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How to Cure Candida

Bentonite Clay

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Posted by Vanessa (China (from Nm, Usa)) on 03/02/2014

Hi, this question is for Bill. My husband has had systemic candida for at least 40 years (he is 61 years old). His main symptom of candida is serious depression. He refuses to take anything that kills candida because the die-off reaction is also depression. Do you know if bentonite clay can reduce the die-off since it flushes toxins out of the body? Thanks for your time!

Replied by Bill
(San Fenando, Philippines)

Hi Vanessa...Bentonite clay will certainly help against candida. Bentonite should be taken in a glass of water outside mealtimes together with psyllium husks for best effect. Azomite is another one that is used in the same way. What I would also advise is to add a squeezed lemon to the bentonite, psyllium and water as well as to regularly take milk thistle and a magnesium supplement(Magnesium Chloride or Magnesium Citrate forms are best).

Bentonite is renowned for its detoxing properties which include removal of parasites, bacteria, toxins and many heavy metals. For more on Bentonite's health properties see here and here.

One caveat with Bentonite. Don't use bentonite together with allopathic drugs at the same time -- because bentonite will also act to remove synthetic drugs from the intestines as well. So do not supplement bentonite within 2 hours of any allopathic drug use.

Also, supplementing Molybdenum or sodium molybdate acts to generate and increase an enzyme in the body called aldehyde dehydrogenase (AD) which is the main enzyme that removes aldehydes and alcohols from the body. The majority of toxins emitted as waste by candida are aldehydes which can seriously effect the brain and mood. The AD enzyme converts aldehydes to acetic acit which is actually beneficial for the body. Additionally, adding pantethine and pantothenic acid to this protocol will also help to remove and safely neutralize dangerous candida toxins in the blood and this will consequently help to remove the depression and improve your husbands mood. Because sodium molybdate also kills candida -- this means that candida will be killed while, at the same time, acting also to neutralize and remove candida toxins so no side-effects on the mind should happen on die-off. See this link for the full details on dosages for molybdenum, pantethine and pantethenic acid(Vitamin B5). Taking a regular laxative (Philip's Milk of Magnesia should also be used -- this will also help to kill candida because of its high alkalinity and will remove alot of intestinal debris quickly).

Since your husband has had candida for over 40 years, then its practically a certainty that his fungal infection will be system wide or a systemic infection -- this means that his candida infection will not be just in the intestines but will also be in the blood, organs and tissues of his body.

For now, because of the amount of candida in his body and his extreme sensitivity to die off, I would simply concentrate on the complete removal of all candida from his intestines which always tends to be the throne of candida. Once this has been achieved and the symptoms reduced then perhaps you can move him on to a proper and full anti-candida protocol that will get rid of the candida and other bacterial infections from his blood. If you do not attempt to remove the systemic candida form from his blood, then it will simply act to come back in to repopulate and re-infect his intestines later. There is a full candida protocol, which includes diet here on EC.

Replied by Lardiver
(Abbotsford Bc)
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Try kefir, it has been used for thousands of years, its natural and will do everything for you and get rid of the candida


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Posted by Larisag (Lancaster, Pa) on 08/12/2012

HI. I am coming to the realization this awful itching, burning, "crawling" rash that started on my forehead and has spread to down my face even onto my neck a little bit could be a Candida yeast infection. I am overwhelmed with all the possible ways yo cure this - Threelac, Fivelac, Biotin, etc. I will try them all! I am curiuos about your Biotin. IS this over the counter? fast can I expect this to work? THANKS!!!

Replied by Matthew
(Toronto, On, Canada)

Hi Larisag, Biotin is actually a vitamin. It should be available wherever you can get a wide selection of vitamins (I got mine at the supermarket).

For me, the effect was noticeable after about a week. Within a few weeks, everything cleared up almost completely, and it just keeps getting better and better.

From what I've read, biotin works by preventing the formation of rhizoids (they're like roots that allow the fungus to attach to your intestines). In other words, it doesn't kill fungus at all.

Because of this, I think the treatment should be continued until long after the symptoms have subsided and it may be useful to add other approaches to the mix.

For me, eating more vegetables and fiber while reducing my consumption of coffee made a big difference.

I use virgin coconut oil every now and then too. It wasn't enough by itself, but it does seem to work well alongside the Biotin.

Posted by Matthew (Toronto, On, Canada) on 08/11/2012
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Hi There, Over the past few years, I've had lots of trouble with Candida. My whole body had gone fungal - skin eruptions everywhere, terrible fatigue, brain fog, illness, etc. I've tried many things, including coconut oil, antifungal medications, alkalizing diets, black walnut, etc. While all of those things seemed to help temporarily, the problem would recur after a few days.

I finally got rid of it when I discovered an article on another site about some promising research conducted using Biotin as a mitigating agent for rhizoid formation. Since I've had great success, I would like to share my findings.

