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Coconut Oil   3  0   

Posted by Sandra (California, Us) on 09/05/2011

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Thank you earthclinic for the wonderful website! On here I've found the cure for so many health problems from sore throat to eczema. I am now writing because I've started using VCO three weeks ago and I am loving it. The reason why I wanted to try it is because I think I have mouth candida. For the first two weeks I felt a huge difference in my mouth. It felt cleaner, fresher and that horrible white coat completely disappear!!

A few days ago I started to have an unpleasant taste in my mouth. I can't be sure if it is the metalic taste that some people describe but I can assure you that it is not nice. My tongue is not as pink as it was when I started taking VCO but not as bad as before I started taking it. My question is: Could the bad taste in my mouth be a symptom of candida die off or is it just that the oil worked in the the first two weeks and is not working anymore? Thanks very much

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
09/06/2011
Hi Sandra, California, I also started taking a bit of coconut oil again a few days ago and my tongue is white (while it nowadays is quite clean) and I have this bad taste in the mouth, like I am always thirsty. Although, as I had started to take Chlorella and Spirulina at the same time I am not sure which one is causing this! I don't know whether it is the die off effect as I think that I suffer from Candida or whether my liver got overloaded because this is the result when you take or eat something that doesn't agree with your liver! No idea what to do now.... yesterday I didn't take the clorella spirulina powder or the coconut oil but nothing changed.
Replied by Jay
Toronto, Ont, Canada
09/07/2011
On 09/06/2011 Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France wrote: "... I also started taking a bit of coconut oil again a few days ago and my tongue is white (while it nowadays is quite clean) and I have this bad taste in the mouth, like I am always thirsty. Although, as I had started to take Chlorella and Spirulina at the same time I am not sure which one is causing this! I don't know whether it is the die off effect as I think that I suffer from Candida or whether my liver got overloaded because this is the result when you take or eat something that doesn't agree with your liver! No idea what to do now.... yesterday I didn't take the clorella spirulina powder or the coconut oil but nothing changed."

Francisca, a few random thoughts here ... Candida is known to accumulate in tissue that contains heavy metal deposits as the heavy metals in some manner seem to protect the Candida. Chlorella is well known to help the body excrete heavy metals by any channel available. I suspect your ingestion of the chlorella started to remove the heavy metals which accounts for the bad taste. With this start to the heavy metal removal, the Candida felt somewhat threatened and in its movement, was exposed (white tongue).

If you want to read more about the heavy metal-Candida association see this link

http://www.kroegerhealer.com/healing-candida-detoxifying-heavy-metals.htm

Replied by Amanda
Boston, Ma
10/05/2012
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   Coconut oil also made my tongue turn completely white & I had a terrible taste in my mouth like metal. My tongue was fuzzy - it was horrible! But I also experienced great efffects like weight loss, smoother hair, and much better sleep (I think it was helping my hyperthyroid). I had to go off the coconut oil bc the white tongue - even when I went down to 1/8 of a teaspoon & the taste were intolerable.
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
10/05/2012
Hi Amanda, The coconut oil was doing a great job of detoxing you, thus why you saw the white tongue and had the bad taste in your mouth. Since coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory you were actually seeing its benefits. If you don't like its effects, you may want to find another way of detoxing since this was an indication that you have a level of toxicity in your body. Hope this info helps, Lisa

Posted by Joyful (Memphis, Tn, Usa) on 07/07/2010

I've cooked with raw/organic/un-refined virgin coconut oil a tad, and I use it liberally in my personal care products. However, I gag whenever I try to injest it. Aside from the overall health benefits, I am curious about this oil because I am dealing with candida overgrowth. I am currently taking probiotics and enzymes from a reputable company, using raw ACV in my water daily, and I will start taking garlic (with allicin) capsules soon. Would it be necessary to consume VCO if I'm doing the other things mentioned above for candidiasis? Are there even coconut oil capsules out there?! Thanks in advance!

Replied by Randy
Jc, Nj
11/30/2010
You can take capryllic acid instead, which is the main active substance in VCO that kills the yeast

EC: VCO= virgin coconut oil

Replied by Melissa
Old Saybrook, Ct.
02/08/2011
Hi, I am a 61 year old female and have broken out in a rash all over, legs, arms, etc. I have osterperosis in the hips and should take calcium. I have acid reflux expecially in the evening. I have high blood pressure. Vaginal dryness that will not stop even though I am taking vagifem. I have a white tongue. What do you suggest?
Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
02/08/2011
Hi Melissa - I take Boron (3mg a day) Magnesium 400mg a day, and a Calcium MAYBE every other day... Maybe. I also be taking Organic Virgin Coconut oil at 3 tbsp a day (starting at one tablespoon, and working up to three tablesoons, SLOWLY so as to not upset my digestive system too much). Boron builds bone, and Magnesium is needed by so many bodily functions... VCO is a GREAT thyroid balancing agent. I also add turmeric to my coffee / VCO (coconut oil) concoction every morning.

Aside from that I also take ACV at one ounce (a shot glass full) in a glass of water and a splash of orange juice every morning.

You might want to also look at taking DIM (google it - DIM) and a good natural progesterone cream. Just suggestions per what you said your age and symptons are... Great for balancing out those damned estrogens that can make our bodies get so whacked out.

I am turning 50 this month, and these are the things I have found helpful for me.

Also - a great (beyond great, and AWESOME book actually) to read is "Breakthrough" by Suzanne Somers. Yes, Suzanne Somers.... The woman is VERY intelligent!!!!!

