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03-26-2013, 06:30 PM (This post was last modified: 01-14-2014 01:39 PM by mr admin.)
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Kayc: I read Louise Gittleman’s books on parasites as well as a website by a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). Both state that one cannot treat yeast and expect results without also, or first(?) treating parasites. Anyone had any experience with this?

Pearl: Hi. Yes, I think that you have to deal with the parasites. My husband and I both took the Great Smokies Lab Comprehensive Stool Test and discovered that we both had parasites (different ones) and candida.

We both treated the parasites and then the candida. He is completely well now (we both followed the diet, did anti-parasites?natural and antibiotic?took supplements, antifungals, and probiotics). The antifungals we have used have been both the drug and the natural ones.

I am still working on it because I have had a much worse case of candida. I am 100 times better now than I was a year ago. I think that it is essential to work with a doctor who specializes in candidiasis, also.

Kayc: Hi Pearl, thank you for responding. May I ask you how you even thought to be tested for parasites? What were you signs and symptoms? Had you traveled? Did you drink water from a stream? I haven’t done any of these things and wonder if it is worth the expense. I did just email the lab you suggested to ask about cost, turnaround time. thanks.

Pearl: Hi, Kayc. The symptoms of parasites are very similar to the ones for candida. I am fortunate to have found a doctor who specializes in Chronic Fatigue, candida and parasites, etc. He is the one who ordered the test to find out exactly what was going on in my intestinal tract. I think being tested is well worth the money, because if you do not know what is there, how can you treat it?

Even having said that, the test came back indicating that I had Blastocystis hominis (parasites) and no candida. This does not mean that it was necessarily a false negative for candida, it meant that either the candida was in my small intestine or the yeast were firmly attached to the intestinal walls and not being purged enough from the walls to register on the test. My physician used his 20 years of experience and felt that in addition to having parasites, I also had candida. And, he was absolutely correct. So, I think that testing and having a very experienced physician is a good thing to have.

I got the parasites either from travelling to Mexico or from the water system in San Francisco. It turns out that the water in San Francisco has a high Blastocystis hominis count. They first found out about this when San Francisco AIDS patients had problems with this parasite. When they studied the local water they found that it was the source of the problem. So, parasites can come from some surprising sources.

Mrs. Generic: Where do you get parasites?

Dyl: You probably have parasites if you’ve ever eaten in a restaurant. Especially if you eat sushi, raw clams, meat, etc. There are many ways to get them.

Polly: You can get parasites from eating fresh fruits and vegetables too. You can get parasites on your hands from handling a pet, or handling just about any object. You can get parasites from insects, drinking water, food, air, soil, and other people. Even skin contact, like swimming in a lake, might give you a parasite. In that sense, it is just like catching a cold. Parasites are everywhere. If you have good hygiene, good stomach acid levels, and a good immune system, then you are less likely to get infected. However, chances are, you have some parasites. (In Earl Mindell’s book on MSM he says that 85% of the American population is hosting at least one parasite, page 33.) Whether or not you have enough to cause problems is another story. That is why it is a good idea to do a parasite cleanse every so often. Traditionally, people do them every spring.

If you get tested, then this may help you find which agents are more effective at killing the parasites that you have. However, stool testing can easily miss something like Giardia, which normally resides in the upper portion of the digestive tract and in the bile ducts, and tends to cause diarrhea. To detect Giardia, you need an enzyme immunoassay for it. Giardia is pretty common in those with dysbiosis. (MSM helps get rid of parasites, Giardia in particular. [1] Giardia is also killed by monolaurin, which your body creates from the lauric acid in coconut oil. Giardia is also killed by the herb Goldenseal.) It is very difficult to find most parasites. Picking labs that specialize in parasites will enhance the chances of detection. The Great Smokies Lab is one such institution. phone (800) 522-4762 This website has a good article on parasites by Andreas Marx, O.MD. It is from their Explore Issue: Volume 7, Number 4.

Mary G: Doesn’t cooking kill the parasites?

Polly: Cooking kills parasites. Freezing your food for two weeks kills them too. The best defense is general hygiene and good stomach acid. Then add a periodic parasite cleanse. If you aren’t particularly ill, I wouldn’t worry about it more than that.

