problems, originating in her teenage years, had aggravated
each other, so eventually this school office manager
found herself functionally disabled.
Her doctors’ response was to increase the strength
of the five allergy and asthma medications she was
taking as well as give her numerous antibiotics.
A parade of specialists and two sinus surgeries gave
her temporary relief, but they didn’t prove
to be long-term solutions. In fact, the only long-term
effect of all these prescription drugs and surgeries
was the loss of her sense of smell.
At the age of 52, Jackie felt much older. Her headaches
were frequent and severe. The constant post-nasal
drip gave her a perpetual sore throat and often affected
Jackie tells her story:
My primary care doctor was concerned because I was
taking so many antibiotics. I always had Benadryl
on hand to treat frequent reactions to foods and medications.
I couldn’t clean our home because of my allergic
reactions to dust. I couldn’t sit next to someone
wearing perfume or be where there might be smokers
I was constantly fatigued, sleeping 12 to 16 hours
and never feeling rested.
I’d often wake up with frightening numb hands,
arms and/or legs. There were times after my work day
when I’d literally crawl upstairs to bed and
pray for the weekends when I could sleep longer. I
often blamed my fuzzy thinking, poor performance and
graying hair on just “getting older.”
I told my doctor I wanted to read everything I could
because I was going to find a way to get well. He
agreed that I should read and become knowledgeable
about asthma, but I could tell, from the look he exchanged
with his nurse, he thought I was not being realistic
or practical about changing my condition. They had
told me that asthma generally gets progressively worse,
especially for patients suffering from sinus problems.
My reading took me to Sinus Survival by Dr. Rob Ivker.
I couldn’t believe how much he knew “about
me,” and I was pleased he lived not far from
me in Colorado.
I made an appointment to see Dr. Ivker. I was amazed
when I tested out allergic to everything I ate, except
I was even more surprised when Dr. Ivker told me he
could get me off all my medications and cure my asthma
and sinus problems. It was almost too good to be true.
I wondered how this could possibly be true when so
many doctors had told me just the opposite.
Dr. Ivker said my asthma and chronic yeast problems
were the result of a very weakened respiratory and
The very first item on his list was to treat my yeast
problem. The goal was to improve my respiratory and
immune systems so that my body could care for and
He prescribed Nizoral and Flora Balance plus vitamins
and herbs, which gave me immediate improvement. Eventually,
I completed the total program (physical, mental, spiritual
and emotional) to gain total freedom from my past
Under Dr. Ivker’s care, my skin lost its gray
hue, my hair stopped graying and I regained my health.
Much that I had attributed to “old age”
was actually just poor physical health.
I still work on my diet and do my exercises. My husband
and I are looking forward to our retirement, which
will include traveling, riding our bikes, visiting
our children and enjoying this beautiful world. Did
I mention that two years after I started treatment
with Dr. Ivker, I participated in “Ride the
Rockies,” a 413-mile bike tour through the Colorado
Rocky Mountains? I’ve ridden it three more times
with friends and family.
If you are starting this program, you may struggle
and wonder, “Why bother? It’s not worth
it.” Try to remember that you are doing the
best you can and that this program is about nourishing
the entire being, the mind, the body and the spirit.
Let me assure you it is worth the effort.
Jackie’s story and the inspiring stories of
other patients with candida overgrowth can be found
in Dr. Crook’s Yeast Connection Success Stories,
Professional Books, Inc.