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Rachel, here's your quote!

Thanks Carla!!

It was a perfect choice...I used "Guffawed" for my search. :lol:

Worked like a charm. :D

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They may be staring at me, but they won't know who I am. :lol:

:lol::lol:

I haven't had one single Banana today and my stomach hasn't been half as bloated/swollen. So far anyways. :) I actually read that Banana turns into this foam in the intestines..

Yay!

Somehow I totally missed page 1165. :ph34r: Rachel if it hadn't been for you quotes I would have never known. :)

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I had the ELISA testing as well....here I am....a person who is reactive to *everything*....and my test comes back almost totally clean. :huh:

I get an instant (not very nice looking) white coating on my tongue as soon as I eat anything very moldy...this is what happens with nuts.

Yucky :P

I had a 116 food ELISA test that only said yeast, tho I'd get a reaction from a big bunch more.

And like anyone w/ bad candida, I was highly affected by food-borne molds.

The smelling example was to highlight that I didn't even have to eat them.

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Rachel,

Are you going to be able to call this weekend or would next be better? Seems like forever since I talked to you. :)

Andrea....I'll see how my weekend goes but everythings kind of thrown off...I'll be coming back Saturday night....since my appt. is so early Sunday morning. I've been alot busier now that its warm out and the yard stuff is growing...still keeping up with that on the weekends. Sheeesh...you would think I would have called a gardener by now. :rolleyes:

I'm taking my first week vacation towards the end of the month. :)

It was actually suppossed to be the week after next but my friend from work asked me to switch weeks cuz of something going on with her daughter. So I have to wait a little longer now.

I only took one week last year....the week that I went into that sweet potato haze :ph34r: , lost 10 lbs...it was just a heinous week. It will be better this year. B)

That week I got sick was the week I went on digestive enzymes (for the last time)....plus I was eating large amounts of ripe fruit...including melons, plus alot of brown rice...and then of course....massive amounts of sweet potatoes. :rolleyes:

I think it was mainly the enzymes though.....once I started taking them I was reacting to everything worse than ever.....I dropped the 10 lbs. in like only 4 days. :huh:

When Anna tested me she said I couldnt take any plant based enzymes at all...she tested me for each one and said there wasnt any I could take cuz of the mold issue. I was reactive to all of them. :(

Maybe during my vacation I'll call the gardener out. :)

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:lol: for once I was helpful! ;)

Susan.....you know we need you around here for alot more than the word searches. :P

We need you for all the sunshiney brightness you bring to Rachelville....all the stories and all the laughs. All those things are helpful and healing to all of us. :)

We'll definately keep you around. :wub:

and the dingos too... B)

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rachel I bought some organic coffee at vons it is medium light roast in a bag. what kind is yours. I want to do it tonight. I havent gone pooh and I feel sick am turning yellow.

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rachel I bought some organic coffee at vons it is medium light roast in a bag. what kind is yours. I want to do it tonight. I havent gone pooh and I feel sick am turning yellow.

Mine is the same...organic medium light roast...."O Organics" brand. The white bag...its probably the same coffee as yours. Its Safeway brand coffee.

Make sure you make your coffee in something thats not teflon or aluminum.

Also make sure you let the coffee cool down enough....dont burn your butt. ;)

Good luck....hope it helps. Are you drinking lots of water?? Make sure you drink lots of water during all this amalgam removal. Very important to drink alot of water....I sometimes forget but it really is important for all of us.

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Susan.....you know we need you around here for alot more than the word searches. :P

We need you for all the sunshiney brightness you bring to Rachelville....all the stories and all the laughs. All those things are helpful and healing to all of us. :)

We'll definately keep you around. :wub:

and the dingos too... B)

I totally agree.

Rachel,

I'm glad you are taking some vacation time. I was wondering about that.

Don't worry about this weekend....we can talk later. :) I will definately be looking for your update on Sunday though. :D

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.....

But I *never* had a problem w/ almond butter. As long as it's vacuum-packed and refrigerated after opening, I think it's very safe for the mold-sensitive.

.....

