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Tarilee's Top Ten Social Tips for Thriving on Candida Diet

 

Tarilee’s Top Ten Social Tips for Thriving on a Therapeutic Diet

by T L Cornish CNP

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Almost every culture in the world connects around food, especially during the Holidays. The experience of eating differently amidst the expectations, curiosity and confusion of those around you will almost certainly challenge your social graces at some point. But with a little preparation, you can reduce any related stress and thus preserve your success on your program.

Given how hard you've worked to create positive change in your health, it can come as a surprise that your friends and family might be less enthusiastic than you had hoped about your changes.  A little patience with their reactions can go a long way.   For those who like to lovingly prepare your favorite foods or those who enjoy your company over the experience of a mutually favorite meal, your new foods will represent significant change for them as well.

This top ten list is designed to help you stay the course with the food choices that make sense for you by providing strategies and reflections that can help you share your changes with others in a confident, graceful way, regardless of their initial reactions.

As you become more comfortable with your new ways of socializing around food, you'll soon realize that while you're taking care of yourself, you can also take heart in the way that your changes can help others. More importantly, you can find some fun in laughter about the bumps along the way.

1-Be succinct and wellness-focused (not illness-focused.)

When talking about food, you will be received most positively when you positively describe your candida diet (or food therapy program.) People would rather hear how much better you've been feeling because of your new food choices rather than what you 'have to' eat or what you 'can't eat.' For example, "Since I gave up sugar I've had so much more energy and clarity and I've lost five pounds!" This will go over better than a sermon about the dangers of sugar. However, if they are truly interested (more on this below), you can offer up an inspiring comment such as, "When I found out that a teaspoon of sugar suppresses my immune system by 50% for five hours, I decided to give it up."

2-Provide information only when asked.

 'Too much information' can be experienced by others as boring, judgmental (of their habits) or as pressure to change. Therefore, on the subject of food and health, as passionate as you may be, it's important to offer information about what you've discovered only when asked. Be aware of the "Born again Nutritionist Syndrome," and be alert to the attention span of your listener. They may not be as interested in what you're discovering about food as you are. Let them show you they are still interested by allowing them to ask more questions. And you can ask them questions too- about what they think and about any experimentation they may have done around eating.

3-Your own approval is what's most important.

Remember that new information about food that is radically different from another person's habits can be received with skepticism no matter how well informed or enthusiastic you are. To prevent unsolicited advice or judgment that may shake your trust in your own self care- again, remember to keep the sharing brief and also frame it from a 'what I've learned' perspective rather than as 'The Truth.'

Your own careful research; consultation with practitioners you trust; and experimentation will be your best guides along your path to health improvement. Though many will share their idea of 'The Way', their opinions will be more relevant to their unique needs than yours.   Understanding your own health care needs requires learning, experimentation and self-observation, which leads in the direction of self-knowledge. To regain our health we must deepen our resolve to honor what we know about the food choices vitalize us.

4-Only temptation is irresistible.

(LaoTzu.) Though you may have healthy resolve, bringing along a delicious dish you can enjoy sharing with others can make an event much more enjoyable for you while reducing your temptation to bend your food plans. Another trick is to eat a little something at home before you go so that light nibbles, (if there are limited healthy foods for you there), will sustain you and you'll be lest tempted to fill up on other things.

As for will power at home, there may be some foods that your family enjoys having in the house that 'unhinge' you and thus risk your success. If this is the case, consider the benefit of 'trading' mutual, temporary 'renunciations.' If a family member balks at your initial request to keep a certain food out of the house for a time, you might offer to give up something in return.  Ideally, one way or another, you can arrange for their cooperation at least for the early, impressionable stage of your program. For example, maybe your teenage son who feels he must have a freezer full of ice cream would give that up for a time in support of your program. If not, maybe he'd be open to this if you offered to give up your indulgence in loud, Sunday morning classical music. A mutual arrangement that works for everyone is usually possible.

5-Your kitchen, your own healthy food.

You can choose to socialize at your own home rather than face the challenges of going out. Consider inviting a small group of people over for a meal that you prepare completely yourself. Alternately, you can name it a potluck and prepare as many dishes as you like to broaden the healthy options.

If you do choose to go to a friend’s home, you can tell your host that you love to cook and that you'd enjoy bringing something to share.  This is likely to be appreciated and then you can be sure to have at least one dish that works for you.

6-Dinner Parties- Help your host treat you to food that works for you.

When invited out, try to remember that your host wants you to enjoy yourself. You can mention that you're on a food therapy program right now that makes for very specific food choices and that you often bring some food to share when you go out.  However, if they would rather prepare something specific that will work for you, concise clarity is important. You could offer simple suggestions that will be compatible with their planned meal. For example, maybe they are planning a deep fried chicken meal, you could ask for plain, grilled meat. It's important to be exquisitely respectful and precise when describing simple seasoning ideas (like olive oil and lemon juice), perhaps simply adding, "no sweets, yeast, vinegar or additives."

7-If you're not looking your best...

Similar to the way being pregnant solicits advice from everyone, being unwell also solicits advice from well meaning friends and family. If you've lost weight or are in a low point in your recovery, loved ones may claim that your unusual diet must be the culprit.  If you're not feeling your best because of a detoxification phase, you can briefly explain the ‘feeling worse before feeling better’ concept. Or if your diet is helping you feel better, your exclamations about how much better you're feeling and how hopeful you are about continued improvement may reassure.  Also, calling it a food therapy program rather than 'a diet' will help, especially if you're trying to gain weight.   

8-Understand food judgment.

Remember that in an indulgent, developed society that values food mostly by taste alone, alternative diet principles may be judged as restrictive and be subject to criticism. Some people will even criticize you if they know your choices are wise. This type of pressure may come from their own feelings of guilt about not being more discerning with their own habits.  It may come from fear related to past experience with eating disorders. If you're clear that you are eating an enjoyable, nutritionally-diverse diet that fits your ethics and helps your health, then stay your course. Strive to remain humble and enjoy quiet confidence in trying to set a good example.

9-Be an inspiration.

Your new resolve may be inspiring to others, even if at first they are unreceptive to the idea of giving up some of their favorite foods. You are potentially helping others just by caring enough to do what you're doing. Your demonstration of the strength it takes to make positive changes can be encouraging to others who want to improve their health or their connection to nutritious food.

10-Lightheartedness.

Your friends and family may be surprised at your changes initially.  They may feel awkward trying to relate to your food choices. Laughter almost always helps. As Whole Approach Forum members explain, “Sometimes just an 'out there' explanation like being on an, "Eye of Newt diet" or claiming that "sugar makes you melt" is all that's needed to maintain ease. :)

And finally, keep in mind that, if you're just adjusting to the initial stages of your diet, it's likely easier to stay home for a few weeks until you adjust to the changes yourself. Then you'll be coming from a stronger, more positive 'place' in case you do face some scrutiny.  And, if you're on the right track, you're also likely to inspire more support since you'll have clear eyes and a glow in your complexion!

For further ideas on how to thrive in social settings, here is a link to a great thread on the Whole Approach forum where you can read the suggestions and successes of your fellow members:

 

How To Explain to Others

Harvest Treats - Sugar-Free, GF, Dairy-Free, Yeast-Free

 

Fall harvest is here and we've pulled together ten of our favorite Pumpkin and Carrot  recipes.  There are many more wonderful Holiday recipes on the WholeApproach Support Forum.  Enjoy! 

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Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Pumpkin Pie I

Pumpkin Pie II

Pumpkin Latte

Pumpkin Biscuits

Carrot Snack Cake

Glaze for Carrot Bread

Amazing Chicken, Pumpkin, Kale Stew

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pound Cake

 

 

Candida Diet - Two Steps Healthy, One Craving Back

 

Navigating dietary changes while treating systemic candida

by TL Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

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Many an impassioned, virtuous mission has been defeated when our honorable inspiration is blindsided by a formidable craving. If unprepared, a single craving can topple our strongest resolve. Ancient spiritual wisdom tells us that when we yield to temptation, temptation grows. This is true of unhealthy food cravings. Indulgence fuels them. Once indulged, they can expand to the point that they become insatiable and thus trigger binge eating. Many of today's common illnesses are related to dietary excess, including, Candida Related Complex (CRC), hypoglycemia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, ADD, obesity and more. How do we prevent ourselves from over indulging or, in the case of those of us with special dietary needs, indulging at all?

