Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Bentonite Clay
- Black Seed Oil
- Calendula Tea
- Coconut Oil
- Gentian Violet
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Himalayan Pink Salt
- Iodine, Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Probiotics
- Lemon Juice
- Milk of Magnesia
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
- Remedies Needed
- Shea Butter
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedy Feedback
- Thrush in Infants
- Vitamin B6
Last Modified on May 14, 2014
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[YEA] 06/26/2013: Mary from Crystal River, Florida: "Thrush: Low iodine in the body can cause yeast. I have hypothyroidism and didn't know that the thyroid regulates iodine in the body. I started eating dulse and kelp and used vinegar/water mix on vagina before I finally had the bloodwork done and it helped alot as the burning was untolerable, along with drinking apple cider vinegar, 2 tbls per cup of water with small pinch of baking soda and 2 tbls lemon. Also took good probiotics."
[YEA] 01/12/2009: Mel from Gloucester, UK : "BV and Lemon Juice:
I've suffered with intermittent thrush in my teens and 20's. It would be brought on by:
i) non condom sex with some men. not all.
ii) using soap, bath oils etc.
I switched to pH balanced soap and discoverd that dilute lemon juice poured over my vulva would get rid of any little flare ups. The earlier you catch it (at the first sign of a prickle or an itch) the faster it disappears!
I'm 48 now haven't needed to buy an over the counter remedy for thrush (which I hardly ever get now due to soap avoidance) since I started using dilute lemon juice.
I started HRT about 3 months ago and to my horror my vulva started reeking of fish. Just looked it up and found out about BV.
I'm assuming that this is another "upset pH" problem which causes the wrong type of bacteria to flourish, so I have just started the lemon juice routine to see if it will also deal with BV as well as thrush.
Please try lemon juice (I use Jif diluted with equal water), girls - it might work!
[YEA] 05/14/2014: Jharry from Avon Park, Fl: "I had a stubborn case of thrush. I tried peroxide, genetian violet and when that didn't work I went to the doctor and was put on Fluconazole for 10 days and after I was out of the prescription I still had it or at least I think I did. My tongue was still white but I didnt have any other symptoms. I tried scraping the tongue and everything and still white. Started looking for other remedies and came across this page so I tried milk of magnesia and let me tell you that it worked almost instantly. my tongue is back to normal. WOW"
[YEA] 05/29/2013: Barbara from So. Florida, Usa: "I developed horrible oral thrush after 5 weeks on antibiotics for a chronic Staph aureus sinus infection of 34 years. I've had so many antibiotics over the years for this infection that my systemic Candida was now on overload. My heart rate was escalating and I felt like the thrush was taking over and I would probably die if it wasn't eliminated. The immediate source seemed to be Candida in my sinuses which was flowing down the back of my throat.
I was given Nystatin Oral Suspension in the ER but it has a ton of sugar and made me gag. I decided it was irrational to treat Candida with sugar so I had to look for something else. I would have called my doctor for an Rx of plain Nystatin powder to use as a mouthwash, but it was Memorial weekend.
Desperate, I read the testimonies on EC and decided to try Milk of Magnesia. I started with 2 tablespoons undiluted MoM and swished it in my mouth for a few minutes. I was amazed and overjoyed when the fungus began peeling off right away. I did this for two days but increased the time and diluted the MoM a bit. By evening of the 2nd day there was no more white mold bonded to my tongue or gums.
However, the night of the 1st day I realized I needed to attack the immediate source or the thrush would return. So I took the syringe that came with the Nystatin suspension, partially filled it with diluted MoM and shot it up my sinues. Then tilted my head backward and forward and upside down so it would move around. It did burn but was not unbearable. I then went to bed and the next morning felt much better. I did the same thing on night #2 and day #3 felt even better.
I realize I now need to destroy the Candida in my sinuses or I'll have another outbreak of thrush. Has anyone been able to totally eliminate Candida in the sinuses with MoM? If so, what is the procedure? I am also starting in earnest an anti-Candida program for my whole system which will take several months, but it's the only way to deal the problem.
