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How Do You Know You Are Recovering From Candida?

August 22, 2019

Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker,
author of Candida Crusher, formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements. Thank
you so much for checking out my video once again today. I also welcome everybody back
for 2016. I completed hundreds of videos in 2015 and I expect to do the same for 2016,
so please keep commenting on my videos. Make sure you subscribe to this channel. I do appreciate
all you subscribers out there. The subscribers certainly I try to respond to all your comments
as much as I can. I delete the stupid or crazy comments and I certainly appreciate the good
comments. Keep those comments coming through. I’m going to do a video right now on “How
do you know if you’re recovering from Candida?” That’s a question that was recently asked
to me through one of the YouTube subscribers. “Eric, can you please do a video on how do
you know you’re recovering?” It’s not hard to know you’re recovering. But remember recovery
is not just the absence of symptoms. That’s a very important point I want you to remember.
The World Health Organization basically did a little bit of a write up on this quite a
few years ago about what constitutes good health. Does good health constitute the absence
of symptoms? No. It does not. Good health is a lot more than just being free from symptoms.
Good health also means that a person has very good mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical
health. It means that they feel really good on multiple levels. It means that they function
well in society. They feel good about themselves and they feel good about their relationships
with people around them. A healthy person is a balanced person. A person who feel optimistic
about their life. They enjoy living. They really enjoy being alive and they appreciate
the short amount of time that they’ve got while they are on earth.
How do you know you’re getting well? As I mentioned, it’s not just the absence of symptoms.
It’s a lot more than that. But if you’ve got symptoms, I really do believe in what was
written a long time ago. A guy called Dr. Constantine Hering who lived many years ago
and he worked out what we now call “Hering’s Law of Cure.” You’ll be wondering, “Well,
what’s this guy on about with this Hering’s Law of Cure? Think about it logically. Dr.
Hering believed that symptoms will appear in the reverse order of their onset. A symptom
that you’ve more recently had is one that’s more recently going to disappear. A symptom
you’ve had for a long time is generally going to take longer to disappear. That’s logical
common sense, isn’t it? If you’ve had say a tummy ache for 10 years,
but you’ve have a skin problem for six months, it’s more likely that the skin problem is
going to clear up before the tummy problem will clear up. You don’t need to be a brain
surgeon to work that one out. That’s part of Hering’s Law of Cure that symptoms disappear
in the reverse order of their onset. Symptoms also tend to disappear for many other reasons
obviously, but that’s one of the clever parts of the Law of Cure. I want you to remember
that one always that symptoms will disappear in the reverse order of their onset.
If you’ve had symptoms disappear on you, try to work out when you first had that symptom.
Something that I’d like you to do if you’ve got multiple complaints is to get a piece
of paper. Just get a sheet of paper and write down all the complaints you’ve got on a piece
of paper and try to work out roughly chronologically over a time period when you’ve actually had
those symptoms, when they appeared. How long you sort of think you’ve had them before.
If you’ve got 10 symptoms, you’ll find they weren’t all there at the same time. Some you
will have had for longer and some for shorter duration. That’s a very important thing for
you to do. Because when you’re truly getting well, the symptoms will slowly disappear in
that Law of Cure as I mentioned. Feeling well also means that you’ll have windows
or periods of feeling really good and other times you’re feeling not so good and other
times you’re feeling terrible. I wrote about this in Candida Crusher in the introduction
right up at the beginning of book about what I call the window of opportunity. Many patients
tell me when they recover, they’ll be some days where they wake up and they feel fantastic.
They feel really, really good, but that feeling of goodness may not last any more than half
a day or even one day, and the following day, they don’t feel good again.
My question to that patient is “When did you last feel like that?” “Oh, not for a long
time. I haven’t felt that good for a couple of years.” That is very important because
that means the window opens up for a brief period and then it closes again. But as the
person keeps progressing along the road to recovery, the window stays open for longer
and longer. And eventually, when the person is really good, the window can stay open for
weeks or months or even years at a time. Many people in great health like me often
take that for granted because my window is open all the time. I only occasionally get
the window shut. And my window will shut if I’ve had too much gin or tonic or if I’ve
been stupid and I’ve had too much crappy food to eat or if I stay up too late at night on
the computer or do dumb things or have too many fights with people, which I don’t have.
You know what I mean? The point I’m making is the window will close because of a cause.
Healthy people take good health for granted. Sick people don’t take good health for granted.
They want good health. As you notice that window opening and staying open for longer
and longer, don’t take it for granted. That’s really one of the ways you’re going
to notice the recovery is the window scenario. It will stay open for longer and longer, so
