Updated July 2013
COMMON CURES PART III
CANDIDA & MOLDS: Personal Experience from a reader – I have experienced a lot of vague health issues for a long time. Recently, I have experienced unexplained itchy rashes on my forearms. I picked up and re-read an old book called “The Missing Diagnosis” by Dr. C. Orian Truss. It first came out in 1983 and only a few copies are available on Amazon.com. Cloudy and fuzzy thinking is a hallmark of Candida!
This book explains how many chronic and recurring diseases as we age are caused by yeasts growing on our mucous membranes in the dark, warm, and moist “cave-like” areas of our bodies. These are the sinuses, the lungs, the lower intestines, and the vagina in women. If we take antibiotics or corticosteroid products or birth control pills, the yeast problem gets worse. If we eat sugars and foods that harbor molds or yeasts, then the problem also gets worse. The yeast colonization can cause sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, rashes, fatigue, depression, diarrhea, and a whole host of other problems. I am now experimenting with anti-fungals, probiotics, and changing the diet. He used nystatin with his patients as the safest antifungal. Everytime I get bronchitis, I know there’s a mold problem somewhere. I had bronchitis attacks in May and June, and we looked inside the CAC unit in my attic, and we found mold growing. I had it tested and it was cladosporium (a leaf mold) and fusarium, a white mold that grows in stagnant water in air conditioning or dehumidifying units. There is a good website on Candida http://overcomingcandida.com
CANDIDA–RELATED BRONCHITIS: Personal Experience – The only thing that helps my bronchitis are nebulized antifungals or the antifungal pill fluconazole. Some women working in a moldy workplace were helped by taking probiotics and garlic pills. The pure essential oils of Eucalyptus and Canadian Tsuga also are antifungals—you can sniff open bottles. Some people are helped with corticosteroid inhalers, but in my case, they made me worse—they stimulate yeast overgrowth in the mucous membranes. Basically, bronchitis is a mucous membrane disease. Oregano extract is considered more potent and less harmful than nystatin to eradicate yeast. It is also considered to be more powerful and less toxic in killing staph infection.
Oregano oil is hard on the liver so it is not recommended for anything with liver problems. One pearly daily is best.
CANDIDA/FUNGUS: These are very difficult to rid from the body. Two products have been recommended: Oregacillin and Candisol. Candida is sometimes hard to get rid of so you may need to consult your health care practitioner to help determine which supplement approach is best. Naturally you should cut down on your sugar consumption (starve the fungus) when doing an elimination protocol.
PARASITES: This is especially a problem for people who travel around the world, eating foods from other countries. Sushi and meat are often sources of parasites. A great anti-parasite cleanse comes from Beachwood Canyon – PC 1-2-3. I am told that it takes 2 bottles to completely rid the body of the parasites.
B-3 & FUNGUS: Canadian researchers say vitamin B3 may be effective in fighting fungal infections. Researchers at the University of Montreal say studies in mice indicate C. albicans enzyme, known as Hst3 — essential to the growth and survival of the yeast infection Candida albicans — can be inhibited with nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3.
“There is an urgent need to develop new therapies to kill C. albicans because it is one of the leading causes of hospital-acquired infections and is associated with high mortality rates,” researcher Martine Raymond said in a statement. “Although many issues remain to be investigated, the results of our study are very exciting and they constitute an important first step in the development of new therapeutic agents to treat fungal infections without major side effects for patients.”
NAIL FUNGUS: Massage Vicks Vapor Rub on toenail and in a matter of days the toe nail will start turning dark in color. The dark color means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As the toenail grows out you will cut the toe nails and soon your toe nails will not only look healthy but will be fungus free.
YEAST & PARASITES: From Jenna Henderson (listed in My Favorite Professionals) – “With yeast problems, I think it is important to change the internal environment, to make it less hospitable to yeast. Long term antifungals can be damaging. I think the missing aspect with yeast is temperature. Yeast tends to grow where it’s cooler than normal body temperature – toenails and vaginal areas. In Traditional Chinese medicine, a white tongue of oral thrush is considered internal coldness.
