Lack of energy is a common concern, but it may not be due to the reasons...
- By Dr. Todd Watts
- 22 Apr 19
Are you one of those people that think "parasite infection can't happen to me!" You might want to think again. Parasites are always playing like it's the final game of the season, and they only play to win. They prey on anyone, anywhere -- even young healthy athletes.
As recently reported in sports blog Deadspin:
“Columbus Blue Jackets prospect and former Miami (Ohio) hockey player Carson Meyer might look really tired in (this photo) from a June 2017 interview, but any visible gauntness might be from the fact that he had a tapeworm in his body for, according to doctors, a full year. (1)
“Meyer’s 2017-18 season with the RedHawks was totally derailed because of the parasite, as The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reported in lovely detail. The prospect had no appetite, lost weight, and was falling asleep during drills. Test results couldn’t pinpoint it to mononucleosis or something similar. Meyer finally discovered what was draining his energy when he sat on the toilet in February:
Doctors believed Meyer’s specific parasite was diphyllobothrium latum, which comes from eating undercooked fish.
25-inch worms sound like something you'd see in a horror movie. Make no mistake. It doesn't matter if you eat fish or not. It can happen to you or people you love. There are thousands of types of parasites that can enter your body in a variety of ways -- most often orally -- causing symptoms much less obvious than extreme weight loss.
These symptoms can include:
The signs you have a parasitic infection can sometimes seem random, and you'll end up attributing your symptoms to something else. Which is a huge mistake because you'll never get rid of the true cause. They will succeed in holding you back from your most optimal health, but they don't have to!
Parasites lurk in every place they are most likely to find a host -- YOU!
They are waiting to ambush you in:
You’re even more susceptible to parasitic infection if you have a weakened immune system. A chronic infection like Lyme disease can double your trouble since parasites carry Lyme inside them and continuously reinfect you. Even a simple tooth infection can weaken you and make you a more likely target. This is because your body becomes a hospitable host for pathogens. Other infections allow them to thrive inside of you because your body is busy fighting elsewhere. Your immune system is too exhausted to keep the parasites in check.
Though parasites can cause you uncomfortable symptoms, research suggests that they could cause you even more serious problems. One study revealed liver flukes, in particular, can lead to cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. (2) This can be a bigger issue in certain parts of the world, but it can happen anywhere.
Other parasites can leave you malnourished and lacking vital nutrients, leading to severe fatigue, pain, and failure to thrive -- such as was the case with Carson Meyer. Your body may be able to hold out for a time, but even the fittest, most athletic, need help in this pathogen fight.
Can I Test for Parasites?
If you’re thinking, ‘I’ll just go to my doctor’s office and ask for a parasite test so I can stop worrying,’ it’s not that simple. Testing you for parasites is incredibly difficult, and there are few (if any) accurate tests that are comprehensive enough to cover every type of infection you may have. Most lab tests are only looking for certain “common” helminths and protozoa. Many tests will only be accurate if your stool sample is viewed immediately. Parasites release enzymes that start to dissolve their bodies once they die. Your parasites will be long gone by the time a lab tech gets to your sample.
Parasite cleansing isn't something the odd person needs. It's something everyone needs! If you have a pulse, you probably have parasites.
You might think you don't have because you don't see them. It’s not likely that you’d ever see most of these bugs in your own stool even though they are probably there. 70% of parasites are completely microscopic, meaning even if you’re killing them off during your cleanse, you won’t see them on the way out.
Many parasites are highly intelligent and able to alter their particular life cycle and reproduction pattern to allow them the best chance at survival inside your body. They can evolve or adapt to hide (so your immune system doesn’t see them as invaders), so we’ve got to outsmart them.
How Do I Outsmart Parasites?
This is where natural parasite cleansing comes in. Your best approach has four elements to it:
Natural parasite cleansing is easier on your body and help you detox effectively.
If you've made the choice to get your life back from these parasites, you might be wondering:
What types of parasites are there?
Let's look at the most common types of parasites you might be purging in your quest for great health.
Roundworms: Roundworms, also called nematodes, can lay hundreds of thousands of eggs a day. Symptoms include stomach pain, trouble sleeping, respiratory issues, and rashes. Roundworm larvae can go through the intestines to the bloodstream and spread to other organs. They’re about the thickness of earthworms.
Pinworms: Symptoms of pinworms include an itchy anus, mood disorders, and GI tract upset. These parasites crawl out of the anus at night to lay eggs. They’re only about a half an inch long.
Tapeworms: Tapeworms can live inside human intestines for almost a decade, causing weight loss, hunger, and poor absorption of nutrients. They can also cause no symptoms at all. It’s possible for tapeworms to grow 20-30 feet long.
