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How Do You Know If You Have Candida Overgrowth Infection?

August 25, 2019

Greetings. It’s Eric Bakker from New Zealand.
I’m a naturopath. I’m an author of a book called Candida Crusher and also the formulator
of the range dietary supplements called Canxida. Thanks for tuning in. I’ve got a question
here today from a lady in Colorado, USA. Taylor Humphrey from Colorado, USA. Taylor is wanting
to know, “How do I know if I have a Candida overgrowth infection?”
Taylor, let’s explain that in some detail in this video today. I’m going to read a little
bit of information from my book, Candida Crusher, and I’ll explain a little bit as I go along.
This is a very common question I get and I think I’ve answered it in other videos and
articles that you can find at How do I know if I have a Candida yeast infection?
Let’s have a look at that in some detail now. Chapter 3 in my book is quite an extensive
chapter and contains a huge compilation of all the common signs and symptoms of a Candida
yeast infection and all the less common signs and symptoms. It’s often been stated by many
experts in medicine that many people exhibit signs and symptoms of Candida yeast infections.
But how do you know that you’ve got one? Would it be through sinusitis? Would it be through
itchy skin? How do you know if you’ve got a Candida yeast infection?
There are many ways you can pick that. Sometimes an inexperienced doctor will overlook these
vague symptoms and treat the patient for something other than a yeast infection. I know this
all too well after helping many patients with Candida for almost 30 years now that have
visited other practitioners who were diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, constipation,
diarrhea, parasites, food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, gall stones, inflammatory bowel
disease, and many other complaints. Some of these patients were desperate to get
help and had become disillusioned about treatment and wondered if they would ever get well.
Some of these cases have proven to be very difficult to deal with and is it any wonder?
If you were told that you have no diagnosable health problem, but you knew yourself for
certain that you did. If you had been to several doctors with little success and, in addition,
tried self-help, but improved only little as a result, than you’ve probably been disillusioned,
too. I can still remember how I felt when I had
a serious Candida infection in the 1980s. No one to turn to. Not being taken seriously
by any doctors, family, or friends, and mainly because there was no clear-cut diagnosis.
That’s why this chapter is particularly important because it really outlines also the testing
of Candida, which we’ll go into a little bit in a minute.
Spot the Candida patient. There is a box here on this page. When a patient comes into my
practice with a very restricted or limited diet and multiple digestive complaints, complaining
of many food allergies and sensitivities, there is a big chance that they will have
a major problem with intestinal dysbiosis or SIBO, including various strains of bad
bacteria, yeast, and possibly parasites. Some of these patients have visited many practitioners.
Others will have spent many hours online with Dr. Google and can often tell you exactly
what is wrong with them, but all you need to do is listen to them.
Why am I confident in assuming that they have digestive issues and Candida? Because of comprehensive
stool testing, which we’ll explain a bit in a minute. And if you look in the right places,
you can usually find what you’re looking for. These are the patients that may have a bag
or two full of dietary supplements, including products like digestive enzymes, parasite
cleanse, immune boosters, bowel products, bowel cleansers, detox product, you name it.
Products like constipation and diarrhea aids, glutamine, aloe vera, you name it, probiotics,
and they’ve taken everything these people. Is this you looking at this video right now?
Or maybe you’re a doctor looking at this right now. In today’s internet age, the patient
will tell you that he or she has been doing some research online with the help of Dr.
Google and can relate to having yeast infection issues. Let’s go over a few signs and symptoms
in a minute. A Candida overgrowth can generally cause so
many symptoms, the most of common of which in my experience are fatigue, bloating, gas,
food allergies, carbo cravings, vaginitis or thrush, anxiety, depression, impaired memory,
poor concentration, brain fog, feelings of unreal, general weakness, tiredness, or malaise.
Additionally, numerous other symptoms may less commonly be exhibited. Of these that
I see frequently in the clinic include cystitis or urethritis, a urinary tract infection,
menstrual irregularities, loss of sex drive, stiff, creaking and painful joints, muscle
pain, indigestion. The common ones of course are diarrhea and constipation. Inhalant allergies,
multiple chemical sensitivities, mucous or catarrh, extremely common, hay fever, sinusitis,
persistent cough (very common), heart arrhythmias, discolored nails (very common, especially
the large toenails), acne, and other skin eruptions. Nail and skin issues are a classic
telltale sign of a yeast infection. Earaches, headaches, and dizziness.
How can so many symptoms be associated with a Candida yeast infection? Is this all a load
of bologna? Is this all crap? Is this just a person who’s a hypochondriac and making
it all up? Candida has been called the “great contributor” for many different reasons.
One of the primary reasons is Candida affects the immune system on multiple levels. It’s
a very clever organism. It can evade capture. It can cripple the immune system. It can cause
upregulation. It can cause downregulation of immune function. And what it often does
profoundly is affect the digestive system on multiple levels. By affecting the gut,
we also affect what’s called the vagus nerve. A major nerve that connects our digestive
system, but also our heart, lungs, and other organs, up to our limbic system or part of
the brain. Now, it does that because it’s part of what we call the autonomic nervous
system, in particularly, the parasympathetic. Recent research in the US has shown, for example,
that when some patients take an antibiotic called tetracycline, they can actually fry
receptors in their gut, prohibiting the uptake of a hormone called GABA and that can create
major anxiety for these patients. An antibiotic linked with anxiety. Yes, it’s true. If you
think about that, receptors can also be affected negatively by a yeast infection, by the chemicals
that the yeast produces, and also when yeast die, they can create all sorts of problems
for the immune system and for the receptors. Not just in the gut, but in many parts of
the body. These receptors will link up to nerves that link up to other parts of the
body and, hence, the problem can be very widespread. There are multiple mechanisms that are being
investigated right now in countries like Israel, Japan, England, and America. Plenty of scientific
research is being conducted not just into yeast, but also into viruses and parasites
like borrelia that cause Lyme disease. And many of these kinds of problems are virtually
ignored by mainstream doctors and they have been for a long time. But in the future, a
lot of this information we’re talking about now will be mainstream. I just hope that day
comes soon enough for a lot of my suffering patients.
Candida, the great contributor. Yeast infections may also contribute significantly to the underlying
cause of a number of medical conditions as diverse as pre-menstrual tension, irritable
bowel syndrome, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, Urticaria, epilepsy, schizophrenia, multiple
sclerosis, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, ileocecal valve dysfunction,
etc. and even hyperactivity. And of course I’ve discussed part of the etiology or the
cause of a lot of these conditions with Candida just before.
I think that’ll do for this video, but that’s really to explain to Taylor Humphries from
Colorado. How do I know if I have a Candida overgrowth infection? As I mentioned, you
will have been to multiple doctors. You will have read online. You’ll be confused. You’ll
be on supplements. You may be going to xyz doctor in this part of town who could be treating
you for this complaint and this doctor over here treating you for that kind of complaint.
Unfortunately, many people in my natural health profession still don’t treat Candida seriously
enough. They will still treat the symptoms. Naturopathic doctors, in my mind, are almost,
in many cases, similar to allopathic doctors. They’ve been taught by supplement companies
to treat the symptoms because it’s profitable to treat symptoms. If a company makes 500
products and the products all target separate symptoms, that’s very profitable. And if you
think about it, Candida can contribute to so many different conditions. If you could
only locate Candida, find out that you’ve got it, treat it, eradicate it, clean up the
gut, and then watch what happens to the body, I think you’ll be quite impressed.
Coming back to testing. One of the key things I find is comprehensive stool testing. In
my mind, it’s one of the best tests to determine whether you have a Candida yeast infection
or not. But not just a yeast infection, you can also pick up parasites, bad bacteria,
and more importantly, what kind of level of beneficial bacteria you’ve got, which we call
the policemen of the gut. So you need lots of police there to keep the bad guys in check.
I’ve read so many stool tests the past year, hundreds of them, where patients are showing
a severe lack of beneficial bacteria and only moderate amounts of Candida, if at all.
It’s important for you to do some assessment if you’ve got a seriously bad problem and
you just can’t get a handle on it. Consider the comprehensive stool test. It’s certainly
worth doing. If you go to my site, you can actually assess that through the lab
tests. You can click on the top and you’ll actually see the tab. Make sure that you do
my quiz at Please do the quiz to see if Candida does contribute to
your health problems and to what degree of severity you may have a yeast infection.
You can read a lot more, of course, in my book. This is only just part of my book. The
book is 700 pages. This is half of the book. And you can get the book through
Also, you can access some of the best dietary supplements in the world for yeast infection
and SIBO through You’ll find some supplements there that have taken a long
time to develop. Taylor, I hope that answers your question
about how do I know if I have a Candida infection. Thanks for tuning in.


