In researching candida, I encountered plenty of articles claiming that parasites cause the initial imbalance which allows candida to overwhelm good bacteria. Therefore, the articles claim, you have to zap the old parasites along with the candida. Vivid descriptions of human parasite infestations, and the passing thereof, will be burned in my mind forever. One other observation was the large number of products and purges and cleanses galore. There are many testimonials, but testimonials sell products and you can't trust everything you read on the Internet. Alternative medicine is now a lucrative industry. I mistrust industries due to the temptation of profit over truth.
Something else nagged at me. Where is the scientific research? The Mayo clinic says, "Unfortunately, there isn't much evidence to support the diagnosis of yeast syndrome". They speculate that people feel better on a candida diet due to avoidance of sugar and artificial chemical processing. However, they do not cite trials that disprove candida syndrome, or state how prevalent parasites might be in our society. The only reference to the candida/parasite syndrome on that Mayo clinic website was a doctor's answer to a FAQ. A single doctor's opinion is not evidence.
Regardless of a lack of evidence either way, I found websites that concluded the candida/parasite syndrome has no scientific basis and is likely a scam. Similar opinions are presented about the 2000 to 5000 year old medicine known as acupuncture. Those skeptical articles do not acknowledge studies the now exist showing scientific evidence that acupuncture works. The studies are possible due to new tools and better trial designs, but skeptics ignore them. The NIH backs acupuncture and the US military uses it because evidence supports its effectiveness. The previous lack of evidence on the mechanics of acupuncture did not change the fact that it works. Could the same be true for the candida/parasite syndrome?
- There are plenty traditional treatments for parasite infestations. I was trained in Chinese herbs which has a category devoted to anti-parasitic formulas.
- Quite a few people suffer from symptoms that confound Western medicine. I've been fortunate to have helped a number of those type of patients through acupuncture. This makes sense if doctors never consider conditions that might be caused by parasites and candida.
- I don't have a medical degree, but I have a Master's degree in a health field and have been focused on health issues for over a decade. When I read the mechanics of systemic parasite/candida infestations, it makes sense. I'm not an expert by any means, thereby ensuring further research.