Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath. Here’s
another frequently asked question. This is one I hear from time to time. Is a yeast infection related to chronic fatigue
syndrome? I don’t believe that chronic fatigue syndrome
causes a yeast infection as such, but I certainly see there can be a relationship between them
both. And I have seen many chronic fatigue syndrome patients with Candida overgrowth.
And one of the main reasons this will occur is due to the immune system being compromised. When you have chronic fatigue syndrome, there
are multiple causative factors and many different underlying issues which will challenge your
body, but your immune system is often very much compromised. You’ll have poor adrenal
health, low cortisol levels, thyroid can be involved, cortisol production may not be sufficient
enough to stimulate immunity which can increase your susceptibility and significantly drop
your resistance to Candida as well as SIBO or small intestinal bowel overgrowth. Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome
have multiple food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, and many different digestive issues. And as
their digestive function becomes increasingly compromised, they become much more susceptible
to Candida yeast infection. So a big part of my treatment with chronic
fatigue syndrome is assessing adrenal function and improving this significantly. So I would
recommend any patient with chronic fatigue syndrome to do Dr. Wilson’s adrenal fatigue
questionnaire. You can read more about Dr. Wilson’s work on adrenalfatigue.org and also
to have a look at my yeast infection online survey at yeastinfection.org which will give
you some idea if you believe you have a yeast infection, if you’ve got chronic fatigue syndrome. But there certainly is some correlation between
both of these conditions. One of the better ways, in my mind, of improving chronic fatigue
syndrome is by working on the digestive health considerably as well as lifestyle factors.
It is possible to turn chronic fatigue syndrome around and you can see one of my successes
if you go to adrenalnzed; adrenalnzed is the YouTube clip. If you type that into YouTube,
you can see one of my first patients that is from New Zealand that I’ve treated on Dr.
Wilson’s program, a lady that had chronic fatigue syndrome for many years who is fully
recovered now. So I hope that answers your question in a
long-winded way. Thank you.