- April 19, 2015 at 3:23 pm #171110
jbn500ParticipantTopics: 1Replies: 4
I’ve somewhat reached a wall and I was wondering if anyone has some good advice.
I got a Food Allergy Panel test which also included a reaction towards Candida Albicans. I also got a Microbial Organic Acid Test. The Food Allergy Panel reported severe activity with Candida Albicans and my Microbial Organic Acid Test showed my Arabinose levels off the charts. So my naturopath told me to take Nystatin 3x a day for 2 weeks along with VSL#3 at night and to also go on a diet where I avoided simple carbohydrates, alcohol, and sugars. I was to follow the diet, nystatin and probiotics for 2 weeks, then stop the nystatin and continue the diet and probiotics for 1 week, and then start the nystatin again with the probiotics and diet for another two weeks. During this 5-week period, just the first week I noticed some die-off symptoms (I felt really tired with very light flu-like symptoms). After that, the only symptom I had consistently was this fogginess, or as if my vision was a little glossy, although I could see perfectly fine. And throughout the 5 weeks, I would occasionally experience symptoms that I would experience from before when I wasn’t on the treatment regimen. In a nutshell, if I have a combination of food and alcohol for dinner (for example, spaghetti carbonara and a glass of red italian wine–spaghetti carbonara consists of the spaghetti itself, of course, 1 egg, cheese, homemade ground italian sausage, and asparagus) then about 2-3 hours later, always occurring at night, I would start feeling sick. Namely, I would suddenly wake up and feel like my heart was beating faster, I would have difficulty breathing, I would have a lot of anxiety, I would need to go to the bathroom multiple times, the first time being a regular bowel movement, and then afterwards it would turn into diarrhea, and between all this, I would have to urinate every 10-15 minutes, and it would miraculously be clear as water. I would also start feeling nauseous and feel like I needed to vomit, although I never did. This would last 6-7 hours until I finally felt like the storm passed. Let’s title this occurrence a “Night Episode” for the sake of this post. Before I was diagnosed with Candida, I thought it was low stomach acid and I discovered Betaine HCL, which 7/10 times would allow me to eat the foods and alcohol that I wanted, without having one of those night episodes. But 3/10 times, it would fail and I’d be up all night.
So after the 5-week regimen, I did another Microbial Organic Acid test (the results of which I’m still waiting for because it takes 2 weeks) and I thought I would try reintroducing foods. So one day I had a very small plate of macaroni and cheese (like 15 rigatoni pasta tubes worth). I was fine that night. The next day, I had the same quantity of pasta with a chocolate chip cookie and at night I had the famous spaghetti carbonara with 5-6 sips of red wine. Well…that night I had an episode. Up again all night after being clear of episodes for 3 weeks straight (longest time without one). My conclusion…the treatment plan hadn’t worked. During this time though, on my diet, I was also having whole wheat bread (I have no gluten allergy), some potatoes, and some corn (like corn tortillas).
So I researched and came upon this biofilm concept. By the way, I restarted the diet the very next day after my night episode. So I called my naturopath and told him what had happened. He really was stumped as to how the treatment plan couldn’t have worked. I brought up the concept of the biofilm and he made it sound like it was more for bacterial overgrowth rather than candida. Anyways, he suggested that I get a few colon hydrotherapy sessions as well as start using Interfase Plus while doing the entire treatment plan over again.
Here’s my new daily routine (this time with no complex carbs either):
Morning – 2 hours before breakfast, 3 Interfase Plus capsules + 1 N-acetyl-cysteine capsule. 1 hour before breakfast, 1 tablet of 500,000 nystatin. After breakfast, 5,000mg of L-Glutamine, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or 4 capsules of coconut oil), 1 capsule of r-lipoic acid, 1 500mg Vitamin C capsule, 1 capsule of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
Between breakfast and lunch, I will pour 4-6 drops of oregano oil in a little water and drink it down.
Afternoon – A couple hours after lunch, I will take another 3 Interfase Plus capsules + 1 n-acetyl-cystiene capsule. And an hour after that, I will have another nystatin tablet. With lunch, I would have had coconut oil/capsules.
Night – most of the time before dinner (if enough time has elapsed since lunch) I will take another 2 Interfase Plus capsules + 1 n-acetyl-cysteine capsule and an hour later 1 nystatin tablet. With dinner, I would have had coconut oil/capsules.
Before I go to bed, I have another capsule of r-lipoic acid, another 500mg of vitamin C, and another capsule of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) as well as 1 or 2 capsules of VSL#3.
So right now, it’s been about 3 days since I’ve started the Interfase Plus, and still no die-off symptoms. Am I doing something wrong? I just don’t get it. I want to eat normally and enjoy my life again and not be afraid I’m going to have a night episode all the time.