Good luck to you, and if nothing else, just "google" the individual elements I have mentioned to see if they look like something your body may be needing.... One of them may just be something you will be very happy to have found! Carly :-)

Replied by Sims
Branson, Missouri
11/19/2011
I was having a hard time with my health and couldn't quite figure out what I had going on, and after some reading I figured out I had candida in my intestines (I fit the symptoms to a T ) so I started with the cold pressed coconut oil about 2 to 4 spoons a day and I am all but cured of all of my symptoms, I also started taking Apple Cider Vinegar at the same time and a strong probiotic... My health is great and I lost 5 lbs which were those last 5 that are so hard to shed, lost some puffy-ness too :) VERY happy... Thank you Earth Clinic!

Posted by Corinna (London, Kent, England) on 02/05/2010

[YEA]  I suffered from candida infections virtually all my adult life. It started after I used antibiotics in my early twenties and became chronic. This changed once I started to use virgin coconut oil for cooking at age 38. What a relief!
I went to a food intolerance check in my local health food shop. The man was all set to diagnose me with candida because then he would be able to sell me lots of medicines (his major source of income) - or so it seemed to me. However, he checked and checked and could not find the candida. He seemed astonished because apparently he found the fungus in everyone. Anyway, I am free of candida for the last 10 years and as an added bonus I also suffer less from herpes outbreaks that I used to have much more frequently.

Posted by Colleen (Livingston, NJ) on 06/28/2009

Hi, My Mom and I have been doing some research regarding Candida. We are both convinced that we have this condition since we both fit the symptoms to a tee.

Anyway, my question is, my Mom has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and I've been seeing mixed commentary on the web to whether or not taking the Coconut Oil is good for people who have high blood pressure. Should she continue taking Coconut Oil and will it lower her pressure or make it higher?

Any commentary or personal results are appreciated!! Thanks!

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
11/28/2009
[YEA]   Hi Colleen...As a help to you here is a website showing much of the research on coconut oil in our diet:

http://coconutoil.com/coconut-oil-research/

There are many myths that have been spread around about saturated fats and the above web-site should explain all.

I use extra virgin coconut oil internally and externally on body every day, I regard this oil as far more curative even than olive oil because coconut oil is a stable saturated fat, whereas olive oil is a monounsaturated vegetable oil, therefore less stable and much more prone to quickly oxidise.

When I started taking coconut oil, I actually lost weight, my blood pressure went down, my cholesterol levels went down and rebalanced, I had more energy and it was a major factor in getting rid of my Candida.

Replied by Maria
Wilmington, DE, Usa
03/16/2010
This is a question to Bill from the Philipines. Bill how long did you take the coconut oil to cure your candida? Maria
Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
03/17/2010
Hi Maria...It took a year to cure my candida. And coconut oil wasn't the only remedy I used. I also used the following.

* Ted's lime/lemon plus Baking soda 3 times a day for alkalizing the body.

* Occasionally Ted's ACV plus BS or BS on its own on in water to provide more energy and to provide more bicarbonates respectively.

* Teaspoon of Blackstrap Molasses in my coffee for minerals.

* Milk thistle to support my liver throughout the cure.

* Kelp tablets for iodine.

* My own homemade decoction of Tinospora cordifolia, Phyllanthus niruri(Chanca piedra or Stonebreaker) and Tumeric, all of which grow in my garden. I took this for liver, kidney and intestinal support throughout the cure. I have recently included Neem leaves in this decoction, because I found a Neem tree in my neighboorhood the other day. Neem, amongst all its other highly beneficial properties, is also highly alkalizing.

I had terrible constipation for about 7 years and usually had a bowel movement once every 4 days. Not good. The coconut oil had an immediate effect on this, my stools became smaller and softer, and eventually I started to have regular BM everyday. I cook everything in VCO now, even use it on my salads. I have banned all other polyunsaturated veg oils from my diet now, since most of these are highly processed chemically and suffer oxidation too quickly which is bad for the body. VCO should be unprocessed, stable and it takes 2-3 years to oxidize this oil.

Just to say that intestinal candida is an insidious problem that can be very hard to eradicate. It is insidious because initially you don't notice its effects, they sort of creep up on you and since I'm over 60 y o I just thought it was age...LOL. But then I stumbled on EC and read about candida. I now regard any yeast, mold or fungus as the prime human enemy now, far more destructive on the human body than viruses, bacteria etc. Fungus's are way more adaptable than any other microbe, they are neither plant nor animal, they can hide for years, they can transfer their nucleus via their hypha by penetrating host cells in order to hide and breed when under attack. The overall effect of this is to continually weaken and wear down the body's immune system, and eventually to provide a wonderful acid environment to allow in a plethora of other viruses and bacteria. This is why it takes so long to get rid of and recover from candida.

Simply put, there is no one magic bullet for candida. I still regard Ted's lemon/lime remedy as the prime remedy that hepled to destroy my candida. But I also have a very high regard for VCO too.

Replied by Maria
Wilmington, De - Usa
03/17/2010
Hi Bill, Thanks for the prompt response and thorough explanation. However, I have a few questions regarding your remedies:

1. How much lime/lemon juice and baking soda dis you use?
2. Milk Thistle - is this in a form of tea or powder. How much and how frequently do you use it.
3. Kelp tablets - not sure I need it or do I

I have had thrush in my throat (I'm sure it's in my stomach as well) for about 2 months now and went the Rx route but I'm ready to use the home remedies. I am also over 60 and having a tough time of it but I'm not giving up, there must be an answer. I am determined to kill this fungus off and get my life back. All the best to you.

