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How to Overcome Candida (Part 2)

By Bee Wilder

Continuing our journey into discovering the Natural way to overcome Candida Overgrowth, Bee Wilder offers her proven methods to ridding the body of unwanted Candida spore.

Avoiding yeast, mold and fungus

Elimination of yeast, mold and fungus in foods and the environment may be indicated for a number of Candida sufferers. Candida overgrowth can greatly increase the chances of an immune reaction to all types and forms of fungi. This results in an allergic response to yeast, mold and fungus, including mycotoxins. Many of our foods contain mycotoxins that are chemicals made by fungi.

Mycotoxins are found in grains and other processed foods that have been contaminated with fungi and mold, including processed meats. The most commonly contaminated crops are peanuts, corn, and wheat. Often, other foods such as barley, apples, sorghum and rye can also be contaminated. Antibiotics and alcohol are also mycotoxins.

Other yeasty foods and sources of fungi that must be avoided are:

  • Leftover foods
  • Yeast breads, baked goods and some crackers
  • Vinegar and vinegar containing foods like mayonnaise, pickles, soy sauce, mustard and relishes
  • Malt products: cereals, candy and malted milk drinks
  • Edible fungi: including all types of mushrooms and truffles
  • Most commercial soups
  • Processed and smoked meats: sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, pastrami, smoked fish, ham, bacon
  • Fruit juices: all packaged fruit juices may potentially contain molds
  • Dried fruits: raisins, apricots, prunes, figs, dates, etc.
  • All grains (except buckwheat, millet, amaranth and quinoa are not true grains- they are actually more seed-like)
  • Pickled foods and most cheeses (moldy cheeses like Stilton are the worst), buttermilk, sour cream and sour milk products, including yogurt
  • Dry roasted nuts
  • Apple cider and natural root beer
  • Some vitamins and minerals (most B vitamins “unless label states otherwise“)

Environmental molds can also adversely affect Candida sufferers and the only way to minimize exposure is to remove as much as possible from your home. Molds are simple, microscopic organisms, like Candida Albicans, whose purpose in the ecosystem is to break down dead materials, and they are everywhere.

Molds reproduce by very tiny particles called spores. Spores are very light and can travel on air currents. They need moisture, food, and a surface to grow on and can be seen throughout the house, mostly in bathrooms. Mold growth can often be seen in the form of discoloration, and can appear in many colors, i.e. white, orange, pink, blue, green, black or brown.

The first course of action in getting rid of mold is to determine why it is growing. Investigate any areas that are moist, and repair the source of the moisture. There could be a roof or plumbing leak, or groundwater leaking into the basement. Air duct systems could be contaminated with mold. Clothes dryers generate humidity and should never be vented inside the house. Substances that are porous can trap molds and if contaminated should be thrown out, i.e. paper, rags, wallboard and wood.

After making repairs, it is time to clean. For those who are extremely sensitive to molds it is advisable to call professionals in to rid their homes of molds. For those who can do their own cleaning, do the following:

Mix a household cleaner without ammonia in hot water and scrub affected areas before sanitizing with the bleach solution that is 10% bleach and 90% water.
Wear gloves when handling moldy materials and also wear a particulate-removing respirator or facemask. Also wear protective clothing that is easily cleaned or may be discarded.
Hard, non-porous materials can be cleaned with a solution of bleach and water, 10% bleach to 90% water. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe the area clean. Never mix bleach with other cleaning products; it can produce a toxic gas! It is important to clean thoroughly. If you leave some mold behind, the spores will be easily released back into the air when the material dries out.
Remove porous materials such as ceiling tiles, drywall, and carpeting, and dispose of them. They are nearly impossible to clean and will produce more spores when dry.

3. Kill off Candida overgrowth

There are many anti-fungal agents that kill off Candida overgrowth, including:

  • foods such as garlic
  • herbs such as olive leaf extract
  • the bark of a rainforest tree called pau d’arco or taheebo
  • anti-fungal medications

Garlic - Garlic contains a large number of sulphur containing compounds that exhibit very potent broad-spectrum anti-fungal properties. Among the most studied are allicin, alliin, alliinase and S-allylcysteine. Some studies have found garlic to be at least as effective as Nystatin at killing Candida overgrowth.

Fresh garlic is significantly more potent against Candida albicans than any other form, including tablets, oils and pills. Fresh garlic is also a suitable alternative to drugs for serious systemic yeast infections in patients with severe immune suppression. Adding fresh garlic to food (raw and crushed), or crushing and swallowing raw clove is a cheap and powerful anti-fungal treatment. Garlic also stimulates the immune system, improves circulation, lowers high blood pressure, kills intestinal parasites, and is a powerful antioxidant and antibiotic, in addition to many other health benefits.

To obtain the most benefit from garlic buy certified organic garlic and crush it. Crushing breaks the cell walls releasing garlic’s beneficial properties. To kill off Candida overgrowth take 4-5 average sized cloves per day mixed in foods or with meals. Another alternative is to drink 3-4 cups of garlic tea per day.

To make garlic tea boil 4 cups of water. Turn off the heat and add 4-5 crushed cloves of garlic and the juice of one lemon. Let it steep 20 minutes and strain. If the taste is unpalatable it may be mixed with a vegetable juice like tomato.

Olive Leaf Extract - Olive leaf extract can kill invading fungus rather than just inhibiting its growth. It contains a a phenolic compound called oleuropein, which has antiviral, anti-fungal, antiprotozoal, and antibacterial properties. Take as directed on the product label.

