According to the CDC millions of people have parasites living inside their bodies 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.
Most people, including me, don’t even know these little creatures are 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, drank only water and herbal tea, plus swallowed high 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 on the right) and discovered these creatures were called roundworms or Ascaris. They had been living in my digestive system, unbeknownst to me.
My husband was so inspired by my experience, that he decided to do a 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 (Paraguard).
Within one week, he experienced 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 little bugs living in our system. Of course, some bugs are better than others. We do need specific pathogens in our digestive system to help us absorb nutrients. But mostly, our immune system keeps those populations in check.
There are also many other unsavory creatures that 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, mastigophoran, 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!). 
Some symptoms associated with parasite infection include:
- Chronic exhaustion
- Cramping, abdominal pain, digestive distress
- Swollen eyelids
- Pink eye, itchy eyes
- 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
- Teeth grinding
- Autoimmune conditions (diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’, MS)
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.
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.
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 tout 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.
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 by simply adding specific foods and herbs into their diet.
We can do this as well, by incorporating some of the various herbs and spices that were traditionally used.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Black Walnut Hull
Since doing my first parasite cleanse a few years ago, I do some type of cleanse 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.
And, 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 fun experiences with parasite protocols?
If yes, please share it below. I’d love to hear about it.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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