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The Quest for the Best Eardrum Surgery in the U.S.

John’s Ear Fungus and Perforated Eardrum Story   It was late June when we discovered that John had a fungal infection in his ear. I’m not sure how long he’d had the infection. He’d been complaining about an ear ache off and on for a little while, but it didn’t seem like anything serious. The pain was mild and it would come and go. But one night, on the way home from a trip to the mountains in Colorado, John started complaining about it more. It was really bothering him. So we stopped at a Walmart to see if they had an otoscope for sale. Luckily, they did.   When I looked in John’s ear with the otoscope, I wasn’t expecting to see what I saw. I’d shadowed General Practitioners for several years and so I’d seen inside normal, healthy ears. But John’s ear canal was filled with “mold”, or at least that’s what it looked like. I’d never seen anything like it. Black and white stringy tendrils filled his ear canal. I couldn’t even see his eardrum. A few hours later, the pain was suddenly relieved, but John said he couldn’t hear out of it very well. John’s eardrum had “popped”. We’d discovered the fungal infection in his ear too late.   I regret now that I didn’t just have an otoscope on hand for situations such as this. I might’ve caught John’s ear fungus sooner. Honestly, I’m always surprised to see diagnostic tools like otoscopes on sale because in my youth, such things were not available for purchase. Now, I even bring our little otoscope with us when we travel. If one of us has an earache, I use it with great care so as not to create another hole in the ear. Never stick an otoscope or anything else into the ear willy-nilly. Ear hole surgery, as I learned later, can be a convoluted thing that can lead to huge expenses later, if you’re not careful.   The big expense that I’m talking about is hearing aids. Hearing aids are the product that Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinics sells to make big profits. And if you think about it, the high-profit sale of hearing aids could motivate ENT’s to do a less than spectacular job treating ear problems…but I’ll talk more about that as well as hearing aid alternatives later.   After being given the wrong treatment in Ogallala, NE by a doctor who sprayed an... read more

Interstitial Cystitis Treatment Options for Women Who’ve Tried It All

I’m a healthy person overall. But I’ve had my fair share of health issues. Most of the people who know me probably don’t know that. When problems arise, I tend to be downright secretive about whatever ails me. This blog is my outlet though. I don’t tend to discuss my health problems when they’re afflicting me but I do like to share my experiences with treatments that work so that other people can perhaps find relief for similar problems too.   I’ve written about interstitial cystitis in a previous article that was composed about 2 years ago. It has some of the same information here combined with my experiences with intestinal parasites. Even if you don’t believe you have intestinal parasites, if you have chronic cystitis, you might benefit from reading the article. Two years ago, I didn’t want to believe that I had parasites either, but apparently, most people do have parasites. Treating parasites is relatively painless, affordable, and it can make a huge difference in terms of your overall health. I always recommend a parasite detox using ONE of the following as the first step toward treating chronic interstitial cystitis: 1) Albendazole (I used Valbazen, purchased online at Amazon.com) 2) Pyrantel Pamoate  (Also purchased on Amazon.com) OR 3) A combination treatment using Wormwood, Black Walnut, and Cloves   That being said, this article, however, addresses interstitial cystitis treatments for bladder irritation that isn’t caused by parasites and that doesn’t respond to a parasite detox protocol…   When I was 4 years old, I tried lifting my dad’s weights. I’d seen him do it and it looked pretty easy. And I loved my dad. I wanted to be like him. As soon as I did it though, I knew it was a mistake. The weights were way too heavy for me and one end of them crashed through the wall. And, I got a hernia.   Of course, my parents didn’t know at first that I’d gotten a hernia. And I didn’t know. I successfully hid the hole in the wall too. For a year, I was plagued with chronic urinary tract infections. My parents took me to a rural doctor who refused to diagnose me with an inguinal hernia even though my mom insisted that this was what was wrong with me. My mom would stand me up on the table and point at the bulge. But the doctor just prescribed more antibiotics and sent me back home—for a year.   Finally, around... read more

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 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 it’s not ADHD, 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. 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 when spoken to, has difficulty remembering simple things,... read more

Unconventional Treatment for Infertility in Women: Parasite Cleansing for Conception

I always felt like I’d find an explanation someday for my fertility issues. I have one healthy child but my husband and I have had two miscarriages and one stillbirth. I’m not infertile. I can conceive. But for me pregnancy usually only lasts about three months and then I have a miscarriage. As time has gone one, my pregnancies last for shorter and shorter periods of time. First, we had a stillborn baby at 5 months. Then, a year later, I had a miscarriage at 4 months. Five years ago we had another miscarriage at 3 months.   Recently, it’s come to my attention that I (and my husband and my daughter) have an infestation of parasites in our intestines. You can read more about our parasite story here but suffice it to say, I thought I was going to die and so I started looking for the problem. And I didn’t find it at a doctor’s office. I found the answer in forums and individual posts by people with stories similar to mine.   So what does an intestinal parasitic infection have to do with female infertility? Some worms will crawl out of your butthole to lay eggs at night and then “get lost” and go up the “wrong hole” into the uterus or the bladder. Inside the bladder and the uterus, they may lay eggs or take up residence creating all sorts of disruptions (including cystitis, for example). Parasites in the ovaries could cause the ovaries to shut down (theoretically that is, although I doubt that studies have been done on parasites and human ovaries). The ovaries are the organs that make female sex hormones and so it would obviously be undesirable to have a parasite in an ovary hijacking your body’s hormonal balance, especially if you’re trying to conceive.   Parasites in the uterus may compete with an embryo for resources ultimately leading to a miscarriage or a stillbirth. It makes me angry to think that doctors could have suggested a parasite cleanse before I became pregnant (or even following a miscarriage), but modern medicine doesn’t buy into parasites. At the ultrasound while our stillborn baby was still alive, my husband and I commented to each other about how skinny he was. I would guess that there were worms feeding off of my placental while I was pregnant and our baby starved to death. But if you go to the doctor to talk about parasites, be... 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

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