I was hoping to cure Candida, digestive issues etc with extended water fast, probably hoping for some other miracles too. I read this article on the Candida Forum that suggests that Water Fasting only reduces candida/yeast issues and I would like to hear what other on the Water Fast board think.
I am posting the article as reference message only. I did not know how to provide a link to the article.
Wish I could highlight the areas that speak about Water Fasting - only a couple paragraphs, but you can scan through it.
I believe this article is relevant to fasting since fasting itself is said to help cure colds, flu, skin diseases, inflammatory disorders, heart disease, obesity and its related complications and put auto-immune disorders in remission, and hypertension. (source Dr. Fuhrman's book and readings from natural hygiene website and soil and health).
I do not recall how fasting behaves on parasites and fungal infections. The cold and flu are of viral origin which fasting seems to alleviate.
So any reference from Dr. Fuhrman, Shelton or other natural hygiene doctors that say you can cure Candida via water fasting?
Candida Treatment, the Right/Wrong Ways by Dr. Michael Biamonte by sickofhives
Candida Support I have been a patient of Dr. Biamonte's for over a year. I started on his protocol, but because of extreme sensitivities to just about everything, I take some of his products and take ones I've found locally, to make things doable for me. I trust his logic and research, as very few doctors have done any research on the subject.
I am posting this with his permission and believe it contains some very valuable information.
THE ELIMINATION OF CANDIDA -
THE RIGHT WAYS AND THE WRONG WAYS!
If you suspect that you have Systemic Candidiasis (systemic means the
infection has spread to other areas, and is not confined to the bowel
or vaginal area but it does not mean that it is in your blood!),
consider carefully the treatment recommended by your health
practitioner. 80% of all the treatments, I have come across are either
only temporary in reducing symptoms, very toxic to vital organs such
as the liver, or would take years to truly handle systemic candida.
Many Doctors rely on diet alone or medicines alone. The truth is you
need both! Diet starves the Candida so that the medicines can kill
DO NOT NEGLECT THE DIET
At the Biamonte Center, the Candida Diet is used to weaken the Candida
by starving it. This makes it more susceptible to the anti-yeast/
anti- fungal substances that we use. The Candida Diet is not used to
kill the Candida as its own weapon. Diet very rarely can eliminate
Candida. Candida grows a root system into your blood vessels. Here it
taps into your blood and feeds on blood glucose and other nutrients.
There is always enough blood glucose to keep the Candida alive despite
being on a low carbohydrate diet or even if you fasted. Fasting cannot
kill Candida! This is because even when you fast, your body must keep
a normal level of glucose (blood sugar) circulating for your brain and
muscles to work. However, the low carb diet weakens it, like a weed
which has had little water for some time.
Even when it is barely alive, it can continue to survive. And if
"watered and fed properly," could grow again, returning to its former
glory. This is a very important concept to understand when we consider
the importance and place the diet treatment holds in the elimination
DIET RARELY ELIMINATES CANDIDA. ITS PURPOSE IS TO MAKE THE CANDIDA
WEAKER SO THAT THE MEDICINES CAN TOTALLY DESTROY IT!
When you cheat on the diet, the Candida can temporarily increase. If
one cheats for 1 day on the diet but continues the Candida rotation
and phase 0, little will happen to set one back. Any increase in
growth can be reduced within 1-2 days. The more one cheats, the more
Candida grows. If one does the program but does not follow the diet,
either no progress will be made or the person will continually feel
ill from feeding the Candida, then making it grow, and then killing it
and becoming toxic from the dead Candida wastes!
So when you cheat a day or so here and there on the diet, it does not
defeat the entire program, providing that you stay on the anti-fungal
rotation and Phase 0.
PROPER TESTING GIVES YOU CERTAINTY OF YOUR PROGRESS!
