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   Posted 4/5/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard that Nystatin is able to kill intestinal yeast, the fact that people think of me as a nut case when I emphasize the power of diet is ironic since I came across this article earlier on today...
(NEVER STOP medications UNTIL your GI gives you the green light!!!)

what do you guys think about this approach to healing? keep in mind that medicine can only do so much by itself... (hence why we keep going through them like no tomorow)

ALSO - check out this story of a former UC patient... Marine Phytoplankton sounds like it is great overall! not just for our UC but our health!

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   Posted 4/5/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm actually on Nystatin right now b/c I got a slight case of oral thrush b/c I'm on pred. (lovely). I asked my GI if the Nystatin would help my UC and I believe he actually chuckled before he said no, it won't have any effect on your UC. I think there is a link between candida and UC. I was looking into Threelac. I think I might try that once I'm done nursing.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon

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   Posted 4/5/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
While intestinal candidiasis is certainly capable of exacerbating ulcerative colitis, I'm not sure that it's responsible for pathogenesis. Personally, I've used both nystatin and itraconazole to no avail.

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   Posted 4/6/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
No research needed here....I am a living testament that yeast/fungus is/was responsible for my UC symptoms. After going on an antifungal diet (yes, my doctors chuckled, too), along with natural antifungal supplements, I am now, and continue to be symptom-free. A diet change is paramount, along with taking the antifungals. You are still feeding the fungus if you continue to eat grains, sugar, yeast, alcohol. There is much out there to point fungus/yeast as a potential culprit of UC symptoms. If you have ever been on antibiotics, birth control pills, steroids, been exposed to mold, as well as having symptoms of arthritis, yeast infections, psoriasis, diabetes, FM, foggy brain, itchy inner ears, allergies to food or pollen, molds, perfumes, to name a few, then your fungal risk factor could be high.

Bottom line, whether you believe fungus/yeast is the 'cause' of UC symptoms, there are people with UC who, after following an antifungal regimen, have gotten well again. I believe there is a fungus link.

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   Posted 4/6/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe fungus/yeast is the cause of UC for some people, just like antibiotics is the cause of UC for some others.

I also believe there are some people who have gotten well again after following an antifungal regimen, just like some others have gotten well again after doing fecal transplantation.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 4/6/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Gut dysbiosis with an overgrowth of candida if often present in IBD, regardless of whether or not it's "the cause." Antifungal meds and natural supplements along with anticandida diets can certainly improve symptoms. My comprehensive medicine GP tells me he's had folks with UC improve after a short course of diflucan (another prescription antifungal).
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 4/7/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   

I had the rocephin shot and then Omnicef, killing bacteria and then Nystantin all at the same time, for one day I WAS COMPLETELY NORMAL, formed, brown no inflammation and that day before was no yeast or sugar, I can't tell if it was the antibiotic or the Nystantin that worked on my UC, but it reverted the next day.

I've been on a gluten, dairy, sugar diet for 6 days and I had the worst diarreah ever and it gave me fissures.

Then I was taking Diflucan one every 4 days for 3 weeks, no improvement, so I think my problem is bacterial. I'm getting extensive testing by a allergiest in two weeks! I can't wait!

Very mild left sided (could have fooled me with the "mild")  UC. STARTED LDN ON 1/25/09. Supplements:  Cod Liver, Probiotics, multi whole food vitamin, olive leaf extract.

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   Posted 4/7/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
thereraremiracles- I don't think you can accurately determine what caused your formed stools on that one day, based on your short term changes you made. I would not think you had the worst D you ever had because your body was "deficient" of dairy, gluten and sugar those 6 days.

To me, it sounds like a fungal toxin "die-off" reaction. It happens because fungi threatened with starvation first fight back by spewing out more mycotoxins, and once dead, the same fungi become a mess in your immune system has to clean up. If you have a fungal problem, being on Diflucan every four days alone won't fix the problem. You need to change your diet, an antifungal diet, along with taking good prescription or natural antifungals daily. If you feel better than you have after 2 weeks of the antifungal regimen, then very likely your health problems are caused by fungus, and you can continue on that path to wellness. That's the good news.

The bad news is that you'll have to be forever cautious with how much of and how often you eat fungi-contaminated foods, including corn/corn products, alcohol, peanuts, yeast-raised bread/other foods containing yeast (there are many), and sugar.

I hope you find the cause of your problem. Keep us updated.

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   Posted 4/7/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I totally agree with you, I don't know what the cause of me to have a "remission day" but I know it can turn off and turn on. I know someone who the doctor told them they had UC and it went away after he switched job, never to return. My system is just stuck right now.

I had many stool tests checking for yeast, one showed 1+ the lowerst ever, then working on the natural antifungals like Candex 4 months later repeated the same test, nothing.

I'm getting thoroughly tested in the next two weeks and I can't wait. I was completely miserable doing the SCD diet when it said the first 4 days or something do the chicken soup, I had the worst diarreah from that! I went a week no gluten, dairy, sugar and there was no difference and I didn't experience any die off like I have in the past when I stopped all that before.

Like I said, I'm waiting on some good testing.

Thank you,


Very mild left sided (could have fooled me with the "mild")  UC. STARTED LDN ON 1/25/09. Supplements:  Cod Liver, Probiotics, multi whole food vitamin, olive leaf extract.

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