Candida

Natural Candida Program

The BrainChild Nutritionals Natural Candida Program is designed to enhance digestive system health, making the body less hospitable to Candida and other types of imbalances.  Our modern diet and toxic load means that many of us, both adults and children, have unbalanced digestive systems, which can harbor an unhealthy overgrowth of candida and other kinds of “gut bugs”.  Candida and other intestinal organisms are highly adaptable, and develop a resistance to most things used to fight them.  This program centers around a rotation of several natural antifungals, to keep “shifting gears”, so candida doesn’t have time to develop a defense.  The program also features the use of enzymes to digest yeast cell walls, support for oxygenation, body pH and the liver, use of probiotics to maintain healthy intestinal flora,  and avoidance of dietary sugars, which feed candida.  A normal body naturally contains a certain amount of candida and other bacteria at all times.  The intention of a program like ours is not to treat or eradicate candida, but to make the environment less hospitable to dysbiosis, so that the body can return to its natural balance.

This program may be helpful to people of any age with candida overgrowth or other gut infections.  If the problem is not chronic, the program may work relatively fast, within a month or two.  People with normally functioning digestive systems may not need to keep on it for the long term to obtain results.  For those with chronic digestive issues, and most children on the autistic spectrum, the program may take considerably longer, and may require occasional repetition, to keep yeast overgrowth under control.   The program includes dosage suggestions for both adults and children.

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Discussion

People who eat a diet high in carbohydrates and sugar, as well as most kids on the autistic spectrum, are more likely to have an overgrowth of candida.  Heavy metal toxicity and the excretion of heavy metals aggravate gut problems further. The prescription antifungals used conventionally for this purpose can be hard on the liver and other organs. Just two months of prescription antifungals left my own son pale, weak and with a very unprotected gastrointestinal tract, that was vulnerable to... more gut problems!   I believe this was because the antifungals killed quite a lot of beneficial bacteria along with the bad stuff, so the good bacteria couldn’t protect his gut after the prescription antifungals were discontinued.  My experience with rotating natural antifungals is that this approach leaves much more of the good flora.

Based on our experience and research, we have developed a natural approach for enhancing digestive health in adults or children, effectively making it harder for candida, bad gut bacteria and parasites to flourish.  The type of strategy outlined here has been effective with my own son -– originally a real “gut kid” -- for over five years now, including times when we were clearing heavy metals.  I have shared this approach with others over the years, and many of them have also had good success with it.

Candida is extremely adaptable.  This means that it develops a resistance to almost anything it comes into contact with, by means of a mutation process called pleomorphism.  The basic approach of this program is to use a single natural antifungal at a time, for just four days, then switch to another one, for the next four days, and so on, for a period of six weeks to six months, or longer if needed.  The rotation of different natural formulas is designed to keep the candida “off balance” and not give it time to build up a resistance to any one of them.   During the program, you will also use probiotics every day to help build good flora, enzymes to weaken the candida cell walls, and Cell Food to oxygenate the gut cells and support pH levels.

For each individual, some natural antifungals will be more effective than others, depending on the particular strains of candida and other pathogens, and on that child’s individual body chemistry.  Because we are rotating several different formulas, we increase the odds of hitting on one or more that are particularly effective for the individual.  It is more important to find several formulas that are tolerated well at moderate doses, and then be consistent in their use, than to focus on finding the “right” one to use.  

How long it will take to get candida under control will vary from person to person.  With my own son, it was three months from the first test showing lots of candida to the second one, showing none.  Three months seems to be about average, with some taking as little as six weeks, and others as long as 4-8 months or even longer.  Those with truly chronic problems may need to stay on a reduced frequency form of this program for the long term.   Some ideas for this are given in the program details.

If you see no improvement in three months, we would suggest considering changing which formulas you are using, or rotating two of them at a time, instead of just one.  You can also run a CDSA stool test (see Resource List) to see which specific bugs you have, so you could more effectively target them.  Please feel free to give us a call and let us support you if you are in this situation.