I've been using about 3000 micrograms of Biotin daily for a few weeks now, with a spoonful of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, as well as a strong lactobacillus acidophilus yogurt (50 million bacteria per serving) and a diet high in vegetables and low in sugar.

Within 3 days of starting the treatment, my facial eruptions disappeared, the spots on my arms started to turn back to normal color, and my itching stopped. My dandruff is nearly gone, my eyelashes are no longer shedding little flakes, and some kind of fungal growth on my big toe rubbed right off in the shower - as if my body rejected it.

I hope it continues to work as well as it has. I'll update in a few weeks if the situation changes.

Replied by Marilyn
(Coulterville, California)

Since I came to the United States, my body chemistry has changed and has been afflicted not only with candida but also psoriasis. I have a strong feeling that it is a result of consuming western diets, which I have never exposed before having come from the PI and had only eaten what's grown from the ground and some occasional seafood and some chicken meat.

I have been having a total war with psoriasis and candida by discipling myself and being careful with what I put inside my mouth. I have replaced eating white rice with brown or wild/ black rice. I have also replaced eating white punky bread with whole wheat bread and have gone almost to eating vegetarian diet. I have almost replaced meat consumption with eating pulses/legumes. They are very cheap but very nutritious source of protien and fiber free from cholesterol and diseases. I also have elliminated cheese from my diet and those sweet/chocolate stuff (dessert) I replaced it with carob from the health food store and just be temperate with sweets like only eat less than a teaspoon for only a taste. I 've been using almond milk/ soy milk and seldom have soda's. I am disciplining myself to be eating large amount of veggies (cooked and raw). I have been noticing that my psoriasis has been under control now and is slowly going away. I have a lot of energy and do not feel any crawling or itchy feeling whenever I eat legumes or faked meat from Morning star product.

I haven't tried taking Biotin for candida, yet and have been thinking of going back eating to a natural, simple diet that grows from the ground and not made and manipultaed by man for profits.

Replied by Sarmad
(Punjab, IN)

I read an article here and I follow some home remedies, and worked well for me within just 12 hours. and the good news is that it was treated at home without any expenses, and medicines


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Posted by Michelle (New Plymouth, New Zealand) on 08/22/2014

I have just started taking borax for my candida and need some advice. I have battled candida for years and currently it is systemic following a bout of antibiotics 2 months ago. I am high in heavy metals, namely lead, and have been taking iodine for a while to cure FBD but unfortunately it seemed to make my candida worse, perhaps because it mobilised the metals which spread the candida.

Anyway I heard about Borax some time ago but was too scared to try but now in desperation I have just started taking 1/16th of a teaspoon in 750 ml of water and sipping it throughout the day. I have been doing this for 5 days now. My question is, is this the right amount? I haven't noticed much yet, other than being a bit more tired and a slight headache and some aches and pains in my chest area. I normally get severe herx reactions from any antifungal so I thought I'd start slow, but perhaps I'm not taking enough? I have read about some amazing cures on this forum just one or two days into using Borax. I have continual brain fog and blocked sinuses on and off, just some of the symptoms of my candida, so I am waiting in hope that this will clear suddenly.

Also why do some take Borax for 4-5 days and then stop for a couple of days? Should I be doing this? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks :-)

Posted by Pooped (San Luis Obispo, Ca) on 12/04/2011
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Better But With Side Effects

I have had candida symptoms for almost 3 years. I got several rounds of prescriptions for fluconozole 100 mg. Everytime the symptoms disappeared within 3 days but returned after 3 or 4 months. I tried taking ACV everyday (2 tbsp diluted in a glass of water) for a while. It made me feel better but not completely cured. In the last 3 weeks I have had severe depression for the first time in my life and an overall "depleted" feeling. I finally decided that it might be linked to the candida. I had 20 mule borax in the house and decided to start taking it as prescribed by Ted: 1/8 tsp in a liter of water throughout the day, everyday for 5 days.

I am on day 5. I started feeling better after day 3. Now on day 5, I woke up with severe flu like symptoms, feverish, headache, extreme weakness, fever blisters, sinus congestion, and a crawling sensation under my skin. I am thinking that either I caught a bug or these are "candida die off" symptoms, which I never experienced with fluconozole. I will stop the borax cure for 2 days as prescribed by Ted and then resume for 5 days. I will post again to share the results.

