Well, this certainly is not a post I ever thought I'd write. EVER. But, it seems that my self-professed "health geek" journey has definitely taken a walk on the unexpected dark (and creepy crawly) side. As a result, I feel that I must share a DISCLAIMER:
The information that you are about to read cannot be unknown and is not for the faint of heart.
It all started quite innocently; a juice detox at a yoga retreat designed to give the digestive system a health-enhancing break that turned into a yearly endeavor. Little did I know that my foray into the experience of repeatedly going days without food would later turn to night-marish results on the other end (pun intended).
After recently tuning in to The Auto Immune Secrets docu-series, it was brought to my, intrigued but completely grossed-out, attention that approximately 85% of Americans are estimated to be infected with a complex Matrix of parasites. It is easy to understand why this is the case when the human body is crawling with bacteria. The digestive tract holds more than three pounds of bacteria alone. Although some bacteria can be good for your body, improving nutrient absorption and digestion, other bacteria can be devastating. When the bacteria in your system gets out of balance, it creates a perfect place for parasites to thrive and proliferate.
Parasites can enter your body in many ways and eating lot of fructose and glucose feeds the parasites helping them multiply. Pharmaceuticals, such as antibiotics, can also deplete the digestion system of bacteria and encourage parasitic growth.
These parasites can range from tiny organisms that cannot be seen by the human eye, to huge worms that reach several feet in length. Some people are more likely to fall victim to parasitic infections than others, but almost all parasites are dangerous. While some only have minor symptoms, new studies are finding that various forms of parasite can have long-term health implications, and some are even deadly. Researchers now believe that parasites could actually play a part in every common illness.
As I listened to leading experts share testimonies of retrieving 20 inch long "rope worms" out of their rectum while following the recommended herbal parasite cleanse, I knew in that instant that I had swallowed the red pill and could never go back to the unknowing ignorance of a believed critter-free internal environment. It is difficult to think that there might be parasites crawling around inside you. The concept is nerve-wracking, and just plain disgusting. But, I had to do this!!!!.....even if it meant taking the life of the protozoa, helminths, liver flukes, and rope worms residing in what I formerly believed to be my body alone. And so, my trip down the worm-hole lead me to the next level of detoxification, The Parasite Cleanse!
DON'T FEED THE PARASITES: A NATURAL CLEANSE SOLUTION
A parasite cleanse involves removing all of the dangerous foods like grains and sugars that can feed parasites from your system, and replacing them with foods that have been proven to kill parasites and remove their waste products - like pumpkin seeds, probiotics, clove, and garlic.
You have probably heard plenty of horror stories about parasites. From world-record breaking tapeworms that cause serious life-threatening problems for some people, to ticks transmitting Lyme disease, we encounter parasites on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, diagnosing the existence of a parasite in your system can be incredibly difficult. Though we can use blood tests, fecal examinations, colonoscopies and x-rays to search for parasites when symptoms begin to appear, many people may currently be living with a parasite without any knowledge whatsoever. In fact, estimates suggest that the overwhelming majority of all Americans have some manner of parasite living inside of their body – commonly within the intestinal tract. As international travel becomes more common, the rate of parasitic infections has grown within the United States, and across the globe.
AN INTRODUCTION TO PARASITES
The average human body is crawling with hundreds of different strains of bacteria and yeast. Before you panic, however, that is entirely normal. Remember, the digestive tract alone holds over three pounds of bacteria. When this bacterium is properly balanced, they can be essential for promoting nutrient absorption and good digestion. However, when an intruder steps into the mix, then problems can begin to occur.
Parasites are complex creatures. Almost always associated with inflammatory diseases, they actively prevent good health. Parasites can range from microscopic organisms that are invisible to the naked eye, to the aforementioned huge tapeworms that measure several feet in length. These parasites can enter your body in a multitude of different ways, sometimes through contact with animals, infected people, or infected portions of food and drink. When they are ignored, and treatment is not provided (as is frequently the case for some parasites), an infection can last for years, and even lead to chronic disease.
