I feel that every woman should do a Candida cleanse at some point in her life, if not as a yearly Female Health & Wellness Ritual:
Candida Overgrowth is an insidious
ill that causes nonspecific, annoying and sometimes
debilitating symptoms including menopausal and PMS symptoms. People erroneous
think Candida overgrowth is a systemic infection. But a systemic infection is
when the Candida spores (seeds) are
actually in the blood- an emergent
condition! Rather, we are talking about insidious Candida hyphae (roots) in the intestinal wall (gut lumen), from where it continuously
re-inoculates the fecal stream, and migrates through the gut to other organ
There are at least 26
strains of Candida, and their by-products of
metabolism drain & damage tissues. spores/yeast cells produce over 75 known
toxic substances that poison the human body on a continuous basis. A glycoprotein
metabolite called acetylaldehyde
causes immune & inflammatory disorders by disarming the immune system-> Candida renders itself hidden from the immune system!
Candida is a PANDEMIC
immune-system crisis! According to Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine,
the Post WWII generation was the first to grow-up with antibiotics, birth
control pills, cortisone, formula fed babies, HRT, simple sugars in processed
foods (especially corn syrup & high fructose). All of these support Candida
proliferation. Some KEY points on
analogues of estrogen (e.g. hormone replacement therapy) soften the vaginal and
GI mucosa and make them more susceptible to yeast proliferation.
from the GI tract travel to the brain to trigger feelings of hunger or satiety.
It is speculated that Candida triggers sugar craving and addiction in a similar
infant’s bowel is inoculated with friendly bifidus/BIFIDO bacteria when
ingesting breastmilk. Since this bacterium inhibits Candida proliferation,
non-breast fed humans are susceptible to Candida overgrowth.
is paradoxically a growth stimulant for Candida.
DIAGNOSIS is based on symptoms,
history, screenings & questionnaires, and functional lab tests:
Screens & Questionnaires.
The Candida Spit Test
non-scientific but free & easy: On a clean
palate in the morning, work up some saliva and spit it into a clear glass of
water. If the saliva floats and becomes stringy (like a jellyfish), if the
water turns cloudy, or if it settles at the bottom, you may have a Candida
. Complete a questionnaires below available at Candida Support:
- Dr. Crook’s
Candida Questionnaire, and integrative online screen
- Dr. Martin’s Candida
- D-Arabinitol elevation
on an Organic Acid Test (OAT) indicates the presence &
severity of invasive Candida.
- Intestinal Fungus
Burden on a Comprehensive Stool Analysis
(CSA) uses a 0 to 5 scale representing the number of months of recommended treatment
with natural medicines (e.g. +3 = 3 months). 0 - 1 is a normal
burden and OK to ignore, 2 - 5 is always treated (5 is very rare). A culture & sensitivity is done to
determine the natural substance(s) the Candida strain(s) will be susceptible to.
- High Mercury Load on a Toxic Element Profile makes
it near impossible to eliminate Candida because yeast binds with mercury.
It is also associated with Zinc deficiency-> copper
toxicity -> low vitamin C level on an OAT. It is OK, even recommended, to detox mercury
before having amalgams removed.
- Zinc Tally
Test (grade 4 = no taste at all) is diagnostic of, and an Alkaline Phosphate level below
70 on an OAT is a functional marker of Zinc
deficiency, which may lead to poor immune response and persistent yeast
infection (other signs are acne, white spots on nails, severe dandruff).
TREATMENT can be basic or extensive, and Candida is
highly immunogenic such that die-off symptoms from treatment can be severe!When
Candida has broken through the mucosal barrier and becomes invasive, the
treatment is challenging and requires patience. An
extensive & aggressive approach is required, with strict adherence to anti-Candida
diet, anti-fungal, anti-microbials. Before, during, and after Candida load is
brought under control, GI functions must be regulated &
- Liposomal Vitamin C 1,000 to 10, 000mg as tolerated to
offset the die-off symptoms.