don’t make the window shut by going to parties or going to weddings or doing dumb things.
Going to the cinema and then after the cinema having five or six wines or beers and having
a pizza on the way home and then waking up the next day, “Oh, my head. I feel like crap.
What have I done to myself?” Remember. It’s all about cause and effect. Everything you
do on the road to recovery will govern how long that window stays open or how long it
stays shut for. It’s a very important concept I’d like you to always remember.
How do you know you’re recovering? Your sleep will get better. You’ll wake up feeling really
refreshed. You’ll wake up feeling good. You’ll have a nice stretch when you wake up and you
get up and you feel great. You’ll also probably wake up around about the same time most mornings
without the alarm clock. You won’t wake up between 2 to 4 a.m., a key time for many people
who are not so good, is to have disturbed sleep. You’ll also go to sleep quite easily.
You’ll go to bed, you’ll be tired and you’ll fall asleep. Healthy people usually take about
5 to 10 minutes to fall asleep. I’m going to do plenty of videos this year on sleep
and insomnia to explain a lot more concepts I’ve learned from a special friend of mine
who is a sleep doctor. I’ve learned a lot about sleep. If you don’t get good sleep,
your health is going to be crap. You need to get good sleep.
You’ll know you’re in good health when your sleep is good. When you wake up feeling nice
and fresh. When the bowel function is good, so you’re going to go to the toilet roughly
the same time each day, give or take an hour or so. You’re going to have well-formed bowel
motions. You’re going to feel nice and good after you’ve had a bowel motion. Also the
urine is probably going to be the color of a pale manila folder. Here is a patient folder.
It’s going to be sort of manila folder sort of color. That means you’re well hydrated.
If it’s too dark or smelly or foamy, it could mean a problem there with kidneys or problems
with too much ammonia in the body or proteins not breaking down. The urine will be good.
Bowels will be good. Your breath won’t be all stinky and smelly. You’ll have good gum
and teeth health. You’ll have nice clear skin. Your skin will look quite good. And, in fact,
many people should comment on how well you look. Your hair should look nice. Your skin
should look nice. That’s a healthy person. That all comes from good digestive health.
Good gut health will mean good external health. It’s stupid to think you can cure problems
on the outside of the body by ignoring the inside of the body. That’s a pretty dumb thing
to do. That’s like painting a room and not worrying about the foundation underneath or
wallpapering over the top of big holes, not worrying about the holes underneath it. We
live in a very superficial world. So remember, the foundation of the body is the gut. That’s
got to come right. Good health, feeling good emotion, feeling
happy, feeling optimistic about the future, enjoying today, looking forward to tomorrow
and not worrying about the past because it’s been and gone. Not getting in argumentative
states with too many people. Agreeing with people. Enjoying being around other people.
Enjoying your own company. Enjoying your family and friends. That’s a good part of health.
Good health you can judge on many different levels, but remember, it’s not just the absence
of physical symptoms mean good health. Medical doctors would like you to think that not having
any symptoms means that you’re cured. You’re in good health because you’re taking this
pill. That’s a load of crap. That doesn’t really mean that you’re in good health at
all. It means that you’ve suppressed a symptom. But what happens when you stop that drug?
Do the symptoms come back? Well, then maybe you weren’t cured at all.
Good health also means not relying on any kind of pharmaceutical medication. No Tylenol.
No aspirin. No headache pills. No period pills. No arthritis pills. No pills at all from the
doctor. That to me is good health. Good health means that you’re going to be around a couple
of kilos around your own body weight, your ideal body weight. You’re not going to be
overweight. You’re not going to be underweight. Good health means lots of energy. Waking up
in the morning having plenty of energy and recognizing and reading your body. So when
you’re tired, some days you back off and you rest more. Other days you’re energetic, you
do more. That’s good health. I hope you get the picture now of good health.
As you improve all these things I’ve just spoken about, it should become more apparent
to you and other people will point them out. That’s how you truly know that you’re getting
well is when someone that knows you says, “Gee, you’re looking good today. You’re looking
happy today. You’re looking like you’ve got a lot of energy today and you’re in an upbeat
mood.” I want you to carefully remember that because when somebody else recognizes it,
it probably means that you haven’t been like that for a long time, but now they’re noticing
it. Now, if two or more people say this, you’re well on the road to recovery and it means
that the window has been open for long periods of time, but you’re not even recognizing the
window anymore because you’ve been sick or pessimistic for so long. You might even have
sunglasses. Don’t even want to look at the window. People are recognizing you’re getting
well. It’s a wakeup call for you and it also means that you are on the right track to recovery.
Again, I wish you all a happy new year out there and all of my fans and subscribers and
I wish you all the best for 2016. Don’t forget to subscribe. Check out my
Have a look at my Canxida products at and please keep the comments coming in. And
also if you have any requests for videos, I’ll be quite happy to take those now. Thank
you so much.


