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yes, this is what I was like before SCD. I'm almost 5'7" & my weight fluctuated btw. 115 & 125. I had people )twice) even ask if I had an eating disorder (I didn't - - I just couldn't keep weight on. I tried everything - - even added those silly protein shakes.

For the first time in my adult life I've been maintaining weight - - it's each time I weigh it's never off by more than 3 lbs. Always right around 135.

I know people w/celiac disease who could not absorb for obvious reasons, but I never had d. & still I wasn't absorbing nutrients.
Hmmm...maybe that's why I can't keep weight on, let alone gain weight (since about a year before DD was born)...I'm 5'8" and I weigh 112 lbs. I'd like to weigh at least 125. That gives me hope that I'll be able to gain weight once we're healed (having more of a food variety so I can eat more calories might help, too!).
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He has been taken off enzymes and probiotics for complete CDSA. He totally regressed and is sleeping like crap. And the daytime behavior, OY! Ever hear of ODD, Opposition Defiance Disorder? Well welcome to my house, my normally very polite child is a juvenile deliquent. And people think I'm crazy when I see gut damaged children all around me just by their behavior... or to think I have indeed cheated autism by not vaxing him and keeping him on limited diet. Harumph!

Back to CDSA test. So stupid me says to the dr., "Well he cannot handle a lot of fruit, he gets loose stool almost immediately." (This CDSA you do a purge before several days of testing...) So I upped the fruit to get his solid stool to go mush and clean him out.

Cool thing is that he only had real mush for 2 days. Once I stopped extra fruit it started firming up again.
JaneS - I don't post often but read every post so I have been following your ds' progress. Here's a little background on me. I have been on SCD x 7 weeks but it has only been helping a little bit. I have been looking into other options for HTG and caedmyn referred me to the yahoo group candidasupport. It is really fascinating stuff and I am currently transitioning over to this program vs SCD. While on SCD, I noticed that we (ds and I) started getting worse (or feeling more like pre-SCD) when we added in fruit. The more fruit we added, the worse we felt, slept, etc.

When I read your post above, all I could think was that maybe ds has a yeast problem going on and that adding the fruit is feeding the candida, releasing the candida toxins and he is feeling worse. And I have been thinking the same thing when I read some of the other posts saying that the SCD is not helping or not improving people as much as they would have hoped, or that something is missing with their current program.

I would highly recommend you check out the info on candidasupport - http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport/
One of the things that annoys me about yahoo groups is that you cannot just browse the site but you have to join. If you would like, pm or email me and I can send over a couple of the files from that group and you can take a look at them without having to join.

I hope this will help.
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I apologize for being OT with this thread but that water kefir thread isn't very active - I received some water kefir grains in a baggie and some liquid today and I don't know what to do with them, and there aren't any instructions. Do I strain them, discard the liquid, and store them in sugar water ? How much sugar would I need for 1 cup of water ? Do I store them at room temp or in the fridge ? I don't want them to die before I figure out what to do with them....thanks !

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I apologize for being OT with this thread but that water kefir thread isn't very active - I received some water kefir grains in a baggie and some liquid today and I don't know what to do with them, and there aren't any instructions. Do I strain them, discard the liquid, and store them in sugar water ? How much sugar would I need for 1 cup of water ? Do I store them at room temp or in the fridge ? I don't want them to die before I figure out what to do with them....thanks !

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To store them, strain out the grains (preferably not with a metal strainer). Mix 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1 c. non-chlorinated water in a glass jar. Add grains and store in fridge. Change the sugar water solution every week or 10 days.
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JaneS - I don't post often but read every post so I have been following your ds' progress. Here's a little background on me. I have been on SCD x 7 weeks but it has only been helping a little bit. I have been looking into other options for HTG and caedmyn referred me to the yahoo group candidasupport. It is really fascinating stuff and I am currently transitioning over to this program vs SCD. While on SCD, I noticed that we (ds and I) started getting worse (or feeling more like pre-SCD) when we added in fruit. The more fruit we added, the worse we felt, slept, etc.

