Treatments for Fungus and Yeast Bicarbonate, Iodine, Chlorine Dioxide, Ozone, Garlic Etc. – Part Three

Published on March 23, 2023

In part one and part two we saw how fungus, yeast and mold can be nasty enemies that modern medicine is ill equipped to treat. So, we need to strike out on our own and treat ourselves at home with substances that fungus cannot develop a resistance to. But even under the best of circumstances treating with the best substances its still a war of attrition so it’s best to gang up on fugus and yeast hitting them with everything we got. We will cover bicarbonates and thus oxygen, iodine, chlorine dioxide, ozone, garlic, and Monolaurin in this presentation.

Beating Back Late-Stage Infections
(Cancer & Fungus) with Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate acts as a powerful, natural and safe antifungal agent, which when combined with iodine, would probably cover the entire spectrum of microbial organisms. The efficacy of sodium bicarbonate against certain bacteria and fungi[14] has been documented. Its role as a disinfectant against viruses, however, is not generally known. Sodium bicarbonate at concentrations of 5% and above was found to be effective with 99.99% reduction viral titers on food contact surfaces within a contact time of 1 min.[15]

It was not until oncologist Dr. Tullio Simoncini came along that the concept arose that cancer can be treated with sodium bicarbonate. My book Sodium Bicarbonate, Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment continues to be the only medical bible on this subject.

Baking sodas backbone characteristic is to maintain
balance of carbon dioxide, bicarbonate and pH.

The proposed benefits of baking soda for treating yeast infections have been known for many years, but many have doubted whether the claims are substantiated. However, research has found that baking soda does kill the candida cells that lead to infection.

When baking soda is diluted, it creates an alkaline solution that subsequently creates an environment where fungal bacteria colonies are unable to multiply. In addition to killing the candida cells, it can prevent itching and burning sensations by soothing the impacted area. It also serves to balance the natural balance pH levels while also keeping the affected area dry. While primarily used for vaginal yeast infections, baking soda can also be used to provide relief from infections on the fingers or armpit.

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an antifungal agent and can even kill some established forms of fungus. Research has shown it’s effective against some kinds of black spot and powdery mildew. Best of all, baking soda is completely non-toxic for mammals, readily available in any grocery store, and inexpensive.

A concentration of 10 g/L SB inhibited the growth of 80% of all the fungal isolates. We evaluated the antifungal activity of SB on 24 infected (15 dermatophytes, 7 yeasts and 2 molds) clinical specimens (15 nails and 9 skin scrapings). The fungal growth was completely inhibited for 19 (79%) specimens and reduced for 4 (17%) specimens after 7 days.

Patients with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) face a much higher risk of succumbing to a deadly fungal infection, known as mucormycosis, than healthy patients. A study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, found sodium bicarbonate reversed the effects that promoted the spread of mucormycosis in DKA, a life-threatening condition that can affect people with diabetes.

Some think that baking soda is the most potent antifungal substance there is because of its ability to rapidly change the Candida colonies’ pH from acid to alkaline, which effectively kills off the yeast before it has time to adapt to new environments. The problem with antifungal drugs is that fungi are extremely adaptive and can accommodate themselves to a new environment in three to four days. This renders antifungal drugs largely ineffective. Fungi do not adapt to baking soda.

Still, it seems like doctors, hospitals, and medical institutions would rather them perish than admit that sodium bicarbonate is the best antifungal for this and other fungal infections. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, has significant antifungal effects. Laboratory studies show that baking soda is effective against most fungal species. Bicarbonate inhibited the growth of 80 percent of fungal isolates tested in one study. Many studies have shown that sodium bicarbonate at high concentrations has an antimicrobial effect over several microorganisms isolated from the oral cavity, including Candida albicans.

“It is a creature from the black lagoon,” said the CDC’s Dr. Tom Chiller, who heads the fungal branch. “It bubbled up, and now it is everywhere.” In the last five years alone, it has swept through a hospital in Spain, hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, spread throughout India, Pakistan, and South Africa, and forced a prestigious British medical center to close its ICU for nearly two weeks.

