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    empress
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    I need help!
    ** very personal and potentially graphic

    I have been trolling the internet for countless hours over the past month and of course have run across everything imaginable and have considered and contemplated so many things but can’t get a handle on it, it seems to get bigger and bigger! ( mercury potential? I love tuna, hypo-hyper thyroid?)

    My story:
    -2 yo female

    -took oral contraceptives for about 9 years from 17-28
    -then had two kids and started using IUD

    –I have been plagued by vaginal yeast infections for over 20 years starting when I was about 18. Treated with OTC creams for years, probably got 4-5 a year.

    –don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t drink caffeine or artificial sweeteners, don’t get brain fog, or unexplained aches and pains

    –No excessive use of antibiotics, the occasional 10 day usage for pneumonia or otherwise.
    Other than these I am a healthy 42 year old female. When I read the list of symptoms of candida overgrowth (which is extensive) of course I have some but who doesn’t! I occassionally have gastro issues but wouldn’t anyone if they had my sweet tooth (which I have always had), have dry skin but not eczema or any other skin issues.

    –I definitely am attracted to sugar and salt, can easily down a bag of tortilla chips and then a pint of ice cream–I generally don’t but I am aware I definitely overdo it on both these things.
    –I am not overweight which I always attribute to a favorable metabolism.

    –10 years ago I saw a doctor ‘specialist’ and we experimented going on and off diflucan until she put me on a weekly regimen which has been working to keep the yeast in check although I do tend to feel it in the background despite this. In the past few months I have been noticing it more and wondering if it is becoming resistant to the diflucan.

    So I had the IUD removed, got femdophilus and caprylic acid and eliminated sugar from my diet a month ago. What I can’t figure out is is it all really necessary? Will it make a difference? Will I be able to return to eating if I keep my sweets in moderation after 6 months or does the absence of all the other candida symptoms mean there is something else going on and I don’t need to bother with the diet. I am doing ok on it but lets face it. If I could have cheese and peanut butter and maybe a brownie from time to time I would be a lot happier individual.

    I’m willing to follow through with the plan for as long as necessary if necessary but just want to know that it is candida overgrowth and not something else, I can’t find any other common causes of just vaginal yeast without all the other stuff.

    #117172

    Vegan Catlady
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    Hormonal issues are a strong influence for yeast infections.
    Are your cycles regular? Any other female issues? Unusual fatigue?
    Extreme salt cravings?

    Cutting out sugar isnt going to make-or-break you, where your symptoms are localized.
    That doesnt offer a green-light to sugar, as excess can probably encourage yeast growth elsewhere over time.

    Im inclined to think this is hormonal, and balancing your hormones might put an end to the yeast infections without having to deal with the candida directly.

    So many people here tackle the candida, when the real issue isnt candida at all, but a problem that causes the candida overgrowth.

    Your immune system and good bacteria should be handling this on its own.
    When it doesnt, acidosis and hormonal issues are common causes from what I have researched.

    If I can be of any help, let me know.
    Otherwise, its good your yeast is localized, and you can probably handle this situation within a few months.

    Im originally from Attleboro,lol….hows the weather up there around now? 🙂

    #117173

    empress
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    Thank you so much for your quick response. Weather here is raw and cold but snow is almost melted and we’re hoping for spring!!

    I am pleased with an expert assessment but am uncertain where to go now. Like I said, I am on board with substantially limiting sugar and carbs but adding in the occassional fruit and some low glycemic carbs would help substantially towards my keeping on the ‘diet’/way of eating.

    Menstrually I am relatively normal although I was highly abnormal from age 18-29 going sometimes 6 months without getting it and then needing provera to induce to cleanse. Gradually more normal over the past 10 years after kids.

    How to I investigate or adjust hormonal issues? the doc only did rounds of diflucan so I am hesistant to go that route again.

    #117175

    raster
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    You could have candida in a specific organ such as your kidneys and this is why you get uti’s…this is what my naturopath thinks causes uti’s.

    Unless you have like 20+ symptoms then I don’t think you have an overgrowth of it…

    However if you are constipated, which means pooping less than 2-3 times per day, than this would indicate a digestive disorder.

    Everyone has candida, but not everyone has pathogenic candida.

