Dr. Jerry Glenn Knox BA, DC
author of the 344 page book
Love Thine Enemas & Heal Thyself, 5th Edition
June, 1999
published by
Lifeknox Publishing
Po Box 65130
Vancouver, WA 98665
order now
  $5.95 for the back issue Candida
send check or money order
click here to order on line

Candida has been treated successfully with diet and colon therapy. However, self diagnosis and treatment can be dangerous.  Do not use these treatments without first checking with  your Chiropractor, naturopath, MD or other physician licenced and qualified to advise you in these matters. The following information is given to help educate and share the truth about candidiasis. It is not a presciption for  treatment.

      The separation of reality and what exists in the real world has never been so contorted from what really is as it has become in health care within the last century in America. If you have candida, in almost every case,  you are eating antibiotic laced foods or taking, or have taken antibiotics. It is that simple. If you would get rid of it, eat correctly, eliminate all these unnatural additives. Only take antibiotics when you have an infection that life threatening or can do you serious harm if you don't take them. Antibiotic pills and shots  cause candidiasis. More drugs won't correct this problem. Believing that you are and can be well, then living correctly will cure candida.

   We  have all lived in darkness a long time. Millions of pounds of aspirin are sold each year to ease pain, that is  there to tell us we are doing something wrong. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on treating candida, a disease which cannot be cured by treatment, but only by living correctly. Health is a state of being free from disease. The appropriate way of overcoming  it is not seeking a treatment for candida, but seeking a way of life that is  healthful. We can come  from the dark into the light. You have the chance on seeing the way to be much more than well from a malady. You have the opportunity to be well.

    Candida causes discomfort, not death like cardiovascular disease and cancer, but discomfort. Medicine can give you a pill to relieve the itching, or a drug to suppress the pain. Yeast infections, are a common disorders. It is a disorder of a normal colonic flora constituent growing outside the colon, and can be related to any disorder in any system or organ in which candida albicans is growing, and should not be growing.  At the turn of the century it was  a  rare disease. It was reported a few times in terminal patients in hospitals and in other patients with obviously failing immune systems, but otherwise was unknown prior to World War II. The rates of candidiasis and  other diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and others have grown explosively during this century while deaths from infectious diseases have dropped off the scale.

     Most commonly candida is  thought of as relating to vaginal yeast infections, it can be much more. Acne, sinusitis, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, ear infections, sensitivity to smoke and fumes, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, various mental problems and dysfunctions, athletes foot, constipation, diarrhea, coughs and various other problems have been related to candidiasis.  Yeast infections  are now so common that almost everyone is aware of this problem.  They are very routine, troublesome and difficult to treat.

     Modern medicine has had almost no success treating this disorder.   A big part of the difficulty is that this disease, along with most chronic disorders associated with aging, viral diseases, cancer and autoimmune disorders,  does not fit or respond well to the modern medical paradigm. It is a disorder caused by allopathic treatment of disease and  cured by right living.  Modern medical treatment is had its greatest successes from following the theory that disease can be cured by destroying a microbe that has invaded the body. Modern medicine born on the battlefields of Europe and America has a distinctly military view of life. It is a them versus us mentality. When the them is a specific microbe,  a specific treatment applied to  destroy the invading enemy. This is the basis of almost all modern pharmacology and modern allopathic medicine.   As long as this is the dominant model and all diseases must be treated within those confines of  allopathic theory, there is no real hope that orthodox medical physicians will cure candidiasis.  The first thing to do is to completely rethink our view  of the problem.

     Candida albicans is the organism blamed for the problem. It is a normal resident of the body. If you do a stool culture on a perfectly healthy person, you will find candida albicans.  If you do a culture on a person with a yeast infection, you will  find candida albicans. This has been part of the controversy about this disease. In the medical model, if the villainous microbe is present, there is disease.  Treating doctors say— see here it is, candida, that is the problem. Let's kill it and that will cure the disease! Other doctors say candida can't be the problem. It is always there! They claim since we all have candida in our systems that it can't be a problem, because in the allopathic view all diseases are caused by other  life forms are not meant to be in the body. The entire way of thinking of allopathic medicine is to find a guilty microbe and annihilate it.

     You can't do that with candida. It is always there. If you could get rid of it, it would come back.  So you run into two problems. One, many physicians won't admit that candidiasis exists because it does not fit their paradigms of thinking about disease. Second, other physicians admit that it exists, but try to treat it by eradicating the candida following allopathic theory, which cannot be done. They are right in recognizing the disease, but the standard medical way of thinking still dominates their approach in treatment. They fail in treating it because they still view the world by the medical model which fails to consider symbiosis and natural balance. If these factors are not foremost in the doctors thinking while treating candidiasis,  failure is virtually guaranteed.

     Other physicians using other paradigms of viewing and treating candidiasis have had total success in restoring their patients to health. It is a matter of proper perspective. As a measure of having this model of balance with nature built into thinking, what does your doctor do with antibiotics? When he or she gives you a prescription for antibiotics, do they also give you a prescription for normal intestinal flora to take when the course of antibiotics is finished to restore normal flora? If they don't, they are not considering the necessary balance of nature in your body.  Proper thinking regarding this balance of nature is not a common consideration in modern American medical practice.
 If we are to successfully treat candida, it is imperative that we look at our model of how life and diseases work. We must look objectively  at this disorder and its causes. If this model fits then we develop the treatment based on the model. No universal model exists in health! Life works on many planes and uses many mechanisms. We must change models for different types of problems.  There is no unified field theory that covers all the possibilities, as exists for physics. Albert Einstein finished the details of this uniting electro-magnetic, nuclear and gravity forces into one model at the beginning of this century. Albert was noted to have been a fairly bright physicist, and even his theory has some difficulties in application. The science of physics has not legislated one school of thinking into dominance by law.  We have been able to make changes in Einstein's theories as needed to make physical models fit with reality.  We have not been so fortunate in health care.

     In health there are fundamental differences in the models of disease and health held by various schools of healing. There has never been a movement in Western medicine that has made any significant inroads into the dominant theories of the different branches of physicians. Allopaths, Medical Doctors, have continued to maintain political dominance and rely on prescriptions to kill disease organisms. Chiropractors have continued to rely on balancing the nervous system to restore normal function. Homeopaths have continued to stimulate the body to respond to  conditions by providing very small doses of toxins which stimulate the body to react to the disease state.

      The allopathic system has been great at curing infectious disease. It does not work at all on other illnesses like candidiasis. The system that works for treating candidiasis works great for dealing with organisms that work in symbiosis with the body. It may not work as well with pathogens that are not in symbiosis with the body.  First, candida is always present in the body, particularly the colon. A healthy colony of candida can always be found there.   Diphtheria and other fatal disease organisms that allopathic treatments work so well to correct are not normal in the body. They are not meant to be there. Candida is. Having a massive colony of the fungus growing in profusion there is not normal, nor is it in other locations. It is meant to be in balance with the body's other flora.

     Why does this overgrowth of candida albicans  happen? In understanding why it happens, we can see how to approach curing it. Until we gain this understanding, all the treatments are no more than wild guesses. Where the underlying premise is wrong, these guesses are doomed to the total failure we have seen in modern medicines handling of this disease! The surest way to check a physician's understanding of this disorder is to ask how they are going to treat it. If they drag out their prescription pad to give you a potion to kill all  the yeast, you know that they do not understand the disease. When this happens you know you may have met the type of physician, defined by Descartes over two hundred years ago. "A physician is a person that treats a patient until they die, their money is all gone, or they are cured by nature." A doctor that does not understand the physiology of candidiasis is likely to be of very little use to you, and may do more harm than good.