  • Reply aqnostic January 5, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Hello doc!
    During my yeast overgrowth infestation, I've lost all my hair(head and body). Now I'm 2 months into the treatment, my skin is better, my life overall seems to improve. What do you think I should do if my hair does not grow back after I finish with my diet and candida is back in control? Thank you!

  • Reply 7t1Mookie January 5, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Doc, de beste wensen voor 2016. Hele ware woorden allemaal. I have a test running in the lab right now and if i need help i know who to turn to. Thanks again.

  • Reply nya420 January 5, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Thank you for your videos !

  • Reply bordelon777 January 5, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Hi Doc! I was curious to see what you think about eating foods according to your blood type. Is this hype or does it really work? Could eating for your blood type help rid the body of toxins/yeast, which cause disease/sickness, if you stay away from the avoid food lists? Dr. Joseph Christiano (naturopath) recommends doing a 14 day cleanse first and then trying this eating method for 21 days to see the results. You would then try to add back in the avoid foods to see if they trigger an old symptom you had before starting. Wondering how this would work with Candida and if it would help? Seems to have helped many get rid of their symptoms from testimonies I have read. Maybe even a video on this topic would be great to help others. Thanks for your help!

  • Reply Kale Mussel January 5, 2016 at 2:36 am

    happy new year doc and Thank you for on going support on your candida channel

  • Reply alyssa alaimo January 5, 2016 at 5:43 am

    You are amazing ! And care about people like me suffering from candida .. Happy new year Eric ! Can't wait for my canxida to come in 🙂

  • Reply Shadow of Juniper Hill January 5, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Thank you for your videos! The first one I watched recently touched me because you were talking exactly about my experience. It was the first time I heard certain things I have been through, and they were validated by a health professional. I have binge watched many more of your videos and have learned so much. I am skeptical when it comes to people claiming to know about Gut issues and I am convinced you are the best source thus far in my search for information. This video topic is excellent! I started on the road to my healing 10 months ago and I have wondered daily whether I am really getting better or am I imagining it (crazy, I know) and will It all just start all over again one of these days. I have experienced "recovery" much like you say and this lets me know I am on the right track. Thank you!

  • Reply Health Reactor January 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Happy New Year Eric. I've noticed that when the weather is high in humidity, over 60%, or it's raining, my mood isn't so well and my skin condition with psoriasis are getting worse, making me believe it's a connection between weather humidity-candida fungus-psoriasis. I'm on Canxida remove now.

  • Reply simonal1989 January 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Happy New Year to you, Eric! Look forward to all your videos in 2016

  • Reply mammaa moon January 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Happy New Year Eric, thank you for doing these videos, they really help me to keep on track.

  • Reply ProChessPlayer January 5, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Happy New Year Eric, and welcome back, I will be honest I missed you and your videos :). Happy to see that you started the 2016 with such a great informative video. I want to see more videos on candida die off it is a topic not discussed much on the internet and there is a lot of blogs talking about it. Can you put something related to candida die off something basic to start with like what is candida die off, its symptoms? Thank you

  • Reply Denielle Adibi January 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for the comments and indicators of global well being.

  • Reply Ashley Sánchez January 5, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you for your videos! My name is Chantelle and I believe I had candida for 6 years and I am about to start your candida crusher program soon and my question is since I'm new starting this diet what things should I be looking for and not looking for when first starting out? I just ordered canxida remove so hope to get better soon. I really enjoy your videos

  • Reply CraftsAndMore315 January 7, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Thank you. This was a very helpful video for me. 🙂

  • Reply Judith Muk January 28, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Hi Doc Thanks for the videos, I wish I new earlier I would not have suffered the way I have been suffering. Can you do a video on ear problems please. I have overgrowth yeast infection and my main problem is pain in the ear and feeling dizzy , rough in the morning as if I am drunk. I want to do a consultation but filling the questioner and send it over is the only thing holding me back.

