I have been seeing an integrative healthcare practitioner who has been helping me with a systemic candida infection.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have been seeing an integrative healthcare practitioner who has been helping me with a systemic candida infection. It’s been 6 months and I don’t feel any different. What natural medicines do you suggest to try?” — Ines M., Cape Coral, FL
A. Dear Ines, Candida albicans (more often referred to as simply candida) is a naturally occurring type of yeast that lives in your body. It generally doesn’t cause trouble unless it starts to grow and spread out of control. While your body has systems in place to keep Candida in check, they can get out of balance, thus allowing a window of opportunity for Candida to spread like wildfire.
Diet is an extremely important factor when it comes to candida. I recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan or healthy fats webinar for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to the dietary recommendations, I think you should also consider adding concentrated essential plant oils like ravintsara, thyme, myrtle, and bay laurel. All of these oils are very good at killing off the excessive yeast that is causing you problems. I recommend taking 200 mg total of these four essential oils twice daily. Once you no longer have yeast issues, you can reduce your dose to once daily.
I would also recommend cinnamon, thyme, clove, and oregano oils—some of nature’s most powerful ingredients—to help further boost the body’s natural defenses against candida. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils three times daily.
Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity, and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
For additional support, I would also take 200 mg of a clinically-studied propolis per day. Propolis has been shown in scientific studies to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral benefits. I would continue with 100 mg per day for maintenance after symptoms have resolved.
Terry . . . Naturally