What To Do

As a survivor, what did I do to heal?

First do a simple home test to see if there are signs that you have this problem. Then contact a holistic doctor. After many years of seeing the wrong doctors, I found integrative medicine to be the most qualified. Find a practitioner near you at The Institute for Functional Medicine. Once you find a doctor in Integrative Medicine, you won't need to run around from doctor to doctor anymore. You will find your answers here.  It would also be crucial to find an integrative nutritionist or food expert that specializes in Candida, in conjunction with a doctor to support your healing.  People suffering from Candida often need a lot of support, and sometimes intensive support. 

In addition to the Simple Candida Home Saliva Test below, you can have bloodwork and stool tests done. Integrative Medicine knows how to scientifically analyze the bacteria in your gut to see the bacterial balance, or imbalance. They can specifically tell you which good bacteria are lacking in your system, and provide recommendations for replenishment with the right probiotics, in other words, how to rebuild your immune system. For assistance, contact the Institute for Functional Medicine, and find a doctor in integrative medicine to help identify where the bacterial imbalances are in your immune system.

Simple Candida Home Test

Saliva Candida Test

Here is simple home test you can do when you awake in the morning. We don't know the source of this test but it's been around a long time and is thought to be quite reliable:

First thing in the morning, before you put anything into your mouth, work up some saliva and spit it into a clear glass of water.

Check the water every 15 minutes for up to one hour.

If you have a problem with yeast, you will see strings (like legs) coming down into the water from the saliva floating on the top. There may also by “cloudy” saliva that will sink to the bottom of the glass or cloudy specks that will seem to be suspended in the water. This probably means you have Candida.

If there are no strings and the saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you probably do not have a Candida problem.

If you think you may have a yeast problem, see my suggestions below.

TAKE PROBIOTICS

As a treatment I took probiotics, known as "pro life" as opposed to antibiotics, which are "anti-life". Probiotics are the good bacteria, and you can replace what you have lost and begin to rebuild your immune system as a starting point. I was careful to manage the die off reaction, as the problems gets worse before they get better when the yeast begins to "die off". Killing off (die off) of the yeast actually releases more toxins into your system. Google "yeast die off" to read about this reaction. You might want to do some research on Dr. Mercola's site, a well known online holistic doctor, and also on Web MD. As I have stated, holistic medicine is light years ahead as it relates to diagnostics and treatment of systemic candida.

You may also seek the help of your local health food store, as they know all about candida overgrowth. Ask to speak to their nutritionist. Save yourself time. Most conventional doctors don't know what this is or how to treat it. Google 'Systemic Candida' and read all about it and it's suggested treatments. There is a network on the internet of people who have suffered from this condition, and are selling products they believe in and are willing to help guide you. I call it the underground. In the absence of assistance from conventional medicine, people have found a way to survive.

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 and how we respond to treatments.

If you do find a doctor that you are comfortable with, ask that they test you for candida as well as other fungal infections which have the same effects as candida. It is hard to test for because it does not always show up in bloodwork, and because it clings to your intestines, a stool test may not truly indicate how much is in your system. You could therefore receive an erroneous test result. Many people self diagnose and self treat for this condition based on their symptoms because they cannot find doctors who know how

Here is my top ten list from my newly organized Systemic Candida Survivor Network, which I organized on meetup.com. This is a national network, the Candida Survivor Meetup Team. If you think you have this, or want to learn more, and you want help and support, please join us.

While I used all of the treatments below, it is extremely important to recognize that we are all different.  You need to be aware of your own body. The treatments below are some of the treatments that I found that worked for me. Your treatment will depend on how much yeast is in your system, and your body. Just be careful to not over do it. Your body will tell you if you are killing it off too quickly, so listen to it. You can slow it down or take a little break from treatment. Never take a break from the diet until your treatment is complete, though.

1. Probiotics: Build your Immune System. If you are not familiar with probiotics, search for it on Dr. Mercola's website, or WebMD. If you haven't heard of it yet, start asking around. Probiotics will build your immune system. I started with Threelac, a probiotic specifically designed to kill yeast, and it is extremely effective.This is an aggressive supplement, so please be careful. It is best to be guided through this process. There is a similar product called Symbion for Life, and there are many different types of probiotics that can be effective against yeast.  Acidophilus, and Bifido are two common probiotics that are used as well.  Many people drink Kefir, which can be found at your local health food store, which contains multiple strains of probiotics.

Make sure you read about yeast "die off" which is what happens when the yeast begin to die so that you understand what to expect. If you do this on your own, be careful. Follow the instructions closely, and start out with small doses and build gradually. I was so sick I couldn't move when I started taking Threelac, and I was back on my feet in 10 days, and continued treatment with Threelac. It will make the condition worsen while you are taking it, and there are many symptoms to be aware of including dizziness, fatigue, brain fog, essentially everything worsens before it gets better. I am simply alerting you as to what to expect. There are plenty of sites to read about this. Make sure you understand this fully before embarking on a treatment.