Pau d’arco - Pau d’arco is the bark of a rainforest tree which is inherently anti-fungal (also known as Taheebo or Lepacho tea). Pau d’arco may be taken in a capsule or a tea. Take capsules as directed on the product label or drink 3 cups of tea per day.

Pau d’Arco Tea:

  1. Put 1 heaping tablespoon of tea in a sauce pan and add 1 quart of water
  2. Simmer on the lowest heat possible for at least half an hour
  3. Allow the liquid to cool. Strain and pour into a glass jar with a tight sealing lid
  4. Keep it in the fridge and sip the cooled tea. It may be reheated if you prefer to drink it warm. It keeps for two days.

Caprylic Acid - Caprylic acid is a fatty acid supplement derived from coconut oil and is specifically effective for killing candida overgrowth on contact in the intestines. Since it is a supplement it is available in health food stores. Caprylic acid is absorbed through the walls of the intestines and can cause nausea. It should not be taken by people who have ulcerative colitis.

The usual recommended dosage is 1,000 to 2,000 mg three times a day with meals. However, it is advisable to start with a smaller dose (500 mg once or twice a day) to minimize “die-off symptoms,” a harmless but uncomfortable flu-like sensation that can occur when large amounts of Candida are killed at one time. The symptoms are because a high numbers of toxins are being released into the bloodstream. The dose can be increased gradually by adding one capsule every two to three days until the full recommended dose is reached. There are no known drug or nutrient interactions with caprylic acid.

Nystatin - Nystatin is a broad spectrum fungicidal (kills fungus) drug available only by prescription in some countries. It is fast acting and well tolerated. It is easier to take than Caprylic Acid at the beginning of the Candida Control Program because it is not absorbed to any significant degree (Caprylic Acid penetrates the walls of the intestines), and therefore it is wonderful at attacking intestinal yeast. It is virtually free of side effects and drug interactions and is safe to take during pregnancy and while breast feeding. It comes as a cream for topical use, suspension (liquid) and tablets, but powder can be used both externally and internally. The suspension form is usually prescribed in amounts of 2 ml 2-4 times per day for infants and children. The tablets are prescribed in the amount of 2-3 tablets 2-4 times per day for older children and adults.

Powdered Nystatin is preferable since it is more easily tolerated than the tablet form and as it is swallowed it kills Candida in the mouth, throat and esophagus. However, some people cannot tolerate the bad taste and have to resort to taking the tablets.

Nystatin powder is taken orally four times a day. Start with 1/8th teaspoon of dry powder added to 4 ounces (approx. 120 ml) of water. Stir well. This mixture must be used immediately after mixing. Do not mix and store it for later use. Take one mouthful and swish it around in your mouth for as long as possible, gargle, and swallow. Be sure to use all the liquid to get the full dose of medicine.

Gradually increase the amount of Nystatin over a month’s period of time up to a maximum of one teaspoon. It may take from several days to several months to complete treatment. Even if symptoms disappear continue taking Nystatin until the full prescribed amount is finished. Stopping it too early may allow the Candida to get the upper hand again.

Keep the Nystatin powder refrigerated and away from moisture, heat and light. It may be stored for 90 days after opening, but discard any unused portion after that time.

Nystatin powder can kill Candida in many different ways:

  1. Sniffing or inhaling Nystatin for nasal passages and sinuses. Many Candida sufferers can clear nasal congestion, postnasal drip and mental and nervous symptoms by inhaling or sniffing Nystatin. Here’s how to do it: Shake your bottle of Nystatin powder vigorously. Remove the cap and hold the bottle just under your nose. Sniff or inhale very cautiously. Another method is to hold one nostril and put a dot of Nystatin powder on your index finger and sniff gently. Repeat for the other nostril. The number of sniffs or inhales can be gradually increased to 3 or 4 in a row up to three times a day or more, depending upon how well it is tolerated.
  2. Mouth - mix 1/4 teaspoon of Nystatin powder in 1-2 ounces of water. Hold it in the mouth up to 2 minutes, swishing it around, then swallow.
  3. Athelete’s foot, nail fungus, diaper rash, dry skin spots or rashes - For Athelete’s foot the powder can be dusted on the feet, and inside shoes and socks. For diaper rash the powder can also be dusted, carefully, onto the affected areas. To make a cream that can be rubbed into affected areas mix one teaspoon of Nystatin powder into an two teaspoons of a very mild cold cream or a coconut based cream. Apply two times a day or more.
  4. Rectal and vaginal suppository - fill gelatin capsules (available at health food stores) with Nystatin powder. Push one capsule high up into the rectum at bedtime. For vaginal yeast infection use one or two capsules at bedtime.
  5. Vaginal douche - mix one teaspoon in one quart of water and douche once or twice a week, and alternate with a powdered acidophilus douche (one teaspoon to one quart of water) the same number of times a week.
  6. Patients with full or partial dentures may need to soak their dentures nightly in Nystatin (1/4 teaspoon in purified water). In rare cases when this does not eliminate the fungus, it may be necessary to have new dentures made.
  7. Enema - The benefits of a Nystatin enema cannot be overemphasized. Many people have experienced tremendous relief of their symptoms and renewed energy levels after having an enema. The main purposes for doing a Nystatin enema are: 1) to kill Candida in the lower bowel because it is not easily reached by anti-fungal agents, and 2) to cleanse the lower bowel.

