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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 09/07/2011

Thinking that I might suffer from Sjogren's I decided to pay a visit to my husband's GP (I don't have one, I rarely go to mainstream doctors! ). This is a doctor in Switzerland, where medicine is supposed to be good and I had been there once, months ago. Because I thought that I might actually just suffer from Candida I took my Cure Candida Through Diet book with me to help him along. Of course he wasn't interested in anything to do with Candida, whether I could suffer from it or not was of no consequence to him. But well, I have a lot of difficulty sleeping with my dry eyes and mouth.... But that is my problem, he must have thought... His answer, when I showed him the book was that anybody can write everything which doesn't mean that they are right! Then I went on to tell him about my other complaints, white spots on the skin, lower back pain, warts.... A bit bored he asked me which complaints I wanted him to treat, meaning I shouldn't come with so many thing but choose a couple and leave it at that. Amazing... Isn't the complete picture what should give a doctor an idea of what one is suffering from? In the end I had a blood test and he is going to see whether I really have Sjogren's. For the rest he asked no questions, showed no interest only told me that having Sjogren's, although not a pleasant illness it is not really something to worry about! So I came home, feeling abandoned, with no one to turn too with my symptoms except this site, as usual, and my books!

If you think that I was unlucky with my choice of doctor think again, they just don't care and the choice is very limited here although through my health insurance I have access to two countries, France and Switzerland. But maybe I am lucky, I have just read the book "Breaking through the untouchable diseases" by Geral Green, which I will review here in due course, phoned Gerald last Sunday, had a great conversation with him and am starting the anti-Candida diet soon and he will ship me his medication. So fingers crossed I will be feeling a lot better soon (sorry Bill, you told me to do the diet such a long time ago.....)!

Replied by Rob
Manhattan, New York
09/07/2011

Drs... especially western doctors are engineers of the body. A wonderful science to be respected in its own right however as engineers many lack interpersonal skills. I think many of us have had similar experiences to yours, .. For me walking out of a Dr's office muttering under my breath, "what an A-hole! " was more than a couple times. It's important to find a doctor that doesn't make you feel helpless about your condition. So good that you are moving on. Western, mainstream medicine mainly views a diagnoses of systemic candidiasis as having no scientific basis, and most of the recommended treatments for it a waste of time and money. Some feel that it is mostly psychological in that it satisfies a need to blame our maladies on an external cause.

For this type of condition you would most likely do better by seeing an traditional chinese medicine practitioner or Ayurvedic Dr. who is more in tune with balancing the body. Finding a good one is however tricky and usually trial and error... even in big cities like New York I found this to be a challenge...

Trying to understand a dr's position however is important... I can imagine that they after spending so many years studying, having their patients telling them what internet's diagnosis is would be annoying at times... However a good Dr.. would be open to all views... I've a few times mentioned certain herbs to Dr's who had no idea what they were... So I do believe it is a two way communication. Use them, respect their info.. but don't take it as the final word because that will always change with time.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
09/07/2011

Francisca, sorry to hear about your experience but I am afraid it was to be expected. Our western Doctors only know which medication to give for which symptom.

When my son was a year old and was very constipated all I was told was to give him a stool softener (at the Emergency Department). No one told me about probiotics or digestive enzymes or anything else. The health food shop told me about those. Since then I have read everything I could find.

Maybe a Naturopath could help you but I sincerely think that a green juice detox would help you. Fresh lemon juice every day (1/2 glass). Stick with the chlorella and sprirulina and chlorophyl. Take colloidal minerals.

The chlorophyl in the green juices will cleanse the blood from toxins. The chlorella and spirulina will also cleanse the kidneys and liver amongst many other things.

If you don't have faith in the above then colloidal silver may be your savior.

It has been used against warts and yeast infections. It is antibacterial and anti fungal (and can treat over 650 diseases)

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
09/08/2011

Thanks Rob and Debbie. Unfortunately Rob, here in France as a rule you only find homeopathic doctors. And yes, it must be very annoying when you spent years studying something to have some little lady come in with her own ideas, books, etc but that is life.....

Debbie, I am sticking with the Clorophyl, Chlorella and Spirulina. Coloidal Silver I am not sure about. I bought a bottle once but read so many bad things about it that I didn't dare to take it again. It seems one risks getting a funny color.... No idea what to believe anymore! Anyway, I bought the copper which I think you suggested a little while ago but that also gave me a bad taste in the mouth. And I have read that Alzheimer's might be connected with too much copper and zink in the brain. Aren't you afraid of that? So far no changes in my hair color with the Chlorella, Spirulina powder. I stopped with the copper for the moment!