I love almond butter and at one point where I just couldn't eat much and was losing a lot I think it helped keep some weight on me.

Yep, I can be Runny Spice, or BD Spice

or Moldy Spice, or Lymie Spice, or Bumble Spice, or Toxic Spice, or Metallic Spice... :P:lol:

Sorry, cracking myself up... :P

Not just yourself. :P:lol:

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rinne, bought some hymilayan salt at whole foods today. going to give it a try. bought some virgin coconut oil and safflower oil. see how those work. will only try one today though.

Can I be freddy mercury spice?

Start with just 1/4 teaspoon in a tall glass of water, some people do not tolerate salt so you want to make sure that you are okay with it before increasing to 1/2 teaspoon.

As for freddy mercury spice, yes. :lol::lol::lol:

Oh Andrea- I don't think it's you guys- I think it's her. I think you were born right when the world needed you all!

.......

Yes. :wub:

And besides, we are all strange here. :lol::lol::P

End of part one of post.....

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.......

OK- I'm scared :ph34r:What happens when you do a coffee enema and NOTHING happens? OMG how can this be...nothing nada niente :blink:

I think someone else will have to give me my Spice name. Any takers? :P

Ummm, coffee spice? :lol:

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Another completely different thing is that my husband just got a letter today telling him he got accepted to the Industrial Electrician/Wireman union apprentice program!! Yaay! Means better insurance and more money, besides the fact that it is fun work and he (we) has waited for this to happen for 3 years!!

Great news, congratulations. :)

Yah, yah...I'll be the one in THAT aisle wearing a black trench coat, fake mustache and sunglasses in the middle of summer.

:lol:

....Do you all ever feel like screaming, like a three year old, "it's not fair?!?!?" I'm actually envious of people who just go gluten free and they're good to go; gluten-free is a breeze compared to all this other stuff!

I am much too mature for that. :ph34r::P:lol:

Susan.....you know we need you around here for alot more than the word searches. :P

We need you for all the sunshiney brightness you bring to Rachelville....all the stories and all the laughs. All those things are helpful and healing to all of us. :)

We'll definately keep you around. :wub:

and the dingos too... B)

Definitely, very and most seriously so. :wub:

Now the only question is whether this post is a two parter or three. I'm just never sure how many emoticons are permitted. :lol:

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Is raw almond butter better than dry roasted almond butter?

I never had a problem w/ either but I like the flavor of the dry-roasted much more.

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Ummm, coffee spice? :lol:

Good one. :D:lol:

I am much too mature for that. :ph34r::P:lol:

:lol::lol:

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However, if Celiac is the cause and gluten (the trigger in Celiac) is removed....candida should be very easy to treat.

I don't think that's anywhere near true, unless maybe the celiac was caught way b4 massive damage occurred.

That'd be like saying a horribly sick celiac who doesn't have candida would be fine the day after they go gluten-free!

It's such an incredible over-simplification to act like a celiac who goes gluten-free doesn't still have immune system problems.

Or maybe I'm misinterpreting the "very easy to treat" part.

I swear I really don't want to get into a huge argument/discussion over this w/ u Rachel, but I do have a lot of problems w/ much of this long post.

I have to wonder if all those people on candida boards who never seem to get rid of it cheat on the diet as often and as drastically as u seem to. (Sorry if that's too harsh)

I'm not doubting your mercury & lyme, but when someone w/ candida cheats the diet and can't get rid of it, it really doesn't mean they have much grander problems. It just means they cheated the diet and fed the yeast, undoing much of the progress they'd made. And potentially making it even *harder* in the long run to eradicate.

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Mia

Good Idea on the sunflower seeds mia. I can't digest nuts and seeds by themselves, can you?

Nope not by themselves. For me I react to so many things i have learned that how I prepare things is key to how I react. SO I can;t just munch on seeds and I defnitly cannot rachel them but I can tolerate them in the way I described.

I also do use sunbutter- but I usualy cook with it. If I just eat it it does not sit right but when I bake with it I can tolerate it.

