Recognizing and Eliminating Candidiasis [Yeast Overgrowth] – Carolyn Dean MD ND


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If I were to tell you that there is a fungus living in your intestines that produces 180 chemical toxins capable of making you feel dizzy and fatigued, shutting down your thyroid, throwing your hormones off balance, and causing you to crave sugar and alcohol, all of which make you put on weight—would you believe me? You probably wouldn’t—few doctors even realize the extent of damage caused by yeast overgrowth but the above scenario is all too true.

To the great detriment of the health of our society, this fungus does exist and it is growing rampant in a large proportion of the population—mostly women. It’s one of the diseases of civilization – the culmination of the side effects of technology and the disservices of our way of life. The list of chronic diseases is getting longer and longer: heart disease, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Chronic yeast overgrowth not only worsens all the above conditions but it’s in a whole disease category by itself.

The miracle of antibiotics has its downside because it causes an overgrowth of yeast. The refining of sugar and wheat has its downside by creating a simple food source for yeast. The tremendous levels of stress hormones that flood our bodies daily, hourly, and every minute in our sped up world make us prey to yeast.

Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) is nothing new; it’s been around for decades, ever since we began to use antibiotics in our society. Yeast itself, a cousin to molds, has grown in human bodies since Adam and Eve. Candida albicans is the main yeast in the human body. It lives there happily enough, kept in check by beneficial bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria make vitamins and help digest excess sugar that gets past the small intestine. A very special group of bacteria make lactic acid, which protects the gut and vagina against yeast.

Candida is one of the 400 organisms that live in our mouth, digestive tract, vagina and on our skin. Most of the time they all get along with their neighbors. When you begin taking antibiotics, the whole delicate balance is lost. Antibiotics wipe out most of the good and the bad bacteria leaving yeast unharmed. In the absence of any competition, yeast colonies grow into all the empty nooks and crannies of the large intestine and even the small intestine. Sugar from our diet feeds yeast and with the special lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria wiped out, there is no more production of lactic acid to protect the delicate intestinal and vaginal tissues from marauding yeast.

The beast, Candida albicans, growing wildly inside our bodies is an epidemic out of control. Most people, if they think of it at all, imagine yeast as just a pesky vaginal infection that a treatment of vaginal cream will cure overnight. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case for millions of people, especially women who suffer an astonishing array of health complaints from yeast overgrowth, yeast allergy and a build up of yeast toxins.

Leaky Gut: An Open Door To Our Tissues
It is a scientific fact that when yeast cells reach a certain critical mass they change from a round budding stage to a thread-like tissue invasive stage. They are simply running out of food and looking for more. They pack their bags and emigrate from their main home in the large intestine into the small intestine. In the small intestine, the yeast threads poke holes in the intestinal lining. With this superhighway to the blood stream, there is nothing to stop yeast chemical by-products (all 180 of them), undigested food molecules, bacterial toxins, and other chemicals from taking a one-way ride. The holes are not necessarily big enough to allow yeast to get into the blood stream, so there is no blood infection of yeast, just hundreds of waste products that should be flushed down the toilet that ends up causing head-to-toe symptoms leak into the blood. Yes, leaky gut happens when toxins leak into the blood stream and tissues of the body.

When these toxins hit the blood stream they trigger widespread inflammatory and allergy reactions. Many of the toxins like aldehyde, alcohol, zymosan, arabinitol, and gliotoxin have been named. They impair the immune system and the central nervous system. Others block thyroid function, impair female hormones and cause symptoms of PMS and aggravate menopause but haven’t yet been properly studied. Inflammation is being investigated as the underlying cause of heart disease, bowel disease, arthritic conditions, and autoimmune disease. It is also intimately involved with weight gain, fatigue, allergies, asthma, headaches, irritability, and dozens of other health complaints.

10 Common Candida Symptoms:

  • Skin and nail fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, and toenail fungus
  • Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma, or Multiple sclerosis
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and/or brain fog
  • Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  • Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
  • Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching
  • Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  • Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

Yeast and Belly Fat
What does belly fat have in common with beef cattle? Antibiotics! These drugs are liberally used in the beef industry for the specific purpose of “beefing up” cattle. It is little recognized that antibiotics can do the same to humans! Yeast can contribute pounds of fluid retention in an attempt by the body to dilute the toxins that yeast produces. Over time, in both cattle and people, tissue toxins and fluid build up lead to cellulite and weight gain.

