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What Were Your Candida Symptoms and How Long Did It Take You To Treat Them?

August 23, 2019

Hi there, I’m Eric Bakker, naturopath. Thanks for looking at this video. I have a question here from a lady in America,
who’s asking me, “Eric what were your Candida symptoms and how long did it take you to treat
them? How did you cope with these symptoms before
they went away? What professional help can we seek to get
a correct diagnosis and treatment plan for our specific symptoms or body part? Well, questions, questions. When I got Candida, it was a long time ago. It was back in the 80’s. There wasn’t a lot of help around, I can tell
you now. Doctors were totally hostile to the whole
idea of a male having Candida, and many of them still are today. My symptoms were basically a bad, well, male
area. You know, jock itch kind of thing. But I also had Candida on my skin. I had white patches, fungal patches on my
skin, also had poor immune function. I had bad chest infection. Now when I think back, it probably was fungal. It was probably Aspergillus. It was very bad. I used to work in a flour mill, and I received
antibiotics, and I’m very, very sick. I was depressed. I’m very depressed. I lived in a crappy, crappy little home that
was prone to flooding. There was black mold growing on the walls. Back in the 80’s, nobody paid any attention
to black mold. Yes, I was sick continually, probably for
about a good six months until I started to seek help. I had to basically help myself because there
was nobody really around that could help me. Apart from the odd naturopath, that had read
some articles previously on Candida. It’s something I had to work through myself. It took about a year to recover. It was pretty devastating, especially the
depression side. The loneliness side. I coped because I think I’m a strong person. I managed to pull myself through it. Many people can’t do that. It’s quite tough for them. And that’s why I’m pleased I’ve created now
these videos and this channel, this resource for people. This is exactly what I would’ve liked when
I was in my twenties, to be able to view this kind of information, because I thought I was
crazy. How I coped, basically, was spending time
outside. Spending time in the garden, like I normally
do. Cooking good foods, listening to nice music,
that’s how I coped, but it was tough. And also talking to some friends. Spending some time with some of my good friends,
that helped me through it as well. I certainly didn’t get any encouragement or
hope from any healthcare professional people that I knew, none at all. There was no internet back then, there was
no mobile phones even, there was nothing. There was no technology to speak of. There were libraries, but that’s as far as
it went. So, yeah, I had to basically do all the research
myself, and find out how to get better, which really allowed me to think, “How can I help
other people?” Then I became a naturopath. And of course then, the rest is history. I wrote a book in 2013, and here I am today. What professional help can we seek to do get
a correct diagnosis and treatment plan? Well, professional help, you can go to someone,
and most naturopaths today understand about Candida, parasites, and see about bacterial
problems. Back then, they didn’t. Most naturopaths were interested in healthy
eating and fasting, but many of them didn’t have any kind of treatment plans for gut problems,
apart maybe from specialized diets. Back then not even many people were using
probiotics or antimicrobials when it came to gut problems. So the professional help you can seek is someone
who is experienced in treating digestive disorders, Candida problems, parasite problems, irritable
bowel syndrome. There are plenty of healthcare professionals
out there today who actually are very good in this particular area. A correct diagnosis, in my opinion, is a stool
test. So, if you go in to see someone, ask them
that you wanna comprehensive stool analysis that includes parasitology, and also that
includes a yeast culture. That’s going to give you very good information. The treatment plan depends on the practitioner,
but again, if you follow the Candida Crusher treatment plan, you’re going to be following
a plan that tens of thousands of people have followed so far. So you’re probably going to get a good outcome. The only thing is you may need to get some
professional help when it comes to interpreting the stool test result. But you can self treat this problem, if you
stay on track, it’s not a problem at all. What treatment plan for specific symptoms,
body type? Well, that really depends on the kind of symptoms
you’ve got, depending on the kind of help that you need. But, yeah, check out the information on,
have a look at our quiz. Have a look at the over thousand videos on
this channel. I’ve created a ton of information for people
to read and to become as enlightened about this area. More importantly, to take these kind of matters
into their own hands, and self treat, because going to a medical doctor is going to give
you no real answers for most functional gut disorders. In many cases, in fact, you’ll only walk away
with a prescription for an antibiotic, which will create more problems. So, don’t go down that path. Look for a functional medicine doctor, so
a medical doctor with natural training experience. Or look for a naturopathic physician, someone
like me who’s had training and specializes in these types of problems. Generally, then you’ll get the correct diagnosis
and the correct treatment. But check out Candida Crusher, it’s a good
book. It’s been around for five years. It’s easily available online. It’s got all the information in it that you
need to help you recover. I hope that answers your question. Thank you.


  • Reply lisa jROCKS June 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Very strong these doctors ars completly ignorant

  • Reply Matthew Brett June 30, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I wanted to ask your thoughts on throat issues or possible Reflux and whether or not they correlate with Candida Overgrowth. I have had a throat issue for almost 8 months now. İt wasn't too bad until the last month or so when it got worse. For a large part of those 8 months I had IBS and Fatigue which have both subsided following a Candida protocol. But now for the last month my throat has had tightness/discomfort and visible inflammation around the Larynx as seen by ENT doctor. ENT doctor concluded Reflux, but I'm wondering if it Could be Candida causing this considering my history of other Candida related symptoms.

  • Reply Rajko Ristic June 30, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Dr.Eric,did candida cause your depression when your were young?

  • Reply CmonSon6492 July 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I'm forever thankful for you Dr. Bakker.. as a guy in my early 20s I see a lot of parallels between my story and yours. This past year alone has been miserable but I've handled the cards I've been dealt and used your wealth of knowledge to help me get my life back. Not 100% yet but well on my way and I couldn't have done it without you. 🙂

  • Reply Asia Chavez September 19, 2018 at 2:06 am

    I’m pretty sure I have candida overgrowth. I get recurring vaginal infections but it’s not thrush. I get recurring bv. Is that typical?

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