Does the Kaufmann Diet Really Help Against Fungal Infections?

Doug Kaufmann was sick, and now he isn’t. After returning from Vietnam, he began to feel the debilitating effects of a systemic infection. In response, he developed Phase 1 of the Kaufmann Diet to treat fungus. It worked for him. The question is, will it work for you.

What It Is

  • Phase 1: This lasts for about a month. To begin the diet, you eliminate foods that feed the fungus, as well as foods that may reintroduce fungus into your system. The idea is to starve it out. So no – as in zero – sugar or sugar substitutes (except stevia), grains, tea or coffee, legumes, potatoes, peanuts, pistachios, green olives, butter substitutes, or anything with yeast in it.
  • Phase 2: In this phase, you begin to add in some grains, like buckwheat, millet or brown rice. This phase lasts longer than Phase 1, so it needs to be more palatable.

It’s always wise to see your doctor if you’re not feeling well. And it’s a good idea to discuss any major changes you may be planning to make in your diet. That goes double if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease. The Kaufmann Diet to treat fungus may not be appropriate for you.

Does It Work?

Some people are convinced it does. Some are much more skeptical. Certainly, many of the recommendations are better for you than the Standard American Diet. The skeptics would say that’s why people feel better on diets like this one.

But many people believe this kind of diet has helped them heal from a fungal infection. We really need more research. There just isn’t enough to prove either theory.


If you’re concerned about a possible fungal infection, the first step is to see your doctor to discuss both symptoms and diet changes. If your doctor clears you, you may decide to try the Kaufmann Diet to treat fungus. Check out the website, or get the book, to really understand the diet. Then see what you think of it.

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