Belly fat is more than just fat. Yeast causes abdominal bloating that can add an extra 5-7 inches that seem to appear out of nowhere. This can be devastating for someone who is on a diet and trying to lose weight and lose inches. If a woman says she has only been eating 1,000 calories a day for a week yet still gained weight a doctor tends to think she is not being truthful. However, if most of her diet is carbohydrates and sugar she may very well be growing yeast, which create a toxic build up and fluid retention to dilute the toxins. It’s a whole new way of looking at weight gain.

Besides bloating and toxic fluid build up, yeast can decrease thyroid function and lead to lowered metabolism, which is a well-known cause of weight gain. Some yeast toxins can block hormone receptors and block hormone action. Hypothyroidism and PMS can be the direct result of yeast overgrowth.

When you crave carbs and give into those cravings you will also experience weight gain as the carbs turn into fat cells. Those food cravings that we think are just a lack of willpower can actually be caused by yeast clamoring for their favorite food.

Yeast overgrowth also causes the immune system to overwork trying to deal with the toxic overload. This places chronic stress on the adrenal glands, which raises cortisol levels. One thing we know about cortisol is that you can’t lose weight when your levels are elevated due to chronic stress. That’s because the body perceives stress as an emergency and the worst emergency for the body is starvation-therefore it’s never going to give up an ounce of stored fat that it might need!

Where’s the Cure?
Unfortunately, the answer does not lie in a pill as many women have found out when they go to their doctor. Even if the doctor does recognize yeast overgrowth the most common treatment recommended is a week or two or antifungal medications. As one client, who is a chemist remarked to me that she is very concerned about taking fluoride compounds like Diflucan, the most well known antifungal medication. Doctors who are too dependent on prescriptive medicine don’t understand that yeast overgrowth requires a multi-pronged approach.

  • Diet: avoid sugar, wheat and dairy as well as fermented foods, and alcohol.
  • Probiotics (good bacteria): the best one is a soil-based probiotic such a Prescript Assist.
  • Therapeutic doses of Dr. Dean’s Pico Meter ReMag and ReMyte Minerals as well as ReAline to detox the acetaldehyde created by yeast toxins.
  • Exercise to move the lymph circulation that clears toxins from the body.
  • Stress release to reduce the amount of natural cortisol that creates yeast overgrowth.

It is only through diet and lifestyle change that people can overcome yeast overgrowth but they do overcome it.



The focus of this book is on treating YOS but doing the Yeast ReSet Protocol will also help treat Leaky Gut and SIBO.

The Yeast ReSet Protocol encompasses the Yeast ReSet Diet, Prescript Assist Probiotics, and the Yeast ReSet Detox (Bentonite clay, Psyllium seed powder, Antifungal). For those of you who want to dive into your Yeast ReSet Detox right away, below is the recipe that I give my clients, patients and customers.

You can start your Prescript Assist capsules a week before or at the same time as you begin the detox. Unlike other probiotics, Prescript Assist can be taken with or without food. But take it at least one hour away from your yeast detox recipe.

After the recipe, I’ll give all the details, answer frequently asked questions, and, for very sensitive individuals, give pointers on how to begin the Yeast ReSet Detox more slowly to avoid die-off.

Yeast ReSet Detox Formula

Measure each product into an empty shaker cup and add 2-4 oz of water.

1-3 tsp Bentonite clay

1-3 tsp Psyllium seed powder (substitute with Aloe gel* if  “allergic”)

Antifungal – rotate these four choices, using a different one each week.

1 minced garlic clove

or 5-15 drops of grapefruit seed extract

or 5-15 drops of oregano oil

or the contents of empty 1-2 capsules of caprylic acid

For taste, add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil or orange oil for a more pleasant aftertaste. Otherwise the drink tastes a bit like dirt because of the clay!

Shake quickly and drink immediately. (If you don’t drink it quickly it turns into a gel.) Then drink another 8 ounces of water. Start with 1 tsp of psyllium seed powder and bentonite and every 2 days add another tsp until you reach 3 tsp. I have my psyllium and bentonite lined up on my kitchen counter – so I can’t miss taking them. Get used to the psyllium and bentonite before you add an antifungal. You have 4 to choose from, which allows you to rotate the different products so that the yeast doesn’t develop a resistance to them. Take a different antifungal each week.

* Aloe gel substitute is 2 TBSP instead of 1 TBSP of psyllium seed powder to maintain the right consistency.

