Hi all! I’ve received this question in various forms for YEARS now. These questions seem to have the same underlying concerns, so here is an updated version of my answer – as well as a good representation of most people’s unease.
I’m very concerned though about the issue of Absorb Plus (or Absorb Element+ in the UK) feeding Candida. I decided to use Absorb Plus to do The IBD Remission Diet because your book says that it would starve the good and bad bacteria in the gut, almost creating a clean slate for the gut, to be then populated with probiotics (incidentally I have been taking probiotics twice daily anyway, whilst on the diet).
Now I’m feeling this description of Absorb Plus wasn’t accurate: it seems it may starve off some bacteria but actually feeds, and can contribute to one of the most harmful, the Candida, increasing rapidly! This seems like a huge problem! – and I’m now concerned about the ultimate success of the Remission Diet for me. Perhaps I’ll be able to kill it with oregano oil, which I’ve used before. But If I’m still ingesting a product with so much fructose all the while, it seems it will be a difficult battle to fight with the Candida getting fed well all the while – and the body likely to go out of balance again when I stop the oregano. Added to that, I always get more diarrhea when taking oregano oil – and I could certainly do without that.
How will my gut be able to heal with this imbalance going on, and Candida colonising the gut more than before? And having to spend more money on Oregano oil to fight the problem, whilst the Absorb Plus feeds it, makes no sense to me.
Please don’t panic – thousands of people have successfully used Absorb Plus (or Absorb Element+ in the UK) to date (and all people with IBD have some degree of Candida overgrowth) and nothing has happened to change that.
So, first of all, Candida albicans is NOT a bacteria. It is a yeast organism. And it is a natural and beneficial resident throughout our entire bodies – as long as it is in a healthy balance with other microorganisms.
The problem occurs when there is a Candida overgrowth. This happens for numerous reasons but it is usually triggered by drug antibiotic or steroid use. These drugs kill off the good bacteria in the gut, which normally keep Candida in balance.
Like many microorganisms, simple carbohydrates (sugars) are also the preferred food of yeast organisms like Candida albicans.
Now, when it comes to healing gut disorders, the healing often has to occur in layers, because you just can’t treat everything at once – the body can’t handle it. So, compared to intestinal bleeding, malnutrition and malabsorption, continual pain, etc. Candida is definitely a ‘lesser stage’ problem and can be dealt with after the more serious symptoms are resolved.
This is because there is NO elemental product in existence that will not feed Candida – because ALL carbohydra