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I feel helpless. I am 18 and have had acne since I was 11. I'm the only one in my family with this ever. I am from the carribean. I don't think people should have to starve themselves to get rid of candida.

It's really like you can't eat anything for over a year. I like fruit, and rice. I am getting a blood intolerance test soon. I believe that people with different heritages just can't stomach some things.

Gluten, dairy, oranges, soy for example. Those are now found in so many products in America. In the carribean their food is so healthy, but even there it's getting corrupted with hormones and saturated fats.

Eliminating intolerance, eating fiber rich foods to feed good bacteria, and probiotics. I think that candida will naturally eliminate itself.

Our meat is so corrupt. Imagine having a gluten intolerance, does that mean grain fed cattle will have traces of gluten?

I feel like I am starving. I am becoming so skinny because I am afraid to it.

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I feel helpless. I am 18 and have had acne since I was 11. I'm the only one in my family with this ever. I am from the carribean. I don't think people should have to starve themselves to get rid of candida.

It's really like you can't eat anything for over a year. I like fruit, and rice. I am getting a blood intolerance test soon. I believe that people with different heritages just can't stomach some things.

Gluten, dairy, oranges, soy for example. Those are now found in so many products in America. In the carribean their food is so healthy, but even there it's getting corrupted with hormones and saturated fats.

Eliminating intolerance, eating fiber rich foods to feed good bacteria, and probiotics. I think that candida will naturally eliminate itself.

Our meat is so corrupt. Imagine having a gluten intolerance, does that mean grain fed cattle will have traces of gluten?

I feel like I am starving. I am becoming so skinny because I am afraid to it.

You obviously have a gut imbalance. Candida is not a hoax it exists in everyones digestive tract. In a healthy person this yeast is held back by good bacteria. If you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria (which can happen to anyone, and is quite frequent) you will have signs of imbalance show up in ways of any of the following.....acne, fatigue, bowel problems such as constipation or in some diarrhea, mood issues, depression, anxiety etc. Candida is not the "Bad Guy" that you need to irradiate as it will always exist in your system (which is why DR's do not get accurate readings for those with candida overgrowth). The key is not to focus on one specific bad guy living in your gut but focus on healing your gut and restoring the balance in your digestive tract. I wouldn't recommend a Candida diet (BTW those who have bad bacteria often crave the very things that feed the pathogens). I would recommend removing ALL GRAINS (corn, rice, wheat, rye, spelt etc). Focus on lots of chicken, goat, beef, fish etc. I have been to many islands in the carribean and I have noticed they cook quite a bit with goat etc, this would be a good choice, as you can focus on the meats and veggies that are cooked gently until soft to be more easily digestible. Look up youtube videos on how to make your own raw sauerkraut. Make sure you are having at least 1-2 bowel movements a day as this is important for detoxification. I would suggest start by removing fruits and all dairy from your diet temporarily (you probably don't do much dairy anyway). Avoid sugars (agave, sugar, brown sugar, fake sugars etc). Eat lots of stews and soup broths (these heal the digestive tract). You want to focus on easy to digest foods. There are lots of good things you can make with almond flour and coconut flour.

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I feel helpless. I am 18 and have had acne since I was 11. I'm the only one in my family with this ever. I am from the carribean. I don't think people should have to starve themselves to get rid of candida.

It's really like you can't eat anything for over a year. I like fruit, and rice. I am getting a blood intolerance test soon. I believe that people with different heritages just can't stomach some things.

Gluten, dairy, oranges, soy for example. Those are now found in so many products in America. In the carribean their food is so healthy, but even there it's getting corrupted with hormones and saturated fats.

Eliminating intolerance, eating fiber rich foods to feed good bacteria, and probiotics. I think that candida will naturally eliminate itself.

Our meat is so corrupt. Imagine having a gluten intolerance, does that mean grain fed cattle will have traces of gluten?

I feel like I am starving. I am becoming so skinny because I am afraid to it.

