The Parasite: An Infection That Can Destroy Our Cells
Today, let’s talk about parasites and parasite treatments, something that many of us would rather not talk about. We may not like to think about parasites taking up residence in our bodies, but it’s an important topic to consider and learn about, especially if we have “tried everything” and still haven’t reached our best state of health.
I’ve spoken with many experts over the years, many of whom have had to overcome health struggles that involved parasites and parasite co-infections such as chronic Lyme, Epstein-Barr virus, and other chronic health issues. I’ve also worked with hundreds of clients who are trying to rid themselves of chronic parasite infections, restoring their optimal cellular health and vitality. We are always seeking the most innovative parasite formula.
I’ve been curious about parasites, as it isn’t something we hear about everyday, and isn’t always the first thing that comes up when we are trying to heal. Many of us do not know enough parasites, how our symptoms may be related to parasites, and parasite treatment options that are available.
When I became sick with mercury poisoning, I became an expert on heavy metals and cellular healing, something I would’ve never considered if I wasn’t sick.
I found that so many of my clients were struggling with hidden parasite infections, and wanted to find a parasite formula that would help my clients who were struggling with either parasites, or parasite co-infections heal at the cellular level. We need to treat both the parasite infection and any other co-infections/health issues that may exist, so that underlying symptoms like brain fog, headaches, food sensitivities, and digest health issues can also be cleared.
To my chagrin, I found that I too had parasites. The heavy metals brought my immune system down to the point where my body was ripe for them to grow and multiply. I knew that I needed to find an effective parasite treatment, for both myself and my clients.
How Parasites Thrive
Parasites are systemic. In other words, they are easily spread and can affect various systems throughout the body. One such parasite is the threadworm or Strongyloides, a small intestinal parasite that is quite common. It has larvae that goes into the lungs, and can also spread to the muscles and nervous system. There are over 40 species of this parasite, which can affect all types of animals, including birds, reptiles, fish livestock and humans. Strongyloides are usually transmitted via the soil, and if the larvae come into contact with the skin, they can easily enter the body and make their way to the small intestine.
No one can give an exact number of how many folks have parasites, but many experts believe most people may have them at any given time. It is difficult to determine exactly how many are infected with Strongyloides because the majority of people infected, do not have any symptoms.
For those who do have symptoms, but may still have parasites, please know that the symptoms can be very broad and general in nature. The CDC lists the following as potential signs of a Strongyloides (parasite) infection:1
- Abdominal pain
- Occasional diarrhea or constipation
- Dry mouth
These symptoms are easily misdiagnosed, a reason why I always stress looking upstream. Why do you have abdominal pain? What is causing your heartburn? Why do you have a rash? For example, the skin condition eczema can be rooted in a type of intestinal parasite that could eventually lead to other skin conditions like psoriasis. We have to look at chronic pain the same way. What is causing it? The root cause may be parasites.
Many people are at their wits ends when it comes to healing. They are seen by chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, orthopedic surgeons and many specialists. No one seems to determine what was causing the pain and discomfort. However, once they embark on a parasite cleanse, the chronic pain (along with other symptoms) dissipate.
How Are Parasites Transmitted?
It should be noted that Strongyloides are usually transmitted via the soil, but that is not the only way they can be transmitted. Parasites can also be found in food, such as under-cooked pork, vegetables that are not washed, and even water sources. They can be found in animals-even pets. We can also catch parasites just through traveling to other countries and drinking water that contains bacteria and parasites.
Food also travels from all over the world, and these bacteria and parasites can come from anywhere. Bacteria and parasites are also found in places we may not anticipate. For example, a study on random shopping carts reported by the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona found that children are at an increased risk of Salmonella, Campylobacter, and other infections if they ride in grocery store shopping carts that contained meat at some point. The study suggests that children are exposed to bacterial pathogens in shopping carts occurs on a regular basis.2
It’s important we understand how prevalent these parasites are and ways to take necessary precautions to avoid them. However, many of us are unaware that we have parasites, as the symptoms are broad.
Yin-Yang and Parasites
Parasites seem to be everywhere today. A logical question then is are some people more prone to getting and harboring parasites than others? One of these theories is that of Chinese medicine.According to Chinese medicine, each person has a Ying and a Yang. With parasites, there may be a ying deficiency, and there may be a yang deficiency. in represents coolness, darkness, rest, stillness and structure, while Yang represents motion, heat, and brightness. Yang is activity, while yin provides the energy for that activity. In other words, Yin and Yang are opposite of each other but also need each other to function and remain in balance.
A yang deficiency can be caused by the following actions:
Negative emotions. Fear, excessive anger, and chronic stress.