PGB: I have had insomnia all my adult life. I am 57. It has gotten to the point now that I can’t sleep until 7 a.m. or later and can only sleep an average of five hours. I also have something seriously wrong with my left leg. I have had severe leg pain for three months. I told my doctor, and he sent me home with an Advil prescription. When I asked this doctor if he would work with me on having tests done, he said, “What kind?” I said, “Well a parasite test for one.” He said, “If you had parasites, the gastroenterologist would have seen that when he did a colonoscopy.” I don’t believe that!

Polly: Your hypothesis has some merit. Ammonia produced by parasites could be interfering with your sleep and possibly may even be contributing to the leg pain. You might have parasites even though they were not found at the time of the colonoscopy. Some parasites can be seen with the naked eye, but many parasites are hard to find even with a microscope. The lab technician is supposed to spend 20 minutes on just one sample. The skill of the technician makes a big difference, yet even the best technician will often not find the parasites in a given sample. Presently, there are only a few labs that doctors have any confidence in. The Great Smokies Laboratories is one of them. They find parasites in about 30% of the specimens examined. The most common parasites found are Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia. Even if you don’t have a verified parasitic infection, I think it just makes sense to do a parasite cleanse ever so often.

Mary G: Polly, do you have a particular parasite cleanse that you might recommend? Thanks!

Polly: First, you need to cleanse the intestinal tract to uncover the parasites. My doctor told me to take an herbal-cleansing product while doing the parasites cleanse. The brand he gave me was R-Pur-Aloe’s Colon and Body Cleanse. However, he said that there were several other brands that were just as good. I asked him what he thought of colonics. He didn’t like them because it disturbed the ecology of the gut too much. You could be left with the chore of reimplanting the correct bacteria. However, many colonic specialists do a wash with L. acidophilus after each session. That should help. I guess like so many things, it is a judgement call.

There are lots of different herbal products that kill parasites. Check your local vitamin shop/health food store. If you don’t know which parasites you have, then the Hulda Clark recommendation of green black walnut hulls, cloves, and wormwood might be worth trying. Generally, the herbal tinctures are better for those with a compromised digestive system. I’ve heard some positive reports about the Clear and Experience products made by the Awareness Corporation. This is by a multi-level marketing company. Do a search on the Internet and you will find hundreds of places to purchase it. However, like many multi-level marketing companies, you might have to listen to the “business opportunity” speech before you are allowed to purchase it.

Ann Louise Gittleman‘s booklet Overcoming Parasites, is the best reference I’ve come across on parasite treatment. [2] I hear that the latest edition of her other book, Guess What Came to Dinner, is very good. Unfortunately, I only have the older edition of this book, and it doesn’t have much on treatment. Hopefully, she has incorporated the information found in her pamphlet into this new edition.

She suggests that if you have microscopic protozoa like Giardia lamblia or amoebas, that you choose products similar to Para-Key with Para-Plus from UniKey Health Systems, website phone 800-888-4353. For larger parasites such as tapeworms, roundworms, and pinworms, choose products similar to Verma-Key with Verma-Plus from UniKey.

A note of caution --- start very slowly to make sure you are not sensitive to the herbal ingredients. Then gradually, over several days, build up the dose to the recommended amount. If you start to have problems, back down on the dose, or perhaps change to another brand. The herbal products might bother you a little, but don’t use them if you have severe reactions. There was a case of a contaminated batch of parasite cleansing herbs that caused severe cramping. Don’t consider this normal if it happens to you.

Ann Louise Gittleman also suggests that you take digestive enzymes, and if warranted, hydrochloric acid. Just make sure that your digestive supplement does not contain bile if you are trying to kill Giardia lamblia. Giardia lamblia thrives on bile salts. Interesting aside note: Giardia lamblia lodges in the bile ducts and may cause gallbladder disease and gluten intolerance. (Gluten is a protein found in grains.) Ann Gittleman also lists some foods that can help eliminate parasites: papaya seeds, pomegranate juice, pumpkin seeds, garlic, onions, carrot tops, radish roots, kelp, raw cabbage, ground almonds, blackberries, pumpkin, sauerkraut, crushed lemon seeds, mugwort tea, three-taste tea (sakosai, licorice, daio), and corsican brand seaweed tea.

I had tried a parasite cleanse on my own before, but I couldn’t tolerate the herbs. After a few days, the room started to spin. So later, when a doctor told me to do a parasite cleanse, I objected. I didn’t want to get sick again. He told me that I wouldn’t get sick if I took some slippery elm tea and some saffron tea during the parasite cleanse. (The slippery elm tea and the saffron tea were to sooth the intestines. These teas don’t kill parasites.) So I tried his protocol. When I used the teas, the other herbs didn’t bother me. If I skipped the teas, the cleansing and parasite herbs made me ill that day. He was right.

