My Candidiasis healing process has been very intuitive.
Every time something discomforting has come up, I have stated my willingness to release the pattern in my consciousness that created it and my willingness to change. I have repeatedly requested God’s help in revealing to me what is required, internally or externally, for healing. Everything necessary has come. As such, most every healing action I’ve taken has felt “good” in some way; has felt “right.”
Vitamin and mineral (V&M) supplementation, however, has a different story…
I’d read on a number of Candida-related websites, mostly alternative and/or holistic healing ones, that vitamin supplementation is very important to healing.
This made sense to me. After the majority of symptoms hit me around September, my weight went from about 155 to 135. I was feeling depressed and fatigued and my intestines were all out of whack, unable to properly absorb nutrients (among several other difficulties). It seemed sensible to me that one in such a position would want to supplement food intake with added V&M’s.
(For those of you who know I’ve been a 5-year vegetarian, I did reintroduce seafood and poultry. I don’t think there’s any way around the inclusion of meat when having Candida overgrowth, since all fruits, potatoes, beans, etc.—anything sugary or breaking down into a sugar—must be removed from the diet.)
So, off I went to the grocery store with a few items in mind:
- Multi-vitamin (Take one a day for good health, right?)
- Calcium (Oxalates were destroying my teeth.)
- Multi-B vitamin (Valuable, but can’t recall my reasoning.)
- Vitamin C (Supposedly supports immune health.)
As I said, intuition has remained clear throughout this process. (Continually more clear than ever in my life, actually.) Yet, even though I basically knew what I wanted, I spent 15 minutes in the supplement aisle. Something didn’t feel “right.” I’m not sure I want to say it felt “wrong,” per se, but I certainly hadn’t felt any warm and fuzzy feelings, either.
As it happened, I ended up purchasing a container of each of the above mentioned V&M’s…
Which, in the end, I took sporadically until throwing most of them in the garbage.
Here’s what I found on my journey:
1.) What Is This Stuff, Anyway?
What must be understood up front is that the vitamins and minerals found in capsule form (and in "fortified" foods) are rarely the same as the stuff found in nature. The majority of supplements are derived from artificial sources such as coal tars, petroleum, and rock salts which are typically processed using toxic acids.
Furthermore, the fact that a supplement’s label uses words like “natural” or “vegetarian” means nothing. For example, the only thing “vegetarian” means is that a supplement's contents are non-meat-derived. The notion that "vegetarian" implies a plant food-based source is a (false) belief, not an industry regulation.
Understandably, the human body processes and reacts to lab-created “V&M’s” very differently than their truly natural, or food-derived, counterparts—usually to the extent of causing dis-ease rather than preventing it.
The Truth about Vitamins in Nutritional Supplements
The Truth about Minerals in Nutritional Supplements
2.) The FDA’s Role
Hence, one of the reasons why supplements always have the marking on them stating that the statements on the bottle about improved health have not been approved by the FDA: Because the compounds in the capsules (example: Not “Vitamin C,” but “Vitamin C [as Ascorbic Acid]”) are not only artificial but even dangerous. (See the two links above for two heavily researched documents revealing this.)
There’s also the reasoning that if the FDA were able to approve these supplements as completely safe and healthy there would result an “unbearable” profit loss to Big Business and the pharmaceutical industry. So, the FDA just avoids the research.
…But that’s okay, because the supplements are labeled as “USP-Verified”… Which means that whatever that stuff is in the bottle has been verified according to the "stringent testing and auditing criteria" of the United States Pharmacopeia as exactly what they want it to be…
…I’m not really sure what “what they want it to be” is (artificial, perhaps?), but research shows clearly that it’s neither food-based nor healthy.
3.) Percent Daily Value (%DV)
More often than not, the %DV as prescribed by the FDA for any given vitamin, mineral, etc. is for the chemical concoction only, as noted on the supplement’s ingredient label (i.e.: “Vitamin E” vs “Vitamin E [as dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate]”).
This is not to say that even we’re we to have pure supplements we can recklessly ignore every %DV the FDA has suggested as though there will be no unhealthy side effects, but to acknowledge that the %DV is highly misleading. In the last several years, I’ve come upon a number of accounts of people who take certain pure, food vitamins in astronomically high quantities only to become healthier. To take amounts even remotely close via a true vitamin’s chemical “equivalent” would be suicide.
The Top 10 Myths about Eating Fruit
(See Point 4.)
Food Matters (Documentary)
(If I remember correctly, the account is given where a man was administered daily quantities of Vitamin C that were exorbitantly higher than the FDA’s %DV for “the same thing.” This resulted in the man’s cancer dramatically subsiding.)
4.) What's All This Non-Vitamin Stuff?
Be wary of filler ingredients.
Even the supplements that put words in their brand names like “nature” and “pure” are still commonly toxified with fillers and additives. "Magnesium stearate" is probably the best example: although it is known to prevent nutrient absorption and suppresses immune function (among other things), it remains in heavy usage only because of it's ability to reduce production costs.
Magnesium Stearate – Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
Six Crucial Things to Watch Out for When Buying Vitamins and Supplements
Does Your Supplement Contain this Potentially Hazardous Ingredient?
4 Dangerous (and Common) Vitamin Fillers You Must Avoid
5.) I Can’t Poop!
One day it dawned on me after having chronic and severe constipation and regularly taking a few different supplements: Hey, wait a minute. Doesn’t iron cause constipation?
Indeed it does, and indeed it was in my multi-vitamin—100%DV.*
Shit. And what about the other stuff?