Anyone who has been treated for Candida who still has any symptoms
mentioned here should call our office and ask about our Candida urine
test. Many approaches fail due to the lack of an accurate test to
determine if the program is working and to determine when you are
actually complete. Self treatments fail because the symptoms are used
to judge your progress. It is possible to reduce the Candida enough to
improve symptoms, but still have enough left that will gradually grow
back in 3-6 months.
IF YOU TREAT WITHOUT AN ACCURATE TEST YOU DON'T KNOW IF THE CANDIDA IS
FULLY GONE OR ONLY HIDING!
The Biamonte Method of testing for Candida consists of a first morning
urine sample. The urine test kit can be provided online or by our
center, the test kit comes with detailed instructions and color charts
that guide you through doing the test in your own home.
OUR TEST SHOWS IF THE YEAST IS DYING OR NOT!
The urine is tested within the first hour of voiding for accuracy.
After the hour has passed chemical reactions will occur that will
lower the accuracy. Candida test measures chemical waste products from
harmful bacteria and parasites, waste products that are produced as a
by-product of Candida's own metabolisms and free radical reactions
that occur from the alcohol by products of Candida. Bacteria, yeasts
and parasites produce "organic acids" unique to themselves. This can
be thought of as chemicals that are produced by the organisms that are
not produced by our own bodies. These chemicals serve as footprints of
these organisms. We measure these wastes in the urine to determine if
they are in a range we consider being consistent with Candida
overgrowth. Although, those who have a poor immune system can
experience "Candida symptoms", at low levels.
TREATMENTS THAT MIGHT FAIL!
The most well known medicine for Candida might be Nystatin. According
to the PDR, no detectable blood levels are found following oral
administration of the drug at recommended doses. It is, therefore,
effective at reducing localized vaginal or intestinal yeast growth,
but cannot travel through the blood stream to handle the infections in
other areas. Another drug Nizoral impairs the productions of
ergosterol, a vitamin D like substance, which is vital to the
integrity of the yeast cell membranes. This drug is difficult for
Candidiasis patients to absorb because proper stomach acid is required
to absorb it. Most patients are deficient in stomach acid. Yeast
infections sometimes produce symptoms that make people believe they
have excess acid. Recent evidence shows this drug may cause serious
liver damage or even fatal reactions. The PDR states that these drugs
can only be taken for a short period of time due to toxicity. I do not
believe they can be taken long enough to kill the Candida.
DO NOT TAKE THE SAME ANTIFUNGAL EVERYDAY FOR WEEKS!
Candida like a chameleon is able to transform itself from a fungus
into yeast. Candida is highly resistive and may be able to mutate
against an antifungal herb or medicine if the substance is taken for
21 days or more, so “rotation,” or switching the antifungal used in an
orderly fashion, is essential. Once we have tested the person to
discover the type of Candida they have, we then select 4 substances
that are especially effective on that type of Candida. The first one
is taken for a 4-day period and then stopped. We then move to the next
substance for another 4 days. This is repeated over and over again.
This rotation is done so that the Candida does not develop a
resistance to the substance. (This concept is covered in my earlier
articles on Candida.)
TO KILL CANDIDA YOU HAVE TO FOOL IT!
The trick is that each remedy has a different chemical action in
destroying the yeast. So rotating them exposes the yeast to different
forms of attack. It also ensures that resistance to the remedy is
avoided because use is not continuous.
One of the most common stories that I hear from new patients is "the
doctor gave me an antifungal that he said was really good. I took for
3 or 4 weeks and was getting better. A few months later my symptoms
were mostly gone and I thought I was cured! I didn't change anything
and then all my symptoms camE back again!
What happened?” Simple, Candida developed a resistance to the
antifungal, stopped working and grew back!
DO NOT TAKE VITAMINS AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
Certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs can spread Candida.
