The reason I wrote my book the way I did was to give the reader enough understanding to answer the questions you have posed.
I, myself, wouldn't have believed the answers 30 years ago since I still thought the profession I was so proud of being a part of was an honorable, moral & ethical one. Now that I know better, people like you have to understand what they are up against before they will go to the effort to learn what they have to know to go forward.
Less than 1% of conventional physicians will have any idea about candida since the official policy of the AMA is that it does not exist. LOTS more money is made treating the symptoms than teaching the patient what s/he would have to know to resolve the causes.
Of course, they have no explanation for why physicians who DO know about it have chronically ill patients get well that the conventional paragigm has told "Your symptoms are all in your head. Here, go to this psychiatrist!" Those physicians who care more for their patients getting well, than they care for their income, dare to learn about candida. They then are at risk of losing their licenses for "quackery". My book not only explains all this, it gives the national numbers one can call to find someone close to the reader who DOES care enough not to remain intentionally ignorant.
Of course, there are tests to find candida. However, they are not foolproof (just like many of the conventionally ordered tests through out the medical profession).
Why spend the rest of your life, sick, desperately trying to educate your intentionally ignorant doctor, when you can get rid of it? Then if you want to use your energy, when you are well, to go back to those docs who didn't have a clue to face them with the fact that treating what they told you didn't exist got you well--at least you will have the energy to do it. Don't hold your breath for their illumination since there are powerful reasons (other than scientific facts) for why they cannot afford to know this stuff.
Dear Dr Stoll: I had my gall bladder removed early February. This was followed by an infection in the abdominal wounds for which I was put on a course of antibiotics. But just after that I had a serious attack of hives, for the first time, and I am still suffering from it. My doctor has been giving me Loratadine (10mg), Doxepin (25mg) and Hydroxyyzine (10mg). But nothing seems to be helping. It seems to get worse on Friday evenings, the end of the working week for me. By Saturday morning, my whole body is covered with big, red, inflamed patches.I am a journalist, so stress could be an obvious cause. But given the nature of my job, I really can't avoid it. My conclusion is also based on the fact that I had the attack just after my first week at work following the gallbladder surgery. What's worse, I can't sleep properly at night because of the discomfort, especially itching. It started with a swoollen ear and eye and then later spread to the rest of the face and the other ear and eye. Now I have it almost everywhere on my body. I have had blood, urine and stool tests done. The blood and urine test indicated that I had some infection. So I took antibiotics for another week. But the problem still exists. The stool test didn't indicate any presence of parasites. My doctor says that I have to probably live with it and running more tests wouldn't help as it is often difficult to figure out the real cause. I have spent a lot of time and money on this and am getting very frustrated. The problem is affecting my self-esteem too because I hate to meet people with patches on my face and I have even started distancing myself from my boyfriend. I'd really really appreciate if you could help. Many thanks and regards.
Sorry Doctor, I forgot to add that I am a 34-year-old woman. Also, I have been feeling some discomfort in my chest, sort of a heartburn, since i had my gallbladder removed. The pain in the chest (a bit on the right side) becomes very severe at times. I also feel bloated after a meal, something that I never experienced before. What I am not sure about is whether this pain is due to indigestion or some infection in the respiratory tract. My doctor does not seem to pay any attention to this and says that it has nothing to do with Hives. I am not a doctor but I have this strong feeling that it could be a contributory factor, may be even the cause.
I'd much appreciate if you could offer some advice.
Please let me know if you ever find a solution. I have chronic hives and have been told I have to live with them for the rest of my life. They last from one day to 6 or 8 months at a time. I've tried the antihistimines and the steriods.
I'm pretty sure mine come from stress and depression after I get them.
In Reply to: Hives posted by Navjot on April 18, 1998 at 10:24:54:
Which lab did your parasite tests? The Center for Disease Control (Atlanta) says that conventional laboratories only find 1/50 of the parasites placed in a test specimen.
You have to have LGS to have hives like this. interesting that one of the most common causes for having a gallbladder removed is LGS. ANYONE with LGS will eventually get parasites.
Even the very best lab in the country only finds 1/5 of the parasites placed in a test specimen. HOWEVER, that IS 10 times as good as you probably got.
That is jnot to say that any parasites are the cause of this--
only that that cause has NOT been ruled out. Parasites always make LGS a lot worse & it is the LGS that is cousing this problem. Your surgery was just the stress "that broke the camel's back". This IS a resolvable problem but YOU are going to have to become knowledgable about this to be willing to do what will finally resolve it.
In the meantime, you could at least be comfortable by learning self-hypnosis and practicing it regularly (at least 20 minutes twice a day). This is not a cure but will keep you comfortable while you are learning how to resolve your causes.
There are 2 references that will most efficiently move you in the direction of cure. They are: my book (link below) and one of the books listed in the back of my book: "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier.
As you get well, please share your experiences with the BB participants so others with this maddening condition don't have to suffer it. You don't either!
In Reply to: Re: Anyone have any ideas for CHRONIC HIVES posted by Valerie on April 19, 1998 at 11:54:42:
This is another one of those TOTALLY UNNECESSARY MISERIES. This is patently easy to resolve but the solution is your learning WHY you have them and doing what is known to resolve them. We have discussed this problem several times right here on this BB. You might ask for testimonials about the resolution of chronic hives so people can share with you their experiences.