  • Reply Judith Muk January 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Chantelle Townsend this is a piece of advise before you start your treatment better do a consultation and buy the candida crusher book it very good and informative. Otherwise you will pay double if self medicate without the proper guideline like I did. I am regretting I started buying candida remove without following the diet , I had some improvement but symptoms came back. So the time and money I spent was wasted. But I am back on treatment following the diet, life style which is not easy about to do consultation.

  • Reply Boss Ji June 21, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Very useful and interesting information. I remember last December I had my window open for 1 month and thought I was healed, and so abused of bad food and alcohol (especially on new years eve) and the 1st of January I knew my window was shut closed. Now I am still struggling to get back the window open… Don't take things for granted, definitely.

  • Reply Bob Osman September 15, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Eric, thank you so much for the good info on Candida. Appreciate the concept that little changes over time mean a lot.
    Also you tell us "how to correct a problem" not "what the problem is".
    Very good and it makes sense. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Bideshi Carvings December 22, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Eric I just ordered off your Canxida site. Excited to get started. I began my journey so far taking Gastro Assist by natural factors. Hoping to fortify my intestinal wall and diminish candida with your product as a follow up. Been a week now and already having positive results with diet change and fortify product. The bowel changes are a bit brutal

  • Reply Sooleman January 12, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Can the symptoms of candida be confused with Diverticulitis?

  • Reply Conrad Verner April 12, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Dear Eric. Thank you a lot for your very helpful videos. Two weeks ago I began treatment against chronic candida overgrowth with guidance from a naturopath and I wanted to ask you about a specific symptom I am having that I do not completely understand. Several month ago, my urine started to smell strongly on occation; an odor both sweet and sharp (like from a chemical) at the same time. Also, my urine was murky. Since the day after I bagan treatment (citricidal drops, ipe roxo tea and various other products to support my nervous system and liver function) this smell and murkiness has re-appeared on full strength. It was worst the first week of treatment and has since decreased a bit. I am thinking it might have something to do with the acetaldehyde that candida cells produce which is transformed to acetate which could then explain the smell. Actually, I have also started experiencing a sharp acetate-like smell in my nose from time to time, for example when I do certain light exercises to stretch my breast tissue and dura. Do you have any idea? It should be said that I am aware of the most common causes of smelly and oily urine (dietary supplements, dehydration, the body burning fat etc.), but I am pretty sure I can rule them out.

  • Reply A Q September 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I was feeling 80% better after a year long treatment and made the mistake of (cheating) with some dairy products – yuck – worst thing I did. All my allergies symptoms have gone wild again. Never again. Cows milk and milk products are yuck yuck yuck and make me feel ROTTEN. Not worth it. Back to camel & goat milk.

  • Reply A Q September 30, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    For eczema and any skin inflammation I luckily found Dr John Pagano's book (Healing Psoriasis ) to work 100% on me.

  • Reply A Q September 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Eric thank you so much for all the videos. They're all so helpful. And best wishes to everyone on their roads to recovery! Its not easy but we must persist, do NOt give up!

  • Reply Leanne P October 5, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Thanks Doc really helpful

  • Reply Melissa Walton October 12, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I suffered with acne as a teenager and was prescribed antibiotics on and off for years, and then the pill for all of my 20's. I don't have bad health, I do all home cooking and have 2 small children. However I have known for years that something just isn't right within me. I have awful sugar cravings, I only buy dark chocolate as I can't control myself if I have any other sweets in the house and I have depression and mood issues. It's a daily struggle, I'm not overweight because I fight it every day, but life shouldn't be like this should it? I know I've yet to reach my full health potential and I'm not sure what to do? I appreciate all your videos, we now live in Spain and I'm not sure if I can buy your products here. More than anything I would love to be free of these sugar cravings and this cloud of daily depression.

  • Reply Sankowich Voice Works November 10, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Candida manifests as a nasty angular cheilitis and perioral dermatitis for me. Slowly, over a period of months the diet has improved the outbreaks around my mouth. Is this something you ever hear about?

  • Reply olivia Psalms46 December 1, 2017 at 5:39 am

    i love your channel. even though i dont have some of the ailments mentioned in some, i still love learning from you. they are so educational. lots of knowledge and wisdom!!!

