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ADHD or maybe…parasites?

I have a Master’s Degree in child psychology and though I’ve worked with a lot of kids, I’ve never been sold on the idea of ADHD. I believe that there are probably some children who are actually hyperactive and unfocused, but the number of children who are diagnosed with ADHD each year is hard for me to believe. So if ADHD is not an emotional problem, what is it?   Well the truth is, I can’t tell you for sure, but I’ve noticed a few popular items that keep emerging in the research about this “disorder”. One is nutrition and the other is sleep deprivation. For most parents who have been sent home with ADHD as the final diagnosis, this is no revelation, but I want to connect the dots from nutrition and sleep deprivation to a problem that’s so simple, it’s elegant.     Believe it or not, most school-aged kids and many adults are infected with pinworms and probably other common intestinal parasites as well such as roundworms or hookworms. In this article, I’m going to stick to pinworms as a possible explanation for ADHD, just to make things less muddled, but if your child has some strange symptoms (like daily headaches, nausea, frequent vomiting, arthritic symptoms, eye twitching, depression or…other weird or inexplicable stuff like that) he/she may have other types of parasites too.   Before I go on, let me just say that parasites can be treated easily through a parasite cleanse using ingredients like wormwood, black cohosh, and cloves. I describe the parasite treatment protocol that I used for my family here.   Pinworms can spread through touch or through the air which is why it would make sense that so many children in institutional setting would have them. Here are some of the symptoms associated with a pinworm infection in adults according to the MayoClinic:   Pinworms often cause no symptoms   Insomnia   Restlessness   Irritability   Intermittent abdominal pain or nausea   Itching of the anal or vaginal area   Now, let’s translate these symptoms into how children might express them:   -Inability to pay attention because of a lack of sleep at night when the pinworms crawl out of the anus to lay their eggs   -Restlessness caused by general irritability in the intestines, anus, or vagina   -Difficulty staying focused due to daily/weekly/monthly die-off reactions that cause achiness and pain or stiffness in the joints   -Does not listen... 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

Thoughts on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS is a common diagnosis these days and little wonder why. The American diet is hardly conducive to good digestive health! IBS is one of those diagnoses that doctors give patients when they’re tired to trying to find the answers to an upset stomach. It isn’t an acceptable diagnosis in my opinion because there’s no “cure” for IBS and there’s also no known cause (according to doctors). In other words, when your doctor says, “You have IBS,” it’s essentially synonymous with saying, “I don’t know what’s wrong with you.” But IBS isn’t an impossible diagnosis and it certainly isn’t worthy of stepping on the drug treadmill. Doctors will often prescribe anti-depressants to treat IBS. Patients then develop new problems including sexual dysfunctions as a result of the anti-depressant medications. Doctors then prescribe additional drugs with new side effects to combat the sexual issues. If you think critically about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it seems probable that diet is a leading cause of the problem. Doctors may mention this fact in passing, but patients are rarely given guidance on how to go about making dietary changes that would diminish their symptoms. Years ago, my husband was given a flexible sigmoidoscopy that ultimately showed nothing causing the symptoms he was experiencing (cramping, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, gas, and bloating). The doctor indicated that my husband was probably just imagining his symptoms and prescribed an anti-depressant to take care of the problem. My husband never took the drugs. Instead, we started paying more attention to our diet. For a long time, we couldn’t find anything that was causing his stomach problems. He decided that it was something that he was just going to have to live with. But then, 9/11 happened. Our business went under a couple of months after we bought a new house. We liquidated everything and bought an RV to live out our poverty on the road. We ate a lot of beans and rice. About a year after we started living in our RV, we noticed that my husband’s IBS symptoms were better. Our diet was much simpler by that time. We ate more one-ingredient foods (like red beans or rice) instead of pre-packaged meals. My husband started noticing stomach problems whenever he ate beef. After we realized that my husband’s stomach problems were due to beef consumption (or so we thought at the time), we started reading food labels. We cut trans... read more

What is a Healing Crisis?

We’ve been taught to believe that when our bodies feel good, we’re healthy and when our bodies feel bad, we’re sick, but this isn’t always the case.  A Healing Crisis, also known as a Detoxification Reaction or Herxheimer Reaction occurs when the body begins the natural process of healing itself. Toxins are released into the circulatory systems and rather than feeling better, a patient going through a Healing Crisis feels worse. That’s because the kidneys, skin, and digestive system can’t rid the body of the toxins fast enough, leaving them in circulation to cause nausea, fatigue, headaches, fever, and general malaise. Toxins that are released into circulation can come from a variety of different sources. A successful program designed to kill off excess candida in the body can lead to a Herxheimer Reaction when the yeast die in vast numbers releasing endotoxins into the body. This is known as a Candida Healing Crisis. When the body isn’t used to ridding itself of these endotoxins in large quantities, discomfort results. As the body gets healthier and becomes more accustomed to undertaking this process of detoxification, the Healing Crisis becomes less pronounced.   Most Common Symptoms Associated with the Healing Crisis: -Nausea and vomiting -Diarrhea -Increased Blood Pressure -Headaches -Fatigue -Night Sweats -Hot or Cold Flashes -Joint Pain   Other Healing Crisis Causes: A number of treatment modalities can set off a Healing Crisis. Reiki and acupuncture can both elicit a detox reaction associated with healing. Homeopathy and the act of fasting or juicing can also bring on this kind of reaction. A Herxheimer Reaction can take place in response to physical, emotional, or spiritual healing. Even certain hypnotherapy treatment methods can cause a Detoxification Reaction brought on by profound emotional healing. A change to your diet that includes foods that contain probiotics or coconut, or recently added herbal or vitamin supplements to your daily regime can bring on a Healing Crisis. Fasting and juicing can also elicit this sort of physical response, as well as psychotherapy, and other emotion-based treatments. If you find yourself in the throes of a major Healing Crisis, back off a little bit on the detoxification process. Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest to facilitate the process and move past it to a healthier you.   Resources: Natural News HealthyLife Share... read more