After a clean gut test, you will not necessarily stop the rotation right away.  You can slowly start to take a few days’ break between cycles, and gradually increase the length of these “breaks”, watching carefully to make sure overgrowth is not recurring.   This is what I did with my own son.  Nowadays, after a few years with yeast under control, I’ll still do a few days or weeks on natural antifungals if he seems yeasty to me, or if test comes back with signs of yeast, but otherwise we do none.  The great thing about it is that you can always go right back on the rotation if you see signs of dysbiosis coming back.  This program is designed to guide you in gradually reducing the rotation, and working toward a healthier gut that can function with minimal extra support. 

Even after you believe candida is under control, you are probably not done, particularly with kids on the Spectrum.   When the body is clearing heavy metals, yeast tends to flare up again, so please stay vigilant, and keep a small supply of natural antifungals on hand, in case of a flare up.  I have found over time that since I know my son’s signs of a yeast flare (for him, as with many kids, one sign is “drunken”, hysterical giggling), I am able to fight them pretty easily, because I can start a rotation quickly, and I know from past experience what usually helps.

With Great Hope,


BrainChild Nutritionals

 



The Program, Products & Dosage

 

Name of Supplement

 When to Give

 Frequency

Description

Candex

Every day

Once a day, on an empty stomach

Cellulase enzyme to eat away at the candida cell walls.

Cell Power

 

Every day

3 times a day, with meals

Help oxygenate the intestines and support body pH

Natural Antifungals – pick three.

4 days at a time, rotating

3 times a day, with meals

One at a time, for example:  4 days Oregon grape, then 4 days Olive Leaf, then 4 days Pau D’Arco, then start over with Oregon Grape.

Probiotics

Daily

As directed

To help grow good flora in the gut and crowd out things like candida, parasites and bad bacteria.

Water

Daily

All day!

Drink lots of water (One half lbs of body weight in ounces, e.g. 50 lb person drinks 25 oz).

 

Natural Antifungal Rotation

On this program, you will choose three natural formulas to use, one at a time, 4 days each.  For example:

·            Four days of Oregon Grape, then

·            Four days of Pau D’Arco, then

·            Four days of Olive Leaf

Now you will repeat the cycle, starting with Oregon Grape at the same dosage you left off at the first time, then Pau D’Arco, then Olive Leaf, starting up each time with the same dosages you stopped at before, and increasing (the antifungals you are using may be different than the three mentioned here).  

Continue this rotating process for at least 6 weeks, until desired results are obtained.   After yeast is under control, you may continue rotating more occasionally, or start up the rotation again any time that you think yeast may be flaring up, or once in awhile.  For example: you might choose rotate natural antifungals one week a month, or in a pattern of one week on, one week off, for preventative purposes.  These natural antifungals are available from BrainChild, and do not require a prescription.

 

Natural Antifungal Dosing

Text Box: The Natural Antifungals
Choose three of the following to rotate.  If in doubt, let us help you choose!

Oregon Grape
Pau D’Arco
Lomatium
Olive Leaf Extract
Advanced Formula Biocidin
Inner Balance


Start low, and work up to a moderate dose.  We are trying to be gentle on the body, and also trying to avoid causing a large die off (Herxheimer) reaction.  For a small child around 50 lbs, work up to half the adult dosage.  For an adult or an adult-size child of 90 lbs or more, work up to the low-end adult dose.   Our natural antifungals can be easily given mixed with BrainChild vitamins and minerals, at meal times.  Candex must be given on an empty stomach to be effective.

On the second round, you can start each antifungal again at the dose you stopped at the last time.  For example, if you were giving 9 drops a day of Oregon Grape when you finished the first four days, you can start it up at 9 drops again the next round, and increase from there.

We would be happy to discuss the pro’s and con’s of each of our natural antifungals with you and help you choose three that would work for you.

 

Probiotics

Please take probiotics daily, along while on this program.  Probiotics are beneficial bacteria, intended to help the gut colonize good flora and make it less friendly to yeast and other infections.  One way to understand this is that it’s like planting good seeds in the garden to help crowd out the weeds.  We believe that anyone fighting a candida problem should be taking probiotics.  If you do not already have a probiotic that is working well for you, we highly recommend our Maximum Strength Probiotic Formula, available in capsules or extra strength powder.   We believe that anyone on the Spectrum or who has chronic candida or other gut problems should be taking probiotics daily, probably for life.

