DISCLAIMER: Always consult a doctor before you decide on a treatment for any disease.
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. 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’re absorbed through the skin. So if you walk barefoot on the sidewalk or in the lawn, you can become infected.
Parasites are ubiquitous and nearly everyone has a parasite or two (or more) that coexists peaceably with 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. 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 anti-parasitics, 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. 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. 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.
To be successful at parasite self-treatment, the patient should keep a daily journal of symptoms and observations. After the start of treatment, 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.
Anti-parasitics like mebendazole, albendazole, etc., 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
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.
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 12 of them every day.
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
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.