Sunday, April 11, 2010

Depression: Is Yeast a Missing Link?

By Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. and Carol Beck, M.S.

Depression casts a shadow over the lives of 19 million Americans, two-thirds of them women. The precise cause, in many cases, remains a mystery. Genetics, brain chemistry gone bonkers, even environmental depredation have all been mentioned, and documented, as causes of depression.

We suggest that systemic yeast overgrowth is another often-overlooked cause of depression.

In his latest book, The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, Dr. William Crook says he and his colleagues found a very strong link between Candida albicans yeast overgrowth and depression in patients who had a history of any of the following:

Use of antibiotics, especially long courses of antibiotics
Use of birth control pills
Persistent digestive distress
Recurring vaginal yeast infections
Dr. Crook made the fascinating discovery that 85 percent of women suffering from depression who had even one of the above elements in their history found relief from depression and a host of other symptoms by following his Anti-Candida Treatment Plan. Why? Let’s look at the cycle of yeast overgrowth in the body and how it affects various body systems, including brain chemistry. Read more...

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