By Tarilee Cornish, CNP
What are the Five Phases of the Whole Approach Protocol?
The Whole Approach Protocol is a five phase product protocol that has been successfully used for many years at the East West Clinic in Minnesota for the treatment of candidiasis (or yeast overgrowth). It has also been successful in helping thousands achieve better health.
The protocol is outlined on www.wholeapproach.com web site and in more detail in the book, "Conquering Yeast Infections, the Non Drug Solution for Men and Women" by S. Colet Lahoz (director of the East West Clinic). The Lahoz protocol is based on a program developed by Andrew Gutauskus, a Canadian Pharmacist and founder of Attogram Corp. The Attogram products are used in Phase I of the Lahoz Protocol: Attogram Caproyl (formerly known as Caprol), Attogram Bentonite, Attogram Psyllium Husk and Seed Blend Powder.
Whole Lifestyle Program
At Whole Approach we coach our members through a holistic self-care program integrating the product recommendations of the Attogram/Lahoz product protocol and a therapeutic approach to eating. Natural, anti-fungal products used for colon cleansing and systemic yeast treatment are cycled in three month rotations to lower excess yeast populations.
Whole Approach has been supporting customers in their journey to health using the Attogram purge drink and complementary products since 1991.
At Whole Approach we recognize the importance of addressing health on many complementary levels including but not limited to: detoxification, immune support, and emotional healing. We do our best to help our forum members by providing up to date online information and candida recovery product and lifestyle support together with the finest product choices available.
Whole Program Support
The select products sold in the Whole Approach store are complemented by the support of our compassionate forum moderators and our empathetic and enthusiastic forum members. This combination of supports has helped thousands of people along their quest for relief from and control over Candida Related Complex.
The use of these products has been clinically compared to several prescription, anti-fungal treatments and has been found to be 97% effective. For details on this clinical comparison please see: Clinical Comparison
For some encouraging stories from folks who have had excellent experiences with our program, please see this post: Success Stories from our Forum Members
The first phase of Lahoz protocol is largely based the Attogram products which were developed by Andrew Gutauskus, a Canadian Pharmacist and founder of Attogram Corp. The Attogram products include: Caproyl (formerly known as Caprol), Bentonite, and Psyllium. Collectively we fondly refer to this drink as “The Purge Drink.” Therapeutic strength Probium probiotics are used for the full duration of the protocol and, as of phase three, a prebiotic called SBX, is also added.
Yeast can become resistant to a single antifungal. It is thus necessary to rotate the antifungal agents used. According to Colet Lahoz: “The antifungals have to be rotated to address the pleomorphic nature of fungi. Pleomorphism is a phenomenon wherein an organism can change forms in order to survive. Fungi can change back and forth to its yeast form and can easily adapt when exposed to stressors. Colet's recommendations are based on her clinical trials which have proven them most effective.
Links to each of these products mentioned here are listed below or you can find them in the online store (click “order products” above).
Complementary products to support you in other ways as you complete your program are also sold in the online store. These include anti-fungal body care, digestive aids, detoxification support, all natural, additive free nutritional supplements and several topical skincare products for dealing with yeast-related issues.
PHASE I – First three months: Caproyl (liquid caprylic acid) combined with liquid Bentonite , and Psyllium Seed and Husk Blend
The Attogram brand Psyllium seed and husk blend is superior to other brands in quality, purity and effectiveness as well as ease of mixing without getting too thick or lumpy. This fiber formula makes the best initial cleanse because of its effectiveness at getting to the root of the yeast overgrowth and because it can minimize the die off symptoms significantly.
The Purge Drink can be used once or twice daily, according to how you feel. To maintain regularity, a slow build up of the Psyllium Blend and Liquid Bentonite is recommended. For gradual adjustment to the Caproyl anti-fungal a slow build up of this is also recommended. See handout mailed with product for dosages. If Die Off is severe, please see the Die Off article to learn how to moderate your symptoms by changing your dosage according to what you can tolerate comfortably.
PHASE II - Fourth through 6th month: Grapefruit Seed Extract or GSE
GSE is another potent broad spectrum antifungal. This is combined with the other ingredients, like in Phase one but instead of Caproyl. As with Phase one, this can be used twice daily.
*Note- Oreganum Plus can be used as an alternate to GSE. Probium probiotic is continued.
PHASE III - Seventh through 9th month:
The third phase, Kolorex Extra Strength Gelcaps are recommended along with SBX Soil Based Microorganisms. Both can be taken with food. Probium probiotic is also continued.
PHASE IV – Tenth through 12th month
Olive Leaf Extract is the anti fungal for phase IV. It is 100% natural and is antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial with added benefit of being an immune system builder. It works by stimulating your body’s protective cells (phagocytes) to ingest foreign matter. Studies show that this compound has the ability to penetrate infected host cells and it inhibits viral replication.In phase IV, Probium Probiotic and SBX Soil Based Microorganism are also continued
PHASE V – Thirteenth through 15th month – The UGN formula that combines 3 powerful natural ingredients in a unique effective formula. They include, Calcium Undecylenate, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Neem Extract. The Capsules are taken with food. Use of Probium Probiotic and SBX Soil Based Micro Organism continue.
NOTE:Variations of the above sequence may be done according to your experience. For example, there are patients who feel such a substantial cleansing benefit from Phase I, they may do a rotation that includes a round of Phase I every other phase for one to three months at time. Example: Phase I followed by phase II and back to Phase I before using Phase III, etc., until symptoms are felt to be under control.
Going Slowly into the Full Program
For those whom this program represents a substantial lifestyle and diet change, or for those who are seriously ill, it is sometimes helpful to start the program in steps by beginning with a gradual transition into your customized food therapy program before starting anti-fungals. Your relationship with your new food therapy program will be much easier to sort these out if it is not complicated with the potential for yeast die off symptoms from the anti fungals.
While adapting to your food therapy program you can consider also slowly adding in the Purge Drink with just the psyllium and bentonite and water. The more efficient your bowels are, the more rapidly you can increase to the full dose of these products and to the potential of twice per day. When you are fully adjusted with your food therapy, Psyllium Blend and Bentonite Liquid, you can slowly add in the anti-fungal according to the guidance in the Die Off article.
Some people also choose to transition even more slowly to the full program by adopting their food changes step by step. For some, food changes are best taken slowly for practical reasons (re new foods, new shopping patterns etc) but also due to the potential experience of a hypo allergic, cleansing diet. For some people this change can cause rapid detoxification and possibly even a healing crisis. Your knowledge of your own ability to adapt to change will be helpful in planning the best way to schedule the transition for you.
Altering the Protocol Cycles
Variations of the above sequence may be done according to your experience. For example, there are patients who claim that the best cleansing they experienced was with Phase I, the Attogram products, and may do a rotation of the phase one products in between phases (for one to three months at a time.)
Getting the Most out of your SBX Experience
When using the SBX, it is important to bolster your cleansing process with the support of the psyllium (and preferably both the psyllium and the bentonite.) SBX can catalyse deep colon cleansing and it's important to use the fibre mixture to keep the waste material moving quickly out of the body so that it does not cause fatigue or other problems that could be caused by temporary colon toxicity. This is especially necessary when following the deep cleansing therapeutic protocol mentioned in the online SBX brochure.
PURGE INGREDIENTS AND COMPLEMENTARY PRODUCTS