Candida & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Candida Albicans and Other Yeasts

Another common problem affecting CFS patients is the intestinal yeast Monilia Albicans, Candida Albicans, or Candida Parapsilosis. Overpopulation of yeast is often involved in the CFS picture (as indeed for many other people who feel unwell!) Alternate practitioners, and even physicians who bridge the gap between conventional and alternate medicines, are beginning to accept the validity of this infection. Various clinicians, such as Dr. William Crook, who wrote Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Yeast Connection, and Dr. Jesse Stoff, who wrote Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic, have repeatedly warned of the part Candida has to play.

It must be ruled out before diagnosing CFS, according to Dr. Stoff. Dr. Crook speculates that this yeast overpopulation of the bowel, due to antibiotic use and poor diet of sugars and processed foods, can create a precursor situation for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Some of the symptoms of systemic Candida overgrowth resemble those of CFS, and it is routinely accepted, by alternate practitioners of all types, that this must be ruled out before the diagnosis of CFS can be made. Recurrent yeast infections, fatigue, foggy thinking, disturbed digestion, bloating, gas, intermittent diarrhea and constipation, and itching, are some of the symptoms of this yeast overgrowth of the bowel.

As a natural constituent of the colon, Candida will always be present to some extent. When it moves out of balance, creating a situation known as dysbiosis of the bowel flora, problems can begin. Normally Candida Albicans exists as a relatively harmless component of the intestinal flora. However, if conditions in the bowel are out of balance, it can turn into a troubling invasive form (mycelial form). It sends out root-like shoots, which can penetrate the intestinal mucosa. Unfortunately, given our Western life-style, the conditions are often “right” for this change to occur. Diet plays an important part, as yeast grows rapidly on simple carbohydrates, like refined white sugar. Other factors contribute to the atmosphere that encourages Candida overgrowth, such as low fiber diets, poor digestive function such as achlorhydria, (lack of hydrochloric acid), recurrent use of antibiotics, steroids, the birth control pill, and even chronic stress.

The average human being can tolerate a certain load of Candida in the intestines. However, a series of events such as stress, illness, poor diet, etc., can lead to chronic problems such as impaired immunity, disruption of normal body flora and chemistry, altered acid/alkaline balance, and possible terrain ripe for further infection.

Although it is true that some practitioners are claiming that Candida overgrowth may be the cause of CFS, in fact it is more of an opportunistic infection rather than the main source of the illness. And, unfortunately, it is also true that there are practitioners who seem to be on a “Candida Bandwagon,” seeing Candida in everyone they meet. I personally have tested Candida in many of the chronically ill patients in my practice, whether they have been diagnosed with CFS or not. It is very prevalent today.

The treatment of Candida overgrowth in the CFS patients is best achieved with the use of a nosode of Candida, 30c, or one or two doses of 200c to begin with, then 30c every other day for several weeks. In addition, often a low-potency of Borax, such as a 6x or 12x, to be taken for a few days at onset of treatment, will help the body fight the fungus/yeast overgrowth. Borax has many of the symptoms of fungal infection; perhaps this explains its helpfulness in these cases, such as gastro-intestinal irritation and diarrhea, apthous ulceration of mucus membranes, distention after eating, white leukorrhea, pruritis of vulva, moldy smelling breath, and itching skin. The classic symptom of “worse for downward movement” does not necessarily apply, but I find Borax often tests, and helps in the case.

It is also important to add to the prescription anti-Candida nutrients and herbs such as Pau D’Arco, capryllic acid, garlic, and acidophilus supplementation to replace the beneficial bacteria to the colon. It is also essential to stress the strong adherence to a sugar-free, alcohol-free diet.

If the Candida infection does not easily clear over several weeks of nosode treatment, drainage remedies, and attention to diet (sugar/alcohol intake, etc.), one must search for a further underlying problem. When Candida will not clear, there may be yet another focus underneath, be it parasite, mercury, infection in a root canal, etc., that stops any improvement from “holding.” If there remains a problem that is not addressed in the body, i.e. a focus, one will see improvement, but the symptoms will keep returning.

This is an excerpt from: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E.

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Diane grew up in Oregon, and says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. Her father gave her a guitar for Christmas when she was 13, and she taught herself folk and country styles, and started to write songs. At 19, believing her first talent was acting, she headed off to England, determined to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But life can take some funny turns. Before she could arrange an interview, she was literally “discovered,” playing her guitar and singing to a small, private, New Year’s Eve party at a London hotel. IMG_0005 2A BBC television producer was there, a screen test followed, and the result was a network primetime series of variety specials! “The Diane Solomon Show” of the late 70s, was a great success, and she quickly became a regular on British TV, with other specials of her own, and numerous guest appearances, including several Royal Gala Specials. She recorded 5 albums, appeared on countless radio shows, TV hosting, and musical theater productions. She headed four major UK Theater concert tours of her own, toured with Glen Campbell on three European tours, and opened for a major Kenny Rogers’ tour in 1991. IMGBut then life took another turn, this time not so fortunate. She was diagnosed with the infamous M.E., or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and for the next three years was too ill to walk across the room unaided. For a total of seven years she struggled with half a life. In the darkest hours songwriting was her saving grace, and the title cut of her new CD, “Good Things Don’t Come Easy” was born of this troubled time. With the help a brilliant German homeopathic system of healing, plus nutrition and herbs, she regained her health. Diane was so impressed with these alternate therapies that she has since gained degrees in both nutrition and homeopathy, achieving a doctorate degree from the British Institute of Homeopathy. She practiced nutrition and homeopathy for fifteen years, using a combination of nutrients, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and diet and lifestyle recommendations. She describes dealing with people’s health issues as a kind of “onion layer” experience. Herbs, nutrients, and lifestyle changes are powerful, yet are in some way addressing the outer layers. They help enormously, but she has found that the major changes in people’s health comes from a deep homeopathic remedy, known as the constitutional remedy. Homeopathy is not an exact science, and thought, attention, focus, intuition, and yes, luck are involved in finding this remedy. When the right deep remedy is chosen, improvements in a client’s well being, both physically and psychologically, can be dramatic, even life-changing! Now focusing on writing, Diane lives in beautiful Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, with her husband, Mark Carey. She writes soft country, folk, and classical ballads, playing both guitar and piano. She has written several non-fiction books fields of nutrition and homeopathy, plus has ghost-written and/or edited seven books for clients, in various fields. She has just finished a middle grade mystery/fantasy novel with her husband Mark, entitled The Ravenstone: The Secret of Ninham Mountain, due for publication Sept 30 2016. Kindle cover final oct 10 2015She has also recently published a book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, entitled, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. It was published in November, 2015, and was quickly the top selling book on Amazon in the homeopathic category. Sometimes called a “Renaissance Woman,” she writes, edits, researches, designs and builds gardens, always seeking more knowledge, more understanding, and more creative flow.
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