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INTRODUCTION.

This FAQ deals primarily with questions and problems associated with Candida overgrowth. Answers to most common questions such as: what is anti-Candida diet (Candida Control diet or just Candida diet), what is Candida albicans, what is Leaky Gut Syndrome, what anti-fungals are recommended (both prescription and OTC), what other supplements are used in treating Candida are covered in this FAQ. 

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INDEX - CANDIDA FAQ

0. ACRONYMS.

1. FAQ ADMINISTRATION.

2. WHAT IS CANDIDA ALBICANS?

3. HOW TO DIAGNOSE CANDIDA OVERGROWTH?

4. TREATMENT OF CANDIDA ALBICANS.

5. DIGESTION.

6. ANTI - CANDIDA DIET.

7.   FOOD ALLERGIES.

8.     VITAMINS AND MINERALS.   

9.     CANDIDA CONTROL MEDICINES AND SUPPLEMENTS.

10. OTHER DISEASES COMMONLY LINKED WITH C. ALBICANS.

11. ORAL THRUSH.

12. DETOXIFICATION.

13. COLLOIDAL SILVER.

14. VAGINAL THRUSH.

15. BRAIN FOG.

16. CANDIDA ALBICANS AND CHILDREN.

17. CANDIDA AND IMMUNE SYSTEM.

 

APPENDIX

A1 CANDIDA ALBICANS RESOURCES.

A2 RECIPES.

A3. YEAST-L MAILING LIST.

G GLOSSARY.


0. ACRONYMS.

## Candida FAQ Index ##

ADD = Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AF = Anti-fungal

AIDS = Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 

ALA is Alpha Linolenic Acid 

ARC = Aids-related complex

ATP = adenosine triphosphate

BB = Beta Blockers

BBB = blood-brain barrier 

BM = Bowel Movement

CBEV = Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus

CCK = Cholecystokinin 

CFIDS = Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (another name for CFS)

CFS = Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

CFU = Colony Forming Unit

CNS = central nervous system

CNS = Certified Nutrition Specialist

CRC = Candida Related Complex

CS = Colloidal Silver

CDSA = Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis

DC = Chiropractor

DGL = Deglycyrrhizinated licorice 

DHA = Docosahexaenoic Acid 

DHEA = Dehydroepiandrosterone

DJD = Degenerative Joint Disease 

DO = Osteopath

DOM = Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Dx  = Diagnosis

EBV = Epstein Barr Virus

EFA = Essential Fatty Acids 

EFA = Essential Fatty Acids

EI = Environmental Illness, (similar to MCS)

EPA = Eicosapentaenoic Acid

EPD = Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization

ER = Emergency Room

FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions

FDA = Food and Drug Administration

FMS  = Fibromyalgia Syndrome

FOS = Fructo-Oligosaccharides

GI  = gastrointestinal

GLA = Gamma Linolenic Acid 

GS =  Great Smokies

GSDL = Great Smokies Diagnostic Labs

GSE = Grapefruit Seed Extract 

GWS = Gulf War Syndrome

H2O2 = Hydrogen Peroxide

HFS = Health Food Store

Hg = Mercury.

HSO = homeostatic soil organisms

IBD = Irritable Bowel Disease

IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IU = International Units

IV = intravenous

LA = Linoleic Acid

L.Ac. = Licensed Acupuncturist 

LGS = Leaky Gut Syndrome 

LS = Lichen Sclerosis 

MCS = multiple chemical sensitivity 

MD = Doctor of Medicine

ME  = Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (another name for CFS)

MRI = magnetic resonance imaging

MS = Multiple Sclerosis

MSG = monosodium glutamate

MSM = methyl sulfonyl methane

MVP = Mitral Valve Prolapse

NAG = N-acetyl-Glucosamine = Glucose + Glutamine

ND = Doctor of Nutrition/ Naturopath

NEAT = Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Treatment

NSAID = NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug(s) 

OTC = Over The Counter (without prescription) 

OLE = Olive Leaf Extract

RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance

RN = Registered Nurse

Rx = prescription

SAM = S-adenosyl-L-methionine (S-adenosylmethionine)

SBO = Soil Based Organisms

SCD = Specific Carb Diet

SJW = St. John's Wort

Sx = symptoms

TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine

TMG = tri- methyl-glycine

TSH = Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

TTO = tea tree oil

Tx =  treatment

UTI = urinal tract infection 

YO = Yeast Overgrowth

WS = Wilson Syndrome


1. FAQ ADMINISTRATION.

## Candida FAQ Index ##

1.1 Where can I get the latest version of the Candida FAQ?

Only by World Wide Web :

http://www.infosky.net/~alexmi/candida.htm or 

http://surf.to/CandidaFAQ.  

or the zipped version at:

http://www.infosky.net/~alexmi/candidaFAQ.zip  

However, if you want to be contacted when this site is updated, you can join the following newsletter:

http://www.egroups.com/group/candida-update 

The newsletter will be sent out once a month (probably less), it will contain only useful information (things I updated since last version). Your e-mail address will not be sold and no unsolicited mail will be sent to your address. The purpose of this newsletter is to inform many Candida sufferers that do not have time for unmoderated e-mail  lists because there are hundred of messages on them each week.

1.2 Who is the maintainer of this FAQ?

The maintainer of Candida FAQ is Aleksandar Ivanovic candidafaq@altavista.com

1.3 Who are the contributors?

The author is/was member of YEAST-L and all members of that list have contributed to this FAQ by discussing on the list. Roberta Blaylock, Anne Mears, Charles Binder and Carrie Micko have contributed the most to the discussions at YEAST-L in my humble opinion. All who send their questions and answers will be listed here. I will, by default add only the names and the number of contributions. E-mail is not added, by default, in order not to generate spam. If you want I can add your e-mail, web-page and/or exact questions you contributed to.

Contributors (in no particular order): 

(Please let me know if I missed anyone!) 

1.4 How do I submit questions or answers for this FAQ?

If you think some information is missing in this FAQ or that something else is wrong, please email me. My e-mail address is candidafaq@altavista.com. All submissions and contributions are welcome. If you have unanswered questions I advise you to subscribe to YEAST-L and to pose your question on the list.. It is likely that the list members will give you faster and better answer then myself. It is likely that I will not have the time or knowledge to answer questions that are unanswered in this FAQ. Updates to this FAQ are done on a continual basis as the authors time warrants. 

1.5 Is this FAQ copyrighted?

This FAQ is (C) Copyright 2000  by Aleksandar Ivanovic. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for personal non-profit use. Additional copies and distribution require the express written consent. Some information within this collection may be otherwise copyrighted and remains in the possession of those holders where that is the case.

1.6 Why are some questions unanswered?

I have decided to include unanswered questions, which I had no time or/and knowledge to answer.  I cannot write about brain fog or vaginal thrush if I don't have those problems. Your help is needed. Candida is very complex issue. I do think that main weapon against Candida is knowledge. So, do your research and send me your answers and opinions. My e-mail is candidafaq@altavista.com 

1.7  What is the versions history of this FAQ?    

 
Date Event
 02/February/2000  Candida FAQ was conceived.
30/April/2000  Version 1.0 published. 
06/May/2000 Version 1.1 uploaded
06/June/2000 Version 1.2. uploaded. New or updated answers are red.
01/January/2001  Version 2.0 uploaded. Now, there is a newsletter with updates to the FAQ

1.8  Is this web page commercial?

I have tried my best to make it non-commercial information source. I have tried to include as many online supplements vendors in order to encourage competition and to provide Candida patients with better service. I am not in any deal with any of those vendors. I have provided, in association with Amazon.com, links to some of the most popular Candida books. Be aware that I will earn some referral fee if you purchase books using links I made. I think these links are convenient and that they improve this FAQ. I don't intend to add banners to the site or any graphics because it will make the web page ugly in my humble opinion.

 


2. WHAT IS CANDIDA ALBICANS?

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2.1  What is Candida albicans

Candida albicans, is an opportunistic yeast that normally inhabits the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract of most humans and is usually considered to be a normal part of the bowel flora (the organisms that coexist with us in our lower digestive tract). Its job is to recognize and destroy harmful bacteria. Without Candida albicans in our intestines we would be defenseless against many pathogen bacteria. In a healthy person, Candida albicans is numbered in millions. It is controlled by a properly functioning immune system and "friendly" bacteria. However, if the number of friendly bacteria is decreased (antibiotics), the immune systems is weakened or other conditions for yeast proliferation occur (diet high in sugar, improper pH in the digestive system) Candida albicans will shift from yeast to mycelial fungal form and start to invade the body.  In the yeast state Candida is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism, while in fungal state it is invasive and can produce rhizoids, very long root-like structures. Rhizoids can penetrate mucosa or intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes and allowing toxins, undigested food particles and bacteria and yeast to enter the bloodstream. These condition is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) and that is an explanation for food and environmental allergies.

2.2 What are other names for Candida overgrowth?

  1. Candida.
  2. Candida albicans
  3. Candida Albicans
  4. Candida Related Complex
  5. Chronic Candida Syndrome
  6. Candidiasis
  7. Systemic candidiasis
  8. Chronic systemic candidiasis
  9. Monilia
  10. Candidiasis Hypersensitivity Syndrome
  11. Candidosis
  12. Mucocutaneous candidosis
  13. Chronic mucocutaneous candidosis
  14. Thrush (oral or vaginal)
  15. Moniliasis    
  16. polysystematic candidiasis.

2.3  What causes Candida overgrowth?

To cure Candida albicans it is essential to find what caused Candida overgrowth. If the cause is not found and treated it is possible that treatment will not be effective and/or that Candida will relapse.

 Here are the most common causes of Candida albicans overgrowth:

2.4  Is Candida overgrowth contagious?

Fungi from genus Candida cannot be airborne. Therefore, Candida cannot be transmitted by air. Sexual intercourse, deep kissing, oral sex can transmit Candida either to/from genital parts or mouth from one person to another. If other person is healthy, his immune system will destroy Candida cells and prevent infection. However, if immune system is compromised or he/she eat lots of sugar and carbohydrates Candida can proliferate.