You obviously have a gut imbalance. Candida is not a hoax it exists in everyones digestive tract. In a healthy person this yeast is held back by good bacteria. If you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria (which can happen to anyone, and is quite frequent) you will have signs of imbalance show up in ways of any of the following.....acne, fatigue, bowel problems such as constipation or in some diarrhea, mood issues, depression, anxiety etc. Candida is not the "Bad Guy" that you need to irradiate as it will always exist in your system (which is why DR's do not get accurate readings for those with candida overgrowth). The key is not to focus on one specific bad guy living in your gut but focus on healing your gut and restoring the balance in your digestive tract. I wouldn't recommend a Candida diet (BTW those who have bad bacteria often crave the very things that feed the pathogens). I would recommend removing ALL GRAINS (corn, rice, wheat, rye, spelt etc). Focus on lots of chicken, goat, beef, fish etc. I have been to many islands in the carribean and I have noticed they cook quite a bit with goat etc, this would be a good choice, as you can focus on the meats and veggies that are cooked gently until soft to be more easily digestible. Look up youtube videos on how to make your own raw sauerkraut. Make sure you are having at least 1-2 bowel movements a day as this is important for detoxification. I would suggest start by removing fruits and all dairy from your diet temporarily (you probably don't do much dairy anyway). Avoid sugars (agave, sugar, brown sugar, fake sugars etc). Eat lots of stews and soup broths (these heal the digestive tract). You want to focus on easy to digest foods. There are lots of good things you can make with almond flour and coconut flour.

Thank you so much!! I have been taking a good probiotic for a few months, and I do think it helps, but I still have acne. I totally splurged and was eating whatever I want, pastries, juices, ORANGE JUICE! I don't know where to find meat. It's all infected with hormones.

My parents hate me because of my skin. They think I am crazy. I am in this on my own. I need this gone before college. I have been dairy free and gluten free for a little while now. I can't wait for my allergy test.

I justtt don't know what to eat and where to find food!

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Candida is a hoax by and large. The symptoms are real. It all comes down to microbial imbalance and a damaged gut.

Internet wisdom:

Oh I have rosacea.. must be candida

I am tired all the time... must be candida

I have trouble getting up in the morning.. must be candida

I'm overweight... must be candida

I have diarhea... oh that must be candida

I am constipated.. oh that's surely candida

My joints hurt and I have arthritis... oh must be candida

I smell bullshit... it is candida.

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Candida is a hoax by and large. The symptoms are real. It all comes down to microbial imbalance and a damaged gut.

Internet wisdom:

Oh I have rosacea.. must be candida

I am tired all the time... must be candida

I have trouble getting up in the morning.. must be candida

I'm overweight... must be candida

I have diarhea... oh that must be candida

I am constipated.. oh that's surely candida

My joints hurt and I have arthritis... oh must be candida

I smell bullshit... it is candida.

I like the way you think mate! What do you propose we do? Do you think eliminating food intolerance, would lead to "candida" naturally reducing. I mean obviously we should eat better. How do we make salad taste yummy with an acceptable dairy free gluten free dressing?

I just want to be lovely again, don't you?

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I'd say putting some chicken on there.. and some olive oil based home made mayonnaise would be a good start smile.png Few slices of avocado and maybe some fruit wouldnt hurt either.

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I'd say putting some chicken on there.. and some olive oil based home made mayonnaise would be a good start smile.png Few slices of avocado and maybe some fruit wouldnt hurt either.

Olive oil, coconut milk, strawberries, tuna. I dunno if I will eat meat, Unless I find some lamb, which will obviously not be hormone infected.

I am so for organ meats, but those too are infected with hormones right? Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I will eat rice, beans, and you know what! Potatoes!

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http://eatwild.com find a farm near by that sells quality meat.

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I don't know what to think about Candida. What I do know however, is that it is probably good to live as though it exists.

This time last year, I couldn't walk through fragrance departments, the smell of perfume would just hit me, I mean knock me sideways. My nostrils would literally burn and eyes would start watering, if I had to walk through these departments it was quickly and holding my breath.

