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How To Test For Candida Yeast Infection

August 14, 2019

Hi there, Eric Bakker, author of Candida Crusher.
Thank you for tuning into this YouTube video today. Today, I’d like to talk to you a little
bit about testing for Candida yeast infections. Many patients who come to see me want to know
whether they have an infection or not. They go to their doctor or they go to their naturopath
and they’re told that they’ve got all these problems, but then they reply, What are these
problems? Can we do a test for these problems? What are they? So the medical doctor will
have a few tests that he or she may perform, but not many patients with Candida yeast infections
are really tested when they go to their medical doctor. If the doctor suspects a vaginal yeast
infection or thrush, then he or she may perform a test, a smear test, to determine that, and
that will be sent away and those cells will be checked out. They’ll be cultured. They’ll
go to a special lab to see whether it’s bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. But generally, a doctor won’t test any further
than that in terms of digestive problems or inflammation or brain fog or any of the other
subtle signs and symptoms of a yeast infection. The patient may be given a digestive product,
maybe an acid blocker. They may be given a sleeping pill or an anti-inflammatory, but
I don’t usually find that medical doctors will test any further than perhaps doing a
vaginal check. Or maybe in some cases with a male, they may do a skin scraping of a particular
area and then get that checked. The issue I have with the medical test to determine
yeast infections and many other health conditions are that they are defined more by statistical
norms rather than physiological norms. By that, I mean they really work on a sliding
scale from say 1 to 10. If you come back as 1.5 in the bottom end of that reference range
or 9.5, you’re deemed to be perfectly normal. In natural medicine, we don’t really look
at it like that. We look more at the physiological norm. We’re going to be more interested to
get you around four, five, or six, which will be more of a midpoint, which we deem to be
a really good range for you to be in. That’s one concern I have is looking at these norms. The other concern I have, really, with the
medical testing is if a test comes back positive, it will often lead to the prescription of
a pharmaceutical drug. And in many cases, it will be an antibiotic or anti-fungal; it
will be an “anti” type of a drug, which will only create further problems. And if the doctor
can diagnose you with any particular test, then he or she may even think that you’ve
got depression or anxiety and send you to a psychiatrist. And that’s what happened to
me. I was told to go to a psychiatrist when I
had Candida because my problems were all in my head. Well, they were in my head partially
because I had brain fog, but what the doctor didn’t know is I had a lot of digestive problems
that he really should have gone further in looking at. And for that reason, now I do
a lot of stool testing, comprehensive digestive stool testing. You’re going to see a lot more
videos on stool testing. I’ll explain to you a lot more about the markers and what they
mean, and how to interpret this very, very important test. In my book, Candida Crusher, I call the comprehensive
stool test the “Rolls Royce” of tests because you can determine a whole bunch of stuff from
this test. You can look at digestive markers, inflammatory markers, and immune markers.
It goes on and on and on; there’s a whole lot of information that we can acquire from
this test, which can give us a very accurate indication of the health of your whole digestive
system. It also shows me where to pinpoint the treatment. It gives me a good idea on
the severity of your condition and how long it’s going to take to get well. There are various tests that the doctor and
the naturopath will perform to determine a yeast infection. As I mentioned, the doctor
may perform a smear test to determine whether it’s vaginal thrush or vaginosis or an STD
of some form. A doctor may perform a stool test on the odd patient to determine whether
it is a parasite, but they generally are not really going to be interested in looking at
the Candida through the stool like naturopaths are. Some doctors perform blood alcohol tests.
Particularly in Japan and Asian countries, these tests are performed probably more so
than in America. This will actually determine your alcohol level, aldehyde level in the
blood. You can be given a particular substance to take and then the blood will be tested
to determine if there’s a BAC or blood alcohol concentration. And in Japan, severe Candida
is actually called “drunk disease.” Some people can actually appear quite drunk when they
have severe Candidiasis. The two tests, generally, that may be performed
would be a stool test and maybe a blood test. Some doctors will perform a blood allergy
test on the patient, and these are functional medicine doctors, generally. But natural doctors
like me; we would prefer to do a stool test. We may also do a urinary metabolite test.
There are particular sugars that when they become metabolized in large amounts in the
urine, if they’re elevated, we know that you’ve got quite a high amount of Candida in the
GI tract. We can do the urinary test. We can do the stool test. We can also do another
urinary test called “urinary indicant,” which is really a marker of SEBO or small intestinal
bowel overgrowth giving me a scale of 1 to 4. Those would be the three or four tests
I would generally perform on patients if need be. I hope this has given you some indication
on testing and yeast infections. Please tune into more of my videos to get more information
on other forms of testing and more information on these tests. Thank you.


  • Reply Costin David May 14, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Hello I made sperm and blood test came out negative for Candida and may have a yeast infection and not appear in the blood or sperm ?

  • Reply Costin David May 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply Chiman Palani October 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

    dear docotr I have done an iga and igG and igm. my igG is 655. and igm is 39. I went to my doctor and he said that I have helicobacter pylori and dont have any yeast. please help out and this test is after following yoyr candida crusher diet from your book.

  • Reply Su Amigo El Ilegal June 3, 2017 at 3:46 am

    what is the name of the urinary urine test?

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  • Reply Christopher Antonio June 14, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Hi Dr. Bakker, I had a comprehensive stool analysis and it showed that I do not have Candida or SIBO. Is it possible that is missed the candida?

  • Reply Jason X March 12, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    In my case stool tests always return good and do not show any signs of fungus. But… I constantly get fungus on my face, which I have to control with Ketoconazole cream. I have white tongue, bad case of fatigue and brain fog. Finally, decided to do iga,igg,igm blood tests. Iga and igm are out of range, igg is close to the border.

  • Reply Russell Williams August 1, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Dr I was tested for candida with a blood test culture. I had two seperate stool sample test but they were not comprehensive they were just a regular stool test for parasites over the last month.. They came back negative. could I still have Candida and parasites even though it was negative.
    Since January I've had major GI upset and all the symptoms of parasites and candida with visual proof seeing liver flukes and roundworms in my initial protocol of garlic and oregano oil back in January and February.
    I've been to my primary care doctor in GI doctor and everything is coming back normal. Whenever I eat any anti-parasitic or candida Foods.
    I will get a weird die off in my urinary system. Is that normal to pee out a cloud in your urine when you have Candida? All my urinalysis are coming back negative also. Doc please help me out because I'm confused

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