Thanks so much for your testimonies and for this website. They have been an enormous blessing!"Replies
05/30/2013: Ben from Wang, Nz replies: "Hi Barbara, Check out Bill's protocols for candida. It works. Hit the problem from the inside.... The thrush is usually just a symptom, good luck. Ben"
EC: Here's the link to Bill's Protocol: http://earthclinic.com/cures/candida-diet-protocol.html
[YEA] 11/12/2007: Shannon from Titusville, FL: "Thrush in newborns: Take a q-tip or cotton swab dip it in Milk of Magnesia and rub it around the babies mouth twice a day sure enough it will cure it just as fast as it came on. I have a one month old who got thrush and sure enough instantly it started working. Helped ease the discomfort and cleared it up with not problems!!!"Replies
[YEA] 01/27/2009: pro8688 from Vincentown, NJ replies: "After a heart attack in 2007, I came home from hospital and quickly developed a very painful oral thrush. Eventually I discovered the value of magnesium in heart disease. That led me to search for other benefits magnesium might cure. I found this Milk of Magnesia remedy for thrush on Earth Clinic. I used about a tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia mixed with the same amount of water so I can swish, gargle and spit.
It was nearly instant relief of the oral pain... and the thrush itself was gone in about a day. God bless the folks at Earth Clinic."
09/20/2011: Ella from Rocky Mtns, Ut, Usa replies: "I'd been using GV for mouth thrush and having little success. As soon as I swished around the MOM it immediately abated the swelling and the skin patches started falling off. Thank you so much for posting this!"
[YEA] 01/03/2012: Row from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "After coming down with thrush from treatment for pnuemonia, my Dr prescribed Nystatin. 8 Days later, it was still holding on and getting worse. I took the advice here and gargled with Milk of Magnesia... Full strength, no diluting for about 3 minutes... The effect was instant. It pulled all the yeast from my tongue, gums and even lips with the first treatment and instantly my mouth was soothed. I've done 3 treatments and brushed with baking soda and I feel so much better."
[YEA] 07/02/2013: Deb from Laurel, Maryland replies: "I have to say that I am amazed. I have had oral thrush for weeks and even with the Nystatin prescribed by my dentist, it wasn't getting any better - in fact getting worse. I read this post (I am at the beach and I was so ticked off that I was having trouble eating anything) and decided to try the Milk of Magnesia. OMG - it really works!!! It has taken 2-3 days of doing it for 3 min about 4-5 times a day but it is almost gone!!!! Thanks!"
[NAY] 03/11/2009: Terry from Geneva, Florida/USA: "I appreciate finding this page.I have 5 grown children and 7 grandchildren.I have cured at least 14 cases of thrush over the years. Mostly with yogurt, probiotics, diet and tea tree oil. I have had thrush now for 3 months. I was surprised to find someone on this website that had it for 9 months.
I traced the cause back to when I was sick and put on albuterol with the breathing machine for a month. NOONE told me to rinse out my mouth, I did use the spacer I was told to use. Then one drop of an anti biotic/anti fungal in my ear set it off and it's been over 3 months now. I have tried baking soda, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, milk of magnesia, lidocaine (toxic), and every kind of thing in mouth wash and tooth paste. I use coconut oil after a shower because lotion makes the fungus worst after it's use. I developed a tooth that needed a root canal from all of the mouth imbalance. I have all of it under control with the exception of Thrush. I am now on a generic form of diflucan along with another bottle of nystatin, olive leaf extract, beta gluten with caprilic acid, garlic, coq10, oregano oil. I just started swishing the organic, extra virgin coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes (oil pulling)this morning. After reading this I am off to get GNC's last bottle of oil capsules of coconut oil to hopefully finish this off. Thank you for this sight. It is the first time I have found anyone with the problem of extended thrush. I'll be back"
03/12/2009: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "Have you tried Apple Cider Vinegar? When my last child was born, he had thrush in his mouth. I was nursing him at the time and got a cracked nipple. The Dr. told me I had to quit nursing as the baby and I would just pass the condition back and forth. An old woman told me that was nonsense and to dilute apple cider vinegar with a little water and put it on a q-tip and rub it around in the baby's mouth and to rub soome on my nipple as well. She told me it would be gone in a couple of days at the most. I tried it and it worked. I have since passed this information on many times and it always seems to work. So, it's a cheap and easy thing for you to try if you haven't tried it already."
03/13/2009: Terry from Geneva, Florida/USA replies: "Janice,Thank you ((.Thrush))Yes I did only the acidity caused me to have to quit, regarding my tooth.I used _____s Vinegar and it is the best for so many things. I have the book written by the _____ family on all it's uses. This one has me stumped for the time being. I did not write of all the things I tried as the list was too long. Friends and family and neighbors come to me for so much in medical, health issues for them and their pets, this is the first time I have been temporarily unsuccessful....And I am the patient ha ha.