Maria

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
03/18/2010
Hi Maria...In answer to your questions:

1. How much lime/lemon juice and baking soda is you use?

Use 1/2 tspn Baking soda dissolved in the juice of one lemon or lime. Just slowly add the BS to the lemon/lime juice in 1/2 glass of water until it stops fizzing(Do not worry if you use a little more or less than 1/2 tspn BS). Take this at least 2 times a day -- at least one hour before or two hours after meals. Never take this remedy with meals. Take this 5 times a week with 2 days rest every week.

2. Milk Thistle - is this in a form of tea or powder. How much and how frequently do you use it?

I took Milk Thistle powder in capsule form -- Two 1500 mg capsules per day. Do not buy the tablets, buy the capsule form containing powder. I took this every day in order to help my liver cope with the Herx reaction or fungal die-off.

Kelp tablets - not sure I need it or do I?

Kelp contains minerals, but I took it mainly for the iodine to support my immune system. It is always a good idea to support your immune system as much as possible. You can also use iodine foot-painting (transdermal absorbtion) as well as described here if you like:

http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/iodine3.html#IP

I use iodine painting now. For this you can use lugol's iodine or just ordinary iodine tincture or even Betadine.

Ted advises the best way to get rid of oral thrush here:

http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/thrush.html#TED

Although I've never used the ACV plus hydrogen peroxide(H2O2) combo, I have used these two separately for different reasons and they are both powerful anti-fungals. I also agree wholeheartedly with all his other advice.

Replied by Pr
Houston, Texas, Usa
03/18/2010
Bill, I have to agree with you on how destructive fungus is to the human body and how deceptive it can be. As you mention it will hid in the body waiting for an opportunity to start growing and a person will never know it. I see fungus as one of the great cleanser of the earth digesting unused material. But what does this tell us about what we are consuming and we get an overgrowth inside. As you know too much toxins and waste. I believe eating clean is a big part of conquering this dis-ease.

I am now for the 4th time in my life dealing with this. I am having great results with EC remedies and your posts. I also used the maple syrup combined with baking 3 xs a day to kick start the clean up. Boy did it do it. I lost 7 pounds from stomach in about 3 days. I feel so much better not having the extra weight around the middle. If anyone tries this be prepared to feel really sick for a week or so.

Thanks for your posts and sharing your journey as it is a great encouragement to fellow travelers.

Replied by Peter
Chicago, Il
03/18/2010
Bill, I am not afraid of taking B/S, from my experience using two tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, I always need at least one tablespoon of B/S to stop the fizzle. I just want to double check with your experience to make sure I am doing this right.

Posted by Star Z (London, UK) on 03/17/2008

[YEA]  I have been taking Organic VCO before meals for the last 2 days. A single heaped table spoon. It's yummy. I felt a tense pressure in my baby belly and my stomach has not stopped churning very low pain levels. There is also discomfort to my lower back. I was surprised to find a huge discharge below totay. I was unaware of the fact that I had trush. It disclodged and evacuated more discharge than the prescription medicine I take when I feel the discomfort of thrush. I have also been having an unusually thin poo, not watery, loser than the norm. After the display with the discharge I just wonder what is leaving my stomach! The fact that I didnt know it was there is not reassuring. This is the best detox I have ever done. I think in 3 weeks I will reduce to 1table spoon a day, as well as skin and hair application. This site does a fabulous job, somebody needs to tell Oprah.

Colloidal Silver   2  0   

Posted by Loveallnatural (Kansas City, Mo) on 01/22/2012

[YEA]  My Dad has had a yeast rash for over 50 years. It is mostly on his back and each summer it would cover his back and itch like crazy. Over the years he has visited every kind of doctor and tried every remedy he could think of trying to find relief. He's tried every prescription and OTC pills or cream available with no effect and summers were unbearable as the heat made him itch constantly. Each summer he took strong prescription steroids in an effort to manage the itching. (He was also very susceptible to athlete's foot. )

I recently started researching, and taking, colloidal silver for my cold sores (really helped) and read that several people with systemic yeast infections had amazing results with it. I thought it might do him so good, so my Mom bought some online from a reputable laboratory and he started taking a few tablespoons each morning after he brushed his teeth.

I warned him that since he has had this rash for 50 years it might take 3-6 months before he noticed any improvement. But within a short few weeks he started having more energy and noticed that his constant heartburn was gone and he wasn't as itchy. Within a month his back seemed completely cleared, he didn't itch at all, and his issues with horrible indigestion (much gas and bloating) had drastically improved. For the first time in over 50 years, he hasn't had any symptoms of athlete's foot or his back rash despite a very hot summer. Also, he usually catches every cold, cough, or virus that goes around... Yet last winter he only had a mild cold once or twice.

We started to realize that he has probably had a systemic yeast infection for many years that caused leaky gut and compromised his overall immune system. Out of desperation, he tried colloidal silver for his back rash, but ended up with AMAZING results of more energy, less illness, normal digestion and gas issues, and no rashes. (He will continue to take it daily until he hits the 12 month mark since he's had it for 50 years and he wants to be completely sure that he kills off all of the yeast and not just the symptoms. ) Good luck to all!!

Replied by Rebel
Somewhere, Usa
01/23/2012
Loveallnatural, I would like to know the brand of silver your father used. I used some that did not work and got me real discouraged. Is it dark amber or clear and whats the PPM on it? Website or brand would be appreciated.
Replied by Loveallnatural
Kansas City, Mo
01/24/2012
I order my oil of oregano and colloidal silver from Bio-Alternatives Nutritional Supplements. Their products are really high quality and the price is great!! Good luck!!

http://www.bio-alternatives.net/

Replied by Loveallnatural
Kansas City, Mo
01/24/2012
Oh, and looks just like water with no smell and very little taste. My 3 y.o. thinks it is water when I give it to him if he starts to get sick.
Replied by Fiona
Tustin, Ca
08/10/2012
I used to buy tons of colloidal silver. If you buy online you could get for over 10 dollars. I make my own now. Buy 99.999 pure silver lods and buy battery. Go to radioshack and buy alligator clip. Connect to a glass cup. And use distilled water. And connect to the battery. Run for several hours. If you check internet there are tons of info and pics. You can make gallons for cost of a cent.. You will use this silver rods almost forever.