Some of these include the B- complex, vitamin D, CoQ-10, Calcium,
Copper, and Iron. Other nutrients protect the Candida from the very
medicines used to kill it. I recently wrote an entire article on how
CoQ10 can spread Candida! I personally take CoQ10, but I don't have
Candida! I would not recommend taking Coq10 until your Candida is
Most anti-fungals work by creating “oxidative stress” against the
membrane or outer skin of the Candida. This works by “burning” or
“digesting” the outer layer of the Candida. Antioxidant vitamins in
high doses will protect the Candida from treatment and must be
Many years ago, I studied how many of the prescription drugs worked to
kill Candida. I was surprised to learn that many of the drugs work by
blocking the absorption of nutrients like Vitamin D or Iron into the
Candida cell, so that Candida will not get that nutrient to nourish
itself. SO IF THE DRUGS TRY TO STOP THE CANDIDA FROM GETTING VITAMINS,
WHY SHOULD YOU FEED CANDIDA VITAMIN PILLS?
The most common mistake in trying to regain energy in one who has
Candidiasis is the use of many vitamins and minerals or other exotic
supplements intended to boost energy while the Candida still exists in
Giving a toxic body dozens of nutrients is asking for trouble. One can
become severely ill if they take many nutrients when they are
chronically toxic. The nutrients will cause a mad, uncontrolled
release of toxins, which the body will not be prepared to release. The
result will be feeling terrible. Candida sufferers usually get bad
reactions to vitamin supplements.
DO NOT NEGLECT TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONE’S
Having elevated levels of Estrogen and Cortisol, or having lower
levels of Testosterone, Dhea, or Progesterone can make a man or woman
more prone to Candida and cause continual relapse. Women who notice
that their Candida symptoms worsen during the PMS phase of menses, or
men who notice that they have a drop in energy or libido since
developing Candida- like symptoms, have hormonal problems linked to
Candida. Stress will easily cause Candida by elevating the stress
hormone, Cortisol, which will depress the immune system and like
Estrogen, raise the amount of sugars found in the mucus surrounding
the Candida. Fortunately, I have learned from years of experience that
the standard approach to testing and treating hormone problems often
makes Candida worse! In the Biamonte Method, we use a special way of
testing for hormones that reflects how the hormone is affecting the
Candida. Standard blood tests for hormones are of little use. There is
also a special way for treating the hormones so it does not spread the
Candida. Typical hormone treatments can make Candida worse!
DO NOT TRY TO ELIMINATE MERCURY OR TOXIC METALS WHILE TREATING CANDIDA
Toxic metals such as Mercury, Copper, Iron, Aluminum, Bismuth, and
Arsenic show up consistently in the Candida patient. These metals can
either disable the exact part of the immune system that seeks to
control Candida or they destroy the gut flora that controls Candida.
Mercury and Copper are often found in one’s dental fillings and in tap
water. As they pass through the intestinal tract, they can stimulate
the growth of more Candida.
The body does not form Candida as a protective mechanism against
Mercury. This is false data! Mercury suppresses intestinal antibodies
and immune response which allow Candida to then grow.
Many doctors make the mistake of aggressively chelating or trying to
remove metals from the Candida patient early in the treatment,
thinking that handling the cause will clear it faster. However, this
only serves to spread the Candida. As the huge out- pouring of metals
move down the intestinal tract, it contacts and spreads the yeast!
Metal removal must be done after the yeast is gone. In the Biamonte
Method, we use a substance which binds the metals in the intestinal
tract during the early stages of Candida elimination to keep the
metals away from the Candida until we can address the metals safely.
IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE CANDIDA, YOU MUST CORRECT WHY
YOU HAVE CANDIDA
In the natural health field many substances have been promoted as
being able to reduce yeast Infection. I have found that they do create
a reduction in symptoms, but cannot destroy a yeast overgrowth in a
Both undecenoic acid and caprylic acid are poorly absorbed into the
blood stream making them ineffective in systemic cases. They only
eliminate OR destroy it in the intestinal tract and will leave behind
the colonies that have traveled to other parts of the body.