Simply put, fungi are evolving defenses to resist and survive modern medications. “It’s an enormous problem,” said Imperial College of London fungal epidemiology professor Matthew Fisher, who co-authored a recent scientific review on the rise of resistant fungi. “We depend on being able to treat those patients with antifungal medications” that are no longer working for this infection. We need to call in the calvary on bicarbonate medicine to save the day.

Oxygen and Candida

The most important factor in creating proper pH is increasing oxygen because no wastes or toxins can leave the body without first combining with oxygen. The more alkaline you are, the more oxygen your fluids can hold and carry. Oxygen also buffers/oxidizes metabolic waste acids helping to keep you more alkaline. The quickest way to increase oxygen and pH is through the administration of sodium bicarbonate and that is why bicarbonate has always been a mainstay emergency room and intensive care medicine. Of course, when we increase oxygen and pH levels, we are simultaneously increasing cellular voltage.

“The Secret of Life is both to feed and nourish the cells and let them flush their waste and toxins”, according to Dr. Alexis Carrell, Nobel Prize recipient in 1912. Dr. Otto Warburg, also a Nobel Prize recipient, in 1931 & 1944, said, “If our internal environment was changed from an acidic oxygen deprived environment to an alkaline environment full of oxygen, viruses, bacteria and fungus cannot live.”


Nobel Laureate Albert Szent Györgyi, the physician who discovered Vitamin C in 1928, commented: “When I was a medical student, iodine was a universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but it did something and did something good.”

The first and most basic reason to employ iodine is its antibiotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral effects. Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin within 90 seconds, its use as an antibiotic has been ignored. Iodine exhibits activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct use on humans and animals and upon tissues, only iodine can kill all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacteria, yeasts, and protozoa. Most bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact.

Candida auris is not resistant to iodine. Iodine has broad-spectrum antibacterial activity that has been recognized since the early 19th century. It also is active against yeast, mold, viruses, and fungi. Readers have reported that iodine can be effective against warts and nail fungus. In both C. albicans and C. glabrata wild types Lugol’s treatment decreased cellular viability in a dose-dependent manner.

Iodine has been largely forgotten, and now ignored by the pharmaceuticals and physicians in America today. The reason that iodine has been neglected is that is inexpensive, can cure or significantly improve symptoms of disease. In the 1940’s, when antibiotics came into vogue as the treatment iodine therapy vanished from popular medical vernacular. Some of the therapeutic actions of iodine are antibacterial, anti-fungal, anticancer, antiviral, antimicrobial, and parasitic.

Lugol’s solution was discovered by Jean Lugol, a Paris physician, in 1829. He found that iodine is more soluble in water that contains potassium iodide. Lugol’s is a liquid mixture of iodine iodide, and potassium iodide (which is 77% iodine). Lodoral is an iodine oral supplement, identical to the iodine mix in Lugol’s. It is taken orally in a long acting dextrose compound, iodate salts, and the antimicrobial betadine (17% iodide).

Four published in vitro studies point to a potential solution, demonstrating the effectiveness of Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) solutions in eradicating Candida auris as a skin disinfectant. One of these studies notes the efficacy of 10% Povidone-iodine solution against pure Candida auris samples within 2-to-5 minutes exposure while a further study suggests that PVP-I can kill the superbug and deemed it one of the most effective skin disinfectants available.

Dr. Sarah Myhill has a lot to say about fungus infections and different uses of iodine as an effective mode of treatment. She says, “The human body can be infected by any microbe. Western lifestyles (in particular high carbohydrate, micronutrient deficient diets, environmental pollution, vaccination and female sex hormones such as the Pill and HRT) have resulted in a progressive erosion of our immunity. High carbohydrate diets are providing a free lunch for yeast and fungi which love to ferment sugars. The upshot is that we are seeing epidemics of new infections. These microbes have been present for millions of years, but now they are starting to move in and colonize our weakened bodies.” Iodine deficiencies weaken us across the board of human physiology. Iodine should not be left out of any treatment for fungal infections and likewise it should not be left out of the treatment of any disease.

