Hi. My name is Dr. Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and today, I’m going to talk to you about candida curse: is yeast ruining your health? And this is something that we’re going to go over. Basically, some basic symptoms of yeast overgrowth. How to find out if you have it? And then some solutions for you to help you get better.
A Patient’s Symptoms
So I’ve been practicing for over thirty years now. I’ve been doing chiropractic, nutrition, functional medicine. And the typical- as a typical patient I would see, so this woman came in a while back- 38 years old, complaining of fatigue, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, belching, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, eczema on most of her body, irritability, mood swings, PMS, headaches, dizziness, itchy eyes, dry skin and hair, easy bruising, chest pain, hyperactivity, sinus congestion, rashes, itching, food allergies, hair loss, frequent urination, frequent- recurring yeast infections, sugar, bread, and alcohol cravings, and insomnia, and brain fog. And that’s more of a typical patient that I see.
Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free
She had seen many doctors over the prior 10 to 15 years. She had urged her allergist. She’s been to many different specialists. Finally, she got her allergist to test her for celiac disease and sure enough, that was positive. And so she did- she went on a gluten-free diet. She started feeling better but she still had all her symptoms and she temporarily felt better a little bit. Some of her symptoms subsided, but she still had all those other symptoms I mentioned and she was soon back to just feeling terrible. So she found our office, did some initial evaluations, and thorough testing, and found out, amongst other things, and typically, when someone has all these symptoms, it’s just not one thing.
Yeast Overgrowth – Candida and Antibiotic Use
It’s usually a multiple of things but one of the main things- the main primary things going on her was yeast overgrowth- candida. So yeast is a type of fungus and candida is an- candida albicans is the most popular type of yeast and normally, we have a normal amount in our systems, in our gut but when that gets out of balance and overgrown, that’s when you can get all these symptoms. And one of the most common causes of this is antibiotic use. I mean, even one course- one course a week of antibiotics can wipe out your healthy, good bacteria for months and months and just- that allows a yeast overgrowth and all the bad bacteria and yeast to overgrow and kind of take over.
Acid-Blocking Drugs and Yeast Overgrowth
So there’s that, and there’s antacids, one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States is acid-blocking drugs. And if you look on their side effects, one of the primary ones is yeast overgrowth- candidiasis. Because you’re killing off acid in your stomach and that’s one of the primary protective mechanisms we have against yeast and bacteria- pathogenic bacteria. So yeast overgrowth, you know, from acid-blocking drugs, birth control pills, and other ones. So that’s why women much more common have yeast overgrowth than men although men have it too.
Symptoms and the Impact
So the things that can affect like- basically some of the- many different areas in the body-brain function, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, dizziness, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, sinuses- sinus congestion, post nasal drip. You ever feel like this because this keeps going down. Chronic cough- if you’re overly sensitive to perfumes and fragrances or driving- you know, driving, you know, people’s exhaust or diesel trucks. So overly sensitive to that allergies, itchy ears. So this is- although it’s more- most common in women, it’s just something that I dealt with years ago.
Yeast and Autoimmune Conditions
And yeast overgrowth also is one of the more common cause with autoimmune conditions. So over and over and over again, patients I see- I see so many patients with Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune conditions. And yeast overgrowth is one of the primary drivers for this. And that is actually what I had which caused my autoimmune conditions which I was able to get cleared up almost 10 years ago now.
Dr. Tom’s Health Situation
So what caused mine? Well, my father was a medical doctor. So growing up, I was on a lot of antibiotics like every little sniffle. When I was like seven years- six, seven- five, six, seven, a chronic sinus congestion. So what’s the antibiotic? Let’s take it for that. So that was just wreaking havoc on my system, ultimately ending up getting my tonsils removed. So and then, that just kind of set the stages for all of these yeast related issues and a whole bunch of other things. So some of the- getting back to sinus, itchy- I would have my left- itchiness in my ear. For some reason, mostly only my left and whenever I would- as I got older, like have a glass of wine or have some bread or apple cider vinegar. You know, which were supposed to be so healthy for you.
Ear Itching and Other Yeast-Related Symptoms
Whenever I’d have that, my ear would start itching and that’s all yeast related. Of course, I had abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea. Constipation is another cause- didn’t really have that. IBS, yeast is almost always involved with gut issues that I say- and I certainly had plenty of that food sensitivities. So when you have yeast overgrowth, that can cause leaky gut, which then makes you more prone- increases the number of food reactions you have. And I had plenty of food reactions- gluten and many other foods.