Loving this website:)"
01/05/2011: Bridget from Redmond, Wa replies: "Another quick suggestion: I have been using grapefruit seed extract diluted in olive oil on my nipple thrush. It seems to be working pretty well for the surface thrush and what my little guy has in his mouth. I think my yeast issue may be more systemic so I'm going to try some of the internal remedies, but baby definitely seems more comfortable! I am absolutely going to try the oil-pulling thing... I am excited to see if it works!"
04/06/2011: Amy from Columbia, South Carolina replies: "Just out of curiosity... I am suffering from thrush and the only thing I can trace it back to is the over-usage of my ProAir/albuterol inhaler (which supposedly is not a steroid???). However, I am a healthy adult, but after doing some research, scared the crud out of myself because all the websites are talking about thrush being associated with HIV, cancer, diabetes, etc... A bunch of very scary stuff. I cannot get rid of the thrush, which is making it all the more scary. I need help. Should I consume the coconut oil as oil, or are the pills more effective? Does anyone have any "surefire" methods to get rid of this crap in my mouth?"
04/07/2011: Kareng from Sugarland, Texas, Usa replies: "I have not had it in my mouth but a friend gets it regularly. I finally persuaded her to begin an Acidopholis Therapy. Go to your local Healthfood Shop and look in the Refrigerated Section for a good Prebiotic/Probiotic/Acidopholis. Take twice the dose for about a week then follow dose on bottle, forever! You can change brands to get different strands. I use only one, but you have to get it from the company online. It is superior IMO. Caprylic Acid is also helpful. For quick relief you can find Candida drops in your Healthfood Shop. Also, White Oak Bark can be found in a Tincture or open the capsule and mix in distilled water to rinse the mouth. If you can get Raw Milk, rinsing with that will help as well. Good Luck!"
[YEA] 12/18/2007: Paul from Miami, Florida: "I tried oil pulling for the first time this morning and it had an incredible effect on my thrush. Not only that but my gums have already almost completely stopped bleeding. I've been on medicine after medicine for thrush but each one makes it worse and the doctors were stupmed. 1 session of oil pulling (I only did it for 5 mins to start off) has gotten rid of most of my thrush except the thick parts in the back of my tongue. This is truely amazing."Replies
05/07/2008: Phyllis from Kansas City, MO replies: "Can you tell me what is "oil pulling"? Have never heard the term but my friend is desperate to try anything for thrush. Thanks."
EC: More information about Oil Pulling: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html
11/12/2010: Lara from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "What is the best oil to use for treating thrush??"
01/29/2011: Huepuchica from Houston, Tx replies: "I read on e-how that oil pulling with coconut oil is recommended for 20 minutes and then spitting it out, but no rinse. Forgot how long, maybe week. FYI, oil pulling is swishing oil in your mouth for 5 or more minutes and then spitting it out."
11/25/2013: Ava from Boston, Ma replies: "Oil Pulling CAUSED me to get thrush - totally dried out my mouth! Be very careful! Maybe start pulling only like 5 mins at a time to see of it works for you."
[YEA] 11/16/2013: Crosel from Toronto, On: "Oil pulling (meaning swishing around in your mouth) Coconut oil before or after brushing your teeth is EXTREMELY effective against Thrush. I've never seen my tongue this normal in a long time. I was so happy I had to create an account on earthclinic and post my awesome results! GO COCONUT OIL!
Important details are as follows:
- use 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- swish it around for 10 to 20 minutes
- spit it in your garbage or outside because it can clog your sink"
12/04/2013: Ava from Los Angeles, California replies: "Taking coconut oil by spoon greatly helped my oral thrush, but oil pulling in general, especially oil pulling with coconut oil, made it infinitely worse! Be careful!"
04/29/2012: Erin from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: "After taking antibiotics I had a stubborn white coating on my tongue. I followed the advise of someone else who had posted on earthclinic and cut open a probiotic. I put less than half of the contents in a spoon of water and swished and spit the mixture out. By the next morning, the white coating was just about gone! However, as soon as I stopped, the coating came back.
In about five days I will be taking a prescribed oral yeast medication (for after the antibiotics) and am taking a probiotic twice daily and eating a cup of plain, organic greek yogurt (with the bacteria listed in the ingredients) a day. Hopefully, this will permanently eliminate the problem. Since I have been taking probiotics, I have noticed that my gums rarely bleed after brushing/flossing anymore.
