it’s confirmed: i’m not dying from the dyingness

Posted on May 26, 2006. Filed under: Candida, The Dyingness |

So I think I may just have plain old candida, nothing more — the tests came back from the rheumatologist and there is no sign of an auto-immune disease or other conditions such as lupis etc. My ESR is back down to being super low and, though my tongue is still disgusting, it could be from a number of factors including vitamin deficiency, which I do know I have.

My useful candida bible says that “candida yeast is a type of fungus, a microorganism that is not beneficial for the body; therefore, it is called an “unfriendly” bacteria. Candida exists everywhere and humans come in contact with it throughout the day on everything hey touch, in the air they breathe, and on most of what they consume.”
— Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook by Jeanne Marie Martin

It’s not a problem unless it decides it wants to grow or “overgrow” as the book says and then it starts to get involved in taking over and deteriorating the lining of your stomach (it compromises the natural flora). Eventually the lining of the gut can become “leaky gut” and then chunks of food do not digest and start to spill out into the bloodstream — and you can actually feel this happening. I’ve only noticed now, as it starts to repair, that this was exactly how it felt. It also kind of starts to attack or fill up your organs — kind of like a parasite just trying to make its own way in your body. Eventually, if left untreated, it can turn into cancer or an auto-immune condition and it’s really quite difficult to get rid of (starving it out and killing it with good bacteria and anti-fungals is the only real way to go). It also can’t be detected on any test other than a food sensitivity test. Which is part of the problem in why the doctors don’t believe in it and think that you are crazy instead (very helpful to tell someone who feels like death already that they are crazy).

Here,’s my short form version of why I think it’s candida and how candida can affect you:

Tipping points (of which there are too many to name):
-long-term use of steroids (such as the pill) = check
-poor diet full of starch and sugar (after 5 years at University, this, including over-consumption of alcohol would be a definite) = check
-use of antibiotics that strip the body of the already compromised flora (when the symptoms started getting bad, ie my throat closing up, etc., they prescribed SO many drugs)

Symptoms:
-tired
-tongue hurting
-allergies increased
-coughing and sneezing all of the time
-chronic fatigue
-low B12 (and other vitamins)
-trouble concentrating
-vision trouble, especially at the beginning and while standing
-food cravings and sensitivites
-headaches
-rash
-soare throat
-weight loss (30 pounds)
-intestinal pain
-vitamin deficiency
-plain old inability to function and no energy resources
(basically if you go down any list, I’ve got them all)

Wow — that pretty much sums it up as far as check points for the disease. Now the battle is on.

It’s been almost 9 months of the restrictive diet (no gluten, sugar, dairy) and I think it’s starting to work.

Tipping points back to health:
-L. ascidophilis — I could actually feel the 2 cultures battling it out in my intestine
-Side not hurting as much
-Tongue improving (though still gross)
-Restrictive diet finally paying off
-Visits to the osteopath
-Flax seed consumption (helps with inflammation)
-Vitamin intake
-and, of course, the smoothies

So — I have more healthy tipping points that the ones that led me here to begin with. Let’s just hope that this really is the only thing wrong.

I’m also starting a campaign to educate doctors about candida — I’m going to send the rheumatologist information, because I think that she’d actually be interested in it and genuinely doesn’t know about it at all. My mom thinks I should send all of my doctors candida information packages. Haha. I should start a support group!

Anyway, perhaps this means that you won’t have to hear about the dyingness quite as much from now on. Damn, I’m going to have to start to find something interesting to talk about.

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6 Responses to “it’s confirmed: i’m not dying from the dyingness”

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I am so glad you are not dying — eventhough I totally knew that because you don’t look like you’re dying. Which is the other plus you left out. The new diet has made you super hot! You have a killer bod, shiny hair and glowing skin. OK, I’m not in love with you or anything, I just wanted to point out the other positive to come out of all this.

Well, I’m glad to hear that you are not suffering from apocalypsymidia or superkillingdeathflu or whatnot. I’d be happy to help with creative input on your new “Cutting Out Candida Karma” organization.

Here are some suggestions!

– Tape Candida information to the covers and centerfolds of some gentlemen’s magazines. Leave them in waiting rooms.

– Tie information sheets around some cricket bats and leave them in front of doctors’ offices with cheerful notes like “Smarten up or say good by to Mr. and Mrs. Shin.”

– The ol’ burning bag of dog poo on the porch. This might not help educate anyone, but it is often hailed as an eloquent way to make an imporant point.

– Remember to write “Let’s talk about COCK!” on all of the above.

Haha, dear Brent, how I miss you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the laugh and the aptly named campaign — I think you’re onto something. I will start with these tactics immediately on Monday.

Scarbiedoll — thanks too for the compliments ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d have to say I am enjoying the super-small-person I’ve become maybe a bit too much ๐Ÿ™‚

I am a Holistic Doctor and recently I am seeing more and more cases of Candidiasis. Here’s a few helpful tips:

1. Vaginal yeast infections are a clear sign of an overgrowth of Candida. Vaginal douche: Two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar in one quart of water. Douche 3 days on and 3 days off. On the off days insert a small amount of organic yogurt into the vaginal canal with a tampon or with your finger. It is best to insert the yogurt at bedtime. Do not douche during menstruation.

2. Spilanthes is an herb that is often overlooked in the treatment of Candida overgrowth (Cadidiasis). Spilanthes has very powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It is an integral part of my Candida programs.

Recommended Dose: 20 drops in approximately 1 ounce of water, 2 times per day. Spilinathes can be purchased at many health food stores. The brand I recommend is Herb Pharm.

Thanks for the recommendations. I hadn’t heard of Spilanthes, and will have to do some research on it. Now that I’ve been treating candida for about 9 months, I’ve added many tips to my site and would be interested in more feedback or ideas from you if you ever have the time.

[…] After over three years of feeling ill and searching for an answer, I finally admitted that I had Candida and wrote up this synopsis of the condition. […]


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