By Michael Biamonte, C.C.N.
If you suspect that you have Systemic Candidiasis (systemic means the infection has spread to other areas, and is not confined to the bowel or vaginal area but it does not mean that it is in your blood!), consider carefully the treatment recommended by your health practitioner. 80% of all the treatments I have come across are either only temporary in reducing symptoms, very toxic to vital organs such as the liver, or would take years to truly handle systemic candida. Many Doctors rely on diet alone or medicinces alone. The truth is you need both! Diet starves the Candida so that the medcines can kill it!
DO NOT NEGLECT THE DIET
At the Biamonte Center, the Candida Diet is used to weaken the Candida by starving it. This makes it more susceptible to the anti-yeast/ anti- fungal substances that we use. The Candida Diet is not used to kill the Candida as its own weapon. Diet very rarely can eliminate Candida. Candida grows a root system into your blood vessels. Here it taps into you blood and feeds on blood glucose and other nutrients. There is always enough blood glucose to keep the Candida alive, despite being on a low carbohydrate diet or even if you fasted. Fasting cannot kill Candida! This is because even when you fast, your body must keep a normal level of glucose (blood sugar) circulating for your brain and muscles to work. However, the low carb diet weakens it, like a weed which has had little water for some time.
Even when it is barely alive, it can continue to survive. And if “watered and fed properly,” could grow again, returning to its former glory. This is a very important concept to understand when we consider the importance and place the diet treatment holds in the elimination of Candida.
DIET RARELY ELIMINATES CANDIDA. ITS PURPOSE IS TO MAKE THE CANDIDA WEAKER SO THAT THE MEDICINES CAN TOTALLY DESTROY IT!
When you cheat on the diet, the Candida can temporarily increase. If one cheats for 1 day on the diet but continues the Candida rotation and phase 0, little will happen to set one back. Any increase in growth can be reduced within 1-2 days. The more one cheats, the more Candida grows. If one does the program but does not follow the diet, either no progress will be made or the person will continually feel ill from feeding the Candida, then making it grow, and then killing it and becoming toxic from the dead Candida wastes! So when you cheat a day or so here and there on the diet, it does not defeat the entire program, providing that you stay on the anti-fungal rotation and Phase 0.
PROPER TESTING GIVES YOU CERTAINTY OF YOUR PROGRESS!
Anyone who has been treated for Candida who still has any symptoms mentioned here should call our office and ask about our Candida urine test. Many approaches fail due to the lack of an accurate test to determine if the program is working and to determine when you are actually complete. Self treatments fail because they symptoms are used to judge your progress. It is possible to reduce the candida enough to improve symptoms, but still have enough left that will gradually grow back in 3-6 months.
IF YOU TREAT WITHOUT AN ACCURATE TEST YOU DON’T KNOW IF THE CANDIDA IS FULLY GONE OR ONLY HIDING!
The Biamonte Method of testing for Candida consists of a first morning urine sample. The urine test kit can be provided online or by our center, the test kit comes with detailed instructions and color charts that guide you through doing the test in your own home.
OUR TEST SHOWS IF THE YEAST IS DYING OR NOT!
The urine is tested within the first hour of voiding for accuracy. After the hour has passed chemical reactions will occur that will lower the accuracy. Candida test measures chemical waste products from harmful bacteria and parasites, waste products that are produced as a by-product of Candida’s own metabolisms and free radical reactions that occur from the alcohol by products of Candida. Bacteria, yeasts and parasites produce “organic acids” unique to themselves. This can be thought of as chemicals that are produced by the organisms that are not produced by our own bodies. These chemicals serve as footprints of these organisms. We measure these wastes in the urine to determine if they are in a range we consider being consistent with Candida overgrowth. Although those who have a poor immune system can experience “Candida symptoms”, at low levels.
TREATMENTS THAT MIGHT FAIL!
The most well known medicine for Candida might be Nystatin. According to the PDR, no detectable blood levels are found following oral administration of the drug at recommended doses. It is, therefore, effective at reducing localized vaginal or intestinal yeast growth, but cannot travel through the blood stream to handle the infections in other areas. Another drug Nizoral impairs the productions of ergosterol, a vitamin D like substance, which is vital to the integrity of the yeast cell membranes. This drug is difficult for Candidiasis patients to absorb because proper stomach acid is required to absorb it. Most patients are deficient in stomach acid. Yeast infections sometimes produce symptoms that make people believe they have excess acid. Recent evidence shows this drug may cause serious liver damage or even fatal reactions. The PDR states that these drugs can only be taken for a short period of time due to toxicity. I do not believe they can be taken long enough to kill the Candida.
