Can I use the ingredients of the Phase I "Purge Drink" products while I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
This program it has the potential to change bowel function due to a bulking action combined with a mild lubricating texture. The protocol includes psyllium which government regulations require to be labeled as a laxative.
It's important to note however, that the formula of psyllium seed and husk powder used in the Attogram product does not typically loosen the stools in the way that the more common laxative product made of psyllium husk powder does.
The Attogram product one contains a high percentage of ground psyllium seed, which bulks up the stools. It works well for this program because of it's bulking and scrubbing action. Unlike psyllium husk powders designed as laxatives the Attogram powder can even slow the bowels rather than speed them up. This is especially true in combination with the liquid Bentonite in this protocol.
In the first trimester of pregnancy, especially, laxative products and anything causing diarrhea must be avoided as diarrhea can stimulate a spontaneous abortion and the risk is higher during the first three months. This is the reason for the strict labelling rules.
Even though the products in the Whole Approach protocol are not intended to be laxative, the detoxification effect of the diet change, colon cleanse and anti-fungal can, for some people, loosen stools intermittently. Pregnant women who choose to undertake Candida treatment need to be cautious and should definitely be supervised by a health professional. Extra special care to increase the amount of Attogram products combined in the drink mixture gradually can help.
For example, to start gradually you could use one-quarter or less of the full dose and, over a period of two to four weeks build up to the full dose in small increments while carefully monitoring bowel function. At the first sign of any stool loosening, the product should be discontinued. This issue is not of concern during lactation.
There is an important additional consideration when deciding whether to treat or not to treat Candida during pregnancy and/or lactation. Candida yeast living in the body release by-products that are toxic to humans. These toxins create constant stress on the immune system. For this reason, many practitioners will advice a candida reduction program.
However, unfortunately, during the process of purging Candida, the dying Candida yeast release even more toxins and the levels of these poisons in the body can temporarily increase, especially when the process is rushed. As always in the case of pregnancy and lactation, there is a concern about exposing the developing child to chemicals. It is not known what levels of candida by-products are safe to have circulating or what sorts of effects they could have on the baby.
See your practitioner
The problem of whether to attempt to resolve Candidiasis in the pregnant or lactating women is a sort of "Catch 22". You will want to consult carefully with your primary care or holistic medicine specialist. The concern is, as mentioned above, if you don't treat candida, the health of mother and child will be compromised by the ongoing release of mycotoxins. Candidiasis can result in significant problems for both mother and child including malnutrition, susceptibility to other illnesses, or intestinal toxaemia. However, reduction of the yeast comes with some risk. The ideal is to resolve candida overgrowth prior to pregnancy and then maintain a yeast prevention program during pregnancy and lactation.
The ingredients in phase one of the program have been proclaimed by their manufacturer (a pharmacist) to be safe for in the case of pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If you are pregnant or breast feeding, please consult with your health care provider about the use of the anti-fungals in stages two through five.