Diet

Eliminate as much sugar from your diet as possible.  Sugar feeds candida.  The less sugar of any kind a person eats, the better chance that candida will weaken and die.  We suggest that anyone fighting candida eat a diet as free of processed sugar and simple carbohydrates as possible.  Remember that bread, starches and alcohol also convert to sugar. If the individual is able to eat a healthy range of vegetables, fruits may be limited as well, as the fructose in fruit can feed candida.  This is optional, as for some children, fruits may make up a significant portion of the diet, and be contributing fiber, vitamins and minerals which are helping with general health.   We believe that in most cases, it is possible to get candida under control without eliminating fruit from the diet.

Water

People using this program should be drinking lots of purified water every day.  Candida elimination, like any kind of detoxification of the body, requires that the bowels and kidneys keep moving easily, so that the dead yeast may be eliminated and does not accumulate in the body.  Do not let the body get constipated.   A good rule of thumb is take your body weight in pounds and divide by two and drink that many ounces of water every day.  For example, a 100-lb adult would drink 50 oz of water daily.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

This program is not designed for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  Please consult your practitioner for guidance.

 

Optional Additions to the Program

Here are a few additions to the program, which may be implemented if warranted by the needs of the individual.  Feel free to give us a call if we can help with any of these:

 

Liver Support and pH Balancing

Candida metabolites need to leave the body when candida dies.  This can put a strain on the detoxification organs, like the liver and kidneys.  BrainChild vitamins and minerals have good levels of liver support.  Anyone on this program who is not taking one of the BrainChild vitamin and mineral formulas should be doing something for extra liver support.   Liver Life, which we carry at BrainChild, would be an excellent addition to this program, for anyone needing additional liver support or extra help balancing body pH. 

Colon Cleansing

For anyone with signs of slow digestion, it may be extremely helpful to cleanse the digestive system, to help remove putrefied material and old yeast metabolites from the system.  This can be very helpful anytime during or after this program.  Oxy-Powder is one helpful product for this purpose (www.oxypowder.com).  Please consult your natural health practitioner, or give us a call and we would be happy to help with other ideas.

 More Extensive Dietary Changes

There are extensive “anti-candida” diets available, in book form and on the internet.  If you are an adult, easily able to modify your diet, you may benefit from looking into these.  We know that many children on the Spectrum are already on highly restrictive diets, and that dietary restriction with children is challenging, and this is why the dietary suggestions for this program are relatively simple. 

 Specific Parasites or Bacteria found in Testing

This program will probably help somewhat with low to moderate levels of most parasites or bad bacteria, by making the gut environment less hospitable to them.  Our Inner balance formula can be used in place of one of the antifungals to aid in eliminating parasites. If you find that you have high levels of specific parasites or bad bacteria, a more focused approach will probably be necessary to fight them effectively.  Give us a call or consult your health practitioner, if you need help figuring out what might help.

 



Frequently Asked Questions

 Which Yeast Kit should I buy?

Yeast kit #1 contains everything you need to do the entire program, including Candex and Call Power.  Candex and Cell Power are helpful, in keeping the gut environment less hospitable to yeast, but the program may be done without them, if you can’t get Candex in on an empty stomach, or if you need to save money but still need to fight candida.  We think Kit #1 maximizes your odds of success, but either one is a valid approach to yeast fighting.

 What if I think the Candida might be gone?

If you get a clean test back, or you think all the symptoms have subsided, you can do a trial of pulling back the rotation a little bit, to see what you see without it.  One good strategy is to start doing a “break” between rounds, four days without any antifungal in place after you finish the last one.   If this goes well, you can increase the length of the break each time, and see how you do.  The goal is to eventually wean off of the antifungals entirely, and keep them in reserve for any recurrences.  Another possibility is to get testing done to confirm whether the yeast is really gone, and use these results to guide you.

 What if the Candida doesn’t seem to be going away?

After three months or so, if you think candida is still present, you may want to consider further restricting the diet and increasing the strength of this program by rotating two antifungals at a time.  You may wish to consider adding any of our natural antifungal formulas, or the following:  Olive Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, or Uva Ursi.  There are pro’s and con’s to using each of these agents, and some of them are phenolic, so be sure to read up on them, and feel free to call us if we can support you.  We are hoping to have more of these available for you to choose from at BrainChild in the future.

