Archives for: September 2002, 03
Hello, Anna! I'm pleased to hear your immunity is up!! But don't be puzzled by what the drugs are doing (or not doing): treatment of Candidiasis through medication almost always leads to a relapse. Drugs cannot address the cause, of course, and that's our byword here ~ but most significantly, it worsens the situation by killing a bunch of beneficial, protective critters along with the overgrown Candida albicans organisms (who are present in healthy people as a normal state of affairs, but at far lower numbers). Then you're right back where you started, with the stage set for those feisty C. albicans to take over once again. The motto of "anti-candida" drug therapy is: Kill Them All ~ Let God Sort Them Out. It's as if you've put down the insurrection by overpowering all the rioters, along with all your own guards and the rest of the innocent populace! Guess who's going to get up first, brush themselves off and start growing faster than ever?? As Peter wrote so succinctly in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, "Ironically, one of the primary factors in recurrent yeast infections is long-term overuse of antibiotics." Let's explore the life-enhancing (naturopathic) approach.
The key to re-establishing a happy colony for your colon (and farther up) is to provide, and feed, the good guys who are struggling right now in a toxic environment. You see, it is they whose job it is to maintain your intestinal "balance of power." :-) Not to mention digest your food and ensure a strong immune system. Cultivate them and feed them right, and everybody's gonna be smiling.
To do so: yes, I would eliminate all wheat except for 100% sprouted grains or breads. If you're serious about getting things back to normal in a hurry, ditch all grains for a month or two. There's nothing in them nutritionally that you require for a perfect diet, and you can add them gradually later on when the yeast uprising has been put down. Second, emphasize those cultured dairy products, like goat yogurt, kefir, and sheep's milk feta and other goat & sheep-based cheeses. They contain protein, calcium and gut-organism boosters for you. Third, make your own fiber-rich "pesto" from a few tablespoons each of raw walnuts & flax seeds, a couple of handfuls of cilantro (the leaves of the coriander plant), three or four cloves of garlic, some olive oil, and a touch of sea salt to taste. Whiz it up in your blender, and take a tablespoon every day ~ it also makes a lovely dressing for salads or hot dishes when stirred into enough oil & lemon to produce the desired consistency. I'd make sure to get an abundance of dark green leafy vegetables every day, along with the beneficial meats and oils (include some walnut oil in salad dressings) and make use of warming spices ~ peppers, turmeric, local horseradishes, ginger.
Since you're in Malaysia, I'm sure you'll have to adjust these suggestions somewhat due to foods unavailable to you there ~ just do your best!
On the supplement side, the following are of great help: ARA6 powder, two tablespoons per day (reduce to one after a month, if desired), and the PolyFlora-B probiotic, both available from our site. If it's not practical for you to obtain these, try the following for 4 weeks ~ take a two-week break, then start again if things still haven't settled down: Elecampane (Inula helenium), 500 mg: 1 capsule with meals; Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum) tincture: 2-3 drops, twice daily; oregano (Origanum vulgare) tincture: 4-7 drops, twice daily. And use a good commercial probiotic ~ type Bs do fine with most of them.
About the polycystic ovarian syndrome: Peter wrote this Ask Dr. D. response to a type O woman with PCOS, and as it happens, his explanation of the condition and advice on how to resolve it is perfectly applicable to type B (all types, actually), as well. His first suggestion is to follow that B diet, as you are doing! An excerpt:
Now to durian: we have no rating for it at this time ~ until we do, it may be considered "neutral," but if one is attempting to resolve any health issue, unlisted foods are probably better left alone for the time being!
thank you for writing, and I hope to hear soon that you're on the mend!!