The average candida patient, according to one hospital study, will have no symptoms, as most of them are asymptomatic. This can be due to the body’s amazing ability to adapt very quickly. They may never experience symptoms of candida until many years later. This can lead to gradual deterioration and damage to healthy tissues and cells. If we consider that the first symptom of a heart attack is death, we can have a better idea of how this might happen.

The average candida patient who has a symptomatic candida condition, is likely to experience several things:

– Gas, bloating

– Blood sugar imbalances that may create cravings for sweets and other foods

– Low levels of HCL that decrease absorption of protein, iron, iodine, B12, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other minerals. Additionally, liver/gall bladder congestion causing fat intolerance and chemical sensitivity; decreased pancreatic enzymes affecting digestion and absorption; increased levels of parasites and pathogenic bacteria; and immune system weakness.

– Slow bowels (normal bowel movements are 3-4x/day)

– Assorted other conditions and symptoms


People with long-term deficiencies of HCL are likely to have skin problems, sleep disturbances, and possibly anxiety.

The nutrient deficiencies themselves give rise to almost every other health condition and disease.

Traditionally, low levels of HCL have always been associated with creating acid-reflux and ulcers. This causes cycles of over and under-production. The over-production cycles produce the symptoms of reflux. It wasn’t until pharmaceutical commercials aimed at getting everyone on antacid medications came along that people started believing that it was constant over-production that was at fault. Acid reflux, gastritis, and ulcers can all be due to low HCL levels. Antibiotics cause a shift in the bacterial flora of the digestive tract that can create these conditions, but science shows that this alone is not enough and candida plays a vital role. This then reinforces the further growth and spread of candida as the majority of people with gastritis and ulcers have fungal candida overgrowth.

As toxicity increases, the body retains more water. Extra toxins are stored in fat cells and the body won’t burn off the excess fat due to the toxins being released back into the circulation and redistributed in vital organs and tissues. Each of these factors causes weight gain. Detoxifying the body and eliminating the toxins causes the body to let go of the excess water and start burning the excess fat as a fuel source. Thinner people won’t have this luxury and will find toxins accumulating in joints and tissues leading to chronic inflammation. Following the Candida Plan can help to support proper levels of weight.

Blood Sugar Imbalances

If you get tired, irritable, sleepy, or moody when you go too long without food, you most likely have a low blood sugar issue (hypoglycemia). Hypoglycemia can affect the following: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones; suppress the immune system; cause adrenal fatigue, sugar cravings and promote inflammation; and cause various disturbances in the nervous system such as anxiety, depression, nervousness, brain fog, etc. Many people will have both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia/insulin resistance (tired after meals) during the day. This protocol helps with both.

You’ll need to eat at least a small handful of food every 45-60 minutes (60 minutes usually works). That can be 1/3 of a celery stick, ½ of an avocado, a meal, some veggies, etc., to keep your blood sugar balanced. It is very important that you follow this strictly, as almost doesn’t work. Anyone with problems handling fruit, should stick to celery, meats, avocado, etc., for snacks. Celery is very easy to prepare and carry with you and can supply 10% of your body’s energy for the day. Plan your day around having enough snacks with you at all times. As an example – if you wake up at 7am, eat a piece of celery right away, then get ready for the day and eat breakfast at 8am, then snack at 9, 10, 11; lunch at 12; snack at 1, 2, 3, 4; dinner at 5; snack at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; bedtime. Snack all the way up to bedtime. Have a snack as soon as you get up, then go about getting ready for your day and making breakfast. If you wake up in the middle of the night, keep a piece of celery on the nightstand and have it before going back to sleep. It is important to do this for at least 4 months. Additionally, it’s important to start the day with protein and have protein at every meal.

Antibiotics, Antibiotics, Antibiotics

Antibiotics are the surest cause of fungal candida. Once established, other medications such as steroids and birth control can play a role through immune system suppression and hormones.

Everyone on the planet should also consider additional factors that can aggravate these imbalances and tissue dysfunction such as heavy metal and chemical toxicity.

Antibiotics and fungal candida destroy balance within the body and create a process of ever escalating inflammation and imbalance. The normal levels of protection provided to us by the body’s bacterial flora are broken down by antibiotic use and the role candida plays in reassembling the composition of the bacteria.

Someone with severe immunosuppression will have increased concerns as fungal candida can spread quite easily in this group and is responsible for many deaths. These patients are normally found in hospital settings where fungal candida is the 4th leading cause of death and the #1 cause of deaths due to fungus.

The rest of us are dealing with varying degrees of immunosuppression based on our exposures, toxin levels, antibiotic use, medications, and stress levels.

The average Candida patient will go unnoticed by the medical profession, while their long list of symptoms continues to grow and expand beyond the comprehension and understanding of most primary care physicians.

Get started today on correcting fungal candida and restoring health to the body with Dr. McCombs Candida Plan!


Dr. Jeffrey S. McCombs, DC, is founder of the McCombs Center for Health, the Candida Plan, the Candida Library, and author of LifeforceThe Everything Candida Book, and The Everything Guide to Autoimmune Diets. Check out our podcast, “The Candida Chronicles” on iTunes and SoundCloud.

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