Dosage: Take one dose first thing in the morning, and one dose last thing at night on an empty stomach. Do not eat or take supplements for at least one hour after.

Treatment Timing: After you add the antifungals, I advise taking the Yeast ReSet Detox formulas for 3 weeks on and 1 week off. If you develop symptoms during your week off and if your numbers are still high on the Candida Questionnaire, simply continue the Yeast ReSet Detox following the same timing – 3 weeks on and 1 week off. Some people have to follow the Detox for several months.

There are a lot of choices to make with your Yeast ReSet Detox. How much of each product to take and how long to continue the detox but your constant guide should be how you feel. You want to create a balance between feeling better and causing yeast die off symptoms.

Most people continue to do periodic Yeast Reset Detox – either seasonally, or after vacations, holidays, or any general debauchery!

Prescript Assist Probiotics: Dosage, begin with one per day at bedtime. Week Two, take two per day. Week Three take 3 per day. Take 3 per day for 3 months, at which point you see how you feel on only 1 or 2 per day. But if you feel gas, bloating or intestinal distress return – go back to 3 per day.

Too Toxic to Go to War with Yeast?

If you feel you are too toxic to immediately launch into the Yeast ReSet Protocol there are several steps that you can take.

Build up your healing reserves with my Total Body ReSet formulas.

Take bentonite clay to diminish your toxic load and slowly add the rest of the Yeast ReSet Detox ingredients.

I’ll list everything and then go over the details below. I know I’m repeating myself but I know the folks with brain fog will appreciate the repetition! Here’s my approach: “Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em; tell ‘em; then tell ‘em what you told them.”


The Yeast ReSet Protocol

Yeast ReSet Diet

Prescript Assist Probiotics

Yeast ReSet Detox (Bentonite clay, Psyllium seed powder, Antifungal).

Total Body ReSet Supplemental Formulas

Many people who find out about the Yeast ReSet Protocol and who want to get their yeast under control are already taking my Total Body ReSet (TBR) formulas and are becoming healthier and less toxic as a result. They are well supported with minerals, methylated B Vitamins, detox factors, protein powder, and my RnA Drops that help grow perfect cells.

If you are not already on these formulas, I apologize if this seems like too many new products and too much to contemplate. However, just consider that you have probably tried to treat your YOS before and you’ve come up short. You are also probably on a whole cupboard full of supplements but we know that with the Total Body ReSet formulas, they work so well and so synergistically that they can help you reduce the number of other supplements that you have been taking. We find that our customers are taking lots of supplements yet they still feel very ill, so they really aren’t working that well. But when they take the TBR formulas they see their benefits very quickly and find they can wean off other supplements – and drugs.

I’ve been treating yeast for over 35 years and it it’s often the case that when you add the TBR formulas that you finally have the proper resources and energy to balance your yeast. It’s also true that on the TBR formulas as your immune system becomes activated and it can attack yeast and signs of yeast die-off appear – rashes, coated tongue, gas, and bloating. That’s when I recommend adding the Yeast ReSet Protocol.

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    • Hello, Brittney – the dose is 1/2 the adult dose for children 4-12. If they are under the age of 4 you have to consult with your pediatrician per the FDA.

    • Hello! The yeast book is on this website under books and the candida questionnaire is here:

  1. Thank you so much for your kind & encouraging guidance, Dr. Dean! Your generous information has inspired me to detox and get fit again! Many blessings to you!

  2. Sorry I’m a little confused with the yos. Can I take your supplements alone or do the have to be taken with the clay drink? With Magnesium how low after taking it can you expect relief from palpitations and muscle cramps? Please and thank you!

    • Hello! Our dietary supplements are nutrients to feed the body – so they work that way. The clay drink is a detox drink and doesn’t feed the body – so it is taken separately and also in addition to the nutrients. Our product is 1005 bio=available so you can expect relief in proportion to the duration of your symptoms – in other words – if you’ve had palpitations off and on for years it will take consistent use over a period of several weeks to see the kind of relief you’ll want to achieve

  3. Hi
    I think I have candida overgrowth, but instead of the weight gain symptoms you mention above, I have been losing muscle mass for the past five years even although my weight is pretty much the same. Hope this makes sense to you.
    Is this ‘normal’?
    Look forward to hearing from you

    • Hello! Have you done the assessment for Candida? Muscle loss is not typically associated with Candida so I can’t respond confidently to your question at this time. ALSO customer service is a great resource

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