IMPORTANT: Many people with candida also have thyroid/low body temperature issues. So that’s what I’d look at first.
NOTE: I have postings on Low Body Temperature/Wilson’s Syndrome all through my Common Cures.
There’s a book called The Cure for All Diseases by Hulda Clark. She’s from Clayton college, one of the paper mill ND schools. But this book got really popular and convinced a lot of people that they had parasites. What was really undigested vegetable fibers that people were passing, she convinced them were horrible parasites.
NOTE: Hulda died of cancer. Her Liver-Gall Bladder Cleanse is the best ever. My dentist, Nate Berger, who introduced me to this Cleanse advised me to forget about the other cleanses as they were a waste of time.
MORE ON CANDIDA/YEAST from the CayceCayce medical forum:
TESTIMONIAL: I used iodine to rid myself of yeast/fungus. I took 200 mgs daily for about two weeks. When detoxing caused me to become very depressed, I added in a capful of DMSO with the iodine, and the depression went away. But it did take me about eight weeks to get rid of the yeast, but it is a permanent thing, not like the others, that just hide the symptoms for a month or two and then it comes back.
PROBIOTICS: Recent research suggests probiotics may also improve the respiratory health of people with cystic fibrosis and of children with allergies and infections. Certain probiotic strains relieve vaginal and urinary tract infections, and some seem to reduce the recurrence of bladder cancer. Pregnant women taking probiotics may also prevent their children from developing eczema. For most people a probiotic like Pathway Suprema Dophilus is a good choice. It provides overall support for healthy GI health.
DIABETES: MULBERRY LEAF, the food source of silkworms, can help markedly stabilize blood sugar levels and inhibit carbohydrate absorption in Type 2 diabetics. 1) Reduces body’s absorption of sugars and other carbohydrates 2) Lower post-meal blood sugar spikes and stabilize blood sugar levels
AUTISM: I have no cure here. There is personal information found on www.sharingwellnessinfo.com This is an additional resource that was recently sent to be about Vitamin D Deficiency being possibly one of the components in authism – www.vitamindcouncil.org/health/autism/vit-D-theory-autism.shtml
There is an entire protocol written on other causes for autism and some of these concur with the information on SharingWellnessInfo. Some are: a. Zinc deficiency exists in 90% of autistic children; b. Copper excess exists in 85%;c. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies are common; d. Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency exists in nearly 100%; e. Fiber deficiency exists in nearly 100%; f. Antioxidant deficiency exists in nearly 100% This article also mentions heavy metal toxicity. http://overcomingcandida.com:80/candida_and_autism_2.htm and http://www.autism.org/leakygut.html
RESEARCH: Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have embarked on one of the first double-blind, clinical studies to determine whether gluten and dairy products play a role in autistic behavior as parents have anecdotally claimed. “A lot of children with autism have gastrointestinal problems such as constipation and diarrhea. Whether these problems are related to brain development is open to question,” said Katherine Loveland, Ph.D., co-investigator and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, pediatrics and biomedical sciences at the health science center. “There are neurotransmitters and neuroreceptors in the gut that correspond with those in the brain. There are some scientific reasons to think that some kids may benefit from this diet.”
For the double-blind study, funded in its initial phase by supplemental funds granted by the Department of Pediatrics, researchers will enroll 38 autistic children ages 3 to 9. They will look at the influence of gluten and milk proteins in the intestinal function. Gluten is a protein in wheat; casein and whey are proteins in milk. Casomorphin, a peptide in milk; and gliadomorphin, a peptide in gluten, are thought to be related to changes in behavior in these children. Children will be taken off gluten and dairy products before the four-week study and then half will be given gluten/milk powder and half will be given a placebo powder. Researchers will study intestinal permeability (leaky gut) through urine collection and behavior through psychometric testing. Dr. John Pagano in, ONE CAUSE, MANY AILMENTS, pages 49-52 discusses dietary causes of Autism. Information on this can be obtained at www.candidafree.net He makes many suggestions but one is an elimination of gluten and casein from the diet. His excellent book discusses the impact of Intestinal Permeability (leaky gut), a topic first discussed by Edgar Cayce in the early 20th Century.
