Today I’m moving on with our discussion about symptoms and causes. To start with, I’d like to offer an example based off of my yeast infection experiences.
Conditions like vaginal thrush and athlete’s foot are generally seen as local and “trivial”, and if the patient returns with the same problem, the cause is not generally sought for and medications are prescribed time and again. Sometimes doctors will prescribe the same medication multiple times. Other times they’ll try different or stronger methods.
What other professional person would you consult, and be expected to pay a fee to, who just shrugs his or her shoulders when you enquire as to the actual cause of your complaints? That’s right – nobody. If a plumber or mechanic kept repeatedly giving you lame excuses, would you pay them and take them seriously? Of course you wouldn’t, you would take your problem and your wallet somewhere else.
Well, that’s exactly what happens to thousands of people who consult their doctors with a yeast related problem every day. They are treated symptomatically because all the emphasis is on the symptoms and not the actual cause. In my opinion, the treatment is never as important as discovering the actual cause, and any intelligent person would be quick to add that if you get the cause sorted you wouldn’t end up with any crippling symptoms and their long-term consequences. The same could be said for heart disease, cancer, candida, or any other chronic illness.
Candida problems are increasingly common today. What if I were to choose a random group of patients, even those not suspecting a yeast infection, yet complaining of miscellaneous symptoms? What if I gave them an anti-candida therapy, without even testing them? The reality of the situation is that many of them would exhibit a marked reduction in symptoms over the next few months and some will even exhibit a dramatic return to good health.
I have found this to be the case in many situations in my clinic. Candida problems can present themselves in all shapes and sizes and have many disguises, so don’t be fooled into thinking that candida is purely a “digestive problem” or a “vaginal problem”, or “toe nail fungus” by any means, and this will be amply illustrated with the many case-studies I’ll present as we progress.
Candida is a widespread digestive and systemic problem, but more often begins in the digestive system and then trans-locates to other parts of the body by way of the blood stream. If you have a local occurrence of candida, you will almost certainly have it in the digestive system and/or vagina, and it may be under control or ready to ramp up and go out of control.
Candida yeast infection was dubbed as the twentieth-century disease, but now into the twenty-first century nothing has changed. In fact, I believe that you will probably see more cases of candida yeast infection than you have ever seen before in history; and I’m going to teach you what to do about it!