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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
3/26/14 11:21 A

I can wholly relate to your tiny food list. It's so frustrating.

*Doctor #1 has us on a prescribed restricted carb/real food diet.
*I have a long string of food sensitivities (no longer allergies, which I had many of as a child):
cruciform veggies and most nightshades.
*Now, Doctor #2 (gastroenterologist) has decreed that due to my intense GI symptoms, she'd like me on a liquid diet. * NOT *

So I have no idea what it is I'm supposed to eat.

I can tolerate (by my own recognizance) small amounts of "heavy" proteins - meats, so long as I process them slowly and carefully, and quit the second anything feels "off". I do better with chicken and seafood, or especially eggs (which I eat LOTS of).

I can't tolerate roughage of most any kind... and I'm absolutely *craving* salad. My GI specialist would have apoplexy. I just avoid it.

I can have some veggies, well-cooked (carrots, snap/string beans, corn, etc)... except the carbs are really high with the ones I can tolerate, and Dr. #1 would have apoplexy.

The GI Nazi says drink Boost™ or Ensure™.
Is this food? hmpf

I'm honestly afraid to do any sort of additional testing, even though I know from contact with others having my autoimmune condition that it might provide some beneficial results. But I also know that antibiotics create Issues with your digestive tract, and the last thing I need at this point is SIBO. Maybe that's the problem to begin with, or in addition to. IDK.

I just want real food! At the moment, I've cut out some things but am stubbornly hanging on to a few others. I'll probably regret it at some point.

Meanwhile, I'm off now to go get my dozens of farm-produced eggs... which seem to be about the only things nobody's telling me I *can't* have.

Good luck to you

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3/26/14 7:36 A

As someone that just went through a ton of tests including allergy testing, I can feel slightly qualified to simply make a suggestion. Go to the doctor. Candida can overgrow from diabetes or an autoimmune disorder. The symptoms that you may have looked up online also point to a number of other issues. I matched those lists, almost exactly. I have been there and done that.
I suspected many things including gluten intolerance. I found out that I am absolutely allergic to wheat amongst other things. It was a simple blood test to get started looking for food allergies. They also checked my thyroid and blood sugar because my family history dictated that.
Don't change your diet to such extremes without medical testing and guidance. Trust me when I say that you will need the help.
An undiagnosed food allergy can lead to esophagitis, GERD, inflamed intestines, asthma, sinus problems, attention and memory problems, lack of energy and libido. That is just the beginning. Until the allergy diagnosis, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, ADD, asthma, chronic sinus issues including a surgery, IBS, pre-diabetic, brittle bones from calcium absorption issues (caused by inflammation), low vitamin D. The symptoms overlap and should not be self-diagnosed.
If you have candida overgrowth (including thrush, vaginal yeast infections and skin rashes), you could have AIDS, cancer, steroid overuse, diabetes, and any number of other autoimmune disorders. This is not a cause. It is an effect of something else. Please get a check-up from a doctor that is not afraid to order some blood work for you.

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3/26/14 4:16 A

They test for gluten issues WHILE you are eating it.

Cutting a food out once doesn't necessarily diagnose the problem. After things clear up, the suspected culprit food should be re-introduced, and then if the rash comes back, but stops again when gluten foods are discontinued again, then one could reasonably assume that the gluten was affecting them.


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3/26/14 1:23 A

Thanks Anrie - they said it was not Candida it was something else. (not going to discuss)

but the gluten problem was not dx by a doctor, no. 3 years ago (or more) I had a rash all over my belly and no insurance. I looked it up - and decided to cut out gluten and see if it helped.

Rash went away, psorasis that I had since early childhood disappeared. When I finally got insurance the GI doc agreed but when I asked if they could test - I was told no b/c I have already cut the gluten out

3/19/14 10:15 A

I too am skeptical of the candida overgrowth diagnosis. I can't tell what you are eating now but I would not limit myself more because of this.

ANARIE Posts: 13,185
3/18/14 11:37 P

If someone is giving you a special diet for "a candida problem," you're being scammed.

Candida is a natural fungus we all have. Sometimes it does get out of control. It can cause vaginal infections (what we know as "yeast infections"), but those are treated with topical creams. Diet doesn't affect that. Candida can also cause minor throat or skin infections, better known as "thrush." Again, that's treated with topical preparations or an anti-fungal medication, not diet.

But if they're telling you that you have "candida overgrowth" in your intestines or "systemically," either they're scamming you or you are so incredibly, deathly ill that it doesn't really matter what you eat. Systemic candidiasis only happens in people with near-terminal immune deficiency (like AIDS), as a complication of high-dose chemo, or on occasion in people who've had some horrible trauma resulting in multiple abdominal surgeries. (A friend of mind had a suspected very mild case after she was run over by a car and ended up with her intestines outside her body, resulting in a 16-hour operation to save her life and 4 more surgeries later in the same month.) And even then, it's cured with anti-fungals.

If you really, really believe that there's something wrong with your intestines, go to a medical doctor (not a chiropractor or naturopath) and get tested. True candida infection is extremely easy to spot in lab tests.

And if the person who told you that you have "a candida problem" is the same one who told you that you have "a gluten problem," get a real medical diagnosis for that, too. Gluten allergy is a real medical issue, but candida really isn't except in people who are dying of something else. Both of them are frequently "diagnosed" by people who want you to think they know what's wrong with you so you'll keep paying them.

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3/18/14 10:28 P

I have a gluten problem so I eat gluten free. Finding food is fine. I recently became a pescTarian (a vegetarian that eats seafood). Again, this was fine. But now it is looking like I have a candida problem..... Now my food list is too tiny! Help

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