As my Candida experience came along with both Leaky Gut Syndrome (which disables proper nutrient processing by the intestines) and a hyper-reactivity to the oxalate content of plant-based foods (oxalates bind with tooth-calcium which leads to dental decay), I thought it couldn’t hurt to take supplemental calcium.**
The recommendation on the label was to take 2 pills per day, each having 50%DV calcium. Well, thought I, if my calcium is what is being leeched from my teeth and I’m not absorbing it properly to begin with, then I’ll try 2 caps per day and see what happens.
Bad idea! The container says really big: CALCIUM. Then, in a small note on the side bottom, the label says, with D3.”
Well… Guess what, folks? While one capsule of calcium—you know, calcium, the big word on the label that tells me what I’m buying—provides a 50%DV... one capsule of this same supplement provides 100%DV of D3.
Son of a bitch! Talk about false advertising… And, so I learned, both calcium and D3 cause constipation! So, if one ingests the suggested daily dosage of 2 caps per day, that’s:
(50% + 100%) + (50% + 100%) = 300% Daily Value of Constipation!
[*Iron’s natural food “equivalent” doesn’t cause constipation; only the supplemental form.
**Majorly misguided was this move. The belief that teeth need calcium, nearly to the exclusion of any other V&M, is completely false. All V&M’s must work both in tandem with a number of other V&M’s and with their nature-sourced attachments (meaning the V&M’s are in non-isolate form) or the body will perceive them as toxins… which results in the body’s immune response kicking in unnecessarily and possible dis-ease.]
I was played for a fool.
But I’ve learned. I’ve learned a lot.
Hopefully you have, too.
Update 4/21/14: A Solution
So… Basically what the above boils down to is that 99% of the nutritional supplements we find in grocery and drug stores are garbage. (Unfortunately, many of these same supplements are also found in “health food” stores.) They’re acid-processed rock-, coal tar-, and petroleum-based toxins—often used in substances such as fire-retardants, fertilizers, varnishes, etc.—that can be manufactured for cheap and sold to the unwitting masses who buy them up by the ton, thus perpetuating the dis-ease which causes them to buy supplements to begin with.
What then are we to do? As suggested prior:
Consume only whole food-sourced nutritional supplements.
To elaborate, I’ll use an example from my own experience:
Due to Candida-caused symptomology, necessary dietary restrictions, and my stubbornness to change more willingly, my year-long bout of Candidiasis has caused me a host of further physical problems. A severe calcium deficiency and occasional hypocalcemia (low blood-calcium) are two of them; the former coming from dietary lack and poor absorption rates, the latter stemming from thyroid troubles and regular usage of magnesium-based laxatives.
Although I didn’t originally realize calcium as the culprit for a newer set of symptoms, it became apparent when I analyzed my diet and found that even on a good day I was consuming only about 25% of the RDA for calcium intake. This had been on-going for six months or so.
Yet, if I could eat only minimal to none of the foods highest in calcium as not to further aggravate existing issues, what in the world could I do?
After reading the document “The Truth about Minerals in Nutritional Supplements,” I knew there was no way in the universe I’d take the mainstream calcium supplements sourced from limestone. No way, no how.
Enter: New Chapter.
New Chapter is the maker of whole food-sourced nutritional supplements and a God-send. Among many other things, New Chapter offers the following calcium supplements: New Chapter – Bone Strength Take Care. (I would highly recommend reading the info on this site, as it’s a bit more detailed than on the packaging below.)
A few valuable points about this form of calcium supplement versus the rock-sourced:
- Food-sourced calcium is better absorbed by the body by a factor of 7.
- Food-sourced calcium is in non-isolate form, whereas the limestone-sourced calcium used in most supplements is in isolate form. In other words, calcium, like all food-sourced V&M’s, must be joined with certain other V&M’s, as found in nature, and in a properly proportioned ratio in order to be utilized properly by the body. Limestone-sourced calcium is usually supplemented in a stand-alone form or only with (equally artificial) Vitamin D added. This results in the calcium depositing itself in tissues and arteries rather than in bone. Vitamin K , magnesium, and vitamin C are also very important for proper absorption and utilization.*
- As for cost, I found them on Amazon.com, going for $35.97 for a 144 count bottle. This alone says a lot considering that supermarkets sell the limestone-sourced calcium supplements in 100-200 count bottles for around $10.00, more often than not on special as Buy One, Get One Free.
Overall, I’ve been super-impressed with the New Chapter calcium supplements. I’ve been using them solidly for a month now and they are really nothing short of a miracle in tablet form. Each day, I’ve been taking a multi-vitamin and a vitamin C tablet (also from New Chapter) as well. I’ve really noticed a marked improvement in my health since taking these.
I’ve been using the following websites to give me some rough estimates on nutrient intake. Lots of valuable information.
World’s Healthiest Foods
Eat This Much
[*Hardening of the arteries and stiff muscles, anyone? This calcium bit goes for you folks on high cholesterol medications, also. Look at the pharmaceutical names for drugs such as Crestor and Lipitor. They’re telling you right there that they contain calcium. Not only is this calcium in isolate, rock-sourced form, but, beyond what is stated above, calcium requires a certain balance with magnesium (approximately 2:1) for proper muscle contraction and relaxation. Magnesium allows calcium in and out of muscle cells. When the cal-mag balance isn’t maintained, the calcium gets deposited into the muscle tissue causing contraction, but it can’t get back out. This is at least one major reason why so many people who are on medication for high cholesterol have leg disabilities.]