Few would doubt that there has been a widespread increase in allergic conditions over the last 50 years and the reasons for this are complex and multi-factorial. This syndrome argues that sugar/yeast sensitivity is an aggravating factor in many common medical conditions and may be a contributory factor to increased allergies in general.
Why is this condition becoming more common?
The past 50 years have been unique in the history of lifestyle and medicine. Frequent use of antibiotics, contraceptive pill and the high intake of refined sugar all predispose to fungal infections. There are also genetic factors involved in that people’s overall immunity can be normal, but they are vulnerable to yeast/fungal infections.
What are the most common symptoms?
Patients with this syndrome may have a variety of symptoms e.g. Vaginal thrush, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hormone imbalance, joint pains, Eczema, Urticaria, chemical sensitivity. They may also have generally decreased energy and well being. Not all of these conditions are related to yeast hypersensitivity, but this approach is worth considering in patients with a relevant history.
How is this condition treated?
- Diet. Reduction of intake of sugar and yeast for a trial period. With improvement, the need for rigid dietary restrictions lessen.
- Anti-fungal medication. One of the theories of this syndrome is that there is a reservoir of abnormal yeast within the digestive tract. Different anti-fungal medications including Nystatin powder and Caprylic Acid may be indicated for long term relief.
- Symptoms vary with each Candida patient and individually selected medications including Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Medicines may be indicated.
- Allergy testing may also be indicated in some patients. Skin prick test (SPT) may show reaction to mould, yeast and candida antigen.
- Acupuncture – This can be of benefit either by boosting energy and immunity and specific local points e.g. bowel and hormonal balance.