|Dr. Crook’s 10 Steps
Before you can begin the diet, you must prepare yourself mentally, as well as physically. You must first understand that if you opt for this diet only, you should envision long-term, i.e. the lifestyle change. It is important that you know that you should give yourself at least 6 months, plus one month for every year you have had these yeast-related symptoms before you notice any significant changes. Let me use the example of a 25 year old that has had yeast-related symptoms for 5 years. She will need to observe this lifestyle change for 6 months, plus an additional 5 months before she will see, possibly feel back to normal.
1. Cleaning up!
It is suggested that you raid your cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer. You must then throw away all of the sugar, corn syrup, white breads, as well as any other white-flour products, sodas, kool-aid and juices, as well as your ready-to-eat cereals. You will also need to rid yourself of all hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, replacing them with unrefined oils, such as flaxseed, olive and coconut .
Further, you will also need to avoid yeasty foods and beverages, especially dried fruits, mushrooms, alcoholic beverages, all leavened breads, bagels, pastries, pretzels, pizza and rolls. Don’t worry, after a couple of weeks or so, you can slowly add them back, that is if you discover these foods don’t bother you.
You can, however replace these foods with more vegetables, especially the green ones, healthy oils, and some of the other grains like quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat.
2. Controlling Exposure to Chemicals
The chemicals we are speaking of in particular are tobacco smoke, perfumes, colognes, glues, carpet and fabric odors, paints, formaldehyde, insecticides, diesel fumes, as well as other traffic odors. I know, most of these are impossible to avoid, but you do control what takes place in your home. So with that in mind, you need to get rid off all of your cleaning products, especially if they contain the chemicals we discussed above, replacing them with products that are as close to natural as possible. In so doing, this will help to improve your symptoms, Lord-willing.
If at all possible, you should also do the same for the space in which you work.
If you don’t already do this, when making food, try to only cook enough for one meal at a time, so that you do not need to use aluminum, plastic wraps, plastic containers, styrofoam, etc. Do use/prepare for cooking stainless steel and/or glass, storing foods in glass. When you buy your food, choose organic.
3. Lifestyle Changes
These changes include fresh air, sunlight, exercise and rest. For those of you who have a gym in your home, this is good, but include walking and/or swimming. In fact, when you go to the store, park as far away as possible, moving your arms as you walk!
If you are the only one in your household with Candida, share this site with them, asking them to support you in this endeavor, by not bringing any of the foods, and/or products you need to avoid into the house.
* Prayer—a family who prays together, stays together
* Touch-a few hugs every now and then, or holding your hand, kisses, etc.
* Laughter when you feel like crying
5. Nutritional Supplements
A good regiment of vitamins, minerals and supplements is necessary, because in eating, we won’t get EVERYTHING we need. We will talk more about this later, but if you are one who takes vitamins regularly, make sure they are yeast-free, sugar-free and color-free, otherwise, choose:
* A good multivitamin with minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc, as well as antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and digestive enzymes.
* Essential fatty acids (EFAs) that include flaxseed oil or ground flaxseeds, Omega-3 fatty acids and Omegfa-6 fatty acids such as evening primrose oil, borage and black currant seed oils.
6. Non-prescription Anticandida Supplements
The above focused on getting rid of the negativity, and acidic aspect of Candida. Now we need to focus on things that help to control the overgrowth. In so doing, you will need:
* Probiotics, as a good probiotic will help move out the Candida in the digestive tract. The dose should be ¼ tsp. of powder or 1-2 capsules, one-to-four-times daily.
* Citrus seed extracts. These should come from grapefruit seed. These supplements are designed to remove the bad bacteria in the intestines. The dose should be 1-2 capsules or 2-6 drops of liquid in water, one-to-three times daily. FYI, some evidence says that this may be as effective as some prescription antifungals. Caution: You should not use citrus seed extracts if you are taking medication, so as to lower cholesterol or calcium channel blockers for hypertension, congestive heart failure or migraines. If this is doubtful, check with your doctor.