When I read your post above, all I could think was that maybe ds has a yeast problem going on and that adding the fruit is feeding the candida, releasing the candida toxins and he is feeling worse. And I have been thinking the same thing when I read some of the other posts saying that the SCD is not helping or not improving people as much as they would have hoped, or that something is missing with their current program.

I would highly recommend you check out the info on candidasupport - http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport/
One of the things that annoys me about yahoo groups is that you cannot just browse the site but you have to join. If you would like, pm or email me and I can send over a couple of the files from that group and you can take a look at them without having to join.

I hope this will help.
I emailed someone on that group last night about baby sleep issues...was that you?
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To store them, strain out the grains (preferably not with a metal strainer). Mix 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1 c. non-chlorinated water in a glass jar. Add grains and store in fridge. Change the sugar water solution every week or 10 days.

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Called again today to speak with my GI. All I want is to go over each of the tests he ordered, find out why he ordered each one, what he was looking for, what the result is, what that means, and get a copy of the lab reports. I also wanted to ask again what he would be looking for during a sigmoidoscopy (that will NOT be done until postpartum) and what might be done for anything found from that. Long story short, nurse said she would take a message, but that it doesn't mean he will call me. Huh?!? I asked, "Is this typical for him, that he would not call a patient back with questions on test results in addition to others?" She said, "Well, I can't force him to call you." Oh. Boy. Then, get this: she brought up the sig that is still scheduled (I haven't cancelled it yet thinking that if I do, then for sure the doc won't call me) and my concern over having it while pg. She HAD passed that info on to the doc because he called my OB and discussed it with him. "And they both feel that having the procedure while pg will not be a problem. But the final say-so is up to you. Of course." (ie: "ok, stupid patient, TWO big bad doctors are saying you'll be fine and you're a moron if you don't have the test done now. Buuuuuut, if you want to cling to your weird idea that it might, somehow hurt your precious baby (insert eyeroll) then have it your way.") So, my gut doc can find the time to call my OB (and I know they do not know each other because the gut doc had never heard of my OB's name when I said it when he asked) to refute my stance that it wouldn't be the best timing. But he can't pick up the phone to go over some tests with me. What's more, nurse tossed in the info that gut doc wants to remind me to work closely with my OB throughout the pg to make sure I am gaining weight and absorbing enough nutrients. Don'tcha think that would be a bit of info that might be beneficial to pass on to the patient?!?!? Rather than mention it third-hand as an afterthought on a call that the patient placed?!?! And, you know, frankly, it was none of my OB's damn business anyway. I only see him on the side for the testing I opt for; I actually am under a MW care and am having a homebirth. Now I have to deal with this subject when I go in for my next OB visit. How mortifying. And how do you tell an M.D. that his "colleague" is... well I won't type it, it isn't very nice.

Long story longer, I am 'scheduled' to receive a call from the GI sometime Friday evening.

I needed to get that off my chest.

Meanwhile, I am making some progress in learning about digestive enzymes!! I am drinking a serving of kefir every morning. Taking a dose of Benefiber every morning. Am waiting for my glutamine powder to arrive so I can start taking that. Am being faithful to my food journal (I find that such a pain and not really all that helpful because I cannot tell what food(s) may have caused what reaction (good or bad)).
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Hello. I thought I would pop in and give an update.

I'm on an anti-candida vegetarian diet. It's been going pretty well, though some foods are easier to figure out how to cook than others. I'm probably losing some weight, unfortunately. Had some die off in the beginning. It's both interesting and frustrating to live without sugar... I don't crave the taste so much as the energy boost. And wish I could have it with breakfast.

My ND is increasingly convinced that I have parasites other than candida, and the candida is secondary and (maybe?) not so much systemic. Especially given my history of lots of travel to India and getting sick. I've been taking black walnut for some time but now we're going to follow more closely the regimen for deficient with (semi) cold in "Healing with Whole Foods". She feels that I should be doing much better than I am right now, so the treatment will become a little more intense.