Chlorine Dioxide

Forbidden Cures

ClO2 are well known for their strong oxidation effect for antimicrobial activity against pathogens, such as bacterial, fungi, and viruses (Shirasaki et al., 2016). ClO2 has been considered as a good option for closed room disinfection, especially in the age of Covid. According to Lowe et al. (2013), the inactivation ability of ClO2 exhibits large reduction of various types of organism, such are A. baumannii, E. coli, E. faecalis, M. smegmatis, and S. aureus.

A food sanitization study showed that a ClO2 solution was able to achieve large reductions of Listeria, and Salmonella with a very low concentration of ClO2 while satisfying the US EPA standard for drinking water (Trinetta et al., 2011).

Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) has many advantages as a fungicide. Chlorine dioxide gas completely inactivates all fungal organisms except for C. globosum colonies which were inactivated still at an average of 89%. Chlorine dioxide gas can be effective for the inactivation of certain fungal colonies. Roberts and Reymond (1994) showed that spores of Cryptosporiopsis perennans were killed when exposed to 1 mg ClO2 ml-1 for 30 sec. Spores of Mucor piriformis were killed after a 4-min exposure. Spores of Penicillium were killed after a 2-min exposure at 3 mg ClO2 ml. Spores of B. cinerea were killed after a 2-min exposure at 5 mg ClO2.

Use chlorine dioxide to eliminate mold, mildew in the environment and will take out all kinds of infectious agents internally in our bodies. Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) is one of the most effective disinfectants, capable of eliminating bacteria, viruses, molds, biofilms and even spores and that is why former President Trump suggested it be used for Covid. It’s function as biocide, algaecide, fungicide, makes it a very powerful general disinfectant while at the same time being very gentle with the items to be disinfected. The key words at the end of this sentence are being gentle, gentle with human cells, gentle with us. Chlorine dioxide is nothing like chlorine bleach through the media and government love to confuse the two.

ClO2 damages the plasma membranes of C. albicans mainly by permeabilization, rather than by the disruption of their integrity. In a study ClO2 significantly improved the microbial count (p < 0.001) of C. albicans after treatment, without significant side effects. Results showed marked improvement in the clinical appearance of the tissues after 10 days, with total resolution in the majority of cases.  Treatment of chlorine dioxide reduces the C. albicans count in root canals of extracted human teeth at stationery and starvation phases.

Is Cancer a Fungus?

CLO2 is pH-dependent; that is; the stability or instability of this substance is determined in large measure by the concentration of hydrogen ions (H+ or protons) in the surrounding medium. Said another way CLO2 splits apart and bites hard on acid conditions, which is its main action, neutralizing acid conditions and acid-making cells like cancer.

Cancer—always believed to be caused by genetic cell mutations—can in reality be caused by infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. “I believe that, conservatively, 15 to 20% of all cancer is caused by infections; however, the number could be larger—maybe double,” said Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, director of the Cancer Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Dannenberg made the remarks in a speech in December 2007 at the annual international conference of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Whether caused by infections or not, once cancerous conditions are well underway the weakening of the immune system and the battle that ensues between the good guys and the bad is cheered on by hordes of infectious agents that increase in density, power and form as a patient’s cancers get worse.

Science Daily reports, “With infectious diseases, it is often not the pathogen itself, but rather an excessive inflammatory immune response (sepsis) that contributes to the patient’s death, for instance as a result of organ damage. On intensive care units, sepsis is the second-most common cause of death worldwide. In patients with a severely compromised immune system, life-threatening candida fungal infections represent a high risk of sepsis.”

