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Can Candida Cause Depression?

August 27, 2019

Greetings, Eric Becker. Thank you for tuning in. I’ve got a question here also from Sarat. Now I just did a question for Sarat Rowrashnadish
I can’t get my mouth around that one. So, Sarat’s asking can vitamin B supplement
help with depression. Because I get depression, it becomes much
worse when I go on Candida Diet. The biggest issue for me with candida is depression. Please answer me. If you’ve noticed that a diet can initiate
depression or a diet influences a mood. It’s a very powerful reason to do a comprehensive
stool test. This is what I mentioned to you in the previous
video that you want to do stool testing because you’ve also got pain in your joints. So now we’ve established you’ve probably got
an inflammatory condition. And now we’ve established also you’ve got
a mood disorder. My feeling is you’ve got a problem with your
small intestine my friend. Something’s not right there with the small
bowel. I would put a week’s wages on that you’ve
either got a candida probably or you’ve got a bacterial problem like klebsiella or citrobacter. There’s something not right there. So stool testing will reveal all, and then
you can take it from there. I can tell you how many people I’ve seen where
the mood stabilized once we improved their digestive system’s health as much as we could. Their anxiety disappeared. Their depression went away. They just felt a lot happier. They engaged more in life. They enjoyed life a lot more. This just proves the point that you don’t
need drugs to make you feel happy. You need a happy belly to make your head feel
happy. So, if you get the second brain feeling good
then the primary brain’s gonna feel a lot better. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist with
an even better brain to figure that one out, do you? But it seems the medical profession can’t
understand how this can influence this. I can’t understand that. I really can’t. There are tens of thousands of studies that
have been conducted now in the last four to five years just on this topic alone. On anxiety, depression and the human market
biome and I believe that most of these studies are conducted to find the silver bullet that’s
going to yield the next trillion dollar drug. That’s what it’s all about. Years ago when doctors decided to work on
skin conditions like acne and psoriasis and things like that, they knew that vitamin A
worked really well on skin, but they didn’t want to use vitamin A. They wanted to use
synthetic vitamin A. They created these drugs called retinoids or synthetic forms and they
patented those and made money out of it. I fear the same will happen with probiotics,
that they’ll actually patent certain strains and say this is our probiotic and no one else
can touch it. It’s a shame they don’t think for in general,
but they just think for the corporate share holders. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? But nevermind. You can still get yourself right in this lifetime. Just try and think about doing some more advanced
testing, finding out what’s wrong with the tummy and then taking it from there. As I mentioned a happy belly means a happy
head. I hope that answers your question. You also said, “Can vitamin B supplement help
with depression?” It certainly can. You need to take a good B complex. The B’s I think most indicated with depression
would be pyridoxine, so B6. But also you want to take B1, thiamine, B2,
riboflavin, B3, niacin and B12, methylcobalamin seems to be the good form on B12 for brain
function. Thanks for tuning in.


  • Reply MDJ August 22, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Blessings to you for helping me and others with Candida. "What we do in life echoes in eternity."

  • Reply Zach B August 23, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Hello Dr. Bakker,

    I hope you can take a little time to review this comment. I am in desperate need of help with my health problems now at almost 7 years duration however it got much worse almost 3 years ago now. What started out is very bad digestive issues that no one I saw could find with some standard white coat testing including a endoscopy and colonoscopy took a sever crash in approximately 3 years ago. Suddenly my emotions and nervous system seem to fall apart on me and it felt like I was loosing my mind. No one understood what was going on and generally assumed I had psychological problems or that i had ptsd and needed to just relax. Keeping this message short as possible I have tried many diets generally only to end up feeling worse, the most recent being a candida diet and even the mevy diet after watching your videos. I felt awful and was loosing weight, with those diets I find myself always hungry regardless of how much protein I eat as well as feeling sick. I once ate chicken and vegetables and felt hungry and sicker with each bite yet my guts felt like they were getting solids inside. I tried paleo with the exception of a few corn tortillas and quinoa (advised by the practitioner I was seeing) for 6 months to get nowhere, I am willing to work hard and have no problem sticking to a diet but for some twisted reason I can not find anything that works, Its so frustrating to meet people who feel better when they simply drink a glass of water rather than a cola and im trying everything.I don't want to make this message any longer with allot of symptoms but a few, bloating, mood disorders, sleep issues, intense fatigue, burning feelings that generally come with bad emotional episodes, sensitivities to cold and hot and a compromised immune system, episodes of being very tired and wired. At this point I have no idea what to do and to my embarrassment have begun to consider ways I could escape this hell or shorten my life by ending it myself, if it where just me in honesty I don't think ide care, I'm too tired and can't stand always feeling miserable in my body and feeling strange emotions and out of it dream like states. But I have many people who love me very much forcing me to continue fighting this battle that truly feels hopeless. My actual questions to you come because we don't have allot of money, its a struggle really and I have to try and make the best choice on who to see.

