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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

Candida Diet Tips for Better Digestion

 

by T. L. Cornish, CNP

If you're like many health-conscious people, you pay a lot of attention to what you eat. But even the highest quality foods won't necessarily help you build health if you don't digest them well. Following are some tips for optimizing your digestive process and preventing digestive problems from arising in the first place. You may not need to employ all of these strategies-look at your own eating habits and decide which ones will help you most. Then you'll have the right tools to keep your digestion running at its best; so you can absorb more nutrients and prevent indigestion. You'll also find a special list of remedies for indigestion. If a particular food or eating experience upsets the applecart the more familiar you are with your options, the better chance you'll have of limiting discomfort and finding relief when you need it.

Improving Digestion and Preventing Indigestion
The List of Do's:
•Let your mouth do the work - Chew your food as much as possible before swallowing. Your mouth produces powerful digestive enzymes. Their function is to partially digest your food before it goes to your stomach. Chewing your food until it is broken down into a smooth, thin liquid is ideal; usually chewing twenty times or so per bite will do the job.
•The right attitude - Try to eat with a feeling of gratitude for your food and an awareness of its nutritional power. Conscious eating will enhance your body's ability to assimilate the vitamins, minerals, and life force of your food.
•Eat the salad last  - Eat your protein and fat rich foods first and your salad last so that the water in the salad veggies does not dilute your digestive fluids.
•Probiotics - Use  DDS acidophilus capsules, (beneficial intestinal bacteria), daily. Use up to eight capsules per day to increase your digestive system's power and resilience.
•Soil Based Bacteria - SBX brand supplement between meals will colonize your intestinal system with HSMs (Homeostatic Soil-Based Micro-Organisms). These help to reduce putrefactive bacteria from growing out of control as they can in the case of severe or chronic indigestion. A strong intestinal population of HSM's also supports nutrient assimilation.
•Herbal Tea - To aid digestion, try sipping a small cup of herbal tea during your meal; green tea or a blend of green tea and other digestive herbs such as Traditional Medicinals' Eater's Digest, work well.
•Enzyme support - Use AbsorbAid Platinum full-spectrum plant based enzymes to do some of the work for your digestive system. Take one capsule with every meal and snack daily. Extra heavy meals will require additional doses as needed. AbsorbAid Platinum promotes the process of converting virtually any food you consume into its most usable forms while supporting proper elimination of toxins and waste, leaving you with a cleaner, healthier body.
•Bitters - Use herbal bitters before biting your first bit of food to rev up your digestive potency. The usual dosage range is between one teaspoon and one tablespoon of bitters, taken from thirty to five minutes before a meal. St. Francis Herb Farms Canadian Bitters are available in the WholeApproach Store.
•Walking to prime digestion - A brisk twenty to thirty minute walk after a meal helps activate digestion.
•Investigate the possibility of food allergies - Repeated episodes of indigestion may be a signal that you suffer from food sensitivities or allergies. Try eating a four-day rotation diet,(don't eat any food more than once every four days), and tracking what you eat and how you feel in a food diary. You will discover what foods trigger irritation and inflammation in your digestive tract. You can then avoid those foods, which will both strengthen your overall digestion and reduce the number of times you experience indigestion. Electro Dermal Testing is an effective method of allergy detection (for more information see WholeApproach™ newsletter article," Candida Related Complex and Food Allergies" in the Articles section of the Whole ApproachForums™).

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The List of Don'ts:
•Don't nap or lie down right after your meal or eat just before going to bed - When you sleep, your digestive functions slow down. Also, if you lie down after eating, your stomach acid has a better chance of seeping up into your esophagus, causing heartburn. Being awake strengthens digestive power and the downward direction of gravitational force works to keep strong stomach acids where they belong.
•Don't eat when you are not hungry or when you are extremely tired - Under these conditions your body may not produce adequate digestive enzymes for efficient digestion.
•Don't drink cold water just before a meal, as it suppresses gastric secretions. - Minimize fluids during and immediately after meals. A cup of water one hour before a meal will help insure that your body has adequate water with which to produce digestive fluids.
•Don't drink coffee and black tea with meals - These drinks can relax the ileo-secal valve, creating premature emptying of the stomach into the small intestine before food is properly broken down by the stomach acids. This, in turn, can lead to indigestion. Remember, these drinks are generally inappropriate for inclusion in an immune-boosting, candida-starving diet.

