something was desperately wrong. During the past few
months I had vertigo, bladder infections and hemorrhage-type
periods. My blood sugar seemed always low. My hair
looked dull and was falling out. My face was oily
and broken out. I had on-going vaginal infections,
and my digestion was constantly upset. I felt anxious
as I never had before. Even my toenails were strange.
They had black spots under them.
I went to a number of doctors. I was prescribed Claritin,
Valium, and antidepressants. I knew these things would
offer me no help because I knew that I had an underlying
problem that was undefined. Three different doctors
told me I might have cancer. A gynecologist told me
that my heavy bleeding was a precancerous condition
of the uterus. A general practitioner told me that
my bladder problems called for a scope because it
all seemed suspicious. A dermatologist looked at my
toenails and said she may need to remove the toenails
to do a biopsy because the spots looked like they
may be some kind of funny mold. So now on top of feeling
so bad, I had cancer anxiety!!
Finally in October of 2001 the bottom fell out. It’s
hard to describe how sick I was. My immune system
went into overload and I, having never had an allergy
in my life that I know of, became allergic to almost
every food that went into my mouth. I was allergic
to the trees outside, to the mold inside. I even had
weird sensitivities to florescent lights and TV and
computer screens. Everything in my environment made
me feel tremendous pressure. I often said I feel like
I’m in a trash compactor.
And then God sent some angels in the form of friends.
Linda told me of a doctor who could help. Beth told
me about a book The Yeast
Connection by William Crook. These things, I believe,
saved my life.
I started taking nystatin, an antifungal medication,
and began following a diet that would starve the yeast
and build my immune system. Staying away from junk
food wasn’t hard since I was allergic to it
all anyway! He also put me on supplements that did
wonders for me. It turns out that as a result of the
yeast invasion in my intestines, I had developed Leaky
Gut Syndrome. I had not been absorbing nutrients for
who knows how long. I began taking L-Glutamine which
helped to heal my intestines.
The medicine and diet were working - slowly but surely.
I slowly began to see little improvements: I could
tolerate a little more food; I wasn’t as sensitive
to fabrics and chemicals; I could once in a while
take a deep breath; My hair and skin looked better.
There were improvements, but this illness still very
much had the upper hand.
Talking to a woman who 20 years earlier had been confined
to her room for two years suffering from yeast overgrowth
was maybe the most helpful contribution to my optimism
and therefore to my healing. She said to narrow my
focus “You need to do just one thing--Kill the
yeast!!” So from that point on I had a single
objective, to kill the yeast overgrowth and from that
point each month I was able to chart my improvement.
It was undeniable. My strange allergies seemed to
be subsiding in direct proportion to the yeast problem
Human beings are so complicated, and some illnesses
so personalized that even the most committed doctor
could never completely understand all the issues.
Realizing this, each day I went to the Great Physician
and said, “What shall I do today, my Great Physician,
to get well?” How did He answer? He used the
information I had gained from reading, research, doctors,
and talking with others who had this illness. He used
my common sense. He used my husband who probably understood
the whole thing better than any other human being
- because he was so interested since he loved me and
wanted me to get well.
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