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    Danny
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    Thought I’d share some of my experiences with the notorious candida infection.

    To start with, candida has almost proven fatal in my case. One would not expect this to be possible, but before I knew anything about yeast infections, it was killing me. I believe that since childhood, I have always had some kind of candida overgrowth. Reaching my mid-twenties, my health deteriorated increasingly, and I had no idea why. In the span of a few years I changed doctors a few times, and none of them would take my problems seriously. After having a verbal argument with my second doctor about the lack of help, I was shown the door for even daring to speak up. The third one, I believe, had no idea what to do with my pages long list of symptoms, and sent me to a psychologist. The end…

    Their craftiness of avoiding anything they can’t explain or do anything about, is beyond acceptable. I gave up, and started looking for resolutions myself. I had already done many tests on myself to see what exactly was the culprit of what seemed like allergic reactions. In the last four years, the major symptoms were vomiting, depression, the sense I was seeing life through a movie (numb), breathing problems, a white itchy fungus coming from the rectum, the feeling of stickiness in my mouth, feet fungus, and a whole range of psychological issues. When I went through something truly traumatic well over a year ago, everything became ten times worse. I had suddenly developed chronic hyperventilation, infected hips, muscle deterioration, hydradenitis supperativa (something I had for over 15 years), allergies, more memory problems, and most prominently, a very strong (sense of dying, vomiting) reaction to certain food. Still the doctor(s) had no idea what to do with me, and did nothing. It was up to me to discover what was going on, and do something about it.

    After constantly excluding certain foods, I believed carbs were the problem. In the mean while I was keeping myself alive with vegetable smoothies of almost a liter, three times a day. My body simply didn’t function well anymore, and if I skipped one shake, I felt like I was going to die. Luckily, after some time, I managed to pinpoint the foods that were giving me the reactions. They were yeast, and also nuts. To this day, whenever I eat anything that contains yeast, like vinegar, breads, yeast-extract, etc., I feel like I’m dying, and I become psychotic (all sorts of really terrible feelings). Naturally, anything that excites the candida fungus, gives me bad feelings, like sugar. Whenever I eat too many things that give life to the yeast, I feel like I’m dragging my body around, and my brain literally feels like a brick. I have come to the point where even things like language start to sound unnatural to me, and I have to really concentrate to make sense of it. These are only moments though.

    Before I even knew about candida or yeast infections, I was always saying how I felt a bacteria was covering my brain. Now I know, that might be very true. After reading some articles a few weeks ago, I learnt that when the candida infection escapes the colon by growing through it, it can spread to wherever. In my case, the hip infection became pretty much non-existent when I got a better grip on my yeast intake, and the hydradenitis supperativa disappeared. The latter might be a great discovery, since no one knows what causes this disease. Fyi, it’s a condition where pus-filled abscesses grow under the skin, and breach through, leaving behind an area of scars and little pus volcanos. My theory is that my chronic hyperventilation is caused by the infection as well, but I can’t be sure, until I’ve gone through the diet for a few months.
    What bothers me most though, besides all the physiological destruction that it has caused, is the sense of not really experiencing my surroundings anymore. It’s like a bad, senseless, movie passing before my eyes, or not passing by at all.

    About two weeks ago I decided to start fighting the yeast infection through food, and go on the diet. It’s very tough, and I notice that the infection is fighting back. When I starve it, I feel tormented by it. It just wants to eat eat eat, beyond stomach capacity. The way I see it, it’s either the infection or I that’s going to die, and I’m not planning on dying.
    So far I’ve been very strong in keeping my diet consistently on par with the things I read about it. I wish to post some of my current eating habits, so it might be discussed or commented on.

    In the morning I eat three slices of sourdough bread, with butter and turkey filet, and one slice with just butter. I eat one banana, and I drink water. At the side I dissolve about a teaspoon of turmeric in a little warm water, and drink it. Turmeric is candida’s greatest enemy, and one of the strongest healing herbs. I eat the banana because I work out at the gym, and I have to ride my bike 5km in both ways. I’m sure I burn whatever carbs are in my breakfast. In the afternoon I make a vegetable smoothie, with chicory, ribbed celery, radish, and lemon. With that I eat oatmeal, made in either regular milk, or rice milk. Again, turmeric in water. I am going towards the rice milk more now. In the evening I eat chicken, or fish with garlic and onions, for example. Or with pericarp rice. Again, turmeric. The fish is either with raw or baked onion (half onion). Between meals I eat Granny apples, or strawberries and blueberries. Also yoghurt, and yoghurt with probiotics. I’m still learning what else I can eat, but so far, I’m keeping myself alive with minimal damaging foods.

