Title: Gastrointestinal Yeast Overgrowth
Key words: candida albicans, gut commensal, gut fermentation profiles, chronic yeast overgrowth, dysbiosis, investigations, treatment
Date: Oct 2000
Category: The Gut
Author: Dr C Forsyth
Gastrointestinal Yeast Overgrowth
Candida albicans is a normal gut commensal but in certain circumstances candida and other yeasts can proliferate and cause major problems. In current main-stream medicine we only treat gut candida when it is a potential source for vaginal or systemic candida; the GI yeast overgrowth syndrome is not yet recognised. Of 284 Gut Fermentation Profiles (Biolab) performed in an eight year period, 56% were positive for intestinal yeast overgrowth.
The effects of chronic gut candidiasis include:
In GI yeast overgrowth a strong fungal sensitivity (yeast, mould and mushroom/toadstool) frequently develops. For this reason major improvement does not occur unless the patient avoids:
1) ingested fungi
2) sugar (as this stimulates the growth of GI tract yeasts)
If chronic GI yeast overgrowth is a major problem in a patient, treatment produces a very dramatic multi-system improvement in their symptomatology, health and well-being. If the predisposing factors are not identified and dealt with adequately, long term maintenance treatment will be required.
The following symptoms may indicate chronic GI yeast overgrowth:
A history of candida elsewhere - oral, vaginal, etc
Chemical sensitivities - petrol, diesel, paint fumes, perfumes, etc.
Cravings for sugars, refined carbohydrates, yeasted foods, incl. alcohol
Fatigue, lethargy, "woolly head"
History of repeated or long term use of antibiotics
Irritability, mood swings, depression
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Mould sensitivity- symptoms worse in damp environments
Onset or worsening in symptoms after antibiotics
Onset or worsening in symptoms during or soon after pregnancy
Onset or worsening in symptoms on oral contraceptives
Recurrent sterile UTI's
Sexual partner has had candida problems
Symptoms worse in damp environmentsUrticariaWorsening of symptoms after eating sugars, refined carbohydrates, yeasted foods, mushrooms.
Some Causes of Chronic GI Yeast Overgrowth:
Exspore & Candaway used together, one of each tds with each meal for 4-6 weeks
Oregano complex & Bioacidophilus, two with evening meal for 6 weeks