What is Candidiasis?

Here is the most basic description of a Candida Related Condition. I strongly recommend you do your own reading on the subject (see my Links section for some free online information, or book selections in the Library ).

We all have good and bad bacteria in our bodies. If your immune system is not working as well as it should (be it from chronic illness, too many oral contraceptives or antibiotics, severe stress, or even exposure to toxins), your body can suffer from an overgrowth of bad yeast which can increase to the point where it outnumbers the good flora in your system.

If left unchecked, this fungus can penetrate the walls of the intestines, causing what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. This allows more toxins to leak into the bloodstream.

Candidiasis is starting to be linked to many chronic illnesses including IBS, Crohn's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and even Fibromyalgia to name a few. No one knows for sure which one causes the other (which came first, the chicken or the egg?), but more and more studies are confirming there is some connection.

Mainstream Western Medicine still does not acknowledge this condition as a serious illness (some MD's deny its existence).

If you want to find out if yeast might be a problem for you, take the Yeast Connection's Detailed Questionnaire designed by Dr. Crook and add up your total.