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Treatment Comparisons

Comparison of Nine Products Commonly Used for Candida Treatment

Overview of Product Effectiveness

In order to provide a general overview of each products effectiveness Table A2 was created as a way of combining the separate pieces reported in the subsequent pages.

This scale was created by formulating a ratio of positive to negative responses for each product. If the product was seen as providing “significant and lasting improvement” and if the user “discontinued its use because I am well”, the response was viewed as positive. Negative responses were: “improved at first but did not last,” “no change in symptoms” and “discontinued because of side effects.”

A score of 1 indicates an equal ratio of positive to negative responses.
A score greater than one indicates a positive ratio.
A score less than one indicatesa negative ratio.

According to the respondents, the four most effective products were Caproyl, Acidophilus, Bentonite Magma, and Psyllium. These four products had positive effects that outweighed their negative effects. The products that came out least effective according to this scale are Candida Extract, Garlic, Nyzoral, Nystatin, Monistat and Diflucan, with Candida Extract being the least effective.


Overview of Product Effectiveness
Based On Positive Responses divided by Negative Responses (Table A2)

Product
Number of Users
Overall Effectiveness
Caproyl 42 1.92
Acidophilus 45 1.72
Bentonite 43 1.66
Psyllium 45 1.47
Diflucan 10 .33
Monistat 14 .30
Nystatin 27 .30
Nyzoral 13 .27
Garlic 27 .23
Candida Extract 10 .12

Product Ranked By Respondents That Caused Significant Improvement That Was Long Lasting (Table A3)


Product
Number of Users
Overall Effectiveness
Bentonite
43
42
Psyllium
45
40
Caproyl
42
40
Acidophilus
45
24
Diflucan
10
20
Nystatin
27
15
Nyzoral
13
15
Monistat
14
14
Garlic
27
11
Candida Extract
10
10

The three products that brought about the most significant improvement that was long lasting were Bentonite (42%), Psyllium (40%) and Caproyl (40%). Nystatin and Nyzoral were rated effective with long-lasting effect by only 15% and Candida Extract was least effective (10%) compared to the rest of the other nine products listed.


Product Ranking Perceived To Bring Improvement, But Symptoms Came Back After Some Time.(Table A4)


Product
Number of Users
% Indicating Improvement with Recurrence
Monistat
14
42
Nystatin
27
41
Diflucan
10
30
Psyllium
45
29
Caproyl
42
26
Bentonite
43
23
Nyzoral
13
23
Candida Extract
10
20
Acidophilus
45
11
Garlic
27
11

Monistat (42%), Nystatin (41%) and Diflucan (30%) were ranked the highest out of ten products as ones that gave only short-term improvement, and where symptoms recurred after sometime. This question of temporary improvement in some ways could reflect the fact that regardless of the product used there is some degree of recurrence. There are other variables other than product effectiveness that could cause a recurrence of symptoms, such as poor diet, stress and lack of adequate rest. The question was intended to identify the products that caused a recurrence even while they stayed with the recommended diet and were not suffering undue stress. It is not clear, however, whether respondents understood this and therefore the results of this particular question could reflect either situation.


Ranking Of Products Perceived As Causing No Change in Symptoms.(Table A5)


Product
Number of Users
% Indicating No Change in Symptoms
Nyzoral
13
30
Candida Extract
10
20
Diflucan
10
20
Nystatin
27
19
Garlic
27
15
Monistat
14
7
Bentonite
43
5
Acidophilus
45
2
Psyllium
45
2
Caproyl
42
0

Candida Extract (40%), Garlic (37%), and Nyzoral (30%) were three products that were tried by our respondents but ranked highest as ones that did not bring any change in symptoms. Bentonite, Psyllium and Caproyl (5-7%) ranked lowest, especially when viewed in light of the following Table (II, A6). Most of the time that these products were taken, they were effective in reversing symptoms.


Ranking Of Products Respondents Indicated They Discontinued Because of Side Effects (Table A6)


Product
Number of Users
% Indicating Discontinuance  Due to Side Effects
Nyxoral
13
30
Candida Extract
10
20
Diflucan
10
20
Nystatin
27
19
Garlic
27
15
Monistat
14
7
Bentonite
43
5
Acidophilus
45
2
Psyllium
45
2
Caproyl
42
0

Among the products used by respondents, Nyzoral, Candida Extract, Diflucan and Nystatin (20-30%) were discontinued most often because of side effects. Caproyl, Psyllium, Bentonite and Acidophilus and Monistat (0-7%) were discontinued least often due to undesirable side effects.