These days, after taking anti-yeast pills, and the paleo diet, I can walk around smelling various perfume's without any problem whatsoever.

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Keep meat lean, and juices green...


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I don't know what to think about Candida. What I do know however, is that it is probably good to live as though it exists.

This time last year, I couldn't walk through fragrance departments, the smell of perfume would just hit me, I mean knock me sideways. My nostrils would literally burn and eyes would start watering, if I had to walk through these departments it was quickly and holding my breath.

These days, after taking anti-yeast pills, and the paleo diet, I can walk around smelling various perfume's without any problem whatsoever.

Want to join me in not starving and having lovely skin again? I notice my body Oder is really song sometimes, toxic smelling. You should get an intolerance test done.

Fruits with skin are good because they have fiber! Wee need to poo! We need fiber! We don't need pastries!

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I don't believe Candida is a hoax in the least, because there's a plethora of evidence to show that it's a problem in MANY more people than one would think.

However, it's not as common of a problem as people on this board think it is and your body has to be in pretty bad shape before candida even enters the picture, and even then there's still probably more "direct" factors that impact skin health like blood sugar spikes or food intolerances and foods which damage the gut.

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After suffering with acne since age 11, finally found my triggers 11 years later.

Clear for almost 1 year & in control of my acne, although due to some hyperpigmentation, I believed I was still breaking out. In fact, I thought I had just cleared up a few months ago, but after realizing my "breakouts" were simply scarring I also realized I was technically clear for much longer than I thought. Rare breakouts only whenever I get lazy with my diet.

The Cure for Acne:

-Avoid the Acne Trifecta: Soy, Gluten, and Dairy like the plague.

-Eat a Low-GI diet and avoid Sugar.

-Eat lots of protein and healthy fats (ANTIBIOTIC FREE/NO HORMONES ADDED/FREE RANGE/HUMANELY SLAUGHTERED)

-Get lots of green vegetables and sunshine.

-Supplement whenever possible. Due to how much we've ruined food in the past 60 years, the amount of nutrients found in food nowadays is lower than it was decades ago.

-Exercise, get sunshine, and avoid stressful situations.

-Don't fear food. Go out & eat. It's not good for the skin, but it's good for the soul.


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Want to join me in not starving and having lovely skin again? I notice my body Oder is really song sometimes, toxic smelling. You should get an intolerance test done.

Fruits with skin are good because they have fiber! Wee need to poo! We need fiber! We don't need pastries!

I've got lovely skin again thanks, and had an intolerance test performed two years ago, and no piece of fruit ever passes my lips.


Keep meat lean, and juices green...


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I don't know what to think about Candida. What I do know however, is that it is probably good to live as though it exists.

This time last year, I couldn't walk through fragrance departments, the smell of perfume would just hit me, I mean knock me sideways. My nostrils would literally burn and eyes would start watering, if I had to walk through these departments it was quickly and holding my breath.

These days, after taking anti-yeast pills, and the paleo diet, I can walk around smelling various perfume's without any problem whatsoever.

I agree with you, I too could not handle any perfume whatsoever. Candida most definitely exists. Anyone who says it is a hoax is uneducated in what microbes/yeasts actually live in the gut. Where there is GUT IMBALANCE there will also be parasites/CANDIDA/Bacterias such as clostridium taking over. Candida will never be the SOLE problem but yes, it is a contributing factor to the ultimate picture of inflammation and overall gut dysbiosis.

Moonbase are you denying women can get yeast infections? This would be from candida albicans overgrowth. Thrush is from Candida Albicans overgrowth. Fungal infections are from Candida infections. Years back DR's used to prescribe Nystatin alongside antibiotics to inhibit candida overgrowth during antibiotic use (as antibiotics kill of your beneficial bacteria). At some point this practice stopped and now we have disease/illness/auto immune issues of epic proportions. It is naive to say Candida is a hoax. It does exist and does create severe damage such as inflammation, the key is it is never alone. Where there is candida there will also be other bad bacteria and parasites, creating an overall inflamed digestive tract and imbalanced gut.

