Today I would like to answer a question that
I frequently get asked. How do I know if I have a yeast infection? Well, there are many ways I can answer this
question. One of the most intelligent ways to answer it is to say, let’s just see if
there are any particular causes which could have contributed to your yeast infection in
the first place. I think that’s quite a smart move. So let’s have a look. Have you taken an antibiotic in the past several
years or recurrent rounds of antibiotics? Have you been on the oral contraceptive pill
for any prolonged period of time? Do you have cravings for sugar? Have you had any other
medications? Have you been on any steroid based drugs like prednisone or cortisone for
a while or perhaps inhaled steroids for asthma? They’re called preventatives. These are all
quite pertinent questions. Do you feel worse in a damp surrounding? Perhaps you live in
a moldy sort of environment. Does it make you cough or wheeze? These are all important
questions to ask, you know, if you have a yeast infection. Look at the signs and symptoms of yeast infection.
Can you relate to any of these? Do you have any aches or pains in the body? Any digestive
problems? Fogginess in the head? Do you have any toenail fungus or jock itch or vaginal
thrush? That’s how you’re going to know if you’ve got a yeast infection. If you go to yeastinfection.org, you can see
a lot of the common signs and symptoms on one of my pages there. There’s a very comprehensive
page I’ve written about the signs and symptoms of yeast infection. But probably one of the
most intelligent things you can do is to go to my quiz on CandidaCrusher.com. Very, very
good quiz you will find online. In fact, it’s the world’s best online Candida quiz. So by
going there and you can just follow the 20 odd screens for man, woman or child and just
go through the screens and you’re going to find out whether there’s a low probability,
moderate or high probability that you’ve got a yeast infection. It took a long time for me to put this quiz
together and many, many thousands of people now have done this quiz. I’ve had some incredibly
good feedback, so that’s a very smart way to find out if you’ve got a yeast infection. One of the best anti-fungal products you’ll
find anywhere in the world is called Canxida. It took me six months to develop Canxida and
I’m very proud of it, and it’s now being taken up by quite a few people. We’ve had incredibly
good feedback from Canxida. It’s unlike any other product you’ll find of its kind on the
market. It’s sustained release and contains 11 of the best ingredients in it. So thank
you everybody for your exceptional feedback for Canxida. So don’t forget, if you really want to know
if you’ve got a yeast infection, go to CandidaCrusher.com and please complete my online quiz. That’s
how you’re going to find out if you’ve got Candida or not. Thank you for your attention.
Distinguished future physicians welcome to
Stomp on Step 1 the only free videos series that helps you study more efficiently by focusing
on the highest yield material. I’m Brian McDaniel and I will be your guide on this
journey through Fungi. This is the 1st video in my playlist covering all of Microbiology
for the USMLE Step 1 Medical Board Exam. We are going to review Opportunistic Mycoses,
Systemic Mycoses, Superficial Fungal infections and Antifungal medications. This info isn’t very high yield for the
exam, but I want to give us a little bit of a foundation to build on. Fungi are a group
of eukaryotic organisms that present as either a unicellular organism (Yeast) or a multicellular
organism (Mold). They are nearly everywhere in nature, but only a small percentage can
cause disease in humans. Most of the infections that occur are asymptomatic or so mild that
that are not detected. Many of the pathogenic Fungi are dimorphic, meaning that they are
present in the form of a mold in colder temperatures and present in the form of yeast at warmer
temperatures (such as body temperature after infecting a human). A way to remember this
is the mnemonic “Mold in the Cold, Yeast in the Heat.” Fungi have a complex reproductive
life cycle that includes formation of Spores which can live in the environment in a vegetative
state. Humans usually contract fungal infections by acquiring these spores from environmental
sources such as soil. Most fungal infections do not have a person to person spread. Mold form hyphae while Yeast form budding
yeast and psuedohyphae. Both hyphae and Psuedohyphae are branching filamentous vegetative structures
of fungi and each form spores. True hyphae have septae or cell walls between sections
while psuedohyphae are formed by budding without a true cell wall/septae between sections. The high yield fungal infections can primarily
be broken down into two groups, Systemic and Opportunistic. Fungi in the systemic category
have a higher virulence and can infect health individuals. While these fungi can infect
immunocompetent individuals the infections are usually mild and localized to the respiratory
system. In immunocompromised individuals the infections can more commonly spread from the
lungs and disseminate to the rest of the body. Systemic fungi are found in specific geographic
regions so when a question stem mentions a specific state that should be a buzzword to
consider these fungi. Opportunistic Fungi are lower virulence and have to “wait for
the right opportunity” to infect a host. Opportunistic infections usually only occur
in immunocompromised patients such as those with AIDs, transplanted organs or cancer.
For both systemic and Opportunistic Mycoses infections the route of infections is most
often inhalation of a spore from an environmental source. This first leads to a respiratory
infection, and then given the right circumstances the infection may then spread to other parts
of the body. Candida is the exception as it is normal skin flora. We all have Candida
present on our skin and it only causes a problem when factors lead to an overgrowth of the
fungi. The highest yield systemic mycoses are histoplasmosis,
blastomycosis & Coccidioidomycosis. The highest yield Opportunistic Mycoses are Candida, aspergillus,
cryptococcus, mucormycosis & Pneumocystis Jiirovecii. For the most part, these different fungal
infections cannot be differentiated based only on the signs and symptoms. Most of the
fungi present like pneumonia with vague flu like symptoms. Therefore, the different fungi
are primarily differentiated based on histologic examination of the sputum, biopsy or swab.
