Candida and Cancer

candida and cancer

“If you get a diagnosis of cancer, please talk with your doctor about changing your diet. Cancer is a fungus, and a fungus is an organism that needs to feed. When you are eating sweets, drinking alcohol, taking antibiotics and eating grains, you are feeding that fungus. Look at the anti-fungal diet, and talk to your doctor about trying sporanox and nystatin (anti-fungals) before you talk to him about chemotherapy and radiation.” Doug Kaufmann, author of  The Fungus Link.

The problem with having a Candida Albicans infection is that these yeasts can easily spread throughout the body. They might start off in your gut, but they soon pass into the blood stream and then set up camp throughout  the body. They are anaerobes -meaning that they don’t use oxygen to metabolize and survive, and they create an alcohol by-product which further increases the acidity of the body. It is in these acidic, oxygen-lacking conditions where micro-organism like viruses, parasites and cancer will thrive.  Furthermore this imbalance of intestinal flora can be found at varying degrees in 90% of the American population.

self test for candida

Self testing for Candida- Having a white-coated tongue is one indicator of a systematic candida infection. Self-test with a glass of water next to your bed so that you can spit into it upon waking. Check the water after 2-3 minutes, then within every 15 minutes.

If you have a candida yeast infection, you will see string-like cloudy legs traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top.  If there are no strings, and the water is as clear, or the saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you are probably candida-free. The more strings and cloudiness there is and the faster it develops, the greater the overgrowth.

You will find some natural remedies for candida at the bottom of the page.

Candida and cancer –  Doug Kaufmann is a researcher and author who has studied yeast infections and candida for over 30 years.  His studies demonstrate that fungi in foods, as well as the overuse of antibiotics, leads to an intestinal yeast overgrowth which can then compromise our health in many ways, including a diagnosis of cancer.

As proof of his research, he devised a diet that was based on the elimination of foods that would feed candida overgrowth (such as various forms of sugars and foods that the body would convert into glucose such as white flour, rice, corn and potatoes), and by eliminating foods that are contaminated with mycotoxins, which is a fungal-type of toxin that is commonly found growing corn, wheat, barley, sorghum, peanuts and pistachios.

His theory is that a systemic fungal infection of the blood closely resembles that of a leukemic condition, and doctors who are not trained in this may easily confuse the two.  He claims that when children with documented cases of leukemia changed their diets to eliminate these fungal-containing foods, they were able to reverse the symptoms of their disease.

Other doctors who have studied this connection have come to similar conclusions including Dr Marc Bielski, who stated that ‘leukemia, whether acute or chronic, is intimately associated with the candida albicans yeast, which mutates into a fungal form when it overgrows.’  Another doctor, Meinolf Karthaus, observed three children suddenly go into remission upon receiving a triple anti-fungal drug cocktail that was prescribed  to treat their “secondary” fungal infections.   Read an article about a woman diagnosed with leukemia, but 2nd opinion reveals that it was a systemic fungal infection

Since cancer and yeast infections have been linked, by simply changing what you eat and drink you can begin to get your candida overgrowth under control. Limiting your exposure to fungal-containing foods is the first step. Doug Kaufmann has devised 3 phases to his diet. Phase 1 being the most limiting and then gradually working more foods into the diet.

Adopting an anti-fungal diet

Foods you should avoid:

  • Limit your consumption of conventional meats and dairy dairy products from animals that have been fed grains and limit to pasture raised animals only.
  • wheat, corn, barley, sorghum
  • all sugars and artificial sweeteners
  • honey
  • syrups
  • chocolate
  • all fruits except for those few that are mentioned below.
  • all dried fruits
  • breaded or deep-fried meats
  • potatoes, yams
  • beans and peas
  • mushrooms
  • all yeast products including breads and pastries
  • alcoholic beverages
  • grain vinegar, pickles, salad dressings, green olives
  • peanuts and all peanut products
  • pistachios.

