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Is it possible to fix Candida and thyroid issues while on a VLC ketogenic diet?

Answered on August 25, 2014
Created March 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I am a 21yo male. About 1.5 weeks ago, I started a very restrictive modified ketogenic version of a GAPS/SCD diet, for the purpose of helping some severe chronic neurological and gut issues. Some of the problems that I intend to address by this diet include extreme brain-fog, fatigue, neurotoxicity from mercury and Lyme disease, postprandial fatigue and poor blood sugar control, slow transit time/bloating/constipation, and gut inflammation (shown by a colonoscopy). I blend all food together and eat it in 3 meals every day. The diet looks like this:

  • 65-70% calories from fat (mostly as MCT and coconut oil, also some macadamia oil and fermented grass-fed heavy cream)
  • 25-30% calories from protein (easily digestible unsweetened protein from gelatin, hydrolyzed whey protein, pea protein isolate, colostrum powder and some raw grass-fed lean beef)
  • <5% calories from carbs (<20g) (as well-cooked broccoli/cauliflower and leafy greens)
  • powdered ginger, turmeric, phytonutrient extracts, creatine, apple cider vinegar
  • additional trace minerals and micronutrients including adequate sea salt, potassium and magnesium
  • probiotic supplement
  • no sweeteners or additives, minimal PUFAs, everything is organic/grass-fed/"natural" (although unfortunately protein powders are a processed food)

So far, I have noticed some moderate improvements in energy stabilization and cognitive function, although the past few days have been inconsistent. So far my GI symptoms have not improved at all, and I am just as constipated and bloated. I have tried many different treatments since I got sick a few years ago, and so far nothing has helped significantly. Since this is one of the only changes that has improved my energy at all, I would like to continue with this diet and see what happens. However, I have some potential concerns:

  1. My doctors think that I probably have Candida or some other fungal overgrowth, along with my other problems. According to Paul Jaminet of PHD, ketogenic diets can worsen Candida symptoms and cause systemic invasion (see comments here).
  2. I currently have low T3 (but respond negatively to treatment), low BP/low pulse (40s)/low body temp (95s at wake), dysregulated cortisol levels and "adrenal fatigue" symptoms. These are among the main problems that I am trying to fix, but I have read many accounts of ketogenic diets worsening symptoms of metabolic damage. So far, my body temp and heart rate have decreased to some extent while on this diet, which is the opposite of what my doctors and I are trying to accomplish.
Question: Is there any way that I could potentially fix Candida overgrowth and thyroid/adrenal/metabolic damage while I continue this diet? Or, will a ketogenic diet impede my ability to successfully treat those conditions?

Thanks!

Note: I wrote some more details about my condition and history in my post in the comments on the PHD website.

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on April 19, 2014
at 01:53 AM

chance of these enzymes reaching the colon is absolutely miniscule.OP is better off taking cycles of antifungals

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on March 16, 2014
at 04:19 PM

I've tried intermittent fasting with an 8/16 pattern. I also did a 72h fast with nothing except coconut and MCT oil. I generally feel somewhat better in a way after I fast for a while, but it seems to worsen my adrenal symptoms afterward, so I don't think it's something I should continue.

I supplement with 10,000IU/day Vitamin D, which gets my 25-OH Vitamin D to around 50 ng/mL. I also supplement with Vitamin K as MK-4 and MK-7, along with Vitamin A from a multivitamin and occasional beef liver.

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on March 16, 2014
at 06:57 AM

Have you tried intermittent fasting along with supplementing with Vitamins A, D and K?

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on March 16, 2014
at 02:51 AM

@Alex0 - let's continue the conversation privately. I tried adding my email address to my profile but the system didn't seem to reload my profile. So, go to WildAboutMath.com/About, scroll to the bottom of the page, and there will be an email address for me. Once I get an email from you I'll delete this comment.

