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Why Candida-Diets Kill Your Thyroid (and Make Your Candida Worse)

By | 2017-04-25T00:14:55+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Hypothyroidism|43 Comments
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This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on hypothyroidism and gut health:

Your worst nightmare just came true.

After “Google-ing” your health problems for six straight hours you must have read at least 27 articles that all pointed to this “one” devastating condition.

Then, any doubt you might have had was just laid to rest after your diagnosis was confirmed by your produce stock-boy at your local Whole Foods market.

That’s right…

You must have Candida.

There’s no other possible explanation.

Why?

It’s the only known health condition that is responsible for causing every single symptom and disease known to man (and woman).

Have digestive problems?

Must be Candida…

Do you crave sweets?

Must be Candida…

No sex drive?

Darn that Candida!

If you couldn’t detect the sarcasm up to this point, let me be frank…

We actually work with clients who do have Candida.

But it’s not quite as common as you might think.

Candida has become quite the catch-all diagnosis for just about every single symptom today.

The truth is that we all have Candida.

It’s a natural part of our digestive eco-system.

So you can’t kill it and get rid of it forever.

That’s a common misconception.

Candida is an opportunistic organism that only becomes a problem when it has the opportunity to overgrow and work its way up your digestive tract where it doesn’t belong.

Yet, what you might not know is that Candida overgrowth has a lot to do with your thyroid health.

Whether you suffer from Candida overgrowth in your intestines, or recurring yeast infections, everything here applies 100%.

That’s right, hypothyroidism and Candida overgrowth go hand in hand, which I’ll show you in just a second.

I’ll also show you some simple ways to help fix your Candida overgrowth and prevent it from coming back by fixing the underlying cause of the problem.

(Hint: this doesn’t involve starving Candida which will only make it worse.)

But first, let’s get one thing straight.

Hypothyroidism Is the Most Common Cause of Candida (Not Sugar)

Much of what you’ve likely been told about Candida is dead wrong.

For example… sugar doesn’t cause Candida overgrowth any more than it causes Diabetes, which is another myth we’ve busted in this article here.

Candida overgrowth is actually caused by hypothyroidism, estrogen dominance, excess cortisol and their effects on your immune system.

You might have heard that 80% of your immune system exists within your gut.

This is because your gut lining produces immune antibodies called secretory IgA which act as a barrier to keep pathogens, bacteria, and Candida from invading your cells.

secretory-IgA

So, anything that impairs your ability to produce secretory IgA makes you far more susceptible to Candida overgrowth.

And research shows that secretory IgA becomes deficient in hypothyroidism, making you more susceptible.

It has everything to do with hypothyroidism’s effects on estrogen dominance and excess stress

Estrogen Dominance, Excess Stress, and Candida

Hypothyroidism is well known for causing estrogen dominance and over-activating your body’s stress response.

(Note: How this occurs is covered in detail in this article “How to Heal Your Thyroid By Healing Your Liver”.)

And these two hormones that are overproduced during hypothyroidism are well known for directly inhibiting secretory IgA production and lowering your resistance to Candida.

The effects of estrogen dominance have been largely demonstrated through research.

There have been many studies that have looked at the effects of Candida on vaginal epithelial cells under the influence of estrogen.

What these studies have shown is that when estrogen is not present, cells have a natural immunity or resistance to Candida.

When estrogen was introduced, the Candida adhered aggressively and became invasive to the cells.

One study in particular showed that introducing estrogen resulted in the Candida being 8.6 times more invasive.

But it’s cortisol’s effect on your white blood cells that can make Candida deadly, which I’ll show you in a second.

First, it’s important to understand why Candida diets are so harmful to your thyroid health.

How Candida Diets Kill Your Thyroid Health and Make Your Candida Worse

The general idea behind most common Candida diets is that in order to kill the Candida, you have to starve it.

And if Candida feeds on certain forms of sugar and carbohydrates, then cutting carbohydrates out of your diet will do the trick.

However, what you probably don’t realize is that by doing this… you’re not actually killing the Candida as much as you are killing your thyroid.

It’s well known that restricting carbohydrates in your diet is dangerous to your thyroid health.

(Note: This is covered in more detail in this article “Stop Eating Low-Carb (If You Care About Your Thyroid)”.)

This is so well known and researched that it’s discussed in most physiology textbooks.

Without adequate carbohydrates in your diet bad things happen including…

  1. Your body over-produces cortisol, blocking your liver from converting T4 into T3.
  2. Your liver can’t detoxify estrogen, directly blocking your thyroid gland.

