My most visible CFS health problem has always
been chronic yeast infections. Around the time the MD's were giving me the
old "it's all in your head" trip in 1985-1986, I continued to
eat my way toward the grave.
Christmas 1985, I was reduced to an almost vegetative state when visiting
my family back in Montana. My grandmother, her sisters, and aunts had long
established a holiday tradition in our family. Homemade Christmas candy
was the pride of every household. My grandmother made the very best chocolate
fudge, and in no small quantities.
At the time I was feeling very depressed. Something was wrong with me, that
was for sure. My life had been so full of hope when I left college. I was
worried that I was now going to die from whatever was making me ill. AIDS
was at the beginning of it's sensational journey into the public mind. Never
had I done anything to put me in a high risk group.
But there was no way to be sure what was truly known and unknown about
that deadly plague. There was definitely something wrong with me was all
I could ponder. Those blue feelings and an ever present plate of the worlds
best homemade fudge were the formula for the biggest downward spiral in
my decade long career as a person with chronic fatigue.
After returning to Oregon, I was not going to see 190 pounds on my frame
or decent energy again until 1996. My friends didn't understand why I never
wanted to do anything any more. My evening practice was to fall asleep in
front of guests after dinner. My emotions were so raw, it is a miracle Carmen
stuck with me.
The next summer we went camping with a couple we had met the year before.
It was in a camper near the Pacific ocean at Astoria, Oregon that I connected
my illness to sugar.
We had a good morning out and about and came back for lunch. As we finished
eating I was drinking a can of soda pop. As I drank, my intestines bloated
with gas, my head starting swimming, and my body began to hurt in the joints
and muscles. I had to lay down for the rest of the weekend.
Carmen and I wondered why sugar would have such a profound negative effect
on me. This question would lead me to "The Yeast Connection" and
eventually my ND.
At this point I will say I believe this discovery saved my life. It didn't
make my life instantly better, but it did stop the free fall I had begun
with my grandmothers Christmas fudge.
There are more stories of my going to GI specialists who essentially laughed
me out of their office at the notion that I had an intestinal yeast overgrowth.
Mentioning it to you here is almost enough to purge my psyche. Let me just
add that no experience in my decade long health plight has given me cause
to trust my life unquestioningly to the practicing medical establishment
in this great country of ours.
Many of you are equally versed in the yeast diet. No sugar, at all!...at
all!...at all!...at all!
It doesn't matter how many times you remind yourself, you find yourself
eventually sneaking sugar and regretting it later.
The other tenants of the yeast free diet are to go low carbohydrate and
to always test for food allergies. It go so bad with me that despite it
being a carbo, plain white rice was the only food I could reliably eat without
an allergic reaction.
My nature is to be assertive, even aggressive. As I watched my weight go
down I took action. Aggressive eating is the only way to describe my approach
to the food problem. I was rude, gross, slobby, and obsessive about eating
as much as I could. The only clear result was four or more bowel movements
a day. I had no idea peristalsis could move so fast. The most distressing
part was that I was recognizing raw input materials upon output.
The next trick was to try digestive aids such as papaya enzymes. These helped
My Experiences with Yeast Remedies
I'm going to jump out of any sense of chronology, and just start examining
remedies I experienced somewhere along the 11 year saga.
Upon careful examination I noticed I had yeast growing everywhere. The bottoms
of my feet were always sore and experiencing a burning itch. All of my cuticles,
both hands and feet were severely hang nailed. The skin under my nails was
always split and red. My tongue and throat were coated white. The lines
of my hands were coated white. My private parts constantly itched. It burned
upon urination and during other urinary track releases. And of course, my
GI track and digestion, as mentioned before, were a dysfunctional mess.
The importance of the following remedy list has increased a hundredfold
now that I know Candida albicans is transforming elemental mercury into
methyl mercury through its metabolic processes.
Until you are completely cleaned up and cured, you have got to continue
the battle with the yeast. Battling the yeast is only part of the success
plan. You need to detoxify, renew your good bowel flora, and to get a good
nutritional program going to restore your bodies metabolic processes.
