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Originally posted by Schkeptick
I'm not terribly pro-doctor as I had so many bad ones before I was diagnosed (Celiac), but you could be doing real damage to your body.
8 years of medical school STILL trumps 15 hours of internet research. Please get offline and look for a better doc. I know they are out there.
PLEASE find a real doctor you trust, who will help you with these things.
Originally posted by margaretr
I have waged a battle for 3 years against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, without medical help.
I realised that I had candida overgrowth when I was detoxing and had a herxheimers reaction which revealed the symptoms of -
vaginal thrush, cystitis, and sinusisis - all at the same time!
When candida has migrated beyond the gut it is a hard battle to kill it.
I did a rigourous diet for 4 months, then slowly have eased some foods back into my diet.
At no time did I reduce or eliminate salt. (Himalayan)
It has to be a three pronged attack - starve - kill - 'outnumber'
1- starve the little blighters!
The diet eliminated all sucrose, glucose, lactose, fructose, yeast, funghi.
That is drastic when you consider the implications -
eg....no milk, no fruit, no (yeast) bread, no alcohol, no cheese(other than cottage cheese), severely limiting carbohydrates(especially no carrots).
At the same time as I was starving the candida(as above), I was using herbal fungicides -
Wild Oregano oil, Goldenseal, coconut oil, and intermittant use of Lugols iodine.
3 - 'outnumber'
Copious amounts of live yogurt (unsweetened of course)
I survived on a diet of meat, fish, olive oil, (limited)butter, green veg. I still avoid all sucrose, fructose, and limit lactose and carbohydrates.
It has been the hardest medical challenge I ever faced, but I am now feeling the benefits of my perseverance.
Doctor's knowledge about candida appears limited to treatment of thrush, and involves pharmacutical fungicides to attack it just at the site of the symptoms.
I didn't have symptoms until I detoxed and the 'die-off' of candida released its toxins.
It takes a 'whole body' approach to get rid.