Candida, a Brief Summary - Nenah Sylver

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Candida albicans is a common problem.
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About Candida (Yeast) Infections and Diet

© 2003 by Nenah Sylver, PhD


What Is Candida?

A fungus is a vegetable organism that is unable to produce its own nourishment, and therefore must feed on decaying animal and vegetable matter. Fungi reproduce by releasing spores that are carried elsewhere, either via the wind if they are outdoors, or via the bloodstream if they are living in someone’s body. Eventually (though not always), the fungus eliminates what it is feeding on. When it feeds on its host without killing it, it is regarded as a parasite in the general meaning of the term: an organism that lives within or upon another organism at the expense of that organism. Mold, mildew, smut, and yeast are all fungi. However, most people tend to call fungal infections in the body or digestive tract "candida" or "Candidiasis" (short for Candida albicans in Latin), as although there are actually many different kinds of fungal forms, Candida albicans is probably the most well-known.

Fungal infections are rightly called the runaway illnesses of the late 20th century. Most Americans are afflicted by an overgrowth of yeast that ordinarily exists in balance in the digestive tract but which, due to poor diet, stress and antibiotics, proliferates and crowds out beneficial bacteria. Fungal overgrowth causes a vast array of problems including but not limited to:

  • poor digestion, often due to leaky gut

  • mood swings

  • overweight

  • craving for sweets, alcohol and/or carbohydrates

  • depression

  • blurry vision

  • slurred speech

  • poor motor coordination

  • mental concentration and memory problems

Fungi are implicated in diseases ranging from hypoglycemia and cancer to AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome. When Candida albicans is in the throat and mouth, it is called "thrush"—but it is the same as the organism in the digestive tract, and tends to start in the digestive tract rather than anyplace else.

Not all fungal infections are acquired through ingestion. Many people have violent reactions to mold and mildew in the air, reactions that include respiratory problems, nausea, severe itching and rashes, eye irritation, acute headaches, even impaired mental function.

Fungal forms can cause extensive damage because they develop long branches or stalks that puncture deep into the gut, causing what is sometimes called "leaky gut syndrome." When there is fermentation in the body, animal parasites (protozoa and worms) of all kinds are generally not far behind. Also, the body creates its own acidic products in response to the mycotoxins produced by the yeasts.

The presence of fungi indicates an advanced stage of fermentation within the body—the organism is literally molding—so people with fungal infestations need to pay careful attention to diet and their acid/alkaline balance (also known as pH). To control fungal outbreaks, along with supplements to restore immune function, a strict diet must be followed! Otherwise, the yeasts will proliferate because they are being fed with their favorite foods: sugars and starches. The following is just a guide. For more information, see William Crook’s The Yeast Connection, Shirley Lorenzani’s Candida: A Twentieth Century Disease, and Pat Connolly’s The Candida Albicans Yeast-Free Cookbook.

Candida Dietary Guidelines

This is taken from the above books and is not complete.
Please do research on your own.

Foods you can eat:

  • Vegetables: leafy green (lettuce, kale); cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage); other (zucchini, onions). May comprise from 40-45% of diet.

  • Animal protein (beef, chicken, fish, lamb, eggs). May comprise about 40% of diet.

  • Fats and oils (animal fats, coconut, olive, butter). May comprise from 15-20% of diet.

Foods you must either avoid entirely or can eat sparingly, depending on the severity of your condition:

  • Starchy Vegetables (winter squash, carrots, potatoes, beets).

Foods you must eliminate entirely until one year after yeast symptoms are gone:

  • Fruits, except perhaps small amounts of berries.

  • Grains (all, except millet and buckwheat).

  • Mushrooms.


  • Fermented foods like soy sauce and miso.

  • Alcoholic beverages.

  • Vinegar, although some people can tolerate raw unpasteurized (unheated) apple cider vinegar.

  • Dairy (cheese, yogurt, milk, ice cream).

  • Yeasted anything (including bread).

  • All sugars: white and brown, most honies (except possibly Manuka), molasses, maple syrup, corn syrup, anything ending in "-ose" like dexrose and maltose.


when you crave foods you shouldn't eat,
it's because there are pathogenic organisms living in your body
screaming at you to feed them!

The Rife Handbook of Frequency Therapy
and Holistic Health

for lab-tested frequencies
to eliminate Candida albicans,
as well as protocols to help the body eliminate
the mycotoxic die-off from the fungus.


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