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  • Has anyone successfully treated a yeast (candida) infection?

    Hi all

    Due to unexplained symptoms over the last few months (itching, gut discomfort and other dodginess, problems sleeping, nausea, fatigue etc every couple of weeks), I'm starting to wonder if I have a yeast overgrowth problem.

    The trouble is, after years of being 'nutritionistalized' I'm sort of sceptical of the whole thing as it seems to be trotted out as a reason for everything. Plus, I've never seen a definitive test for it.

    This isn't to say I don't believe in it - it is clearly a problem for some people, and I understand can even be life threatening in those who are immune compromised, but I don't want to jump into trying to treat something unless I am sure it is a problem.

    So I'm wondering if anyone out there has successfully:

    1) Identified that they have a yeast / candida overgrowth problem and
    2) Treated it so that they no longer need treatment and do not get relapses

    From the research I've done I seem to do a lot right already diet-wise - I eat no sugar, no fruit, and low carbs, but over the last couple of months have done a few 'carb refeeding' days with high paleo carbs like sweet potato and yam, which I guess may have set things off.

    I've had a lot of experience trying this and that for one problem or another, and that has taught me that it's always a good idea to go into a trial knowing exactly what you are looking for, as far as possible. If I go ahead and use natural anti-fungals like coconut oil or caprylic acid, am I expecting to feel worse from die-off first, and then better? And if that's right, is there any rough guide to how long that would be likely to take?

    This might sound a little obsessive, but I don't want to take something that is doing me damage (my gut is a little touchy to say the least) and continue taking it with the thought that "it's just die off" when in fact it's me that's dying off!

    Thanks in advance for any experience you can help me with.
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    One easy way to 'test' for yeast imbalance is to do a saliva test. Just google candida saliva test......essentially you spit into a cup of water in the morning. Easy and inexpensive

    For me, the road to battle yeast has been LONG for me (a lifetime of problems and about 6 yrs of experimentation and diets all over the place). Am I cured? Not sure, but I am certainly 500 times better then I was.

    I feel like I have been dealing with the chicken and the egg syndrome. Was the yeast problems what caused all my gut problems, food intolerance, and chronic pain? OR, was the food intolerance (grain) what caused the imbalances that made the yeast a secondary issue? Or to add to it, I realized I was a person who stored up tension and stress...so was it emotional imbalances that caused the whole shebang in the first place?

    Who knows really....I have learned over the years to instead focus on doing all the right things on all levels as best I can. Deal with the emotional stuff, eat the right foods consistently over a long period of time (when it comes to yeast or repairing the gut balance, a month of the right food does not heal), surround myself with balanced positive people, and stay active and take the right supplements to provide the best environment for healing. In the end, yeast or not, these are all good things to do. So I eventually stopped focusing on candida and focused on just living a full life and putting my health as a top priority. Finding Primal just gave me back up on why eating the way I did worked .

    Good luck!!
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    • #3
      I am battling a yeast infection right now. Its tough. I highly recommend you take a look at Bee's site, it has very good information on how to kill candida.

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      • #4
        One easy way to 'test' for yeast imbalance is to do a saliva test. Just google candida saliva test......essentially you spit into a cup of water in the morning. Easy and inexpensive.

        Yes, Meadow, and I'm afraid complete BS. It was dreamt up by a company called Global Health Trax to persuade people to sign up to its MLM scheme for its anti-candida probiotic ThreeLac (which has now been banned in several countries, and I believe that the FDA are looking at it with renewed scrutiny).

        For more info, watch this: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6iryzPoBow

        Okay, he's kinda peddling his own company, but the info in the video's perfectly valid.

        Sarah
        La tristesse durera toujours...

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        • #5
          Why would they ban Threelac? It only contains good bacteria.

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          • #6
            At one point I had a pap smear which showed a candida overgrowth (standard labs, I think. The doctor was conventional wisdom all the way). I was given a prescription for Diflucan, and the issue does not appear to have persisted. I don't know if changing to a primal diet has been a factor, though it is entirely possible (no sugar, no grains for several months, then occasional sugar/grain lapses).
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            • #7
              Originally posted by StoneAgeQueen View Post
              Why would they ban Threelac? It only contains good bacteria.
              Read this http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com...lacreview.html. I do believe that it is still banned in Oz (maybe one of the Aussie posters can confirm this...?)
              La tristesse durera toujours...

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              • #8
                I have mine mostly under control. It took working with a naturopath who specialized in canndida overgrowth treatment. I'm like a million times better than 2 years ago. My yeast caused a host of seemingly unrelated symptoms.