Food Combining Don'ts:
•Don't eat concentrated proteins like meat, dairy, fish, cheese, protein powders etc. with concentrated starches like grains, sugars, or fruits.
•Don't combine beans or nuts with dairy or meat.
•Don't eat fruit with any other foods.


To Remedy Indigestion or Bloating
The List of Do's:
•Take digestive enzymes - If you feel over-full, you can use one or two extra AbsorbAid capsules after your meal to help your stomach cope with the meal.
•Take activated charcoal capsules - Taking charcoal at the first sign of bloating, nausea, or gas can be helpful, as the charcoal absorbs symptom-causing bacteria. Charcoal is suitable for occasional use only. Do not exceed ten capsules in a day or use the product more than two days per week, as the charcoal can also soak up good bacteria and minerals.
•Use homeopathy - A general homeopathic formula for indigestion can be highly useful. Look for one containing carbo vegetabilis, Nux vomica (a.k.a. Colubrina), and Pulsatilla.
•Drink fresh ginger tea to relieve nausea and bloating - Simmer one to two teaspoons of grated or sliced fresh ginger root for ten minutes in one cup of purified water.
•Drink fresh or dried peppermint tea to help dispel intestinal gas - Steep one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves or three teaspoons of fresh leaves in one cup of boiled water.
•Take fennel seeds - Chewing a half teaspoon full of these aromatic seeds each thirty minutes until your symptoms are relieved helps to reduce discomfort from gas.
•Use Tri Salts or baking soda - One teaspoon of Tri Salts (available from California-based Cardiovascular Research) may relieve heartburn or painful bloating. In a pinch, you can use one teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass of water. Either of these remedies will cause burping, helping to reduce pressure in the stomach. The bicarbonate in the Tri Salts helps neutralize extra stomach acid. (The baking soda option is contraindicated if you have hypertension because sodium bicarbonate has a high salt content.)
•Try carminative essential oil capsules. - Using essential oil capsules containing peppermint can soothe gas and discomfort by acting as a carminative (herbal agent that relieves gas) and an anti-spasmodic (to soothe intestinal spasms). Some essential oil capsules also contain fennel, caraway seed, and other carminative oils. For the quickest relief, you can bite into a capsule and wash the oils down with a few sips of hot water.
•Use herbal bitters as a treatment for upset stomach, excess fullness, and sluggish digestion -
In cases of severe digestive deficiency, bitters can be used both before and after a meal. Take one teaspoon before eating and one after to boost your digestive secretions. Be aware that bitters stimulate all of your digestive functions and can speed bowel transit time. They may also loosen stools. Some bitters have a high senna leaf content and can have an exaggerated laxative effect. This is undesirable on a regular basis because your bowels can become dependent on the laxative. St. Francis Herb Farms brand bitters from Canada are excellent and do not have a strong laxative effect.


A Closing Note on Stress and Digestion
Never underestimate how much your state of mind affects your digestion. Our bodies are practical machines that make very logical decisions about prioritizing life-supporting tasks.If your body is experiencing fear, anxiety, or panic, your survival programming will direct your energy to ensuring that your body is ready to fight or flee.

It will shut down functions not essential for immediate survival, such as digestion and subtle immune processes. When your body is on 'red alert' your subconscious survival physiology will initiate movement of blood and energy resources from non-emergency functions like digestion to functions crucial for physical exertion.

For example, adrenalin levels will increase to keep your heart rate up. Your blood vessels will dilate to fill your muscles with blood rich in nutrients and oxygen, to boost your strength. When you eat while you are stressed, your body is preoccupied with the logistics of emergency procedures. It is unable to simultaneously orchestrate the complex processes needed to efficiently digest. You have next to no resources available with which to break down your food and direct the nutrients to where they need to go in your body. The result can often be physical discomfort from weak digestion, including gas, pain, fatigue and heartburn.

Try three to five minutes of deep breathing before you eat to encourage your body into rest mode before you ask it to accept and process food.

It's more than a Candida Support Forum

 

The Best Candida Information, Support and Recipes

by T L Cornish, CNP

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The Whole Approach Candida Support Forum began in 1998 and to date, has grown to nearly 10,000 pages! It features a massive searchable database of instructions, articles, recipes, discussions, FAQ's, and 14 years of moderated Q&A.  It's also rich in member-to-member discussions that include problems, solutions, and emotional support.