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No i'm denying the fact that yeast becomes a uncontrollable rouge yeast that takes over and must be starved in order to get rid of it.. like it's some pathogenic organism inside of us. Anyone who believes in candida (in the traditional internet lore sense) is the uneducated ones. You clearly have no grasp as to how the gut imbalance occurs, and how the damage is done.

You dont have to do anything but balance your body and repair your gut, everything comes down to gut environment. You can do it with a high carbohydrate diet.. which pretty much slaps every candida rule right across the mouth. I feel bad that you got sucked into the BS that is candida. It's a homeopaths wet dream..

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a couple months ago i went to the gynecologist cause i thought i had candida/yeast problems..like an over growth or something. the doctor checked me out and took a sample to see if i had an infection or bacteria, but everything turned out fine. soo whatever..im gonna be trying out a new diet soon anyways

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No i'm denying the fact that yeast becomes a uncontrollable rouge yeast that takes over and must be starved in order to get rid of it.. like it's some pathogenic organism inside of us. Anyone who believes in candida (in the traditional internet lore sense) is the uneducated ones. You clearly have no grasp as to how the gut imbalance occurs, and how the damage is done.

You dont have to do anything but balance your body and repair your gut, everything comes down to gut environment. You can do it with a high carbohydrate diet.. which pretty much slaps every candida rule right across the mouth. I feel bad that you got sucked into the BS that is candida. It's a homeopaths wet dream..

Candida CAN BE a pathogenic organism inside of us. LOL. No medical DR would deny that, let alone an educated naturopath or homeopath. I am pretty sure I have a pretty good grasp on how gut imbalances occur, I have been studying holistic health and natural medicine for over 7 years now. To heal your gut and balance your body a specific carbohydrate diet is needed. Yes! There can be high carbs, carrots and other such veggies, but not grains and wheats that feed a bad gut environment. I have never seen anyone follow a high grain diet and restore microbial balance in the gut. High carb veggies sure. I am amazed that you would take such a stance when no DR in his right mind would deny the existence of candida albicans as a pathogenic organism.

Here is a link to some info from a Med School at University of South Carolinas School of Medicine. They do not deny the existence in Candida Albicans. Here is the beginning quote............."Yeasts are single-celled budding organisms (figure 1). They do not produce mycelia. The colonies are usually visible on the plates in 24 to 48 hours. Their soft, moist colonies resemble bacterial cultures rather than molds. There are many species of yeasts that can be pathogenic for humans. We shall discuss only the two most significant species:

  • Candida albicans
  • Cryptococcus neoformans

http://pathmicro.med.../mycology-3.htm

Now with that said, I agree with you that someone should not focus solely on "candida" as I said before there will also be other bacteria/parasites etc involved and we both agree that restoring the gut environment in general will restore health. So I do not think we should focus solely on candida. I would suggest reading the book "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" as DR Natasha Mcbride goes into detail which microbes are in the gut and what exactly they do to create illness. She discusses Candida Albicans Specifically quite a bit as well as other microbes/bacteria/parasites. She is a Neurologist and has studied with scientists on gut issues for years. I studied on gut issues in general for years and her book is scientifically backed, it is one of the best books I have come across.

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I ate a high starch diet - I consumed about 500grams of fruit and starch (mostly from sweet potatoes, yucca, and taro). If you have aids or going through chemo it becomes pathogenic perhaps. but when it boils down to it candida is not the issue, gut environment is. I'm the one who brought GAPS to light here.

So have you fixed your gut? Can you eat any food and experience no symptoms? Judging by your posts I still think you're in recovery...

PS. Candida is a hoax!!! Sells lots of probiotics and anti candida therapies though..


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I ate a high starch diet - I consumed about 500grams of fruit and starch (mostly from sweet potatoes, yucca, and taro).

10 kiwis or apples are like 500 grams. 20-30 pieces of fruit a day, would be more like 1000-1500 grams a day. Or am I mistaken?

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I ate a high starch diet - I consumed about 500grams of fruit and starch (mostly from sweet potatoes, yucca, and taro).