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                • #9
                  diet diet diet! the yeast is there for a reason. i completely agree w bee wilders theory of pathogens being the clean up crew (although i can't say i agree on everything she says). obviously there are some nut. deficiencies as well as too many refined foods in the diet now or in the past. i completely rid mine w diet and coconut oil alone. yes, it took a lil while but i'm 100% now. i stick w lots of fat, low carbs, berries only occasionally and i feel SO much better! never tried the prescription anti fungals, i figure those are too harsh on an already 'weak' system. and finally yes, you probably will feel worse before you feel better but it won't be too bad ( i assume because your symptoms don't look too severe). and it looks like you're already following the protocol now so it shouldn't be too much longer. sorry so long, i just know first hand what a pain in the arse yeast can be. you'll be fine. oh, ditch dairy if you're still eating it.
                  Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Shrinking_Violet View Post
                    Read this http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com...lacreview.html. I do believe that it is still banned in Oz (maybe one of the Aussie posters can confirm this...?)
                    Meh.. don't really see anything in here to scare me off Threelac. I've heard enough people say that it's the only product that worked for them to have some faith in it. Remember the FDA have banned stevia as a sweetener too, and approved numerous drugs that have turned out to be dangerous.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by racingsnake View Post
                      The trouble is, after years of being 'nutritionistalized' I'm sort of sceptical of the whole thing as it seems to be trotted out as a reason for everything. Plus, I've never seen a definitive test for it.
                      There are medical tests: http://www.candida-albicans-cure.com...ml#MedicalTest
                      They are expensive and most doctors will not perform them. Candida albicans overgrowth is not believed to be a medical problem by most doctors unless you are HIV positive or on/have had chemotherapy leaving most people to fend for themselves.

                      So I'm wondering if anyone out there has successfully:

                      1) Identified that they have a yeast / candida overgrowth problem and
                      2) Treated it so that they no longer need treatment and do not get relapses
                      Yes and Yes

                      My candida albicans overgrowth was due to taking a lot of antibiotics after my bladder surgery last autumn. I was already doing a whole foods Atkins WOE so my diet only needed a few tweaks to remove foods with molds. What I really needed to do was kill the candida which I did with a natural/holistic approach (anti-fungal herbal compound mixtures, VCO and high-potency, multi-strain probiotics.

                      IME, the die-off intensity and length correlates with how severe the overgrowth is and how aggressively you treat it and will be different for everyone based on those variables.

                      This is the methodology I followed with great success: http://www.candida-albicans-cure.com...dida-cure.html

                      Some other candida threads that may be of help:

                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...5-Candida-diet
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...-about-CANDIDA
                      312/149/150

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                      • #12
                        I had a candida infection, Im a guy too, for many years, unknowingly. There was 3-4 times within 10 years that I took antibiotics and my diet was terrible as well. I was a compulsive, stress eater, and my diet was high in sugar and carbs. I was the perfect storm. I had lots of problems, but I never got answers from doctors and I just dealt with it. Joint pain, pain when I woke up, prostatitis, acne, dry skin, dandruff, psoriasis, fungus toe nails, brain fog, ha, the list goes on....and I was in my early 20's.

                        Earlier this year, I decided to go gluten and diary free. I still didnt know I had candida. Although I was gluten and dairy free, I was eating lots of fruits and gluten free pasta, as well as gluten free cakes, cookies, etc...I felt much better, but I knew it could be better. Then, one day, I stumbled on the candida spit test. I did it, and sure enough, my spit sank so fast it wasnt even funny. I mean, my daily values of sugar and carbs were ridic. 400+ grams of each. More on a stressful day.

                        Since then, I found out about the candida diet, then at the same time, the primal diet, and I havent gone back since. Its been almost 4 months on primal/candida free and Ive never felt this good in my life. I took the spit test one month into the diet, and no more sinking spit, it was normal.

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                        • #13
                          Wow, thanks a lot folks, I really appreciate all the responses.

                          @Shrinking_Violet - thanks for the video link. I have always been suspicious of that spit test having had friends who have no symptoms at all do it and still get the 'legs'.

                          Thanks also for all the tips about diet - I have been dairy, sugar and fruit free for about 3 years now, and high fat since the start of this year. My diet is Primal but I do eat a little starch to help keep the weight on but my carbs are never much over 100g a day and often quite a bit lower.

                          I suspect that my ongoing intestinal problems are due to bacterial imbalances and inflammation tied into my celiac disease. Unfortunately I can't take probiotics as they give me a nasty inflammatory reaction, so I'm think about giving prebiotics a try, specifically lactulose. I've been doing a bit of reading on it and it seems like handy stuff.

                          If anyone else has any ideas I'd love to hear them
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                          • #14
                            Does anyone know how fungus on toenails is correlated to a candida infection? It seems to me like toenail fungus would be an "external" or topical issue (like athlete's foot), whereas candida overgrowth is internal....

                            What about someone who doesn't have most of the classic candida symptoms, but has had fungal growth on 4 toenails for many years (smallest 2 toes on both feet)? Do they likely have a systemic candida problem, or could this be solved simply with a topical rub (e.g. tea tree oil)?

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                            • #15
                              Here's one product I came across in my readings on prebiotics:

                              Now Foods, Inulin Powder
                              http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Inuli...27-g/1100?at=0

                              If you check out the Product Reviews tab, you'll see a lot of enthusiastic testimonials about how this helped them to cure their candida problem.

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