2.5 Can one die from Candida overgrowth?

Once the Candida migrate past the GI tract they can set up in other major organs like the lungs, kidney and brain. You can die from it if left untreated, and especially if it hits the brain. Once you get it in the brain, it is extremely hard to recover and very lethal. Persons with severely  compromised immune system die from blood poisoning known as Candida Septicemia. It all depends on your immune system. If your system is severely compromised (like in patients with AIDS or cancer) treatment is a must, and if you are young you can fool a round. In short, Candida is by no means naive disease and has to be treated. If left untreated, it can cause other diseases that may be lethal.    

2.6 Which toxins do Candida release ?

Candida releases poisons in blood causing all kinds of symptoms. There are about 80 of known toxic substances, some of which are:

2.7 Where can I find doctor knowledgeable about Candida ?

Many doctors are ignorant and/or unwilling to treat Candida. Some organizations are listed to help you find professional help:

USA

Norway

Organization "Candida Clubben"  can help with locating doctors willing to treat Candida.

URL:  http://home.sol.no/candida 
E-mail: candida@online.no 
Address: Candida Clubben, Postboks 329, 4503 Mandal
Contact person: Linda Lund 38 26 39 94 (from 18.00 - 20.00, Monday to Friday)

United Kingdom

http://www.candida-society.org.uk/

 

2.8 What is die-off (Herxheimer reaction)?

When you kill off a bunch of Candida at once, all of the toxins that are currently stored in them are released into your system all at once. As there are usually significant amount of toxins stored in Candida cells, these toxins when released will causes a temporary increase in yeast symptoms (often including new symptoms as new toxins are released), followed by a considerable lessening of symptoms. The technical name for this experience is a Herxheimer reaction ; it is more commonly referred to as "die-off" or "flare-up". This experience is similar to experience when Candida albicans is growing,  such as when you have eaten a "forbidden" food. In both cases, Candida releases its toxins and it is often hard to differentiate whether you are killing it or feeding it. In order to tell the difference between die-off symptoms, reaction food and general yeast symptoms it is wise to keep a journal of what you eat and what anti-fungals you take, so when you get a change, you know which it's likely to be. As die-off is caused from anti-fungals it will usually last from few days to 2 weeks depending of what anti-fungal you use. As you kill almost all  susceptible strains of Candida die-off effect will subside. Even if you don't get die-off it does not mean that Candida is eradicated from the body. It is possible that amount of Candida killed (toxins released) is to small to produce massive die-off. Then, you should either continue the same anti-fungal for few weeks to finish it off or even better, change to new anti-fungal. Also, the dosing of anti-fungals and their effectiveness can be established by observing die-off effect. The die-off effect of anti-fungal should not be intolerable,  but you should feel die-off. If die-off effect is too strong, the dose of anti-fungals should be decreased. To minimize the effect of die-off :

 

2.9 What is systemic Candida overgrowth?    

Systemic Candida overgrowth occurs when Candida breaks the intestinal lining (see LGS) and enters the bloodstream. From there, it can travel to various parts of your body, call it a residence and multiply. The symptoms of systemic Candida overgrowth are : muscle aches, sore/stiff joints, fatigue, problems with particular organs, recurrent urinary tract infections, serious illnesses (Asthma, ADHD,  Diabetes, MS, Arthritis, CFS, Fibromyalgia). 

If you're experiencing systemic symptoms, then you need some systemic anti-fungals (anti-fungals that enter your bloodstream in sufficient quantity to reach your joints and organs).

The most mainstream doctors recognize systemic Candida overgrowth, but believe that only hardly immune-compromised  persons (AIDS, cancer, organ transplant patients) can be affected. 

2.10 What are common misconception related to Candida overgrowth?

 

2.11 What strains of Candida are most common?

There is over 150 species, common one include : 

 


3. HOW TO DIAGNOSE CANDIDA OVERGROWTH?

## Candida  FAQ Index ##

3.1  What are the symptoms of Candida overgrowth?

Symptoms of Candida overgrowth are caused by toxins released. Not all listed symptoms will occur in all individuals. Usually, approximately 20 symptoms will be present.

Disfunctioning Glandular and Organ Symptoms:

adrenal and thyroid gland malfunction, cold hands or feet, diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, impotence and  low body temperature.

Gastrointestinal:

bad breath (halitosis), bloating, coating on tongue (oral thrush), constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, gas, heartburn, indigestion, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity or/and excessive weight loss.


Psychological and Allergic:
acne, blurred vision, bronchitis (recurrent), burning or tingling, chemical sensitivity, chest pain, coughing, earaches, hayfever, headaches, hives, muscle aches and tension, nasal congestion, nasal congestion, head tension, numbness, painful, swollen, stiff joints, shortness of breath, sinusitis and sore throats.


Emotional and Mental:
ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, disorientation, drowsiness, fatigue, feelings of unreality, frequent mood swings hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, low energy, mental confusion, MS, muscle pain, muscle weakness, nervousness, poor memory and tingling and numbness.

Skin:
Acne, anal itch, athlete's foot, dandruff, dermatitis, dermatitis, diaper rash, dry skin, eczema, excessive perspiration,  facial rash, fungous infection of the nails, hives, impetigo, jock itch, lupus and psoriasis.

Genitourinary:
Bladder infection (recurrent), burning on urination, cramps, cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation), fluid retention (edema), frequent urination, impotency, infertility, loss of sexual feelings, menstrual irregularities, painful intercourse, PMS, prostitis, recurrent yeast vaginitis, vaginal burning, itching or discharge.

3.2  What tests are available for Candida overgrowth?

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3.3 How to diagnose Candida overgrowth?

To diagnose Candida, following methods can be used :

However, diagnosing Candida is very difficult, because :

3.4 How to diagnose parasites?

Lots of parasites don't show up on tests, because most labs only test for limited number of  strains (like 50) and there are over 1000 that can affect humans. One of test to detect parasites is CDSA. If you suspect parasites, you will simply have to confirm by taking anti-parasite cleanse. It is common for Candida patients to have also parasites. Parasites should be suspected, if Candida overgrowth is relapsed.

3.5 How to measure basal temperature?

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4. TREATMENT OF CANDIDA ALBICANS.

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4.1 What steps are recommended for treating Candida overgrowth?

4.2  How long does it take to cure Candida overgrowth?

The general rule of thumb is that it takes about a month of recovery for every year of being sick. If you were treated with lots of antibiotics two years ago, it is reasonable to assume that antibiotics cause Candida albicans overgrowth and you need minimum two months to recover.
In general, you'll start getting major yeast symptoms about two years after the overgrowth starts. So, think back to when your symptoms started and try to figure out what happened in the two years before that. If there was something major in that time period, that gives you a starting point (for example, if you entered puberty then, you might have a hormonal imbalance). If not, then you might have something like parasites, which enter your body very quietly, without clear symptoms.

4.3 How amalgam fillings relate to Candida overgrowths?

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4.4 What antifungals are recommended for specific parts of the body?

This list was a joined effort of YEAST-L.

STOMACH  (take orally):

INTESTINES  (take orally):

enteric coated capsules of:


VAGINA:

Douches/combinations of:

Take orally:

SKIN (apply directly to the problem skin area):

SINUSES (spray into nostrils):

SYSTEMIC (take orally):

4.5  How to treat Candida induced hair shedding?

Candida can cause hair shedding in male or female patients. The exact mechanism by which Candida is able to cause hair loss is unclear primarily because there are so many possible pathways. The three most likely pathways are:

Possible treatments:

 

4.6 Are mainstream doctors willing to treat Candida?

Most doctors have been thought that yeast can overgrow only in immune system that  is severely suppressed. If one has AIDS or cancer than they will prescribe AFs or tests, and if not they will send you home, and maybe diagnose you with IBS or tell you "It is all in your head". However, Candida occurs in people that do not have AIDS or cancer. Today's powerful antibiotics are able to suppress good microflora and cause Candida overgrowth in few days. Many doctors will accept that antibiotics can cause temporal Candida proliferation, but will not recognize danger of Candida and its toxins nor will they prescribe AFs.  

4.7 Which exercise is recommended for Candida overgrowth?

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4.8 I cured my Candida overgrowth, what can I do to prevent relapse?

4.9 Is it likely that Candida overgrowth will relapse?

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4.10 How to get rid of parasites? 

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4.11 Are there any fraudulent offers, web sites, doctors? 

Candida Wellness Center  They offer free booklet explaining Candida treatment and supplements. The supplements are very expensive.

4.12 What is zapper, how does it work, where to get it, how to make it?

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4.13 What can I take to fuel myself during exercise (when I burn many calories)?

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5. DIGESTION.

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5.1 What are the rules for optimal digestion?

5.2 What is food combining?

For food combining food is divided in following categories:

Protein:  all meat, all poultry, cheese, eggs, fish, Soya, milk, yogurt

Starches: grains, carrots, beets, cereals bread, potatoes, rice,  oats, sugar, honey , starchy squash, sweets, yams, corn

Neutral: vegetables,  vegetable oils,  butter, salads, fats, herbs, 

Acid fruits:  grapefruit, orange, lemon, plums, strawberry, pineapple, sour cherries, sour apples, lime, kiwi

Sub-acid fruit:  apples, most grapes, sweet cherries, pears, peaches, mangoes, apricot,  papayas, most berries

Sweet fruit : bananas, dates, fresh figs, raisins, all dried fruit.

Melons: Cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon.

Food combining  is based on theory that different food groups differ in time needed for digestion and in chemical environment necessary for digestion. Fruits are digested in 20 to 30 minutes, and proteins in 4 hours. If you combine fruits and protein, fruits will have to stay in stomach until proteins are digested and fermentation will occur. Therefore,  fruits should be eaten alone. Once a protein (such as meat, fish and eggs) enters the stomach, an acid based digestive juice is produced to digest it. Once a starch enters the stomach (such as bread, rice and potatoes) an alkaline based digestive juice is produced to digest it. If both protein and starch are eaten together, both acid based and alkaline based juices will be produced, which will neutralize each other.  As more and more acid based and alkaline based juices are produced and neutralized, the food will stay in stomach and process of fermentation will start causing gas, indigestion and heartburn. The digestion of poorly combined meal will consume more energy then other sports (like running, for example) and this is why one feels very tired after certain meals. Neutral food (like raw vegetables) will break down in either medium acid or alkaline juices. Therefore, they can be combined with either proteins or with starches. 