Nonetheless my energy, moods, joint pain, and digestion are WAY better than they were in May/June. Digestion especially if I stay away from peppery foods and sometimes other hot foods. (Therefore I'm dubious about the raw garlic I'm supposed to start, but will try it.)

In some ways my routine has gotten too complicated, so I'm backing off a little to get the hang of it again with the new things added.

Today after an accidentally spicy dinner last night I'm wiped out, and my skin (which had improved radically and then got cystic again) has even gone into the all-over-tiny-breakout. So I'm planning to do something detoxing tonight, I might try an epsom salt bath with castor oil spread on some above-water skin areas.

I'm quite glad that I discovered this approach to food and health; I know that when I get better I will stick to it to a fair degree, (so many of the once-gross things I'm taking have become tasty, like the diluted vinegar) and look forward to the simplicity and health and crunchy-kitchen-ness I'll get to enjoy and share with my family.
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Mamas,
This is OT but am curious about your responses particularly because I thought that these symptoms of dd's were all related to her gut issues.

Now I'm wondering if part of this is related to her teeth. I just have one of those gut feelings about this right now . . .

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=494174

I would : any thoughts.
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Called again today to speak with my GI. All I want is to go over each of the tests he ordered, find out why he ordered each one, what he was looking for, what the result is, what that means, and get a copy of the lab reports. I also wanted to ask again what he would be looking for during a sigmoidoscopy (that will NOT be done until postpartum) and what might be done for anything found from that. Long story short, nurse said she would take a message, but that it doesn't mean he will call me. Huh?!? I asked, "Is this typical for him, that he would not call a patient back with questions on test results in addition to others?" She said, "Well, I can't force him to call you." Oh. Boy. Then, get this: she brought up the sig that is still scheduled (I haven't cancelled it yet thinking that if I do, then for sure the doc won't call me) and my concern over having it while pg. She HAD passed that info on to the doc because he called my OB and discussed it with him. "And they both feel that having the procedure while pg will not be a problem. But the final say-so is up to you. Of course." (ie: "ok, stupid patient, TWO big bad doctors are saying you'll be fine and you're a moron if you don't have the test done now. Buuuuuut, if you want to cling to your weird idea that it might, somehow hurt your precious baby (insert eyeroll) then have it your way.") So, my gut doc can find the time to call my OB (and I know they do not know each other because the gut doc had never heard of my OB's name when I said it when he asked) to refute my stance that it wouldn't be the best timing. But he can't pick up the phone to go over some tests with me. What's more, nurse tossed in the info that gut doc wants to remind me to work closely with my OB throughout the pg to make sure I am gaining weight and absorbing enough nutrients. Don'tcha think that would be a bit of info that might be beneficial to pass on to the patient?!?!? Rather than mention it third-hand as an afterthought on a call that the patient placed?!?! And, you know, frankly, it was none of my OB's damn business anyway. I only see him on the side for the testing I opt for; I actually am under a MW care and am having a homebirth. Now I have to deal with this subject when I go in for my next OB visit. How mortifying. And how do you tell an M.D. that his "colleague" is... well I won't type it, it isn't very nice.

Long story longer, I am 'scheduled' to receive a call from the GI sometime Friday evening.

I needed to get that off my chest.
OMG! I'm so sorry you are dealing with this, especially when pregnant. I've had major issues with doctors, too (like when a urologist told me to act like an adult when I was crying because I was in so much pain from the the procedure he was performing on my urethra - UGH!), so I can totally relate.
Frankly, I'm pretty surprised that they told you to go ahead with this procedure knowing that if, heaven forbid, something did happen to your baby they'd be sued out the ass. I mean, you'd think considering how *safe* OBs play it by giving every other woman a section that these guys you're dealing with would be a little more conservative. Wow. Stick with your gut, mama, and don't let them get away with this! Demand better care - if not from this schmuck than elsewhere!
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sierratahoe,
That is infuriating! I had a similar thing happen last week. Long story short: I called dd's allergist to get copies of her records to bring to an appointment w/a specialist. (Which never happened, but that's another rant.)

