THE CANDIDA-ASTHMA CONNECTION: TRIALLING DIETS

Over the past twenty years we have experimented with over one hundred different diets. There is no question that if an individual is on a poor diet and lives on junk foods and take aways, almost any diet will be an improvement and therefore the person will be healthier and probably feel better. But that is not the same as saying that this or that diet ‘cures’ Candida, asthma or an allergy. Some, like the ‘metabolism-balancing diet’ (also known as the ‘bio-balancing diet’, are inappropriate for many people. Others will be useful for some people but not for others. Unfortunately diets have to be tailored for the individual. If someone is unusually sensitive to nightshades, then tomatoes and potatoes may have to be excluded. Others will need to avoid foods containing natural salicylates and many, if not all, asthmatics tend to do better on a regime free of milk and sulphites. Many digestive problems are related to a gluten intolerance and gluten free diets can help to treat asthma and Candida by lowering the total load.
Can Diet Alone Cure Candida?
In some cases this may be possible. In the vast majority of people, however, Candida invasion can only be stopped if the focus of infection, the gut, is treated. And that almost invariably requires some form of anti-fungal medication. Your doctor should be able to advise you after judging the severity of your condition by interpreting the results of some of the many available laboratory tests. Sometimes people believe they have been cured because some or most of the symptoms disappear after they have followed an elimination or anti-candida diet for a while. When the appropriate tests are carried out, however, Candida is found to linger on inside cells. By testing antibody responses, we can judge whether the organism represents a threat to the patient and whether the body can defend itself. The symptoms of patients who respond well to diet alone may have gone simply because they did not have Candida in the first place, but were very allergic to some of the foods they stopped eating while on the Candida diet!
There is no question that a trial elimination diet is a useful diagnostic procedure. Eliminating moulds, fungi, ferments and nutrients which contribute to Candida growth, such as sugars and refined carbohydrates, should improve the patient’s condition. If it does not, then either the Candida problem is more than just superficial and will need more vigorous treatment, or there are other reasons for the symptoms. If the diet is successful in eliminating the problems or at least making you feel a lot better, then you have achieved good results. Unfortunately though, you still don’t know if Candida was the problem or you were simply allergic to one of the foods avoided.
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THE CANDIDA-ASTHMA CONNECTION: TRIALLING DIETSOver the past twenty years we have experimented with over one hundred different diets. There is no question that if an individual is on a poor diet and lives on junk foods and take aways, almost any diet will be an improvement and therefore the person will be healthier and probably feel better. But that is not the same as saying that this or that diet ‘cures’ Candida, asthma or an allergy. Some, like the ‘metabolism-balancing diet’ (also known as the ‘bio-balancing diet’, are inappropriate for many people. Others will be useful for some people but not for others. Unfortunately diets have to be tailored for the individual. If someone is unusually sensitive to nightshades, then tomatoes and potatoes may have to be excluded. Others will need to avoid foods containing natural salicylates and many, if not all, asthmatics tend to do better on a regime free of milk and sulphites. Many digestive problems are related to a gluten intolerance and gluten free diets can help to treat asthma and Candida by lowering the total load.Can Diet Alone Cure Candida?In some cases this may be possible. In the vast majority of people, however, Candida invasion can only be stopped if the focus of infection, the gut, is treated. And that almost invariably requires some form of anti-fungal medication. Your doctor should be able to advise you after judging the severity of your condition by interpreting the results of some of the many available laboratory tests. Sometimes people believe they have been cured because some or most of the symptoms disappear after they have followed an elimination or anti-candida diet for a while. When the appropriate tests are carried out, however, Candida is found to linger on inside cells. By testing antibody responses, we can judge whether the organism represents a threat to the patient and whether the body can defend itself. The symptoms of patients who respond well to diet alone may have gone simply because they did not have Candida in the first place, but were very allergic to some of the foods they stopped eating while on the Candida diet!There is no question that a trial elimination diet is a useful diagnostic procedure. Eliminating moulds, fungi, ferments and nutrients which contribute to Candida growth, such as sugars and refined carbohydrates, should improve the patient’s condition. If it does not, then either the Candida problem is more than just superficial and will need more vigorous treatment, or there are other reasons for the symptoms. If the diet is successful in eliminating the problems or at least making you feel a lot better, then you have achieved good results. Unfortunately though, you still don’t know if Candida was the problem or you were simply allergic to one of the foods avoided.*61\145\2*

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