Can interstitial cystitis be cured?

I’ve had problems with cystitis since I was a little girl. When I was 4 years old, I wanted to be like my dad and so I tried lifting some of his weights. I ended up with a hernia from my weight-lifting escapade and I was misdiagnosed by doctors for 6 months. This supposedly predisposed me to cystitis or at least, that’s what I’ve read.   I would get a urinary tract infection about every three months after my daughter was born. Doctors theorized about my problem. One doctor told me it had to do with sexual intercourse. Another told me I had “Reiter’s Syndrome”. Yet another told me I had fibromyalgia.   Once I realized that doctors were not going to help me solve my problem, I started looking more closely at my lifestyle. I decided to stop drinking coffee.   It wasn’t uncommon for me to drink 3 pitchers of coffee a day at the time when I decided to quit. I had often wondered if coffee causes bladder irritation, but I was addicted. After months of bladder irritation, I was ready to quit drinking coffee despite my addiction. Since I’ve quit drinking coffee, I’ve had less than one UTI per year. As of the time of this writing, I haven’t had a UTI in five years.   What’s interesting about coffee though is that coffee and parasites go together. Intestinal parasites thrive in an acidic environment and coffee definitely acidifies the body. And whenever I would feel “foggy headed” (a symptom of parasites) I would just drink more coffee. That’s why I ended up drinking 3 pitchers of the stuff per day! I couldn’t help myself. Other symptoms of a parasite infection could have tipped me off (or tipped off my doctor, if any of them had known anything about parasites at all). Once, for about 3 months, I was afflicted with a strange health issue that locked up my joints. I couldn’t even pull up the blankets on my bed because my elbows hurt too badly. I went from running marathons to barely being able to walk up a hill very slowly. Of course, the doctor I went to told me I had fibromyalgia, but I’d noticed that drinking certain sports drinks that were filled with electrolytes would help just slightly. I ignored the diagnosis. I went home and worked with my electrolyte drinks. I kept walking and thinking and looking for answers. Eventually, the... read more

Why Your Doctor Never Told You about Parasites

I guarantee that once you understand how our medical industry works in the United States, you’ll never trust your doctor again. I can’t illuminate all of the capitalistic caveats that have caused our healthcare system to become so out-of-whack, but I can tell you some of the reasons I’ve encountered so far to explain why doctors don’t diagnose parasites.   Let me begin this story by talking about my university days as a pre-med student back in the 1990’s when HMO’s were a hot topic and we were all worried about socialized healthcare. To build my resume and increase my chances of getting into med school, I decided to work as a teacher’s assistant for Human Anatomy at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I worked under Dr. Woodman with about 10 other students dissecting cadavers and teaching the lab portion of the class two times each week. It was a challenging class and a lot of students struggled through it. There were two students in my lab section that did particularly well. There was one student who couldn’t even spell the word “arm”. All three of these students applied to medical schools around the same time. Guess which student got in?   You guessed it…my “D” student who knew someone who knew someone at Creighton.   The day that I heard this news about which student got into med school, I had a crisis. I didn’t “know” anyone who knew anyone. I wasn’t good at kissing ass. I’d been under the impression that good grades and demonstrable enthusiasm for medicine would get me “in”. It was the straw that broke the camels back, so-to-speak. I dropped back to half-time studies and started a band. I decided that I couldn’t do this whole “medicine thing” anymore.   A few years later, I got married. A few years after that, I had a kid. The problem of doctors and medicine became more important once I had a family. I wondered, Are all doctors the stupidest ones out of a batch of promising students? Are they all just “people who knew people who knew people”? I’d watched doctors do so many stupid things in the past. One doctor poked a “cyst” in my mom’s face with a needle thinking it was a pimple (it was actually a tumor that was, luckily, benign). I’d been personally diagnosed with fibromyalgia and a disease called Reiter’s syndrome (I had neither). My husband had been... read more

