I had bad candida for over 8 years and I knew that it was serious and I had to do something about it when I couldn't go to toilet for seven days. My own symptoms were: constipation, irregular and infrequent bowel movement, bloating, psoriasis, eczma, extreme tiredness, jock itch, arrythmia, and low energy all the time, overweigtht, insomnia and I caught every bout of cold or flu that was in my area without fail because of a much weakened immune system. There are are over 20 possible symptoms of candida, and these symptoms will always vary between different candida sufferers.
From EarthClinic here is a description of my anti-candida protocols that also provides a link to the original protocol that I followed to cure my own candida. I also give a full description -- with dosages and links -- of the new anti-candida protocol that I would follow now(see below).
" Here is a link to a comment stream on EC where, in several detailed comments [as Bill from the Philippines], I completely describe what protocols, herbs and supplements I used to rid myself of candida. This was My Original Protocol:
Old Candida Protocol
When I used this old candida protocol I did not know what I know now -- 3 or 4 years later. My original remedy took a whole year to get rid of my candida, but Ted has said that you can get rid of it in for months. So, after much self-research on candida, here is the protocol I would use now:
To Improve your Body Terrain
*Take Ted's Lime/Lemon alkalizing remedies at least 2-3 times a day as recommended. These alkalizing remedies create the worst possible environment for the candida while simultaneously creating a healthy and oxygenated body terrain. Also take the BS (Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate) with water remedy on it's own one hour before bed - this will help you get a good nights sleep. If you have problems with this, then use Ted's Carbicarb remedy -- this is more balanced and incorporates potassium to balance any sodium issues. Potassium citrate or bicarbonate can be taken to more directly aid intracellular alkalization. Read about Ted's alkalizing formulas here.
*Take at least 2 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil(VCO) per day to help constipation and intestinal issues. VCO contains mainly medium chain saturated acids, very protective for the intestines, liver and blood. Contains lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid and myristic acid -- these act as anti-microbials helping to destroy the candida as well as protecting theintestines from any further external microbial invasion. See this link. I don't use vegetable oils anymore, I cook only with VCO now.
*Take herb supplements like Milk Thistle or Dandylion because the candida die-off(Herx reaction) will create a big strain on both your immune system and the liver which will have to clear the dead candida debris and toxins from your blood -- so you must protect and strengthen your liver during the protocol. Think of this simply as taking out the candida trash. This die-off will give you flu-like or liverish symptoms and perhaps some diarrhea. Accept this and work your way through it as it should disappear once your body and immune system gains overall control of the candida through the remedies.
*Detox and get rid of heavy metals from your body. Due to diet and if you've taken medicinal drugs for any length of time you will have an accumulation of heavy metals. This is a direct cause of acidity and therefore a direct cause of candida. To get rid of the heavy metals just drink green tea 2 or 3 times a day and eat Cilantro 3 times a week in salads. You can also use 10% Sodium Thiosulphate solution (bought cheaply at any aquatics shop) -- 6 drops in a glass of water every day to get rid of heavy metals, arsenic, cyanide and chlorine -- all reasons that cause candida. These will get rid of heavy metals over time and the dosage is 6 dros a day in a glass of water. Heavy metals create an ideal acidic environment for candida as well as for many other auto-immune and immune-deficient illnesses such as arthritis and cancer. Se this link for more details on ST.
Remedies that Directly Attack the Candida
*Drink 1/8 teaspoon of borax in a litre of water throughout the day. Take this for 4 days on then rest for 3 days. So, 4 days on, 3 days off with the Borax. I use 20 Mule team Borax which is fine, but you can also buy Boron supplements which are much more expensive and when you check the ingredients on the back of the Boron bottle, it will probably say that it contains Tetrasodium Borate -- better known as plain old borax. Borax is the ultimate anti-fungal, also good for bones and helps to balance the hormones as well as leeches out the fluoride from your body. Borax ups and helps rebalance your hormones, which is why you must rest for 3 days -- to avoid gland over-stimulation. Read about Borax here.
