Yeast-related illness has been around for centuries. Four hundred years before the birth of Christ, Hippocrates the father of modern medicine recorded many occurrences of thrush, cradle cap, and other fungal infections of the skin. All of these are indications of yeast infection by candida albicans.
A Biblical Candida Albican Diet
It was brought to my attention one day that the week long Passover Feast or Feast of Unleavened Bread, observed by Orthodox Jews was very similar to the anti candida diet and other lower-carb diets. The feast was instituted to commemorate the passing over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when God smote the firstborn of the Egyptians with a plague.
I was particularly excited about this idea because the promise for observing the feast was "that the destroying angel would pass them by." In light of the pervasive occurrence of yeast related complaints among human beings, and the debilitating effect it has from the inside out, "destroying angel" would be an apt description of how it feels to deteriorate under yeast's control.
I went to the local library to find a book about the Passover Feast. I learned that the feast is observed in late March or early April before the earth bears anything sweet.
The Seven Day Passover Feast
The seven-day feast includes fasting during the day and eating the feast after sunset each night. A traditional Passover plate was pictured with divided sections for each of the foods that are eaten. The meal consists of a brilliantly low carbohydrate collection of foods:
- Unleavened bread (containing no yeast),
- A piece of lamb,
- A boiled egg,
- Leafy greens,
- A grated apple/nut mash called 'charoseth'
- and a bitter herb like parsley, horseradish or some other kind of radish,
which all happen to contain anti-fungal properties. In fact, all bitter, hot and spicy herbs combat candida albicans yeast, alleviating candida symptoms.
The physiological effect of observing the Passover would be like a "spring cleaning" of the body from candida albicans yeast, mold and fungus every year.
What a fun thought! What if the command to God's chosen people to observe this feast were not just a means of remembering their deliverance from bondage to Pharaoh centuries before, but also a means of literal annual deliverance from a subtler destroyer within, namely candida albican?
Since this fascinating idea settled in, I've enjoyed, and strongly recommend, an annual spring cleaning of systemic candida albican yeast from the body to optimize energy, zap foggy thinking and prime hormone systems for peak performance in the year ahead.