I discovered this forum several weeks ago and I have found it extremely helpful. I have been fighting candida (I think) for many years and this is the most comprehensive source of information that I have come across. I have found the food information and recipes particularly valuable. I started the diet around Memorial Day and have been taking caprylic acid alternating with oregano oil because I had purchased it prior to discovering your forum.
However, I got some interesting test results today. I had taken the Genova Diagnostics Nutreval test in 2012 that showed an off-the-chart 54 for tartaric acid, a yeast/fungal dysbiosis marker. Bacterial dysbiosis numbers were not high. A Great Plains Lab Organic Acids test in 2013 also showed high tartaric acid at 27. Again bacterial markers fine. All lab tests typically show acidity and inflammation as well. Over the course of my history with this issue I have of course made changes to my diet, reducing sugar, alcohol and refined carbs, but never to the degree of your particular diet until a month ago, and I had been eating gluten and dairy, though not in large amounts. Last year I started having chronic heartburn and started wondering if it might be candida related. I was also under an extreme amount of stress for about 2 years. I decided to have another Nutreval test done to see how I was doing. I did the test before I started the WholeApproach diet. Today I found out my latest tartaric acid level was undetectable. I still have markers for inflammation.
I have taken the questionnaire a few times. The last 2 results were 80-something and 31. None of my symptoms are severe, and I wonder if some of them are from inflammation and not from candida at all.
So my question is this: how much credence should I give to this test result? Because according to that I don't have a candida problem anymore. I'm not going to run out and start gorging myself on gluten, dairy and sugar, but it would be nice not to be so restricted all the time, particularly when I don't have control over what is being served. And I wonder if I should be taking any antifungals at all.