Scenario for Disaster As long as I can remember I was sick. The very first memory I have as a young child is of me walking hand and hand with my parents into the hospital. Ear aches, sore throats, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, allergies. When wasn’t I sick? I don’t know when I first received antibiotics. I do know that at one time all I had to do was go to the doctor and complain of being sick and they would give me antibiotics as a matter of routine to knock out any possible sickness. It never occurred to me or to them that the antibiotics could be causing the sickness, but we know now that antibiotics can make a person sick by throwing off the balance of how their system works. Antibiotics can help to kill the bacteria that makes us sick, but they also can kill helpful bacteria that we need to keep the yeast in our bodies from overwhelming our system. When these very strong antibiotics kill off the “good” bacteria the yeast can take advantage of this situation and greatly proliferate. Candida yeast can affect our hormone balance. Candida have receptor cites on their cell surfaces for progesterone. Some speculate that when progesterone is attached to yeast it cannot fit into the receptor sites in our bodies so that we do not get the progesterone into our system that we need. This causes a hormonal imbalance. It creates a scenario for disaster, by producing estrogen dominance. Yeast is not the only thing that causes estrogen dominance; poor eating habits, stress, and pollutants that act as xenoestrogens can also cause estrogen dominance. If this estrogen dominance is not corrected it can lead to any number of conditions. Dr. Lee’s books, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause- p46” and “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause” lists symptoms of estrogen dominance: endometriosis, autoimmune disease, asthma, allergy symptoms, menstrual problems, fatigue, conditions that mimic hypothyroidism, foggy thinking, adrenal exhaustion, to name a few. (He doesn’t just list these symptoms, but he often tells you why estrogen dominance causes these symptoms.)These symptoms are so much like CFS symptoms that I am inclined to believe that estrogen dominance is the cause of CFS and I would encourage everyone with CFS to read his books. The answer to solving these problems is not just to take progesterone (people, like me, with endometriosis need to be careful taking progesterone because progesterone can cause internal bleeding), but to find the proper hormonal balance, dietary balance, detoxification of pollutants and toxins and avoidance of stress that they individually need.