Thanks for the reply. I have many questions at this stage as I’m still trying to determine my exact plan of action.
From what you wrote, it sounds like it’s possible to have one without the other. I read a reply by Jorge where he stated that the “silent overgrowth you have in your gut is causing many problems in remote organs” (posted by dvjorge as response #16 to “My long candida tale…” by Julia on Thursday, March 14, 2013).
On one hand, it makes complete sense that a chronic/recurring vaginal yeast infection is related to a bigger imbalance, but on the other is very difficult to confirm this if there are no intestinal issues. Plus, as this affects immunity, it’s interesting that one could possibly have candida overgrowth and still very rarely become sick (or is this a different type of immunity I’m unaware of?).
Maybe I’ll start another post listing my health history and get some feedback about the relation between each of them. Either way, it’s probably not normal to have yeast infections on and off for 20 years.
As for your die-off test, I did notice that when I started drinking my homemade kefir a few weeks ago I initially felt really tired afterwards (die-off or possible sensitivity which I didn’t know about?). More recently, for the first time a few days ago I took niacin (500 mg) plus a B100 complex supplement (100 mg B3), resulting in 600 mg of niacin and uncomfortable flushing which felt like a fever/flu or a severe sunburn and resulted in my lying under a blanket for a few hours. At dinnertime I was flushing again, but not very uncomfortably. In the evening I started getting a headache which continued until most of the following day. It was an unpleasant reaction but I am not sure that it necessarily indicates a reaction to die-off as many people (without candida) react in that manner. I guess I’ll have to probe more deeply by trying the Brussels sprouts. When you suggest purchasing an anti-fungal, would a one-time yeast infection pill be enough or do I need to try something longer?