Rules : 

 

5.3 How does fiber effects digestion?

Fiber is the non-digestible part of plant food and increases stool size by absorbing water. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and is found in oat bran, beans, peas, barley and citrus fruits. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and is found in wheat bran and some vegetables. Fiber increases the transit time of the colon and decrease the pressure within the colon. Fiber can be added to the diet through the eating of fiber-rich food or by taking fiber supplements.

5.4 What reduces acidity of stomach?

5.5 How to increase stomach acid?

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5.6 Which digestive enzymes are there ?

There are three distinct categories of digestive enzymes: Proteases enzymes are involved in the breakdown of protein. Protein is composed of 20 amino acids and there is a protease for each amino acid. Lipases break down fats, oils and cholesterol. Amylases break down carbohydrates including sugars.

It is important to note that amylase is introduced by the saliva. The more you chew the more amylase.

5.7 How to measure transition time?

Transition time is average time necessary for food to go through GI tract. Normal transition times is 12 -24 hours. If your transition time is less than 12 hours then there is no enough time to absorb the food properly and you probably lack nutrients. If your transition time is more than 24 hours, toxins stay in your system more then they should and are getting absorbed.

To measure transition time take 1 g. charcoal pill (available in any health food store). Note the time you took the pill and wait until your stool turns dark. The difference between these two times is transition time. In order to calculate more precisely transition time, repeat the experiment and then take the average.

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6. CANDIDA CONTROL DIET.

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6.1 What is anti-Candida diet?

This question is rather complicated. I tried to give a general answer, but take it with reserve.

Please, read following answers:  LGS, food combiningrotation diet, Glycemic index and acid/alkaline balance.

ALLOWED FOOD.

FOOD COMMENT
filtered water  The only drink that is always recommended. Drinking increased quantities of filtered water helps the liver to detoxify the body and can help curing many diseases including Candida overgrowth.. 
Stevia Recommended sweetener.
vegetables broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, sprouts, spinach, celery, cucumbers green pepper, peas, tomatoes, beans, yellow, cabbage, onion, radishes,  kale, lettuce, spinach and turnip. Avoid vegetables containing simple carbs, like potatoes.
Meat beef, duck, eggs, quail, chicken, fish, oyster, rabbit, clam, tuna, turkey, crab, shrimp, goose, pheasant, lobster, hen, lamb, pork, veal

 

EAT IN MODERATION OR AVOID COMPLETELY.

FOOD COMMENT
eggs Raw eggs contain substance called avidin that interferes with absorption of biotin. Boiled eggs do not have this problem. Eggs are common allergen.
yogurt Sometimes contains additional sugar
Fruits Avoid on strict diet, eat maximum of 1 or 2 pieces of fruit a day, preferably less sweet ones.

wheat 

Hard to digest, feeds the yeast
nuts usually contain mold, which feeds Candida. If roasted some of the mold will be eliminated and roasted nuts can be used in less strict anti-Candida diets

 

AVOID COMPLETELY.

FOOD COMMENT
Artificial sweeteners

Avoid completely artificial sweeteners, like Aspartame (NutraSweet), saccharin, .... They are very bad for your health. Use Stevia instead.

Fruit Juices Usually contain lots of sugar. Exception: Freshly prepared juice
Caffeine Avoid any kind of coffee, tea and soft drinks including decaffeinated coffee. See information about caffeine.
Sugar Feeds the yeasts big time. Elimination of all sugars: white sugar, brown sugar, honey, dextrin, maple sugar, beet sugar, ... Use Stevia instead.
left-overs, yeast, mold It is highly likely if you have Candida overgrowth that you are allergic to mold. Also, food that mold can grow on, can feed Candida. Avoid anything containing yeast : brewer's yeast, baker's yeast, vitamins derived from yeast. Mold tends to grow on left-overs. Refrigerate your food or better freeze it and try to eat it in 24 hours after preparation.
Alcohol All alcohol is made by fermentation, and is forbidden in strict Candida diet. Vodka is the drink recommended as the least harmful of all drinks if you simply have to drink something.
Melons Too sweet
Vinegar Avoid vinegar and all foods containing vinegar: mayonnaise, mustard. Fresh lemon juice can be used instead vinegar.
fermented products such as soy sauce, soda bread,  cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, green olives and pickled vegetables.
Bread  Contains yeast and refined flour. It is best to avoid bread completely. Others recommend toasting it well. You could also be allergic to grains.
diary All kinds of milk and milk products (cheese, buttermilk, ... ) should be avoided if you have problems digesting it. It is very common allergen. 

tap water 

 the chlorine found in most tap water is killing good bacteria living in your intestines.

edible fungi like mushrooms, truffles, ... they can feed Candida or/and you can be allergic to them
processed food like bacon, hot dogs, sausages, meat loafs, ... Processed foods usually contain yeast, refined sugar, chemicals
starch Starch transfers into carbohydrates, Avoid food containing high levels of starch  like corn and potatoes.
dried/candied fruits contain mold, sugar and other toxins.
animal fat  toxins are stored in fat and eating animal fat increases toxic overload
 

6.2 What other diets are similar to anti-Candida diet?

Zone diet : The Zone diet consists of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat at every meal.

Atkins diet : one of first low carb diets. Official site : http://www.atkinscenter.com/

Paleo diet :    Based on idea to avoid eating modern, processed food and eat food that cave man ate.  Take a look at            http://www.panix.com/~paleo 

Low-carb diet : Diet based on low carb intake (none or less then 20 grams per day). For more information take a look at Low carb FAQ.

SCD (Specific Carb diet) http://www.scdiet.org 

6.3 What artificial sweeteners are there?

Stevia is recommended sweetener for Candida patients. Also Vegetable Glycerine will not feed Candida. 

Artificial sweetener Candida diabetes weight gain Comment
Stevia  OK  OK low
Vegetable Glycerine OK
aspartame bad bad is not heat stable, do not cook with aspartame !!
Saccharin The oldest of the artificial sweeteners, saccharin is heat-stable, and may be used for cooking. 
Sorbitol bad Sorbitol has been linked to problems in cognition and digestive disorders
Alanine
Acesulfame-K Other name is Acesulfame-potassium. It is heat-stable, and may be used for cooking. Official website at http://www.sweetone.com/  
FOS % %
sucralose bad Splenda

 

6.4 What are Stevia and Vegetable Glycerine?

Stevia and Vegetable Glycerine are natural, plant-derived sweeteners.

Vegetable Glycerine comes from any of several plants, most often coconut. You buy it in a liquid form in the supplements department of health food stores (it's often sold as a skin care product, but as long as it's 100% pure, it's fine to eat). It substitutes well for honey in recipes, since it is a sticky, sweet liquid.

Stevia is a plant, and you can buy it in several forms (also in the supplements section of health food stores):

 The thing about Stevia is that it's extremely sweet, so you use only a tiny amount; it's easy to use too much and end up with a bitter after-taste. For this reason, I find the liquid forms and the Stevia-FOS blend to be more palatable. Also, Stevia carries the same risk of mold as any spice, so it's best to store it in the freezer (powdered forms) or 'fridge (liquid form).

Note that Stevia and Vegetable Glycerine do not caramelize the way sugar does, so heavily sugar-based recipes often taste quite different when made with these alternative sweeteners. It's best to purchase Stevia cookbooks or a healthy cookbook that has many low-sugar recipes, since it is easier to substitute other sweeteners for sugar if the sugar is not the base of the recipe.

In recipes that need to rise, such as cakes, Vegetable Glycerine is preferable to Stevia, as Stevia does not provide any lift to baked goods. Vegetable Glycerine provides mild lift. These sweeteners can also be combined, to provide the right flavor and lift effect.

6.5  Can I cheat a little while on diet?

If you cheat on the diet (while taking anti-fungals) it can make yeast more resistant to anti-fungals.  Basically, when you take anti-fungals you kill off weaker strains of yeasts while the harder strains remain. If you cheat on diet, you feed the yeast and the harder strains will proliferate. To get rid of those yeasts that remain you will need different (stronger) anti-fungal. If you cheat on the diet, you can finish feeling worse than at the beginning of treatment.

Therefore, do not cheat on diet while taking anti-fungals. Wait on taking the anti-fungals until you are serious about the diet. 

6.6 Why is caffeine not allowed?

Caffeine can kill up to 75% of the friendly bacteria in the colon per cup of coffee or tea. The same goes for decaffeinated too. It takes the body approximately five hours to replace that flora depending on the diet and the balance of the body at the time. Tea, coffee, soft drinks (like Coke) contain significant amount of caffeine. 

6.7 What is ketosis?

When you reduce your carbohydrate intake ( like to under 50 gr.) , you use up your store of glycogen (blood sugar) and then your body permanently goes into fat burning mode to fuel your bodily functions. The process of burning fat for energy is called ketosis.. Ketosis happens during fasting, low carbohydrate diets, pregnancy and it can be caused by diabetes. Ketones are chemicals that your body produces as a by product of combusting fat.

6.8 Is ketosis healthy ? 

It is not known whether long-term ketosis caused by a high protein diet is good, bad or indifferent.

6.9 Is Candida Control Diet healthy?

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6.10 What about treats while on Candida Control diet?

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6.11 What snacks are available while on diet? 

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6.12  Why do we lose weight on anti Candida diet?

6.13 How to keep weight on while on Candida Control Diet?

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6.14 How do I deal with questions about my diet from nosy relatives and/or friends?

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6.15. What is the Glycemic Index and how does it relate to Candida albicans?

        Glycemic index of carbohydrate food sources, measures how quickly or slowly  they are metabolized, causing the blood sugar to rise compared to the pure glucose.

