What is the WholeApproach® Candida Protocol?
The WholeApproach® Protocol is a five-phase natural product protocol that has been successfully used at the East West Clinic in Minnesota for the treatment of Candidiasis (a systemic yeast overgrowth also known as CRC – Candida Related Complex). You can read about the WholeApproach® Protocol on this web site and in more detail in the book, “Conquering Yeast Infections, the Non-Drug Solution for Men and Women” by S. Colet Lahoz (Director of the East West Clinic). The WholeApproach® Protocol is based on the core program developed by Andrew Gutauskus, a Canadian Pharmacist and CEO of Attogram Corporation. All products listed below are available in the WholeApproach® Store.
What are the five phases of the WholeApproach® Protocol?
The first two phases of the protocol utilize a colon cleansing drink that starts treating the candida where it originates, in the colon. The drink consists of three products that are described below. Because of its powerful absorptive and cleansing impact, it has been affectionately dubbed, the ‘Purge Drink’. This drink can be continued throughout all phases of the protocol.
PHASE I – First three months: The ‘Purge Drink’ is made up of the combination of liquid Bentonite, Psyllium husk & seed blend, water and Caproyl (liquid suspended caprylic acid.) A high quality Acidophilus Probiotic Blend is taken separately on an empty stomach. The Attogram brand is superior to other brands in effectiveness as well as ease of mixing without getting too thick or lumpy and is the best initial cleanse. The Attogram Psyllium Husk and Seed Blend is smooth mixing, high quality, contaminant-free psyllium product. When mixed with the Bentonite liquid it is an important support during the initial colon cleanse because it soaks up mycotoxins that are produced as the yeast and fungus are killed off. This results in a much more comfortable cleanse with the minimum Die Off symptoms.
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Acidophilus Probiotic Blend
PHASE II - Fourth through 6th month: Use Nutribiotic Liquid Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) combined with liquid Bentonite, Psyllium Husk & Seed Blend and water. Nutribiotic GSE is another potent broad spectrum antifungal. This is combined with the other ingredients in Phase One and replaces Caproyl. If, after the first three months on Caproyl, you can claim to be improved up to 80%, you may take this mix once a day on an empty stomach, otherwise, continue taking the mix twice-a-day at the same times you took the Caproyl mix.
Oreganum Plus Supreme Wild Oregano Oil (antifungal, antibacterial) can be used in place of the ProSeed GSE in Phase II if the GSE is not well tolerated.
PHASE III - Seventh through 9th month: Use Kolorex (Pseudowintera Colorata), also known as Horopito. Read more about this product in the online store. Take Kolorex and SBX (the new probiotics known as HSOs or soil-based beneficial bacterial) with food and continue with acidophilus as needed on an empty stomach..Unlike acidophilus, soil-based probiotics are not indigenous to the human intestinal flora. However, they are present in the flora of those who eat a diet high in raw, naturally grown fruit and vegetables as they populate the surface of soil grown foods. They are more resilient than acidophilus and can survive in higher temperature. In addition, they do not need refrigeration and can even survive a high ph GI tract. Their benefits are complementary to those of supplements of indigenous probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus. For more information, click here SBX to access the online product brochure.
If you feel you still need the added cleansing of the Bentonite/Psyllium mix, take the mix one hour before or two hours after the Kolorex/SBX/food.
Taking the Kolorex and SBX with food will now allow for absorption into the blood stream, hence cleansing other organs such as the liver, the lungs and other organs and systems that may be harboring Candida toxins or the Candida itself.
PHASE IV – Tenth through 12th month: Use WholeApproach® Olive Leaf Extract (active ingredient is oleuropein) and SBX. WholeApproach® Olivir is 100% natural and is antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial with the added benefit of being an immune system builder. It works by stimulating your body’s protective cells (phagocytes) to ingest foreign matter. Studies show that this compound has the ability to penetrate infected host cells and irreversibly inhibit viral replication. Dosage: Take one (500mg) capsule daily the first week and increase one capsule per week up to four caps a day. Take it with food and take it with SBX.
PHASE V – Thirteenth through 15th month: NOTE: ProSeed Triple Yeast Defense has been discontinued by the manufacturer. UGN replaces ProSeed Triple Yeast Defense in Phase V. UGN is combines 3 powerful natural ingredients in a unique effective formula: Undecylenic Acid, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Neem. Undecylenate is an antifungal derived from castor oil; along with Neem and GSE. Dosage: Take UGN with food and SBX. (See UGN information at www.wholeapproach®.com)
NOTE: Variations of the above sequence may be done according to your experience. For example, there are patients who claim that the best cleansing they experienced was with Phase I, utilizing the Attogram products, and may do a rotation wherein they go back to Phase I every other time. Example: Phase I followed by Phase II, and back to Phase I before using Phase III, etc., until symptoms are felt to be under control.
