According to the CDC millions of people have parasites living inside their body that can wreak havoc on their health.

Parasites take up residence in a human host and eat many of our essential nutrients, dumping their waste products, and leaving us in a state of deficiency, leading to infections and serious diseases.[1]

Most people, including me, don’t even know they have these little creatures inhabiting their system.

A few years ago, a friend suggested I try a parasite cleanse. I’m always up for experimenting on my body, so I did.

I fasted from ALL food for 72 hours, and drank only water, herbal tea, plus swallowed daily doses of turmeric and Black Walnut Hull tincture.

After three days of fasting (and starving whatever may have been living in my system), I finished my parasite cleanse with a warm salt-water and lemon juice enema.

The results were interesting to say the least!

I noticed some odd spaghetti-like things in the toilet. I fished a couple of them out (see picture) and discovered these creatures were called round worms or Ascaris. They had been living in my digestive system, unbeknownst to me.IMG_1685

My husband was so inspired by my experience, that he decided to do a bug-killing and de-worming protocol himself. He’s not one to fast from food (he gets really, really HANGRY!), nor will he ever do an enema. So instead, he purchased an herbal product from the health food store and began taking it three times daily, while still eating his regular daily meals and leaving his butt alone to take care of it’s own duties (pun intended here).

The herbal cleansing product contained black walnut hull, quassia bark, wormwood, oregano oil and clove (Bug-Free, Paraguard). Within a week, he experienced some strong cramping and pain, and wouldn’t you know it… the same spaghetti-like creatures were released from his body as well.

Needless to say, neither of us had eaten any spaghetti, so we knew that they were indeed worms. Ewwwwh how gross!

Well not really – here’s what I’ve discovered about the human body. It’s an amazing place to live, and everyone wants to live in it, including the tiniest creatures on the planet.

At any time we could have millions of bugs living in our system. Of course, some bugs are better than others. We need certain bugs in our digestive system to help us absorb nutrients. Mostly, our immune system keeps their populations in check.

There are also many other unsavory creatures that can live in the digestive system, and they can, and do, migrate into the blood and other tissues as well; protozoa (one-celled organisms) that include sarcodina, mastigohphora, ciliophora and sporozoa; helminths (multi-cellular creatures) like flatworms, flukes, tapeworm, thorny-head worms, roundworms; ectoparasites that include blood-sucking anthropods like mosquitoes, ticks, lice and mites that carry bacteria and viruses in their tiny bodies and transmit those bugs into us through our skin, tissue and blood (eeeek!). [2]

Some symptoms associated with parasite infection include:

  • Chronic exhaustion
  • Cramping, abdominal pain, digestive distress
  • Diarrhea/constipation
  • Swollen eye-lids
  • Pink eye, itchy eyes
  • Headaches
  • Anemia
  • B12 deficiency
  • Skin rashes and acne
  • Excessive gas (flatulence and burping)
  • Unexplained weight loss and/or hair loss
  • Itching around the anus
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Teeth grinding
  • Autoimmune conditions (diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’, MS)[3]

Many people think of parasite infections as a third-world country problem, but that’s far from the truth. Millions of people suffer with parasite infections in developed countries, including the United States.[4]

Also, many folks believe that parasites only enter into the body through eating undercooked animal products and that’s not true either. Over 30% of raw vegetables and fruits tested contain parasites and their eggs.[5] Everything we ingest can potentially harbor a hungry little creature that would love to feast on our nutrients.

Keep in mind that I’m not talking about wiping out ALL of the creatures that live in your body. Many studies are now touting the benefits of having some parasites in your digestive system. The little buggers cause the intestines to secrete an extra layer of mucus, that helps protects us, and can reduce the severity and onset of autoimmune conditions.[6]

What we need to do is find a good balance with our buggy companions, and take a lesson from indigenous people around the world. They knew how to keep internal parasite populations under control.

We can do this by incorporating some of the various herbs and spices that were traditionally used. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Wormwood
  • Cloves
  • Black Walnut Hull

Since doing my first parasite cleanse a few years ago, I’ve been doing it 1x per year as a general form of bodily maintenance. The bugs and parasites still have a place to live, but I keep their populations under control.

Also, I always incorporate many good bugs back into my system in the form of raw, unpasteurized fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and yogurt. Balancing your bugs is a good idea when seeking optimum health.

Have you had any experience with parasite protocols? If yes, please share below. I’d love to hear about it.

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/npi/index.html

[2] http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/about.html

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2665673/

[4] http://www.cbsnews.com/news/parasites-causing-infections-in-the-us-cdc-says/

[5] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2090506812000504

[6] http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/helminthic-therapy-mucus/