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Resveratrol Health Benefits That May Surprise You

  Resveratrol has become famous as a non-toxic dietary supplement that can help prevent heart disease. Though these claims have not been supported by big American organizations and corporations that stand to benefit from rampant heart disease in the U.S., resveratrol is still a wildly popular supplement. But does it really work?   For American and European citizens who live under a capitalistic health care system, each patient has to decide for themselves whether to follow the advice that’s being handed down by Big Pharma or other large corporations that stand to gain from disease or whether they’re going to take their healthcare into their own hands. Resveratrol is a non-toxic substance that’s widely available in common food items like grapes and chocolate. If it doesn’t work to reduce the risk of heart disease, then it probably won’t hurt you either. But again, these decisions are up to you, the patient.   What is resveratrol?   Resveratrol is a natural phenol that’s produced by certain plants in response to injury or attack by pathogens. The skin of grapes, blueberries, raspberries, and mulberries are rich in resveratrol as well as dark chocolate, peanut butter, and red wine.   Heart Disease, Chagas, and Resveratrol: Things Every U.S. Citizen Should Know   Current estimates say that between 300,000 and 1 million people in the U.S. are infected with Chagas or the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. Chagas is transmitted through Kissing Bug bites as well as blood transfusions and organ transplants. In the United States, there are recommendations to test donated blood for Chagas to prevent the spread of the disease, but blood testing is not required (which means that Chagas is still spread this way in the U.S.). Kissing Bugs can transmit the disease as far north as Nebraska and Pennsylvania. Often, the bites go unnoticed, or if illness develops, it’s misidentified and the disease develops into low-level chronic health issues.   The interesting thing about Chagas Disease is that it can take decades for it to cause chronic symptoms which include heart disease and/or inflammation of the bowels. Resveratrol is currently being studied in Buenos Aires because it’s one of few natural ingredients that have been recognized as having an effect on the Resveratrol is currently being studied in Buenos Aires because it’s one of few natural ingredients that have been recognized as having an effect on the Trypanosoma cruzi protozoan that causes Chagas. As of 2016, studies were being done on... read more

ADHD? Depression? Anxiety? Consider Parasites.

As someone with a graduate degree in psychology, I can hardly believe that parasites have never been mentioned as a possible cause of mental illness. After spending several months questioning my own sanity recently, and then realizing that all my strange moods and feelings of dissociation were from a parasite infection in my intestines, I felt it might be helpful to write up a few things for people who might be wondering if depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or just about any other psychological disorder could possibly be the result of a parasite infection.   When I was a teenager, I believed I was bipolar. In fact, I still believe that I was bipolar as a teen. I tried to kill myself twice. Emotionally, I was way up and then I was way down. Now I wonder if I just needed a parasite cleanse. The symptoms of parasite infestation can mimic the symptoms of bipolar disorder.   I mean, I don’t want to oversimplify things. My parents were crazy. I love them, but they weren’t equipped to work with teens and that contributed quite a bit to my teenage funk. But I’ve watched my 15 year old daughter and listened to her “crazy talk” over the past few months while our family has been ill with intestinal parasites. As we’ve started getting better after doing our parasite cleanse, I have to wonder how often rebellious teens are actually struggling with systemic problems that could be easily remedied with some herbal wormwood and black walnut tinctures and dietary changes. As a parent, if teenage angst was actually caused by roundworms or hookworms, you’d do parasite cleanses every six months like clockwork, wouldn’t you? Well, it was only two generations ago that parasite cleanses were standard procedure in most households. And you know what? Teens were still teens but they weren’t as troubled as they are today.   I have friends in their 40’s right now who regularly make Facebook posts about their clinical depression or anxiety. I know enough about them to wonder if parasites are actually the problem. One of my friends regularly cycles through depression. Her brother suffered from clinical insomnia. Both could be caused by parasites which means that both could be cured with natural home remedies for anxiety or depression. If you’re suffering from one of these problems, it might be worth it to try a parasite cleanse. Herbs like wormwood are known for treating depression and... read more

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

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is referred to as a “disorder” by doctors and not a disease. People who have been given this diagnosis have frequent stomach pain and discomfort and bowel movements that are irregular in some way. It’s a catch-all term that has been coined for this problem that seems to have no cause and no cure (it is only diagnosed by systematically testing for other diseases and excluding them). But don’t succumb to the IBS diagnosis. There are alternative treatment strategies available and lifestyle changes that can bring relief from this “disorder”. But before you start cutting things out of your diet or trying prescription medication, consider doing a parasite cleanse using herbs like wormwood, cloves, and black walnut. Intestinal parasites can cause many of the same symptoms as IBS. Doctors say that IBS is caused by irregular movement of the intestine as food is being digested. Thus, it is a “functional” disorder (meaning that the intestines aren’t functioning properly). In the 1950’s when IBS was first introduced and doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with their patients using surgeries, scopes, lab tests, or ultra-sound a consensus was developed that the problems was “in the patient’s head”. Indeed, stress can cause the intestines to behave strangely and IBS can be caused by anxiety and stress, but the implication was that the pain and discomfort was imagined, which was insulting to patients. Some patients experienced relief from their IBS symptoms following the colonic cleanse required for a colonoscopy because their real affliction was a parasitic infection that was expelled from the body prior to the scope. Some patients may have food allergies or sensitivities to wheat or dairy. Most doctors won’t mention diet as a possible cause of IBS because doctors are usually uneducated about nutrition. They take one nutrition class during their undergraduate days and never revisit the idea that food could cause symptoms for the rest of their days in school. Women tend to develop the symptoms associated with IBS more often than men. As many as 15% of the entire population suffers from IBS. If you have regular and persistent tummy troubles and your doctor says you have IBS, consider doing a parasite cleanse using an herbal formula, or visiting an acupuncturist or a holistic practitioner who will help you make lifestyle changes to get your belly back on track. My husband was diagnosed with IBS when he was still in our 20’s, but in fact, he had intestinal... read more