    It’s very heavy on my brain I notice, so I hope I can keep thing this going. The only issue is that I exercise a lot, so I need food I can burn. If anyone has advice on how this kind of diet can be combined with an active life, please don’t hesitate to post your knowledge. I would also like to know if it is acceptable to eat yellow peas and cumin seeds.

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    mrs.candida
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    Hi Danny,

    I’ve just moved from the States to The Netherlands. I’ve been battling Candida my whole life too. I’ve had the worst luck with all doctors but especially the doctors here, WOW!

    I just posted my experience of trying to treat Candida in The Netherlands over here:
    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst7034_My-Doctor-Rant–thanks-for-bearing-with-me.aspx

    I’d love it if you had any advice on anything, like how to get testing done.

    Good Luck to you.

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    Danny
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    Hi, and welcome to the Netherlands 🙂

    I have only had experience with three doctors so far, so I’m not sure if that’s a good sample to make an assessment regarding the standard. But personally, yes, I think it’s criminal. Every person has a right to not help me, it’s a Universal ‘right’. However, if you take the title of doctor, sit in a chair, and take my money, you better have a conscience or know-how, and try to help me. I believe that this is the correct discernment. In most circumstances the truth is that we are simply money in their wallet. I can only hope that this does not hold true for all doctors.

    Anyway, we have the Internet, and that puts a little power back with the people. Without the Internet, I would have been no smarter about any of this. There’s a great value in reading about other people’s experiences, successes, but also about what didn’t work. So, we are never truly lost.

    Whether there’s a good specialist, I don’t know. I have heard something of the sort, but I need to investigate more to know for sure, and possibly attain some experience. I will most certainly share my findings if or when that happens.

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    Kag
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    Hey Danny, there is a protocol that some people on here follow. Inbox Able if you want it. It sounds like you have been through hell. There are a couple of things I noticed in your diet however. You shouldn’t be eating any bread, dairy or fruit. All of these contain sugars that feed yeast. Please get the protocol from Able and see if you are able to do it, it has really helped me!

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    raster
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    Some of the foods you are eating still benefit the yeast so I would consider altering your diet further. The rice milk contains sugar and is inflammatory. Bananas are one of the highest sugar fruits there is and high in mold content.

    I also would consider not working out for a period of time to allow your body to heal. If you keep on draining it by working out, it won’t heal you but it will heal the muscles.

    Good luck on your journey!

    -raster

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    Danny
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    Kag;38409 wrote: Hey Danny, there is a protocol that some people on here follow. Inbox Able if you want it. It sounds like you have been through hell. There are a couple of things I noticed in your diet however. You shouldn’t be eating any bread, dairy or fruit. All of these contain sugars that feed yeast. Please get the protocol from Able and see if you are able to do it, it has really helped me!

    Wow, that sounds heavy. I have requested the protocol, thanks.

    raster;38418 wrote: Some of the foods you are eating still benefit the yeast so I would consider altering your diet further. The rice milk contains sugar and is inflammatory. Bananas are one of the highest sugar fruits there is and high in mold content.

    I also would consider not working out for a period of time to allow your body to heal. If you keep on draining it by working out, it won’t heal you but it will heal the muscles.

    Good luck on your journey!

    -raster

    The rice milk contains 4.5gr sugar per 100ml. I thought that was about acceptable.

    I think I get the idea though, but I’m not sure I can take it to that extent. Working out and those few carbs are all I have to stay sane in this mess. Going absolute will be the end of me. I can barely carry this pressure in my body. I feel somewhat desoriented and have a light feeling in my head.

    If I can master my current diet, I will take it further. Is the candidiasis able to keep itself alive through those few damaging foods? I was hoping it wouldn’t have to be so absolute.

    #99950

    alexalgebra
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    In my experience so far, the diet has to be pretty damn absolute. Candida will cling to anything they can to stay alive. many of us on here have had to temporarily give up physical activities we love as well as foods we love for the sake of healing our bodies. I’m now going on my third term of not being able to sing in a show choir I’m in, which sucks, but it will be worth it when I’m healed and won’t be drained from one 3 hour rehearsal a week (which is how I was when I decided to go on hiatus).

    I’m in my tenth week of a very strict diet and protocol and I’m seeing amazing results! I’m not healed and still have a long way to go, but I am so much better than when I started; it’s unbelievable. I really contribute my success to a very strict diet, lowering my stress as much as possible, and following a good regimen of supplements and probiotics.