A stain such as PAS or silver stain is usually needed to visualize the fungi. You should
be able to identify the histology of each fungus via a pictures and a text description
of the findings as you can be presented with either in the question. Coccidioidomycosis is one of the Systemic
Mycoses. I give it a high yield rating of 3. If you would like to learn more about that
rating system please go to my website. Coccidio tends to be found in the southwestern part
of the US. Question stems for Coccidioidomycosis may also mention a recent earthquake or an
occupation such as construction which can help spread spores from soil into the air.
Appears as “Spherule full of endospores” on sputum culture. Here you can see the larger spherule with
the smaller endospores inside of it. Eventually the spherule will rupture releasing the smaller
endospores. Histoplasmosis is another Systemic Mycoses.
It is found primarily in the Mississippi and Ohio River Valley. Histoplasmosis questions
may make mention of the patient being in caves or cleaning bird cages as it can be found
in sole contaminated with bat or bird droppings. On histology you find “macrophages filled
with many ovoid cells” since this fungi is intracellular. Here is a picture of that histology, which
could be better but I’m limited by copyrights with what pictures I can show you. If you
want better pictures just google it Blastomycosis is also a Systemic Mycoses.
It is found east of the Mississippi River and is often associated with exposure to bodies
of water like ponds and riverbanks. Histologically it appears as a large yeast with “Broad
Based Budding” which you can remember with the mnemonic “All Bs” for blastomycosis,
broad, based and budding. Here are a couple pictures of that histology. Here is a map I made that shows roughly where
you can get the different systemic infections in the United States. You have coccidio in
the southwest. Histo in the eastern part of the country from the Mississippi River over
to the coast. And Blasto is sort of in the middle of the country around the Mississippi
and Ohio rivers. Note that there is an overlap between Histoplasmosis and Blastomycosis. Cryptococcus Neoformans is an opportunistic
mycoses infection associated with exposure to pigeon droppings. Following inhalation
and infection of the respiratory system, Cryptococcus has a predilection for spreading to the meninges
and causing Meningitis. Cryptococcus is monomorphic and not present as a mold. Its main virulence
factor is an antiphagocytic polysaccharide capsule which can be seen with India Ink stain.
Histologically it appears as singular budding yeast with a “halo.” Here is just a gram stain so you can’t see
the capsule. Here is a picture of india ink staining where
you can see the capsule halo Aspergillus Fumigatus is an Opportunistic
Mycoses with a number of different high yield presentations. Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
is when the fungus colonizes the airway of patients with CF or asthma leading to a hypersensitivity
reaction. It presents with asthma like symptoms and migratory pulmonary infiltrates. It can
be identified with an aspergillus skin test. An Aspergilloma (AKA “Fungus Ball”) is
when the fungus fills up a cavitary lung lesions previously formed by a TB infection or other
lung injury. Here is a picture of a fungus ball filling
up a cavity in the lung Aspergillus is also associated with hepatocellular
carcinoma as the fungus produces a carcinogenic Aflatoxin. Histologically aspergillus presents
with “V-shaped” hyphae branching at acute angle Here is a picture of the branching hyphae
with acute angle of roughly 45 degrees or less Pneumocystis Jiroveci is an opportunistic
infection that primarily presents as Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP) in patients with AIDs. PCP
usually has diffuse bilateral interstitial infiltrates in patients with CD4 T Cell counts
below 200. Once counts are below 200 AIDs patients should be given Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole
prophylaxis to prevent PCP. Previously known as Pneumocystis Carinii. Mucormycosis & Rhizopus (AKA Zygomycosis)
are opportunistic mycoses that are usually seen in diabetics (most often during ketoacidosis).
It results in an infection of paranasal sinuses or the eye that can extend into the brain.
The fungi infect the vessels and can form a clot leading to a necrotic black eschar.
Histologically it has “ribbon like” hyphae without septae branching at a wide angle (about
90 degree). Here are a couple examples And here is one more example where you can
see the ribbon like hyphae without septae We have already discussed the more serious
fungal infections which can spread through the body. Now we will move onto the less serious
infections which are localized to the skin, mouth and/or vagina. Tineae is a group of common fungal infections
that are primarily localized to the skin, hair and/or nails.
Dermatophytes cause Tinea Corporis (AKA Ringworm), Tinea Pedis (AKA Atheletes Foot), Tinea Capitis
(a superficial scalp infection) & Tinea Unguium (infection of the nails). Scrapes of these
superficial fungal infections can be shown on KOH prep to have a “spaghetti and meatball”
pattern of hyphae and yeast balls. Athlete’s foot is a scaly pruritic erythematous lesion
of the feet most common in young adults. Ringworm usually presents as a scaly erythematous
circular lesion with central clearing. Tinea Capitus is a scaly area on the scalp
which may have localized alopecia (or hair loss). Infections of the nails (AKA Onchomychosis)
are more commonly in elderly individuals, are very tough to treat and present with thickened
opacified nails. Tinea Versicolor is caused my Malassezia Furfur
and leads to well demarcated areas of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. It is more common in
young adults especially in hot weather and occurs on the trunk more than other regions. Candida is part of normal skin flora and the
most common cause of fungal infection worldwide. It is an opportunistic infection that most
often effects the vagina (AKA “Yeast Infection”), mouth/tongue (AKA “Thrush”), and genital
area (AKA “Diaper Rash”). However, it can also occur in the esophagus (particularly
in HIV patients), between skin folds (primarily in the obese), and heart valve (IV drug users).
Infections can arise soon after antibiotic treatment as the removal of “good” bacteria
allows for overgrowth of the fungal flora. Histologically it presents with oval budding
yeast and psuedohyphae. It forms germ tubes (true hyphae) when incubated at 37 degree
Celsius for a few hours. And I also have a picture of oral thrush here.