And as we’ve already discussed, estrogen and cortisol are the two primary factors that make you susceptible to Candida to begin with.

In other words, restricting carbohydrates and starving your Candida only…

  1. Further increases estrogen and cortisol levels, which…
  2. Furthers suppresses your secretory IgA production, which…
  3. Further lowers your immunity…
  4. And further makes you more susceptible to Candida overgrowth.

But that’s not even the worst of it.

Starving your Candida also makes it more aggressive.

Back in the 1940s a microbiologist by the name of René Dubos showed that if you starve yeast cells, they become more aggressive and invasive by sending out pseudohyphae (long branches of growth) that sink into the intestinal wall looking for food.

pseudohypha

This is how it works its way up your digestive tract and becomes problematic.

And if Candida penetrates the intestinal wall and enters the bloodstream, it becomes increasingly more dangerous.

As Dr. Raymond Peat has pointed out, once Candida enters the bloodstream, it must be quickly killed by white blood cells. Otherwise, it can spread quickly within the body and become deadly.

And both excess cortisol and hypothyroidism are known to lower white blood cell production.

While death from Candida is actually very rare, it is possible in severely immune compromised people.

As you can see, restricting carbohydrates and trying to starve Candida only further contributes to the underlying problem and makes it worse in the long run.

If you’ve ever tried one of these diets you might have felt better initially.

This is most often due to the initial surge or overproduction of excitatory stress hormones that occur when restricting carbohydrates.

But because you need thyroid hormone (T3) to produce these stress hormones, this feeling eventually fades and you’re no longer able to produce them in sufficient amounts.

So, instead of starving your Candida, here are some actual ways to help correct the underlying cause of the problem.

3 Simple Ways to Correct Candida Without Killing Your Thyroid

1. Carrots for Candida

As mentioned, Candida oftentimes becomes a problem when it becomes invasive and works its way up your digestive tract.

This is where carrots can have an immediate positive impact.

A carrot itself has antimicrobial properties that can help push Candida further down the digestive tract where it belongs.

Carrot fiber also helps to absorb excess estrogen within the digestive tract further supporting healthy secretory IgA production.

(Note: for best results, we recommend using Dr. Peat’s carrot salad recipe, which you can find in this article “How to Boost Your Thyroid in 60-Seconds with a Carrot”).

2. Balance Your Blood Sugar

Your inability to balance your blood sugar plays a major role in triggering the over-production of cortisol that lowers your immunity to Candida.

Using more fruit in your diet and more frequently is an easy way to lower cortisol and boost your immunity.

Fruits are easily digested in the upper portion of your digestive tract, long before it reaches the lower portion of your digestive tract where Candida belongs.

3. Restore Your Secretory IgA

Improving your thyroid function is the ultimate goal for restoring secretory IgA production and proper immune function.

But there are many things that can also help along the way.

Thyroid, progesterone, and vitamin A are all well known to boost immunity by increasing secretory IgA.

So there you have it.

As mentioned previously, we have worked with a number of clients with more severe Candida overgrowth.

Although it’s not as common as you might think, we have had great success using our protocol.

So, before you jump back on the Candida diet bandwagon, I strongly encourage you to take a better, safer, and far more effective approach like I just mentioned…

…one that doesn’t involve restricting carbohydrates and killing your thyroid in the process.

Healing your thyroid involves using the right carbs and learning how to balance them properly.

You’ll learn about one of the most beneficial carbohydrates that you can use to help heal your thyroid when you download the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol.

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This daily protocol will show you a very different side to your hypothyroidism. It’s based on real science (not modern day myths)… It’s been tested with real hypothyroidism sufferers… and it simply works.

The 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol is all about taking the first step to overcoming your hypothyroidism by fixing some of the hidden underlying issues that are holding your thyroid hostage.

If that sounds like what you need, then just download the protocol and use it for yourself.

Click here to learn more about the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid Boosting Daily Protocol.

About the Author:

Tom Brimeyer is the founder of Forefront Health and the creator of the popular Hypothyroidism Revolution program series. Specializing in thyroid and metabolism disorders, Tom's work has impacted over 50,000 people spanning more than 60 countries. Tom is also a highly sought after practitioner who runs a successful health consulting practice where he continues to help clients across the globe to take back control of their lives from their devastating health conditions.

