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    Hi Everyone, My name is Amanda, I’m 27 and through lots of research I think I may have Candida, but my doctor, while willing to listen to me wants to work on my ‘issues’ one at at time.

    I have felt like crap for the last year, fatigue, loss of sleep, memory loss, even some palpitations, etc as well as pretty much having a stomach ache, burning feeling in my stomach or nausea like 80% of the time. I thought I had either anemia or a thyroid issue and didn’t have a clue about the stomach thing. I finally broke down and told myself, YES, there is really a problem here it’s not all in your head and went to the doctor. They did a blood test and I was correct, I am hypothyroid. I was prescribed Levothyroxine 100mg once daily and the doctor put me on 10 days of Nexium for the stomach and said when that was gone to start a daily regiment of Prilosec.

    Well 6 weeks later I don’t really feel a whole lot better than I did, the fatigue is a little better. The stomach medicine worked for about 3 weeks but now I’m back to it hurting most of the time.

    So yesterday morning I woke up with a swollen lower lip, in an hour or so it went away, but by 11:00 in the morning I was coughing so bad it was making me gag. I used some cough drops and while the coughing went away my throat still hurt and felt itchy. Then by 6:30 that evening the palms of my hands started to itch and swell. When I woke up this morning my lip was swollen again, my left eye was swollen 1/2 shut and there were itchy lump forming on my writsts. A quick google search let me know I was having an angioadema breakout (deep tissue hives) and that they can either be contact allergies or an autoimmune issue. Seems like many people with angioademe have thyroid issues also.

    I also broke with a spot of ringworm on my chest on Sunday. I have had ringworm nearly every 6 months for the last 2 or 3 years. I don’t know where I’m getting it, my husband doesn’t get it, my 2 dogs don’t get it or my cat, and once I get it it doesn’t spread.

    So a random google search of “thyroid, angioadema and ringworm” pulls up something I have never heard of, Candida.

    I’m also reading alot of the symptoms of Candida are similar to hypothyroid issues, plus I read somewhere that Anxiety and OCD like symptoms can be caused be Candida. I have thought for quite a while I had a mild case of OCD, I even get teased at work about it.

    So all those things being said, what do you guys think. Candida can help explain nearly everything going on with me. Stomach, rashes, thyroid… I think I’m going to try the detox and diet and just see what happens. I’m going shopping today and I’ll start tomorrow, so that being said I’m eating really bad today to get it out of my system 🙂


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    Hello, Amanda, welcome to the forum.

    Unfortunately the problem with Esomeprazole (brand name Nexium) is that the only thing it does is treat the symptoms and does nothing in the way of addressing the cause, which is almost always the diet.

    Omeprazole (brand name Prilosec) is basically a lesser strength form of a proton pump inhibitor than is Nexium. Another difference between Prilosec and Nexium, other than the cost, is Prilosec has been approved for children 2 years old and up, whereas Nexium is prescribed only for adults. The fact that the drugs only treat the symptoms and not the cause explains why your stomach is hurting again as these prescriptions were unable to ‘cure’ the problem.

    Hypothyroid is often a side effect of a Candida infestation, but I doubt seriously if you’ll ever run across a medical doctor who will admit to this. If they admit this fact, then what they’ve done basically is admit that a Candida infestation is a real issue with people, and this is something that they avoid doing, because then they’ll be forced to treat the infestation, which they have no idea how to go about doing – other than writing prescriptions for side-effect inducing drugs, and many won’t even do that much. The improvement in the fatigue is due to the Levothyroxine as it has improved your thyroid hormone levels.

    Quote: “angioadema breakout (deep tissue hives) and that they can either be contact allergies or an autoimmune issue. Seems like many people with angioadema have thyroid issues also.”

    They usually have a Candida infestation as well. The Angioedema could be caused by several factors, such as allergies brought on by leaky gut syndrome and weakened adrenals which of course as you stated, can lead to autoimmune issues.

    Ringworm is just another of the many manifestations of an overgrowth of Candida just like thrush and athlete’s foot.

    Quote: “Candida can help explain nearly everything going on with me.”