  • Reply Rodney Armstrong December 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    The windows explain so much to me. I'm just starting to feel the windows, and have my digestion working much better now. Still zero energy, I believe that I have had this for at least 8 year's now I'm 43 years old. My first systems was my imune system I started getting sick all the time and when I did I was getting a white film on my tongue. My doctor's ingored it. And then my leg muscles went I laid in bed for 4 years and the doctors not doing anything and all this time zero energy. Then in 2015 I took a flu shot and 2 days later my stomach started swelling up so tight it would effect my breathing really bad. The doctors said I had COPD but my regular doctor did a breathing test and he said it's not your lungs. I believe that the flu shot destroyed every good bacteria in my gut for the last two years my gut has been suffering. And the thrush in my mouth would come severe all the time. More than 10 times a year so the doctors diegnosed me with COPD and an anxiety disorder and they put me on Prozac I took them for two months and realized that I was still just laying in bed so I quit them. Went back to a half but diet now I'm starting to see the windows and pooping much better. May God bless us all.

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  • Reply Krystyna Zajac December 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Great video! Thank you so much.

  • Reply Lindsey LaVida January 31, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Wow probably one of the best videos I’ve watched and I’ve watched at least 20+ very practical logical and hopeful, great video!!

  • Reply Anton Samokat - World March 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for the video.

  • Reply jennmarie March 18, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the great video! I’ve suffered from GI issues for years now and moody swings. I’ve started doing a candida cleanse lifestyle change with the supplements. It’s been about two weeks now and my bloating has decreased, but my skin is developing extreme rashes, mostly on my face – red itchy dry patches and my legs are getting covered in small red/white bumps. Is this a normal reaction to killing off the overgrowth or should I be worried? I’ve always had itchy and dry skin but never rashes and never on my face…

  • Reply Anton Samokat April 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks, very good explanation!

  • Reply ironesha jones June 10, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    What about diarrhea? I just started the diet and I can’t stop pooping is this bad or good. At first I only poop once a day now it’s been about three times a day

  • Reply anonymous scorpio July 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Eric, Ive been on nystatin and it works but within 24 hours off stopping it severe oral thrush returns, I suffer anxiety but while going through this treatment my mental health have dived, could this gut change trigger severe panic attacks? Thanks

  • Reply mike212916 August 21, 2018 at 12:50 am

    answer this question: is your bookshelf falling apart behind you or is that the camera lense doing that?

  • Reply Carlie Sherwood November 14, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Hi Doc,
    A special thanks to your channel. Just begun my journey of cleansing, after a full year of effects. Candida has attacked me in many ways, including a visible skin fungus. I am taking NOW products Candida Support. I am looking for a probiotic and would love to try yours, however it is greatly out of my price range. I would greatly appreciate a suggestion which compares with yours? Looking forward to hearing back from you.
    Carlie Anne

  • Reply A Q November 20, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Beautiful and so helpful – as always. Thank you Dr.

  • Reply Isa Fuentes December 28, 2018 at 5:43 am

    So wise

  • Reply Monika Majer January 12, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I've been suffering from candida overgrowth for a very long time, face flushing after eating has also contributed to my symptoms. Is that a symptom of candida or is that more overloaded liver issues?

  • Reply Anton Samokat - World January 16, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the video! I'm also cleaning myself from Candida. Sharing about this experience on my channel.

  • Reply Christopher Register March 22, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Yes! Yes! Symptoms seem to be for me going backwards where my first ones I developed are the last to get rid of… I’m noticing those ones have kinda resurfaced like I’m back to the beginning symptom wise when I first got sick. Great video and glad you expressed this because no docs in 15 years could understand or convey anything that I’m experiencing yet you just did. Thank you Eric.

  • Reply Mari March 30, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Articulated perfectly. Dr, you are a true healer. Please maintain your passion for enlightening us! Thank you!

  • Reply Emily March 31, 2019 at 12:41 am

    this is extremely helpful thank you Eric. All your videos have been so helpful to me

  • Reply Paula Casalena April 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    So very grateful for these videos! Thank you!

  • Reply Sean Hastings May 10, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    This may sound strange, but ever since I started a candida diet I've noticed I'm more competent at my job. I can think through problems more easily and I get more work done.

  • Reply Bears 25 August 12, 2019 at 1:57 am

    9:35 that's the TRUTH constantly taking Advil is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of health and how the body functions

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