Candida is a controversial topic whether or not combined with mentioning ME/CFS. The medical profession accept candida when in the form of thrush or athletes foot and in definite weakened immune system illnesses such as HIV when it can become systemic. However, not with ME/CFS, even though in the US it is sometimes known as ‘Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome’. What makes me suspect that a retrovirus or something similar is causing ME/CFS are the similarities to HIV. Candida becomes present because of the immune system dysfunctions in both illnesses. I do understand that there are also many patterns and symptoms that do not correlate, as with AIDS and not ME/CFS, the immune system eventually fails.
There are many nutritional clinics that claim by removing candida and supporting the immune system ME/CFS can be treated. I recommend ME/CFS patients to get tested for candida, but I believe it to be a secondary problem. Attempting to rebalance the gut is crucial and will hugely reduce some symptoms (as it has for me), but this does not address the root issues. As I will explain in other sections, I have attempted to treat all the problems I have identified. The theory I am using is that perhaps taking a load off the immune system might improve the chance of recovery, whilst at least making this current period of time as least painful as possible.