Hi Jen how ya doing? I have actually been studing about Edgar Cayce ( the sleeping prophet) about his thoughts on Lupus as well as other diseases. They have holistic centers with his name on them. He beleives in healing of the body, mind , and spirit. Which I can't argue that. Since we are not just a body. We are all of the above. I havn't gotten very far with it yet since I recently became pretty sick. But I do want to investigate more. It's like when i exercise it makes me feel better. Or when I pray I get strengthened. There isn't alot of support out there for it though. And in my little town they probably don't even know who cayce is lol.
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Jenn - yes the suger can be a great source of feeding your "bad yeast" I have been following the candida diet for YEARS (at least almost 6+). Didn't matter how much more I cut back my natural forms of suger (i.e. fruit, some high carb veggies, gf flours, etc) I still got yeast infections. Couldn't fight them even naturally until I went off the Immuran. My GI gave his blessing for trying to live without it and I have not had a yeast infection since I went off - so it is nice to be able to eat more fruit, etc than I normally did.
For me gluten will give me hives and make me run to the bathroom - i.e. it upsets the Crohn's majorly. The "Body Ecology Diet" goes into even greater detail of yeast infections, overgrowth, etc. - that is where I got most of my information years ago. I had food allergy tests done by my ND and it proved all the foods that I thought were bothering me were. Also put more on the list that I didn't suspect or couldn't put the trigger food as to what was bothering me exactly.
I use Bromelien as a digestive aid when needed and L-Glutamine in and Slippery Elm Tea when needed for flares for the Crohn's. I also get a myofacial massage every 3 weeks to help out with the Fibro.
My hubby tells me I am completely "green", but hey it works, I was able to drop 3 meds (which cost me about $300 a month). Have also been able to start excersing for the first time in a year or so - I walk and bike.
Knock on wood it will keep me in remission.