After you have had the problem for this long, when no one could help you, MY saying this is easy to resolve probably sounds silly. However, it IS easy for me to tell you what to do (once you have educated yourself). THEN comes the work you have to do to accomplish the resolution.
If you want to start with an in depth publication that was written about you--so you understand the mechanisms behind your hives, you should read "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier. This is a hard place to start but, without knowing that you are firmly on this path, I am not going to waste my time with an in depth discussion here on this BB. Once you have THAT information under your belt, if you want to discuss it further, write again right here on this BB so others might benefit from our exchanges. THEN, as you get over the hives, I hope you will share your experiences with the other participants or the BB. You could help a lot of other people by doing so.
I make no money from providing this information, Why would I do it except for the satisfaction of seeing people like you get well when my colleagues are still telling you to "live with it for the rest of your life" (sigh)?
I've been itching for 2 months. They look like mosquito bites, sometimes there is one or up to 10 little ones in a patch.They'll appear anywhere neck,legs,arms.... Usually I only have one or 2 itchy spots at a time and they don't last long or leave marks, at night they get worse especially on my back. Is this hives?? I don't know anyone with hives tell me. I don't ever have swelling or accompanied symptoms.
In Reply to: Re: Hives posted by Walt Stoll on April 20, 1998 at 15:08:20:
I've been seeing a lot of information about human parasitic infestations on the net lately. How common is this in the USA? Should everyone be tested and treated for parasites. I know we have to treat our pets at least twice a year for worms, especially tapeworm. Thank you for any input you may have on this subject.
I have just read every comment. Have anyone been cured of chronic hives and, if so, how. I have had hive for over 10 years, in the last year I have gotten worse.
In Reply to: Re: Hives-Parasites-Dr. Stoll posted by Anonymous on April 21, 1998 at 22:54:39:
I can quote the research done by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in Atlanta: The conventional laboratories in this country only find 1/50 of the parasites offered them in a test specimen. Even the best lab finds only 1/5. With this accuracy is it any wonder that few physicians have any idea of the problem? Conventional testing (even with this inacurracy) finds that 50% of all food handlers in your neighborhood grocery have one or more parasites. What would be the rate if we found them all?
People more knowledgable than I have convinced me that we should be "wormed" at least as often as our animals. I say that we need to focus on eliminating the leaky gut syndrome, that most of us in this country now have, without which one cannot "get" parasites.
In Reply to: Re: Hives-Parasites-Dr. Stoll posted by Walt Stoll on April 22, 1998 at 13:49:28:
Thank you for your input. I've just ordered four copies of your book. As a precaution, would you advise a one time worming. Is there a natural product that can be used. My son grinds his teeth but tested negative for pinworms. However, we live on a farm and have three indoor cats and two dogs. My great-grandmother was a strong proponent of annual worming, but no one remembers what she used.
God Bless You!
In Reply to: Re:Anyone with hives help! posted by Jina on April 21, 1998 at 18:38:31:
These ARE chronic hives!
This is always a hypersensitivity to something (usually in the environment) and CAN be precipitated by the chronic fight or flight from the hypothalamus we have discussed so many times here on the BB.
I would suggest a good conventional medical workup since more serious things can be increasing your susceptibillity to the above: cancer being one of them.
In the presence of a negative workup, I could be of help directing you toward how to resolve them. Before THAT is done, I would worry about covering up something more serious (a message your bodymind was trying to send you)
In Reply to: Re: Anyone have any ideas for CHRONIC HIVES posted by Ellen on April 22, 1998 at 10:10:49:
I have put on this BB, many times, how to approach this problem. If ANYONE finds a more effective way, I am eager to learn about it.
1. Learn how to do something about the LGS that always has to be present.
2. Practice an effective skilled relaxation technique to take the pressure off the hypothalamus (also the most effective way in the long run to deal with LGS).
3. Learn how to use self-hypnosis to control the problem till 1 & 2 above get rid of the cause. Some people find that self-hypnosis is also "their way" to accomplish the brain rhythm changes that deal with 1 & 2.
I do not expect that everyone has suffered enough to put in the effort above to actually resolve this. I do say that it is the only thing that I have seen that always works.
Good luck. If you find a magic solution, I would be the first to want to know about it. However, now that the mechanisms behind this are pretty well known, there is little chance of that.
In Reply to: Re: Hives-Parasites-Dr. Stoll posted by Anonymous on April 22, 1998 at 17:41:08:
Remember that local labs find pinworms more than any other parasite but STILL miss them at least 9/10 of the time. That is 5 times better than other parasites but STILL failure by any criterion I know of!
Your local herb shop would have a very effective combination of herbs designed precisely for what you want. Any good one I know of has, as one of its components, wormwood. Till we know a lot more, I would recommend a good worming every 6 months.
Let us know what you learn.
I too am tired of taking antihistimines one after another, It all started one day when I swelled up and could not breathe from mixing asprin and day pro a musile relaxer together They pumped me full of the Life saving Drug They call predinzone, Ever since then Chronic Hives. Before that I never had a problem with Hives.
I have suffered with chronic hives since January. I tried everything including prednisone. Finally in desperation I went to a naturopath who prescribed "Yellow Dock" a herb and available at most Health Food Stores. After only 1 week the hives and the itching were gone.