Holistic Medicine

Holistic Medicine

DISCLAIMER: Choosing a holistic approach to medicine means choosing personal responsibility for your health care. "The Healing Path" offers an option to use herbal supplements and energy healing to develop and improve health. It is not intended as a substitute for advice from a physician.


Candida - A Brief Overview

Candida - A Brief Overview

This page discusses causes of candida, how to recognize the symptoms of candida and provides relief for candida through Lori’s Candida Cleanse diet and the herbal tincture, Endocrine Strengthener.

      Causes of Candida – Symptoms of Candida – Correct Candida Overgrowth    
It is estimated that 80% of Americans have a condition know as Candida. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the body. It is normally present in our colon but it is kept in check by a healthy balance of friendly bacteria and digestive enzymes. The problem is that most American's have killed off their friendly bacteria due to the over use of pharmaceuticals and poor diet. There is a way to re-balance candida but it’s one of the best kept secrets in America... one that manages to keep most of us very ill.


 There are many things which may create an imbalance in the body. Some of the most common causes of candida are:
* Use of drugs such as antibiotics and birth control medication or steroids. This can include over the counter medications as well. 

* A diet rich in processed carbohydrates that is lacking fiber and natural enzymes. 

* Other causes of candida overgrowth are routine X-Rays. This may be denied by many professionals but X-rays can create a yeast overgrowth condition to manifest - even simple teeth X-Rays. 

* Trauma and long-term stress 

* A baby can be born with a yeast condition and one of the main causes of candida in babies is that the mother also had a yeast problem when carrying the baby. Remember, the baby gets its nourishment from the mother as well as Candida yeast! Babies with yeast will usually manifest symptoms early on in life, including thrush or chronic diaper rash.


Symptoms of Candida: A short list of candida symptoms are, but certainly not limited to: bloated stomach, sensitivity to odors, headaches, tiredness, depression, anxiety, leaky gut syndrome, allergies, muscle aches, inability to concentrate, digestive problems, skin rashes, kidney/bladder infections, yeast infections, blurred vision, vaginitis, infected nails, rectal itching, gas, thrush, low sex drive, irritable bowel syndrome, brain fog, ulcerative colitis, fatigue. The longer you have had a Candida Overgrowth the more debilitating the symptoms can be. Don’t be discouraged; there is a fairly easy correct candida.


It is not difficult to get rid of yeast once you get it. The main point to address is getting your digestion in order and eliminating the causes of candida; it is essential to healing a yeast condition. In my experiences, a person can completely eliminate a yeast problem in four weeks or less if the digestion is brought under control and the dietary changes are established. The most important thing to do is to stop feeding the yeast by limiting your carbohydrates to 10-15 grams per meal. Eliminate all processed carbohydrates especially white flour and sugar in all forms. It is also important to get a high-quality acidophilus [yogurt culture] supplement back into your system. Once you stop feeding the yeast and reintroduce the friendly bacteria, the body will begin to repair itself.


Another very important supplement to include in your daily regimen would be a top quality yeast-free B-Complex or Multi vitamin. The majority of candida people seem to be deficient in B-complex which is one of the reasons for the feeling of great tiredness and inability to handle stress. B-complex is also essential in helping us to get a good night's sleep. So make sure to include this important supplement in your morning routine. 


The other reason for feeling tired is that candida is a living single cell organism that spills its waste products into your body. This overloads the immune system and has a toxic effect on you as your body works overtime trying to rid itself of an overabundance of waste.


Candida thrives on starchy foods. The trick here is to STOP FEEDING THE YEAST! As you kill off the bad bacteria, you bring the body back into balance by introducing the good microorganisms in the form of a friendly bacteria supplement (acidophilus). Also introduce healthy digestive enzymes by adding a shot of raw naturally fermented unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to your diet once or twice daily. 


How Normal Bacteria in our Intestines can Become Parasitic

How Normal Bacteria in our Intestines can Become Parasitic

Candida is a single cell organism in the yeast family. It serves an important function in our gut much like insulin does in our blood. Any sugar that is not eliminated by insulin in our blood moves into our intestines where the candida organisms clean up (eat) the remaining sugar. When there is a constant over abundance of sugar (much like the American diet) the candida population grows. All carbohydrates (except fiber) are converted to sugar in our body.

If you have done anything to kill off your “friendly” bacteria (probiotics) say for instance with a course of antibiotics, x-rays, birth control pills or even stress, then the candida grows out of balance and overtakes the less prolific “friendly” bacteria.

It is at this point that candida shifts from being a normal part of healthy intestinal flora to being for all intents and purposes, a parasite. This is called, Candida Overgrowth. It is considered parasitic in that it is living off the food that its host eats and then eliminates its waste into the host, causing the host to become toxic.
Candida also takes on one more characteristic of a parasite. It controls its host by causing the host to crave sugar or carbohydrates. In so doing it guarantees its own survival. 

