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Intestinal parasite infections make Americans frantic. We’ve been taught to believe that parasites are dirty and an infection with a parasite is a rare thing. But pinworm eggs are super-small and they float around in the air. If you inhale them, you can become infected. This is not a weird thing and in most places in the world outside of the United States, people know that it’s happening. Roundworm eggs are durable and invisible. Touch a surface contaminated with roundworm eggs and you can become infected. Hookworm eggs live in soils and they can be absorbed through the skin. So if you walk barefoot on the sidewalk or in the lawn, you can become infected. People in other countries know this and so they go to their local pharmacy twice a year and buy anti-parasitics over-the-counter to do a parasite cleanse.
Parasites are ubiquitous and nearly everyone has a parasite or two (or more) that coexists peaceably with the rest of the bacterial flora living in the gut. In fact, studies have shown that many people with extreme allergies do NOT have parasites and that a balance of parasites in the gut can actually keep normal people from becoming too sensitive to environmental allergens. So when we say that a person has a parasite “infection” what we mean is that they have an over-population of these critters. And when we say that the parasite infection needs to be treated, what we mean to say is that the population needs to be reduced, but not necessarily decimated. You want a few intestinal parasites. A balanced intestinal flora is a good thing. 1 2
But many people with parasite infections struggle to find that balance. It is, after all, easy to freak out about having worms in the gut, but it might help to know that the worms have always been there and that a few of them may even be helping you ward off other health issues like allergies.
When you treat yourself for parasites, whatever symptoms you’re having may be enhanced and new symptoms may appear because the worms die and disintegrate inside the body. Then they release toxins that can make a person miserable for a few days. This is normal for the most part, but those who self-doctor need to be mindful of things like impactions. If you have a heavy worm load and you start your treatment by taking a high dose of over-the-counter anti-parasitics like pyrantel pamoate, the worms can get stuck in the colon on their way out of the body. In some cases, surgery is necessary to get rid of the impaction. This is pretty rare, but people who are self-doctoring need to aware of the impaction as a potential issue and watch for it when they first start taking anti-parasitics. A good approach is to start with herbal anti-parasitics at first and then move on to over-the-counter treatments once you’ve gone through a month or more of the herbal treatments. 1 2
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a doctor who is willing to admit to the patient that intestinal parasites may be the cause of their symptoms which means that patients have to treat themselves for the infection. Many patients are unsure about how to go about doing self-treatment without a doctor’s guidance which is unfortunate because self-treatment of parasites requires that patients tune into their own bodies and trust their own intuition about how and when to proceed. Normal people can handle it. They really can. Don’t be afraid to take control of your own health if your doctor is not helping you. Unlike bacterial and viral infections which have a more linear symptom progression, parasite infections cause cyclical symptoms to occur. The cyclical nature of symptoms is confusing to most patients who attribute the return of symptoms as a sign that their last attempt at self-treatment failed completely.
While bacteria and viruses reproduce exponentially (like rabbits), their numbers growing and growing when they infected the body, parasites reproduce in lifecycle progressions and people must re-infect themselves in many cases. And we do re-infect ourselves! It’s almost impossible not to. So, while the bacteria and viruses are reproducing like rabbits and antibiotics have to be used to totally obliterate the population quickly and definitively, parasites must be killed in batches. And then re-infection occurs inevitably, but the total parasite count goes down over time until a balance is achieved. It’s like how wolves were once completely removed from Yellowstone National Park and everyone thought that was a good thing because the wolves had been killing other animals there. But once the wolves were gone completely, the elk population got really out of control. And the elk started hurting the trees which affected the beavers and the birds. Your intestines are an ecosystem and parasites are not like rabbits. But rabbits can be just as harmful as wolves if they’re introduced into the wrong environment (like Australia, for example). Things must exist in balance in your digestive system and each of us is responsible for establishing this balance because, let’s face it! The digestive system is nothing but a very long tube with a hole at both ends! Things happen in there…war, famine, civil unrest, and colonization by organisms from far-off places!
So, to be successful at parasite self-treatment, the patient should keep a daily journal of symptoms and observations. This is your long tube, after all and I can guarantee that your doctor’s tube is probably in a state of unrest just like yours from time to time (or maybe all the time, who knows?). After the start of treatment for parasites, symptoms will tend to flare up monthly (if the parasite infection involves pinworms, roundworms, and/or hookworms), but patients should slowly start to see that the monthly flare-ups get less and less uncomfortable. The journal is ESSENTIAL because without it, you will have a very difficult time seeing your own progress. It’s a slow process, but if you continue doing monthly parasite cleanses, you’ll achieve a tipping point and you’ll need to back off on the cleanse to see if you feel better in general. Then you can start doing bi-monthly cleanses until you get to a point where you’re doing bi-annual cleanses which is normal for people in most of the world.
