Ultra Chrome

Natural Support For Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Ultrachrome 500Ultrachrome is a superior form of chromium (4-oxopyridine, 2,6-dicarboxlate) that has the greatest effect on adipose (fat) tissue and insulin levels. It is three times more potent than chromium picolinate.

Ultra Chrome 500

Each Capsule contains: 500 mcg chromium as Ultrachrome.

Suggested dose 1 Capsule per day.

Water


What You Should Know (But Have Not been Told) About Your Drinking Water

  • Water is essential for good health
  • your drinking and bathing water may be contaminated
  • water contaminants are linked to a wide variety of illnesses
  • how you can protect yourself from impure water

Every Body Needs Water

57-70% of adult human body weight is water. Every cell in the body is dependent on water for survival and optimal function. Consider a few of the many important functions of body water:

  • maintenance of normal skin tone (dehydrated skin appears wrinkled
  • maintenance of normal bowel function (lack of water is a common cause of constipation
  • maintenance of normal urinary tract function (lack of water can lead to urinary tract infection, urinary frequency, kidney stones and bladder cancer)
  • maintenance of normal muscle tone
  • maintenance of normal fluid balance (dehydration leads to water retention; sufficient water acts as a diuretic)
  • maintenance of normal digestion (many nutrients are transported via the body’s water)
  • elimination of toxins (lungs, kidneys, skin and intestinal tract all depend on water for eliminative functions)
  • joints require sufficient water to make the “jello” (glycosaminoglycands) that provide cushioning

Aquasana Shower Filters

Your Best Bet for Safe Drinking Water

Your best bet for safe, clean drinking water is install an under-sink or countertop water purifier. The reverse-osmosis type is very reliable. If you don’t want to invest the money to do that, a simple pitcher with a charcoal filter is better than most bottled water. You can see how different systems stack up with this brand comparison chart.

And don’t forget your shower-water! When you’re hot (and your skin’s pores are wide-open), you can absorb toxins from the water. Shower filters are inexpensive and reliable.

For maximum protection, whole house water filters are the ultimate safeguard against water-borne toxins and impurities. These are not inexpensive but they offer great peace of mind.

A Good Water Filter is a Cheap Investment in Your Health

A reliable, highly-effective under-sink water filter is an excellent health investment, especially when you consider how important water is to health. The human body is about 60% water. That means we can have 60% of our total body weight contaminated with a variety of toxins if we drink lousy water.

The highest-rated water filters cost about the same as the cheap junk.

Aquasana Water Purifiers makes some of the highest-rated filters at the best prices.

Water Testing

Regular (annual) testing of your family’s drinking water is a wise investment in good health – especially if you are drinking municipal water that has been “treated”, flouridated and chlorinated! Well-water is also subject to contamination from a variety of sources and must be tested annually to ensure your family’s safety.

URINARY INCONTINENCE

Natural Support For This Embarrassing Problem

Inability to completely control the flow of urine is a common complaint, effecting up to twenty million Americans. Symptoms may range from a mild inability to hold urine when coughing or laughing to inability to hold urine at any time. The condition occurs in both men and women, although women and elderly people are more commonly afflicted.
Causes of urinary incontinence include weak pelvic floor muscle tone, weak urethral (bladder) muscle tone, medication side-effects, nerve damage, food allergy, urinary tract irritation (from drugs, foods, bacteria, viruses, fungi), imbalanced pH, and increased intestinal permeability. Some of the drugs used to treat incontinence have dangerous side-effects and should be avoided if at all possible. Self-help measures prove highly valuable.