Why rotate the antifungal?
According to Colet Lahoz: “The antifungals have to be rotated to address the pleomorphic nature of fungi. Pleomorphism is a phenomenon wherein an organism can change forms in order to survive. Fungi can change to its many forms but does not stay in the new form; it can switch back and forth to its original form. Therefore when treating Candidiasis, one has to use various types of anti-fungals. I am suggesting the 5 types described here because in my clinical trials they proved most effective compared to others.”
How does the Cleanse Protocol work?
Your intestines are part of a long tube running between the entrance (your mouth) and the exit (the other end). The medical community has long considered anything inside this tube to be technically OUTSIDE the body – it may pass right through without ever being absorbed.
This may be compared to using rubber gloves when washing dishes. The gloves are in the water and the hands are in the gloves. But the hands are not in the water, although they are surrounded by water.
Candida lives in your intestines in small numbers under normal conditions. Technically, they are living OUTSIDE of your body.
The average North American consumes 60 to 100,000 pounds of food in a lifetime – most of which is over-processed, low in fiber, highly-refined carbohydrates, with large amounts of red meat, dairy products and wheat. This diet promotes poor digestion and sluggishness in the intestinal tract which causes all manner of unfriendly micro-organisms (including Candida albicans) to proliferate out of control.
These micro-organisms produce gas and toxic by-products which irritate the wall of the large intestine and, along with other factors of declining health, weaken it and cause it to balloon out into tiny sacs called diverticula.
Being at right angles to the flow of intestinal contents, these tiny pouches collect fecal matter which then stagnates and putrefies. It is estimated that 80% of the population over 40 has diverticulosis.
Furthermore, over a period of years of faulty diet, the walls of the large intestine become coated with a thick layer of mucus and impacted food. The average North American is carrying around 9 to 12 pounds of impacted fecal material.
Especially the diverticula, but also the coated walls, provide excellent conditions for the breeding of Candida albicans fungus – warm, putrid, lacking oxygen, protected. For all practical purposes, these breeding grounds are outside the body. They are not in living tissue but next to it.
The immune system is powerless OUTSIDE of the body. You can strengthen your immune system with supplements such as Q10, Echinacea, barley grass, essential fatty acids, trace minerals, thymus, and beta-carotene, but the best that it will do is to knock off the Candida and/or their toxins as they invade from their intestinal headquarters OUTSIDE your body. You will always be fighting them and feeling less than 100%. Some people will feel miserable.
Similarly, homeopathic Candida Albicans will “program” the body to rid itself of Candida. It has no effect on areas OUTSIDE the body.
Garlic, Nystatin, pau d’arco, stabilized oxygen should work outside the body – IF they can penetrate the impacted fecal matter in order to get to the Candida.
So what is the Solution?
Get rid of the diverticula and the fecal matter impacted on the walls of the large intestine, OUTSIDE your body. Destroy the Candida breeding grounds and candidiasis will disappear with it.
It’s that simple. Unfortunately, this can take many months to accomplish – but not a bad deal considering it took many years to get that way.
(Also see our “Treatment Overview” page on this web site.)
How will I feel when I start the program? Will I be able to go to work?
There is no way to predict whether one will experience “die-off” reaction and to what degree. While some immediately notice positive effects such as increased energy, better mental focus, better elimination, etc., others may experience fatigue, noticeable brain fog, mental confusion, constipation and/or diarrhea or flu like symptoms. Die-off (Herxheimer) reaction can occur during the first few days or weeks of your treatment program. When a large number of Candida is killed off during the initial period of treatment a great amount of toxic material is suddenly released. This can produce certain uncomfortable effects such as flu symptoms (stuffiness, headache, general aches, diarrhea), skin rashes, vaginal irritation/discharge, or even something unusual such as numbness in the legs or mental confusion. The exact symptoms are neither important nor do they lend themselves to explanation. The die-off reaction normally lasts from one day to one week and can come and go throughout the program (especially during the first week of a new Phase of the program).
If symptoms are severe at the outset, it may be necessary to cut back on the amount of Caproyl which is added to the “mix” from 2 tsp down to ¼ tsp or even less. When symptoms subside, increase gradually over a few weeks to the recommended maximum dosage.