43 Comments

  1. Bella March 24, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

    I’m curious you say the best way to improve secretary IGA is to improve thyroid progesterone and vit A. So I assume you refer to thyroid improvement but upping one carbs (which ones?) are we talking starchy veg and grains like quinoa? So you say progesterone ….are you advocating bio identical progesterone cream? And what dose vit A do you recommend – my blood work for vt a is super low. I suffer gut dysbiosis (klebsiella pneome in over growth) along with a low free t3 – tsh not bad at 2.5. When I take thyroid meds they make me sicker (faster heart rate – edgy anxiety) I assume this is because thyroid isn’t my root cause but gut dysbiosis is. I have eaten low carb for a very long time because my bad bacteria feed of carbs. Catch 22 – what are your thoughts on this ?

    • Tom Brimeyer March 24, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Hi Bella, there are many ways to increase thyroid, progesterone, and vitamin A with and with the use of supplements. It sounds like you you might be new here and haven’t read many of our articles. I’ve written in detail about every problem you mention. Dysbiosis (SIBO) is caused in large part by hypothyroidism (http://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-dairy-intolerance/). A TSH of 2.5 is actually an indicator of hypothyroidism (http://www.forefronthealth.com/is-the-tsh-test-accurate-for-thyroid/). If thyroid meds increase your heart rate and cause anxiety then that means that your adrenaline is quite high, which your low-carb diet is very much contributing to (http://www.forefronthealth.com/thyroid-medication/). Low-carb diets themselves are well known to cause hypothyroidism (http://www.forefronthealth.com/low-carb-thyroid-dangers/).

      Your thyroid is the root cause of all these issues. We have ways of addressing gut bacteria which when we do, don’t have a chance to feed on the “right” carbs. However, the bigger problem with these bacteria is that actually feed on indigestible fiber in your diet.

      The reality is that you can’t fix a problem when the proposed solution (low-carb diet) is actually making the problem worse.

      • Bella March 24, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

        Sorry I replied below ….I didn’t realize there was a reply button here –
        Can u see my post below –
        Thank you.

        Also what is considered indigestible fibre?

        • Tom Brimeyer March 24, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

          Any fiber that we cannot digest, i.e. cellulose fiber from salad greens, certain vegetables, etc.

          Ruminant animals have four stomachs (1 of which is devoted to digesting fiber). We only have one stomach that can’t digest this fiber. So it tends to feed the bacterial overgrowth that is common with hypothyroidism.

  2. Cheryl March 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom, I have had Hoshimotos foe 25 years and I am 57 now. Blood test show very low estrogen although I am in menopause. Is it possible I am estrogen dominate even with labs showing low estrogen? I know my liver is sluggish also. Thank you, Cheryl

    • Tom Brimeyer March 24, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Cheryl, estrogen dominance plays a direct role in Hashimoto’s. There are two important things to understand. 1. Estrogen dominance can be the result of a progesterone deficiency. 2. Estrogen can’t be measured accurately in the blood as it accumulates in the tissue. So, blood labs are very inaccurate. This is why so many women end up on prescription estrogen when they are already very estrogen dominant.

    • marci September 16, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

      My blood test showed a perfect estrogen/progesterone ratio but after taking progesterone my constant anxiety left. So it was not perfect.

      • Tom Brimeyer September 19, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

        Great point Marci. This is why we don’t rely on lab reference ranges. Oftentimes they are quite inaccurate.

  3. Cheryl March 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the quick reply and that makes sense. I have so many other issues going on now due to withdrawal from benzodiazepine drugs which mess with everything.

    • Tom Brimeyer March 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      Cheryl, sorry to hear that. Benzo drug withdrawal can be debilitating. Good luck and if you need help with this, please do let me know.

  4. Bella March 24, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Yes Tom I am new to your page and your articles – so it sounds like you are an advocate to thyroid meds? I’m a but surprised if this is your stance to be honest.
    And you also feel that thyroid meds aren’t working for me because of adrenaline ?

    When I wasn’t low carb I tried NDT and it actually made me sicker – then they tried me on t3 which also caused a plethora of health issues. How is this explained ? I would love to know your insight here?

    From all my research and understanding hypo thyroid can be fatigued with gut dysbiosis and low sex hormones. Also a sluggish liver can cause the thyroid to not function optimally.

    Once these balances are corrected the thyroid will be stronger – thoughts ?

    Have I just even brain washed here?

    • Tom Brimeyer March 24, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      There are times when thyroid meds (T3 predominantly) is necessary for correcting some of the thyroid suppressive feedback cycles that occur with hypothyroidism. There are many reasons why you didn’t respond well to NDT or T3. Sometimes its simply from improper use, dosage, timing, etc. But there are plenty of other potential explanations depending on health history, how you’re body is compensating, other hormonal influences, etc.