*Methylene Blue(MB). You can buy this at any aquatics or fish supply store. Used to get rid of fungal and bacterial infections on fish. Also used throughout the last century as a successful anti-malarial. Taking MB on its own will turn your urine green and the whites of your eyes blue, but if you take at least 1000 mgs Vitamin C with the MB, these side-effects will not occur. Dosage: Two drops of a 0. 1% solution of MB in a full glass of water once or twice a day. Do not take MB after 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon - it gives you alot of energy so you will not be able to sleep! ! (I learned this the hard way. . . LOL) MB is a deep acting anti-fungal that is able to penetrate the blood/brain and blood/bone barriers of the body. MB is also a marvellous mitochondrial super anti-oxidant for your brain -- gives you lots of energy. Read about MB here.
* Supplementing with at least 12. 5 mgs of 5% lugols iodine per day -- two drops a day in a glass of water(you can use more). Read about proper dosages of iodine from the Iodine Project Research(most current research) which are over 100 times the RDA recommended daily dose of 0. 125 mgs. Iodine will also help to balance your hormones and is also able to remove dangerous halogens like fluorine and bromine from your body. Iodine is, historically also a very effective candida killer. Read about Orian Truss, iodine and candida here.
*Hydrogen peroxide(food grade) -- I just drink a capful of 3% HP in one litre of water a day when I need it now. Sometimes I splash 3% HP all over my body, this kills everything bad topically as well as being absorbed quite well transdermally into my body by this method. Very potent against all forms of bacteria, viruses and fungus. See this link for more on HP.
Additional and Useful Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
* Vitamin C -- Taken in the more alkaline form of Sodium Ascorbate -- at least 1000 mgs twice a day. Vit C is an anti-oxidant and also chelates heavy metals as well.
* Magnesium -- Taken as Mag Chloride, Mag Citrate or Mag Gluconate. Dosage: 250 mgs twice a day. Magnesium is involved in over 300 major enzyme body processes in the body and also gets rid of any staph or strep bacteria quite well. Magnesium Chloride is the best form of magnesium in my opinion. See this link.
* Natural Sea Salt or Fulvic/Humic Acid -- Both of these will act in the same way as absorbtion synergists as well as help createÃ‚ a healthy intestine and help to supply other much needed minerals to your body.
Avoid the following -- all sugar and sugar foods, dairy, all polyunsaturated vegetable oils, aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, MSG, soft drinks, junk foods, fried foods, baked goods containing white flour, red meat and atibiotics. Use coconut oil to cook everything with and use only Stevia as a sweetener. Your diet should contain low amounts of white meat like chicken, turkey and fish with high amounts of vegetables. Rice is OK."
There are other methods of helping to get rid of candida, but I've taken a blanket approach -- I always assume, from my own experience with candida, that other problems caused by other resident bacteria, viruses etc will arise because of the candida and these also need to be addressed at the same time and so this are incorporated into the above protocol.
Ted from Bangkok will have many more remedies up his sleeve that will certainly work -- such as BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) and Azoxystrobin (agri fungicide), but these substances are hard to obtain and I've never used them so I can't really comment. But I have used(and still using) all the above recommended remedies now and I haven't been ill -- no colds, flu or any other problem -- for well over 3 years since I cured myself of candida and I'm over 60 y o now. I've tried to keep the candida remedy relatively simple yet potent. See this link for more descriptions from Ted on Candida.
Lastly, I notice and read alot about people with systemic candida who, when recommended a multi-protocol, tend to simply cherry-pick only parts of the protocol that are just easy and convenient. In my own opinion, candida is a horrible, insidious and pernicious disease that is hard to cure. Candida is far cleverer than viruses, bacteria etc, because it is so robust and tough, can adapt swiftly when under attack, and can hide in your body for years and then suddenly reappear when you least expect it like a cancer -- particularly Systemic Candida. My point here is that there is no simple, convenient and easy one-shot "magic bullet" cure-all pill for systemic candida because candida is not a trivial condition. It takes alot of will and effort to get rid if it, so you will have to adopt an attitude that is every bit as aggressive and dedicated as the candida inside you to succeed. "
Both the protocols follow Ted from Bangkok's remedies for candida. And I can attest that his methods work, because my own candida is now gone (and it's going to stay that way !!).
