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Forward written by Doug Kaufmann – TV Host of Know the Cause
NOW ON TO WHAT YOU CAN EAT!
The theory behind Doug Kaufmann’s diet is to starve and eradicate the fungi and yeasts causing so many health issues. Did you know diseases like cancer, sinusitis, asthma, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and more are linked to fungal/yeast overgrowth? If you have taken multiple courses of antibiotics, lived or worked in an environment where a high mold was present, or consume a poor diet, these are all risk factors. To know why I eat this way, read my story of illness and recovery here. In a nutshell you are eating phase I for a few weeks to a few months, then you start to add other foods from Phase II. Eventually you can slowly try to add other foods and see how your body reacts. NOTE: NOT MANY, BUT A FEW RECIPES ARE NOT PHASE 1 OR 2 AS I PERSONALLY STARTED TO ADD SOME OTHER FOODS IN ONCE I GOT HEALTHY. It’s also a good idea to take natural anti-fungals during this time or even the prescription nystatin for one month before switching over to natural anti-fungals like olive leaf, caprylic acid, oil of oregano, garlic, and grapefruit seed extract. Probiotics are also crucial, especially if you have been on an antibiotic (even once). As they deplete the good bacteria in your gut and opens the door to pathogens taking hold and the health problems that follow. 80% of our immune system is also located in the digestive track which makes it a focal point in order to maintain optimal health.
NOTE – I try to live by the 80/20 rule. I don’t eat perfect all of the time, I just try to aim for healthy choices 80% of the time. I don’t want anyone feeling bad about themselves when they aren’t perfect! If you have chronic health issues it’s a good idea to stay on the Kaufmann 1 (phase 1) diet for 30-60 days without cheating to try and heal your body. Consult your doctor before starting any new diet.
Below is the updated Kaufmann diets written by Doug Kaufmann
The Kaufmann Diets
“Fungi are known human parasites. They can enter our body in many ways, from inhalation to fugally contaminated food in our food supply, which is not uncommon. Several fungal species in our air and food supply make poisons substances called mycotoxins. The study of fungal poisons is a relatively new field of science. It’s genesis occurred in England in the early 1960’s when thousands of turkeys died from eating peanut meal that was impregnated with mycotoxins. We know that fungal mycotoxins can cause illness and death in animals and humans. In the 1970’s, when I began studying fungal diseases, I realized that peanuts were not the only foods that were contaminated with mycotoxins. From the scant literature on mycotoxins that existed in the 1970’s I developed a diet that minimized exposure to fungal poisons. Today, we know significantly more about foods that starve fungal parasites and those foods are updated and included in The Kaufmann 1 and Kaufmann 2 Diets. The premise for avoiding foods that feed fungi are quite simple; avoid yeast foods like bakers yeast and brewers yeast, avoid foods that are contaminated with fungal mycotoxins like grains and alcoholic beverages and avoid eating fungi itself in mushrooms, corn and other foods. The premise has remained the same for decades in my books and diets. Advancements in my understanding of how fungus actually causes us to crave the foods required for its own survival (sugars/carbohydrates) and of foods that are either contaminated with fungus, or that feed fungus continue to this day. This 2018 update represents updated information on my understandings of these advancements. Additionally, the diets consider food allergies and food addictions that many people have. If you are sick, always work with a healthcare professional when initiating dietary changes. If the underlying reason you are sick is linked to fungus, The Kaufmann Diets, although initially causing a die-off reaction in some people for a short time, may have you feeling significant improvement within a few weeks.
The KAUFMANN 1 DIET
Allowed: Stevia and corncob or birch tree bark xylitol
Excluded: No added sugar is allowed while following the Kaufmann 1 Diet, including honey, agave, or other “natural” sweeteners. Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are not allowed on the diet.
Allowed: Green apples, berries, avocados, fresh coconut, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and tomatoes
Excluded: Virtually all other fruits are excluded from the Kaufmann 1 Diet, usually due to the higher fructose content.