Use either an enema bag, which has a long hose and nozzle on it, or a bulb-type syringe. If an enema bag is used there must be a place to hang it up at door knob level because it works on gravity. This enema should be done a maximum of twice a week. Before administering the enema get prepared:

  1. If Possible administer the enema in the bathroom, or close to it.
  2. Lay a large old towel on the floor covered with a large plastic bag.
  3. Clean out the bowel with one quart of purified water.
  4. Mix one teaspoon of Nystatin powder into one quart of purified water that is at body temperature. The water must not be too warm nor too cold because it will trigger the bowel to expel it too quickly.

How to administer the enema:

  1. Lubricant the end of the nozzle with olive or coconut oil and make sure the clamp on the hose of the enema bag is closed. Since syringes only hold about a cup have the container of solution close by so it can be refilled.
  2. Insert the nozzle gently and carefully
  3. Release the clamp if using an enema bag, which uses gravity to gradually let the solution into the rectum. If using a syringe squeeze it very slowly. Do not put it in too fast because it will trigger the bowel to empty. Keep refilling the syringe until all of the solution is gone.
  4. Try to lie very still for as long as you can before allowing the bowel to empty.

4. Plant good bacteria in the digestive tract

As the yeast overgrowth is being killed off by anti-fungal agents it is important to ingest a constant supply of probiotics. These are the ‘friendly’ or ‘beneficial’ bacteria, or micro organisms, that live in the digestive tract. As yeast colonies are reduced space becomes available for colonizing the other healthy bacteria. The most numerous bacteria found in the small intestines are species of Lactobacilli. In the colon the majority are mainly Bifidobacteria.

The easiest and least expensive way to plant healthy bacteria in the digestive tract is to take Cabbage Rejuvelac

Probiotic supplements can also plant good bacteria in the digestive tract, but unfortunately it’s not as simple as just buying the first probiotic supplement and assuming it will do the job. Some products do not contain the right kinds of bacteria and many have not undergone any tests to determine their efficacy. Following are a number of factors that will help determine the effectiveness of a probiotic supplement:

  • Ability to survive the manufacturing process
  • Ability to survive heat, light, moisture etc during the time from packaging to use
  • Ability to survive stomach acid
  • Ability to attach to the intestinal wall
  • Ability to fend off other organisms, survive in the current intestinal environment and successfully colonize

Therefore it is best to research a product before buying it. The best probiotic supplements will contain specific strains of bacteria that have been studied and verified as effective, and they will identified on the bottle as a series of letters or numbers after the name of the bacteria to indicate a specific strain. Some of the most studied strains include Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 and Lactobacillus GG.

In addition, probiotic supplements should be at least 500 billion organisms per gram, contained in dark bottles to avoid deterioration by heat and light, and kept refrigerated, even in the store. Take according to instructions on the bottle.

Yogurt - Usually yogurt or kefir would be good sources of probiotics, however many Candida sufferers are intolerant of their lactose (sugar) content. They are not recommended as a good source of probiotic therapy but good quality yoghurt free of sugar or Kefir made on raw milk would be ideal to include in the diet once Candida is again in balance.

The healing crisis, handling symptoms & other tips

The Healing Crisis is an acute reaction that the result of the activity of nature’s healing forces in overcoming chronic disease conditions. It is brought about when the body becomes overcrowded with waste and toxins. Cells and tissues begin to throw off the waste and carry it from the bloodstream to various eliminating organs including the bowels, kidneys, lungs, skin, nasal passages, ears, throat, and genital organs. These organs in turn become congested and irritated producing symptoms such as colds, boils, kidney and bladder infections, headaches, open sores, diarrhea and fevers.

This is the healing crisis that is a form of healing and elimination. First the toxins are removed and then the tissues are renewed. These symptoms and the process of elimination are part of the cure and should not be suppressed. Although a healing and disease crisis may look alike they are very different.

A disease crisis is when the body is loaded to the toleration point with wastes and toxins. The body arouses itself in self-defense and brings on an acute inflammation such as a cold, fever, etc. If the wastes and toxins are not eliminated the body adapts itself to function at a lower energy level. However these wastes and toxins accumulate and inhibit the organs from performing their normal functions until a chronic disease occurs.

On the other hand a healing crisis develops because the healing forces are strengthening. Through herbal and dietary assistance the body gets stronger, digs into the tissues and eliminates old chronic waste and toxins.

The most important aspect of the healing crisis is to never go to extremes in making changes to your diet or life style. It is important to gradually introduce changes one at a time, allowing the body to adapt to the changes and adjust itself. Trying to do too many things at once can be counter-productive, discouraging and postpone the goal of overall superior health. Make changes one step at a time. As you make these positive changes to your diet or life style and practice each one they will replace old “bad” habits with new “good” habits resulting in a healthier happier existence with your body.

Herring’s Laws of natural healing:

  • Symptoms of a chronic disease disappear in definite order, going in reverse and taking about one month for every year the symptoms have been present
  • Symptoms move from the more vital organs to the less vital organs; from the interior of the body towards the skin
  • Symptoms move from the top of the body downward

It is good keep these laws in mind at all times. They can be most comforting to you when it appears as if your symptoms are lasting too long. The keys to successfuly overcoming Candida are: 1) sticking to the Candida Control Program, 2) being patient, and 3) being persistent. You will get well. I was on the Candida Control Program for two and a half years and I have been healthy and well ever since.

Handling die-off symptoms

Die-off symptoms are caused by high numbers of yeast being killed off which releases a high number toxins into the system. In medical terms this is called the Herxheimer’s reaction, or yeast die-off phenomenon.

