I have candida also. I haven't even started treating that yet with all my other issues.
Everyone has Candida, it is a natural part of the body. Here is a post with more details about this:
And a few other related posts of interest:
Iodine is only an issue in high doses with Hashimoto's.
So here is something I'm confused about. My sister sent me an article (not really a well-researched one) linking autoimmune disease with Candida infection. The idea was that if you have Candida in your body, then the immune system tries to attack it but can't do so easily since the Candida hides by morphing into a new life form. Therefore, the body goes into a state of autoimmunity, trying to attack Candida unsuccessfully. The article gets into Candida morphing into bacteria and viruses (L-forms theories), which just doesn't make sense with what I understand from biology. This info was given out in her MLM essential oil company (Do-Terra) which she is a distributor for. Be Young oils also has a protocol to eradicate Candida by ingesting various oil blends for a number of months.
What do you think of this theory?
Actually it is only a hypothesis. But there is a very serious flaw in this hypothesis and that is the fact that EVERYONE has Candida. Candida is a normal part of the body just as some pathogenic bacteria like staphylococcus species are.
I know this is confusing so to clear this up Candida is a microbe. Candidiasis is overgrowth of Candida.
And if it were true, how would I know if Candida is an issue since I have no apparent infections?
Candidiasis can manifest as vaginal yeast infections, thrush, excessive intestinal bloating, etc. These are some of the better indicators since many off the symptoms frequently associated with Candidiasis on many websites either have nothing to do with Candida overgrowth or can also be attributed to a number of other things.
If we all have Candida in our body, then wouldn't we all have autoimmune diseases, if that theory is correct?
And if Candida is normal in the body, and we just need to keep it in the benign yeast form with proper bacterial flora, then what's the point of using the oils for this reason to eradicate something that's not necessary to be eradicated?
I agree, it makes no sense. But I have never been a fan of simply trying to kill Candida to treat Candidiasis. All you need is one Candida cell remaining for it to grow back, and again it is a normal part of the body. So it is never going to be completely eradicated from the body. So the proper way to deal with it is to keep it under control, which is the role of the flora. It is like if you have a nail in your foot. Taking pain killers can help you forget about the fact the nail is still in the foot, but it is not going to take care of the problem. In fact it will lead to more problems just like not addressing the cause of the Candida overgrowth. Intestinal Candidiasis is indicative of a lack of flora leading to an over alkaline pH the Candida thrives in. For those who do not want to believe this then ask yourself this: Why is it that some people can eat sugary foods all day and still not have Candidiasis, yet some people on strict Candida diets and taking antifungals are still battling the overgrowth after years. One poster here on CZ a while back was going on and on about how I was wrong yet she said she is still battling her Candida overgrowth after 15 years! So obviously diet is the not the cause of Candidiasis. It can contribute to the growth if the terrain is allowing the Candida to overgrow in the first place.
Thanks. I gave up gluten over a year ago. About once a week or every two weeks we'll go out to eat and I'll eat it but that's it. HV- Should I keep gluten out completely during this time?
I've been working on my adrenals for awhile as well.
If you have a sensitivity to specific glutens then you should avoid those. Otherwise I would not worry about it. But speaking of worry, stress weakens the adrenals and you are stressing over your antibody levels for one. The fact that the levels are going down is a good sign that the infection is likely gone. So don't stress over this.
I have Hashimoto's and have a staph infection as well as chlamydia pneumonia. I've been taking the pau d arco/chaparral/andrographis mix for 9 months. I also took the horseradish/thyme/chaparral mix with eucalyptus oil for 14 days the first round and a month later for 12 days. In the past 4 months, however, my antibodies have only gone down by 110 for my thyroglobulin and 100 for my thyroid peroxidase antibodies. I'm now at 1736 for the first and 313 for the second. I am disappointed, as I thought that given that amount of time (9 months) they would be nearly gone. What else can help me get rid of these infections so my antibodies go down?
Antibodies to a pathogen still remain for quite a while after an infection is completely gone, and they gradually decline over time. The fact that your levels are dropping is a good sign that the infection is likely gone.
I've been working on my adrenals for the same amount of time and am down to 1 mg of HC. How quickly should I expect the antibodies to go down?
There is no specific time since each person's system is different and there are various factors governing the immune system such as the adrenal dysfunction from the long term use of the hydrocortisone. And subsequent exposure to the same or similar pathogen can also stimulate antibody responses even without infection.
I don't have access to ozone. Should I double up the pau d arco mix or take a break from that and try something else?
Again the infection is most likely gone already and your antibody levels are naturally declining slowly as normal. Also keep in mind that some antibody levels can remain elevated throughout life despite successful treatment of some infections, such as IgG antibodies in Lyme's disease.
Should I continue to take the pau d' arco mix while the antibodies decrease if the infection is most likely gone? How long should I continue it for?
Ideally it would be best to simply stop it since it is likely the infection is gone and you do not want other pathogens building up a tolerance to the pau d' arco to where it will not be effective when you need it again.