Candidiasis – Disease Or Alternative Medicine Fad

Candida has been a topic since 1978 and 1980, when Dr. Orion Truss’ seminal papers were published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Psychology. Conventional medical authorities, however want more research before they accept a diagnosis of chronic candida. Building on the work of Dr. Truss in 1983 Dr. Bill Crook published the most widely known book on this subject “The Yeast Connection.” Despite the success of many people who have followed a candida overgrowth program, Dr. Truss’ original theories are still just that, theories.

Now, conventional medicine does recognize a condition with remarkably similar symptoms and imbalances. This condition is dysbiosis, which is defined as a medical condition caused by microbial imbalances in the body. This begs the question, are we fighting the same battle from two fronts? We will spend most of our time here comparing these two, and let the facts sort themselves out. In my opinion call it what you want, but we have people suffering from this imbalance and they are in need of help, wherever it comes from!

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine contains the following definition of Candidiasis. Candidiasis is an infection by a species of the yeast Candida, usually Candida Albicans. This is a common cause of vaginal yeast infections in women. Also, Candida can cause mouth infections in people with reduced immune function, or in patients taken certain antibiotics. Candida can be found in most people, but causes problems in only a fraction. In recent years, however several serious categories of Candidiasis have emerged, due to overuse of antibiotics, the rise of AIDS, and the use of invasive devices (catheters, artificial joints, and valves), all of which increase a patient’s susceptibility to infection. As one can see from this definition, Candidiasis can be summed up as a microbial imbalance in the body. The oral version of Candidiasis is commonly known as Thrush and may occur when ones immune system has been compromised by surgery, chemo treatments or overuse of antibiotics.

Many practitioners believe the over prescribing of antibiotics, as well as the intake of antibiotics through a diet containing conventionally produced meats has contributed to the rapid increase of Candidiasis cases. Food allergies may also have a link to this condition.

So, now we see some commonalities between these two, but are there differences? The main difference is simply that Candidiasis relates only to the bacteria it’s named for Candida especially Candida Albicans. Dysbiosis, however could refer to any bacterial imbalance in the digestive system. A simple stool test can be performed to determine exactly which bacteria is present in overabundance. From there a plan can be constructed to return your body to a state of balance.Some ways to enter into these imbalances are from taking broad spectrum antibiotics, eating processed and refined foods. In the case of Candida it is a yeast and is fed by yeast products.