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The Quick Candida Checklist:

Candida—also known as yeast—is a condition that is commonly found (and commonly underdiagnosed) in those either currently on antibiotics, or who have taken them during their lifetime. The condition by itself will create many of the symptoms that beset lyme sufferers such as fatigue, inability to concentrate, etc.

It's my own personal belief that there are any number of recurrent external conditions (athlete's foot, jock itch, vaginal infection, psoriasis) that are truly only an outward manifestation of an internal yeast condition. What really irks me (as you'll see if you go on to read the next page, The In-depth Discussion on Candida) is that some of medical science knows this, and turns it's back on what would be an "easy fix" -- for all the human tragegy that that encompasses. For my part, for any who desire to know what to do to eliminate it, I've listed a page at this site that discusses the natural preparations that, in my experience, have worked with some success and ease to resolve this condition. (See this page for that discussion.)

Meanwhile, on the next associated pages, I've put a few diagnostic tools to help to reader to begin to recognize, understand, and finally strategize against this condition. This first one, a quick checklist directly below, is the fastest way for the reader to get a picture of Candida, both in terms of general information, and in specific for himself. The longer Candida essay is a much more in-depth discussion of Candida — where it comes from, and what to do about it..

For the checklist below, you may want to print out a copy as a worksheet — it'll take about five pages. Either way, keeping a tally of the responses to the below questionnaire, should give one a good idea as to whether or not candida might be a factor. For the sake of comparison, my own score has ranged from a high of 193 (as a male — whose scorings are different from female), to a current 98, with the resultant decrease due to a three month course of decreasing sugar consumption, and the taking of some natural preparations discussed previously.

 

Candida Questionnaire and Score Sheet

The following questionnaire is provided by the gracious work and permission of Dr. William Crook. For information on contacting Dr. Crook's office, see below.

This questionnaire is designed for adults and the scoring system isn't appropriate for children. It lists factors in your medical history which promote the growth of Candida Albicans (Section A), and symptoms commonly found in individuals with yeast-connected illness (Sections B and C).

For each "Yes" answer in Section A, circle the Point Score in that section. Total your score and record it on the line at the end of the section. Then move on to Sections B and C and score as directed.

Filling out and scoring this questionnaire should help you and your physician evaluate the possible role of candida in contributing to your health problem. They it will not provide an automatic "Yes" or "No" answer.

Section A: History

Point Score:           
1. Have you taken tetracycline's (or other antibiotics) for 2 months (or longer)? 25
No Yes
2. Have you, at any time in your life, taken other "broad spectrum" antibiotics (Including Keflex®, ampicillin, amoxicillin, Ceclor®, Bactrim®, and Septra®*) for respiratory, urinary or other infections (for 2 months or longer, or in shorter courses 4 or more times in a 1-year period? 20
No Yes
3. Have you, at any time in your life, been troubled by persistent vaginal problems or had 3 or more episodes of vaginitis in a year? 25
No Yes 
4. Have you been pregnant 2 or more times?
--- Have you been pregnant 1 time?
5
3
No Yes            Yes
5. Have you taken birth control pills for more than 2 years?
--- For 6 months to 2 years?
15
8
No Yes            Yes
6. Have you taken prednisone, Decadron® or other cortisone-type drugs for more than 2 weeks?
--- For 2 weeks or less?
15
6
No Yes            Yes
7. Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors and other chemicals provoke..
--- Moderate to severe symptoms?
--- Mild symptoms?

20
5

No Yes            Yes
8. Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places? 20
No Yes
9. Have you had persistent athlete's foot, "jock itch", or other chronic fungous infections of the skin or nails? Have such infections been... Severe or persistent?
--- Mild to moderate?

20
10

No Yes            Yes
10. Do you crave sugar? 10
No Yes
11. Do you crave breads? 10
No Yes
12. Do you crave alcoholic beverages? 10
No Yes
13. Does tobacco smoke really bother you? 10
No Yes
TOTAL SCORE, Section A:     

 

Section B: Major Symptoms

For each symptom which is present, enter the appropriate figure in the Point Score column:
If a symptom is mild, ......................................................................... score 3 points.
If a symptom is moderate, ................................................................ score 6 points.
If a symptom is severe or disabling, ................................................. score 9 points.

Add total score for this section and record it on the line at the end of this section.

