My Recovery from Candida and How I Did it
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I’ve noticed something as I’ve been writing about my long battle with Candida. Quite frankly, in my real life I’ve had very few discussions with anyone, except for people in the medical field about my problem. I’ve never put a lot of thought into that, until I began getting tons of questions and emails from strangers asking about everything from the type of symptoms I had, to how long I’d had it and what treatment options I have explored.
Just as the internet has given us anonymity and long-distance friendships, I think it has also provided us opportunities to ask personal or embarrassing questions about Candida that would be challenging to ask someone face-to-face. Therefore, I’ve decided to share information about my Candida experience in the hope that it helps other sufferers out there. I know what I went through during the years that I suffered and I want as many people as possible to read Jena Daniels’ e-book that changed my life.
My Childhood with Candida
I absolutely believe that I have suffered from Candida my entire life. I was what my mother called a “sickly” child and I seem to always have an upset stomach, headaches, and skin rashes. Apparently, I was never the child who could run around outside all day and there were many foods that I could not tolerate. It may have started when I was just an infant, when I had constant ear infections. As a result, I was given a wide variety of antibiotics and even as I seemed to outgrow ear infections, other problems took their place.
On top of being “sickly”, there was also a long list of foods I could not eat and a shorter list of foods that I craved. Many of the fattier protein foods, like bacon, sausage, hot dogs and even fried foods made me sick and as a young girl I dreamed about sodas and sweets. Over time, I developed chronic constipation, insomnia and I never felt very energetic. Even as a teenager, I would often come home and fall asleep for two hours, because I just didn’t have the energy to stay awake.
I also had very dry, sensitive skin. I was allergic to many of the makeups, soaps and perfumes that are in beauty and cleaning products. In addition, even if I was able to find items that I could use, it wasn’t unusual to become allergic to that item after a few months of use. Eventually, all of my clothes and linens had to be washed with only a very small amount of hypo-allergenic detergent and then run through the rinse cycle twice. Nothing could be dried in a dryer and I never found a fabric softener that I could use consistently.
My Search for a Cure
In college, I began looking for a new doctor. I had the same pediatrician for my entire childhood and although he was a good doctor, he’d never had a patient like me. Therefore, his best efforts were wasted because he seemed to think I would outgrow my health problems or that I was a hypochondriac. And of course, the Candida continued to grow in my body and my symptoms worsened.
On campus, the nurse I saw told me I had a yeast infection, wrote me a prescription and sent me away. Although technically she was right, the medicine she gave only treated the vaginal yeast infection and did nothing for the rest of me. In my four years of college, I saw many more doctors and some were helpful, but nobody ever grasped the enormity of what I was dealing with. I really felt that it was in my head and that I would never feel better, especially since at that time I couldn’t really remember feeling healthy.
The Light at the end of the Tunnel
I was learning about nutrition in college and it made sense to see what foods could do for me. I also decided to check into some alternative medicine ideas. I wound up doing both a colon and liver cleanse and although neither were a pleasant experience, I began to feel better almost immediately. However, right after that I screwed up and just started the first Candida diet I found. When it didn’t work, I tried others.
When my symptoms didn’t go away, I thought it was me. Eventually, I found the Candida30 diet, written by Jena Daniels and I put the last of my hopes for a better future with her and that was the best idea, ever. She recommends supplementing with vitamins and minerals, because when you’ve been sick with Candida for a long time, they’re likely to be low. There’s no doubt that the 30 days for the Candida30 diet were some of the toughest I’d ever experienced. There’s also no doubt that if I hadn’t done it, I would be healthy today.
It’s been a year since I was sick and now I know what I was missing all those years. I have energy, I can keep up with my kids and I have my life back. Jena Daniels, Candida30 and her amazing e-book saved my life and now I want other people to feel like I do. Even if you have tried everything else, if you haven’t tried this book and these ideas, you’ve wasted your time.