     The normal anatomy, physiology and balance of life are where this disease has its origin.  Balance is the key word. In our bodies we have billions of our own cells. We also have billions of rambling microbes and other fellow travelers. Some  of these are not harmful or helpful. Some are crucial to life. Others, if given the chance, can kill or make us sick. Streptococci can damage us. Millions of types of "bugs" can make us sick, from colds to most infectious types of disease. Medicine has shined in eradicating or controlling those diseases that specific pathogenic microbes cause. This is particularly true where these organisms are not normal residents of the body. If it is a specific  microbe or a bacterium that causes the disease, then we develop antibiotics to single out and attack that life form. It dies, and the body recovers very rapidly. This is great.

     I am alive because of antibiotics. I would have died as a little kid from pneumonia, had I not had antibiotics. So I think they are great--- when used appropriately!  I have referred hundreds of patients for such therapy, when it was appropriate. For pathogenic bacteria and other disease causing wee beasties antibiotics are THE cure. They don't work on viruses, most fungi and a host of other disease causing life forms. Yet billions of prescriptions are written each year to give antibiotics to patients suffering from viral infections. This is a useless treatment! It has contributed to the increase in antibiotic resistant microbes making this terrific form of cure less and less effective in even curing infectious disease!

     Some other life forms are just sort of neutral. They cause no harm, they are just there doing their thing within our bodies. Candida is one of those. It is not a microbe. It is a fungus. It is interesting that they are one of a very large kingdom. We think of things being animal or plant. There are other kingdoms as well. Funguses are a separate kingdom. There are more types of fungus than there are mammals. They are more different than mammals as well.  There are more differences between types of fungus than there are between elephants and mice for example. Fungi include all the mushrooms, lichen on rocks, mildew and athletes foot fungi, etc. One is candida albicans. All of this life form are not animal, they are more like plants, except they do not have chlorophyl. They like animals live off other living or dead  things. They get their energy from metabolizing foods created by other living things. We all are indirectly or directly dependant on plants and chlorophyll containing life forms to live. Only chlorophyll containing organisms can take energy from the sun and convert it to chemical energy. All other forms of  life on the surface of the earth depend on chlorophyll containing life forms for  fuel for their lives. Both the animal kingdom and the fungus kingdom live off these chlorophyl containing energy sources. Most funguses live off dead things or plants.  Others live off and in living animals and plants. Every animal species developed in close proximity to these fungi. As we became who we are, they changed and adapted as well.  Candida Albicans is a specific fungus that lives on a human host.  Many other living things like Candida, living within each of us  are specifically developed for us.

     Within our bodies, within each cell in our bodies, is a specific type of bacterium. Mitochondria are bacteria that long ago developed to live within our cells. These bacteria, which are not really considered bacterium, but organelles and a vital part of each cell, are essential to life. They create and make all the energy of life for us, and pass  from parent to child. We think that since babies grow within the body of the mother, that the inoculation of this form of bacteria is more from the mother rather than being an equal mix of inheritance from the mother or father as are most characteristics. The type and genetics of the mitochondria affect the energy use of the offspring. Obesity is partially from the type and amount of mitochondria that you may have. If they are active and in large quantities, and you have "brown" fat you will be thin. Brown fat is a special type of fat that is brown, and burns energy rather than storing it. When you over eat,  then your body automatically burns excess fat taken into the body. If you have this type of fat cells in abundance,  gaining weight is difficult. We all have known people like this. They are thin, no matter what, or how much they eat. Most of us are like this when we are young. As we age, if we abuse them by binging on food constantly, these cells may die off with time. This is one reason why many people have difficulty gaining weight when they are young, and difficulty not gaining it by middle age. Others look at food and seem to gain weight from infancy on. This is one factor in weight control.

    Those people do not have good levels of brown fat or more sluggish mitochondria tend to be overweight. When they consume excess calories, they do not have billions of these little bacteria in their fat cells that are actively burning off the excess. They store it and gain weight. The only way they can maintain a lean figure is to carefully balance their intake and use of energy.

     Many other examples of specific synergistic life forms are incorporated into our being. Every cell of our bodies contains a number of mitochondria. Other organisms have maintained an independent state and live within us in a symbiotic relationship.  In the colon we all start our lives with the implantation of L bifidus acidophilic bacteria. We get this from our mother's breast when we begin nursing. It is the type of bacteria present on her breast in good health. These bacteria are vital for good health, and are the first colony of bacteria that sets up in our colons. It is present on our mother's breast because it is a bacterium specifically developed to help digest her milk.  We do not get this essential to life bacteria from pasturized of other sterilized foods.   As we eat other raw foods in a natural state,  we get the bacteria and other living things that are meant to be consumed with our food.  As babies grow they ad bacteria that are specific to beans, broccoli, squash etc.  This happens  if they eat some of these foods in a living state. If we cook everything, establishing good digestion may be difficult. It may be impossible. To completely digest  food it is necessary to have healthful, friendly flora to complete the last phase of assimilation. The presence of synergistic bacteria, yeast and other life forms within and on the foods themselves as they grow and develop in nature are important to duplicate within our digestive tracts for complete digestion. Nature never designed us to eat cooked or sterile foods. These may be safer in the short run. No harmful microbes are consumed.  Still, in the end it causes chronic disease by causing a deficiency of essential friendly flora in the digestive tract.

     It is a modern adaptation of man to eat cooked foods. This was made necessary when man began to consume animal-based foods. We  have trouble with animal products, our digestive tracts are not designed to consume animal proteins other than mother's milk as babies. Our teeth are not fangs as are carnivores. Our colons are much larger and longer than carnivores just as are other herbivores. We do not have the necessary acid in our stomachs to digest meat.  To live on these foods we  must alter them to make them digestible.   Meat and other animal products are unhealthful to eat raw. When we eat the flesh of an animal, we must usually cook it well done. Our stomach acid will not break it down or destroy the harmful bacteria as a carnivore's stomachs would do.  Cooking it well done is better, if you are going to consume meat products. The cooking denatures the proteins making them easier to absorb and causes the bacteria and most other life forms  to die helping to prevent disease.

     Cooking of vegetable source foods in not usually necessary or good. We conceived the idea of disease being spread by raw foods over thousands of years. The notion is based on consumption of animal-based foods. Animal foods do carry disease.  I bought a large set of 1913 internal medicine practice texts. In those texts they described various types of food poisoning. Food poisoning and how to treat it from fish, pork, meat, poultry, milk products etc. is described. No forms of food poisoning listed from plant sources. Those of us who become living foods vegetarians quickly learn that we just don't get food poisoning, unless we are unfortunate enough to eat in a location in which the restaurant or host prepares salads or raw veggies  following the preparation of animal source foods on the same preparation area contaminating the vegetables.

     This is not to say that a vegetable can't be rancid, poisonous or unhealthful to eat. It is just that with adequate use of the nose and a little common sense the risk was considered not worth mentioning in older medical texts before modern food processing could hide toxic food odors, tastes and appearances. In living using a diet that is closer to nature as is a raw, living vegan diet our natural instincts honed over billions of years of development come fully into play. We select wholesome, ripe, non diseased fruits and vegetables. We reject things that are rotting or look, smell or feel bad.  Our eyes, noses and senses of touch guide us to healthful appearing food sources. It is not as easy to do this when we cook these foods and change their nature by cooking or using flavor covering spices. It is almost impossible to be guided by our instincts if we use animal products in our diet.

