vaginal Candida yeast infections. All of these are well-accepted and treatable problems. Unfortunately more subtle problems related to yeast are usually ignored and not linked to patient’s complaints. If a subject is not taught in medical school, it is assumed not to be real. Medical history proves this is a dangerous assumption.

On the other hand, many alternative practitioners over diagnose yeast problems. However, there are many people who do have yeast problems, and most of them don’t know it.

There is not enough research on this topic. But the collective intelligence of many doctors working in this field for decades with thousands of patients has helped us learn how to appropriately diagnose and treat this often misdiagnosed problem.

We know that yeast overgrowth can be triggered by a number of things. These include a high-sugar, high-fat, low-fiber diet, impaired immunity, use of drugs like antibiotics, birth control pills, estrogen, and steroids like prednisone, and psychological stress.

Although symptoms of yeast overgrowth are similar to those of many other conditions, you may have a yeast problem if you have these problems (iii):

General Symptoms

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • General malaise
  • Decreased libido

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

  • Thrush
  • Bloating and gas
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Rectal itching
  • Altered bowel function such as diarrhea (iv) or constipation

Genitourinary Symptoms

  • Yeast infections
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Interstitial cystitis (irritable bladder)

Hormonal Complaints

  • Menstrual irregularities like pain, bleeding, etc.
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Thyroid dysfunction

Nervous System Complaints

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate

Immune System Complaints

  • Allergies
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Low immune function

Past History

  • Chronic yeast infections
  • Chronic antibiotic use for infections or acne
  • Oral birth control pill usage
  • Oral steroid hormone usage

Associated Conditions

  • Sensitivity to foods, chemicals, or other allergens
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Craving for foods rich in carbohydrates or yeast
  • Toenail fungus

Many tests we use for diagnosis of yeast problems are not definitive or foolproof. It is often a diagnosis that must be made from a patient’s story, symptoms, and physical findings on examination. Blood antibody levels for yeasts, stool tests, and organic acid urine tests (v) for yeast metabolites can be helpful if they come out positive but don’t rule yeast out if they’re negative.

The best method for diagnosis is a good history for risk factors like antibiotic use and symptoms of chronic yeast problems. The symptoms of yeast overgrowth vary from person to person and the response to treatments will vary. Some people may need aggressive treatment, while others many need only simple changes to make a significant difference in their health.

I recommend a systematic approach to yeast overgrowth. Taking the following steps can help overcome this common but under diagnosed ailment.

Overcoming Yeast Overgrowth

1. Address predisposing factors. Don’t take antibiotics, steroids, or hormones unless absolutely medically necessary.
2. Eat a diet that doesn’t feed yeast in the gut (low sugar and refined carbohydrates, and low mold and yeast in food (see below).
3. Use probiotics to repopulate the gut with healthy bacteria
4. Take antifungal herbs and medications when indicated
5. Identify potential environmental toxic fungi and molds in your home or workplace
6. Reduce stress.

The Yeast Control Eating Program

A simple five-day elimination of yeast and molds in your diet, followed by a challenge or binge of yeasty foods will often relieve and then trigger your symptoms. This can be a good diagnostic tool to see if a long-term yeast control diet would be helpful for you. Remember, different people with different sensitivities may require varying degrees of dietary restrictions. Often, the process of healing requires listening to your body and its signals and sensitivities. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the management of yeast problems. Follow these guidelines as the first step to assess your yeast problem:

  • Eliminate all yeast promoting or yeasty and moldy substances from your diet.
  • Try to be totally strict during this time to get the best results.
  • Keep a food diary and track what you are eating. You should try to vary your meals and make sure you are not eating a lot of any one food.
  • Avoid the test foods for five full days.
  • On the sixth day, eat large amounts of the foods you have been avoiding and monitor your reaction. If you get a recurrence of symptoms, you have identified your problem. If not, then yeast may not be a problem.
  • Remember that sometimes a dietary change may not reduce the yeast overgrowth enough to resolve your symptoms. Then you may need to proceed to the next steps — medication or non-prescription treatments.
  • If you feel great off the yeasty foods, you might not want to do the challenge. It could make you feel very ill. Continue to follow a yeast control eating program for at least 3 months and continue with the other recommendations here.

Additional Steps You Can Take to Reduce or Control Yeast Overgrowth

Often, I find that patients need extra help and should take antifungal herbs, medications, and probiotics.