Diet And Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Finish daily water intake by 5 p.m. (This helps decrease nighttime urination). DO NOT, however, decrease daily water intake. Drink 64 ounces of pure water daily. Dehydration predisposes to urinary tract infections.
  • Eliminate known food allergens (which can irritate the urinary tract and cause increased frequency).
  • Check with your physician or pharmacist about any medications you are taking. Some can cause incontinence.
  • Achieve and maintain a normal weight. Excess weight pushes down on the bladder and compromises muscular ability.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, all of which increase urination.
  • Practice KEGEL exercises: tighten muscles to stop the flow while urinating. Feel the muscles at work? Tense these muscles during the day, hold as tightly as possible for a count of 10, relax. Repeat up to 20 times per day. (Do these when you are NOT urinating. The first time is done just to “feel” which muscles are at work). You can do this in a car, in line at the grocery store, etc. You will notice improvement beginning in 3 weeks.

Primary Support

  • Maxi Multi: 3 caps, 3 times per day with meals. Optimal (not minimal) doses of antioxidants (A,C,E,beta carotene, selenium), are particularly important in treating urinary incontinence.
  • Saw Palmetto: 1 cap, 2 times per day between meals. [Target dose: 240mg per day]. Although best known for male prostate gland enlargement, this herb is useful in both men and women to tone the urinary bladder sphincter muscle. It also has a positive effect on male and female libido.

Tests

  • Consider having a male or female a href=”http://207.7.84.118/product/compplus-hormone-profile-with-2-16-eq/”>hormone profile performed. Decreased sex hormones are associated with a laxity of the bladder sphincter muscles. Natural hormone replacement therapy can be very helpful in this condition.

Dr. Myatt’s Comment

The above-listed measures, especially weight loss (if overweight), Kegel exercises, saw palmetto and hormone balancing really do work to correct urinary incontinence, even in very old people. Start those Kegel’s without delay or excuses and you can get rid of the adult diapers!

PSA CAPSULES (formerly called Prostate Support)


A PC-SPES-Like Herbal Formula for Prostate Cancer

Prostate Support – now called PSA Capsules – contains a combination of herbs that support the prostate gland and immune system in the presence of prostate cancer. This formula is similar to “PC-SPES” without the undisclosed drugs.

Suggested dose: 1-2 capsules, 3 times per day on an empty stomach.

Dr. Myatt’s comment: It is important to work with a skilled holistic physician when treating any form of cancer.

Each (two) capsules contain:
(Please Note: Due to variances in the processing of these herbs, actual mg amounts may vary slightly)

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)………..172 mg
Baikal skullcap root (Scutellaria baicalensis)…..146 mg
Rabdosia root (Rabdosia rubescens) …………….120 mg
San-Qi ginseng root (Panax notoginseng)……….112 mg
Ban Lan Gen root (AKA Dyer’s Woad root)
(Isatis indigotica)…………………………………………………94 mg
Mum flower (Dendranthema morifolium) …………..78 mg
Saw Palmetto berry (Serenoa repens)……………….70 mg
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)…………………………70 mg

NOTE: This product is only available to Dr. Myatt’s private practice patients.

The Truth about PC-SPES

The product PC SPES worked well for many men. Unfortunately, it contained a number of undisclosed drugs which not only caused some undesirable side effects such as breast enlargement and tenderness, but also side effects that could be downright dangerous, even lethal. When tested, PC-SPES was found to contain diethylstilbesterol (DES), a synthetic form of the female hormone estrogen. This compound can cause a number of negative side effects, the most significant of which is blood clotting which can lead to cardiovascular events including heart attach and stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

Another compound found in PC-SPES was Warfarin (aka “rat poison”) – a powerful blood thinner presumably included to counter the potential blood clotting effects of the DES. Finally, the drug Indomethacin (Indocid) – a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID)- was found. This drug has the potential to cause severe gastrointestinal side effects such as GI bleeding, ulceration and blood clotting problems.

It is believed that the great success of PC Spes was due to the undisclosed DES (female hormone). As many have noted, men would vary the dose to achieve the best  effect – from one or two to as many as a dozen capsules per day. This exposed men to potentially very dangerous levels of the other undisclosed drugs in addition to high hormone levels.