Replied by Linda
(York County, Southern Maine)

Hi Pooped.... Have you tried enzymes and/or probiotics? I spoke with my local natural foods store proprietor and that's what was recommended for me. Also, my chiropractor performed a muscle test & recommended a wafer that has done wonders as the yeast overgrowth I was experiencing affected my skin. I have been a bit fatigued, dreading everything I needed to do/not really WANTING to do much.... The itchy, dry skin in my outer ears - accompanied by occasional draining - is all better; I've been plagued for months and months. I feel a bit more energized..... I've been ingesting the wafers for about a month along with a calcium lactate whole food suplement & a couple of others. I don't find the supps expensive at all and wonder if they may act a little faster than the borax.... Just a thought! I hope you resolve this soon - we all deserve to feel well~Linda

Replied by Pooped
(San Luis Obispo, Ca)
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I am now on my fourth week with Borax and can say that my candida symptoms have pretty much disappeared. I had tried probiotics as well, and of course a candida diet. It helped but I was not completely cured, symptoms always seemed to come back. Now I feel a real difference. The candida die-off effects only lasted about 24 hours. Borax worked for me! I still feel a little pooped, so I am adding coconut oil and ACV to my regimen. I wanted to try oil pulling but I'm too worried my old amalgam fillings might come out.

Replied by Denise
(Waxahachie, Texas)

I would recommend you remove those amalgam fillings asap! They contain mercury. I went so far as to remove my root canaled teeth! All 8. But then I had infections and cavitations. If you read up on them and Weston A Price DDS Foundation, you will find information regarding these types of fillings. Best to you...

Replied by Rads
(Montreal, Canada)

Before u start removing fillings, specialy old ones please read this. (read the whole page :)

Posted by Sue (Manchester, England ) on 12/10/2010

Please could you tell me the right Borax to take that Ted mentions in his article. I dont know the right sort. Also have people had good results taking Borax for systemic candidasis. I Look Forward to Hearing From you.

Replied by Self

Ted generally buys B.P. Grade or U.S.P. Grade borax (Sodium tetraborate) from a chemical supplier or you can look in google products for a 100% Sodium tetraborate or borax. If he can't find this, he'll use the one sold in the supermarket laundry aisle (e. G. 20 Mule Team Borax).


Boric Acid

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Posted by April (Steubenville) on 01/27/2006
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Make your own boric acid suppositories by filling size 00 gelatin capsules. insert one capsule in the vagina at bedtime for 2 weeks. To prevent a recurrent infection, boric acid can be used twice a week for 6mo. to 1 year. I am 37 yrs old and put up with chronic yeast infections for the past 10 yrs. I tried this treament after every medication had failed. I have been yeast fee for almost a year! This really works, I told my gynocologist about this treatment and he is now letting this patients in on the cure! You can go to a website to read more about it.

Replied by Leigh
(Dallas, TX)

My vote is a big NAY!

Boric Acid is a systemic poison. It is used as an insecticide! Actually works great. Kills roaches almost as soon as they ingest it. It is highly absorbable through mucos membranes - such as the vagina. The lethal dose is approximately 15 grams. On-line recommended doses for vaginal yeast infections vary between 1 and 2 capsules as suppositories per day for 14 days. Wikipedia references 600 mg per day as a suppository for 14 days - which if you care to do the math adds up to 8.4 grams. If you double this number to get 2 capsules for 14 days the result is a whopping 16.8 grams which goes well beyond the LETHAL DOSE! 00 capsules hold between 540 and 1090 mg! I would NOT recommend using Boric Acid to anyone I cared about!

Replied by BJ
(Vancouver, BC)
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This same boric acid remedy stopped recurrent yeast infections I had been having for several years. Just as a side note, make sure you buy the boric acid in the pharmacy that's for minor cuts, not the borax from the laundry aisle.

Replied by Joc
(New Orleans, La)

They sell a natural bacterial vaginosis remedy in the feminine section of the drugstore that is primarily boric acid with some other herbs mixed in. I took this remedy (with little result) but experienced no ill effects from the boric acid. It was there right next to the OTC yeast infection remedies. I guess it is to restore the PH balance

Replied by Renee
(New York)

For the past 3 months I have been suffering with BV & yeast infections. I've never had this problem before, at least not simultaneously. My Dr. has tried a few creams and nothing has worked. Most recently she prescribe Boric Acid suppository's for 14 days. This seems to be doing the trick however, I was just told by another Dr. (in the same office) that the Boric Acid might not be safe while I am breastfeeding. My daughter's pediatrician wasn't sure either. Can anyone clear up this contradictory information? It seems Dr.'s become numb when it comes to medicine & breastfeeding and I feel like I'm left to fend for myself. Thank you in advance for your information.

Replied by Zark
(Emerald City, The Land Of Oz)

In response to 10/01/2008: Leigh from Dallas, TX:

It isn't appropriate to add up the dosage over a two week period like this. Lethal Dose information informs how much is deadly if taken in one sitting. It certainly does not inform you how much can be taken over consecutive days, let alone a two week period.