Probiotics

Take at least 10 to 20 billion live organisms a day of lactobacillus and bifidobacter species. (vi) A special “yeast against yeast” probiotic called saccharomyces boulardii (vii) can be very safe and effective in controlling yeast.

Non-prescription Anti-fungals

Using antifungal therapies such as herbs and other naturally occurring compounds can be very helpful in controlling yeast. The dose for all of the following herbal remedies is generally two pills with meals, three times a day for two to three months. You might need less or more based on your response and symptoms. Sometimes these remedies can be combined for better effect. To find the right combinations and doses for you and identify quality products, consult with a qualified practitioner trained in functional medicine (www.functionalmedicine.org) Some of the best antifungal compounds include the following:

  • Oregano — Oil of oregano has many antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • Garlic — Fresh, crushed garlic is a potent antimicrobial and immune booster.
  • Citrus seed extract — The phytochemicals in citrus seeds have been found to have potent antimicrobial properties.
  • Berberine — This potent yellow plant extract comes from goldenseal and barberry
  • Tannins — These are the astringent compounds found in tea and the bark of trees.
  • Undecylenate — This chemical compound is a potent antifungal.
  • Isatis tinctoria — This Chinese herb can be a useful adjunct to treating intestinal imbalances.
  • Caprylic acid — This is another useful compound for treating yeast.

Antifungal Medications

Sometimes, nutrition and supplements just aren’t enough to clear up stubborn yeast overgrowth. That’s where prescription medications can help. (viii) They’re often needed to treat more resistant cases of yeast for either the short or long term — and in some cases can be miraculous in their results.

Nystatin is the most common antifungal drug and is often used to treat thrush in babies. It is not absorbed by the intestinal tract and has no systemic effects. Unfortunately, many fungal organisms are resistant to nystatin and you may need stronger medications. I say “unfortunately” because these drugs are generally processed by the liver and occasionally can cause reversible elevation of liver function tests. They also may have serious interactions with other medications.

People with liver or heart diseases often cannot take these drugs. If you do take Diflucan, Sporonox or Lamasil, you have to have your liver function checked every six weeks. For all of these reasons, you should only take prescription antifungals under the supervision of an experienced and qualified practitioner. These medications can often be life-saving treatments for many conditions unresponsive to conventional treatments.

Killing off yeast is a good thing. However you should be aware that in some people the dead yeast release enough byproducts to cause a “die off” reaction that may make you feel worse before you feel better. This reaction goes away may take up to a week to completely resolve. You can minimize its effects by following the yeast control eating program for a week or so before you start taking any antifungal preparations.

I also recommend taking two to three activated charcoal capsules every four to six hours during the day. Taking a soluble fiber supplement that contains guar gum, alginates, psyllium seed, or pectin to bind to yeast toxins before bed can also be helpful in reducing the “die off” reaction.

Now you know that fungi, yeasts, and mold can make you sick — but there’s good news, too. You can treat the problem. I hope you’ll use the tools I’ve given you in this blog to start getting well and feeling healthy now.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Do you suffer from the symptoms described here? Have you been diagnosed with yeast overgrowth?

How do certain foods seem to affect your symptoms?

Are you seeing a doctor for yeast problems?

What’s been your experience in dealing with and treating yeast?

Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

References

(i) Kourbeti, I.S., Alegakis, D.E., Maraki, S., and G. Samonis. (2010). Impact of prolonged treatment with high-dose ciprofloxacin on human gut flora: A case report. J Med Case Reports. 4: 111.

(ii) Hawrelak, J.A. and S.P. Myers. (2004). The causes of intestinal dysbiosis: A review. Altern Med Rev. 9(2): 180-97. Review.

(iii) Pizzorno and Murray. 1999. Textbook of Natural Medicine. Churchill Livingstone.

(iv) Krause, R., Schwab, E., Bachhiesl, D., et al.(2001). Role of Candida in antibiotic-associated diarrhea. J Infect Dis. 184(8): 1065-9.

(v) Tana, C., Umesaki, Y., Imaoka, A., et al. (2010). Altered profiles of intestinal microbiota and organic acids may be the origin of symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 22(5): 512-9.

(vi) Hatakka, K., Ahola, A.J., Yli-Knuuttila, H., et al. (2007). Probiotics reduce the prevalence of oral candida in the elderly–a randomized controlled trial. J Dent Res. 86(2): 125-30.

(vii) Pothoulakis, C. (2009). Review article: anti-inflammatory mechanisms of action of Saccharomyces boulardii. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 30(8): 826-33. Epub 2008 Jul 23. Review.