        Simple carbs are high on glycemic index, while complex carbs are low on glycemic index. Complex carbs are digested more slowly, in the intestines. Since the breakdown of complex carbs is slower, the sugar goes into the bloodstream over a longer period of time, so it doesn't cause the sudden  surge in blood sugar levels that simple carbs do. That's why foods with simple carbs and sugar tend to have a higher glycemic index than foods with complex carbs or no carbs.

        If you have a major yeast overgrowth in your intestines, then eating complex carbs with a low glycemic index will feed them quite nicely. Your body digests these foods in the intestines, so they will be converted to sugar in that location, which is right where the yeast are. On the other hand, less sugar will get into your blood with these foods, so if your yeast is elsewhere in your body, they might be a good choice.

        In general, foods with a low glycemic index are a better option than those with a high index for Candida sufferers. It would be best to avoid all carbs but that is very hard. Glycemic index is valuable resource, but other effects of food should be taken in the account : acid/alkaline effect of food, food allergies, mold on food, nutritional value..

6.16  How can I stop the cravings (for food or sugar)?

6.17 Is it possible to eliminate Candida overgrowth by fasting ?

Yes, it is possible to kill Candida this way, but it is generally not recommended. It is virtually impossible to starve the yeast and not to starve yourself. The point is that the yeast is stronger and more adaptable then you. You will kill some yeast, before you kill your self but not all.

6.18 Which alcoholic beverages will cause the least harm while on anti-Candida diet?

Vodka is the alcoholic beverage that will cause the least harm. Others are either sweet or fermented.

6.19   What beverages are recommended ?


7.  FOOD ALLERGIES.

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7.1 What is rotation diet?

Rotation diet is based on the concept that if you rotate food it is less likely you will develop allergies to the food you eat.  Other benefits of rotation diet include:

The exact rules or rotation diet depend how bad your LGS is. In all versions if you eat food from one food family (for instance Legumes) you are not allowed to eat any other food from that food family for a fixed period. If you have severe problems that period is eights day, four days is recommended in most cases. You can eat one food from one food family for only one meal (strict version) or you can eat it whole day (less strict).

7.2 What are food families?

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7.3 What is LGS (Leaky Gut Syndrome) ? 

Leaky Gut Syndrome (also known as Intestinal Hyper-Permeability and Increased Intestinal Permeability) occurs when the wall of the GI tract is damaged. A healthy intestinal wall allows only nutrients to pass into the bloodstream; when it is damaged, larger molecules--such as incompletely digested fats, proteins and toxins slip through, as well. Your body, recognizes these substances as foreign and forms antibodies to them, which is why you suddenly become allergic to foods you've always eaten without a problem. LGS also causes  "environmental allergies", causing the individual to responds to various inhalants from the environment. Furthermore, one can form antibodies to proteins similar or same as human proteins, and then your immune system starts to attack parts of the body. This is how autoimmune diseases, like MS or arthritis "work". Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals are common with persons with LGS because, they lack cells to move minerals and vitamins from the gut to the blood.

If you have Candida overgrowth in GI tract you also have Leaky Gut Syndrome. Candida overgrowth causes LGS : when Candida changes from yeast to fungal form it forms rhizoids, a root like structure,  that break the intestinal walls. Even when you get Candida in balance and heal the gut, your food allergies will remain for a while because you will still have the antibodies to that food.

7.4 What causes LGS?

There are a number of causes for Leaky Gut:

7.5 How to heal Leaky Gut?

7.6  What is masking effect?

If you eat each day food that you are highly allergies to (diary, bread,...) you will not get the allergic response, after eating that food, because your immune system produced too many antibodies, was overloaded and shut down. Instead, you will have more or less constant symptoms (fatigue, headache, brain fog, ...). This phenomenon, in which person does not react to an excessive quantity of allergens is called masking. When you restrict your diet (Candida Control diet) you significantly reduce the amount of allergens and your immune system starts to  react when you eat food you are allergic to. Therefore, "new allergies" can be only masked old ones.

7.7 How to determine food allergies? 7.8 What is muscle testing?

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7.9 Why should I keep a diary?

A food & reactions diary is a good way to establish connection symptoms-cause, though it's unfortunately time-consuming. Besides keeping a detailed diary, one should review it at least once each month or more if needed to determine what is causing symptoms and to eliminate it.. One should experiment with eliminating/introducing food, antifungals, traveling to less humid area, ... in order to find optimal combination.  The dairy should contain dated entries of: 

7.10 What laboratory tests are used to diagnose LGS and/or food allergies?

ELISA

An Enzyme Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay (ELISA) is a blood test which can be used to detect and measure food allergies. The test is performed by culturing the patient's lymphocytes and seeing how they react to certain foods, and other substances. It looks at immediate and delayed reactions (hidden allergies, for example 5 hours after food intake). Also, the ELISA test only looks at the foods that had been inputted in your system for the last 10 days. Any other foods will not be detected.

RAST 

Similar to ELISA, only false negatives are more likely.


8.    VITAMINS AND MINERALS.   

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8.1 Can I overdose water soluble vitamins?

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8.2 Can I overdose fat soluble vitamins?

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8.3 What are some good food sources of vitamins and minerals?

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8.4 How can I determine what vitamins are deficient?

 
Deficiency Symptoms
B-6 Inability to remember dreams, bad mood
iodine cold hands
zinc low-acid, cold hands, high cholesterol
calcium osteoporosis, fragile bones, headaches, fluid retention, nervous symptoms.
magnesium fibromyalgia (muscle pain) , muscle spasms

 


9.  CANDIDA CONTROL MEDICINES AND SUPPLEMENTS.

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9.1  What anti-fungals are recommended?

 

AF Description
Garlic (Allium sativum)

can be used in supplement form or eaten as a food. Garlic has been shown to be effective against many Candida strains by damiging the structure and integrity of the yeast cell walls.
The most effective form of garlic as antifungal is raw garlic.Garlic must be chewed in the mouth or minced before eating to be effective. Allicin, one of the key compounds in garlic, is believed to provide many of its antimicrobial benefits. It is formed when bulb is crushed. However, it is very unstable, and there are many garlic supplements that do not have the advertised amounth of allicin. Garlic is one of the richest food sources of germanium. Parsley and/or fennel can be taken to reduce the strong odor associated with its use.

Colloidal Silver
Olive Oil   can prevent conversion of Candida Albicans from yeast to fungus form.
Hydrogen Peroxide used for oral thrush.
Pau d'arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa) Pau d'arco bark, is known for its antiviral, diuretic, and mild anti-fungal properties. Pau d'arco is obtained from a tropical tree native to Brazil. While Pau d'arco is recommended for treating Candida, it is harsh for your gut (aggravate LGS).  If you have LGS symptoms other anti-fungals are better solution.
  gentian violet used for oral thrush.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) GSE is effective and cheap antifungal. It is a very bitter oil that is extracted from the seeds of grapefruit.  Does not have any side effects, except  killing good microflora to certain extent. It is different from grape seed extract. Liquid undiluted form of GSE is more effective then tablets, especially for oral thrush. First, you HAVE to dilute GSE in water (undiluted GSE can burn your skin or intestines), than swish it around your mouth and then swallow it. Dosage will vary, start with smaller doses in the beginning. 
Rutabaga (Brassica napus) The Rutabaga, also known as Swede or Swedish turnip is excellent anti-fungal, especially for oral thrush. This yellowish root can be eaten raw, baked or boiled.
Tanalbit  a nonprescription intestinal anti-fungal. It is made from natural tannins (resins found in tea) and zinc.
Nystatin  Prescription only. 
Diflucan Prescription only. Can be very tough on the liver, therefore it's important to monitor liver function, especially if you take it for prolonged period. Do not take with erythromycins and some antihistamines. 
Nizoral (or Ketoconazole)

This prescription anti-fungal medication can be effective against a broad spectrum of yeast organisms, but can also cause liver problems. Do not take with erythromycins and some antihistamines.

Lamisil  Prescription only
Sporanox Prescription only. Can be very tough on the liver, therefore it's important to monitor liver function, especially if you take it for prolonged period.

Amphotericin B

Amphotericin B is a prescription antifungal drug, usually applied intravenously to treat a variety of life-threatening fungal infections.
Undecylenic acid an acid found naturally in the human body, although it's produced commercially by the vacuum distillation of castor bean oil. It has been shown that  undecylenic acid is as much as six times more effective then  caprylic acid is killing Candida. Brand name of undecylenic acid is SF722 produced by Thorne Research. (very good).
Caprylic acid is a medium-chain naturally-occurring fatty acid with anti-fungal properties. Works only in intestinal tract. Coats the intestinal tract and kills Candida on contact. It is easily absorbed into the intestinal membrane and can kill Candida that's permeated into the tissues. The body naturally produces small amounts of this fatty acid, and it is also found in butter, coconut and palm oils. Therapeutic doses, however, must be delivered by means of supplementation.
Tea Tree Oil (TTO)
Oregano  is a pungent herb of the mint family. Contains a variety of antifungal substances and is recommended for Candida patients to spice their food with it.
Propolis
Aqua Flora
Olive Leaf Extract
Black Walnut is used to rid the body of both parasites and yeasts. Also, it is a rich  source of chromium, iodine, and tannin. Should not be used by nursing women, because it stops lactation.
Aloe vera  is a bitter herb used for GI problems, and sometimes is recommended as AF. Experience with Aloe vera as AF is usually not positive and Aloe vera can aggravate LGS.