I could quite safely drink 3 glasses of wine a day over 2 weeks. However if I drank all that alcohol in one sitting I would certainly die. Even the meat we consume over two weeks would cause death from protein poisoning if we were to eat it all at once (yes, there really is such a thing as protein poisoning).


Brewer's Yeast

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Posted by Georgina (Portland, Or) on 07/22/2013
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I have been strugging with candida overgrowth and all its symptoms for about 15 years now and brewers yeast has been the single most effective form of management. I wrote a college paper on candida overgrowth and stumbled across a book called "The Life Bridge" by Paul Schulick, Thomas M. Newmark, & Richard Sarnat which explained that brewers yeast is an antogonist yeast to candida. The brewers yeast kills candida yeast, but instead of colonizing the body it goes on its merry way. Nice! I was, as many others have been, feeling quite desperate for something that consistently worked. So I tried it with amazing results. I don't culture it, I just mix about 1-2 tablespoons with about a third of glass of water and chug it down before each meal. It prevents the "5 month pregnant" bloat that would happen after eating, as well as reining in all the other terrible symptoms like itchy skin, fatigue, asthma, and yeast infections. It's also chock full of B vitamins and gives me quite an energy boost. Try a different brand if the taste puts you off too much, I found they vary quite a bit. I gave the brand I didn't like to my dogs and it worked fantastically here in the flea infested NW to keep my pooches from being eaten up. It also helps keep pets healthy and some research shows it prevents colds and illness. Bonus! Just don't accidentally buy NUTRITIONAL yeast, because it is not the same, and it made my symtoms much worse! I hope you all find healing and vibrancy... Never give up!

Replied by Tony
(Philly, Pa)

Hi. This is interesting. Happy to hear you are doing well. Could you tell me the brand of brewers yeast, as I am unfamiliar with this product? Thanks! I'll have to read the book, just super busy right now.

Replied by Gingermegs

Hi, When you says brewers yeast, do you mean the kind that you use to make bread? Or is it dead yeast?

Replied by Mike
(Denver, Colorado)

Gingermegs: The live brewers yeast used to make bread is a very effective home remedy. There are before and after photos on the web of children who had thrush who were cured in a very short time.

Replied by Rachael
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Georgina, finding your post has changed my life!! I have been suffering for years and recently discovered why..Candida. Nothing I read on the Internet has worked until I discovered Brewer's Yeast. This immediately abated a lot of the symptoms. Adding the yeast flipped the switch to OFF! I can't Thank you enough.. Your post was a answer to a prayer. I have my life back. God Bless your sweet soul!!

Replied by Nesbitt

Great for you Georgiana! Can you tell me what brand of Brewers you used?? I am suffering of this as well . It has really put a hold on my life.

Thanks so much!

Replied by Aurora
(Mason City Ia)

I will like the brand of the brewers yeast also, please!

Replied by Julie
(Pierre, Sd)

I am having a real hard time believing brewers yeast could be an answer to the horrible systemic Candida that I have been fighting against for years, I say this because every time I eat even a little bread Candida rears its ugly head and all my symptoms are back. I have been for most part, eating the healthiest foods, and no beverages but water. Food grade hydrogen peroxide I thought was the answer to my problems, it makes me feel symptom free, but I have to stay on a long term high dose to maintain and people are putting fear in me by saying long term use is highly dangerous. I am beside my self and think this nightmare will never go away, as you can tell it has me down today. I don't think there is any real cure, just ways to knock it back, and I have so many of them and spent a lot of money, has any of you ever heard or talked to anyone who has truly beat Candida?

Replied by Vibegirl
(Buffalo Ny)
15 posts

Hi Julie

If you notice on this site with pretty much any issue or condition...there are multiple remedies mentioned because everyone is different. What works for one person may not work for someone else.

This site is all about answers! :) As far as the brewers yeast, simply do not consider it as an option for you your mind set can affect any results you are wanting for yourself. And perhaps lay off the hydrogen peroxide for a while, and can always restart it again at a later date if so inclined.

That being said. There are loads of ways to manage or get rid of frankly we all have some issue with balance of bacteria being 'off' at some point in our lives. Knowing how NOT to feed it, while also knowing what will help eliminate it, is what keeps it in check.

Good you are eating healthier as that is half of the issue. Stress however is another BIG contributor to Candida as it raises cortisol levels which then can increase blood sugar and well, we all know that yeast loves sugar. So how are you managing your stress on a DAILY basis?

Pau d' arco, garlic, olive leaf, organic unrefined coconut oil, infused oregano oil, food grade diatomaceous earth, all help kill the yeast/candida..I usually suggest 2 of these..start out with low doses so as not to overdo it initially.

