Parasite Treatment

March 22nd, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Giardia parasiteThe very word parasite strikes horror in the heart of any determined health seeker, bringing a shudder at the thought of your body entertaining these beasties. And how, exactly, do you go about dealing with this issue?

What are parasites?

Parasites are organisms which live upon a host. But we’re not talking about what’s called a symbiotic relationship, in which a living thing lives off the host and provides a benefit in return. This is rarely the case with parasites.

It is estimated that currently in the West at least one out of every six people has parasites of some sort. Parasites are so prevalent that it’s surprising the subject is not more openly addressed in North American culture, as it is in other countries.

What kinds of parasites are there?

There are countless types of parasites, ranging from single-celled protozoa to actual worms which can grow to several feet in length. Some of the more well known protozoa are Giardia and Cryptosporidium, while most people have at some time come into contact with pinworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms, just to name a few.

 How do we get parasites?

We can get them by travelling abroad, by playing with pets which have them, by walking barefoot, by drinking contaminated water, from contact with raw meat, even from swimming in the ocean.

Contact with parasites is frequent. I promise you that you’ve touched a bunch of them today. But how do they take hold inside of us? For the most part, parasites enter and take up residence in unhealthy human bodies. They feed, for example, on excess constipated food in the gut. They’re especially fond of the remains of cooked starchy food and decaying animal products. However, there are reports that even raw foodists may be at risk.

 Symptoms of parasites

Symptoms are often overlooked. Parasites mimic symptoms of other disorders, presenting in the form of nausea, skin rashes, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headaches, rectal itching, constipation, heartburn, weight loss or weight gain, fatigue and night sweats. Take a list of these complaints to your doctor, and chances are that testing you for parasites will not be the first order of business. Common as these symptoms are, keep in mind that an absence of symptoms does not mean you are parasite-free.

 Testing

Testing for parasites is usually only available through your health care provider, though determined individuals might be able to locate independent labs to conduct their own testing. A test from a health care professional will usually start with a stool sample or a blood test, or both, depending on your symptoms, your history and your current concerns.

 Parasite Cleansing

There are numerous parasite cleanses available on the internet. Many of these are quite involved, requiring strict protocols and the purchase of specific herbs and oils. As big a believer as I am in cleansing generally, I have never cleansed for parasites in particular. Thus I can’t speak with any authority on ‘parasite cleanses’ available online or at your local health food store. Dr. Hulda Clark, a leading authority on parasites, offers an Herbal Parasite Cleanse, and there are other parasite cleanses popular in the raw food movement, such as Ejuva.

Besides parasite cleansing protocols, there are other methods that have stood the test of time and have been used successfully in other countries for years.

 Home Remedies for Parasites

One world-renowned remedy for intestinal parasites is Black Walnut Hull, which you can buy at reputable brick-and-mortar or online health food vendors.

Oil of Oregano is very effective for some people. It’s advised to take oil of oregano in tablet form for six weeks. One study showed growth inhibition for at least ten different microbes, including Candida albicans (yeast). Other anti-parasitic oils include flax oil, pumpkin seed oil, and watermelon oil.

There are teas with anti-parasitic herbs such as ginger, horseradish, chili pepper, flax with stevia, and others. Pomegranate juice daily will kill tapeworms. A quarter cup of finely ground pumpkin seeds can eliminate many other varieties of worms.

 Anti-parasite Smoothies

If you are concerned about parasites, adding certain seasonings, namely cinnamon, ginger, bay leaf, cardamom, mellissa, mint, and oregano in your smoothies could be beneficial.

 Keep Your Colon Clean

Colon hydrotherapy is essential in cleansing the entire colon of waste and toxic debris that harbor parasites of all kinds. If you’re embarking on a parasite cleanse, you’ll definitely want to schedule some sessions with a trained colon hydrotherapist.

 Be Good to Your Pets

De-worm your pets regularly to avoid re-infecting yourself or your family members.

Anti-parasitic Raw Foods

Eat an abundance of raw foods considered ‘anti-parasitic,’ such as cabbage and onions, garlic, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, almonds, figs, blackberries, papaya, pomegranate, ginger, hot peppers, radishes, coconut oil, and cloves. Implement fasting as well, as an overall body cleanse.

It’s also recommended to exclude honey and dried fruit from your diet when treating for parasites.

On a raw diet you have a better chance of keeping a clean, alkaline bloodstream and a healthier intestinal terrain to discourage parasites from sticking around. The name of the game: If you want to get rid of and stay rid of parasites, become a poor host!

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One Response to “Parasite Treatment”

  1. N.K. Says:

    The topic of parasites hits so close to home for me. I’ve been eating predominantly raw since 2007. The journey hasn’t been all smooth, especially at times when family responsibilities have been pressing, or the life was experienced as full of turmoil and challenges. I found myself experimenting a lot with both raw plant and animal foods, just to learn how they make me feel when I eat them. I found that at times when the going with raw got tough, juice feasting would be my choice to reset the body’s intelligence, clean it up, and help me get back on the all raw track.
    > In November – December 2013 I embarked on my 3rd juice feast (the previous two were in 2012). My program of choice is Juice Feasting by David and Katrina Rainochek, and this is what I chose to follow this time again. After a couple of days of transitioning to juicing, I felt the familiar lightness, increased energy and settled into my new juicing routine. As I usually do morning enemas when on juicing regimen, I was quite surprised when on Day 3 I saw what looked like pieces of a worm with my morning enema. The next day was Thanksgiving, and I celebrated it with 3 dead worms making their appearance after the enema. The Juice Feast continued for 21 days, and by the end of it I passed a total of 42 worms (which looked like ascaris, a type of round worm), some of them pretty long (up to 20 inches). I had no idea I had parasites, although looking back I can see I did have some of the symptoms that are sometimes ascribed to the presence of parasites, such as food cravings, fatigue, skin itching, cold in the extremities, digestive problems, compulsion to eat sweets, forgetfulness. Even though I could never get used to seeing the parasites coming out of my body, I was relieved to see them out. Why did I become a host to this big family of ascaris, that they found the conditions so favorable to multiply and grow? That’s the answer I am after now. I think at least one piece of the puzzle is that my body became overly acidic (I occasionally test with pH strips), and that’s what promotes the growth of all kinds of living creatures, from viruses to bacteria to yeast to parasites. It seems to me that unless we are able to stay the raw course for many years with lots of juicing mixed in, most of us would occasionally need to take measures to help expel the creepy-crawlees with subsequent adjusting of the lifestyle to avoid creating the favorable conditions for their proliferation.
    - N.K.

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