Those most likely to suffer from a parasitic infection include:
People who have a compromised immune system or chronic illness
People who travel to, or live within, subtropical regions
People who swim in rivers, ponds, or lakes where parasites are common
People who work in childcare
People who regularly work with soil
People who suffer from leaky gut syndrome
While some infections are easily treated, others are incredibly difficult to remove from the system once a parasite has taken hold.
THE DANGERS OF PARASITES AND WHAT CAUSES A PARASITE INFECTION?
Some parasitic infections cause very minor symptoms, which means that people can live with the parasitic intruder in their system for several years without even recognizing the infection. Alternatively, some very dangerous forms of parasites can lead to fatal, and long-term health implications when they are not quickly and effectively treated.
For instance, recent research suggests that:
Protozoan parasites might increase the risk of colitis in some patients
Parasites may cause stunted growth in the developing world.
Lyme bacteria (the bacteria often transmitted by ticks), can hide inside of parasitic worms and eventually cause chronic brain-based diseases.
New research suggests the parasite may even be linked to ADHD and neurodegenerative disorders via the gut/brain connection.
In general, parasitic infections can be caused by three organisms: protozoa, ectoparasites, and helminths. While protozoa are single-celled organisms that can live inside of your body, such as giardiasis – a serious infection that can be contracted by drinking infected water, Helminths are multi-celled organisms that live outside, or inside of your body. Helminths are more commonly referred to as worms, and can include thorny-headed worms, flatworms, tapeworms, and roundworms. Ectoparasites are multi-celled organisms that can live on, or feed off your skin. Ectoparasites include ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and some mites.
An infection caused by a parasite can spread in a variety of different ways. For example, helminths and protozoa can spread through contaminated food and water, or even contaminated blood. Some of these parasites may also be passed on through sexual contact. There are some parasites which are spread by insects that act as a carrier for their disease, for instance, malaria is caused by a parasitic protozoon frequently transmitted by mosquitos.
Parasites are dangerous because they destroy the tissues present in their host, and cause significant damage, as well as producing their own toxic products in waste that can lead to various debilitating health problems. Many hosts suffer from infections, discomfort, and disease as a result of a parasitic infection. It’s estimated that up to 100 different types of parasitic worms alone can be found within the human body.
HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE A PARASITE
The first step, of course, is recognizing that you have parasites in your body. The disturbing truth is that you probably do. The key thing to remember is that anyone can have a parasites. These creatures are not just common for impoverished countries and unhygienic environments. Parasites are a common all over the world, including the United States. There are factors that can mean you have a greater level of risk.
Factors that can increase your risk of parasite infection include:
You frequently swallow water from ponds, lakes, rivers, or other unhygienic sources.
Your immune system is compromised, perhaps because you’re suffering from chronic Lyme.
You work in a medical environment that might include direct contact with feces and bodily fluids
You travel frequently to tropical regions where parasitic infections are more common.
The symptoms involved with parasitic infections are varied. Parasites can cause a range of symptoms depending on their type, including constipation and heartburn, vomiting, and in very rare, yet severe cases, even death. Many involve skin problems, such as hives, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. According to Parasite expert, Dr. Todd Watts, one of the most common problems links back to trouble sleeping. Many of his patients suffer from insomnia and “bruxism”.
Bruxism, or the grinding of teeth, can happen because parasites are more active at night. Additionally, parasites can also be responsible for anemia and blood sugar problems. Before you begin treating your parasites, you may need to come to terms with some of the common symptoms.
Some signs that you may have a parasitic problem include:
Insomnia, consistent fatigue, and poor sleeping habits
Lowered immune systems, the appearance of new allergies, and constant illness
Rashes, itching, and skin problems such as sores, or eczema and Psoriasis
Mental problems such as brain fog, anxiety, or depression
Food cravings Joint and muscle pains
Eye spots or difficulties with sight
Anemia, low blood sugar, or adrenal fatigue
Parasites and Chronic Lyme Disease
It is an uncomfortable truth that the human body is crawling with hundreds of strains of bacteria. When properly balanced, the right bacteria can be beneficial. However, when bacteria falls out of balance, problems begin to occur. Ongoing inflammation within the body, and issues with the immune system can throw the entire system into chaos. Simply ignoring the presence of parasites in your body could mean overlooking solutions that could allow you to achieve optimum health.