(viii) Rimek, D., Redetzke, K., and R. Kappe. (2006). Impact of antifungal prophylaxis on the gastrointestinal yeast colonisation in patients with haematological malignancies. Mycoses. 49 Suppl (2):18-23.

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42 Responses to Is Hidden Fungus Making You Ill?

  1. Thomas February 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    This article gets an A+ from me! I have read so many articles on this topic recently. This one covers it all, and more. We are killing ourselves with the way we eat, and it’s so refreshing to hear Dr. Hyman encourage proper eating; something that a lot of doctors unfortunately overlook too often. Check out his youtube channel too! @ http://www.youtube.com/user/ultrawellness

  2. Chloe February 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Hello! I am convinced that I have an overgrowth of yeast. I have had general malaise (flu-like symptoms), UTIs (for which antibiotics were prescribed), toe fungus (minimal), rash (minimal), fatigue…. I recently went through an extremely traumatic breakup… It has been a year, and I am still not over it at all. Never in my life have I been more stressed. So stressed that I feel swooping in my stomach whenever I think of certain people or things. So stressed that I feel sick (like I have the flu) at the prospect of going out with friends… Anyways, really stressed. I believe that this stress has compromised my immune system and caused a yeast overgrowth.

    My questions are:

    Is there a definitive test for Candida? Blood test? Urine?

    How long would a doctor put me on antifungals, if I were to go that route?

    Would the liver damage from said antifungals be permanent? How common is it to have liver problems on antifungals?

    Do I have to totally eliminate sugar from my diet?

    Does Candida ever go away on its own… Say, if my stress level would just go back down, could this Candida thing correct itself? Or will I stay this way until I do something about it?

    Thank you!!!! Your article is very informative, and I really appreciate your willingness to listen to people.

    C.

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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

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  3. Chris February 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    Iv suffered chronic stomach problems for the last 12 years, now 27 its taken over so much iv become house bound i cant work i can bearly get out of bed. it all came about when i had food poisening. the person that cooked was ill to! worst mistake of my life because its over now. iv been lucky enough to live with my mum. iam 5.9 and only weigh 10 stone. i cant even claim benerfits they say iam fit for work!? I was perfectly healthy till this all happend, a freind of mine said iv probabbly got parasites…i dont know how much longer it will be till i take my life but it wont be much longer! i cant do anything and now i havent even money to eat. Its true what they say life truely isnt fair.

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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

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      Never give up hope, while we cannot help you over the internet we can provide a community for you to chat through drhyman.com with and we recommend you find a local resource immediateley to help you.

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  4. Brianna February 12, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Mark, your article made so much sense to me. I’m a very healthy and active person, studying to be a health coach, but for the past 2 years have suffered from recurrent Trush, BV and a skin fungus on my arms and back. I have also had two bouts of psoriasis of the eye, as well as fungal toe nail infections and eczema. In the past 2 months I have suffered from 2 undiagnosed ‘bugs’ involving diarrhoea, complete loss of appetite, intense stomach pains and nausea, and a complete loss of energy. The first time it was a matter of a couple of days, but the second time it lasted for at least 5-7 days. I’ve had some tests and doctors don’t seem to see the relation between the different symptoms, but to me it all points to too much yeast or fungus in my body. I don’t feel in balance. I’ve tried every remedy I could get my hands on, both medical and natural, but nothing has worked. I feel as though I should feel a lot more energised, happy and healthy considering my lifestyle, diet and exercise. I haven’t been able to pin point what triggered this 2 years ago, as I have taken antibiotics but only probably twice in my life. The only other thing I could put it down to is use of the morning after pill a few times. I would be so appreciative of your help, thoughts or just a little of your time.. It would absolutely change my life to be rid of this for good and I believe you may just be the man to talk too. Brianna

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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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  5. Heather February 16, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    I found this article while doing a search on dandruff+lichen sclerosis.
    I have both and wonder if there is a connection. They both started around the same time and I think they are both autoimmune. I also have allergies and have wondered if all three are autoimmune. Now I wonder if yeast is the problem. Lichen sclerosis is an inflammatory condition so perhaps this makes sense.
    Any thoughts are welcome. These three things are chronic and I’m interested in understanding and resolving them.
    Regards,
    Heather

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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

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  6. Dana February 26, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Hi i have been on a yeast free diet for 10 dys without any herbal medicine. I also went off of oxcarbazepin for anxiety. Next will be the sleeping pills. I currently have no arm itch no facial swelling no stomache pain! I am afraid to put any yeast in my body. Parts are healing and i definetly have die off reaction. I am very weak and dizzy. Im trying to eat more protein. This was a great atricle and i need to get some herbs for the die off reactions! Thank you

  7. Bri March 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    So we’ve got a few doctors who are finally seeing the light. Unfortunately they’ve been trained by big pharma to give their patients lousy drugs and therapy for the past 100 years. What I feel sorry for are the children diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. This is a slow death for most of them, thanks big pharma. Btw. When you watch Duke students hurray for their basketball team, think just how much they are being taught how to push pills and use chemo machines when they become overpriced doctors. There’s some insight for you.