RESEARCH II: In 2013 research, it was observed that there is a high inflammation level in the brains of children with autism.
NUTRITION & AUTISM: Research has shown that women who take pre-natal type vitamins 3 months before conception and follow through after conception have a greatly reduced change of having the baby develop autism. Google Life Extension articles.
SALMONELLA & E. COLI: new study in SCI’s Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture shows that konjac gum and sesame seed extract may offer protection against different strains of E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The study by Dr Petra Becker et al from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, shows that these foodstuffs act as binders for E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The bacteria attach themselves to the fibrous foods instead of the gut cells of the host. Dr Becker says that eating a diet full of these foodstuffs may offer protection from gastro-intestinal infections or reduce the severity of symptoms caused by E. coli or Salmonella.
LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS –Low vitamin D levels may contribute to chronic pain among women, suggests research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
ARSENIC: A new study has found that rice bran contains high levels of arsenic. Arsenic is also found in high levels in the soil in the Southwest US. Arsenic build-up if often a cause for erectile dysfunction in men.
MUSHROOMS & IMMUNITY: Japanese researchers in conjunction with the Yale School of Medicine have found the mushroom extract, AHCC, can strengthen the immune system and fight the onset of cancer among over-50s. Another research organization discovered that using 5 different mushrooms in a supplement had the greatest impact upon the immune system. Although most healthcare professionals skilled in the art of botanical medicine are aware of the immune enhancing properties of certain mushrooms and other fungi, few may realize that mushrooms are rich sources of natural antibiotics. Host Defense® – a proprietary combination of 17 immune-supporting mushroom species. This excellent link discusses the Coriolus Versicolor mushroom for the immune system and as an anti-cancer agent – http://www.naturalnews.com:80/025455.html
MRSA KILLER: SinoFresh HealthCare, Inc. announced preliminary results today from a successful in vivo pilot study indicating that its patented SinoFresh® nasal spray was shown to be useful in controlling the MRSA “super-bug” in the nasal passages. This study utilized a recognized scientific model intended to demonstrate SinoFresh® nasal spray’s ability to kill MRSA hiding in the nasal passages. These favorable efficacy results follow an earlier, successful in vitro study that was conducted at the Public Health Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Barry Kreiswirth, director of the Tuberculosis Center and Hospital Infections Program. The study showed that “SinoFresh® nasal spray used three times daily appeared to effectively eliminate MRSA in the noses of the test animals while leaving enough normal microbes to keep a normal population in the nasal passages,” according to Dr. John Todhunter, consultant to SinoFresh, who oversaw the study conducted at Virion Systems in Rockville, MD. NOTE: This is available is all drug stores.
CAYCE–ALMONDS–CANCER: Years ago, Edgar Cayce stated in several readings that eating almonds every day could prevent cancer. I know a lot of almond eaters who developed cancer so I never recommended this. This informative post appeared on the
Unfortunately Almonds are not what they use to be, at least not in the U.S. anymore. It’s very hard to get truly “raw” almonds now. The conventional ones are often now treated with a chemical which has been linked to cancer. The organic ones are usually steam pasteurized, which is certainly better than the former. Pure Acai Berries may be more protective.
B-12 DEFICIENCY: Years ago, chronic fatigue was treated with a B-12 shot. This is a deficiency that is very common in older people. To be effective, it must be obtained in the foods or taken subliminally (under the tongue). Check out this link for more information – http://www.prohealth.com/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=14192&B1=EG010709
DEMENTIA: Vitamin B12 may protect against brain volume loss in older people, and ultimately reduce the risk of developing dementia, suggests a new study from the University of Oxford. People with higher blood levels of the vitamin were six times less likely to experience brain shrinkage.