Die-off symptoms resembles the flu and can be very uncomfortable. They can be alleviated by:

  1. Taking 1,000 mgs of Vitamin C (preferably in powdered form in pure water) several times a day or whenever needed.
  2. Taking an Epsom salts bath also draws toxins out through the skin and helps minimized die-off symptoms (add two cups, or 500 grams, of Epsom salts to warm bath water).
  3. Often taking more Nystatin, instead of less, will help alleviate symptoms.

Cooking

When cooking and handling food it is important to handle, store and cook food correctly in order to retain healthy life-giving nutrients available in them.

The first rule in cooking is not to microwave any food, not even to heat leftovers or drinks. Recent research shows that microwaved food causes severe molecular damage in the body. When eaten it causes abnormal changes in human blood which can be viewed in a live blood cell analysis. These changes causes deterioration and damage to the immune system.

In simple terms, microwave ovens change the molecular structure of food with radiation. If manufacturers would have more accurately called them “radiation chambers” it’s doubtful they would have ever sold one, but that’s exactly what a microwave oven is. When food is irradiated the radiation breaks up the molecular structure of the food and creates a whole new set of chemicals known as “unique radiolytic products” (URPs). These URPs include benzene, formaldehyde and a host of known mutagens and carcinogens. Irradiation kills vitamins, friendly bacteria and enzymes in food, and effectively renders the food “dead” and therefore useless to your body.

The second rule in cooking is not to overcook or to eat raw foods. Overcooking foods destroys nutrients. Use as little water as possible when steaming vegetables, and broil or grill meats. If organic grass-fed meats are used there is no danger of getting E. coli or other harmful bacteria from them.

Another important aspect of cooking are the type of cookware used. The metals used is most of today’s cookware are very harmful to the health and leach into foods. Most stainless steel alloys contain nickel, chromium, molybdenum, carbon and various other metals. Whereas lead and boron are used to temper glass, porcelain and enamel cookware. In addition, higher temperatures will always increase the rate of leaching and the more acidic foods, like tomato may leach more from the cookware.

The best cookware in the world are heavy cast iron which is seasoned properly with palm or coconut oil. The next best cookware are magnetically-attractive stainless steel, which has a very low nickel content compared to non-magnetic stainless steel.

Bee Wilder has a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a former sufferer of candida and convenor of the candida support group. Since the 1980s when Bee could eat only a few types of foods and was so sensitive to yeasts she had to adminster herself an allergy shot every day, she has not only fully recovered but now is more robust than ever. Bee lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and continues to research natural health and nutrition. She is available for advice via email. Part 1 of this post is found here. Her Cabbage Rejuvelac Recipe can be found here.
To explore this topic further we recommend…

The Yeast Connection : A Medical Breakthrough
Candida Albican Yeast-Free Cookbook, The : How Good Nutrition Can Help Fight the Epidemic of Yeast-Related Diseases
Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook, Revised 2nd Edition : Everything You Need to Know About Prevention, Treatment & Diet

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

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Bee Wilder has a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a former sufferer of candida and convenor of the candida support group. Since the 1980s when Bee could eat only a few types of foods and was so sensitive to yeasts she had to adminster herself an allergy shot every day, she has not only fully recovered but now is more robust than ever. Bee lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and continues to research natural health and nutrition. You can find more articles and support at her website: Healing Naturally by Bee

COMMENTS - 41 Responses

  1. Bee can you please contact me? I’m looking for information

  2. Extremely interesting

  3. 3. sherri castro
    May 10th, 2004 at 6:05 am

    I have systemic candida and would like to cleanse (slowly), but am drinking about 2 and 1/2 gallons of water a day to feel OK. It seems that the water just goes through me even though I am taking no diuretics. If I just drink 1 - 2 glasses of water in the next five hours, my face and skin will get really dry, my back will start to hurt, then I will get diahrea, then my energy go way down and I will end up in bed, but unable to sleep. I’m wondering if my potassium, sodium balance is off. Have went through blood tests with an endrocrinologist and he says they show nothing. Any ideas what to do?

  4. 4. Miriam Friedlander
    May 28th, 2004 at 9:26 pm

    I am unable to print all the pages of your two-part article on candida.
    The first part has seven pages but only four will print. The second part has five pages but only three will print.
    Have you any idea why this is happening?
    Thank you.

    Miriam Friedlander.

  5. 5. Amy Brimner
    Jun 11th, 2004 at 7:00 am

    Hi,I have a host of problems.i have not been diagnosed with candida but I have so many of the symptoms,digestive distress,constipated,intallorance to many foods,blurred vision,muscle and joint pain just to name a few.When i eat the pit of my stomach goes into spasms clear over to the right and left sides (under breasts)I have lost 25lbs in 2 months and I’m still losing.I have been taking A.M.P.Molocure for 8 weeks now and its like I’m having constant die off with no relief or somedays very little.I know I’am very stressed also.I was tested for H-pylori and took the triple antibiotic therapy.I started not feeling well 4 days into starting this.I called the Dr. and he said to keep taking it.I did and within 5 days I was getting sicker so I stopped taking it until i could get in to see him(1.5 doses were missed)he told me to start taking it again and 5 days later I couldnt even eat.I ended up in the ER very dehydrated.He had also put me on reglan which made me even sicker.I ended up getting my gallbladder taken out and have been sick since.I also have some chest pain.All of my lab work,chest and stomach x-ray were normal and thyroid was normal,liver and pancreas tests were normal.They recommended having a scope done before i had my gb taken out but i tried the surgery first.I have had no further tests since gb has been removed.I also had the coated tongue which is not so bad anymore although i have some white places on my tongue that look like little worms,They come and go.I did the spit test and the first time i had the lines going down the glass,today there were just a couple but I had some stuff settling in the bottom of the glass.I’m not eating right at all because i dont know what to eat and I’m clueless as to how to make anything healthy.Your advice would be greatly appreciated.Thank You

  6. The best description of candidiasis I have ever encountered. Thanks, Bee.

  7. To Sherri Castro and Any Brinmer,

    I would be very happy to help you. Would you please send me an email directly so I can respond better to your questions and difficulties regarding candida.

