The Candida Control Protocol
Thanks to INHRESEARCH.COM Edited by Jude Lay 3/2/2014
Weeks 1–2: The first step in the protocol is to stop feeding the fungus for two weeks. Cut out grains, sugars, excessive amounts of carbohydrates, and alcohol. Alcohol is a mycotoxin. But sugar is the biggest offender of all. It not only feeds fungal cells, but cancer cells love it too.
That’s no coincidence. As we said before, there is very little difference between how fungal and cancer cells operate.
During your first week, eliminate these harmful foods from your diet. You can try to do this all at once but if you start having severe die off reactions, try just one or two at a time.
* All sugars, including most fruits. To get rid of candida, you have to eliminate the sugary fruits. The few that are okay to eat are berries, grapefruit, and cranberries. And remember, sugars include those foods that you think are “natural,” like agave syrup and honey. You should limit your carbohydrate intake as much as possible. This will keep your sugar levels stable and won’t feed the fungus. Try not to eat any more than 50 to 100 grams of carbohydrates per day. To put it in perspective, one cup of strawberries has about 11 grams of carbohydrates. Add in a sweet potato at around 30 grams and you are almost at the lower limit.
* Corn. Not only is most corn genetically modified, it is contaminated with all types of fungi. And it’s everywhere in our food supply. According to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, corn usually contains several types of fungal toxins including aflatoxin.
* Wheat. Fungal contamination is just one more reason you shouldn’t eat this poison. Not only do breads—even organic, wheat types—turn to sugar in your body and feed candida, they’re poisonous because of their mycotoxin content. Breads and wheat products are full of mycotoxins because the raw ingredients sit around in silos for months at a time. The same goes for barley and rye.
* Hard cheeses. We don’t recommend dairy usually and this is another reason to stay away from it. If there’s mold on your cheese, there are mycotoxins in your cheese too.
* Cashews, peanuts, and pistachios. These three types of nuts have the highest concentration of mycotoxins.
* Condiments. Ketchup, soy sauce, mayonnaise, and relish usually have hidden sugars in them.
* Alcohols. Brewer’s yeast is a mycotoxin. Don’t have any more than one glass of wine per day. If you have severe candida symptoms, you shouldn’t have any alcohol until you can get it under control.
* Refined oils. Peanut, soy, and corn oils are contaminated with mold.
While candida and other fungi can wreak havoc on you, there are only a few tests your doctor can do to find out if you have an overgrowth.
A blood test measures three separate antibodies your immune cells will create if you have candida. IgM, IgG, and IgA are markers of the candida antigen. That is created when a particle of a candida waste product (mycotoxin) enters the bloodstream and triggers an antibody response. The other tests measure the amount of candida or other pathogenic fungus in the sample.The doctor can also take vaginal or stool samples and “culture” them. Culturing means the samples are placed in a cup with special substances that help them grow.
The bottom line is that if you have many different symptoms happening at the same time, ask your doctor to test you for a yeast overgrowth.
Step 2. Weeks 3–6: Kill the fungi with natural immunotherapy while continuing the same eating plan. Once you’ve removed their food sources, the fungal parasites will start dying off. This step speeds up the process.
Be warned: some “candida” supplements won’t make a dent. So it’s important to buy the ones that are effective and not to waste money on the ones that aren’t. We recommend:
*Oregano. Wild oregano oil contains two naturally occurring antimicrobial agents called carvacrol and thymol. Studies show that carvacrol is just as effective against microbes and candida as pharmaceutical drugs. To take oregano, start very slowly. Buy the liquid and drink three drops in water once or twice a day. Putting more than three drops can burn your mouth. You can slowly build up to six drops per glass.
* Garlic. Studies confirm that garlic is a strong antifungal and anticandidal. One of its key components is ajoene, a proven antifungal against many strains of candida. Fresh garlic had a better impact than the powdered form. Two to four fresh cloves per day of fresh, minced garlic are a good dose. But you can also take concentrated garlic tablets. Look for 600–900 mg of freeze‐ dried garlic standardized to 1.3 percent alliin or 0.6 percent allicin.