Worth a mention is that when my candida disappeared, all the symptoms mentioned above simply evaporated(many of my "symptoms" were yeast/fungal anyway). In my research on candida and its symptoms, I have noted that the medical profession openly regards psoriasis as both a pre-cancerous condition and incurable. But when I cured my candida, I can assure you that my psoriasis just completely disappeared altogether. And after 3 years of being free of candida, the psoriasis has never reappeared. Therefore I came to several conclusions about this. First, curing the candida was what cured my psoriasis, and second -- it is not psoriasis that is a pre-cancerous condition, but rather candida that is the pre-cancerous culprit and, perhaps, in certain cases, psoriasis is a definite warning sign that you have a candida infection. Therefore systemic candida is certainly not a trivial condition but is an extremely serious and dangerous condition for the body and can be quite difficult to cure.
Hi LBP...Much thanks for your comment. Interesting that you mention Chanca Piedra, this is one heck of a herb. When I took it for my candida, after about two weeks, I started to get hard pea-like or stone-like things being excreted in my faeces. I realized that I was dumping all my gallstones!! Chanca piedra isn't called "StoneBreaker" for nothing !! Another of its effects is that it clears kidney stones and can also cure Hepatitis B in 20 days. Very powerful herb.
I now live in the Philippines -- in the Tropics -- and all the herbs I use -- Chanca piedra, Heart Vine(Tinospora cordifolia), Neem and Tumeric now all grow in my garden, so I make my decoction pesonally from the freshest possible ingredients. Just one of the herbs -- Heart Vine -- I have used to successfully treat people with arthritis, gout, diabetes and candida. Apart from other effects, this herbal mixture will reduce inflammation, reduce pain, reduce blood pressure, reduce blood sugar and is a diuretic(kidney protective). Heart Vine is little known -- although it is an Indian Rasayana herb, a much revered and much respected herb in Ayurvedic medicine.
The way I take this herbal mix is measuring an amount equal to three fingers on the side of the glass. Then I add a little orange juice, add water and drink it. It's extremely bitter -- all the herbs rely on something called The Bitter Principle. I'm currently treating a friend of mine who has primary bone cancer(ribs) with metastased secondary melanoma and lymphoma. I've given this herbal mix to him mainly to ease the pain, but it should also lower his blood pressure, support his liver and kidneys and clean his blood and actually attack the cancer as well.
Anyone who doesn't believe in liver flushes really doesn't know what they are talking about. The liver is the chemical factory of the body, and if the liver is healthy then, generally, the immune system is also strong and healthy. All the Max Gerson Cancer Therapy consists of is treating the liver with vegetable juices, raw liver juice, coffee enemas and large amounts of potassium salts. So all he was really doing was alkalizing the cancer body at the cellular level and defending the liver.He had a documented success/cure rate of 50% for Stage 4 cancers and an 80% cure rate for all other stages of cancer. So his method was very effective. See this link.
Methylene Blue has been used for over 100 years against malaria and was also used by American Forces in Vietnam for this reason. MB is also a super mitochondrial anti-oxidant, and really boosts respiration performance at the cellular level -- ie gives you energy. I use it all the time if I am tired or if I have a stressful event coming up. It only takes 2 drops and it works a treat.
Hi jfc772...Thanks for the comment. Very interesting your protocol for candida, which is essentially the Budwig Diet which is used against cancer. And yeah, you're absolutely right, candida is horrible I'm right with you there.