I may try oil pulling with sunflower oil here after the antibiotics and yeast medication, but I do not buy the whole "detox" or "herx effect" claims after doing much research. I would use it simply for teeth whitening and to eliminate bacteria in the mouth. If you are suspicious of "big pharma" medication, then you should also be suspicious of detoxes and cleanses (they are all profit industries). Personally, if anything makes me feel like crap, then I am going to stop doing it. Listen to your body above all. (with antibiotic symptoms, I eat very well, take probiotics, and drink lots of water, and I barely have symptoms, therefore feeling like crap is more a result of an unhealthy lifestyle when my body has less of an ability to deal with unhealthy food/habits than it would off of the antibiotics)."Replies
01/14/2014: Juliemartha from Orlando, Fl replies: "Just wanted to mention that certain fungal and yeast organisms are KNOWN to grow hyphae/bloom under extreme stress in an all out effort to survive adverse pH or other sudden change. May depend how deeply seated the condition has become. Any initial worsenening of symptoms should be evaluated with that in mind. Coconut oil will KILL the organism AND promote speedy recovery of healthy mucous membranes."
10/31/2011: Lovak from Columbia, Maryland Usa: "Hi, I have been suffering from thrush for about two years now, tried everything I possibly can but no change.. Is there anything I can use to clear this thing in my mouth and system? I'm so tired of this disease- please help."Replies
10/31/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Lovak, thrush may be related to an iodine deficiency. If the iodine levels in your body are adequate, thrush won't get a chance to take hold.
Research iodine on earthclinic. Also David Brownstein has a good book on Iodine."
10/11/2009: Joan from Boston, Mass: "My elderly mother with Alzhiemers has Thrush and nothing seems to cure it. She has had it often and
Ususally Nyastatin does it, but this time it seems more virulent. She is unable to eat anything but liquids, is very weak and delirious at times. I am trying the milk of mag. And giving her fortified drinks, but she seems unable to drink anything without sugar, and I know this is not good. The Standard doctors are stumped because her blood work is OK. What else would you suggest? I have read all of these wonderful remedies but would like to know the best remedies might be best for an older person. She is 90. Thank you for any suggestions."
10/11/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Hi again Joan, I just wanted to bring your attention to a post by Jan on the candida page under dietary changes. It's an extensive post but very informative and personal in that she had her own battle with candida. Her post may save you from a lot of footwork and missteps in your work with this. Hope it helps."
EC: Jan's post is here, 2nd from the top: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/candida.html#DIETARYCHANGES
10/11/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Hi Joan, Sorry to hear about your mom. She definitely has a serious problem with candida. Candida is usually caused by too much sugar and carbs in the diet- example: breads, cake, white flour items. The difficulty is her age and how elderly people can be stubborn with change. Google candida or candida overgrowth so you can see the symptoms and I'll bet your mom has shown a lot of these. Weak and delirious are also signs of candida as are thrush. Sugar will exacerbate the problem so stay away from that- it will actually cause it to flair! Work on eliminating sugar and white flour items and anything containing them. Add probiotics, veggies, yogurt but not sugared yogurts. Check out the candida page on this site and do research because only you will know how to take care of your mom since you are her caretaker and will know what she can handle. Mainstream doctors don't give much thought to this (candida) but alternative doctors do so it is no surprise they are overlooking this. I wish you the best. Lisa"
[YEA] 05/11/2009: Joanna from London, UK: "Hi, I just want to share with you a remedy for relief of vaginal thrush soreness/itching. I have been in terrible pain for just over a week now having tried lots of remedies, natural and conventional for thrush. Unfortunately, I got a bad bout of it after taking an emergency contraceptive pill a couple of weeks ago and nothing would sooth it. I was in my local organic grocery shop at the weekend and they were selling lumps of pure shea butter. I bought some and melted it in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water and mixed in a couple of tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and allowed it to cool. I actually made this for my severely dry legs and hands but I applied it over my entire body including all over my vaginal area before bed. The next morning not only is my entire body dry skin free it has healed all the soreness and itching from the thrush! I feel the first relief in ages. I also use garlic and yogurt internally which does help but it doesn't sooth the soreness enough on the outside. I tried VCO oil on it's own, ACV, yoghurt, lemon juice externally none of which helped me. Shea butter is easily available online or from independent Caribbean or health food shops. Also, I have found VCO is a great lubricator for sex as I find even the mildest ones can set off my thrush. Hope this helps someone and thanks for all the great advice on this site."Replies
[YEA] 11/08/2012: Martina9eld from Burnaby, Bc/canada replies: "Yes! Shea Butter instantly took the burning away from my tongue and gums."
