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Here's another update, and a bit of 20/20 hindsight!  Forgive me if I repeat a couple of things I've said in other posts on other threads....

Recently, I have been studying candidiasis, and I feel strongly that this is yet another piece of the puzzle for me.  I think it could also serve as a reasonable explanation for the health decline I experienced after the bounce I got shortly after starting the BTD.

The two big clues that suggest this are my thrush and athlete's foot.  I've had the whitish-yellowish gunk on the back of my tongue as long as I can remember, and I've had a bit of athlete's foot on my left D4 almost as long.  After a couple months on BTD, I noticed that the tongue gunk had thinned and receded some (why can't it just go away?), and the athlete's foot was gone except the bit embedded in the nail.  Both of these are symptoms of candida, and since both decreased, I think the misery I was going through was partly due to die-off!

I'm doing the spit test every morning now, and it confirms that I have a candida overgrowth still, but I think I made serious headway in the battle, without even realizing there WAS a battle, just by going on the BTD.  I am cutting back even more on my sugary, starchy foods, and I've started taking a probiotic, too.
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Hey drive55, glad to hear you are noticing improvements since starting the diet.  Candida/fungal can be a major cause of depression and mood swings and it can be very hard to cure.  I hope you stick with the diet because it's obvious it's working for you.

Have you been using coconut oil?  It's a Nomad diamond superfood and it's a great anti-fungal.  You can eat it and apply it topically.
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Have you been using coconut oil?  It's a Nomad diamond superfood and it's a great anti-fungal.  You can eat it and apply it topically.


I haven't.  As a Nomad, I'm allowed the "virgin" coconut oil, but I don't even think I've ever seen such a thing (the "commercial" coconut oil is a toxin!).  Other than the little spot of athlete's foot mentioned above and a little spot on the back of my left ear, I have great skin, so I haven't sought out coconut oil for topical use.

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Hey drive55, glad to hear you are noticing improvements since starting the diet.  Candida/fungal can be a major cause of depression and mood swings and it can be very hard to cure.  I hope you stick with the diet because it's obvious it's working for you.


Sooooo true!  I weaned myself off the wellbutrin and prozac right before starting the diet, and I feel better now than I did on them (or when I was on paxil, remeron, ritalin, or dexadrine).  I have been sleeping 8-10 hours a night, but at least I feel human when I get out of bed!  I'm just so sad that this knowledge of nutrition is more widely accepted.  I know so many people could improve their lives 100% if they'd follow it.  Even sadder though is when people do know about it but are too proud or stubborn to try it out ...I would have been in that category a couple of years ago.  There is really no such thing as coincidence: knowledge of the BTD came to me just as I was finally ready to accept the idea of making big dietary changes to get the results I wanted.  The timing was perfect.
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All the coconut oil I've ever seen has been "Extra Virgin", but then again, I work at a health food store.  I would assume you could find it at one.


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drive,

To my understanding, yeast, fungus, and mold are all various forms of the same pathogen.  And they thrive on sugar and carbs.

as a nonnie, you have to keep your carb intake low, because that's just adding fuel to the fire.  As a nonnie, your body doesn't use as many carbs as a regular secretor, so the extra carbs just stick around and do things like feed yeast colonies.  I would also imagine that they overactivate your nervous system and perhaps cause irritability and anxiety.  Also, you may crave more water in order to dilute the sugars.

If you pay close attention, you may notice that your feet and other extremities itch more after you've had a high sugar/carb meal.  whenever I have that happen to me, I take green tea, maitake mushroom, and yeast cleanse supplements, to lower my blood sugar and beat back the yeast.
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fenugreek I believe help lower blood sugar, right?


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My naturopath prescribed me Oregano (Oregaresp/Oregacyn) capsules for candida overgrowth last year, along with the BTD. They were a little cheaper than Yeast Cleanse, and do the same thing. As I mentioned on another thread, I still take them along with the Deflect if I have any sugar. They make my burps taste wonderful!! (OK sorry, too much info there...  )


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Unfortunately, purchasing any more supplements isn't feasible atm.  My cash is running low again.  I picked up some side work that has tided me over (barely), but at least now, I'm feeling up to the challenge of working again, at least part-time.

I have been trying to taper off the carbs for a few days, and once I've finished what I have I'll stay away from buying more.  Farewell, beloved rice, sweetened yogurt, and fruit... .

Now, off to find me a job!  I feel like I've been saying that for months, but maybe it will actually happen this time.
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let food be your medicine!


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Absolutely so. Oregaresp is only concentrated oregano, which is a staple in my kitchen. Just pile it on and enjoy.


