For the past year, I have been testing my theory out and leading a support group for people trying to fight Candida overgrowth with my tips.
My personal experiences and the observations I’ve made about other people confirm what I hypothesized before. There is one catch, however – while my body is slowly but surely healing itself, I have to admit that I’m not able to help others heal with my methods. I can often foresee the reaction someone’s body is going to have, but I’m not capable of fitting someone with the right dosage of vitamins to start the healing process. Those who have tried to do it themselves with my help have momentarily returned balance to their bodies, but it did not last, for many different reasons. I’ll try to sum them up below.
1. My method is based on the ability to feel and observe and on reacting to symptoms, guessing the body’s needs. I can do it for myself, but not for someone else when the individual differences prove too big: a different starting point, diet and lifestyle cause different needs. Preconceived dosages and proportions prove either too big or too small.
2. My dosage is tailored to my diet, which I change based on my health. It’s varied, so it provides me with most of the necessary nutrients and the B vitamins allow for those nutrients to be absorbed. If someone’s diet is lacking in nutrients (due to allergies, intolerances and strong habits), the vitamins can’t do their job and become useless, since in this scenario they are used for cleansing the body, causing the loss of even more nutrients. If someone’s diet is too rich and overloaded, or the portions are too big in relation to the body’s digestive abilities, the standard dose of B vitamins isn’t enough and the body becomes clogged.
3. A significant difference between myself and others is the question of immunity. My body was infected with a fungus and acidic, but it wasn’t damaged – there were no diseases or inflammation of the organs. Candida affected the way my body functioned (stamina, digestion, absorbing nutrients, energy, organ activity), but I maintained a good immune system – I generally didn’t get sick or catch infections. This is also related to the fact that since being treated for hives for the first time by doctors in 2001, I have been completely avoiding medicine. I don’t remember the last time I took an antibiotic, I have taken painkillers maybe a total of three times in my life. I cure colds with home remedies. I take aspirin maybe once or twice a year. I suppose that there is a correlation – the drugs don’t affect my immunity and thanks to that I don’t need to take them. This is probably why my process of self-healing involves the organs slowly improving in terms of function and activity. This is evident from the subsequent test results. Things are different, however, if the body has already damaged its internal tissue or is constantly struggling with infections. This is when the need for magnesium vitamin C and the B vitamins related to it is significantly bigger – but I can’t specify how much, and ebery deficiency, just like every excess, blocks the self healing process. My colleague needed even 500 mg of magnesium daily to soothe the symptoms caused by steroid medicine – I couldn’t absorb more than 50 mg of it daily. Enough said.
4. Deficiencies are very hard to estimate in the first place, let alone in someone else, in terms of their range, type and size. Magnesium and B vitamins are especially important when dealing with Candida overgrowth. They are mostly used for fighting the fungus and they’re needed for the digestion and absorption of everything else. They don’t substitute other nutrients, but they’re a gateway for them. If their deficiencies are more or less equal, like in my case, and the diet is varied, supplementing vitamins is enough to kick-start the body. If a strong deficiency of some kind was formed for some reason, supplementing B vitamins won’t be enough. Supplementing that vitamin or element will also be necessary, because their deficiency is blocking the body from functioning properly. Those can be many different nutrients as evidenced by specific symptoms (for example, joint inflammation can be related to a sulfur deficiency). It’s a bit of a lottery, because you have to not only determine the dosage of supplementation of the deficient substance, but also the other substances, which take part in processing it by tracking your symptoms and estimating the deficiency. For example: a disproportionately large-dose supplementation of vitamin D combined with a cleansing diet caused two people I know to develop false moles on the uterus, which subsequently gradually disappeared after cutting out vitamin D supplementation and adding B6 and B complex. It makes sense, because B vitamins are responsible for the processing of liposoluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). Often when the body is unable to process or remove an excess, it gets stored in some form – atheromas, cellulite, false moles.
5. Alkaline water is perhaps more important than I thought. While it’s true that it has cleansing properties and in the case of a sensitive body struggling with Candida overgrowth it needs to be introduced slowly and gradually, but it makes the removal of toxins smoother, transporting the nutrients faster and lowers the need for magnesium by neutralizing the acidity. I detect a significant difference in hydration and overall well-being when I’m away from home for a period of time and drink bottled water. If you don’t have an ionizer, you can improve the quality of your drinking water by adding a small amount of fresh or frozen fruit.
One final correction. I assumed that magnesium is absorbed in the evening, judging by the symptoms caused by its removal. This is contradicted by the fact that people with magnesium deficiency can relieve their symptoms by taking it any time of day. Magnesium is absorbed immediately, proportionally to the amount of available vitamin B6. It’s only the unabsorbed excess that gets removed in the evening, which can cause unpleasant symptoms.
Also – the slight tingling “pins and needles” sensation accompanying a magnesium foot bath, often regarded as a pleasant side effect, is in reality a warning sign, that there is a deficiency of vitamin B6 necessary for the absorption of said magnesium.