Hookworms: Hookworms have sharp teeth they use to penetrate the skin and consume blood. Hookworms can cause fatigue, anemia, swelling, brain fog, and stomach pain. They generally settle in the intestines but can affect the lungs, too
Ropeworms: Ropeworms are a recent classification of parasites. They’re usually seen during a parasite cleanse or after coffee enemas. They can be 1-2 feet long and bumpy in texture.
Flatworms: Flatworms can be found in the bladder, lungs, liver, kidneys, GI tract. There are many types of flatworms, and they can range from microscopic to 50 feet long.
Flukes: Flukes look like small tongues and have a sucker they use to attach to their hosts. Liver flukes are the most common types of flukes found in the human body, but there are also blood, urinary, intestinal, lung, and other kinds of flukes.
Whipworms: Though commonly found in dogs, whipworms can affect humans as well. Whipworms can be contracted by contaminated dirt or foods that have not been thoroughly washed or cooked. Symptoms include blood in stools, stomach pain, nausea, and weight loss. They’re usually about 1-2 inches and shaped like a small whip--one thicker end and one thinner end.
While it is true you may feel some uncomfortable symptoms during the cleansing process, the upside to treatment far outweighs the temporary discomfort. Many do not feel any symptoms at all or simply feel a slightly upset stomach. As long as you keep supporting your liver, gallbladder, and kidneys through the methods mentioned above, like castor oil packs, soon you’ll be on the other side of the unpleasant die-off. Here are some benefits of natural parasite cleansing to look forward to:
Along with the recommended parasite protocol, you can also modify your diet and lifestyle to have the best chance at ridding unwanted pathogens from your body.
It is possible to experience die-off from parasite cleansing. Some common die-off signs include:
Parasite cleansing is a marathon, not a sprint! Go low and slow to minimize your chance of reacting. Fulvic acid can absorb the toxins the dying parasites are releasing into your system. But it does more than grab toxins and remove them. Fulvic acid leaves behind building blocks for healing and restoring your tissues that have been damaged by the parasites.
Make sure your drainage pathways are moving well! Your lymphatic system and bowels need to be working to completely expel the parasites and the poisons they produce.
Think of a street grate clogged by debris after a storm. If it's covered in broken branches, water has a hard time getting through and the street eventually floods. Your drainage pathways are the same. The dying parasites are like the broken branches clogging up the grate. You need to keep these drainage pathways open so there isn't a "flood" of toxins.
Sugar: Sugar feeds parasites, so you want to eliminate it during your cleanse. This includes cookies and cakes, but also “healthier” sources of sugar, like maple syrup, dried fruit, or grapes. Sugar is destructive to the body and addictive, so it’s better if you can keep your intake to a minimum, even after a parasite cleanse.
Grains: Grains turn to sugar in the body, so it’s best to avoid grains as much as possible while actively getting rid of parasites. That means no bread, chips, rice, corn, oats, quinoa, etc.
Dairy: Dairy is an inflammatory food for the body, for many reasons. While it’s true that some people cannot digest the sugar (or lactose) in milk, there are other reasons why dairy is always at the top of the inflammatory foods list. Milk is processed, pasteurized, and homogenized. It's rough on your digestive system and can be mucus producing for most people. Leave it off your plate to give your body the best fighting chance to release parasites… and focus on anti-inflammatory foods, instead.
Fresh vegetables and fruits: The fiber in vegetables and fruits will keep your bowels moving so you’re expelling the parasites and toxins as quickly as possible. you may want to even limit fruit at the beginning since they are high in natural sugars. It’s best to eat fruits lower in sugar like berries or green apples when you add them back.
Raw pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin, which can paralyze parasites, and could prevent them from attaching to the intestinal wall. (4)
Garlic: The allicin in garlic is potent against bacteria, but also viruses and fungus too. To reap the benefits, eat it juiced or crushed to release the allicin, and start out slowly. (5)
Ginger: Ginger is great for the digestive system, and it can help relieve die-off symptoms during your parasite cleanse. For example, making tea with fresh ginger, lemon, and a little honey can clear mucus. In studies, ginger has been effective in eliminating parasites. (6)
Turmeric: Curcumin, the compound in turmeric, is a very effective anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, and antiparasitic food. It has been used in studies to treat severe, drug-resistant parasitic infections. (7) Turmeric is a powerful addition to your parasite cleanse.
Papaya Seeds: These seeds have been shown to have anthelmintic effects on parasites in trials performed on rats. (8) They can also help you with digestion since they contain enzymes. Papaya seeds are a good source of fiber that can help keep your drainage pathways moving.
Parasite cleansing doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. In fact, it will be liberating! It can liberate you from the symptoms holding you back like:
Take back what you lost when parasites took over. Get back to your happy, healthy self.
What goals and dreams will you focus on when you are freed from parasites?
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