And Silver saved my mental health.. When you kill off candida, you will understand we are very intelligent beings who are actually calm.. I was anxious entire life. And there was a period time that I couldn't remember 3 sentences in a row. Now I can memorize pages no problem. :) I really think there is no other supplement cheaper and stronger than silver.. I know for some people money is issue. If so then dig here :)

Posted by Bob K (Phoenix, Az, Usa) on 05/13/2011

I would like feedback from Ted or any other readers regarding the use of Collidial Silver for treating Candida. From what I have researched and read here on the earthclinic site and other websites there appears to be 3 catagories of collidial silver products, those being collidial silver, a ionically produced silver and a ionic silver w/ protein. From what I have read the ionic silver products when ingested and hit the stomach acids react and become a salt chloride which is then eliminated from the body. If this is correct then I don't see where this would be an effective treatment.

My question is would a "true" Collidial silver be effective as a treatment for Candida as my understanding from what I've read is that it is the silver particles that must come into contact with the fungus/bacteria/virus in order to kill it so it can then be eliminated from the body. So far I have only found one website offering research data supporting the internal use of collidial silver for eliminating candida while also concluding that there is a more noticable benefit from ionic silver when used topically rather than internally. I do agree with the post I read here on collidial silver that if taken internally, a probiotic supplement should be used as well. Any comments and insights would be much appreciated as it appears Collidial Silver could eliminate Candida at a much faster rate than some of the other candidia cleanses I've read about that take 4 months or longer. Thank you and keep up the great work.

Posted by Beth on 06/11/2007

[YEA]  For years, I suffered chronic candida in the form of migraines, yeast infections, fatigue, food allergies, and PMS that debilitated me with vomiting at least two days a month. I began seeing great relief by using colloidal silver and following the diet I learned from on website "http://dogtorj.net".

I sipped all day on a single teaspoon of colloidal silver added to whatever I was drinking. It is tasteless. Whenever I get a migraine, I even put a spoonful in salt water (and sometimes I use it alone when the pain is unbearable) and use it to flush out my sinuses. The relief is immediate because it suffocates the candida. The die-off symptoms are non-existent.

Candida thrive in progesterone. They have an ability called quorum sensing. That simply means that tiny individual candida can sense when there are enough of them to cause a bigger effect. So now I don't give them that chance. The liver has a hard time recovering from the die-off, the food allergy symptoms from the toxins the candida create AND the stress of the menstrual cycle all at the same time. I discovered if I am especially careful about not eating any grains, dairy, or soy the week before my period, I can avoid a bad scene. It's not sugar the candida eat. Sugar goes through the body too quickly. Candida, needs sustenance that takes longer to break down. It's grains they feed on. That's why low carb diets alleviate symptoms.

Replied by Patti
Camlachie, Ontario, Canada
09/10/2008
The silver is an excellent choice for many ailments and helps to 'boost' up the immune system, which in turn keeps disease away. Go one step better and purchase "ionic" silver. This process puts the silver in a state where the molecules are even smaller and therefore are absorbed much quicker and at a better rate than the colloidal silver which has larger molecules and your body does not absorb the full intake. One source you can check out for more information is a small family owned business in Canada that has purchased the technology to produce mineral waters in an ionic form. They are called Quench Essentials and I know many health food store sell their product. However, you can order from their website or call their number. I have provided it for you too.
(519) 268-0151
www.Quench.ca

Thanks EarthClinic for all you do. I am a Country bumpkin that thrives on and a big believer in natural home remedies. Big Pharma has become wealthy makins 'synthetic' versions that only bandaid or worsen the health issues many suffer from. All the best of health to everyone. Namaste!

Colonics   1  0   

Posted by Sarah Kay (Jerusalem, Israel)

[YEA]  I had candida yeast infection so bad that I landed in the hospital -- it went to my head, and ears and and eyes and...causing profuse vomiting for days. The doctors were baffled. Of course for most of them, candida is a made up illness. In NJ, doctors can't list it as a diagnosis cause it doesn't exist. No, doc, it wasn't Meniere's, or an imbalance in the ear canal nor any of the other guesses that you took, it was the genuine article: Candida Albicans. As a result of their not knowing, I went home untreated (except that the night duty nurse tried to give me the heart patient's medication) and treated it myself: I took a series of 10 colonics followed by ozone rectal insufflations which stopped the yeast dead. The ozone killed all the little nasty buggers hiding internally and flooded them with ozone/oxygen. I ate no sugar, flour, dairy or yeast products for a year. Two weeks ago I had my first dose of regular whole wheat yeasted bread and bada bing: no swelling, no itching, no bags under my eyes, no tingles. I recommend a few colonics a year followed by the ozone insufflations, just to make sure!

Replied by Ivena
Valley Mills, TX
06/29/2009
If you wouldn't mind, please let me know of the products, and the process that you describe in your post. I have been a sufferer of Candiasis for 17 years and have tried many things to remedy this condition. I have done a sugar free, limited grains diet, Caprylic acid (it worked the best) but when I quit taking it the "yeasty beasties" came back...in triplicate. Thank you for giving my request your consideration.