Lori’s Recommendations for Candida Overgrowth

Lori’s Recommendations for Candida Overgrowth

Causes of Candida – Symptoms of Candida – Correct Candida Overgrowth

Candida is an element naturally present in our intestinal flora. Some of the causes of candida overgrowth can be attributed to an improper diet, an impaired immune system, and/or use of medications, especially antibiotics or birth control pills. One course of antibiotics alone can cause this imbalance by killing off the less virulent friendly bacteria that helps with digestion and elimination. When the friendly bacteria diminishes the candida multiplies exponentially. Lack of these beneficial bacteria (probiotics) is one of the main causes of candida overgrowth.
When candida is in the “overgrowth” state it reacts much like a parasite in that it lives off the sugar you eat and it spills it’s toxins into your system causing you to feel miserable.  Since parasites can manipulate their hosts to benefit themselves it isn’t uncommon for someone with a candida overgrowth to crave carbohydrates. Something to keep in mind is that candida is a form of yeast that feeds on sugar and any carbohydrate is converted to sugar by our body. To get your intestinal flora back into balance, follow my three-step plan:

Lori’s Protocol for Candida

Step 1

1) Provide Support for Immune System 
* take Endocrine Strengthener available from this website on the “Products” page 
* get plenty of rest [at least 7 hours per night-sleep in total darkness] 
* take a high potency multi-vitamin and mineral - take extra vitamin A, C and E 
* take one tablespoon of flaxseed or coconut oil daily
* Vitamin D (minimum of 1,000 IU daily but you can take 5,000-10,0000) 

Step 2

2) Flush the Digestive Tract and Balance Intestinal Flora. 
* Drink lots of water; this will help flush the system and reduce the discomfort you feel as the yeast dies off. Remember that sometimes you feel worse before you feel better. 
* Eat foods that add healthy bacteria [kefir, raw sauerkraut-the kind in bags, yogurt, miso soup, kimchi and naturally fermented apple cider vinegar] (Kefir is the best by far in my opinion)
* Take a sugar free Metamucil type fiber supplement daily. 
Very Important: If you don’t have at least one bowel movement daily; start your program with step one and two. Proceed to step three ONLY once you have achieved regular daily bowel movements. 

Step 3

3) Stop feeding the yeast by following the Candida Control Diet: (For at least one Month)

Eliminate all sugars-Sugar is one of the key causes of candida [you may use Stevia In The Raw as a substitute] 
* Limit carbohydrates to 10-15 grams per meal 
Eliminate white flour, white rice, and pasta. 
* Keep even whole grains to a minimum because your body turns carbs into sugar. 
* Limit dairy products because of lactose (milk sugar.) but eat yogurt 1-2 times weekly 
Eliminate all known or suspected food allergens. 
Discontinue use of all antibiotics another one of the chief causes of candida) unless it is an absolute medical necessity 
* Eat all the high quality lean protein that you want. Go easy on the processed meats. 
* I recommend The Protein Power Plan by doctors Michael and Mary Eades or South Beach Diet. If you choose South Beach Diet you must stay on Phase one for one month rather than the suggested two weeks 

Eliminate the use of antibiotics, steroids, immune suppressing drugs, and birth control pills since they are major causes of candida overgrowth.

Note: Although it is suggested to limit dairy products, I think it is important to eat yogurt because the acidophilus in yogurt is very beneficial in bringing the intestinal flora back into balance. Even better than yogurt is Kefir which has 10 times more beneficial probiotics than yogurt. Reduced “friendly” bacterium is one of the causes of candida overgrowth. If you do not like yogurt or kefir, you may want to consider purchasing a probiotic as a supplement. That said, I still prefer to my probiotics from fermented foods.
Fibromyalgia – follow the above recommendations but add 
Fibro-Nervine to your program to help relieve nerve pain and support restful sleep.

Endocrine StrengthenerEndocrine StrengthenerBalance immune system, treat autoimmune disorders and prevent colds and flu
Fibro-NervineFibro-NervineHerbal tincture for Fibromyalgia, that addresses sleeplessness, neuralgia and has a calming effect on the nervous system.
About The Herxheimer Reaction

About The Herxheimer Reaction


I developed this Candida Cleanse so that it is so much easier than most cleanses. This protocol minimizes or eliminates the Hexheimer reaction (flu-like symptoms some experience during a cleanse) This Candida Cleanse, when followed properly will allow you balance your intestinal flora and rid yourself of a candida overgrowth, fibromyalgia and Epstein Barr.

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