Candida Question #48 How Long It Takes For Fluconazole To Work?

Good day, Erick Bakker here, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher with another frequently asked question. This one regards a pharmaceutical drug of fluconazole, an anti-fungal drug that many people are familiar with.

The way for me to answer that question would be to ask you, have you taken it before? What results did you get with it before? What’s the shape of your body? What dosage are you taking? What’s the health of your digestive system when you take it? How bad is your yeast infection?

There are many variables here. But fluconazole doesn’t take that long to work. It can work very quickly, a matter of days. My concern with fluconazole is your body soon gets used to this drug and when the fungus comes back, it will come back stronger and mutate requiring longer fluconazole usage, high dosages of fluconazole, and some of my patients take this drug once a week for years on end; a ridiculous thing to do.

If something works and then stops working, you should stop taking it. You don’t keep taking higher and higher dosages. Fluconazole has a big effect on the body in general. It can create nausea and liver toxicity and multiple side effects. It’s not something I recommend that you take. There are many strong natural things that you can take which counter yeast infections.

I’d like you to have a look in my book, Candida Crusher, Chapter 7, particularly Section 4 of that book where I explain about the special foods and also the special dietary supplements which are going to counter your yeast infection much more effectively than fluconazole without side effects but also without the resistance that the yeast will build toward these things.

Candida Question #47 Can Antibiotics Cause Yeast Infections?

This is a question that many people ask. Many people do take antibiotics, unfortunately, and in my opinion, antibiotic drugs are one of the number one causes of chronic yeast infections. Particularly, the prolonged and inappropriate and excessive use of broad spectrum antibiotics.

Antibiotics are prescribed on quite a large and wide scale to kill disease-causing bacteria, but unfortunately, they also kill healthy, normal, flora throughout the body and they can actually encourage yeast infections in many people. So antibiotics are implicated and, in my mind, would be one of the prime causes of yeast infections and recurring chronic yeast infections in many patients.

One factor that many people don’t realize is did you know that most antibiotic drugs are actually themselves developed from chemicals found in fungi species. So fungi actually create certain chemicals which kill bacteria around them. So by using certain chemicals and creating drugs from them, we can effectively kill bacteria yet allow the yeast to proliferate. So this is one reason why antibiotics are so effective at killing bacteria but allowing their own species to thrive. So it’s a little known fact.

Another little known fact which you may not be aware of is the use of antibiotics in commercial meat; poultry for example, chickens, and commercial chickens contain many different types of antibiotics. When you see how poultry are kept crammed in cages, it’s not hard to see why they give them antibiotics to prevent diseases. So if you’re eating commercial poultry, I recommend you go to Wikipedia and look up antibiotics in chicken or poultry. You might be quite surprised what you find.

So, yes they are. They’re certainly implicated in the development and progression of a yeast infection. In fact, Dr. William Cook wrote extensively about antibiotics in his book, The Yeast Infection. It’s a good book and well worth the read for you.

So avoiding antibiotic drugs is one step in the right direction if you want to avoid yeast infections and particularly if you want to permanently cure your yeast infection.

In my book, Candida Crusher, I’ve written about the 11 main causes of yeast infections, and antibiotic drugs, unfortunately, are on top of the list. So I do hope that answers your question. Thank you.

Candida Question #38 How Long Will It Take For Supplements To Treat Yeast Infection?

Note: This is FAQ 38 and not 39 I made a mistake in the video.

To answer that question, my question to you would be how severe is your yeast infection and how long have you had it for? And also how sensitive are you to taking supplements? Some people are sensitive others not sensitive and others are extremely sensitive

A way to reply to this question would be to say, you need to take the supplements as long as you derive benefit from supplements. But in my experience, many people are actually let down by their practitioners because they will be on a bottle or container of a product say two or three weeks and then that’s it. They won’t derive benefit from it, they stop taking it, and then they go onto another product or another doctor and this will happen for 1 to 5, 10 or even 20 years. The patient will be going from one supplement to another.

I’ve had patients come to me that are on 37 different supplements at the same time. And I’ve written about one such case in my book, an amazing amount of supplements. You can imagine how many tablets or capsules per day this would amount to and the cost factor is ridiculous. I believe supplements are necessary, but you need to take the right products in the right dosage and for as long as it takes for you to derive benefit from these supplements.

Many patients, unfortunately, will stop taking the products just as they derive benefit from them. Could it be a cost factor? Could it be because they forgot to take them? I don’t really know, but there are many reasons why people unfortunately stop taking supplements as they really need them. So if it is a cost factor, just reduce the dosage, take less, but be diligent in taking them regularly. Supplements are best taken three times per day generally with meals.

So another thing you can do to determine the level of Candida you have is to do my yeast infection survey. So go to and complete my survey to work out whether you have mild, moderate or severe Candida. This will give you a good idea also, not just on the severity, but on how much product you will need. And as you take them and your diet and lifestyle improve, you need less, but keep taking them until you no longer derive benefit.

How do you know? Easy, you just stop taking them for two or three weeks and then resume again. And if you get benefit again, you still need them. That’s one good way to gauge.

So I hope that answers your question, but you’ll find a lot more information on the correct dietary supplements in Candida Crusher, Chapter 7, Section 4. You can read all about the special foods and the right dietary supplements to take with a yeast infection.