Capryllic Acid - AKA Capricin. Over the counter was an important
attribute of this remedy since I tried it right after I had sworn off "it's
all in your head" MD's, and had yet to approach an ND. It has yeast
killing properties. My first yeast die off was experienced under capricin.
The problem with this remedy was that I developed an extreme intolerance
to it. My GI just couldn't handle it after a short while.
Acidophilus - The war between good and evil, a morality play, right
there in my gut lining. Wipe out the bad bugs, recolonize with the good
ones. Uproot the weeds, replace them with flowers.
Intellectually this all made sense. I took live cultured yogurt until
my body rejected all dairy products, something I now tolerate fine by the
way. After that it was powder, capsules, and direct introduction to both
ends of my GI track.
Acidophilus supplements were with me for the duration of the yeast wars.
If they had an effect, it was to prevent something worse from happening,
or some very gradual improvement. I can't honestly say I ever saw a direct
health benefit. Intellectually it still makes sense though. It makes even
more sense when you can realistically expect the yeast to stay gone.
Now that my own life processes are dominating my health situation, yogurt
based Acidophilus is aiding in digestion and utilization of vitamins. At
my current state, I can detect the positive result. Intellectually, having
looked at the science papers regarding the protective effects of GI flora,
I know this is a very good remedy to pursue long term. I eat low fat, no
sugar, highly active yogurt daily.
Nystatin - This powder has long been my friend. I used to look forward
to it's extremely bitter taste. Knowing it was reliably killing yeast gave
me this odd anticipation. Nystatin stuck it out with me for 8 years, with
only one pause when white rice was the only ingestion not irritating my
The nystatin controlled the yeast. That feature alone was important.
Together with regular saunas, I saw my first sustained improvements in life
quality from this yeast killer.
Fasting - This is one is scary. I would not do this if I lived alone,
or felt my illness had worn me down to a point that death is a serious concern.
What I did and why I did it were the following.
My ability to withstand food and treatments had reached the point that
white rice was all I could eat. I had not yet considered enemas, let alone
try them. I decided to quit eating for a day to starve the yeast.
After I cleared my bowel the following day, I took Nystatin and Acidophilus
in sequence. The theory was that the yeast would be weakened and the nystatin
would be more effective. The Acidophilus was there to claim any real estate
made available by the evicted yeast. I did this several times over several
months, and was able to turn myself around and start taking more food again.
Based on what I know now, do the enemas instead.
Saunas - These are what saved my engineering career. Whenever I had
something really important to perform in front of others at work, I would
find a way to have a sauna 2-3 hours before hand.
The saunas were first tried on the theory they would excrete yeast toxins
through sweat. I continued them because they worked, providing reliable
alleviation of symptoms and a period of clear mind. I now know that sweat
is a major excretion pathway for mercury.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was coping with my root problem with
this remedy. I highly recommend saunas. They work as a mercury and toxin
excretion pathway. An important aspect is that mercury leaving via this
path doesn't have a chance to be reabsorbed.
Taheebo Tea - I used to buy this bark dust by the kilo. My ND really
believed in it. Along with other things, I tried it often. Eventually I
gave it up because I couldn't see what it was doing besides irritating my
bowels and using my money.
Homeopathic Remedies - Sorry! None of these demonstrated any improvements
Raw Cranberries - Here is a unique one. Somehow I picked up some
cranberries to try as an alternative fruit. All other fruit sent me loopy
from sugar. Not only did I tolerate cranberries, I perceived health improvements
from them. As with everything that worked, I took it as far as it would
We used to buy cranberries by the frozen 40 pound box from a food wholesaler.
My approach was to microwave the berries from frozen to the point where
they just popped. Then I would add water, blend it, and drink it.
The order of water introduction was important. The way I did it produced
the most sour taste, and perceived benefits. Adding water before cooking
came up with less acidity and less effect. Eventually I quit cranberries
because, ironically, they made my teeth hurt.
Nizoral - In Oregon an ND cannot prescribe this systemic yeast killer.
I had to find an MD who recognized and treated systemic Candida in order
to get this prescription.
My yeast noticeably cleared up on this stuff. While on the drug my sugar
cheating did not receive it's usual rewards. It cleared me up quite well,
especially noticeable was my GI.