  8. Dana March 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Hi, I visited an endocrinologist because of bloating especially after meals and slower than normal digestion. I was given a prescription to take oral Nystatin for yeast, which I did for about 1 and 1/2 weeks, during this time I was very dizzy, weak, disoriented at time and working out left me with foot pain and worst of all, muscle fatigue in both arms and legs. Its been about 7 months, and I still have extreme muscle fatigue from doing just basic things as walking and routine chores. I’m now taking CoQ10 hoping that would help. I’ve tried simple exercies/yoga to strengthen the muscle but the next day it feels worst. What can you suggest I do to regain muscle strength.
    Thank you.

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Dear Dana,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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  9. Gerardo March 20, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    i found this article and it make sense, i think that i have overgrow of yeast, i been suffering of nasal drainage for more than 2 years and it never stops, my immune system it’s too low i’ve tried a bunch of different medications and nothing works i just don’t know i can even get a job because they don’t hire me, any good doctors around orange county CA so they can treat my yeast thank you any help will be appreciate it, before i blow my brains away.

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Hello Gerardo,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

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  10. John March 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    What is a moldy food?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      HI John,

      Moldy food is old food (toss leftover food away after 4 or 5 days) and food that naturally contains food such as cheese or aged foods. For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  11. israel contrerad March 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    This article made so much sense to me…ive had athletes foot and toenail fungus since I was six…lived with my grandparents for a period of time…got it from them.

    Im now 39 years …over the past 10 years ive had mystery allegy symptoms..dizziness…fatigue…sensitivities to chemicals and air quality…no allergies when I go to the allergy doctor. In fact I was on singulair, loratadine and astepro and my symptoms were getting worse…much worse. So I stopped them to get a 2nd opinion from another ent. I felt better…noticed in another article about candida that antihistamines can cause candida overgrowth…but then a few months down the road…started getting joint pain after I started being treated for foot and toenail fungus..then I started itching other places..underarm..jock itch…so I thought I would try a gluten dairy free and soy free diet…felt better within two days…I noticed that symptoms would act up when I ate stuff with yeast or a lot of sugar…then I found out about candida…started taking candisol…syntol..along with oil of oregano…noticed some improvement but some regression when I eat like crud…going to gi in a week or so to test…hope he knows about candida…his nurse said he does

  12. Louisa April 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Hi,
    i have these symptoms allergic to almost everything, bloated, asthma, fatigue etc I had Aspergillos before took V-fend for it three years ago and it was gone then this February i was admitted again with lots of phlem and the results came back with Galbrata this time although the second sputum which was taken 3 weeks later came back today and it showed it was clean is it possible??? . I have started a yeast free, dairy free, sugar free, alcohol free, wheat free and fruit free diet now its tough i am tired all the time and started with some vitamin C, kandidaplex,vitamin B, Omega 3 and 6, and parasite and worm tablets. How long will it take to clear and can i drink any alcohol or nothing at all??

    Looking forward to your answer

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      Dear Louisa,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      In the meantime, we would suggest avoiding alcohol and all forms of sugar as that is what feeds the yeast. We hope you do reach out to a functional medicine practitioner who can help you take the appropriate course of action to eradicate the yeast.

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  13. Michael April 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    I have been suffering from fungal infections for about two decades. Now I know, that I have a primary immune defect, so under these circumstances those infections are not so much of a surprise.

    Yet, my mycosis have a long history of being denied by medical professionals, although they are very obvious. I could tell a long story over that. You know, if want to get something done properly, you have got to do it yourself. 5 ways to Get rid of yeast infection

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  15. Phoebe April 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Excellent article. Judging from the increase in anti-itch shampoos available on the market, yeast is becoming a problem for an increasing number of people.