I can handle vegetables but never raw- only cooked I but most of them frozen- these work best for me. Things like brocerlli I can;t handle whole really but I puree it in a paste or chop it really fine and then I can handle it - this is what I mean about kind of learning ways to prepare things so my system will "except " them.

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Dear Carla,

I did not think that was right when someone had posted about apple cider vinegar being okay on the Candida Diet! I knew that had to be wrong! <_< I am glad you could confirm this. It really was something I was sure was not true! I go by Dr. Crook's protocol as well.

The Lactaid might be safe. I will ask here on the forum. I am pretty sure it is safe, but wanted to be certain. I do not eat anything unless I know for sure it is gluten-free! It is better to be safe than sorry! :)

The Teflon dangers are alarming. :unsure: My father said that is crap. I told him, I have been getting dizzy from the fumes coming from the one pan. He argues about everything. He thinks he is an expert on health, despite being a smoker and living on junk. He makes fun of me when I eat some candy, when he has bought a pie, a cake, and pastries in a single week! :lol:

I am sorry you got lost. :( I worry I am getting Alzheimer's, too. My grandmother has it, which makes it scarier. I am just out of it some of the time. It makes it difficult not to be concerned about it.

Dear Tom,

I appreciate you input on the Candida as well. I was pretty sure about most things, except for the vinegar and fresh spices. I am glad I could have those! Don't you just love baggies? I knew not a single book of the numerous ones I read while writing my paper ever said any form of vinegar was allowed. This confirmed my suspicions.

I actually felt worse trying to go without sugar. I have low blood sugar, though. I decided it is a good idea to move into this slowly. I do not want to shock my system. I cannot handle feeling any worse. Sugar really does have addictive properties. I do not think most people realize this. Isn't it scary?

Thank you for the Candida Web site. I bookmarked that puppy! :) I am sure it will really come in handy! In case I have multiple intolerances, it is good to have a back-up plan. This site will help a lot!

Dear Rinne,

Candida makes things difficult. Giving up sugar feels impossible. I know it can be done. I must make the effort. Not doing anything is the worst thing. You cannot complain about being unwell if you are not willing to try and get better.

I am glad the Salt/C is helping. It is very likely you still need it. I could see why you expected the symptoms to be from Menopause. Most women here do experience those symptoms. I read about Asians hardly ever having those issues, too. The dairy might have something to do with it. I would not be surprised.

Dear Bev,

How about we call you Farts Like Machine Gun Spice? :lol: However, Professor Spice is more flattering! I do not have a clue what Spice Girl name I could have. How about Parental Issues Spice, Mafia Spice, Sopranos Spice, or Silly Spice? :lol: There are so many possibilities!

Jin thinks talking in third person is fun, too. Jin has fun talking in third person with Bev, Carla, and Susie. Bev knows Jin is silly! Jin likes being silly! Jin is a comic! :P

Dear Susie,

I am here! I slept until late last night. Then, I watched a movie. It seems to take me forever these days to do anything. I am scared I am getting Alzheimer's like Carla said! It really does worry you!

Jin likes sunflower seeds, too! Pumpkin seeds are also good! It is difficult to find any natural anything around here unless you go to the healthfood store. We do at least have a new natural foods market now. That is an improvement.

Dear Rachel,

It is wonderful you love your new cookware! I was so glad to hear that your reactions are gone to the eggs! I love my new cookware, too! It is wonderful! You need some elbow grease to clean them, but it is better than ingesting tons of chemicals!

I do need to do the Candida Diet. I feel I should go into it slowly, though. I am going to just gradually reduce my sugar intake, then other things. I made a list of all of the things that need eliminated. As you said, baby steps!

I tried to go low-carb before. I ended up having major problems. My blood sugar is often low, even after I eat! :blink: This has been going on for years. Dad has hypoglycemia as well. I too, am very sensitive to mold. I always have been.

Thank you for the list of foods containing moldy stuff. That could help me decide if something is bothering me. I always seem to feel better with Chinese food. I wonder why. Soy sauce is fermented. I never even thought of the FOS. I better check my probiotic supplements.

