Got Parasites In Your Body? I Bet You Do!

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 its 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/

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  • Sarah Dawkins

    Hi Andrea
    I have done a couple of parasite cleanses and buy something similar to your husband, all natural products. They are taken three times a day for thirty days. There are always worms and creatures in my stool when I have done it. Research shows that 80% of people have parasites in their bowels.
    Recently I have learnt that I can take the Diatomaceous Earth that I use to de-worm and de-flea my dogs with. I take flax seed every day.
    You have inspired me to undertake another cleanse. It will be interesting to see what I pass, with taking flax for a while now.
    Many thanks. Sarah

    • @sarah_dawkins:disqus – I’ve heard a lot of good things about Diatomaceous Earth. I’ll have to try it myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

      • Sarah Dawkins

        Great. There are two types – food grade and pool grade. Make sure you get the right one! The DE is highly nutritious too. Enjoy 😉
        We used Vitaklense (?sp) for our parasitic cleanse. Made from very similar ingredients to your bug free.

  • Jeanine Bashin

    Oh my goodness thank you for this. Gives me something to think about!

  • Jennifer

    Is doing something like what your husband did (not fasting) safe while pregnant?

    • @Jennifer – absolutely positively NO fasting or parasite cleansing while you are pregnant. The fetus is a parasite and you do NOT want your body expelling that little creature. Wait until AFTER you give birth.

      • kate

        Can you do the parasite cleansing while nursing?

  • Stacie

    Can you please share the name of what your husband took? I would like to do this, but I too get Hangry, so I’d rather eat while cleansing. Thanks!

  • Clint

    Andrea,

    The 2nd photo down from the top is not an roundworm (Ascaris) ….it is a (newly discovered) Ropeworm. They are completely different than a roundworm.

    I know….cause I have passed over 100 of them in a 1 year Parasite Protocol (PP) I did…. and have high resolution photos to prove it.

    Just thought you needed to know

  • Deb

    So right on. I passed one last week after a detox protocol.

  • Karen

    Can you give more specific details about exactly how to do the 3 day cleanse? Or a link where we can get the info? Thanks

  • Abby Mason

    What a powerful post! I appreciate you sharing it. I am going to purchase the Bug Free and see how it goes. Maybe I will try a no food cleanse next time. I might be a little scary tho to my husband and kiddos as I also get, well a bit HANGRY 😉

  • S.P.

    I’m allergic to walnuts, is there a detox product that doesn’t have that in it?

    • @S.P. – there are no walnuts in the detox protocol. Black walnut hull is the outer casing of the hull. You can certainly find one that does not have any Black walnut hull. Go to your local health food store and ask.

  • Sheila Datt

    When our digestion and gut health are healthy we produce the right amounts of hydrochloric acid in our stomachs which can kill many parasites before they enter our intestinal tract.

  • Adrienne Weintz

    Hi Andrea, Thank you for putting out so much great information. Last October I wasn’t feeling my usual superhuman self and had some testing done to look for the root cause of general crappy feeling symptoms. The testing included a BioHealth 205 Adrenal Stress Profile, Organic Comprehensive Profile and a BioHealth 401H Pathogen Screen. The Pathogen Screen revealed H. Pylori and a cute sounding pathogen named Endolimax nana. My practitioner, Chris Kelly, of Nourish, Balance, Thrive put me on a 60 day parasite cleanse of Artecin, Morinda Supreme, and Oregano oil. I was retested after the 60 days and it was gone…thank goodness. I was a bit shocked that I would have parasites. But, I too feel that they are everywhere and probably in most of us. We tend to share these things with out families as well.

    • @Adrienne Weintz – I’m happy to hear you’re feeling better!

  • Cyndy Allen Logan

    Hi Andrea! I was curious, how long did your husband take the product you reference in this article? After a week of doing the parasite protocol, can one begin a Candida Cleanse?

    • @cyndyallenlogan:disqus my husband did it for about 17 days. The bug-free product he was using contained black walnut hull, so that also helps with candida.http://bit.ly/bugs-free