      Hypothyroidism causes gut dysbiosis (which we’ve shown through research) and gut dysbiosis can contribute to hypothyroidism. The same way that hypothyroidism can cause a sex hormone deficiency and a sex hormone deficiency will contribute to hypothyroidism. These are all cycles we have to break, but treating each on its own doesn’t solve the problem. Also know that thyroid hormone (T3) is efficient metabolism is necessary for the production of all protective steroidal hormones, sex hormones included.

      Liver plays a vital role in thyroid function (see article: http://www.forefronthealth.com/how-to-heal-your-thyroid/), but the liver also needs thyroid hormone (T3) to convert T4 into T3. It’s all interrelated.

      • Bella March 24, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

        Thank you again for your prompt response – so I guess it is all which came first – chicken or the egg…..I know it’s like a hamster wheel – adrenals/thyroid/sex hormones/liver etc

        I tried t3 with a very specific protocol I actually have the book and was part of many NDT and t 3 groups – and under the guidance of a functional med doc.

        But still suffered reactions – the NDT is what caused my health issues and caused me to crash (major insomnia now) can’t get this under control

        Prior to NDT attempt I was on low dose synthroid .25 and it did nothing for me and when I raised it caused major heart palps and sweats etc….when I was put on Meds my blood work was actually ok – but I was complaining of being tired etc and the doc placed me on it I think to appease me – but it did nothing for me this low dose and when I raised caused me major issues. Prior to this I reacted with a sulpha drug allergic reaction which I think impacted adrenals and then thyroid.

        I believe that my entire issue was adrenal health not thyroid. Thoughts ?

        My tsh at 2.5 I agree isn’t ideal and I know my free t3 is below range (and this due to low carbing)

        I have changed my diet and have upped my carbs – not sure what the right number should be for optimal thyroid health.

        Also you talk about three things to take to heal thyroid – for foods – you mention orange juice and salt/butter and coffee with dairy. I don’t consume dairy due to sensitivities – what do u do in this case? And I also don’t consume caffeine – haven’t for 10 years ?? So what do you do about that ?

        Thank you for your time

  5. Cheryl March 24, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you Tom! I really could use help. I am on a couple benzo support groups and it is a long story. Over 2 years ago I was put on Adivan for sleep and in constant tolerance and inter dose withdrawal without knowing what was happening. I was then taken off cold turkey February 5, last year and put on gabapentin then cold turkey off that in July last year. This through my whole nervous system into shock and my thyroid went extremely low, TSH was at 93. It came back up to around 6 which is still low but I have never been able to tolerate thyroid meds…too stimulating and the benzo drugs mess with thyroid and everything else. I have used Armour Thyroid for years but never being able to take enough. I was so desperate and so debilitated with the shock of withdrawal I ended up going on Klonopin in December (big mistake)and crossed over to Valium as recommended by many to try a slow taper off. I have been on 9 mg of Valium for about 7 weeks now trying to stabilize somewhat but do not think that is happening. I have so many things going on, Lymes, EBV, other coinfections, and I am sure candida. I am so debilitated and have not been able to work in about 18 months now. It feels like I am reaching tolerance to the Valium now and know I need to taper slowly off. There are so many suggestions out there as to how to taper off but at this point I can not even figure out where to start. My doctor who practices Integrative Medicine is having me slowly using glutathione, zeolite, B12, infrared sauna and a few other things to start getting some pathways moving but I am so sensitive to everything and get so extremely weak, agitated, so many neurological symptoms I never know what is setting me off. I know that the benzos could be the main cause and anything else can make it worse including any supplements. I was having a lot of depression and anxiety along with insomnia the year before I first went on Adivan but everything got extremely bad once on the drug. Do not know how I ever got in this drug trap as I have always researched and tried to do everything natural. Anyway, this is a lot but if you are very familiar with benzo withdrawal and the effects I would love your input on how to move forward! THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!

    • Tom Brimeyer March 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Cheryl, this is a sensitive topic and something that should be discussed off this comment section. Send an email through support and I’ll get back to you.