Ranking Of Products By Users That Have Discontinued Products Because They Are Well (Table A7)


Product
Number of Users
% Discontinued Because They are Well
Caproyl
42
24
Bentonite
43
23
Psyllium
45
22
Acidophilus
45
18
Nyzoral
13
8
Garlic
27
7
Monistat
14
7
Nystatin
27
7
Candida Extract
10
0
Diflucan
10
0

The best products, i.e., ones that respondents took until they were well enough to discontinue their use were Caproyl, Bentonite, Psyllium and Acidophilus. Nearly a fourth of all respondents who have used one or a combination of these products could claim that at some point they achieved full recovery. Of the people in our study who used Diflucan and Candida Extract, none could claim they got well enough to discontinue their usage. Of the 27 people who used Nystatin, only 7% could claim they were well.

It is to be noted that this survey was sent only to individuals who have recovered, and therefore these findings are significant to the extent they reflect which products were most effective in bringing about a long-lasting recovery.


When Improvement Was Perceived

The following table lists products that were rated as most effective in controlling Candida Albicans systemic Overgrowth (CASO), the length of time it took for improvement to be perceived and total length of time it took for symptoms to clear completely.

Table A8 data is given only where three or more respondents provided information. Ranking Of Products Based On Length Of Time It Took For Improvement To Be Perceived And Total Length of Time Until Symptoms Stabilized (Table A8)


Product Number of Users
Length of Time for Improvement to be Perceived (in Months)
Total Length of Time Until Stabilized
Psyllium (19)
2.13
11.11
Bentonite (19)
2.22
14.19
Acidophilus (17)
2.79
16.11
Caproyl (18)
2.84
11.62
Nyzoral (14)
3.3
13.3
Nystatin (11)
7.95
23.46
Garlic (3)
10.3
14.00

Psyllium and Bentonite were rated as providing the earliest signs of positive changes in symptoms. These indications came in slightly over two months on average. Caproyl, Acidophilus and Nyzoral showed improvement within approximately three months. Improvement with Nystatin and Garlic took from eight to ten months in general.


Thirty-five percent of those respondents who had taken either Psyllium, Bentonite, Acidophilus or Caproyl claimed they felt relief within a week. While Caproyl was viewed as taking slightly longer to take effect, both Psyllium and Caproyl were the only Products where symptoms stabilized within one year. Nyzoral was seen as stabilizing symptoms earlier, on average at the 13th month, with Bentonite (Magma), Garlic, and Acidophilus following closely for 14 to 16 months.

Nystatin was seen as bringing stabilization only after approximately two years.

As to all the above listed products, it took a range of one month to three years for symptoms to stabilize to the point they could discontinue usage. Approximately one fourth of them could claim they were stable within one to three months after using these products.

People recovering from CASO experience periods of remission and exacerbation. During periods of exacerbation when symptoms recur, they resume the use of anti fungal agents and colon cleansers. Table A9 reflects our respondents choice for preventive maintenance as well as to control recurrences.

Extracted (with permission) from the book:
Conquering Candida With Acupuncture And Natural Therapies
by S. Colet Lahoz, R. N., M.S. East West Clinic
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 Copyright pending 1994

Ranking Of Products Based On Users That Continue To Use These Products For Preventive Maintenance And When A Recurrence Of Symptoms Occurs (Table A9)


Product
Number of Users
% Currently Using This Product
Acidophilus
45
49
Garlic
27
37
Psylliuym
45
36
Caproyl
42
33
Bentonite
43
30
Diflucan
10
20
Nyzoral
13
08
Monistat
14
07
Nystatin
13
07
Candida Extract
10
-

The three products that brought about the most significant improvement that was long lasting were Bentonite (42%), Psyllium (40%) and Caproyl (40%). Nystatin and Nyzoral were rated effective with long-lasting effect by only 15% and Candida Extract was least effective (10%) compared to the rest of the other nine products listed.