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Candida Protocol

Sunday, April 17, 2011

One of my projects in support of the goal of getting my health back is to permanently rid myself of intestinal inflammation. There are two infections I know I need to tackle: Bartonella and Candida. In addition, I avoid foods that bother my intestines, foods I hope to be able to eat again once the infections are gone.

The plan for Bartonella is coiling and detoxing. It’s the same straightforward program I’m on for Lyme disease.

I have my own personal theory that many cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other hard-to-treat bowel problems, including many supposedly auto-immune disease, come from Bartonella. It seems that the bacteria don’t live inside the intestines, but outside, making a mess of the intestinal tissue while being hard to find. I also think that a lot of unexplained allergies (food and airborne) come from Bartonella’s effects on the intestines which happen to be one of the key players in the immune system.

I know I’m starting to see Lyme and the co-infections everywhere. But I believe it is a huge epidemic that hobbles some people and inconveniences others, while being extremely under-diagnosed.

Anyway, back to my plan for Candida. I sometimes think I had Candida overgrowth before I started the heavy-duty antibiotic regime. It could have been my diet, which heavily favored grains and sugars during my strictly vegetarian years. It could have been that my immune system was working at its uppermost limit keeping the Lyme and friends in check, so it didn’t have enough capacity to manage the Candida. It could be the earlier antibiotic use in my teens and early 20s for respiratory infections. I’m not so sure of the cause(s).

My program for Candida has four parts.

  1. A low sugar, low starch, low carbohydrate diet. That way I don’t create conditions for Candida to continue to grow out of control.
  2. Coil for Candida. I’m coiling every day because it reproduces quickly. Right now I’m focusing exclusively on my intestines. I’m up to 10 minutes per session, a number I worked my way up to, starting from 5 minutes. In time, I will add the rest of my body because once Candida escapes the intestines, it can colonize any body part. I’m sure that has happened to me.
  3. Take a probiotic that eats yeast. My doctor gave me 3 LAC when I was on antibiotics. It worked in preventing me from getting an out of control candida infection, especially when I paired it with saccharomyces boulardii. Later on, I read more about it as a way to get rid of candida infections. Since last Monday (April 11) I’ve been taking 2 packets a day. I took 1 packet a day for about 10 months before that. I’m considering trying 5LAC after a few months on 2 packets a day of 3LAC. Right now it’s a thought, not a plan.
  4. Drink kombucha to detoxify and reduce inflammation. Kombucha has a detoxifying effect, and it has been helpful to me in reducing intestinal inflammation. I’m not so sure whether these effects have been widely documented. I made this part of my program based on personal experience. Additionally, kombucha contains probiotics to help keep everything working right in my intestines. Right now, I drink 1 cup per day. Once I start brewing it myself, I might bump up to 2 cups a day. Since this is a detoxifying agent, I started consuming it slowly, 1/4 cup every other day, and worked my way up to what I drink now.

Why the special program for Candida? Isn’t coiling enough?

Maybe coiling is enough to get rid of Candida. I’m not sure. But, unlike the tick-borne illnesses, human bodies work symbiotically with Candida when it is part of a balanced intestinal ecosystem. We need certain bacteria and yeast for our bodies to function, especially to help digest our food. So I’m doing my best to support that through diet and probiotic supplements.

In contrast to the tick-borne illnesses, I don’t need to completely rid my body of Candida. So it’s okay with me if  some amount of it goes into a dormant form, isn’t killed by the coil machine and wakes up later. Now, however, I avoid anti-fungal drugs. Some of these drugs can push the tick-borne illnesses into cyst form. Plus, the side effects are monstrous.

Coiling

I’m back on track for sure. Tonight I coiled for the co-infections. I’m increasing the Bartonella by 15 seconds. I do this with slight trepidation because the Lyme Herx hasn’t really hit yet. I might get a double whammy tomorrow. But I think it’s time to increase the Bartonella treatment. I thought so before I went to my sister’s house.  I don’t need to procrastinate any longer.

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 4 minutes 30 seconds
  • Babesia, chest, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes

When I coiled for Babesia, my heart rate sped up and my chest felt tighter. I didn’t really need the magnesium citrate, but I took it anyway. As soon as that symptom stops happening as soon as I coil, I’ll know it’s time to increase the length of the Babesia treatments.

Detox

I’m getting back on track with the detox protocol, too. I’m re-forming the habits I so easily shed in just five days.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • skin brushing
  • BioMat/infrared heat (several hours, at levels 1-4 depending on how warm I wanted to be)
  • castor oil pack on liver

I’m now down to two homeopathic formulas: one for my liver and one for my kidneys. Those are the two organs that take the brunt of the detox damage. So I always try to be good to them.

The castor oil pack is pre-emptive. I want to give my liver some support since I don’t know what this next Herx will look like.

Body

I have hints that the Lyme Herx is starting. I’ve got floaters in my eyes. I’ve got a lump in my throat. I got tired and sleepy enough to take a nap this afternoon. I have hints of heart trouble masquerading as a very mild tightness in my chest. I had a pretty bad headache this morning which is starting to come back tonight. And my finger joints really hurt a lot today.

Beyond the fatigue, which kept me pretty immobile until well past noon, I’ve still got the usual joint and muscle pain and something going on in my back.

On the candida related front, I’ve got a few new minor breakouts, and some very stinky gas. I’m still craving sweets and grains.

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