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Q: I read your information on MycoPhyto, the mushroom formula grown on herbs. It sounds wonderful, but I have candida and was told not to eat mushrooms. What do you say?--J.A., Austin, TX

A: There has been a lot of misinformation about the best diet and supplements for anyone with candida, an overgrowth of yeast. Unfortunately, the dietary suggestions given by the two doctors who brought candida to the public's attention, Orion Truss and William Crook, were misinterpreted.

The good Drs. Truss and Crook were each allergy specialists. Many of their most difficult-to-treat allergy patients were found to have a yeast overgrowth. The doctors said that part of their patients' treatment was to avoid all foods to which they were allergic. For these highly allergic patients, this meant avoiding any mushrooms and foods with yeast-like fermented foods. When you eat foods to which you are allergic, you suppress your immune system, and Drs. Truss and Crook knew that one way to fight candida is to boost the immune system, not suppress it.

MycoPhyto, and other mushroom formulas, strengthen the immune system. In fact, MycoPhyto has been found to outperform some of the most highly touted mushroom extracts on the market because the medicinal mushrooms are grown on immune-enhancing herbs. Unless you know that you have a sensitivity to yeasts and mushrooms, MycoPhyto could be precisely what you need to control your candida. Mushrooms don't feed candida. Sugar does. Avoid all refined sugar and limit fruits to one piece a day. And consider taking MycoPhyto. It's very safe.

Q: At 61, my first bone scan showed I had enough bone loss in my spine to take Fosamax or estrogen replacement therapy. I don't want either. Are there natural remedies that prevent bone loss and/or build back bone mass? My mother lost a couple of inches as she reached 90, but never stooped or had a broken bone.--M.A., Toledo, OH

A: I think it's significant that your mother had osteoporosis and lost height as she aged without breaking any bones. That's the idea--to make strong, flexible bones rather than brittle bones. We all lose some amount of bone density as we age, even with Fosamax and hormone therapy. My research has shown that by emphasizing magnesium over calcium in your diet and supplements, the bone you form will be more supple and less likely to break.

One of the most difficult concepts for women is to believe that less calcium could help build strong bones. It can, but you need enough magnesium, boron, and vitamin K along with it. I developed Bone Support to add on to a good multivitamin, like Vitality Plus, to give my bones--and yours--additional nutrients. And to make it easier to understand this concept of more magnesium and less calcium, I wrote a small book called User's Guide to Calcium and Magnesium ($5.00 plus shipping and handling, available by calling 800-728-2288). It's packed with the information you need to reassure yourself and to help educate your doctor--if he or she is pushing calcium. In a nutshell, high calcium forms brittle bones, while high magnesium builds bones that are more flexible and less likely to break.
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Title Annotation:best diet for people with candida; natural remedies for preventing bone loss
Author:Fuchs, Nan Kathryn
Publication:Women's Health Letter
Article Type:Column
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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