Anti-parasitics like pyrantel pamoate, black walnut, clove, and wormwood, or an herbal mixture such as Humanworm, are a crucial piece of the treatment puzzle, but there are other important self-treatment bits that can make a huge difference in terms of how quickly you recover from the infection and whether or not your body becomes more resilient to further infections. One of the predisposing issues that can cause otherwise normal patients to become afflicted with parasites is a weakened immune system. So while it’s important to treat a parasite infection with anti-parasitics, it’s also important to give the immune system a boost. But how can the average person without medical training boost the immune system in order to prevent future parasite infections? 1 2
The answer to this question can be complex and multi-faceted, but for people who are just starting self-treatment for parasites there are two very simple things that are widely available to help keep the immune system functioning properly:
Vitamin B17 (also known as amygdalin) exists naturally in seeds (except citrus seeds) like apple seeds, grape seeds, and the kernels found inside apricot pits. A deficiency of this vitamin can lead to all kinds of degenerative health issues. Vitamin B17 has been studied extensively in terms of its ability to cure cancer though these studies have been covered up by Big Pharma. Many experts in no-chemo, no-radiation cancer cures view cancer as nothing more than a vitamin B17 deficiency disease, but vitamin B17 can do more than just cure or prevent cancer. This crucial vitamin helps prevent the body from degenerating prematurely and that includes the immune system. A healthy immune system requires daily doses of this vitamin so if you don’t regularly eat grape seeds, apple seeds, or apricot kernels and you have a parasite infection, it might be a good idea to eat 5 to 12 raw, bitter, organic apricot kernels each day. The bitterness of these seeds is particularly beneficial for the digestive system. Indeed “bitters” (plants with a bitter taste) have a healing and tonifying effect on digestive system overall. So if your tummy is upset a lot through this process, note how the apricot kernels and other bitter plants or teas impact your digestive system. Often, bitters will help the bowels move (which is vitally important when you’re going a parasite cleanse) and they have a soothing effect overall.
Don’t overdo it on the apricot kernels. They can cause stomach upsets in large quantities so pace yourself and instead of eating a lot of kernels once or twice, commit to eating 5 to 20 of them every day in batches of no more than 4 to 5 kernels at one sitting.
Iodine is one of the most scandalized trace minerals currently known to man. Our bodies require a certain amount of iodine in order to survive, but not just any source of iodine. We need a combination of potassium iodide and iodine. When you feed your body a sufficient amount of iodine, your thyroid gland and reproductive organs wake up and begin to function normally. And when these organs are functioning normally, the body becomes healthier overall.
But iodine is a complex story. Maybe you think that they’re getting plenty of iodine by eating iodized salt and by taking vitamin supplements, but what you may not realize is that other substances in the environment (like fluorine in the water supply or bromine in breads, soda, insecticides, on furnishings and even clothing) compete with iodine in the body. When fluorine and bromine lodge themselves in the thyroid gland iodine can’t perform its health-giving functions. Women who have too little iodine may have fertility issues or develop reproductive organ cancers such as breast or ovarian cancer. Men with too little iodine may develop prostate cancer. And both men and women can suffer from low libido due to low iodine levels in the body. 3
Many experts believe that an iodine deficiency makes the body prone to immune system dysfunction. By supplementing with iodine and potassium iodide (Lugol’s or Iodoral), patients who are self-treating for parasites can boost their immune system as the intestinal worms are dying. The immune system boost can help the body become more resistant to hosting new parasites when the eggs hatch and the cycle starts over again. 3
One of the most important things you can do during a parasite cleanse is keep the bowels moving. To achieve this end, you can either do regular, weekly (or even daily) enemas or you can take senna, an herb that stimulates the bowels to move. If you opt to take senna, be sure that you take time off from the herb to avoid becoming dependent on it.
A lot of people resist doing enemas because it seems like such a weird thing to do! Who does enemas, right? But enemas used to be one of the mainstays in medicine going all the way back to ancient Greece and Egypt. The pharaohs had special rooms where they did enemas! Again, you have to think of your digestive system as this tube that runs through your body that is, for all intents and purposes, open to the outside world and colonized by communities of creatures we have neither chosen nor fully understand. Enemas can give you a sense of control over the process of getting rid of parasites by helping the detoxification process go more smoothly. I don’t go anywhere without my enema kit now that I understand how and why enemas work. When you’re cleansing your body of parasites, an enema can make the difference between having an awful day of headache and body aches (a detox reaction) or having a pretty normal and okay day where you feel a little tired, but things are clearly looking up.
Alkalize to Get Rid of Parasites
Finally, if you want to bring out the big guns and hasten the process of getting rid of parasites and restoring your health, I’d recommend alkalizing the body. There are several ways to do this. One of the cheapest ways to alkalize the body is to buy sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and drink 1 teaspoon in water, 5 times per day for 3 weeks (be sure to take it 30 minutes before eating or it can cause indigestion by neutralizing stomach acid). Take one week off from the protocol and then continue with it for another 3 weeks. Measure your pH with pH testing strips. Don’t do this type of therapy half-way! It’s important that you make sure to get your pH up to between 7.0 and 8.0 using the baking soda and keep it there for the full 3 weeks by taking the baking soda throughout the day. You can also bathe in baking soda to keep your pH high (alkaline).
Another way to alkalize is to do Cesium Therapy. Parasites dislike an alkaline environment and Cesium is one of the most potent substances you can use to alkalize.
If you have children, it may be challenging to administer sodium bicarbonate during the day and some parents might hesitate to do Cesium Therapy just because it’s foreign to them. If you have the funds, I would recommend investing in a Kangen machine to purify and alkalize water. A Kangen machine is a worthwhile investment for treating or preventing a wide variety of diseases from cancer to the common cold.
Most people who are suffering from a parasite infection would do just about anything to regain their health, but it’s best to start with some simple strategies at first. Taking anti-parasitics can reduce the population of worms. With each dose of anti-parasitic agents, another batch of parasites are killed and though new eggs are laid and re-infection occurs at every cycle, the immune system, if properly boosted, can fight off re-infection with new parasites. Taking vitamin B17 and iodine during self-treatment can help patients progress more quickly to regain their health and more importantly, once the infection has been resolved, patients who continue taking these vitamins are less likely to develop a new parasite infection in the gut.