Parasites: How to get rid of intestinal worms & parasitic infestations
Often overlooked and avoided in conversation, internal parasites can be responsible for a whole range of health issues and irritating symptoms.
Many people suffer from the effects of parasites for lengthy periods, not even knowing (or wanting to know) that they have them in the first place.
Parasites are more common than you might think, so it's important to understand what causes them and how you can rid yourself of them and avoid a host of health problems.
What are parasites?
An organism that lives on or in other organisms from which it obtains nutrients to live and causes harm in the process is called a parasite. The name comes from the Greek word 'para' that means beside, and 'sitos', which means food.
Parasites require a 'host' in order to complete their life cycle.
They can vary in size from microscopic up to a hundred feet long in the case of whale tapeworms!
They can be found almost everywhere in our environment; in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat!
Basically, parasites are nature’s clean-up crew for death and filth! However, in the process of their clean up work, they leach nutrients that should be going to you and cause chaos and uncomfortable symptoms in your body.
How are parasites spread?
Most people develop parasites through food (and in some cases unclean water) they ingest, however, they can also be transmitted sexually or via a transmitting agent such as a mosquito or animal.
If the bowel becomes ineffective in the elimination of waste because the intestines have become clogged with toxins and excess ‘plaque’, due to your diet over time, you've created the perfect living environment for parasites to thrive.
If you eat meat of any kind (including chicken and fish), chances are you have at least one form of intestinal parasite. There are two main reasons for this:
- When an animal dies, a chemical known as 'cadaverines' activates which is designed to break down the dead body to allow it to rot back into the earth. If that dead body is eaten and is not completely passed through your intestinal tract within 48-72 hours, it begins to rot and decay inside of you. That's why a diet that is heavily meat dependant will create a perfect environment for parasites to manifest;
- The carcasses of dead animals can attract parasites at any time during the process of slaughter, processing, storage, handling or preparation which can then be passed on to you.
What are the symptoms of parasites?
People infected with intestinal parasite infections will normally suffer from constant irritation, stomach pain, fatigue, headaches and frequent skin problems.
Because parasites secrete toxins they can cause some of the following symptoms in those who are host to them:
- Decreased immunity
- Digestive disorders
- Itchy anus
- Skin rash
What are the main types of parasites?
There are four main categories of parasites which cover the more than 3,200 varieties:
These are tiny microscopic single-cell parasites such as Amoebae, Neospora, Toxoplasmosis, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Sarcocystis and Trichomonas vaginalis. They can’t be seen with the human eye alone.
Trematodes, otherwise known as ‘Flukes can cause severe disease of the gastrointestinal tract, bladder and liver. Their size can range from 1-2.5cms in length.
Growing up to 10 metres in length, Cestodes, the family commonly known as Tapeworm include Bladder, Pork, Broad Fish, Dog, Dwarf and Rat varieties.
Their size can vary from 2mm to 35cms and include the species Ancylostoma, caninum, common roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), heartworm, hookworm, pinworm, Stercoralis, Strongyloides, toxocara worm, trichinosis, and whipworm.
In this blog, I want to focus on intestinal parasites and worms.
What are the effects of parasites on the body?
- By perforating or burrowing the intestines, the circulatory system, the lungs, the liver or the whole body worm infections can cause physical trauma.
- By lumping together in balls or tumours they can erode, damage or block certain organs.
- Travelling into the brain, heart and lungs they can be mistaken for cancer tumours.
- They rob us of our vital vitamin and mineral nutrients, and amino acids needed for digestion causing some people to become anaemic.
- They poison our bodies by giving off certain metabolic waste products or toxic waste, verminous intoxification is the name given to this particular condition. Most have trouble disposing of the toxins that are re-absorbed through the intestines. Working twice as hard our bodies have to work to remove these toxic waste products.
- Further degeneration, fatigue and illness are caused by depression of the immune system.
- They can destroy cells faster than they can regenerate.
How to prevent parasitic infections
Here are some tips to reduce the risk of getting parasitic infections:
- Wash all non-organic fruits and vegetables before preparing or consuming in a rinse of 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed to 1 litre of clean water to remove any possible pesticide residues;
- Stop eating meat, particularly pigs and raw fish;
- Keep your living environment clean - Open the windows and doors, use ceiling fans and diffuse essential oils in your bedroom and main living quarters;
- Avoid antibiotics, which reduce the number of good bacteria in the colon and allow for the proliferation of parasites;
- Avoid drinking from taps or municipal water supplies;
- Add natural fermented foods to your diet e.g. Kefir, Sauerkraut, Kumbucha, Olives and even raw, organic yogurt;
- Drink one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily.
Natural Remedies for Parasites
To experience removal of these pesky cleanup crews you have to get serious and declare ALL OUT "house cleaning" of your body temple.
Doing a water fast for anywhere from 14-28 days is a sure fire way to starve any parasites in your system and get them out of your body. However, for most people, this is not a practical option.
Thankfully, there are several herbs, natural foods, essential oils and healing clays that can be taken to get rid of most intestinal parasites. In addition, it’s also a good idea to do a colon cleanse in order to detoxify and restore balance to your gut.
There is a powerful combination of three plants, plus a 'healing clay' that when taken for at least a month can kill off most intestinal parasites as well as their eggs.
This parasite-killing super herb is good for eliminating intestinal worms, especially roundworms and pinworms. It works as a tonic for the upper digestive tract and helps to stimulate secretions that also aid the digestion process. It can be taken as a tea, but due to its strong and sometimes overpowering taste, many people prefer to swallow it in vege capsules.
Black Walnut Oil
Drinking black walnut oil with water will greatly assist with your worm eradication program. Start off slow though and increase your dosage over a few days. The reason for this is the oil can cause skin reactions as the parasites dump their toxins in order to protect their living environments. This can manifest as rashes or other outbreaks, so take it easy! Although uncomfortable, it’s not dangerous and is a sign that the parasites are on their way out.
Cloves have potent anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic qualities. Pure Clove Essential Oil is the most concentrated form so taking a drop or two several times a day over the course of a month will serve to destroy parasite eggs. This is important because the above two herbs only kill the worms themselves and not the eggs of which they can lay thousands each day! The last thing you want is those eggs hatching and starting another infestation cycle all over again!
This chalky siliceous powder derived from naturally-formed sedimentary mineral rock aids the eradication of parasites and worms by piercing the outer layers of their bodies which then causes them to dehydrate and die!
Mix 1 teaspoon with a glass of water and drink on an empty stomach preferably first thing in the morning at least one hour before eating. Do this every day for at least a week.