If it helps, the things that I believe led me to this place is the following:
I was born via cesarean section so I think I missed out on the good flora of my mom through regular birth. Then my mom breastfed me but after 6 months or so, she gave me regular milk which I guess gave me an allergic reaction because I was so colicky, I would get ear infections all the time until I was like 8 (remember that pink antibiotic liquid??) and then after I started having asthma. Meanwhile, every time I caught a cold, I would take some kind of antibiotics, either Zithromax, or Biaxin, or something of that sort. In high school I had anxiety when going out at night with friends, so my doctor told me to pop a Zantac every time before and it would “calm my stomach.” Ignorant of what Zantac actually did, I popped them like candy. Then my mom passed away and I started drinking, a lot. So I would get heartburn and I would take more Zantac and doctors would sometimes give me Nexium as well. Then I started getting multiple cases of food poisoning and doctors insisted that I continue on Nexium. My bowel movements started becoming irregular and I was straining a lot so doctors thought I had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and gave me Xifaxan (very strong antibiotics, but not systemic, only for the gut). Nothing got better, so another doctor suggested I re-do the Xifaxan but this time, watching that I don’t have too much sugar to feed the bacteria. This time, I took even more doses per day and for a longer period of time (14 days). Nothing was getting better. I started having this constant urge to take a deep breath and I almost always felt this tightness in my sternum (which I still have during my diet and treatment for Candida), I had constant heartburn and I would have those night episodes as well in between. After this is when I discovered Betaine HCL and that helped me for several months until I felt like I didn’t want to take these pills for the rest of my life so I also got the Hiedelberg test which showed me stomach acid levels to be absolutely normal. The only possibility left was Candida and the test results I spoke of before showed I had it.
Please, any help is very much appreciated. I’ve lost 10 pounds. I’m 6’1″ and weigh only 145 now. And it keeps going down no matter how many almonds, almond butter, coconut oil and avocados I eat.
Thank you in advance.
-JonApril 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm #171188
The YamsParticipantTopics: 1Replies: 1
Give this a watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOYIFKrGbrM.
It talks about how healthy candida can be transformed into bad candida and eliminating ALL the bad candida is essential.
I am on the standard candida diet but if that doesn’t work i’ll definitely try the above.April 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm #171189
rasterParticipantTopics: 104Replies: 6838
The problem is you are going back to your old habits from before the diet when this is something you should not do at all. You need to give the bad foods and alcohol a break for a very long time and then it won’t be so bad.
But if you consume regularly, you are overflowing your pool basically. The diet will get your pool lower, but then what happens when you throw more crap in the pool? It overflows! So you need to stop throwing crap into the pool and then it won’t be as bad. Eventually your reservoir will be lower and then you can throw more crap in the pool.
It isn’t the diet/plan that isn’t working, its that you are testing your bodily limits by pigging out and having a good time. Here’s something I wanted to mention…there are gluten free alternatives and stuff on the diet that is just as good as the junk food you want (except you can’t replace alcohol). For instance, instead of getting regular pasta, get organic brown rice pasta. Big difference. Even so, I didn’t have pasta the first 6 months of the diet and I used to eat it every night. I didn’t have alcohol for 2 years until my wedding day. I didn’t have fruit for 6 months and potatoes for 4 months. You need just tough out the diet and not live with your old habits. Tons of good food out there and can give you some recipe links, it just requires lots of kitchen time.
What you are experiencing is some kind of combination of allergic reaction and histamine problem, and this is also related to your asthma and toxicity in general. When you have asthma, you are detoxing via the lungs because you cannot detox via the other 2 processes, via the bowels, and via the skin. So you have all of this pent up toxicity from earlier in your life and you are just adding more to it, and your body can’t handle it.
You don’t really need to add in more antifungals really, you just need to come up with a better plan that involves not eating bad food, addressing liver health and detoxing, and repairing the rest of your body. In other words, you need to heal holistically and this doctor isn’t doing that for you. And a good first step towards this is to get the diet down so you don’t lose weight and have plenty to eat, including 3-4 course meals and snacks between meals. Instead of potatoes, eat rutabega. Instead of alcohol drink kombucha. Instead of coffee drink green tea. Instead of pork sausage eat chicken sausage.
The diet is going to be the main vehicle to get out of this valley and then go from there and consult some other professionals for advice to get better. Since you found out you were allergic to candida, you can take candida hypo-sensitization shots:
They won’t really work unless you do the diet strict for awhile though, and same with nystatin.
Adding in some b vitamins, vitamin c, coconut oil, and a few other things won’t really do that much imo, you need a more it sounds like. Glutamine is a big one that has helped me.
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