He would not speak to me directly on the phone but kept talking through his receptionist who kept putting me on hold. He refused. I informed them of my right to have a copy. Kept refusing. Would only send them to this new doc but not to me.

He finally got on the phone after I told his receptionist to tell him that my attorney would be contacting him to request the records. He had the idiocy to say, "I remember you being a very nice person. What happened to change your personality all of a sudden?"

Idiot.
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Mamas,
This is OT but am curious about your responses particularly because I thought that these symptoms of dd's were all related to her gut issues.

Now I'm wondering if part of this is related to her teeth. I just have one of those gut feelings about this right now . . .

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=494174

I would : any thoughts.
I know nothing about the teeth, but as far as the X-rays go...from what I've read we are exposed to low level radiation constantly (and naturally, from the sun among other sources), and an X-ray contributes such a tiny amount of radiation, that a few probably are not a big deal at all. Now I still would try to minimize exposure, but if you think there may be a problem, I don't think there is any harm in it. JMHO
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Caedmyn,

The once a week cheat makes no sense to me based on my experience? Is that the candida support diet?
It was based on a conversation I had (via the candidasupport yahoo group) with the inventor of the diet. Basically I said that I had a real craving for pizza and wondered if one cheat would undo any progress I'd made on the diet. She said she didn't think so, and said that because of the difficulty of staying on the diet, she thought it was permissible to cheat occasionally, and she thought even once a week cheating wouldn't affect progress (although I think she meant more like eating a piece of bread or something, not a whole day's worth of calories in one meal!).

Some of her ideas are a bit different and I'm not sure I agree with all of them. For instance, she says reactions to foods are all either bad reactions to unhealthy foods, healing reactions to healthy foods, or die-off. She doesn't recognize a reaction to a food you don't digest well--if it's healthy (ie allowed on the diet, which is anti-candida version of NT) it's either causing a healing reaction or die-off.
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Ok I am a newbie and here to ask questions...

First stupid question.. what is SCD?? its 11pm after an evening shift and my mind is blank...

This is my situation.. I have a beautiful dd who is 7 yrs old and has ADD.. she is on meds Concerta... and lately even without taking her pill she complains her tummy is sore... and she is losing weight.. she lost 5 lbs in 2 months and currently weighs only 44lbs and thats the 5th percentile for weight... i get her reweighed tomorrow... she has had some behavior problems and we are elminating dairy and we get the results of her gluten testing... and she has eczema which never goes away... and gets better but only by using steroid cream for over 2 wks... which causes her skin to thin...

i have been told to view this thread... and here to learn.. where do i begin.. i'm soo lost..

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sierratahoe,
That is infuriating! I had a similar thing happen last week. Long story short: I called dd's allergist to get copies of her records to bring to an appointment w/a specialist. (Which never happened, but that's another rant.)

He would not speak to me directly on the phone but kept talking through his receptionist who kept putting me on hold. He refused. I informed them of my right to have a copy. Kept refusing. Would only send them to this new doc but not to me.

He finally got on the phone after I told his receptionist to tell him that my attorney would be contacting him to request the records. He had the idiocy to say, "I remember you being a very nice person. What happened to change your personality all of a sudden?"

Idiot.
so get this... i sent in a request ot have ds's records from the allergist sent to our new family doc. they would charge us $15 to copy and send the records (ACROSS THE STREET) directly to the new doc, but if i wanted to haul my busy butt over to their office, i wouldn't have to pay anything. on the other hand, my former family doc (the one who told me to take tylenol long term to treat my pelvic symphysis issues) would have charged me $15 for my records (in addition to my hauling my busy butt to their office) but nothing when they send them to the new family doc (also just down the same street).

just let me carry around my medical records on an encrypted USB key or a smartcard or something...