Treatment for parasitic infection can come in numerous forms. There are a range of natural treatments that can help to eliminate parasites and prepare the body for better health. Most of the time the best solutions for parasitic infections involve changing your diet and using the right supplement at the right time.
DIETARY CHANGES FOR TREATING PARASITE INFECTIONS
One of the most important things that you can do when overcoming a parasite, is to make sure that you are following the correct dietary precautions. Eating the right foods, and avoiding substances that might strengthen the parasite, can limit your symptoms and help to remove the infection from your system as quickly as possible. After all, the parasite eats the same foods as you do, and the items you choose will either nourish, or destroy them.
Most experts recommend that if you do have a parasite, your first
step should be to stay away from grains and sugar as much as possible, including natural sources of sugar like honey and fruit. Remember, removing a parasite is a difficult job for the human body, and during the process it’s crucial to make sure that you are supporting your system with regular exercise, plenty of sleep, a good diet, and limited exposure to toxins. Ideally, it’s a good idea to invest in foods that will help to eliminate parasites from your body for good. These foods will form part of your parasite cleanse:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is full of B-vitamins, making it great for nourishing the body. It can support a natural pH and lead to improved digestion. As Apple cider vinegar has been found to be particularly effective at killing parasites, it is recommended to take one teaspoon up to three times per day.
Probiotics are the “good bacteria” that help to restore the healthy gut bacteria in your system that may have been wiped out by parasites or antibiotic use. Probiotics are essential for restoring intestinal flora, even after a parasite has been removed. Avoid taking them within an hour of apple cider vinegar.
A delicious spice that can be used to deliver a range of fantastic health benefits, cinnamon has also been proven, alongside ginger, to be a natural remedy for certain forms of parasite. Mixing ginger and cinnamon into a cup of tea or smoothie could be a good way to get your regular daily dosage. However, make sure that any smoothies are free from dairy to help promote quick intestinal recovery.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an excellent substance for supporting the immune system, and is also a powerful antioxidant. However, what most people don’t know is that vitamins are also very useful in parasite removal. The literature recommends that if you suffer from symptoms of parasites, then you should be taking about four grams of vitamin C every day. It is important not take it at the same time as magnesium or calcium, as the nutrients may neutralize each other.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a perfect example of a natural anti-fungal, and it’s also highly nourishing for the body. If you’re not using it in your cooking by this point, you could consider adding several spoonfuls per day into your diet to help promote good digestive function. Coconut oil can also support human hormones and the reproductive system.
Garlic is highly effective at helping to rid the system of parasites and yeast. In order to get a healthy amount into your body each day, you might consider mincing one or two cloves of garlic into a glass of water to drink between meals.
7. Olive Oil
Olive oil is yet another type of anti fungal that can support the removal of yeast and parasitic waste. Add between one and two spoonfuls into your food, perhaps on items such as vegetables and salads, on a daily basis.
8. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are perhaps the most valuable substance you can consume when it comes to getting rid of parasitic infections for good. Capable of indirectly killing tapeworms and various other forms of parasites, pumpkin seeds should form an essential part of any parasite cleanse. These seeds work because they contain a substance known as curcubitine – a property which can paralyze tapeworms so that they are incapable of holding onto intestinal cells.
9. Papaya Seeds
Another highly effective seed-based cure for parasitic infections. Papaya seeds have plenty of great anti-parasitic qualities thanks to their content of papain – an enzyme that helps to break down parasites. According to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal food in 2007, parasites were eliminated completely from the stools of 77% of children given a combination of honey and dried papaya seeds, compared to an eradication of only 17% in those given the honey alone.
