This Month: Q & A with Ann Boroch

Ann Boroch, a naturopathic physician and certified hypnotherapist, is our guest expert this month to address more of your questions about yeast overgrowth and reclaiming your health

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Q: I have struggled with systemic candida for 7 years. What type of antifungal do you recommend? How long should I take it? Should I rotate different ones every few days to reduce chances of developing resistance? Should I do internal cleansing before taking the anti-fungal?

A: We recommend a 5-point anti-candida plan:

  • Diet and exercise
  • Take supplements
  • Avoid chemical exposure
  • Address emotional issues
  • Work with a caring and knowledgeable health professional

So, as you can see, you have several options for your starting point.
I recommend first talking with your physician to see if Diflucan tablets followed by a course of Nystatin for three to four months would be a good match for your body.

With antifungal remedies, I recommend slowly increasing the dosage to the therapeutic level so that the body can keep up with the toxins being removed.

For example: Take one nystatin pill daily for the first 3 days, then increase to one pill twice daily for 3 days, and then go up to the therapeutic dose of one pill 3 times daily.

I do not find it necessary to change your antifungals every other day. In my practice, most patients are changing up after a month and some patients stay long term on the same product. Every person’s body is different, so it is best to pay attention to how you are feeling to make those adjustments.

In addition, begin using the supplements in the Anti-Candida Starter Package. The starter package includes:

Probiotics: Delivers 1 billion live organisms into the intestines to help re-establish and maintain good intestinal flora and colon health.
Physician’s Candida Formula: Supplies Pau d’arco, caprylic acid, oregano oil, black walnut, grapefruit seed extract, garlic and other ingredients to help inhibit the proliferation of Candida albicans.
Digestive Aid: Supplies your body with a combination of 14 enzymes shown to help maintain healthy GI levels
Physician’s Foundation Formula: A complex of dietary supplements to maintain a healthy immune system
Liquid Calcium with Magnesium, and
a copy of both The Yeast Connection Cookbook and The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health.

It is not necessary to do an internal cleansing before you begin taking the supplements. However, you must make sure that your elimination pathways are open before you start taking an antifungal.

Start by drinking 2-3 cups of red clover tea daily to cleanse your blood, liver and kidneys.

Make sure your bowels are moving daily.

The Probiotics will assist you with this. If you are still constipated, add a gentle herbal product to stimulate your bowels. We like Naturlax #3 by Nature’s Way. Use this product until you feel your bowels are moving on their own. Both red clover tea and Naturlax #3 are available at health food stores. A popular brand of red clover in teabags is Alvita. Some stores carry the herb in bulk. To use it in bulk, put 1 tbsp of the herb in a small tea ball and steep it in boiling water for 15 minutes.

Since 75% of your detoxification process takes place in your lungs, daily deep breathing is essential. Exercising and dry skin brushing will help your lymphatic system move the accumulated waste out of the body faster too.

To dry skin brush: buy a natural vegetable fiber brush at your local health food store. Before you shower each day brush your skin dry by starting with your feet and legs brush your strokes up towards your heart. Brush 3 or 4 strokes in the same place before moving to other sides of your body. Every stroke moves towards the center of your chest to the heart. From your back brush upwards and then down your shoulders towards the heart. Do not brush your face, but softly brush down your neck towards your heart, and softly brush the breasts towards the center of your chest. Brush for about 2-3 minutes. Dry skin brushing equates to doing 20 minutes of aerobic exercise for your lymphatic system by getting rid of toxins and waste.

Q: Can a long term yeast infection affect kidneys?

A: Yes, yeast and its mycotoxins can affect every organ and system in your body. Your genetic vulnerability is the determining factor. So, it is essential to confront yeast overgrowth vigorously from many different angles at the outset. I’ve described the methods above.

Once you’ve addressed the supplement issues, it’s essential to follow a lifestyle (diet, exercise, supplements, emotional health, and maintenance levels of medications) to prevent future episodes of yeast overgrowth. This will enable you to maintain a strong, healthy immune system and keep a healthy balance of microorganisms in your body.

Ann Boroch is a Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, educator, author, and inspirational speaker. Ann has a private practice in West Hollywood, California specializing in allergies, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances and autoimmune diseases. She is an expert on the silent epidemic, candida yeast overgrowth. For more, visit her website at:

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