How the Forum can Support You

For instructional support, check out the FAQ's (frequently asked question) covering:  Product Protocol FAQs, Candida Diet FAQ, general Candida Related Complex FAQ and a Women’s Health.  You're likely to discover some answers to questions you didn't even know you had! 

The recipe section of the WholeApproach Candida Forum is like no other!  The recipes are sugar free, gluten free, dairy free (with the exception of a few that have ghee or yogurt) and yeast free.  This recipe collection is the work of creative kitchen geniuses from all over the world who have taken the time to share and inspire others with their contributions. 

Our overall goal is to help you address candida reduction, whole body detoxification; intestinal recovery; and allergy avoidance/recovery. The "Whole Approach" includes an immune boosting; blood sugar balancing; and detoxifying food therapy program; a core product protocol together with additional complementary product and lifestyle information. 

We have a nutritionist moderating our forum, available to answer your questions twice each week on Monday and Thursday mornings.  She offers ongoing coaching and product education during your recovery that emphasizes the art of 'listening to your body' to help you learn what's right for you.  Gradually, as you come to know the foods, herbs and environmental conditions that help you feel your best, you'll be able to expedite your recovery and then maintain your health by reducing or eliminating stressors to your health. 

Mutual Support

By joining the forum you'll also benefit from the virtual 'companionship' of your fellow members and all the wisdom, experience and empathy they have to offer. Those learning at the same pace can provide valuable understanding, inspiration, encouragement and information that is mutually supportive.  

Consistent yet Customizable

The five-phase Candida Cleanse program recommended on our website creates a consistent approach with a proven track record with plenty of room for customization to fit individual needs. 

Additional Benefits of Joining your Fellow Members on the Five Phase Whole Approach Program 

1.     Setting and meeting goals - The phases help to provide order to your program. The established protocol schedule makes sustaining and tracking effectiveness easier than the sporadic trial and error approach that most people experiment with before coming to Whole Approach. This program is also complete, Whole Approach incorporates a comprehensive diet strategy along with product support.

2.    Progress  -  Over the years the forum has received volumes of product and program feedback. We incorporate this feedback into our recommendations and quality product selection. When you are completing the Whole Approach program according to the intended schedule, our forum moderator can make recommendations based on where you are in the protocol and any symptom changes you encounter.  The questionnaire is a useful tool to help track progress and report changes.

3.    Insures anti-fungal rotations  - Another benefit to the scheduled program phases is to help prevent the yeast from adapting to a particular anti-fungal and developing resistance. The sequence of the phases is carefully planned to insure the gentlest, yet most thorough cleansing experience possible. 

4.    Supporting the forum -  The WholeApproach Candida Support Forum is supported by product sales from the Whole Approach Online Store.   By following the Whole Approach program, you not only help yourself, you also help to insure the availability of the forum for the people who depend on it regularly. 

How to Join the Forum

Just click on "join" in the upper left corner of the screen and fill in the blanks/follow the prompts. You'll receive a registration confirmation email requiring you to click on a link within the email to activate your registration - and "presto", you're a member. You'll find tips on using the forums in the Whole Approach welcome section!

About our moderator, Tarilee Cornish CNP

Tarilee is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner who has been guiding people with candidiasis, food allergies and environmental illness since 1995. She has a passionate interest in how we can nourish our health and happiness through reconnecting with our bodies, our food, and the land and people that produce our food. In addition to teaching people about truly natural foods and healthy homes, she promotes investment in our local food economies in order to feed the Economics of Happiness (Helena Norberg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r06_F2FIKM/ Mark Anielski

Grain-Free Breakfast Recommendations for Candida Diet

 

Tarilee's Top Ten Grain-Free Breakfast Recommendations for Candida Diet

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.

How does the Candida Cleanse Protocol Work?

 

Resolving Candida Related Complex - The Whole Approach

by TL Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

The integrity and ecology of our intestines dictate our level of immune, digestive and mental/emotional health. Modern lifestyles can upset the optimum balance of the sensitive intestinal ecosystem made up of thousands of types of microorganisms. Imbalance causes a cascade of biochemical impacts that can affect all body systems.  When intestinal health is disrupted, pathogenic (harmful) microorganisms are no longer successfully kept in check by our beneficial microorganisms and they proliferate, at great expense to their host, (the patient).

