I recently read two books that have broadened my perspective on Candida. One is called CLEAN, by Alejandro Junger, MD. The other is called Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life, by Cherie Calbom, MS. CLEAN is one of those books that you read and you want to buy it for everyone you know. Dr. Junger is a Cardiologist who developed depression in his residency. He had grown up eating homemade food with regular trips to the farmer’s market. Throughout his residency in a New York City hospital, he developed eating habits that included fast food and vending machines. When he became depressed, he was confused, because he loved what he did and he was good at it. He was unwilling to accept the western medicine principle that had simply developed a neurotransmitter imblance. Instead of taking prescription antidepressants, he went on a mission to figure out WHY? In his book, he explains how toxins of any kind, especially those that we ingest through food, can lead to imbalance, chronic disease, and yeast (Candida) overgrowth. He explains how to restore the body’s ability to detoxify and heal itself through our eating patterns and through periodic detoxing. He combines healing principles from Functional, Western, and Eastern medicine to create a simple and comprehensive approach to healing chronic disease. This book summarizes information that I spent years trying to understand. Our world can have more healthy/happy people if you read it and pass it on.
Dr. Junger states that a “basic understanding of the mechanics of detoxification explain why the different detox programs have different effects and results. Some are designed to release toxins in a rush, others, to let them out slowly.” (p. 128) He briefly explains the benefits and drawbacks to different types of detoxing programs, including water fasting, The Master Cleanse, juice fasting, blended fasting, raw food, and nutritional cleanses, ayurvedic detoxificaion programs, and elimination diets. His three week program is a type of nutritional cleanse in which you consume two liquid meals and one solid, antiinflammatory meal each day. After reading his book, I believe that the Candida Diet is simply a form of detoxing, but that it is much easier to be successful in eliminating Candida if you are focused on the toxins and the liver, instead of just Candida.
Cherie Calbom’s book, Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life, is also an excellent resource. Ms. Calbom does a great job of explaining how to incorporate detoxing into your daily life. Juicing is a way to assist the body with detoxing by providing an easily digestible source of antioxidants to remove the toxins so that they do not recirculate and cause more damage to the body as they are being released. Juicing also gives your body the supportive benefits of phytonutrients and vitamins while you are detoxing. She includes ideas for doing one-three day detoxes, along with 5-7 day programs for detoxing the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and colon. She also includes information on doing a Candida Cleanse.
Here is a short excerpt from the Candida section of her book:
“Drs. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, authors of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, say that improving liver health and promoting detoxification may be critical factors in the successful treatment of candidiasis. They note that damage to the liver is often an underlying factor in chronic candidiasis as well as in chronic fatigue. Studies with mice have shown that even slight liver damage causes Candida albicans to run rampant.” p. 214
So….in our efforts to conquer Candida, perhaps a slight shift in focus to clearing toxins and healing the liver will help us all be more successful. There are lots of liver support products at the health food stores. Dr. Junger recommends milk thistle, N acetyl cysteine, dandelion root, and wormwood leaf.