How I Healed

As a survivor, what did I do to heal? I became empowered in my own health, and I would suggest that you become empowered in your own health too. I did research on the internet, I spoke to many Holistic Doctors, found other Candida Survivors to find out what worked for them, and networked extensively to find out what was working for people and what wasn’t.

There is not a universally agreed upon treatment plan, so you will need to be your own judge of what works best for you. We are all different physiologically in our history, the cause of our health condition, and how we respond to treatments.

I used different methods to heal from Candida, and many were helpful and effective. I am listing below what I found to be helpful for me.

Candida Diet and Nutrition

I did a basic Candida diet while undergoing treatment. I eliminated sugar, all white carbohydrates (white flour, pasta, bread), and alcohol. I also eliminated fruit for a period of time, until my body was able to handle it again. I adjusted my diet to ensure I was consuming adequate protein. I eliminated all junk food, and soda pop, and all processed foods. I started eating healthy foods. I stopped going to the regular grocery store, and I began shopping at health food stores, began to eat organic meats, fruits and vegetables. I also learned how to begin juicing, an ever so popular means of increasing nutrition. I learned about the importance of nutrition and how it helps the body to heal, and began training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Candida Elimination with 10-Undecenoic Acid, an all natural treatment derived from the Castor Bean

It took me a long time to find this particular treatment. I finally found 10-Undecenoic Acid, (also known as Undecenoic Acid or Undecylenic Acid) which is derived from the Castor Bean. It is an all natural treatment. In it’s pure form, it is highly effective. This virtually eliminated Candida from my body, and then I was able to rebuild my immune system by taking probiotics. I found that the probiotics were much more effective once the Candida was cleared out of my body. The best way to explain this is that it was like raking the leaves off of the grass before planting the new seedlings. Once I cleared the Candida out of my system, the Probiotics were able to be more effective at rebuilding my immune system. This treatment was the most effective treatment that I found for my own healing. I did this in conjunction with the diet change and also the daily use of sauna, which eliminated the toxins from my body while I was healing. I cannot tell you how important the use of sauna was in my healing.

Prior to finding this treatment, a massage therapist told me a story about her own healing many years before while using a castor oil pack.  She was pregnant, and had a lot of fibroid tumours.  Her Doctors told her that she wasn't going to be able to have her baby.  She went home and put on a castor oil pack for 2 weeks straight, round the clock, and  it eliminated all of her fibroids.  I asked if she had the baby.  Oh yes, she told me.  She is 19.  A castor oil pack is an old remedy, one that our grandmothers used, and how lucky she was to find it. 

Undecenoic acid is a capsule that is used internally, and is derived from the castor bean.

Detoxification

Oh, the importance of using a hot dry sauna. Eliminating Candida increased the toxicity of my body while I was healing so I learned how to detoxify. I spent 20 minutes in the sauna every day and then got out and would take a cold shower. This gets the toxins out of your tissue and drops them into your lymphatic system. Very effective! After the sauna heat, I would let the cold water run right on my head and my brain fog and depression symptoms would clear up quickly. I also did a hot bath several times a week with 2 cups of Sea Salt, 2 cups of Epsom Salt, and 1 cup of aluminum free baking soda. I would stay in for at least 20 minutes for detox of your largest organ-your skin. I also used Trace Minerals to keep my bowels moving, and sometimes I would use a Vitamin C Buffered Ascorbate Powder. If I wasn’t going to the bathroom, my body would build up toxicity, and I would get sick. Learning to detoxify my body properly was of utmost importance.

Probiotics

I took probiotics, known as "pro life" as opposed to antibiotics, which are "anti-life".   Probiotics are found naturally in breast milk, by the way.  Probiotics are the good bacteria, and you can rebuild your immune system by replenishing what has been lost in your body through the use of antibiotics, steroids, antibiotics, and other stresses.  Probiotics are all natural, and are found in yogurt, and are even being seen now as an additive in baby food.  I needed more probiotics than that to rebuild my system, as do most people who suffer from Candida.  Probiotics do not require a prescription, and are available in dosages that are much higher than aree available in yogurt or baby food.