    Thanks so much.

    Bee

  8. 8. Sami Khalil
    Jul 12th, 2004 at 1:27 pm

    I also have a quite severe case of candiditis - suffering from head aches, nausea, dizziness, mood swings, depression, skin rashes and poor digestion/constipation. Over the past few years I have re-counted many time where I have taken antibiotics and cortisone puffers. I have consulted with a practicioner at a colonic lavage centre, they recommended the candida diet. I have been on the diet for 5 weeks now, I have had colonic lavages every week while on the diet. I am feeling better but still feel that I still haven’t got rid of the Candida. I have heard of a prescription medicine named - Nystatin. The colonic centre advised against taking this medication, Any advise on this would be appreciated. Thanxs.

  9. For any questions and help with health problems please email me directly or join my new Candida Support Group at the url listed.

  10. 10. Sharon Davis
    Dec 27th, 2004 at 3:23 am

    I am interested in your Candida support group, however I don’t see your “url” listed to join the group. Thanks

  11. Here is the link to Bee’s support group.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport

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  13. Dear,
    is it ok to consume amaranth, quinoa, millet? as you said that they are not true grains, actually more seed-like. Because i ever tried a diet just vegies & meats, but then my body became so thin & weak, so i cant continue the diet.

  14. Thanks so much for this information. I have suffered from candida in the form of recurring vaginal yeast infections since I was in my teens (I’m 41 now). I’ve now reached a point (finally) where I am no longer in denial and am committed to changing my diet. My challenge is that I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian, and I’m not willing to go back to eating meat. So here are my questions: 1. How many grams of protein do you recommend per day? 2. Which non-meat protein sources are best? I currently rely on tofu, beans, nuts, and small amounts of dairy/eggs. 3. Do I really need to avoid all grains, or are they okay in small quantities if they are whole grains? Thanks in advance.

  15. 15. Bee Wilder
    Sep 27th, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    Dear Kelly,
    My heart goes out to you with suffering candida since your teens. I understand because I suffered for over 25 years before curing it - it took me 2 1/2 years. Unfortunately it has my experience that people who stick to being vegetarian will not be able to progress very well curing candida, let alone regain their health. While I respect your choices, it is not going to help you recover because of the body’s need for the many nutrients contained in meats and eggs, particularly the fat soluble vitamins and B12. “True” B12 is only obtained from meats. After all, we are omnivores and need nutrients from meats and plants, not just plant foods. Please see many articles about the dangers of eating vegan at http://www.westonaprice.org. However, this one by Charles Eisenstein will help you with your philosophical quandry:
    http://www.nourished.com.au/articles/the-ethics-of-eating-meat-a-radical-view

    The amount of protein I recommend depends upon the person’s height. The calculation is a bit complicated and based on The Optimal Diet, but it is roughly 24% of the diet, with 56% good saturated fats and the rest in carbs (all foods that are not classed as protein or fats). In this diet, there are no non-meat sources that will provide the nutrients contained in meats and eggs.

    Tofu is a non traditional soy product and it is very damaging to the health. Again, see many articles about soy at http://www.westonaprice.org - you can use their search function to find them - there are many. Nourished has this one:

    http://www.nourished.com.au/articles/the-ploy-of-soy

    Beans need to be soaked properly before eating in order to remove phytates and enzymes that block mineral absorption in the body and interfere with protein digestion. Also beans are starch and very high in carbs so they turn into sugar which also feeds candida, along with other high-carb veggies, i.e. potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips & many others.

    Dairy, except butter, butter oil or ghee, contain lactose (sugar) which feeds candida.

    All [tag]grains[/tag] and nuts are very damaging to the intestines, and they too must be properly prepared prior to eating in order to remove phytates and enzymes that block minerals absorption and interfere with protein digestion. Grains and nuts also turn into sugar feeding the candida.

    I’ve had many vegans join my group but all of them have gradually added to their diet and they have had success in overcoming their candida.

    To learn more please join my Candida Support Group at:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport
    where you will find many articles and handy candida diet, shopping and supplements lists as well. We have over 1,500 members.

    The best in health, Bee

  16. Hi i have been diagnosed with candida and also have fungal infections of the skin it seems almost on a regular basis now. I have began a diet for this but are the fungal infections related to the candida. Thanks

  17. 17. Bee Wilder
    Oct 2nd, 2006 at 4:39 am

    Dear Jac,
    Yes, fungal infections are related to candida. There are many different strains of fungus infection, including candida, which is a fungal overgrowth in the mucus membranes, i.e. mouth, digestive system, genitals, ears, eyes, etc., but it is mostly rampant in the intestines. Fungal infections of the skin only occur when you have a compromised immune system caused by a lack of nutrients and an overload of toxins.

    You are right to go on the diet, but do ensure it is a correct diet like mine - not all candida diets are equal nor effective. My diet emphasizes low carbs and good saturated fats like coconut oil, butter and other nature-made fats and oils along with enough protein from meats and eggs.