-Ivena

Replied by Tim
Phoenix, Az
09/01/2010
I had thrush about a month ago and they gave me Nystatin for it. The doc says it's gone, but my tongue is patchy white. I was wondering if I still have it and should try some of theses remedies, If so which ones? Would gargling with Tea tree oil 2 or 3x a day be a good start? Am kinda confused on the ACV thing, do you just mix it together and drink it or gargle? Thanks, Tim
Replied by Mike
Kunkletown, Pa/usa
09/02/2010
I've had what I think is candida for years but all the physicians I've been to have run tests and say it isn't so, however, I get this white junk that builds on my tongue and the more sugar I ingest the worse it gets. I also get tired, have gas, diahrea, joint pain, sore eyes, and many other problems when ever I eat foods with sugar. I tried the oil pulling starting about 5 weeks ago and at first had itchy rashes for a few days. This went away and I continue to oil pull twice a day for 30 min each. All my symptoms have decreased substantially, particulary the thrush (or whatever it is). I've been to doctors all over the country, have had tests from A to Z, and none have found anything. I oil pull with olive oil.

Cream of Tartar   3  1   

Posted by Brenda (San Antonio, Texas) on 06/24/2010

[YEA]  everyone talks about baking soda for yeast, i have found that cream of tarter is a much better for ridding the body of yeast with out die off, 1 teaspoon in a little water 3 times a day, works great. take for at least 5 days.

i have used this for people suffering from rashes, etc. from any yeast related problem. cream of tarter, comes from the making of wine, so it is mostly made from grape skins pulp and seeds. it also does not have the salt of baking soda so is a better choice for high blood pressure. for thrush just swish around in the mouth and swallow. also great for acid reflux.

Posted by Karl (Chiang Mai, Thailand) on 04/22/2007

[YEA]  quote: Cream of Tartar kills Yeast !!! Direct quote from the following website: http:/www.totalityofbeing.com/ArchivedYeastInfections.html

..."Through the work of Dr. Tom Revis DC, ND, I've discovered that plain old Cream of Tartar powder, yes the spice, will not only alkalinize better than the coral ever could. (You can test your saliva with Litmus paper to see the difference), but the Cream of Tartar powder also kills yeast all by itself! What a great combo to help with the battle! Most folks need between 1 to 2 tablespoons of the powder daily depending on the severity of the infection. You can mix it with water or just plop the powder in your mouth and swallow water to wash it down. (Don't breathe in while the powder is still dry in your mouth as some of the still dry powder can go down the wrong way). You can divide the tablespoon into 3 teaspoons to take less at one shot. Expect to have the runs for the first few days using the Cream of Tartar as the initial die off of yeast happens.

So take the cream of tartar then at a seperate time take the I Flora (2 capsules 3 to 4 times daily with or with out meals) and the Inulin powder (one teaspoon 3 to 4 times a day) as well. These days I've been using the Inulin from NOW (www.nowfoods.com). It is significantly less expensive that the stuff I used to use as it is from chicory and not artichoke hearts, yet all of the studies done by the German researchers from the University of Leipzig who first successfully used Inulin used the Chicory kind, so why spend more when the chicory Inulin will more than do the job and for a lot less money!

Most docs and patients who have used this program have put a considerable dent in their Candida Infections in 30 days without the problem of compliance to a restrictive diet. The program will work regardless of what you're eating!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, thailand
[NAY]   Dear Karl: Yes, I have looked on that issue for many years and for me it has always left me in the gray area, or one that I prefer not to recommend. It must be noted that it is with great pains that I not use this, despite many temptations. Why I am never tempted there are many reasons.

Of course you are free to try the remedy and I might be wrong. However, let's look at some of my complaints on such use.

If I have a choice between cream of tartar and potassium bicarbonate, I would choose potassium bicarbonate (and baking soda) for the candida problems. Another form of potassium is potassium citrate, which is free of the problems also. However, people whose body are high in nitrates (and I know because I had experience with this), they can sensitize to too much potassium, causing heart beat problems. At least this is my experience. A safer form is the citrate, or sodium citrate, which is superior than the baking soda. Basically sodium citrate is nothing more than citric acid mixed with baking soda, until pH reaches 8.0, in which case the resultant reaction in a water solution, will yield a sodium citrate. As a simple home remedy, it is a lemon and baking soda formula. If you simply wanted more citrate, than its likely to be a more baking soda is added than the original one which were (8 teaspoon of lime plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda) to be a pH of about 7.5.

Also, I could not confirm the original source of information of Dr. Tom Revis, other than that one quote that it was taken.

The other problem I have is the acid pH of the initial solution, which is taken to be about 3.5. It's the same problem I had with apple cider vinegar, which must be neutralized to a basically more neutral solution to a pH of 7, otherwise you get burning sensation of the esophagus at pH below 7.

The other issue is that when we prepare the growth of a yeast medium culture (which I might be wrong, but candida is yeast too), one patents uses (Nitrate reductase from yeasts, the preparation and use thereof Document Type and Number: United States Patent 5294539):

3. An NAD(P)H-dependent nitrate reductase according to claim 1, wherein the synthetic nutrient medium contains essentially:

0.04 g/l m-inositol, 1.0 g/l potassium dihydrogen phosphate, 1.0 g/l magnesium sulfate, 4.5 g/l potassium hydrogen tartrate, 1.5 g/l potassium nitrate, and 20.0 g/l glucose.

The cream of tartar is the potassium hydrogen tartrate (other synonyms are potassium hydrogen tartrate cream of tartar, potassium acid tartrate, monopotassium tartrate and potassium bitartrate).