Consider Genitourinary Symptoms
And as far as genitourinary symptoms, so vaginal yeast infections, of course. That’s like- that’s really all the medical profession really- the traditional medical person only will recognize is yeast overgrowth as vaginal yeast infections and they give you, you know, on the topical prescription for that and that’s pretty much the extent of that. They don’t really believe at all or acknowledge that yeast can affect you systemically, except in severe cases and hospitalized patients. But it’s really not on the radar and if I even bring it up, patients telling me, they’re just like, laughed out of the room. But you know, with traditional medicine, it kind of runs- like in the military. The old policy ‘don’t ask. Don’t tell.’. It’s like one symptom, one drug.
More and More Symptoms
You know, you get past that one symptom and you know, they don’t hear anything or else you can get- if you- but that one- that woman had thirty-eight different symptoms and they’re going to give her thirty-eight different drugs for that or something. Well, she did get out of dozens of specialist though. But anyway, skin issues, acne, sunspots and this is what something I had when I was in college. They call them sunspots- these white spots on your back and neck and shoulders. That’s related to yeast- internal yeast overgrowth and you can- you can absolutely get rid of those.
What Can Happen When You Get Yeast Under Control
When you get this yeast under control, fungal infections on your nails, white coating on your tongue, eczema, psoriasis, skin rashes, itchy ear- itchy eyes, ears, or skin. One of those common things with patients, the itchiness all over their body. At night, especially and it’s just driving them crazy and when we put them on the diet, we’re gonna talk about and some of the supplements, it clears up. Within a matter of a few weeks, it can start clearing up. [00:09:30.13] it’s something like plenty of muscle- joint pain or muscle ache- muscle aches and pains, fibromyalgia type symptoms, plenty of aches and pains, autoimmune conditions, and then craving sugar, alcohol, or bread, difficulty losing weight, PMS- those are other symptoms. There’s even more but those are the basic.
What’s the Solution?
That’s enough for today and then so what’s the solution to those? We went over a lot of this symptom. So basically it comes down to number one: how do you even know if you have those? In our seven-step functional free program, my step one is doing a thorough evaluation- a whole body health analysis and that includes a lab testing and for yeast, if we suspect that, stool testing is very important because that can determine the parasites, yeast, bacteria, what type, what can help clear it up. So doing a thorough evaluation and secondly, well in symptom picture- symptom profile is important.
As far as treatment goes. It’s pretty straightforward and simple – it is the diet we will go over. It’s basically called the Free Diet which the term I came up with it because it’s not only free of gluten but free of the most common allergens- gluten, grains, yeast, sugar, soy, legumes, dairy, etc. And within this Free Diet, is the candida diet. There’s also a bunch of other diets within this- all in one. So you don’t have to do a candida diet. You don’t have to do a gluten-free diet. You don’t have to do a Paleo diet. This encompasses all of that so I’m taking the best of all of it into one diet.
A Quick Summary
So anyway, it’s just in summary and if you want to a copy of phase one of the Free Diet, just click here. that, I’m going to put a link below of phase one of the free diet. So just click on that. We’re happy to send that to you. But just in summary, involves avoiding starches and sugar and even most fruit because you’re really coming down to sugar intake – starches and sugars- that’s what yeast thrives on. And what you’re doing is eating plenty of healthy proteins, vegetables, plenty of healthy fats. Take one serving of fruit today and its outlined in there but that diet what you do is hoping to starve off the yeast as yeast loves sugar and loves yeast, of course- like wine, beer, vinegar, and mushrooms- things like that. Anything with yeast and fermented foods, even and nutritional supplement.
There’s this diet and then there’s nutritional supplement. The one I like the best that I found over the years- what really works the best is natural medicine formulas. A product called Yeast Defeat that has different ingredients, herbs in it and other ingredients that help kill off excess yeast. And then we have our probiotic line. So ProbioSupreme™ 30– that’s so vitally important to getting the normal but healthy bacteria increase in your gut. So between the free diet, the supplements and there are almost always other things involved as well besides that, because these can wreak havoc on your system.
Start With the Diet and Move Forward
So we address kind of getting these other things under control as well. But basically, if you just start and follow the diet then that itself can start helping you feel better. And then adding these antifungal supportive digestive supplements can help dramatically. Let me know if you have any questions or any other things you want me to cover.
No matter what’s going on, I know a lot of so many people that come in and a lot of you out there have these chronic health issues and you’re just feeling terrible just inside and out. But really, if you just get- if you can get to the underlying root cause and start addressing these and you know, come up with some permanent solutions for these, if you identify the cause, then you can come up with solutions to help get these things cleared up. And your body does have an amazing ability to heal so you can get better.
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