Candida and the Antibiotic Syndrome - part 2

In this part of the article he goes over several methods of natural alternative cures for "Candida and the Antibiotic Syndrome", I would like to think that they are safe and work well, but I simply don't know because I have not tried most of them.  So, before trying any of his methods please do your own research first to gain a better understanding of it all and then take everything to a licensed healthcare professional.

Part 2 of the Article:

Curing the 'Antibiotic Syndrome'

The main treatment for the 'antibiotic syndrome' is sanitation of the gastro-intestinal tract combined with a low-allergy diet. In this way most acute problems can be overcome within weeks while degenerated joints or organs can start a slower road to recovery.

One unpleasant side-effect of most methods used to reduce the pathogenic microbial overgrowth of the intestines is the Herxheimer reaction - a sudden worsening of symptoms due to toxins released by the dead or dying microbes. This is sometimes used as a diagnostic tool, especially for Candida.

I recommend flushes combined with anti-microbial remedies to avoid or minimize unpleasant side effects. An Epsom salt flush may contain one tablespoon of Epsom salt, more or less according to need, in a large glass of water and is useful in cases of constipation and with raised blood pressure. Refrigerate the water to make it taste less bitter.

Add a crushed clove of garlic to the flush to reduce the microbial overgrowth. If garlic cannot be used then several drops of Lugol’s solution or a teaspoon of bicarbonate, or up to two teaspoons of three per cent hydrogen peroxide may be added instead. You can take another glass of water after the Epsom salt to wash down the bitter aftertaste.

The flush will carry most of the dead microbes and their toxins out of the body and minimize any unpleasant reactions. However, if the flush should not be sufficient to produce a strong bowel movement within two to three hours and you start feeling unwell, then another spoonful of Epsom salt may be taken. If overweight and with constipation you may take already 2 tablespoons to start with.

Other laxatives that may be used for a flush are Glauber Salz or sodium sulfate, castor oil or senna. You may need to experiment with your chosen laxative to find the right amount to take with the garlic so that it is effective within a few hours.

Psyllium is excellent and most recommend for long-term use. If you are not overweight or constipated you may start the Ultimate Cleanse this way instead of using Epsom salts. Psyllium is especially effective for removing endotoxins from the intestines and reducing allergic and autoimmune reactions.

In a large glass of water add a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate and a heaped teaspoon of psyllium hulls, stir and drink immediately followed by another glass of water. Until you start with the systemic antimicrobial therapy add chopped garlic or another antimicrobial to the psyllium drink but continue adding a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate as long as there are signs of pain, inflammation, Candida or overacidity. If you suspect intestinal parasites also add MMS or Lugol’s solution or wormwood or essential oils to the psyllium.

With Candida overgrowth any sexual partner should also use antimicrobial therapy. Some individuals are highly sensitive and with multiple allergies. In this case it may be necessary to proceed very slowly, remain on a stable low-allergy diet, use anti-inflammatory measures, such as slippery elm powder before meals and ginger with meals, and introduce probiotics, lactic acid fermented food and anti-microbials only very gradually.

For sensitive individuals it is most helpful you alkalize the body. Sodium bicarbonate is a strong fungicide and potassium bicarbonate is even stronger. Half to one teaspoon of bicarbonate in a glass of water taken on an empty stomach or 2-3 hours after meals can be used up to seven times daily to sanitize the intestinal tract and alkalize the lymphatic system.

Acidophilus & Bifido

This leads us to the next step: replacing the decimated pathogenic microbes with desirable lactobacilli. This must be done in a massive dose 30-60 minutes after each flush; otherwise the unwanted microbes may grow back to full strength after the next meal. Acidophilus culture is used to repopulate the freed-up spaces at the walls of the small intestines, while bifido bacteria are the protective inhabitants of the colon or large intestines.

There are several possibilities. These bacterial cultures are available from health food shops as powders in brown glass bottles that should be refrigerated before and after sale. You may buy a mixed culture and take two teaspoons in water or vegetable juice or one teaspoon each of the separate cultures. If you suspect cows' milk allergy, which is rather frequent in this condition, then use milk-free cultures. Alternatively, you may take several high-potency capsules. High-potency cultures should contain 10 Billion (or more) live bacteria per gram or per capsule.

However, it is even better to regularly use fresh self-made yogurt or other lactic-acid fermented food, initially combined with high-potency capsules or powders. You may use any suitable cultures as a starter to make your own yogurt. Because of the frequent problems caused by cows' milk, I usually prefer goats' or sheep milk, self-made almond milk or fermented bee pollen. These do not set as firm and creamy like cow’ milk but that does not matter as the beneficial bacteria are in the liquid whey; for different ways to make yogurt see Recipes.

Take a cupful of this yogurt, best together with acidophilus powder or capsules, after each flush, possibly using more before other meals. Continue taking either the cultures or yogurt for several months after you have stopped taking a flush. Women should also for a few days or weeks apply yogurt or acidophilus powder to the vagina. It is preferable initially for a few days to douche with diluted hydrogen peroxide solution at a strength of one teaspoon of three per cent peroxide to a glass of water, or more or less according to sensitivity. For sensitive individuals and if there is pain or inflammation strongly acid ferments should be nearly neutralized before ingesting, you may just use bicarbonate for this purpose.