     It is not a good idea to take into our bodies the organisms that are trying to digest the meats of other animals. Those bacteria with a little encouragement will also consume us. Clearly cancer viruses are such organisms. As all vegetables contain on and in them the necessary organisms designed by nature to return them to the soil on their deaths, so do animals. We are by design meant to consume vegetables and those organisms that come with them. In our digestive tract we, in the colon, have a large region designed for these organisms to live and help us with the digestion of the foods we eat. The forms of disease that kill plants are not often the same forms of diseases that kill animals. Plants have cancer viruses.   Animals have cancer viruses. These viruses are generally very kingdom  specific.  It is very rare for a plant virus to attack an animal. We are specifically designed to live in harmony with them.    It is much less likely that a plant virus will be designed to attack us. It is well accepted that viruses that are usually fairly species specific can make the jump between animal species. This is  particularly true  if the species are close relatives. AIDS is an example of this. It is a common virus of chimpanzees, and seems to cause them no harm. It made the jump to man, and is fatal to us.

     Others that may be more closely related carry even more dangerous diseases. The Europeans were very successful in colonizing the Americas and not at all successful at colonizing most of Africa and Asia. All sorts of reasons have been given for this. Only in the Americas and isolated island cultures did white man virtually drive the indigenous peoples into extinction. This is constantly presented in a military sense. However, our military conquest had little to do with it. American Indians tend to have very little resistance to white man's diseases. More Indians died from swine flu than all other causes. Others died from pneumonia, diphtheria and other diseases. The contagious diseases carried by Europeans inoculated into what had been an isolated human culture within a few decades erased whole cultures from the earth. So that white men came to dominate North America and most of South America both in numbers as well as by conquest. We fared much more poorly in Asia and Africa. The diseases of those areas were more lethal to us than they were to indigenous populations. In whole regions of Africa, populations were cleared off. Settlers were sent to colonize. Within a few generations the white settlers were extinct and the local populations had regrown due to the inability of Caucasians to survive in those climates with the local diseases.

     We all carry life forms within us. We spread them in our waste, breath and just by our very presence. We also carry them  in our flesh.   Long ago all successful cultures gave up eating human flesh, as a bad thing to do. There was far more than just moral reasons for this.   The diseases of other humans, their cancers, etc., are very likely to be transmissible through consuming their flesh. I can think of no cannibalistic culture which we note for good health or long life spans. It would be a natural selection that cannibalistic tribes would be displaced by more healthful tribes not practicing this diet. Serious diseases specific to cannibals  are found no place else.   Kuru Kuru is such a disease in New Guinea, where people die of this serious brain disorder, passed from generation to generation by consuming virally infected human brains. Similar neurological  diseases are found among meat eaters. There is a brain disease among sheep that has been found to transmit to some  mutton eaters. Mad cow disease is another one of these brain diseases that is transmissible to man via consuming infected meat products.

     Cancer viruses are not the only things that can come to us through the animal products we consume. Parasites come from other animals. As similar creatures these disease causing life forms may make the jump to us when we eat their original host.  Each animal has their own fellow travelers. When we die, we are returned to the soil by life forms we have within us for designed for just that purpose. We also tend to carry those chronic  disease causing life forms, that when our useful purpose here on earth is done, are intended to remove us from the living.  Cancer is a universal plant,  human and animal disease. All animals, and  all living things for that matter, have a designed maximum life span. If war, famine, accidents or other cause of death beyond the control of the immune system fail to take us with them within an appropriate amount of time, the immune system turns off allowing cancer or some other disease we carry within us to develop and remove us from life at the appropriate time.

     No reliable records of anyone living much beyond 120 years have been found. On examination most patients of great age do suffer from some form of cancer as they approach this natural limit. One theory is that we carry with us the cancer viruses that are meant to take us away when we have reached beyond our useful life span. Another theory is that we catch cancers in some way from the environment.  We have shown cancer to be a virus in all animal studies. For each cell in the body there are on average at least two viruses. The introduction into the body of viruses and life forms not native to our species  may alter the natural design of things, creating chronic or fatal diseases long before the normal design of nature. The Bittner virus associated with breast cancer may be such a virus.  It is often present in the milk of mammals..

     Eating the virus containing bodies or body products of other animals if one way to very effectively introduce them to our bodies. In consuming  animals we consume viruses and those can enter our bodies.  If they are harmful, then there is a chance of developing that viral disease. It is no surprise that the rate of cancer is much higher among meat eaters and milk drinkers than it is among vegetarians.  Some of it has to do with the general higher level of health of vegetarians due to higher consumption of fiber, no cholesterol in the diet etc. Another part of this is that vegetarians do not have the exposure to cancer viruses that meat eaters have.

     The risk of consuming an animal is greater if that animal is a closer species since all the life forms in and on that animal are by nature closer to those that effect us. In this system disease can be passed via milk and milk products rather easily. The rate of breast cancer for example is very low in non milk consuming cultures, and high in societies that drink milk. To eat another mammal or their body products exposes  you to potentially carcinogenic viruses.  This applies most specifically to tissues, such as milk from infected breast tissue causing breast disease via viral infection in susceptible hosts who consume milk.   To eat a bird is of less risk to breast tissue.  They do not have breast tissue. Fish are even  less of a risk generally. Fish are even  less similar to man with greater variation in tissue types. Their viruses are less likely to be viable in the human body. Never, however, is the consumption of animal flesh or products as safe as getting nutrients from vegetarian sources.

     Understanding this model helps to understand many diseases. However,  candidiasis was not common in vegetarians nor meat eaters a few decades ago. Now it is more common in meat eaters and milk drinkers and less so in vegetarians. It is just important that we begin to think in terms of other organisms living in harmony or non harmony within our bodies based on a natural order of things.  In all the eons that man has been consuming meat, candidiasis was a very rare disorder until after the 1940s. Something changed during that decade that caused this disease to become common.  If we keep looking at normal function, we will begin to see why. With each raw food eaten we inoculate the colon with bacteria and other life forms which work in symbiosis with using this food source. When we kill it by chewing and destroying the life force within the food, we open the door to those symbiotic life forms designed to digest this food and return it to the soil. We have a system in which we break down sugars in the mouth. Acid in our stomachs breaks down proteins. In the small intestine various solutions and enzymes are added to break down  and absorb most of the rest of the nutrients. This is not complete without the final stage of digestion in the colon! We can survive without a perfect synergetic colony of life forms in our colons. We will not feel as good. We will not be as healthful. Nevertheless, we can live a shorter, more pain filled existence.

     Other organisms cannot do this. Termites cannot digest wood. They live by eating wood. Within their digestive tracts are wood digesting bacteria. Without these bacteria they cannot live at all.  One of the sure fire ways to kill  termites is to give them an antibiotic that kills these bacteria. They then die of starvation surrounded by and filled with their natural food.  We on the other hand can digest most of the  things we eat tolerably well with our own digestive juices. We do not die if our colonic flora is off balance. We just do not live as long or as well.  Every vegetable or other food you put in your mouth will have residues reaching the colon. Nature intends us to greet these residues with a healthful colony of bacteria designed to complete the digestion process.  There will always be residues however that will not digest without this helpful flora, and I have no idea how many of mankind's serious illnesses are directly related to imbalances in this flora.  I am sure there are many. Candida is one.
 No herbivore or omnivore digestive system is designed to break down all the nutrients in the food. The consumption of raw not sterilized foods is important to create and maintain this second line of digestion in the colon. In the colon these residues of our foods go through a final sweep to remove nutrients and manufacture others for our use. How we do this is that there is supposed to be a healthful colony of bacteria in the cecum which breaks down the food still further and makes products useful to the body from these residues.

