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Yeast Syndrome – What is it?

By Laurie Blanscet, D. O. Tina (name changed for privacy) is a 41 year old woman. She came to me to

treat her peri-menopausal symptoms but she also complained about abdominal bloating and pain for many years. She had a complete work up done: including lab work, ultrasound, CT scan, upper and lower endoscopy. She was told she probably had irritable bowel syndrome and nothing could be done. When we sat down together and talked, I found out that she also suffered from

body aches, headaches, occasional skin rashes, depression and fatigue for many years--some of these had worsened lately due to peri-menopause (the changing of hormones around the time of menopause). These symptoms were not a figment of her imagination and she wanted to feel good. Many people suffer from food sensitivities as well as yeast syndrome. Traditional

medicine does not recognize yeast syndrome in otherwise healthy people but it is well known in the integrative medicine world. Your body has some candida in your intestines normally but when your natural

bacteria (probiotics) no longer keep the candida in check, then these yeast overgrow. This can happen to otherwise healthy people who have been taking oral contracep- tives, antibiotics, antacids, or steroids. It can occur in smokers, diabetics, or in peo- ple who consume a high sugar diet. Food sensitivities or allergies can also disrupt your natural intestinal bacteria and result in a candida overgrowth. This overgrowth creates inflammation and affects the lining of the intestines.

Your body becomes hypersensitive to candida and pumps out a lot of antibodies to fight this yeast. It is believed that the antibodies intended to fight the candida end up attacking tissues in your body that are misinterpreted as yeast by the immune system. This is what results in yeast syndrome. Yeast syndrome is characterized by abdominal bloating, headaches, mood dis-

orders, fatigue, skin complaints, poor memory, poor concentration, and often a crav- ing for sweets. You may have a few or all of the symptoms. It can be difficult to diagnose and since these symptoms can be from more se-

rious causes it is important to get an adequate work up. But if everything is "normal" like it was for Tina then yeast syndrome along with food sensitivities (similar symp- toms to yeast syndrome) are important to consider. When I suspect yeast syndrome I have the patient get a food allergy test along with a colonic to see if there is in fact a yeast overgrowth in order to de- termine the best course of therapy. When undergoing a yeast cleanse it

is important to be monitored by a prac- titioner who understands yeast syn- drome. When yeast die off most people feel worse before they get better. This is a result of the yeast fighting back. Treat- ing candida effectively requires following a diet with low sugar (including fruit) in- take, taking potent probiotics, and tak- ing natural or prescription anti-fungal medication along with periodic colonics to clear out the yeast and assess progress. This is typically a one to two month process. In Tina's case, after a two month

customized anti-yeast protocol and a bio-identical hormone optimization reg- imen her symptoms are now a thing of the past. She feels hormonally balanced and she rarely has any abdominal issues or headaches. For more information: www.anopti- To learn more about how hor-

mones impact your ‘optimal’ health, join us for Ladies Night Out for a discussion on bio identical hor- mones from 5:30- 7 pm on Tuesday, October 21. 29995 Technology Drive, Suite 203, Murrieta. RSVP to 951-541-3577.

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