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Probacto and My Life with Chronic Fatigue PDF Print E-mail
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I spent six years of my life, in my mid-20's, feeling absolutely horrible. My doctors originally diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome, and one went as far as adding adrenal fatigue to the list. Despite their best efforts and treatments, nothing really made me feel any better. I was at the point where I figured I'd probably spend the rest of my days in the house, secluded from society, when I stumbled upon some research about Candida and my life totally changed. I share my story here in the hopes that others will realize that there is always hope.

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Let's backtrack a bit. I was living with what was originally diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In case you don’t know, the CDC will classify it as when you are tired nonstop, and physical or mental activity will only make your conditions worse. You can find more at the CDC website. The symptoms were, at first, annoying but livable. Over time, I began to have a lot of trouble functioning and I'd spend days on end in bed.

In order to be diagnosed with CFS, you have to of course feel fatigue on a daily basis. Fatigue isn't the only criteria, though. You also have to have at least 4 symptoms from a list, starting around the same time as your fatigue, and you need to have been suffering for at least six months. The other symptoms you might have along with fatigue include a chronic sore throat, muscle paint, joint pain, headaches, restless sleep, memory loss or forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of illness after physical exertion. Some people even have heart rate and blood pressure problems, often as a result of not getting enough rest.

So let's think about this carefully. I wasn't feeling well for a while before I saw a doctor. Then I was told they had to monitor me for 6 months before they could make a diagnosis. That means I lived with my symptoms for a good 8-10 months before receiving my diagnosis – and, ultimately, that diagnosis ended up not being correct even though my symptoms boxed me into that particular mold.

Finding the Right Diagnosis

Treatment for CFS is relatively simple. Most doctors will prescribe pain relievers to help with the joint and muscle pains and the headaches. Some will prescribe antidepressants to help you deal with the emotional impact and if you are not depressed you may get an antidepressant anyway because they can still help your mood and enable you to sleep better. The treatment is pretty much all the same, mayoclinic says that they give antidepressants, sleeping pills, and therapy consists of exercise and counseling. The problem, for me, is that none of these things seemed to have any impact on the way I was feeling at all.

A full year later, I decided to take matters into my own hand. I thought that perhaps I could attack my fatigue from a nutritional standpoint. What I didn't expect was to search for nutritional plans for CFS and end up with information about Candida and the Candida diet.

I spent some time comparing the symptoms and was astounded at how similar they were. I browsed the web and came upon Probacto’s blog and started reading. I immediately cleaned out my pantry and fridge and dove head first into their recommended diet.

Following Probacto’s Diet

The diet plan has three main stages. You start with the induction phase, where you cut out a lot of foods. The second stages is the anti-allergy phase. The third phase allows you to begin slowly reintroducing foods to your diet. Doing so slowly helps you to determine what foods cause you to feel discomfort.

The effects of the diet were astounding. There were days where I felt awful, but once the first few weeks passed, I slowly but surely began to feel healthier and stronger. I started to sleep better and, as a result, my mood improved as well. I learned a lot about food allergies, food intolerances, toxins in our environment, and even my immune system. It's amazing how the foods we eat can have such an impact on our bodies – and not always in the good, nutritious way we hope for.

I've been following Probacto’s diet plan for 6 months now. I followed the original plan and then decided to stick with it, primarily. I now spend more time in the grocery and produce stores than I do in the doctors office or hospital. I now exercise daily and never feel ill simply because I tried to work out.

The Probacto’s blog and books taught me not only how to cure Candida, but how to live a healthier life. I plan on implementing most of the things I've learned from this book for years to come, and I hope I never experience symptoms like I had before ever again.

Don't lose heart. You can live a pain free life no matter what your symptoms. You'll be surprised when you see how many different symptoms and conditions are attributed to a systemic yeast infection. It's no joke, and candida is not a hoax. Check it out and give it a try.

