Dr. William G. Crooks popularized a theory about Yeast overgrowth and resultant illness. Yeast overgrowth, a condition calledcandidiasis, can affect virtually any organ in the body.
A member of the fungus family, yeast can flourish in your body if your immune system is depressed or if the naturally occurring bacteria in your system are destroyed.
Recently, the Mayo clinic has raised the question of Chronic Rhinosinusitis being secondary to a non atopic (cell mediated) eosinophilic reaction to Alternaria . This has been confusing to some, and in reality both of these theories may have partial truths. And, although the study of Fungi (Mycology) is very exacting, we tend to inaccurately lump them together in our treatments.
A leading cause of yeast overgrowth is the use of antibiotics that destroy good bacteria along with the bad, allowing yeast to proliferate in the digestive tract and vagina. The persistent presence of the Fungi on the body leads to Immune reactions (both atopic and non-atopic) and mycotoxin issues.
Sadly, this is a problem of which many mainstream physicians are completely unaware. Instead of treating the underlying cause of their patients’ poor health, they treat the individual symptoms using antibiotics, antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories and so forth.
It’s a vicious cycle that is hard to break.
Dr. Crooks promotes a three-pronged approach to treating yeast overgrowth:
Step 1: Eradicate the existing yeast in the colon
Step 2: Eliminate dietary sources of yeast
Step 3: Repopulate the colon with beneficial bacteria
The treatment regimen for yeast overgrowth includes medication to kill yeast, natural remedies to restore the normal bacteria, as well as dietary solutions to restore balance to your gastrointestinal system.
This treatment supposedly strengthens your immune system by lowering the yeast load on your system while lessening the risk of infection and the need for antibiotics.
I have discussed this phenomenon with many brilliant physicians who believe it to be true. I certainly see no harm in trying it, but would temper it with skepticism. Visit www.quackwatch.com to get a different point of view.