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Re: Enzymes between meals
See the Yeast/Bacteria link at www.enzymestuff.com
Also Dr. Devin Houston of Houston Nutraceuticals is available to anyone for phone consult on enzymes. He is the real deal, he worked at Edward Howell's co. (literally the inventor of enzyme research).

Plant based enzymes work both in stomach acid and also neutral ph of small intestines. They definitely get thru. Pancreatic or animal based enzymes only work in neutral ph btw.

Re: Knocking this Sh** Out!
I hear you! But overwhelming your immune system in that way is not good either. Because you need the good bacteria to grow again and occupy the space you are making.

Re: A month of Healing for every year of Suffering
Yeah, actually that is about right for me. I've had gut problems for 10 years and really bad right before pg (multiple abx really killed me). The enzymes may have speeded it up just a tad.
So currently Im taking a probiotic with lots of starins, which says to take it once in the morning on an empty stomach. I also take acidophilus throughout the day with meals, but am now wondering (from previous post about healing the gut) if I should be taking bifidus instead? : I also take a protease enzyme on an empty stomach/btwn meals (one form enzymedica called virustop - available at wild oats and had the most protease, but Im so overwhelmed by the enzyme info that I really still have no idea what to pick/trust. Problem is my stomach isent empty often b/c I am so freakin hungry lately ). I take an anti-fungal prescribed by my accu., and I am eating the anti-candida diet. I also take EPA (omega-3), prenatal, and zinc.

A few questions:

*I have never had noticable digestion problems, so am aiming the enzyme use at destroying the yeast, but given that this diet is so low in nutrients, I wonder if I should be taking others?

*People who take B12, vit. C ...(others) how many mg. per day?

*Im thinking of investing in CO for its gut healing/yeast unfriendly/capricylic acid containing properties. Good idea?

*If in fact its a month for every year, and I only noticed symptoms for two weeks.... seems like I should be in balance sooner than later yes? Im taking to heart cademyns comment about perhaps having some yeast issues prior that opened the door for this with the aabx use (1 week - jeez!) so will obviously stick to this regiment for awhile, but Im hoping that since I never had digestive/allergic/immuno issues in the past, I can return, more or less (likely less, since I can see incorporating some of these dietary things long term), to the foods I ate previously - lots of whole grains, some fruit, some veggies, some meat, little sugar. When you all talk about "healing" do you mean just symptom free or that you can return to some semblance of your old life? Im just having SUCH a hard time believeing that 1 wk of abx and my whole diet/lifestyle is down the drain for the duration :

*Jane - you say Im lucky to be here post m/c - I feel quite sad and defeated to be here (sorry). Err, why am I lucky

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Ok I am a newbie and here to ask questions...

First stupid question.. what is SCD?? its 11pm after an evening shift and my mind is blank...

This is my situation.. I have a beautiful dd who is 7 yrs old and has ADD.. she is on meds Concerta... and lately even without taking her pill she complains her tummy is sore... and she is losing weight.. she lost 5 lbs in 2 months and currently weighs only 44lbs and thats the 5th percentile for weight... i get her reweighed tomorrow... she has had some behavior problems and we are elminating dairy and we get the results of her gluten testing... and she has eczema which never goes away... and gets better but only by using steroid cream for over 2 wks... which causes her skin to thin...

i have been told to view this thread... and here to learn.. where do i begin.. i'm soo lost..
SCD=Specific Carbohydrate Diet...basically the premise is to eliminate foods that are hard to digest, so the only carbs allowed are monosaccarides (sp?). Those include nuts (starting with nut butters), fruits, non-starchy veggies, meat, fats, and eggs, oh and some dairy, although it can be done without the dairy. It might very well help your DD--it seems to work fairly well for ASD kids and I believe ADD is somewhat related to ASDs.