Also in autistics and certain people with a problem of leaky gut, it was found that tartrate to be high and would be toxic to them. While it is true that tartrate is part of the Kreb's cycle, it is also true of citrate, acetates, and malates. The most results of energy increase, and hence, the immune system appears to be the acetates and the malates. While my own experience in achieving superior soda loading (a term atheletes used to achieve lower lactic acidosis), involves either or both maintaining a stable alkaline pH, or getting cells rid of the lactic acid. Now, maintaining alkaline pH, I found that citrates work better than bicarbonates in general. While the body rids of lactic acidosis best with acetate. The problem about acetate use is it won't achieve effective alkalization as with the citrates. So in my opinion the citrates and acetates are preferred to raise the immune system best. As to the problem of tartrates many people with bacteria, or toxins, the bacteria or other organism tends to produce too much tartrates, causing the body to be in excess of tartrate whenever people do get sick. This is especially true of leaky gut syndrome and autistics. A small study attached, below on autistics can be read for your perusal. There are many others.

A book excerpts on tartaric acid (from http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/bookstore/autism.asp#biologicalTretments )is as follows:

"A toxicology manual (3) indicates that tartaric acid is a highly toxic substance. As little as 12 g has caused human fatality with death occurring from 12 hours to 9 days after ingestion. Gastrointestinal symptoms were marked (violent vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal pain, thirst) and followed by cardiovascular collapse and/or acute renal failure(3). A gram is approximately the weight of a cigarette. This compound especially damages the muscles and the kidney (4,5) and may even cause fatal human nephropathy (kidney damage) (6) which was of interest to me since the two brothers with autism initially evaluated had the extreme muscle weakness as well as evidence of impaired renal function."

One more problem is the level of tartaric acid in autistics is so high that it reaches toxic levels in autistics. The problem about this autistics quite often get yeast infections, whether they are candida albicans or not I don't know. And yeast infections as a result have high heavy metals.

Tartaric acid is not recommended for people with either chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. It decreases the malic acid, and reduces the energy levels. Again if you don't believe me, here is a quote, source (http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/book/bk5sect2.html):

"A large percentage of patients with the disorder fibromyalgia who have high amounts of tartaric acid in the urine respond favorably to treatment with malic acid (11-13). I presume that supplements of malic acid are able to overcome the toxic effects of tartaric acid by supplying deficient malic acid. Fifty percent of patients with fibromyalgia who also frequently have elevated yeast metabolites also suffer from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) even though their diet may have adequate or even excessive sugar(14). The reason may be due to the inhibition of the Krebs cycle by tartaric acid. The Krebs cycle is the main provider of raw materials such as malic acid that can be converted to blood sugar (Figure 6) when the body uses up its supply. (The technical name for this process is gluconeogenesis or "new formation of glucose".) If sufficient malic acid cannot be produced, the body cannot produce the sugar glucose which is the main fuel for the brain. The person with hypoglycemia feels weak and their thinking is foggy because there is insufficient fuel for their brain. If adults with elevated values of tartaric acid in the urine have foggy thinking, have little energy, and are so depressed that they may seek out Dr. Kevorkian, imagine what a young child who has some of the same toxins and who has yet to form a clear concept of the world must feel like."

One other that is not mentioned is heart palpitations, diarrhea, excess sweating, and fainting more likely I think from the excess use of potassium than anything else as this basically skews your blood biochemistry and it is a waste product of yeast.

Replied by Joanne
Arroyo Hondo, NM, USA
07/19/2008
[WARNING!]   I very much appreciated the toxicity information listed under cream of tartar in the cures for candida section. I even wonder if I already have damage from using it before (in much lower doses than suggested here, and for arthritis).

My favorite remedy for candida is Huang Lian Su, a chinese herb available at Chinese pharmancies, but not where I am currently living, which brought me to your site. I did take some GSE--grapefruit seed extract--before heading to the grocery to get other remedies to try, and realized as I was shopping, that the symptoms were already subsiding. So GSE might be at the top of my new list of favorite helps for candida.

The toxicity issues around cream of tartar as documented in the "nay" article were very surprizing, and I will never use it again. The levels recommended by someone else posting on this page sound potentially extremely damaging, when compared with the information that follows in that entry. I hope you will remove the suggestion of cream of tartar as a remedy given the extreme hazzards, and the poor public awareness of these hazzards.

Thank you,
Joanne

Replied by Leigh
Dallas, TX
10/01/2008
[YEA]   I vote Yea! The comments posted for this one intrigued me to do some more research on cream of tartar. Here's what I found. Cream of Tartar is NOT the same thing as Tartaric Acid - although some try to use the names synonymously.

The technical name for Cream of tartar is potassium bitartrate which is not exactly the same as straight tartaric acid. It is formed during the cold stabilization process in wine making and happens when the potassium that naturally occurs in grapes binds with the tartaric acid which also naturally occurs in grapes. Thus diluting (neutralizing) the tartaric acid and making a white crystalline substance called potassium bitartrate.

Let's also note that cream of tartar is a food grade substance which is regulated by the US FDA. It is widely used in baking, as well as some sodas and lots of other foods. If it were that toxic to the consumer, I sincerely doubt the Food and Drug Administration would allow it to be freely used in foods available to everyone!

Replied by Tina
Dunbridge, Ohio, USA
11/14/2008
I have the Inulin, the cream of tartar, but what is, where do I get, and how much is this 1 Flora? I am very interested in trying this formula because acv,baking soda, and borax aren't doing a thing for my systemic candida. Please respond soon!

EC: Looks like iFlora is a probiotic formula. Search for it on iherb.com.

