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postheadericon Talking About Parasites

I have found a very interesting article about parasites…. it came from I have pasted the entire article here. They have several recommendations for getting rid of parasites. I would simply suggest using diatomaceous earth… but that is just me.  It really is a very interesting read.

What are parasites?

In the next page we will examine how to get rid of parasites. But first, what exactly is a parasite? A parasite is an organism which lives off the host, the host being you or me. The parasite lives a parallel life inside our bodies, feeding off either our own energy, our own cells or the food we eat.

In recent medical studies, it has been estimated that 85% of the North American adult population has at least one form of parasite living inside their bodies. Some authorities feel this figure may be as high as 95%.

The immediate question that comes to people’s minds when they become informed of this situation is: “How can a parasite possibly live in my body and I don’t even know it is there?” The answer to this is simple:. the nature of a parasite is to not make itself known. A smart parasite lives without being detected because if it is detected, of course, something is going to be done to eradicate it. Parasites are “clever” in their ability to survive and reproduce, which is of course, the purpose of any organism on this planet. It sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? And in some ways it is, but it can make life for humans very complicated.

In the book, “Animals Parasitic in Man” by Geoffrey Lapage, he states: “There is no part of the human body, nor indeed, any part of the bodies of the hosts of parasitic animals in general, which is not visited by some kind of parasitic animal at some time or another, during their life histories” This means parasites can occur anywhere in your body. No organ is immune from their infestation.

Parasites – hard to detect and hard to get rid of!

If you were to get tested by a doctor for parasites, chances are the results would come back negative. Does this mean with certainty that you do not have parasites? Unfortunately medical testing procedures only catch about 20% of the actual cases of parasites. There exist over l,000 species of parasites which can live in your body, however tests are available for approximately 40 to 50 types. This means physicians are only testing for about 5% of the parasites and missing 80% of those which are present. This brings the ability to clinically find parasites down to l %.
Once you’ve determined that you do have parasites, taking drugs to get rid of them may not always work. This is because a drug will often drive a parasite from one organ of the body to another. It’s like people moving to better climates to make their living conditions more pleasant, or birds flying south for the winter.

The book, “Medical Parasitology” by Markell and Voge, points out that therapy to remove entire tapeworms from the small intestine is only successful if the whole worm is expelled. If the head remains, the entire worm will grow back.

How, then, do you determine whether or not you have parasites? In order to understand how to make this determination, you have to understand what a parasite does. A parasite eats, lays eggs and secretes. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? First let’s look at the “eats” part. Depending on the kind, parasites will eat different things. Some parasites love sugar, for instance. If you are a person who craves sugar, you may have a sugar loving parasite. These parasites live off the food that goes into your body. They exist mainly in the digestive tract, but can also be found in the liver, as well as throughout the body.

Other parasites actually get their nutrition directly from the cells of the body. They can literally attach themselves anywhere and suck nutrients out of the cells. These parasites are significantly more dangerous because they can travel to areas in the body where they can do a lot more damage than a parasite living exclusively in the digestive tract.

As if it wasn’t bad enough to have an uninvited guest living in your body, the parasites eat your nutrients before you do! They get the best nutrients, we get the scraps and leftovers. They grow healthy and fat, yet your organs and skin starve for nutrition. What’s more, parasites can remain in your body for 10, 20 or even 30 years.

To illustrate the longevity of parasites in the human body, consider this example: in l979, a British study reported on 600 former prisoners from World War 2. These men had been stationed in the Far East. Thirty years after the war, 15% were still infected with a parasite called Stronglyloides which they had contracted during the war. This means you could have eaten meat 10 years ago that was contaminated and still be hosting the tapeworms or other types of parasites which were in that meat.

Parasites reproduce quickly!

Let’s now examine the way parasites reproduce. First of all, we need to understand that there are two major categories of parasites: large parasites, which are primarily worms, and small parasites which are mainly microscopic in size, including what are called protozoa and amoebae. Despite their being almost invisible, small parasites can be dangerous. Microscopic parasites can get into your joints and eat the calcium linings of your bones. This can lead to arthritic tendencies. They can also eat the protein coating on your nerves (the myelin sheath) and this can cause a disruption in the nerve signal from the brain. One type of tiny parasite which infects the colon is called “Entamoeba Histolytica”. This type of infection can also be found in the liver, the lungs, and the brain. The disease is called amebiasis, and is often transmitted via contaminated food or water.