Allowed: Virtually all fresh, minimally processed meats. These include, beef, lamb, bison, turkey, chicken, pork, venison, etc. This also includes fish such as salmon, tuna, and shellfish. Wild-caught fish and grass-fed or pasture-raised meats are always preferable. Avoid conventionally raised meat and farmed fish, whenever possible, as added antibiotics and/or hormones may affect fungal proliferation.
Excluded: Beware of meats that have been cured using sugar, processed meats or deli meats which often contain sugar and/or ingredients such as wheat, corn, etc. Avoid breaded meats, as well.
Allowed: All eggs are allowed, but pastured eggs are best, because the chicken that laid the eggs have more a more natural diet and environment.
Excluded: Egg substitutes.
Keep in mind that dairy foods are often allergy foods. Dairy products can also be mucous producing. As a general rule, the dairy foods chosen on the Kaufmann 1 Diet are high in fat and low in milk sugar (lactose). As you consider using dairy products while on the Kaufmann 1 Diet, consider also that daily products can be addicting and the diets are meant to assist you in breaking those addictions. Do you eat daily products daily? Most of us do! If you are not allergic to dairy foods, and you are not over consuming them currently, you can enjoy them minimally while on the Kaufmann 1 Diet.
Allowed: BUTTER is a high fat product, but as such, contains only tiny amounts of lactose.
GHEE (clarified butter)
YOGURT- Goat yogurt, in moderation, is OK. Live cultured dairy probiotics contain relatively little lactose. Try to get higher fat yogurt with live bacterial cultures.
HEAVY CREAM-The fat skimmed off the top of milk creates heavy cream and it is about 37% fat. It contains almost no lactose (sugar), making it favorable on this diet. Therefore, unsweetened whipping cream, since it is heavy cream, is also OK.
SOUR CREAM-made from real cream. There are now many suppliers of lactose free sour cream. Cultured sour cream is preferred since a bacterium (streptococcus) is used in the process. Vinegars are used in non-cultured sour cream.
CREAM CHEESE-this is a low lactose cheese. There are now many suppliers of lactose free cream cheese.
Avoid: Milk, other cheeses, margarine, or other butter substitutes. Avoid rice or soybean substitutes.
A Word on Kefir and Kombucha
Kefir “grains” and Kombucha “scobys” are fermented products like yogurt, but whereas yogurt utilizes bacterial fermentation, kefir and kombucha both use bacteria and yeast in their fermentation process. Saccharomyces, the yeast in these products, is the same yeast that is used to make bread, wine and beer. Ethanol and acetaldehyde are produced by saccharomyces during the fermentation process. Know that acetaldehyde is a known carcinogen, so avoidance is best. Even though ethanol and acetaldehyde are only produced in small quantities in each kefir and kombucha drink, these beverages are currently being heavily promoted for there health benefits, leaving many people to drink kefir and kombucha on a regular basis. I have excluded these products on the Kaufmann Diets.
The list of dairy free cheeses, and milk substitutes grows monthly. There are many on the market now. As a general rule, unsweetened goat, coconut, almond and hemp dairy substitutes are acceptable. Be careful and read labels, as milk can sneak into the product with words like “casein” and “whey.” Check for other ingredients as well.
Allowed: Virtually all-fresh, unblemished vegetables. Greens are heavily encouraged. Juicing fresh, preferably organic vegetables and spices (ginger/turmeric root) is acceptable.
Excluded: Potatoes and sweet potatoes, legumes (including beans, peas, and green beans). Mushrooms and corn are not vegetables and are not allowed.
Allowed: Filtered water, fresh-squeezed vegetable juices, and unsweetened herbal teas. Unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, and various other nut milks are fine.
Excluded: All alcoholic beverages are off limits. A component of The Kaufmann 1 Diet involves avoiding foods and drinks that are addictive. For this reason, and others, coffee, regular black tea and sodas are excluded. Making flavored water beverages yourself with proper ingredients, seems to be well tolerated, but please enjoy them in moderation.
Allowed: Pseudo-grains, such as quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and millet. These are actually seeds and not grains.
A Word on “Ancient Grains.”