Acidophilus is helpful with some Candida symptoms while it is being
used regularly. It is supposed to replace Candida in the intestines.
But it cannot re-grow and replace Candida until enough Candida has
been cleaned out and the intestines are cleaner!
Many herbs, citrus extracts and other substances have been found to
create effective reduction, but rarely a complete one. This is because
yeast is very adaptive. Yeast sensitivity tests (where an individual
yeast is tested to see which remedies will effectively kill it), can
be done as part of a comprehensive stool test if needed. In the past,
I have used these to prove that the yeast can become resistant to any
natural or medical therapy after a month or so of continuous use. I
have collected a protocol of over 35 different natural, nontoxic,
substances which are extremely effective in handling systemic candida.
However, even at that, a special approach is needed to ensure
THE CONFUSION OF TREATMENT
Many practitioners you may visit for Candida treatment will tell you
one of four things:
(1). "We must build your immune system" or (2.) "We must detoxify
you", or (3.) "We must kill your candida", or (4.) ‘"We must balance
your metabolism". Some will tell you they must do all four immediately
and put you on sixty products a day. The proper way to handle Candida,
EBV, HIV, or any such condition is in four steps. They must be done in
an exact order and to full completion. If not, the patient is likely
to relapse. How can you rebuild the immune system if the person has a
raging infection? If your house were on fire you wouldn’t begin to
repair your walls and structures until you put out the fire, right?
WHAT REALLY WORKS!
1. First eliminate "Parasites." They can cause Candida by killing
the friendly bacteria just like Antibiotics do. Candida is now
attacked using natural herbs that can kill it throughout the body.
These herbs can also kill it in the intestines at the same time. That
gives us a head start! These herbs are not taken all together every
day because the Candida will get use to them. So they must be taken
alone, one at a time. We usually use 4 different ones taken each one
alone for 4 days.
2. Candida must be cleaned out from the intestines. At this point
we use a different type of natural Candida killer that can concentrate
all its power on intestinal elimination. These substances can reach
yeast that is hiding in the folds of the intestines. While we do this,
we also clean out the whole digestive tract so the killers can contact
and reach any Candida that might be buried under old mucus or hardened
feces. After this is complete friendly acidophilus and bifidus
bacteria are given. This prevents the Candida from growing right back.
Any damage done to the intestines can be repaired at this time.
Special vitamin formulations are used that will reduce inflammation
and reform healthy tissue.
3. Candida causes vitamin deficiencies by preventing their
absorption. Now we can take vitamins without getting bad reactions and
no results. When Candida is eliminated we can begin to take nutrients
and ABSORB THEM AGAIN! Now we can feel results from them!
4. Finally, the immune system can be strengthened without having
to battle a continuous infection! The immune system rarely recovers
while Candida is still there.
I can assure you that if each phase is done, in order to full
completion, the chances are unlikely that the patient will relapse and
unlikely that he or she will still have the underlying weakness which
led to going on the Antibiotic that may have induced the yeast
infection to begin with.
My experience is that practitioners concentrate on only one of these
four phases and neglect the other three. Look at it again. You reduce
the infection first, so you will not produce further toxins so that
your colon or detoxifying regime will be effective. You then normalize
endocrine function. Any toxins store in the thyroid directly, a good
example is mercury. Opening up channels of elimination as in phase two
allow for further cellular detox and endocrine function to resume.
Since the adrenal glands also have a powerful immune stimulation,
(sympathetic innervated immune response), phase three opens up to
phase four reestablishing correct immune response. So there you have
it. This is the solution and correct path to handling this modern
scourge. I wish you well.
For more information please contact Danielle at 212-587-2330 or email
Here is the pricing for our consultations with Michael Biamonte CCN.
The extended consultation is generally more then 10 minutes and used
to interpret 2 or more tests. This can take the place of a basic
monthly consultation. These consultations generally require additional
research or consultation with consultants at the lab performing the
test or with "Nutritional Interpretations", to take into account
current program and health history.