You should take both the probiotics and a digestive enzyme, which can also be purchased on line or found at a local health food store. . Get the process going with these first!

In some people, this process can cause constipation. This needs to be alleviated immediately so that the toxins can leave your body properly. You can try Psyllium capsules, and also magnesium capsules to alleviate this discomfort. It is critical for your healing to make sure your body is releasing these toxins. If you begin to feel extremely fatigued and brain fogged, make sure you are tending to this part of the clearing process. You will be surprised how quickly you will feel better.

2. Candida Diet.  The Candida Diet is an unfortunate necessity. I have the candida diet, which was approved by the copyright holder for our use. It is posted on another page on this website for your convenience. You need to be on the diet to stop feeding the yeast what it craves: sugar, white carbs and alcohol, the three biggies. Since you are killing yeast with probiotics, if you slip from the diet, you will be killing yeast and feeding it at the same time.

3. Alkalinity.Get some PH strips from the Health Food store, and check your alkalinity. It should be around 7. You are probably not around 7, you are probably much lower. Acidity is a nice home for candida and other bad bacteria, and cancer. You probably need to raise your alkalinity. Once a week, I get hooked up to an IV with sodium bicarbonate and vitamin C. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) raises your alkalinity, kills anaerobic bacteria (yeast), and the vitamin C improves your immune system. I found the sodium bicarbonate drip through a doctor in integrative medicine, so check with The Institute for Functional Medicine for a practitioner near you.  You will have to be checked out by the doctor first, before they will approve this treatment. Also, you can read The PH Miracle by Dr. Young, and consider using Phour Salts, which raises your PH, if you cannot afford or do not have access to the IV drips.  Organic Baking Soda can be used as an alternative to Phour Salts.

4. Oxygenation. If you can, find a hyperbaric chamber, an oxygen chamber, which also is effective in killing anaerobic bacteria, yeast. Use it twice a week for an hour each time. Anaerobic just means it will die in the presence of oxygen. These are expensive to purchase, but if you find one locally, it can be rented by the hour.

5. Protien:  Strengthen Immune System. Drink protein shakes twice a day to build your immune system. Protein Mix can be obtained at a local health food store.

6. Exercise (another form of oxygenation).  I hired a trainer to take off some of the weight I gained, but once I started candida treatment, most of the weight just started falling off of me. I have lost 40 lbs. I started losing weight like mad. I would wake up in the morning and I would be smaller in size. It was bizarre! The swelling went down and I would shrink in size overnight. Oxygenation kills yeast. It cannot live in the presence of oxygen. Exercise does help this process. If you are able, get up and move.

7. Nutrition. Find an integrative nutritionist.   Get compounded vitamins based on your bloodwork, or take a good daily vitamin. Candida eats your nutrition, so you need the extra help. Take fish oil. Also, get a Vitamin C Buffered Ascorbate Powder: You need to drink it in 4 ounces of water every 15 minutes until your system runs clear the first time you use it. This will build your immune system and flush your system of toxins. If your body has extreme brain fog and fatigue, it is from the build up of toxins from killing the yeast, so you clean them out with a Vitamin C flush, and a visit to the sauna, next step. Make sure you obtain information on the proper procedures for using a Vitamin C  Buffered Ascorbate Powder. They can be found online.

8. Detox at the health club. I spend an hour in the sauna three times a week, and every 15 minutes I get out and take a cold shower. This gets the toxins out of your system and drops them into your lymphatic system. Very effective! After the sauna heat, make sure you run your head under cold water and your brain fog will clear up quickly. Everyone is different, so start out with a 30 minute sauna, with 10 minute cold shower rotations, and build up from there. Our European counterparts spend more time in the sauna than we do. Check with your Doctor about what amount of time is right for you.

9. Hot Bath Detox with 2 cups of Sea Salt, 2 cups of Epsom Salt, and 1 cup of Organic Baking Soda. Stay in at least 20 minutes for detox of your largest organ-your skin. Dunk your head under water. The salt will help to pull the toxins out of your head.

10. Ozone. If you are having dental problems, find a holistic dentist. I found one that uses ozone treatments to eradicate the bacteria in your mouth, and oral cavity. There is no need for antibiotics. The ozone cleans it right out. It can also eradicate the bacteria causing tonsilitis, and eliminates the need for surgery altogether.

Systemic Candida takes a while to clean out of your system and is very difficult to eradicate. It depends on how deep the problem gets on a cellular level. My illness was severe. My doctors said it may take 4 months to 4 years to rebuild my immunity. The time to heal is a very individual experience.