My take on illness is that it is a continual battle against heavily chemically processed foods and drugs which we are all forced to eat and take. But make no mistake, I love going out, having a gathering, maybe drinking one over the top occasionally. When I have deviated I know exactly what to do -- normally I simply alakalize the next day. And once a month, for 7 days I take my fresh herbal mix as a safe and gentle detox. Other than that I have become very aware of my body, I know when I'm not right, not healthy, so I take steps to put myself back into that healthy zone. I do stuff like look at my faeces, is it too hard, too soft, the right colour etc. I look at my fingernails which can tell you alot and I often look at my tongue which can tell you all about your intestines and main organs. It's taken a few years, but this is worth learning.
Thanks for your post.
Hi jfc772....It took a whole year to cure myself of systemic candida and, really, I guess it's up to you when you feel well enough to quit a protocol. But even now, I still take maintenance doses of all that I recommend on a weekly or monthly basis. I do this because I really hated the way candida made me feel.So I never want candida in my body again.
I took a year to cure my own candida because I was a bit lax with my own diet which wasn't that bad -- I don't eat junk food, take much sugar or drink coke etc anyway, but I do like eating out and and having drinks with friends. So, I developed my own strategy of recovering my healthy zone the day after, say, I eat the wrong food or drink too much. This strategy is simply to mainly alkalize and mineralize like crazy the next day to get my body back into its correct healthy pH zone. Seems to work fairly well.
But with the new candida protocol that I have shown here, I reckon that you can cure systemic candida in about 4 months.
Hi slate01...Normally you would use Methylene Blue orally as described in my original post. Methylene blue will also stain you skin blue.
For all topical problems on the skin, I use an equal mix of 3% hydrogen peroxide + milk of magnesia(or Epsom Salts) and then just saturate this solution with borax crystals (20 Mule Team Borax ifine) until they no longer dissolve. I make small amounts -- a capful at a time to use and just dab it onto the skin using a cotton bud. This mix will kill all fungi, yeast, bacteria, parasites and viruses topically and is quite safe to use.
I just buy the Methylene Blue from Aquarium shops, this is good enough quality. After all, fish are very sensitive to heavy metals and toxic substances in their water(more sensitive than us), so this form of methylene blue has to be fairly pure otherwise nobody would use it for their fish.
Heart Vine(Tinospora cordifolia) is a tropical herb used by the Indian Ayurvedic natural medicine system. You might be able to find it on the internet or in a local Indian grocers or deli. Generally, heart vine is found in some Ayurvedic preparations such as Triphala, Chaywanprash etc. -- and Heart Vine is called "Guduchi" or "Giloy" in various Indian dialects.
Hello. Thanks for the info. Have you ever heard of the natural sweetner called Swerve? If so, is it comparable to Stevia? Thanks.
Swerve is made from erythritol, produced from corn. It is not as sweet as stevia or even sugar. But they are adding other ingredients that they are not divulging. Even on the label it states other natural flavors. This can pretty much anything, and playing hide and seek with ingredients like this can be dangerous. Other natural flavors can also include possible allergens that people need to be aware of.
Hi Fred...Thanks for your post.
Out of bacteria, viruses and fungi I fear fungal pathogens more than anything else because this type of pathogen is so highly adaptable and more intelligent than the others. Yes I do alkalize and take borax and lugol's iodine every week. I made up my mind to go the preventative route some years ago and as a result I haven't had flu/colds or been ill for over 5 years now. I did have two bouts of food poisoning during this period -- but that was my own stupid fault !!
The more recent research has identified mycoplasma -- a fungal form of cell wall defficient bacteria -- which seems to be involved in many diseases these days -- from arthritis and pneumonia to cancer. And more evidence keeps turning up that so-called immune diseases seem to have bacteria and other pathogens associated with these conditions.
My own belief -- for what its worth -- is that not only do we have pleomorphism within a species -- we also must except all the evidence that pleomorphism between species also must exist. This is why medical science is so clueless on auto-immune diseases -- because they follow only the precepts of The Germ Theory which effectively states, without exception that there can only be One Disease --> One Germ --> One Cure.
I myself much prefer The Terrain or Cellular Theory of Antoine Bechamp, which fully accepts pleomorphism and also because it makes far more sense than the Germ Theory.