Many of the most common symptoms and diseases that we suffer from today, like fatigue, bloating, weight gain, brain fog, arthritis, allergies, depression, and mood swings; can be due to an underlying cause, such as yeast. Candidiasis is an infection caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Candida is a thick, white mucous that can often be seen or is associated with vaginal yeast infections and toenail fungus. Candida thrives in moist environments and if the body’s immune system is taxed by chronic stress or environmental toxins, it can overgrow in the body, via the bloodstream. As a result, candida can contribute to degenerative conditions and chronic illness. If you feel that you may have a candida infection, take the candida questionnaire (below) and contact me today to find out if my 90 day candida clear program may be of benefit for you.

Candida Questionnaire

History

Add the appropriate point score for each “yes” question.

 

Have you taken tetracyclines? (Panmycin®, Sumycin®, Minocin®,etc) or other antibiotics for acne for one month or longer?

25

Have you, at any time in your life, taken other “broad spectrum” antibiotics (ampicillin, amoxicillin, Ceclor®, Bactrim®, Keflex®, Septra®, etc.) for respiratory, urinary or other infections for 2 months or longer, OR in short courses 4 or more times in a one-year period?

20

Have you ever taken a broad spectrum anti-biotic – even a single course?

6

Have you, at any time in your life, been bothered by persistent prostatitis, vaginitis or other problems affecting your reproductive organs?

25

Have you been pregnant…One time?Two or more times?

3

5

Have you taken birth control pills…For 6 months to 2 years?For more than 2 years?

8

15

Have you taken prednisone, Decadron®, or other cortisone-type drugs…For 2 weeks or less?For more than 2 weeks?

6

15

Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors & other chemicals provokeMild symptoms?Moderate symptoms?

5

20

Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places?

20

Have you had athlete’s foot, ringworm, “jock itch,” or other chronic infections of the skin or nails?Mild to moderate?Severe or persistent?

10

20

Do you crave sugar?

10

Do you crave breads?

10

Do you crave alcoholic beverages?

10

Does tobacco smoke really bother you?

10

TOTAL SCORE

                                                                                                                                                               

Major Symptoms

For each of your symptoms, enter the appropriate figure in the Point Score column.

If a symptom is:

Occasional or mild –                                           Score 3 points
Frequent and/or moderately severe-               Score 6 points
Severe and/or disabling –                                 Score 9 points

Symptom Point Score
Fatigue or lethargy
Feeling of being “drained”
Poor memory
Feeling “spacey” or “unreal”
Depression
Numbness, burning or tingling
Muscle aches
Muscle weakness or paralysis
Pain and/or swelling in joints
Abdominal pain
Constipation
Diarrhea
Bloating
Persistent vaginal itch
Persistent vaginal burning
Prostatitis
Impotence
Loss of sexual desire
Endometriosis
Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities
Premenstrual tension
Spots in front of eyes
Erratic vision
TOTAL SCORE

 

Other Symptoms

For each of your symptoms, enter the appropriate figure in the Point Score column.

If a symptom is:

Occasional or mild –                                            Score 1 points
Frequent and/or moderately severe-                Score 2 points
Severe and/or disabling –                                  Score 3 points

 

Symptom

Point Score

Symptom

Point Score

Drowsiness Irritability
Incoordination Inability to Concentrate
Frequent mood swings Headache
Dizziness/loss of balance Pressure above ears, feeling of head swelling & tingling
Itching Other rashes
Heartburn Indigestion
Belching & intestinal gas Mucus in stools
Hemorrhoids Dry mouth
Rash or blisters in mouth Bad breath
Joint swelling or arthritis Nasal congestion or discharge
Postnasal drip Nasal itching
Sore or dry throat Cough
Pain or tightness in chest Wheezing or shortness of breath
Urinary urgency, frequency, bedwetting Burning on urination
Failing vision Burning or tearing of eyes
Recurrent infection or fluid in ears Ear pain or deafness
TOTAL SCORE TOTAL SCORE

 

TOTAL ALL SCORES                    

                                                               History                                  _____
                                                               Major Symptoms               _____
                                                               Other Symptoms                _____  +  _____
 
                                                               GRAND TOTAL                   _____

                                                               

 

Interpretation

                                                                                                                                Women                 Men

Yeast-connected health problems are almost certainly present                 >180                       >140
Yeast-connected health problems are probably present                              120-180                 90-140
Yeast-connected health problems are possibly present                                60-119                   40-89
Yeast-connected health problems are less likely present                             <60                         <40

 

Questionnaire adapted from: Crook WG: The Yeast Connection, 2nded. Professional Books, Jackson, TN

Copyright © 1989 Pizzorno & Murray

 

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