    Man-made oils and fats are very damaging to the body, along with grains, nuts, seeds & legumes that are not soaked properly, as well as sugar, including fruits (except lemon & lime), etc.

    You are invited to join my Candida Support Group to learn a lot more, and to get my revised article (written since the one posted on this site):
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport

    The best in health, Bee

  18. Hi Bee,

    I’ve been dealing with an increase in symptoms every since my teenage years and although tests have come back negative I can only believe that as they continue to get worse that Candida is at the root, based on my reading and your website.

    I have recently begun the Inno-vite Yeast Buster program it too has Caproyil oil and a few other ingredients to remove the yeast. Are you familiar with this regiment? Thanks

  19. 19. Bee Wilder
    Nov 1st, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Nicole,
    Yes I am familiar with Innovite Yeast Buster program, which includes some things I would not recommend, particularly psyllium, bentonite clay, and caproil is a liquid carpylic acid which is a processed form derived from coconuts. Also this program has you taking acidophilus and antifungals at the same time.

    The company states that it “kills the excess yeast in the colon and eliminates their breeding ground by cleaning up accumulations of fecal waste.” However it is not true that fecal waste gets stuck in the intestines. Here’s a reference from: The Long Hallow Tube – A Primer on the Digestive System, by Sally Fallon:http://www.westonaprice.org/healthissues/digestion_primer.html

    “The lining of the large intestine is as smooth as the inside of the mouth. Contrary to widely held belief, only in cases of severe illness, such as cancer, does fecal matter remain stuck to the wall of the bowel. Even in the elderly, the feces pass through the smooth wall of the bowel without sticking. Except in very high fiber diets, the bulk of the feces is made up not of fiber but dead bacteria.”

    Secondly, the candida diet is the most important aspect of curing candida, and I recommend that it is started first, without taking antifungals or acidophilus, because it will kill off a lot of candida making die-off symptoms easier to handle. My program starts antifungals after being consistently on the diet, but some people must be on it 3-6 months before they can tolerate antifungals. Acidophilus will also kill off candida but it is not possible to implant good bacteria in the gut until high numbers of candida are killed off first. Doing too much at once overwhelms the body, causing too much die-off symptoms, whereas the main goal is to build up the immune system so it can keep candida in check, like nature intended.

    Third, I recommend coconut oil which contains caprylic acid in it’s purest form without processing - it’s started with the diet because natural oils and fats are so important for overall health.

    Fourth, bentonite clay is the trade name for a commercial type of clay which uses the Smectite group of clays, called montmorillonite clay, and it contains aluminum. I mainly got turned off bentonite clay when I found out humans and animals have been poisoned by chronic ingestion of it, with symptoms such as muscle pain, muscle rheumatism, muscle weakness and lethargy, along with hypokalemia (an abnormally low concentration of potassium in the blood) and iron deficiency resulting in a type of anemia. That’s when I started researching it.

    It is also possible for bentonite clay to come from land areas which have been toxic dumps. Clay beds are commonly used for dumping such toxic wastes because the layer of clay confines it and acts as an impervious barrier to the passage of water. Some bentonite clay has been found to contain dioxins (a by-product of pesticide manufacture: a toxic compound that is carcinogenic).

    Also companies that use bentonite clay, like the oil industry, warn workers about inhaling bentonite powder, which is very dangerous. That is because it contains silica dust, which when inhaled causes respiratory problems. They advise using a mask or extraction fan to avoid contact with the dust.

    Fifth, Psyllium is a soluble fiber, which is a seed husk that comes from plants most commonly grown in India called plantains, which includes about 200 different species. Although psyllium is often labelled as a laxative, it is not. It is a soluble fibre that becomes gelatinous and sticky in water. It is not absorbed in the small bowel. It is broken down in the large bowel and becomes a food source for the bacteria that live in the colon, including candida.

    There are articles on my Candida Support Group that you can read about these psyllium and bentonite.

    Also I have updated my article posted on this website, which is also on my Candida Support Group. I invite you to join and read to your heart’s content. You will glad you did. Again, the diet plus supplements I recommend all work together and they are the key to curing candida. This is my group
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport

    Remember there are no quick fixes, and it is important to give your body what it needs to heal.

    The best in health, Bee

  20. I can highly recommend oxygen drops for candida and those who experience thrush as a result. Pure oxygen in liquid form can be purchased from most health food stores. Start with 3 drops in a glass of water and repeat 3 times a day. Add one drop each day until you reach about 20 drops in a glass 3 times a day. Good health :)

  21. Hi
    my partner has Cervical Cancer stage 2, i have heard taheebo tea is very good in assisting the cancer to disappear…please send your thoughts and comments to me…As I believe that natual cures & a positive mind set can rid our bodies of illness’s

    Many thanks

  22. Guy

    Thanks for your query.

    Tom Cowan’s “Fourfold Path to Healing” has an excellent section on Cancer. We highly recommend his work.

    Blessings
    Joanne

  23. 23. Antje Schulte-Loose
    Dec 21st, 2006 at 8:52 am

    Dear Bee
    A colonic therapist diagnosed me with severe candida. What can one do against a sore throat, it, feels like the mucus membranes in the throat are like porous. Could you give me a tip?
    Thank you very much in advance ! Antje

  24. Antje, try mixing butter (raw is best), coconut oil, honey, lactobacilis powder and powdered colostrum. Take one tablespoon a day until better.

