As you may know, The Protocol on the forum specifically addresses this issue.
In short; according to the protocol, the detox or cleanse comes first which immediately starts destroying the Candida, the diet second, antifungals third, and the vitamins, herbs and supplements fourth. Next the homemade kefir or yogurt is added which contains beneficial bacteria, then the commercial probiotics containing more beneficial bacteria are added last because, by this time a significant number of Candida will have been eliminated as many members can attest to because of the die-off symptoms. By this time, each of the five steps has attributed to the decrease of the population of the Candida. Of course, as the members have discovered, the commercial probiotics will kill off more of the infestation simply because the bacteria are slowly beginning to build a negative environment for the Candida infestation.
In my experience as well as that of others, the probiotics do not have to wait until the “biggest amount of colonies are gone” in order to help in the elimination as it often causes severe die-off.
Yes the probiotics cause die off because they fight with a part of the candida, yes the antifungals diminish a part of the candida relieving us from some symptoms, yes the protocol makes you feel better after a long time, perhaps even symptom free. I felt like that before, until I made the simple mistake of eating some white rice, getting me contipated for a week and never getting to that point of health again. Why? My guess is: because a big amount of candida was still there just waiting for an opportunity to get ground again. It lies dorment in the gut, we might feel symptom free for a while, but once we get back to normal life a relapse is too easy because of the remaining concentration of candida in the colon. This is because antifungals do not reach the colon in high enough concentrations to be thoroughly effective, and probiotics (which are crazy expensive btw) cant work efficiently if the concentration of candida is too high, like in severe cases like Jorge’s and mine. He also mentioned his gut flora turned out to be normal, but the candida infestation was still there.
There is a reason why it takes up to 18 months to get rid of a candida infestation: the protocol is inefficient. The reason is because using the current method, we basically starve the candida of food, somewhat diminish it with oral anti fungals (which mostly get absorbed into the blood and small intestines), and if the concentration is low enough diminish the rest slowly with probiotics. This is a very painful and inefficient procedure for moderate to severe cases, because you have to live like a monk for a year. I really respect that you got this far this way, but not everyone can do this, especially when there is a way to directly target the base of the candida in the colon with dramatic, fast results.
And this is what is happening right now. Like many other people, I am not in a position to live like a monk and after many years of trying dealing with this problem, having some succes with a protocol only to fall back hard, I have come to realize that the real problem is in the colon. And that is where you wont need diet to keep things quiet, because you are removing the actual cause of the disturbance. After that, the probiotics can take over, the immune system can take over, and we should be fine. This is what i am experiencing right now. I have no reactions to sugar anymore, I dont feel destroyed anymore after a couple of beers. I look and feel better.