Monthly Archives: August 2007

Visit to health food shop and update

Hi I ‘ve been away for a few days and I’ve been itching to get back to my blog! I’ve been identified as having (temporary) food intolerances caused by the candida and I’ve had these intolerances confirmed since I last blogged. No gluten, lactose or sugar which is tricky.  But since I’ve been avoiding the foods that I can’t digest at present I do feel a lot better.  Its important to find someone reliable to test you as the intolerances vary.  I am also trying to vary my diet as eating too much of something can create new intolerances.  Candida sure is a challenge! So I have dusted off my cook books and I am experimenting with some lovely new foods.  Luckily I love salads, veggies and meats so its just a question of working out combinations to vary my diet. However lunches are trickier as I work in an office.  I have found a range of soups by the New Convent Garden company which I will be trying next week. No nasties in the ingredients. These are fresh soups but I am experimenting with freezing them.  I went along to the health food shop today and spent a fortune! I spotted grapefruit seed extract which I am going to take in rotation with the other anti fungals to zap the candida. I also remembered today (wish I’d remembered sooner!) than I previously had great results with SF 722 capsules.  I’ll see how I get on with everything I am taking now and I may move over to SF722 if needed in a few weeks.  If I had recalled this product sooner I would have tried it first but my memory isnt as sharp.  At least I can blame the candida! When I am better i’ll have to blame old age! 🙂  Anyway I wanted to tell you about some of the great items that I have found in my health food shop which you might like too.  My fav is vegetable crisps.  I buy mixed bags and they are lovely especially if you are missing potatoes (some anti candida diets say no spuds or you may be intolerant).  I also bought gluten free muesli, organic cornflakes (no sugar), puffed buckwheat and puffed quinoa. All great for breakfasts or snacks with soya milk! I am going to alternate them with fried breakfasts.  I’ve bought some millet bread to try too.  Some of these foods were pricey though.  If anyone can recommend a low cost website selling these things please let me know! But it was fun choosing new things to try and its brightened me up as the candida diet can get repetitive which is the last thing you want (risking new intolerances). I’m off to eat some delicious veggie crisps! 🙂

Stepping up a gear

So far I seem to be having good days and bad days. But the bad days are not too bad.  Just an upset tum and a bit more tired. I’m now taking a different Colloidol Silver as my research suggests that 10 ppm is the standard starting dosage. I’m impatient to get rid of the candida so I figured that the 3ppm would take too long. I am also going to take FOS (fructooligosacharides) which is a type of sugar I believe but it helps to heal the gut wall an feeds the good bugs not the candida. I am also taking l-glutamine which is amino acid which also helps to heal the gut and is good for people who are recovering from illness I believe. I have taken these in the past and they helped a lot so I’m starting them now to boost my fight against the candida.  I am also trying to drink more water especially as its quite hot at the moment. My energy levels are quite good (much better than last time) so I am hoping that all my efforts are working! If anyone has any comments or suggestions please let me know!  

Update

I have been trying to keep to the diet though its not always easy.  I’m still taking everything (I rattle as I walk!!) and I have seen a slight improvement in my energy levels which is encouraging.  My local health shop woman looked at me weirdly as I bought another bottle of weak colloidol silver today.  She asked if it tasted metallic! Bless. This version doesnt taste of anything as its only 3ppm.  I know people who take very strong versions but this version worked last time. so I’ll stick to it.  I also use to fight off bugs, sore throats etc..  I think its fantastic.  Last time I had candida I would get absolutely exhausted so I’m relieved this time is less severe.  But I’ve foolishly had some late nights (look I’m blogging at 11pm way past my bedtime – I’m an idiot!) and I am one of those people who needs their sleep otherwise I get grumpy and my immunity lowers, which the candida loves.  So on that note I’m off to bed! Good night all x

Found great new blog – I can eat chocolate wow!