  25. Dear Bee,
    Thanks for the great info. I have been suffering candida for nearly 20 years without knowing it. Doctors just assumed I had a lot of food and environmental allergies. I’ve started on the garlic and it seems to be working.
    I have a question. The holes that are pierced by the roots of candida plants in my stomach etc, are these reparable? And if so, what should I take? Or is 20 years of holes beyond repair and I’m doomed with a leaky gut for the rest of my life?
    many many thanks!
    Jade

  26. Hi Jade,
    I understand about suffering so long with candida because I had it for over 25 years before I found out what was causing my health problems. That was over 20 years ago, and I cured it!

    Garlic alone will not cure candida because it is most important that you build up your immune system with nutrients recommended in my diet. It is best to start with the diet and after it has killed off most of the candida, then start on garlic. Also it is extremely important for your health to eat enough protein and good “saturated” fats and oils, i.e. butter, coconut oil, lard, etc. as noted in my article.

    About the holes in your stomach, they are also in your intestines and anywhere else you have candida, which can be in any mucus membranes in the body, i.e. mouth, nose, sinuses, ears, vagina, etc. The holes made are extremely small so do not be concerned about them. They are definitely reparable when you no long have candida overgrowth, and the candida changes back to the way it should be, a benign bacteria which is part of the mucus membranes.

    Also, I do not believe in the leaky gut theory, for very good reasons - I wrote an article about it which is posted in the files on my Candida Support Group, which I invite you to join: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport/

    I have also revised the article posted on this site, and it is now very thorough. It is emailed to you when you join. There are also over 200 recipes and 600 articles. Our members and my moderators are wonderful. You will enjoy them very much. I look forward to seeing you there.

    The very best in health, Bee

  27. Hi Bee,

    My name is Drew. Up until recently (about a month ago) I had been a fairly healthy individual. But recently I have been experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I went to a Conventional doctor and they think I just have IBS, But I think that is linked to Candida. I have also expressed rash all over my legs and arms, along with headaches, and other symptoms related to IBS and/or Candida. I was wondering if you have every heard of the self test where you get a glass of water and spit into it. And if you spit has tentacles coming down from it, or specks in the middle of it, or a cloudy residue towards the bottom then you have Candida. Is this test a good indicator or completely worthless.

  28. Hello Drew,
    It certainly seems as if you do have candida overgrowth. I have had a lot of experience with the spit test and I’ve found it is not very reliable. The best test is Dr. Crook’s Candida Questionnaire:
    http://www.mall-net.com/cgibin/quiz4.cgi?quiz=crook.qa

    I have revised and added to the article posted on this website which you can find at my new website:
    http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com

    I also have a Candida Support Group:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport

    I invite you to join us, and to visit my website which has over 700 articles, including great recipes.

    The best in health, Bee

  29. Hi, I too am convinced I have Candida, even though my doctor doesn’t believe me. I’ve done a lot of reading about it and have soooooo many symptons ie anxiety/panic attacks, bad eye problems, chest pains, stomach problems, recurring thrush even though I treat it with creams it is back within weeks, dry mouth, itchy skin with no rash, burning feelings all over, swallowing problems etc. etc. All tests from my doctor say I’M OK. I did have an endoscopy that said I’ve got H.Pylori but I don’t want to take all the antibiotics because it’ll make my candida worse.

    I have just read about Olive Leaf Extract and how it kills Candida - I’m going to give it a go! Diet alone did not work for me and made me feel very sick.

  30. Dear Sharon,
    I also had h. pylori as well as candida. I didn’t take any antibiotic drugs to cure it. The candida program cured it. The diet will cause die-off symptoms and for some people they must stay on it from 3-6 months to get through the worst of it before starting on antifungals like garlic, oil of oregano, etc. My diet is very different than other diets because it includes good saturated fats from nature, i.e. coconut oil, butter, lard, etc. and it eliminates some foods that other diets allow, i.e. grains, seeds, nuts and legumes and all fruits except lemon. Diet is the most important aspect of overcoming candida because it builds up the immune system so it can keep candida in check. Unfortunately there are no quick fixes. Natural healing takes time, patience and persistence.

    I believe the antifungals I recommend are better than Olive Leaf Extract because they have longer histories and they have been well researched. I invite you to join my Candida Support Group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport/ where you can get answers to your questions and lots of great support from other members who are going through the same thing you are. Also see my website for lots of great information and help, i.e. food lists, supplements lists, articles about healing naturally, etc.: http:/www.healingnaturallybybee.com

    The best in health, Bee

  31. Everyone concerned with Candida should be acutely aware of sodium bicarbonate and iodine, both very powerful agents in the fight against yeast. An oncologist in Rome is using bicarbonate for quick will of tumors (3-5 days) and his theory of why it works is that cancer tumors are really fungus……iodine as well offers quick kill off….when combined with magnesium chloride used transdermally (See Transdermal Magneisum Therapy on the IMVA site) you have a killer system for candida. Of course it is always good to round out protocols…garlic is wonderful….I would always use calcium bentonite clay orally as well for intestinal problems.

    Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
    Director International Medical Veritas Association
    http://www.imva.info

  32. Hi I have been reading the blog screen, because I have severe candida. I was actually looking for help because a friend has bone cancer and I’m trying to help him. I am also lactos intolerant and have an intolerance to gluten. After many years and my age, I have also decided to change the way I eat. Can you please direct me on how to get started on the Candida cleanse? Also I plan on doing a full body detox, but wondering if I should do this first. Also if this can be of help to my friend with bone cancer?