Point Score:                 
1. Fatigue or lethargy.
No Mild Moderate Severe
2. Feeling of being "drained"
No Mild Moderate Severe
3. Poor memory
No Mild Moderate Severe
4. Feeling "spacey " or "unreal"
No Mild Moderate Severe
5. Depression
No Mild Moderate Severe
6. Numbness, burning or tingling
No Mild Moderate Severe
7. Muscle aches
No Mild Moderate Severe
8. Muscle weakness or paralysis
No Mild Moderate Severe
9. Pain and/or swelling in joints
No Mild Moderate Severe
10. Abdominal pain
No Mild Moderate Severe
11. Constipation
No Mild Moderate Severe
12. Diarrhea
No Mild Moderate Severe
13. Bloating
No Mild Moderate Severe
14. Troublesome vaginal discharge
No Mild Moderate Severe
15. Persistent vaginal burning or itching
No Mild Moderate Severe
16. Prostatitis
No Mild Moderate Severe
17. Impotence
No Mild Moderate Severe
18. Loss of sexual feeling
No Mild Moderate Severe
19. Endometriosis
No Mild Moderate Severe
20. Dysmenorrhea
No Mild Moderate Severe
21. Premenstrual tension
No Mild Moderate Severe
22. Spots in front of eyes
No Mild Moderate Severe
23. Erratic Vision
No Mild Moderate Severe
TOTAL SCORE, Section B:       

 

Section C: Other Symptoms

For each symptom which is present*, enter the appropriate figure in the Point Score column:
If a symptom is mild, ........................................................................... score 1 points.
If a symptom is moderate, .................................................................. score 2 points.
If a symptom is severe or disabling, ................................................... score 3 points.

Add total score for this section and record it on the line at the end of this section.

*While the symptoms in this section occur commonly in patients with yeast-connected illness, they also occur commonly in patients who do not have candida.

Point Score:                 
1. Drowsiness
No Mild Moderate Severe
2. Irritability or jitteriness
No Mild Moderate Severe
3. Incoordination
No Mild Moderate Severe
4. Inability to concentrate
No Mild Moderate Severe
5. Frequent mood swings
No Mild Moderate Severe
6. Headache
No Mild Moderate Severe
7. Dizziness / loss of balance
No Mild Moderate Severe
8. Pressure above ears...feeling of head swelling and tingling
No Mild Moderate Severe
9. Itching
No Mild Moderate Severe
10. Other rashes
No Mild Moderate Severe
11. Heartburn
No Mild Moderate Severe
12. Indigestion
No Mild Moderate Severe
13. Belching and intestinal gas
No Mild Moderate Severe
14. Mucus in stools
No Mild Moderate Severe
15. Hemorrhoids
No Mild Moderate Severe
16. Dry mouth
No Mild Moderate Severe
17. Rash or blisters in mouth
No Mild Moderate Severe
18. Bad breath
No Mild Moderate Severe
19. Joint swelling or arthritis
No Mild Moderate Severe
20. Nasal congestion or discharge
No Mild Moderate Severe
21. Postnasal drip
No Mild Moderate Severe
22. Nasal itching
No Mild Moderate Severe
23. Sore or dry throat
No Mild Moderate Severe
24. Cough
No Mild Moderate Severe
25. Pain or tightness in chest
No Mild Moderate Severe
26. Wheezing or shortness of breath
No Mild Moderate Severe
27. Urgency or urinary frequency
No Mild Moderate Severe
28. Burning on urination
No Mild Moderate Severe
29. Failing vision
No Mild Moderate Severe
30. Burning or tearing eyes
No Mild Moderate Severe
31. Recurrent ear infections
No Mild Moderate Severe
32. Fluid in ears
No Mild Moderate Severe
33. Ear pain or deafness
No Mild Moderate Severe
34. Tubes in ears
No Mild Moderate Severe
35. Other symptoms:
No Mild Moderate Severe
TOTAL SCORE, Section C:       


GRAND TOTAL SCORE (Total Score for Sections A, B, and C):  
 

Evaluation:

(Note that the scoring will be different for females and males as seven questions apply exclusively to women, while only two apply exclusively to men.)

  • If your point score is over 180 in women (and 140 in men), candida almost certainly plays a role in causing your health problems.

  • If your point score is over 120 in women (and 90 in men), candida probably plays a role in causing your health problems.

  • If your point score is 60 to 120 for women (and 40 to 90 in men), candida possibly plays a role in causing your health problems.

  • If your point score is less than 60 for women (and 40 for men), candida is less apt to be playing a significant role in causing your health problems.

 

Information on contacting Dr. Crook:

For anyone interested in contacting Dr. Crook's office directly, his address (now many years ago) is below. When I first contacted him those years ago, I have found his office exceptionally gracious, caring, and more than willing to help. I thank Dr. Crook for his pioneering work in this field.

Location:
45 Conrad Drive., Ste. 100,
Jackson, TN 38305

Phone contact:
(901) 660-5027