As I'm big in mindset affecting health and our expectations...maybe try to soften your outlook from a 'nightmare' to an annoying situation you are simply in the process of fixing. ;)

Healthfully yours,


Candida and Acetaldehyde Neutralization

Posted by Larry (Fairfax, Va) on 03/12/2014

Recently, I read on Earth Clinic that 10-20 milligrams of molybdenum is needed for optimum acetaldehyde neutalization results, and therefore one had to use powdered molybdenum to enable this dosage; whereas molybdenum pills are down in the range of about 900 micrograms. Can anyone suggest a source of powdered molybdenum? Thanks.

Replied by Bill
(San Fenando, Philippines)

Hi Larry...For a source of Sodium Molybdate -- try See this link. If you buy the powder then you will probably need to also buy a digital weighing machine to measure out the correct 10 mg to 20 mg dosages that Ted recommends. And you may want to also buy a pill making machine as well to make the pills in batches for convenience.

Candida and pH

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 08/06/2006 383 posts

Very few people, except maybe doctors, know that candida albicans grows when your body's pH is acid and therefore, it makes for feasibility of taking baking soda to raise your body's pH but also using some potassium carbonate to further raise the pH as a means of killing Candida albicans appears to be quite feasible.

Candida albicans optimum growth pH is a 4, but it can grow between pH 3 - 7, however most hospital's antiseptic is usually acid which makes it rather ineffective in the killing and the spread of candida albicans. The research below also implies that taking digestive enzymes supplements will also destroy the candida also. Ted

Here is a research abstract:

Effect of pH and human saliva on protease production by Candida albicans.

G R Germaine and L M Tellefson

This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract

The elaboration of extracellular proteolytic activity by Candida albicans during growth in laboratory broth or in human whole salivary supernatant was investigated. Growth of the organism in broth at pH 3 to 7 followed by assay of culture supernatants at pH 4 (optimum for activity) indicated protease was only present in cultures grown at a pH of less than 5. In contrast, growth in sterile human whole salivary supernatant over the pH range of 3 to 7 uniformly failed to result in production of protease. Growth of the organism at pH 4 in broth supplemented with saliva resulted in a saliva-dependent inhibition of protease production. Although the addition of up to 16% (vol/vol) saliva had essentially no effect on growth, 4% saliva caused a 50% reduction in proteolysis of substrate protein. Due to the low pH requirement for protease production and activity and the demonstration that saliva is a potent inhibitor of protease synthesis, we conclude C. albicans most likely does not produce extracellular protease in the human oral cavity.

Replied by Sunny
(Spgfd., Mo)

Try oil of oregano for candida

Replied by Anon

dont take *huge* amounts of baking soda /sodium bicarb it can raise blood pressure-more is not necessarily better

Replied by Labes
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Hi Ted, Could you please kindly explain more about how the Ph will influence the virulence of Candida. Because the body will never become Alkylin neither acidic. The homeostatiea always will keep the body acidity around 7±0.4. If the blood becomes ph 6, it means we will die, and if it reaches 8 the same thing.

Regarding the article that you put and explains the activity of the protease of candida, it doesn't say that Candida is unactive at the mouth but it just explains that candida has no protelytic activity in the oral cavity.

I will very pleased to hear from you.

Thank you very much.

Candida and Sweeteners

Posted by Jenny (Sydney, Nsw Australia) on 09/25/2011

If you suffer from candida can you still use BSM and honey in your diet for health? BSM sounds good so I would be interested in trying it out. Thanks!

Candida and Sweeteners
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 09/25/2011

Jenny, I was wondering the same thing. My book on Candida diet says no but Bill from the Philippines included BSM in his Candida diet so a while ago I tried to contact him to clarify this matter as I would like to go on taking BSM to stry to stop my hair from going greyer but I got no answer! I would say that one should probably neither use BSM nor honey as they are both mostly sugar but I was interested in knowing why he advises BSM because he know an awful lot about Candida and cured his own. Let's hope he answers..... The thing is that there are so much contradicting information about what a Candida diet should look like.... It is very hard to know!

Candida Cleanse

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Posted by Ella (Nyc, Usa) on 01/14/2013
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Hi there, I decided to do a Candida cleanse before embarking on the GAPS diet - using a product called C____. I have had chronic eczema/skin issue and whenever I eat wheat (for sure) and other things (though not sure what) it flares up. I only ever get it on my hands and wrists and it is a red raging wrash that looks like my hands and wrists have been bound - it is literally like wearing red gloves. It is eczema like in the dryness and other eczema symptoms (I have had eczema diagnosed but figured myself it links to my chronic digestive issues). The strange thing is, however, I have always wondered why a toxic reaction would just take place on my hands and wrists. It is definitely not atopic (i.e. from physical contact with something). I plan to do a parasite cleanse next then liver. However - when I take these candida tablets my left leg swells up a few hours later. I have eliminated other sources and it just started when I increased the dose of the cleanse. It is totally painless and goes away the next morning after drinking lots of water with lemon, kelp and cranberry supplements. Could this possibly be a reaction to the Candida cleanse? I have not found anything about it online whatsoever. Any thoughts would be so very much appreciated. I love this website!!