Natural systems take time to recover and require an understanding and honoring of life processes along with careful observation. Successful recovery from CRC (Candida Related Complex) requires a comprehensive yet gentle approach that simultaneously strengthens the body terrain while lessening candida populations. As you've likely read about on the Whole Approach instructional pages, the approach we recommend is comprehensive and holistic and includes:

  • Nourishment and replenishment, (nutritional, emotional and immune supports)

  • Yeast reduction candida cleanse, removal (anti-fungals, colon cleansing and a careful food therapy program.)

  • Purification (detoxification and lifestyle improvements)

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This whole body approach/whole lifestyle program is supported by the products and services provided by Whole Approach.com. It has proven successful even in cases where multiple 'quick fix' or other less complete protocols have been tried in the past. To begin, reduction of yeast populations is first addressed through a candida cleanse. Three products are combined to form a colon scrubbing, toxin absorbing anti-fungal drink. This is used for at least three months along with quality probiotic (acidophilus and bifidus) supplementation. Severe or long-standing conditions may require an ongoing program that includes products to address systemic fungus (beyond the intestinal tract.) For those who may need it, a total of five different protocol phases have been designed for use in concert with a holistic food and lifestyle therapy program.

Diet recommendations transition from a more restricted to less restricted diet when symptoms improve (as determined by a weekly symptom questionnaire).  The above program has been proven to outperform antifungal drug therapy.  In a clinical comparison conducted by a registered nurse and acupuncturist, Colet Lahoz, RNC, the results of those using the candida cleanse surpassed those on the drug therapy on several measures. The report on this clinical comparison is listed on the Whole Approach website.

Registered members of Whole Approach forum can also participate in the mutually supportive online healing community while benefiting from the twice weekly guidance of a nutritionist.

Detoxification through a candida cleanse can be challenging.  As toxins are dislodged, symptoms may increase temporarily. However as we begin to vitalize our body terrain, we can enjoy many benefits. Our immune resilience grows and our physical, mental and emotional health improves.   Candida cleansing and detoxification at least once a year for one to three months can go a long way towards preserving long-term health. What better way to start out your new year on a healthy path!!!

What is Candida?

 

What is Candida?©

by Andrew Gutauskas

Overview

It has been nearly three decades since C. Orian Truss, MD, an allergist in Birmingham, Alabama, presented to a medical forum his observation that depressed patients are affected by a yeast organism called Candida albicans. This yeast was not a new or unique discovery as it had been treated by gynecologists and pediatricians for years in the form of vaginitis in women and thrush in infants. What was remarkable about Truss's report was drawing the relationship between clinical depression, a "mental" disorder and yeast, an infective organism usually associated only with superficial human infections. Truss presented a series of papers on the injury the yeast organism Candida subjects the human body to in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. By the early 1980's, other physicians interested in chronic illness and allergy began to explore yeast's relationship in causing numerous unexplained illnesses. By the late 1980's, the medical community became divided into two camps: those who "believed" in the condition known as systemic candidiasis or CRC (Canadida Related Complex) and those who did not believe in it. The believers largely consisted of alternative medical practitioners who already subscribed to many theories lying outside the medical mainstream; the nonbelievers began to publish editorials in the orthodox medical journals claiming that the yeast syndrome was a fad and did not have any legitimacy in medical diagnosis or treatment.

Detecting Candidiasis

While this disconcerting set of events has made candidiasis (also referred to as Candida Related Complex or CRC) a difficult condition to work with as a patient or as a physician, there have been many rewards for both in pursuing understanding of the yeast syndrome. Chronic illness frequently is diagnosed in very black and white terms such as arthritis, asthma, ulcer and psoriasis. However, many chronic conditions are not as easily diagnosed and present incredible frustration for both doctor and patient. For example many patients have, at a relatively young age 30-40, difficulties with remembering and calculating simple sales register receipts. Obviously it is very unlikely that these individuals have major brain disorders such as Alzheimer's. But what can explain these lessened abilities to think in apparently normal persons? Others continue to experience recurrent upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, sore throats, ear infections and colds with no apparent cause. Despite numerous rounds of antibiotics, even throat or ear surgery, they continue to have infection after infection. Other patients have terrible digestive tract disorders with continuous gas, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or heartburn, trying all sorts of medications and diets with little relief of their symptoms. What could be the cause of these symptoms? As unbelievable as it may be to many patients and doctors, this often ignored yeast, Candida albicans, can frequently be the culprit. Yet Candida is not easily "eliminated." We all look for the simple pill to cure all our problems; Candida is just not responsive to the magic bullet.