Treatment of Parasites for Humans

When it comes to parasite treatment options, herbal remedies are definitely best. Paromycin, Flagyl, Ivermectin, Mebendazole and Albendazole can all cause serious side effects, but more worrisome is the fact that many of these drugs fail to get parasites under control. In the United States, we’ve been taught to trust in prescription drugs. Herbal remedies aren’t respected as a legitimate treatment option up against the colorful pills dispensed by doctors and pharmacists. But actually, many of the drugs on the market today were developed to mimic the action of herbs. But I talk more about that in another article about Why Your Doctor Never Told You about Parasites.   When we discovered that we had an infection, we wanted to get rid of parasites as quickly as possible for two reasons 1) we felt truly awful and 2) it’s gross. As soon as we realized what was making us sick, we started treating our infection using the following formula: NOTE:  NEVER TAKE WORMWOOD IF YOU’RE PREGNANT OR TRYING TO CONCEIVE!!!   Gaia (brand name) Wormwood and Black Walnut Supreme – 20 drops 4 times/day HerbPharm (brand name) Black Walnut 0.70 mL (or approximately 7/10th of a dropperful) 4 times per day HerbPharm (brand name) Clove 0.40 mL (or 4/10th of a dropperful) 4 times per day HerbPharm (brand name) Wormwood – 5 drops 4 times per day NOW (brand name) L-Arginine 2 – 500 mg capsules taken with each “daytime dose” of the above to relieve anxiety and headaches caused by die-off   HerbPharm (brand name) Wormwood — one additional dose of 20 drops right before bed NOW (brand name) L-Ornithine 3 – 500 mg capsules taken with the final dose of 20 drops of Wormwood taken right before bed. The Ornithine helps you sleep by diminishing the effects of die-off reactions.   We purchased the above items at Vitamin Cottage and Whole Foods, but you can also order them online at Amazon. We had to go to three different stores to get enough to last us for three weeks because their stock was low every place we went (apparently, other people were doing cleanses too). We didn’t eat anything for at least 30 minutes before taking this formula or for 30 minutes after, which wasn’t a problem because we weren’t hungry although sometimes my 15 year old daughter did complain about hunger pains. We occasionally broke the 30 minute rule. It isn’t necessary to hold fast to it,... read more

Parasite Symptoms: Our Experience

Let me start by giving you some background information about us:   My husband (42 years), my 15 year old daughter, and I (39 years) had no reason to believe that we had parasites. It’s been about 5 years since we stopped eating in restaurants both at home in the United States and abroad. Yes, we travel overseas, but we don’t even eat the food served on airplanes. On long trips, we eat peanut butter and raisins pre-made by yours truly. We wash our fruits and veggies thoroughly, after soaking them in chlorine, we cook all our own food (or starve), and we’re compulsive hand-washers. We’ve struggled with various food sensitivities which is why we’ve avoided restaurants and food that we don’t prepare ourselves, but now, I’m learning that many of our allergies aren’t allergies at all, but rather, symptoms of a parasite infection.   Even though I completed a pre-medicine curriculum during my undergraduate degree, spent 2 years shadowing a general practitioner, a semester shadowing a psychiatrist, attended medical school camp in high school, and worked in a long-term care facility for five years, I never once encountered parasites in patients (or so I thought). I have a Master’s Degree in psychology and I’ve spent time shadowing psychiatrists in different settings. Through all my schooling, including microbiology classes, I only attended one lone parasitology seminar during my final semester in college where I sat in awe that people could be so fascinated with what seemed to me to be a terribly mundane and unimportant topic.   Despite all my experience working in healthcare settings and with people in general, I never EVER heard mention of stomach parasites or intestinal parasites as the cause of any illness EVER.   Last month, our entire family started having strange symptoms that I couldn’t explain. We were all unnaturally tired. Every afternoon my daughter and I would get horrible headaches. I couldn’t sleep. My eye would twitch. Often, I would wake up around 3:00 AM in a sweat. I started getting my periods every two weeks while my daughter stopped getting hers altogether. I thought I was going through menopause perhaps. I worried silently about cancer. My husband’s skin looked gray. He was having headaches too and chronic stomach upsets. He’d had diarrhea every day for a month. He had tinnitus. He and I would go out jogging together, but instead of returning home feeling invigorated and ready to start the day,... read more

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