Candida Comments

Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 07/03/2012

I have noticed many posts on EC where people post symptoms of a mystery illness or a recurring problem that they don't understand. The doctor's blood/urine tests are unable to find anything wrong and so the doctor then decrees that the patient is perfectly healthy and the sufferer is thus not helped. I remember the very same thing occurring in the 1960s and early 1970s. Some friends of mine suffered from strange debilitating pain and lack of energy problems. In those days, doctors arrogantly treated these types of patient problems as mental problems -- recommending anti-depressants and telling these sufferers to see psychiatrists. Now, of course, ME, Fibromylagia and CFS are all recognized physical illnesses.

But the doctor's medical tests are still notoriously poor at recognizing and diagnosing all the various different forms of candida. This diagnosis problem is further compounded and complicated by a plethora of different symptoms caused because of other pathogens -- such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and even parasites -- which are always associated with candida problems. These days it is also fairly well recognized and even admitted that the medical approach to diagnosing early stage candida problems is still quite inaccurate and inadequate. See this research link.

I think perhaps that a definition of what candida is all about is needed here to help to clarify things. From my own research and experience, candida infections can express themselves in many ways and in many different regions of the human body. You can have oral candida, cutaneous candida, nasal candida (sinusitis, rhinitis), eye candida (conjunctivitis), lung candida, stomach candida, intestinal candida, esophageal candida (esophigitis), uterine candida etc.

But the worst form of candida by far is systemic candida -- where the candida has turned into its most virulent and dangerous fungal form and has moved into your body to infect the blood and organs.

Furthermore, all the other forms of candida mentioned above can just be mere symptoms of the systemic candida itself. I only mention this because so many people are under the great misconception that a candida problem such as oral candida or uterine candida or skin candida are just local topical problems. What people (and doctors) don't realize is that uterine candida or oral candida or skin candida or nasal candida can also be actual symptoms or expressions of systemic candida which is already infecting the blood.

Time and time again I read where people only treat their candida problem topically and it doesn't have any effect. Topical treatments won't have any effect if systemic candida is already infecting the blood.

I also frequently read about women, who have uterine thrush, who go to the doctor and the thrush is treated with antibiotics for awhile and the vaginal thrush or candida goes away. Two months later the uterine candida comes back with a vengeance and the sufferer continues taking antibiotics and it doesn't work anymore. Antibiotics are about the worst thing you can possibly take for any fungal problem -- because it causes intestinal dysbiosis allowing and encouraging candida and all sorts of other bacteria to spread up into the upper intestines thereby further infecting the body and causing many other problems and complications.

Candida seems to initially infect, congregate and multiply in all the mucous regions in the body -- that's the ears, eyes, nose, lungs, skin, stomach, intestines, breasts, uterus and prostate glands. Let me be very clear here -- initial candida infection is not just limited to the intestines.

It is also well know through research that iodine accumulates and is used as a first line of defense in all the mucus gland secretions in the body to effectively kill extraneous incoming pathogens -- including candida -- quickly. Therefore, if your body is lacking in iodine then it is surely reasonable to believe that the iodine storage sites for the mucus glands are also likely to be depleted of iodine and so pathogens such as candida will therefore have an easy and unhindered passage into your body. This is why I believe that lugol's iodine supplementation is so essential when you are trying to remove candida and other pathogens from your body.

In his book -- Candida: The Missing Diagnosis -- Dr Orian Truss used an eleven page questionnaire and a point scoring system to determine whether a patient had candida problems. In William Crook's more recent and famous book, The Yeast Connection -- he reduced the questionnaire to just four pages. Both questionnaires inquired on the past and current medical history and problems of the patient. These days, naturopaths also use a similar method to determine if you have candida or yeast infections and this method seems to work quite well and certainly much better than the tests and diagnosis from modern doctors.

As Dr David Derry, a well known iodine researcher, concluded in an article -- "Iodine is simply the best antiseptic, the best antibiotic and the best anti-fungal in the world. Iodine kills most pathogens in about 30 seconds -- so pathogens cannot adjust to it like they can with medical antibiotics or chemotherapy."

Replied by Heather

Hi Bill, I meant to say thankyou for this post and all your others. Fascinating thank you and great detail and links.

Replied by Ben
(Wanganui, New Zealand)

Hi A question for Bill, you the man. I have a bad case but not as bad as some here. I am pretty healthy but have had jock itch for about a year now. Went through the usual doctor channels with no luck. I have been doing Teds akalizing and 3 % HP plus the sea salt now himalayan pink salt for about a month. The rash seems to be spreading more down my thigh and on my balls, yuck. I am hoping it is a die off and things get better soon. I have used a mix of Apple Cider Vinegar and 3% Hp and just 3% HP splashed on.