Ancient Grains are grains that purportedly have not been altered due to selectively breeding. They are still grains and that needs to be considered. For educational purposes, it is not just the breeding process that is factored in when deciding on grains, rather the silo process must also be considered, if this was used. The Kaufmann I Diet avoids grains for two distinct reasons; they are carbohydrates that feed fungi, and grains can easily become impregnated with fungi.
Excluded: Virtually all grains are excluded. These include corn, wheat, oats, barley, rye, spelt and any foods containing these ingredients, including bread, pasta, cakes, crackers, and other processed foods. Keep in mind that sugar is a grain!
9. Yeast Products and Fungal Foods
Allowed: None. Be careful of foods that are fermented using yeast. Be vigilant in reading labels, because yeast and its byproducts are sometimes cleverly inserted into labels.
Excluded: Virtually all products containing yeast are excluded from the diet, including alcohol, bread, etc. Any type of fungus, such as mushrooms and truffles, or foods that might contain fungus or fungal byproducts, such as certain aged cheeses or “myco-protein” or “nutritional yeasts,” are to be avoided.
10. Vinegars/Fermented Food Products
Allowed: Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. Know that all vinegars are acidic. The fermentation of sugars is used to make vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has been found to have anti-fungal properties against several fungal species, making it allowable. Sauerkraut is a lactic acid product. Lactic acid fermentation creates conditions favorable to lactic acid producing good microorganisms like lactobacillus.
Excluded: Virtually all others, including other vinegars, most salad dressings or sauces, including soy sauce.
A Word about Soy Sauce
Soybeans are the 2nd largest crop grown in America, following corn. If you must have soy sauce, try to find the 10% of non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) soybeans that exist. The other 90% are GMO soybeans and according to an educational website, nearly all of that 90% involve the use of a product called “Roundup” on the beans. Know that the darker or thicker soy sauces use molasses or caramel coloring added during the fermentation process. Do your own studies before using Soy Sauce.
Allowed: Many oils are allowed, including olive oil, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, flax seed oil, etc. Cold-pressed, extra virgin, and minimally processed, organic oils seem to be best.
Excluded: Most vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, corn oil, peanut oil, truffle oil and canola oil.
A Word About Canola Oil
Genetically speaking, scientists make canola oil by integrating rapeseed genes with the canola plant genes. Canola oil is rapeseed oil, from which most of the toxic monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid (erucic acid) has been removed through specific breeding. Although rapeseed oil is high in eruct acid, food-grade canola oil is engineered and regulated to contain a maximum of 2% uric acid in the USA. Europe’s equivalent of the US FDA states this about erucic acid: Erucic acid – a naturally occurring contaminant present in vegetable oil – is not a safety concern for most consumers as the average exposure is less than half the safe level. But it may be a long-term health risk for children up to 10 years of age who consume high amounts of foods containing this substance.
There are so many great oils we have to choose from. Choose these over others until more is known about their effects on human health.
12. Nuts & Seeds
Allowed: Nuts and seeds can be problematic for those who suffer from fungal disorders. Broken seed shells and nutshells expose the nut to the elements and one of the elements is fungus! Most nuts and seeds are allowed on the diet, including walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, etc. Try to purchase nuts with their shells intact. Of course, this is impossible when purchasing packaged pre-chopped nuts. Be vigilant when buying and eating nuts. You’ll know when you chew a bad one-spit it out and rinse! Be careful of sunflower seeds as they can be contaminated with fungus. Freshly groundnut butters are fine, but it is always best to see the, but again, many of us know when we taste a food product if it is contaminated or tastes differently.
Excluded: Peanuts (including anything made with peanuts or peanut butter). Science has now published that pistachio nuts and sunflower seeds are sometimes contaminated with fungal mycotoxins so it is best to avoid those also.