Emotional

My experience taught me that there is an emotional component to Candida, and I have since learned through many Holistic Doctors that this is also very common with disease.  Many people who have suffered a trauma also experience issues with yeast/Candida, as well as other diseases.  I found support by seeking therapy with a trained therapist to aid me in my healing.  Healing from the inside is as important as healing the physical body.  I learned that forgiveness is a key to healing.  Letting go of our painful past, and forgiving others and forgiving self are very important in the healing process.  Holding onto negative emotions only gives energy to someone or something else, and we need that energy to heal ourselves.  There are many books, CD's and DVD's available on this topic.

Exercise

I hired a personal trainer, jumped on a rebounder (mini-trampoline), and used my Elliptical Machine Daily. Exercise does help the body heal. I found this to be very helpful to my healing process, and pushed myself to do so, even on days when I was so fatigued I could barely move.

 

Alkalinity

I tested my alkalinity. I purchased some PH strips from the local health food store. It should be around 7, and I was much lower, so my body was very acidic. Acidity is a nice home for Candida and other bad bacteria, and cancer. I needed to raise my alkalinity. Once a week, I get hooked up to an IV with sodium bicarbonate and vitamin C. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) raised my alkalinity, killed anaerobic bacteria (yeast), and the vitamin C helped support my immune system. I had to be very well checked out by the doctor first, before he could approve this treatment. I also read The PH Miracle, to learn more about the theory of alkalinity, and other methods of raising alkalinity in the body.

Oxygenation

I found a hyperbaric chamber, a pressurized oxygen chamber, which is effective at building the immune system. I did it twice a week for an hour each time.

Ozone

I found a Holistic Dentist that was able to treat my dental infections with Ozonated Water and Ozone Injections. Since I could no longer handle antibiotics, I found this to be an effective way to eliminate tooth infections while I worked to rebuild my immune system so I could help my body to heal naturally once again. I learned that there are other Holistic Doctors that do Ozone treatments to eliminate other infections in the body as well.

Holistic Doctors

After many years of seeing the wrong doctors, I found Holistic Medicine to be the only source of real help for assistance with Candida. I personally found assistance through Integrative Medicine, and I found a practitioner at The Institute for Functional Medicine, by searching locally by zip code. I called around until I found a Holistic Doctor that clearly understood and knew how to treat Candida.

I also found some assistance through a Chiropractor, and learned that many Chiropractors are aware of and can help treat for Candida. I also learned the great importance of nutrition, and changed my lifestyle and began to eat more nutritious foods, that did not aggravate the Candida condition. I sought assistance for nutritional support in many ways, and then began my training in Integrative Nutrition. I eliminated sugar, all white carbohydrates like flour, pasta, bread, and alcohol from my diet, while undergoing treatment. I also had to eliminate fruit for a period of time.

I wanted to see if I could get my diagnosis confirmed, as many people do. Some Holistic Doctors know how to scientifically analyze the bacteria in your gut to see the bacterial balance, or imbalance. As far as testing is concerned, I was able to get my Candida condition confirmed, but I learned that many people are not able to do so. While blood work did not confirm the diagnosis, the stool test did. I was confirmed to have dysbiosis, an imbalance of Candida in my body. I found that testing for Candida is an area of great confusion, and I was told by many Doctors that testing for this condition is not reliable. I learned that there are 100’s of types of Candida species, and not all labs test for all species. Also, I was told that since Candida is sticky, it tends to stick to the intestines, and therefore test results are not reliable. I found the Candida Questionnaire that I put up on this site to be most helpful in identifying symptoms and whether I was a candidate for this condition, and it was easy to confirm the diagnosis when the treatments I used healed me.