Yeast/Fungal overgrowth has been found to be a common occurrence in many disorders and is also present in millions of other people who cannot figure out what is wrong with them, or what to do about it.
Symptoms vary from person to person and fluctuate in severity, or may come and go. Most symptoms are invisible, which makes it difficult for others to understand the vast array of debilitating symptoms with which we contend with.
The most common are:
- an incapacitating fatigue
- problems with concentration and short-term memory
- flu-like symptoms such as pain in the joints and muscle
- extreme tightness in the shoulders and neck
- hyper-acidity/acid reflux
- brown colored mucus in the back of the throat
- blisters in the mouth/tongue/throat
- either white or "blood blisters"
- un-refreshing sleep
- sore throat
- white coated tongue
- dark circles under the eyes
- an aversion to being touched or jumping
- "crawling" skin
- chronic sinus problems and headaches including migraines
- chronic dental problems
Visual disturbances may include blurring, sensitivity to light and eye pain.
Psychological problems may include:
- panic attacks
- recurring obsessive thoughts
- personality changes and mood swings (irrational rage or crying for no reason - fear of talking to people, any kind of confrontation, isolation)
- chills and night sweats
- shortness of breath
- dizziness and balance problems
- sensitivity to heat and/or cold
- alcohol intolerance
- gluten and/or casein intolerance
- irregular heartbeat
- irritable bowel
- constipation and/or diarrhea
- painful gas and abdominal bloating
- low-grade fever or low body temperature
- numbness, tingling and/or burning sensations in the face or extremities
- dryness of the mouth and eyes
- difficulty swallowing
- projectile vomiting
- menstrual problems including PMS and endometriosis
- recurrent yeast infections
- recurrent ear infections
- rashes and dry, flaking skin
- skin discoloration and/or blotchiness
- jock and rectal itching
- chronic athlete's foot
- chronic toenail and fingernail fungus
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- allergies and sensitivities to noise/sound, foods, odors, chemicals
- weight changes without changes in diet
- feeling in a fog
- muscle twitching and muscle weakness
- restless leg syndrome
- low sex drive and/or numbness in the genital area
These are only the symptoms most commonly reported and documented.
To a person who does not suffer with this bizarre combination (in one form or another), it may seem to be impossible. However, to those of us who have suffered, it is a blessing and a confirmation that we are not alone.
Of course, with so many people suffering, the doctors couldn't brush our symptoms aside forever. Many more people are now being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)or CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction), Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), Lupus, Hypothyroidism, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, chronic sinusitis, atopic eczema, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Tinea Versicolor, GI dysbiosis, adrenal dysfunction, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Macular Degeneration, Barrett's Esophagus, Lactose Intolerance, Gluten and/or Casein Intolerance, Meniere's Disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sometimes just depression(which can accompany many disease states), just to name a few.
It can be an underlying condition in many diseases, but is often not diagnosed, misdiagnosed, disputed to even exist or is disregarded altogether. (See our Resources section for findings from Bruce Semon, M.D., Ph.D.regarding the effects of yeast overgrowth and Autism, ADD, ADHD, Tourette's, headaches, fatigue, depression and schizophrenia. Dr. William Shawaddresses some of those issues as well as Alzheimer's). The number of children born with Autism 30 years ago was approximately 1 in 500,000. The approximate number today is a staggering 1 in 110 (1 in 70 boys). Alzheimer's alone has been predicted to break our healthcare system in the next 20 years.
A quote from the world renowned Andrew Weil, M.D.:
"Probiotics are products containing the helpful bacteria that normally inhabit the human digestive tract. In the intestinal tract, these beneficial microbes help complete the digestive process, and some actually produce vitamins. There's even evidence that without them, the immune system can't work properly, lessening resistance to infection.
Some antibiotics wipe out "friendly" intestinal bacteria along with the bad bugs that cause infections. Symptoms of this change can include diarrhea, cramping, bloating or other unpleasant digestive symptoms.
Antibiotics can also upset the bacterial balance in the female genital tract leading to vaginal yeast infectionsor in the mouth where overgrowth of yeast causes thrush.
I also recommend probiotics for relief of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. When there's a family history of allergyor eczema, babies given probiotics in their first six months of life (and whose mothers took probiotics during the last trimester of pregnancy) are less prone to eczema. Children with autismcan also benefit from probiotics, possibly because they decrease leakage of large molecules from the gut (leaky gut), that can trigger immune reactions with effects on brain function. When I travel in underdeveloped countries, I take probiotics to reduce the risk of traveler's diarrhea.
Disclaimer: Balanced Life, llc. or Andy is not involved in the diagnosis, treatment or cure of any disease whatsoever. The therapeutic methods being used by Balanced Life, llc. are used only in the context of rehabilitation, educational, information for improve nutrition in the case of a healthy individual. We are not medical doctor or any kind of doctor.
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