HEALTH BOOKS QUOTING EDGAR CAYCE’S RECOMMENDATIONS:
SURGERIES TO AVOID: http://living.health.com/2008/01/29/the-scary-truth-about-surgery/
ARTERIOSCLEROSIS & VITAMIN K2: Increased intakes of vitamin K2 (not K1 from vegetables) from dietary sources may reduce the build up of calcium in arteries that leads to hardening of the blood vessels, says a 2008 study. K2 came predominantly from cheese (54 per cent), milk products (22 per cent), and meat (15 per cent).
ANTI–INFLAMMATORY SUPPLEMENTS (Life Extension): Scientists have identified dietary supplements and prescription drugs that can reduce levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines. The docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) fraction of fish oil is the best documented supplement to suppress TNF-a, IL-6, IL-1(b), and IL-8 (Jeyarajah et al. 1999; James et al. 2000; Watanabe et al. 2000; Yano et al. 2000). A study on healthy humans and those with rheumatoid disease shows that fish oil suppresses these dangerous cytokines by up to 90% (James et al. 2000). Other cytokine-lowering supplements are DHEA (Casson et al. 1993), vitamin K (Reddi et al. 1995; Weber 1997), GLA (gamma linolenic acid) (Purasiri et al. 1994), and nettle leaf extract (Teucher et al. 1996). Antioxidants, such as vitamin E (Devaraj et al. 2000) and N-acetyl-cysteine (Gosset et al. 1999), may also lower proinflammatory cytokines and protect against their toxic effects.
– CURCUMIN/TURMERIC (Life Extension): 1) Reduces adipose fat, 2) Protects against Diabetes and the inflammatory damage done by Diabetes, 3) Aids the Immune System in ridding the Brain of Plaque (Alzheimers), 4) Protects against Cancer, Cataracts and Uveitis (eyes) and, with GINGER, it is a powerful anti-inflmmatory supplement.
HOW CURCUMIN WORKS: The health boosting activity of curcumin may be due to the molecule’s ability to stabilise cell membranes and increase the cell’s resistance to infection, suggests a new study. The research, published in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society, may help scientists understand how curcumin works inside the body. Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy and colleagues at the University of Michigan used solid-state NMR spectroscopy to show that curcumin physically alters the cell membrane at an atomic level.
ALZHEIMERS RESEARCH 2009: A combination of vitamin D3 and Curcumin, from Turmeric, may boost the immune system, and help it clear the protein plaques linked to Alzheimer’s, says a new study. The new data, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, may lead to new approaches in preventing Alzheimer’s by using vitamin D3 alone or in combination with natural or synthetic curcumin to boost the immune system in protecting the brain against beta-amyloid. The build-up of plaque from beta-amyloid deposits is associated with an increase in brain cell damage and death from oxidative stress. This is related to a loss of cognitive function and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and currently affects over 13 million people worldwide.
IN VOVO ANTI–INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS: Researchers at the University of Illinois found that Vitamin E and other Anti-Inflammatory supplements affected the fetus, by reducing inflammation. This may be the source of some congenital health issues and allergic reactions after a child is born. ALWAYS discuss supplements with your doctor and your pharmacist, who may actually know more about this than the pediatrician, before taking any supplement while pregnant.
Greater vitamin E intake by the mothers during pregnancy was associated with a lower incidence of wheeze, asthma, asthma and wheeze, and persistent wheezing observed in the children during the previous year. Children of mothers whose vitamin E intake was in the lowest 20 percent of participants had over five times the risk of early persistent asthma than those whose mothers were in the highest fifth. Increased zinc intake during pregnancy was also associated with a lower risk of asthma in children. The children’s own nutritional intake did not appear to be associated with asthma or wheezing.
CLINGY CHILDREN: This is not a purely medical comment but rather an astrology one, provided by Astrologer, Pat Geisler: Clingy kids may have one of several problems in my experience:
1) Fatigue, hunger or ill health,
2) Insecurity from overwhelming and new experiences and the lack of sufficient encouragement and support from Mom,
3) Fears that the child cannot or has not articulated,
4) The child is seeking protection, perhaps from bullying siblings or playmates, or something deeper is wrong.