Replied by Rob
Manhattan, New York
09/08/2011

you're right Francisca, better to risk annoying the Dr. when it comes to our health... I recall when I was young, a hospital Dr. caring for my brother hanging up on my mother over the phone. (she was a very polite woman) The Dr didn't want to admit they were failing him and she persisted on having him moved to a better hospital. She eventually prevailed, & as soon as he was moved the new hospital alarmed at his condition, they operated immediately (when the previous hospital was attempting rehab on him!! )... It was an infection that was close to being systemic.... It was a close call but it was uphill from there. It was a mother's intuition and risk of being a pain that absolutely saved his life.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
09/09/2011

Rob, I absolutely recognize the position your mother was in. I had the same with some issues with my daughters. Difficult to have the doctors do something but me as a mother I fought to get them well. Now they are wonderful, beautiful, young women! And with my health as well, it took me many years of monthly migranes to find out by myself that I had hormonal headaches and to find a pill that cured them (all by myself! ). Or to cure the ostheoarthritis in my knee (ok, a natural doctor did it in the end but I had to look for the answers myself, now at 54 I haven't had any pain at all for 6 years).

Do you know what made me laugh the most during my visit to the doctor in Switzerland? When he told me that there is no way of moisturizing the tissues from within. He told me to just put some cream on my skin and that Hyaluronic Acid would do nothing to moisturize it or to minimize my dry eyes and throat. Sorry but I find it very difficult to respect them! Of course they can do some things natural medicine can't do, but they also do a lot of harm! I have just finished reading Gerald Green's book (which I would recommend to anyone and no, I don't have any connection with him other than talking with him on a phone a week ago) and there you can see that even life threatening illnesses can be cured by natural methods, maybe even only with natural methods because mainstream medicine has no clue of what to do with them!

Replied by Dragonesse
Houston, Tx Usa
10/03/2011

FRANCISCA-I went on DHEA (100 mg oral every other day) and made same amount of DHEA instilled into eyedrops (natural tear type-keep in fridge-use in a week and wash hands before each instillation-USE clean technique)-I also went on Minocycline for about 12 months. I drank lots of H2O and protected my eyes----the Italian medical journals do the best job with this ailment! (ALSO-that DOCTOR is a FOOL. Sjogren's has two 'types' one is very, very serious and tends to Lymphatic cancers-you need to know 'which' one is the likely one-so you may help yourself. Best Wishes!


Posted by Linda (Hendersonville , Nc Usa) on 08/27/2011

Everyone says 1/2 glass of water. Are you talking about an 8 oz. Glass?


Posted by Randy (Jersey City, Nj, USA) on 01/27/2011

Is it ok to take honey if I am suffering from intestinal candida? Thanks!


Gentian Violet  

Posted by Terri (Montana, US) on 01/27/2015

Has anyone used Gentian Violet internally for candida since it is an anti-fungal like methylene blue? Thank you in advance.


Ginger Tea  

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Posted by Tina (Houston, Usa) on 03/01/2012
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YES! I successfully cut up a piece of 3-4" ginger root and boil for 20 mins in 2 cups water and allow to cook on slow stove. I had this 3-4 times daily for few days and the nastiest of candida is now gone! Amazing!

Replied by John
Boise, Id
03/08/2012

I am confused by some of the information in your post. What do you mean by "allow to cook on slow stove"? Thanks in advance for the clarification. John

Replied by Claudia
Am.samoa
07/04/2016

She meant "cooking it on low heat"


Posted by Namooni1974 (Portland, Oregon, Usa) on 08/10/2010
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I am 36 yr. Old female curing my candida with ginger root tea. I use 2 tablespoons of peeled and diced ginger root steeped in 2 cups of boiling water. I drink this tea twice a day (morning/night.) It stops the growth of candida and cleanses the system as well. I happened upon a clinical study that showed ginger as an effective fighter against fungal infections and thought I would try it. I am pleased with how I am feeling after one week of my trial. My spit tests are coming out clear every morning and I do not seem to be suffering any die off effects (ginger has me eliminating 3 times a day, remaining solid as well)I am sleeping well, have more energy, can think clearly, and pain has almost gone completely.


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Posted by Chloe (East Greenwich, Rhode Island) on 02/15/2011
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For a yeast infection that you get only occasionally, Grapefruit Seed Extract works miracles... usually in hours...not kidding Take 10-15 drops 3 times a day in juice... it's very bitter, so watch out!