 What are the signs of die off? 

Die off can make you feel drained and tired out, have dark circles under your eyes and fatigue.  You may also have pain in your gut.   The reason people get die off symptoms is that the body is having difficulty trying to rid itself of dead yeast metabolites through the liver and kidneys.  It means the program is working, but faster than the body can easily adjust.

 

What can I do to calm die off symptoms? 

There are two basic approaches to calming die off:

1.      Help the dead yeast metabolites find their way out of the body more easily – you can do this by drinking extra water, sweating in a sauna, adding liver support, or using activated charcoal or bentonite clay, which will soak up the toxins and help them leave the body.

2.      Slowing the rate of die off, so that it’s easier for the body to deal with – Slow down.  Stop the rotation for a day or two, drink plenty of water, and then start up again at a lower dose of a different natural antifungal than the one you stopped with.  This will give your body’s detoxification system a little time to catch up with the rate of die off.


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Resources

 

Useful Websites

 

Direct Labs                           

www.directlabs.com

 

Candida Information Sheet with lots of good links

http://www.candidayeastinfection.com/

 

The Modern Herbalist

http://www.modernherbalist.com

 

Oxypowder Colon Cleanser

http://www.oxypowder.com

 

Books

 

Chronic Candidiasis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise, and Other Natural Methods (Paperback), by Michael Murray, ND

 



Oregon Grape Extract

By BrainChild Nutritionals

Natural candida remedy. Oregon Grape is not a grape at all, but one of the Berberines, shown by studies to inhibit yeast and bacteria. 

¨        Inhibits growth of candida.

¨        Proven effective against broad range of bacterial infections.

¨        Yummy flavor, easy to give to children.

¨        Anti-inflammatory.

¨        Supports immune system.

¨        Helpful during a cold - calms diarrhea, cools fever

¨        Can be used in the Natural Antifungal Rotation.

 

Ingredients: Organically grown Oregon Grape root 1:1 extract, distilled water, kosher vegetable glycerine, ascorbic acid, l-glycine, natural lemon extract.

 

Suggested Usage:  Adults: Full adult dose is 30 drops in water or other drink, 3 times a day. Start at half dose and work up to full dose over first few days, to avoid herxheimer reaction (die off).  Children: Half of adult dose. Start with one drop, 3 times a day and increase gradually to 15 drops, 3 times a day.  Glass dropper bottle 1 oz and 2 oz available

 

Pau D’Arco Extract

By BrainChild Nutritionals

Gentle, time-honored natural candida remedy.   Supports immune and gastro-intestinal health, making the body less hospitable to yeast, parasitic, bacterial, fungal and viral infections.  Organically grown; alcohol-free; low in phenols.

¨        Supports Healthy Functioning of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract.

¨        Supports Immune System health.

¨        Promotes a healthy microbial balance in the digestive system.

¨        Delicious flavor, easy to give to children.

¨        Anti-inflammatory.

¨        Anti-oxidant.

¨        Can be used in the Natural Antifungal Rotation.

 

Ingredients: Pau D'Arco inner bark 1:2 extract, distilled water, kosher vegetable glycerine.

 

Suggested Usage: Adults: Full adult dose is 30 drops in water or other drink, 3 times a day. Start at half dose and work up to full dose over a few days, to avoid herxheimer reaction (die off).  Children: Half of adult dose. Start with one drop, 3 times a day and increase gradually to 15 drops, 3 times a day with a meal.

 

Glass dropper bottle 1oz and 2oz available
Inner Balance

By BrainChild Nutritionals

Herbal parasite remedy.  Also supports healthy digestion, helps fight yeast, and cleanses the blood; anti-inflammatory; anti-viral.  

¨        Gentle but effective parasite elimination formula.

¨        Supports healthy digestive system function.

¨        Anti-inflammatory.

¨        Anti-viral.

¨        Can be used in the Natural Antifungal Rotation.

 

Ingredients: Organically grown Quassia bark, Black Walnut Hulls and Fennel, 1:4 extract, distilled water, kosher vegetable glycerine, agave nectar, natural lemon extract.