I am including a link to a very informative paper on this subject, an essay by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon

ITM Online

Dr. Myatt’s product Prostate Support is the result of Dr. Myatt’s suspicions about the product PC Spes and her analysis of it which demonstrated the undisclosed drugs. She then formulated a replacement which contained the beneficial herbal components, without the potentially dangerous drugs. The drugs that were hidden in PC Spes are all easily available to a physician if they are needed, and Dr. Myatt felt that it was far safer and more effective to use carefully tailored separate doses of these drugs when necessary to achieve the desired effects.

This allowed Dr. Myatt to develop a very effective herbal formulation, without risking the potentially dangerous, even lethal side effects that could result from the hidden drugs. Her further observation regarding the PC Spes formula was that if the manufacturer was willing to hide drugs in it’s formula, what else was it willing to do? The drug were undisclosed – this means that the doses were also undisclosed and could be changed or even eliminated at any time.

As you will have seen from this website, we at The Wellness Club have no love for the FDA. In this instance, however, we believe that they did the right thing by removing PC Spes from the marketplace.

Dr. Myatt has a great deal of experience in treating prostate cancer. She also has a very personal interest – she has been treating her own father for prostate cancer for the two decades. His conventional physicians wanted to do the  “cut, burn, and poison” treatments when it was first discovered. Instead, Dr. Myatt pioneered a then-unconventional form of hormonal suppression therapy. This proved highly successful and she has used these techniques on hundreds of men since then with the same excellent results. Her techniques are now accepted and commonly used in conventional medicine.

Please visit our web pages where we discuss Cancer , Prostate Cancer , Prostate Enlargement , and Man Health & Fitness where Dr. Myatt discusses male hormones. There is information available on hormone testing on our Medical Tests page.

As I mentioned, my recommendation to any man who is dealing with prostate cancer – at any stage of development or treatment – is to run, not walk, to arrange a consultation with Dr. Myatt! Please see the information regarding her alternative medicine consultations  – a consultation with Dr. Myatt is an excellent investment in good health, and her patients find that the cost of her consultations is more than offset by the improved health and the money saved on both prescription drugs and treatments and on other non-prescription “treatments” of questionable value and safety.

Although different in every man who has it, prostate cancer is almost always a disease that can be managed as a chronic condition (like diabetes). Prostate cancer should certainly not be a death sentence when treated appropriately.

A transcript of the original, fully annotated notes for a lecture on Prostate Cancer presented by Dr. Myatt in May of 2000 at the 2000 Pacific Northwest Herbal Symposium may be found at the link below: Botanical and Nutritional Considerations in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer –
Dana Myatt, N.M.D.

 

Urinary Tract Health


Your Guide to a Healthy “Water Works”

The urinary tract — including the kidneys, bladder and urethra — don’t get as much “press” as other bodily systems. Since the urinary tract is responsible for much of the body’s waste removal, in addition to the role it plays in blood pressure regulation, keeping a healthy urinary tract is important for good health.

Many drugs cause damage to the kidneys, even those used to treat kidney infections! For this reason, I always prefer to use natural remedies as a first line of defense in keeping the urinary tract healthy.

Urinary Tract
 Nutrients and Herbs
Urinary-Tract
Health Concerns

B.A.M.
Bromelain
Cranberry
Echinacea/Goldenseal
Vitamin C Bladder Infection (Cystitis)
Kidney Stones
Prostate Enlargement

Urinary Tract Infection

 

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)


Natural Ways to Overcome UTI’s

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are a common and uncomfortable condition that affects some 50 percent of all women and girls (and a lesser number of men and boys) over the course of a lifetime. UTIs account for 10 million doctor visits annually. Some people appear to be more susceptible than others. For example, women who experience one UTI are more likely to have recurrences from time to time.

Urinary tract infections can range from annoying to life-threatening. When confined to the bladder, most UTI’s are merely uncomfortable but can sometimes be downright painful. If bacteria ascends to the kidneys, serious kidney damage and even kidney failure can result.

Urinary Tract Terminology

When an infection involves only the urethra, the condition is called “urethritis.” When the bladder is involved, the condition is called “cystitis.” When the infection back all the way up to the kidneys, it is called “nephritis” or “pyelonephritis.”