     The effect on health is shown by explaining a common misconception about vegetarians. It was taught earlier in this century,  that vegetarians could not be healthful because they needed meat to get all the necessary nutrients to survive. This has not proven true at all. However partial vegetarians or those who do not have healthful flora in their colons do need supplementation. Vegans, who consume no animal products, do not. The use of products containing antibiotics kills some essential flora in the colon. Without that flora surviving as a vegan is impossible. One essential nutrient is vitamin B-12. This is not a vegan vitamin, and our own bodies do not make it any more than termites make the enzymes necessary to digest cellulose. It was taught in our health universities and colleges that unless vegans took B-12, they would develop pernicious anemia and die. Then along came the 60s and 70s. Thousands became vegan, eating no animal products. I myself have not had any animal source foods for more than six years nor have I taken any B-12 supplements. If we did not have, nor could not make B-12, all of us should have developed deficiency symptoms. In fact the exact opposite happens. Those of us who are  living foods  vegans rarely have any nutritional deficiency symptoms. The key to this is that friendly bacteria in the colon make vitamin B-12. We absorb this B-12  into the body. We develop no deficiencies of this vitamin due to a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our colons. Perhaps we have more in common with termites in our digestive needs than we realize.  We also almost never have candida infections, unless our doctors give us antibiotics and we fail to restore normal balance following this therapy.

     This was one of the first great clues as to the cause of candidiasis. Living foods vegans can get it— but only if exposed to exogenous antibiotics. It just doesn't happen with us unless there is a cause in our environment that is not usually there.  Another clue was the timing of the introduction of antibiotics to allopathic medical care. Antibiotics were developed and began to be commonly used in medicine in the 1940s. This was just when candidiasis first became more than a very rare medical occurrence. Then in the 50s and beyond, a tidal wave of women's yeast infections began. That epidemic continues today with even more symptoms attributed to candidiasis. What changed?

     Well, first, obviously, the introduction of antibiotics paralleled the rise in yeast infections. In fact initially a prescription for antibiotics directly preceded almost all yeast infections.  Yeast infections  followed a course of antibiotics by a few weeks. It was not until much later that women and others began to have yeast infections when their physicians did not give them a course of antibiotics. If we look first at the first cases, we will understand the main mechanism.

     What do antibiotics do? They kill bad microbes. Well, they kill microbes, good and bad. When as a child, I was dying of pneumonia, my doctor gave me penicillin shots, I was well and back at school playing with my friends in a few days. Those shots killed the pneumonia bacteria in my lungs. I lived. Viva antibiotics! I like it here, and in no way oppose proper antibiotic therapy. What else happened when I had these antibiotics? One thing was that I had an increase in abdominal discomfort. My allergies got worse, etc.

     Antibiotics have ranges. Most antibiotics don't just kill pneumonia causing bacteria, they kill all sorts of related bacteria. Penicillin was a very broad scope killer of bacteria. It kills them everywhere. Where would these bacteria be? Many live in the colon. Normally  several pounds of healthful bacteria live there waiting for food to be broken down. When you take antibiotics many of these are killed. All antibiotics, to the best of my knowledge, do kill some colonic flora. They always cause an imbalancing of the natural process in this area. Following a course of antibiotics you should always take acidophilous and eat a lot of raw veggies to restore this lost bacteria. Antibiotics imbalance the flora in the colon. Candidiasis is a disease caused by this imbalance. What they do not kill is yeast. Most fungi are very resistant to antibiotic therapy. So that when you take antibiotics the other bacteria are killed. The candida albicans, which is normally present in a  small quantity, survives antibiotic therapies. Nature abhors a vacuum. If you destroy all the other bacteria, then what is left multiplies and grows to fill the void. This is why candida infections follow antibiotic therapy.

     It is only slightly more complicated than this. The candida in the colon multiplies because we need it to digest foods present in the colon. The ratio of candida to other bacteria becomes very skewed. This is in the colon. If it remained there digestion and colonic function would be altered, but the vaginal infections would not be such a big deal. However, the immune system and the candida also have a relationship. When they exist in a small quantity in the colon, the immune system sort of tolerates them there, but does not allow them to grow well in other locations. However when they profusely take over the colon, this  alters the  response from the immune system.

     The immune system is sort of like an analogy of the calvary and the red men. Out rides the calvary looking for Indians to round up. They can't find any on the US side of the border, so they slip across into Canada. An Indian pops up on the top of a hill wearing a red coat and yelling disrespectful remarks about the soldiers. The commander sends two men to get him. He disappears over the hill, followed by the troupers. A few minutes later he is back, yelling again. The commander dispatches ten troupers to get him. The same thing happens. Then over the side of the hill crawls back one of the troupers shouting---- "Go back, there's a bunch of Canadian Mounties over here, and the Indian is one of them!!!!" This is followed by a quick retreat back to the US side of the border and a general order to stay on US soil and leave that Indian and anyone else in a red coat  alone.

     The immune system puts up a huge fight against foreign invaders of the body. It tends to make a general respond, like sending in a few troupers,  to small invasions unless a mug shot of the invader has been filed from a previous engagement. If such mug shots exists, then the immune systems command centers make decisions. If the mug shot is of a known bad guy, it starts an all out attack. If it is of someone to leave alone, like the Indian in a red coat,  it stops all the responses.  It also tends to give up if there is a message from some monitoring station that there are too many invaders within the body too fight off. This happens if there is just too much infection or a growth is too large to handle. Another situation is that the body sets levels of tolerance.

     The example of the Indian in a red coat is appropriate.  We as a nation do not round up Canadian nationals in Canada. Treaties are involved.  We get in all sorts of trouble if we ignore their laws in their country. The immune system may mount a huge response no matter what the local situation, if it is within the jurisdiction of the body. However if the body views the situation as being on foreign soil the situation is different. The immune system is no different.
 We have to set different levels of response depending on the situation and the situation both within and without the body. We also have an area of foreign territory deep with our bodies. The body has set up a system in which the immune system controls its responses based on the activities within and without the body. The skin and external organs are loaded with immune tissue and maintain an active and hostile response to all invaders that enter the body through these unauthorized channels. Then there are internal immune stations that respond to internal situations.   The colon is major among those monitoring stations. It is very rich with sensing membranes that check all the proteins in the colon and report these back to the immune system command centers. This is a very special point of interpretation. The colon is the end of the production line for general discharge of the bodies by products and indigestible waste.

     The anatomy of this area is very clear, as is the design of the immune tissue. The relationship of this to immune response has been observed by many colon therapists and alternative doctors, but has not been the subject of that much paid scientific investigation in recent history. Dr Otto Shellburg MD, past president of the New York Medical Association's book on colonic irrigation written in 1923 has not been improved on that much in the intervening years. His description of colonic flora is as complete as any modern texts I have read.  Most of us in clinical practice having practiced colon therapy have clinically observed activation or deactivation of  immune responses following colonic irrigations. It is why many of us believe the colon is an important key to health. It is why its function has such an important effect on the treating of  infectious, allergic, abnormal tissue growth and other disorders related to immune system dysfunction.