 

Suggested Usage:  Adults: Full adult dose is 30 drops in water or other drink, 3 times a day. Start at half dose and work up to full dose over a few days, to avoid herxheimer reaction (die off).  Children: Half of adult dose. Start with one drop, 3 times a day and increase gradually to 5 drops, 3 times a day with a meal.  Glass dropper bottle 1oz and 2oz available

 

 

Advanced Formula Biocidin

By Bio-Botanical Research

Potent broad-spectrum combination of botanicals for systemic use and for addressing the gastrointestinal tract.

¨        Essential oils of Oregano, Lavender and Tea Tree for broad-spectrum antibacterial activity.

¨        Black Walnut leaf and hull contain plant tannins for additional cleansing to promote healthy intestinal ecology.

¨        Milk Thistle and Plantain assist in drainage via detoxification pathways.

¨        Can be used in the Natural Antifungal Rotation.

 

Ingredients: Bilberry extract, Beet Root, Raspberry, Milk Thistle, Echinacea angustifolia and purpurea, Black Walnut, Noni, Goldenseal, Shitake, White Willow, Garlic, Grape seed extract, Plaintain, Fumitory, Gentian, Tea Tree, Galbanum, Lavender, Oregano, in a base of vegetable glycerine, distilled water and alcohol. (Less than 5% alcohol by volume, from potato source).

 

Suggested Usage: Adults: Full dose is 5 drops 3 times per day or as directed by a health care professional.  Sensitive adults may wish to start at half dose and increase gradually to full dose.  Children: Begin with 1 drop a day and increase gradually. Full dose is 1 drop per 10 lbs body weight per day, divided into 2 or 3 doses.

Glass dropper bottle 1/2 oz

 NOTE: Contains natural phenols; should not be taken by people who do not tolerate berries and other phenolic foods.


Cell Power

By Positive Power Nutritionals

Oxygen-producing, high-energy concentrate with Amino Acids, Enzymes and Colloidal Minerals

 

¨      Nourishes, tunes up and gently detoxifies all body systems throughout the day.

¨      Acidifies pH of the gut, making it less hospitable to candida and dysbiosis.

¨      May help energy levels.

¨      Supports healthy brain function, alertness, concentration.

¨      Supports the immune system, powerful antioxidant.

¨      Use daily in the Natural Candida Program.

 

 

Primary Ingredients:Pure Water, Dissolved Oxygen, and a Naturally Balanced Pure Source Blend of Colloidal Minerals, Amino Acids, Enzymes, Electrolytes and Ionic Nutrients.

 

Suggested Usage: Adults: take 5 to 10 drops in a 8 ounce empty glass and, fill with purified water or juice. Take 1 to 3 times a day, for energy. After taking CellPower for a month or more, you may increase drops up to 15 per dose. Children: Take one drop per year of age of child and take 2 oz of water for each drop given, start with 1 drop/day and increasing slowly.1 oz dropper bottle

 

Olive Leaf Extract

By BrainChild Nutritionals

 

Gut microbial health support, also great for your heart and immune system.

 

¨        Inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses.

¨        Candida support.

¨        Helpful against many parasites.

¨        Supports a healthy immune system.

¨        May help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

¨        Good tasting and alcohol-free, great for kids and adults!

¨        Can be used in the Natural Antifungal Rotation.

 

Ingredients: Organically grown Olive Leaf 1:4 extract, distilled water, kosher vegetable glycerine.

 

Suggested Usage: Adults: 30 drops in a glass of water or other drink, 3 times a day.  Start at half dose and work up to full dose over first few days; Children: One half adult dose.  

 

Glass dropper bottle, 1 oz and 2 oz available.

 

NOTE: Contains natural phenols; should not be taken by people who do not tolerate berries and other phenolic foods          


Maximum Support Probiotic Formula

By BrainChild Nutritionals

Comprehensive, maximum potency probiotic formula.  

 

¨        High potency, hypoallergenic blend of 12 certified probiotic strains.

¨        Designed for individuals who require high amounts of several probiotic types to help support intestinal health.

¨        Available in vegetarian capsules and extra potency powder.

¨        Use daily in the Natural Candida Program.

 

Both capsules and powder feature a proprietary natural polysaccharide coating on the probiotic powder grains to ensure maximum delivery of live microorganisms throughout the intestinal tract, in or out of the capsule.

 

FREE OF: Milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn,