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Case Study 20 Eric Bakker Chronic Candida Yeast Infection

August 14, 2019

I’m going to do another case history, and
this is going to be my case history. It’s going to be quite different. This is a 25-year-old
guy called Eric Bakker. In 1986, he was just turning 26. So this is my own personal story.
You might like to hear my personal story on how I came to really develop a burning passion
for helping people like you out there with Candida.
You may like to hear my own personal story about the yeast infection I used to have when
I was in my 20s. I used to live by myself in a small house in a place called Brisbane
in Australia, and this little house was in a suburb that was prone to flooding. It was
cheap rent, and I was working in a flourmill at the time. I’d been living on my own for
about five years at that point. One week I would work the day shift. One week I’d work
the afternoon shift. And the following week, I would work the night shift.
I started to feel increasingly stressed and tired and one winter developed a bad cough.
It got worse to the point where I took an antibiotic. My little house was cold and damp,
and I had to bail water out of my bedroom after it rained heavily. I did tell you it
was cheap rent. The walls were covered in a thin, moist film that I later discovered
was mold. My diet wasn’t the best at times. I was craving sweet foods, take out, and lots
of bread. Either my bowels were blocked or I was experiencing diarrhea and lots of gas.
I felt terrible, and my health was going downhill fast. My skin started to get itchy and I developed
a bad case of athlete’s foot and jock itch. To give you a background on all this, a few
years prior, I had 13 amalgam fillings replaced over a period of two weeks in 1983. I started
to notice that my health was beginning to deteriorate and by early ’85, I was feeling
increasingly anxious. I developed skin rashes, athlete’s foot, and many manifestations of
a Candida yeast infection, all unbeknown to me at the time, including very strong sweet
cravings. I had issues with my girlfriend who thought
I was a hypochondriac because my health had deteriorated to the point where I had to seek
medical help. But the doctor was of little help because all the tests results came back
normal, and he wanted me to see a psychiatrist. I knew I wasn’t going crazy. I knew that there
was something undermining my health, and I couldn’t put a finger on it until I read the
Yeast Connection by Dr. William Crook and then later I read the Missing Diagnosis by
Dr. Orion Truss. I’ve read about 50 books since then on Candida, but the first one by
Crook was quite a good book. My girlfriend at the time started to doubt
me and told me that my problems were all in my head. A view strongly supported by her
mother and that I needed to wake up to myself. See a shrink and take anti-depressants. I
decided to end that unsupportive relationship and move out of their flat and had a garage
sale a few weekends later to downsize. A naturopath was looking through some of my gear at a garage
sale and asked me why I had dark circles under my eyes. I told her about my health and the
first thing she told me was to get a hair analysis to determine the mercury levels because
she thought the mercury fillings being replaced, it could have caused a problem. And she said
there may be a connection there with that and the Candida.
I went to see her and showed her Dr. Crook’s book, and what she said made a heck of a lot
of sense. And I started getting treatment for my yeast infection. Unfortunately, she
didn’t walk me through a proper mercury detoxification, I felt very, very sick, and I had a bad Herxheimer
reaction. I had a lot of vomiting and diarrhea for quite a few weeks. And this, in fact,
was one of the lowest points in my life. When at one point, I had considered taking my own
life because I was so unsupported. No one wanted to listen to me. I felt terrible. The
doctor told me I was nuts. My mother said I was crazy. My girlfriend didn’t listen.
Is it any wonder people jump off bridges or do crazy things? If no one is there to listen
to you at all, all the doors get closed in your face. There’s no support at all. What’s
the point in living even? When you’re at your lowest point, often that’s a turning point
and it was for me. This is something I wouldn’t wish upon anybody.
My whole world came crashing down around me. I had no girlfriend. My girlfriend’s mother
and even my own mother thought I was nuts. I was unemployed and I felt absolutely terrible.
How much worse could it get? After many hours of reading and studying, it took over a year
to get my life back. And that’s when I started to get into naturopathy. I started to really
study and think I’ve got to really do something with my life. I’ve got to help other people
out, too. I went on a very careful dietary regime of
steamed vegetables, lean proteins, eggs, free-range eggs. I started to realize I had to build
my health from the inside out. I got rid of that stupid job. I never went back to doctors.
In fact, the last doctor I saw was back in 1985. That’s the last time I’ve seen a doctor.
I started to realize that relaxation was a key thing for me, too, because I was a very
anxious person with obsessive-compulsive traits and I overcame a lot of that through relaxation.
In the early to mid-80s, health care professionals didn’t see Candida as any kind of problem,
and naturopaths treated it as a very basic kind of a problem. Basically, you’re left
to sort out your own mess. I met my partner I’ve got today back then who was very encouraging
and she said, “Eric, you need to study this stuff and help other people out because for
every person like you, there are probably 10,000 out there that would never ever help
themselves.” And since having regained my health and not having Candida back again,
my health is just improving decade after decade. I’ll be 55 this year and I feel absolutely
awesome. I feel completely amazing, and it’s all to do with relaxation, eating good foods,
understanding the principles of naturopathy. Fresh air, clean water, open and honest communication
with people, avoiding bad people, things like that.
There are many things you can do to improve your own health, but what I want you to get
from this video is not to doubt yourself. If you’ve Candida and no one is listening
to you, if nobody believes you, if you’ve got skin problems and gut problems, go and
see someone who is willing to listen to you and give you some good advice because there
are a lot of people out there that are expert at treating these conditions. That’s why I
became an expert so I could help people. I got sick and tired of not being listened to
or believed in by people, and a lot of my patients that see me today from many countries
tell me a very similar story. Your story might be the same.
If you haven’t already done so, please do my quiz. Go to Take the
quiz. Check out I set that site up for people just like you. And
also consider my Canxida range of dietary supplements. I would have loved Canxida when
I was in my 20s. It would have really helped me overcome my yeast infection much faster,
sooner rather than later, because I mucked around with a lot of people taking all sorts
of crappy supplements and drugs and I got nowhere for a long time.
Candida Crusher was written for people like me. I hope that if you’ve got a yeast infection
problem that you’re not going to waste a lot of time, even have doubts about your own sanity,
and maybe even have feelings as I had of not wanting to live any longer. The book was written
for people like that. I hope this has given you a bit of insight into why I wrote Candida
Crusher. Thank you for tuning in.


