Diagnosing Candida

The following question from a site visitor addresses an issue that many people struggle with when trying to get a diagnosis for Candida.

Hi, Cynthia I have been reading your suggestions on the Candida diet and have found them helpful. I have not been diagnosed yet with having Candida, but I have a lot of the symptoms. I am going to my doctor tomorrow, and I want to know what tests are available that can help diagnose this problem. I have found general doctors to be skeptical about things like this, and I really want to know if I have this and how to treat it. If not, will a holistic doctor be able to diagnose it properly? I have never been to one. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!, Melissa

Hi Melissa,

If you’re going to a traditional doctor, they are not to going be knowledgeable about Candida and will tell you that it doesn’t exist. So that would be a waste of time. I encourage you to find an alternative health doctor or a holistic medical doctor, which can be found at the following places:

Academy of Environmental Medicine

American Holistic Medical Association

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Doctor of Orthomolecular of Medicine

Once you find an alternative health doctor there are many things you need to be aware of. First, even many alternative health doctors do not have an extensive understanding of the depth and complexity of Candida. They have many different levels of expertise and often guide people down the wrong road. Physicians that really grasp the whole scope of Candida are far and few between.

So you must educate yourself so you can make a good choice in doctors and so you can educate them. Many holistic doctors have a very basic understanding of Candida, so you’ll want to interview them and find one that has a more extensive knowledge base. Even when you find one with an extensive knowledge base, you’ll probably still be educating them to some degree.

I have never met a physician who knows more about Candida than I do, so that is often a very frustrating experience for me. I am usually the one leading the way with them, but that doesn’t mean that I still can’t learn something from some of them. They may not have a vast and comprehensive understanding of the issue, but they sometimes have a piece of information in the area they have expertise that is helpful that I had not found yet.

As a newbie to Candida, your initial interactions will probably be very informative for you, but as you go along you will probably find that you will go through a variety of doctors as you progress and gain more knowledge.

Second, there are a variety of lab tests that natural health physicians use to diagnose Candida, but in my opinion none of them are accurate or reliable. You’re throwing your money away. These tests are notorious for false negatives.

The very best and most reliable method for diagnosing yeast overgrowth is with the written questionnaire that can be found in Dr. Crook’s book, “The Yeast Connection.” *

Dr. Crook’s questionnaire makes a determination based on your symptoms, and your symptoms are the most reliable means of diagnosis you can find.

Being successful in addressing yeast overgrowth requires a great deal of self-care, as well as trial and error, commitment and determination. To some degree you must learn to be your own doctor. I encourage people to try and let go of the need to have a lab test validate their health condition. It’s pretty clear to see when you have a Candida problem. If you have the symptoms and have ruled out other conditions, then the answer is obvious.

Best Regards

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4 thoughts on “Diagnosing Candida”

  1. Hi Betsy,

    As I mentioned above, lab tests are not reliable and accurate. The only reliable test is the written questionnaire by Dr. Crook. The only way to know for sure if one has Candida is by their symptoms. If someone has only a handful of minor symptoms and they can feel better with some minor changes in diet and a round of antifungals, then they probably don’t have systemic Candida; it is probably restricted to their gut. On the other hand, if someone has a long list of severe symptoms and the only way they can keep their Candida under control is by constantly following a Candida diet, taking antifungals and probiotics, etc. then they probably have systemic.


  2. GREAT advice Cynthia! I DO believe there is NO-ONE more informed than You regarding Candida, systemic or otherwise!

    Thank you so very much for your honesty and integrity!

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