How long will it take me to get well?

How long will it take me to get well?

Question: I've been reading the forums and it sounds like some people here have been on this program for a long time! Does it really have to take so long to heal? 

Many of us have been in a sense, "making ourselves ill" for a long time through high stress, low nutrition, high junk food, additives, a reliance on quick fix anti-biotic treatments, chemically treated water, chemically treated houses, and a large intake of sugars and starches and other health destroying diet elements. It CAN indeed take some time to reverse the ill-effects of our previous choices.

Of course the “how long will it take to get well” question is one that is asked quite often. Because your rate of recovery depends upon so many variables this is an impossible question to even give a “ball park” answer on. Your success in finding a healthy, hypo-allergic diet that is appropriate for you will greatly affect your healing and candida detoxification process. 

The length of time you’ve had the condition as well as the severity of your condition will be big factor as well. In addition, other related and unrelated health or toxicity issues will affect how hard your body has to work to recover. 

In some cases, clearing out the candida allows the body to “get a grip” on other lingering conditions and profound healing experiences are possible. In other situations, you may have a health condition, (i.e. organ imbalance, nutritional deficiency, disease condition, toxicity issue etc) that slow your recovery from CRC. 

Please keep in mind that, once we learn how to manage the die off process and sort out diet sensitivities, the majority of folks are able to feel freedom from many of their symptoms within a few weeks of following the program. This does not mean however that the problem is gone, more that they have found a way to treat it. (more details on "how long" further down)

Question: Is the Whole Approach program a treatment or a cure?

Great question. For me and for many others, when combined with all the supportive healthy lifestyle changes, it WAS a cure. It was a cure for an unconscious, unhealthy, self- destructive lifestyle as well as a cure for a serious candida overgrowth. People with very serious CRC problems sometimes require an intensive diet and lifestyle treatment approach for as long as two years and then continued self care to the extent necessary to prevent a reoccurrence. 

For folks who are extremely ill but do not want to make all the healthy choices and so continue to include significant starches, allergens, sugars and immune suppressing agents in their diet or lifestyles, these products will merely act as a treatment to help them have some semblance of control over their symptoms. 

When have been living health suppressing lifestyles for years on end, we have to maintain reasonable expectations about the ease with which we can expect to reverse our health problems. There are no miracle cures for candida overgrowth or any other toxic, degenerative condition. Depending on how long we’ve been ill and living unhealthfully, a reversal of our health problems may take some significant time and may require a multi-faceted approach. I can sum the approach to self care that we teach here by saying that we encourage you to continuously strive towards the knowledge and skills that will empower you to become your own optimum, live-in health care practioner who is a specialist in your unique body/mind health requirements.

Question: How do I achieve a permanent recovery?

A gentle, steady, and methodical approach to your lifestyle transition and your continued healing is the best way to help you achieve your goal and maintain it. Once you’ve passed through the initial transition period of adjusting to new foods and the process of negotiating with die off, there will be times where you can happily glide along the healing path-utilizing your newfound skills and awareness. At other times your path may have some unexpected twists and turns. The Whole Approach forum is here to direct you to the information and direction that you may need during the harder times. Your fellow members and your moderator, Tari-Lee will offer you their knowledge, experience and support to help you find your way. The structure and function of the forum and the Whole Approach moderator support are designed to enhance your own person “stick-to-it-iveness” as this will be the most crucial component of your permanent recovery.

You will need to put more energy into your health in the early stages of your recovery while you negotiate the most severe stages of die off toxicity. As you move through your lifestyle transitions and your program phases it is important to care for yourself in the best way you can by educating yourself as much as possible and by seeking additional supervision and support from other health care practioners if need be. Most importantly however, you will learn to move through your healing more smoothly by maximizing your self-compassion and tolerance within. It’s helpful to remember that the process of diet transition is challenging for everyone and that it’s ok to ask for help and understanding. You’ll find many empathetic souls ready to “hold your hand” when you feel overwhelmed.

