Treatment Overview

Clean the Colon to Check Candida

By Andrew Gutauskas and Monica O'Kane

The diet of the average North American consists of food that is over processed, low in fiber, and high in refined sugar. We also consume large amounts of red meat, dairy products, and wheat. According to a 1977 Journal of American Medical Association article, this kind of diet results in fewer "friendly" bacteria in the intestinal tract. Furthermore, many of us eat too much, too often, and we mix too many different kinds of food at the same meal.

These and other factors can cause a thick coat of mucus and impacted food residue, which combines to form on the walls of the large intestine. Not only does this encrusted matter contribute to further dysfunction of the colon, but, according to Bernard Jansen, D.C., in his boldly illustrated book, Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management, disease actually begins here because toxins are absorbed to cause malnutrition of our body cells while absorption of nutrients is prevented.

Candida albicans, a normal inhabitant of a healthy colon, prefers to live in this toxic filth where it is warm, putrid, and lacking in oxygen. Consequently, this family of yeast does well in most colons. In many cases, as noted by Trowbridge and Walker in The Yeast Syndrome, they become so prolific that they escape the confines of the intestinal tract and cause havoc throughout the rest of the body.

According to a research pioneer, C. Orian Truss, MD, in a paper published in a 1978 issue of The Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Candida albicans proliferates in the intestines because of several factors, including stress, lowered immune system, antibiotic overuse, oral contraceptives, and use of cortisone or prednisone. It can change from the harmless non-invasive, sugar fermenting yeast like organism to the mycelial, or fungal, form with long, root like structures that can penetrate the membrane lining of the digestive tract.

If an individual can restore proper colon hygiene, the Candida will, instead, retreat to their former subdued state. Dr. David Soil, a University of Iowa biologist reported in a 1985 Science magazine article that Candida albicans is capable of changing from benign to virulent and change back to benign. In many cases, when the Candida returns to the benign form, the immune system will clear Candida from the rest of the body. Without paying close attention to the restoration of proper colon cleanliness, the immune system will be forced to continually battle Candida and its toxins.

So a clean colon is essential in the battle against Candida, and the accumulation of filth here can be decreased, if not eliminated, with proper dietary modifications. First, adapt these nutritional steps:

  1. Eliminate refined sugar and refined, bleached, chemically treated flour;
  2. Eliminate meats treated with synthetic hormones or chemicals;
  3. Eliminate hydrogenated fats (such as that which exists in peanut butter, baked goods, margarine, etc.);
  4. Reduce fats (use those rich in Omega-3 --fish and olive oils);
  5. Eat fresh and raw vegetables**
    ** For more complete diet recommendations, see the WholeApproach® Diet Pages

Eat nothing unless it will spoil or rot, but eat it before it does so. At the grocery store, shop at the outer fringes of the building, avoiding canned, packaged products. Exercise regularly.

Next, eliminate colon toxicity. This can be accomplished by using two natural agents, Psyllium and Bentonite. Neither one is absorbed into the system, but rather, each absorbs and then expels toxic materials in the feces.

Psyllium (pronounced "silly-um") is a seed, grown commercially in India. Its husk is used as a bulk forming laxative in numerous products, and Constance Kies, PhD, in a 1982 issue of Prevention wrote, "As it absorbs water in the digestive tract, the Psyllium expands, stimulating and speeding up elimination." Psyllium also looks as though it is a cholesterol fighter, as Kies found in an experiment with healthy volunteers whose cholesterol levels dropped, on average, from 193 to 168 when they added Psyllium to their customary diets.

Gastroenterologist Jack D. Welsh, MD at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, noted in the June, 1982 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that Psyllium entirely prevented the expected gas pain and nausea. If Psyllium seed powder is added to the husk powder in the proper ratio, the preparation becomes an intestinal cleanser. The Psyllium seed fragments are very hard; they tend to scrape away at the toxic plaguing on the walls and clean it away over a period of months.

Bentonite, a volcanic ash, acts toward toxic material as fly paper does with flies when processed into a very fine liquid suspension. The unique properties of Bentonite were reported in the Medical Annals of the District of Columbia in June of 1961 by Frederick Damrau, MD, who established that Bentonite adsorbs toxins, bacteria, and viruses both in laboratory dishes and in humans. Because Bentonite, itself, is not absorbed, whatever it adsorbs is removed in the feces. This includes miscellaneous intestinal poisons and toxins generated by Candida albicans.

The restoration of proper colon hygiene using this method takes anywhere from three to 24 months, depending on the age and condition of the individual. Caprylic acid can be added to help reduce the Candida albicans. Its anti fungal properties were the subject of a 1961 Japanese study at the Niigata University School of Medicine and were reported in the Japanese Journal of Microbiology: "....the fungicidal effect of Caprylic acid on C. albicans was exceedingly powerful." It was also noted in journal, "Caprylic acid exhibits the most remarkable fungiastatic and fungicidal properties of all the normal saturated fatty acids with even numbered carbon atoms studied. The fungicidal activity of Caprylic acid depends upon the concentration of the acid, the period of contact, and the pH of the media."

Traditional Caprylic acid preparations exist as capsules or tablets, but the one we prefer is liquid Caproyl. This was designed to take advantage of other health benefits of oleic acid from Safflower oil and to interact with the Psyllium to amplify its fungicidal effects far beyond what Caprylic acid has traditionally offered. We recommend that liquid Caprylic acid be mixed with the Psyllium powder, Bentonite, and water to be taken orally once or twice daily.

As the Psyllium gel presses up against the intestinal walls, some unique and beneficial things occur:

  1. the liquid Caprylic acid is released into the intestinal wall at a rate determined by the gel, not by the intestinal pH conditions, which vary widely among individuals. Consequently, results are predictable; consistent, and favorable. Caprylic acid is slowly released through the entire length of the intestinal tract.
  2. As the gel rubs itself against the intestinal wall, it acts as a paint brush in delivering the liquid Caprylic acid to the intestinal wall. Not a square millimeter of wall is missed through the entire length of the intestines.
  3. Because the Candida albicans micro-organisms are buried deep into the toxic accumulations on the intestinal walls, access to them is difficult. But the bulking action of the gel forcibly rubs liquid Caprylic acid into the filth and onto the Candida.

Liquid Caprylic acid, dispersed in a Psyllium gel, will rid most people of major yeast symptoms in three to eight weeks. If these people really want to improve their health, however, or merely stay well, they will need to continue to eradicate the originating site and cause of the problem. They will need to clean up their intestinal environment. While other colon cleansers may be touted, we know that over a period of many months, using the Psyllium/Bentonite mixture once or twice daily and adding the liquid Caprylic acid every fourth week for five consecutive days will clean out a colon and keep the Candida in check.


Andrew Gutauskas is a licensed pharmacist in Canada engaged exclusively in the dietary supplement business since 1980. In 1986 he developed the above approach to addressing candidiasis.

Monica O'Kane is the author of Living With Adult Children: A Helpful Guide for Parents and Grown Children Sharing the Same Roof. She is also the mother of eight grown children and was chapter president of AT LAST. Monica recently retired from Acu-Trol, Inc., a distributor of health products.