My instincts have told me for many many years that I have Candida. I have many of the symptoms. One example is I have had vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese (just a little) for many many many years (like 10 or more years). It doesn't itch and I do not see it every time I pee but I saw it enough for it to catch my attention. I had a physical once and the doc asked if I was in the middle of a yeast infection - which I didn't think I was. I have also asked docs about this reoccurring discharge when I urinate and they say that it is normal...nothing to be concerned about.
I really didn't know what to do and didn't think having Candida was a big deal...thinking if it was, wouldn't my doc say something at each annual physical? I have moved around A LOT and have had many family docs and none of them asked me questions in regards to Candida - even when I asked about the discharge...they all sluffed it off so I did too.
Maybe that is why I am so into cleanses this year (the Candida thing has really been on my mind). I did the beginner SmartCleanse system in Jan. My boyfriend did it too...neither of us felt any different. Then I did the Dr. Joshi Cleanse in June and I felt different and could see changes in my body along the way. I am now doing the Candida Blast and again I can see changes going on with my body.
If there is a way to prove what is going on with my body...damn, I wish I had done the test before starting this cleanse. Oh well, live and learn.
I found the below articles on the internet.
You should also know that while candida overgrowth is not difficult to confirm through lab testing, an actual medical diagnosis of Candidiasis can be difficult to obtain, as mainstream medicine has not widely or fully recognized candida overgrowth as a health concern.
Your best course of alternative health treatments involves a combination of actively fighting the Candida Infection, re-establishing good intestinal flora within your gut, and helping your intestinal wall heal by removing irritants within your diet and ensuring better digestion of your food within your stomach.
Many mainstream doctors contend that Candida overgrowth rarely occurs in people who are not HIV positive, have leukemia are not otherwise severely immune-suppressed.
There are blood tests backed by peer-reviewed research which can detect Candida overgrowth. I tested positive on these tests. I do not have HIV, leukemia or any other immune suppressing condition. I am not on my death-bed. I have corresponded with other individuals that have also tested positive and are not immune suppressed. The fact that any of us are around, means that the conventional wisdom is wrong. At the very least, it mandates further research.
The biggest problem in proving the existence of Candida Related Complex in non-immune compromised people is that until very recently, there were no good tests for the condition. Everyone has Candida in their system and in small amounts it is harmless. It is only in larger amounts that Candida is harmful.
Therefore it is tricky to test for Candida. Simply showing that Candida is present in a person's system is useless. What are needed are tests that show how much is present in the system.
The IgA, IgG, and IgM are three tests which are somewhat reliable separately, and together have a good degree of reliability. The candida immune complexes test is even more reliable.