CONQUER CANDIDA NATURALLY
By S. Colet Lahoz, RN, MS, LAc
Do you suffer from a chronic illness that
does not respond to usual treatments? It may be because you have a condition
called candidiasis. Candida albicans is a type of fungus that grows in
the gastrointestinal tract. In healthy individuals the fungus coexists
with beneficial microbes and bacteria and causes no problems. However,
candidiasis is the term applied when these organisms become overgrown,
producing mycotoxins (poisons) that are harmful to various organs in the
body. When allowed to persist over an extended period of time, they can
cause chronic illnesses and make existing illnesses worse.
Predisposing factors for candida overgrowth
1. A history of recurrent or prolonged use of antibiotics, cortisone drugs,
birth control pills or chemotherapy;
2. A diet high in refined sugar, breads, carbohydrates and/or alcohol;
3. Exposure to household mould or toxins such as herbicides, chemicals
What is the treatment?
Eliminate the following foods from your
diet: refined sugar, breads and other yeast-containing foods, alcoholic
beverage, aged cheese and caffeine. Diet can include any of the following
foods: vegetables, grains, beans, sprouts, brown and wild rice, raw nuts
and seeds. In severe cases of candida, fruits are eliminated for at least
Drink eight to 12 glasses of non-chlorinated
drinking water per day. Acupuncture treatments have also proven effective
in helping to reverse symptoms.
Why are many foods restricted on an anti
candida diet? Yeast survives by eating sugar. Even natural sugars such
as those found in fruits can feed yeast, making the infestation stronger.
Yeast in breads and other food items can increase the number of yeast
in the intestine, while alcohol and low-fibre carbohydrates, such as white
flour, white rice and pasta, allow for an excellent breeding ground. Coffee,
aged cheese and sweets make the intestinal pH more acidic, which encourages
I also recommend four different antifungal
regimens that should be taken in sequence, each for a three-month duration.
The dosage and length of time it takes to stabilise the situation depends
on the severity of the illness and the compliance to the prescribed diet.
Phase 1: caproil, bentonite, psyllium powder and acidophilus. In
mild to moderate cases, one to two months on this program may be sufficient
and the next phases will be unnecessary.
Phase 2: grapefruit seed extract combined with bentonite, psyllium
powder and acidophilus.
Phase 3: Horopito colorata, anise seeds and a probiotic supplement
including soil-based organisms.
Phase 4: olive leaf extract and a probiotic, including soil-based
It is important to take the four phases
in sequence. Doing phase one first causes the least "die off"
reaction, which occurs when the yeast has died and toxins are released,
often causing headaches and brain fog. The antifungals (caproil, grapefruit
seed extract, Horopito and olive leaf extract) also need to be rotated
to address the pleomorphic nature of fungi. Pleomorphism is when an organism
changes form to survive. Just like bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics,
yeast can become resistant to the antifungals. To stop this from happening,
every three months the anti-fungal must be switched.
S. Colet Lahoz is the founder and director of the East West Clinics
in Minnesota. A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and a registered
nurse, she is also the author of Conquering
Yeast Infections: The Non-Drug Solution.
Web site: www.eastwest-mn.com.
This article has been published in:
Vista, Issue 21
Alive Magazine, January 2002