This is how he had me use the teas. Three times per day, in-between meals, he had me drink saffron tea, and at night he had me drink slippery elm tea. A teaspoon of saffron or slippery elm was to be used when making the tea. The teas were to be steeped in a half a cup of hot water for 20 minutes. Then “magnetized” water was added to dilute the tea to two cups. Grape juice could be used to cut the taste of the slippery elm tea. (At this time, I was healthy enough that eating some sugar or fruit wasn’t a problem.)

If you head off to the store to buy some saffron, you may find it costing up to $3 for one cup of tea. But you can purchase a large bag of saffron for about $5 from Heritage Products, website and phone (800) 862-2923 You can also buy the slippery elm powder from them too. If you want organic slippery elm powder, the Country Petaler sells it, website (The added carbohydrates from the slippery elm tea might be a problem for a few people.)

My doctor told me something very strange about the timing. I was to use the herbs for two weeks starting at the full moon. Then wait for the next full moon and use the herbs for another two weeks. I was taken aback. Yet, out of respect for this doctor, I didn’t say anything, and just did as told. Later, I read that certain parasites procreate at the full moon. I also read that there is a nitrogen shift in the body that is tied to the moon cycles. I laugh when I think of this now. Maybe it wasn’t such a weird idea.

Shelley: I’m going to do a parasite cleanse. I am confused about the “magnetized water”?so many theories as to how to do this. What did you do?

Polly: Get a glass pitcher, fill it with good water, and leave it sitting on a magnetized plate. Be sure the negative side of the magnet is up. My doctor said that you could use the cheap magnets that you find at a hardware store, so long as you know which side to use. These are a bit small though, and I found it less awkward to use a large ceramic magnet. I tried the thin plastic magnet plates that are sold for this purpose (like refrigerator magnets), and they didn’t work well. They weren’t strong enough to make a difference in the water. When using the strong ceramic magnet, I could tell that the water was different. It seemed more thirst quenching, just like the expensive clustered water. I’ve read that the magnet plus gravity is supposed to alter the angle at which the hydrogen atoms are attached to the oxygen in the water. That is why the orientation is important. The magnet aligns, and the magnet and gravity pull. Whether or not the effect is more than momentary, I don’t know. Yet it makes me feel that perhaps the magnetized water effect isn’t pure placebo.

Kippy: It’s 11:00 A.M. Do You Know Where Your Parasites Are? It’s Friday, and I thought we could use some humor to brighten the dreary (at least here in New England) day. I’ve been thinking about parasites. When you get right down to it, they’re really not that bad, as far as creatures go. I mean think about it?they’re quiet, they don’t carry guns, they don’t get into screaming matches (as far as I know), and they don’t take up much space. So I thought I’d let you know why parasites could be our friends:

1. Parasites don’t ask you to buy them beer;

2. Even though parasites sleep with you, they don’t hog the bed;

3. Parasites don’t try to peek in your windows when the shades aren’t drawn;

4. Parasites don’t need to be bathed or clothed (I wonder what they would wear anyway??I’m thinking moss green and brown tube tops);

5. Parasites don’t try to sell you life insurance;

6. Parasites don’t remark, “My, you’ve put on some weight” or “My, your 30 years old and still not married. Now, why is that, dear?”;

7. Parasites don’t make you pay $200 for the privilege of wearing turquoise and/orange satin bridesmaid dresses that would make fabulous outdoor tents at a Howard Johnson’s convention;

8. Parasites don’t scratch your furniture or barf up furballs;

9. Parasites don’t sponsor infomercials;

10. Parasites don’t bark. (How embarrassing, can you imagine? … “What was that sound?” “Ummm, I have no idea”, “It sounded like a muffled barking. Do you have a dog in your office?” “Um, no ma’am, I really haven’t the brain foggiest idea what you’re referring to.”)



1. Jacob, MD, Lawrence, Martin Zucker, Stanley W. The Miracle of MSM, B.P. Putman’s Sons, 1999, page 23

2. Gittleman, Ann Louise, Overcoming Parasites, Avery Publishing Group, Garden City Park, New York, 1999

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