We rise above the craving and follow a new, healthier urge.

Transmute temptation into self knowledge-
For successful and lasting recovery from any of these conditions we must learn to understand cravings and to transmute them into useful self knowledge. To attain our health goals we must not only, "begin with the end in mind" (as Stephen Covey says) but we must also keep the end in mind.

A journey that gets easier after the first hill-
As we start on our healthy path we invest what feels like great effort. Fortunately, as our health responds positively to these efforts the desired results provide us with greater energy, clarity, happiness and composure with which to continue. This momentum propels us further toward our goal. The better we feel, the more incentive, creativity and excitement we have to forge ahead.

On the other side of cravings lies health-
Below, I'll introduce some of the most common causes of unhealthy cravings and then we'll look at ways to avoid a craving induced detour from the healthy path. Common Causes of Cravings: Food Allergy/Addiction, Blood Sugar Swings, Dehydration, Unmet Nutritional Needs (caloric or protein needs), Women's Hormone Shifts, Habitual Behaviour, Nutritional Deficiencies, Emotional Coping, Fatigue, Acidic Body Chemistry, and High Yeast Levels or yeast die off.  I 'll also discuss the practice of mindfulness as a means to self awareness, cravings awareness and abstinence (of foods craved).

This article is intended to familiarize you with general issues related to the different types of cravings. It will help you achieve your health goals by guiding you as you explore your own best approach to successful food therapy and self care.

The Two Steps Healthy, One Craving Back Article

Tarilee's Top Ten Candida Diet - Grain-Free Breakfasts

 

Tarilee's Top Ten Grain-Free Breakfast Recommendations while on the WholeApproach Candida Diet using the WholeApproach Food Lists

by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

 

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This is a list of a few of my favorite grain-free candida breakfast foods.  We often hear from our clients that they need help redesigning their approach to the first meal of the day so that they can incorporate the healing candida food recommendations outlined in thet Whole Approach Diet pages. There are many more amazing recipes in the Breakfast Foods Recipe Section of the Whole Approach forum. including some 'meatier' choices.


10.  Carrot, Lemon, Ginger, Avocado Smoothie    and for your mid morning snack on this day:  Quick Stovetop Turkey Stir-fry


9.   Almond Flour Waffles


8.   Sweet Root Vegetable Medley


7.   Cheese' Recipe for spreads and dips


6.  Sautéed Lentils and Bean Sprouts


5.   Butternut Squash with Lemon, Almonds and Parsley


4.   No Bake Protein Bars


3.   Macadamia Nut Coconut Pudding


2.   Cauliflower Pancakes


1.   Spaghetti Squash ‘Porridge'



Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.

Tarilee's Top Ten Candida Diet Vegetarian Breakfasts

 

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by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Consultant

Tarilee's Top 10 Vegetarian Food Recommendations for Breakfast

We often hear from our clients that they need help redesigning their approach to the first meal of the day so that they can incorporate the healing food recommendations outlined in the Whole Approach Candida Diet pages. I've put together a list of favorite candida foods for breakfast or anytime to inspire and encourage you! There are many more amazing candida cleanse recipes in the Breakfast Foods Recipe Section of the Whole Approach forum. including some 'meatier' choices. Once you’ve explored this list, be sure to check out all the rest! We'll post some grain-free breakfast ideas soon! (All suggestions below use foods from the WholeApproach Candida Diet Food List.)

10.  RAW-Grated root veggies with lemon juice and sesame oil with your favorite dressing. Unsweetened cranberries add a nice twist too! And nuts & seeds are optional as well. Add a Raw Veggie Smoothie (Number 1 below) and yum!!!

9.   Cooked sweet potato or squash mash with cinnamon and stevia & sea salt. Chopped nuts and seeds can be added to this also or dried/seasoned seeds can be sprinkled on top for crunch!

8.   Rhubarb Rice muffins

7.   Peanut Butter or Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies

6.   Chickpea Breakfast Ginger Snaps

5.   Pizza Flavored Panbread

4.  Stewed Rice “Pudding”

3.   Curried Lentils & Onions with Cranberries

2.   Stewed Rhubarb on Rice

1.   Raw Veggie Smoothie



Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.

Candida-Save Sweetener: Yacon Syrup, certified organic

 

Yacon Syrup, by Sunfood

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Imagine a certified organic, low-calorie sweetener that doesn't raise your blood sugar and supports immunity and healthy digestion. Here comes Nature's healthiest sweetener, Yacon Syrup!

Though packed with sweetness, the sugar in Yacon is mainly fructooligosaccharide, which cannot be absorbed by the body. This means Yacon is both naturally low-calorie and low in mono and disaccharides (less than 1 gram per serving of the sugars that rapidly elevate blood sugar levels). Yacon root syrup has little influence on the glucose tolerance curve and is dramatically less glycemic than honey, agave, or maple syrup.

Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. It is commonly grown and consumed from Columbia to northwest Argentina. Yacon roots contain important quantities of potassium and antioxidants.

Because of its sweet taste, Yacon roots are eaten like fruit in South America. The Yacon root is considered the world's richest natural source of FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharides). Yacon has very little effect on glucose levels, while the other sweeteners show a significant rise in glucose levels and a slow decline back to normal.

Tests were conducted at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru in July 2004 to test how Yacon syrup affected blood glucose levels. The participants were 60 non-diabetic men and women between the ages of 20 and 60. Each group fasted for at least eight hours before ingesting the different sweeteners. Three groups were given different samples of Yacon, one group was given bees honey, another group was given maple syrup, and the last was given anhydrous glucose. The group ingesting Yacon syrup had hardly any difference from before and after. The results showed that Yacon had very little effect on glucose levels, while the other sweeteners showed a significant rise in glucose levels and a slow decline back to normal.

More on How Yacon Syrup Works:
Our Yacon syrup contains approximately 30% FOS and low proportions of simple sugars (e.g., glucose, fructose, and sucrose). The human body has no enzyme to hydrolyze FOS, so (even though it tastes sweet) it passes through the digestive tract unmetabolized, providing few calories. Yacon also acts as a prebiotic. The undigested portion of Yacon serves as food for "friendly" bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species, in the small intestines and the colon. Clinical studies have shown that administering FOS can increase the number of these friendly bacteria in the colon while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria. Other benefits noted with FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium, and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. In addition, the beneficial effects of FOS on the presence of Bifidobacterium suggest an improved absorption of vitamins, such as those in the B complex.
*Note: Our yacon syrup is processed at 140 degrees.

Our Yacon syrup has the following properties and benefits:

1. Helps regulate friendly intestinal flora, especially improves the growth of bifidobacterium
2. Helps to reduces constipation
3. Helps to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer
4. Improves calcium and magnesium absorption, helping to strengthen the bones
5. Improves vitamin absorption, especially for B Vitamins
6. Helps manage cholesterol, triglycerides, and fat metabolism in general
7. Boosts the immune system in a way similar to aloe vera
8. Contains glyconutrients
9. Ideal for low-calorie and weight-loss diets
10. Ideal for low-sugar diets
11. Ideal for cancer-fighting diets
12. Non-cariogenic (does not cause cavities)
13. Contains superfood-level antioxidants
14. Standardized to 30% FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides)
15. Rich in antioxidants
16. Helps reduce symptoms of blood sugar disorders (hypoglycemia, diabetes type 2, etc.)

Use Yacon Root Syrup as you would honey, agave, stevia, or maple syrup on foods, in recipes and to sweeten beverages.

