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    moldhater23
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    If you don’t care to read my backstory, skip to paragraph three: So I just started the Candida diet a few days ago. Last summer I was exposed to a high level of black mold (thankfully not toxic black mold, but black mold all the same) and since my head has just not been the same. I was in the apartment for almost 4 months before I was able to find a new place and get out (knowing the place was making me sick, but not know why, we stayed longer than we should have). I saw an allergist while living there and even though he told me I wasn’t allergic to anything, gave me two nasal spray prescriptions. I took them, but felt no different after two weeks so stopped.

    Once I moved out the extreme headaches, dizziness, and nausea went away, but I still had this nonstop nagging dull headache and pain/pressure behind my nasal passage. I went to see a different allergist who said I had a great deal of nasal drip and a mild mold allergy (1.5-2 out of 5). New meds, more time goes buy and that feeling still hasn’t gone away. A coworker of my g/f was exposed to mold and said the Candida diet changed his life, so here I am.

    Whew, that’s a lot. So, I have done a great deal of research and laid out a diet/supplement regime for the next 10weeks. So far so good. I typically don’t eat that unhealthy, and only after three days I’m having some sugar/coffee headaches. My basic questions so far are these:

    Can I still take my daily vitamins or should I stop those as well? I was taking “womens’ oneaday active”, vitamin c, and glucosamine (20yrs of soccer=no knees)
    Can I drink coconut water?
    What is a realistic amount of time to notice results? I understand things don’t happen over night, but 1 week, 2? 3? just trying to mentally prepare myself.

    Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this!
    -a

    #114446

    raster
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    Hello moldhater,

    I also dealt with toxic mold poisoning from a moldie apartment. Its going to take a long time to get better; it all depends on how bad you are at this point. I personally lived with mold for 2 years when I was unemployed during height of recession and did nothing but stay in my apartment applying for jobs, etc. I told my landlord about it and he did nothing. I eventually developed seizures in my sleep and the first night I moved out, I felt immediately better.

    For me, I finally felt relief after 6 months on the diet but I waited 6 months after moving out to start the diet (so it was really a year).

    Since I started, I have been on the diet for 2.5 years and feel pretty good finally. I mean, I feel as good as I did in college about 10 years ago. I had health problems before the moldy apartment but didn’t know they were problems until the mold problem, so its been almost a life long problem of me being ill…

    So what I will suggest to you is plan on a 6-18 month recovery time to reverse the toxic mold poisoning and to feel like you did before you moved into that apartment. This can be sped up faster if you consult a naturopathic doctor who will suggest specific supplements for your specific symptoms.

    In general you likely have some of the following problems from my experience:

    -acidic bodily pH
    -not enough oxygen in the body
    -inflammation of the gut and brain (amplified further if your pH is low)
    -a variety of bad bugs have overgrown, not just candida. Examples include h.pylori, parasites, SIBO (bacteria in small intestine), strept, etc. So its not just candida that is your problem but everything that feasted/populated with the environment in the gut.
    -liver problems and inability to detox the toxins properly
    -drained thyroid/adrenals from going through this emotional experience and immune system breaking down.

    So unless you address some of these other problems at the same time, its going to be hard to get better fast just on the diet by itself.

    Hope this helps.

    -raster

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    moldhater23
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    Raster,

    Wow, that is horrible and I’m sorry you had to go through that, but glad to know you are making strides towards recovery. I was thankfully only exposed to “black” mold, not TOXIC black mold, and thankfully there is a huge difference. We found mushrooms growing from out of the top of the window frame and immediately started on the landlord to deal with it, a specialist came in and did an air sample and after those results we decided to move out, knowing the landlord wouldn’t properly renovate the apartment. Once we figured it was mold, we pulled our bed out of the bedroom and avoid entering the room as much as possible, so I hope that my exposure over those four months has at least left me in a decent position to fight this off. As of now my only real symptom is the constant headache, ringing in the ears, overall pressure in the head, and back of my tounge is white.

    #114449

    LilDonnie
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    My advice. I would start a strict version of the diet as soon as possible. All your symptoms are the beginning stages of a fungal problem. If you keep dancing around this thing it will just become worse and worse. The faster you take care of it the easier it is to go away. I started having strange food allergies 3 years ago and then 6 months ago my life felt like I was living in tunnel vision and my digestive system felt like it completely shut down. I have been on the diet for a few months with different ups and downs, but overall my health has gotten better.
    Give you and possibly your significant other a good body detox to get this stuff out of you.

    -Brendon

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    moldhater23
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    Brendon,

    I started the diet three days ago, and I’m following this DR. (http://www.noozhawk.com/article/010113_dr._scott_saunders_candida) treatment plan layout for supplements, but what I can and can’t eat from the Candida Diet. I’ve been sticking to it pretty strictly. Completely cut out sugar, carbs, caffeine, and alcohol. I’m going to start drinking a few cloves of garlic in water a night and take apple cider vinegar with dinner. I don’t want to bombard my system with supplements so thats why I like Dr. Saunders approach to spacing them out and rotating them out as well. Any other thoughts if that’s to aggressive or not aggressive enough?

    -a

    #114454

    LilDonnie
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    Seems pretty good to me. I am doing a similar diet. I am still skeptical about dairy having dairy at all. I am following the Clean Gut Diet, which is similar but cuts out all dairy. I was doing pretty good than tried to add kefir and two weeks of adding kefir (similar to yogurt) my symptoms started slowly coming back, but there are many on here that swear by kefir so to each their own. But you are definitely on the right track! Glad to hear you are taking it seriously.

    Only advice is stay strict, no peanuts, have small amounts of nuts/nut butters/ seeds ( you may end up eating like a whole jar of almond butter, the fats are harsh on digestion ) rotate foods so you dont get allergies to them, avoid starchy things like yams, if you get fermented foods make sure there is no vinegar in them ( I use bubbies brand pickles and kraut ) and have everything in moderation.

    Hope this helps!

    0_o brendon

    #114458

    moldhater23
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    Thanks that’s very good advice! I’m sticking to the candidadiet.com eat and no eat list so I haven’t had any dariy either. Since I just started I’ve been sticking to salads with veggies and plain chicken but am looking forward to finding some more recipes on the fourm to keep up the variety.

    #114460

    raster
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    So back to your question about coconut water…I wouldn’t consume it until you are much much better because it’ll contain 20+ grams of sugar. Ideally you should try to stay under 50g of natural sugar per day if possible.

    -raster

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