Candida Diagnosis: From Your Mouth to your Gut


At Mitchell Medical Group, we are seeing patients every week showing clear manifestations of yeast overgrowth or Candidiasis . Early in my career working in the hospital in the mid-1980’s, I would see patients infected with the HIV virus that were immune deficient present with signs of Candida: a white coating on their tongue being the most common and easily visualized. Today, however, I rarely see an HIV patient, but I am seeing immune competent patients showing signs of Candida.

Why are these patients showing yeast overgrowth?

The main reason in my estimation is the overuse of antibiotics. In last week’s New England Journal of Medicine( April 20, 2017), the Images section had a picture of a 72 year old man who had been on antibiotics for several weeks for a bronchial infection, who developed difficulty swallowing. He was evaluated by an endoscopy and was found to have multiple, ring-like white plaques on his esophagus lining. He required treatment with antifungal medication to reverse the infection. The reason yeast or Candida develops in a prior healthy patient is if there is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria.

The same week this article came out I saw a thirty year old male with chronic Candida on his tongue, and a 70 year old woman with Candida on her tongue as well. What did they have in common? Not much. He was a generally healthy guy, but he had a dental infection that required a few weeks of antibiotics. The elderly woman was in excellent health, but sometimes an aging immune system can be vulnerable to yeast and needs immune support.

leaky gut symptoms


Candida in the stomach or small intestine is associated with many of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome : bloating, gas, abdominal pain and constipation. The Candida or yeast can have “a party” in your stomach and intestinal system if you overdue the sugar, wheat and of course alcohol.

If the yeast builds up excessively, it can cause “ Leaky Gut ”, where proteins from the yeast exit the bowel and take harbor in other organs of the body: the vaginal tissue, the sinuses, the liver, the skin- and even the brain. The reason so many specialists miss the Candida diagnosis is that they are just looking at the problem as a local problem. The gynecologist is just looking at the female genitals, the ENT is just looking at the sinuses and the dermatologist just the skin.

To diagnose Candida properly you need to look at the patient holistically from his/her diet, to medication usage and symptomology.

At Mitchell Medical Group in NYC, we recognize the different presentations of Candida and do specific testing to confirm our diagnosis. Our treatment protocols have also been very successful at keeping our patients healthy and immune strong. Please read our unique protocol and the 3 step process we use to treat our patients.

  • Dr. Dean Mitchell
    Mitchell Medical Group in NYC and Long Island

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