Candida treatments seem to abound on the Internet with everyone trying to convince you that only they have the answer and the knowledge that can help you. Deciding which approach to follow without having knowledge of the subject or the various approaches becomes a very difficult and bewildering task.
Having treated candida for over 35 years and having developed a candida diet over 29 years ago, hopefully, I can provide some guidance. I have also authored two books on candida diets and one on autoimmune diets and can draw from the research and resources that went into writing these books.
Where To Begin?
Candida is not a topic that most people are familiar with. Learning about it often comes at the end of a long road of frustration and endless doctor’s visits, various medications, and everything short of a trip to a local psychic. “Lost in the woods” doesn’t begin to describe this process when the woods themselves are lost.
With over 77,000 research papers on candida to be found on PubMed (the US National Library of Medicine) this type of confusion about candida shouldn’t exist. This body of research forms a solid pathway that’s clear to follow, so how do so many people get lost on their way to finding the best candida treatments?
The most familiar part of the woods is always the part that we typically see first and in the candida woods, that means medical doctors. Unfortunately, MDs are not trained in candida, neither are they familiar with the abundant literature on candida and candida treatments. Their only training in candida applies to its presence in cases of cancer, AIDS, and organ transplants.
As with anything they are not familiar with, which is a great deal, they don’t believe it exists unless some professional organization, such as pharmaceutical companies or the American Medical Association, tells them it does. Take fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). To the medical doctors, this was a made-up condition resulting from mental imbalances in patients. That was up until 2 years ago, when it became an official diagnosis.
Consider diseases involving mitochondria, the powerhouses that drive energy production in the body. Most medical doctors are unfamiliar with anything that has to do with mitochondria and flounder around trying to figure it out. A recent study found that on average, a patient will visit more than 8 MDs before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Along the way, the most common misdiagnosis will be that the patient has a psychiatric disorder.
When I asked people on Dr. McCombs’ Candida Plan Facebook group how many visits they had before being correctly diagnosed with candida, one person stated that it took her 32 doctors. That may be par for the course given the state of medicine today. It’s no wonder that people strike out on their own looking for candida treatments.
With the medical profession clueless and patient suffering and inconvenience escalating, the next stop on this path of discovery involves discovering Internet entrepreneurs who see an opportunity and put up websites offering guidance and assistance. While some people mean well, unfortunately, many sites resort to scare tactics. They use misinformation and questionable methods to secure your funds and part you from your money.
I’ve previously written about this here, but the typical story goes something like this: “Hi, I’m, Betty and after suffering for years and endless doctor’s visits, I finally figured out what no doctor ever could and now I’m going to share this candida treatment information with you and help you end your suffering for only $$$” With fictitious names like Lisa Richards, Linda Allen, and Sarah Vaughter, websites like owndoc.com, thecandidadiet.com, yeastinfectionnomore.com, and candidacleanser.com sell their products, books, and advice to honest people desperate for an answer, any answer.
Perhaps, the best way to recognize such websites, is that there’s never anyone you can talk to. You can submit a question on their sites and eventually someone will email you back, but since the fictional person doesn’t exist, you’ll never ever talk to them.