  • Reply Mike Litoris April 10, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Dr. Bakker, are you familiar with Andy Cutler's mercury chelation protocol?

  • Reply Gd Snuff April 10, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I just placed and order for Canxida and am seeing a naturopath.

  • Reply Dan Williams November 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Eric,
    Just wondering how can i tell the difference from a candida and a parasite infection?
    Thanks fellow Kiwi.

  • Reply enthiran January 14, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Eric can you suggest any naturopaths in Netherlands?

  • Reply Gabrielle Karam August 5, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Thank you for this Eric. I have chronic candida, worse then you did. I listen to this when I am getting discouraged and want to give up. It helps me a lot to know I'm not alone. Thanks again!

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Check my range of candida supplements here:

  • Reply Lee Mancer February 1, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Hi Eric, can you eat gar gum in coconut cream for coconut probiotic yogurt on the Candida diet, thanks Lee

  • Reply JelenaStamenkovic July 17, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I am a 26 y/o student from Serbia and last 3 years I am suffering the same symptoms as you did. I have visited numbers of Western medicine specialists and none of them had a clue what is happening with me. I had the same situation with the family and friends, all of them were saying that it is all in my head and that I should visit a psychiatrist. It was 3 years of hell and I wanted to die like you too. My studies suffered greatly and my hobbies and social life too. It all started after taking few rounds of strong antibiotics prescribed by doctors for treating E.Coli, but I could not connect it back then. During the time, my sympthoms developed and I was constantly bloated like my stomach is going to explode. I had sharp pains when eating. Gasses for the whole day, alternating between constipation for week or more and very bad dhiareas. My hair was falling out like crazy . I was exhausted, sleeping during the whole day and still waking up tired and yawning. My body was so weak I could not climb the stairs. I would start breathing heavily, sometimes I would faint. I looked like walking dead. My mood then started to deterriorate and I was lethargic, depressive, I had very bad brain fog. My vision got very bad suddenly. I was always been very physically active, ate much healthier that my mates, so all this was like some unexplained punishment for me. I was desperate, sometimes crying from the feelings of helplesness. As I was always into nutrition and health, I started studying about it a lot, and I got some clues and helped myself to some degree. Finally, a month ago I have decided trying with alternative medicine, and the doctor diagnosed me with very bad candida in the gut. I have to mention that when they took my stool once to check for parasites and candida they found nothing. This naturopath told me it is happening very often and that these tests are unreliable. I have started bioresonance therapy a month ago, and the docotor gave me lemongrass essential oil and some homeopathy. In the meantime, I have found your channel and started following your advices on nutrition and suplements for treating Candida and I have to thank you so much. After only few days my bloated stomach came to normal, I do not have those gasses, I can get up in the morning easier than I was able in the last few years, and my energy levels and brain clarity are increasing. I had some reactions though, like headaches and extreme nausea yesterday. I am going to watch other videos of yours and hopefully will regain my health back. Thank you again and good luck to all the people on the same journey!