I get very ill from blue cheese. I have not eaten yeast since before going gluten-free. I had to eat some gluten-free bread with it in the beginning, and had D and stomach cramps and reflux from it. Yeast is bad for me! I also had not been eating mushrooms. I only had some the other day in my pasta sauce. It was the first time in 9 months.

Dear Julie,

The nausea is definitely the worst part. Candida probably is causing some of it at least in me. I know the problems with Candida are often debilitating. It is so difficult to be sure. However, I may have Lyme as well. Babesia is also likely in the mix.

Yay on the Naturopath appointment! I think things will go well! We are all pulling for you here! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you! I am sure the others are as well!

Dear Andrea,

We are so glad you are a part of our family, too! :wub: I am glad you respect us as much as we respect you! It is rare you find such wonderful beings! No one else understands the way we do! Everyone is welcome here, and celebrated for who they are!

My family does not understand a lot of the time. Strangers definitely do not get it. Much of the time, they do not want to put forth the effort. I am sorry to hear about your mother being so difficult. I have to say, I really found Carla's approach amusing and helpful. That would teach Grandma to be considerate of the special dietary needs of her grandchildren. It would serve her right! :lol:

Dear Lisa,

I am sorry you are scared. I think you will be alright as long as your charcoal is working. Just make sure you do not overdo anything. Your system cannot take much right now. Be careful!

I like seeds as well. My teeth are having problems, though. That makes it tough to chew certain things. I hope my teeth can be saved. I am scared about my dental issues.

Freddy Mercury Spice it is! :) I have no idea which name is best for me. There are a lot of options here! Maybe someone else should pick mine! Do you have a suggestion?

You said you are turning juandiced. That is not normal! You must have something going on with your liver or gallbladder. Have you had a gallbladder scan or test of any kind? If not, you really must.

Dear Jenny,

Those stomach issues just get so tough. I am glad you have been improving some as of late. Maybe the trend will continue. Eating all of those bananas is probably not a good idea. They tend to constipate people. I do not tolerate bananas well, either. If you have sludge in your gallbladder though, that thing needs to come out! You cannot leave that in there like that!

It is such wonderful news about your husband getting that new position! This truly sounds like a heavenly gift! When does he start exactly? Do you know much about that? I bet you are all excited!

I know a place where you can get affordable cookware! I just got some myself! Wal-Mart has a nice set that is stainless steel. It makes the food taste better, too! The entire set is only $22.88! You get the Tramontina 7-piece cookware set of 2 saucepans, a dutch oven, and a skillet with lids for the first three for that price. Not bad, huh? Here is the link to see it http://www.walmart.com/search/browse-ng.do...0500.4294295894

I hope that helps!

Dear Mia,

Pumpkin seeds are good! I heard toasting them in the oven makes them so good! Someone said you can take them and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar and bake them and they will be delicious. I like sunflower seeds as well. The tricky part is separating them from the shell.

Dear Donna,

I am sorry to hear the D returned. How awful! You were doing better. Maybe that new medicine will help. Keep us posted!

Sincerely,

Jin

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Ok, I just finished getting caught up--I wasn't on much at all yesterday because Mark took the day off. It was a georgeous day and we finally got to Starbucks after the debacle on Sunday :D

I also picked up my Lundberg Farms Hot Cereal that had to be special ordered, and a bottle of Himalyan Pink Sea Salt from the nicest little health food store. OMG--love the salt!

So much I'd like to comment on, but my brain is foggy and I have an odd head prssure-lightheadness going on. So forgive me if I seem to ignore anything...

Ooh--first some big news--Mark has accepted a position with a company in Upper Bucks County, PA! This means that we will eventually relocate there--he will commute for now. Lots to do to get the house ready to sell, etc--my anxiety is at an all time high :lol:

Andrea, I wanted to say that for what it's worth--I totally respect the way you and Mitch are raising your family. I don't honestly understand why some people get so defensive when someone's beliefs are different from their own. Jeepers--live and let live :rolleyes:

I consider you a friend both on and off the board :D;)

Susie, you make me smile :) You just do!

