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Parasites – The Monsters Inside of You

Parasites are far more common than most of us realize.

Often thought to be acquired only during international travel, these little critters are actually  in our food, water, pets, and gardens.  Herbs have been used centuries to keep our bodies clear from unwanted house guests.

No one wants to talk about these ugly little things, yet the challenge has been around for as long as mankind. Although it is somewhat acceptable for our cats, dogs, pets and residents of third world countries to have parasites, the thought that those of us in clean, sanitized, civilized socities might have them is abhorrent to most of us.

The truth is that we are all susceptible to acquiring parasites. For the most part in the USA, they are microscopic and we have pretty much gotten used to them and what they do to our bodies.

Herbal Help

Before talking about the many types of parasites in the information below, it is important to say that herbs can be extremely helpful in saying goodbye to these unwelcome guests.

IMPORTANT: Parasites are the first to get the nutrients from food, since they are in the digestive system. It is best to take parasite-cleansing herbs before a meal, this way they are getting anti-parasitic herbs instead of food.

It is important to stick with your herbal plan (My Miracle Tea) for at least four weeks, preferably eight to twelve weeks.  Four weeks is the reproductive cycle.  Research shows that parasites reproduce most actively during the full moon, so some people have found that drinking a full gallon of the tea over the 4-5 days of the full-moon cycle is extremely helpful.

Acquiring Parasites

Parasites are found worldwide, including the U.S. Of course poor sanitation increases the possibility of unwanted guests, yet soil, fruits, vegetables meats and water can be be infected.

We may also pick up worms from contact with pets and other people or a barefoot walk in the garden. Worms can release as many as 200,000 eggs per day, which we may consume unknowingly.

Children are easily infected by being less aware of  hygiene and playing with dirt and other possible contaminated substances.

Once in the body, parasites can settle almost anywhere, causing damage to organs, and blocking and sapping nutrients from the host. The intestines offer lots of nutrients for worms, so this is a common “hang out” for them.

Since parasites are most active and reproduce around the full moon, this is when some of the effects are most prominent. (and the best time to do a cleanse)

Types of parasites

In biology, the parasitic way of life is very common. Humans may be hosts to over 100 different types of parasites. There are several families of parasites:

  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Flukes and Single Cell parasites

Each group has many kinds of parasites.

Roundworms:

Includes:

  • Common round worm (Ascara lumbricoides )
  • Hookworm
  • Strongyloides stercoralis
  • Ancylastoma caninum
  • Whipworm
  • pinworm
  • Toxocara canis
  • Dirofilaria immitis (dog heartworm)
  • Trichinosis

Roundworms are common throughout the world. It is estimated that 25% of people in the world are infected with roundworms.

Infections come from consuming worm eggs found on fruits and vegetables grown in contaminated soil. Some symptoms of roundworms are digestive disturbances, intestinal gas, weight gain around full moon, blood sugar imbalance, fatigue, anemia, restlessness and teeth grinding at night.

Tapeworms:

Includes:

  • Beef tapeworm
  • Bladderworm
  • Pork tapeworm
  • Broad fish tapeworm
  • Dog tapeworm
  • Dwarf tapeworm
  • Rat tapeworm

There are many different species of tapeworm found in all parts of the world, and they can grow to be very large. We usually contract tapeworm from an intermediate host, such as beef, pork, fish, dogs and cats. We can also pick up some tapeworms by directly consuming their eggs.

In humans, they reside in the intestines where they absorb our nutrients, especially vitamin b-12 and folic acid and give off dangerous waste.

Tapeworm can cause intestinal gas, thyroid and intestinal imbalances, high and low blood sugar, jaundice, bloating, fluid build up during the full moon and verminous intoxication (see Effects of Parasites in yellow column to the right).

Flukes:

Includes:

  • Fasciola
  • Paragonimus
  • Heterophyes
  • Schistosoma
  • Metagonemus
  • Alaria
  • Opisthorchis
  • Dicrocoelium

Flukes are smaller parasites that attach themselves to a variety of organs, including the lungs, heart, intestines, brain, bladder, liver and blood vessels, causing inflammation and damage.

Fluke eggs have tiny, protruding spines that can cause damage as they migrate through the body.

People become infected by eating raw or undercooked fish or crab, eating infected vegetables like water chestnut or watercress, or drinking or wading through infected water.