* Garlic. By eating lots of it, the intestinal flora is under control. If this is a bit much for you, you can try Kyolic deodorized capsules. The dose should be two 300-mg capsules two times a day with meals.
* Caprylic acid,a-fatty-acid derived from coconuts has been shown to kill fungus on contact. Dosage: 1-2 capsules with meals.
* Mathake, a tropical herb, meaning “furry white tongue” in Fijian—a major symptom of candidiasis. It is available as a tea or an extract.
* Tanalbit is effective against the harmful bacteria and fungi in the digestive system without attacking friendly organisms, and is able to help problems in the colon as well.
* Olive leaf extract, which has been shown in lab studies that this powerful antimicrobial can eliminate everything from bacteria to yeasts, fungi and molds. Dosage is 1-2 capsules three times day between meals.
7. Prescription Medicine
In the US there are oral prescription antifungals available, which are safe and effective, yet expensive, ranging from around $7 a pill for Diflucan and Sporanox and about $3.75 per pill for Nizoral about 56 cents a pill for Nystatin. No worries, most medical plans pay the cost it there is a vaginal yeast infection or oral thrush provided there is a diagnosis for it.
* Diflucan or fluconazole, is a systemic medication has been in use for almost 30 years. About 10 or 12 years ago it became licensed for the use of patients with severe immunosuppression like cancer and Aids. In the early 90s, doctors have also found it beneficial for recurring vaginitis, fatigue, as well as depression. Possible side effects: Changes in taste; dizziness; headache; nausea; stomach pain, or Severe allergic reactions such as rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; diarrhea; scaly, red skin over a large portion of the body; swollen or tender abdomen; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
* Sporanox or itraconazole is an antifungal drug for a variety of fungal infections in the past decade. Unfortunately there are side effects like diarrhea; gas; headache; nausea; runny nose; stomach pain or upset; vomiting, as well as the possibility of severe allergic reactions like rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; bloating; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; depression; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; loss of appetite; numbness or tingling of the hands or feet; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; pale stools; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent nausea; severe or persistent vomiting; shortness of breath; sudden weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; swollen or tender stomach; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or fatigue; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
* Nizoral or ketoconazole is an antifungal which has been available sine 1981, and is one of the earlier forms of the azole family of antifungal. This is the least expensive of the three mentioned thus far, with some rare side effects like Nausea; stomach pain or upset. There is the possibility of Severe allergic reactions such as rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; bloating; dark urine; decreased sexual ability; depression; irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; loss of appetite; numbness or tingling of the hands or feet; pale stools; severe or persistent nausea or stomach pain; swollen or tender abdomen; thoughts of suicide; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or fatigue; vision changes; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
* Nystatin has been in use for more than 40 years, and is listed as one of the safest medications according to the Physician’s Desk Reference. Because it is not water-soluble, nor absorbed into the bloodstream, it does not reach the candida in the respiratory tract or the deeper layers of the mucous membranes of the vagina or intestinal tract. Possible side effects of this drug may be diarrhea; mouth irritation; nausea; upset stomach; vomiting. Other possible side effects could be severe allergic reactions like rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
* Miconazole is a generic antifungal, and is the main ingredient is Monistat, the anti-yeast cream that is sold over the counter in the US. Please know that this cream is not effective against the candida organism, but is available in Europe, Australia and Canada under the brand name Daktarin, and is very affordable. If you opt for taking these medications, here is a way you can save money on your prescriptions.
8. Working With a Good Health Care Professional who is Kind and Considerate
Because everyone’s situation and diagnosis is/could be different, it is still advisable that you consult with your physician who is knowledgeable in this area and can monitor your medication. It is important that you find a physician who can empathize with your situation and strives to see you improve.
9. Tracking Down Hidden Food Sensitivities
If you find after having observed the first seven steps you are still experiencing some problems, it may be that you have/are sensitive to certain foods that you consume on a daily basis. Most potential food sensitivities are yeast, milk, wheat, corn, eggs, citrus and soy.
10. Faith, Courage, Persistence and Determination
These ingredients are a must in all treatment programs.