Bev--I like Professor Spice for you--and I love Angel Spice! :wub: Thanks for the moniker :P

Julie, I'm happy you got your appt. so soon! I'll be anxiously awaiting your report! Nausea=the worst <_<

Miamia, I was sorry to hear that you had to cancel the massage :( You know I'm thinking about you :)

Donna, Bummer about the allergy shots :angry: I know you were hoping to go off them completely. Sorry the evil D is back--I understand just being at a loss as to why it keeps happening.

Carla--how am I doing on the paragraphs? I'm making an effort not to ramble on.... :D

Rinne, I love your 2-part posts! Your words and your take on life and illness always inspire me and make me think :)

Jin, Thanks for all the kind words--I hope you can have some of your testing done soon! You're such a help to the newbies on the board, I think it's wonderful that you take the time to do that. ;)

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It's such an incredible over-simplification to act like a celiac who goes gluten-free doesn't still have immune system problems.

Or maybe I'm misinterpreting the "very easy to treat" part.

I think you're misinterpreting. I think that what she means is that it can be treated and since the cause of it is no longer there, it will go away. It won't be something that's an ongoing, forever problem because the initial cause is gone.

Whereas, if you didn't know the intitial cause, it wouldn't matter how long you treated because it would keep coming back.

Rachel is not on a strict anti-candida diet as she needs to chelate metals first. Her immune system is screwed up right now, so she has to go very slowly, even with the candida diet. Candida can be your body's response to the presence of heavy metals, to protect you from the metals.

I was strict about 16 years ago with an anti-candida diet.I ate the previously mentioned rice bars ONCE, I needed a treat, and it was the least offensive. The diet was so prohibitive coming off the SAD. Anyway, at the same time I also had my amalgams removed and chelated. I've not had a candida problem since because the cause was gone.

I did try the diet again in 2003 when I first got sick, thinking it was candida again since the symptoms are so similar to Lyme. I was very strict this time and severely limited carbs, but ate plenty of veggies. It helped a LITTLE, but sugars also feed Lyme, so that was probably the reason it helped.

We're all at different places. It's only been in the past few weeks that Rachel has been able to eat more than five foods, and two of the foods she could previously tolerate were bad for candida. Her doctor was aware of the problem and they are just now fixing it, but she has to move slowly.

I am not on a strict anti-candida diet. I avoid sugar and alcohol, but eat other things people with candida should not eat (like popcorn and potatoes). That is because I don't have a problem with it, but being on so many abx, I need to do some prevention. I have a treat once per month ... my doctor knows and still considers me to be strict with it.

BTW, I think you were a little harsh. You're a guy, so it probably just came across that way, but it's hard to tell when you are only reading. And, for our readers, we're all just people like you ... these are all just our opinions ... they will vary ... sometimes we're wrong altogether ... but still, we learn a lot from each other.

I think Rachel's right ... there has to be a cause for candida. Though it IS important to treat the candida, if you don't get rid of the CAUSE, you will get nowhere. Healthy people's bodies do NOT develop candida problems.

The exciting thing about this thread, is that ALL of us who have been around for a while are discovering what is wrong, and most of us are starting to make some serious progress.

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I don't think that's anywhere near true, unless maybe the celiac was caught way b4 massive damage occurred.

That'd be like saying a horribly sick celiac who doesn't have candida would be fine the day after they go gluten-free!

First of all...I never said anything about getting rid of candida in a day. I said those people are NEVER getting rid of their candida. Candida IS easily dealt with when the problem causing it is identified and treated. That is the only way to easily and effectively rid yourself of candida...identify the cause.

This isnt something I'm making up....all of my Dr.'s have said the same. Candida goes away when there is nothing keeping it in place. When it has a strong foothold...theres a reason for it. Sorry if you dont agree but its what I've witnessed on the boards, read about in much research and my Dr.'s (who have alot of experience) have shared with me.