Treating Candidiasis

We know that there is often a relationship between Candida and these treatment resistant chronic illnesses because when we attack the yeast and have the patient follow programs designed to control it, the patient responds remarkably. Even the patient who previously failed with a "quick" candida treatment will respond if a program is designed with an appropriate candida diet, long-term use of anti-Candida therapy and complementary nutritional supplementation. In addition, other modalities such as acupuncture and naturopathy can play an important role in supporting the restoration of the Candida patient to their normal condition.

It has been quite difficult to develop research studies on treating patients having chronic illness labeled candidiasis or CRC when Candida is not easily diagnosed by a standard test. Further, even when the patient and physician are open to treating Candida, the usual quick one or two course treatments of Nystatin, Nizoral or Diflucan are usually insufficient to eradicate the more chronic cases. S. Colet Lahoz, RN, a nurse and acupuncturist in Minnesota, decided to undertake a research study of diagnosing and treating candida related complex employing a well-scheduled program of diet, anti-Candida fungicide, nutritional supportive supplements, as well as acupuncture. The study followed patients who scored high on questionnaires designed by Crook and Trowbridge to screen for candidiasis. Patients were asked to compare their symptom responses following essentially no anti-candida program, a drug regimen or the program designed by Lahoz involving diet, a four-part anti-Candida colon-cleansing component, as well as nutritional supplementation.

The results of the study demonstrated Candida symptoms could be better controlled by patients who followed the Lahoz protocol than patients who followed diet and anti-fungal drugs. More remarkable was the constancy of symptom response for those who completed the bowel-cleansing program. The study strongly suggests that the yeast syndrome is not only tied into many chronic illnesses but that the gastro-intestinal tract is the primary site where yeast settles. It argues again for the theory the hygienists championed a century earlier - that an unhealthy lower bowel is the breeding ground for infection and inflammation which can cause illness throughout the body; that cleaning out the lower bowel will only improve an individual's health; that ignoring the bowel's hygiene will lead to more generalized chronic illness.

Conquering Yeast Infections: the Non-Drug Solution for Men and Women by S. Colet Lahoz, RN, MS, Lac, is a book for believers in the yeast syndrome as well as for patients and physicians who have been frustrated by difficulties in managing candidiasis. It describes in a very readable format the basis for Candida as cause of chronic illness. Lahoz reviews the difficulty in diagnosing Candida by conventional laboratory testing and examines the tools most practitioners use in evaluating new and long-standing patients. She presents the data Dr's. Truss, Crook, Trowbridge and Walker and others have published on diagnosing and treating CRC.

Lahoz presents the components of her four-part colon cleansing program comprised of Attogram Corp's anti-Candida oil Caproyl, our liquid clay cleanser Bentonite, Psyllium powder, and probiotics. Lahoz uses the colon-cleansing program twice daily with the anti-Candida diet for a minimum of three months to effectively clean the colon of yeast overgrowth and toxins.

Caproyl, Bentonite, Psyllium, probiotic, Candida Natural Treatment, Lahoz

Candida Cleanse for a Healthier New Year!

 

T L Cornish CNP

 

The integrity and ecology of our intestines dictate our level of immune, digestive and mental/emotional health. Modern lifestyles can upset the optimum balance of the sensitive intestinal ecosystem made up of thousands of types of microorganisms. Imbalance causes a cascade of biochemical impacts that can affect all body systems.  When intestinal health is disrupted, pathogenic (harmful) microorganisms are no longer successfully kept in check by our beneficial microorganisms and they proliferate, at great expense to their host, (the patient).

 

Hidden Cause of Illness

 Yeast and fungus overgrowth have always been in our bodies but the conditions of our modern world are causing a steady rise in the numbers of people sickened by yeast overgrowth. Of particular concern is a yeast called Candida albicans. Candida levels can grow gradually over a number of years or quite suddenly in a few weeks depending on the number and severity of the health stressors the patient is exposed to.  The longer the condition has existed, the more entrenched and mature the yeast/fungus forms become and the longer it takes to correct the illness.

