Spring is the perfect time for cleaning, whether it’s a dusty house, crammed closets, or our bodies. There are many different ways to cleanse the body, how about an annual parasite cleanse? Sounds yucky to imagine that it’s needed, yet most pet owners worm their animals as a matter of routine, so why don’t we worm our selves? Our ‘modern lifestyles’ have not necessarily relieved humans from opportunistic parasites, they’re fairly common as you’ll see below. The “sensational” ‘Dr. Oz says, that about 90 percent of humans will have a problem with parasites in their lifetime’, and “approximately 1 out of 3 Americans is infected with an intestinal parasite at any given time.” Spring is a natural time to take action!
Coming in contact with parasites is pretty common, they may be contracted by:
- Consuming fresh, but not properly cleaned produce, pork (even extremely well cooked!), raw fish (sushi), undercooked meats (mostly factory raised), contaminated water, and living with or caring for animals.
- Living with someone who has parasites, living with animals in your home, or walking barefoot in a house in which animals range freely.
- International travel, especially to Third World nations, “Travelers Diarrhea”, & using public restrooms.
- Amalgam (mercury) fillings can lower immunities in all areas, including against parasites, making one more vulnerable to a sustained invasion.
- Playing in & handling dirt, neglecting to properly wash hands, and then placing fingers in the mouth (pin worms especially.)
- Certain insects can transmit parasites by biting and infecting their victim.
Many symptoms or illnesses may indicate a parasitic infection, such as multiple food allergies, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, gas, symptoms of IBS, diarrhea, itching around the anus especially at night, grinding teething, drooling while sleeping, depression, fatigue, apathy, sleepless, trouble falling asleep, rashes, hives, rosacea, or eczema, pain or aching in the bones, joints, or muscles rheumatoid arthritis, frequent bladder infections, asthma, wheezing or coughing followed by vomiting, heart palpitations, itchy soles of the feet, birth defect, infertility, preterm labor, type 1 diabetes in children, cancer, facial swelling around the eyes, lymphatic congestion, seizures, gluten intolerance or celiac like symptoms, anemia, and frequent or unexplained chronic illnesses. Children who pick their nose and/or itch their anus are especially likely to need a good spring cleaning!
“Some (parasites) consume your food, leaving you hungry after every meal and unable to gain weight. Others feed off of your red blood cells, causing anemia. Some lay eggs that can cause itching, irritability, and even insomnia. If you have tried countless approaches to heal your gut and relieve your symptoms without any success, a parasite could be the underlying cause for many of your unexplained and unresolved symptoms.”*
Steps to Eliminating or Preventing Invasion
Keep things moving! Maintaining healthy bowel transit time is a huge aspect of keeping parasites at bay. The average American’s transit time, the amount of time it takes the food you consume to exit the body, is about 96 hours! A normally healthy length of time for food to exit the body is generally thought to be about 12-24 hours, which moves out most parasites before they can get a foothold. For instance, the female Trichinella spiralis, a parasite commonly found in pork (even organic pork), can lay up to 10,000 eggs a day, and these spores have an incubation time to hatch of about about 36 hours. Once hatched, these parasites begin to reproduce and take hold in the body, sometimes even migrating into bones & brain tissue. Yes, this is a very unappetizing subject!
Some Natural Approaches: Daily use of probiotics – the “beneficial bacteria”, eating ‘live cultured food’, taking magnesium citrate supplement, or slippery elm bark can all naturally assist the body in maintaining a healthier transit time.
Limit Sugar Intake A little here, and a little there…it all adds up! Whether it’s organic sucanat (a healthier form of cane sugar), Wonder Bread (refined complex carbohydrate, which the body breaks down into sugar), delicious Yummy Earth Lollipops (the most amazing lollipops on the planet) or the dreaded high fructose corn syrup (one of the worst forms of sugar), sugar is sugar. Although some forms of sugar such as maple syrup, raw honey, and molasses have some benefits, they too need to be limited. Parasites, and other unwanted pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, and mold/fungus thrive in a sugared body. It suppresses immune function, and creates pH imbalances that are hospitable for the proliferation of parasites. Not to mention, it fuels them as well – if you want them to leave, stop offering them a comfortable couch & three square meals a day (not to mention dessert)!
Don’t Get to Cozy with Pets – especially dogs! We all love our furry little (or big) friends, BUT. Sleeping with, sharing blankets, or allowing your pets to lick your face, and failing to exercise proper hygiene like washing your hands after handling or petting are all easy ways to contract parasites. Yes, even if you think your dog is ‘clean!’
Wash Your Produce – Taking the time to properly wash fresh produce can significantly minimize your exposure to food born bugs. Use diluted food grade hydrogen peroxide or Super Veggie Wash (both carried at yours truly Indigo Forest.)
Silica is a magnetic mineral referred to as the “surgeon without a knife”. Silica will either help the body expel (“push-out”) or dissolve, and breakdown unwanted masses, such as a splinter, tumors, or infections, or unwanted parasites. Used in a dilute form, know as a homeopathic, as well as building your actual silica stores in the body are both excellent ways of utilizing this minerals powerful properties.
How To Get Silica : Consume the skins of properly washed produce, shavegrass-horsetail (herbal tea), HSNW (herbal caps from Natures Sunshine Herbal), use diatomaceous earth*, a silica rich compound that chews up unwanted critters. Potentiate your bodies use of silica by taking the cell salt silica 6x, or high potency homeopathic.
*Always use food grade Diatomaceous earth, and be cautious not to inhale it, if inhaled it can cause great harm to the lungs. Also, some studies suggest that people whom suffer from kidneys disease may want to avoid excessive amounts of silica in this form. In the case of Kidney disease, cell salt silica 6x may be your best option.
Black Walnut Hulls Extract/Capsules Black walnut hulls are a general anti-parasitic remedy, especially for parasitic worms. They also support thyroid function and the proper formation of tooth enamel. If you are pregnant or nursing consult a trained Herbalist.
How To: Use Black Walnut Extract or capsules through Natures Sunshine. Follow directions for dosage.
Di-gize Essential Oil Blend with Clove Essential Oil Di-gize is a lovely blend used for digestive complaints that range from heartburn/acid reflux, to constipation, diarrhea, gas, colic, and intestinal parasites. Clove essential oil has been used historically for diarrhea, intestinal parasites, and helps ease toothaches. If you are pregnant or nursing consult a trained Aromatherapist.
How To: Dilute oils with a base of almond, grape seed, or coconut oil. Oils can be layer on the bottoms of the feet, or over the belly. Per drop of essential oil, use about a nickel size amount of base oil or more depending on sensitivity. Apply Di-gize, then layer or clove (DILUTE). In-general, use 1 drop of essential oil per 70 pounds of weight.
Herbal Pumpkin by Nature’s Sunshine Great for getting rid of intestinal worms.
Symptoms Specific Homeopathic and Isopathics Homeopathics are a great tool. They can complement herbal therapies, to expedite the process of eradicating parasites, as well as alleviating uncomfortable symptoms. Because homeopathics are symptom specific, you will need to find the one that fits your situation best – search online, stop in at Indigo Forest to use on of our references, or purchase a homeopathic book, we’re glad to help you learn.
Homeopathics often indicated for parasitic conditions: Cina, Sabadilla, Nat Phos, Podophyllum, Indigo, Cuprum oxidatum nigrum, Spigelia, Stanum, Filix mas, Santoninum, Teucrium, and Chelone glabra.
*This is not intended to diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent a disease. We are not doctors. Please use common sense, and seek professional help If you have a medical issue.