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Posted by Tinetine (Tennessee) on 08/24/2013

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  I have what I believe to be severe candida. when I stay on a diet of no sugar, bread, pasta, dairy, fruit it will take weeks but I will start to feel better. After staying on the diet for months I feel good, so I think I am well right, so I start eating everything again, two months later - sick again. symptoms are as follows;
left eye burning stinging itching watering.
severe sugar cravings and hunger
blured vision
itching inside ears
very sleepy after I eat will fall asleep and wake up just feeling bad tired no energy
feeling of just feeling bad
Please help I want to get rid of this and feel good all the time. I know I have a blood sugar issue but my blood sugar is in normal range

Replied by Anon
Anon
08/24/2013
Iodine may be your answer. Try googling iodine therapy for effective elimination of candida.
Replied by Hilary
Culver City, Ca
08/25/2013
Candida always lives in the body. It is impossible to totally eliminate it, it must be brought into balance. There is no magic bullet but a synergetic effect can be achieved with a diet protocol like GAPS, an antiviral like MMS and an antifungal agent like grapefruit seed extract. Also very helpful is to re-colonize the gut with a wide range of probiotics from cultured vegetables, raw milk kefir and home brewed Kombucha. Once the Candida is in balance you will need to make it your mission to strengthen your immune system. A strong, healthy immune system will keep lifelong order and balance. One last note is to make sure you do not have parasites. A parasitic environment is perfect for Candida overgrowth. Good luck.
Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
08/25/2013
@Tinetine: As for prevention of Candida take 200mcg Chromium Picolinate 2x day and take Cinnamon caps 1 or 2 per day. These two nutrients combined will help your body convert glucose to energy and kill candida at the same time. If you have underlying issues you will need to do more aggressive treatments as listed here: http://earthclinic.com/cures/candida-diet-protocol.html.

Let us know of your progress.

Replied by Bill
Philippines
08/25/2013
Hi Tinetine... If you want to get rid of your candida you will have to employ more strategies than just a good diet. I think it is very difficult to cure candida by only using a healthy diet. What normally happens is that the diet can certainly sometimes improve your candida symptoms but, when you stop the diet, candida just comes roaring back in full force. This means that your diet has not got rid of your candida because it is able to hide away in biofilms in your body. So using just an anti-candida diet on its own will not cure you and get rid of all the candida from your body.

The reason you are feeling tired sick and tired all the time wth brain fog, lethargy is because of the steady accumulation of candida toxins or mycotoxins that are so characteristic of candida symptoms. Therefore you must neutralize and remove these toxins using molybdenum (or sodium molybdate), selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Milk Thistle.

The strategy I use against candida is geared to be as antagonistic as possible to all its peculiar behaviours and employs:

* Wide-acting Anti-fungals and Antimicrobials
* Anti-biofilm protocols
* Alkalizing
* Essential Detox
* Liver and Kidney Support
* Vitamin and Minerals Support (Immune Support)
* Anti-Candida Diet

A full version of this anti-candida protocol is given here on Earthclinic.

And these tables actually quickly define the wide-acting beneficial effects of this anti-candida protocol.

Another good way to get rid of candida and other biofilms from the gut is to use protease enzymes like nattokinase or lumbrokinase enzymes (or bromealain or papain plant protease enzymes). These enzymes should be taken outside mealtimes and they act to quickly dissolve the candida biofilms in the intestines in order to totally expose candida and all other bacterial pathogens that are hiding in biofilms. Biofilms are made of fibrin and fibrin is a protein which is dissolved and removed using these enzymes. You must also take heavy metal detox at the same time because biofilm destruction always leads to a large release of heavy metals in the gut -- which must be neutralized using chlorella, EDTA or sodium thiosulfate etc. A candida killer(such as lugols iodine or borax) must also be employed to kill the exposed candida and other pathogens that are released when the biofilms are destroyed.

Another all-in-one efficient biofilm remover, candida killer and detoxer is turpentine(distilled gum sap of pine). Turpentine or pine oil is antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-mycoplasma and anti-parasitic. it doesn't get much better than that. And, strangely, turpentine does not kill beneficial gut bacteria.

I've been using pine oil or turpentine (Pinus sylvestris) for the last six months and can attest to its bowel cleansing and blood purifying properties. This oil also increases energy, don't know why.

When you initially start using turpentine, start small and go slow. Start with drops and take a week or more to work up to the one teaspoon dosage per day for candida. And if you already have candida -- you certainly will probably get a considerable Herx or die off effect so adjust dosages accordingly and be patient. If you take too much turpentine initially and too quickly, then you will probably get laxative effects. Take one teaspoon a day (consecutively) for no more than 10 days and then stop for 10 days. The maintenance dose for health is to take a teaspoon of turpentine only once or twice a week.I take turpentine in two ways -- one teaspoon of turpentine plus one teaspoon of molasses or raw honey mixed in the mouth with saliva and then chased down with a small amount of water. Take this just before meals so that it will be carried into the intestines with the food. This is a particularly good method for killing candida in the intestines. Or I just take one teaspoon of turpentine with a glass of water on an empty stomach -- where the turpentine gets quickly absorbed directly into the blood from the stomach with this method. This latter method is also better and more effective at curing other diseases outside the intestine and is a great way of purifying the blood.

There is also another option for you. There was also a woman who recently claimed a remarkable improvement from her own serious candida problems on EC -- she just drank pine needle tea three or four times a day which seemed to successfully resolve many of her own serious candida problems. Pine needle tea contains the same oils as pine oil or turpentine. And if you are living in a region with pine trees -- then it's a free cure -- all you need are the fresh pine needles to make the tea. You can also purchase this on the internet. Too make pine needle tea add two tablespoons of washed, chopped pine needles to a teapot of water that has just boiled. Steep for 10 minutes then just drink the tea.

