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    TomC
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    I am desperate for help in easing my mind.

    Here is my story, I’ll try to make it short.

    A month and a half ago, my mom, who I live with had an infection. It was passed on to me and I became sick with a fever, followed by two days of severe diarrhea.

    I felt okay for about four days..During those four days my diet was horrible. I began eating lots of chocolate, I drank lots and lots of milk, ate lots of peanuts and was taking Ibprophen to help with hand pain I had at the time.I always would drink a big glass of milk before going to bed, but these few days my stomach felt weird afterwards. Then I woke up one day with cramping.I also began to get itchy skin rashes throughout the day, but I didn’t realize at first that it was the milk. To make a long story short, this continued for a few more days and the doctor I saw thought I was just constipated. As time went on it was clear I was not constipated and they began thinking I am lactose intolerant. Then they figured I still had my original infection and put me on antibiotics which only made things worse I believe. I took many blood tests and I had a bit high blood sugar levels and was a little low on potassium. But after more testing it was confirmed I was not diabetic. After cutting off all dairy foods I noticed a big improvement in my digestion, well, I at least didn’t get severe cramps. But I still was getting way too gassy after each meal, still had a general discomfort in my intestines or stomach. More and more testing was done and nothing was found. So I thought I had parasites for a while but after reading about candida and intestinal yeasts I am now convinced that candida is the problem as the symptoms seem to fit mine more. Note, I have seen so many doctors, even a stomach specialists and they don’t think my symptoms match those of IBS and other disorders.

    My theory is that when I had that infection and severe diarrhea, I lost my good bacteria in my gut and colon and all my sugar intake gave candida a chance to overgrow. It took me more than two months to realize this. Once I cut dairy and sugar, my symptoms were reduced by a whole lot, but not totally. I started feeling light headed, dizzy, brain fog every couple days, and lots of weird skin out breaks which I keep reading is the “die off reaction”. I’m a week and a half into this attempt at being sugar free. Throughout this whole thing, I have had loose stool, but now with the die off reaction I get occasional diarrhea.

    Anyway, my biggest fear is that a lot of people are saying that this is a lifetime condition. I have seen it said that some people spend years fighting this and that it never really gets cured.
    I am at 26 yr old male bodybuilder. I am 5’10, and used to weight 195-200lbs, but once I started having digestive issues, I started to eat less foods fearing I’d get worse. I lost over 35lbs now.
    Bodybuilding was my number one hobby that cured my lifelong depression. I fear that this candida thing has ruined my life and shattered my goals. What are my chances of recovery? Will I ever be able to continue on with my hobby?

    #78686

    TomC
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    Sorry but I also have some more questions.

    Because this is all new to me, I didn’t start this whole thing in the right order. I didn’t do an official detox stage or anything…I first felt die off symptoms when I went low carb/sugar and started to eat more raw vegetables but at the time I didn’t know what was causing it. Then when I cut sugar completely and started taking probiotics, the die off symptoms were much worse. However, I read here that some skip the colon cleanse. A week into the candida diet, I bought some OxyPowder, tried 4 capsules before bed and it didn’t do anything anyway. So, I have so far spent lots of money on supplements, from Oxypowder, to probiotics, multivitamins, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Milk Thistle,Oregano oil, clove capsules and I have some “ultimate cleanse” on the way but might not even use it. If I have to fast, I probably won’t because I need food when I got to work.

    My question here is, am I wasting money? or am I missing something. What things are essential? I have not even tried all the things I have, because I fear a too severe die off. Also, how do I know if I have kidney or liver damage?

    #78687

    orka1998
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    It’s possible that you have a problem with intestinal flora, most likely candida. Most of the stuff you describe can be candida. On the other hand you can’t really know for sure.

    My suggestion is that you read the protocol people here are following (http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst1334_From-Able-and-Raster-The-Protocol.aspx) and other relevant posts (http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst1922_Index-of-Posts.aspx) and give it a try.

    If what you did experience after cutting off milk and sugar is die-off you want to do it right and protect your body from harm. Also, doing just that will not make you better. You should cut off candida’s food supply (there is sugar or stuff that feed it in many foods you are probably not aware of), try to reduce it’s number initially with some antifungals and, most importantly, replace the good bacteria with some quality probiotics. The information I posted above should give you instructions on how to do this and you should try and follow it as closely as you can.

