Yeast Test and Questionnaire
A quote from William Crook, M.D., author of the book, "The Yeast Connection":
"While tests are available, diagnosis is usually accomplished through a detailed review of the patient's medical history and by a direct response to a specific treatment. Since Candida albicans is found benignly over much of the body, laboratory testing for Candida presence is of little clinical value. The important tests that are available measure the amount of antigens present in the patient's blood serum. The level of antibody corresponds to the level of yeast present. Some tests that have been used are "Chronic Fungal Disease Profile," performed on blood serum samples, the Candida Immuno Assay(CEIA) and the Candida albicans Antibody Titer Test (CAATT), which also requires correlation to a questionnaire, which is printed below."
Here also is a quote from Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum's book, "From Fatigued To Fantastic":
"There are no definitive tests for yeast overgrowth that will distinguish yeast overgrowth from normal yeast growth in the body. There is one test that may be useful, though. This is a urine tartaric acid test. Tartaric acid is a waste product of yeast overgrowth. In fermenting wine, for example, it is critical to remove the tartaric acid. Otherwise, the wine would be toxic to people. Dr. William Shaw, head of the Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas City, Missouri, has found elevations in urine tartaric acid in both CFIDS/FMS patients and autistic children. In my experience, however, using Dr. William Crook's yeast questionnaire is still the most reliable way to tell if a person is at risk of yeast overgrowth."
Candida is never observed in its fungal phase in the blood because the blood's inherent alkalinity supports it's development only to a spore stage. These spores are extremely minute, and do not progress to visibility at the level where they can be distinguished from other similar microorganisms in the blood except possible through staining. The primitive bacterial phase microorganisms that are mistakenly called fungus may be part of the developmental phase of a species that has a fungal variant or may culminate as a fungus, but it is an error to call it a fungus in the blood. It is a species that has a fungal variant, and may also have a bacterial phase that occurs in the alkaline milieu of the blood. the ball-like appearances are bacterial phase developments.