Big Warning! This drug is very hard on your liver! When I went off it,
my GI yeast were back full strength within the month. Other yeast growth
locations were permanently moderated after this treatment. Nizoral gave
me a taste of what it would be like to be well again.
Enemas - The holistic MD that prescribed the Nizoral also got me
to massage my bowel and to consider this treatment. He really wanted to
sell me high colonic's at $75 a pop in his clinic. My insurance wasn't going
to pay a dime.
I was extremely uncomfortable with the whole idea, and didn't want any
witnesses to my displeasure. I settled for an $8 hot water bottle, a tube
of KY jelly, and the privacy of my own bathroom. Without discussing any
more details than needed, let me tersely say I eventually came up with a
5 step program that produced whole bowel cleansing. My practice was to perform
this program about 3 times a week.
Since then I've learned that there is a significant hazard with this
remedy. You can become totally dependent upon it. Your body can lose the
ability to move materials all the way through the intestines on it's own.
For this reason, I don't recommend doing this more than twice a week. Always
allow your body to perform the feat of excretion multiple days before cleansing
Here is my 5 step program for whole bowel cleansing in your own bathroom.
- Clear the bowel as best as possible, the natural way, sitting on the
- Lay in the tub and using the hot water bottle, administer about 2 cups
of warm water. I highly recommend KY Jelly for insertion purposes. I also
recommend that you apply a little side pressure to the nozzle to be sure
there is a vent for air to move out as water enters the bowel. Hold the
water as long as you can, up to two minutes.
- Trot to the commode with maximum sphincter power engaged. Let it all
go down the flusher, stay until you are sure everything has released. Impatience
can lead to an accident in transit.
- Once again in the tub with a pint of warm water mixed with a teaspoon
of nystatin powder and a teaspoon of Acidophilus powder. This time allow
the mixture to remain in the bowel as long as humanly possible, up to 15
minutes. Take something to read, to distract you during the waiting. If
your bowel is irritated, 15 minutes of holding may not be achieved for
months. When you can go the distance, it's a sign that the bowel has significantly
- Once again trot to the commode with maximum sphincter power engaged.
Stay on the commode until it has all drained out. If you are not sure,
then stand and sit a few times to aid the movement out.
These helped me quite a bit, and marked another step up in sustained
Now that I know about the Candida in the bowel transforming mercury into
methyl mercury, I see this treatment as very important. Not only do you
flush the yeast, you also flush the inorganic mercury and amalgam particles
Using the described bowel cleansing process is a fast track path to good
bowel ecology that costs very little money if you do it yourself. I've never
had a high colonic and cannot really comment on their effectiveness. Money
has not been my number one barrier for treatments, yet I avoided colonic's
at least partially due to cost.
Physillium Seed Fiber - Recently I've been made aware of this remedy.
Normally it's prescribed for people with constipation. It has a regulating
effect on bowel traffic. If it's moving too fast, then the fiber will slow
it down, allowing the formation of competent stools. Elimination of constipation
is true. The fiber may also help the transport of bile excretions out --
important for liver excreted mercury.
I recommend taking it daily, unsweetened. Metamucil, which is mostly
physillium seed fiber, is heavily sweetened. Sugar is the curse of the Candida
N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Vitamin B, and Vitamin
E. - Yes, these are also the nutritional chelation vitamins. I add them
here because I personally experienced a yeast die off 3 days after taking
grams a day of the named vitamins.
The explanation for why I had this yeast die off is in the buildup of
my immune system. There are several research papers that indicate that Nuetrophil's,
a type of macrophage killer cell, are enhanced by the glutathione (GSH)
produced from NAC and the other two amino acids.
Nuetrophil's are what your body uses to patrol membrane interfaces in
the lungs and GI. These cells go after invasive Candida, toxins, and other
The only side effect that I have noted is heartburn when I took them
on an empty stomach. Vitamin E seems to absorb better if consumed along
with some fat. The B vitamins eliminate NAC side effects, especially when
you faithfully add Acidophilus culture.
Mercury Amalgam Removal, DMPS Chelation and Vitamin Replacement -
Finally, a route to a complete cure !