When I became disillusioned with the world of conventional medicine my immediate go to was the internet. I spent hours and hours seeking information on how I might begin to heal myself the natural holistic way. Eventually on of my searches lead me to the www.candidaplan.com home page.
Four years on I consider this moment to be the pivotal moment of my healing journey, this is the point where things began to change for me, where the foundation for my recovery was laid.
The plan addresses candida related health issues through diet and natural supplementation and is the work of Dr Jeffrey McCombs. Dr McCombs has 25 years of experience addressing the nutritional, environmental, emotional, structural, and biochemical aspects of acute and chronic health conditions.
A simple overview of the plan is that it works on the basis that the over use of antibiotics can cause use devastating imbalances within the body resulting in illness.The plan really resonated with me as since childhood up until the age of 30 I had regularly been prescribed antibiotics for tonsillitis. Now a days it seems obvious that antibiotics would destroy all of my body’s good bacteria along with the bad but I had never once considered this let alone tried to redress the balance with a probiotic. I was totally shocked to learn that just one dose of antibiotics can throw out the delicate balance of your intestinal flora. With the knowledge that I had over the years had multiple courses of antibiotics I could practically visualise the tumble weeds blowing through the barren desert landscape that was once my healthy gut. It would seem that intestinal Armageddon had already taken place without my noticing. Well I guess now I was noticing, my body had now had enough, my entire system was in trouble and the result was illness. Whether or not this was the entire reason behind my illness it certainly provided me with enough evidence to believe it was a key factor.
Realising that I needed a radical intervention if I was to make any kind of progress I made the big deicision to try the candid plan.This was a big step for me, I didn’t have a endless pot of money to throw at alternative treatments so I very much felt the pressure to get it right, consider the side issue of fibro making it difficult for me to make simple everyday decisions, you can imagine the level of dithering that took place. And that wasn’t all, there was another stumbling block, literally a block in chocolate form. I was a bar of chocolate a day girl, how the hell was I going give up my Cadbury’s crutch?i
Before commiting any money to the plan I spent a month ‘in training’ for the real thing. I started to reduce my sugar, dairy and wheat intake, testing my will power to see if I had it in me to go the distance. I can honestly say this felt like some kind of ridiculously tough test I needed to pass.
Although I had considered my diet to be pretty healthy I was so wilfully unprepared for the amount of food I would have to forgo, oh how self control waivered over my favourite pasta, pizza and cheeses. During in that first month I ate a LOT of ratatouille, so much so it’s possible I could have written 101 ways with…
Although it was incredibly tough and my family grew familiar with my mini ‘ I’m deprived ‘ meltdown, as the weeks on plan ticked by a I began to feel stronger and stronger with increasing energy levels, less pain, clearer skin and importantly for a fibro suffer better sleep patterns.
On another level completing this plan gave me a huge sense of achievement, I discovered will power I never knew I possessed and most importantly I began to feel more in control of my illness than it was of me, that in itself was worth so much.
At the time the plan was simply an attempt to find a way to get through my days and reduce the symptoms of my illness. I didn’t know it at the time but it was about to set me on a path that would see me become passionate about the holistic approach to health.