Single Cell Parasites:

Includes:

  • Toxoplasmosa
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia
  • Amoeba
  • Neospora
  • Sarcocystis
  • Trichomonas

Microscopic protozoans harm more people than any other parasitic disease.

The cyst or resting stage of this parasite is very resistant to temperature, dryness and chemicals, which are found everywhere in our environment.

People ingest these cysts, which then “hatch” in our bodies. Although we are commonly exposed to protozoans, our immune systems usually keep them under control, but people with a weakened immune system or toxic condition cannot fight off these parasites as easily.

Protozoans can be found in the intestines, lungs, muscle tissue and the digestive tract, releasing toxins and tissue destroying enzymes. Protozoan infections may be associated with

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Degenerative muscle diseases
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Lymphoma
  • MS
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Psoriasis
  • Cutaneous ulcers
  • Dermatitis

Wormwood Combination

In traditional herbalism, bitter digestive tonic herbs are used to paralyze and kill parasites in the digestive tract as well as controlling their eggs and improving digestive secretions, a natural protection against parasite overgrowth.

At the same time, the bitter principles help to increase elimination, so that the parasites’ toxins may be excreted at a faster rate. Wormwood Combination employs some herbs from this category that herbalists and naturopaths alike have relied on for centuries.

Wormwood has been used to kill parasites (especially roundworms), reduce mucus, promote bowel movement and urination, tone the stomach and digestion, clear toxins from the blood, liver and gall bladder.

Traditional herbalists use Male Fern to paralyze parasites so that they may be more easily passed out of the system. Black Walnut adds laxative effects to ensure elimination, while Quassia soothes and protects the stomach.

Wormwood Combination is further balanced energetically for gentle yet thorough action ,with the addition of spicy Cloves, which help to reduce the gassiness and cramping that many other de-wormmg formulas can cause, only exacerbating the digestive distress many people experience with parasite conditions.

All the herbs in this blend also control secondary fungal infections and excess mucus that can be both a contributing factor to and by-product of parasite infections.

Rascal

Combines some favorite herbs for fighting tapeworms and other parasites: Pumpkin Seeds, Garlic and Thyme. Thyme also teams up with Cayenne or Capsicum in this blend to warm and support digestion and elimination, while Cramp Bark is added to prevent cramping that many other de-worming products can cause.

This gentle yet effective formula also controls the mucus, accumulations and secondary fungal infections that often accompany parasite complaints.

Garlic

Garlic by itself can be of great assistance in controlling parasites. Garlic has a history of being able to kill parasites and control secondary fungal infections, detoxify, and gently stimulate elimination. It also has antioxidant properties to protect against oxidation caused by parasites’ toxins.

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle has been used for centuries as a liver tonic. The mixture of flavonolignans, known as silymarin found in milk thistle, has the ability to counteract the effects of liver toxins.

Milk Thistle aids in toxin clearance by promoting health: bile function while its antioxidant activity protects against cell damage from toxins. Silymarin also increases the regeneration of the liver cells.

This is helpful for the body to clear toxins given off by parasites.

Cloves

As mentioned above, cloves help to diminish the digestive discomforts caused by parasites and while doing a parasite cleanse. Cloves have been traditionally used to harmonize digestive function, calm the stomach, promote bowel movement and reduce gas and mucus.

The Mover

It is a combination of herbs that have been used for toning the elimination organs. This can be very useful while on a parasite maintenance program to help the body remove toxins and waste.

The Mover contains yellow dock, onion, sage, wahoo bark, and rhubarb root. These herbs supports healthy bowel, liver and kidney function; promotes healthy digestion and purifies the blood. The onion, rhubarb and sage have also been used to control parasites.

Other Dietary Considerations

Avoiding raw or undercooked beef, pork, fish and chicken is an obvious step in prevention. Water chestnuts, watercress, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and mountain water are also to be avoided.

Parasites love sugar and carbohydrates as well as other easily assimilated foods. It is best to eliminate sweets, alcohol and potato chips while cleansing.

Pumpkin seeds, garlic, calmyrna figs, pomegranates, cranberry juice, and apple cider vinegar are good foods to include in your diet to control parasites.

Parasitic infections set in when the body is alkaline.  Keeping the intestines slightly acidic may help prevent and treat an infection. Cranberry juice or diluted apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons to eight ounces of water) works well for this.

The subject of parasites can be unpleasant, yet it is more common than most people are aware of. Becoming proactive about parasite maintenance can make a big difference in overall health. Doing a preventative program can ease your worries about uninvited guests.

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