Do you know if you are suffering from Chronic Candida? It can be very easy to tell. That is why we have developed this important questionnaire.

This questionnaire is designed for adults and the scoring system isn't appropriate for children. It lists factors in your medical history which promote the growth of Candida Albicans (Section A), and symptoms commonly found in individuals with yeast-connected illness (Sections B and C).



Causes of Candida

Toxocity
Every year on average, Americans consume 150lbs of soft drinks. That adds up to 52tsp of refined white sugar everyday!

Compare the averages of junk food consumption:

1981 2001
45 large bags of chips up 78%
120 orders of fries up 130%
190 candy bars up 80%
120 pastries or deserts up 95%
150 slices of Pizza up 143%


Reference: Jay Williams PhD, Possible signs and symptoms of a toxic body

Antibiotics Use
First things first, if you are taking anti-biotics then your balance of flora bacteria will be compromised. Typically, you are taking anti-biotics for strep throat, a sinus infection or an ear infection. However, your intestines are greatly affected. Anti-biotic means anti- life, and they eliminate beneficial bacteria along with the bad strains. When more of your beneficial bacteria is eliminated by the anti-biotic, then the yeast may be able to take over more territory, leaving you in a more weakened state for the future. So, if you are on a course of antibiotics wait until you have finished before beginning the program. You can take a strong probiotic (Acidophilus) at the opposite time during the day as you take your anti-biotic. The Product Florastor may offer you the greatest defense from further imbalances while on the anti-biotic.

Stress
Stress and emotional upset can negatively effect our immune systems and many candida sufferers have reported that their candida problem really got a hold after a period of intense stress or a prolonged period of low level stress. So take steps to destress your world.

Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol can kill the beneficial bacteria as well as give abundant food to the yeast organism. The sugar in alcohol is yeasts' best friend. Candida lives off of sugar and carbohydrates and alcohol is the most refined sugar you can put in your body. It is a double edged sword. Alcohol overuse is a major cause of problems today.

Prednisone, Cortisone and Cortico-steroids
Prednisone reduces immune function. So people in long term low dose steroid treatment may be caught in a tight spot. They may need the prednisone for a life threatening disease like Lupus, MS, etc., however, they may also coincidingly need a candida program to control the yeast overgrowth. This is merely a damage control method until you can get of the medication and do the complete cleanse.

Birth Control
It is long understood that Candida is more predominant in women than men. The main reason is the amounts of estrogen and progesterone in the female body actually create an environment more conducive to yeast growth. IF a woman is on Birth Control pills, she is taking much more hormone than the body produces itself, therefore there is a greater probability to develop yeast infections and intestinal overgrowth.



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