for whole body recovery from candida overgrowth
Please note that the information presented below is not meant to replace medical supervision.
Many natural supplements and remedies can facilitate whole body cleansing and strengthening starting with cleansing of the colon and repopulation with beneficial intestinal bacteria.
Once colon health has been improved and the intestinal Candida populations reduced, the immune, digestive, and eliminative functions need to be strengthened. This post will look at specific products sold by the Whole Approach store that support each of these stages of healing.
Cleanse the Colon First
The first and most important step to CRC recovery is reducing both the yeast and fungal forms of Candida that inhabit the colon. The Whole Approach Program featuring the Attogram brand products is the most effective and deeply cleansing colon yeast treatment on the market. It consists of the combination of three products: a liquid anti-fungal called Caprol; an absorptive, detoxifying liquid clay called Bentonite; and a special colon-scrubbing blend of Psyllium husk and seed powder.
The Caprol kills Candida while the Bentonite adsorbs toxins, including those created by yeast die-off, heavy metals, free radicals, and pesticides. The psyllium fiber blend absorbs the Bentonite and toxins, taking them into its matrix to be quickly escorted out of the body.
Bentonite, Caprol, and Psyllium: A Synergistic Trio
The Bentonite, Caprol, and Psyllium all depend on each other for their effectiveness. When mixed together with water, the products form a gel that reaches the entire length of the digestive tract. Caprol's effectiveness is due to the help it receives from the Psyllium and Bentonite. The Psyllium component pushes the Caprol antifungal against the walls of the intestines, where it can kill Candida and serves to "escort" the Caprol to the colon, helping move it to its intended destination. Finally, because the Caprol is mixed with Psyllium, the body does not send it to the liver where it would be broken down into benign components that would no longer have anti-fungal power when they reach the colon.
Bentonite adsorbs (acts like a magnet pulling toxins to it) intestinal waste products without being absorbed into the system. Because Bentonite itself is not absorbed into the body, whatever it adsorbs is removed in the feces. Bentonite provides an excellent vehicle for removing miscellaneous intestinal poisons and toxins generated by Candida albicans. The adsorbent action of Bentonite helps eliminate the Candida breeding ground by attracting and removing toxic material. Bentonite also reduces toxic overload ("die-off" reaction) by removing toxins released by dying Candida.
Constipation may occur when initiating colon detoxification and a change in fiber intake levels. If sluggish bowels are an issue for you, you can find some helpful tips for restoring regularity in the Whole Approach article, "Constipation, a Modern Epidemic" in the Newsletter Article Archives for March 2003.
Restore Healthy Intestinal Bacteria
In addition to cleansing the colon, the delicate ecosystem that exists within a healthy intestinal tract needs to be restored. Healthy intestinal flora balance can be supported by quality probiotic supplements and will:
- help to keep Candida and other intestinal pathogens in check
- Produce B vitamins
- Produce lactase enzymes and helps digest lactose
- Help digest food and correct digestive disorder
- Produce lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide and natural antibiotic
- Provide anti-cholesteremic factors to reduce cholesterol
- Deodorize the entire intestinal tract
Kill Yeast and Fungus
A variety of anti-fungal agents used on a rotational basis will address systemic yeast. Rotated use of anti-fungals is necessary to prevent Candida from developing resistance to any one agent. Follow three-month treatments You can read more about the rotation of antifungals in the book, "Conquering Yeast Infections, the Non Drug Solution for Men and Women" by S. Colet Lahoz (available in our store on this site.)
Heal the Intestinal Tract
Leaky gut is an unfortunate consequence of both Candida fungal invasion and the removal of fungus from the intestinal walls. Candida grows into the walls, creating perforations that allow undigested food material to seep into the bloodstream. This can lead to allergic reactions, since food substances in their undigested form are seen as foreign by the immune system. The Homeostatic Soil-based Microorganisms (HSM's) in Formula SBX support the healing of the intestinal tract through the production of short chain fatty acids that help balance the pH of the intestinal tract and thereby create an environment in which tissue repair can take place. (SBX is available in our store on this site.)
The Smooth Operator product is exceptional at soothing intestinal health.
Support the Immune System
The immune system of CRC sufferers will in many cases require bolstering; since the chronic demands placed on it by Candida-produced chemicals (mycotoxins) can strain immune functions. The HSM's in Formula SBX have been shown in laboratory tests to stimulate the human body's production of an important immune compound, alpha-interferon, and to stimulate an increase in antibody production. The Chinese herbs added to the formula amplify this effect.