I’m going to do an entire video on vulvovaginal infections so I will save the details of that
type of candida infection for that video. Sporotrichosis is seen when spores on a thorn
get introduced under the skin by a thorn prick. Question stems usually mention a rose gardener.
In immunocompetent individuals it causes a localized subcutaneous nodule and/or an ulcer
at the site of skin breakage. That brings us to the antifungal medications.
The Azoles (Fluconazole/Diflucan, Ketoconazole, Miconazole, Itraconazole …) inhibit the
cytochrome P450 Lanosterol 14 Alpha Demethylase enzyme which is necessary to convert Lanosterol
into ergosterol. Ergosterol is important for fungal function as it acts in the cell membrane
similar to cholesterol in our cells. Mutations that encode for the enzyme can prevent the
drug from binding to the enzyme and lead to drug resistance. This class of drugs has a
wide range of antifungal uses, from serious to mild. Some are even available over the
counter. Amphotericin B & Nystatin bind to ergosterol
in fungal cell membranes creating pores. Nystatin is most commonly used in the form of “Swish
and Swallow” mouthwash for thrush. Amphotericin B is used only for serious systemic fungal
infections or fungal meningitis due to its severe side effects. Soon after it is administered
Ampho B can cause fever, chills & hypotension (AKA “Shake and Bake”). The drug is also
Thank you for tuning in. Can you have Candida
with no symptoms? That’s an interesting question. Well, if you’ve got no symptoms and you’re
concerned that you have Candida, you probably have got Candida because Candida is a naturally
occurring organism. It’s a yeast that lives in a lot of people. Not everybody will have
Candida albicans in their digestive tract, but a lot of people do have this, but it’s
kept in a harmonious balance. There are estimated between anywhere from four to five or even
several hundred more species of bacteria that live in your digestive tract, and no doubt
there will be many different kinds of fungi that will live in there as well. All sorts of organisms live in our bodies
and on our bodies, but everything is kept in balance. It’s just like how the world is.
The world is a big ecosystem where things are kept in balance, and our body really is
a mini-ecosystem where things are kept in balance. But when things get out of kilter,
out of balance, that’s when we start looking at yeast infections. Symptoms are something that you feel; you
experience. These are subjective. Signs are something we can measure or see or quantify
through testing or analysis. Symptoms, you may, for example, have a lot of bloating or
burping or gas and think that you’ve got Candida, but it may not be Candida at all. It could
just be a case of having low stomach acidity, which is very common, and this often comes
about from stress or improper diet. Go and get checked out by a health care professional.
Speaking to somebody if you’ve got concerns, if you’re not sure if you’ve got Candida or
not is a very smart move on your part. So before you jump in with self-treatment, before
you go to Doctor Google and start looking for answers, it might pay to go and see your
naturopathic doctor, for example, get some expert advice, or a nutritional, friendly
doctor. Go and see someone with a bit of knowledge and skill set and talk with him or her about
your concerns, about your symptoms, to see whether they are Candida or not. Also do my yeast infection quiz. That’s quite
a good one to do. Go to CandidaCrusher.com and do my yeast infection quiz. That will
give you an idea if you’re mild, moderate or severe. So that’s a good start for you.
I hope that answers your question. Thank you.
I’m going to do another case history, and
this is going to be my case history. It’s going to be quite different. This is a 25-year-old
guy called Eric Bakker. In 1986, he was just turning 26. So this is my own personal story.
You might like to hear my personal story on how I came to really develop a burning passion
for helping people like you out there with Candida.
You may like to hear my own personal story about the yeast infection I used to have when
I was in my 20s. I used to live by myself in a small house in a place called Brisbane
in Australia, and this little house was in a suburb that was prone to flooding. It was
cheap rent, and I was working in a flourmill at the time. I’d been living on my own for
about five years at that point. One week I would work the day shift. One week I’d work
the afternoon shift. And the following week, I would work the night shift.
I started to feel increasingly stressed and tired and one winter developed a bad cough.
It got worse to the point where I took an antibiotic. My little house was cold and damp,
and I had to bail water out of my bedroom after it rained heavily. I did tell you it
was cheap rent. The walls were covered in a thin, moist film that I later discovered
was mold. My diet wasn’t the best at times. I was craving sweet foods, take out, and lots
of bread. Either my bowels were blocked or I was experiencing diarrhea and lots of gas.
I felt terrible, and my health was going downhill fast. My skin started to get itchy and I developed
a bad case of athlete’s foot and jock itch. To give you a background on all this, a few
years prior, I had 13 amalgam fillings replaced over a period of two weeks in 1983. I started
to notice that my health was beginning to deteriorate and by early ’85, I was feeling
increasingly anxious. I developed skin rashes, athlete’s foot, and many manifestations of
a Candida yeast infection, all unbeknown to me at the time, including very strong sweet
cravings. I had issues with my girlfriend who thought
I was a hypochondriac because my health had deteriorated to the point where I had to seek
medical help. But the doctor was of little help because all the tests results came back
normal, and he wanted me to see a psychiatrist. I knew I wasn’t going crazy. I knew that there
was something undermining my health, and I couldn’t put a finger on it until I read the
Yeast Connection by Dr. William Crook and then later I read the Missing Diagnosis by
Dr. Orion Truss. I’ve read about 50 books since then on Candida, but the first one by
Crook was quite a good book. My girlfriend at the time started to doubt
me and told me that my problems were all in my head. A view strongly supported by her
mother and that I needed to wake up to myself. See a shrink and take anti-depressants. I
decided to end that unsupportive relationship and move out of their flat and had a garage
sale a few weekends later to downsize. A naturopath was looking through some of my gear at a garage
sale and asked me why I had dark circles under my eyes. I told her about my health and the
first thing she told me was to get a hair analysis to determine the mercury levels because
she thought the mercury fillings being replaced, it could have caused a problem. And she said
there may be a connection there with that and the Candida.