Lack of rest. Working too much or excess exercise (overtraining).
Too many cold foods and drinks. Lots of iced and frozen foods can chill the body.
Overexposure to cold. It’s important to keep the body covered and warm in the cooler months.
Symptoms of a yang deficiency include the following:
- Always feeling cold
- Low libido
- Urinary disorders
- Lack of energy
- Lower back pain
- Poor circulation
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
By balancing out yin and yang, a person may be able to decrease susceptibility to having parasites. Popular ways to restore yang include the following:
Sunshine. Sunlight is a rich source of vitamin D, essential for overall health.
Cold showers. Cold showers have been used for centuries to increase the body’s resistance to disease.
Diet. Warm, nutrient dense cellular healing foods can help bring yang to normal levels.
Having a balanced diet is very important when fighting or treating for parasites. For vegans, be sure to incorporate enough yang foods. For meat eaters, be sure to eat a sufficient amount of yin foods such as leafy greens and don’t overeat meat. Simple carbs and sugar can drive inflammation and create an imbalanced microbiome. Overall, most people need to incorporate more of the good fats into their diets. Also, consider that parasites can affect digestion creating nutrient deficiencies, not allowing our bodies to repair and function properly.Parasite treatments are a challenge, because many people have parasites, but are not sick or showing many symptoms. Some people exhibit mild symptoms, while others become extremely sick. For those who do have symptoms, they may not know parasites are the cause. Therefore, it’s important to find a proper diagnosis. Parasites can harbor other co-infections which in turn suppress our immune system, and can be difficult to get rid of.
Parasites can contribute to low chronic infections, and can suppress the immune system. This allows for other larger bacterial and viral infections, such as Epstein Barr to take hold. If you treat the parasite with a parasite formula, the immune system reaction lessens, and people can heal quicker.
If someone is struggling with chronic anemia, chronic low blood sugar, or cortisol issues, it’s important to consider that parasites can create that problem. Parasites are reactive. They are more active at night, when you’re sleeping. Do you frequently wake up at 3am or 4am? It could be related to high amounts of ammonia being released by the parasites, causing night waking and difficulties falling back to sleep.
Parasites and the Immune System
When I had issues with parasites, it seemed like they would keep coming back. I eventually realized that the key for me was to eliminate the mercury, heavy metals and other toxins from my body before I could effectively deal with the parasites. This is where the immune system comes into play. A strong immune system is the key to eliminating parasites. If your immune system is impaired because you have heavy metal toxicity or chronic active Epstein-Barr or other viruses, it will be extremely difficult to overcome other health issues you may have.
Ironically, we don’t always see the parasites – we only see the results of the parasite treatment This is how we know the immune system is getting stronger. For example, a person may have liver flukes, which is parasitic disease of the bile ducts, a possible reason why some people are unable to digest fats or why their gallbladder must be removed. As the parasites are pulled from the body, these symptoms disappear. We may not know the parasites were the cause of these issues until they have been eradicated. Constipation is another example. Some may have constipation issues due to roundworm, or intestinal worms. Many people struggle with chronic constipation issues since childhood,, but once they get rid of the roundworms, symptoms disappear.
Testing for parasites is very limited. Some people have a few mild symptoms, while others have major health issues that could be due to parasites or something else. Some feel a stool sample is the best method, but that’s not necessarily the case. Often times these tests can come back negative even though parasites are still an issue. There are more comprehensive tests available. However, I find that muscle testing, a good case history, and symptom evaluation seem to be the best way to assess for parasite infections. The main reason is that I see patients who have done colonoscopies, endoscopies, and stool testing which all come back negative. I treat them, and there’s the proof right there, right? It is amazing what we see come out of people! Parasites are in a great environment in your body. They help create that environment along with other microbials and toxins. I like to create an environment that they do not thrive, and that’s where diet and nutrition comes into play.
What are some approaches we take in determining parasite infections?
First we look at symptoms:
- What are the symptoms you are experiencing?
- Do symptoms match with parasitic symptoms?
- Which type of parasite would match the symptoms?
Next, we look for parasites in this specific order:
- Cestodes (tapeworms)
- Trematodes (flukes and hookworms)
- Nematodes (Intestinal roundworms)
Protozoans are microscopic in size, and can come back if they’re inside the larger parasites. Therefore, it’s ideal to follow this order. Other microbials such as bacteria and viruses can also exist in the larger parasites. Practitioners are finding this method to be quite effective In one case, a patient had chronic hives every day for a year. She’d seen all kinds of specialists and nobody could figure out why she was having it. Within ten days of putting her on a protocol, she passed a six foot tapeworm. It’s been over a year now and she is still free of hives.