The support provided by immune toning herbs astragalus, Siberian ginseng, lomatium and echinacea can ease the strain on the immune system by specifically reducing histamine-type allergic reactions to foods and inhalant/contact allergens.
Another crucial element of a complete immune supporting program is essential fatty acid (EFA) supplementation. DHA and EPA fatty acids are particularly important. Look for pure, low temperature processed fish oil or algae sourced supplements.
SBX with Soil Based Micro-Organisms and Astragalus Deep Immune Tonic are available available in our store on this site.
Strengthen Digestive Functions
Because CRC can lead to the build-up of fecal matter, digestive organ stress, and friendly bacteria deficiencies, nutrient absorption in individuals with this condition is often low. This can contribute to immune suppression, slow healing, mood challenges, low energy and a weakening of general health.
In addition to closely following a nutrient dense, alkalizing, fiber-rich, and easy to digest diet, some supplements like probiotics, herbal bitters and digestive enzymes support better digestion. Probiotic supplements repopulate the intestines with beneficial bacteria; of key importance in digestion and immunity as discussed above. Herbal bitters stimulate the digestive organs to produce more secretions and to work more efficiently. Digestive enzymes do some of the work for the digestive system by assisting with the breakdown of food in the stomach.
Detoxify the Eliminative Organs
During anti-fungal treatment, the liver, lymph, and kidneys can become strained due to extra detoxification duties imposed by the mycotoxins released by dying yeast. In some cases, these tissues may also have yeast colonies growing in them. Saint Francis Herb Farms makes an excellent liver tonic called Hepato and it's available through the WholeApproach online store. The use of Daily Detox tea (also available at the Whole Approach store) is another useful support to the cleansing process.
Kidney supporting herbs include uva ursi, parsley, buchu and yarrow. Echinacea and red clover can aid the movement of stagnant lymphatic wastes. Many folks with CRC have some toxicity and liver/kidney congestion. When detoxifying herbs are introduced, it is wise to start with very small dosages - perhaps even in a gentle tea form. Stimulating too much detoxification at once can lead to healing crises.
Note also that if CRC has been present long or virulently enough, the adrenal glands and other endocrine glands may need specific intervention in order to rejuvenate them. Again, this task requires the help of a competent professional.
General Information About Supplements
Before deciding upon a particular brand of supplement, try to research as much as possible about its manufacture. What is the quality of the raw materials used? How carefully are they processed? Alternately, you could seek out a natural products retailer whom you trust and rely on their guidance regarding different brands of supplements.
If you don't feel your retailer is competent and able to provide you with unbiased, detailed reasons for their brand choices, you may want to ask your health care provider for help. However, consider that many practitioners sell more expensive (but not always better), "professional" product lines and may not know what is available in the stores.
If you have multiple allergies, you'll want to remain aware of how you are responding to your supplements. If you have a tendency to develop new allergies, then you will want to consider rotating your supplements or at least reducing your chances of developing an allergy to them by taking them every other day. You can use a health journal to track your responses to new supplements and to stay aware of your continued response to them. In general, it is a good idea to take a break from supplement use once in a while. I recommend that even healthy people take a break from all supplements for one day each week.
When to take Supplements
Take vitamins and minerals with food. Calcium and/or magnesium can be taken with meals EXCEPT if you have low stomach acid, because they can buffer acid. If that is the case, take these minerals at bedtime; they can also be taken on their own before bed as a sleep aid.
Most herbs should be taken between meals unless they are known to create a strain on the stomach. Oregano oil, olive leaf extract and garlic capsules are examples of these.
The super absorptive Whole Approach Candida purge drink must be taken separately from all supplements and medications by at least two hours so that the supplements can be absorbed without interference from the psyllium gel.
The following products mentioned in this article are available in the WholeApproach online store:
Dr. Ron's Ultra-Pure Buffered Vitamin C
St. Francis Herb Farm Deep Immune Combo
St Francis Canadian Bitters
Daily Detox Teas
St Francis Hepato liver support
Always consult with your health care practitioner before using any natural remedies. You may consider consulting with a health care professional that specializes in CRC recovery. Some naturopathic doctors and some medical doctors specialize in this area and can provide guidance for you throughout your CRC recovery program. To find an appropriate practitioner more likely to be well versed in candida related issues, look for MD's who practice functional medicine orthomolecular medicine, or environmental medicine or find a naturopathic physician who has a related special interest. In addition, a practitioner who utilizes electro-dermal screening (EDS) technology can assess your organ stress, allergies, and your compatibility with specific supplements.