     The colon immune system is  sequestered. It generally has no incoming contact with the outside world. The colon is on the end of the digestive tract. It is not naturally in contact with the environment. The body has processed the contents of the colon and these are ready for release. Checking its contents is a good diagnostic indicator of the function of the body, just as checking the exhaust in an automobile tells  how the car is running. The contents of the colon are very much an indicator of how efficiently the body is working and whether it needs a tune-up. Setting the response of the immune system from this rear echelon position makes this a logical place for setting the  response levels  of the immune system. It is also an area that is within the body, but is also excluded from the body. Any thing that has made it thorough the GI tract to this point is not very susceptible to attack by the digestive system. So it is a good monitoring system for the body to judge what level of response is appropriate to proteins found in the colon.

      The walls of the colon are lined with an extensive system of immune system monitoring cells. These cells report back to the control systems of the immune system all the bioactivities in the colon, but do not try to police them as they would if they were within the tissue of the body.  Candida being there does not mean it will be tolerated in other locations. The problem is that when  an overgrowth of candida in the colon   reaches a certain, reporting cells send the message that they are being overwhelmed. At that point rather than fighting back the immune system tends to say— hey, there are too many of them.  It turns off its response to that particular bio entity. When the body does this it also does it in other areas, including the tissues of the body the immune system stops destroying candida.  Our Indian friend in a red coat can then safely move about and set up colonies in Canada or the United States.  At that point      the body develops the disease of candidiasis. It is not the result of candida albicans being present in the colon. It is the result of TOO MUCH candida albicans being present in the colon. So that our physician friends that said here it is, it is the cause of the disease, were partially right. The physicians that say the presence of candida albicans cannot be blamed for the disease were right as well. It is the quantity that makes the difference, not the presence. Frankly other than doing a colonoscopy with scrapings of the colon, I can't think of a way to do a good analysis of just how much and where this overgrowth of candida in the colon must exist in order to trip the switch and turn off the immune systems response to this life form.

     What is much easier, and less costly, is just to treat it. It is one of those diseases in which the cure is both less harmful, and cheaper than spending the money to diagnose it. If in fact you have candida, or a yeast infection based on this fungus, treating it is easy. You should get better in a few weeks. If the diagnosis is wrong, you will just be healthier for having undergone the treatment.  It is one of those wonderful treatments that just generally makes you healthier, and is a good idea to do even if you have no symptoms. It takes us back to the first law of good heath care. "Physician do no harm." The treatments I use and recommend for candidiasis have no negative effects.  I have never seen a patient have any negative reactions to our treatment of this disorder. Every patient has had an increase in vitality and good health as a result of the treatments!

     A large part of why we have been involved in this treatment is that the colon is the key to treating this disorder. The immune system centers a large part of its tuning or response setting mechanism here because it is at the end of the line of the bodies assimilation and elimination system. It is not supposed to be exposed to the outside world. Normally everything flows down and out through the colon. However, there is an opening. It can be quite open to invasion from below. Reflex, and conscious thought protect it. We all resist the invasion of our hinder most parts unless we make a conscious decision to allow this. It is very possible to choose to alter the contents and function of the colon by rectal infusions. The colon is designed to be easily filled and washed by artificial means. In doing this we can consciously change the levels of bacteria and the ratios of these bacteria. We can remove, most, but not all, of the flora and encourage a new beginning.  Those who use enemas or colonics to treat disorders like candida, colds or allergies notice an almost instant alteration of symptoms on clearing the colon.

     This is how we treat candida! I, when I owned a colonic irrigation clinic, accepted referrals from several medical doctors for treating this disorder.  In every case we treated we had good results. However, the treatment is only part of the cure. We had a simple routine of diet and colon cleansing. Every patient so treated was better within two weeks if they followed instructions.  If you had candida and came to my office, we could help you get over the symptoms and get rid of your current episode of candidiasis. Those symptoms could return at any time if you did not change the causes in your own life that were the cause of the problem. So that the treatment part of this is of much more minor importance once the system has been restored to optimal than is the correction of lifestyle.

     How did I, a  chiropractor, with a colonic machine, have a total change in symptoms for my patients when the great halls of medicine consistently fail with treating this disorder? It has to do with the paradigm of healing we spoke of earlier, and a more comprehensive understanding of the physiology of the GI tract and immune system. It was never my purpose to prescribe a pill which was intended to kill all the candida. I never intended too, nor ever did sterilize all the evil fungus from any person. My paradigm of healing is to help the patient live in balance with nature.  Restoring balance and balance function is a common goal of most chiropractors. It underlies the philosophy of chiropractic adjusting. We adjust the spine to allow better communication with the peripheral and central nervous system. The body then has better communication with the body. It responds more correctly to the environment.

     All  chiropractors who have mastered the art of adjusting have seen this happen many many times. We adjust the spine and arteries that were causing migraine headaches by being over dilated, and not performing as designed, contract, and the headache goes away. We adjust the spine and feeling returns to limbs that were numb because of nerve impingement, or pain goes away, or the bronchi of the lungs open. We know what to expect from a specific adjustment but there is a ripple effect. We  never know exactly what will happen over the next few days following an adjustment, except that those changes will be positive. We do know that whatever we do in freeing nerve pressure on the intervertebral foramen.  We know  that the body will take that improved function and do what it wants to  bringing itself into better alignment with nature.

     This same paradigm of healing applies to treating candidiasis. The goal is not to destroy bad guys. It is not to eradicate candida. It is to restore balance and function, so that the body can take that new balance and heal itself. In fact the most common reason patients came for treatment of candidiasis was persistent vaginal yeast problems. I never did any treatment of the vagina, which was the source of their complaint. I only sought to balance the flora within the body. The patients own body corrected the vaginal problems once the balance of nature was restored in the colon. We never examined or directly treated any vaginal yeast infections, but they all subsided following treatment because the body returned to its normal state.

     Our treatments consisted of diet and colon cleansing. The diet of sixty years ago did not cause any significant incidence of candidiasis, whether the patients were meat eaters or not. This is no longer true. We know that antibiotics cause yeast infections by destroying normal flora and allowing the overgrowth of candida albicans. It is that simple. However, the boys down at the chicken farm did not get the message.

     From the 1950s on yeast infections began to occur in people who were not taking antibiotics from their doctors. You don't have to take antibiotics in pill form any more! All you have to do is drink milk, use dairy products or eat domestic animals! After World War II, some enterprising veterinarian, thought to themselves, "If antibiotics kill and prevent bacterial disease in humans, what about animals?" They do work to prevent disease in animals. Chickens and other animals placed in coops or stock yards, packed in like sardines, are rather susceptible to disease. In fact, animal-based foods were too  expensive for massive consumption, in earlier generations because we could not raise them in such close proximity.  Chickens and poultry for one, required a lot of space because they tended to catch diseases and die if packed too tight. The use of antibiotics on whole chicken farms and other locations, in which animals were packed together, made it possible to raise large concentrations of animals on very little land. This is why we can eat more animal-based foods in our nation than any other people have done in the history of the world, outside the arctic regions.

