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What is the most effective, preferrably natural, way to abolish candida? i have tried all the creams, fluconazol, nystatin, probiotics & coconut oil.

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
No single best way: Different strains of candida are sensitive/resistant to diff. Treatments so there is no single best way. It is ideal to do a culture with a lab like genova or doctor's data that will do sensitivity testing to see what works best, but it doesn't always grow on culture. No treatment will work without a very low starch diet for several months. I advise consulting a holistic md with expertise in this.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
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Many natural treatments can be effective including oregano oil, pau d'arco, grapefruit seed extract, garlic and enzymes. Often it requires a combination approach. Successful treatment takes months and again, will not succeed without a proper diet. Probioitcs are important too. See http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/06/10/holistic-treatment-for-candida-infection.aspx and http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/candidiasis
Aug 8, 2013
Dr. Louis Esquivel
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Diet & probiotic: I agree with the previous doctor. A low carbohydrate diet with particular stress on avoiding simple sugars is the best "home remedy" along with probiotic use. See a holistic doctor for further evaluation if these simple maneuvers are not helping.
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