Replied by Ed2010
Canada
08/25/2013
Even I read that post regarding pine needle tea, but I could not find now. If EC can help thanks a lot.

Now I see why there are so many Pine Trees in north america or in Canada. Earth has its own balance of diseases and remedies, we just have to seek. In India, Turmeric, Garlic are ready available antibiotic. In African Continent, it can be different.

Also Candida is most prevalent in North America than Asia. Whereas in india ameobic and bacterial infection are more prevalent.

How to Make Pine Needle Tea - video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrSqva1Y9Bg

Good Health


EC: Misty recently posted the following pine needle tea recipe on our wounds and cuts page...

08/21/2013: Misty from Usa replies: "....I found that pine needle tea is a great remedy and a great tasting tea on ice on a hot day, there are no side affects what-so-ever I go in my back yard and gather any fresh green pine needles, I wash then in a strainer or collander then steam them on the stove for approx. An hour or more, then I run it through the strainer again while the pan is pouring the hot tea into another container such as an old milk bottle, or juice bottle wash good before using any containers. Good luck loving life again. :)"

Replied by Anon
Usa
08/25/2013
Some years ago I made a strong tea from white cedar leaves and shortly thereafter felt quite faint and hallucinated - I had been laying on my bed reading a book aloud and felt sleepy so I closed my eyes briefly. When I woke up I'd been dreaming of listening to myself reading outloud the book I'd just been reading. So, be careful with your teas and your trees. The other day I found the following:

"Some tree's leaves will kill you. Some plants under stress change chemically and produce either Prussic or Nitric Acid. These acids act on the hemoglobin's ability to make oxygen available for use. In effect you suffocate. Often within minutes. A few years ago in Kentucky some horses ate fallen Maple leaves and died. The trees were in drought stress. Sorghum when it is stressed from cutting is not recommended for animal feed until it reaches a height of at least 18 or 24 inches. Corn plants for silage often react the same way. Both have killed a lot of mammals. Acorns with their tannic acid can make you ill if it's not leached out."

From: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081101203303AAztqnV

Replied by Jaynemim
Leesburg, Fl
08/27/2013
The following two websites are fascinating: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/detox/clean.htm (There is an order to cleanse.) and http://www.ericiswinning.com/regimen.html

Posted by Maggie (Calgary, Alberta, canada) on 06/10/2012

I am currently on a strict candida diet trying to rid myself of the viral infection which I have had ongoing for many years - was diagnosed with fibromylagia over 20 years ago. After going through menopause more symptoms have appeared and I have been diagnosed with systematic candida by a naturopath as well as it being confirmed by Bill and Ted on Earthclinic. Since I have eliminated all dairy and sugar, fruit, wheat I have a concern if my body is nutrient deficient. I did previously have symptoms of toenail fungus and bleeding gums before starting the candida diet but the bleeding gums have gotten worse during the strict diet. I am taking a multi vitamin and taking a calcium supplement but not sure if this is enough. Also began taking Lugols iodine during the course of the cleanse. Should I try to incorporate fruit and dairy into the cleanse? Or any other supplement? Thanks for any advise.

Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 07/12/2011

Hello Soiske, The symptoms listed here stongly indicate that neurological injury is happening; particularly the symptoms of: dizziness, blurred vision, incontinence, fainting, and pain in the spine of the back. These neurological symptoms may be due to a severe B-12 deficiency. Please find a way to obtain B-12. I recommend sublingual methylcobalamin, (a very effective active form for nerves) and or injections. (injected methylcobalamin if possible). For most people, symptoms can return in a few days even with injections, so I recommend daily supplementation.

Daily supplementation with the best B-complex you can find is also critical for healing. I suggest trying the lower dose type of B-complex, then add extra individual B's. For instance, extra Folate may be needed for GI trouble. B6 is also very helpful for IBS, but in good measure because it can irritate nerves in amounts above 50mg daily. B12, Folate, and B6 also aid neurotransmitter formation, good for depression, anxiety, irritability, and logical thinking. B12 and Folate are very supportive of each other, as Folate is good for tissue inflammation and B12 is good for nerve inflammation. ( allergies, burning itchy eyes, nasal congestion, etc. ) Extra Folate may be needed for awhile to aid inflamed tissues. I recommend methylfolate if possible, because it is another active form that is more easily used by the body. There could be a strong need for other nutrients such as amino acids, carnitine, and zinc, but B12 is most important to stop neurological damage.

Posted by Soiske (Ko Samui, Suratani, Thailand) on 07/11/2011

Hello everyone, Thank you all for all the info regarding candida. I just realised that it is the reason of my many daily sicknesses that I have had for many years. As I am a eating disorder person, the diet will be very very difficult for me. I also live on a island In Thailand and do not have the possibilty to purchase stuff from healthy stores as they don't exist overhere. On the top of that I am a vegetarian and I am completely lost off what I will be eating in the future.... My breakfast was normally fruits.... or porridge or muesli but now what could I eat???any suggestions?

I am also very interested in any ideas for meals that are good for candida but the purchase possibility is very poor here...

Thank you all in advance, Soiske

Replied by Ti
Houston, Usa
07/11/2011
I am going through a flush to get rid of candida myself, and am 50% better than I first started.

I eat veggies (nothing starchy), eggs, yogurt and lil bits of cheese. My breakfast is an omlette with different types of veggies and salsa for taste.

Once I omitted fruits and grains and other sugary items, I have been feeling much better but I still have some ways to go.

I also consume lots of raw garlic with food 3 times daily.

And I drink 2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz lukewarm water 3 time daily.

Hope you get better soon!


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