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I had a bad problem with a yeast/ candida overgrowth over last summer.  It was really bad.  My head felt weird all the time.  Like spacey.  I don't know how to explain it.  I was not all there.  Now, I at least have days where I'm almost all there and some where I'm just fatigued.  But that head thing was enough to drive you nuts.  I felt like I needed to crack my neck and make the nerves start working again.  Or something like that. I took, a mix from my ND with bentonite, capryl oil, psyllium powder, and a probiotic.  I see there is a protocol on the Diet that I didn't know of back then.  Maybe you could try and get some of those things as time goes on.  But I can tell you this, if you had a problem with it, it was a big reason why you weren't feeling good.  I had too many antibiotics in a short time due to H.Pylori and then dental problems.  I'm sure that's why it took over.  At least now you know to look for it.  I just looked at my tongue too and noticed that it's better than it used to be.  Thank you!


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Yeah, I watch my tongue too.  I think it's an effective gauge.  Lately, I've been indulging in a bit of sugar, and it's showing.  Fortunately, I finished up the ice cream, and I can't afford more right now, so if I'm tempted again I won't be able to cave in!  Ice cream really is my only weakness.  I'm lucky in that respect; many people have big addictions to many foods.
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I haven't had ice cream in 20+ years, but I do admit it is very addictive. I've never taken street drugs, but if you can have ice cream, who needs cocaine??  

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I haven't had ice cream in 20+ years, but I do admit it is very addictive. I've never taken street drugs, but if you can have ice cream, who needs cocaine??  


So true!  Especially CHOCOLATE ice cream!
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Spoken like a true Chi-Town resident.  Just kidding.  I don't know what the on has to do with the other besides that it's a huge metropolitan area.  I've never even seen cocaine.  Us hicks up in Milwaukee just drink beer like it comes from the river.  


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I haven't had ice cream in 20+ years, but I do admit it is very addictive. I've never taken street drugs, but if you can have ice cream, who needs cocaine??  

Mrs "T"    O+  [dairy free & life is easier because of it!]


AMEN, sister !! Haven't had any for months and don't miss it any more. But if I ever slip and get off this diet I know I will be hooked again.


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I picked the wrong week to quit ice cream, again.  All the grocery store sales papers had my Breyer's ice cream on sale!  
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I picked the wrong week to quit ice cream, again.  All the grocery store sales papers had my Breyer's ice cream on sale!  


I just love Breyers vanilla with the litte specs if vanilla bean in it. In the past would never eat any other brand. Since GTD, I don't even go down the ice cream aisle just to be sure I won't be tempted, especially if it was on sale. What is it about ice cream that is so wonderful? and that sets up such a craving?



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It tastes great, that's why.  I like it too!!!!!


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Sometimes when you decide to quit something, the temptation appears worse than normal!!
Please resisit the temptation & let someone else who can't afford it enjoy the treat - preferably someone not addictive!!

S S & L,
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What is it about ice cream that is so wonderful? and that sets up such a craving?

the instant reward....forgetting the consequences.....those remain in a blur until you indulge!


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Ah yes, "ice crack"!

To change the subject, I've rearranged my diet yet again.  For a while now, I've been doing a very restrictive combo of the B-nonnie diet and the Nomad diet, thus: if the food is a toxin or avoid, I considered it an avoid; of the remaining foods, if it is an occasional on the GTD I considered it an occasional; of the remaining foods, if it is a superfood/diamond or beneficial, I considered it a beneficial; and everything left was neutral.

That made for quite a large "avoid" list.  Unfortunately, it stole away my beloved cottage cheese (somewhat) among other things.  Keep in mind, I tested with a strong preference for the BTD over GTD, and since GTD is strongly focused on weight loss, AND since I'm actually hoping to gain back some of the weight I've lost, I figured another change was in order.  So my new diet plan is simply the B-nonnie diet (again), only I've added BTD neutrals that are GTD superfoods/diamonds to the beneficial list, and all things gluten to the avoid list.

GTD isn't really the thing for me, but I still have to be thankful for it, because it caused me to discover my gluten intolerance!
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now that is a great lesson to have learned no matter what!


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I haven't even cracked the book yet.  I wanna figure out my secretor status first.  Then I'm going to a new doctor on monday who is a blood type advocate but they're not on the GTD yet, I don't think.  So, I'll read it, but I'm going to take it slow.  I'm still trying to get over the c**p I have.  But, I'm doubling my effort to stick to the diet more closely.  I used to go off the reservation on weekends and have ice cream and other stuff.  I'm going to try and limit my sweet tooth to his wonderful bars for now.  Or fruit.  That's neutral or beneficial of course.  So  what I'm saying is I can relate.


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