RHR: Candida—Hidden Epidemic or Fad Diagnosis?

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Overdiagnosis for non-specific symptoms
  • Small intestinal fungal overgrowth
  • Testing for fungal overgrowth
  • Treating fungal overgrowth

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Chris Kresser: Hey, everybody. Welcome to another episode of Revolution Health Radio. I'm Chris Kresser, and this week we have a question from Jacquel. I think I'm pronouncing that right, so let's give it a listen.

Jacquel: Hi, Chris. I'm an 80-year-old male in Guyana suffering from what I believe to be as a candida. I've been feeling symptoms for at least a year and a half now, but I've noticed some slight symptoms which could be related to candida. My symptoms are an infection in the groin, jock itch, severe fatigue, severe lack of concentration, severe sweets craving. I also noticed one of those in the neck on the right side as well as over the groin, in general, in the lymph nodes. Since I already said I have jock itch in the groin. Well, where I live, my family in this country near South America, Guyana, the diet is mostly, say, Creole, but my family makes a lot of sugary foods, starchy foods, and I had a bad diet during high school. And I think it's going to contribute to what I'm feeling now, but it's been overbearing, like I have some days I can barely walk or even function. So I don't know what to do. And more symptoms I forgot to mention, constipation, upon just smelling gas I'm not sure if it's candida or something else going on. I'm not sure and the doctors in my country, they're not really that good. I went to the doctor for a fungal infection and he gave me antibiotics. I took antibiotics, I vomited, so I stopped taking them. So I don't really know, and I need your insight. I really appreciate it.

Chris: Okay. Sorry if you weren't able to make out some of Jacquel’s question. The audio wasn't great, probably because he's dialing in from South America, but here's the gist. He's suffering from a number of symptoms which he suspects may be related to candida and is wondering what to do about it.

This turns out to be a controversial and somewhat complicated question. Let's start with the basics. Candida is a genus of yeast that is the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide. A lot of species have candida, like Candida albicans, which is probably the best known that are found in the gut flora and systemic infections of the bloodstream and major organs, which is referred to as candidemia,

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