On-line Nutritional Report
- Online symptoms analysis questionnaire to determine your personal nutritional needs.
- Detailed on-line report with nutritional advice to meet your unique requirements.
- Tried and tested system used successfully for more than 20 years.
- Opportunity for telephone, email or face-to-face support from nutritional therapist Emma Cockrell.
As we in the UK find ourselves in the middle of a very cold spell of weather, don't forget that soups can be particularly warming and filling. If made with herbs and mild spices rather than yeasted stock-cubes, soups are are great addition to the yeast-free diet. Erica White's Beat Candida Cookbook has a section with recipe ideas for soups, and these are a good way of keeping up your intake of vegetables.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME / CFS (M.E.)
My name is Erica White. I’m Nutritional Director of Nutritionhelp, a graduate of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and an Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy. I’m the author of ‘Beat Candida Cookbook’ which has been an Amazon ‘special diets’ best-seller for over twelve years. I am also the author of the “Beat Fatigue Handbook”. In 2005 I had a research paper published by the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine reporting some very successful research which I had undertaken as part of my work with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), you might be interested in the following information.
Q. What exactly is C.F.S. or M.E.?
C.F.S. and M.E. are two names for the same illness, depending on the term chosen by a doctor for the diagnosis. Each of the names covers a great many possible symptoms that can vary from person to person – although there is one common denominator, which is chronic fatigue. All the symptoms may have many different causes – so CFS/ ME is not one single condition which can be given just one single label, like measles or chicken pox. Specific conditions need to be identified – and then tackled – because each of them creates a load on the immune system, causing it to weaken and break down, as well as affecting a wide range of other systems in the body, including the digestive system, the nervous system, muscles and joints, the hormonal system, and so on.
Q. How did you first suspect that different causes might be involved in the onset of CFS/ ME?
Forty years ago, having struggled with my health throughout my life, I became even more ill than usual and stayed that way for a whole year – weak, sick and aching, unable to care for my young family. Today, I am certain I would be diagnosed with CFS/ ME. At the end of a year we discovered that I was allergic to North Sea gas which had just been piped into our neighbourhood and our house! That particular load on my immune system was allergy, and all our gas appliances had to be removed from our house before I started to feel better. But even prior to this I had already been struggling enormously with my health because, totally unrecognised at the time, my immune system was having to cope with an unsuspected overgrowth of yeast (Candida albicans) in my body together with extremely low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). In other words, my immune system was already so severely over-loaded by candida and the effects of my poor nutritional status that it broke down completely when faced with the new gas; it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. This is so often the case, with different ‘straws’ being the final burden for different people.
Q. So you believe that allergy, yeast infection and low blood sugar are three of the possible factors which can lead to a weakened immune system and open the door to CFS/ ME. Do you think there are even more factors involved?
From my experience in nutritional therapy over twenty years, I believe there are ten possible factors, any of which might play its part in weakening the immune system: a virus, allergy, nutritional deficiencies, negative lifestyle factors (like burning the candle at both ends), inefficient thyroid function, stress and exhausted adrenal glands, hypoglycaemia, toxicity and hyperventilation. That makes nine - and in my experience of many hundreds of sufferers, whatever the combination of other predisposing factors they each might have, there has without fail been one factor which they all had in common – a compromised digestive system probably caused by yeast infection, an overgrowth of Candida albicans.
Q. So is it possible that an anti-candida regime might be helpful for CFS/ ME?
By bringing candida under control, the level of toxins in the body is reduced, and their associated symptoms can be overcome. Appropriate nutritional therapy may also support the liver’s detoxification processes in speeding up the elimination of candida toxins.
Q. What does the anti-candida regime involve?
It comprises a four-point plan: a carefully-controlled diet avoiding yeast, all forms of sugar, refined grains, fermented products, drinks containing stimulants; appropriate vitamins and minerals to strengthen the immune system (preferably a tailor-made programme); natural anti-fungal supplements to destroy the candida overgrowth; and probiotic supplements to re-establish a healthy colony of friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.
My experience shows that the anti-candida nutritional regime needs to be followed until symptoms are under control, at which point it is helpful to carry out a one-month diet-relax experiment. Even if this is successful, it is invariably helpful to return to the strict anti-candida diet for a further year in order to consolidate the newly-established healthy balance of microbes which has just been achieved in the gastrointestinal tract.
Q. Do you believe that there is hope for a full recovery from CFS/ME?
All I can say for sure is that it is possible for nutritional therapy to support whichever of the body’s systems may have been affected. I have seen many people recover when they have followed appropriate nutritional and lifestyle advice. My research project showed encouraging improvement in the space of one year in 83% of participants; one lady became 100% well in just eight months! I should add that my analysis was based on the subjects’ own assessment of their progress; who better to make that assessment? In many of my clients, I have found that full recovery often takes more than a year of perseverance. Of course, I am making no claim that my approach will necessarily be helpful for everyone. 17% of participants in my research project unfortunately did not show significant improvement in the space of one year – but 83% of them did.
Q. What do you think is the main reason that you yourself were eventually able to recover from symptoms of CFS/ ME?
For most of my life I ate lots of sugar and junk foods – with devastating consequences. In particular, I was encouraging my resident candida to thrive and invade my body. It really wasn’t at all surprising that I was ill all the time. But then I discovered that it really is never too late for things to change, and I found ways to take control of the situation by learning how to improve my nutritional status, regulate blood sugar levels, overcome allergies – and bring candida under control. At the age of 53, I had become so well that I started three years of training in Nutritional Therapy and then set up a practice which soon became extremely busy. I realised that if my own appalling health could be turned around to such a remarkable extent, there was hope for others as well – and that’s exactly what I’ve seen over the past 20-plus years.
Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, by Leon Chaitow
The Yeast Connection, by Dr. William Crook.