For those who do not ingest lactic acid fermented food or other acidophilus/bifido products regularly it would be good to take a course once a year just as a precaution, but especially with or after taking any drugs, medical or recreational, or when leading a stressful life. The diet during therapy should be free of sweeteners, sweet foods, yeast, alcohol and, initially, fruits.

Coconut Oil

The medium-chain saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are potent antimicrobial agents, effective against fungi, viruses and many bacteria. The most effective fatty acids are caprylic acid (with 8 carbon atoms), capric acid (10 carbon atoms) and lauric acid (12 carbon). They appear to work by causing microbial cell walls to disintegrate.

Coconut oil appears to be effective within days. With Candida take initially 4 tablespoons of coconut oil spread out during the day, and after improvement you may reduce this to 2 tablespoons for several more weeks. This seems to be effective against systemic as well as localised infestations, including those of the genitals. However, it is advisable to apply coconut oil topically as well.

The best commercial product is cold-pressed or virgin coconut oil. However, this has been heat-stabilized to destroy lipase. Therefore, my preference is self-made raw coconut cream or milk: press coconut pieces through a low-speed juicer, or alternatively blend with water, strain and refrigerate.

For topical applications and for those with fat malabsorption the lipase-rich coconut milk can be expected to be much more effective than heated coconut oil with only a very low concentration of free fatty acids. Alternatively, you may use lipase supplements with coconut oil.

Lugol's Solution

Iodine appears to be the best remedy to eliminate systemic yeast infections. It is commonly used as Lugol's solution with 10% of potassium iodide and 5% iodine, which is the same as 10 grams of potassium iodide and 5 grams of elemental iodine per 100 ml. Each drop contains about 6.5 mg of iodine/iodide. While it contains 10% of total iodine as elemental iodine and iodide, commonly it is called a 5% iodine solution. Other names for Lugol’s solution are Aqueous Iodine Oral Solution BP or Strong Iodine Solution USP (both of which contain 130 mg iodine /iodide per ml). Iodine Topical Solution (USP) contains 2% iodine and 2.4% potassium iodide.

Presently 5% Lugol's solution, and all iodine solutions containing more than 2.2% elemental iodine are no longer available in the US as they may be used in the illicit production of methamphetamine. However, up to one fluid ounce (30 ml) of Lugol's solution are exempt from this regulation. Standard Lugol's solution is still available in Canada and Mexico.

Therefore if you buy 2% iodine solution take 2.5 times more than the amount recommended for the standard 5% Lugol’s solution. In the US you may also buy Iodoral tablets, each standard tablet with the equivalent of 2 drops of 5% Lugo’s solution. I do not recommend pharmaceutical types of iodine dissolved in alcohol or other solvents as they often cause side-effects. Always read the label and compare the iodine content with the iodine in regular Lugol’s solution.

To test for allergy take a drop of iodine in liquid other than just water. If there is no reaction, gradually increase to taking 10 drops 3 times daily in liquid or mixed with food. Do not take the iodine directly with antioxidants but it is fine to have antioxidants five or more minutes later during a meal. You may use more or less iodine according to body weight. I believe that a 3-week course adjusted for body weight is generally safe for children. However, it may not be suitable if the thyroid is overactive or with goitre; with these conditions the amount of iodine may need to be increased very slowly.

Other Remedies

The most effective method is to follow up the iodine with a course of MMS (acidified sodium chlorite) as explained in The Ultimate Cleanse. You can obtain Lugol’s solution and MMS from www.strideintohealth.com.Bicarbonate solution is very effective in direct contact such as for rinsing out the mouth, sinuses or vagina or as packs over sites of fungal infection and tumours.

Some other antifungal remedies are pau d'arco, propolis, wormwood, and the oils of tea-tree, neem tree, cinnamon, eucalyptus, mustard and thyme. Pau d’arco, also called taheebo or lapacho, has the advantage of tasting reasonably pleasant. Wormwood may be used if you want to eliminate fungi and parasites at the same time, for details see The Ultimate Cleanse.

Many with Candidiasis have benefited from using inulin, a non-digestible polysaccharide, which helps to feed the beneficial intestinal bacteria, especially in the colon. It is present in Jerusalem artichokes, chicory roots and dandelion roots, and may be sold as a white powder, see http://members.shaw.ca/duncancrow/inulin_prebiotic_probiotic.html. It may be used together with un-denatured whey powder high in alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin and bovine serum albumin, and with selenium for improving the immune system and glutathione production.

In addition you may use a Beck-type blood purifier or zapper to eliminate Candida and other fungi and infectious agents from the blood, for details see the article Electronic Zapper & Magnetic Pulser. Furthermore, the magnetic pulser may help to sanitise pockets of Candida infestations inside the mouth, vagina or underneath affected skin areas.

Some individuals have found urine therapy effective against Candida, parasites, intestinal inflammations and Leaky Gut Syndrome; for details see Urine & Urea Therapy.

Don't let the antibiotic syndrome creep up on you. Always try natural alternatives in preference to antibiotics, but when they are absolutely necessary, supplement your treatment with a fungicide and probiotics.

For more detailed instructions to treat Candida, parasites, autoimmune diseases, intestinal inflammatory diseases and “Leaky Guts Syndrome” see OVERCOMING CANDIDA and Other Infections at www.the-heal-yourself-series.com.

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