Dr. Crandall, Founder of Yeast Consulting Services
Most establishment physicians deny the existence of the candidiasis hypersensitivity syndrome and refuse to offer their patients effective treatments for yeast infections and yeast allergies. Therefore, you must become your own health advocate. Educate yourself about yeast infections and become a partner in your medical care.
Read my Candida Information Packet. Discuss it with your doctor. Ask for the specific diagnostic tests recommended in my Ten Step Program. If your test results are positive for Candida infection and/or Candida allergy, then ask for medical treatments appropriate for your case. Remember: You cannot diagnose yeast infections based on symptoms alone. Yeast overgrowths and allergies can only be determined accurately by scientifically validated diagnostic tests. Also, remember: Test before treating! If you self-treat with over-the-counter supplements before testing, you may receive false-negative results.
If your personal physician is open-minded and interested in learning more about yeast infections and yeast allergies, lend my Candida Information Packet to your doctor and say that you will pick it up at your next office visit. Physicians will appreciate reading about the controlled clinical studies in my packet. Any physician can help you with your yeast problems by following the guidelines in my Ten Step Program. Hence, I strongly urge you to stay with your own personal physician. She or he knows your history of risk factors for yeast infections. In fact, your doctor may have even prescribed the very drugs that predisposed you to develop candidiasis in the first place!
If your current doctor is unwilling to consider the scientific evidence for the yeast syndrome in my packet and refuses to order diagnostic tests for candidiasis and yeast hypersensitivity, call customer service at your health insurance company and ask for a referral to a doctor in your plan who does treat yeast infections. Also, request a referral to a board certified allergist who will test and treat you for yeast allergies.
If these approaches fail, you may have to go outside your health insurance plan and pay out-of-pocket to obtain necessary diagnostic testing from physicians who are knowledgeable about Candida-related disorders. Because so many patients have contacted me over the years seeking doctor referrals, I have done a lot of networking with colleagues and research on the Internet looking for referral services that provide the names of physicians who treat Candida-related illnesses in the U.S. and other countries. My extensive search has turned up the Web sites listed below. One of these referral services should have the name of a physician in your area. Listing here is neither a recommendation nor an endorsement, and does not guarantee standard of care. Furthermore, this not a complete list of all physicians in your area.
Keep in mind that physicians on the following list are self-described specialists on yeast infections. Consequently, you may not be happy with any health care providers listed by these referral services. But at least these organizations are dedicated to helping patients who have been unable to obtain effective medical care for yeast-related illnesses from their own physicians.
Be forewarned: Some alternative practitioners offer unproven tests and therapies. Hence, you need to become proactive. Before making an appointment with any doctor from a referral list, call the office and ask the receptionist these questions: Does the doctor offer the specific diagnostic tests and medical treatments recommended in this Candida Information Packet? How much do they charge for office visits and tests? Do they accept payment from your health insurance plan?
Call me for a Phone Consult prior to your doctor's appointment. I can make suggestions that will save you time and money, and protect you from pitfalls in your search for a cure of your long-standing yeast problems. You may send me copies of your results and ask me to Review Tests.
If your test results are positive for Candida immune complexes in the blood, show your test results to your primary care physician and request appropriate medical treatments. Be assertive with doctors who don’t listen. Don't take "No!" for an answer. Read my Candida Information Packet to learn more about tests and how to work with your current physician to get proper treatment.
The fact sheet entitled JUSTIFICATION in my Candida Information Packet provides evidence-based arguments for long-term antifungal therapy. If your doctor refuses to prescribe these treatments for you or your health insurance refuses to cover these treatments, use my packet and reprints as the basis for filing an appeal with the grievance committee of your health insurance company. There are several steps in the appeal process that you can pursue on your own without a lawyer. I can help you obtain medical treatment by writing up an evaluation of your case after you obtain proper testing.
Once you obtain proper testing and treatments, and you start to improve, your favorable response to anti-Candida therapies will confirm your diagnosis.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
American Academy of Environmental Medicine
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
American College for Advancement in Medicine
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
American Holistic Medical Association
Better Health USA
Cooperative Web site for patients with ME, CFS and FM
Health Professionals Directory
Holistic Health Network
International Health Foundation
Life Extension Foundation
Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Techniques
Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
Pan American Allergy Society
Howard Glazer, Ph.D.
Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome, International
* NOTE: Genova Diagnostics is the only laboratory that tests for Candida immune complexes in blood. This test is definitive for intestinal yeast overgrowth. Genova Diagnostics has a directory of practitioners who will order this test for you. Go to www.gdx.net and click on Patients, then click on Practitioner Directory and fill in your information on their form. Tell the physician to whom you were referred what test you want ordered. You will probably have to pay out of pocket for this test.
Because information about organizations is always changing, I would be very grateful if you would let me know when you cannot access any of the above Web sites. Please also let me know if you find other Physician Referral Services that provide the names of doctors who treat chronic candidiasis. I will add their addresses to my Candida Information Packet.
I sincerely hope that you can find a physician who is willing to follow the guidelines in my Ten Step Program and prepare a treatment program tailor-made for your individual case. My best wishes for your speedy return to good health.