DO NOT TAKE THE SAME ANTIFUNGAL EVERYDAY FOR WEEKS!
Candida like a chameleon is able to transform itself from a fungus into yeast. Candida is highly resistive and may be able to mutate against an antifungal herb or medicine if the substance is taken for 21 days or more, so “rotation,” or switching the antifungal used in an orderly fashion, is essential. Once we have tested the person to discover the type of Candida they have, we then select 4 substances that are especially effective on that type of Candida. The first one is taken for a 4-day period and then stopped. We then move to the next substance for another 4 days. This is repeated over and over again. This rotation is done so that the Candida does not develop a resistance to the substance. (This concept is covered in my earlier articles on Candida.)
TO KILL CANDIDA YOU HAVE TO FOOL IT!
The trick is that each remedy has a different chemical action in destroying the yeast. So rotating them exposes the yeast to different forms of attack. It also ensures that resistance to the remedy is avoided because use is not continuous. One of the most common stories that I hear from new patients is “the doctor gave me an antifungal that he said was really good. I took for 3 or 4 weeks and was getting better. A few months later my symptoms were mostly gone and I thought I was cured! I didn’t change anything and then all my symptoms came back again! What happened?” Simple, Candida developed a resistance to the antifungal, stopped working and grew back!
DO NOT TAKE VITAMINS AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
Certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs can spread Candida. Some of these include the B- complex, vitamin D, CoQ-10, Calcium, Copper, and Iron. Other nutrients protect the Candida from the very medicines used to kill it. I recently wrote an entire article on how CoQ10 can spread Candida! I personal take CoQ10, but I don’t have Candida! I would not recommend taking Coq10 until your Candida is gone!
Most antifungals work by creating “oxidative stress” against the membrane or outer skin of the Candida. This works by “burning” or “digesting” the outer layer of the Candida. Antioxidant vitamins in high doses will protect the Candida from treatment and most be avoided.
Many years ago I studied how many of the prescription drugs worked to kill Candida. I was surprised to learn that many of the drugs work by blocking the absorption of nutrients like Vitamin D or Iron into the Candida cell, so that Candida will not get that nutrient to nourish itself. SO IF THE DRUGS TRY TO STOP THE CANDIDA FROM GETTING VITAMINS, WHY SHOULD YOU FEED CANDIDA VITAMIN PILLS?
The most common mistake in trying to regain energy in one who has Candidiasis is the use of many vitamins and minerals or other exotic supplements intended to boost energy while the Candida still exists in the body.
Giving a toxic body dozens of nutrients is asking for trouble. One can become severely ill if they take many nutrients when they are chronically toxic. The nutrients will cause a mad, uncontrolled release of toxins, which the body will not be prepared to release. The result will be feeling terrible. Candida suffers usually get bad reactions to vitamin supplements.
DO NOT NEGLECT TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONES
Having elevated levels of Estrogen and Cortisol, or having lower levels of Testosterone, Dhea, or Progesterone can make a man or woman more prone to Candida and cause continual relapse. Women who notice that their Candida symptoms worsen during the PMS phase of menses, or men who notice that they have a drop in energy or libido since developing Candida- like symptoms, have hormonal problems linked to Candida. Stress will easily cause Candida by elevating the stress hormone, Cortisol, which will depress the immune system and like Estrogen, raise the amount of sugars found in the mucus surrounding the Candida. Fortunately, I have learned from years of experience that the standard approach to testing and treating hormone problems often makes Candida worse! In the Biamonte Method, we use a special way of testing for hormones that reflects how the hormone is affecting the Candida. Standard blood tests for hormones are of little use. There is also a special way for treating the hormones so as not to spread the Candida. Typical hormone treatments can make Candida worse!
DO NOT TRY TO ELIMINATE MERCURY OR TOXIC METALS WHILE TREATING CANDIDA
Toxic metals such as Mercury, Copper, Iron, Aluminum, Bismuth, and Arsenic show up consistently in the Candida patient. These metals can either disable the exact part of the immune system that seeks to control Candida or they destroy the gut flora that controls Candida. Mercury and Copper are often found in one’s dental fillings and in tap water. As they pass through the intestinal tract, they can stimulate the growth of more Candida.
The body does not form Candida as a protective mechanism against Mercury. This is false data! Mercury suppresses intestinal antibodies and immune response which allow Candida to then grow.