If your Candida is systemic, chronic and ongoing:

1) Get on the low-fat, mostly raw Vegan train right now! Have copious amounts of organic fruits ONLY on an empty and wait 2 hours before eating anything else...have most of your fruit in the morning. As long as you have no fat or a very low-fat diet, you should not have reactions to the sugar in fruit. FRUIT is healing... You need it... Going long periods without it puts you at great risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The theory is that when you consume a lot of fat, even the healthy kinds, you are coating your intestines and the sugars that should normally be released quickly into your blood isn't released. The fruit, or other carbs, just sit there putrifying, clogged up with the fat, and the candida get to FEAST and make you feel terrible too.

As your only grains, I recommend organic quinoa and organic brown rice and if you are really craving protein, have only wild Alaskan Salmon.... but that's it...no nuts, no red meats or pork - they will only clog you up... No adding excess oils to your meals - just maybe a tsp. Oilve oil per serving of a dish...and no more than half an avocado per day. You'd be wise, at least for the first few days, to eliminate all oils completely to cleanse your system.

2) Take the Niacin... 300-1000mg each day... working your way up slowly by taking 25mg 3 times a day with meals...eventually the flushing will be over or entirely tolerable and you can easily take 1000mg a day, no problem.

3) Take epsom salt baths... 1 per day, if you can.

4) Take about 3-5 capsules of SF-722 with each meal, which can be bought from Vitacost.com.

5) Buy gallons of spring water and put in at least 1 heaping teaspoon of SEA SALT in it and drink it all day...stay hydrated... Use only spring water in your cooking -- avoid tap water like the plague.

5) Do salt water flushes... as much as you can tolerate. Some say, do it 1st thing in the morning, but I like to do them in late afternoon on a day I'm not working - that way, the whole process is done within about 3 hours and I can have a good night's sleep afterwards.

Salt Water Flush Instructions >>>

The Salt Water Flush is performed by warming up one quart of water, only enough to make it lukewarm, not boiling. Add 1 tablespoon of sea salt (not table salt), and include juice from a lime or lemon to improve taste. Drink the entire amount in one sitting, do this at sunrise every day for seven days. Make sure to sip the drink rather than gulping it. Within 30-45 minutes of drinking the saline solution, you will feel the need to have a bowel movement. Depending on your diet, and how many times you have performed the flush, you may feel bloated and the elimination may not come within the specified time frame. Fortunately, there are some simple exercises to speed up the process. The first recommended exercise is the Kogasana or Crow pose. Simply squat down with your back propped against a wall while you sip water.

Another exercise is to rub your stomach both clockwise and counter clockwise. Thirdly, you may try spreading your feet apart and spinning your body from left to right (this is a great stretch for the lower back and abdomen). Lastly, the traditional Cobra position is also great for stimulating the intestines.

You are almost set to begin your first Salt Water Flush, but don't begin before you read these tips:

* The Salt Water Flush is useful before beginning a new naturopathic program, such as a new dietary or vitamin regimen. It allows you to start with a clean state and observe the unadulterated benefits of the new program.

* Speak with a physician first if you have ulcers, appendicitis, tuberculosis, or cancer.

* Celtic Sea Salt is reported to make the taste more tolerable.

* Using a straw may help with the taste of the drink.

* A flush will not work properly if performed too soon after your last meal. Wait at least eight hours.

* Plan to be near the toilet for two hours after you drink the solution.

* Headaches are a frequent detoxification symptom. They usually disappear by day four.


Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)  

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Posted by Gaiamuse (Massachusetts) on 04/27/2016
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I have recently developed serious candida for the second time in 20 years. I was nauseated 24/7 but didn't know why -- until I figured out that I had stomach candida and that that was the cause of the nausea. (The why of how I got candida this time is a longer story that I'll skip.) I know all the candida remedies from my first bout 20 years ago -- and I decide to start with Grapefruit Seed Extract - which I've been taking for the past 3 days. The amazing thing is it's great clinical proof of the efficacy of GSE against candida. The moment I take the stuff the nausea decreases or goes away. Last night I made the mistake of having bread -- and within an hour or so I was really nauseated. I took the GSE and within minutes the nausea level had greatly declined. Great stuff. Just make sure you get a recognized brand that regularly tests their product so you don't run into the toxic contamination issue.

I have taken GSE off and on for years so I have a high tolerance and went straight to 15 drops in water 3 times a day -- pretty bitter -- but I'll drink as much I want of that glass over a period of about 4 hours until it runs out and then do it again.


Posted by Lauren (Santa Barbara, Ca) on 08/23/2011

FOR THOSE WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL OR NOT USING GSE: Did you also go on the strict candida diet? And if you did how long were you on it? How long before you saw results?


Posted by Ms. E. (Washington, DC) on 06/03/2009
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I have been taking GSE for some months now and it has really helped with this Monster, however, i am still eating the sugars and breads, not like I was, conversely, I want to know if anyone has taken GSE and continued to eat sweets/bread and the Monster was kept bay?

Confused in the Capital

Replied by Ines
New York City, Ny, Usa
04/07/2011

Aple cider vinegar is great for suppressing sweet tooth! Whenever I have cravings I try to drink it. :-) However, if you have to have something sweet then instead of sugar use Xylitol, a natural sweetener extracted from birch cellulose. Xylitol does not feed candida, it is antifungal. That is what I use and it taste really good with no after taste.

Also, another option is Stevia, personally I have never tried it and cannot comment on it. Good luck!


Posted by Cindy (CH, WISC, USA) on 01/30/2009

can anyone help with information as how to deal with sugar/bread/cookie cravings when you start to take grapefruit seed extract or borax to kill candida? thank you for any help.

Replied by Hope
Sacramento, C
01/30/2009

You might want to try L-Glutamine, an amino acid. It is supposed to help reduce sugar cravings.

Replied by M
Austin, Tx
06/24/2010

I used ACV to get rid of my sweet cravings. Takes several days to work. I take it every day and after about three days my sugar and major food craving are gone.


Posted by Lorenzo (Portland, OR) on 03/21/2007
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I had a very bad case of Candida last winter. It was extremely harsh. My crotch and butt were itchy and sometimes burned, my mood was agitated, I was suffering from insomnia. To finally get rid of the ailment, I went on a sugar-free diet and took some medication from my doctor. This was great. It killed all the candida within days. My problem then became a severe flu, as my body was not getting rid of the dead candida fast enough. My body was basically experiencing toxic shock. I took tons of fiber, drank gallons of water over several days. This finally made me feel better. Now, I just take Grapefruit seed extract in water every few days to keep the candida at bay. It is very effective at eliminating candida after it has set in as well, but you should take a diuretic to get the dead candida out of you. For candida, take 5-6 drops of GSE in 20oz of water. Drink in one sitting. Do this once each day for 3 days. May cause heartburn. If so, water down the dosage or use fewer drops (3-4).


Grapefruit Seed Extract, Apple Cider Vinegar  

Posted by Christine (Nottingham, England) on 05/11/2011

Can anyone shed any light on why I froth from the mouth when taking GSE and ACV. Not at the same time. I am taking them for possible candida infection. Thanks. Good luck to all.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
05/11/2011

The ACV will froth if you take it at full strength because it is very acidic. Are you taking 1 tblespn in 8oz water?

Replied by Christine
Nottingham, England
05/12/2011

Thank you for your response Debbie. I am taking the ACV with 8 oz of water. I do however have constant mucus problems in my gut. So the ACV may be making it worse. I will keep trying other things to see if they help. Thanks again.


Heavy Metal Detox  

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Posted by Trish (Kansas City, MO) on 07/27/2007
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Before you jump into curing your candida, try to figure out the unlying cause first. I have been trying different candida remedies...oil of oregano, parasite cleanses, cleaning up my diet...and I still suffer from all the terrible symptoms. One day I started reading out metal toxicity and how candida is farmed by the body to absorb the extra metal. So I decided to order an oral chelation kit for metal detox and something interesting has happened since. I have been on the program for about two weeks with no major physical improvements. But this morning I went to have my bi-monthly colonic and the lady who administers noticed that a LOT of yeast was coming out of my body! I do believe the metal detox is helping and the yeast is dying. Since then I have been feeling better today...more energy, slightly clearer head, and NO insane sugar cravings. If you have metal fillings like I do then you may want to seriously consider doing a metal detox and see if that helps with the candida. I plan to have my metal fillings removed when I have the money to do so. And make sure you get a good oral chelation kit, not just a cheap bottle of EDTA. Do your research...you need a good combination of other herbs as well to do a successful detox as well as a digestible antioxidant formula.

Replied by Monique
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
12/11/2008

Regarding symptoms suffered during candida die-off

I follow a program (called Yeast Buster by Inno-Vite) I bought in the local grocery store. There are 4 components to this program

* Bentonie Clay which apparenty is the answer to lessening the effects of die-off
* psyllium -- this will push the coconut oil into all the spaces in your colon where the yeast may be hiding so it can kill it
* coconut oil -- to kill the yeast

mix this in the suggested proportions in water and drink every morning 2 hours before eating

* DDS - acidophiles take at night to replenish the intestinal flora that gets killed off by the coconut oil.

I have not had any serious side-effects using this program, although I did find it very pricey.

Replied by Frank
Montgomery, AL.
12/15/2008

Instead of oral chelation please try an IV Chelation Treatment. Much quicker acting. The cost here is $100.00 for each treatment.

Replied by Doug
Show Low, Az
08/30/2009

Trish, I completely agree with you that candida is the body's way of absorbing heavy metals. I have been on an eight year quest and have tried EVERYTHING, and I mean everything!!! When people kill off candida I don't think it is a Die Off. I have read that it is the body reabsorbing Mercury> I have tried garlic, cayenne pepper, H2O2, Threelac, Miracle Mineral supplement, Coconut oil, Caprilic acid, Aregeno oil, baking soda, I could go on and on. I mean it is the most frustrating thing ever, but once people realize that they have #1 take out their Amalgam fillings, then chelate the mercury from the body, then they will get rid of the candida too. I saw a huge reduction in my fatigue and other symptoms when I had my mercury fillings taken out, it was no coincedence, it was literally two days after they were out I was feeling much much better. Now ever since that time I have been trying to figure out the best way to chelate the mercury... I am currently trying Fulvic Acid w/ plant based minerals. supposedly this is the very best and quickest way to do so. I'm thinking about taking H2O2 to kill the candida then taking chlorella directly after to trap it and excrete it. If anyone else knows of a better way Please let me know too. By the way I Love this website, it is helping me to help others with their health problems... Thanks

Replied by Katie
Tempe, Az
05/26/2011

How did the fulvic acid work with the plant based minerals? Did you take the H2O2 and chlorella? I would greatly appreciate hearing how it went!

Replied by Shunya
Fremont, Ca, Usa
01/17/2012

Hi Guys, I have also had candida for maybe a decade over now. I am 31 now and the symptoms have been so worse the last few weeks.

After taking a shot at anti-acids for IBS and all the other useless drugs I decided to go for cycle of life yeast buster(just picked it up from natural food store) I am feeling really good actually I was smiling the first few hours. I guess this worked with my system.

This is my first week of treatment and will update any changes. thanks for all the information being provided by Ted and the users from earthclinic.

Replied by Emma
Logan, Utah
02/16/2012

Cilantro is a great heavy metal chelator.

Replied by Tirone
Los Angeles, California
10/13/2014

I would like to comment on heavy metal detox candida and other symptoms associated.

First of all cadida and parasites form a synergy with heavy metals in your body and create biofilms to shield themselves from the body mechanisms of defense. It is scientifically proved that candida and parasites can hold even hundreds of times heavy metals than their host. So this way their demand is always supplied by their host ( lead in apple, grape and other commercial juices, chocolate, red and wite wine as well as old paints and fertilizers. Mercury in fish, high frutose syrup, amalgams and pollution from manufacturing process and energy saving light bulbs to mention some) increasing the deterioration in our health. What to do? First identify your heavy metal toxicity sources in order to reduce or eliminate you exposure, then modify your diet to stop feeding the creepy creatures in your system, start taking suplements to reduce your parasites and candida burden, last start a meticulous chelation that starts slowly, since your candida might overgrow as you start pulling mercury and lead from within your deeper tissues to your stomach, the most recomendable therapy in my opinion is that of Dr Andrew Cuttler described in his book Amalgam Illness.

Please do yourself a favor before starting any chelation protocol, inform yoursel well and never start an iv chelation since pulling too much metals from a sudden could be dangerous for you body. :)


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Posted by Jolene (Albuquerque, Nm) on 11/21/2013
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This is what gets rid of candida for me:

  • a wormwood combination product (from vitacost online) that contains wormwood, black walnut, cloves, quassia and male fern root.
  • white oak bark taken on an empty stomach with a digestive enzyme,
  • a really good probiotic (not one from your local drugstore)
  • super strength odorless garlic capsules

It's very important to keep your body alkaline and a fizzy alkalizer with potassium bicarbonate and natural alkalizers works a lot better than baking soda to do this. I buy a good one online from swanson's.

I must eat complex carbs for energy, and so I take these remedies when the candida gets bad.



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