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Candida: Fun Song, Not So Fun Disease

A reader writes:

I am suffering from extreme diarrhea and itching due to candida. I am currently eating no sugar, taking Three Lac, eating yogurt. I am eating fruit. Is it contributing to my problem? What diet do you recommend for my current condition?

My response:

Extreme diarrhea and itching may be due to candida.  Assuming that is correct, these are my recommendations:

  1. No sugar and no fruit, as there is too much sugar in fruit.
  2. ThreeLac is an extremely potent probiotic; follow the guidelines it provides for maximum effectiveness.
  3. If the above is not yet helping, anti-fungals need to be used.
  • Herbals can be tried first, including caprylic acid, Pau D’Arco, and garlic
  • If the above doesn’t work, contact a physician who is familiar with Candida and can provide Diflucan and Nystatin by prescription
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Gluten Sensitivity, Candidiasis, and Diet

Having had gluten sensitivity for many years, and have overcome it recently, let me add my 2 cents worth:  food allergies can be caused by excess stress, which causes reactions of many kinds in the body, as well as having Candidiasis (overgrowth of yeast in the body, which can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Look it up on the internet.)  They can also be worsened by eating the same foods over and over daily.  The best way to avoid them, especially while under stress and after they have developed, is to use a food rotation system, where you do not eat the same foods, or those from the same family of foods (do research to learn these), more often than once every four days.   You need to do research to learn how to heal your gut, or find a good Naturopathic physician who can help you know what to take and do.  A few medical Drs. are learning how to treat it too, but they are few and far between.

I would strongly recommend that anyone having health problems search the internet for the answers, but do lots of studying and considering before jumping in to any one thing — there are many copycats and pushers that try to sound like they know what they are talking about.  After much study, make your own informed decisions about which advice is most logical and trustworthy.

My experience is that most illnesses are caused by what you do or don’t put into your mouth, and that if the body can get sick, it can also get well.  And that if you stop doing what is causing the problem and start giving the body what it needs (great nutrition, sunshine, good water, exercise and rest) to heal, it will heal itself.  And don’t take dangerous drugs — read their side effects before submitting your body to further risk.  The human body is a marvelous organism.  Hope this helps.

Well stated!–could not have said it better myself. Intake of food is where it all starts–no more sugar or processed food, in with the vegetables and real food. Once the diet is cleaned up and supplements added to account for individual needs, then you need to look to toxin removal.  Toxins get in the way of proper functioning of the enzymes, cells, organs and eventually bodies.  After that, look to safe alternatives for the remaining symptoms, if there are any.

My role as a physician is to help you decipher the plethora of information that is available on the internet: I’ve already spent over 30 years studying the body and what makes and keeps it healthy.  The incredible volume of information that’s “out there” can leave a person feeling almost panicky about what to do to regain health!  I know what works, what doesn’t, and for the most part, what’s just “snake oil.”

Believe me, there’s a lot more “snake oil” than you might realize in pharmaceutical prescriptions!  Good old Mother Nature knows what she’s doing, providing you with natural resources for vitamins and nutrients.  I have to smile, remembering the old commercials for Chiffon Margarine, the plasticky fake butter: “it’s not nice to try to fool Mother Nature!”