Note: Must be refrigerated after opening!


Certified Organic Yacon Syrup in two sizes!

Coconut Almond Delight Cookies

1&1/3 cup coconut oil liquid form or (1c coconut oil + 1/3c butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/3 cup crushed raw almonds
1& ½ cup Coconut Flour
½ cup rice flour or additional coconut flour
1T Agave Inulin/Stevia Mix *
1T Yacon syrup *
1T alcohol free Vanilla Liquid Stevia *

*All products carried by www.wholeapproach.com

Preheat oven to 350. Blend Oil, extracts, Yacon* syrup, and Liquid Vanilla Stevia*. Add flour and Agave Inulin*/Stevia* mix until well blended. Stir in the coconut and almonds. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 6-12min until light brown on top. Take out of oven and let cool. They will be very crumbly so be careful when transferring balls to a cooling tray or plate. 

Can be stored in fridge up to 1 week. Freeze additional delights and enjoy. 

Makes about 48 cookies approx. 80cal per delight.

Candida Diet Recipes - Spring Rhubarb Recipes

 

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This time of year, we receive rhubarb recipe requests, so we decided to pull together links to some of our favorite candida-safe rhubarb recipes.  These recipes are submitted to the WholeApproach Support Forum from around the world.  Enjoy!

 

Ginger Rhubarb Muffins

 

 

Rhubarb Jelly

 

 

Rhubarb Almond Crumble

 

 

Stewed Rhubarb on Rice

 

 

Rhubarb Custard Bake

 

 

Rhubarb Lemonade Spritzer

 

 

Rhubarb and Ginger Crunch

 

Recovery from Candida Related Complex - an Opportunity for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Growth

 

Recovery from Candida Related Complex - An Opportunity for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Growth

By TL Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

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Many so-called physical illnesses are caused by and/or affect our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Our minds, bodies, and souls are all connected and must work together if we are to recover completely. Of the three of these, the soul is often seen as the wisest. Some spiritual teachers believe that the soul guides us towards experiences, including illnesses that will help us to heal in the way that we need to. While this reality may be very difficult to see while one is in the midst of struggling with an illness, many people who have recovered from a serious illness express gratitude for the experience because, in retrospect, they can see that their illness led them through an essential healing and learning process.

Candida Related Complex (CRC) can involve such intense emotional upheaval, alienation, depression, fear, and forced change that it is more likely than your average illness to stimulate this sort of spiritual introspection. Faithful attentiveness to oneself during CRC recovery also has the potential to open up our consciousness to a supremely sensitive level that brings with it deep revelations, insight, self-awareness, and newfound strength.

The experiences of those who have lived through and healed from serious illnesses, teach us that if we choose to open up to the truth of what we are learning from our suffering and change our lives accordingly, even seemingly hopeless circumstances can bear rich fruit in our lives. We learn to accept our experience and integrate essential self-care into our daily lives. We learn about our body and how it works and what it needs to be well. We learn to recognize the impact that emotional stress has on our health. We clear our bodies and minds of the negative impacts of past trauma, turning those experiences into wellsprings of wisdom. We learn new skills in communicating our needs to others as we practice asking for help. For some of us, these are all brand new skills that not only help us to survive, but also enrich our lives forever.

IS THERE A LESSON FOR YOU IN YOUR CRC?
Many people who have recovered from CRC report that the illness taught them how to truly take care of themselves. Many of us, in fact, spend our whole lives taking care of others and putting the needs of others before our own. Is CRC present in your life to teach you to honor your own needs and learn to accept your limitations? Has it arrived to help you begin practicing the self-care that you need to insure a long life and the fullest possible self actualization?

Every crisis brings with it a gift of discovery. Perhaps through feeling the extremes of vulnerability that can accompany CRC, you will discover your true strength for the first time. Or maybe through following your path in the presence of criticism from those around you, you will learn confidence and self-reliance. Or maybe you'll discover the power of acceptance without shame during a period of weakness in which you need to ask for help.

ACCEPTANCE
When we make a commitment to accept that our challenges offer us gifts even when we can't see what those gifts are, we can flow through our trials with less resistance. We begin to discover within ourselves an openness to seeing something new that is bound to bring new insight and growth. Resisting, fighting, or denying the experience slows this learning and our recovery.

THE DIET AS A TEACHER OF SELF LOVE
Your ability to stick with your healing diet can be seen as a valuable feedback mechanism to keep you connected with how convinced you are of your self-worth and your commitment to healing. When you are struggling hard with the diet, chances are you are struggling with something in your heart as well.

The more times you "fall off the wagon" and hit the ground hard, the more chances you have to commit to your own self-care. The quick worsening or reappearance of symptoms caused by dietary "cheating" is a rude reminder that we have just chosen a self-destructive impulse over a self-loving one.

Most of us have to feel pain (repeatedly) before we develop the resolve to take care of ourselves. The seesaw-like process of changing how we take care of ourselves is just like strengthening a new muscle. If you've never valued your needs or listened to your body before, it will take some practice to learn how to do these things consistently. Remember that with every fall, you are just preparing yourself to succeed.

Remember also that the extreme sensitivity your body and mind are experiencing right now demand that you tune into subtler and subtler aspects of your own needs. Learning to listen to your body is great practice for learning to listen to your soul, learning to listen to others and learning to listen for spiritual guidance.

EMOTIONS AND CRC
Most people find that during the recovery process, the mind/body/soul connections we've been discussing here become hard to dispute. When you are forced to navigate the extreme immune sensitivities as well as the food and inhalant allergies that often accompany CRC, you learn that foods and chemicals can disrupt your emotional balance. This understanding quickly drives home a lesson about the mind-body connection.

Emotional stress has a "cause and effect" relationship with CRC. Stress reduces your immune power and produces stress hormones, including cortisone; a compound that, when produced by the body in excess, interferes with normal tissue healing and repair processes. Being stressed will thus leave you more susceptible to the destructive power of Candida yeast. At the same time, Candida-related toxicity creates stress through its destabilizing effect on blood sugar, the nervous system, and brain chemistry.

RE-ESTABLISHING EMOTIONAL STABILITY
Understand the chemistry of your emotional symptoms

In order to maintain some objectivity while you are experiencing emotional symptoms, it can be helpful to remember that Candida yeast actually releases toxins that affect your mental and emotional states. Ethanol and acetaldehyde are two of the main byproducts of Candida albicans metabolism; both are neurotoxins.

They can actually cause depression, brain fog, and anxiety. Knowing this will help you to maintain a strong offense against the yeast while helping you rationalize the temporary emotional upheavals. Sometimes you will have to work very hard to remind yourself of the toxic component of your feelings. It will help to remind yourself that as your body becomes stronger, so will your emotional balance.

Once you can look at your intense feelings more matter-of-factly, they may still be frightening but they seem more time-limited and less like a part of us. It will be easier to just feel and observe the emotional ups and downs if we accept that they are there as a natural part of our illness and that they are temporary. Sitting and feeling our emotions, even when they are dark and frightening, can also lead to some wonderfully liberating revelations, as we discover truths brought to our attention by our extreme feelings.

Theodore Roethke described his belief in the power of the darkness to enlighten us and inspire change when he wrote: "In a dark time, the eye begins to see. I see my shadow in the deepening shade."

CLEANSING THE LIVER TO LIGHTEN THE EMOTIONS
Liver congestion is also directly linked to heavy emotions such as sadness and anger. Candida illness and Candida detoxification can place great demands on the liver and this workhorse organ will sometimes need support as a result (i.e. cleansing). I highly recommend a little book by Benjamin Hobbs called "Natural Liver Therapy". It lists a variety of herbs and food substances that support liver function. The old expression "liverish" actually referred to a state of feeling irritable and dark. Cleaning out the liver will lighten your mood and lift your energy.

