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Ok, so I took the candida test this morning and failed miserably in so far as my results were definitely not "normal." ANyone familiar with this test? Is it credible? I can't find a main stream website (like Mayoclinc) that mentions it, only holistic. Anyone did this and change their diet accordingly?

My friend, a doctor, thinks that since my bloodwork was inconclusive for celiacs BUT I definitely respond to certain "wheaty" products more so than others, it may be candida.

Anyone else coping with this? If so, how-- did/do your doctors support you? HOw are you treating it? How do you explain it to your friends/family? What have you found to be helpful?

THanks, Jennifer

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Hi Jennifer,

I'm not familiar with the candida test, though I've been reading about it and it interests me. I'm starting to come into contact with people whose doctors have used it with credible results. I discovered my issues with candida first by taking the long version of the candida quiz. My score was horrendous! I read anything I could about candida, and particularly like Dr. Crook's book The Yeast Connection and Women's Health. I then began taking an over-the-counter anti fungal (I chose grape fruit seed extract) at the same time as changing my diet to "starve the yeast." I had great results, which only improved when my doctor prescribed Nystatin, a prescription-strength anti fungal. Knowing that my doctor was not educated about candida and had her doubts, I sent her some copies of pages from the book that pertained to my most critical symptoms prior to my appointment. She decided we didn't have much to lose, so she prescribed Nystatin. I just had my physical after a year of treatment and she could not deny my results - I'm practically symptom free. Now I'm addressing other potential imbalances in the gut through diet and taking a good quality probiotic.

Hope this was helpful,

Kim

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Ok, so I took the candida test this morning and failed miserably in so far as my results were definitely not "normal." ANyone familiar with this test? Is it credible? I can't find a main stream website (like Mayoclinc) that mentions it, only holistic. Anyone did this and change their diet accordingly?

My friend, a doctor, thinks that since my bloodwork was inconclusive for celiacs BUT I definitely respond to certain "wheaty" products more so than others, it may be candida.

Anyone else coping with this? If so, how-- did/do your doctors support you? HOw are you treating it? How do you explain it to your friends/family? What have you found to be helpful?

THanks, Jennifer

I was diagnosed with candida by a DNA microbial (stool) test. My naturopath gave me nystatin, followed by high dose probiotics. Nystatin intially caused some nausea side effects, but that disappeared after 3 days. I stayed on Nystatin almost 5 months, but had no more side effects. It's an inexpensive, easy drug to take. It does not harm the liver, like stronger drugs (difulcan). My next DNA microbial stool test showed absolutely NO candida. I did NOT follow the 'candida diet (restrict sweets, fruits and a bunch of other foods), but I don't overeat sweets anyway. However, the Nystatin completely eliminated my candida.

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