Common presentations of a yeast or fungal condition include a seemingly unrelated myriad of physical, mental and emotional symptoms that can include: cognitive impairment, (i.e. decreased concentration and memory), depression, irritability, anxiety, chronic upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, sore throats, ear infections and lasting cold-like symptoms. Other manifestations can include puffy eyes, skin conditions, food and chemical sensitivities, bloating, flatulence, mouth infections, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation or heartburn. The illness can affect men, women and children and genital yeast may or may not be present.

Despite the well known clinical fact that terminal diseases such as Aids or cancer are often accompanied by severe systemic fungal growth, there is little medical acknowledgement of in otherwise weakened patients. There is a shortage of research studies relating to treatment of candida overgrowth and limited access to accurate laboratory tests.  This sometimes controversial condition can be difficult to diagnose and since it requires comprehensive diet/lifestyle support to resolve, few doctors specialize in it. It is not uncommon for a yeast problem to remain undiagnosed for many years. (1) See article in reference number one as well as the link in the Diagnosis section below to see a full symptom questionnaire and discussion related to diagnosis.

 

The Perfect Storm

Modern lifestyles constantly expose us to substances and conditions that can weaken our body systems and boost fungal growth. Stress, pharmaceutical drugs, (both prescription and over the counter), food additives, genetically modified food,  chronic low-level nutritional deficiencies, chlorinated water, coffee,  toxic emissions from indoor and outdoor air pollution and constant exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) (2,3) deplete our bodies’ available energy, vitality and innate health defenses. For example, we have beneficial intestinal microorganisms, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bifidus that are tasked with inhibiting their pathogenic 'neighbors' like yeast. Many of the above mentioned health stressors are directly antagonistic to these helper bacteria, leaving us with low to non-existent populations of and thus extra vulnerable to our guest pathogens.

 

We further advantage the yeast with consumption of food that directly feed them. Sugar, alcohol and starch provide perfect yeast food. In addition, our constant exposure to electromagnetic pollution, (from our electrical systems, wireless technology and fluorescent type lighting), encourage Candida albicans (3) to thrive inside our body. This situation disrupts our synergistic intestinal ecosystem that is required to nourish our entire body and mind.

 

Whole Body Health Stress

The overgrowth of yeast and fungi creates a complex and wide-reaching biochemical impact. We're going to look at three of the impacts of Candida albicans, which in its more advanced form, become an invasive fungus, and in serious cases, can spread to just about any part of the body. The condition of an overgrowth of candida has come to be known as Candida Related Complex,(CRC.)

CRC increases a toxic candida byproduct called acetaldehyde. CRC can also reduce levels of the essential neurotransmitter, serotonin. And it can result in damage to the intestinal lining, which leads to immune stress.

 

Acetaldehyde Poisoning from Yeast Metabolism

Dr. Stephen Cooter, author of, "Beating Chronic Disease", explains that candida overgrowth causes the accumulation of toxic acetaldehyde, "Acetaldehyde is ordinarily tolerated in our bodies in very small amounts but in larger concentrations it's known to poison tissues - accumulating in the brain, spinal cord, joints, muscles and tissues."(4)

Dr Orion Truss C. Orian Truss, MD, an allergist in Alabama has been publishing reports about harm done by Candida since 1983 including a series of papers in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. He describes the impact of acetaldehyde on the metabolic, neurological, endocrine (hormonal) and immune systems as "wreaking havoc." He has also shown that acetaldehyde interferes with acetylcholine levels. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter crucial for the healthy function of the corpus callosum in our brain. The corpus callosum is responsible for motor, sensory, and cognitive transfer between the left and right brain hemispheres. It is the same toxin that accumulates in the brains and bodies of people with alcoholism.(5)

 

Serotonin Deficiency

The intestinal imbalance associated with candida overgrowth can create a reduction in serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that contributes to joy and relaxation while also regulating many biological functions. Most people think of serotonin as a brain chemical. In fact, about 90% of our total serotonin is, in a healthy person, produced and stored in cells lining the intestines!

Serotonin acts locally in the intestines to regulate intestinal movements but this storehouse of serotonin is also needed to sustain many nervous system functions. These include the regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep. It also modulates memory, learning, mood, perception, reward, anger, aggression, appetite, memory, sexuality, and attention.

