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Old 07-09-2004, 12:36 PM   #1
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Question HELP! Afraid to take ACIDOPHILUS

I've always been kind of a baby about taking medications/herbs of any kind, but ever since my illness started in January that caused me to develop major food allergies to practically everything, I'm extra scared. To keep this short, I'm like 99 percent sure that my illness is a systematic Candida yeast infection because all of this started after taking several rounds of very heavy antibiotics as well as massive amounts of antacids AND NSAID's. I USED to have WONDERFUL benefits from taking acidophilus a long time ago before my illness started, but when I attempted to take my acidohphilus again a few months back, I got really sick. It seemed to me like an allergic reaction. I am pretty sure the acidohphilus that I took was made from milk as it did not say milk free, like the acidophilus I just bought yesterday. I am now very allergic to milk and cannot tolerate gluten among of whole list of other things, so I suspect I was reacting to the milk in the acidophilus. Now, my question is, do you think the milk free, gluten, soy, corn, and everything else free acidophilus I just bought will bother me? Does anyone know anything about this/experience any side effects from acidophilus? I'm already uncomfortable as it is, so I'm a little scared. Thanks so much.
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Old 07-09-2004, 04:02 PM   #2
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Re: HELP! Afraid to take ACIDOPHILUS

are you afraid to eat yogurt? they are the same thing. acidophilus is just more concintrated. i take primal defense and i started it because i was on on iv antibiotics for a nasty colon infection. the meds made me sicker than the infection. primal defense saved me----no kidding.
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Re: HELP! Afraid to take ACIDOPHILUS

nyxin,
Yes, I am afraid to eat yogurt because it's dairy, which I'm allergic to. I've heard of many recommending Primal Defense. I just bought these:
KyoDophilus

One Per Day

3 Billion Live Cells per capsule

They contain: L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, and B. longum, which is one I have never heard of.

Did you only take Primal Defense or do you do a Candida diet as well?
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Re: HELP! Afraid to take ACIDOPHILUS

bump......
any info anyone has to add concerning candida and acidophilus/how acidophilus affected you, please post. thanks
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Re: HELP! Afraid to take ACIDOPHILUS

i tried to post back to you, but my son was obsessed with the computer, so i couldn't. (he is 1) but i am here now.

acidophilus is not dairy or dairy related. i know that yogurt is similar to dairy, and some people are so allergic to dairy that they can't handle yogurt. However, the flora found in acidophilus has nothing to do with what makes dairy, dairy. does that make sense? forget the yogurt refrence.

it is debated that candida can overgrow any place in the body, even the stomach and intestines causing poor absorption and nurition problems. an acidophilus product is used to replenish the flora that keeps candida undercontrol while simotaneously giving the gut the flora or "good bugs" it needs to do it's job; digestion.

replenishing these good bacterium can not only help all digestive function, but can help with certain food allergies and other health issues.

i had been on IV antibotics for 3 weeks. i had a very bad colon infection which has a 70% mortality rate. the infection was clearing up (finally) but i could not stop throwing up or having the runs. i was so weak and dehydrated because i could not keep anything down/in. a friend of mine brought me some primal defense and i took it 3x the first day. that night i did not throw up nor the runs. the next day i woke up a little hungry and i found i could eat. i kept taking the primal defense and my body rapidly started to heal. seriously. i have not looked back to that very dark time in my life. my body was so depleted of any natural flora from the antibiotics that it COULD NOT digest anything.

i don't think anything bad can happen to you that i know of. i hope my experience may convince you to take the acidophilus if nothing else.
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Re: HELP! Afraid to take ACIDOPHILUS

Hi nyxin
You definitely convinced me to take the acidophilus. I really feel for you for going through what you went through, I can't imagine that. Yesterday, I took 1/2 of a capsule of acidophilus. (I opened it up and sprinkled it on my food.) A few hours later, I got EXTREMELY sleepy to where I couldn't keep my eyes open, I was nauseous, got the "cold sweats", and got a headache. This is the same thing that happened to me last time I took acidophilus, except last time it was a lot worse. The SAME exact thing happened to me when I stopped eating sugar the last time. Since then, unfortunately, I started back up with the sugar. To me, it sounds like a candida die off reaction. I felt pretty crappy for quite a few hours, but woke up feeling okay today. I did not yet take more acidophilus today. I don't know if I should completely stop eating sugar again and do a Candida diet and THEN start taking acidophilus, or if I should do it all at once: stop sugar, start Candida diet, and take acidophilus. All I know is that if I had a reaction from that small amount, I think I probably REALLY need it. Thanks for you reply!
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Old 07-12-2004, 09:58 PM   #7
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Re: HELP! Afraid to take ACIDOPHILUS

i have never heard of that reaction. you can't really be allergic to acidophilus as you already have that bacteria (or should) in your gut. perhaps you could try a smaller amount to see. do you think that because you are afraid of having a reaction that you may have experienced some anxiety? just a thought. i am not saying you didn't have a reaction, just that perhaps it was induced by another factor.
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Re: HELP! Afraid to take ACIDOPHILUS

nyxin,
nah, i do have anxiety issues, but this was different. i think the icky feelings i had could possibly have been caused by premenstrual syndrome, as i have major menstrual irregularities and such. for two days now, i've been having yet ANOTHER reaction (sigh) and my throat has been all swollen up, so i haven't been able to experiment with taking more acidophilus yet. thanks, nyxin.
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