BALANCE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
When you have CRC, you become much more sensitive to blood sugar imbalances. This means that low or quickly changing blood sugar levels can leave you feeling shaky, weak, panicky, irritable, short of breath, and anxious. Try to eat small, frequent meals and choose carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index scale. Avoid caffeine, dairy products, and foods you don't tolerate, as all can produce blood sugar swings. In the case of severe blood sugar imbalances you may want to explore the use of chromium or Gymnema sylvestre - natural remedies to help balance the blood sugar. Eating high fiber and moderate protein meals will keep you steady as well by reducing the speed at which sugars enter your bloodstream.

AVOID YOUR ALLERGENS
Food allergens, airborne chemicals or molds can all produce dramatic mood-altering effects. For example, in CRC sufferers, wheat can cause fatigue, confusion, brain fog, anxiety, and depression. Mold can cause heart palpitations, dizziness, irritability, panic, and confusion. Chemical exposure can cause confusion, anxiety, panic, depression, dizziness and many other symptoms as well. Be aware of your emotional shifts when tracking reactions in your health diary just as much as you are observing physical changes and you will likely learn a great deal about which foods and substances trigger emotional reactions.

SUPPLEMENTS TO EASE EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS
Some herbs and nutrients are known to assist emotional balance. You may want to research the following:
• For Anxiety - Passion Flower, "Herbal Sleep" or "Herbal Nerv" type combination formulas, calcium/magnesium or the homeopathic remedies, Gelsemium, Aconitum, or Magnesium Phosphate.

If some of your symptoms are caused by allergic reactions, consider Dr. Ron's Ultra-Pure Buffered Vitamin C (available from Whole Approach) and solvent-free grape seed extract by UAS Labs called Activin and Zymitol Systemic Enzymes. Bach Flower Rescue Remedy and the other thirty-eight Bach Flower Remedies can also be wonderful adjuncts to any emotional balancing work when used appropriately (see the book recommendations below for information on flower remedies.)

DON'T FIGHT YOURSELF
You have a struggle going on in your body. It's your immune system and your anti-fungal strategies working against the yeast. The emotional instability that comes with CRC can sometimes lead you to blame or criticize yourself for the ups and downs in your recovery. If you have lost a battle with a sugar craving for example, it's easy to get angry at yourself for not being stronger. In order to maintain objectivity, it helps to think in language that reminds us of who our opponent in this struggle really is. You need to remember to blame the Candida, not yourself. Otherwise your self-blame can start to view your own body as the opponent; a situation that is definitely antagonistic to healing!

LEARN FROM YOUR ILLNESS BUT DON'T INTERNALIZE IT
We've all heard it, people calling themselves an "asthmatic" or a "diabetic" as if these terms somehow define who they are. You've also heard people "own" their illness in possessive language as if the disease has convinced them that it belongs. They say things like "my cancer", "my atherosclerosis", "my Candida." Don't buy into this.

Your choice of language (both internal and external) can have a powerful impact on how you view your situation. If you get too comfortable with a definition of yourself as someone with this illness then it's almost as if you are giving the illness permission to make itself comfortable too. If you keep the boundaries between you and your illness in place through care in the use of language, you maintain a self-definition that embraces wellness. Referring to "the CRC" is much more empowering than saying "my CRC".

RELATIONSHIPS AND CRC
Don't try to do this alone, ask for help!

It can be overwhelming to try to heal from a lonely place, but some of you will be forced to rely, at least initially, on your own strength to overcome both CRC, as well as the criticism and lack of awareness of those around you. Sometimes those closest to you will end up hurting you deeply just by not understanding your illness.

The alienating effect of experiencing life and food in a way that is so completely different from those around us can create distance between us and those we love. It is up to you to stop this from happening. You will have to work consciously to bridge this distance by communicating about what is going on with you and by letting your loved ones know how they can help. The key is to be specific. You will have enough challenges dealing with doctors and bosses and waiters who don't understand your condition. Do your best to make sure that your loved ones do understand. Don't isolate, educate.

We'd also like to invite you to visit the WholeApproach Online Support Forum to join in conversations with those who share your interest in regaining health.  The WholeApproach Support Forum is moderated by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Consultant. Tarilee answers nutrition/program/product related questions on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. The WholeApproach Candida Support Forums contain more than 12 years of Q & A, searchable by keywords or phrases. The WholeApproach Support Forums also contain hundreds of Candida Recipes from around the world.  And now you can also join us on FACEBOOK!

ASK YOUR LOVED ONES TO PARTNER IN YOUR HEALING

CRC can create brain fog, volatile emotions, allergic reactions, and often severe fatigue and/or illness. When one is living this reality, it can be very, very hard to maintain a logical, well-organized approach to deciphering symptoms, food reactions, diet strategies and treatment approaches.

Ask a close friend, family member, or partner to help you get through this. They can help you make decisions by offering a clear mind, unaffected by the subjectivity of your daily inner struggle. This support person can provide objectivity and a sounding board for you while offering loving understanding. This will speed your healing. There is no better medicine than to have a loved one truly join your healing as a full, whole-hearted partner.

One of WholeApproach's forum members, "Happy Dways" has shared his supportive observations of his wife's challenge with CRC:
• "She fights things in a deeper way than I could ever be aware of. And it often touches her own value as a person, feeling helpless and a burden, depression, fatigue, having to run uphill the deluge of temptations to give up and feed what's destroying the body, damaged self-worth, guilt regarding the money issue because she has to buy fresh food and often to keep it fresh and it costs more money, lack of energy for stuff catering to the diet."
• "Our wives need us. We have to build them up as they are forced to make changes in their diet and lifestyles. That's what love is about. That's what life is about: becoming better people. Trials do that to people; they break you and call for reconstruction. Many things in life force us on the path to change. This is one of them."
If you are having a relationship challenge and would like to share more of Happy's understanding insight with your partner, please search out his post on our forum page called "To all husbands" and share it with your beloved. Search the rest of the site with him or her too. Let your partner see that others are struggling with the same things you are. This will help him or her understand CRC better and they will be better able to understand you. As a team, you can pull through this thing and become closer than when you started. Again, CRC provides an opportunity; in this case, the opportunity for both of you to grow and strengthen your relationship.

Richard Bach, a novelist, commenting on embracing personal choice, change and growth: ..."Know that ever about you stands the reality of love and each moment you have the power to transform your world by what you have learned."

Additional Recommended Reading
The Emotional Immune System, by Tarilee Cornish, WholeApproach Newsletter archive. Many people who have successfully recovered from CRC or who are on the road to recovery have found the following books to be very helpful guides for initiating the emotional, mental, and spiritual growth that CRC recovery so often demands.

 Bach Flower Therapy, by Mechthild Scheffer
 Women's Comfort Book, by Jennifer Louden
 Dealing with Depression Naturally, by Sid Baumel (also deals with anxiety issues)
 Heart Math Solution-Quick, easy, clinically proven stress-buster methods
 Homeopathy for Emotional Health, by Rima Handley
 Why People Don't Heal and How They Can, by Carolyn Myss
 Conscious Loving-The Journey to Co-Commitment, by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks

Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.

Candida Related Complex and Food Allergies

 

Candida Related Complex and Food Allergies

Exploring food allergies and food sensitivities

candida symptoms, food allergies, candida diet
by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

CRC (Candida Related Complex) contributes to suppressed immune and intestinal health, which can result in an increased vulnerability to allergic disorders. Reactions to a wide variety of foods, chemicals and seasonal allergens are common. With compromised immune function, digestion and/or intestinal integrity, adverse reactions to benign food substances can be particularly overwhelming.

Most of the sensitivities that may develop during the CRC illness or other immune suppressing conditions are temporary and will resolve themselves as your CRC is resolved. Having said this, it is also not unusual for long-standing allergies to be identified for the very first time during CRC recovery as a result of the health awareness that the recovery process necessitates. Your long-standing allergies and intolerances may be permanent.

