by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Consultant
“Die-off” is a casual term used to describe the mass death of pathogenic organisms residing in the body. Die-off is known to create a myriad of symptoms. Some medical doctors recognize die-off, but are more likely to refer to it as a Herxheimer reaction.
What causes die-off?
Individuals with Candida Related Complex (CRC) have an overgrowth of yeast in their bodies. Once Candida yeast populations in the intestines and/or systemic yeast levels have grown to the point that they cause symptoms, it is crucial to a full recovery that the yeast population is reduced to normal or even, for susceptible individuals, to below normal levels through the use of an anti-Candida diet and supplementary anti-fungal agents. However, there is a challenging ‘catch” involved with this essential strategy. Living yeast cause symptoms by releasing toxic metabolic by-products into your body. Unfortunately, as you kill them they will temporarily release even larger amounts of these toxins.
by T L Cornish, CNP
“Die-off” is a slang term used to describe the phenomenon that accompanies any significant death of pathogenic organisms in the body. This effect is especially noticeable when candida yeast are killed off by anti-fungal use. This happens because their by-products or mycotoxins are released most when they die. If too many yeast are killed at once (due to agressive anti-fungal treatment), transient problems arise. Mycotoxins are known neurotoxins so increasing the levels too dramatically at one time can produce both physical and emotional/mental symptoms. Generally speaking, most people experience die-off as an exaggeration of their existing candida-related symptoms or as worsening of chronic health conditions.