Candida Mouth Treatment: OralPlex to Biocidin

In some of the plans eg. the Candida Plan and Gut Plan, I have suggested using Biocare’s OralPlex (used to be OxyPro) for killing off yeasts in the mouth as part of the hygiene strategy to prevent reinfection.

People often miss out this crucial step in candida treatment programmes and then wonder where the yeast is getting in to them from and why it’s not going! In fact, part of the reason I use the BTS Candida Test (see Gut Tests here) specifically is that it includes a mouth swab so that mouth levels, and not just what’s in the gut, can also be measured. Sometimes, you can clearly see a mouth infestation, and mouth treatment then is important if they are to get it licked (sorry, mouth pun, couldn’t resist!).

Of course, I won’t even mention that kissing a partner with a mouth yeast issue is not going to help you there either…often a partner needs to be checked too if you suspect they are passing some to you. Even more, I’m not going to delve into oral transfer of yeast from other bodily parts, if you get my drift.., but I have seen this pretty often be part of the issue. Just sayin’.

Incidentally, this is also the only test to check for SAPs positive changes to the candida too. That basically shows that it has morphed into a mycelial form and is pathogenic and therefore needs treating, rather than just showing an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth or gut. For more on Candida testing generally, do read the Gut Tests Overview linked to above and the Candida Factsheet. Happily the BTS test is one of the cheapest around, too. Yay!

Anyway, as is the way of these things – and always giving me more to do – Biocare have advised that they have now discontinued OralPlex, helpfully, and suggest using Liquid Biocidin (grapefruit seed extract) instead. I thought their rundown of how to use it might help so see that below, and I have changed the Candida Plan accordingly (TGF one is to be done yet).

Obviously, this will be no good for anyone with citrus sensitivity. In which case, I would suggest either a good teatree oil or P73 oreganol. For non citrus-allergics, GSE as it’s known in alternative heath circles, is very effective for anything fungal.

Liquid Biocidin 15ml

30 drops in 2 oz water. Once to three times a day based on patient tolerance
10-20 drops 1 to 2 times a day held under the tongue for approximately one minute before swallowing. (May feel discomfort if skin is broken). Continue until symptoms subside.
Add 30 drops to 1oz of Cooper sterile saline solution (1/2 physiologic saline), place in appropriate squeeze bottle or atomiser for “thrush’ or other problems in the sinus nasal area. Once a day until symptoms abate.
The same solution as in nasal douche may be applied (a few drops). (Note the solution should be mixed every day).
40 drops in 2oz (60 mls) of water. Retain and agitate for 2 minutes, for thrush, canker, sores etc. Three times a day until symptoms abate.
Put directly on finger and toe nails and canker sores. Not recommended for the face.
10 drops in 1/2 pint of luke warm water until symptoms abate.

Menopause Brain: Is It a Lack of Testosterone?

We all have those moments where we just can’t find the right words, let alone recall what we walked into a room for, but from perimenopause onward (which can be up to several years before actual menopause), many women (and men) find brain fog and cognitive skills get even worse. As a PCOS sufferer all my life, I hope to goodness mine don’t get any worse; my memory and brain fog have been terrible since my teens!

The general thought is that ‘menopause brain’ is because of reducing oestrogen or progesterone, but actually some experts think it is more likely testosterone. That’s perfectly possible, I reckon, because clinically I often see low DHEA on adrenal tests and consequently low testosterone levels as you make testosterone partly out of DHEA (It’s much more complicated than that, we are talking hormones here, of course, but lack of DHEA = reduction in testosterone particularly.

The answer in these cases is not to rush to the doctor for testosterone pills – in effect a form of HRT – but to boost waning adrenal function. Most people just think of having hormone tests, which is of course the obvious thing to do, but don’t forget your adrenals.

You make much more of your steroid or ‘sex’ hormones from your adrenals after about forty, and most of us with stressy lifestyles are pounding away at our poor adrenals expecting them to cope and, Bob’s your uncle: not only do you feel less able to cope with life as you used to as your adrenal output starts to drop (so-called adrenal fatigue), you also start to get ‘hormone deficiency’ type symptoms.

Moral of the story: look after your adrenals after your 40s, men and women. You can read much more about adrenal fatigue here, testing hormones here and testing adrenals specifically here.

Also, here is the article that sparked that post for you:

Brain fog: is it a real side effect of menopause?

The first time I’ve seen a snack bar ma

The first time I’ve seen a snack bar made with cricket flour!

Have you read Sue’s Coeliac Diary? Grea

Have you read Sue’s Coeliac Diary? Great tongue-in-cheek column this week on freefrom food fashionistas, go Sue!

8 weeks’ mindfulness changes brain stru

8 weeks’ mindfulness changes brain structure – including the amygdala, heightened in sensitivity illness

Cancers are not ‘linear’ as previously

Cancers are not ‘linear’ as previously thought and our diagnostic net is ‘so fine’ we’re picking up too many small fish

Told Ya So…

I was only saying to P this morning how much of what I was taught many moons ago as a naturopathic nutritionist is now becoming quite mainstream, despite the condemnation and ridiculing most of us put up with for our beliefs over the years. I try to be magnanimous about it and just be grateful the message is getting through and science is finally catching up, at least in some areas.

Anyway, I was pleased to see a couple of things today that back me up on this.

First, France has gone even further in its condemnation of electromagnetic radiation, after banning WiFi from nursery and some primary schools; this time, it has declared ES (Electrosensitivity) a medical handicap following a landmark case! Michelle at, herself a sufferer – as you can see from the pic of her nattily wrapped in protective silver netting – writes about that here:

Electrosensitivity update – EHS recognised as a handicap in France!

Second, mainstream doctors and charities are finally waking up the plastics issue, not least the problem of cling film in microwaves, one of my pet hates! I even cringe at Tupperware storage boxes myself and note those are mentioned too in an article by the Mail on Sunday:

Don’t Be So Clingy

The header points say it all:

  • For decades, holistic health gurus have warned of toxic impact of plastic
  • Previously dismissed, now it seems paranoia might have been justified
  • New evidence suggests heat makes chemicals in plastic storage boxes and bottles leach into food and drink
  • Has been linked to cancers, fertility and foetal development

Like one of the experts quoted, I only ever heat food up in glass, ceramic or enamel. In fact, I treated myself ages ago to a set of Falcon enamelware baking trays and prep set and several sizes of Pyrex dishes with lids for storage, cooking, freezing etc; not cheap, but one of the best purchases I’ve ever made as I use them constantly! I’ve since thrown pretty much everything else out so my cupboards are much tidier too: bonus!

Tip: make sure you get the real McCoy with these purchases if doing that; there are a lot of fakes out there and I fell foul of some ‘Pyrex’ round lidded dishes which were much thinner glass and broke easily, whereas my real ones are sturdy as heck.

I look forward to more of the long-standing naturopathic medical tenets being recognised and becoming more and more mainstream in the future. I wonder if we’ll ever get to certain symptoms like fevers, rashes etc being seen as the body’s detox and healing system at work and to mainstream health professionals encouraging the body’s healing system rather than suppressing it? I won’t hold my breath..