Causes of UTI’s

Ninety percent (90%) of all UTI’s are caused by E. coli bacteria. E. coli is the most common “friendly” bacteria in the colon (large intestine). As long as it stays in the gut, things are fine. When e.coli bacteria make their way into the urinary tract, they can cause an infection. The remaining 10% of UTI’s are caused by other types of microbes including Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, Neisseria gonorrhoreae, and others. These type of “bugs” are typically spread by sexual contact and can cause the more serious types of infection.

Most bacteria that find a way into the urinary tract (as can occur during sexual intercourse) are simply washed out with the urine. E. coli can “grab” onto cells that line the urinary track by binding to a sugar-like molecule found on normal urinary tract cells.

Conventional Medical Treatment of UTI’s

Conventional medicine uses antibiotics to treat UTI’s, period. Antibiotics can be highly effective at knocking down a UTI, but there are numerous drawbacks.

Antibiotics not only kill bacteria in the urinary tract, but they can kill a lot of “friendly bacteria” in the gut as well. Destruction of protective GI bacteria can lead to yeast infections or worse, can allow “unfriendly” strains of bacteria to colonize the gut.

Disturbing the normal gut flora often leads to a secondary vaginal yeast infection. Many women who take antibiotics for UTI simply come to expect that they will have a vaginal yeast infection (requiring a second medication of an anti-fungal) for treatment.

Bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics. Not only can the antibiotic stop working (or become less effective) for treating the UTI, but antibiotics can become less effective for treating infections elsewhere in the body. Remember, overuse of antibiotics is the most common cause of “Super Bugs”— bacteria that do not respond to any known antibiotic.

Antibiotics can sometimes cause life-threatening allergic reactions. Other reactions to antibiotics include diarrhea or constipation, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. An estimated 25% of people who receive an antibiotic will develop a secondary gut infection of an organism called C. difficile.

Alternative Treatments for UTI

Most cases of UTI can be successfully treated without antibiotics. Because of the many drawbacks of antibiotics, I always prefer to try natural options first. Results are usually seen within 24 hours, so it is easy to tell if the natural treatment is working.

D-mannose is a sugar molecule and close cousin of glucose. Many alternative physicians have found that it can cure 90 percent of all UTIs within 1 to 2 days. Because D-mannose works by preventing bacteria from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract and not by direct antibiotic action, it does not have any of the potential for negative side-effects like antibiotics so.

D-mannose tastes good (because it is related to the sugar molecule, although it does not raise blood sugar levels). It is so safe that it can be used by pregnant women and young children. It is also one of the few “medicines” that children actually enjoy taking!

Although D-mannose is virtually unknown to conventional medical doctors, many research reports have proven its mode of action and effectiveness against E. coli, the microorganism that causes 90% of all UTIs. Moreover, nearly 15 years of clinical experience has also shown that it is just almost as effective at curing UTIs as antibiotic drugs but without any of the negative side-effects.

Dr. Myatt’s Guide to Good Health

Natural Support Strategies

Basic Principals of Health:

Nutritious diet, pure water, regular exercise, NO smoking, moderation of alcohol and caffeine, daily multiple vitamin/mineral supplement with antioxidants (Such as Maxi Multi or Once Daily MyPacks), stress reduction, sufficient sleep and relaxation, spiritual practices (see the video Remembering Who You Are), enjoy life! (Be sure to read 10 RULES OF GOOD HEALTH. All other recommendations build on these basics…..

For Healthy Brain and Nervous System:

Nutritious diet with limited saturated fats; additional essential fatty acids (Flax seed oil); extra antioxidants (found in Once Daily MyPacks or Maxi Multi); herbs (Maxi Greens or ginkgo, bilberry, tumeric.).

