is celebrating her return to health after an intense
struggle with yeast-related problems that made her
life miserable for ten years. Here’s her story:
am jogging. I hiked up to 10,500 feet last weekend
and jogged back down. I can read the newspaper without
sneezing. I can go down into my basement and look
at old moldy comic books. I have energy with only
7 or 8 hours of sleep. The list goes on and on. All
of these things seem small if you’re healthy,
but yeast-related problems had kept me from doing
the things I love for ten years. The way I feel today,
it’s as if the last 10 years of my life never
In those ten years, I lived in a fog of fatigue, a
multitude of digestive problems, a long list of allergies
that got stronger every year, asthma, bronchitis on
and off for 4 or 5 years, plus a continual vaginal
discharge, pain with intercourse and a complete loss
of interest in sex.
I had been an athlete as a child and I loved being
active. Over the years, I grew weaker and weaker until
sports and hiking were out of the question. Eventually,
I had to quit my job because I simply no longer had
the energy to go on.
Then a copy of The
Yeast Connection Handbook fell into my hands.
I recognized my own symptoms and my own pain in the
stories Dr. Crook told in the book.
The anti-candida program wasn’t easy, but I
was so miserable, I knew I had little choice. I followed
the diet and started on a regimen of Diflucan, nystatin,
probiotics, and a good vitamin/mineral supplement.
I haven’t cheated much. I am feeling so incredibly
good, I don’t want to take any chances.
My advice to others who have suffered with yeast-related
problems? The diet is a piece of cake, so to speak,
once you’ve been on it for a few weeks. If you
honor yourself and stick to it very stringently, the
rewards far outweigh the things you give up. It keeps
getting easier, so stick with t. I have my life back
and it was really worth it!
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