Yeast Syndrome. Confusion, Deception and Altered Reality. Part I.
Yeast syndrome was first described in 1986 by Dr. William Crook, who called it “Candida Hypersensitivity Syndrome”. Yeast syndrome is a very controversial issue in many respects. Current view in the world of conventional medicine is that there is no scientific evidence to support the existence of “yeast syndrome” or yeast hypersensitivity, and it is not a valid diagnosis.
Confusion, deception and altered reality are prominent in Homeopathic drug picture of any fungus (Psilocybe, Secale, LSD, Agaricus, Bovista and other). So, it is not surprising that there are so many disagreements even on the issue of reality of Yeast syndrome. Furthermore, the disease is so deceptive that doctors do not consider these patients sick.
The problem of “Candida patients” is that for a long time they look too good to be sick, and their labs are normal. They travel from one physician to another, ending at some point in the office of psychiatrist because “It is all in your head”. Doctor Crook described the situation in a concise fashion – “Your problems are probably Yeast related if you crave sweets, feel sick all over, have taken many antibiotics, and have seen many physicians and have not found help”.
Symptoms of Yeast Syndrome
Supporters of Yeast syndrome attribute to Candida albicans a broad range of symptoms and health problems, that include heartburn, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, belching, depression, chronic fatigue, attention deficit, memory problems (brain fog), anxiety, frequent mood swings, PMS, food sensitivities, cystitis (burning urination), fungal skin infections, chronic urticaria, atopic dermatitis, eczema, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
Sudden mood swings is the most peculiar symptom of Yeast syndrome. The mood can change from good to very bad few times a day. Anger is a predominating emotion. Suppressed anger may manifest in ulcerative colitis, eczema, hypertension, migraine headaches, and pain in the neck. Neck pain is very common in patients with Yeast syndrome. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse is a common childhood experience in these patients.
Psychological profile of “Candida patients” may be summarized as feeling of frustration, being misunderstood, rejected, unloved and alone. Forgetfulness and lack of concentration are prominent. They feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.
Yeast syndrome is caused by increased use of antibiotics, sugar and yeast-containing foods (beer, bread, cheese and wine), use of oral contraceptives, diabetes, vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) deficiency, stress, immunosuppression.
In the gut Candida albicans forms colonies firmly attached to mucous membranes. Candida feeds in the bowel on sugars, simple carbohydrates and fermented foods, such as alcohol and cheese. This is why “Candida patients” crave sweets, bread, pasta, pizza and potatoes.
On the skin Candida forms red well-demarcated patches mostly in skin folds, underneath breasts, between the toes and on the finger webs.