Removing Parasites Parasite Cleanse: Detox and Cellular Healing
One of the first steps to getting rid of parasites is to open the detox pathways. If the body is unable to eliminate toxins naturally, it will be extremely difficult to remove the parasites and keep them away. The idea is to create an environment in which parasites cannot easily thrive. The parasites have found a home and want to stay, but we must make their living conditions inhospitable. Once done, removing them will be much easier.
The parasites may not be in the bowels, but we can look at how clients’ bowels are moving. Do they have diarrhea or constipation? Even in the absence of parasites, this can be an important clue to investigate further.
Next, patients are put on the Cellular Healing Diet:
“In first two months, I’m doing the Cellular Healing Diet. I try and get the inflammation down, and then I also try and build the yang body up so that they can heal better.
“Then from there, depending on what the issues are, if I can move forward into more of a ketogenic diet and fasting. I think fasting is really important. I implement both of those protocols that Dr. Pompa has taught us and I also do some flushes. I’ll do the Vitamin C flush. I’ve also done some kidney flushes and some liver flushes to help clear out some of those issues.”
With a Parasite Cleanse, Start Low and Slow
The next step is to use a binder to help move out toxins. Binders support the body’s detoxification process by eliminating unhealthy waste. The toxins attach to the binders and are eliminated from the body. My preference is BIND from Systemic Formulas.
I also recommend Systemic Formula’s VRM 1, 2, 3, and 4. With these formulas, always start with VRM 1, especially when dealing with tapeworms. These products go from large organisms, to small organisms, to microscopic (all the way down to cellular organisms). I recommend going ‘low and slow’ with parasite formulas.
A key for parasite treatment is to strengthen and support the liver, kidneys and lymph nodes because toxins will be pulled from all parts of the body and flowing to these organs so they can be removed from the body.Therefore, start slowly with binders, because the body can experience adverse reactions initially as the body adjusts. Side effects can include headaches, fatigue or rashes.
Some practitioners prefer to use herbals to treat parasites. The decision is often made on a case by case basis: for some, it can take six months or longer to treat a tapeworm with an herb while medication can be much more potent. Treatment options depend on a person’s flora and the condition of the gut as well. An important point about parasites is they can be located anywhere in the body, like a hidden infection from a root canal or cavitation.
Who Should Be Parasite Tested?
As with any illness, the key is to resist treating the symptom and attempt to find the source of the problem. Using the thyroid as an example, it is difficult for it to work properly if a person has a blood sugar issue, an iron issue, or chronic anemia. If a person can’t sleep, why? Is cortisol higher at night? We must look at blood sugar, which then goes back to possible parasites and chronic stress. Seeking the root source is extremely important because health issues can wear a person down not only physically, but mentally. Over time, a negative outlook on life can change brain chemistry and physiology. However, once a person starts to feel better, they tend to have a completely different outlook on life. They can overcome struggles and see things in a whole different way. By getting better physically, life changes on multiple levels.
Parasite Treatment: The Gut is the Key
Most functional medicine or nutritional practitioners understand that healing the gut is the key to parasite treatment. I have seen people who have been on leaky gut protocols or candida protocols for years because they have a chronic condition they can’t seem to cure. If heavy metal toxicity is the culprit, then it will be extremely difficult to fix the leaky gut without proper detox. The same philosophy applies to parasites, but few practitioners are looking at it from this perspective. Most practitioners do not make the connection that parasites could create chronic candida or chronic infection.
In order to fix the gut, we have to cleanse the parasites out, and then restore both the stomach and intestinal environment. We must heal and seal the lining and support the healing process. Like bacteria, parasites love to generate toxins that create an environment where they can thrive. It’s important to clear that environment of toxins because a person could have a buildup of mucus over time, which can make it difficult to digest foods properly and can cause the gut to hold heavy metals, bad bacteria, toxic flora, yeast and fungus. It is important to focus on healing the gut, and removing toxins and bacteria first. Once the leaky gut is fixed, a person can get a fresh start, from being allergic to everything to being able to eat many foods. When I encounter someone who has a lot of food allergies, I know they have inflammation, perhaps parasite driven. Many people are having chronic gut issues and aren’t sure how to fix them. We don’t talk about parasites enough, but they’re affecting a lot of people, albeit unknowingly.
As a society, we’re conditioned to think antibiotics are the answer to health issues, but that’s not always the case, especially when dealing with chronic conditions. For example,I’ve had clients seeing their Doctor over and over, on and off antibiotics multiple times for recurring infections. However, once parasites are addressed, the infection ceases. Antibiotics won’t affect parasites. If we don’t attack the bacteria directly with a parasite treatment, they’ll keep coming back because we’re not fully getting rid of them.
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