  • Reply ProChessPlayer October 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you Dr. Bakker for doing a comprehensive video to educate us on how to find out if I have candida problem or not. Thanks

  • Reply Kale Mussel October 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I cannot find any information on your channel about stool testing for candida. You talk a lot about how stool testing is the best way to find out if you have candida albicans or not. But there is no video that talks about stool testing CDSAx3. Please share the link if its already been done. Cant find any on your channel. It will help me make a decision because i think i have candida overgrowth.

  • Reply tasos xpeke November 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Hey Dr. Bakker,whats your opinion for oat flakes (unprocessed) in psoriasis diet? I ve heard that they might have some gluten.I usually have a small amount in the morning with some probiotic goat yoghurt.Also i am wondering if legumes are good too.thank you

  • Reply Sam November 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    the world needs more scientists like you keep it up

  • Reply Elizabeth Zegban November 20, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I want to know the dosage of canxida restore for children nine or ten years.

  • Reply Ms. Kathleen July 15, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Hi Dr. Bakker, I bought your book and I'm starting to get into it. What is your opinion on oral chelation (mercury fillings) and Candida, or treatment for Candida?

  • Reply Lewieo October 27, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    how can i do a stool test , if not where can i go to get one done ? thanks

  • Reply Margeauxann44 April 3, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Hi Dr. Bakker, I actually ordered your products last summer and had FANTASTIC results. Unfortunately my Candida issues may have returned, and my nutritionist put me on something called Restore, created by Dr. Zach Bush, thinking that would solve the problem because it focuses on healing the gut. But I've been on that Restore product for a few weeks and still have terrible issues with abdominal bloating. I've even completely cut out dairy products, with no positive changes.

    I went to your link to pursue getting some lab work done, but unfortunately because I live in New York State I cannot access that option. That would seem to be the next best logical step.

    Anyway, your products WORKED WONDERS last summer, and I wonder if I should've just stayed on them for a longer period of timeÔÇöperhaps ordered a larger supply? Perhaps this is still Candida that I'm experiencing, and the issue would not have returned had I stuck to the program?

    I would greatly appreciate any insights you my have. I am so sick of dealing with this terrible abdominal bloating discomfort, especially with the warmer weather coming.

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 10:08 pm

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