Hi I found a great new blog today check it out at http://cardboard-diet.blogspot.com/

I especially appreciated the mention of a chocolate with no malitol in it. I have to avoid sugar free sweets as they give me an even more windy tum – very antisocial! So I am very excited that a bar with an alternative sweetner is available! I’ll be asking at my local health shop very soon for Plamil chocolate. Yippee! That has really cheered me up! Thanks Djinn!

Day 4 – not so great

Today was ok I guess, not so great but partly my own fault. I think because things were going well I’ve become a bit complacent and actually forgot to take my silver today during the day today. Its meant that the candida has created a windy tum and a bit of the hayfever returned. I also felt run down and tired. I should listen to my own advice! Its hard sticking to the anti candida diet but I can tell its helping and hopefully I might lose a few pounds too! I also need to drink more water to flush out my system. I am trying to plan my meals so I dont get caught out or end up starving. I can recommend the Beat Candida Through Diet book by Gill Jacobs. Its certainly gave me loads more ideas for what I can eat. If you have suffered from candida for a long time then I can recommend a book by Michael Murray called ‘Chronic Candidiasis’. It gives you a good understanding of why you might find it difficult to get rid of your candida problem and plenty of natural remedies which really work. Its thanks to this book that I started using capryllic acid which is excellent

Day 4

Today was an ok day. I think because things were going well I’ve become a bit complacent and actually forgot to take my silver today during the day today. Its meant that the candida has created a windy tum and a bit of the hayfever returned. I also felt run down and tired. I should listen to my own advice! Its hard sticking to the anti candida diet but I can tell its helping and hopefully I might lose a few pounds too! I also need to drink more water to flush out my system. I am trying to plan my meals so I dont get caught out or end up starving. I can recommend the Beat Candida Through Diet book by Gill Jacobs. Its certainly gave me loads more ideas for what I can eat. If you have suffered from candida for a long time then I can recommend a book by Michael Murray called ‘Chronic Candidiasis’. It gives you a good understanding of why you might find it difficult to get rid of your candida problem and plenty of natural remedies which really work. Its thanks to this book that I started using capryllic acid which is excellent.

Anti fungal supplements and immune boosting

Hi! I ought to explain why I take maximised capryllic acid AND pau d’arco AND colloidol silver. Each of these can kill off candida. My advice would be to try one and see how you get on. In the past I tried oil of oregano and olive leaf extract. Both helped me. If you have had candida for a long time then one at a time is wise as you dont want to feel worse due to ‘die off’. Sometimes in the past I felt like the efficiency of one would diminish. I suspected that the candida might be getting resistant though I dont know for sure as I’m not a medical person. So I would rotate the anti fungal supplements say every 5 days. This advice is explained in many of the candida books. The silver can be used the same way. Please always start on a low dosage (or weak silver solution) and build up slowly. I am a great believer in the view that if it took your body weeks / months / years to get this ill then it isn’t going to get better immediately. I dont have candida really badly so I am determined to kill it fast and get my life back again.

I am feeling better already so I know I am on the right track. I never normally get hayfever but the candida has created allergies to certain foods and grass pollen which made me very ill. However since embarking on the anti-candida diet and taking my supplements I have noticed a huge drop in my hayfever. Don’t get me wrong – I am not 100% better (yet). My stomach is still swollen although the wind has reduced and I am still suffering from constipation but things are improving. My skin looks dull and my eyes are lifeless but this is temporary. I am sleeping better too which is one of the best ways to boost my immune system.

Talking of immune system, over the years I realised that finding an effective anti fungal treatment is only Part 1 of beating candida. It explains why many people suffer a relapse. You need to work out why the candida grew in the first place. There are many factors to consider. Did you take anti biotics? Have you had food poisoning? Also Candida thrives when your immunity is low so the trick is to boost your immune system so that the candida levels drop to their normal low level (and stay there!). So to aid your recovery you need to work out what is compromising your immune system. This bit is essential. I’m not an expert but this is what was causing my immune problems:-

– low levels of iron
– stress (more about that later) and worrying
– poor sleep
– poor gut flora (apparently most of the immune system is located in the digestive tract)

I now take an iron supplement. Some brands can cause constipation so aks for advice at your health food shop. Personally I use the Solgar Gentle Iron. Its pricey but worth it. I ran out recently which is partly how the candida went nuts again. Running out of my fav probiotic (Primal Defence) was also a HUGE mistake!