Many doctors make the mistake of aggressively chelating or trying to remove metals from the Candida patient early in the treatment, thinking that handling the cause will clear it faster. However, this only serves to spread the Candida. As the huge out pouring of metals move down the intestinal tract, it contacts and spreads the yeast!
Metal removal must be done after the yeast is gone. In the Biamonte Method, we use a substance which binds the metals in the intestinal tract during the early stages of Candida elimination to keep the metals away from the Candida until address the metals safely.
IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE CANDIDA, YOU MUST CORRECT WHY YOU HAVE CANDIDA
In the natural health field many substances have bean promoted as being able to reduce yeast Infection. I have found that they do create a reduction in symptoms, but cannot destroy a yeast overgrowth in a systemic case.
Both undecylenic and caprylic acid are poorly absorbed into the blood stream making them ineffective in systemic cases. They only eliminate OR destroy it in the intestinal tract and will leave behind the colonies that have traveled to other parts of the body.
Acidophilus is helpful with some Candida symptoms while it is being used regularly. It is supposed to replace Candida in the intestines. But it cannot re-grow and replace Candida until enough Candida has been cleaned out and the intestines are cleaner!
Many herbs, citrus extracts and other substances have been found to create effective reduction, but rarely a complete one. This is because yeast is very adaptive. Yeast sensitivity tests (where an individual yeast is tested to see which remedies will effectively kill it), can be done as part of a comprehensive stool test if needed. In the past I have used these to prove that the yeast can become resistant to any natural or medical therapy after a month or so of continuous use. I have collected a protocol of over 35 different natural, nontoxic, substances which are extremely effective in handling systemic candida. However, even at that, a special approach is needed to ensure effectiveness.
THE CONFUSION OF TREATMENT
Many practitioners you may visit for candida treatment will tell you one of four things:
(1). “We must build your immune system” or (2.) “We must detoxify you”, or (3.) “We must kill your candida”. (4.) ‘”We must balance your metabolism”. Some will tell you they must do all four immediately and put you on sixty products a day. The proper way to handle candida, EBV, HIV, or any such condition is in four steps. They must be done in an exact order and to full completion. If not, the patient is likely to relapse. How can you rebuild the immune system if the person has a raging infection? If your house were on fire you wouldn’t begin to repair your walls and structures until you put out the fire, right?
WHAT REALLY WORKS!
- First eliminate “Parasites.” They can cause Candida by killing the friendly bacteria just like antibiotics do. Candida is now attacked using natural herbs that can kill it throughout the body. These herbs can also kill it in the intestines at the same time. That gives us a head start! These herbs are not taken all together every day because the Candida will get use to them. So they must be taken alone, one at a time. We usually use 4 different ones taken each one alone for 4 days.
- Candida must be cleaned out from the intestines. At this point we use a different type of natural Candida killer that can concentrate all its power on intestinal elimination. These substances can reach yeast that is hiding in the folds of the intestines. While we do this we also clean out the whole digestive tract so the killers can contact and reach any Candida that might be buried under old mucus or hardened feces. After this is complete friendly acidophilus and bifidus bacteria are given. This prevents the Candida from growing right back. Any damage done to the intestines can be repaired at this time. Special vitamin formulations are used that will reduce inflammation and reform healthy tissue.
- Candida causes vitamin deficiencies by preventing their absorption. Now we can take vitamins without getting bad reactions and no results. When Candida is eliminated we can begin to take nutrients and ABSORB THE AGAIN! Now we can feel results from them!
- Finally, the immune system can be strengthened without having to battle a continuous infection! The immune system rarely recovers while Candida is still there.
I can assure you that if each phase is done, in order to full completion, the chances are unlikely that the patient will relapse and unlikely that he or she will still have the underlying weakness which led to going on the antibiotic that may have induced the yeast infection to begin with.
My experience is that practitioners concentrate only one of these four phases and neglect the other three. Look at it again. You reduce the infection first, so you will not produce further toxins so that your colon or detoxifying regime will be finite and effective. You then normalize endocrine function. Any toxins store in the thyroid directly, a good example is mercury. Opening up channels of elimination as in phase two allow for further cellular detox and endocrine function to resume. Since the adrenal glands also have a powerful immune stimulation, (sympathetic innervated immune response), phase three opens up to phase four reestablishing correct immune response. So there you have it. This is the solution and correct path to handling this modern scourge. I wish you well.
Michael Biamonte holds a Doctorate of Nutripathy, and is a New York State certified Clinical Nutritionist. He is a professional member of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists,The American College of Nutrition and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. He is listed in “The Directory of Distinguished Americans” for his research in Nutrition and Physiology.