  6. Cheryl March 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Ok, thank you Tom!!

  7. Tina March 24, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all your information, I’m 67/8 and have been on thyroxine for a lot of years. My hormone levels are very low, virtually no progesterone, low estrogen. Sleep is good as long as I go to bed early. My diet is good, veges, protein,carbs[ low consumption] and fruit in moderation. As I am my mothers carer [ she is 88/9 ] I need to watch her diet too because of her diabetes 2 ,which is under control. In 2014 I had to have total hysterectomy and have been aware of how I am feeling now. The only issue is the extra weight I have put on since I stopped fulltime paid work, sincerely Tina.

  8. Sharene March 25, 2016 at 12:26 am - Reply

    This makes sense, however, gut issues wouldn’t always start with the thyroid right? What do think of gut healing diets like GAPS (which do a lot of good for a lot of people, children particularly!) and heavy metal toxicity? How does this fit in with hypothyroidism and your protocol (which I’m using btw, really helps me start my day thankyou!)

    • Tom Brimeyer March 25, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Hi Sharene, depends on how you look at it. One can argue that a gut infection can cause enough stress, endotoxin, etc. to suppress thyroid function. But one can also argue that if one had a healthy gut to begin with (good sIgA production) then they would have a higher natural resistance to these infections in the first place. As for heavy metal toxicity, this is something that addressed with the protocol although we don’t openly discuss it.

  9. nad March 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    My TSH was 1,8 in 2007 then,by going thru the menopause gradually increase and now is 4,1.
    Do you think I need some medicine or I still can help myself naturally? My doc. sure 4,1 is normal.

  10. Meg March 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Tom.
    I was one of the people who requested you do a post on Candida. I really appreciate this information and the research you do. The coffee/butter/OJ/egg morning routine (plus carrots) seems to be really working for me, so I am grateful! The main thing that corrected immediately once beggining this protocol was the healing of the skin on my fingers. The only other time I have seen rapid healing of the flaking skin below my fingernails was when I took a good quality SAMe for a period.

    • Tom Brimeyer March 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Meg, that’s great to hear. Happy you’re seeing the difference this can all make.

  11. kayleen April 10, 2016 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I am very blessed to have found this page. This information is so awesome. How do you treat patients that dont live in your area?? My tsh is 4.26 cholestrol is 276 a1c is 7.8 have high blood pressure, no uterus. I know i have thyroid problems just no one in my area to treat it. I dont want to go on statins. I know if i can find someone to treat my thyroid my cholestrol will come down. The endocrinologist in my area dont treat the free t3 or antinodies. My free t3 is 2.3. I have access to cow thyroid just not sure what dosage and if there is other things going on with me.

    • Tom Brimeyer April 12, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Hi Kaylan, I work with clients all over the world. If you’d like more information just send an email over to support@forefronthealth.com. Having a complete hysterectomy itself will cause hypothyroidism because of the impact it will have on your progesterone levels alone. And yes, when thyroid issues are addressed properly cholesterol will normalize. I just wrote an article about that here: http://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-cholesterol/

  12. Darlene Corrigan May 27, 2016 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I was diagnosed with systemic Candida. It was found during an endoscopy. It was down my throat. I don’t know how long I had it. Ihave gastitis. I took antifungal and the amount that came out of my body was frightening. I have been losing weight for 3+ yrs. !-2 lbs at a time. Brought it to my endocrinologists attention when I dropped below 100 lbs. It wasn’t a concern for her. It was to me. Now I’m 70 lbs and have been to countless Dr.s and no answers beyond “you’re not absorbing nutrients” The only difference between me and an anorexic is that I eat. I have to say that I have Hashimoto’s also and that seems to be in control. Don’t know how but my antibodies are low. And on paper all of my labs look fantastic. You would never know I have this going on if you just looked at the labs. I have an appt with a specialist in a few days. She specializes in malabsorbtion. I have never been so scared in my life. I’m afraid they won’t get me a solution in time.

    • Tom Brimeyer May 31, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

      Hi Darlene, malabsorption is one issue as is the over-activation of stress hormones from low blood sugar, elevated estrogen, and elevated serotonin. These all lead to muscle wasting. They activate the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, which breaks down protein in the body to convert it into sugar.

  13. Leanna Stewart May 28, 2016 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I’m 38. Have had a hysterectomy due to endometriosis. Have had hypothyroid since I had my first son. Now I have hashimotos… I have done a week of your thyroid boosting meal plan and have noted significant improvement in aching muscles, energy among a few… My question is how long to do this or just a 7 day stint every once in awhile among adopting other dietary suggestions you make?? Thx .