10 kiwis or apples are like 500 grams. 20-30 pieces of fruit a day, would be more like 1000-1500 grams a day. Or am I mistaken?

Elvin

grams of carbs.


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I ate a high starch diet - I consumed about 500grams of fruit and starch (mostly from sweet potatoes, yucca, and taro).

10 kiwis or apples are like 500 grams. 20-30 pieces of fruit a day, would be more like 1000-1500 grams a day. Or am I mistaken?

Elvin

grams of carbs.

Oh, of course, that makes more sense.

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No i'm denying the fact that yeast becomes a uncontrollable rouge yeast that takes over and must be starved in order to get rid of it.. like it's some pathogenic organism inside of us. Anyone who believes in candida (in the traditional internet lore sense) is the uneducated ones. You clearly have no grasp as to how the gut imbalance occurs, and how the damage is done. You dont have to do anything but balance your body and repair your gut, everything comes down to gut environment. You can do it with a high carbohydrate diet.. which pretty much slaps every candida rule right across the mouth. I feel bad that you got sucked into the BS that is candida. It's a homeopaths wet dream..

So how do I repair my gut!? Once I do this, I can introduce perhaps foods I was intolerant too, and my body will not be "broken." OH wow! Moonbase you are like a dream come true! I knew that this could be possible, and you are living proof! Show me are magical ways! I got some dates, high in fiber, natural fruits with sugar, and I love eating them! I am going to begin to consume far more fruits! I suspect I am probably intolerant to soy, but it's only in a few products, but it's probably not helping me much. I shall have to cut it out. I was so excited when I found soy yogurt and gluten, dairy free bars, but they have sigh. Alas repairing my gut and disproving the candida hoax is in action!

What should my healing meal plan be? Ima dig through your page like the creeper that I am!

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How about goat's milk and honey? Can I have these? I don't understand why goat's milk is acceptable. Doesn't it still contain hormones for a baby goat that would compromise out bodies? People seem to tolerate it so well though, it seems to help acne not cause it...

What about beans and starches? Since I am getting all my calories from fruits, and veggies, are starches now acceptable? I am not going to get a lot of fat and protien, because well the nomadic didn't so why should we?

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I ate a high starch diet - I consumed about 500grams of fruit and starch (mostly from sweet potatoes, yucca, and taro). If you have aids or going through chemo it becomes pathogenic perhaps. but when it boils down to it candida is not the issue, gut environment is. I'm the one who brought GAPS to light here.

So have you fixed your gut? Can you eat any food and experience no symptoms? Judging by your posts I still think you're in recovery...

PS. Candida is a hoax!!! Sells lots of probiotics and anti candida therapies though..

So you agree that candida can become pathogenic and effect the gut environment. We will leave it at that. I wanted to respond to you the last time you asked me this question but I couldn't find were you posted it. I am able to eat all the foods I like to eat without sypmtoms. I had pretty severe acne as well as auto immune issues that have been remedied through the GAPS DIET. I have had clear skin for well over a few years now although my skin clearing came about as I started changing the foods I consumed to focusing more on meats and veggies and probiotics even before I started the Gaps diet. The GAPS diet has brought my healing to the next step by introducing bone broths and the raw probiotics. I have been posting about the GAPS diet and SCD diet since I first came in these boards, due to the high amount of people who have been healed by it. Have you read the books yet? I have as I have been following this plan for almost a year now, they are extremely accurate pertaining to the microbes in the gut and the causes of gut dysbiosis. How many people do you know who have been cured of illness as well as acne using a high starch/ high fructose diet? I am very interested in the numbers on that one. If you google GAPS DIET there are thousands upon thousands of people doing the diet who have achieved complete healing, there are yahoo groups on it, chat rooms, blogs, recipe sites, books and medical discussions. How many people are out there that you know of that have been healed using the high starch method? I just haven't seen the research on it and the scientific studies showing that it heals the gut. I would be interested to read the books if there are any.