    Yes I agree 100% with your diagnoses. I would start the Candida diet as soon as possible. If you’ve had Candida for 2 to 3 years, the treatment period will be longer than had you just contracted it a few months ago, so the sooner you get started, the sooner the cure will happen. I suggest, if you’ve not already done so, that you read more of the posts on the forum, especially one titled “Die-off Dangers” posted on Aug. 8. You’ll eventually need this information in order to continue with the treatment.

    Also, I wouldn’t go strictly by any particular timeline that you see on this site or any other site as far as following the diet. Each and every person should have their own specific timeline, that is to say, there is no way one timeline will work for everyone.

    In your other post you asked, “My question is, do I ONLY consume the broth, detox drink and liver flush or am I supposed to eat food too?”

    If you choose to eat as well as detox, you should have only fresh green vegetables lightly steamed or raw. You can also do a ten-day detox by eating nothing but fresh or frozen green vegetables, one or two organic eggs a day for protein, perhaps the liver flush as long as it doesn’t contain psyllium husk or powder, and pure bottled water or fresh lemon juice – no sweetner for the ten day period. I don’t know what type of broth they’re talking about as I had nothing to do with the diet suggestions on the site.



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    Thanks for the info Able900. I was going to follow the plan on this site, but the detox drink does contain Psyllium Husk Powder, so I think I’ll obstain from that. The broth is made from boiling veggies and water then straining the veggies, but I would much prefer to eat green veggies and eggs!

    One quick question: this case of Angioadema is NOT going away and it’s affecting not only my hands, but my lips and eyes (which means I’m missing work). I am starting steriods for it today to calm it down. Will the steriods have any affect on starting my detox and diet? I’ve read not to take Benadryl because of the suger in it, but I’ve got to do something and the doctor said steriods are the quickest way to get them to stop.


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    Hello, Amanda.

    I’d start the detox diet regardless of the steroids. Long term use of steroids can suppress the immune response, but hopefully you won’t have to use it that long, and like you said, you’ve got to do something.

    The detox diet should start killing the Candida, so unless you screw up with in the diet at least the Candida symptoms won’t get any worse than they are now. That’s a plus.

    The broth isn’t a bad idea, but it seems that the beneficial fiber in the vegetables are just going to waste that way, so personally I would want the veggies as well. You could always make the broth and then eat the vegetables I suppose. If possible, I would try to find some organic vegetables as well as the organic eggs.

    A good way to detox the liver is using Digestive Grape Bitters by Planetary Formulations. These will help you to digest the fibers in the vegetables naturally, as well as acting as a detoxing agent for the liver. Most of the Vitamin Shoppe stores carry this brand and it’s fairly cheap compared to most supplements.

    If you decide to use the bitters, use only 1/2 of a dropper full after each meal. But sure to drop it towards the back of the tongue as it needs to stimulate the vegas nerve in that area. You will not need to take any additional digestive enzymes during your treatment as long as you use this, and it’s better for your system than pure enzymes would be.

    A list of detox foods you can have on the diet are;

    Fresh garlic
    Greens (turnip, kale, mustard, etc.)
    Fresh lemon water 2 to 3 times a day (no sweeteners)
    Brussels sprouts
    Green Peppers

    I’m sure I left out a few, so if you have one in mind, just ask.

    Remember you only want to lightly steam to vegetables if you wish to ‘cook’ them. Mixing the vegetables together as a salad is a great idea. You can use pure lemon juice with a little olive or coconut oil as a dressing.

    A tablespoon of organic coconut oil after each meal will help with elimination, and a couple of spoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil each night will stimulate the liver to eliminate bile. Try not to become constipated on this diet as the point is to clear your body of all chemicals and toxins.

    You’ll want to obtain enough salt during the cleanse but be sure to use only Himalayan sea salt which is normally a light pink color. This is the purest form of salt with many life-sustaining minerals still intact, and does not contain added ingredients. Regular table salt contains either Dextrose (sugar) or other unnecessary chemicals.

    Check your toothpaste as most brands contain various chemicals which will harm the detox process as well as sugar alcohols that feed the Candida.



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    Refrain from the medications to treat candida and just do the detox diet and supplements. Be strict about the detox diet and tough it out as well you can. The ringworm is very normal and you will see it go away very soon hopefully. There is a special shampoo that can treat it FYI.

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