Large parasites, which are the worm type, are usually large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Some can be up to 10 or even 15 inches long and in most cases cannot travel to other parts of the body, other than the digestive tract.

The smaller parasites, the protozoas and amoebas, can function almost like a bacteria by traveling through the bloodstream to virtually any part of the body. They reproduce without laying eggs and behave more like an infection in the body than do the larger parasites.

The larger parasites are worms which reproduce by laying eggs. Eggs are deposited into the intestinal tract, where they stick to the walls of the intestines. When the eggs hatch, the young feed on the food that we eat and eventually grow into adults. The adults then repeat this process.

Some of the larger parasites:


The fish tapeworm is the largest of the human tapeworms, reaching the length of 33 feet or more. There can be 3,000 to 4,000 segments in one worm. It can produce more than 1,000,000 eggs a day. This type of infestation can cause anemia because of interference with vitamin B12. Tapeworms can also cause water retention. Besides tapeworms from beef, pork and fish, there is also a type of dog tapeworm you can get when dogs lick your face or hands.


Pinworms are very infectious and can cause a lot of itchiness in the anal area. The worms deposit their eggs mostly at night, contaminating pajamas and bed linen. The eggs are readily transported through the air, and it is not uncommon to find them in every room of the house. Complications are much more common in women than in men. Pinworms can also sometimes be found in the vulva, uterus and fallopian tubes because the worm loses its way while trying to return to the anus after depositing its eggs.


Another type of roundworm that can be present in humans is whipworms. These insidious creatures actually inject a digestive fluid which converts the colon tissue into liquid which the worms suck up. Dr. Norman Stoll, a former worm expert at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, estimated, in the 1940s, that the roundworm infects about 644 million people in the world. Nutritional deficiencies are seen in heavy roundworm infections. That figure must now be much higher 60 years later.


Hookworms bite and suck on the intestinal wall, which can cause bleeding and necrosis (death of the tissue). In severe infections, iron deficiency becomes a problem because of all the iron that is lost to the hookworm. Hemoglobin levels as low as 15% of normal have been seen in patients with severe, long-standing hookworm disease.

The smaller parasites reproduce without the process of laying eggs. They reproduce by duplicating themselves in a manner similar to bacteria or viral reproduction.

Parasites Secrete Toxins

The 3rd thing which parasites do is secrete. All organisms secrete something, whether it be lubricants, waste materials, protective liquids for warding off viruses, bacteria and other harmful organisms, or secretions to help attract food. No matter what the secretion is– the secretion can be a toxin to the host organism. Simply put, the secretions from parasites into our bodies are poisons and toxins which our bodies are forced to deal with by increasing the process of detoxification. As anyone who has ever maintained an aquarium knows, ammonia is extremely toxic, yet it is one of the gases excreted by parasites living within human and animal hosts.

On the other end, a chronic parasitic infection secreting low levels of toxins can create an extremely strained immune system which may allow varied health problems to develop. When the immune system is strained over a long period of time, it of course, becomes weak. When the immune system is weak, our bodies become susceptible to infections of all kinds. This can be an extremely dangerous situation in this day and age because we are exposed to more viruses than ever before. Also, they are changing and adapting at a very fast rate as are the bacteria, many of which are now resistant to antibiotics and other artificial measures which used to combat them.

People with a weakened immune system tend to feel tired all the time. Some people refer to this as “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”. If this sounds like you or someone you know, you may want to seriously consider the possibility of a depleted immune system caused by a chronic parasitic infection.
Parasites create toxic overload

If parasites secrete toxins into our bodies which our bodies need to neutralize, and we happen to be one of those people who drinks alcohol, smokes cigarettes, eats junk food and breathes polluted air, the extra stress and strain on the body’s cleansing system can be enough to push the body into what we call toxic overload. Those last few lifestyle choices we just mentioned are under your control, however.

