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K So I Took The Candida Quiz...

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now what do i do?

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now what do i do?

Now you decide to take a "By Any Means Necessary" approach - to me, that's the only way to beat it.

I had a pretty bad case of candida, affecting me in SO many ways.

Now, the only remaining associated symptom may be not wanting to be in an elevator w/ a perfumed/cologned individual.

2 things to do:

1) Find a good Dr - I ended up w/ an ND (Naturopathic Dr). She "prescribed" an assortment of pills and powders - maybe 5 total.

2) Adopt THE Strictest anti-candida diet.

It's not that hard once u get used to no sugars or sweeteners of any kind. Even a carrot is too sweet!

Beating candida is a two-pronged process. The diet is to starve the candida. The pills and powders (and some foods, I think) kill it.

There will be a herxheimer reaction when the candida is dying. It's like a bad flu. :o You've just got to power thru it, knowing that the yeasty-beasties are dying and you'll come out of it FAR better. ;)

Good luck!! :)

P.S.

Get a couple books at the library to get more familiar w/ what's happening.

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Tom - seeing as you're so knowledgeable about candida ;) can you tell me something that I genuinely want to know the answer to as I get high scores on those candida quizzes too - how do you know that you're scoring high because it's candida and not something else eg food intolerances and the general toll coeliac takes on the system? Thanks for any input!

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Tom - seeing as you're so knowledgeable about candida ;) can you tell me something that I genuinely want to know the answer to as I get high scores on those candida quizzes too - how do you know that you're scoring high because it's candida and not something else eg food intolerances and the general toll coeliac takes on the system? Thanks for any input!

Well, I know a decent amount about candida, since I researched plenty once I found I had it (by York intolerance test result of Yeast and frenzied research that same day), but I'm sure others here know more and I wouldn't claim any expertise.

It's true that so many symptoms on the quizzes could be caused by so many things, but it's in the tallying that the link to candida is. A high score means either 1 cause, candida, or some (more unlikely) combo of 5 or 10 or whatever other conditions.

The other "food intolerances and the general toll coeliac takes on the system" comment is interesting since they're actually all completely interrelated.

Not everyone agrees, but I'm very sure I'd never have had candida overgrowth w/out 1st having celiac and only going "obvious wheat"-free for too long while ingesting gluten in smallish amounts.

And candida's companion, leaky-gut syndrome, was also, imo, caused by celiac.

It's leaky-gut that actually creates other food intolerances.

I personally believe that many more newly gluten-free celiacs have candida and leaky-gut than what gets reported.

They feel "better" but far from "well".

You can ask me about any specific symptom here or thru PM or email if you'd like.

And getting a couple books from the library may be incredibly enlightening.

Good Luck Susie!! :)

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i found the quiz on another post i saw a couple days ago. looks like i need to do some more reading. any good sites? also, will a general practitioner be ok to talk w/ about this? thanks!

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also, can i be tested to be sure it's candida? and where can i look for cooking ideas?

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Hi! From when I did the anti-candida diet before, I found wholeapproach.com very helpful. As far as recipes are concerned, Erica White's Beat Candida Cookbook is brilliant. It is a UK book, I bought it from Amazon UK, so hopefully you would find it on amazon .com. I will have to leave others to answer about the testing thing - as far as I'm aware, there's no test (apart from the quiz) that can confirm whether you have systemic candida, although parts of the body can be tested for it eg mouth, vagina.

Susie x

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Stool tests aren't totally reliable either.

I'm not sure about general practitioners. They probably wouldn't be much help unless they are more open minded to the alternative treatments.

An alternative test that would help nail things down would be ART/ASYRA. They are two separate things but often used together. ASYRA picks up things in layers as what is the most burden on your body at the time and then when those are taken care of seeing what the next layer of burden is. ART works much the same way.

ART is a form of kinesisiology (sp?) (which would also work). You would want recommendations from people who live somewhat near you because not everyone is experienced in this. Just like doctors, you find some good, knowledgable ones and others not so good.

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don't know where you live, but i know the name of a regular MD in utah that has dedicated his practice to treating candida.

Provo, 1/2 hr south of SLC.

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