     However, that meat is treated with antibiotics. Never has such a food been consumed by humankind before. Well, actually, it may be treated with antibiotics. Poultry is the most common source of antibiotics, but it is very erratic. The FDA says that farmers are allowed to introduce a specific amount of antibiotics to their flocks in their feed. They are supposed to add this each day and measure it carefully. If you ever find a farmer that does this, let me know. We could build some sort of monument to him or her. What farmers do in practice is watch their flocks. If they are healthful, they ad no antibiotics to the feed. If they start to get sick they ad buckets of antibiotics to the feed until they are infection free again. This is the most sensible way to do it. If you do it routinely then the tenancy to develop antibiotic resistance strains of disease organisms increases greatly. This is done with all domestic animals to some extent. The problem is that you may eat chicken for a year and have no problem. Then you eat one piece that contains enough antibiotics to kill all the bacteria in Los Angeles, and you get an out break of vaginitis or other candida problems. There is no way to know when that is going to happen, so I promise my patients that if they continue to eat domestic meat or milk products that candidiasis will return. Sometime it will just happen, when they buy that one piece of chicken or carton of milk loaded with antibiotics.

     Step one eliminate all milk and domestic animal products. I personally am a strict vegan and do not eat fish, sea food or wild meat. It is just too high a protein food to be healthful, and against my religion generally. Still, wild food does not have antibiotics in it. It is permissible when you are considering only candidiasis. The elimination of all this range of foods and being sure that the patient is not on a prescription for antibiotics at the moment, insures that they should not be killing off the flora as we try to rebalance it.

     This rebalancing requires the consumption of as much of our diet as possible in a living uncooked form. Vegetables and fruits consumed in their living state have all the friendly bacteria on them to establish colonies of good bacteria in the colon that will aid in their digestion when we eat them. If we must cook them, we should at least eat some raw, to help inoculate the colon with these bacteria. This is especially important with those foods commonly eaten, as the colon must constantly deal with these. Another way to be sure that the colon has healthful bacteria is to predigest some foods in their own juices, there by growing a larger colony of these bacteria before consuming them. This is kraut. Old German and Eastern European kraut is fixed just this way. Cabbage, etc., is digested in its own juice and eaten fermented. This food contains a great deal of healthful live bacteria and should be taken occasionally, especially if  still consuming cooked, dead food.

     I make my own, and will share my recipe: Please try this at your own risk. I use it for myself and my children. I guarantee that it contains bacteria! Bacteria can be harmful. If you do this and something goes wrong, it can. Don't eat it if is doesn't smell like kraut. I do not make any representation as to its safety as considered safe by the allopathic model of a safe food and most local and state regulations regarding safe foods!

     I take a starter. You always need a starter that is an old jar of kraut in which the bacteria are well developed. I save one from my last batch each time, and mix this in. Without a starter you may have some strange bacteria take over the kraut. Again use your nose. If it doesn't smell like kraut, assume  it is bad. What I do is to take a reasonable amount of fresh cabbage heads. I use both red and green cabbage. I shred these in a food processor, along with dill weed. I put in  cucumbers  sliced and quartered to make small identifiable pieces. The bacteria you are seeking to develop are acidophilic. They like acid. So if you do not acidify the mix it may go bad by developing another bacteria. To acidify it I use lemons. I use as many as a dozen or more lemons, depending on how much I am making. I juice these, peel them and throw in the white pulp, minus the seeds. Then we mix this throughly in a large container. I use a diaper pail, unused for its designed purpose of course. The top of this is about right for a large plate to fit in the top and go down into the diaper pail a few inches.

     After this is all mixed, you ad water to cover the mix. It is very important that you use no chlorinated or other water containing any chemicals. The purpose of this whole exercise is to grow healthful bacteria. If you kill the mix with chlorinated or purified water, just throw it out! A little too much cleanliness here, can ruin the whole thing. If you want to sterilize jars for holding that is fine, just be sure that all the chlorine, etc., is well removed before filling them. DO NOT STERILIZE THE KRAUT! This includes cleaning the containers etc. Do not use any antibiotic cleaners or chlorinated water to scrub the kraut containers or anything that is to be used to prepare the food.

     Ok now after adding spring or distilled water to the mix to cover the kraut. I put a plate on top and mash it down so that the water comes over the plate. Then I put a heavy jar or rock or anything to hold the plate down so that the water level stays above the plate. The bacteria that are healthful in the colon are anaerobic. That means existing in the absence of oxygen. By covering it with the plate and then weighting it down this forces all the air out of the mix, and the plate, which needs to be a close fit with just a little space around the edge so that carbon dioxide and other gases can escape, makes an air seal. I put a cloth over the top to keep out insects etc., being sure that it is not in the water, but covers the top of the diaper pail.  I usually add a little more water on top and sit this aside.

     It is a guess when this mix is ready. You want the kraut to "soften" but not rot before you bottle it.  It will develop a sweet krauty smell as it brews and the bacteria grow. It bubbles as anaerobic gasses are released. The first day or two, I tend to go push on the rock to ad pressure and watch the bubbles around the plate. Make sure that the water stays over the whole container. Sometimes it will swell the first day or two and rise out of the water, you want to prevent this by leaving enough room for expansion at the top of the pail. Ad more spring water if it tries to rise over the next few days. In cold weather in the kitchen it seems to take about a week to ripen. In warm weather it takes about three days. Again, it is not how much time it takes but when it ripens. I would begin to worry if it takes over a week.

     My key has always been when it seems right, or the rock sinks. When it gets really soft, I always use a gallon jar of something in water, when the kraut ripens and softens my jar sort of falls in. When this happens, bring it out, take off the top plate etc. Throw away the top layer and the water over the plate, and a little below it to be sure that any kraut that may have been exposed to air is discarded. Usually any area that is bad will discolor. Then take the healthful  bacteria rich kraut, put it in quart or whatever size jars you want and seal them, put them in the refrigerator, and they will last up to a year. When bottling be sure to mash the kraut down and put more spring water if needed to fill the jars and cover the kraut so there is no air visible in the kraut. Kraut it alive. It generates carbon dioxide, so it is naturally carbonated. If it gets warm it will expand and push out gas, and juices. If the tops of the containers cannot be pushed up it may break the bottles. Refrigeration prevents this. They must always be refrigerated once cured.

     This stuff tastes great with baked potatoes. It is a bit strong straight, but can be eaten that way. Consuming it occasionally is healthful for everyone. It is a raw, living food. Again I ad no salt to my kraut when preparing or storing, but I do salt it with sea salt before I eat it to taste. Salty kraut taste good, but if you ad it during preparation, this inhibits the growth of the bacteria. If you have candida this will give your intestines a good dose of healthful bacteria. If you have to take antibiotics, be sure to eat this in quantity when the course of pills is done, and throughout the course, so that the colon may function as normally as possible. This will load the colon with friendly bacteria when the antibiotic treatment is over, and is a great way of preventing candidiasis.

     I believe, most healthful cultures use some sort of fermented vegetable kraut as part of their diets. Again if you are a living foods person, you are probably doing fine without it, but it is good to have it when you are sick, or are using any sort of antibiotic medications. If you cook foods or especially if you eat any animal products consuming living kraut on a routine basis is very important. It cost about a dollar or two per quart to make this kraut. It you want to buy it there is a zing kraut from a manufacturer in Santa Cruz, California, that I think is great. I use this as my starter. You can buy it at some large health food stores.  In order to maintain a healthful colonic flora, it is necessary to keep restocking the pond. These living foods are a vital way to accomplish this.