 

7 What other supplements are there for treating Candida overgrowth?    

 
other supplements description
Bentonite   natural clay powder that traps and binds unwanted, non-nutritive substances such as herbicides, potentially harmful substances like the yeast toxins, bacteria and viruses  so that they do not remain in the body. Therefore, it can be used for easing the die-off symptoms.  Bentonite's mechanism of action is physical, due to its colloidal structure and charged particles. Each tablespoon of Bentonite has over 900 square yards of absorptive surface area. Bentonite contains aluminum. Therefore it is not recommended for long term use. 
DHEA   help to boost immunity
Betaine HCl Increases stomach acid. Helps in digesting food. If taken for extended periods one can become dependant on it.
MSM
milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS are naturally occurring carbohydrates  ( found in bananas, barley, garlic, honey, onions, wheat, and tomatoes) that cannot be digested or absorbed by humans but support the growth of beneficial bacteria.  They pass through the small intestine undigested and arrive at the large intestine where feed the Bifidobacterium bifidum and other bacteria that may be present there. Also, FOS make your intestines more acid, which discourages Candida growth. If you have bacterial infection of large intestines FOS will make your symptoms worse. Natural FOS (from artichokes) does not feed the yeast, but many FOS supplements are artificially made and can feed Candida. Therefore, if you are not sure that FOS is doing you good, it may be better to avoid it.
Biotin   a member of the B-Complex, biotin prevents conversion of Candida albicans from converting from single-celled yeast form to multi-celled fungal form, which develops long, root-like structures, called rhizoids, that can penetrate intestinal walls. Raw eggs contain enzyme avidin that interferes with absorption of biotin. When eggs are cooked this enzyme will not interfere with use of biotin. Eating large quantities of raw eggs can cause biotin deficiency. People suffering from Candida overgrowth are usually deficient in this vitamin, because they lack intestinal microflora that in healthy individuals produce large quantities of biotin. Biotin is important building block of enzymes and facilitates metabolism of amino acids and carbohydrates.
L - Glutamine

L - Glutamine is an amino acid  required for the manufacture of mucosal glycoproteins that line the intestinal membranes. The glycoprotein layer protects underlying tissues from exposure to enzymes, acid and bacterial assault, while providing an absorptive surface. The enterocytes are the cells in the intestinal wall that control the permeability of the gut. They get their nutrients directly from the predigested food passing through the small intestines. Therefore, if your diet contains L-Glutamine, your intestinal cells can absorb it directly, thereby helping themselves to return to normal functional capacity. It may take several months of daily L-Glutamine supplementation to heal LGS, but with rotation diet and a few other co-factors (see healing the LGS) results will be noticeable within a few weeks. Other beneficial effects include: muscle building, increased secretary IgA levels in the gut, helps maintaining nitrogen balance in the body, decreases cravings for alcohol and sugar. Furthermore, L-Glutamine is highly  recommended as a treatment for ulcers, Crohn's disease, IBS and diarrhea.  "L" in name stands for natural amino acids,  "D" stands for synthetic and. "LD"  stands for a mix. There are some things to have in mind when using L-Glutamine: When L-glutamine is converted into glutamate in the intestines, ammonia is formed. Candida and parasites also form ammonia, therefore your system can be overloaded with toxins. Your body might not be able to tolerate the extra ammonia at this time. Also, as glutamine induces excess water to be removed from the bowels. That property of L-Glutamine can be used to threat diarrhea, but can also cause constipation. Daily need for L-Glutamine is 0.2 g/kg of body weight. The person weighting 70 kg needs 14g L-Glutamine daily. L-Glutamine is found abundantly in food and average person inputs 8 grams by eating. It is recommended to take L-Glutamine on empty stomach (between meals). As it requires no digestion, intake of L-Glutamine with food will slow the absorbtion.

N-acetyl-d-glucosamine (NAG)  Simple put, N-acetyl-glucosamine is glutamine mixed with sugar. NAG can be used for repairing mucosal layer. Although NAG synthesis begins with L-glutamine, many people with bowel irritation and dysfunction don't make proper conversions to produce sufficient amounts of NAG. Also, NAG will solve problem of L-Glutamine and There is an open question whether NAG is recommended for C. albicans. Because, it contains sugar Candida could feed on NAG.  
Psyllium   is a seed, grown commercially in India. Its husk is used as a bulk forming laxative in numerous products. Contains fiber. 
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
Flax

   Available as seed or as oil . Contains Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) omega-3 and omega-6. The flax seed also contains dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble), and must be ground before consumption. Flax thins the blood, increases oxygen transport,  absorb excess acid, increase the frequency of bowel movements (helps constipation), can be used as  a cholesterol-lowering and anti-cancer agent.

Quercetin Quercetin is a bioflavonoid and can be used to reduce the effects of allergies and inflammation. It stabilize mast cells and they in turn release less histamine that is responsible for allergic response. You need to take it at least two weeks to see improvement. 
Golden Seal Golden Seal   (Hydrastis canadensis) is effective for many digestive problems due to its tonic effects on the mucous membranes. Contains barbarine. Can aggravate LGS in some cases.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)

DGL is derived from licorice but without the ingredient that can cause high blood pressure when taking licorice. Helps restoring the integrity of the intestinal tract lining by increasing the production of the mucous  secret cells, the primary defense mechanism in the GI tract. Improves blood supply of nutrients and can cure some ulcers.

Staphage Lysate (SPL)
Echinacea  is used for stimulating immune system
Spirulina Spirulina (Spirulina plantensis) is a blue green algae, extremely pure and full of nutrients. Rich in vitamin B12, beta-carotene, iron, and protein.
Chlorella Chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidosa) is a green one celled algae. High in protein, richer in chlorophyll then alfalfa or Spirulina. Used to detoxify heavy metals (like Hg) from the body and to build immune system.
Butyrate

short chain fatty acid produced by good bacteria. Used to build lining of the gut.

Molybdenum is necessary for the enzymes in the liver that deal with one of the major toxins Candida releases : acetaldehyde
GLA
Siberian Ginseng Siberian Ginseng will help in regulating adrenalin level. If you feel sleepy after taking it, it is because adrenalin level is being regulated and you should take a good sleep after taking it. When you have regulated your adrenalin levels, you should not feel sleepy after taking it, and you should have more energy.
    

9.3 What is pulse regime (rotation regime) for anti-fungals?

Candida albicans is very adaptable organism: it can adapt to exposure to almost any  anti-fungal by means of mutation.  The utilization of a rotational method of taking anti-fungals  undermines their adaptive survival mechanisms. Candida simple cannot mutate quickly enough to keep up with the constantly changing array of substances that they are being exposed to.

9.4 What are probiotics and why are they important?

        The human gastrointestinal tract, the small and large intestines,  is home for several hundred species of bacteria. There are several thousand billion of them in each of us, and the total weight of bacteria is between 3-4 pounds. These bacteria play important an important part in human digestion and immune function. "Probiotics" are live or dead bacteria administered to humans for the purpose of improving their health. The word comes  from Greek "pro bios" meaning "for life".

The probiotics help us in many different ways such as:

  • kill or inhibit harmful bacteria  by secreting small quantities of antibiotic-like substances. including lactic acid, acetic acid, benzoic acid, hydrogen peroxide, acidolin, lactocidin and acidophilin.
  • kill or inhibit yeast growth.
  • produce vitamins, including niacin, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B6.

  • assist food digestion improve enzyme levels,  improve bowel regularity
  • regulate pH value by producing lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, ... they increase the acidity of intestine (lower pH value) and inhibit the reproduction and proliferation of many harmful bacteria and yeasts.
  • detoxify and protect the intestines. Lactobacilli tend to combine with toxins  (like heavy metals, and carcinogens), they die from toxins and are eliminated (together with toxins) as solid waste.
  • reduce cholesterol levels when high
  • aid absorption of minerals, especially calcium, due to increased intestinal acidity.
  • supports immune system.  In one experiment, only 10 bad bacteria (Salmonella) were necessary to kill a guinea pig with an inadequate amount of beneficial bacteria , but about a trillion cells were required to kill an animal with its full natural beneficial microorganisms present .
  • reduce risks of cancer and certain tumors.
  • compete with pathogenic bacteria and yeasts for food and space. In healthy humans, good bacteria and yeast cover the surface of the mucosa and pathogenic bacteria and yeast cannot attach themselves.

        Unfortunately, new generations of antibiotics can significantly reduce number of bacteria in few weeks or even days. Generally, antibiotics are not able to differ good bacteria from bad and prolonged use of antibiotics can significantly decrease number of friendly bacteria If you suspect that the digestive flora have been disrupted by antibiotics (typical symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and gas), do a comprehensive stool analysis to check the proper balance of bacterial flora. If you cannot avoid taking antibiotics it is advised to take probiotics 2-3 hours after taking the antibiotics. Yogurt, natural probiotic, can also be used. Few things are worth mentioning for yogurt: Pasteurization destroys live cultures. Other friendly bacteria depleting factors include: medicines, infections (bacterial, viral and fungal), a highly processed, low-fiber diet, chronic diarrhea and stress.

        The probiotics, generally should be stored in refrigerator, because they lose their potency (heat will kill bacteria) at room temperature. Some manufacturers claim that their probiotics can survive at room temperature and therefore do not require refrigeration, but these statements should be taken with reserve. Therefore, it is recommended to purchase probiotics from a health store that keeps them in a refrigerator. Most digestive bacteria cannot survive the strong hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Therefore, use of  probiotics in enteric coated capsules is recommended, as they will only dissolve in the lower intestine and on that way hydrochloric acid is avoided. On the other hand, probiotics in powder form can be used for treating oral thrush

9.4.1. How many different strains should a probiotics capsule contain?

On one hand, different strains of bacteria offer different benefits and have different abilities to colonize the intestines. The variety of strains will be more competitive. On the other hand,  in capsules containing 10+ strains some strains will not develop because they are present in low number and they will have to compete with other 9+ strains. 

9.4.2. How are Candida and intestinal microflora related?

If you had a healthy intestinal flora you wouldn't have the Candida albicans overgrowth. 

When Candida albicans is killed by fungicide, it will leave the mucosa wall, and be pushed out as solid waste. Taking probiotics 15min to one hour after taking fungicide will hopefully allow good bacteria to populate the mucosa wall. The good bacteria will fight the yeast on three ways: it will compete for food with Candida, produce fungicide as hydrogen peroxide and help in digestion of food (alleviating LGS that way).

