Sometimes the world of natural health can simply get overwhelming.
The more posts and articles you read, the more you see yourself and your family in every single list of symptoms you’re presented with!
The age of the Internet has probably done more to fuel hypochondriacs than any other time; it also helps many people learn more about home doctoring and how to take care of themselves, so it’s a delicate balance, one that I hope I’ve achieved through this theme of Natural Health Month.
As a blogger, I tend to get into more conversations (and get more advice) from the KS community than I imagine most average Joes and Janes do. Everybody wants to help!
At one point last fall a few people emphatically recommended I check out lists of symptoms of parasites in humans. I did, and I thought, “Hmmm, that does sound like what I’m dealing with.” If you’ve read KS the last few days, you’re familiar with my story of recognizing candida symptoms and treating candida naturally, but also that the rash has begun to come back lately.
When I read about symptoms of parasites, I was pleased to find out that TriLight Health offers a parasite cleanse called Worm Out, and we made tentative plans for me to try some out this spring. This post is sponsored by TLH.
Part of the recommendation during a parasite cleanse is to eat “cleansing foods” and eat simply, and I figured Lent was a much better time for that than December! I purchased figs and made sure I had a stock of homemade crispy pumpkin seeds (no hurt feelings there, yum), since they were two foods pointed out at TriLight’s parasite cleanse recommendations.
In case you’re wondering – and now don’t try too hard to see yourself in this list; I don’t want to stress anyone out! – here are the
Symptoms of Parasites
- gas and bloating
- irritable bowel syndrome
- joint and muscle aches
- cravings, especially sugar
- skin conditions – mostly irritation/itching at nose, ears, eyes, anus – but also potentially rashes, hives, eczema
- sleep disorders
- hyperactivity, anxiety
- teeth grinding
- chronic fatigue
- fuzzy thinking
- runny nose
- blisters on lower lip inside mouth
- loss of appetite
- bad taste in the mouth
- vomiting (may return several times a year)
- may have trouble gaining weight, children especially
- long-term presence may contribute to the development of food allergies
- dark areas under eyes
- yeast/candida infection, especially if it returns
How Widespread are Parasitic Infections?
This site says over 50% of Americans have a parasitic infection, and Livestrong quotes the World Health Organization: over 3.5 million people worldwide are infected with parasites, BUT also states that Americans are not as susceptible as others because of our general sanitary environments.
In my conversations with TriLight Health about the issue, they say that ALL of us have parasites of some kind.
The University of Maryland says, “Parasites can live within the intestines for years without causing any symptoms.” Lovely. They also peg “Exposure to child and institutional care centers” as one possible “cause” of a parasitic infection, which pretty much describes all children attending school, correct? Parasites are apparently quite contagious, especially when people don’t have perfect hand-washing habits (what child doesn’t touch their mouths at inopportune times?).
Soooo…does that mean everyone who sees some of the symptoms of parasites on that list should do a parasite cleanse? Some would say yes, yearly. What do you think?
For me, I see just a few of the symptoms, especially that candida rash, gas, and teeth grinding. I kept thinking about my son’s mild eczema, chronic throat clearing a few years ago, chronic cough all last winter, and the fact that he grinds his teeth at night (I can hear it when I check on him and give him a kiss in the middle of the night) and can’t gain weight to keep his pants up. See how easy it is to think your family has just about every problem in the book?
I was going to have my son do the cleanse with me, but I chickened out. I just wasn’t sure and wanted to do it myself first.
How to do a Parasite Cleanse
I followed TriLight’s 3-step process and asked their staff questions for clarification, so I’m happy to be able to offer you a most comprehensive “how to” guide.
Step One: Weaken parasites
For about 10 days, take 2 garlic capsules with each meal, or 3 times a day. This helps to loosen the parasites’ hold on your body. There are other anti-parasitics that are possible, but they recommend garlic, so I went with that.
Step Two: Flush parasites out
This is where the herbs come in. I thought it was interesting that many of the same herbs recommended here to treat candida are the same ones in TriLight’s Worm Out formula, including Black Walnut, Pau d’Arco, thyme, burdock, wormwood and cloves.
Take 1/2 teaspoon per 25 lbs. body weight every 3 hours. Or so. If you can only fit it in 2-3 times a day, that’s okay too. I took it straight – it tastes like dirt, but worse. You can put it in water to cut the taste, but then you have to drink more, of course. I am still a nursing mom, and Worm Out is safe for nursing. The only potential problem would be if it changes the taste of the milk and bothers the baby that way.
At the same time, continue to eat “cleansing foods,” meaning those that will help you avoid constipation and keep your bowels moving so that any parasites that are killed can exit the body via a natural way. Interestingly enough, I started the parasite cleanse at the same time as we went grain-free for Lent, which usually increases my bowel movement frequency significantly. Instead, I was a bit constipated on the Worm Out and things changed the very day after I stopped the first 10-day regimen. Perhaps I needed to drink more water and eat more figs and prunes. ???
Here’s what the head of TriLight shared when I asked more about the cleansing foods; I thought it was very helpful:
First let me say we are NOT saying you need to do a cleanse. We believe that should be supervised. What we are saying is do not be constipated when you start your parasite program. Be sure your having a few bowel movements a day by eating foods with fiber.
It is important to make sure that before you try to get rid of the parasites, they have a way to get out of the body. The most logical and easy way would be through the colon. If you are constipated and you try to cleanse, this could be painful and toxic. Cleansing foods are a good idea. Foods that contain sugars and carbs are going to certainly attract the parasites but so would unclean veggies and hands.