The stress levels are harder to deal with. You may need to work on your opinions or viewpoints to gain a healthier view of things. Last time I just couldnt manage this. I had enormous stress in work and outside work and I felt trapped, unable to get out of the situations. The more ill I got, the more impossible it became to change things. Who is going to employ an ill person? I also had people around me who seemed to thrive on my ill fortune and put me under more pressure in the hope I could crack. That was hard as I had regarded these people as friends. Sadly I learnt that I had made a bad judgement. Its taken a lot of time and hard thinking to sort out my head on this one. There was a temptation not to trust anyone but I’ve analysed the ‘signs’ and I’ve managed to make some new fantastic friends who are much nicer. I still watch for the signs though! If anyone shows signs of being the same, then I move on sharply! I found a book called Stress Management for Dummies very interesting with many practical tips and advice. However the candida made it hard to think properly and I think I lost a bit of perspective along the way. The problems took over my life and it was hard to step back. I felt powerless but looking back I did have a little power and I somehow managed to turn things around. But it took ages. So basically the situation of huge stress with feelings of frustration and powerless helped lower my immune system last time. The situation continued for about 6 months and then slowly diminished over about 18mths which is a long, long time. I learnt a lot about the effects of stress on the body and I believe that there are herbs to help strengthen your body during stress but I didnt know about these at the time – I mention it in case it might help someone else. Of course worrying about things makes things seem more important and can cause disturbed sleep, which makes you tired and your immunity keeps falling… Its a never ending cycle and my heart goes out to anyone in that position. So here’s how I cope:-

– try to get fresh air and sunshine each day
– try to go for a walk each day (trust me it does help)
– work out ‘escape’ options even if you just escape for the evening to the movies or if you can work out how to escape any major stress in your life then go for it!
– for me working out how to deal with the situation with a better (healthier) outlook was essential. I now accept that we all have responsibility for our own actions and what goes around certainly does come around even if it takes a while. Or as someone said to me ‘every dog has its day’. This time my stress comes from worrying about others. But would they worry about me this much? Probably not. I’ve picked up some new hobbies which helps a lot. Also one thing always helps me is to think of suitable phrase or sentence and to repeat each time I think of the problem. For example if I am worried about a work colleague then I would think something like,

“He’s isnt worthing worrying about. When I am old this problem will seem insignificant and appear to have a lasted a day or so”

Perhaps a better way to explain it is to think of a stressful period in the past. Exams? Relationship break up? Horrible boss? Hopefully the pain has diminished over the years and it may only seem to have last a short period. I often do this and think “Gosh why I was so worried? That person isnt even in my life now!”. Its all about perspective I guess. Another favourite way to try to gain perspective is to meditate. My favourite is to dream that I am way up in the sky, sitting among the stars. The Earth is a like a twinkling marble against the black sky. I take a really good look around and get a good sense of being there. It suddenly makes my problems on my tiny dot of this planet seem totally insignificant. Especially if I take the time to look at the other countries and imagine the problems I might face if I lived elsewhere e.g. earth quakes, famine, war , tsunami, etc..

Finally the other way that I cope is to create contingency plans. For example my work is a source of huge stress at times. So I am working on an internet shop which I hope will support me in the future. At the very least if work becomes unbearable again I can walk away from it all, knowing that I have built up another revenue stream. I also save hard to give me ‘breathing space’ so I can quit and live off my savings if I had to.

Day 2

The sun is shining and I am about to sit in the sunshine for 20 mins or so. I think it helps and I’ve been told that so long as I am careful not to burn, then it can help to raise the seratonin levels in my brain which makes me feel better! If you want to learn more about the positive effects of sunshine visit Dr Mercola’s fantastic website.

