It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these “anti-candida update” posts, and given the changes over the past year, I thought it might be appropriate to share what’s been going on. (If you’re interested in the detox, skip to the video below).
I know that many of you out there are going through similar experiences when it comes to the long trajectory of clearing candida, so I hope this information will be helpful to all of you, too.
After following what I call a “candida maintenance” diet (no refined sweeteners, no gluten, no eggs, no dairy, no highly processed foods, no alcohol, no. . . lots of other things) for about 5 years now, I don’t even really have to think about my diet much any more. I go out with friends, I prepare my favorite foods (including most of my favorite desserts), I go to (select) restaurants with the HH, I travel.
Throughout it all, I’ve remained true to the diet. I have not consumed a single granule of white sugar or even a tiny bite of anything made with refined flours. I stay away from alcohol and super-sweet fruits like banana or mango; consume low glycemic fruits extremely frugally (say, a maximum of 3 times a week). I eat a plethora of raw foods and aim for about 50% raw in most meals.
And yet. . . my candida symptoms persist. I experienced a great improvement after being on the protocol along with prescription and herbal anti-fungals for about 6 months, back in 2009. After that, I continued to maintain a situation of about 90-95% reversal of the symptoms, but a slight rash still lingered and intensified whenever I overdid it on grains or my own candida-friendly treats (and especially testing for Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free. Note to self: sampling two to five desserts a day–even low glycemic, “healthy” ones, really isn’t in the cards for someone with a history of candida).
And so, last summer, instead of the symptoms decreasing, they intensified. My rash worsened, and for the first time in my anti-candida journey, I developed thrush. Thrush?! (I cringed even writing that word). With lots of antifungals and a stricter dietary protocol, it cleared, but that, too, seems to return unannounced periodically, then requiring even more vigilance to reduce the symptoms.
Clearly, something’s not working here.
It was either Einstein, Tony Robbins, or Homer Simpson (thank you, internet) who said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” I think the same principle applies to the treatment of candida. So, I decided to take an entirely different tactic (no, I’m not going to drink turpentine just yet. You’ll be the first to know if I ever get there, though).
In today’s video, I’m going to talk about the program I followed, why I decided to detox, and the results I saw.
- The conventional view of detoxing
- Why I believe detoxing is super important for almost everyone
- Why candida might not clear up, even if you’re “doing everything right”
- My favorite spider story
- The protocol I followed for 10 days
- What did I eat on the diet? I tracked my meals starting here.
- Herxheimer reaction: what is it, and what to expect
- How I avoided a sinus infection
- My experience–good and bad–over the 10 days
- Video: Daily detoxification with Amie Valpone
- The cleanse I’m using
- My favorite herbal tea for cleansing
- Neti pot
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Colloidal silver spray
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