Candida Test & Steps to Heal
Candida is a fungus that normally inhabits the mouth, throat, digestive tract and vagina. Under normal conditions, Candida exists within us in a healthy balance, and the body’s immune system keeps it from spreading. When your immune system is strong, Candida yeasts presents no problem. But, if you have a poor and sugary diet, nutritional deficiencies, exposure to toxins and stress and/or take antibiotics or other medications the good bacteria that prevent fungal infections from developing can get knocked out. Candida yeasts then multiply and further weaken the immune system.
Symptoms of Candida
Feelings of frustration and loneliness are common when dealing with a yeast overgrowth because Candida is evasive to much of the medical community. Here are some of the common symptoms:
• Gas, bloating and indigestion
• Bowel irregularities, constipation or diarrhea
• Food cravings especially for carbohydrates or sweets
• Mood swings or depression
• Headaches or migraines
• Menstrual problems and PMS
• Dry, itchy skin or hives
• Finger or toe nail fungus
• Vaginal yeast infections
• Itching or redness in body creases
• Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
• Weight imbalances (over or under-weight despite diet)
• Premature ageing
• Chemical sensitivity (especially colognes or fabric dye)
Candida Questionnaire and Score Sheet
This questionnaire lists factors in your medical history that promote the growth of the common yeast, Candida Albicans (Section A), and symptoms commonly found in individuals with yeast-connected illness (Sections B and C).
Filling out and scoring this questionnaire should help you and your physician evaluate how Candida Albicans may be contributing to your health problems. Yet it will not provide an automatic yes or no answer. A comprehensive history and physical examination are important. In addition, laboratory studies, x-rays, and other types of tests may also be appropriate.
For each yes answer in Section A, circle the Point Score. Total your score, and record it at the end of the section. Then move on to Sections B and C, and score as directed.
1. Have you taken tetracyclines (Sumycin®, Panmycin®, Vibramycin®,Minocin®, etc.) or other antibiotics for acne for 1 month (or longer)? Point score-50
2. Have you, at any time in your life, taken other “broad spectrum” antibiotics for respiratory, urinary or other infections for 2 months or longer, or for shorter periods 4 or more times in a 1-year span? Point score-50
3. Have you taken a broad spectrum antibiotic drug – even for one period? Point score-6
4. Have you, at any time in your life, been bothered by persistent prostatitis, vaginitis, or other problems affecting your reproductive organs? Point score-25
5. Have you been pregnant 2 or more times? Point score-5 Pregnant 1 time? Point score-3
6. Have you taken birth control pills for more than 2 years? Point score-15 Taken birth control pills 6 months to 2 years? Point score-8
7. Have you taken prednisone, Decadron®, or other cortisone-type drugs by mouth or inhalation** for more than 2 weeks? Point score-15 Taken these drugs 2 weeks or less? Point score-6
8. Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors, or other chemicals provoke moderate to severe symptoms? Point score-20 Does exposure produce mild symptoms? Point score-5
9. Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places? Point score-20
10.Have you had athlete’s foot, ringworm, “jock itch” or other chronic fungus infections
of the skin or nails that have been severe or persistent? Point score-20 Mild or moderate? Point score-10
11. Do you crave sugar? Point score-10
12. Do you crave breads? Point score-10
13. Do you crave alcoholic beverages? Point score-10
14. Does tobacco smoke really bother you? Point score-10
Total Score, Section A _______
**The use of nasal or bronchial sprays containing cortisone and/or other steroids promotes overgrowth in the respiratory tract.