Even total villi destruction from Celiac generally heals on the gluten-free diet....this is proven in follow-up biopsies. So if someone is gluten-free for say 4 years and still has candida, leaky gut and food intolerance....why would it have anything to do with gluten at that point?? :unsure:

Dont take my word for anything...talk to some Dr.'s out there who deal with candida and its causes....I'm quite sure they'll tell you the same.

It's such an incredible over-simplification to act like a celiac who goes gluten-free doesn't still have immune system problems.

Of course they can still have immune system problems....but w/out gluten in the diet...gluten cannot be the cause of those immune system problems. Celiac is caused by the immune response to gluten....nothing else.

Or maybe I'm misinterpreting the "very easy to treat" part.

This was in the words of the Dr. I posted about....this is what he said he saw time and time again with his patients who have candida. When he found the cause...the candida problem disappeared. He's not the only Dr. I've seen to say this.

I have to wonder if all those people on candida boards who never seem to get rid of it cheat on the diet as often and as drastically as u seem to. (Sorry if that's too harsh)

Sorry but NO...I was on the diet for 4 months....and apparantly even a more strict form of it then you were on...I wasnt eating most of the stuff you've posted about. I only ate organic meat, wild caught fish, a handful of non-starchy vegetables and thats it....for 4 months. Trust me...if I didnt have other problems candida should have disappeared and never come back. ;)

When I set myself up to do something...I follow through. I've already been down that road with candida and NO....when I was eating ice cream and potatoes I was not "cheating". I was not on the diet during that time....therefore how could I be cheating?? :unsure:

You have no idea what diets I've been on...or when and why I ate what I ate.... you are making assumptions about why I have candida....and they are unfounded.

I'm not doubting your mercury & lyme, but when someone w/ candida cheats the diet and can't get rid of it, it really doesn't mean they have much grander problems. It just means they cheated the diet and fed the yeast, undoing much of the progress they'd made. And potentially making it even *harder* in the long run to eradicate.

You certainly can...and have every right....to stay on the anti-candida diet for as long as you'd like...thats not my business. I chose to not go that route....I see candida as a symptom...as do my Dr.'s (thankfully).

The people on the candida boards are dedicated...they do some crazy things to "get rid of" their candida. They dont cheat on the diet, they eat, breathe and LIVE around candida. You can go see for yourself....hang out there for a couple years and you'll understand what I'm saying....and you'll see that they dont get better w/out addressing other issues.

I had that same dedication....until I came to realize I was going after the wrong thing. At that point I decided to eat whatever did not make me sick (or lose weight) while I continued to see Dr.'s and get tested for other things.

Now....I am getting myself back onto the diet because I can treat everything together and I dont feel like I'm missing the bigger picture....however, I will never obsess about candida the way I once did. I see it as a symptom and I'm confidant that my healthy immune system will deal with it when I no longer have mercury issues.

My Dr.'s have explained the entire process to me. I dont know what your situation is but in MY situation...candida will go away once I am not burdened with mercury toxicity. Its proven that mercury toxicity leads to candida overgrowth.....and the candida levels diminish when the mercury levels diminish.

If you do the research on chronic Candida infections....there is always an underlying cause as to why its there.

I dont know how long you've been gluten-free....but since you're member #1999.....I'm assuming you've been tackling your candida and food intolerances for at least a few years now??

You're entitiled to your opinion but please dont attack me because mine is different. Thats not what this thread is about. Some people DO want to hear from my experience....and some people DO want to know if they have underlying issues.

and yeah...I do have very long posts...thats nothing new here. I've always had lengthy posts. If they are offensive to you....feel free to skip over them. ;)

The candida diet works to eliminate many symptoms...it certainly worked for me...it was the ONE thing that pulled me out of a very dark place. However.....in most cases its not a "cure".....unless you would like to stay on that diet and antifungal treatment indefinately.

I know there are others in this thread who have stuck to the anti-candida diet faithfully....and it helped them just as much as it helped me. Were they cured by it?? Apparantly not because here we all are.....getting diagnosed with the underlying cause.

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Carla--how am I doing on the paragraphs? I'm making an effort not to ramble on.... :D

Rinne, I love your 2-part posts! Your words and your take on life and illness always inspire me and make me think :)

Great, Patti! Thank you ... but I LIKE the rambling ... it just has to be broken up. :P

Rinne, I agree.