My question is how did you treat your jock itch?

Thanks. Keep up the good work...

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

Hi Ben im afraid you havent just got jock itch, you have basicly athletes foot of the crotch, a fungal infection made worse by sweating, I bet your scrotal sac feels leathery as well. The cure is the usual treatment for athletes foot in a tube of white cream from the chemist. Lamasil cream is the best to use, use sparingly and try to get three to four weeks out of the tube.

It will cure it up in a couple of weeks. When it clears up wash regularly down there, and when dry rub some coconut oil in the area and that will stop it reacuring. You might have it at the corner of the lips as well, put the cream on there as well.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Ben.... For my own jock-itch problem, the most useful topically-applied substance I used seems to have been Magnesium Hydroxide in solution. So I just used Milk of Magnesia as my source of Magnesium Hydroxide and applied it all over the affected jock itch area and did this twice a day, morning and evening after having my shower. Basically I was simply attacking the jock-itch with high alkalinity -- MoM has a pH of about 12 which will kill any pathogen on the skin. If the skin dries out - just use some aloe vera oil to revive it every day as well. When I had jock itch it was bad and had moved down my thighs and was all round the back -- including on my bum. So, thinking logically, I immediately assumed that when I had candida -- some of the fungus might be moving out of my intestines into the external anal area of my bum and spreading the jock itch from there -- so I made a definite point of also disinfecting my anal region twice a day with MoM to kill any and all the fingus spreading from there -- just in case.

A mixture of HP and ACV as you have described will give para-acetic acid -- this will also kill most pathogens including fungus. Other substances which might help your condition -- 5 -10 drops of Orange Oil or Lavender Oil (mixed with a carrier oil like VCO) or just some Neem Oil or Castor Oil mixed with Virgin Coconut oil and applied directly to the skin.

Replied by Ben
(Wang, Nz)

Hi Bill thanks again for all your knowledge... The protocol is going great, doing most on the list... I have just started trying your mix of h2o2, milk of mag and borax. and the jock itch is not liking it... Which is best? just the milk of mag by itself or this other mix you gave me? The second seems to hit it on many more levels...

Also, I have read that milk of mag. is good to swish around in my mouth to cure my oral thrush. Can you please let me know the best protocol to use to cure this symptom... Thanks again...

Another little bonus with alkalising and changing your diet to sugar free, is that you lose weight and have increased energy once you are through the herx effects...

As a long term sufferer of candida I highly recommend Bills protocol.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Ben... You can use the topical hydrogen peroxide, magnesium chloride and borax however you like. Personally, when you mix them all together in water, I think it's much more effective and will kill alot more than just fingus.

Milk of magnesia may well help to get rid of oral thrush for a while but thrush is also linked as a symptom to the intestinal as well as to the systemic forms of candida. In other words, if your candida fingal infection is already in your blood then your other localised/topical fungal problems -- like oral thrush and fungal skin problems -- are probably related to this internal candida problem and so these topical/local problems may well keep coming back until you finally defeat and remove the internal systemic candida problem as the root cause. When I had systemic candida, I had all sorts of skin problems(many for decades) including eczma, psoriasis, tinea cruris, dandruff etc. I didn't treat any of my skin problems -- I just hit my systemic candida problem hard with the internal candida remedies that I've defined on this site. I simply used a multiple protocol approach which worked well. And, as a result, all my own localized fungal skin problems and other issues -- which I never bothered to treat topically -- just disappeared on their own when my systemic candida was gone.

I have also read, again and again on many blogs, where women complain that they are unable to get rid of their uterine thrush problem. Using douches may or may not work, but if your candida has already evolved into the systemic fungal form(as opposed to the yeast form) then topical douches will simply not work -- the candida will just keep returning because your uterine candida problem is not just a topical or localized problem but it has infected your blood. Exactly the same argument goes for this problem -- to get rid of your persistently returning uterine candida problem you must first kill the candida infection inside your body(in your blood).

To ensure permanent riddance and for complete success against systemic and localised candida you should be using the anti-protocols shown here and follow a strict diet.


Hi, I have suffered from candida overgrowth when I became a truck driver. I had a variety of symptoms including skin fungal infections, skin rashes, cutaneous candidiasis, severe bloating, weight gain, blurry vision, hair loss, fatigue, and even some pre diabetic symptoms like blood sugar whiplash.

I quit my job and did a full candida cleanse using natural remedies.

It's been cleared for the most part but I noticed that right before the cleanse, I had a smallish lump on my upper right shoulder. I thought it was a big pimple since I usually have back acne. After the cleanse, most of the acne disappeared but not this thing. A year later, it's still there and now I have 4 more of these strange lumps.