     Next, before the jug is filled, it must be emptied. I never try to eliminate all the candida albicans. However, I do want to bring the quantities down, and replace them with healthful flora. The medical model is to do this with Nystatin, an anti yeast prescription medication. I don't personally favor this. Those patients I had referred to my office for colonics by their medical doctors were on nystatin. They got well. So did the ones that were not on nystatin. The single key that I found to be needed was not a bio-chemical killing of the candida, but a physiological removal of the bulk of it.

     The colon is the main site of candida albicans. It may be present in the rest of the body, but it is possible for pounds of it to be present in the colon. If this is removed and replaced with normal flora, the body's own immune system should turn on and remove the candida from other locations like the vagina. Colon cleansing is very important!  The colon is wonderfully designed to be at once sequestered from the environment, and capable of being painlessly washed out with injections of warm water.  If you just change your diet and eliminate the sources of the antibiotics you should get better. This can take years, as normal flora battles it out with the large colony of candida albicans in the colon trying to reestablish itself.  If you want to shorten this recovery time and go back to a normal life in a few days or weeks rather than years, it is necessary to remove the candida from the colon.

     The overgrowth is always in the cecum or the far end of the colon just where the small intestine empties into the colon. To remove the mass of this material, it is necessary to wash this area. To do this it is necessary to fill, dilate and gently stretch the cecum with a good fill of water. You can do this with a large warm enema, and repeat it taking at least three good enemas per session, or you can do colonic irrigations.

     I strongly recommend the colonic irrigations for this. Many things can be done by enema. Unfortunately most of us have difficulty taking a good cecum fill alone in our bedrooms or bathrooms. Long before we ever develop personal values of courage and valor, we all learned the importance of holding the contents of our bowels. Toilet training comes before almost everything else. A brave soldier that will hold his or her position when the onslaught of enemy soldiers threatens their very lives, will often turn and run for the safety of the toilet seat when their enemas are only half done. It is a natural response.

     Half-done enemas cannot treat Candida. It is very important that the colon be completely filled. If you have a spouse of friend to administer these enemas, their help may make a huge difference. Most people do not have the will power to take such an enema without the encouragement of a coach or nurse. It is important as well that that nurse understands the process and sees to it that it is carried to completion. It requires a pact between nurse and patient before the water begins to flow that the enema will continue until the colon is well filled.  Only then, when the cecum is well dilated and filled with water does the treatment via removing the candida overgrowth begin. An enema fills 4/5ths of the colon but does not stretch and dilate the colon in the lower right quadrant is not effective in treating this disorder. Alone this may be difficult to do, and for some patients it seems impossible with enemas.

      Colonic irrigations real shine in the treatment of candidiasis. The therapist works you, filling you gently and emptying you as they wash the entire colon many times during the forty-five minutes to an hour that you are on the table. I have read that a bad colonic is worth a dozen good enemas. In treating candida, I believe this is absolutely true. What you want to do in treating candida is throughly wash the cecum and colon. It is necessary to remove as much of the contents of the colon as possible. Nothing does this as efficiently as  colonic irrigations.

     In doing colonics for more than twenty years, I know colonics. In my clinic, we start with the patient on their side and give them about three good fills with much pumping to remove the feces from the lower bowel. Then they turn on their back. I fill them until they are absolutely full, then release this water into the drain. I should point out that the biggest physical difference between a colonic and an enema is that with a colonic, you don't have to rush to reach the commode after being filled. With colonics the hose  has an outflow and an inflow. You  fill. Then with a flip of a lever all the water is drained out. You have all the excitement of struggling to hold it as an enema. This is followed by the pressure being completely gone and your colon being empty!

     Following washing out the rectum, sigmoid and descending colon you are  on your back, we massage your colon while the water fills it. Most patients blow up like a water balloon, then empty profusely into the outflow. I  do this about four to six times with 103 degree Fahrenheit warm water, then switch to cool, 80 degrees. I do a single large fill with this water. This cool water causes the colon to contract and further cleans the walls more than you could ever hope to do with an enema. We bring the temperature rapidly back to 103 for about three more good fills, then it is over.

     A typical colonic involves a dozen or more full fills of the colon in one session as compared to one with a good enema in less than an hour. The effect of removing the bulk of the candida albicans is significantly better with this form of colonic than it is with enemas. This is the ideal way to remove the candida from the colon. It is, in my opinion,  more powerful than a good series of enemas.  All the cases of candida I treated had three colonic irrigations a week for two weeks. All of them got better.

      I had one patient that  had symptoms for two years with erratic results even though he was on a good diet. On barium enema examination we found that he had a pocket in his colon at the cecum. This pocket apparently held a colony of candida albicans that he developed following a course of antibiotics several years earlier. He had constant relapses. We did a barium enema which showed the pocket, then took care to fully fill his colon,  massaging and emptying the area of this pocket during his treatments. He completely recovered within two weeks.

     The cleaning of the colon through  use of enemas can be done, but again, it is requires reaching   the limit of the colon's capacity. It also requires  a series of enemas at least every other  day, having a series of three good full filling injections in a session,  for three days a week for the two weeks.  I do not guarantee as good a result as  would be had with the active care of a skilled colon therapist. As well you will need to schedule at least two to three hours for these sessions, rather than an hour if you must do the cleansing via enema.

    It takes about ten minutes do get your enema in. You will need to hold it for another ten. After that it can take up to half an hour to fully expel a good enema. It is common to let most of it out, then walk around a little and go back for more expelling. This leaves a few minutes to rest between enemas. You should have some juice to keep your mineral balance up. Enemas in series tend to be tiring. It seems they shouldn't be. All you have to do is lay quietly on your side while your nurse fills you, then continue to lie quietly for  another few minutes, then sit on the toilet letting it run out. It doesn't seem like much effort. It is. Finishing a series of enemas feeling absolutely wonderful, at peace and exhausted is typical. After the enemas it is common to lay down for a short rest, only to wake up hours later.  Colonics are just as exhilarating, but  not nearly so tiring.

     If you cannot use a colon therapist, read my chapter on how to give an enema. This is posted at my web site,   Better yet have your spouse, other family member or friend read it and give  your enemas.  I do not recommend the solo enemas in treating candida  unless this absolutely necessary. My  recommendation is to go to a skilled colon therapist. If you cannot do this find someone that is willing to give you good maximum capacity warm enemas. Before you start you can both agree that the treatments  will be a good full filling enemas, and will not end until your colon is comfortably and completely full.

     I think that these treatments have a bonding value with families.  Enemas are usually the terrain of the mother in the home. In a family the giving of a good enema is a very loving and motherly act. A child having taken and released a good enema should always feel mothered, cared for and loved. It can also be the act of a loving and caring husband,  other family member, or friend. The same is true with colon therapists. During their care of patients a trusting relationship develops with most patients. I don't know how many hundreds of times a nervous frightened patient entered the office unable to make eye contact. Then we chatted and they opened up during and after the procedure. They left smiling with that same soft look in their eyes that one has for an old friend known since childhood.  The clearing of the colon peals through all the layers of growing up to reach that early age of holding on to please mommy. It can reach memories of begging her to stop at the next filling station so you can go potty. These emotions can reach very deep.

      The effect on candida is very clinical and efficient. The effect on the home in which the wife's or husband's yeast infections are obliterated with the steady comforting hand of their mates encouraging the through filling of their colon takes them to a place of trusting them to care for their bodies as if they were a two-year-old attempting to earn their first training pants. It  can deepen trust   on many levels. Shared colon therapy  can help a family become closer on every level. As well the loss of the yeast infections these treatments and the changes in lifestyle that families must make to bring back health, often restore love.