There has long been a tremendous amount of controversy within both the medical community and the naturopathic community concerning how a food allergy should be defined. There are, in fact, many different types of allergy-like immune reactions. Symptoms may include any one of several hundred different physical and emotional responses. We must become sleuths to sort out what foods/substances are our medicines and what foods are our poisons.

The Typical Medically Defined "Allergy" Typical medically recognized allergies are antibody mediated reactions that affect the immune system directly. These allergies usually manifest symptoms within several seconds to several hours after exposure. There are other types of immune reactions to substances but if they are recognized by medical professionals at all, these are not referred to as allergies but rather as "intolerances". For clarity in this article I will refer to actual antibody mediated allergies as "allergies" and to non antibody-mediated reactions as "intolerances". When I am referring to problematic substances in general, I will use the term "allergens".

Non antibody-mediated reactions (intolerances) may be severe and can be either immediate or delayed. They can take from several hours to several days to appear. This delay can produce confusion in the investigative process for you and your doctor even if you are the most attuned and determined allergy sufferer. Within the medical community, there is little recognition of intolerance and delayed allergic reactions except within the environmental medicine field.

"Hidden" Allergies The best known of allergic reactions is the IgE antibody-mediated reaction. However, over 80% of food reactions do not involve IgE. . If your body produces an IgE antibody as a defense against a substance, the allergy can be easily diagnosed with a skin scratch test. In fact there are four other types of antibodies; IgG, IgM, IgA, and IgD. Any one of them may can be involved in your reactions to foods but an intolerance involving these antibodies will not be identified using the standard scratch test.

Other "allergic/intolerance" reactions involve immune substances including: histamine, bradykinin, leukotriences, prostaglandins, immune complexes and thromboxin. Each one of these substances has a particular defensive role to play in 'protecting' your body from foreign substances. Their biochemical actions often result in uncomfortable symptoms like swelling, itching, pain, nausea, blood vessel dilation, diarrhea, etc. The list of potential symptoms from exposure to food allergies and intolerances are surprisingly diverse. Take a look at the list below to see if you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself.

Symptoms of Food or Chemical Intolerances may include:

Blackouts
Headache
Fatigue
Insomnia
Joint inflammation
Muscle pain
Depression
Impaired comprehension
Neuralgia
Depression
Aphasia (inability to find words)
Anxiety
Mood swings

 
Impaired coordination
Hallucinations
Disorientation/confusion/dyslexia/ memory problems
Respiratory Problems
Dizziness
Violent behavior
Hyperactivity
Irritability
Skin Problems
Circulatory Problems
Hormonal Imbalances
Gastrointestinal Symptoms

 
Leaky Gut Syndrome and the Birth of an Allergy
Food allergies can become a particularly serious problem for you if you are struggling with CRC (Candida Related Complex) or any other severe intestinal imbalance due to a weakening of the intestinal wall called Leaky Gut Syndrome. Many of these allergies will be temporary and will resolve themselves as your condition improves, but there may be a handful of allergies that have been long standing and are only recognized during the healing as a result of your increased health awareness and attention to tracking symptoms. Some of these may be foods that you will have to avoid permanently or you may find that mild allergens can be consumed on a rotational basis after recovery.

Chronic intestinal stress from candi-toxins, putrefaction and related indigestion can inflame your intestinal wall and make it super-reactive to irritation from antagonistic foods. In addition, the fungal form of candida has the ability to actually penetrate the intestinal walls, damage them and cause a leakage of food substances and fecal waste into the bloodstream.

Foreign substances stress the already fatigued immune system and can also result in the development of food allergies. If food particles leak through the permeable intestinal membrane before being thoroughly broken down into hydrocarbons (amino acids, simple sugars and fatty acids), the immune system does not recognize the particle as nutrition. It 'sees' it as something that is foreign and must be broken down by specialized immune cells that clean up the blood (macrophages). Basically, it responds as it would to any foreign particle in the blood. If particles of a specific food are repeatedly leaked into the blood stream, your body will see it as a troublesome invader to contend with and will develop a memory of the food. Your immune system will now have specific antibodies ready to attack the next time it encounters the substance. Whenever the particular food is eaten, the immune system is triggered into defensive mode and we experience symptoms of intolerance or allergy.

Unfortunately, this condition can be even more common during recovery from a candida infestation. As the anti-fungal therapy kills off the candida, the roots (or mycelia) that hold them onto the intestinal wall shrink and are released from the intestinal membrane, leaving permeations behind. It is for this reason that a hypoallergenic, four day rotation diet is recommended during a candida purge. Eating foods less frequently can reduce the potential for the immune system to develop defenses against them.

How can I determine if I have food allergies?
There are a number of medical and non-medical approaches to allergy testing, none of which are 100% accurate. Our bodies have numerous types of immune reactions to both intolerances and allergies while medical tests are specific to one type of reaction only. However, there is no one test which provides a thorough look at all the potential food allergens you may be sensitive to. A very expensive barrage of testing and lab work would be required to diagnose a significant number of problem foods and you will still have some mystery reactions to uncover.

There is however, some diagnostic technology that is able to pick up a broader range of suspect foods and for much less cost than the medical tests. This technology is more commonly used by naturopathic physicians rather than medical doctors. Electro Dermal Screening (EDS) is the most accurate of all of the testing methods available, provided the equipment is well-maintained and the technician is highly skilled. The more modern versions of this equipment has built-in indicators to reduce the margin for operator-caused error.

EDS technology has the remarkable ability to identify allergens by the degree to which they cause stress on the body. This allows the test to pick up a broader range of intolerances and allergies than the medical tests which each identify only one type of immune reaction. The EDS also provides a print out of food intolerances according to the degree of stress with which the body reacts to each food.

For home testing, there are a variety of methods that focus on careful and thorough observation including the use of a food diary and various methods of food elimination and reintroduction. If performed with methodical care, these self-testing methods can be just as accurate as any other testing method. However, they take much longer and require a lot of commitment. In many cases, even when all allergy testing options have been utilized, it is the self-testing which is needed to clear up the final mysteries of how particular foods affect us or which foods are causing specific symptoms.

Allergy Testing Methods

Skin Test
The skin test involves applying a drop of antigen to the skin surface after pricking or scratching it. The results are then observed. A skin reaction indicates a typical allergy. The reaction is only caused if IgE antibody levels are high there will be a histamine reaction. Since over 80% of food allergy and chemical allergies are non-IgE mediated, this test is not conclusive.

RAST
Radioallergosorbent testing (RAST) is a highly specialized blood test to uncover IgE antibody allergic responses. It is not appropriate for food allergies, but useful for inhalant allergies. The test can produce 20 percent false positive and 20% false negatives and is very expensive.

Cytotoxic Testing
This is a blood test for foods. Live white blood cells are mixed with individual food antigens. A reaction to the combination indicates the presence of a sensitivity. This test is expensive and can show false negatives of food that has not recently been consumed. The skill of the technician reading the slides is crucial.

Pulse Test
The pulse test is done for one food at a time, usually after a fast (allergists use anywhere from a four hour to a four day fast). The pulse is counted every twenty minutes for an hour after exposure. If the baseline pulse reading increases or decreases by 20 or more beats per minute after exposure, an intolerance is presumed.

Elimination Diets
The rotation diet (a food is only eaten once every four days), the food diary (every food item consumed is recorded in a diary, along with symptoms) and the two-week elimination test (foods are systematically reintroduced after a two week abstinence) are all examples of elimination diets. These tests are slow and require a strong commitment from a patient. They are not completely objective but perhaps are at least as objective and accurate as any of the more clinical tests. The main advantages of this type of approach are the ability to connect a specific allergen with a specific symptom and the ability to conduct the test at home, at no charge.

Electro Dermal Screening (as mentioned above)
As mentioned above, this method involves registering the patient's response to the electromagnetic frequency of foods, inhalants and other environmental substances. A probe is used to direct a response signal into a specific acupuncture point on the hand or foot. The response is then displayed on a corresponding computer. This approach has a comparatively high accuracy rate. The accuracy is based on the technician's skill and the quality of the equipment. False negatives may be registered if the patient has not recently been exposed to a specific substance.

Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Testing (ALCAT)
This is a blood test based on the incubation of serum and white blood cells with a food or mould impregnated disc. Evidence of significant changes in cell size and numbers are indicators of sensitivity.

Patch Test
The antigen (for contact allergies) is placed on a patch applied to the skin for 24 to 28 hours and reactions are noted.

Provocative Neutralization Test
A dilution of the antigens tested are administered in drops under the tongue or by injection.

In my opinion, the electro dermal screening and the elimination tests provide the most empowering results and are the most affordable.

The four day rotary/elimination diet provides not only a diagnostic tool but an approach to treatment. Once CRC is resolved, most people can tolerate many more foods than they could during their acute illness.

Further Tips to help you unravel some of your allergy related mysteries The investigation of potential health stressors* (allergies or intolerances) that may cause symptoms as minor as a sniffle or as life-threatening as anaphylactic shock can be a mind-boggling process indeed. There are a number of factors that will prove helpful to keep in mind as you work through your personal allergic mysteries.

Too much of a good thing?
The frequency with which you eat a food can affect whether you have a reaction to it or not. Some foods may be tolerated if eaten infrequently (every 4-14 days). The more often you eat it, the more likely it is to cause a problem.

Cooked or Raw?
You may tolerate a cooked food while the same food eaten raw can produce symptoms, or vice versa.

What season is it?
You may become more sensitive to certain foods during a particular time of year due to the additional stress of inhalant allergens. You may even find that some allergies are only a concern for you at one time of year. Hay fever season can trigger certain food allergies as can the indoor winter season, when we are breathing more dust and indoor pollutants. A high-quality air cleaner with a charcoal and hepa filter can help to reduce the additional stress of inhalant allergies. Amaircare is a high quality brand of air cleaner.

You may dislike foods that you are allergic to, or you may crave them uncontrollably, experiencing several days of withdrawal when you avoid them. Eating these foods can even produce a sort of high. Stay alert to your most urgent cravings, as well as to altered states created by eating certain foods. Chances are, if a food leaves you feeling noticeably stimulated or sedated, you have sensitivity to it.

Become an avid label reader and ask before you eat! You may think you are allergic to Chinese noodles or something in them but in fact you may be allergic to the MSG in the sauce that is poured over them. Hidden additives can be as much a problem as the foods themselves. Learning about dangerous additives and where to look for them is key. When eating out, ask your server to help you check for potential allergy hazards in your food. And don't forget your reading glasses when you go to the grocery store!

Agrichemicals, packaging and processing
Pesticide-residues or irradiated foods may cause reactions in some people. Organically grown foods that are not sprayed or treated may be well tolerated while their conventionally-produced counterparts cause serious discomfort. Use organically grown foods in their most natural state with as little packaging as possible to reduce the potential for reactions.

Also, packaging additives may be made from allergenic substances such as cornstarch used to powder cereal bags and milk cartons. Chemicals leached from the inside of a can or from plastic wrap may be an issue for you if you are severely sensitive. Again, eating foods in their most natural state is the most cautious approach.

Remember, you may have the same symptom in response to several kinds of food or a specific symptom for each different food. Keeping your reactions (both negative and positive) to foods recorded in your food diary is the best way to match specific allergens. Write down how you feel if a symptom develops even if you aren't sure if it is related to your meal. The diary can also be a place to record your other investigations (supplement and cosmetic trials, chemical sensitivity concerns, etc.).

Allergy Management
Immune system recovery, restoration of intestinal integrity and healthy flora are the most important and most effective strategy. In addition, there are other emerging treatments for food allergies. One is called NAET, Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique. This is combination of Kinesiology and acupuncture that can be used both to detect and treat allergies. You can find an abundance of information about this technique on the internet. Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (EPD) is another treatment approach. Again, you can read more about this method on the internet.

The supplements Quercetin, Yellow Sun Buffered Vitamin C, Activin Grape seed extract with zinc and Digestive enzymes (such as those found in the Digesticol formula) support your digestive system by doing the work for your body. In other cases, such as a specific digestive challenge, (an ability to break down protein for example), supplements do the work that your body is unable to do. Find Neutral C and Digesticol in our product guide at If you are exposed to an allergen unavoidably, you can take a few Buffered C capsules immediately to help reduce the intensity of your reaction. Three to five 500 mg capsules of Buffered Vitamin C (The Yellow Sun Buffered C that is sold in our shop on this site) is ideal. If you are exposed to an allergen unavoidably, you can take a handful of Ester C capsules immediately to help reduce the intensity of your reaction. Three to five 1000 mg capsules of neutral Vitamin C (Neutral C Plus is sold in our shop on this site) is ideal.

Immune Support to Reduce Allergic Tendencies
Supporting your immune system in all possible ways and using natural remedies that enhance the body's innate heal capacity rather than hindering it is also very helpful. See the Whole Approach Newsletter article on this subject: Fourteen Strategies to Optimize Immune Function Don't forget to support your digestion
Improving digestion is the other side of the candida treatment "coin" so to speak. In fact, supporting your digestion is just as important in combating food intolerances as avoiding trigger foods, killing off candida and supporting the immune system. See our article on Tips for Better Digestion

The following products mentioned in this article are available in the WholeApproach online store:
Dr. Ron's Ultra-Pure Buffered Vitamin C
Activin Plus OptiZinc
Digestive Aids
Quercetin with Bromelain

Recommended Reading
To stay symptom free during your recovery from food allergies and CRC, your best defenses are knowledge and self-awareness. The following books can be provide excellent guidance on your defensive strategies. Best of luck to all of you and we'll see you on the forum!

Allergies, Diseases in Disguise, by Carolee Bateson-Koch

Food Allergies Made Simple, by Austin, Thrash MD and Thrash MD

Allergy Relief and Prevention, by Jacqueline Krohn MD

Additive Alert, by the Pollution Probe

A Consumer's Guide to Food Additives, by Ruth Winters

The Safe Shoppers Bible, by Steinman and Epstein Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Illness, by Future Medicine Publishing

Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.

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Candida Care - Staying Well This Cold and Flu Season

 
Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

deep immune, cold and flu, candida care, astragalus
We’ve come to expect that the cold weather season brings more cold and flu viruses. But we don’t have to enter cooler weather worrying about inevitable illness. We can defend ourselves effectively by supporting our immune systems. By making a few wise lifestyle choices and using supportive therapeutic products, we can maintain vibrant health all season. If we do happen to catch a virus, these same methods, employed to an enhanced degree, will bolster our ability to fight off the virus, or at least reduce its severity, and, possibly its duration.

As Whole Approach members, you may be currently completing detoxification or anti-fungal therapy. If you are actively fighting a virus you’ll have a much better chance of staying well if you take a break from your cleansing.

The Whole Approach food therapy recommendations provide excellent guidance for an immune boosting lifestyle and the online store stocks many excellent immune supporting products. In addition to eating vitalizing foods and using quality therapeutic products to fight infection, strengthen immune function and clear intestinal wastes, we can also utilize other self care strategies to prevent illness. Good hygiene and appropriate rest, combined with compassionate attention to our emotional and mental health, also help to bolster optimum mind-body well-being. If we do happen to become infected, a bit of mindful hygiene can help prevent those around us from also becoming ill.

Healing Foods

If we are stressed, exposed to people who are sick or fighting the early warning signs of a virus, it’s important to emphasize nourishing foods. Likewise, it’s even more important than usual to avoid food choices that suppress our healing. These include food additives, refined fats, starches, sugars of any kind, and mucous producing foods like red meat, dairy or cheese.

