How to Effectively Test for Candida : Exclusive Renegade Health Inteview with Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

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Candida is a topic that I love to talk about…


Because those little guys and I were pretty close for a while a few years ago. Man, what a trip.

In today’s interview, Dr. Jeffrey McCombs talks straight about candida. What I like about the Doc is that he actually knows the number of studies that have been done on candida from the science literature. This is a guy you want to listen to.

In this interview, Dr. McCombs will cover what candida is, when it becomes problematic (it’s always in our bodies), how to test for candida effectively and if all of your (or part of you) can so alkaline that candida can form.

Listen to Part 1 here:


Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my notes on Part 1 of the interview with Dr. Jeffrey McCombs…

1. Candida’s not all bad.

In fact, we may need some of it.

Candida, as shown in studies done in organisms is shown to have two positive roles. First, it breaks down dead cells for removal from the body and secondly, it’s been shown to transport nutrients to tissues. So, just like healthy bacteria release metabolites that are healthy, it’s possible that candida does as well – or at least something similar.

Candida becomes a problem when it turns from it’s yeast state into a fungal infection, but not until then.

2. If your gut is too alkaline, you are asking for a candida overgrowth.

Alkalize, alkalize, alkalize… to get rid of candida right?

Well, yes and no.

You can alkalize your body and blood, but don’t alkalize your gut.

If you do, your chances of getting a candida overgrowth or a bad bacterial infection increase dramatically.


Because the pH in your gut needs to be acidic to fight off infection and balance the flora in your gut.

Too little HCL (hydrochloric acid) in the stomach or too much bile in your small intestines both can drive up the pH in your gut to levels that are too high to maintain balance in your flora.

3. Addressing candida on just one level is not effective.

I think you may know this, but repeating it is worth both of our effort.

If you just address getting rid of the fungus, or just address the immune system or just address the food you eat, you will not get rid of your candida overgrowth.

Proper and effective treatment requires all these practices.

4. How to test for candida effectively.

I get this question a lot.

“How do I test to see if I really have candida.”

Good news is that it’s possible, but not super-straightforward.

Relative accurate confirmation of candida includes a combination of immunoglobulin / blood testing, an organic acid panel (urine), a fecal test and your symptoms.

Combined, you should be able to pretty accurately determine if you have candida.

On the other side, I hear a lot of this as well…

“I’m positive I have candida.”

I always ask why and about 50% of the people tell me, “because I’m sure of it.”

I don’t think this is an effective way to start treatment – blindly.

So the best way to go about this is to gather all your symptoms, get some tests and see what you come up with.

I was able to determine that I had candida by symptoms, examining stool and an immunoglobulin blood test.

You probably will be able to determine for yourself as well.

5. Candida like to eat (what?)…

An interesting point made by Dr. McCombs is that candida love to eat iron. They need it to live.

How do they get it? Those little buggers break open cells or destroy tissue to rob them of their iron.

Pretty nasty, right?

Anyway, just some thoughts (meaning only theory), but I wonder if some anemia is caused by candida or other fungal infection. This definitely needs more investigation, but certainly something to think about and dig around about.

6. The difference between plants and modern medicines.

LOL, this is not going to turn into a lecture on plant vs. modern medicines. You probably could give that one yourself.

One interesting point brought up in our discussion, about this topic, was the difference between how herbs or plants deal with fungus and how modern medicines do.

Modern meds tend to be fungicidal – meaning they kill fungus. This may sound pleasing to those who have fungus, but the danger is that fungicidal medications can create strains that are resistant to them.

Plant medicines tend to be more fungistatic – meaning they inhibit the grown to fungus, but generally don’t kill it off. This means they’re still effective, but they do what they do differently.

First off, candida does not tend to become resistant to fungistatic herbs, so the fact that you need to rotate herbs for them to be effective (since the yeast will become resistant) may not be true.

Secondly, all plants have more or less fungistatic compounds, so the more plants you eat, the less likely fungus will grow inside of you.

Thirdly, instead of killing off the yeast, fungistatic herbs work to keep it at bay until it’s life cycle is over – which is a little longer, but more gentle approach.

Tomorrow, I have Part 2 for you. In this final 22 minutes, Dr. McCombs shares effective treatments for candida including foods and herbs as well as talks about whether or not the candida “spit” test is good or garbage.

I want to know your thoughts: What do you think of Dr. Jeffrey McCombs’ talk on candida so far?

To read more about Dr. Jeffrey McCombs and his work, please visit

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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