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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)...
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Side Effects of Abdominal Mesh for Groin Hernia

Before I write blog posts for AlivenHealthy, I always do keyword research to try to find the best search terms that will help readers find my posts in search engines when they need them. Doing keyword research for health-related issues is always interesting because it can tell me a lot about the trends. For example, while researching keywords for this post, I first researched the words “hernia surgery”. According to the results, few people do a Google search for “hernia surgery”. On the other hand, a LOT of people search for the words, “No Mesh Hernia Surgery”. Why is that?   I have a theory…   When I was about 5 years old, I thought it would be fun to lift weights like my dad did. Unfortunately, in doing so, I ended up with an inguinal hernia. It took some time for my parents to realize that I had the hernia and then, when they took me to the doctor, he refused to diagnose me. I had chronic urinary tract infections for a year before he finally admitted that I needed surgery. This was back in the early 1980’s and, once diagnosed, the surgery was quick and simple. They used general anesthesia, made an...
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On Endovascular Surgery, Fluoroscopy, No Mesh Hernia Surgery, Gallbladder Removal, and the Metal Coil for Intestinal Aneurysms

MY MOM’S STORY   As a medical writer who specializes in writing about controversial topics, I have a good sense of what’s hype and what’s not on the Internet. This ability to recognize the bullshit is really helpful to me in day-to-day life when everyone I love in the world is happy and mostly healthy. It’s easy to sift through all the crap to find information about things like toxins in shampoo, or how eating a gluten-free diet can totally change your life for the better. When there’s no time pinch and no emergency, I can wade through all the misinformation to find the good stuff. But recently, my mom started vomiting blood. She was bleeding profusely from her rectum. She passed out in a pool of blood. It happened very suddenly and there was little to no time to do research and try to figure out the best course of action for her. She was swept up into the hospital and transferred twice to bigger cities for procedures I’d never heard of before. I was on the road, driving or talking to doctors and I was grateful for every bit of information online that helped me and my family make decisions for my...
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Does wormwood kill parasites?

Wormwood or Artemesia annua is one of the most potent anti-parasitic medications available. Artemether-lumefantrine is perhaps the most powerful anti-malarial (malaria is a parasite) on the market, a drug that was developed using artemisinin, one of the active ingredients in Artemesia annua as a basis. The plant is also effective against intestinal parasite infestations and in fact, experts believe that an herbal treatment is less likely to lead to parasite resistance of the treatment because the A. annua plant is more complex than the drug Artemether-lumefrantrine which is made up of relatively few chemical substances in comparison.   How to Take Wormwood for Parasites   Artemisinin, the active ingredient in wormwood that has been studied the most by scientists, has a half-life of 2 hours. In other words, within 2 hours, half of the Artemisinin has been metabolized and eliminated from the body. Though a short half-life may seem inconvenient because you have to take wormwood more often, a short half-life also makes it more difficult for parasites in your body to build up resistance to it. Plan to take a new dose of wormwood every four to six hours. The plasma concentration of dihydroartemesinin (a metabolite of artemisinin) does build up in the...
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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 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...
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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...
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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...
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Menstruation Problems and Parasites

I have one healthy child. I’ve had two miscarriages and 1 stillbirth. I’m not infertile, but my babies only survive for about three months in the womb. As a 39 year old woman, I’ve made peace with my past, but it’s upsetting now to think that my menstrual cycle problems and infertility issues could have been resolved through a simple parasite cleanse every six months.   Before I say anything else, it’s important that you know that you should NEVER take wormwood during pregnancy.   Wormwood, the most potent anti-parasitic herb is unique in that it’s an emmenagogue. It facilities menstrual activity, clearing up female menstrual cycle problems. Even though it facilitates menstrual activity, that doesn’t mean that it will make you have extended menstrual periods, heavy periods, or cause you to get your period before it’s due. Rather, it will help regularize your periods. Before doing our parasite cleanse, I was getting my period every two weeks. This was odd for me. Normally my cycle was between 25 and 32 days. I was waking up at night having night sweats around 3:00 AM every night. I thought perhaps I was going through menopause. After we realized that we had intestinal parasites and we...
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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....
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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...
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