No i'm denying the fact that yeast becomes a uncontrollable rouge yeast that takes over and must be starved in order to get rid of it.. like it's some pathogenic organism inside of us. Anyone who believes in candida (in the traditional internet lore sense) is the uneducated ones. You clearly have no grasp as to how the gut imbalance occurs, and how the damage is done. You dont have to do anything but balance your body and repair your gut, everything comes down to gut environment. You can do it with a high carbohydrate diet.. which pretty much slaps every candida rule right across the mouth. I feel bad that you got sucked into the BS that is candida. It's a homeopaths wet dream..

So how do I repair my gut!? Once I do this, I can introduce perhaps foods I was intolerant too, and my body will not be "broken." OH wow! Moonbase you are like a dream come true! I knew that this could be possible, and you are living proof! Show me are magical ways! I got some dates, high in fiber, natural fruits with sugar, and I love eating them! I am going to begin to consume far more fruits! I suspect I am probably intolerant to soy, but it's only in a few products, but it's probably not helping me much. I shall have to cut it out. I was so excited when I found soy yogurt and gluten, dairy free bars, but they have sigh. Alas repairing my gut and disproving the candida hoax is in action!

What should my healing meal plan be? Ima dig through your page like the creeper that I am!

Keep us posted once you start on the high starch and fruit diet, I would love to hear your success! :)

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Read my thread through on "the real reason you have acne"

Food and western disease is a wonderful book.

So you're skin cleared years ago but you said you've been following the diet for a year? I'm confused. When you said foods that you want does that mean you can't consume high GI foods, or high starch foods without symptoms?

It can become a problem if you have AIDS or are going through chemo, and only in such situations where the immune system is completely decimated. What you fail to understand is that to fix your body you do not have to address the microbial imbalance you just have to address the body. When the body is properly nourished the condition in the digestive tract normalizes and the proper balance is restored - Plain and simple. I have not read the GAPS book but I don't imagine it contains much I dont already know.

To fix the gut you need to nourish the body, there are many ways to go about this. You honestly don't seem to well versed in the nutritional ways, you seem like you've read a few books on holistic medicine rather then delving into how the body works. That's a good place to start.

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Read my thread through on "the real reason you have acne"

Food and western disease is a wonderful book.

So you're skin cleared years ago but you said you've been following the diet for a year? I'm confused. When you said foods that you want does that mean you can't consume high GI foods, or high starch foods without symptoms?

It can become a problem if you have AIDS or are going through chemo, and only in such situations where the immune system is completely decimated. What you fail to understand is that to fix your body you do not have to address the microbial imbalance you just have to address the body. When the body is properly nourished the condition in the digestive tract normalizes and the proper balance is restored - Plain and simple. I have not read the GAPS book but I don't imagine it contains much I dont already know.

To fix the gut you need to nourish the body, there are many ways to go about this. You honestly don't seem to well versed in the nutritional ways, you seem like you've read a few books on holistic medicine rather then delving into how the body works. That's a good place to start.

If you read my post clearly you'd understand. I said my skin started to clear prior to starting the GAPS diet as I had basically changed my diet to a very similar diet to the gaps diet, such as eating meats and veggies and staying away from high starch foods/processed foods etc. The gaps diet (if you read my post) brought my healing to a further level healing me of not only acne but auto immune issues as well.

Yes, you are right you know everything so I am sure there isn't anything you could gain from a Dr and Nutritionist that has healed thousands upon thousands of people of true digestive problems not simply acne. As you have already exhausted your time looking into the Weston Price Research. This is so arrogant. How old are you? Seriously? You are blowing off years of research, because you know more then they do? What exactly is your position? Are you a certified MD? A med student? Nutritionist? Holistic practitioner? I am not sure what provides you with the higher level of learning than the greats of our time with no credit back to any of the books or research you have done.