 

9.5 How much probiotics should I take?  

        The amount of probiotics necessary to replenish the intestine varies by the extent of microflora depletion and presence of harmful yeasts and bacteria.  In general, many people advise taking 10 billion CFU per day for rebuilding of intestinal microflora and 2 billion CFU per day for the healthy maintenance of intestinal microflora. There is a company on the web that advises and sells probiotics with 30-40 billion CFU per capsule and advise its use for Candida treatment. If diarrhea occurs, dosage should be reduced, however, large doses are generally considered safe. Diarrhea is a mechanism that body uses to flash excess beneficial or harmful microorganisms.

9.6 What strains of "good" bacteria and yeasts are there?

Lactobacillus acidophilus. The main and most important inhabitant of small intestines in humans. Also present in the mouth and vagina. This bacteria produces lactase = an enzyme that digests milk sugar and produces lactic acid which suppresses undesirable bacteria and yeasts. Some strains produce natural antibiotics, such as acidophilin and some produce hydrogen peroxide, a byproduct that attacks yeasts and "bad" bacteria. It also can lower cholesterol levels.

Bifidobacterium bifidum. The main and most important inhabitant of large intestines in humans. Bifidum is also found in the vagina and the lower part of the small intestine. It produce a number of specialized acids that prevent colonization of the large intestine by invading bacteria, yeasts and some viruses. Can produce B vitamins.

Lactobacillus bulgaricus  Does not proliferate in human gut. Generates very strong antifungals. Together with Streptococcus thermophilus is used to ferment natural yogurt. Can be used as food for Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Some strains also produce antibiotics which kill harmful bacteria. By manufacturing lactic acid these encourage a good environment for the resident bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and the Bifidobacterium bifidum.

Streptococcus thermophilus Together with Lactobacillus bulgaricus it used to ferment natural yogurt. Some strains also produce antibiotics which kill harmful bacteria. Streptococcus thermophilus produces lactase and is very efficient in breaking down milk products.

Bacillus laterosporus is a single-cell life form that naturally occurs in our food chain and is found in small amounts in the intestinal tract. It rapidly colonizes the gut and generates antifungals.

Lactobacillus plantarium Useful against "bad" bacteria in the intestines. Can synthesize L-Lysine.

Lactobacillus bifidus

Streptococcus faecium, a friendly form of strep bacteria, also adds a helpful function by replacing the once-present yeast. Can survive room temperature (is somewhat heat resistant)    

Saccharomyces boulardii is a non-pathogenic yeast that may be used to compete with Candida. It increases secretary IgA,  important for the integrity and immunity of the intestinal mucosa (usually deficient with those having food allergies). Can prevent diarrhea. Do not forget that anti-fungals will kill this friendly yeast. You can take it before going to bed, for example. Saccharomyces boulardii should not be administered if patient is suffering from reactive arthritis or other disease in which an exaggerated intestinal immune response is found.

Lactobacillus sporogenese  is an extremely hardy strain of lactic acid bacteria, capable of surviving the human stomach environment (most other strains are severely reduced in viability upon entering the stomach due to the potential of severe pH fluctuations). Unlike most other strains, it does not require refrigeration, making it much more convenient for use outside of the home and for travel.

Bifidobacterium longum. Produces acetic acid and this acid produces very hostile environment to Candida albicans,  HIV and most other infections of the large intestines. It also increases IgA and therefore  improves mucosal immunity.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus Eight times more prolific than Lactobacillus acidophilus, digests more carbohydrates and survives bile better.

9.7 Can Candida be cured with probiotics alone?

Nope, Candida albicans is attached to mucosa wall and if anti-fungals are not taken, there will be no empty space and the majority of friendly bacteria will go down the drain.

9.8 What are the rules for taking supplements/vitamins/cleanses/med./herbs ?

  1. Take antifungals on empty stomach, and then wait a while (two hours to 15 minutes) before taking probiotics. Probiotics are necessary to occupy place that antifungals free. If probiotics are not taken, strains of Candida that are resistant to antifungal will proliferate and antifungal will be ineffective. After taking probiotics wait a while (15 minutes to half hour) before eating to give time for probiotics to occupy free space.
  2. Take individual vitamins at a different time of day than your multivitamin. (For instance, take the multi in the morning and all of your individual vitamins together in the evening.) This helps you absorb them better.
  3. Betaine HCl and digestive enzymes can be taken together with vitamins and AFs, and they help absorption of vitamins and effectiveness of antifungals (changing pH value of GI tract favorable). 

 

9.9 How to dose anti-fungals?

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9.10 I have Candida overgrowth and I need to take antibiotics. What should I do?

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9.11 Why do I need to rotate anti-fungals?

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9.12 What are Soil Based Organisms?

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10. OTHER DISEASES COMMONLY LINKED WITH C. ALBICANS. 

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10.1 What diseases are commonly linked with Candida overgrowth?

Candida overgrowth is commonly linked to:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • AIDS
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Cancer 
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Dysbiosis
  • Fibromyalgia (FMS)
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS)
  • Lichen Sclerosis (LS)
  • MS
  • MVP
  • Prostatitis 
  • Psoriasis
  • Sinusitis
  • Wilson Syndrome (WS)

10.2 What is  Fibromyalgia Syndrome?

FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome) is a disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, stiffness, and easy fatigability. Possible cause is Candida in fibrous tissues (muscles, ligament and tendons). The term fibromyalgia means pain in the fibrous tissues in the body.

 

10.3  How does Candida overgrowth relate to the Epstein-Barr virus?

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10.4 How does Candida overgrowth relate to Fibromyalgia?

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10.5 What is CFS?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness characterized by excessive fatigue (experienced as exhaustion and extremely poor stamina), neurological problems and brain fog. Many other symptoms can also be present, such as : headaches, sleep disorder, sore throat and others. The illness is also known as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), and as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). One of the possible causes of CFS can be Candida overgrowth, though usually patients do not know the cause of these syndrome.

 

10.6 How does Candida overgrowth relate to CFS?

CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is an illness characterized by unexplained fatigue, weakness and muscle pain. Candida albicans can be a cause of CFS or one of the factors that contribute to CFS, but other viruses or diseases can cause CFS, like EBV. Also, you can have Candida albicans and not have CFS. Some of the rules that apply to CFS apply to Candida albicans and vice versa.

For further reading, there is a good book on this subject by William Crook called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Yeast Connection". Also take a look at CFS FAQ.

 

10.7 How does Candida overgrowth relate to AIDS?

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10.8 What is hypoglycemia and how does it relate to Candida overgrowth?

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10.9 What is MVP?

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10.10 What is Celiac disease ?

Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is a genetic disorder characterized by mal-absorption of gluten due to damage to the small intestine. Symptoms of celiac disease can include weight loss, greasy, foul-smelling stools, diarrhea, and malnutrition. 

Individuals with celiac disease intolerance are unable to hydrolyze the gliadin ( the microvilli of the intestine which are responsible for nutrient absorption)  which become flattened out and unable to absorb nutrients. That way LGS is developed from celiac disease causing multiple food allergies.

The only treatment for celiac disease is strict 100% gluten-free diet for life. To diagnose celiac disease either a biopsy of the small intestines is performed, or patient's blood is screened  for antigliadin (AGA) and endomysium antibodies (EmA).

10.11 What is hemochromatosis?

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10.12 What is Wilson Syndrome?

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10.13 What  is LS?

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10.14 What is IBS?

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10.15 What is relation between Candida overgrowth and IBS?

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11. ORAL THRUSH.

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11.1 What is oral thrush?

Oral thrush is fungal infection of the mouth, and sometimes of the throat. It can be caused with killing off  oral microflora or weaken immune system. Some of the agents that kill "good bacteria" in oral cavities is caffeine (soft drinks, coffee, tea) , fluoride (most of toothpastes), Hg toxins (amalgams), antibiotics and others. Oral thrush looks like whitish coating in the mouth, especially on the tongue. If you remove the whitish coating, you will see red, sore areas. One may experience difficulties or pain when swallowing food or altered taste of food. 

11.2 What treatment is recommended for oral thrush?

The following are some of the recommendation for treating oral thrush :

  • kill yeast in your mouth by gargling with one or more of the following anti-fungals: tea tree oil, Gentian Violet,  Hydrogen Peroxide, Grapefruit seed extract, Colloidal Silver, oil of oregano, Nystatin.
  • Change your toothpaste to fluoride free one like "Tom's Of Maine" also tea tree oil is good ingredient for toothpaste
  • Tanoral 
  • take probiotics in powder form. 
  • keep teeth clean because plaque can raise blood sugar. 
  • scrap your tongue (with a plastic tongue scraper or a kitchen spoon). Especially after meals, because some food can  stay on the tongue and provide food for Candida. 
  • clean the tongue and mouth after eating.
  • avoid caffeine and chlorinated water.
  • stop smoking

11.3 Is it possible to have oral thrush and not have Candida overgrowth in GI tract?

Yes, it is possible, but that is very unlikely.  The GI tract is the main location for Candida overgrowth. On other location it can grow in smaller proportions, but in GI tract there can be few pounds of it. When Candida is removed from GI tract, normal flora replaced and gut healed, the immune system should start working, and the treatment for oral thrush should be very effective. However, recurring oral thrush generally indicates that Candida has a strong foothold in your body.

 


12. DETOXIFICATION.

## Candida  FAQ Index ##

12.1 How to detoxify liver? 

Following supplements can be used for detoxifying liver:

  • artichoke extract
  • MSM
  • dandelion root
  • red beet root
  • lipoic acid
  • glutathione

12.2 How to detoxify blood?

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12.3 How to detoxify colon?

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12.4  What are Colon Hydrotherapy, Colemas and Enemas?

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13. COLLOIDAL SILVER.

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14.VAGINAL THRUSH.

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15. BRAIN FOG.

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16. CANDIDA ALBICANS AND CHILDREN.

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17.  CANDIDA AND IMMUNE SYSTEM.

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17.1 How does Candida effects immune system?

Candida overgrowth depresses immune system. Candida is known to:

  • lowers T-cells by a factor of 15. This increases the risk of autoimmune disorders.

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A1. CANDIDA ALBICANS RESOURCES.

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A1.1 What other Internet resources are available ?

