An overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract of the usually benign yeast (or fungus) Candida
albicans has been suggested as the origin of a complex medical syndrome called chronic candidiasis, or
yeast syndrome.1, 2
Purported symptoms of chronic candidiasis are fatigue, allergies,
immune system malfunction,
depression, chemical sensitivities, and digestive disturbances.3, 4 Conventional medical authorities do acknowledge the existence of a chronic Candida
infection that affects the whole body and is sometimes called “chronic disseminated
candidiasis.“5 However, this
universally accepted disease is both uncommon, and decidedly more narrow in scope, than the so-called Yeast
Syndrome—a condition believed by some to be quite common, particularly in people with a history of
long-term antibiotic use. The term “chronic candidiasis” as
used in this article refers to the as yet unproven Yeast Syndrome.
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