12/15/2012: Louise from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "Tea tree oil was a godsend for me in treating a bad case of oral thrush I had after taking antibiotics for strep throat. My thrush was so bad that I had a sore throat for weeks, large bumps at the back of my tongue (as well as a thick white coating) and I had even begun to have chest pain and difficulty swallowing (I can only think that the thrush must have traveled down my esophagus, as I read this can happen).
The doctor prescribed liquid Nystatin and after 10 days it had helped with the chest pain and difficulty swallowing (the instructions were to swish and then swallow the Nystatin liquid) but I still had a sore throat that was not going away. My mum came across the idea of gargling with tea tree oil so I tried 5 drops tea tree in about a 1/4 cup of water, gargled a few minutes and swished around my mouth, then spit and did not rinse my mouth. Within hours my sore throat was so much better and within a couple days of doing the gargle and swishing in my mouth twice a day, all traces of the thrush were gone! I also had to cut out all sugar while doing this as each time I ate sugar it seemed to make the symptoms start to return. I hope this will help anyone suffering as I was."
[YEA] 10/09/2006: Sarah from Chicago, IL: "I have been on many inhaled steroid regimes for many years and if you do not rinse the back of your throat properly after each use you will get Thrush. This is obnoxious and itchy in the back of your throat and if you have it, you know you want it gone ... NOW. Tea tree oil gargle or mouthwash can be found in any vitamin/nutrition store or you can just add a little T.T.O. to your regular daily mouthrinse or gargle. Just make sure that it gets to the farest depths of the throat without gagging and then sip some water. You will feel immediate relief and continue with it twice a day for a week or so. What doctors will prescribe for it to go away takes much longer and the antibiotics (especially for women) have many other unpleasant side effects. So try the tea tree oil. It is great."Replies
[YEA] 01/22/2009: Laurel from Lake Forest, California replies: "My lactation consultant recommended using Tea Tree Oil in the dishwasher to kill the thrush bacteria from all the bottles and other items the bacteria may have been growing. It is fully pesticide free and though the smell is quite strong I think it really helped. I even like the smell now. I always think "clean" when I smell it. We used this in conjunction with GENTIAN VIOLET and my son's thrush went away within a week."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "If you are good in adjusting these basic dosages I have given you, thrush should actually be completely eliminated. If not good on dosages/frequencies, then the thrush will be reduced but not completely eliminated.
1. Take vinegar and mix 3% H2O2 (food grade hydrogen peroxide) in equal portions. Dilute it by tripling the amount of water. This is a weak solution, you can make it stronger/weaker later, depending on how well it works.
You can make any amount of starting base, but you won't take all of it anyway. So assuming a starting base 50 cc of ACV, 50 cc of 3% H2O2, and then add 300 cc of water. Your total mix should be about 400 cc.
The solution is fairly diluted to be taken on 1/4 teaspoon. If the solution is too strong, you can dilute it further the original solution as you think it is proper. If you want a more exacting, then add 100 cc of more water if it is too strong. If the solution is too weak, which means the throat conditions were not relieved at all then add an additional 25 cc of ACV and 25 cc of 3% H2O2.
Mouth gargle this solution. Sip slowly down the mouth three times spaced at 15 minutes apart only 1/4 teaspoon. Drink some water after the sip in 3-4 minutes to reduce odor of H2O2. Vary the strength depending on how you respond. This will reduce the Thrush pain. H2O2 will circulate in the blood for 1.5 hour and this will be greatly help. Throat pain of application should greatly reduced within 5 minutes of taking it.
About the H2O2 ACV, remember to drink plenty of water after taking them within minutes. H2O2 smells bad. Or you can try to get use to it FIRST by taking only one sip and take water, before fully jumping into the treatment. It takes some getting used to.
2. You probably know about diets. No milk, no calcium, no white bread, no wheat, no sugar.
3. Take some cilantro or EDTA to remove heavy metals. This will remove the food source of the yeast also. If you have a Herx, then it is confirmed that your body have high toxic metal. The usual dose is to start on a the low side and work yourself up. Start at with small branch of cilantrol (also called chinese parsley) and slowly increase over the course of the month to 1/3 cup.