The Kaufmann 2 Diet
If your symptoms have improved while on The Kaufmann 1 Diet, your doctor may want to note on your chart that you likely have a food or fungal disorder. Many people begin to notice improvement and then disregard the diet hoping that relief will continue. Know that improvement doesn’t always translate to a cure, but some people report that following the diet for longer periods of time does help them manage their symptoms. Although it may have taken you a few months on the diet, once you are definitely feeling better, followers have two choices. They may continue on the Kaufmann 1 Diet, or choose to challenge more foods. The Kaufmann Diets were developed on an excellent nutritional platform and provide the proteins, fats and carbohydrates necessary for great health. For many people, because relief was finally achieved while following the Kaufmann 1 Diet, continuing on the diet just makes sense. Others, however, may have been following the Kaufmann 1 Diet for reasons other than symptom or illness. In these cases, the question often comes up, “can I have more foods now?” It may be time to “experimentally graduate” to the Kaufmann 2 Diet.
The Kaufmann 2 Diet introduces more foods into your diet. Be cautious when eating these new foods, and know that the Kaufmann 2 Diet might bring back some of your symptoms. Theoretically, this indicates that the fungal condition being “staved” by the Kaufmann 1 Diet hasn’t quite cleared up yet and even small amounts of some of these carbohydrate rich foods might awaken the fungus and bring back symptoms. Consider also that you may have food allergies and have avoided those foods on the Kaufmann 1 Diet, thereby making you feel better, but not related to fungus at all. Reverting to The Kaufmann 1 Diet is easy and should have you feeling better quite quickly as you continue to experiment with new foods. For many, The Kaufmann 2 Diet means testing common foods that used to be in your diet commonly, like coffee, beans and more fruits. Know that moderation is the key to success. If you find certain foods that bring back old symptoms, for any reason, simply avoid those.
THE KAUFMANN 2 DIET
Same as Kaufmann 1, except you may experiment with minimal amounts of real Manuka honey, in moderation, as a trial. Manuka honey has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, yet some people will be unable to tolerate any honey, or they attempt to challenge it too early in their recovery. When challenging Manuka honey, watch for changes in how you feel afterwards and base moderate continuation on that.
Same as Kaufmann 1, except begin adding back fruits on occasion. The higher sugar content fruits are dates, watermelon, pineapple and banana, so be cautious of these. Bulk dried fruits are also discouraged as they run a higher risk for fungal contamination. Try red apples on occasion as you begin to add more foods into your diet. Again, watch for symptoms and know that while a red apple once may be a wonderful treat, but eating another the next day, might cause some symptoms to return. Don’t “load” too quickly.
Same as Kaufmann 1
Same as Kaufmann 1
Same as Kaufmann 1, except, lower lactose cheeses are OK to experiment with now.
A Word About Cheese
Cheeses that are very low in milk sugar (lactose) are cheddar, Parmesan (very high protein) and Swiss cheeses. As a general rule, aged cheese is low lactose cheese. Older cheese becomes hard because it looses its moisture content and with that comes lower milk sugar, therefore hard cheeses have much less lactose in it. Goat cheeses and milks are generally acceptable, but please be vigilant as well-meaning nutritional marketers can give hints of cow milk in their labels.
Allowed: Same as Kaufmann 1. You are now allowed to include (experiment) with sweet potatoes or yams, and legumes, including beans, peas, etc., in moderation. (Peanuts are still excluded.)
Excluded: Regular potatoes-although a great source of fiber, potatoes are considered “starchy carbohydrates” and are 90%, or more, sugar and starch.
Corn is not a vegetable-it is a grain. Mushrooms are not vegetables-they are considered fungi. Continue excluding both mushrooms and corn.
Allowed: Same as Kaufmann 1. Since coffee is a bean, you may
minimally experiment with coffee now. Be careful as fungal mycotoxins are sometimes found in coffee beans if their shells crack. Don’t go overboard with coffee. If sweetening is desired, use Stevia or Xylitol.
Same as Kaufmann 1, except experimentation with oats and brown rice is allowed in moderation, because these tend to be less affected by fungus. Again, do not overload on these grains and revert to Kaufmann 1, should symptoms begin to return.
Excluded: Same as Kaufmann 1
9. Yeast Products and Fungal Foods
Allowed and Excluded: Same as Kaufmann 1
10. Vinegars/Fermented Food Products
Allowed and Excluded: Same as Kaufmann 1
Allowed and Excluded: Same as Kaufmann 1
12. Nuts & Seeds
Allowed and Excluded: Same as Kaufmann 1 Phase I”