Jeffrey S. McCombs, DC: "Lifeforce Plan: A Dynamic Plan for Health, Vitality, and Weight Loss" (2002)
Summary of Dr. Jeff McCombs' 'Lifeforce Plan' book. (He later renamed his diet the McCombs Plan.) Dr. McCombs is a candida expert and this book was quite an inspiring read when I first read it. I did the diet back in 2009 and my testimonial together with some notes is provided here: McCombs Plan Diet Testimonial. This book is very cheap to buy second-hand on Amazon and a recommended read for anyone interested in understanding candida and its many symptoms.
Dr. Abraham Hoffer - one of the leaders in the field of orthomolecular psychology - estimates that 1/3 of the world's population may affected by candiasis. Jeff McCombs adds that most of these people are in the industrialised countries.
McCombs candida diet is shorter and easier than most candida diets. It includes powerful supplementation which allows you to eat fruit while on the plan - but only in wholefood form, not extracted into juice or dried. The full diet lasts approximately four months, but 8 weeks in its most-strict form.
The McCombs Plan (Lifeforce Plan) has five main components:
Candida (and other infections) thrive on sugar, yeast and fermented foods.
Smoking is also allowed on the plan although it may slow down the immune system.
Note: Colloidal silver can be taken on the first six weeks on the plan but not after that.
The foods that are allowed and not allowed are similar to other candida diets but this diet is shorter due to strong supplements which help kill the candida more effectively.
The book, as well as Jeff McCombs' website talk a fair bit about systemic candiasis - which is a state where candida has overgrown. Candida overgrowth occurs when the candida cells are able to pierce the intestinal walls and spread into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream they can reach every part of the body and grow, causing many problems.
Possible symptoms of systemic candiasis (a.k.a. chronic candida) as detailed in the book include:
Candiasis can also affect the heart and lung tissue.
Jeff McCombs states that many people try to deal with the above symptoms with stress-management techniques. Many are also incorrectly told that their problems are psychosomatic in origin.
Note that candida in yeast form is not a problem, according to Jeffrey Mccombs, but candida cells become problematic when they mutate into fungal or mycelial form when the internal bacterial environment is out of balance (dysbiosis of the gut). Mycelical candida cells are able to pierce the small intestine, entering the blood stream and spreading throughout the body.
Jeff McCombs states that most medical doctors now acknowledge that candida exists in many forms but they fail to recognise systemic candiasis. McCombs explains that candiasis is a modern problem because of antibiotics, steroid medications, and oral contraceptives.
One method of diagnosing systemic candiasis is via applied kinesiology, another one is live blood analysis. However, Jeff McCombs is not convinced that extensive testing is necessary. He is instead guided in his practice by the following principles:
The plan encourages a diet rich in protein and McCombs also states the following:
When I did the McCombs diet I lost a lot of weigth and felt better and more energetic towards the end. My menstrual cramps also disappeared. However, the chronic cough I had (possibly aspergillus mold related) and tonsil stones did not disappear at that time. My full testimonial can be read here.
The claims made in the book for the diet include the following:
McCombs Diet is a succesful tool for detoxifying the body, re-establishing normal flora of the tissues, and re-awakening the body's innate ability to regulate, balance and protect itself. It reverses the damaging effects of antibiotics. The diet is a way to achieve better biofeedback from the body and to increse vitality. "It allows us to activate the endless life-force potential that resides in every cell of our bodies..." - Jeffrey McCombs
I felt very good on this diet, perhaps better than on any other diet I tried. I also felt stronger emotionally and got good moods which some might call spiritual benefits. This was not to the same extent as on later raw food diets and juice fasts, but it was definitely there, nevertheless, at points and much more than when eating normally. What I mean by 'good moods' is in fact quite a bit more than that: inspired state of mind, where my mind is not bogged down by fears, insecurities, worries or boredom, but I have an upbeat optimistic thoughts streaming through my brain and my body feels very good at the same time.
The downside of the diet is that the supplements become expensive due to the sheer quantity that one has to take. In the testimonial article I discuss some alternatives if you prefer to purchase the supplements locally rather than ordering from Jeff McCombs' company in the USA.
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