Healthy Hoboken – February 2009


[Every month, Hoboken411 will be posting a column to give answers to Hobokenites’ most frequently asked health questions. The column is written by Dr. Laura Brayton of Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness. Please send all health-related questions to]

Healthy Hoboken – February 2009

This month’s Healthy Hoboken article deals with what to do if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from a Candida infection.


Dear Dr. Brayton,

I have been battling with candida/yeast issues for several years and am beginning to really feel the negative effects on my health. I have noticed that I have really low energy the past few months and have more difficulty dealing with stress at work because I am so tired. I also frequently feel bloated after eating most meals, crave sugar constantly, and seem to have developed “belly fat” that is not responding to the gym. Do you have any recommendations?


Cleanse and improve diet

Healthy Hoboken with Dr Laura BraytonDear M.M.,

Your symptoms are so extremely common, especially living in a high-stress area, yet unfortunately, tend to be misdiagnosed frequently. It’s great that you are already familiar with candida overgrowth in the body, especially the intestinal tract, and how it can cause a myriad of health symptoms including headaches, skin disorders, mood imbalance, fatigue, and of course, GI disturbances. Excessive candida can develop in our bodies when we are under chronic stress, taking antibiotics, synthetic hormones like birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy, and poor diet.

Once the healthy flora in our intestinal tract is thrown out of balance, we are susceptible to developing candida and/or parasite infections. At this point, it is important to do a thorough, doctor-supervised candida cleanse and follow a strict candida diet that avoids sugar and fermented foods. After cleaning out the intestinal tract of unwanted foreign organisms, then it is crucial to reinoculate your intestinal tract with the good flora of probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus). They are the healthy bacteria that your large and small intestines need to properly absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.

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Yours in health,
Dr. Brayton

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Tama Murden
Tama Murden
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:26 pm

Re 15: But you can’t be put down, b/c you have to review 300+ resumes for 1 freakin’ position. And then you have to stick around for 3/17. Otherwise, you have to give up your 411 moniker & gravatar! :mrgreen: 😈

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:08 pm

[quote comment=”138944″]those symptoms do sound common and familiar… how do you know that it’s candida – is there a test a regular physician can administer?[/quote]

The most common sign of candida I know of is a white coating top surface of the tongue that doesn’t go away no matter how much you brush, sometimes with redness or inflammation on the sides, but one doesn’t automatically mean the other. I don’t know what tests a regular physician does.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 9:52 pm

I have a slipped disc, re-injured my knee that had MCL surgery two years ago and now I have a sore throat. Seriously if I was a horse they would have put me down by now. 👿

Tama Murden
Tama Murden
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:48 pm

Re 13.: To the best of my knowledge, not generally & unless you’re seeing a practitioner who has a more holistic bent, you can sometimes be told the whole candida thing is bs. Some holistic practitioners will fleece you with a lot of tests—not worth the expense, IMHO. But some of the symptoms of candida in the gut can also be related to food allergies (amongst other things), for which there are some conventional medical tests.

And again, while the cleansing diet is a drag, if you have the range of symptoms, it can’t hurt to do the routine. That way, if it is candida, you’re addressing it. If it’s not, you’re ruling that out. Hope that makes sense.

Re 12: Yes, abolutely—the GI tract is usually the major culprit for the sequelae of symptoms with candida. And you are clearly knowledgeable about the food restrictions/ supplements. I take a pro-biotic every day, for good measure!

At the time I did the cleanse, 20 yrs. ago, I was a vegetarian & it was an especially tedious stretch to get through. I got very skilled at scrutinizing food labels. And dinner parties were a drag, as I had to bring all my own food. But it worked and I felt so much better after it was all over!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:07 pm

those symptoms do sound common and familiar… how do you know that it’s candida – is there a test a regular physician can administer?

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