Finally, though it’s important to be cautious with your consumption of berries because they are high in sugar when fighting off an infection from a parasite, it’s worth noting that various berries have been used as a traditional remedy for fighting back against intestinal parasites. The effectiveness of berries is often linked to the chemicals present within them known as polyphenols – which can be found in all plants.
11. Diatomaceous Earth
Effective at killing parasitic eggs, and parasites, Diatomaceous earth is great for improving your digestive tract.
FOODS TO REMOVE FROM YOUR DIET
Of course, there is more to a parasite cleanse than simply knowing which foods you should be eating. Cleansing is also about removing dangerous foods from your body that might be having a negative impact on the healing process, or reducing your chances of removing the parasitic infection from your system completely. In order to kill parasites in your body and remove the bad bacteria that these parasites often consume, you will need to remove as much bad bacteria from your gut as possible, and this begins with eliminating grains and sugars from your diet.
A good parasitic cleanse will always involve removing all grains, processed foods, and most forms of sugar from your diet. Many experts suggest that you limit your intake of fruit wherever possible too.
The ultimate foods to avoid during your cleanse include:
Processed foods – these foods do not support immune system health and can simply prompt your intestinal system to work harder when it should be fighting back against infection.
Sugar – sugar is known to be an ideal way to super-charge the parasites in your body, and reduce the strength of your immune system – which can be a very dangerous combination.
Wheat – many grains that are consumed commonly today, particularly those that contain gluten, quickly break down into sugar and may cause inflammation in the intestine.
Alcohol – alcohol reduces the function of the immune system, leading to potentially significant long-term problems.
Pork – pork can often be contaminated with parasites. The reason for this is that pigs digest whatever they eat very quickly, and everything that they eat is consumed into the system – meaning that whenever we eat pork, we are exposing ourselves to substances that could be dangerous to our health.
Meat - as a huge proponent of the vegan diet, I'd actually recommend removing all animals products from your diet. It's no secret that they are loaded with antibiotics and hormones that completely destroy a healthy gut microbiome, allowing parasite activity to flourish and definitely contributing to inflammation.
Remember, while your parasite treatment will often depend on the type of infection you have, the way in which you manage your diet through a full parasite cleanse will help you to rid your body of these dangerous creatures.
SUPPLEMENTATION: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KNOWING THE PATH AND WALKING THE PATH
Personally, it wasn't enough for me to just keep eating a diet that I
was already eating anyways, as a high raw vegan. I wanted these creepy (literal-) suckers out!!! One of the best treatment solutions for removing parasites, recommended by leading experts, is a Mimosa Pudica detox protocol. In my opinion, the best supplier of premier, fat-soluble, additive free Mimosa Pudica, is Microbe Formulas. The USDA Organic Mimosa Pudica offered by Microbe Formulas is the purest form for treating parasitic infections, and when combined with their other supplements, Formula 1, BioCarbon 1, & BioCarbin Plus, form a comprehensive treatment plan.
Comparable to sending out an herbal-style, electro-magnetic pulse, Mimosa Pudica and Formula 1 (a proprietary blend of neem, clove, and vindanga) actively paralyzes parasites and forces them to fall away from their position on intestine walls, while the BioCarbons bind the endotoxins released by the dying parasites and ensure their excretion from the body. This means that parasites can be effectively flushed from your system in a safe, effective, and natural way.
THE EXIT STRATEGY
For efficient and complete removal, Mimosa Pudica supplements should be used for at least one to three months. The protocol is comprehensive and particularly effective because it plays multiple parts in recovery. Not only does it eliminate parasites and bind the toxins in the body, but it also repairs cell membranes. On top of that, it delivers positive nutrients into the blood and digestive system.
Microbes Formula designed a complete cleanse containing five individual products (click on each for purchase link):
Mimosa Pudica and Formula 1 were designed to specifically complement one another. These can be taken together on an empty stomach, meaning: after you take Mimosa Pudica and Formula 1, wait 20 minutes before eating food. Alternatively, when you eat food first, wait 1-2 hours, then take Mimosa Pudica and Formula 1. Most supplements are fine to take with Mimosa Pudica and Formula 1.
