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Candidiasis: The Great Impersonator

From the desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center, in New York City

The Problem

They come into my office every day, all with different health complaints and suffering in their own special way. No two are exactly the same. Most have been suffering for years and tried everything—almost everything, that is—to get well. While many of those treatments and medicines helped and offered hope, at least for a while, they ultimately failed to stop the never-ending discomfort and pain.

All these patients have been told by doctors that they have this condition or that disease—they show the entire range of classic symptoms, don’t they? So then why didn’t the prescribed treatments work? The answer is that the true, underlying cause was missed or ignored. Ignored because it wasn’t recognized as the real “felon,” the real reason for their problem.

The Cause

With your very first childhood dose of antibiotics or your first bite of non-organic chicken or red meat (most contain traces or more of various antibiotics), the healthy bacteria (probiotics) in your intestine were killed right along with the harmful bacteria that needed to be destroyed. This allowed yeast—the different types of candida, also known as monilia—to overgrow in your intestinal wall. It also allowed bad bacteria to move in and inhabit your intestinal wall, continually secreting toxins into your system.

The Results

What real difference does this make? Well, after years of research, scientists have discovered that this yeast overgrowth weakens the immune system and the body. As each of us is unique, they are weakened to different degrees and in different ways, causing a wide variety of symptoms, often leading to a misdiagnosis.

What’s worse is that while most doctors know the condition of yeast overgrowth exists, they “don’t see the forest” (as the saying goes) because there are too many trees in the way! They either don’t believe or don’t recognize the relationship between yeast overgrowth and health problems. The symptoms, conditions, and illnesses are so varied that it’s hard to believe that they all could have a single cause. 

Believe it or not, this is just a partial list of symptoms that have been associated with this horrible illness (found on numerous anti-candidiasis websites):

  • constant, excessive fatigue
  • brain fog and trouble concentrating
  • anxiety and depression
  • mood swings and irritability
  • poor memory
  • learning difficulties
  • hyperactivity
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • angry outbursts
  • headaches or migraines
  • intense cravings for sugars, sweets, and bread (carbohydrates)
  • abdominal gas and bloating, stomach pain and digestive problems
  • acid reflux
  • cravings for alcohol
  • skin problems (infections, eczema, psoriasis, acne, itchiness)
  • vaginitis
  • rectal itching
  • diarrhea/constipation
  • sinus inflammation
  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • hormonal problems
  • low sex drive
  • inability to become pregnant
  • dizziness
  • persistent cough
  • muscle weakness
  • sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals
  • thrush
  • athlete’s foot and nail fungus 
  • sore throat
  • chronic muscle and/or joint pain
  • herpes outbreaks
  • environmental allergies

It’s hard to believe that one problem can cause all these different symptoms. But if you suffer from one or more, or know someone who does, please don’t give up hope (although you may already have). Read on.

The Answer

The answer to this persistent health dilemma consists of a necessary combination of three things: a temporary dietary change (anti-candida diet); Doctors Biome Colon Health™, a special kind of probiotics that adhere to the intestinal wall (available at; and most importantly, in very resistant cases, intravenous ozone therapy. Without all three, failure to get well may be the result, as it has been with most people.  

More information about this amazing, safe and effective treatment is available at; on my website,; and on my radio show, “Functional Medicine with Dr. Robins,” which is archived but live each week on’s Health and Wellness Channel. You can also call my office at 212-581-0101. See ad, page 3.

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