Candida: A Diagnosis Often Missed, Sometimes Overdiagnosed
A recent question to the Wellness Club went as follows:
I just wanted to know whether stool test is enough to find out whether I have candida overgrowth because I seem to be suffering from most of the symptoms.
We get a lot of questions like this – and unfortunately, health is rarely so simple (despite what Big Pharma and Big Medicine would like you to believe!). Sure, there are tests – but how to know which test, and then how to know what to make of the results of the test? This is tough enough for many doctors – and almost impossible for most laypersons.
Even though your local shopping mall may have almost as many walk-in whole-body CAT scan offices as they do tanning salons, our medical diagnostics have not yet evolved to the level of the “Medical Tricorder” wielded by the famous Dr. “Bones” McCoy in the old Star Trek TV Series. “Bones” would wave this marvelous warbling testing gadget over his patient and it would give him an instant and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Real life in today’s world is not so easy – too bad – and today’s physician must be skilled in interpreting and helping patients to make sense of test results.
Dr. Myatt has this advise for Rimsha:
A person can have a yeast overgrowth that might not show up on just a stool test.
For a more complete look, I’d recommend both a stool yeast test AND a Candida antibody test:
Candida stool test:
Candida antibodies test:
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.
The Candida antibodies 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.
If these two tests don’t point to a yeast overgrowth (as they may not), then other things need to be looked at. Learn more here http://drmyattswellnessclub.com/candidiasis.htm but here’s the “short course.”
Candidiasis: 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!
Hope this helps!
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