- Candida Diet (see TheCandidaConnection by Dr. William Crook)
- Probiotics benefit yeast-like
non-invasive states of sugar-fermenting organism limited to the intestines
(and/or vagina).Taking a minimum of 40-80 billion colony-forming units (CFU)
of bacteria daily is critical to re-inoculate the gut after antibiotic therapy. See ABOUT YOUR PROBIOTICS.
is a 500 billion CFU blend of Bacillus coagulans
, and Enterococcus faecalis
. A unique
micro-encapsulation process allows the bacteria to pass through the stomach
into the small intestine. After 30 days on ThreeLac, 3
packets daily, 8 of 9 subjects showed reduction of Candida antibody levels. FiveLac
adds bifido & acidophilus species
A even higher potency
product may be needed to effectively treat severe Candida such
as Formula SF722
by Thorne (50 mg 2 capsules 3 x daily contains caprylic &
undecenoic acids), Healthy Origins, or Prescript-Assist.
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Bifido GI Balance by Life Extension, 1 capsule 1 or 2 x daily, with or without food. For
optimal potency, refrigerate after opening. Contains Bifidobacterium longum
BB536® 25 mg, supplying 2 billion CFU. (Amazon $15.00).
Bifidus Balance + Fos by Jarrow
provides 5 billion CFU of 4 species of the Bifidobacterium genus. They are the predominant,
beneficial bacteria residing in the colon. (Amazon)
: A product with 15 to 30 billion CFU of a well-rounded
mixture of PRE & PRObiotics (e.g. Go Live brand). Include cultured foods in
diet (yogurt, miso, kefir, apple cider vinegar, tempeh, Pão de Queijo, Senegalese
soup, tzatziki, Lassi, Shrikhand, even beer). View Dr. Mercola on Kinetic Culture Yogurt Maker & Starter
- Intestinal Fungus Formula + Neem 300-600mg daily +
Allicin 400mg 3-6 times daily x 10 days, or 900mg 3x daily for 10 days. Alternate these at least
every 3 months for at least 9 months or more for GI, vaginal, and perhaps invasive Candida. Alternating
the herbals avoids Candida achieving microbial resistance. May add Oregano Oil Formula or A.D.P. Emulsified Oregano Oil (Biotics) that most effectively
reaches the colon where the majority of beneficial bacteria reside.
is the therapeutic (low FODMAP) anti fungal chemical in garlic. Garlic has been
shown to be effective against all but 2 of 26 strains of Candida, and the March
1985 issue of “Scientific American” reported that garlic is effective against
200 varieties of pathogenic fungi.
- Gamma-Linoleic Acid (GLA), an omega 6 fatty acid, helps prevent Candida roots from
becoming systemically invasive. It is in evening primrose, black currant,
borage, or fungal (e.g. truffles) oils.
- Cilantro Metal Detox with Chlorella (Source Naturals). See
- IPS (Biotics) to support the integrity of the intestinal mucosa.
- Anti fungal Essential Oils (EO). Consult/research before using EOs internally,
always use therapeutic-grade products (from e.g. Nature's Gift, Floracopeia, Laboratory of Flowers, Do Terra, Young Living, Amaritia, Apothecary Shoppe, Snow Lotus etc.), and dilute appropriately.
Sesqueterpines are powerful antimicrobials, researched to
kill Candida, parasites & fungus. They also have anti-inflammatory
properties. Myrrh commiphora EO has one of the
highest levels of Sesqueterpines. Do not use the M. mukul species (aka Guggul), also sold as a cholesterol-lowering
supplement. It potentiates or lowers the effect of some pharmaceutical
medications (cardiac, cholesterol and birth control pills). Sandalwood EO contains abundant Sesqueterpenes,
and treats nail fungus when used topically over several months. Sandalwood is
an endangered species and therefore used with scrutiny in aromatherapy. Both
are very gentle Class I EOs, so up to
a 10% concentration is appropriate!
Cinnamon Bark & Bay Laurel EOs are effective against 2 common species of Candida (C. tropicalis and C. albicans). These have Class III toxic precautions, so 1 to 3%
concentration is appropriate.
(broad spectrum antimicrobial) + Lavender
(soothes irritated tissues, purportedly slows Candida sporilation) + Roman chamomile (many studies show its
effectiveness against vaginal yeast, steroidal properties). Make a 5 to 10%
dilution in jojoba (soothing), castor oil (penetrating anti-inflammatory),
and/or coconut oil (antifungal). Saturate a tampon in the dilution, then insert
into the vagina, especially overnight.
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