For each symptom that is present, enter the appropriate number to the right of the item: If a symptom is occasional or mild, score 3 points. If a symptom is frequent and/or moderately severe, score 6 points. If a symptom is severe and/or disabling, score 9 points. Total the score for this section, and record it at the end of this
1. Fatigue or lethargy _______
2. Feeling of being “drained” _______
3. Poor memory _______
4. Feeling “spacey” or “unreal” _______
5. Inability to make decisions _______
6. Numbness, burning or tingling _______
7. Insomnia _______
8. Muscle aches _______
9. Muscle weakness or paralysis _______
10. Pain and/or swelling in joints _______
11. Abdominal pain _______
12. Constipation _______
13. Diarrhea _______
14. Bloating, belching or intestinal gas _______
15. Troublesome vaginal burning, itching or discharge _______
16. Prostatitis _______
17. Impotence _______
18. Loss of sexual desire or feeling _______
19. Endometriosis or infertility _______
20. Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities _______
21. Premenstrual tension _______
22. Attacks of anxiety or crying _______
23. Cold hands or feet and/or chilliness _______
24. Shaking or irritable when hungry _______
Total Score, Section B _______
For each symptom that is present, enter the appropriate number to the right of the item: If a symptom is occasional or mild, score 3 points. If a symptom is frequent and/or moderately severe, score 6 points. If a symptom is severe and/or persistent, score 9 points. Total the score for this section and record it in the box at the
end of this section.
1. Drowsiness _______
2. Irritability or jitteryness _______
3. Incoordination _______
4. Inability to concentrate _______
5. Frequent mood swings _______
6. Headaches _______
7. Dizziness/loss of balance _______
8.Pressure above ears, feeling of head swelling _______
9. Tendency to bruise easily _______
10. Chronic rashes or itching _______
11. Psoriasis or recurrent hives _______
12. Indigestion or heartburn _______
13. Food sensitivity or intolerance _______
14. Mucus in stools _______
15. Rectal itching _______
16. Dry mouth or throat _______
17. Rash or blisters in mouth _______
18. Bad breath _______
19. Foot, hair or body odor not relieved by washing _______
20. Nasal congestion or post nasal drip _______
21. Nasal itching _______
22. Sore throat _______
23. Laryngitis, loss of voice _______
24. Cough or recurrent bronchitis _______
25. Pain or tightness in chest _______
26. Wheezing or shortness of breath _______
27. Urinary frequency, urgency or incontinence _______
28. Burning on urination _______
29. Spots in front of eyes or erratic vision _______
30. Burning or tearing of eyes _______
31. Recurrent infections or fluid in ears _______
32.Ear pain or deafness _______
*While the symptoms in this section occur commonly in patients with yeast-connected illness, they also occur commonly in patients who do not have candida.
Section C _______ Total Score, Section B _______ Total Score, Section A _______
Grand Total Score (add totals from Sections A, B and C) _______
The Grand Total Score will help you and your physician decide if your health problems are yeast-connected. Scores for women will run higher, as 7 items in this questionnaire apply exclusively to women, while only 2 apply exclusively to men. Yeast-connected health problems are almost certainly present in women with scores over 180, and in men
with scores over 140. Yeast-connected health problems are probably present in women with scores over 120, and in men with scores over 90. Yeast-connected health problems are possibly present in women with scores over 60, and in men with scores over 40. With scores less than 60 for women and 40 for men, yeast are less apt to cause health
This questionnaire is available in quantity from Professional Books, Inc., P.O. Box 3246, Jackson, TN 38302. Prices upon request. Copyright 1984. The Yeast Connection by William G. Crook, M.D.
Steps to Healing Systemic Candida
Based on my own 12 year healing journey and experience with what works and what doesn’t (looking for your answer in a bottle), I have been providing advice and support for years to people suffering from systemic Candida conditions from all around the world.
Where to begin?
First we start by looking at what is causing your symptoms: imbalance of good/bad bacteria, over acidic body, weak immune system and mental/emotional stress.
We then correct by reducing and eliminating what is contributing to the imbalance (drugs, alcohol, sugar, starch and stress), eat to alkalize and boost the immune system, incorporate relaxation and self-awareness practices, as well as detox therapies and herbs.
Only then is the body allowed to heal itself, your symptoms disappear, your energy and clarity returns and your mind is at peace.
Start with journaling why you want to heal your body, what your signs and symptoms are, what is causing them and how it’s affecting your life. Then journal your vision for your body and life; how you want to feel, look and live. Write your intention for your healing journey, why you want it and why you believe it will happen.
If you would like more insight into what is feeding your Candida, start with a free assessment.