Hi my name is Katie and I had severe candida on-off for 10 years. I work full time so I sympathise with candida sufferers who have to keep working to earn money even if they are really ill. It took many years for the problem to be diagnosed and eventually when I realised what the problem was I fought it on-off for ages due to other serious health problems. But even in the ‘off’ periods I was still feeling run down and ill when I should have been 100% better. In 2007 I was again diagnosed with candida and I thought to myself “ok lets get rid of this once and for all”. I felt like an old hand and kept reminding myself “you’ve beaten it many times so just do it again!”. However the last episode was harder to beat and it forced me learn a lot more about the underlying problems which can feed the candida.
Update: I’ve now added a page which summarises my approach to beating candida. To get started please read this page first. http://www.beatcandidayeastinfections.com/how-i-beat-candida-yeast.htm
At this point I should explain that my candida was originally caused by food poisoning and recurrences have only happened in extreme circumstances such as multiple uses of antiobiotics in a very short timespan, serious illness, etc.. However in the summer of 2007 I had a recurrence which I now believe was caused by a hormone imbalance. I had changed my contraceptive pill at the same time.
With this last recurrence it occurred to me that others might benefit from my own methods of regaining my health. So this blog is written for other candida sufferers in the hope that I may be able to help them with practical tips or even just by sharing my experience so that they know they aren’t alone.
I have also had to deal with huge levels of stress over the years connecting with my work which has also damaged my health.
Where I Am Now
But now I am 100% better and I have been for many years. Of course I get bugs from time and to time but the candida and IBS has never come back. I believe this is because I finally learnt what was causing it and worked hard to get my body back on balance. The anti-candida diet and anti-fungal supplements often work well for people and they get better and forget all about candida. Lucky them! But for many of us we need to stop and work out the root cause before we can hope to beat candida for good.
If I can give you one important message based on what I’ve learnt it’s this – please don’t ever give up. I thought I would never get better and that candida would haunt me forever but I got there in the end. And if I can do it then I hope you can too! The key I believe is to keep investigating what is causing your candida so that you can start to eliminate the cause and finally get better.
I should also explain that I am not a medical person and so my methods may not work for others and I strongly recommend that you either see a qualified health practitioner for professional expertise. The last thing I would want is to tell you about something that worked for me and then hear that it made you worse. It would break my heart. I have always followed the advice of a very experienced naturopath and without his help I would not be well today so please please get professional advice too as we are all different.
Before writing this blog I read other similar blogs and I was disappointed that some of them were clearly written to promote a specific product by a particular company. It made me doubt if the blogs were genuine. I would like to point out that I am NOT here to sell you anything and I am a real person! 🙂
Why I Have Adverts on My Website
Some people ask me why I have adverts on my blog and website. I’ve added these recently to help pay towards the running costs of the website. I have to pay for the domain and webhosting and the few cents I earn when people click on the adverts helps towards these costs. To give you some idea of my ‘earnings’ over the past few months I’ve earned $3! So I’m certainly not doing this to make money.
I know how money can be tight when you are fighting candida (the supplements alone can cost a fortune and thats before you try any alternative therapies) so the last thing I want is to cost you money. I think I’ve spent a small fortune over the years on my health. I darent add it all up.
Take Care When Searching the Internet
I know how hard it is when you are ill and you are desperately searching the internet for answers. So I will try to explain not only what I am doing now but what else I have tried in the past and give some indication of what works and when. One more thing, if you feel like trying anything new say a Candida supplement my advice is to put the name of it into google and see if you can find any problems or side effects with it. Its worth double checking. For example some people recommend liquorice root but I found that it should not be taken if you have high blood pressure. Def worth knowing! The sales guy in the health food shop may not tell you that. So take care! Also be careful when reading ‘advice’ on other candida sites which are written by people who have not managed to beat the candida yet. Some of what I’ve read has worried me so always check with your doctor if you are not sure about anything.
Try to stay positive
Finally I would say that having candida has changed my life and some of it in great ways that I never would have dreamt. I know it may sound hard to believe but its true. Ok yes I cant go mad on sugar or alcohol but I have discovered new holistic treatments which I love that are now a big part of my life such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, meditation and reiki. I have found fantastic complementary therapists who now help my friends and family with their health issues . Its amazing how many people have actually benefited! We believe that my naturopath has saved the life of at least two people that are close to me by diagnosing life threatening conditions which were missed by doctors. If I hadnt become ill I wouldnt have found this naturopath and I wouldnt have been able to recommend him to my friends, who would not be here today if it wasn’t for him. Its very strange how things work out. Every cloud has a silver lining I guess! By the way I often asked if I can recommend my naturopath but I dont think he is working any more. I always suggest that you either ask friends and family for recommendations or seek out a qualified and experienced health practitioner. In the USA I’ve heard of many doctors who run wellbeing clinics and in the UK I suggest holistic therapy centre.
I wish you all the best on your journey. Finally I believe that we all have a Guardian Angel at our side always. So don’t forget to ask them for help and support if you need it. I ask mine for all the time! And yes I get lots of help for which I always say thank you.
If you have any questions I will always do my best to answer them – just leave a comment on the site and I will receive it as an email or click the Contact page for more ways of reaching me.
love, Katie x