How Do You Test For Yeast Infection in Men? PDF Print E-mail
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Most of the men who are infected with Candida (yeast) remain asymptomatic.  Tests for Candida infection are indicated in a man when his female partner gets recurrent vaginal discharge and Candida infection. When a woman do Candida test and it gives positive result, she should test her husband or sexual partner too otherwise she may get recurrent infection from her partner.

Candida Tests at Home

There are various tests which can be performed at home in order to suspect Candida infection. These tests are not confirmatory but if give positive results and Candida Infection should be suspected.

a. The Spit Test

This test can be done at home easily. Keep a glass full of water near your bed before sleep. In the morning when you wake up, spit it the glass.

After some time normal saliva dissolves in water and you won’t see any remains of it. If your saliva contains candida, it won’t dissolve. You should suspect Candida infection if you notice following changes:

1. Your Saliva floats and string like projections appear to be traveling down.
2. Your Saliva doesn’t disappear and becomes cloudy.
3. Your Saliva settles down.

This test is not confirmatory and may give false positive or false negative results.

b. Smell Test

People who are infected with Candida have bad breath especially early in the morning. Their body especially axilla and feet smell bad.

c. Blood Test Kit

A blood test kit, known as CanDia5® is only available accurate test which can be performed at home or in doctor’s clinic. A drop of blood is taken by pricking a finger and is poured onto the kit and result appears within 5 minutes. This test detects antibodies against Candida. This is an accurate test. If it gives positive results, it strongly suggests Candida infection. 

Laboratory Tests

1. Microscopy

Swabs are taken from infected site. These swabs are then examined under microscope and candida is identified.

2. Culture

Swabs taken from the infected site and blood cultures may reveal Candida. Specialized liquid culture medium (Bushby's liquid medium) is used to grow Candida. Candida is a fungus and can’t be grown on bacterial culture mediums.

Supporting Evidence:

Despite these methods, clinical evidence of Candida infection is also suggestive and treatment can be started on the basis of definite clinical signs and symptoms. Bad breath, oral thrush, itchiness, cracks in erect penis, athletes’ foot, craving for sweet food and resistant vaginal discharge in female partner all suggest Candida infection in men and support the diagnosis.

Can Men Take Yeast Infection Pills? PDF Print E-mail
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Yeast stays in the warm moist skin and mucus layers of vagina, mouth, intestine and rarely lungs. Yeast infection can be treated with the help of creams, ointments and pills. Creams are useful if a person has superficial yeast infection such as visible skin rash, itchiness (jock itch) or athletes’ foot. Oral candidiasis can also be treated by oral antifungal gels. But creams can’t reach the deeper structures such as prostate and intestine. If a man gets intestinal, prostate, respiratory or systemic yeast infection then yeast infection pill is the only option he is left with.

Hence yes, man can take yeast infection pills for deep yeast infections.

Yeast infections Pills

1. Fluconazole (Diflucan)

Fluconazole is very effective against yeast infection in man and most commonly used. It rapidly kills the yeast. In most of the cases only single dose of fluconazole is sufficient to improve the symptoms of infection. But sometimes, in severe infection another dose is required which is usually given after 72 hours of the first dose.

2. Other Pills

Miconazole (Monistat), Terconazole (Terazol), Clotrimazole (Lotrimin) and Nystatin (Mycostatin) are other antifungal medicines available in both cream and Pill form.

Ketoconazole is another antifungal drug available in the pill form which is broad spectrum and kills yeast as well as many other fungal species.

When to Avoid Yeast Infection Pills?

Oral yeast infection pills are used as the last resort. These are used when topical application of creams and suppositories fail to eradicate the fungus.  If your infection is superficial and can be treated with creams don’t use oral pills.

A man should not use these pills without prescription as their use is associated with significant side effects and warnings.

1. Allergy to antifungal drugs is very common. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. The incidence of allergic reactions against azoles is greater in those men who have other allergic diseases.

2. Tell your doctor if you have any liver disease. Liver diseases affect the metabolism of drug and may cause toxicity. Moreover drugs like ketoconazole are hepatotoxic in higher doses.

3. Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease as dose adjustment is required.

