Katy Gillett wrote: Hi Able and Neeky Noo, thanks for both your replies. Sure is confusing. I hope you don’t mind me asking Able – what is it that you do for a living? I just ask to see if you’re a scientist/doctor of some sort or has all your knowledge been gained through beating candida?
Hello, Katy. In response to your question above, I’m neither a scientist nor a doctor. However, I own a business, which, even though it keeps me busy, at least it allows me a little freedom to also do what I’ve been doing for the past 15 years which is studying and researching herbs, vitamins and minerals as alternatives to specific prescription medications. Of course, while researching and even experimenting with these supplements and herbs I found that I needed to take courses on human anatomy and the body’s response to various diseases as well as prescription medications.
By the way, I do understand your problem with obtaining products while in Bahrain.
Concerning stopping the Molybdenum; if you’re still experiencing die-off symptoms I would consider adding this back as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral. It’s normally found in the human body in the liver, kidneys, and bones because we receive a small amount of Molybdenum from the foods we eat, such as; cereal and grains, beans, and dark green leafy vegetables. A deficiency of Molybdenum is known to be associated with gum and mouth disorders as well as cancer. So once you start taking it again, you can do so with the knowledge that it is essential to the health of each of us, and is especially needed as long as you have Candida and are experiencing die-off symptoms.
The Garden of Life Enzyme blend is an example of why we should try not to purchase the actual enzymes themselves. Remember I wrote that the Grape Bitters are ‘natural’ and therefore when the bitter taste comes into contact with the receptors on the back of the tongue the bitter receptors are stimulated which in turn allows the body to make its own enzymes in exactly the amounts that it needs for proper digestion. A capsule containing the actual enzymes can’t do this. Plus, when we take the enzymes themselves, we’re basically telling the body we no longer need it to make our enzymes for us, and the body often will automatically stop all production of its own enzymes, which is not what we want.
In addition, the Garden of Life enzymes contain the enzyme cellulase which will break down two of the enzymes we get in vegetables, and the by-product of the breakdown is a sugar which will feed the Candida, so you want to avoid purchasing any supplement which contains either cellulase or hemicellulase.
If you purchase a Hydrochloric acid supplement (HCL), be sure to buy “Betaine HCL” as it’s more potent and more likely to do exactly what you need it to do.
Also, if you’re going to eat fruit on the diet, I would eat only the blueberries in very small amounts just a few times a week for a while at least, and then you could try adding something like half of a Granny Smith apple occasionally.
You wrote, “I was just asking whether someone without Candida is better off with an alkaline environment whereas someone with Candida is better off with a more acidic environment? Or at least would need to acidify more because they are too alkaline?”
Let me explain the natural pH balance which is normally in the human body. There’s a huge misconception about the acidic and alkaline balance in the body, and it all stems from the way our pH is normally tested. The way that’s done is to test either the blood, urine, or saliva, and all three of these are normally more alkalized. So many people assume that the entire body is and should be more alkalized than acidic. But this is not necessarily true.
The only way to get a true picture of the pH of the human body is to look at one section at a time, because some parts are naturally more acidic than others, and some more alkaline than others. So if you did a pH check on the individual parts of the body this is what you’d find:
The skin is naturally more acidic, and so is the vagina. Both the stomach and the digestive system normally have a highly acidic environment. However, the blood is naturally more alkaline as are some other parts of the body. So this is why it’s so misleading to make a claim that the human body itself should have a certain pH balance, or that it should be more of one than the other because it really all depends on which part of the body you’re talking about.
The reasons that a more acidic environment is natural and needed in certain areas of the body are because, for one, the skin is more acidic because it has to protect itself from environmental factors such bacteria and toxins. The vagina also maintains an acidic environment for protection, and when the pH balance goes too high (too alkalized), yeast and bacterial infections can be the result.
The stomach and digestive system are normally highly acidic because the digestive acids are part of the process of digesting and utilizing the foods we eat as fuel, plus the acidic environment protects us from such things as fungal infections in the digestive system. When the digestive system becomes too alkaline because of eating too many alkalizing foods such as fruit (guess who’s guilty), then yeast is allowed to grow and Candida is often the result. Of course, too many of the foods that the yeast live on such as sugar and simple carbohydrates can also cause yeast to overgrow.
You wrote, “I’d like to know what your thoughts were on my current diet? Should I be stricter? And what about the bread recipe I use? I’ve found myself literally addicted to it however, so I am considering cutting out the bread but I find it so helpful in terms of snacks.”
I would first substitute coconut flour for the brown rice flour, at least for several weeks. The reason I say this is because the comparison between white and brown rice as far as the amounts are concerned are close to being equal, so I would assume the same is true for the flour. This is the comparison I’m talking about:
Amount of carbs:
Brown rice: 49gr
White rice: 49gr
Brown rice: 59
White rice: 69
Percentage of starch:
Brown rice: 77
White rice: 79
The buckwheat flour I think is fine. Basically the diet that a person with Candida should follow is the diabetic’s diet minus most of the complex carbohydrates allowed on their diet. To me that means looking at the glycemic index of any food that may be questionable. The glycemic index of the millet grain is 71, so I would imagine it’s even a little higher in the flour since it’s broken down. To compare that number, the GI number of most vegetables is 15, and the GI of a boiled potato is just 56. So personally, I’d leave the millet out of my diet.
About the ThreeLac product; this is basically just a probiotic of course. The problem I have with it is that it contains only three strains of probiotics. More strains in your probiotic would be more beneficial. I think I mentioned Ultimate Flora Critical Colon BifidoMAX 80 Billion 14-Strain Probiotic capsules. I don’t know if you’ll be able to find this product or anything else with that many strains or count offline or not, but you can order it from iHerb if you need to after you return to the UK.
Your quote, “I’m also interested to know how long it took you to beat your candida infestation.”
When I first realized I had Candida I immediately started the diet to the full degree that I thought was necessary. I was also taking probiotics, oil of oregano, garlic, and several prebiotic herbs. It didn’t take very long to reach the point where I was experiencing zero symptoms, so as most people do, I slowly started introducing new foods such as sweet potatoes, dried beans, and almond butter. But within just a few weeks I was completely back to square one with the symptoms, so the second time I started the full treatment I decided I wouldn’t go off the diet just because the symptoms disappeared. I also tripled the count of probiotics, increased the amount of oil of oregano, and then added Molybdenum and Candidate for the die-off because I knew my plan would mean worse die-off symptoms; but I wanted to be rid of the Candida more than anything else so this is the course I chose.
The second time it took about the same amount of time to experience zero symptoms, but considering the length of time it takes most people, it was extremely short. All in all, counting the first and second times I fought it with the full dosages of antifuntals and the strictest diet, the time period was about three months. In other words, it probably took me about six to seven weeks to reach the no-symptom point both times. Actually the first time was a bit longer, but I don’t count the first two weeks on that first try because I spent most of that time hunting out hidden triggers such as toothpaste, table salt, and those ‘extra’ ingredients in different supplements. I also needed to research any interactions between the herbs and the different supplements and antifungals I used. It also took me a few weeks to get away from that cup of coffee (caffeine) in the mornings and ice tea during the day. Even Stevia presented a problem for me, but when I switched to Truvia I had no further problems. The second time I started the treatment none of that was necessary.
I’m really sorry that this is so long, but I wanted to address all of your questions as clearly as possible.
Take care, Able.