Don Wiss Candida Page  Don Wiss has a page with lots of great Candida links.

http://members.tripod.co.uk/CarolMason/candida/candida.htm Carol Mason from UK has a nice Candida page.

http://www.geocities.com/~mycleanse/ Dusan's page for liver and gallbladder cleansing

http://www.geocities.com/~dusan_s/ Dusan page for various diseases

 

A1.2 What other FAQs are available?

Thyroid FAQ  http://www.the-thyroid-society.org/faq/ 

Low Carb FAQ   http://www.grossweb.com/asdlc/faq.htm  

Amalgam-Related Illness FAQ   http://www.algonet.se/~leif/AmFAQigr.html 

                                                  http://www.amalgam.org 

Depression FAQ    http://www.psych.helsinki.fi/~janne/asdfaq/ 

MS FAQ 

Fibromyalgia FAQ 

CFS FAQ   http://www.faqs.org/faqs/medicine/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/cfs-faq/index.html 

                          http://www.cfs-news.org/faq.htm

ADD FAQ  http://ed-web3.educ.msu.edu/hopkins/faqs/addfaq.htm 

Sinusitis FAQ  http://www.sinusitis.homestead.com 

IBS FAQ http://qurlyjoe.bu.edu/cducibs/ibsfaq.html 

Eczema FAQ
http://website.lineone.net/~eczema/faq.htm 
http://www.eczema.ndo.co.uk/faq.htm  

Fitness FAQ  ftp://ftp.cray.com/pub/misc.fitness/misc.fitness.faq.html 

Abs FAQ  http://www.dstc.edu.au/RDU/staff/nigel-ward/abfaq/abdominal-training.html 

A1.3 What books are available about Candida?

Books are listed in no particular order. I have not read all of those books. Most of them have been recommended by various people from various lists.

General Candida books

"Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook : Everything You Need to Know About Prevention, Treatment, & Diet" by Jeanne Marie Martin ISBN: 0761501673

"Optimal Wellness" by Ralph, M.D. Golan ISBN: 0345358740

"Colon Health Handbook : New Health Through Colon Rejuvenation" by Robert Gray

Yeast Connection Handbook" by William G. Crook January 1999; ISBN: 0933478240

Candida cookbooks

"Candida Albicans Yeast-Free Cookbook" by Pat Connolly March 2000 ISBN: 0658002929

"Overcoming Candida : The Ultimate Cookery Guide" by Xandria Williams August 1998 - ISBN: 1862041725

"The Candida Control Cookbook" by Gail Burton   It includes both meals and deserts, and it has good, easy to make recipes that don't require a lot of ingredients.  ISBN: 0944031676

"The Yeast Connection Cookbook" by William G. Crook & Marjorie Hurt

"Erica White's Beat Candida Cookbook : Over 300 Recipes With a 4-Point Plan for Attacking Candidiasis" by Erica White

"Allergy & Candida Cooking Made Easy" by Sondra K. Lewis, Lonnett Dietrich Blakley

Digestion (LGS, Diets...)

"The Body Ecology Diet" by Donna Gates Talks a lot about food combining within the context of treating Candida overgrowth. ISBN: 0963845896

Stomach Ailments and Digestive Disturbances by Michael T. Murray    ISBN: 0761506578

"Eat Right For Your Type" by Peter D'Adamo. Talks about different diets for different blood types. ISBN: 039914255X

"Digestive Wellness"  by Elizabeth Lipski

"Optimal Digestion: New Strategies for Achieving Digestive Health" Edited by Trent Nichols, MD, and Nancy Faas

"Heartburn and what to do about it" by Dr. James Balch and Dr. Morton Walker

Parasites

"Guess What Came to Dinner : Parasites and Your Health" by Ann Louise Gittleman July 1993 ISBN: 0895295709

"Overcoming Parasites : What You Need to Know" by Ann Louise Gittleman

Thyroid

"Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness" by Broda Barnes, M.D. , Lawrence Galton ISBN: 069001029X

Other

"How to Reverse Immune Dysfunction : A Nutrition Manual for Hiv, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Candidiasis and Other Immune Related Conditions" by Mark Konlee  

"Smart Exercise : Burning Fat, Getting Fit" by Covert Bailey is a book that explains how exercise affects our bodies, how and when fat is burned, etc. It is written for the average person, explaining everything in easy-to- understand terms.  ISBN: 0395661145

"Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals & Supplements : The Complete Guide" by H. Winter, M.D. Griffith January 1999 ISBN: 1567312756

“The Ultimate Nutrient Glutamine,” by Judy Shabert, MD, RD, and Nancy Ehrlich. ISBN: 0895295881

"Total Wellness : Improve Your Health by Understanding and Cooperating With Your Body's Natural Healing Systems" by Joseph, N.D. Pizzorno   ISBN: 076151094X

"The Cure for All Diseases" by Hulda Clark. Suggestions for treating "incurable" diseases and lots of case studies of people who were cured by following these suggestions.

"Stevia Sweet Recipes" by Jeffrey Goettemoeller October 1999; ISBN: 1890612138

A1.4 What e-mail lists/forums/newsgroups are available?

CANDIDA-UPDATE

If you want to be contacted when this FAQ is updated, you can join the following newsletter:

http://www.egroups.com/group/candida-update 

The newsletter will be sent out once a month (probably less), it will contain only useful information (things I updated since last version). Your e-mail address will not be sold and no unsolicited mail will be sent to your address. The purpose of this newsletter is to inform many Candida sufferers that do not have time for unmoderated e-mail  lists because there are hundred of messages on them each week.

Subscribe: candida-update-subscribe@egroups.com  
Unsubscribe: candida-update-unsubscribe@egroups.com  

YEAST-L

YEAST-L  

CANDIDA WEB-BASED FORUM

http://www.healthyawareness.com/

CANDIDIASIS LIST

Candidiasis List: http://www.onelist.com/community/candidiasis

List Archives: http://www.onelist.com/archives.cgi/candidiasis 

Post message: candidiasis@onelist.com 

Subscribe: candidiasis-subscribe@onelist.com 

Unsubscribe: candidiasis-unsubscribe@onelist.com 

List owner: candidiasis-owner@onelist.com 

CANDIDA NEWS

To subscribe to this list send the text: subscribe candidanews in the body of the message to: listproc@stonebow.otago.ac.nz .

NEAT-L MAILING LIST

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After you send the subscribe command to the listserv, you'll receive an email from the listserv that requires your response. You need to reply to that email with the word 'ok'. That will verify your address.

THYROID MAILING LIST

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NO-MILK MAILING LIST

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LOWCARB-LIST  MAILING LIST

To subscribe to the LOWCARB-LIST  list, send an email to: listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important but in the body of the note type: subscribe LOWCARB-LIST  your name

After you send the subscribe command to the listserv, you'll receive an email from the listserv that requires your response. You need to reply to that email with the word 'ok'. That will verify your address.

METAL MAILING LIST

To subscribe to the METAL mailing list, go to http://www.cfsn.com/metlist.html and follow the instructions.

FIBROMYALGIA MAILING LIST/NEWSGROUP/WEB FORUM

 

NUTRITION NEWSGROUP

news://sci.med.nutrition Usenet discussion about nutrition.

DIABETES NEWSGROUP

news://misc.health.diabetes Usenet discussion about diabetes and hypoglycemia.

HYPOGLYCEMIC LIST

To subscribe to the HYPO mailing list, send empty e-mail to hypo-subscribe@egroups.com 

DIET NEWSGROUP

news:// alt.support.diet Usenet discussion about various diets.

 

GALLSTONES LIST

Gallstones List: http://www.onelist.com/community/gallstones 

List Archives: http://www.onelist.com/messages/gallstones 

Post message: gallstones@onelist.com 

Subscribe: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/gallstones   

SILVER LIST

Subscribe: silver-list-request@eskimo.com 

A1.5  What organizations might be helpful?

Candida Allergy Support Group
Elena McHerron
15 Wildwood Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 USA
Tel: 1-914-462-2449

Candida and Dysbiosis Information Foundation (CDIF)
Elizabeth Naugle, Director
P.O.Box Drawer JF
College Station, TX 77841-5146 USA
Tel: (409) 694-8687 hours 1-3 central time Monday- Thursday
Dues / donations are $25 per year.

Candida Study/Support Group
c/o Linda Holm 912 Elmwood ST.
DeWitt MI 48820 USA
PH 517-669-9213

Candida Research Information service (C.R.I.S.)
Patient Information on Chronic Illness (P.I.C.I.)

Maggie Burston, Director
575 Avenue Road, Suite 601
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4V 2K2
Tel: 1-416-928-1844

International Health Foundation
P.O. Box 3494
Jackson, Tennessee 38303 USA
(901) 660-7090

 

A1.6 Where to get medications and supplements online?

If you have an on-line supplier that has a variety of anti-fungals, probiotics, SBOs  and LGS supplements e-mail me and I will add it to the list. It should be Candida specialized, please do not send me sites that sell only vitamins.

http://www.modernherbalist.com Dr. Schlesinger offers wide range of AFs and support remedies. He also advocates Candida Clearance Rotation Protocol (which incorporates SF-722) and I recommend to take a look at it. Dr. Schlesinger is available for free telephone consultation on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-11 AM, Pacific Time, (please see his web site for information). Should you decide to take advantage of his offer, it may be a good idea to check out his site before contacting him http://www.modernherbalist.com/ to acquire some background information before the conversation.

http://www.candidafighter.com Anne Mears Candida Fighters. Wide choice of anti-fungals, supplements and books, Candida related. Anne is knowledgeable and will consult their clients for free. Good prices too.

http://www.needs.com is a company run by Stan Meyerson, a pharmacist. He has been working for 20 years in helping persons with Candida, CFS, MCS etc. Among the person he has worked closely with are Dr. Sherry Rogers and Billy Crook. N.E.E.D.S. is a resource for the distribution of the supplements and other health products at saving prices. In addition Stan Meyerson and two additional experienced nutritional counselors, who will answer and counsel persons on any health related problems This service is free of charge by calling 1-800-634-1380 or needs@needs.com 

http://www.docc.com/  Dr. Cathcart has a web site with wide choice of anti-fungals and Candida supplements.

http://www.thorne.com Thorne Research company web-page. There is a downloadable order form for patients in PDF format.  

http://www.customprobiotics.com Expensive but rather potent probiotics. Shipment is expensive but fast in order not to reduce potency of probiotics. They add ice to their package in order to preserve potency.

http://www.natren.com One of best probiotics manufacturers. 

http://www.mothernature.com  has lots of natural antifungals and lots of information. However, they allow customers to add comments on their products but delete / never post any reviews that are negative. It is not fair and I encourage you to e-mail Mothernature that this policy is unacceptable.

http://www.crohns.net  Sell Primal Defense (SBOs)

http://www.florabac.com Sell Flora-Bac (SBOs)

http://www.iherb.com vitamins, minerals, herbs,  amino-acids, enzymes, probiotics,  ...

http://www.helioshealthcenter.com/  Probiotics and other supplements. Lacks AFs.

http://www.globalhealing.com/products.htm Under construction, but interesting. 