4. Restore the immune system. Paint iodine on foot -- small 3 inches, but not exceeding one applications for 3 days -MAX! (No limit for how much you take if you are on Kelp! Natural sources are always the best - you don't even have to worry about the overdose!) Also take 20,000 I.U. of vitamin D2 or D3 for about 30 days.
5. Restoring the intestinal gut. Take probiotics to restore the intestinal flora and take some fulvic acid along the way.
6. Restoring you natural pH. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid. This formula will remove one food source of yeast, namely blood calcium to normal while maintaining stable pH and buffer with the citrates. Restore blood redox to normal by taking 250 mg. of sodium ascorbate every day. Take some boron supplements, about 25-50 mg. every day, if you can find one or make your own by buying some borax powder and only a tiny pinch. This will normalize the hormones and the critical magnesium/calcium balance inhibiting the yeast's food source also.
7. Eat a couple apples every day and chew the seeds. Eat 2-3 apricot seeds everyday. These will restore the nitrilosides necessary to kill the fungus. This is one reason why cows don't get fungus or candida, their nitriloside diets are quite adequate.
You can also reduce the fungus throat formation somewhat by taking a strong green tea several times. It contains tannins and they will inhibit the fungus growth somewhat."Replies
11/08/2010: Texbrbie from Normal, Illinois USA replies: "How often in a day should this therapy be repeated until the symptoms are gone?"
02/15/2011: Penny from Dorset, Uk replies: "Remedy for thrush: How many days to stay on the protocol you advised, also do you mean 1/4 tsp 3x every 15min, or 1/4tsp once every 15mins and for how many times per day etc , thanks if you can help."
12/03/2012: Elodie from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia replies: "Is that a typo, I hope so? 1/3 cup of cilantro? Cilantro can be highly toxic in high doses, it can kill you."
12/18/2012: Aubergine from Washington, Dc replies: "Thanks for this source of info. I'm dealing with a seemingly stubborn case of oral thrush. Starting to improve but still working on it. I used to have what I believe was a mild chronic case - I would often wake up with what seemed like a film of skin sloughing off in the crevice between the inside of my cheek and my upper gum. It was never painful, just slightly annoying. After I discovered earthclinic.com and started working on my alkaline balance a couple of years ago, the thrush disappeared. I noticed it would come back if I ate too many acid-forming foods over a couple of days (say, a wedding weekend), but would correct itself once I got my diet back on track. I also had a couple of painful episodes when I got sick with a cold and got too acidic, but again, as soon as my alkaline balance was back (confirmed by pH testing of urine), the thrush would clear up quickly.
This time is unusual. For the last week I've had the most painful case I can remember, and I don't know what triggered it - I was eating normally, and I haven't felt ill. With the onset of the thrush I concentrated even more on sticking with alkaline foods, and my pH test strips have been dark blue. In the past, thrush did not stick around when my urine pH was testing dark blue, so I came back here for more suggestions.
I haven't prepared the actual "Ted's Remedy" of H2O2 and baking soda with water, but I have been swishing/gargling alternately during the day with H2O2, diluted ACV (the good kind), and Milk of Magnesia. The improvement has been very slow over several days but I'm still having pain in my cheeks/gums. Today I added some baking soda water to the swishing/gargling rotation (and then drank it). I think I will experiment with EV coconut oil - I take a capsule or two a day, but it sounds like a little more internally, and perhaps applying directly to the problem areas, might help."
12/18/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Aubergine, I'm not sure if you're aware that the deeper cause of thrush is candida. Thrush is a symptom of candida, just as a yeast infection is as well. Candida can cause a myriad of problems, most of which drs never address this underlying cause. They don't even give it credibility. Anyway, most likely, the reason the thrush doesn't seem to be responding to the dietary changes this time is because its too advanced. And trying to combat the thrush topically will only take care of the superficial symptom but not the underlying cause.
You are going to have to use protocols to help rid candida to see any vital changes. I always steer family and friends to the Body Ecology website because there's so much great information on it- lots of articles on the subject and also lots of recipes to help clear your body and keep the body alkaline. You will learn the importance of fermented food as well, to help replenish the body with good bacteria which will help combat the candida. Just google it and you'll find it.
Also, Bill of Luzon has a whole protocol he worked up to take care of his own candida. He has a whole arsenal which you will find here:
Anyway, I hope this info helps. Best to you, Lisa"