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The yeast connection

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The possible role of yeast in causing chronic, ill-defined illness was popularized by Dr. Crook in the “Yeast Connection” in 1984. Other books and magazine articles have repeated the same idea without modification for 2 decades. This theory tries to explain the whole spectrum of delayed pattern food allergy as “yeast allergy”. The invisible overgrowth of candida is supposed to cause chronic and systemic symptoms.

Doctor Crook indeed! I’ve posted once or twice (or more) times about that snake-oil cure, the Candida diet. I happened across an intelligent article demolishing the Candida myth.

The “yeast connection” theory ignores the many types of adverse reactions to food. Many people with delayed patterns of food allergy believe that they have candida and have a hard time adjusting their thinking to accept a more comprehensive solution to their illness. The symptoms attributed to candida are typical of the wide spectrum of adverse reactions to food, and should not be interpreted as having a single cause.

Microorganisms often opportunistically inhabit favourable environments in and on the body when the body is weakened to the point where they are given the chance. This is why thrush can be a symptom of food chemical intolerance, but is definitely not a cause, nor is it a cause of the symptoms often referred to as “candidiasis”.

It’s pretty annoying that the Body Ecology diet by Donna Gates has won such approval from the Weston A. Price Foundation, who totally haven’t caught on to the concept of food chemical intolerance, even though food chemical intolerance is largely a disease of modernity and in most folks limited to additive intolerance. Instead WAPF touts nonsense like ‘dysbiosis’ and ‘vitamin deficiencies’ as the cause of so many annoying minor symptoms.

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Written by alienrobotgirl

5 July, 2006 at 1:08 pm

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