I went to see her and showed her Dr. Crook’s book, and what she said made a heck of a lot
of sense. And I started getting treatment for my yeast infection. Unfortunately, she
didn’t walk me through a proper mercury detoxification, I felt very, very sick, and I had a bad Herxheimer
reaction. I had a lot of vomiting and diarrhea for quite a few weeks. And this, in fact,
was one of the lowest points in my life. When at one point, I had considered taking my own
life because I was so unsupported. No one wanted to listen to me. I felt terrible. The
doctor told me I was nuts. My mother said I was crazy. My girlfriend didn’t listen.
Is it any wonder people jump off bridges or do crazy things? If no one is there to listen
to you at all, all the doors get closed in your face. There’s no support at all. What’s
the point in living even? When you’re at your lowest point, often that’s a turning point
and it was for me. This is something I wouldn’t wish upon anybody.
My whole world came crashing down around me. I had no girlfriend. My girlfriend’s mother
and even my own mother thought I was nuts. I was unemployed and I felt absolutely terrible.
How much worse could it get? After many hours of reading and studying, it took over a year
to get my life back. And that’s when I started to get into naturopathy. I started to really
study and think I’ve got to really do something with my life. I’ve got to help other people
out, too. I went on a very careful dietary regime of
steamed vegetables, lean proteins, eggs, free-range eggs. I started to realize I had to build
my health from the inside out. I got rid of that stupid job. I never went back to doctors.
In fact, the last doctor I saw was back in 1985. That’s the last time I’ve seen a doctor.
I started to realize that relaxation was a key thing for me, too, because I was a very
anxious person with obsessive-compulsive traits and I overcame a lot of that through relaxation.
In the early to mid-80s, health care professionals didn’t see Candida as any kind of problem,
and naturopaths treated it as a very basic kind of a problem. Basically, you’re left
to sort out your own mess. I met my partner I’ve got today back then who was very encouraging
and she said, “Eric, you need to study this stuff and help other people out because for
every person like you, there are probably 10,000 out there that would never ever help
themselves.” And since having regained my health and not having Candida back again,
my health is just improving decade after decade. I’ll be 55 this year and I feel absolutely
awesome. I feel completely amazing, and it’s all to do with relaxation, eating good foods,
understanding the principles of naturopathy. Fresh air, clean water, open and honest communication
with people, avoiding bad people, things like that.
There are many things you can do to improve your own health, but what I want you to get
from this video is not to doubt yourself. If you’ve Candida and no one is listening
to you, if nobody believes you, if you’ve got skin problems and gut problems, go and
see someone who is willing to listen to you and give you some good advice because there
are a lot of people out there that are expert at treating these conditions. That’s why I
became an expert so I could help people. I got sick and tired of not being listened to
or believed in by people, and a lot of my patients that see me today from many countries
tell me a very similar story. Your story might be the same.
If you haven’t already done so, please do my quiz. Go to CandidaCrusher.com. Take the
quiz. Check out yeastinfection.org. I set that site up for people just like you. And
also consider my Canxida range of dietary supplements. I would have loved Canxida when
I was in my 20s. It would have really helped me overcome my yeast infection much faster,
sooner rather than later, because I mucked around with a lot of people taking all sorts
of crappy supplements and drugs and I got nowhere for a long time.
Candida Crusher was written for people like me. I hope that if you’ve got a yeast infection
problem that you’re not going to waste a lot of time, even have doubts about your own sanity,
and maybe even have feelings as I had of not wanting to live any longer. The book was written
for people like that. I hope this has given you a bit of insight into why I wrote Candida
Crusher. Thank you for tuning in.
Greetings. It’s Eric Bakker, naturopath from
New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary
supplements. Thanks for checking out my video today.
I’m going to do a series of videos regarding chronic Candida yeast infection. I did one
yesterday, I think, an FAQ, frequently asked question. How do I know if I have chronic
Candida? I’ve got another question here from a guy in Sydney, Australia. How do I treat
a chronic Candida yeast infection? Well, let’s talk about that today. How you actually can
effectively treat a chronic Candida infection. What are the steps you need to take in order
to nail this thing? Let’s go over this now. First thing I think is important to spell
out to you. It’s really important for you to look at the holistic picture of your health,
your life and health, in general. Many people who come to me for treatment of yeast infection,
they basically just want to treat yeast infection. They want to treat the toenail fungus, they
want to treat the vaginal infection, they want to treat the jock itch, or they want
to treat some sort of skin rash they’ve got. Now that’s what they want to treat. They want
to treat one particular thing. Now many practitioners are symptom prescribers. They will just placate
to the patient’s need and treat that symptom. Medical doctors are renowned for doing this.
You come to a doctor. They will treat the symptom.
I may have mentioned in a previous video. When I was in Australia years ago, I visited
a medical clinic, a friend of me, and there was a sign hanging up “Please present with
only one symptom today,” which shows you how stupid the medical system is when today they
treat the headache. You come back tomorrow for maybe a period pain. You come back the
following day for arthritis or something. As if, nothing is connected in the body. And
there are still many people who are looking for like natural cures. They’re looking for
pills for ills. Well, if that’s you, get the hell away from
my Candida Crusher channel. I don’t really want you watching my videos if you think that
I’m going to give you some magic cure or some magic answer for Candida because it’s not
going to happen. So switch off now. Go and have a look at a lot of the other channels.
There are a lot of other people that will certainly tell you how you can cure this thing
in five minutes or in half an hour or the 24-hour Candida cure. What a load of crap!
These things are not possible. You can’t cure Candida in 24 hours. If you really believe
that, switch off now. Because I’m going to tell you, it’s not going to happen, especially
chronic Candida. You need to look at the whole picture.