  16. Elizabeth April 27, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I would like to start following this program. However, in the article it says “Eat a diet that doesn’t feed yeast in the gut (low sugar and refined carbohydrates, and low mold and yeast in food (see below).” But I can’t find the diet listed anywhere else in the article? Can anybody point me in the right direction?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Dear Elizabeth,

      Have you looked into The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Hyman? The diet here would be therapeutic for you and help you reach your goals. Check it out! http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice regarding the diet for eradicating yeast from the gut, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Team

  17. Patty April 28, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    Dr. Hyman,
    My name is Patty. I have a daughter 24 years old with two children.She is going threw so much body pain and the yeast has got in her blood stream. She has been in the emergency room last two nights. Developed two blood clots moving up her arm.Legs swelling , rash ect.She has gone to a naturalpathic Dr. Detoxing feet and giving supplements ect. She takes lots of garlic, coconut oil, golden seal, grapeseed extract and diflucan several times. But there not giving it to for longer then two or three pills at a time. She is thinking to starting food grade peroxide. I told her to be careful because she can get to much toxins coming to fast and over load the liver. Do you think this is safe? What else is there to do? Once it gets in the blood stream and causes blood clots they call this Sepsis which is fatal. Is there any hope? How can she get rid of this.One lady died it shut down all her organs. Pretty scary. Any information would be greatly appreciated. You can email me at daddysgirl4927@yahoo.com Thank You

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Dear Patty,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com
      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Team

  18. Tricia May 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Hello, Dr. Hyman Staff.

    I read this article with great interest as I’ve just received the results of a GI Effects Stool Profile from Metametrix. Although I’ve been to many doctors – allopathic, homeopathic, naturopathic – none have ever addressed the possibility that the symptoms I present with are due to yeast or mold overgrowth in my gut.

    Although I’ve been dairy-free for about 10 years, gluten-free for about 3 years, alcohol-free for about 3 years and refined sugar-free for about 10 years, my results indicate a substantial overgrowth of yeast/mold: taxonomy unidentified. I looked at my diet and realized that most of my choices included high carbohydrate counts (honey, nuts, pasta, etc.). I have also been enjoying candies made using xylitol.

    I have successfully eliminated the high carbs in favor of lots of veggies (no high carb/glycemic fruit for now) and am continuing with my high protein intake. It’s been only a few days, but my stomach is already losing that feeling of distention. I am also experiencing some ‘die off’ headaches/brain fog, and am being careful to take in lots of water. (I guess I’ll put the candies in the cupboard for awhile until I’ve created a more healthy gut environment for myself. :)

    To answer more of your questions:
    Symptoms I’ve experienced have included chronic fatigue, loss of energy, general malaise, decreased libido, bloating and gas, inability to concentrate, skin rashes, and most recently stress colitis. My past history includes massive amounts of antibiotic use immediately followed by a yeast infection.

    Seeing a doctor: I’m returning to a man, who practices using Chinese Herbs, with whom I experienced a great deal of success some ten years ago.

    Experience in dealing with yeast: As far as I can remember…as a child, I remember using creams…and probably more antibiotics? As an adult – while I was still eating dairy – I used yogurt and cranberry juice.

    I do have a general question: I am now 57. The massive amounts of antibiotics were administered to me from infancy to about age 18. Even after eliminating antibiotics, can prior overuse predispose a person to yeast infection any time down the road? Is it possible that overuse at a young age could produce a yeast infection that continues to thrive? (Just as I asked that, I heard, “Feed it sugar, and it’ll live.”)

    Thank you for posting this article and your interest in receiving responses. I’m happy to share my experience if it gives others ideas about how they might take charge of their own health.

    Blessings,
    Tricia

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      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      Hello Tricia,

      Thank you for sharing your story with us, it can serve to help others facing similar issues. We cannot answer your question about antibiotics responsibly over the internet, but perhaps others who have had similar experiences will share them.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  19. acne mask May 27, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Everything is very open with a really clear description of the issues.
    It was truly informative. Your site is very useful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Summer August 6, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    I went through 3 OB-Gynecologists who all prescribed oral medication and suppositories for my recurrent fungal infection. The 4th OB-Gyne diagnosed cervicitis and prescribed oral medications that made the illness go away for a month or so. Then I would have the infection /candidiasis again and again and to date (it is already 2013!) I still have it! I would be given Diflucan and the infection would go away for a week or two and then come back. I don’t go to the doctor that often because they said that candidiasis was not a serious condition. About 8 years ago, I suddenly contracted allergies and was diagnosed with blood infection, cause of which was the gum infection coming from a wrong root canal. I had several gum operations to completey eliminate the pus in the gums, and was prescribed very strong antifiotics i.e. zithromax and pain killers. I was also prescribed medications fo cure the blood infections. The allergies became mild (but sadly, never went away). The only illness I’ve ever had was recurring candidiasis, as I’ve NEVER had high blood (even last year at the age of 40), heart disease, cholesterol even though a lot of my friends started to have those at a young age of 37. January of this year 2013, I again suddenly contracted allergies, this time they were severe.