Start with the cheat sheet stickied at the top of the forum...then come back here and ask questions
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So currently Im taking a probiotic with lots of starins, which says to take it once in the morning on an empty stomach. I also take acidophilus throughout the day with meals, but am now wondering (from previous post about healing the gut) if I should be taking bifidus instead? : I also take a protease enzyme on an empty stomach/btwn meals (one form enzymedica called virustop - available at wild oats and had the most protease, but Im so overwhelmed by the enzyme info that I really still have no idea what to pick/trust. Problem is my stomach isent empty often b/c I am so freakin hungry lately ). I take an anti-fungal prescribed by my accu., and I am eating the anti-candida diet. I also take EPA (omega-3), prenatal, and zinc.

A few questions:

*I have never had noticable digestion problems, so am aiming the enzyme use at destroying the yeast, but given that this diet is so low in nutrients, I wonder if I should be taking others?

*People who take B12, vit. C ...(others) how many mg. per day?

*Im thinking of investing in CO for its gut healing/yeast unfriendly/capricylic acid containing properties. Good idea?

*If in fact its a month for every year, and I only noticed symptoms for two weeks.... seems like I should be in balance sooner than later yes? Im taking to heart cademyns comment about perhaps having some yeast issues prior that opened the door for this with the aabx use (1 week - jeez!) so will obviously stick to this regiment for awhile, but Im hoping that since I never had digestive/allergic/immuno issues in the past, I can return, more or less (likely less, since I can see incorporating some of these dietary things long term), to the foods I ate previously - lots of whole grains, some fruit, some veggies, some meat, little sugar. When you all talk about "healing" do you mean just symptom free or that you can return to some semblance of your old life? Im just having SUCH a hard time believeing that 1 wk of abx and my whole diet/lifestyle is down the drain for the duration :

*Jane - you say Im lucky to be here post m/c - I feel quite sad and defeated to be here (sorry). Err, why am I lucky

Thanks for all the incredible ammounts of reading/research you all do! What an incredible group
Bifidus is for EBF babies--not that it is bad for anyone, but the references to it are generally talking about babies.

Enzymes--I think the recommendation for yeast is to take Candidase with the Vira-Stop (Candidase has cellulases which are supposed to break down the walls of the yeast).

What foods are you eating on your anti-candida diet? It shouldn't be low on nutrients. You can take enzymes with meals if you want, though--Digest Gold by Enzymedica is a good one, or the Houston enzymes, or Thropp's Nutritional enzymes (similar to Digest Gold but quite a bit cheaper).

I think JaneS is referring to you being lucky by having a chance to heal yourself before pregnancy, so you don't end up having to try to heal a babe with food intolerances or worse like most of the rest of us here.

I'm taking a B complex vitamin (seems like it has about 100 mg of everything), and 4 mg of Vitamin C (3 of sodium ascorbate and 1 of rosehips/biovflavonoids).

I think healing means first symptom free and then being able to add other foods and remain symptom free. But not going back to the SAD, just adding other healthy foods.
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Thank you. I did just manage to finish (almost) the treatment page on the candidasupport site, which answered a lot of my questions. Thanks for pointing me there. I have to say, its a bit of a relief that you think some of her tips are a little out there. The first day I started reading I thought, well, hmm...

Mostly Ive been eating a lot of eggs, meat, and nuts. I know she says that nuts need to b soaked, but I dont know if that's gonna happen. I also eat some veggies, but have not had much time for prep this week (my first week on the diet). I cant imagine that IM getting much for nutrients without fruit and much veggies. Dont know.

Have you ever taken a prescription med? It was interesting to find at the bottom of her article that she had used them. Obviously it depends when we ttc, but if we want to do it sooner than later (we do), I wont take a precrip med, or even some of the stronger antifungals. Do I need to be "healed" or can getting and being preg be incorporated into this lifestyle? Is that a stupid question - yeah ......

oh, and thanks for the coconut oil link. Can you post it again? (the $28 gallon source)

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Cademyn,
Thank you. I did just manage to finish (almost) the treatment page on the candidasupport site, which answered a lot of my questions. Thanks for pointing me there. I have to say, its a bit of a relief that you think some of her tips are a little out there. The first day I started reading I thought, well, hmm...