You need to look at everything that is going on in your health right now. And we’re going
to go over a couple of important points that I’ve written about in Candida Crusher, in
my book. The first thing I want you to look at, which I think is 80 percent of recovery
for not just chronic Candida, but any kind of chronic condition is you need to look at
your lifestyle. You need to look at what’s going on in your life right now. So I’ve written
a few points down here on paper, and we’ll go through these bit by bit.
The big things I like people to look at are where the stresses in your life are. What
are the holes that need plugging up? Do you have issues with people around you? Our biggest
stresses in life tend to be people. People that we work with or work for. People that
work for us. People that we’re close to in relationships, either professionally or personally.
People that we’re related to, friends, neighbors, all sorts of people, but people tend to be
our biggest stress. Most people I know who come to see me as patients have got one person
that’s stressing them out. So these are the sort of frictions that need to be resolved
because stress has an incredible way of undermining your health by working on slowly eroding your
adrenal and thyroid health. By creating hormone imbalances, and these hormone imbalances lead
to lots of different problems. So you need to sort these kind of stresses out. You can
read a lot more again about stress on ericbakker.com or yeastinfection.org.
The second area that we’re going to look at would be sleep, as sleep really falls under
that work/life balance doesn’t it. That’s an area that really needs sorting out. Thirty
to forty percent of people we see now don’t sleep properly. So getting to bed on time,
not drinking too much alcohol, these are the sort of things that need fixing up. If you’ve
got issues affecting your sleep, you need to get it sorted out. People with poor sleep
patterns usually have poor health. Poor health increases susceptibility to Candida infection.
I just watched a really interesting video yesterday by quite a well-known American doctor
with an incredible amount of views on his channel. He never spoke about sleep. He basically
said, “You need to treat the gut. You need to treat the spleen. You need to treat the
intestines.” It was all about the different body parts that needed treated, but there
was no real talk about lifestyle changes that need to be made.
Often poor lifestyle habits underpin many chronic illnesses that people have or lead
them to develop eating patterns that develop poor organ systems. The stresses are the big
thing. Sleep, you need to get that nailed. If you can’t sleep properly, get it sorted.
It can make a huge difference to your life. Eighty to ninety percent of the body’s recovery
and repair occurs during deep sleep. So if you can’t sleep, you don’t need to be a rocket
scientist to work out, you can’t recover. End of. Move on. So get your sleep sorted.
Work/life balance. Maybe you’re working too much. Maybe you’re not relaxing enough. Maybe
you’re relaxing too much. Maybe you’re not working enough. So again, you need to get
this work/life balance sorted. It’s very important for you to be happy with your work to earn
sufficient income. You’re starting to get the picture now, right. Lifestyle needs a
lot of attention. It needs fixing up. Many patients I see also need what we call digital
detox. They need to get away from these devices. Eating over laptops and liking people on iPhones
and things like that when they’re eating foods. You can’t chew food properly. You can’t digest
food properly if you’re constantly using digital devices, so you’ve got to get away from these
kind of things. I grew up in an era where we never had smart
phones. We had smart people, not smart phones. Now, we’ve got smart phones and dumb people.
Think about it. You might need to make a few changes there. Eighty percent lifestyle, twenty
percent we need to really look at the dietary modifications. I’ve written a huge amount
about diet. If you go to yeastinfection.org, there is probably about 500 plus articles
on diet. There are many YouTube videos I’ve also done on diet, so again, you can go and
watch those. I’ve made those for people like you. Suffice it to say, diet changes are in
order. Again, this video I watched yesterday from
this doctor didn’t mention how important it was to avoid all forms of alcohol, so you’re
not going to recover from any kind of Candida infection if you drink alcohol on a regular
basis. Even one alcoholic drink per week is too much, so that’s got to go. Soda drinks,
fruit juices, all those sorts of high fructose, high sugar drinks, carbonated beverages; you’ve
just got to can all those. Get rid of them out of your life. Green tea is one of the
best teas to drink with yeast infection. It’s got a lot of polyphenols in it. It helps to
restore the gut. What else can we talk about? Well, again the
diet change is everything. You probably need to make considerable changes in your diet
if you want to get a considerably good outcome. And I’ve written many times in my book the
definition of insanity is eating the same stuff or making slight changes and expecting
a really favorable outcome. You probably need to make a lot of change in your diet.
A patient I had yesterday on Skype from Australia has got major constipation because he’s eating
fried food all the time. Well, that needs changing. There is no one single diet that’s
going to help you recover from a yeast infection. It’s usually a combination of different things
that you put in and take out that will make all the difference. Some people argue that
you should go all carb free. Other people say fruit is fine. Other people say all grains
have to go. To be perfectly honest, it doesn’t make a huge bit of difference if there are
small variations from one diet to another. I’ve seen people recover eating a considerable
amount of fruit, and I’ve seen other people recover when they take all the fruit out of
the diet. And as I always write in my articles that if something is working for you, you
need to increase that. And if it’s not working, you need to change it. If it’s not working
at all, you need to completely change it. So a lot of experimentation is required on
your part if you really want to recover from a yeast infection.