Credit: Image courtesy of Medical University of Vienna

“The working group led by Karl Kuchler in the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Infection Biology (Max. F. Perutz Laboratories at the Vienna Biocenter Campus) has now deciphered the molecular causes of life-threatening inflammatory reactions that are triggered by fungal infections: two highly aggressive types of phagocytes in the immune system (neutrophils and inflammatory monocytes), which however also have a high potential for collateral destruction, mediate the inflammatory reaction during an infection with candida. Certain interferons, the messenger substances used by the immune system, which are excreted during fungal infections, stimulate the influx of immune cell types to infected organs and lead to sepsis.”

Monolaurin and Candidiasis

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast called Candida. The most common Candida fungus that results in human infection is Candida albicans. Candida colonizes on a healthy individual’s skin, or in the gastrointestinal or genitourinary tracts. These tracts include the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina as possible locations for fungal growth. At first, a Candida albicans infection can be asymptomatic, with the infected person experiencing no negative effects. However, certain changes, including in immunity and stress, within the host can lead to an overgrowth of the fungus which in turn can cause a number of different infections. The symptoms that then occur depend on the location of the fungal infection.

Monolaurin is formed from the medium-chain fatty acid, lauric acid. It occurs naturally in coconut oil and mother’s breast milk but can also be taken as a dietary supplement. Studies suggest that monolaurin may have numerous health benefits. Monolaurin has been tested in laboratory settings as an antifungal agent against Candida albicans and published results suggest it is effective. In 2016, an in vitro experiment showed that “monolaurin has antifungal capabilities against C. albicans, both as a biofilm buster and a susceptibility test.”


Garlic is more than a culinary treat. One of the most powerful antifungals known to man, garlic has been used for centuries to treat everything from skin diseases to parasites. Numerous research studies have shown garlic to be an effective treatment for yeast and fungal infections, especially Candida overgrowth. Garlic is a natural antifungal, and you can use it on any area affected by fungus.

One of garlic’s most important antifungal agents is Ajoene, an organosulfur compound that has been shown to kill off a variety of fungal infections. Ajoene is formed from a compound named allicin and an enzyme named allinase. When garlic is chopped or crushed, allicin and allinase come together to form the powerful antimicrobial agent ajoene.


Personally, I have never used ozone, so this is only a basic presentation. Ozone, an allotropic form of oxygen, is heavily utilized for its biological effects in the medical field. It is well established that exposing organic molecules like fungi to ozone can effectively oxidize, hydrolyze, or thermally decompose the said molecule.

For this reason, ozone can be used to inactivate many species of fungi, especially the ones causing infections in humans. Just like many medications, the dosage of the medical ozone administered is highly important; very low dosages will have no therapeutic effect, yet high dosage concentrations of ozone can have some toxic consequences in the body.

When administered correctly, medical ozone can inhibit and destroy some fungi species like Candida, Histoplasma, Aspergillus, Cryptococcus, and Actinomycoses. Their cell walls are made of carbohydrates, proteins, and glycoproteins. This makes them a good site for oxidative inactivation, thus disrupting the cellular organelles.

There are many ways to administer ozone therapy. The most popular procedure is Major autohemotherapy (MAH) where a blood sample is ozonated and intravenously infused back to the body. Other people opt to get ozone injections directly to the specific organs.

Another way is insufflation where medical ozone is pumped through a body crevice. Many individuals can do it at home. Perhaps the easiest form of ozone therapy is the oral intake of ozonated oil or water.

Whatever method you choose, just make sure to never inhale ozone by mistake since it could be harmful to the lungs.


Knowing appropriate dosages is important to practitioners and patients because dosages are mission critical for achieving therapeutic effects. Estimating dosages is something we all must do and the most basic thing we do that with is our water intake. What is the right amount of water (dosage) a person should drink a day? What dosage of sun? These are important questions that doctors often answer in a wrong way.

For more information on dosages see my book Forbidden Cures and or just do a search on my site for dosages.


Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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