At Home in Albuquerque
November 9, 2000
I just thought I would let you all know what I have found out about my past season.
After many months of medical poking, prodding, and testing at various doctors
throughout Albuquerque, I finally found a doctor that was sympathetic to what
was going on. He, Dr. Weiss, is a Western and Eastern doctor combined. He
graduated from regular medical school plus he's a herbologist and homeopathic
doctor. He was the first doctor that was interested in (rather than cynical
about) doing a parasite test.
I do have parasites and candida. Symptoms for both are fatigue (often
misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome), insomnia, irritability, mental
cloudiness, bloating, immune deficiency, hormone imbalance, adrenal gland
imbalance, depression, bad breath, heavy coating on tongue, excessive weight
gain or loss, constipation and diarrhea, blurred vision, disorientation, lack
of concentration, muscle pain and weakness, nervousness, eczema, and rashes.
There's more but that's plenty. I suffered with much of this. For the first
time, I had trouble cornering, I had trouble going around barriers on the
bike path here in Albuquerque, I had no interest in reading anything more
difficult than mystery stories. My heart rate remained low no matter what my
level of effort. I was crabby. I was weak and lacked any sort of power on
For almost three weeks, I have been taking an herbal parasite medication.
(The Western medicine can cause neurological damage; "If you feel numbing in
your hands or feet, stop taking the medication." I decided not to take it
all.) I'm also on a very restricted diet for the candida. The change has
been astounding. I see visions of my old self -- both on and off the bike.
No longer do I want to spend every day curled up in bed. I can get my heart
rate over 120 without wheezing.
The biggest breakthrough in my recovery process was finding Dr. Weiss. My
mother first questioned my decision. "Don't you have a regular doctor?"
Well, he is a regular doctor. And yes, I had plenty of regular doctors:
"Wait until spring and see how you feel." "Let's do surgery because there's
a chance you have breast cancer." "I don't have any appointments this week.
How about in three months?" In the long search for the truth I have also
found a few other support health people who kept me sane through the whole
Between now and the end of the season I've done very little. I started
training before the parasites and candida were found. I had to stop because
my heart rate remained low and I became exhausted after a week and a half. I
have started training again and all seems well. I do have bad days that are
still quite bad. They remind me to stay on track with proper eating. They
remind me how bad I've felt for an entire year. They remind me how exciting
it is to have a good day. On good days, every moment is wonderful. The
first good days of riding I spent the hour on the bike in awe. I couldn't
believe how great I felt.
I don't know where I got the parasites. It's been years since I've been to
South America. No matter what, my body had to be a hospitable environment
for the little buggers. Possible causes of candida are parasites, excess use
of antibiotics, over-eating of sugars and yeast products, stress, overuse of
anti-inflammatory drugs, toxic metals and chemicals (including mercury tooth
fillings), hormone imbalance (birth control pills, pregnancy), alcohol,
and/or immune deficiency.
In another week I will take the parasite test again to see how things are
going. It's possible that it will take two to three months to get rid of
them completely. I don't know how long the candida will take to get rid of.
The only estimate I've found is that it takes one month for every year that
I've had candida. The same source mentioned that serious signs of candida
take two years to show up. So, the candida purge too, could require two to
three months. The good news is that it's possible to get rid of both.