  33. Some Candida species are responsible for superficial infections such as oropharyngeal candidiasis (thrush) and vulvovaginal candidiasis (vaginal Candidiasis). In otherwise healthy individuals, these infections can be cured with antifungal medications. However, persistent and deep-seated yeast infections can be lethal in immunocompromised patients.

    Candida are also responsible for a number of life-threatening opportunistic infections in AIDS patients and other immunocompromised persons - including patients treated in intensive care units (ICUs), cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, and organ transplant patients.[4] Another common Candida infection is oral candidiasis caused by acrylic dentures, especially in elderly denture wearers.[8] Colonization of the gastrointestinal tract by C. albicans may result from taking antacids or antihyperacidity drugs.

  34. To respond to the person regarding their severe candida. I too am a sufferer of candida and was recommended to a naturopathic doctor (ND) by a friend. The ND assessed my situation and diagnosed me with candidiasis and put me on an anti-candida diet, basically no sugar and no yeast. If you’d like I can forward the meal plan. In addition, the ND put me on nature sunshine products, consisting of caprlyic acid (2 x a day after breakfast and lunch), bentonite (1tsp with water 20 ‘ before breakfast and before dinner), colloidal silver (1tsp in glass of water 3x/day with meals), probiotic (with breakfast and supper), and I was given vitamin B12 and B6 (taken 2x a day with breakfast and lunch). I’m on day 42 and will assess my situation with her in 7 days and I can honestly say that I have never felt better. I have re-gained my energy, no painful and irritating skin rash, I had ezcema on my hands, very itchy and painful. The one thing I don’t know about is the allergies that I have acquired (dairy and wheat), I think they will resolve once I have eliminated my yeast problem. At the sametime, I am eating all organic food which I believe makes a huge difference and plan on maintaining this healthy diet for the rest of my life. I also figured out why I got yeast in the first place, and can expand more on this if anyone would like to know about it.

  35. 35. Amanda Swan
    Feb 23rd, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Suzan thankyou for sharing your experience. It sounds like your ND is taking a very well rounded approach!
    I would love to hear more, please share if you can.

  36. Hey Sussan,

    I’d certainly like to hear more about your experience. I have chronic candida and have not been able to eliminate it. I would certainly be interested in hearing what you have to say. I think my candida is a result of overconsumption of antibiotics due to female issues. I have acquired allergie, and have huge shiners on my eyes that I am trying to get rid of, as well as the chronic fatigue syndrome. I’ve been suffering from it for over a decade and my health is declining. I’m recently started detoxing and am feeling a bit better but it is a long process that I know is going to take some time. I’m taking a liquid multivitamin that contains the B12 and B6 but am not taking the caprilic acid or the collidal silver. I wonder if those are why you are feeling better.

    I have the rash on my stomach and it doesn’t seem to be getting better.

  37. 37. PeaceChannel
    Mar 10th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you for all of this useful information!

  38. Susan, I am also hoping you can elaborate on your story. I can’t believe our the Candida overgrowth has affected me. I started to think there was no hope because I’ve tried sooooooooo many products and recommendations. It’s scary because I notice similar symptoms in my children. I’ve recently started taking ThreeLac. Is anyone familiar with the product? The only thing is that I think I am experiencing die-off. I have made adjustments to my diet but I do slip in this area. I am also overwhelmed by the types of foods we should and shouldn’t eat. It seems most foods are damaging when one is suffering from this problem. I try to follow a natural food diet with my family as much as possible but it seems overwhelming. Thank you for this website. I was previously very depressed about this problem but I see there is hope.

  39. 39. Jay Hampton
    May 30th, 2010 at 2:30 am

    I had a live blood culture done that confirmed I had candida in my blood stream. My red blood cells were a bit “stacked,” which is also, I hear, an indicator or result of candida. My question is how do I know FOR SURE that I have candida? Also, I am taking herbal supplements for candida and following the diet as much as I can. Do I ruin all my efforts to kill candida if I have a very occasional (once a week, say) 1/4 cup of wine or coffee or a tbsp of vinegar, for example? I want to do this right. I also want to be sure that I have the correct diagnosis. Thank you greatly for your response.

  40. Suzan-i would be interested in hearing your story or how you feel you got candida. thanks for the info on what to take.

  41. About a year ago I noticed about 1 joint a month becoming painful. I also began having stomach/ bowel problems. I went to the drs multiple times, they ran multiple tests and she could not figure out what was wrong. I then noticed an itchy rash appearing on my left side where my bra rubs and also some spots on my stomach. I was only 26 and felt like I was 77. I would lay around unable to play with my baby because I either couldn’t move or was too exhausted. I diagnosed myself as gluten intollerant. Once off gluten I began getting energy and decreased joint pain. I notices if I had any dairy I would hurt the next day. After a few months gluten free, my diet became poor due to time and money, leading to a lot of chips and processed cheap food. I began feeling horrible and noticed a red itchy rash different from my other rash in my armpits. I noticed if I ate any dairy or a lot of sugars it would severely itch. I was researching Candida, but due to money am unable to get tested for it. I got some pau d arco tea and made it correctly and that night and the next day I had severe chest pains. They stopped around 17 hours after drinking the tea. I am now doing a colon cleanse but I am afraid to drink more tea. I have to also mention the brain fog…. It is horrendous! I have a horrible memory. Does this sound like Candida, what else can I do? This rash on my side is still here after multiple creams. I feel like there is noone I can ask because my dr has no clue about Candida. Please help!

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