A1.7 How to do my own research on Candida?

You can search the web, or archives of  YEAST-LCandidiasis list or Candida Web Forum.

 


A2. RECIPES.

## Candida  FAQ Index ##

A2.1 Where can I find Candida diet recipes? 

http://www.allocca.com/wheat_free.htm 

http://members.tripod.co.uk/CarolMason/candida/candida7.htm 

http://candidarecovery.terrashare.com/recipes.htm 


 

A3. YEAST-L MAILING LIST.

## Candida  FAQ Index ##

A3.1 What is the YEAST-L Mailing List?

It is a group of people interested in overgrowth Candida and other yeasts. The majority of subscribers are also having Candida overgrowth. If you are not familiar with the concept of Mailing Lists please ask someone with more experience to explain it you or subscribe and see it for yourself. 

A3.2 How do I subscribe to the YEAST-L Mailing List?

To subscribe to the Yeast-L list, send an email to: listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important but in the body of the note type: subscribe Yeast-L yourname

After you send the subscribe command to the listserv, you'll receive an email from the listserv that requires your response. You need to reply to that email with the word 'ok'. That will verify your address. Once your subscription has been confirmed (usually a matter of a couple of minutes) then you can set your options to your preference.

A3.3 How do I get removed (signoff) from the YEAST-L Mailing List?

To leave the Yeast-L list, send an email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important, in the body of the note type: signoff Yeast-L.

A3.4 How do I send messages to members of the YEAST-L Mailing List?

You must first be a registered member of the YEAST-L Mailing list. 

To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send mail to: yeast-l@maelstrom.stjohns.edu

This is called "sending mail to the list", because you send mail to a single address and LISTSERV makes copies for all the people who have subscribed. This address (yeast-l@maelstrom.stjohns.edu) is also called the "list address". You must never try to send any list command to that address, as it would be distributed to all the people who have subscribed.

A3.5 What are the YEAST-L rules?

In the interest of keeping the list workable for everyone, there are some steps we can all try to follow. Not everyone has unlimited space and some have to pay for their email according to size. Because of this, we've lost many who might otherwise have contributed valuable information to the list, and in return, reaped the benefits of belonging to the list.

Having said that, I'll be sending these reminders from time to time: 

1. When responding to a long post, please take the time to delete those lines that aren't needed in order to understand what the post is about. When long posts have a reply added, then another and another, they can become very long. And, for some, quite expensive. 

2. On the other hand, when responding to a particular post, please do include a couple lines of that post so it's understood to which post you're referring.

3. When you're making a response to a particular person, or sending a message to one person, please send it privately. While there is a lot of conversation that really has nothing to do with Yeast-L, and it's part of what makes the list as enjoyable as it is, there's also a lot of personal messages that really don't have to go to the entire list, and shouldn't go to the entire list.

4. Try to remember to change the subject line when you are changing the subject. Many people use that subject line to delete the posts that don't interest them. If you neglect to change the subject line, someone may be deleting a message that they'd really want to see, or, they may take the time & trouble to read a message, based on the subject line, only to discover that it doesn't have anything to do with the stated subject.

5. Please recognize the fact that most of the posts are intended as general discussion and not directed to YOU specifically, there is no need to feel that you have to respond to each and every post. Many times a newbie will do that and people tend to get annoyed when they see the same name over and over.

6. As far as I'm aware, there are no 'experts' on the list. Some people post with a tone of authority than can be misleading. Please be aware that any information you see on this list is mostly anecdotal and should not be accepted as medical advice. Everyone's experience may be different, and while the experiences of everyone is valuable information for the rest of us, we all need to do our own research. When done that research we should base treatment decisions on the collective information, not on the words on one person. And everyone needs to remember what works for one person may not work for another. 

7. And finally, don't be too quick on the trigger when someone posts something that offends or angers you. If you wait a while, you just might discover that they didn't intend it the way it sounded. Without facial expressions, tone of voice, or body language to go by, words are often misconstrued. Try to remember to use emotions to indicate the tone with which your words should be taken.

8. There is absolutely NO marketing to be done on the list. If you know of a product that may be of interest or help to others, no problem in posting about it...... UNLESS it is something you are selling yourself. If you are selling something please do not make any attempt to sell it on the list.

A3.6 How to search YEAST-L archives?

Send an e-mail to the address listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu and put the
following line in this e-mail:

Search Yeast-L keyword

If you prefer, you can use LISTSERV through its web interface at http://maelstrom.stjohns.edu/CGI/wa.exe  (the full manuals can also be browsed online at this URL).

A3.7 Who runs the YEAST-L Mailing List?

The current YEAST-L Mailing List administrator is Judy Bayliss <ybayliss (at) hmc.psu.edu>.

A3.8 How do I change my mailing list options?

**NOTE** In the information that follows, there are a number of commands you can use to change your subscription options. Please understand that all of these commands should be sent to the listserv, NOT to the list and NOT to the listowner. When you follow the instructions your command will be followed within seconds, or at most a few minutes, since it's done automatically by the listserver. However, if you send commands to the list, or to the listowner, it could very well be several days before someone gets back to you. I take days off, the listserver doesn't!!! :)

Yeast L Options

Digest - If you wish to get the list mail in a digested version, send an email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important but in the body of the note type: set Yeast-L digest. If you decide you prefer the normal delivery and wish to change back, send an email to the listserv with the command: set Yeast-L mail.

Nomail - If you want to stop delivery of your mail temporarily without actually leaving the list, send an email to: listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important, in the body of the note type: set Yeast-L nomail. When you wish to resume delivery of your mail, send an email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important, in the body of the note type: set Yeast-L mail.

Repro -  If you'd like to see your own posts as they appear on the list, send an email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important, in the body of the note type: set Yeast-L repro.

Conceal - If you do not wish to have your name appear on the member list, send an email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important, in the body of the note type: set Yeast-L conceal.

To get a list of the members of the Yeast-L list and their email addresses, send an email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu. The subject line is not important, in the body of the note type: review Yeast-L

A3.9 What should new members do?

Many lists recommend that a new person 'lurk' for a while to get an idea of what the list is about and what sort of net etiquette is customary for that particular list, before they start posting mail to the list. This list, however, is a bit different.

The membership includes people from around the world, mainly from the U.S., but also a few from other countries. Even though few of us have seen each other 'face to face' we've formed relationships, and it's like a big family of warm, caring people helping other people. Because of the sense of friendship, and because Candida is such a complex and little understood condition, many times the conversation wonders off into areas that have little or nothing to do with Yeast-L. To the new member this could give the incorrect impression that this list has no value to them, that it's involved with trivial discussions rather than anything of value. For that reason, I recommend that new members introduce themselves right away and ask any questions you might have on your mind. I can assure you that if you are in need of immediate help/information/support, whatever silly thing might be a current thread will immediately be dropped and you'll get many responses!

In most cases you'll hear from many who have had, or are having, the very same symptoms you're having. The relief of hearing from others who have had the same experiences is tremendous, and the collective knowledge of the list is invaluable.

If you hang back shyly, you may never experience the true warmth and caring of the Yeast-L list. Please! Jump right in!


G. GLOSSARY.

## Candida  FAQ Index ##

aerobic = having the ability to grow in the presence of oxygen.

anaerobic = lacking the abil1ty to grow in the presence of oxygen.

bioflavonoid = a group of substances occurring mainly in citrus fruits and blackcurrants2

bowel = small and large intestines.

bowel movement - body wastes passed through the rectum and anus.

colitis = inflammation of the lining of the colon.

colon = large intestine.

constipation = infrequent and/or difficult evacuation of the feces.

dysbiosis =  the imbalance of intestinal microflora.

edema = swelling caused by an abnormal accumulation of fluid in body tissues.

enteric = pertaining to the intestines.

fungistatic  = stops growth of fungi

fungicidal = kills fungi

gastrointestinal = referring to the stomach and intestinal tract

gastroenteritis = inflamed lining of the stomach and intestines

halitosis = bad breath

homeopathy =  the treatment of disease by very small doses of drugs that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease

laxative = stimulating the evacuation of bowels

microflora =  the entire population of microorganisms present in the intestine

mucus = clear liquid secreted by a mucous membrane or gland that coats and protects tissues in the GI tract.

mycotoxin = any toxic substance produced by a fungus.

osteoporosis = condition of fragile bones, due to hormonal imbalance or calcium deficiency.

peptides = undigested food proteins

psoriasis = skin disease marked with red scaly patches

rhizoid  =

sinusitis =  inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses.

stomatitis =  inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth


DISCLAIMER. The information presented in this document was written and developed by patients. It represents an informal catalog of accumulated knowledge by people who for the most part are not medical professionals. It is important that anyone who has, or thinks they may have, Candida overgrowth should consult with a licensed health care practitioner who is familiar with the syndrome. This FAQ is not a substitute for consulting your health care practitioner. Readers are advised to use their good judgment in applying any material found in this document. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, the author and contributors will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any form of damages whatsoever resulting from the use (or misuse) of information contained in or implied by this document.



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