The toxic impacts of yeast-released acetaldehyde combined with reduction in our serotonin levels can suppress our physical, emotional and mental health in an alarming number of ways. In addition, the candida fungus can impact the integrity of our intestines by penetrating the intestinal lining, causing it to leak its contents into the bloodstream. (6)

 

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition in which the intestinal lining is compromised from damage caused by intestinal pathogens like candida. Candida dendrites (or roots) burrow into the tender tissue of the digestive tract and create perforations that can allow food and microbiological waste to pass through to the bloodstream. 

Our bloodstream is not intended to assimilate with this kind of waste so the immune system, liver and lymphatic drainage become strained with the work of defending the body against this unexpected debris. If it happens to pass from the intestinal lymph fluid to the heart it is then it also has to be filtered by our lungs and can lead to chronic respiratory conditions. A further possible consequence of this condition, due to the onslaught of internally leaked pollutants, is immune system hyper-vigilance. This increases allergic reactions and the risk of autoimmune conditions like arthritis as well as chronic inflammation, fatigue, and brain fog. (7)

As you can see, the combined impact of acetaldehyde poisoning, the reduced support of the essential neurotransmitter serotonin AND the damage to the intestinal system places significant strain on our health. It should be noted that there are many additional consequences of yeast overgrowth that we have not explored here.

 

Diagnosis

Since accurate diagnostics for CRC are hard to find, expensive and in some cases, limited in accuracy, practitioners will often diagnose yeast/fungi by observing the patient's response to an anti-fungal program, in other words, Diagnosis by Treatment. However there are some other helpful diagnostic options that can be useful to learn about. Check out this thread on the Whole Approach website about diagnosing candida. 

 

Resolving CRC

Natural systems take time to recover and require an understanding and honoring of life processes along with careful observation. Successful recovery from CRC requires a comprehensive yet gentle approach that simultaneously strengthens the body terrain while lessening candida populations. As you've likely read about on the Whole Approach instructional pages, the approach we recommend is comprehensive and holistic and includes:

 

  • Nourishment and replenishment, (nutritional, emotional and immune supports)
  • Yeast reduction candida cleanse, removal (anti-fungals, colon cleansing and a careful food therapy program.)
  • Purification (detoxification and lifestyle improvements)

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This whole body approach/whole lifestyle program is supported by the products and services provided by Whole Approach.com. It has proven successful even in cases where multiple 'quick fix' or other less complete protocols have been tried in the past. To begin, reduction of yeast populations is first addressed through a candida cleanse. Three products are combined to form a colon scrubbing, toxin absorbing anti-fungal drink. This is used for at least three months along with quality probiotic (acidophilus and bifidus) supplementation. Severe or long-standing conditions may require an ongoing program that includes products to address systemic fungus (beyond the intestinal tract.) For those who may need it, a total of five different protocol phases have been designed for use in concert with a holistic food and lifestyle therapy program.

 

Diet recommendations transition from a more restricted to less restricted diet when symptoms improve (as determined by a weekly symptom questionnaire).  The above program has been proven to outperform antifungal drug therapy.  In a clinical comparison conducted by a registered nurse and acupuncturist, Colet Lahoz, RNC, the results of those using the candida cleanse surpassed those on the drug therapy on several measures. The report on this clinical comparison is listed on the Whole Approach website.

 

Registered members of Whole Approach forum can also participate in the mutually supportive online healing community while benefiting from the twice weekly guidance of a nutritionist:  

 

Detoxification through a candida cleanse can be challenging.  As toxins are dislodged, symptoms may increase temporarily. However as we begin to vitalize our body terrain, we can enjoy many benefits. Our immune resilience grows and our physical, mental and emotional health improves.   Candida cleansing and detoxification at least once a year for one to three months can go a long way towards preserving long-term health. What better way to start out your new year on a healthy path!!!

 

Happy New Year!

 

Tarilee

*references available by request through contact page

Candida Diet Tips from our Veterans

 

If you've not checked out this wonderful collection of diet tips, just before the holiday temptations might be a great time to read this!

 

See what our veterans suggest after learning strategies that work best for them!

 

http://www.wholeapproach.com/n...08/2008_october.html

 

Tarilee

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