One of the features of the Attogram program is that the normal die-off reaction, if any, is relieved to a very great extent by the detoxificant action of the Psyllium and Bentonite components.
Does the Phase I “mix” taste bad?
The products have a rather bland taste. The psyllium component will thicken if you don’t drink it quickly. It’s much easier to drink it immediately after mixing (it’s not something you want to sip on).
How long will I need to be on the program?
The duration of the program will vary with each individual. It takes as few as three months to stabilize people who suffer mild to moderate, short-term candidiasis. Children under 20 years of age also respond to this therapy in a shorter time. Patients who have severe, long-term candida infection may take one to three years to get well. The symptom assessment test on the WholeApproach® website may help you determine the extent of your yeast overgrowth.
How long will the Introductory Package last?
The estimated time range before you need to reorder the products is anywhere from 3 – 8 weeks. Dosage amounts will vary with each individual, depending on severity of symptoms, die-off, age, weight, etc. Complete mixing guidelines are included with each order.
Will Caprylic acid tablets work as well as liquid Caproyl?
The following is from the book, Conquering Yeast Infections, the Non Drug Solution for Men and Women" by S. Colet Lahoz about the Caproyl: Caproyl, containing liquid caprylic acid (3600 mg per oz) and oleic acids, is a broad spectrum anti-fungal agent against Candida albicans and other fungi.........Caprylic acid’s antifungal properties were the subject of a study at the Niigata University School of Medicine in Japan: "the fungicidal effect of caprylic acid on Candida albicans was exceedingly powerful...Caprylic acid exhibits the most remarkable fungistatic and fungicidal properties of all normal saturated fatty acids with even numbered carbon atoms studied.
This information about caprylic acid's powerful antifungal properties was reported by the Japanese in 1961. However, not until two decades later was it further discovered by a Canadian, Andrew Gutauskas, B.S. Pharmacy, that the benefits of caprylic acid are further enhanced when its transit through the intestinal tract is slowed. Caprylic acid must exert its fungicidal effect in the intestinal tract or not at all. The longer it can react the better.
Unfortunately, caprylic acid is a substance that is normally quite rapidly absorbed into the intestinal tract and routed directly to the liver. There it is quickly metabolized and does not succeed at entering the general circulation. Just ten minutes after the oral intake of straight caprylic acid, more than 90% can be traced in the portal vein on its way to the liver. For this reason, the quite powerful caprylic acid in capsule or tablet form has little anti-Candida albicans effect, both intestinally and systemically. This fact, however, is significantly altered if its absorption can be somehow slowed, allowing it to remain in the intestine for a longer period of time in order to complete its fungicidal mission. In this program, caprylic acid acquires its needed sustained-release properties from gel, formed by the mixture of Caproyl, Bentonite, Psyllium and water. This thick gel traps the caprylic acid and slows its transit through the colon.
Uncontrolled surges of caprylic acid into the liver are the most probable cause of adverse reactions to caprylic acid: however, while in this gelled state, caprylic acid does not escape into the liver. It is no surprise, then, that no adverse reactions to this gelled form of caprylic acid have been reported, even among individuals who previously reacted to other caprylic acid products.
Traditional caprylic acid preparations exist as capsules and tablets, but the preference is the liquid form. This mixing causes the caprylic acid to interact with the high-oleic safflower oil, thereby amplifying its fungicidal effects far beyond what caprylic acid has traditionally offered.
.....Oleic acid, the second acid ingredient in Caproyl, is found naturally in olive oil. It too, has significant CRC battling effects. Normally harmless Candida albicans (if in small quantities) can convert, or mutate, into a disruptive mycelial form for several reasons - overuse of antibiotics being a prime example. When this happens, root-like tentacles are formed, which allow the new harmful fungi to penetrate the mucosa (or lining) of the intestinal wall and enter the blood stream. From there, the fungi easily gain access to other parts of the body. Oleic acid follows the mycelial, root-like tentacles of candida albicans to the base of the root and kills it there. Oleic acid also hinders any additional conversion of Candida albicans yeast into its mycelial fungal form. ....As explained, oleic acid is of great importance in the destruction of CRC."
Also, the Caprylic acid in Caproyl, being a liquid, has a coating action on the intestinal wall, which tablets and capsules cannot match. As the liquid Caproyl is dispersed in the Psyllium/Bentonite gel, it releases its caprylic acid throughout the entire length of the intestinal tract."
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