I rarely visit this site anymore, but remember reading numerous posts in the past if anyone really recovers from candida and I felt it important to post, YES!
Anyone that knows my story, knows that I had severe candida that manifested in miserable hives for years. (10 years) Five years in, I found out I had serious candida so started on products. I've spent thousands of dollars on this, as many have. I know people don't like to hear that recovery takes years, but the plain truth is, it often does. By the time our bodies are screaming out for help, the imbalance has been going on for some time and will take time to heal.
Many have poo pooed the diet, saying it doesn't heal. It's not meant to "heal", it's meant to take the load off our systems and it's a good, healthy diet, better than most people consume. I've followed the diet, still do. I'm introducing new foods slowly and currently taking HUMAWORM. I do believe through all this I've developed food related disorders, meaning that I had to be hyperdiligent with what I put in my mouth and on my skin. Who wouldn't develop issues when even the tiniest bit of gluten, Sugar etc caused raging hives?
Getting rid of parasites is key and in my case, it took several different kinds of products. After this round of HUMAWORM, I'll be in an even better spot.
There are 2 schools of thought regarding replacing intestinal flora. One says that you cannot do this while candida is present, because the candida just won't allow it. The other is that you MUST replace flora while still having candida. Initially, I followed the first school of though b/c I couldn't tolerate any form of probiotic. For the past 6-8 months, I've been making home made yogurt, culturing for 24 hours to remove lactose. When I eat it, I top it with scoops of Jarrow's l-glutatmine (to repair intestinal lining) and organic cinnamon. I think this has helped my intestines immensely as I had or still have leaky gut.
I recently have eaten foods that I would previously had a reaction to and have done well with them. However, I no longer want sugar, etc. Don't get me wrong, chocolate chip cookies will always be a weakness for me, but I am still a bit freaked out at returning to where I was and I now know there is little nutritional value in those type foods and my body doesn't want them. Coffee however, I have daily, with almond milk. I've started incorporating apples into my diet and am doing fine.
I am one who didn't think I would make it, seriously. So many times I wanted to give up and die. For months, half my brain was planning suicide while the other half was trying to talk myself out of it. No one could understand the misery of hives and how very isolating this condition is. But, I made it and now have a smile on my face and my personality is coming back. I know I will have my life back and am grateful.
I can't/won't even list all the things I took. Many, many antifungals, liver flushes, foods and supplements to boost the immune system. Antifungals gave me hives as well, so I was miserable either way. Sometimes I stopped for awhile, just couldn't take it, but knew that I had to continue if there was any hope of recovery. For the first 3 years, I couldn't wear a bra, it caused hives, could only take 1-2 showers per week, etc. It was bad. I would spend the day just trying NOT to lose my mind.
I did all this with only initial testing through Dr. Biamonte. Through that testing it was shown that I had severe candida. I have considered the past year of doing stool testing, but was discouraged by the many posts of those who had testing done, only to have inaccurate results. I had visible parasites and very likely ones I couldn't see. They wreak havoc and the toxins from them and the candida is almost too much to bear. I am doing well with HUMAWORM (couldn't tolerate at all 2.5 years ago) and am having only slight itching, which is normal.
I hope this is of help to someone who is thinking of giving up. I'm not "out of the woods" but can see it from here : )
You must know, I did not think this would ever happen. I am happy to answer any questions or tell of products I've used if anyone is interested. Most of the products I purchased through iherb (which is great). My code of VIR110 will get you $5 off your first order, if you chose to order from them.
There are so many different protocols for treatment and everyone is different. Just keep trying, don't give up, there IS hope.