Concentration on light, alkalizing (and thus immune supporting) foods like salads, and grated or steamed vegetables for a few days will give your body what it needs to put up a strong defense until the infection risk has passed. Homemade bean or vegetable soups and other veggie-based dishes are also helpful. Generous quantities of herbal tea and equal amounts of pure water to counteract the diuretic effect of many herbal teas, will keep the body hydrated and in a gentle cleansing mode. An extra-special cold season drink is fresh lemon juice added to hot, fresh ginger tea. This amazing tonic helps increase circulation and warms the body to help kill off the virus.

We can also use a variety of natural herbs and supplements to stay well. Many of the following products are available through the Whole Approach online store. (Those that are have an asterisk beside them in the list below.)

"SOS" Cold and Flu Essentials for the Medicine Cabinet

As recommended with all herbal/nutritional products, please consult a health care practitioner prior to using the following products if you are pregnant or breast feeding; have been diagnosed with a medical condition; or if you are taking prescription medications. Also, if symptoms persist, consult a health care practitioner. Reduce dosage or discontinue use if you experience a hypersensitivity reaction.


For Regular Use to Prevent Cold and Flu

Deep Immune* (formerly named Astragalus Combo)
This product is for daily, whole body and immune support to help prevent viruses and other infections. I personally love this product. The health boost is definitely palpable! Its deeply vitalizing effect almost feels like a coat of armor from within as it bolsters our resilience to infections.

Saint Francis Herb Farm writes the following about this famous herbal blend, “From what we know historically as well as from current research studies, the consensus is that the Chinese tonic herbs in this formula serve not only to enhance general health, but also to treat various diseases. This can be attributed to the high nutrient levels of these herbs as well as their immune-enhancing qualities.

Deep Immune offers restorative support to help the adrenal cortex, improve stamina, overcome fatigue and exhaustion, and help the body deal with stress and chronic illness. It helps overcome chronic infections and can improve the white blood cell count during chemotherapy. In addition, this formula is beneficial for the liver, acting as a liver restorative and protective to help in malnutrition and mal-absorption and to rebuild the liver after hepatitis or jaundice. It is also recognized as an anti-viral and anti-allergic remedy.”

Here’s a link to the Deep Immune in the online store – it’s available in tincture or capsule form: Deep Immune Combo Tincture, Deep Immune Combo Capsules

Deep Immune is not intended for acute viral treatment and should thus be discontinued at first sign of a virus. As discussed above, used in the early stage of an impending cold or flu virus, EchinaSeal can effectively prevent its onset.

Use: This is best taken on a daily basis and cycled on and off so that the body does not become too accustomed to it. One way is to use it three weeks out of each month and take a break for the fourth week.

UAS Probioplus*
This is a highly-potent probiotic that helps to normalize intestinal flora, boost immune function and stave off intestinal infections. It also combats food-borne bacteria. All probiotics are definitely not created equally and I recommend some reading about product quality. When it comes to choosing probiotic supplements, quality and human-compatibility of the bacterium in the formula are important. Contrary to what most people believe, the bacteria counts listed on the labels of most probiotics are all but irrelevant to their effectiveness. For more information about probiotics, here is a link to a detailed post about probiotic quality and a subsequent link to the UAS Probioplus product in the Whole Approach store: Everything You Wanted to Know about UAS Probioplus DDS
UAS Probioplus DDS Now On Sale


Vitamin D3 Drops (D-Drops)*
Vitamin D3 is a perfect vitamin for support through the cold and flu season. It is currently enjoying new fame as a fresh face in the defense against colds, flu’s and cancer. It acts like a hormone in the body and is involved in the regulation of many functions. An adequate vitamin D level has been found to be helpful immune support. Vitamin D is also beneficial to mood. We could all use a little buoyancy in our mood and immune system during the darker, colder months. It’s also been shown to be an effective treatment for Seasonal Effective Disorder. D3, or cholecalciferol is recommended at doses varying from 1000 iu to 6000 iu daily depending on the results of blood tests to monitor healthy levels. There does seem to be a fair bit of controversy about the appropriate therapeutic doses and how high a blood level is truly optimum.

The ongoing research on vitamin D covers a wide range of additional benefits. The good news about vitamin D is plentiful and there is sure to be much more of it to come. Whole Approach sells a very good quality, additive-free brand of vitamin D3 drops, called D Drops. Here’s a link to more information about them on the Whole Approach online store:
Vitamin D3 Drops


SBX with Soil Based Micro-Organisms*
This product contains micro-organisms that are supportive to our intestinal flora combined with highly nutritious, potent super-food extracts. In combination with Deep Immune and Probioplus, SBX can help insure a stronger base level of health to help us ward off infectious conditions. Here’s a link to the product on the Whole Approach website where you can read more about it: SBX with Healthy Soil Micro-Organisms


Herbal ‘First Aid’ for Acute Cold & Flu Prevention:

This is a magical combination of herbs that forms a potent force against bacterial and viral infections. Everyone I’ve ever known who has tried Echinaseal to fight off a cold has loved it so much they’ve purchased it again. Those allergic to bees should not use this product as it has bee propolis in it.

Its manufacturer, St Francis Herb Farm indicates that it is especially potent for bacterial infections, but when used at the first signs of a cold or flu, it can also be a powerful virus inhibitor. The ingredients in this formula have years of traditional use behind them. Individually, these herbs have a long history of clinical evidence of their ability to treat upper respiratory tract infections. When used together, the anti-infective (prevents infection) properties of each herb are improved by their synergistic dynamic. The herb, Echinacea, well known as the infection fighter par excellence; is even more potent in combination with the other herbs in this formula. Goldenseal, myrrh and propolis are all anti-infective as well. Propolis has the added benefit of analgesia, and thus eases the pain of sore throats. Wild indigo is anti-infective and greatly boosts Echinacea’s activity, while cayenne makes all of the herbs in the formula work better.

Use: Take 1-2 ml (30-60 drops) three-six times daily in a little water on an empty stomach. This combination can be gargled before swallowing. For prevention, continue using at least three times a day for three days after the symptoms disappear. This insures that the virus does not come back after the herbal defense is discontinued. Use for a maximum of ten days. SFHF Echinaseal

Contra-indications and Cautions:
Do not use this product if you have an allergy to bees or bee stings or to the Asteraceae family of plants.
When cold and flu symptoms are affecting the lungs, this product can be used in combination with Saint Francis Herb Farm Respirafect, (Usnea Combo). See below for more details.

Buffered Vitamin C*:
Vitamin C is crucial for immune function, collagen formation, and antioxidant protection. Infection, physical or emotional stress, and chronic disease all deplete the vitamin C concentration in white blood cells. Vitamin C enhances immune system response similarly to interferon, the body's natural antiviral and anticancer compound, so it is very helpful when we are fighting a cold or flu. Dr Ron’s Buffered Vitamin C is naturally additive-free and combines 500 mg of vitamin C with 25 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid. Here is a link to Dr Ron’s Buffered Vitamin C on the Whole Approach website: Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure Natural Buffered Vitamin C


Oreganum Plus' Supreme Wild Oregano*
Oreganum is an excellent defense against acute infectious conditions like colds and flu’s. It can also be effective against some stomach viruses and food borne bacteria. Studies have confirmed that Oregano Oil has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties. If a virus is putting up a strong fight, even against the defense that Echinaseal and Buffered Vitamin C provides, I personally reach for the added ‘punch’ of Oreganum and put a few drops in a capsule, three times a day. The combined power of this tri-fold attack is more than most viruses can endure. For more information about this potent oil, see the Whole Approach website: SFHF Oreganum Plus

Respirafect™ (Usnea Combo)*
This is an excellent herbal formula for the lungs. According to St Francis Herb Farm, Respirafect holds an important place in the treatment of lung infections accompanied by purulent sputum. It battles the infection and offers soothing, demulcent action, as it helps the lungs expectorate. The ingredients have hundreds of years of traditional use behind them. Modern clinical and laboratory work confirms that they are an effective aid in the fight against various lung and respiratory conditions. Here is a link to Respirafect in the WholeApproach online store: Respirafect (Usnea Combo)

Use: (adults) take 30-60 drops (1-2 ml) 3X daily between meals, in a little water.
Contra-indications and Cautions: Do not take this product if you have an allergy to the Asteraceae plant family.