4. Fluconazole may affect the heart rhythm. It prolongs the QT interval. Tell your doctor if you have any heart disease as alternative drugs should be used.

5. Severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting are other side effects of fluconazole and other antifungal drugs which affect patient compliance.

If you use antifungal drugs without doctor’s prescription and you don’t know their effects on heart, liver and kidney then you may do more harm to yourself than good.

How Yeast Infection Affects Men? PDF Print E-mail
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Yeast infection may affect skin, genital tract, prostate, oral cavity, intestine and respiratory system of man. Yeast infection affects a man by following two routes.

1. Sexual Route

Yeast infection is very common in women. Women can transfer infection even when they are asymptomatic. Through this route Candida may cause following problems in males.

a. Penile Thrush and Jock Itch
During Sexual intercourse male urethra makes a contact with the infected vaginal mucosa and yeast spores enter the urethra. They may settle on the skin of penis and adjacent area and may cause penile thrush and jock itch. Foul smelling urethral discharge may also occur.

b. Prostatis
From the urethra, yeast spores may travel right up to the prostate gland where they settle and cause inflammation of prostate gland which is called prostatitis. Prostate enlarges in size and may cause urinary obstruction and retention.

Can Men Get Yeast Infection from Women? PDF Print E-mail
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Yes, Men can get yeast infection from women. Candida (yeast) can be transferred from one person to another and now it is considered as sexually transmitted infection.

Mechanism of Transmission of Infection

Candida is present in the vagina and vulva of most of the women and is considered as a part of normal flora of female vulva and vagina. Normally a balance exists between the growth of bacteria and that of Candida. If number of bacteria decreases (prolonged use of antibiotics), more space will be available for growth of Candida and chances of transmission of infection increases.  Moreover Candida is also found in oral mucosa, saliva and intestine of woman and man.

Research Proof of transmission

Previously, it was believed that Candida can’t be transferred sexually but this is not true. A study published in journal of women’s health suggested that Candida yeast is a sexually transmitted disease. In this study researchers observed 148 women who were infected by Candida. They also tested their male partners for Candida infection and they found 78 of the male partners who were infected by Candida. So some transmission has occurred from women to their male partners.

Researchers believe that if a female has normal colony of Candida and there is not any excessive growth of the organism and the woman is asymptomatic then there are very rare chances of transmission of infection from a woman to her male partner.

Routes of Transmission

We will answer the following questions in subsequent paragraphs.

1.  What are the various routes of transmission of infection from a woman to man?
2.  Which is the favorable route of transmission of infection from a woman to man?
3.  Whether risk of transmission increases while practicing a specific sexual technique?

Candida infection can be transferred through vaginal or anal intercourse. If there is over growth of Candida then risk of transmission significantly increases. Vaginal or anal intercourse results in colonization of skin of penis by Candida. Most of the men remain asymptomatic and they never know about the infection but in some cases yeast may travel thorough the urethra and reach the prostate and cause its inflammation or it may cause itching of skin in groin area.

Masturbating using the saliva of infected partner and direct oral contact also increases the risk of transmission.

Favorable Route of Transmission

Oro-vaginal (a sexual technique called cunnilingus) is more favorable route of transmission. It may result in intestinal infection and organism remains in the saliva of the man and he may infect other woman.

Un-Resolved Yeast Infection or Re-Infection

If a woman gets treatment for Candida and has had sex with her partner who was already infected by her, she will get recurrent infection and will complain of unresolved symptoms.

Risk Factors for Transmission of Candida Infection from Woman to Man

Other than having sexual relationship with infected partner, risk of transmission of Candida infection increases in those men who:

a) Are immuno-compromised, (HIV infected man, steroid abusers, taking cancer therapy  etc)
b) Have low production of stomach acid,
c) Are prolonged users of antibiotics,
d) Are chronic alcoholic,
e) Use diet high in wheat, corn and peanuts.
f) Have diabetes.

In a nut shell, men can get Candida infection from women and can infect other uninfected women or re-infect the same woman.


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