the confusion of Overlapping Symptoms...
This is a very important topic as there are many symptoms
that overlap when it comes to Gastrointestinal Tract illnesses,
diseases and infections. It is absolutely necessary for you
to understand this, so that you are not confused by these
before, during or even after any treatment you take.
For example, you may have experienced certain symptoms and
your Doctor or Health Care Professional then does a diagnosis
and pathology test that concludes you are H. pylori positive.
Next, you complete a treatment to clear your H. pylori infection
- only to find the same old symptoms show up soon after treatment.
This does not necessarily mean that your treatment
has not worked, and that you are still infected with the H.
pylori bacteria. You might be thinking that this doesn’t
let us explain this...
When doing the initial diagnosis, Doctors normally tend to
assess symptoms for the more common illnesses, diseases and
infections. This also applies to the range of laboratory tests
that they request. A good example of this is that we have
found that between 65 to 70% of patients
that test positive for H. pylori, will also test
positive for Candida Albicans.
What is even more interesting is that the symptoms
for H. pylori are VERY similar to the symptoms of Candida
HERE'S THE PROBLEM!
The pathology tests used to determine status of H. pylori
and Candida Albicans are usually different - so it happens
that Candida infection, or overgrowth, is largely overlooked.
Yet, most patients being treated for H. pylori have symptoms
that relate to both H. pylori and Candida Albicans, so it
is easy for doctors to get confused by these symptoms
and to treat the wrong condition over and over again.
The golden rule is that if you experience persistent symptoms
after a treatment, then this is a clear indication
that you have a further underlying complication that needs
to be identified and treated.
You are very likely to test positive for Candida Albicans
if you have taken one or more courses of antibiotics
in the last 12 months.
Staying with the example above, and with the point about
persistent symptoms, we would like to make a point about the
difference between H. pylori and Candida Albicans infections.
CANDIDA ALBICANS - When Candida Albicans
is activated, the yeast infection
tends to multiply very rapidly. This is because
the normal 60:40 ratio of 'good versus bad bacteria' becomes
something like 20:80 where the bad bacteria takes control,
leaving no hope for the good bacteria to cope.
H. PYLORI - By comparison H.
pylori can take years to colonize in your stomach.
It happens so slowly that I refer to this bacteria as a
In view of the above, we would suggest that if you have had
any antibiotics in the last 12 months, then you should insist
that your Health Care Professional does a blood test to determine
your Candida Albicans status.
If you don't do this, there is a good chance that your Health
Care Professional may want to treat the H. pylori infection
again. Please don't let this vicous cycle begin again!
Sources and references
All our information
is sourced from various digestive health experts,
a world renowned immunologist, and from these trusted websites;