I did a lot of research and learned that they were keloids. I've looked desperately for answers on how to get rid of them. I've used scar creams but nothing. I've heard of ppl using the same anti-candida remedies I've used during my cleanse to get rid of these things with varying success. However, they appear to be very resistant. I strongly suspect they have some relationship of when I had the worst part of my candida since I've almost always had back acne and this never happened before.

I've read that when a candida spore burrows its way in fresh tissue (wounds like acne), it tries to create a colony. However, candida is stealthy as it tricks and avoids your immune system so what your body does instead is envelopes it with your own skin cells to prevent it from spreading .. kind of similar to the mechanics of cancer.

Right now my current theory is that even though I've eliminated the majority of the candida symptoms, there's a possibility that I may still have some hiding deep in tissue and systemically... in the blood.

Does anyone have more information about this and possible treatments??

Replied by Ben
(Wanganui, , New Zealand)

Hi Bill, Thanks for your updates... Just a few more questions about the food I am able to have... I make my own coconut flour which from my research I understand to be ok.

1. What other flours are allowed. eg Brown rice flour, chickpea flour etc?
2. I used to have porridge for breakfast, are rolled oats ok? I read somewhere they are gluten free. (hard to believe)
3. Are cocao nibs or powder ok also? It is a great anti oxidant one of the best...

Look forward to your reply, or can also contact me at esgood4u (at)

Thanks, Ben

Replied by Ali
(Harrahan, La)

Hi Bill, I am just wondering what protocol you exactly used to treat systemic candida?? I am willing to try it because I am sick of these docs, Thanks.

EC: Hi Ali, please see this page for Bill's Protocol:

Replied by Marcin
(Toronto, Canada)


Low-carb diet is recommended on candida diet, which means you should avoid foods that have high GI (Glycemic Index) or mix these foods with low-GI foods to lower the glycemic load. It means you should always eat carbohydrates in combination with non-starchy vegetables or other foods that are low in sugar. That being said, unprocessed grains like wild rice or brown rice have the lowest GI, and the further they are processed the higher the GI becomes, which makes pasta, breads and flour less ideal on the candida diet. But as long as you eat carbohydrates together with vegetables, any flour is fine, and the same thing applies to porridge. From my experience, as long as I eat any kind of rice with vegetables in the ratio 50/50, then I am fine.

Cacao does not have any antifungal properties but I think that there are many better antioxidants, such as green leafy vegetables. Just make sure there is not any sugar in it.

Talking about carbohydrates, I refer to this website: Fungi.htm

Candida Comments
Posted by Pris (Nevada, Mo) on 02/24/2011

I have had a revelation re: candida and its root cause which is an over abundance of yeast in the body. Due to the poor economy and wanting to save money, I cut the amount of yeast I use when I make bread. I now make bread using 1/4 tsp. of yeast (Hodgson's Mill which holds 1 Tablespoon). That is 1/12th of a package. In other words, when one makes bread using a whole package of yeast, he is using 12 times the necessary amount; many recipes call for 2 packages of yeast for one loaf of bread calling for 3 -4 cups of flour, so a consumer eating bread is ingesting 24 times the amount needed to make a loaf of bread. I have no idea what the strength of the Rapid Rise or the so-called instant yeasts have. It is no wonder that people consuming commercially prepared breads with yeast as well as homemade breads have Candida! I activate the yeast by adding a little bit of sugar (1/4 tsp. ) in lukewarm water before adding to the other ingredients and only half of the flour, let rise, and then add the remainder of the flour---this is called the sponge method of making bread. If sugar activates yeast in the process of making bread, when a person has an over-abundance of yeast in the body, and then consumes sugar filled foods (also fructose corn syrup) that causes the yeast to become that much stronger in the body, just as it does in a bread dough.

I believe that Candida is the cause of all the ailments listed on this site. When I use the remedies listed on this site, acv, peroxide, tumeric, baking soda, acidolphilus, coconut oil, oil pulling, etc. , I feel so much better. These remedies keep the yeast to a minimum in the body. I can tell by the way I feel whether I have too much yeast, and when doing the spit or saliva test, that confirms my suspicions. I am 66 and use no prescription drugs nor pain relievers, and feel much better than I did in my 40's or 50's or early 60's, thanks to all the information listed on this site. I use vinegar, peroxide, borax, baking soda, to clean, bathe, shampoo, etc. , using no products with chemicals. I only weigh 100 pounds and can mow for an hour at one time with my little power push mower or until my mower runs out of gas. I feel much younger now than I did 20 or 25 years ago. Thank you to all of you on this site who have contributed information. God's blessings to all of you!

Replied by Sheila
(Dayton, Nv)

to Pris from Nevada: Could you give the measured amounts you use of the concoction that has helped you with Candida?

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