Check out my article on ericbakker.com. I’ve written a considerably long article on antibiotics
and natural alternatives. And I think there is an article I wrote also regarding probiotics,
which is quite a good one for you read. And you can also have a look at the FOS and GOS
foods, the fructooligosaccharide foods and the galactooligosaccharide foods. So that’s
an article all about prebiotic foods. Prebiotic foods, in fact, it was only as recent as 1997
that a doctor discovered what prebiotics really are. And we know now that prebiotics form
an extremely important part of recovery from SIBO, Candida, parasites, and many of these
kinds of problems. In fact, I attended a very interesting presentation
in Australia. It was put together by a very clever guy from Tasmania, Australia, who has
studied probiotics now for nearly 20 years. And in this doctor’s opinion, the fermented
and cultured foods make hardly any difference to a person’s digestive system because they
only have a very temporary ability to recolonize the gut. In fact, this doctor believed that
the FOS and GOS foods were much more relevant and important for a person to eat. These prebiotic
foods supply sugars called oligosaccharides that help to build up lots and lots of beneficial
bacteria in the colon. Check out my article on prebiotic foods on ericbakker.com. It’s
quite a long page. You can read a lot more about it.
Supplementation is the last part I would like to talk about. So remember the 80/20 rule,
80 percent of the time look at lifestyle changes, including sleep and stress, working habits,
relationship habits, all those sorts of things; and about 20 percent you need to focus on
your diet, not the other way around. Many people believe that 80 percent of the time
they spend thinking about what they eat and 20 percent of the time about the other stuff.
It’s not my experience at all that way in clients. Supplementation forms a very important,
but minor, role in full and complete recovery from a chronic Candida yeast infection.
I’ve used many, many different supplements over the last 25 years with patients. All
the leading practitioner brands, most of the retail brands. And for that reason, I’ve basically
designed my own product brand because I really wasn’t happy with the outcomes I was getting
with patients. I want you to check out Canxida.com. Canxida.com is just a small website, but we
developed it to showcase the products. I’ll just write down the domain here. So you’ll
see in the middle, it’s got an “X,” Canxida.com. So a lot of people don’t know how to spell
it. The reason I developed that product range
was really to get superior outcomes with patients. Outcomes I wasn’t really achieving using all
the different brands on the market, and I used them all. Allergy research, corn[?] research,
Metagenics, Bio Research, and NutritionTech. I mean the list goes on and on. I’ve tried
all of these different brands, and usually the practitioner ranges are superior to the
crappy ranges you’ll find on Amazon, IHerb, or junk websites like that. Often these websites
sell retail products that are made from very cheap Chinese raw materials of inferior quality,
and the outcomes are very hit and miss. This is why a lot of naturopaths like me tend to
buy practitioner ranges and sell those onto patients. These are often made from a higher-grade
raw material from companies in like Germany. Raw material suppliers like DSM in Germany,
in Dema. These are people who make very high-grade products, but I found that many of these products
also didn’t work. Well, they only worked sort of partially for some people, but not for
others. So how I designed my product is I look at
everything on the market and I can see all the small mistakes that many companies make
and I just make a better product. And then I trial that product out on patients. And
if I’m not happy, I modify it and change it, and just change it and tweak it and make it
better and better over time. And that’s what I’ve done with the Canxida range. So far,
I’ve created Canxida Remove, which is an antifungal product, anti-parasitic, it works for SIBO.
It’s, I think, probably the best broad-spectrum product of its kind currently on the market.
I’ve seen no products that have come even close to Canxida Remove. You can use it for
constipation, food allergies, diarrhea, irritable bowel, inflammatory bowel disease. I’ve had
fantastic success with Crohn’s patients and colitis. I’ve used it for many different kinds
of people. Bowel cancers, I’ve use it for all sorts of things.
And the second product I’ve developed is called Canxida Restore, so it’s got seven different
enzymes in it and six different probiotics. There are no prebiotic sugars in this product.
I don’t believe in putting inulin or FOS in with a probiotic. I think it’s bad news. And
you can read about that also, and I’ve written about that why I don’t think it’s a good move.
Many studies now validate that using prebiotics along with probiotics can actually support
SIBO and increase brain fog and aggravate people, so I’ve given up using these. That’s
why I developed Canxida Restore. I’ve got in it six different digestive enzymes that
target proteins, carbs, and fats. And I put a systemic enzyme in there, serapeptase, that
helps to mop up and get rid of the small proteins formed when Candida die. It helps to clean
and mop up the Candida mess basically. It’s a fantastic product. It’s taken me 12 months
to develop this product, Canxida Restore. Painstaking research went into selecting the
exact right probiotic and enzyme blend, and I think it’s a perfect companion for the Canxida
Remove. They work together as a pigeon pair. You will be able to read a lot more about
that very soon at Canxida.com, so hopefully the Canxida Remove will be released again,
my new batch. We’ve had issues with the first batch because it’s a very, very difficult
product to make. It’s a tablet involving 12 separate ingredients. And to get the sustained
release in this tablet form is very tricky, so I’ve had to already reject one batch, dump
a whole lot of stuff, and remake a new batch because I want it to be absolutely perfect
for people. I hope that gives you some good information
today on chronic Candida treatment. You can read a lot more again on yeastinfection.org,
ericbakker.com, don’t forget to do my survey; it’s the best survey in the world to determine
whether you have mild, moderate, or severe yeast infection. And check out my Candida
Crusher YouTube channel. There are close to 500 videos on there now. All designed for
people like you to give you some quite good information. Will you leave me some comments
please? Subscribe to my channel. And also let me know what kind of topics you’d like
me to discuss because I’m always happy to introduce new topics.
So this is a long-winded reply to a question from a gentlemen in Sydney, Australia. How
to treat chronic Candida infection. Thanks for tuning in.
Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker,
author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements.
Thanks for checking out this video series on Blastocystis hominis today. Before you
watch the video, please click on the screen and download my free report. It’s going to
help you out if you’ve got any kind of a gut problem. Let’s go into the signs and symptoms
of a Blastocystis hominis infection. When you’ve got a parasite infection that
affects the intestinal tract, the typical symptoms that you’re going to have will be
� you won’t have all of these. You may have one or multiple. Abdominal pain is a big one.