    So my questions are if you will look over all of my medical documents before our consultation?, i have some sibo tests, one genova stool test, urine heavy metal tests, a DUTCH test, and a few other general tests done through white coat Drs. Does this sound like something you can help me with? I am in a very desperate place and now must do whatever I can to hang on and am even considering anti-depressants even though I do not think that's where the horrible feelings are coming from. My fear is that those will be the last push for me to kill myself or make things even worse. The idea of using some hormone therapy was put out even in the form of Oxytocin to help me cope and survive while getting my body right. Do you have experience with hormone therapy and cases as extreme as mine? , I am a subscriber though I recently had to create a new gmail account and re-subscribe to your channel. I know this is a long email but please respond, i couldn't explain how grateful we would be if you can help me get my life back or even hold on a little longer.

  • Reply Andrew Eich August 26, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Eric, I’ve been fighting candida for 8 months (likely after having it 15+ years), finally received a clean stool test, but still experiencing some lingering symptoms. Skin is not entirely cleared, dandruff & toenail fungus.
    Do I just need to give it more time? Should I still be dosing antifungals?

  • Reply Ann McCartan September 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I bought an organic curry paste but I've noticed it has cornstarch and white vinegar in it, would this be okay to have on the candida diet?

  • Reply Study everyday September 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Eric,
    I started to get my first Candida symptoms when I was 15 (I am now 21), with every year my health got worse until I thought my only way out of my poor health would be suicide… no doctor had an answer, they only gave me more antibiotics (gladly I didn't take them and also NO pain medicine I was always scared of stuff like that ). In the last year, I experienced over 30 Candida Symptoms. (A lot of depression, anxiety and panic attacks, a looot of pain in my whole body, I couldn't write with my hands or move my legs..and soo sooo much more). BUT FINALLY after assuming I had a gluten problem, cutting out gluten and becoming vegan I found the answer myself: CANDIDA! When I saw all of the symptoms described on the Internet, I immediately made a stool test, and yes, I had a lot of Candida in my gut (my gut was very acidic) and mouth. I cut out all starchy veggies, all gluten (I was already gf) all animal products ( I already was vegan) and all sugars, sadly fruit too. I counted 37 symptoms (I am keeping track of them for now 4 years…but no doctor saw the connection with my gut…), and after staying on the candida diet for now 3 months, I only have 6 symptoms left. yay
    I recently found your channel and THANK YOU SO MUCH for promoting a healthy lifestyle and explaining Candida issues so well! I wish I would have seen your channel earlier!!!
    Now finally my question: Even though most of my symptoms are gone, I actually got a new one! 😮 Directly after starting the Candida diet I got problems with my voice. On most days my voice is lost and tired (I sleep enough. Finally, my insomnia is gone, last year I couldn't sleep more than 2 hours, and now I am on a constant 7-9 hour schedule). I am very concerned with my voice, because I am a pr​ofessional singer, so my voice is significant to me. Btw I do not take any Antifungals from the Pharmacy, only natural once like Garlic, turmeric etc. (I once took them for 5 days, and I experienced Hair loss, sooo…). And I stopped taking birth control, cut out all makeup and shampoo, etc. from the drug store and only use natural oils for my skin (my skin is still bad though..). I try to avoid stress as much as possible, I go for a run 3 times a week (Finally my asthma is gone *yay*) and try not to use plastic especially when food is involved. Do you maybe know an answer? Is it common to get "Laryngitis" when fighting Candida? I read some things about it but most sources aren't reliable, so I think it is more save to ask you. Sorry, for the very long text, but I hope you will answer me. Thank you so much for your time! Thank you so much for reading ALL of this <3 Greetings from Germany – Chiara

  • Reply Andrew Eich September 17, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Eric, we spoke last week on Skype as well, but today I was advised I may need a dose of Amoxicillin or clindamycin to treat a potential tooth infection I had crowned a few months back. This tooth really hurts & I have a history w/ these issues that ultimately lead to root canal. I've been putting some drops of GSE which does help ease the pain temporarily, but I am very worried the only way to fix this is a brief cycle of either of the above antibiotic & will basically offset the last 9 months of grueling hard work we've put in. However, these are different antibiotics from what my history was of doxycycline, tetracycline & bactrim… not sure if that even matters.
    Any advise?

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