I am taking weak colloidol silver (3ppm) to start with. 5ml three times a day. I am also taking my pau d’arco, capryllic acid and my Garden of Life Primal Defence arrived this morning (edited by Katie 10 Oct 07 – I dont recommend this product any longer.  There is too much controversy. Now I rely on threelac for my probiotics). I think my bad day yesterday was due to kill-off. I feel a lot better today. I should also add that I have been diagnosed as low in pancreatic enzymes so I take those too. I also take a selection of vitamins according to the tests carried out by my naturopath. So yes I am rattling! But I feel a lot better. I am also taking aromatherapy baths which I highly recommend. I mix 10 drops of pure essential oils in a few ml of carrier oil (grapeseed as I already had some). The mix of oils depends on how I feel. I use an aromatherapy guide book for advice. Its easy!! For example today my bath will contain tea tree and lavender to kill candida and any bugs plus rosemary to help alleviate fatigue. I would add some lemon oil but you cant use if you are going in the sun. Lemon helps to lift the spirits. There are so many oils to choose from and many of them smell divine. They only cost a few pound so its a low cost treat! You can also burn the oils in a special oil burner but I think baths help more if you are poorly. I burn oils if someone germy has visited!

I am also doing my Louise Hay’s affirmations which helps enormously (and I was such a sceptic in the beginning!). Plus I’m trying to drink loads of water. Fingers crossed that all this works.

Hope its lovely and sunny with you today!

Bit of background

Hi I’d better explain a bit about me.

I had bad food poisoning twice and this led to digestive problems. Eventually I found a naturopath who is wonderful. He diagnosed candida (among other problems) and identified which vitamins and supplements I needed to take. This was an essential step in my recovery as 1. I had a clear diagnosis of candida (essential) and 2. I knew which vitamins to take to aid my recovery. My research shows that a lack of certain vitamins and supplements can create the breeding ground for candida. For example low iron levels need to rectified asap. In the beginning I followed the restrictive and totally depressing anti-candida diet to the letter. I lost a lot of weight (yippee!), got very fed up and depressed (nightmare) and learnt about making my own fresh food with no junk in them (great!). I made friends with the local guy who runs the health food shop and spent a long time reading and learning about candida. Some things worked for a while e.g threelac, yeast raiders, etc and others worked better e.g. capryllic acid and pau d’arco. So the main thing is to try different yeast killers. Rotate them if necessary to kill off the candida.

One word of warning – if you have candida really bad or had it for ages then my advice is to do the anti candida diet for a few weeks before introducing a yeast killer. There are masses of sites which explain the anti-candida diet so I wont go into it here. But you can experience ‘die off’ where basically you feel worse before you get to feel better.

Anyway I have used so many methods of beating candida that I hope I can help others. I should also mention that I am a spiritual person and I also had healing to help boost my energy. I dont think for one minute that it cured my candida problem but I enjoyed the sessions enormously. The healing made me realise that one of the reasons I think I got candida was because of stress and more accurately my response to it. I’d lost my inner peace through worrying too much about stuff that didnt really matter and I lost perspective. Fast forward 3 years….and here I am again repeating my errors!!

Hi everyone! This is my first post. I’ve suffered…

Hi everyone!
This is my first post. I’ve suffered from candida on-off for 3 yrs now but I did suceed in having 18mths of being candida-free so I regard this latest bout as a ‘blip’. My heart sank when I heard the diagnosis and I couldnt bear the thought of another 2/3 mth restrictive diet. So I thought ‘right I’ll do my own thing and beat this once again’. It occured to me that my approach might help someone else so I’ll be explaining everything in this blog. I am a bit worried as what works for me might make someone else worse (the last thing I want to do) so please please try to see your Doc or if he or she is as useless as mine then try to find a good naturopath for professional advice before copying me. The other thing to point out is that my approach is actually a combination of several methods which are not ‘new’ or ‘unique’ to me. But I’ve done a heck of a lot of reading and research on this one plus I’ve managed to beat it several times so I know a bit about it. I also know (or at least I hope I know) why previous attempts have failed and why its back now. So hopefully you can learn from my mistakes too! Feel free to leave comments as support is appreciated!