I’m just going to stand up and show you a typical place where abdominal pain is, so
around the umbilical cord here. Many people could experience sensations around here or
off to the sides here, but central is quite common for any kind of a gut parasite. Abdominal
pain is quite a common one. I’ve just made some notes here. So diarrhea,
especially increased stool urgency. If you’re in the States, you could have gone to holiday
in the Caribbean or to Hawaii or � I’m not sure what Hawaii is like, I’ve never been
there. But here in New Zealand, if we go to the Pacific region, if we go to countries
like Samoa or Tonga or Fiji, I’ve had countless patients who come back with blasto infections
where they’ve picked it up from water or food. If you’re in the States or in Europe, if you’ve
gone to a country, maybe Portugal or Spain, or a country where the sanitation or hygiene
standards may not be as good, you could have well picked up this bug.
So think carefully. Have you got abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, or just
not feeling right in the gut since you’ve come back from a holiday? This could be a
red flag. This could well mean that you’ve got a Blastocystis infection.
Gas or flatulence, especially if you’ve got pain. Greasy stools tend to float. Again,
look for an oil slick on the water after you’ve had a bowel motion. This could be a sign of
a blasto infection. Upset stomach, nausea, or queasiness. Even the smell of food could
make you a bit sick sometimes. Lots of burping or bloating. Gas, farting, flatulence, or
burping accompanied with abdominal pain is another one that I see a lot in people. You
may not have any abdominal pain at all. You may just have a lot of diarrhea, so diarrhea
is a common one with blasto. And we’re talking anywhere from two or three bowel motions up
to ten a day. I’ve had many patients who could not even go and do their occupation because
they had 10 to 15 bowel motions per day. If you’ve got lots of urgency and frequency,
it could well be a Blastocystis infection. Think carefully. Particularly in relation
to travel or some change in what you’ve done. It may be summertime and you may have gone
swimming in a lake or a river. You may have visited a friend on a remote property and
drunk some water from a well. You may have played with pets, have domesticated, or farm
animals. There will always be reasons why you picked this up. Think carefully of those
scenarios in relation to the symptoms. There is always cause and effect. Once you’ve got
blasto, you may be asymptomatic, which means no symptoms for a long period of time, then
develop symptoms. Or you may get this bug and develop symptoms right away. It will be
either one of the two. I hope that gives you a bit of an insight
into the signs and symptoms of a Blastocystis hominis infection. Stay tuned. We’ve got more
to come. Thanks for catching up with me.
Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath. I’m going to do a video today on how to cure
Candida in 24 hours. How you can get rid of your yeast infection completely in one day
and be fully cured and healed and never get it back again, zero. What do you think about
that? Well, I just spent a good hour on YouTube
having a look at a whole array of different YouTube videos by experts in Candida. And
one particular person claims you can cure Candida 100 percent in one week; every case
of Candida can be cured by following a 100 percent vegan diet. All you’ve got to do is
eat lots and lots of fruit, nothing but fruit; you avoid all animal proteins completely,
no meat at all, no eggs, no fish, no chicken, no beef, absolutely no animal food. Just eat
nothing but fruit and within one week, it’s fully cured because all animal foods contain
fats, which line your arteries and keep sugar in your blood, which allows Candida to feed
off. What a load of crap! I just can’t really buy a lot of this stuff that people come up
with. I’m telling you folks, there’s so much bologna on line. There’s another man I saw on a YouTube clip.
He said, You can drink alcohol with a yeast infection. There’s nothing wrong with Vodka
or Gin. Neutral spirits are fine. Just avoid other things like Whiskey and Bourbon and
beer, but Vodka and Gin are fine to drink with a yeast infection. Now, if you’re going to watch these sorts
of clips and believe them, you’re going to be a real fool and a sucker for punishment.
Some of these videos have had 20,000 or 30,000 views in 30 days, which shows me that a lot
of people maybe are falling for this sort of crap. I really hope you don’t fall for
this absolute nonsense. Think about it logically, eating lots of fruit, 15 pieces of fruit a
day, loaded with sucrose and fructose. What are you doing to your gut? Now, this particular person’s about 20 years
old and quite a fanatical vegan no doubt like a lot of vegans are. But I’d like to see this
particular person when she’s 50 like me to see what she looks like; if she’s still bubbly
and bright and bouncing around and all happy. She could be a big ball of lard at that stage;
we don’t really know what she’s going to look like. I’m not here to criticize her, but I’m going
to tell you that these sorts of approaches are absolute garbage. You know they may work
for 6 months or 12 months. They may work for her, but if you’re going to try this approach
with a seriously bad yeast infection and just eat fruit all day, how do you think you’re
going to feel? Within a couple of years, you’re going to be B-12 deficient, you’re going to
be Iron deficient, you’re going to get fatigued and tired, you’ll have recurring infections,
you’ll have blood sugar problems, and you’re going to feel pretty sick. I want you to take
my advice and don’t follow these sorts of ridiculous radical approaches. My approach makes a lot more sense and is
based on the work done by a naturopath and medical doctor many years ago. Dr. Trowbridge;
Dr. Trowbridge’s MEVI approach makes common sense to me. Eggs, vegetables, meats, yogurt,
cultured fermented foods, nuts and seeds, a wide range of different foods obviously
tailored to suit a specific person. Now I’m not here to argue the merits of veganism or
vegetarianism versus eating meat in the diet, but I’ve been through a strict stage in my
life where I’ve avoided all that or more, proteins, completely for a while and I felt
great. But then after a while, I didn’t feel great until I incorporated protein back into
my diet from an animal source. I’ll do some YouTube clips outlining the importance
of animal proteins in your diet, which I believe are very important. But it’s up to you to
decide what way you’re going to get your protein sources from. You may want to get them from
vegetable sources or legume sources or nuts and seeds or grains, there are many ways you
can get them. But to strictly avoid animal protein 100 percent and eat nothing but fruit
is a ridiculous, stupid, radical approach that will lead you on the path to illness
and disease and obesity well down the track. You can’t maintain these diets for 10 or 20
years. You can maintain them maybe for six months or a year. But with a chronic yeast
infection, I would not recommend you follow this approach. I hope that dispels that ridiculous myth.
