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Candida Conundrum – Why Doctors Don't Believe In It

Candida Conundrum – Why Doctors Don't Believe In It

The medical diagnosis of candida or yeast hypersensitivity has been for a long time one of the most contentious diagnoses in medicine. Dr. Dean Mitchell & Dr. George Kroker discuss the candida controversy.

In the 1990s, doctors could actually lose their license for diagnosing and treating patients with candida. In fact, that happened to a New York City doctor, a very famous one. But holistic medicine has certainly advanced in the past two decades, and many functional medicine practitioners are diagnosing and treating, including myself, helping patients suffering with what we call candida or a yeast hypersensitivity.

My guest today is Dr. George Kroker. Dr. Kroker worked for, I believe over 30 years, maybe close to 40 years, at La Crosse Allergy Associates in Wisconsin, a very prestigious practice. Dr. Kroker and I have had conversations over the years because I’ve sought out his advice on treating patients with candida. So I’ve always relied on him as an excellent source, and I know that Dr. Kroker has helped thousands of patients with candida over the years. In fact, he has written one of the only chapters in a medical textbook, and I think it’s called Food and Allergy Intolerances, that I know that even exists on candida.

Let’s go back to the candida controversy. As you’re well aware, again, as I said, now it’s a little bit more accepted, even though I still get so many patients come in in tears saying the doctor would tell them, “This doesn’t exist. It’s all in your head. You got a psychiatric disease,” the whole spectrum of things. I have my opinions, which I’ll bring up, but why do you think candida as a diagnosis has been so controversial and actually despised by the general medical community?

That is probably one of the most important questions I’ve struggled with over the years. I think there are probably two answers to that question or two reasons. Reason one is something called the Tomato Effect, and this was written about in JAMA in, I believe, 1984 by a husband and wife team. Dr. James Goodwin talked about the fact that the Tomato Effect in medicine holds back efficacious treatment. The tomato was a South American vegetable. It was brought from South America by the Spanish back to England. Everybody ate it. Over here in America, no one ate it, because they thought it, being related to the nightshade family, was deadly poisonous.

So we’re taught in medical school, you were taught and I was taught, that candida is a usually harmless commensal organism that occasionally, if it overgrows, causes an infection. And that’s what we’re taught, and we think that’s all that it does. So when a doctor runs up against this issue, he or she says to themselves, “Well, we’re taught that it’s a harmless organism. It’s not a bad organism.”

And, therefore, that’s all that is. But as one lawyer friend of mine said, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. In other words, just because it’s what we’re taught doesn’t mean it’s the only thing.

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For over 25 years, Dr. Dean Mitchell, Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist, has specialized in treating leaky gut, candida, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and immunology in NYC. Unlike most doctors, he believes in treating the cause of the illness not the symptoms. He has been featured on ABC, Fox, BYUradio, The Huffington Post, LI News Radio and The New York Times for his knowledge on allergy treatments and holistic health.
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