Chelation Seemed to Make Candida Worse
Ted, I have learned a lot from reading your candida posts at Earth Clinic. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I've been actively dealing with systemic candida for the past 8 years. My condition, I believe, is a result of my having received broad-spectrum antibiotics 5 times in 6 years (during childbirth; this is my OBs protocol, but I only realized after the fact that I could have declined this treatment. Oh well.) I have had some success with probiotics, grapefruit seed extract, vitamin C, fresh garlic (3 cloves/day - gulp!), nystatin & other prescription creams, and ginsing violet applied topically.
My main symptoms during the nursing of my babies has been extreme, deep, stabbing & burning pain in my milk ducts, as well as lots of itching all over, brain fog, loss of memory, CFS, digestive issues (constipation/bloating/lactose intolerance) & incontinence. Strangely enough, I rarely get a vaginal yeast infection, and my babies never got thrush, only blistery diaper rashes. Hence I went undiagnosed for about 6 months when this problem first showed up; since then, I have never been "symptom free" for more than 3 months. It is because of the immediate "feedback" I've gotten (i.e. intense breast pain within 12 hours of eaten something sugary, etc.) while nursing, that I have found chelation therapy, while recommended widely on the internet, makes my candida flare up. I first noticed this while taking spirulina supplements; within a day or two, my symptoms got much worse. The spirulina has caused definite increase in symptoms, of which I am certain because I have (at least 4 times) unwittingly taken it (included in protein shakes or other supplements), and every time there was an extreme increase in symptoms, so I would re-examine any changes to my routine & each time the common denominator was that spirulina had been accidently slipped in.
The same thing happened when I tried a cilantro pesto recipe I found in a book of "health remedies" (delicious!) ... after 2 or 3 days of taking it, I started noticing increased pain. Ditto when I took a "high quality alfalfa" supplement that was supposed to nourish my skin, except that with the alfalfa, I had already weaned, so the symptoms to flare up were instead athlete's foot fungus, constipation, CFS & incontinence. After my nearly non-existent symptoms flared back up after taking the alfalfa for a week, I researched it on the internet and found it was listed as being good for chelating metals from our bodies. I remember reading somewhere (but haven't been able to retrace the source) the theory that, in some people, chelating minerals out can work synergestically (sp?) to spur on candida overgrowth ... something like, the candida says, "Hey, look at all that metal leaving! Guess there's plenty of room left for us now!" (my totally lay-person recollection of the gist of the explanation). This appears to be the case with me. My question is this: should I still attempt to chelate? What about replacing my amalgam fillings? (I have about 5, I think) I am also considering replacing my root canal tooth (work done over 20 years ago). It seems to me that my digestive problems all started about the time that I got the root canal, especially chronic constipation. Does any of this make sense to you, or am I just totally off in my assessment? I have just today started trying your salt water & baking soda w/ACV therapies, and I am taking Threelac (a very expensive probiotic, but it does seem to make a difference in me). This is the first time in 8 years I am not pregnant or nursing, so I am also considering doing some cleanses (liver cleanse, candida cleanse), but am unsure where to start. I appreciate any thoughts you might have about all this.
Las Vegas, Nv