    • Tom Brimeyer May 31, 2016 at 6:29 am - Reply

      Hi Leanna, you can continue the 7 day meal plan, however, we recommend using our comprehensive step-by-step Hypothyroidism Revolution Program, which goes into a lot more depth and detail, and walks you through the exact process we use with our clients to correct their thyroid issues. You can learn more here: http://www.forefronthealth.com/programs/

  14. Marion September 16, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I did many candida diets over last 20 years, I’ve diabetes and have to stay away from carbs or my blood sugar goes up. What can I do to stop this madness.
    TIA
    marion

  15. Rochelle September 16, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Holy crap. I don’t know what to do now. I have hashimotos and it took me 4 doctors to find that out and then another 2 to get treatment. I was on levothyroxine and levothyonine (correct name?). And being treated for candida. I didnt ever really get yeast infections, only a few when I was pregnant, but all my babies (6) had thrush. Anyway, I was treated for 3 months. Then my blood work came back. He ditched the levothyroxine because it was too high, but not converting and upped my levothyonine. Then added another 3 months of nystatin and a month of Fluconazole (which can destroy my liver). The day I started this I felt sick. 3 days later it just got worse. The Fluconazole is awful and I stopped taking it 2 days ago. I called him because I was experiencing hyperthyroidic symptoms, but of course, he’s out of office Wednesday and never called me back yesterday. I didn’t take any meds yesterday and felt somewhat better, but still a headache.

    Anyway… Should I just treat my overgrowth with this protocol or my own or do I present this to him? Are there medical journal articles I can show him? I was feeling better until my medicine switch, other than feeling extremely deprived of foods. I can’t believe he wouldn’t know this and I really don’t want to look for another doctor. Why did no one know how to treat this!?

    • Tom Brimeyer September 19, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Be very careful with Fluconazole as it can be very dangerous. There are other alternative options but would require too much to discuss here. Much of what I teach in the HR Program addresses this issue.

  16. MaryAnn September 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Does this mean that we can still eat chocolate? I have difficulty giving it up.
    I have Hashimotos and am taking Armour thyroid but also have candida issues.

    • Tom Brimeyer September 19, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Hi MarryAnn, my clients eat chocolate. 😉

  17. Toni September 21, 2016 at 6:24 am - Reply

    I just wanted to say that this was such an enlightening article. Frequently I vome across people who have “starved” candida, only to have sugar and suffer worse symptoms. I myself did this aboutb3 years ago, in order to sort out skin issues (acne). Everything was fine until I went on holiday and ate 2 zucchini brownies as a treat – I gotba horrible yeast infection!! It was as if, as explained in this article, the candida or bad microorganisms had become more aggressive. Thanks so much!

    • Tom Brimeyer September 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Toni, I’m happy it helped.

  18. Marg December 15, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    A couple years ago I got your Hypothyroidism Revol. program. I take Nature Throid to treat hypo.
    These look like older comments. Hope you still read thm..
    I have a recurring yeast problem which sometimes can lead to UTIs. I am an older female. The doc prescribed a topical compound that contains a couple forms of estrogen and some testosterone. Whatever it is compounded in burns/irritates the tissue. In addition, the yeast problem does not seem to be improving.
    I question that treating a yeast infection which is probably caused by estrogen dominance in the first place with something that contains estrogen seems at odds? Am considering a doc change.
    I recently received your Progesterone Oil and have just ordered the ADK and Vit E oils. How to use these and hopefully they will help the problem?
    Thanks so much for all the help you offer
    Margaret

    • Tom Brimeyer December 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Marg, using estrogen wouldn’t be recommended. The Vitamin ADK, Vitamin E, thyroid hormone, and progesterone can all help with the chronic UTIs. If you still have questions about how to use the supplements, please send an email to support@forefronthealth.com and we’ll be able to help.

  19. leeann January 10, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Now this is the most sensible thing I have read in months, and I can relate to it all, liver, thyriod, hormones, IBD, food allergyies. my 6yr son is the same.. so if I read it right all we need is carrots, vitamin a & coffee. what can I do to help my son as I have been through a nathuropath who says he has a yeast infection, how can I help him do I use the same protocol

  20. Jennifer June 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom,
    Should I be concerned if my Gyn dr. found candida in my uterus when looking at a sample under microscope? … not once but twice even with nystatin and diflucan treatment. Is this normal? … or should I be concerned? Thank you!

  21. Raman Sawhney September 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom,

    My thyroid was around 1.2 and after that my cholesterol started to rise and am afraid of eating anything that increases cholestrol.
    What should I do as I do not want to go on medications.

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