I am THRILLED to hear of your successes with HCL! I am also having great response from increased HCL. My brain fog and fatigue have bit the dust. My thrush was just about gone, then I caught a cold, so I got a teensy bit back, but nothing like it used to be when I caught a cold and it would be thick all over my tongue. Now is just that 1/4 inch patch (which had been receding after increased HCL), and I think when my virus is over with, it will fall back again.
Just to add a point to your excellent description of the failed digestive process, if that food is leaking out into your system due to leaky gut, it is going to affect your liver. Since it is not going thru the proper digestive process and into the blood stream instead (where it causes a lot of symptoms of food intolerances ) it then has to be handled by the liver, and this can hamper the liver's ability to help you deal with candida. It all fits together. So, something to heal leaky gut is also a great idea to bring to this mix. L-glutamine, colostrum, slippery elm, aloe vera, marshmallow are ones that come to mind.