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Clinical Considerations of Chronic Candidiasis


Kurt Woeller, DO, FMAPS


This webinar highlights unique aspects of candidiasis, including certain pathogenicity mechanisms, laboratory tests, and treatment interventions.

Various candida organisms can be a normal inhabitant of the digestive system and part of our microbiome in low levels. However, candida has the potential to overpopulate the bowel leading to various symptoms of bloating, gas, constipation, etc. Candida can also become invasive within the digestive system leading to leaky gut increase immune activity and systemic reactivity. This lecture will highlight unique aspects of candidiasis, including certain pathogenicity mechanisms, laboratory tests, and treatment interventions.

During the course of the webinar, individuals were able to ask questions of the speaker. Because of time constraints, not all the questions were able to be answered in real time. We are happily able to answer those questions below:

Q: One of the slides about vulvodynia mentions adding oral calcium citrate. I have two questions:
1. How does adding calcium reduce oxalates? I thought the oxalate combines with calcium to cause the calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause vulvodynia.
2. Are other forms of calcium also effective such as calcium magnesium or maleate?

A: The calcium citrate helps with oxalate binding in the digestive system preventing it from being absorbed. Once the salt is formed in the gut it doesn’t get absorbed. Instead, it is released out of the body in the stool. The citrate component helps with moving more oxalate out of the digestive cells into the lumen of the gut where is can combine with the calcium. This, along with a low oxalate diet, lessons the total body load of oxalate. Therefore, there will be less to react at the tissue level. Other forms of calcium and magnesium do not appear to be as effective as calcium citrate and magnesium citrate.

Q: Will a plant-based diet make candida worse? Is coconut oil bad for candida? Heard it increases leaky gut.

A: In general, a plant-based diet would be better as it helps to improve the diversity of the microbiome. I am not sure about coconut oil, but not likely to make it worse.

Kurt Woeller DO

About the Author

Kurt Woeller, DO, FMAPS

Kurt N. Woeller, DO, FMAPS, is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, integrative and functional medicine physician, and biomedical Autism Treatment Specialist in clinical practice for over 25 years.

Dr. Woeller is the education director and main course developer for his Integrative Medicine Academy (, an online academy for health professionals. He is also the Organic Acids Test (OAT) seminar creator and presenter for Mosaic Diagnostics Laboratory (formally Great Plains Laboratory’s GPL Academy) Mosaic EDGE seminars and has been involved in monthly educational webinars for GPL/Mosaic Diagnostics, and other organizations for over a decade.

His private practice, Sunrise Functional Medicine (, focuses on specialized diagnostic testing and treatments for individuals with complex medical conditions like autism, autoimmune, gastrointestinal, certain neurological disorders, and other chronic health conditions. Dr. Woeller is a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS).

He has served as a clinical consultant for various laboratory companies, i.e., Great Plains Laboratory, BioHealth Laboratory, providing health practitioner education regarding functional and integrative medicine.

You can follow Dr. Woeller for ongoing education articles and videos through his Substack at and his YouTube channel for Integrative Medicine Academy Finally, listen to Dr. Woeller’s latest health professional interviews through his Functional Medicine Doc Talk Podcast –