“My recommendation is to first eliminate No. 1 — feed the child more, put him or her to bed earlier and get a good doctor’s going over to see if something physical is wrong. Look to the moon in the chart and the 6th house. The other 3 items are connected with Saturn. See what is going on that makes the child fearful or insecure by looking at what affects Saturn and from which house. That may give you some clues to talk to the mother about. Explore other symptoms of fear — bad dreams, sleep walking or bed wetting. Also eliminate ALL scary TV.”
OSTEOPOROSIS: Edgar Cayce proven correct – Increasing the alkali content of the diet by eating food such as fruit and vegetables may reduce calcium excretion and boost bone health, as published in the January 2009 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. As adults age they become less able to excrete the acid produced via dietary metabolism, explained Dawson-Hughes. Reacting to the increasing acid levels, the body counters this by bone re-absorption, a process by which bones are broken down, releasing minerals such as calcium, phosphates, and alkaline (basic) salts into the blood.
OSTEOARTHRITIS & PYCNOGENOL: Pycnogenol, an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree may reduce markers of inflammation in people with osteoarthritis, suggests a new study.
GRAPE SEED EXTRACT & LEUKEMIA: An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, according to researchers from the University of Kentucky, presented in American Association for Cancer Research Journal. Grape seed extract activates natural mechanism to kill laboratory leukemia cells – while leaving normal cells alone. Given that epidemiological evidence shows that eating vegetables and fruits helps prevent cancer development, Shi and his colleagues have been studying chemicals known as proanthocyanidins in fruits that contribute to this effect.
DIABETES–HEART-L-CARNITHINE: Supplements of L-carnitine may reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in diabetics, indicating significant potential to boost heart health, says a new study. Researchers from the University of Catania report that supplementation reduced “Bad cholesterol”oxidation by 15 units per litre of blood, compared to a 3 U/L reduction in the placebo group.
SELENIUM DEFICIENCY: Low levels of the mineral selenium may increase the risk of anaemia in older people, according to a new study from the United States. Writing in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the National Institute on Aging report that people with the lowest levels of Selenium were 11.4 per cent more likely to have anaemia, compared to people with the highest levels. Being the first such study of its kind, the researchers were cautious about the recommendation of selenium supplements, or selenium-rich foods, noting that it is not known whether improvements in selenium intake would have a direct impact on anaemia in older people – related to haemoglobin levels.
NOTE: Dr. Jonothan Wright has observed that Selenium Deficiency can be related to malabsorption due to poor digestion. Often, these people take anti-acids…and they ultimately developed Macular Degeneration, a disease that leads to blindness.
On NBC-TV, the author of MASTER YOUR METABOLISM said that SELENIUM converts inactive thyroid to active thyroid so this is essential to thyroid health.
PANCREATITIS PAIN: Supplements containing selenium, beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol may alleviate pain in people suffering from pancreatitis, suggests a study from India. One hundred and twenty-seven people took part in the randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the January issue of Gastroenterology, which found that at the end of the intervention period 32 per cent of the patients became pain-free, compared to only 13 per cent in the placebo group.
MACULAR DEGENERATION: A friend has been receiving treatments for AMD with remarkable results. It is a type of acupuncture that stimulates a specific part of the brain, connected with vision. Here’s more information on the macular degeneration treatment. After Dr. Lundgren reviewed her medical records and determined something could be done, she and her husband went to Santa Fe to receive the 5-day treatment in one week. She was told not to pay anything until the treatment was over and noticeable improvement had occurred. She swears by it and I’m considering making the trip sometime in the spring. My own acupuncturist is not familiar with Dr. Lundgren’s work (he will be) but he also assured me acupuncture has the greatest success before physiological changes have taken place. Given that my AMD is in the early stages, now or sometime in the not too distant future would be a good time for me to have the treatment. http://www.reverseamd.com/
MAY 2009 – American Medical Association Journal, Archives of Ophthalmology, reveal a protective effect for Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish, Nuts and Olive Oil on reducing the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in the elderly.