  • Reply Carol O. July 26, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Hello I have a lot of filling in my mouth. Am I going to get rid of candida if I go on the diet or is it a lost cause and the diet won't help can you get back with me and let me know? Carol

  • Reply D P August 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing. Sounds a lot like my life. After watching 1 of your videos on Thurs, I decided to go against advice given & order a stool test.

  • Reply Teri Moore August 21, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Great testimony…thanks for sharing

  • Reply Rockin Roberta September 23, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Thank you!!!:) 🌸 I’m starting to heal my candida too. It’s a difficult journey but you assure me it can be done. Xo

  • Reply Almendra Rosas October 1, 2018 at 1:55 am

    I remember this story, thank you for always being so true with all of us. I truly appreciate you Dr !❤️

  • Reply Davey Morgan October 3, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Great video.
    I been trying to figure out what's wrong with me for years really.
    It's good to know that you went through the same thing Eric.

  • Reply Diane Ibsen October 21, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Thank you so much for your honesty and for sharing your story Eric. You are a very dear a sweet man. I have a very similar story to yours. Unsupported, unemployed and living at poverty level most of my adult life. My mom said and still wonders if I am a hypochondriac..Whatever! BTW she still lives and is married to the man that molested me and my sisters. People not listening..drugs, psychiatry, anxiety, depression. lived in a flood zone in a moldy house ..sick, sick and mentally unwell. never married or had kids..lonely path amazing Im still here. I read Dr. Crooks book and not sure why it didn't help me? I am wanting to get a hair analysis. I have "obama" care Medicaid. not sure if this is covered..also want to do a liver test. Very tired after a long day. good night and hugs to you!

  • Reply Diane Ibsen October 21, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Ps I am grateful for the internet that I dont have to feel so support group for this condition. I have had candida overgrowth since 1984 or "85? and I am now 51 years old. Sometimes it feels unbelievable to me.

  • Reply Jasmin Hodges December 6, 2018 at 8:20 am

    My gastro doctor told me yesterday that everyone has candida in the gut and it doesn't overgrow. Despite my stool analysis results i showed him. He said it's all about gut brain connection and my stress. I asked him why do I get better when having no yeast or sugar and he said it was a placebo. He diagnosed Ibs and discharged me. I tried to tell him that ibs wouldn't cause chronic itchy skin and other symptoms but he just wouldn't comment.

  • Reply GEE OZZ February 6, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    I am getting soooo much from your videos much more than just the educating side of ailments BUT the reality side and mental side and much more than just the physical side. Ty for sharing your channel is real natural and more

  • Reply Renee Vicars February 6, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    You are a blessing. I have felt the same way not wanting to go on & cried so much. Several Dr's told me there was no such thing as this. One Dr even snarled like I was so gross which made me feel crazy and beneath her. I never went back. Thank you so very much for sharing your story it helps so much not to feel alone in this world.

  • Reply Sal Montalvo May 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Dr. I've had the same symptoms for years and as yourself I also lived in a small house that also had a mold issue. I remember getting a very bad pneumonia while I was living there. I've always been against pharmaceuticals but I had to finally take a Z pack. This was approx 5 yrs ago, but I had the symptoms for 15+ yrs. anyways to make a long story short, This is my second week on organic steamed veggies, lean meats, wild caught fish and organic free range eggs. I'm also a chef so I can make pretty much anything. these are the items I'm taking. Extra virgin coconut oil, clove tea, black walnut extract, oregano oil, neem tablets, candida support tabs with Pau D' Arco, oregano oil, black walnut and caprylic acid. and I'm also taking probulin probiotic 10 billion cfu. also I'm drinking and cooking with distilled water which I've been doing for yrs. I'm not consuming carbs, starch, sugars and caffein. no coffee and not dry nuts fruits. I've lost a few pounds but I'll try to control that. I was also told that biting into the grapefruit seeds and consuming them also help to reduce candida. I have a question. Is Avocado good on a candida diet?

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