“Of course I, more than most people, understand your resistance to change your diet, but like me 47 years ago, you have miserable symptoms and relief could come, as it did for me within a week or two of eating “the right” pancakes, salads, bacon and eggs and pasta. How is that possible? Read this and learn!”
— Doug Kaufmann
Welcome to The Kaufmann Diet
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The Fungus Link to Disease Philosophy
The Kaufmann Diet has two tiers; Kaufmann 1 and Kaufmann 2. These were designed with this idea in mind: Fungi and yeasts can become parasitic organisms on and inside our body, causing health problems that can be difficult to diagnose.
Often and unknowingly, we feed these parasites via our diet. Fungi crave sugar, and if you have a fungal infection, their cravings often become your cravings. Sugar does not simply come in the form of candy, soda and other obvious “junk foods”; the carbohydrates from grains, potatoes, corn and corn products, certain fruits, breads, pasta, alcohol and other staples of the standard American diet are just as effective at feeding a parasitic fungal organism.
For many, the Kaufmann Diet begins as a test: Do your symptoms subside or cease after following the diet for 30 or 60 days? Does your brain fog clear? Does the chronic pain, fatigue or general malaise dissipate? Does the weight fall off? If so, you may have discovered that fungi and yeasts may be a root cause of the health problems you have been experiencing.
Here is a helpful pdf download that you can take to your doctor to help with the prescription for antifungals: Doctors Fungal Protocol
When beginning the Kaufmann Diet, some might experience an exacerbation of symptoms, initially, and some might experience flu-like symptoms or other intense discomfort. This reaction is known as a “Herxheimer reaction”, and it could be the result of fungal die-off. As fungi begin to die and their poisonous byproducts begin flushing out of your system, it can cause discomfort, symptoms of being sick or an initial worsening of existing problems. This is temporary, and somewhat ironically, it may be a good sign that you’ve taken the first step towards better health––ridding your body of a health-destroying, parasitic organism.
Still for others, results may not be so quick or so dramatic. For those whose results come more slowly: Please give the diet time to work. Your health problems likely did not develop overnight, and any solution will not likely resolve your problems overnight, either.