'Extras’ for Cold & Flu First Aid

 
Activated Charcoal Capsules:  This remedy is effective to help with nausea, flatulence, intestinal cramps or diarrhea. Charcoal soaks up undesirable pathogens and wastes in the intestines. It’s very absorptive so in order to prevent interference with assimilation it needs to be used in between meals and at different times than other supplements.

Fresh Ginger Tea: As mentioned above under "Healing Foods", ginger tea has a great heating action which warms up the body and helps fight off viruses. Use a minimum of a half teaspoon of grated ginger root per cup of water and steep for five or ten minutes. Alternately, the same ratio of sliced ginger and water can be simmered for ten minutes. Ginger can be frozen to make it easy to keep on hand.

Homeopathic Aconitum Napellus (30c): This remedy is appropriate for early cold symptoms that come on suddenly (especially when chills and sneezing are present.) Aconitum, like most homeopathic remedies, generally comes in sugar pellets and the recommended dosage is three to five pellets. However, we can actually get a full dose of medicine by consuming as little as one single, tiny pellet and this helps reduce our sugar intake. If you can, buy your homeopathics in liquid form. Taking the remedy in between meals and away from strong flavors like toothpaste, coffee or chewing gum can improve its effectiveness. When sneezing is present, this remedy may be taken three times in a day. If the prevention attempt is unsuccessful and the cold becomes established, a different homeopathic remedy would be suggested to address your unique set of symptoms.

Homeocoksinum - Flu Buster: This is another, better-known homeopathic remedy to prevent flu. For more general flu symptoms, it can be better than aconitum and can be used during a viral infection as well. Also, if a trial with aconitum does not stop the virus, this could be used as a second level of defense.

Zinc lozenges (preferably stevia sweetened): These are a very helpful support when sore throat is the first symptom of a cold or flu. Zinc can cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach.

Goldenseal Tincture: If a throat condition develops, especially a bacterial infection, it’s important to see your doctor for a swab test. However, goldenseal is a very powerful anti-bacterial and can prevent and even conquer some throat infections. Thirty drops in a tiny bit of water makes a great (though awful tasting!) gargle. After rinsing for thirty seconds, swallow. In acute cases, this can be used frequently for a few days. Consult with your ND for specific instructions. Concentrated goldenseal treatment is best kept to short term (less than ten days) in order to minimize the loss of beneficial intestinal bacteria from its antibiotic properties.

Disease Fighting Hygiene

Avoiding germ exposure is important to prevent viral and bacterial infections. A key strategy is to wash our hands frequently and thoroughly, especially before eating. Colds and flu are passed mostly through contact with our mouth, eye, nose or ears. In addition, acute hand hygiene is required, i.e. we need to avoid touching any part of our face with our hands. Some careful practioners even say we need to avoid touching our ears in case of viral transference through the ear, nose and throat canal.

The ancient practice of nasal irrigation is a powerful offense against cold and flu. Rinsing the nasal passages with salty water (of appropriate pH for the nose) is a great way of dislodging and flushing out viral populations where they are most like to multiply. There is ample information online about how to safely and effectively perform nasal hygiene using traditional equipment like a netti pot (which looks like a tiny tea pot.) There is also a more modern syringe method that uses a syringe with a soft silicone tip to administer the saline.

In addition to washing our hands before eating or touching our faces, it’s also helpful to be aware when we’re most exposed to germs so that we can clean up as soon as possible after exposure. The most germ-infected surfaces include door handles, shopping cart handles, cash cards (or machines), anything in a hospital, and, much less obvious - our car keys and our purse or wallet.

Portable, natural sanitizing gel or wipes are a great idea for those times when we just can't wash our hands. They don't necessarily kill viruses but they can damage their viability as well as reduce their populations on the surface of our hands. However, there really is no replacement for a thorough hand washing with running water and soap. To reduce the introduction of outside germs into our home environment, it’s a great idea to always wash upon arriving home and to wash all food products before eating them. In the case of a full blown flu epidemic, we might step up the above measures and even take them further. For example, we might wash anything that could have been handled by others (e.g. jars, cans and the outside of produce), before storing them in the kitchen.

Rest

Once we are eating well, reaching for the nourishment of the right herbal supports and keeping our germ exposure down, we need to further care for our health by knowing when to slow down. Most of us are on the go all the time. To be truly well, we need to rest when we’re tired or sick and we need to care for our emotional being as well.

With today’s fast paced lives, it’s easy to find ourselves putting everything and everyone else before our sleep. Sleep offers our body the essential opportunity to rejuvenate, heal and rebuild. Much of our immune activity and healing happens in the night. A good night’s sleep is a crucial part of the defense against an attacking virus.


Manage our Stress with Compassion
Regular relaxation or self awareness practice like meditation or Tai Chi can help take the edge off of the stress we encounter throughout the day. It also breeds kindness towards ourselves and acceptance in general. Even ten minutes of a self-regulatory practice offers practice at staying with whatever is happening in the moment and cultivates the skill of calm patience. After just a few days of regular practice, the benefits are easily evident. We'll sail more smoothly through our day and experience fewer of the stress reactions that trigger immune-suppressing hormones. Our minds and our bodies get stronger and healthier from self-regulation practice.

Tune in Emotionally
Negative emotions can be destructive to our health, especially when these feelings are suppressed rather than acknowledged and faced. Because of the destructive impact of the hormones that these emotions trigger, these negative reactions act like poison to our body. It's important to acknowledge our feelings fully and then release them in a healthy, conscious way so that stress hormone levels are minimized. There are various ways to improve our emotional health including: reflection, self-regulation techniques and meditation.

Taking care of ourselves emotionally is as important to our immune health as any other aspect of health care. Here is a link to an article on the Whole Approach site about the emotions and our immune system: Emotions and the Immune System

In addition to eating healing foods, potent herbal and nutritional ammunition, smart hygiene and caring for our need for rest and emotional balance, we can keep our health strongest if we create a healthy home and work environment. This means maintaining hygienic, pleasant, healthy home and work environments that are free from pollution and VOC out-gassing from furniture or chemically-intensive decorating materials. It’s also import to avoid having electrical or radiation fields in our living environment (wireless devices and wi-fi.)


Preventing the Spread of Infection

If we are unfortunate enough to become ill with a cold or flu, there are many ways that we can responsibly avoid spreading it to others. If we are sick, staying home from work or school is much kinder to others than ‘toughing it out’ and sharing the misery by spreading the virus. It’s important to know that a cold or flu virus is contagious even a few hours before symptoms appear so when the symptoms are just coming on, we can definitely make others sick, even if the cold or flu is not yet ‘full blown’.

We need to wash our hands (or at least use sanitizer) every time we blow our nose to avoid contaminating everything we touch. If we have to cough or sneeze, turn away from others. Sneezing or coughing into our sleeve or a tissue is much more hygienic than using our hand. Also avoid sharing cups, cutlery, food, cigarettes or beverages with others while we are infectious. These are effective ways that we can care for others by keeping our germs to ourselves.

Know your Body and Catch it Early
Catching a virus early and then taking time to rest and give our body the support it needs is really our best course of action. Learning to recognize the subtle symptoms of a cold coming on allows us time to act against it before it has settled in to our body. When first infected, the symptoms many people notice include: fatigue, irritability, fuzzy-headedness, thick mucous (especially in the mouth), frequent urination, fever or chills, a swollen or scratchy/tickly feeling in the throat, sneezing, runny nose, or a headache. At the first sign of any of the above, it's time to slow down, seek calm, increase our nutrition, introduce the herbs and attempt to get extra sleep. Best of Luck!


For more tips to support your immune system during cold and flu season, and all year round, you may wish to have a look at the WA Article called, “Fourteen Strategies to Boost Immunity

Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.
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