* Coconut oil. This should be one of your first choices as an antifungal. It has three potent agents that kill candida— caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid. The most important one is caprylic acid because it interferes with and weakens fungal cell walls. If you want to add it as a supplement, take it in gel form. That will allow it to get to your intestinal tract where you need it the most. You can take 600 mg twice a day with meals for a powerful antifungal effect. Otherwise try taking 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil twice daily.
* Paw Paw. This is a North American tree with antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It has more than five long chain fatty acids that stop production of ATP in cancer cells. This stops cancer cells from cloning themselves. In trial studies, a standardized extract of paw paw reduced tumor markers, tumor sizes, and increased life spans among 94 cancer patients.
*Pre and Probiotics. Anytime you have a fungal overgrowth, you know your good fungus‐fighting bacteria are already wiped out. You have to replenish the good guys with both prebiotics and probiotics. You should buy the highest quality probiotic you can with as many strains and live cultures as you can. Research shows that Lactobacillus Acidophilus cuts down the duration of a candida overgrowth. I advise my clients In New Zealand to buy Lifestream Advanced probiotic.
Probiotic supplements will sometimes come with prebiotics (they help feed the probiotics). Prebiotics will also help strengthen any good bacteria in your gut. Good sources are raw sauerkraut, kimchi, and coconut kefir.
Step 3. This last step is actually just as important as the other two. Start on it two weeks after you begin your immunotherapy.
Fungal pathogens excrete mycotoxins when they’re alive. But they also become additional toxins in your system when they die. That increases your “Herx” die‐off reaction and makes it harder to stick to the protocol. Here’s how get rid of them:
* Take glutathione. This is your “master” antioxidant. It’s what you need to make all of your other antioxidants. It’s especially good at improving your liver enzymes and helping it release mycotoxins. Take 500 mg in the morning with breakfast.
* Use milk thistle. The active ingredient in this herb is silymarin—a phytochemical that works withglutathione to cleanse your liver. It helps repair damaged liver cells and strengthens your cell membranes so toxins can’t enter them. It should be standardized to at least 70 percent. Or try Inseason herbals LIVER-GB liquid herbal..order by emailing me email@example.com & I will contact you.
* Raise your core body temperature. Increasing your core body temperature ushers toxins out of your body through sweat. Obviously, exercise should be your first choice to raise your body temperature. Infrared saunas are also effective in releasing toxic contaminants.
You need to progress in these steps if you find that you have many fungal overgrowth symptoms. Otherwise, you can release too many toxins into your system at the same time and you will feel sick.
A fungal die‐off reaction is called aHerxheimer or “Herx” reaction. Dr. KarlHerxheimer noticed his patients would react to toxins from dying pathogens like yeast, bacteria, and parasites after they received medications. It’s because the body gets overwhelmed trying to clear them out. The reaction can be mild to severe. You may experience any or all of these symptoms:
* Fever and chills
* Muscle aches and headaches
* Skin rashes and hives
* Excess mucus production and cold or flu‐like symptoms
* Brain fog, memory problems, and anxiety
* Increased GI problems (diarrhea, constipation, etc.)
* Fatigue and an overall sluggish feeling
Many anti‐candida diets suggest that you also cut out mushrooms since they’re a fungus. Some candida sufferers are so sensitive that they should follow this advice. But there are a few types of mushrooms most people should definitely include. Certain mushrooms—like reishi and shiitake—have strong cancer‐fighting properties. Studies show they shrink tumors, prevent cancer cells from spreading, and cause cancer cells to commit suicide.
Unlike medicinal mushrooms, fungal pathogens are opportunistic. And compared to bacteria, fungi are more evolutionarily advanced. No other type of microbe is better at transforming itself to take over another organism and avoid being killed.
In the way that fungus takes “root” in your system and doesn’t let go (remember the rhizomes we talked about). It acts more like cancer than any other pathogen.
But, fungal pathogens won’t survive unless you provide them with the right environment. Antifungal medications are dangerous and, just like other drugs, stop working as fungal pathogens become more resistant.
Rare fungal infections doctors haven’t seen before, like aspergillus, are showing up in cancer patients. Clearly, fungus is becoming more opportunistic. That’s why it’s important to fight any symptoms of fungus before it creates the roots that are so hard to get rid of.