Hippocrates described one type of yeast infection, thrush, in debilitated patients and the presence of this clinical condition has been recognized for centuries. Galen described it as a common occurrence in children, particularly sickly children. Textbooks of pediatrics in the 1700s also described thrush and in the 1800s it was first noted to be acquired through the passage of the baby through the mother’s womb. A confusing number of different names have been applied to this same yeast organism we know as Candida albicans.


Vaginal yeast infection (candidiasis) was first described by Wilkinson in 1849. Systemic disease caused by candida was described in a debilitated patient in 1861 and on several occasions thereafter during the 19th century. Candida infections of the nails were first described in 1904, skin disease in 1907, and candida cystitis in 1910. The chronic mucocutaneous disease was first described around 1909. By the early 1940s, it thus became evident that candidiasis was the most variable of the fungous infections.

Statistically, it was a common infecting agent of the skin, mucosa, and vagina; yet it was rarely found to cause serious systemic disease. “A revival of interest in systemic candidiasis took place after 1940. The occurrence of Candidiasis as a sequel to the use of antibacterial antibiotics, particularly broad-spectrum antibiotics, evoked a great surge of research. Presently, candida is recognized as one of the most frequently encountered fungal opportunists and is now regarded as the commonest cause of serious fungal disease.”

The healthy bacteria in your intestines are killed by antibiotics and this includes antibiotic-injected meat and dairy products. This also may include birth control pills and steroids as well as chlorine, fluoride, and NSAID's such as aspirin and ibuprofen because they all kill the beneficial bacteria in your gut, allowing the yeast to flourish. A diet loaded with sugar will allow the yeast to flourish, even more, causing a yeast overgrowth called Candidiasis. Candidiasis can negatively affect any organ in the body, causing a myriad of negative health symptoms including the thyroid. Candidiasis releases more than 79 toxic chemicals that damage organs and glands.

The Candidiasis Mind Map addresses all of these issues in great detail and includes appropriate testing for Candidiasis and a vast array of natural treatments in eradicating this yeast overgrowth. This map explains everything you need to know about Candidiasis.

Created by Sandy Rideout, Functional Medicine Consultant