    If candida truly is your problem, you should feel better in a matter of few months as many of us did. Now, the healing process may last much longer after you do fix the symptoms as restoring your flora and rebuilding immune system takes time. Unfortunately, nobody can tell you how long it will take as we all have a different degree of infestation and immune suppression.

    Most likely you will never be able to go back to your old diet (not sure what it was but most of us didn’t eat right to begin with which mostly does cause this disorder), but if you maintain a healthy lifestyle you should be fine. Several members are working out during treatment but I think that body building per se will not be possible in the same way until you are done with your treatment and be able to go through the phases.

    If you want some motivation, here is a good post to read about some success stories: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postsm14080_Testimonies-of-Success.aspx#post14080 There are few people who are healed and others that are very close or leading healthy fulfilling lives.

    In the end it’s up to you and how closely you follow it and how often you stray from the treatment. And also, for some of us there is money issues, or being stuck in a third world country (such as myself) where most of the stuff is not available. It doesn’t matter, for me it just takes longer to heal than for others. But if you set your expectations right at the beginning, you should be fine. I just wanted to feel better first, and when I did I was able to concentrate on complete healing as a goal. Feeling ill and depressed is not good so first kick that out of the way and then work on a long term solution.

    This is a long journey, will be tough, but do your research and decide if you want to do it or not. I hope you do as I do believe it can help you. Healthy diet and immune system restoration can’t hurt nobody.

    One thing that I would like to warn you about is to not start the treatment before getting supplements to protect your liver (such as molybdenum amino acid chelate, milk thistle etc.) from all the toxins that candida releases while living or when it dies. Many of us tried to do it without it and I don’t recommend it.

    Good luck and let us know if you still have questions after doing all this reading.

    Arijana

    #78688

    orka1998
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    TomC wrote: Sorry but I also have some more questions.

    Because this is all new to me, I didn’t start this whole thing in the right order. I didn’t do an official detox stage or anything…I first felt die off symptoms when I went low carb/sugar and started to eat more raw vegetables but at the time I didn’t know what was causing it. Then when I cut sugar completely and started taking probiotics, the die off symptoms were much worse. However, I read here that some skip the colon cleanse. A week into the candida diet, I bought some OxyPowder, tried 4 capsules before bed and it didn’t do anything anyway. So, I have so far spent lots of money on supplements, from Oxypowder, to probiotics, multivitamins, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Milk Thistle,Oregano oil, clove capsules and I have some “ultimate cleanse” on the way but might not even use it. If I have to fast, I probably won’t because I need food when I got to work.

    My question here is, am I wasting money? or am I missing something. What things are essential? I have not even tried all the things I have, because I fear a too severe die off. Also, how do I know if I have kidney or liver damage?

    Don’t stress so much about it. Stress is not good for your treatment and healing process. Read everything and make up a plan. Organization is very helpful for this treatment, many of us messed up until we got organized.

    You can skip the cleanse, many of us did. The cleanse that is posted in the second link I gave you is easier than the website’s but I couldn’t do that one either as I work full time and have small kids that I raise alone. You can do it just few days over the weekend if possible, or you can just go straight to the diet as many of us did. Cleanse prepares you for the treatment and is supposed to clean out your body from excess toxins as you will have more of them when you start killing off candida.

    Hope I answered your questions.

    Arijana

    #78692

    sammcl
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    Hi Tom, welcome.

    Arijana hit most of your points so I won’t repeat what she said for the sake of it, but I will comment on your body building.

    A lot of this diet is protein based, which as you know is one of the keys to building/re-building muscle. I’m actually been more focused in the gym than I have been for a long time and I am shaping/bulking up very nicely.

    Seeing as this is a big 6 – 12+ months I’m taking to improve my life, I thought I would hit the gym hard again and work everything.

    It’s not impossible at all, It’s pretty doable.

    Especially once you introduce coconut oil as well as an antifungal, once you start eating 4/5+ tablespoons a day, you get extra calories and energy that you need to keep or even gain weight.

    #78697

    TomC
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    Thanks so much for the quick replies.

    I do not know for sure if my problem is candida. It’s just that I don’t know what else it could be, and the candida diet it the only one I found that relieved my digestive issues, although not completely (yet).