How do I get rid of a yeast infection under
my breast? This is a question I’ve been asked a couple of times. Not so much as many of
the other ones, but it’s an important one to answer. First thing to determine is whether it is
a yeast infection or not, and sometimes a swab will do this. Sometimes a good visual
inspection will give you that idea, but generally in areas like the folds of the skin around
the belly or under the breast or between the buttocks or even around the thigh area, if
a person’s quite large, of course, this is going to be a perfect breeding ground for
Candida. You’ve got the darkness, the moisture, perspiration, all that in that area and Candida
is going to like to grow in that area. The most obvious thing to do is to if it’s
possible is to look at some kind of breast reduction or how we can stop this skin from
sort of like hanging together there creating that. Maybe a bra or some kind of a device,
but you’re going to spend regular attention to that area to help overcome it. This condition
needs to be treated both locally as well as systemically.
I’ve had many women from Australia, New Zealand; I’ve treated with this condition over the
past many years, and generally I find my satisfactory long-term resolution is weight loss. Weight
loss will help because it’s going to help the body generally strengthen the immune system,
increase digestive function, we can get the bowel back in order again, reduce the ability
of the body to grow Candida internally, and also help it, therefore, externally. And externally,
we apply things like calendula cream or tea tree oil. We have showers twice per day. We
can get a natural kind of a powder and put dry powder under the breast area there to
keep the moisture away from the region that’s causing it. I wouldn’t use fungal creams if
I were you. I’d probably use a tea tree oil cream, as you can get these kind of products
at a good health food shop, a good cream with tea tree oil.
So dryness, sunshine, these are enemies of Candida. Allowing sun exposure to that area.
Keeping the area dry. Maybe some form of barrier for a while. Weight loss. Local application.
Internal treatment. Internal treatment follow my Candida Crusher program. Go to yeastinfection.org.
Do my quiz on CandidaCrusher.com to determine if you’re mild, moderate or severe and then
definitely treat the outcome based on the quiz. The quiz is amazing. We spent a lot
of time and money on that quiz to get it perfect. It’s the best quiz online. So you’ll be able
to determine with a high degree of accuracy how bad this is affecting you internally as
well as around the breast region. So give those suggestions a go. Thanks for
I’ve got a question here on somebody. What
causes a recurring yeast infection? Recurring yeast infections are caused by probably
a partial recognition of the problem and some treatment that’s been effective to a degree,
so you may know you’ve got this problem, you’ll fix it up a little bit. It’ll go away to a
degree, but then it will recur; it will come back again, so I commonly see this with people,
many different people, who are quite busy and active. They sort of want to get rid of
their yeast infection, but don’t invest the right amount of time or effort to really eradicate
it properly. This is very common with working people, busy
people, with moms with a couple of children, for example, or guys that are self-employed
or working quite hard, you know, have got jock itch, for example. These people are very
busy. They go about their life. They get symptoms. They treat the symptoms. The symptoms go away.
They feel good for a while, and then their symptoms recur. The only way you’re going
to prevent these recurring symptoms is by tackling this thing properly and by getting
on top of the problem or making the right lifestyle and diet changes long enough, usually
four to six months, consistently making these changes to eradicate this infection. Then
being vigilant, being very careful that you don’t get recurrence while monitoring this
condition. And then if the symptoms come up slightly, is to knock them on the head really
fast while making those changes again. I write about this a lot in my book, Candida
Crusher, that the big danger period for a lot of people is when they’re actually in
the recovery phase. Many people have got a lot to learn about a full recovery because
partial recovery with many chronic conditions is much more common than full recovery. I’d
say 75 percent of people partially recover. Partial recovery can be meaning as symptom
free for weeks to months, but full recovery means no symptoms for 12 months plus. There’s
a big difference. Most websites and books and practitioners you see will pitch to you
partial recovery through their treatments because they don’t push you hard enough or
give the patient the right information they need to fully recover. What causes recurring yeast infections is
a partial application of wanting to get well, not fully committing. It’s almost like you’ve
got a job and from eight to five, five days a week, but you turn up at the job three or
four times a week. You don’t go five days a week. You’re not really fully committed
to that job. You’re going to annoy a lot of people. You’ll probably end up getting fired
from that job. It’s the same with a yeast infection. Some
people say to me, Look, I will do everything you say, but I’m not going to give up alcohol.
Of course they’re going to get recurrence. Or as soon as they get a cough or a cold,
they go straight for the antibiotic. Bang! Recurrence. Or they’re over at a wedding and
they’re feeling really good. They’ve felt good for two or three months. They’re at a
wedding, and they get offered some champagne, some nice cakes, and some candies and things
like that, and then they really go into this. They binge on this. They come home and a day
later, Oh, I feel so bad. I’ve got bad bloating, or things like that. Recurrence. So Recurrence is more common if you’ve had
a period of feeling really good, and then you go all out and you go crazy and have a
bit of a binge on something, and then wham, the symptoms recur. It pays to be vigilant
and to be careful with your diet and lifestyle for a good four to six months at a minimum
before you start going back into some of your old habits that lead you to the yeast infection
in the first place. If you can bear some of those points in mind,
you can prevent recurrence of Candida infections. I hope that answers some of your questions. Thank you.