  21. Summer August 6, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    The allergy doctor (and doctor of Immune system) had me take a lot of blood tests – CBC, urinalysis, FT, SGPT, hepatitis, ultrasound of abdomen, fecalysis, SPT and several others to rule out diseases that may be causing the allergies. I remember him mention FBT (the test for blood sugar) but he failed to write it down on the list of tests. At same time, I was consulting an OB Gyne for my candidiasis and she asked me to take the FBT. I was then diagnosed with pre-diabetes. The Immunologist then asked me to diet, to reduce sugar and carbo intake and eat mostly vegetables and some fish, to limit my rice to half a cup each time, to avoid artificial food as much as possible, and not to drink Coke or sodas anymore. That was 1 month ago, but to date I have not really been able to seriously do the diet and have not gone to take the FBT test for fear of its results. I also have not yet bought the Canesten supposiories my OB Gyne prescribed (to replace Funzela and Diflucan since I became allergic to it just recently). Just over the weekend, I’ve had an awakening and started to research on my illnesses. I’ve also bought coconut oil have taken 1-2 tablespoons the last two days as they say it kills fungus. I know that my situation may not merit an internet reply due to its nature and complexity but I live in the Philippines and would not be able to visit you. Thank you for this wonderful website.

  22. Summer August 6, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    P.S. As for the symptoms, I’ve been having constipation, headaches, diarrhea, dizzines, blurry sight, frequent exhaustion, depression, sometimes I’m thinking I may be going crazy. These certainly are sure signs of yeast infection!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Dear Summer,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. It might be helpful to read Dr. Hyman’s book, The Blood Sugar Solution http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s virtual nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  23. Leah Lund August 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Hello Dr. Hyman,

    Would your recommendations above all be appropriate for inhalation/exposure to mold in your home? Any other suggestions?

    Thank you,
    Leah

  24. Y Mitchell August 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    I wish this information was available 27 years ago. I had been suffering with most of the symptoms you described for 16 years and never got diagnosed. The doctors basically told me my problem did not exist in the medical world. I started researching my symptoms and figured out it was yeast overgrowth 11 years ago. I control the yeast with the diet you described. It’s been an ongoing struggle, I still have food intolerance but each year I learn more. I have a patch of rash that never completely goes away, steroid creams help but only for a while. I recently tried oil of oregano orally and as a rub and it seemed to help, the rash was getting smaller but I think I quit too soon. I will try it again for longer. I hate taking actual medication so I will stick to the alternatives. Thank you for sharing this information.

  25. Michelle September 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    I am a suffering women seeking help to treat my conditions. I have seboreha and many other fugus related issues in and on my body. I have gone to Numerious doctor visits and the same result no cure or its just over looked. I became discourage and lost all possible hope, but by reading this today my hope came back.
    Can you help me or guide me to a location where I can receive the medical attention I need to eliminate all this fugus in my body please.

    Thank you

  26. Laurie Baldwin November 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    I’ve been ill recently with bad congestion, coughing up mucus, etc. I very rarely get sick like this. Within the last month I started aggressively using an anti-fungal liquid on my toenails. Someone mentioned to me that this illness could be a result of the fungus dying off. So I’ve been looking around seeing if there was a connection -which is when I ran across your blog. I have many of the symptoms you describe here. This is all very interesting.

  27. Greg uschold December 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I’m about to give up and committ myself. I’ve lost 30 pounds n two months. 5’8 , 108 pounds now… Have burning in my gut mostly at night. Sores on my head and face. Cultured and fungal. Been there for at least 15 years. I’m 58. One whole year of antibiotics when I was 17. Incredible anxiety.
    Burning in my gut from navel to breastbone. Can’t sleep.
    Upper endoscopy showed nothing. CT Scan of chest abdomine negative also. Was so weak went to hospital. They said they would do stool sample to see if parasites since I got very sick in the Philippines in Sept but they did not do it. GI dr said after negative upper endoscopy he would do malabsorption tests but discharged me.
    Incredible anxiety sometimes. Can’t go on like this. Too weak to function.

    Help Greg.

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

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