The interesting thing about parasites is that, until recently, most doctors wouldn’t recognize the symptoms of parasites. I’ve had more than one client that was extremely ill from parasites and spent years working with doctors to find no solution. It wasn’t until they found an alternative doctor and treated the cause that they found much-needed relief.
A parasite will feed off our cells and the food and supplements we consume, thereby draining our energy and causing an overall decline in the state of our health. Although there are over 3,000 varieties of parasites, there are two main types of intestinal parasites; helminths and protozoa.
Studies have indicated that 85% of people in the United States have at least one form of a parasite. The CDC considers them the number one health risk. Such infestations have been considered, for the most part, a disease of the tropics, therefore the average physician is not likely to consider it among her list of possibilities when making a diagnosis.
Although current medical texts contain very little information about parasites, it is important to remember that parasites can mimic other disorders and/or produce no noticeable symptoms. They can affect tissue anywhere in the body, and they have been linked to a host of health issues and diseases, including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, appendicitis, weight problems, cancer, and epilepsy.
It’s important to do everything possible to prevent parasites from invading our bodies. Good nutrition, staying away from immunosuppressant drugs, and avoiding a polluted colon, are all ways to do just that.
Once the ideal ratio of good to bad bacteria in the intestines (80% good to neutral to 20% harmful bacteria) is disrupted, the resulting imbalance creates an environment conducive to parasite infection.
Factors that contribute to this imbalance include:
Antibiotics- Steroid drugs- X-rays/ radiation therapy
Birth control pills- refined carbohydrates- chlorinated water
Since prevention is key I carry a very simple and effective parasite cleanse. If you have any more questions about parasites you are always welcome to reach out to me.
Additions to a Parasite Cleanse
by Body Health
In addition to drinking lots of water, the following morning drink and tea are suggested by Dr. Minkeff of Body Health to help support a parasite cleanse.
Morning Parasite Cleanse:
- 12 oz Water
- 1-2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
- 10-15 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
- 1 tsp Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
As we mentioned above, apple cider vinegar and grapefruit seed extract both help to weaken parasites and establish balance in your gut environment. Diatomaceous earth is a fine silica powder made from the skeletons of prehistoric diatoms. It is harmless to you but helps to break down the biofilms and cellular walls of parasites.
- 1 Tbsp Pao d’Arco
- Steep 10-15 min in hot water
Pao d’Arco is a remarkable South American plant with a host of beneficial immunological effects – not the least of which is anti-parasitic. It has a pleasant, mild taste, so you can sip this throughout your day while cleansing your system.