     Candida is a personal disorder that can devastate marriages. It can leave gentle loving people wild and unbearably irritable with the itching of this disorder. It is a disorder created by one of our most effective medical treatments and its massive over use. It is also very treatable simply by returning to a healthful diet. Raw food vegans again don't seem to have the disease, or many other diseases common to modern man. Simple treatments known to man for thousands of years like colon cleansing are effective in the relief of many conditions. We live in a strange world. The more complicated things get, the simpler the solutions are sometimes. You just have to have the right paradigms. Sometimes in our modern world we educate ourselves so far from the truth that we cannot see simple facts. And the more educated the person is, the more often they seem to be unable to see these simple truths. We adopt paradigms, like modern allopathic medicine, in which pills or surgery replace food, simple therapies like enemas and colonics and right living. This is obviously wrong thinking. It is the reason that candida is so curable by simple natural measures, and a total enigma to so many highly educated physicians.

     In this article as well as my others, I have always been critical of the modern medical paradigm of allopathy. I should here make sort of an apology to those who hawk this system. I think it is wrong in many settings. I think it is useful in emergency room medicine and the treatment of defined infectious disease, etc. I do find the way of thinking useless in the treatment of most chronic disease, and those diseases that are now the great killers and disablers in the first world. Pills, drugs and dope are the expected thing to do. They are what sells. Those who sell the most pills drive the best cars and have the nicest homes.

     Teaching people how to care for their own bodies and those of their loved ones really doesn't pay very well. I believe it is partially a conspiracy with massive marketing and "educational" pressure to convince the people that pills are the answer, that pills, drugs and dope are the way to feel good and be healthful.  The buyer still has to beware, even in today's society. Our medical doctors in pushing prescriptions to kill the candida are in essence doing only what the market demands. The farmers pouring millions of gallons of antibiotics into the food sources of this nation are doing only what the market demands. If you line up with your children in front of the drug vendors buying them pills for every complaint as well as having a medicine cabinet full of pills and potions yourself, then you are contributing to the problem. It is because we as consumers buy these things that those that sell them have the power and the money to drown out the truth about every other form of therapy.

     If you have candida, get well. Go natural. Quit buying pills that won't work to correct the problem. Quit buying meat and dairy products that cause the problem and get well! When you go to the pharmacy for help, go right past the pills, vitamins and elixirs and go to the enema bags. They still have these in most American drug stores, hidden down on a bottom shelf. You will probably have to ask a sales clerk where they are. It may cost you as much as $16.00 to buy a good enema bag. Buy two— the good fills needed for treating candida rarely take less than two quarts so your nurse will have to switch bags mid fill.  So for $32 and a box of baking soda you have the cure for your candida in hand. As well for the next ten years you can treat the majority of the other ails that may hit your self or your family---- at no additional charge. This is pretty cheap when you realize that the last time you went to the doctor for an infection, you may have paid that much per pill for the privilege of developing the candidiasis in the first place!

     This works not only to help you get better.  It works to change the world. When the idea of doctors washing their hands between patients was discovered, there was resistance. During the last century women strongly resisted going to the hospital to have their babies. They had good reason for doing this. A very high percentage of maternity patients died of infections when they had hospital births. It was far safer to have babies at home, in the street, almost any location other than a hospital. A Hungarian doctor, Dr. Ignaz P.  Semmelweis MD, observed in 1847 that if he washed his hands between patients, that this infection rate dropped. The accepted medical practice at the time was to go from patient to patient with the surgeons hands dripping with blood and other body fluids. It is quite easy to see how this lack of cleanliness would spread pelvic infections in maternity wards now. In the 19th century the modern medical practitioners did not recognize it at that time.

     They were rather displeased with this hand washing idea and eventually had Dr Semmelweis put in a mental institution where he died of an infection from a cut. Fortunately the cat was out of the box. Patients had learned that if they made their doctors wash their hands it stopped infections. They forced medicine of that era to adopt sanitary techniques in treating patients by electing to go to doctors that would wash their hands.  If you vote with your dollars to buy treatments that work— the professionals will follow.  Enemas and colonics have been opposed by modern medicine just as they once opposed washing their hands between patients. Neither of these resistances to simple cleansing measures by contemporary physicians have had any scientific support. They opposed washing hands between patients because it was a new idea, not profitable and inconvenient.  They have opposed enemas and colonics because they are an old idea, not profitable and inconvenient.

     Public opinion forced a change in the thinking of physicians regarding cleaning their hands largely because scientific understanding of microbes and disease followed the clinical observations of Dr. Semmelweis and others. Enemas and colonics are very necessary treatments in relieving candida and many other conditions. Earlier physicians knew this from clinical observations. However, they did not have the knowledge of physiology, microbiology and the function of friendly bacteria to support their observations. Now we do.  We must continue to practice colon therapy. It corrects hundreds of conditions, as it does  candida. Eventually when enough people set up a howl demanding better quality colon  care from their doctors, there will be an interest in learning about colon therapy and colon care for better health by the medical profession. As new ideas which are not really profit motivated like cleaning of hands and equipment can come from new knowledge and force medical institutions to change, so can old treatments like enemas and colonics. Our understanding of diseases and health is expanding. As it does, the case grows ever stronger for the proper use of colon therapy in promotion of health and treating disease.

     Now is not the time for complacency in this, however. It has been more than sixty years since medical doctors have  been trained doctors in this area. In their lack of knowledge in claiming to be experts in this area, they have been responsible for some rather unscientific and illogical actions.  In California in the early 1990s the medical association thought the time was right to make it a felony to give an enema, or for a non medical physician to give a colonic irrigation.  Had they succeeded in this, the most effective way of treating candida would have been illegal.  The resulting political back lash ousted the state representative  who proposed the bill from office. This happened even though she had received a substantial donation from the medical association to her campaign fund. Some state legislators said this was the largest public outcry they had seen in many years. We have seen no more such foolish legislation proposed since then, because this one political test showed that the people use enemas. The people opposed making them illegal! The use of colon therapy can grow and become important again if its clinical uses are known, and we  reject ineffective treatments.

     If we as a people continue to reject antibiotic soaked meat products, or better yet just stop buying animal products  altogether, there will be an outcry. There will be increased subsidies to keep these farmers and their supply lines in business, but eventually, they will wash their hands and enter new industries. We will all be the better for it.

     No one needs to have candida. With changes in diet you can forget ever having had it. If we as a society reject the causes of the disease, your children and their children may not even recognize the word.

back issues

Enemas & Childbirth
Colds & Flu
Colitis & Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The Wedding Ceremony

upcoming issues

Allergies & Auto Immune Disorders

Reprinted from Colon Therapy Journal, June, 1999

Order NOW!!
Click here to order online

$5.95 for back issue of Candida  to:

Lifeknox Publishing
PO BOX 65130
Vancouver, WA 98665
United States of America

Dr Knox has also written a 344 page book on Enemas & Colonic Irrigation to view those please go to the sites below.

To read chapter Enema Procedures click here

Click here to go Love Thine Enemas & Heal Thyself

To read article  Child Birth and Enemas click here

To read article Colds & Flu click here
To read article Cancer click here
To read article  Irritable Bowel Syndrome click here
To read article Constipation click here

To read article The Wedding Two Week Ceremony click here

To order on line click here