However, in order to fully
eliminate the problem, diet alone is not usually good enough,
and some forms of anti-Candida medication are necessary.
There are various anti-fungal drug treatments, for example Nystan
and Fungilin. These are available on prescription, but
you need a GP who has experience of using them. There
are also some natural alternatives, for those who wish to avoid
drugs, such as Caprylic Acid (available as Mycopryl from Biocare).
Following a strict anti-Candida diet and taking some anti-fungal
medication should resolve any Candida problem. However,
you really do need to find a doctor well experienced in treating
the problem, and who has experience prescribing the various
drugs available--which can be easier said than done!
If Candida is not a problem for you, then this diet won't
have any effect - although the fact that it is a healthy diet
may in itself help!
d) Evening Primrose Oil - contains an Essential
Fatty Acid called gamma-linolenic acid. EFA's have
an anti-viral effect, and are important for the proper functioning
of the immune system, muscles and nerves. In a trial in
Glasgow in 1990 85% of M.E. patients taking part showed
some improvement - but they had to take a high dose of 6-8 x
500mg Efamol Marine capsules (80% evening primrose oil/20%
fish oil) a day for at least 3 months. There were no reports
of any side-effects.
e) Allergies and Food Intolerance - Many people
believe that problems with allergies and food intolerances can
form a major part of M.E., as with Candida (in fact some would
say that where Candida overgrowth is a problem, this can itself
be the cause of many food and chemical intolerances).
It is thought that over-use of antibiotics and slow recovery
from viral illnesses (both of which are common in M.E.) can
predispose a person to developing various allergies or intolerances
- although in M.E. any problem is most likely to be due to an
intolerance (which builds up over time) rather than an allergy
(which is usually a sudden, violent reaction).
The foods which most often pose problems for those with M.E.
are wheat/gluten and dairy products, as well as caffeine and
alcohol. Any such problems can usually be identified using
an elimination diet - with the suspected "culprits"
being temporarily removed from the diet for a few days, and
then reintroducing them one at a time to see if there is any
reaction. Any "problem" foods can then taken
out of the diet.