Eventually as you continue to offer yourself your very best health care and self care for an extended period of time, all the great effects will begin to gel and you will notice symptoms disappearing and unexpected positive side benefits appearing. You’ll happily reclaim your enjoyment of many pleasures you'd forgotten and you’ll realize that you’ve replaced many other things that you used to find pleasurable with healthier but equally enjoyable habits. Your mood and energy and health will become more reliable. You’ll look brighter and think more clearly and you’ll be able to sustain your health with less effort than when you were in the midst of treatment.

Question: How long will it take for me to get better on the Whole Approach program?

This depends on the overall state of your health and the severity of your candida overgrowth when you begin. It also depends on how well you can honour your dietary, detoxification and emotional needs during your healing period. If you have not developed full-blown Candida Related Complex and you are coping with a mere overgrowth of candida in it’s immature, single-celled, intestinal form, you will be able to resolve your problems more quickly than if your candida issue has been present for an extended time. After a prolonged overgrowth candida is known to progress into a fungal form which is more challenging to treat .

If your candida overgrowth is MILD due to antibiotic usage or a short-term intestinal infection of some sort; if you are not dealing with complicating factors; and if you eat a therapeutic diet that is right for your unique needs AND you follow the protocol with gentle attention to the pace that is right for YOU,you can expect to need approximately eight weeks on the purge with three to six months (including the stabilization period) on the diet according to the Whole Approach diet instructions 

If you have MODERATE to SEVERE systemic candida in which your symptoms indicate wide spread infestation and the condition has been existing for several months to several years, a multi-phase and thorough yeast reduction program will likely be required in addition to whole body detoxification, immune boosting and Food Therapy according to your individual diet sensitivities.

Question:Is the Whole Approach program a quick fix?

We do not attempt to provide some sort of “quick fix” because we know there is no such thing when it comes to the true resolution of CRC. We also have great concern for your overall well being and the sustainability of any of the benefits that you achieve while on our program. It is this concern that is the cornerstone of the Whole Approach philosophy. Our approach acknowledges your need for a multi-faceted recovery program including: effective anti-fungal products, colon cleansing, Food Therapy, natural & safe nutritional supplementation, whole body detoxification, immune support and an emotionally healthy, self-compassionate attitude.

We want you to learn how to live a healthier life and how to STAY well. We also want to help you make the most out of your investment in your time and money so that your program has the optimum effects, the first time around. We realize that many of you have been on a treatment “merry-go-round” and have been searching for the cause of your suffering for a long time. Or maybe you’ve been attempting to treat candida with pharmaceutical products or incomplete methods that just haven’t worked for you. We understand the disappointment and frustration and the issues around the endless search for that elusive diagnosis.

We’re here to help you with the candida related issues that are contributing to your overall health challenges. We recognize how tough the journey to health can be and we know you need support along the way. It is for this reason that the Whole Approach forums were established. 

From your moderator, your fellow members and all the information posted on this website, YOU will learn how to take care of YOU in a way that is unique to your constitution, health challenges, lifestyle and personality. We want you to help you develop sustainable habits that will increase your ability to heal on a nutritional, chemical, physical, and emotional level. Remember, the more concentration and commitment you can bring to your therapeutic efforts, the sooner your investment in the products and the lifestyle improvements will reap benefits.

Question:If I don't see improvements, what should I do?

Your score on the Whole Approach candida questionnaire is not intended to provide a "diagnosis" and it is up to you to seek out qualified health care support to determine the full cause of symptoms. Whether you have CRC or don't have CRC, this program will still represent a very healthy lifestyle change. 

Once you start the Whole Approach program, it is natural for you to feel impatient for results. However, the process of cleansing and healing takes time and you'll want to give yourself at least several weeks to work up to the full program and then to respond to it.

Unless you have established a healthy, hypo-allergenic food therapy approach for yourself and have been adhering carefully to both this AND your maximum product dosage for four full weeks, it is too soon to try to assess the effect that this program is likely to have on you. If, after four full weeks following both the diet and the product protocol, your symptoms have not significantly improved nor signs of die off become evident, then you may wish to see a health professional who is well versed in candida related health problems. It is possible that candida is not the main health challenge that is causing your symptoms.

For more information on diagnosing candida, please see this thread: Diagnosing Candida

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