Mostly Ive been eating a lot of eggs, meat, and nuts. I know she says that nuts need to b soaked, but I dont know if that's gonna happen. I also eat some veggies, but have not had much time for prep this week (my first week on the diet). I cant imagine that IM getting much for nutrients without fruit and much veggies. Dont know.

Have you ever taken a prescription med? It was interesting to find at the bottom of her article that she had used them. Obviously it depends when we ttc, but if we want to do it sooner than later (we do), I wont take a precrip med, or even some of the stronger antifungals. Do I need to be "healed" or can getting and being preg be incorporated into this lifestyle? Is that a stupid question - yeah ......

oh, and thanks for the coconut oil link. Can you post it again? (the $28 gallon source)
Nuts are really hard to digest (speaking from personal experience)...nut butters are the easiest if you're going to do them. It is super easy to soak nuts, though--just get raw nuts, cover them with water and add about 1-2 tsp/sea salt per quart of water, and let them sit overnight. In the morning drain the water and dry the nuts either in an oven set on warm or in a dehydrator. Peanuts don't have to be soaked, just dry roasted, but they are supposed to be very prone to being moldy (bad for candida sufferers).

Animal products are actually more nutrient-dense than veggies and fruits. Hard to accept, I know, since we all get ingrained with "eat your veggies".

I haven't taken any prescription meds and won't. If I was super sick and nothing else worked I might consider Nystatin, though. If you want to do some of the stronger antifungals, go for it--you can always stop if you get a BFP, or even switch to something else during the two-week wait.. I can only do raw garlic since the rest are bad for BF'ing.

Theoretically you can do the diet while pregnant, but how well it would work in practice, once you factor in cravings, exhaustation, and/or morning sickness...you know how it goes.

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Jane, did I not read you dissing Rubin at some point? I guess you have changed your mind?


Yes, I'm publically taking back *some* of my issues with him. I still think he is too high on marketing and too light on science... but the book "Patient Heal Thyself" is much better from a scientific reasoning basis than Maker's Diet.

(Why he had to have two books ... but I'll stop that rant right there b/c he is coming out with more one topic volumes soon: diabetes, cancer, etc. )
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JaneS - I don't post often but read every post so I have been following your ds' progress. Here's a little background on me. I have been on SCD x 7 weeks but it has only been helping a little bit. I have been looking into other options for HTG and caedmyn referred me to the yahoo group candidasupport. It is really fascinating stuff and I am currently transitioning over to this program vs SCD. While on SCD, I noticed that we (ds and I) started getting worse (or feeling more like pre-SCD) when we added in fruit. The more fruit we added, the worse we felt, slept, etc.

When I read your post above, all I could think was that maybe ds has a yeast problem going on and that adding the fruit is feeding the candida, releasing the candida toxins and he is feeling worse. And I have been thinking the same thing when I read some of the other posts saying that the SCD is not helping or not improving people as much as they would have hoped, or that something is missing with their current program.
Thank you, will join candidasupport and look around.

I'm also going to try cellulases on empty stomach again for him. I do think he has several things going on and that's possibly why the confusion and contrradictory stool tests. Today he is back to solid poo's and had these weird white strings come out... and I may have seen one of those rice things too. :

I also wonder if yeasts don't appear on stool tests when it has reached the fungal stage and is burrowed in nice and snug in the gut lining?
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Subbing and coming to post my comments about Garden of Life Primal Defense powder.