Foods that are okay to eat on anti-fungal diet: 

  • All meats/eggs should be range-fed and hormone-free.
  • Raw dairy products from cows or goats (if available)
  • plain cultured yogurt and butter from grass-fed / organic animals.
  • use stevia to sweeten your foods
  • fruits would include green apples, some berries, grapefruits, avocado, lemons, limes
  • garlic
  • spirulina and chlorella.
  • Most vegetables –except for potatoes, yams, mushrooms, corn, peas and beans.
  • drink bottled or filtered water
  • herbal teas
  • oats, brown rice, sour dough bread, quinoa, millet, amaranth
  • seeds and nuts (except for peanuts and pistachios)
  • expeller or cold pressed oils which include coconut and olive.

Some Natural Remedies for Candida

Natural Sodium Bicarbonate-  mix 1/2 tsp of sodium bicarbonate (such as Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda) with an 8 oz glass of water and take once or twice per day, always on an empty stomach so it does not disrupt digestion. Contraindications-   Do not take sodium bicarbonate if you are on a low sodium diet or if you have high blood pressure.  Long term use of sodium bicarbonate can deplete potassium and folic acid levels so think about supplementing with both if you are going to use this on a regular basis. Look for a natural product which is less processed than Arm and Hammer.  Read more about sodium bicarbonate

Raw garlic- is a powerful anti-fungal and has been found to be as effective as Nystatin in destroying candida albicans.  Try eating one clove of garlic per day that is sandwiched between two slices of apple to lessen the burn.

Bentonite Clay – will literally pull the candida off the intestinal walls. It also absorbs toxins, heavy metals, bacteria, virus and fungi to be passed out with bowel movements.

Apple Cider Vinegar– such as Bragg’s is rich in natural enzymes that can help to regulate the presence of candida in the body, it also helps to encourage the growth of healthy bacteria which helps to minimize the overgrowth of candida.  ACV can also be applied directly to the skin with a spray bottle to easily treat fungal infections such as athletes foot, toenail fungus and dandruff.

Psyllium Husk is a bulk-forming laxative and is used for cleansing the colon, it is also effective at eliminating any yeast that has accumulated in the colon.

Thorne Research Formula–  a strong anti-candida remedy of undecylenic acid in a base of pure, extra-virgin olive oil.

Pau D’Arco Tea– The inner bark of this tree has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal agents that have been shown to be effective against candida, herpes, prostitus, cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and AIDS.  Additionally, Pau d’arco has become a standard form of therapy to treat cancer and various infections in hospitals throughout Brazil, Argentina, and other countries in South America, with at least one company obtaining a U.S. patent based on their research findings in regards to cancer. Read more about Pau D’ Arco

Threelac– is an anti-fungal remedy that can be found in health food stores.

Probiotics– to restore the healthy gut flora that has the ability to crowd out the bad bacteria and promotes good digestive health.

Nystatin and Sporanox are both anti-fungal treatments that are more commonly prescribed by doctors.

Oregano Oil has several phenols that can kill yeasts, fungi, and molds. Look for oil with a high percentage of carvocal as this is the antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antibacterial component within the oil.  It can kill the Candida Albicans yeast, as well as Aspergillus mold, E. coli, and Staphylococcus and can also help to boost your immune system.  You can purchase oil of oregano for candida treatment at most health food stores.  Dosage- start with one or two droppers in an 8 oz glass of water, taken up to 3 x per day.

Topical application of oil of oregano for skin infections–  It can also be used to treat yeast infections of the skin which include ringworm, athletes foot, dandruff and toe fungus. Because it is potent, you must dilute it with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to be able to apply it directly to sensitive areas of the skin. Mix five to ten drops with one teaspoon of olive or coconut oil and store in a container and use as needed.  For dandruff, mix a few drops into your shampoo lather and leave on your hair for a few minutes (do not get lather into eyes as this will sting), and rinse thoroughly.


What are the symptoms of candida?

Additional Resources:

Doug Kaufmann’s phase 1 diet  for candida

Know the Cause- Doug Kaufmann’s website

Read an article on acid/ alkaline balance

Read more about sodium bicarbonate and cancer

Read more about apple cider vinegar


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