    -raster

    #117176

    empress
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    I don’t get uti’s, just vaginal yeast infections. I only go once every other day but I’ve read online that that is within the range of normal. But I have been trying to improve digestion lately, green smoothies with no fruit, adding ground flax to my eggs, LOTS of varied veggies raw or steamed, eating kimchi (never heard of before a week ago! and have never been a fan of fermented/pickled foods) digestive enzyme, and chewing more thoroughly. I experienced bloating and discomfort for a few days and went twice in one day but now that my system has adjusted I am still once every other day although softer than before.

    #117177

    raster
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    If you are pooping every other day, this means you are constipated which is a digestive disorder. If you have a digestive disorder, this could cause candida to become pathogenic. Its normal to poop this often in america but it certainly isn’t healthy. I go 2-3 times per day myself and was just like you at one time.

    -raster

    #117178

    empress
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    ok, so if it is a digestive disorder, is changing the way I am eating as I have so far going to improve the situation over time and if so how long on average? or do I need to do something else? I did try looking for a naturopath in my area that has extensive knowledge of these issues but I couldn’t find any in basic searches online (I’m sure there are some in metro Boston but I’m not sure how to find them)

    #117179

    raster
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    Check out this website for searching:

    https://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117

    Yes, by going healthier and eating more vegetables, you will improve your digestion. It takes a long time to improve it from my experience…for me I went from .5bm per day to 1bm per day after 6 months. Then it took me a whole year to get to 2bm’s per day. Then it took me another 1-2 years to get to 3bm’s per day.

    When you don’t poop enough, that food stays in your body fermenting, which creates a environment that not only benefits the yeast, but other bad bugs too such as parasites, bacteria, microbes, etc. This generally contributes to toxicity.

    Another thing to consider is doing a colon cleanse (hydrotherapy) and this likely will bring benefit starting out. I wouldn’t do it more than once or a few times personally. You colon could be filled with junk causing problems…

    -raster

    #117181

    Vegan Catlady
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    Your probably about 45 minutes away, but I used to work at 7 Arrows Herb farm in Attleboro.

    They would definitely be able to tell you who to see, I would think, since they get all kinds of NDs and midwives in and out of there from what I remember.

    Not only that, but the people who work there are often helping with the classes,
    we have had Rosemary Gladstar and many others there offering classes and in town for expos.
    7 Arrows is a place the naturopaths know 🙂
    Ooooh! I just checked out the classes they are offering, and they are doing a Master Class, which means there would definitely be someone there who could help you!

    If you go, please tell them Lori said Hi, and that I miss them so much that im homesick!
    http://www.sevenarrowsfarm.com/index.html

    They are right by rt 152

    #117184

    Jessgentry26
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    OK so I just wanted to send an update and would love your input… I started the cleanse (i’m on day two) and I have zero sugar craving… and this may sound weird but when i’m doing candida diet i never really have sugar cravings I’m able to drop sugar really easily…the only thing i crave is cauliflower. Yeah, cauliflower like gotta have it now so good cauliflower. When I do eat sugar I go nuts but I crave nuts more than anything when I do have the option of eating sugar and then when I’m on the diet (even when i was on the diet for 2 months strong) I craved cauliflower which causes bloating and I actually believed for awhile cauliflower set off my candida…I know this may sound crazy but any thoughts…?

    #117185

    Vegan Catlady
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    empress;55699 wrote: ok, so if it is a digestive disorder, is changing the way I am eating as I have so far going to improve the situation over time and if so how long on average? or do I need to do something else? I did try looking for a naturopath in my area that has extensive knowledge of these issues but I couldn’t find any in basic searches online (I’m sure there are some in metro Boston but I’m not sure how to find them)

    Just so that you know, balancing out female hormones may alone correct the constipation.
    Often female hormones are closely tied to elimination, dont ask me why 😉

    There is a possibility that you might not have a digestive problem at all, when you are estrogen-dominant or favoring progesterone towards the end of the cycle, it causes constipation.
    I have heard that progesterone especially encourages frequent yeast infections in women, I learned this from a doctor who wanted to educate on me on hormonal issues that women have after 40. That was about all the help she was,lol.

    I am presently trying to work out endometriosis (estrogen dominance)
    It was some thing that runs in the family, in the people who over-consume dairy.