For a Healthy Cardiovascular System (Heart and Circulation):

High fiber, low fat diet; NO smoking; regular exercise; achieve ideal body weight; Limit coffee (regular OR decaf.); Multiple vitamin/mineral supplement with bioflavonoids and antioxidants (such as Maxi Multi or Once Daily MyPacks); Extra B vitamins, especially B6, B12, and folic acid (such as in B-complex 50); extra fiber supplements (such as Fiber Formula); CoQ10; Omega-3 fatty acids or fish oils (Flax Seed Oil) herbs (hawthorne, ginkgo, garlic); stress reduction (watch Dr. Myatt’s video The Body/Mind Connection).

For a Healthy Colon:

High fiber diet; fiber supplementation (such as Fiber Formula); intestinal bacterial replacement (such as Suprema-Dophilus); see also Healthy Digestion, below.

For Healthy Digestion:

Chew food thoroughly; don’t eat when upset or rushed; take digestive enzymes (such as Similase or Bromelain).

For Healthy Eyes and Vision:

Multivitamin with antioxidants (such as Maxi Multi or Once Daily MyPacks), herbs (Bilberry Plus, Ginkgo); wear sunglasses in bright light.

For a Healthy Immune System:

Nutritious diet; regular exercise; multiple vitamin/mineral supplement with extra antioxidants (such as Maxi Multi or Once Daily MyPacks); immune-enhancing herbs (Immune Support, Astragalus, bromelain, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, turmeric, hypericum); stress reduction; visualization and affirmation; meditation or other spiritual practices (see Dr. Myatts video Remembering Who You Are).

Rejuvenation & Longevity

Many of the practices that make for a healthier life also increase life expectancy. In addition, some herbs and nutritional substances may increase life expectancy, although this is less well-proven than the health practices described below.

Factors which have definitely been shown to increase life expectancy, demonstrated in decades-long research in animals and also in human population studies: Maintaining a lean body mass index (being at the lean end of your desirable weight range) while maintaining a high level of nutrition. (Staying slim through nutrient deprivation doesn’t extend life. Staying slim by eating a high quality, low calorie diet does). [See Weight Loss if you are overweight]. No other physical means (not even exercise) is proven to increase life expectancy. (Exercise is known to increase health span, meaning the number of years that a person stays healthy. We have no proof that it increases total lifespan, however).

SUPPLEMENTS: (less well-proven than caloric restriction, but there is a strong consensus among longevity experts that the following nutrients may help extend expected life-span).:
I.) Multiple vitamin/mineral, antioxidants: see Supplements for dosage recommendations.
II.) Maxi Greens antioxidants. Flavonoid herbs
III.) CoQ10: 20-100mg per day

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

Natural Urinary Tract Health

CranberryCranberry prevents adherence of the bacteria E.coli to the bladder and urethra wall, creates some acidification of urine and decreases calcium excretion (excess calcium loss can be a cause of kidney stones).

Uses:
Bladder infections; kidney stones. Cranberry in supplement form is preferred to cranberry juice because it is more concentrated AND without sugars. (Sugar “feeds” bacteria and can aggravate a urinary tract infection).

Because D-mannose is also a potent natural urinary tract remedy, we now recommend and offer cranberry with d-mannose as the fastest, safest natural solution for urinary tract health.

Consultations With Dr. Dana Myatt

Help Yourself To Good Health

Notice To New Patients:

Because of Dr. Myatt’s reputation of being the doctor to call when conventional medicine gives up she has been inundated with a number of extremely complicated patients.

In order that she may continue to provide all her patients the high levels of care and attention that they have come to rely upon she is accepting only very select new patients.

In order to determine suitability to be added to her caseload Dr. Myatt is requiring all those who wish to be taken on as new patients to first speak with her in a Brief Telephone Consultation.

DANA MYATT, N.M.D.

Member: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (eligible)
President: ECAFH Foundation, Inc. (Exploring Complementary Answers for Health)
Author: A Physicians Diary
Professor: Atlantic University
Graduate: National College of Naturopathic Medicine

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Do Doctors Still Make House Calls?

Dr. Myatt And Nurse Mark Make “The Ultimate House Calls”!