The list would include raw fruits with plenty of fiber, organic if possible, especially since during the cleanse you want as few toxins in your body as possible to minimize any headaches. Which ones? Just to mention a few: oranges, tangerines, papayas, prunes, figs, dates, apples, mangoes, kiwis, berries, etc. Prunes and apples will for sure do the job and if you have to eat fruit these two are the probably the best as we don’t want to eat a lot of sugars and give the wrong message to the parasites to stay!
Second, Vegetables. Full of fiber. Please remember that once you start the Worm Out this is the BEST category to stay in with your meals as it will keep the colon moving and with the least amount of sugars. Eat them in smoothies, salads, steam them, mix them with eggs, along with meats and which one? Kale has become my favorite but broccoli, celery, lettuce, spinach, beets, corn, brussel sprouts, turnips, artichokes, parsnips, etc.
Third, Whole Grain Breads have lots of fiber. This is only if you have to eat breads and only at the start. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it does have fiber. I find if I buy or make a loaf, I feel like I have to eat a whole loaf. All those carbs=sugar to the parasites.
Fourth, Nuts and Seeds. They are high in fat but they do have lots of fiber. Eat them raw, without all the fried oils and salts. Throw them on salads, mix them into the veggies. Almonds are the best by far, whole flax seeds, pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds are great on salads, coconut if you want.
Fifth, Brown Rice and Whole Wheat Pasta. These are like bread for the most part, yes they have fiber. I said Brown Rice, not regular pasta and they don’t have much nutrition but they fill you up, that’s the problem, if you eat these you tend NOT to eat your veggies!
So eat your fiber – low-sugar fruits, leafy greens and salad, raw veggies, legumes, whole grains, etc. Drink plenty of water.
Step Three: Strengthen the body to prevent reinfestation
After 10 days on the Worm Out, you continue to eat lightly and take a high quality probiotic. TriLight offers one in their Parasite cleanse kit (adult size) and also the Parasite cleanse kit for children, and I chose to take Miessence’s InLiven or FastTract the whole time. Don’t forget to sign up for the free probiotics teleseminar, Thursday, April 11th at 9 p.m. EST (recorded to listen to later, but you must register to get the number and the download after the fact).
Since I was taking probiotics with the garlic and the Worm Out, I spaced out the actual ingesting of them so that I wasn’t interfering with the garlic by covering it up with a probiotic right away and vice versa.
Keep off the junk food and drink plenty of water, and after 10 days on the probiotics, most people will need another 10 days of the Worm Out, then back to the probiotics.
I wondered how I was supposed to know how many sets of 10 days to complete:
The signs of parasites can be numerous but usually the one that convinced you to start the program has gone away after one set of ten days on the Worm Out formula and then ten days off, ten days back on for a total of 30 days of controlled dieting and cleansing. (so 40 days with the garlic too)
Taking garlic capsules for ten days is not a big deal at all; the hardest part is remembering to do it.
Worm Out is a little more annoying, for a few reasons:
- Liquid means you have to grab a spoon – I started just leaving the same one out on the counter with my bottle so we didn’t have a spoonless household. Silly, but true.
- It tastes terrible, no joke. Just gotta be tough!
- Every 3 hours was just unrealistic for me. I couldn’t keep it up. I lowered the bar and shot for 2-3 times a day, thinking that something is better than nothing.
As I mentioned, Worm Out did seem to constipate me, but I don’t know that I was ideal on my “colon cleansing foods” and water intake especially. I have noticed that very stinky, stinky, gas has increased, but I can’t quite remember if it was during or after the Worm Out regimen. Aren’t you glad you read my thoughts online instead of in person now? :/
Probiotics for ten days was also easy, since that’s part of a routine that’s important to me and I’ve pretty much got it down so that I don’t miss a day.
When it came time last week to start a second round of Worm Out, I admit – I chickened out. My back-of-the-neck rash was not getting better at all, and might even be starting to get worse. I know that sometimes when curing something like this, there’s a “die off” sort of reaction that means I’m winning the battle, but the symptoms are going to get worse first, then better.
The tricky, mentally exhausting part about self-treating and natural health is the questions, the not knowing. What if all this is a bad sign, that my body doesn’t like these herbs, rather than a sign that I’m healing? I didn’t see any positive results from the Worm Out, and I started wondering: What if I don’t have parasites at all? Is it possible I could do more harm than good?
I actually emailed my contact at TriLight Health and let them know how it was going and that this was my plan for the post – I figured they should be able to back out from sponsorship since I wasn’t entirely positive on the experience as a whole and still had a lot of questions.
I am impressed by their willingness to be part of the conversation, even though I haven’t reached an “answer”:
This a great question she has for a blog. We ALL have bacteria, parasites, and viruses in our body, it’s a matter of keeping them under control with strong immune systems and by having some choice of which bacteria we want to have that can be good for us in that – we’re going to be populated, but with what is the question. If we do not choose, life will choose for us and we have all kinds of illness labels to describe them!
I was encouraged by a recent reader comment on Facebook:
I switched to a healthier diet 2 yrs ago, my little boys ate everything in sight and were always hungry!!! This spring I did a parasite cleanse with them, and was amazed at how much their hunger was cut down!! They are 7, 5, &3, growing boys, but I knew they still were eating too much. So that may be something to think about, along with yeast/candida (we did a cleanse for that too.)
Now it’s time for that conversation and the advice I know you all love to share!
What do you think about a parasite cleanse? Have you ever had experience with parasites? Should I get back on the horse and finish another 10 days of Worm Out?
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Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post by TriLight Health. There are links in this post to my Miessence store from which I will earn some commission if you make a purchase. See my full disclosure statement here.