    I know currently it feels like the world will end without your bananas and workout, but once you get through the first few weeks of the cleanse/detox, you will feel so much better! The carb cravings lessen greatly and slowly but surely, you will see your symptoms fading. It’s a rough journey, but completely worth it, at least for someone who was as miserable and hopeless as I was. (I couldn’t eat anything but eggs without a reaction and I was suicidally hopeless that I would never be normal again before I found these folks and got on track here.)

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    1533jd
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    Danny your story sounds very similar to mine. Some people are pre-disposed to gut problems as if you were had by caesarian, you were likely born with an unbalanced gut flora. If your mother or father had gut problems its likely they would pass it onto you and any other siblings of yours. I think you would find “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” a very interesting read, for me it was a revelation.

    #99973

    1533jd
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    Danny your story sounds very similar to mine. Some people are pre-disposed to gut problems as if you were had by caesarian, you were likely born with an unbalanced gut flora. If your mother or father had gut problems its likely they would pass it onto you and any other siblings of yours. I think you would find “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” a very interesting read, for me it was a revelation.

    You seem to be doing ok, for me it seems the banana and sourdough are a no no and think you should maybe stop them?

    Would love to hear your progress in the near future. Lets stick together buddy!

    JD

    #99991

    Danny
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    alexalgebra;38453 wrote: In my experience so far, the diet has to be pretty damn absolute. Candida will cling to anything they can to stay alive. many of us on here have had to temporarily give up physical activities we love as well as foods we love for the sake of healing our bodies. I’m now going on my third term of not being able to sing in a show choir I’m in, which sucks, but it will be worth it when I’m healed and won’t be drained from one 3 hour rehearsal a week (which is how I was when I decided to go on hiatus).

    I’m in my tenth week of a very strict diet and protocol and I’m seeing amazing results! I’m not healed and still have a long way to go, but I am so much better than when I started; it’s unbelievable. I really contribute my success to a very strict diet, lowering my stress as much as possible, and following a good regimen of supplements and probiotics.

    I know currently it feels like the world will end without your bananas and workout, but once you get through the first few weeks of the cleanse/detox, you will feel so much better! The carb cravings lessen greatly and slowly but surely, you will see your symptoms fading. It’s a rough journey, but completely worth it, at least for someone who was as miserable and hopeless as I was. (I couldn’t eat anything but eggs without a reaction and I was suicidally hopeless that I would never be normal again before I found these folks and got on track here.)

    That sounds pretty extreme. Thanks for sharing that.

    1533jd;38476 wrote: Danny your story sounds very similar to mine. Some people are pre-disposed to gut problems as if you were had by caesarian, you were likely born with an unbalanced gut flora. If your mother or father had gut problems its likely they would pass it onto you and any other siblings of yours. I think you would find “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” a very interesting read, for me it was a revelation.

    You seem to be doing ok, for me it seems the banana and sourdough are a no no and think you should maybe stop them?

    Would love to hear your progress in the near future. Lets stick together buddy!

    JD

    Yes it’s a predisposed problem indeed. Looking back, I had terrible gut issues when I was a child.

    What might have worsened it was the fact that after my twentieth my doctor gave me an antibiotic cream to kill the fungus and bacterie coming from the rectum, and let me just use it for years. Even told me to rub it under my arm pits as well. When that doctor banned me from her office for stating some concerns, the third one luckily took me off of them, saying they weren’t meant to be used for longer than 14 days. Fucidic acid to be exact. It even came out of my ears, and for that I received cortisonal antibiotics. I guess my entire body having fungal infections never rung a bell with any of them. Lastly I begged for some yeast killing antibiotics, as a last resort, and received those. They didn’t help.

    I believe the combination with extreme psychological suffering, due to past traumas, and some alcohol, might have turned it into a lethal infection. The worst thing about all of this was the psychological part, whenever the infection reached a critical state. This always happened or happens after consuming anything containing yeast. Strangely, sugars don’t have that same effect. When yeast is consumed, including vinegar, that critical state repeats itself. It would surely be useful to know what exactly is the difference between the effects of yeast, and something that just feeds the fungus. Also, coffee has similar effects like the yeast, but lighter.

    On a side note.

    My sister and brother in law have mentioned a case in which the mother of the brother in law had a candida infection. She went to some kind of specialist who measured a lot of values in her body, and could tell her exactly what to eat, and not to eat, based on the tolerances and intolerances of the body. From what I heard, she is fine now. I am going to pursue this as soon as possible, and report back.

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