Many of our private practice patents and Wellness Club Customers know that Dr. Myatt travels often to speak, teach, and lecture. When her travels bring her to areas where her patients live she is happy to schedule them for an in-person consultation, including examination and other therapeutic treatments. Patients may be seen in Dr. Myatt’s Wellness Club coach or even in the comfort of their own home. When visits can be scheduled to coincide with Dr. Myatt’s travel itinerary her customary consultation fees apply.

Your Own Private Naturopathic Doctor And Nurse – In Attendance:

For those who need the undivided attention of this unique doctor and nurse team, Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark can travel to your location where they will attend to your holistic health needs 24/7 if need be. This may include not only intensive care for the patient, it may include teaching for family members and caregivers or for staff such as personal chefs, personal assistants, housekeepers, or security staff.

You can be assured of absolute, inviolate confidentiality and respect for your privacy when working with Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark.

This is a unique and specialized service and it is not inexpensive. Not all patients will qualify for or benefit from this intensive in-home naturopathic medical care. Please contact Dr. Myatt for cost and availability and to determine your suitability for this ultimate health-restorative opportunity.

Is your situation more urgent?

Do you need Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark to attend you more quickly than is possible with road travel? (for road travel figure 500 miles per day from northern Arizona to your location)

Dr. Myatt will not travel by commercial (public) air carrier. She will consent to travel by private business aircraft and there is an airfield near her location that will accommodate this class of aircraft. (KTYL) Contact The Wellness Club to discuss this option.

Dr Myatt can also arrange to travel to your location by private plane. Nurse Mark is a licensed Private Pilot and their airplane allows them to reach you quickly and discretely. Requirements for visitations of this kind will include a destination airport with adequate runways and secure tie-downs and available fuel, appropriate transportation arrangements on arrival and during the visit, and appropriate accomodations for Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark while on location.

Piper Warrior II Private Airplane
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Brief Consultations

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Candidiasis (Chronic)

Natural Strategies Yeast Overgrowth

Everyone carries the common yeast Candida albicans in their intestinal tract. Other strains of Candida may also inhabit the colon. Yeasts are normal but apparently non-essential residents of the large intestine. Sometimes, these co-inhabitants of the intestinal tract can grow out of control.

An overgrowth of yeast can cause many problems. The yeasts release waste products that, when absorbed into the blood stream, are toxic to many body systems. These byproducts can be recognized by the immune system and create and immune reaction.

Candida overgrowth results from conditions inherent to modern life: use of antibiotics and other drugs, a Standard American Diet (S.A.D. – especially sugar and simple carbohydrates), a lack of digestive enzymes, and stress. Overuse or misuse of antibiotics is another common cause of Candida overgrowth.

The Elusive Diagnosis

The diagnosis of Candidiasis is often overlooked in conventional medicine. Many doctors say they “Don’t believe in Candidiasis,” even though there is ample scientific evidence to document the condition. It is difficult to say exactly why this condition is ignored by conventional medicine in spite of the vast scientific evidence, but I offer you my theories for such conventional medical ignorance:

  • The symptoms of Candidiasis are widespread and can mimic many other diseases. There is no definitive lab test that confirms the disease. This makes correct diagnosis difficult.
  • Some “holistic” practitioners diagnose everything as Candidiasis, thereby missing other important diagnoses. This has given the problem of Candidiasis a “pop diagnosis” reputation among many physicians. As a result, non-holistic doctors are then reluctant to recognize true cases of Candidiasis.
  • One of the primary causes of Candidiasis is the overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills and other drugs. To acknowledge Candidiasis as a disease is to also acknowledge a problem often caused by drugs!