For those that are more reactive or smaller individuals, it is recommended to start with 1 capsule of Mimosa Pudica twice per day and 1 capsule of Formula 1 twice per day. If you experience nausea or abdominal cramping, consider taking it with food. General dosing for an adult is 2 capsules of Mimosa Pudica twice per day and Formula 1 is 1 capsule twice per day.
BioActive Carbon Plus and BioActive Carbon 1 are both designed to help with minimizing symptoms. It's recommend to take these products at least 1 hour away from Mimosa Pudica. BioActive Carbon Plus and BioActive Carbon 1 are unlike a traditional carbon or charcoal as they can be taken with or without food. General dosing of BioActive Carbon Plus is 1-2 capsule 2-3 times per day. General dosing of BioActive Carbon 1 is 1-2 capsules, 2-3 times per day.
The primary action of Intestinal Mover is to support proper bowel function. This product is beneficial for those that struggle with constipation by providing natural, gentle relief without cramping or causing a dependency. If needed, general dosing of Intestinal Mover is 1-2 capsules, twice per day on an empty stomach.
Here is the schedule I use:
6:00 am: 2 capsules of Mimosa Pudica, 1 capsule of Formula 1 and 1 capsule of Intestinal Mover [Optional] without food
7:00 am: Take 1 capsule of BioActive Carbon Plus and 1 capsule of BioActive Carbon 1 with or without food
12:00 pm [Optional]: Take 1 capsule of BioActive Carbon Plus and 1 capsule of BioActive Carbon 1 with or without food
6:00pm: Take 1 capsule of BioActive Carbon Plus and 1 capsule of BioActive Carbon 1 with or without food
9:00pm: 2 capsules of Mimosa Pudica, 1 capsule of Formula 1 and 2 capsules of Intestinal Mover [Optional] without food
Personally, I don't use the Intestinal Mover. As a high-fiber eating, high raw vegan, I have noooooo trouble in that department. But it is important to note that if you are considering using Mimosa Pudica, you will need to deal with issues of constipation first. If you’re struggling to pass bowel movements, this can be a serious problem for any parasite or detox program. Although the substance itself can cause little constipation at first by releasing things throughout the body, it is important for detox-ers to manage their bowel movements. Make sure that you use enemas, magnesium, and frequent water consumption to push your bowel movements through. I'll share more about that in a Part 2.
YOU ARE THE ONE, MIMO!
In my experience, the MIMO-sa Pudica protocol is very effective!
In a matter of a week, and after implementing coffee enemas as well (details in part 2), I was passing rope worms, liver flukes, and parasitic eggs. (Click the links to view pictures pulled from the internet) I won't share all the gory details, but it was quite shocking, albeit oddly fascinating. Essentially, I have been doing the suggested dietary regime for almost a decade so I think I was actually pretty clean to begin with, yet even I was still affected (ermmmm....infected) and noticing increasing results over time . But even more astounding, I mentored a client from my health coaching practice through the parasite cleanse recently as well - a person who eats the typical Standard American Diet, grew up on a farm, and consumes alcohol (wine) on a regular basis, and she was seeing DOUBLE the results that I was and after just ONE DAY of supplementation!! At this point, it become more than theory, possibility, and anecdotal evidence; it was no longer about "thinking" there could be a matrix in gestation, it was about completely and absolutely knowing there was FAR too much infestation! Red pill swallowed, truth experienced, point of no return.....
....except maybe for return to better and more optimal health with new knowledge acquired and implemented?? If you choose the red pill, and are called to join the "rope-worm resistance", swallow....then reach out! My 6 Month Health Coaching program is rolling out this May, and I'd be happy to mentor you through this new reality! A healthier, happier you is on the other side.
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**Warning: Please consult your healthcare professional before use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or considering to use with child.