To answer your question, I can eat any foods I like including sweet potatoes, yes. I am continuing on the Gaps diet for the next year though (so I don't eat them) as I have my children on the diet. Dr Natasha Cambpell Mcbride has years of research under her belt as well as being a medical Dr and nutritionist. But I can see why you would feel you know more than her, due to your credentials and all. She goes into extensively the gut flora and how nutrition and digestion occur and which foods are digestible versus not digestible for those with a damaged gut. Contrary to what you think as she believes Candida can cause a great problem in the gut environment. Here is a quote from her book...........

"So if the beneficial bacteria in the gut are damaged and are not functioning as they should, then the, "walls of the city" are not protected very well, which is a typical situation in a GAPS gut. Without the protection the gut wall is open to invasion by anything that comes along; a a virus from vaccination or the environment, a ubiquitous fungus such as candida albicans, various bacteria and parasites and toxic substances, all of which are very capable of damaging our digestive system and causing a chronic inflammation in its walls.

Lets talk about carbohydrates......

"all carbohydrates are made of tiny molecules, called monosaccharides. There are many of them. The most common ones are glucose, fructose, and galactose. These monosaccharides or monosugars can easily penetrate the gut lining; they do not need digestion. Galactose is found in soured milk products, like yoghurt. Monosugars from fruit and some vegetables are the easiest carbohydrates for us to digest and should be the main form of carbohydrate in the diet for any person with a digestive disorder.

The next size carbohydrates are disacchardies or double sugars, made out o two molecules of monosaccaharides. The most common ones are sucrose (common table sugar), lactose (milk sugar), and maltose from digestion of starch. These double sugars cannot be absorbed without quite a bit of work on the part of the enteroytes. The tiny hairs (microvilli) on the surface of enterocytes, called the brush border, produces enzymes called dissacharidases, which break down the double sugars into monosaccharides to be absorbed. This is where the biggest problem lies for people with digestive disorders. The sick enterocytes lose their ability to produce brush border enzymes. As a result, double sugars, like sucrose, milk sugar lactose and products of starch digestion cannot be split into monosugars, and hence cannot be absorbed. They stay in the gut becoming major food for pathogenic bacteria, viruses, CANDIDA and other fungi, getting converted into a river of toxic substances which damage the gut wall even further and poison the whole body. Deficiencies in dissacharides almost always accompany all sorts of digestive disorders. Recent studies performed by DR K Horvath in Maryland University and DR T Buie in Harvard confirmed these deficiencies in those with gut dysbiosis.

So double sugars or dissacharides have to be out of the diet for those with digestive disorders as not to feed abnormal flora and to allow the villi time to recover by shedding off sick enterocytes and building a layer of healthy ones.

Now in response to your take on a high starch diet............

"We have mentioned maltose- the result of STARCH digestion. Apart from sugar (sucrose) starch is the main form of carbohydrates we consume. All grains and some root vegetables (potato, yams, sweet potato, jerusalem artichoke, cassava) are very rich in starch. Starch is made of huge molecules with hundreds of monosugars connected into long strands with many branches. Digestion of starch requires quite a bit of work on the part of the digestive system and apparently even in healthy people, due to its complex structure, a lot of starch goes undigested. Undigested starch provides a perfect food for pathogenic flora in th gut, allowing it to thrive and produce toxins."

"Whatever starch does get digested, the result of this digestion is molecules of maltose. Maltose is a double sugar which cannot be absorbed without being split up into monosugars by the enterocytes. In a person with abnormal gut flora enterocytes are not able to split double sugars, so maltose goes undigested, unabsorbed and falls prey to the abnormal microbes. To allow the enterocytes to recover and to stop feeding abnormal gut flora, starch has to be out of the diet for those with digestive disorders. It means no grains or anything made out of them and no starchy vegetables. Clinical practice shows that when the gut has given a long enough period without the double sugars and starch, it has a good chance of recovery. Once this recovery takes place, the person can start to have grains and starchy vegetables again without any ill effect."

You must not have had very serious issues (not to bad of a gut environment to start) for you to be able to eat a high starch diet. But as not everyones gut flora is the same, this can be very bad advice for others out there. I don't think the book you mentioned would interest me due to my feelings on Darwin and evolution in general. But it is interesting to see what our history of food and eating habits where.

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