Olive oil emerged as protective against late disease. When those who reported consuming at least 100 milliliters per week olive oil were compared with those who consumed less than 1 milliliter per week, they were found to have a 52 percent lower risk of late AMD. For early AMD, those whose omega-3 fatty acid intake was among the top 25 percent had a 15 percent lower risk compared with those whose intake was among the lowest quarter.
Bad Fats -Trans Fatty Acids increase cholesterol levels and inflammation, both of which affect the eyes’ blood vessels, while omega-3 fatty acids may help protect the retina. Although the main fats contained in olive oil were not associated with macular degeneration risk, the oil contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that could be protective. “A diet low in trans-unsaturated fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil may reduce the risk of AMD,” the authors conclude.
FIBROMYALGIA from Alternative_Medicine_Forum: …I have read many books written by doctors who specialize in thyroid treatment, and all of them have stated that Fibro is simply under-treated or untreated hypothyroidism.
I do not know if FMS can be cured but it can be prevented if your thyroid is functioning at optimum levels. Have you ever had your RT3 checked? You may need to take Cytomel ONLY for a few months to clear out your RT3 and then switch back to Armour when your RT3 issues clear up, I have heard great things from folks who have done that. And it sure is worth a try for sure, but only if you get your RT3 tested first.
FMS can also be triggered by Leaky Gut Syndrome. Mainly, avoid foods of the Nightshade family – tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers. See books by Dr. John Pagano
TESTIMONIAL: One woman found that diet and using the Emotional Freedom Technique cured her of the symptoms. If you just google “EFT tapping,” you can find so many support links…you can choose what you like but choose a free on.
FASTEReft by Robert Smith – google “faster eft tapping points” – there is a lot here too.
A woman who wrote on my Common Cures posts said that she cured herself of Fibromyalgia symptoms. I think Fibro is really open to this because it is caused by a rebellion against all of the crises that one is forced into handling from early life. The body manifests this rebellion by developing an allergic reaction to the adrenalin produced under stress.
COMMON COLD CURE: Extracts from sea cucumber may one day be making waves in dietary supplement circles, if science from Scandinavia continues to yield positive results. Recent results from an in vitro study reportedly showed that a compound extracted from sea cucumbers known as NGNA (N-glycolylneuraminic acid) has antiviral activity against the rhinovirus, the cause of the majority colds that affect Americans annually, and the compound is non-toxic to human cells.
NOTE: Currently, I take Alka-Seltzer at the first sign of a cold or flu to alkalize my system. This seems to be the easiest. Alka-Seltzer has many formulas. Use the one with baking soda (listed as sodium) and calcium. Cayce actually recommended Soda Mint tablets but Squibb stopped making these in the late 1980s.
NAIL FUNGUS: This is a major problem and one that is very difficult to cure…and it takes months, if not at least a year or more to cure. The medications given by the doctors do not often work and they are very hard on the body. One friend found something easy to do that has helped her a lot.
After a couple of months, she was able to wear sandals again – What I do is soak my feet in very hot water (it really does need to be hot). I add about 1 cup of white vinegar to about 1 gallon of water (I’m guessing here). Then after I’m done soaking them I squirt my affected toes with 100% pure white vinegar (from a dropper). I save the water in a pan and just reheat it the next day. After about 4 days I throw this out and start fresh. The vinegar doesn’t dry out your feet or your nails which surprised me.
It doesn’t hurt your healthy nails either. I also have added Jason’s Tea Tree oil for nails to this regimen. I apply this to my nails after my feet are dry. This seems to help with brittleness a lot and it does superficially improve the look of the nails. I won’t know until probably next year how successful this really is. I can say that my feet are much better than they were. The hard part is doing it on a daily basis 360 days a year! Once in a while I skip a day but in my case I’m in danger of getting ingrown toenails if I let it go longer.
SUPER FOODS: http://www.naturalnews.com/z025313.html These are Goji berries, Chia seeds and pure chocolate, best eaten has high quality cocoa. This link tells why they are super foods.