Symptoms of Candidiasis

Toxins absorbed from Candida can affect any tissue. Those systems most commonly affected include the gastrointestinal (GI), genito-urinary (GU), nervous, and immune systems. A person suffering from Candidiasis may have any of these symptoms:

  • In the intestinal tract: bloating, excessive feeling of fullness, diarrhea, constipation, alternating diarrhea and constipation, “rolling gas,” abdominal cramping, heartburn, indigestion, gas or belching, mucous in the stool, hemorrhoids.
  • In the female genital tract: recurrent yeast vaginitis, persistent vaginal itching or burning, persistent vaginal discharge, endometriosis, PMS.
  • In the male genital tract: prostatitis, impotence, loss of sexual desire.
  • In the urinary tract: urgency or urinary frequency, recurrent urinary tract “infections” but bacteria are NOT found to be the cause.
  • In the nervous system: numbness, burning, or tingling, spots in front of the eyes, erratic vision, incoordination, irritability or jitteriness, dizziness or loss of balance, failing vision, ear pain or deafness.
  • In the immune system: rashes, post nasal drip, sore or dry throat, wheezing or shortness of breath, recurrent infections, burning or tearing of eyes, cough.
  • In the skin and mucous membranes: recurrent skin fungal infections, nail-bed fungus, “jock itch,” thrush (yeast overgrowth in the mouth and esophagus), psoriasis, rashes of unknown origin.
  • In general: fatigue, mental “cloudiness,” joint aches and pains, obesity, depression, memory loss.

How Is Candida diagnosed?

Symptoms of Candida overgrowth suggest the diagnosis. In addition, other causes of a complaint must be “ruled out.” For example, if a patient complains of extreme fatigue, we would first determine that this complaint was NOT caused by other factors, such as anemia, low thyroid function, or viral infection. When other known causes of fatigue have been ruled out, especially if the patient has additional symptoms or history that suggest Candida overgrowth, further testing for Candidiasis is warranted. Treatment can be started “presumptively,” (meaning before we are sure of Candida overgrowth).

Personal history also suggests the diagnosis. Antibiotic use without bacterial replacement therapy, birth control pills, cortisone therapy, and a history of dietary imbalance (especially sugar, simple carbohydrate or alcohol use or cravings) are also indicators.

A Candida stool test can aid in the diagnosis and guide treatment. Since yeast is a normal inhabitant in everyone’s intestinal tract, some amount of yeast can almost always be recovered in a stool sample. Only when recovered amounts are abnormally high is the diagnosis clear. Because Candida can “invade” directly into the tissue of the GI tract, it is possible to have a Candidal overgrowth but a “normal” amount of yeast in the stool. Since a lack of normal bowel bacteria OR an increase in abnormal bowel bacteria often accompanies yeast overgrowth, a Gastro-intestinal health profile with parasitology is often more useful for diagnosis than the Candida stool test alone.

A Candida Antibodies Test is also available. This test uses a drop of blood to evaluate for an immune system reaction to Candida. It assesses IgG, IgA, IgM immunoglobulins to yeast as well as Candida antigen. A positive finding indicates past or present Candida infection and may allow Candida yeast reactions to be found when stool and vaginal specimens are negative or inconclusive.

Careful consideration of a patient’s symptoms, “ruling out” other known causes of the complaint, evaluation of dietary and drug history, and use of laboratory tests are the way that Candidiasis is accurately diagnosed. Diagnosis can be challenging because Candidiasis shares symptoms with many other conditions. For this reason, it is recommended that you consult an holistic physician for correct diagnosis and treatment.

What is the Treatment?

Cessation of the causative factors is most important. Whether it be a particular drug, a high sugar/refined carbohydrate diet, or an excess response to external events (more commonly known as “stress”), these triggers must be corrected. An anti-yeast substance with concomitant bacterial replacement therapy, corrective diet, stress reduction and immune system boosting are all crucial to the success of the treatment. Your holistic physician will be able to help you determine your best course of action in treating this modern-day “plague.”

Yeast “Die-Off”: Avoiding the Herxheimer Reaction

Yeast cells that are quickly killed by treatment cause a “die-off” reaction known as the Herxheimer reaction. Die-off is caused by the release of large amounts of toxins from dying Candida cells. These toxins pass through the gut wall and enter the bloodstream where they can trigger immune reactions. Die-off reactions can last from a few days to several weeks but usually clear up in less than a week.