Susie, don't selll yourself short ... your humor is a VERY, VERY important part of this thread. We couldnt' send the Dingos after you before because you TOOK them with you! :o

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I think you're misinterpreting. I think that what she means is that it can be treated and since the cause of it is no longer there, it will go away. It won't be something that's an ongoing, forever problem because the initial cause is gone.

Whereas, if you didn't know the intitial cause, it wouldn't matter how long you treated because it would keep coming back.

Yes...this is exactly what I was saying. It does not keep coming back once the underlying cause is treated.

Candida can be your body's response to the presence of heavy metals, to protect you from the metals.

Yup....its not proven but a great deal of Dr.'s out there (including Klinghardt) firmly believe that the immune system allows for the candida overgrowth as its the only way to protct the body from the mercury. Without the candida (as toxic as it is) the mercury might cause serious damage to organs and even cause death. The candida keeps the mercury from moving around the body and causing that damage. As long as the mercury is there....the candida will be there as well.

We're all at different places. It's only been in the past few weeks that Rachel has been able to eat more than five foods, and two of the foods she could previously tolerate were bad for candida. Her doctor was aware of the problem and they are just now fixing it, but she has to move slowly.

Yeah...my Dr.'s were aware of the ice cream...its been discussed at every appt. I've had.

The exciting thing about this thread, is that ALL of us who have been around for a while are discovering what is wrong, and most of us are starting to make some serious progress.

I agree....and I also find it very exciting. :)

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Hi All- I am still tired (even more so after having to read 5 pages to catch up while brain is half dead- thanks guys :P )

Let's see- Donna, I LOVE your new avatar!!!!!!!!What is it a painting of???

Jin- You slay me me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You could be Slayer Spice?

Mia- Hmmm...you are very pretty and expotic looking so we must think of an exotic spice name for you! I've got it - you could be Casmir Spice (it's my favorite perfume...all vanilla and exotic!)

I could be Babs Spice or babesia Spice but I am NOT my infection. I am so much more :lol::P I think I shall settle on Farts Like machine Gun Spice for now. It fots and if the fart fits, well....

I'll try to post more if and when I come out of this coma. I WISH I could be Peanut Butter Spice!!!!!!

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Ooh--first some big news--Mark has accepted a position with a company in Upper Bucks County, PA! This means that we will eventually relocate there--he will commute for now. Lots to do to get the house ready to sell, etc--my anxiety is at an all time high

Wow Patti!! This must be the exciting news you've been holding back. :)

You'll be very busy with all this...buying, selling, moving....big changes coming your way! I hope it all goes smoothly....remememer to not get overwhelmed with the stress. ;)

Glad you and Mark had such a great day......and you made it to Starbucks!! WOO-HOO!! :)

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I could be Babs Spice or babesia Spice but I am NOT my infection. I am so much more :lol::P I think I shall settle on Farts Like machine Gun Spice for now. It fots and if the fart fits, well....

Good point. Does that make me Mom Spice? :lol: Morgan still calls me Mommy ... none of the other kids did ... my 17 year old son calls me mother ... Chloe calls me Momma ... for the rest, it's just Mom.

Wow Patti!! This must be the exciting news you've been holding back. :)

It is exciting ... it would be more exciting if it were Cincinnati ;) , but this is still exciting for you!!

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Wow Patti!! This must be the exciting news you've been holding back. :)

Yes it is--I felt uncomfortable about posting on the net about it . I also wanted to wait until it was a done deal--it took about 2 months, and I can't tell you how hard it was to keep my mouth (and fingers) shut :lol:

Incidently, Rachel, I just want to say that participating here on the thread has helped me greatly, as you know. I appreciate you (and everyone) posting about what you learn and what you're experiencing because you never know what is going to be the light-bulb moment for someone. :)

Carla--Mark was looking at the mid-west, too! :) This location made more sense for us because our families are in central NY, and our older son has a home here.

Cincinnati would have been fun, though ;)

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