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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)...
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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...
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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...
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What is cystitis?

Cystitis is a swelling or inflammation of the bladder wall. According to popular medical web sites, the bladder can become inflamed for a variety of reasons: -infection -irritation -general inflammatory response in the body -stress -hormonal changes -other reasons that have not been acknowledge by modern medicine yet (like intestinal parasites–see my article Can Interstitial Cystitis be cured? for more information.) When cystitis is the result of a bacterial infection, it is referred to as a Urinary Tract Infection or UTI and it can be treated with antibiotics, D-Mannose powder, or herbs like Uva Ursi. Basically, the difference between cystitis and Urinary Tract Infection has to do with evidence of infection in the urine. If you don’t have an infection (a UTI), then you just have discomfort or pain (interstitial cystitis) and as far as your doctor is concerned, there is no cause and no cure. If you ask your doctor about the possibility of a parasitic infection, he (or she) will probably scoff at you. There are few diagnostic tests on the market to test for parasites of any kind and the ones that do exist are unreliable. Luckily, you can treat yourself for parasites even if you just suspect that you have them by taking...
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Alternative Treatments, Lifestyle Changes, and Home Remedies for Cystitis

Cystitis is one of those diagnoses that people don’t like to talk about. Unfortunately, this works to our disadvantage if we’ve received a taboo diagnosis (like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as another example) with no known cause and no known cure because it’s through word-of-mouth (not your doctor) that you’re most likely to hit upon a combination of treatments that will work for you. It’s taken me many years to discover the root of my cystitis problems. Below are a list of lifestyle changes I made over about a decade’s time to help relieve my cystitis. The one’s listed below made the biggest difference in my symptoms: -Eliminating caffeine -Taking D-Mannose powder every day -Drinking plenty of water -Doing yoga every day (for 5 to 60 minutes, depending on my schedule) -Eliminating dairy (gluten caused swelling in my intestines which put pressure on my bladder) -Eliminating gluten (gluten caused swelling in my intestines which put pressure on my bladder) -Eliminating trans fats (also known as trans fatty acids, they cause increase the acidity of urine) -Taking Vitex Berry (also known as chaste berry. Vitex Berry helps regulate female hormones which seems to help)   Below are alternative medical treatments that I’ve used to help relieve cystitis. All...
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Thinking Holistically about Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome are diagnoses that promise little help to patients in terms of treatment. Cystitis is roughly just a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. What causes interstitial cystitis is unknown and doctors agree that women’s symptoms vary greatly. According to the Interstitial Cystitis Association, the problem occurs in both men and women and affects 4 to 12 million people in the United States. That’s 3 to 6% of the population. The statistics indicate that women are more prone to being diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, but that may only be because men are more likely to receive a diagnosis of chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Doctors don’t have much to offer patients who receive this diagnosis, but if you’ve been told that you have chronic cystitis don’t give up hope yet. I received my first cystitis diagnosis years ago from a doctor who was irritated with me for showing up in his office without a urinary tract infection (UTI). I was very convinced that I had a UTI, but the tests showed otherwise. I wanted antibiotics, but he refused to give them to me. I went home with no relief from the irritation. Several doctors later, I was...
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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...
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How Acupuncture Differs from Western Medicine

As Americans, we think about health and medicine in a culturally unique way. For most of us, medicine is something that is practiced in sterile settings and usually health is achieved by taking pills or doing surgery. Doctors use specific tools such as stethoscopes and tongue depressors to examine patients. According to our worldview, there is a long list of diseases and every patient should receive a diagnosis of one of these. Patients even experience distress when they experience pain or discomfort and their doctor can’t assign a disease from this list. Our way of doing medicine seems best to us, but practitioners of acupuncture would beg to differ. It’s a mistake to assume that your acupuncturist will understand or be able to make use of a diagnosis that you received from a doctor practicing western medicine. Acupuncture is not just a different treatment modality, it is an entirely different way of looking at health and well-being. Some westerners view this alternate view of health as refreshing. Others feel lost when it becomes clear that they can’t cling to even the most rudimentary aspects of western medicine. But acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have their virtues. For example, there are a number of ailments...
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Persistent Headache Causes That Might Surprise You

Years ago, when I was in high school looking to the future as a pre-med undergraduate in college, I perused a used bookstore with college textbooks and found a big orange and black book on diseases of the digestive system and proctology, in the throw-away bin. It was one volume of a set and since it was free, I decided to take it home. I never read the book cover-to-cover, but I did open it every now and then and read little snippets of information. One key piece of information that has been useful to me is the fact that digestive problems can cause headaches. When I first met my husband, he had chronic, painful headaches. He also had problems with diarrhea and constipation, alternating. Eventually, a doctor diagnosed him with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), but we never accepted that as a suitable diagnosis since there was no treatment for it. IBS seemed to be the type of disease that doctor’s diagnose when they don’t know what’s wrong with their patient, but can’t admit it. My husband and I went through a period of poverty following 9/11 and as a result, our eating habits changed. Since meat was expensive, we stopped eating so much...
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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...
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