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on March 16, 2014
at 02:40 AM

I'll try posting at the Yahoo group, but I'm not sure if there's anything I can I can do until I figure out a way to fix my bowel function. Since you have experience with the protocol, any thoughts on how to remove mercury from the brain as soon as possible with minimal risk for further damage? Do you use ALA+DMSA, ALA+DMPS, or ALA only?

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on March 16, 2014
at 02:33 AM

@Sol Thanks for the advice. I never had any fillings, but before I got sick I used to eat salmon every day. Salmon is relatively low-mercury, but I can't think of any other sources of exposure. I know that I have the ApoE-3/4 genotype, which increases risk for mercury neurotoxicity. I also have methylation defects and other symptoms of impaired detoxification, so maybe this played a part. A urine DMSA provocation test showed high mercury and lead, and I experienced a long-term worsening of neuological symptoms after taking the provocation dose of DMSA. My hair test was also high.

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on March 16, 2014
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As a bit of an aside, I chelated with a bastardized version of Cutler's protocol more than a dozen years ago when I had severe brain fog and a trembling left hand. I didn't know what I was doing, I was impatient and I'm sure I mobilized metals from my brain to elsewhere in my body. Yet, dumb as I was, I cleared both the brain fog and the trembling hand. Fast forward a dozen years and I'm experiencing a different kind of brain fog. So, I'm going back to Cutler's protocol but with much more patience, more experience with self-healing, and respect for the protocol this time.

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@Alex0 If you've not consulted with the folks in the frequent-dose-chelation Yahoo Group, I'd recommend it. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/frequent-dose-chelation/info. Someone in the group might have a suggestion. Folks in the group have lots of experience with fungal infections, constipation, diet, and your other symptoms. You also don't want to chelate if you have silver (mercury) fillings. I agree that you want to have regular bowel movements when chelating otherwise you're mobilizing metals and redepositing them elsewhere in your body.

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on March 16, 2014
at 01:48 AM

I've tried few rounds of Cutler's protocol with DMSA and ALA, but my brain fog, fatigue and malaise always gets much worse along with heart palpitations. I think this indicates that mercury might be behind many of my symptoms, so I want to try to get rid of it as soon as possible. However, I've read that it's a bad idea to chelate if you have constipation and slow transit time, because a lot of the mercury will be reabsorbed and cause further damage. One of the reasons why I'm following such an extreme diet is because I want to fix my gut as fast as possible so I can try chelating again.

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on March 16, 2014
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Have you looked into Andy Cutler's chelation protocol? If you have a large load of heavy and toxic metals you'll want to do something to get them out.

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at 12:25 AM

Thanks for the idea. I currently supplement with 2.5mg/day Lugol's solution along with selenium. I've gone as high as 50mg/day of iodine to see if it made a difference, but it never affected my thyroid lab results or symptoms.

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on August 25, 2014
at 04:00 PM

Hello Alex, I am curious, how did the diet turn out for you ?

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on April 18, 2014
at 07:31 PM

YES! It might speed up the "clearing" if you add a natural Candida "cleanse" product for your local health food store. Go natural. I have used Pure Candex; natural enzymes that break down the cell walls of fungi and yeast. The tricky part is you may have to stay on both the diet and treatment for many months to be sure that you got rid of all of it. Many folks stop after a week or 2, and WHAM are hit with a huge candida re-growth. VERY unpleasant. Good luck!

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on April 19, 2014
at 01:53 AM

chance of these enzymes reaching the colon is absolutely miniscule.OP is better off taking cycles of antifungals

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on March 16, 2014
at 12:02 AM

Supplement with Iodine slowly and increase the amount you take. Iodine is very useful in terms of infections since the immune system uses it and can help you with your thyroid problems.

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on March 16, 2014
at 12:25 AM

Thanks for the idea. I currently supplement with 2.5mg/day Lugol's solution along with selenium. I've gone as high as 50mg/day of iodine to see if it made a difference, but it never affected my thyroid lab results or symptoms.

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