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Regarding Fungus, Molds and Yeast

Fungus, molds and yeast can affect any system in the body and are much more than just vaginal yeast infections. In the office, I usually refer to them as "yeast" regardless of which type of infection you may have. Yeast can cause many symptoms such as:

Acne, allergies, athletes foot, bachackes, bloating, boils, brain fog, breast cysts, chronic fatigue, constipation, depression, diarrhea, digestive problems, food allergies, gum disease, hair loss, hay fever, headaches, joint pains, recurrent colds and flu, sinusitis, skin rashes, sleep disturbances, vaginal discharge, prostate problems.

Many women think that unless they have a vaginal yeast infection, they are yeast free. In reality, vaginal discharge only shows up in 20-30% of the women with yeast infections. But, whenever you do have a vaginal yeast infection, you always have a systemic (throughout the whole body) infection. The T.V. ads that proclaim a "cure" by using localized creams are deceptive, because they don't really get rid of the systemic infection thus making its procurrance a sure thing. Many men falsely believe that yeast is only a woman's disease. They may have many of the symptoms listed above but blame the cause on "stress". Unfortunately, they unknowingly pass the infection onto their significant others. (Women may also unknowingly pass their yeast onto their male partners.)

How do you get it?

Antibiotics, steroids, synthetic hormones, birth control pills and parasitic infections can cause systemic mold and yeast infections. Another cause stated earlier is sexual contact: It's fairly certain that if you have a yeast infection, so does your sexual partner. They should be checked, too. Many times, we have cleared up someone's yeast only to have it return a few months -or even weeks -later because his or her partner was not treated. I will check your partner for yeast at no charge. I do this as a service to my patients so they can get well faster and stay well. (Of course, if your partner has other issues and problems to be treated, s/he must come in as a regular new patient.)

Finally, yeast and mold infections can be caused by molds growing in your house or work environment. The easiest way to test this is by bringing in samples or air from both home and work. This is done by leaving open a clean glass jar in the area I ask you to test. After about 4 hours, put the lid on tight and bring the jar in to the office with you. If your air is a problem, we will discuss what to do next.

Treatment

Through the nutritional testing I do, I can determine if you have a yeast infection and what you need to do to treat the infection. It used to take a year or more to successfully treat this problem, but thanks to better supplements, we can usually handle it in a far shorter time. During the first week or two of taking the supplements and following the diet, about 40% of you may experience an increase in the symptoms you have or you may develop any of the symptoms mentioned above. This is due to the yeast dying off and is actually a very good sign. If you become too uncomfortable, please call and we will discuss it. Please call before you stop taking any of your supplements.

The Diet

If I have given you the more comprehensive diet, please follow it for two weeks. After two weeks, you will probably do the shortened version here. Otherwise, please avoid the following foods: Cheese, mushrooms, breads with yeast, beer, vinegar, sweet fruits, candy, sugar, corn syrup, fructose, honey.

You may eat: Meat, eggs, tortillas, plain yogurts, vegetables, fresh fruit, soy and rice milks, vegetable juices, herbal teas, water. If you don't have an allergy or addiction to carbohydrates and/ or don't want to lose weight, you can also eat pasta, rice, potatoes and grains.

Extras: Drink at least two quarts of WATER daily: This will help you feel better during the die-off period and walk at least 1/2 hour a day.

This diet is not forever. The closer you follow the diet, the faster you will be able to get off of it.

Good Luck! And don't hesitate to call me with your questions.

 
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