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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. These days, I'm in a new phase of life, and this website is no longer updated.

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The answer? Candida and parasites.

The test are in!

I do have parasites and a Candida Yeast overgrowth (as suspected)! The Candida was not a surprise, but the parasites were. I guess lots of people have parasites, and it isn't that uncommon after all.It feels so good to have a answer - a real, DNA-based answer - to explain what is going on. And also to know that the dietary and lifestyle modifications that I've been making have been on the right track. My naturopath has prescribed a bunch of different treatments and we are on a mission.

I had stopped my previous anti-fungals when I started seeing my new naturopath, so I've been off them for almost 6 weeks. I just started taking Caproyl a few days ago, and now I'm experiencing the start of die off symptoms again - sore throat, headache, some stomach discomfort, some bloating, chills (despite the sweltering summer heat), all that stuff. My combination anti-parasite/anti-fungal herbal concoction will be arriving in the mail shortly, and I'll probably have another round of die-off symptoms when I start with that. Water, water, water. At least the die-off is short. The results will last longer. And I have an answer!

The tricky part: parasites feed off protein. Also, the tests showed that my body isn't digesting protein very well. So, I can't stick to the high-protein low-carb diet suggested by so many anti-Candida plans. I had been eating this way and felt overloaded by meat and low on carbohydrate-driven energy. So, I need to stick to a lower protein intake to kill off the parasites, and instead emphasize good, whole grains and smaller amounts of vegetable and meat proteins. It may feed the Candida more, but at least I'll be digesting the food. And I rather eat a little more millet than an extra steak anyway. :)

I am excited because my naturopath is encourage 1 low sugar fruit a day - which is more than I was allowing myself. That was like music to my fruit-starved ears.

So. Parasites and Candida. Watch out. This lady is on a mission.

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Kim, I'm so delighted to have found your blog! I put myself on an anti-candida diet some 9 months ago, but have been struggling to see much progress. I've been wondering whether I might also have parasites -- could you tell me what your naturopath said you have? I'm hoping to persuade my GP (doctor) to do some tests, and not sure whether I should include parasites. Look forward to exploring more of your recipes 'cause, let me tell you, the food is getting a bit dull!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachelDuBois

Hi Rachel,
Thanks for checking out the blog! I'm sorry to hear that you haven't seen much progress - what are your symptoms? What sort of diet are you following?

I put myself on the candida diet and started taking some antifungals from my chiropractor last May (of 2008). I tried lots of different variations on the candida diet - for awhile my body wouldn't digest meat because I was having really bad digestive issues and was taking an antacid that was too extreme. Then that got better, and I ate super low carb and super high protein and absolutely no sugar and very limited starches - even no starchy veggies. While that did detox me, it was too severe, and I wasn't seeing much improvement. I hit a plateau. I lost a lot of weight, had no energy, was losing hair like crazy. The supplements from my chiropractor didn't seem to be doing any good anymore, and my GP and allergist were totally unhelpful in regards to addressing the suspected candida overgrowth and didn't seem to think much of making dietary modifications. They told me it was impossible to test for candida. They just said I had IBS and was clinically fine, since all the other testing we did showed nothing other than some acid reflux. So, that is why I sought out a naturopath. We did a stool test through the Metametrix laboratories that tested for all bacteria, enzymes, parasites, etc in my entire digestive tract. That is what showed the candida and parasites. Working with her since September has been incredibly helpful and I have seen great improvements. I started taking a few supplements: MicroDefense in cycles of 10 days on and 10 days off (it is an antiparasitic and antifungal mix of herbs), 1 T of Caproyl each day, a good multivitamin, a homeopathic Candida drop, a good multivitamin, and a DGL supplement to facilitate stomach healing and stop the acid reflux. I continued to avoid all sugars, and avoided the foods to which I am allergic . She recommended keeping my protein intake to the minimum amount necessary for my body (about 40 g/day), since my stool test showed I was having a hard time digesting proteins, and parasites feed off extra protein. she also recommended including more thyme, turmeric, and pumpkin seeds in my diet, since those are naturally anti-parasitic as well. The MicroDefense/Caproyl combination seemed to be very effective with the proper dietary modifications - I had die off symptoms each time I started the 10-day MD cycle, but each time they were less severe. I stopped the MicroDefense in December. In January we did a liver and intestinal detox for a month, which was very healing and helpful. I actually didn't bring back fruit until about a month ago, and so far, so good. Just last week I submitted another stool and blood test for another candida screening, this time through a different lab, so we'll see if there has been progress. It is still a struggle sometimes for me; I'll notice flareups in some of my symptoms every now and then, but I'm not sure if it is allergies or the Candida.

I would really recommend seeing a Naturopath or Homeopath, if there are some in your area and if you can afford going to one. I have found mine to be far more proactive and helpful than my GP ever was, and is helpful in addressing all areas of my treatment - from supplements, to diet, to other helpful lifestyle modifications. My digestion has improved, my severe symptoms are totally gone, and I am starting to feel like my old, energetic self again - which is such a blessing. I hope you can find recipes you like on my site! There are some good books out there too - the Yeast Connection Cookbook and The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook have good information, recipes, and tips for making life a little easier. This life is hard, and people don't always understand.

I hope to see you around the blog again soon; I hope that you find helpful information here, and feel free to ask me anything! I'm happy to share what information I know, and hope that it can help empower others to find their own way.


February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim
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Hi reader! My schedule as full-time grad student with two part-time jobs doesn't allow me the time to manage comments. I hope you enjoy what you find and can figure out answers to any questions you may have. xo