Ongoing: Detoxification and Immune Support
A solid foundation to ensure an effective response to treatment.
Length of Use: Ongoing (Weeks 1-16)
1) Detox Essentials (Vitamin C and Echinacea)
A custom formulation designed to support the immune system during the detoxification process. You’ll be taking Detox Essentials for the entire Candida Plan (16-weeks). Once the body enters into “clean up mode”, the trick now is to eliminate the excessive amounts of yeast by boosting the immune response that is most capable of eliminating fungal candida. This would be the body’s Th1 immune response and the white blood cells known as neutrophils (PMN). This can be accomplished very effectively, as it has been for centuries, through the use of herbs and vitamins. Some of the most effective choices include vitamin C, echinacea, astragalus, and mushroom extracts. If one were to only use the fatty acids and not consider the role of the immune system in correcting fungal imbalances, results would probably be short-lived. A good combination of these herbs produces the best results.
The sweating serves to make detoxification as effortless as possible while avoiding any long-term problems caused by toxic overload. Toxicity puts a burden on the body. In order to maintain good health, or to recover from illnesses and rebuild and improve health, the channels through which the body clears toxins must be open and functional. The liver, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the lungs, and the skin are the major detoxification organs—or channels. Systemic candida overloads these channels, and places a particularly heavy burden on the liver and the gastrointestinal tract. The Candida Plan, or any other detoxification program, adds to the toxic load already present, and can lead to unpleasant symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue. For this reason, The Plan includes a regimen of induced sweating through hot baths, dry sauna, steam, hot tubs, or hot yoga to avoid this. You will be required to sweat at least 6 times a week during The Candida Plan. Sweating takes the burden off the liver and the GI tract and takes advantage of the largest organ in the body, the skin. For some reason, many people begin to think of all the reasons sweating is impossible, and some patients decide to just skip it all together. They soon begin to pay the price for overlooking this step. When the skin is not used for detoxification, the lungs will take over the job. Toxins will be excreted from the mucous membranes in the lungs, sinuses, and throat, and the symptoms resemble a cold with a sore throat. When patients experience these symptoms, they usually start the sweating protocol and the sore throat and other cold symptoms clear up. It isn’t magic—it is the natural consequence of opening and using all the body’s detoxification channels.
Exercise Is Not a Substitute for Sweating
A few of our patients thought they could skip the sweating protocol because they exercise regularly and always sweat during their exercise sessions. We always warn these patients that the sweating that results from a fast run or walking or aerobic exercise is not the same as the sweating that occurs during a dry sauna or a hot bath. The sweating that results from a hot bath or sauna involves conducting heat from outside the body to the core of the body, and toxins stored deeper within the body are released. Only sweating that is induced with a sauna or a hot bath will work to efficiently and effectively detoxify your body on this plan. The exception to this is Bikram, or hot, yoga which takes place in a heated room that is 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Patients often ask about steam as a substitute for sauna. We don’t recommend it because chlorine exposure is intensified in a steam room. However, if you have neither a bathtub nor a sauna available to you, then use steam to induce sweating.
Dr. McCombs’ Candida Plan Diet is a tried-and-tested eating plan that eliminates factors that have been promoting the growth of fungus, bad bacteria and excess mucous. Unlike every other anti-candida diet, The Candida Plan allows fruit and potatoes. The extensive list of “Yes and No Foods” is designed primarily to avoid foods that feed the fungal form of candida, cause bloating, flatulence, fatigue, headaches, skin eruptions, and other symptoms.
4) Regular Bowel Movements (RBM)
Regular bowel movements are another key channel for detoxification, especially for people doing the Candida Plan. You need to have 3-4 bowel movements a day. Bowels that are backed up can also slow other detoxification pathways throughout the body. This can impact almost every tissue in one way or another. Backed up toxins lead to water retention as the body attempts to buffer the toxins retained in the tissues. This can bloat the body and contribute to further dysfunction. When trying to facilitate detoxification of the body, normal regular bowel movements always help to create a pathway for toxins to leave more easily and efficiently. Regular bowel movements can help increase the effectiveness of the Plan.
To help create regular bowel movements, we recommend Trace Mineral Research Concentrace Trace Minerals. It comes in liquid and tablet forms. In the liquid form, you’ll need to take 40-80 drops, 2-3 times a day. ADJUST up or down depending on results. You may have to take more than what is recommended on the label and ADJUST up or down depending on results. Your body will supply the feedback on what works and what doesn’t. You can find this product at Whole Foods, and other health food stores. Remember to ADJUST it up or down depending on results. Some people also choose to use herbal colon cleansers, psyllium, magnesium, colonics, enemas, etc. We carry the Colon Program cleansing formula.
Water helps the body flush toxins, but it also keeps every cell in the body hydrated. For optimal health, your blood needs to be well hydrated too. Dehydrated blood becomes thicker, which forces the heart to work harder. It is recommended that you drink 1 quart of purified water per 50 lbs of body weight per day while doing the Candida Plan.