    I havent done dairy in 2 years, but cheese is a concentrate of estrogen from a mommy cow lactating.
    People think if they buy “hormone free milk” or dairy that it means there are no hormones in it.
    All it means is that they have not shot-up the cows with extra hormones.
    Mommy cows naturally have high amounts of hormones in the milk,which doesnt bother a huge baby cow, but in humans its a monster dose we consume and give our children.

    With that said, depending on your diet, just eliminating dairy could potentially end your problems. That has been the case with some women before.

    #117186

    ThomasJoel2
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    empress;55692 wrote: mercury potential? I love tuna

    I urge you to investigate this issue!

    I became mercury poisoned myself after eating a high tuna, high salmon diet for a couple of years. Eventually, I discovered that mercury can be the root cause behind a multitude of chronic illnesses.

    Check out this website: http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/chelation-the-andy-cutler-protocol/

    #117187

    empress
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    Thank you so much Cat Lady and Raster! Great information.

    I survived on milk as a kid, couldn’t get enough of it. I still love cheese, ice cream although the past 10 years or so I have come off milk on a regular basis other than on cereal more for caloric consideration than anything else but I still consume all types of cheeses etc. I think given all this info I will still avoid the added sugars and dairy but maybe start adding in some of the low sugar fruits for the fiber.

    So, Cat Lady, does that mean that greek yogurt and kefir are out too? I have been having greek yogurt for awhile no, kefir is new. But I did notice after I started restricting my diet the first few times I had yogurt or kefir I got an upset stomach. I laid off for a few days and tried a small amount of kefir yesterday and got a smaller amount of upset stomach… That aside, if I can tolerate them are they out too because of the hormones?

    #117188

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    ThomasJoel2;55707 wrote:

    mercury potential? I love tuna

    I urge you to investigate this issue!

    I became mercury poisoned myself after eating a high tuna, high salmon diet for a couple of years. Eventually, I discovered that mercury can be the root cause behind a multitude of chronic illnesses.

    Check out this website: http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/chelation-the-andy-cutler-protocol/

    Thanks, I bought a home test and it came back as .1 ppm but the stupid brochure that came with the test didn’t say what that meant and I couldn’t find anything online that described whether that is ok or not. I am cold ALL THE TIME, and I also do have 9 amalgam fillings that have been there over 30 years. I guess I should call my doctor and investigate that avenue as well..

    #117191

    ThomasJoel2
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    empress;55709 wrote:

    mercury potential? I love tuna

    I urge you to investigate this issue!

    I became mercury poisoned myself after eating a high tuna, high salmon diet for a couple of years. Eventually, I discovered that mercury can be the root cause behind a multitude of chronic illnesses.

    Check out this website: http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/chelation-the-andy-cutler-protocol/

    Thanks, I bought a home test and it came back as .1 ppm but the stupid brochure that came with the test didn’t say what that meant and I couldn’t find anything online that described whether that is ok or not. I am cold ALL THE TIME, and I also do have 9 amalgam fillings that have been there over 30 years. I guess I should call my doctor and investigate that avenue as well..
    The best test for determining mercury toxicity is a hair test. Blood and urine tests are inaccurate because mercury is stored in the organs, not the blood/urine. Unfortunately, most doctors don’t know this and are largely ignorant of mercury issues in general.

    The fact that you have had 9 amalgam fillings for 30 years is very telling. This is your issue!

    Have you heard of the book Amalgam Illness by Andy Cutler? He is a chemist who became mercury poisoned himself due to his amalgam fillings. After figuring out what was happening, and removing the fillings, he came up with a protocol aimed at detoxing mercury (and other heavy metals) from the body and brain. After recovering his health, he wrote the aforementioned book in order to help others as well. Since then, hundreds of sick people have recovered using his protocol.

    Here’s a torrent of the book (in case money’s tight): http://kickass.to/andrew-hall-cutler-amalgam-illness-t6533350.html

    Trust me when I tell you this: If you read that book, it will save your life/health. This is not an exaggeration. It will be one of the great highlights of your life thus far! Hopefully I’ve hyped it up enough for you lol.

    If I were you, I’d study very carefully that website I previously linked you to as well. It’s basically a summary of Cutler’s protocol.

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