For me, it has always been (like since it came out on the market) the *one* supplement that I could count on to keep my gut balanced. Gave me nice, perfect poops each morning - no straining, no gas - NO WIPING!
Then, out of nowhere it stopped working as well. A friend of mine who I had recommended it to for her son with Asperger's said he had also begun seeing less positive results and she thought it was because they had begun to add some dairy to the processing.
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I still needed a replacement probiotic and at that point (and currently) I really couldn't afford to spend $45 on Primal Defense so I bought a recommended new one on the market from NOW (less than $20 and contains similar strains/soil-based organisms like PD). I usually have good results with NOW supplements and so far I really like these probiotics.
Nothing seems to be working (and I mean nothing) during the second part of my menstrual cycles. Digestion deteriorates, IC symptoms flare and I feel generally crappy. Clearly there's a hormonal link despite my normal hormone tests. I really don't need a test to tell me my issues are related to my hormones and/or immune system.

So, that's basically what I'm trying to figure out now. Back to self-diagnosing and analyzing my health to death! Anyone else?
I also wonder if you didn't just need more probiotics to overcome the hump?

Like I said in PM, I'd love to know exactly how hormones effect gut flora and the immune system... that's gotta be a reason why women are the ones who get a lot of yi and have IC.
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That makes sense but I guess I should be taking Houston's No-Phenol or anti-yeast enzymes if I am concerned about yeast. Right now I am just taking Zyme Prime and AFP Peptizyde.
Yes, No Fenol and Peptizyde between meals for yeast.

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He's been taking Udo's Choice Infant Blend probiotics and the Houston digestive enzymes for the past 2.5 months already, but no obvious changes.
Yeah, another tough nut like my DS. Is probiotics between or after meals? I seem remember Udo saying with meals for his?

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That's a new one on me! What is the ASD community (autism spectrum disorder??)
Yes autism spectrum ... ASD kids have significant gut problems and yeast/bacterial overgrowth. And nutrient deficiencies. They are definitely the canaries in the mine shaft. And when it comes to behavior/diet connection, they are the best place to learn. I was able to pinpoint so much about DS's behavior.
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I also wonder if you didn't just need more probiotics to overcome the hump?

Like I said in PM, I'd love to know exactly how hormones effect gut flora and the immune system... that's gotta be a reason why women are the ones who get a lot of yi and have IC.
Here's the thing, though...I do know you can have an overgrowth of beneficial flora, at least in the vagina. The key is to have a balance of good and bad, both in the gut and in the vagina, right? So, it just doesn't jive with me that more probiotics are the answer. I take supplemental probiotics and eat raw sauerkraut like it's going out of style. I should be totally in balance as a result, yet I doubt I am. This is why I think there's an immune system/hormonal component that I've been unable to treat.
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Ok I am a newbie and here to ask questions...

First stupid question.. what is SCD?? its 11pm after an evening shift and my mind is blank...

This is my situation.. I have a beautiful dd who is 7 yrs old and has ADD.. she is on meds Concerta... and lately even without taking her pill she complains her tummy is sore... and she is losing weight.. she lost 5 lbs in 2 months and currently weighs only 44lbs and thats the 5th percentile for weight... i get her reweighed tomorrow... she has had some behavior problems and we are elminating dairy and we get the results of her gluten testing... and she has eczema which never goes away... and gets better but only by using steroid cream for over 2 wks... which causes her skin to thin...

i have been told to view this thread... and here to learn.. where do i begin.. i'm soo lost..


She is beautiful.

I firmly believe ADD is caused by other medical issues (gut related) and nutrient deficiencies. Ditto SID. ADHD. Autism. etc. etc. Like I said before I've done a lot of reading in the ASD community and this just jumps out at you. The brain needs specific building blocks to run on. If it doesn't get those, just like any machine, it breaks down or doesn't run right.

Have you tried cod liver oil supplements for the ADD? Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for humans. Native diets used to be 1:1 ratio with omega 6s (vegetable/nut oils). Now our food is not the same either. Grain feeding of chickens, cows, even our animal products contain way too many omega 6 fats. If they are fed their natural diet, grass, they contain more omega 3s, as much as fish in some cases!

Consistently in studies, 2 things are going wrong in people with eczema: gut flora and essential fatty acids. You might want to try probiotics, evening primrose oil in addition to the CLO. More info. in The Eczema Tribe thread.
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