In order to avoid die-off reactions, I recommend high doses of activated charcoal and plenty of fluids. The charcoal adsorbs the killed yeast cells and their toxic waste products and carries them out of the body in the stool before they are absorbed into the bloodstream and can create a Herxheimer reaction.

Diet And Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Avoid ALL foods that are high in simple carbohydrates (sugar, corn syrup, honey, molasses, fruit juice, dried fruit, other sugars or foods containing them), yeasts (all raised, yeasted dough: bread, crackers, bagels), ferments and molds (mushrooms, alcohol, vinegar, peanuts, cantaloupe), milk products except yogurt (milk is high in the sugar lactose), high carbohydrate vegetables (potatoes, corn, parsnip). Eat “Super Foods” plentifully, especially fresh garlic.
  • Avoid all known food allergens (see Food Allergies).
  • Avoid antibiotics, birth control pills, steroids, immune suppressing drugs unless absolutely medically necessary. (Do NOT stop medications without physician guidance).

Primary Support

  • Maxi Multi: A deficiency of any vitamin, mineral or trace mineral can weaken this immunity and predispose to Candida overgrowth. For this reason, a high potency multiple vitamin/mineral/trace mineral formula is a critical first step in treating Candida. Be SURE that only yeast-free, hypoallergenic supplements are used. Maxi Multi is yeast and additive-free and hypoallergenic. Dose: 3 caps, 3 times per day with meals.
  • Similase: digestive enzymes reduce bowel inflammation, improve digestion which in turn nourishes normal gut flora (good bacteria) and decreases yeast die-off reaction. Dose: 1-2 caps, 3 times per day with meals.
  • Berberine: Highly effective against candida. Dose: one capsule two times daily for up to fourteen (14) days with water at mealtimes
  • Activated Charcoal: charcoal binds toxins released as yeast dies. This prevents them from being reabsorbed into circulation and carries them out in the stool. Charcoal is especially good for preventing the “Herxheimer Reaction” (yeast die-off, see above).
    Charcoal capsules: Dose: 12 capsules 2 times per day, once between breakfast and lunch and once at bedtime with a full glass of water.
  • Suprema-Dophilus (Ultra high-potency probiotic): Replacement of normal “good bacteria” helps crowd out yeast and prevent their recurrence. Note that many probiotic formulas are not enteric coated and therefore do not survive stomach acid before making their way to the colon. SupremaDophilus is enteric coated to insure proper delivery to the colon. Dose: 1 cap before bed.
  • 35 Billion ProBiotic is “Supremadophilus on Steroids” – Sometimes, bigger really is better. Our new super-high-potency Supremadophilus has 35 billion viable probiotics compared to 5 billion in Supremadophilus. Recommended during and after antibiotic treatment and for those times when a more vigorous gut bacterial replacement is indicated. Dose: one capsule per day at bedtime or as directed.
  • Immune Support: Dose: 2 caps, 2 times per day with meals

TopicalTreatments

  • Tea Tree oil: Essential oil of tea tree can be used on skin and nails for fungal infections. Tea tree oil may be used in water as a douche for yeast vaginitis.

Tests

  • Candida stool test. A culture can be done by a specialized lab to determine which anti-yeast herbs or drugs will be more effective.
  • CANDIDA ANTIBODIES: Low-level overgrowth of Candida yeast species can cause a wide variety of health problems, but yeast may not be found in a stool specimen. This is because the yeast may have invaded elsewhere in the body, such as in the urinary tract, sinus passages, vagina or elsewhere.
    This test uses a drop of blood to evaluate for an immune system reaction to Candida. It assesses IgG, IgA, IgM immunoglobulins to yeast as well as Candida antigen. A positive finding indicates past or present Candida infection and may allow Candida yeast reactions to be found when stool and vaginal specimens are negative or inconclusive.
  • Gastro-intestinal health profile with parasitology is often more useful for diagnosis than the Candida stool test alone because it also examines normal and abnormal gut bacteria and parasites.