    As far as supplements, I guess I will pick up some molybdenum. I got scared off when I read somewhere that molybdenum can increase the chances of kidney stones. i already have milk thrisle.

    Also, I noticed on this diet I been getting aches in my back. I hope that is not a bad sign. I read somewhere that going too low carb can cause the yeasts to go “deeper” into the body or something? I don’t know, but this whole thing is complicated and it’s been a roller coaster of emotions. Again,I can’t know for sure what I have, but candida is the only thing that seems to fit my symptoms.

    #78720

    sammcl
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    TomC wrote: Thanks so much for the quick replies.

    I do not know for sure if my problem is candida. It’s just that I don’t know what else it could be, and the candida diet it the only one I found that relieved my digestive issues, although not completely (yet).

    As far as supplements, I guess I will pick up some molybdenum. I got scared off when I read somewhere that molybdenum can increase the chances of kidney stones. i already have milk thrisle.

    Also, I noticed on this diet I been getting aches in my back. I hope that is not a bad sign. I read somewhere that going too low carb can cause the yeasts to go “deeper” into the body or something? I don’t know, but this whole thing is complicated and it’s been a roller coaster of emotions. Again,I can’t know for sure what I have, but candida is the only thing that seems to fit my symptoms.

    This sounds like this could be die off Tom. I get a dull ache in my back from time to time….

    #78723

    raster
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    hello Tom,

    If you start the diet or protocol and experience die-off (and feel worse) than this likely means you have candida overgrowth.

    Eventually, after a few months of the diet, you can go back to bodybuilding and feel stronger than before. A lot of people can be cured with a few months to a year; I would expect a 6-18 month timeline to recover from this if you have it.

    Don’t feel hopeless because this diet really does a great job healing your body and your gut…you’ll feel worse before you get better, but eventually you can get to a place where you feel ‘really good’.

    -raster

    #78732

    TomC
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    Thanks for the positive words.

    I get severe mood swings while trying to fight this and feel hopeless at times, and other days I feel somewhat hopeful that I’ll get better someday. We’ll see.

    I’m happy to discover such a great forum with people who understand what this problem is like.

    I have a question about vitamins though, is their a specific vitamin that people here recommend to take during the this diet? I read the mineral and vitamin page but is their a specific brand to take that people here trust?

    #78734

    raster
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    My favorite vitamin brands are:

    Solgar
    Standard process
    Thorne Research
    Nature’s way

    These typically don’t have “junk” filler ingredients.

    -raster

    #78736

    Positivo
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    raster wrote: My favorite vitamin brands are:

    Solgar
    Standard process
    Thorne Research
    Nature’s way

    These typically don’t have “junk” filler ingredients.

    -raster

    Lol those are the same ones that I use as well. I also picked up zypan for my gas problem and it works. I haven’t had gas these past two days while eating the same foods. Thanks for that tip raster

    #78740

    raster
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    Glad it works positivo! Thank my naturopath (lol).

    -raster

    #78746

    TomC
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    raster wrote: My favorite vitamin brands are:

    Solgar
    Standard process
    Thorne Research
    Nature’s way

    These typically don’t have “junk” filler ingredients.

    -raster

    Thank you. I’m pretty sure I seen these brands at the local vitamin shop.

    Sometimes I wonder if my overall problem from the beginning was vitamin deficiency especially after working out and not replacing my minerals.Theirs so much I didn’t know !

    #78748

    TomC
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    hey guys I have another question. Sorry for all the questions but I was reading the information page on how to begin treatment and it recommends to start everything slowly and not use probiotics or antifunguls till a few weeks. The problem is that I didn’t know and have already been taking some primal defense ultra probiotics and taking Oregano oil. Do you think I should start all over, or keep on taking these supplements sense I already started? The diet with supplements relieved my symptoms by a lot but I also don’t want to do any damage. Again, thanks so much for the support.

    #78749

    Positivo
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    well honestly i skipped the cleanse phase, and I had already been taking the probiotics and the antifungals along with a diet that was similar to the one here only I was eating brown rice and almond butter. But I kept taking the supplements as I altered the diet to align with the one here. Thats what I did, but its up to you. You can start from scratch and follow the protocol exactly.

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