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Toxic overload occurs when the 4 cleansing systems of the body have been pushed too far by an overload of toxins in the body. Parasite toxins in the body are one more thing a toxic body does not need.

There are 4 cleansing systems in the body: the lungs, kidneys, skin and bowel. With toxic bowel syndrome, the excess of toxins absorbed from a clogged up bowel goes to the liver. The liver is then over-burdened, eventually unable to cope with this toxic load and the toxins start to spill into the bloodstream.

Once this happens, the kidneys, lungs and skin have to take over the job of cleansing and they too become challenged in their ability to remain healthy. So you see, parasites can be one of the most damaging health factors threatening the world today.

Now let’s examine what we can do to rid ourselves of parasites.

Parasites – getting rid of them

The following herbs are the most effective for parasite elimination:

Black Walnut Hulls
Pumpkin Seeds
Male Fern
Cranberry Powder
Grape Seed Extract

(Most of these herbs can easily be found at my favorite source for organic herbs.)

The 3 most important herbs on this list are: Black Walnut Hulls, Wormwood and Cloves.

black walnut for parasites

Black Walnut Hulls

Black Walnut is a rich source of the trace mineral chromium and is also high in iodine. Its inner bark, leaves, fruit and unripe husk are used in herbology. The tree grows widely in the western U.S. and Canada and is native to the hardwood forests of the Central Mississippi Valley and the Appalachian region of North America. It is a large tree and can sometimes reach a height of 100 feet and 4-5 feet in diameter.

Black Walnut is both anti-fungal and anti-parasite and acts as a laxative which expells worms and parasites from the body. Black Walnut oxygenates the blood which helps to kill parasites. Black Walnut aids in expelling tapeworms, pinworms, and ringworm. It has also been shown to be specific for treatment of Candida Albicans. Black walnut extract is a powerful vermifuge agent for treating parasite conditions. Black walnut extract greatly assists the removal of parasites from extracellular fluids, such as the blood and lymph, and in organs such as the liver, kidneys, brain, heart and intestinal tract.

wormwood for parasites


The wormwood shrub grows wild in Europe, North Africa, and western Asia. It is now cultivated in North America as well. The leaves and flowers, and the oil obtained from them, are all used in herbal medicine. Wormwood should be used cautiously. It may anesthetize a worm enough that it looses its grip on the intestines so that it can be eliminated. This said, wormwood has some other properties that qualify it for an antiparasitic protocol: it reduces stomach pain and helps to relieve the anemia that often accompanies parasitization of red blood cells.

cloves for parasites


For parasite cleansing, it is necessary to use fresh cloves that have not been irradiated. Most spices are irradiated with 35,000 the amount of radiation permitted in a chest x-ray. This is supposedly done to eradicate bacteria, but spices are generally excellent bactericides so the irradiation is merely a way of destroying the precious properties of spices. Non-irradiated spices are available from most high-end health foods stores. My favorite source for non-irradiated spices on the internet is here. Cloves are antiseptic, bactericidal, and antiparasitic.

When parasites die off, their dying bodies generate ammonia and can cause a toxic reaction. Doing a liver cleanse will help reduce toxicity and eliminate toxic reactions from parasite die-off that could otherwise adversely affect the liver.

Coffee enemas work extremely well in reducing toxicity and eliminating adverse reactions caused by toxic overload.
Once the parasites are gone

Since parasites thrive in the absence of proper intestinal flora, once we are rid of the parasites it is wise to repopulate the body with intestinal flora. Chlorinated water and diarrhea cause destruction and loss of friendly flora so every effort should be made to rebuild the flora. Turmeric greatly assists this work as do supplements of acidophilus, bifidus, bulgaricus, and other probiotics.

Destroying parasites, while making sure that the body’s immune system is supported throughout this process, and rejuvenating the large intestine are the main steps and may take weeks or months. Since the parasites may have caused anemia, blood building may also be necessary. Perforation of organs is another possible complication of infection. Rejuvenative herbs for the liver, kidneys, intestines, and even the brain may also be advisable.

Or you can just use diatomaceous earth