Eradicating candida, an opportunistic organism that is a pathogenic yeast, involves one of the most controversial methods of elimination – with the two top methods following complete opposite protocols.

“The more you let it go the more toxic it becomes over time,” says Christa Orecchio, CHN and author of The Whole Journey 180 Delicious Ways To Use Food As Medicine.

As a pathogenic yeast it can only establish itself growing prolifically out of control when the gut microbiome is not in a symbiotic relationship, pathogenic microbes are abounding with the result of Intestinal Permeability which causes other issues and symptoms affecting each person in the weakest link of their genetic chain: depression, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, autism, bipolar disorder or even an auto-immune disease.

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Compounds released by candida are as toxic as nail polish remover. Dr. McBride says it is acetone. McBride is the forerunner on repairing the microbiome and reversing auto-immune disease.

Alcohol, caffeine, aspirin and birth control pills thin the mucosal lining in the gut. Over consumption of sugar and grains feeds candida. Typical candida symptoms are continual sugar cravings, toenail fungus, jock itch, brain fog, yeast infections, bloating, constipation, rash on the skin, depression, anxiety and B vitamin deficiencies.

“Candida needs sugar to thrive and it feeds off of fermentation,” Orecchio says.

Doing a spit test is an easy way to find if you have candida overgrowth. To do this eliminate dairy for 3 days before you begin testing for the spit test as it can give you a false negative result. To perform the spit test at home put a clear glass of water by your bedside at night. First thing in the morning after you wake up spit a dime-sized wad of saliva into the glass and observe. If it sinks to the bottom, you have candida, if it grows legs over time you have growing candida, if it floats on top you have normal candida. Do the spit test over the course of six days, along with testing your pH, through test strips like these, test your first and second urine of the morning and saliva looking for a window of between 7.25 and 7.45 registering on the strips. If the pH is very acidic or fluctuating up and down arrows point to candida. A pH of 7.0 is optimal. It is normal for the first urine to be more acidic and the second urine to be more balanced, this shows the body is functioning properly.

The controversy comes in controlling candida. Most all natural remedies say to starve candida through diet – eliminating sugars, grains and high carbs. Balancing the microbiome, in difficult cases, comes from removing heavy metals, and strengthening the immune system.

Orecchio recommends rotating candida eradicators every four days. 

Her rotation cycle cleanse includes food grade dietamaceous earth, which slices up the exoskeleton of parasites and worms so they can be eliminated, followed by bentanite clay to mop up the poisons and toxins, lots of water, insoluble and soluble fiber, such as soaked chia seeds in water. “If your channels of elimination are not open, if you are not regularly eliminating, having regular bowel movements, you get Herxeimer response, it’s going to be a lot worse. You have to make sure things are flowing.”

She adds rotating antifungals every four days will help subdue the overgrowth. Anifungals include pau-de-arco, an antifungal herb, made as a really strong tea (4 bags per cup) sipping with your meal. Continue this protocol if you continue with an auto-immune issue. After four days do oregano oil for 4 days in capsules like these, with meals. Then move onto grapefruit seed extract for four days to support the immune system and adrenals. Then progress to olive leaf extract for the next four days to eliminate other fungals and rebuild. This 16 day rotation should be repeated as needed with a minimum rotation of twice. Most of her patients rotate 3 or 4 cycles.

She adds to taking a Sacharomyces Boulardii, a yeast eating probiotic strain like this one, is key to resolving candida yeasts.

WebMD says, “Saccharomyces boulardii is also used for general digestion problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), Lyme disease, a bowel disorder called relapsing Clostridium difficile colitis, and bacterial overgrowth in short bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginal yeast infections, high cholesterol levels, hives, fever blisters, canker sores, and teen-age acne.”

The NIH says sacchoromyces boulardii is effective in treating H. pylori, yeast, bacterial overgrowth, diarrhea, intestinal disturbances and recovery form antibiotic use. They add, “No adverse effects were observed in any of the clinical trials.”

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Orecchio says rebuilding the system can be done with marshmallow root, slippery elm, turmeric with black pepper for inflammation, bone broths and okra. All the while making sure you are producing enough HCl and Pepsin for digestive enzymes. This can be done through supplementation like this one but Orecchio says she prefers a ginger pickle to stimulate HCl production.

The major conflict among doctors is in the protocol for elimination. The most prominent and respected doctor for healing Leaky Gut, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, neurologist and neurosurgeon who specializes in Intestinal Permeability through her GAPS protocol says many things contrary to Orecchio. Dr. Natasha heals intestinal pathogens by nourishing healthy bacteria strains within the gut while starving pathogenic strains. Her work is monumental, she is considered the pioneer in gut health. 

Dr. McBride’s finding show many recommendations made by Orecchio feed pathogens including okra, stevia, the ingredients in store bought almond milk, xylitol and baking powder. She says these ingredients should be avoided until the healing has takes place and the microbiome reestablished. 

The most powerful healing, she says, comes from home brewed lactobacillus and acidophilus. The easiest and least expensive way to do this is through kraut juice and home brewed yogurt.

Dr. Natasha recommends eliminating all sugars, except small amounts of local honey if needed and following a non-starch, non-grain healing protocol that includes a specific probiotic plan. Click here to read more.

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.

“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.



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