How to Eliminate Parasites

by Glen Swartwout

 

Parasitic and bacterial infections are the greatest single cause of death and disease worldwide. In America, these diarrhea-related infestations are recognized as the number three cause of all death and disease. Parasites can inhabit any portion of the intestinal tract, a surface area which in a normal healthy individual covers the size of a football field. Organisms such as amoebas, round worms and other parasites can also travel up the bile ducts into the liver, enter the pancreas via the pancreatic duct, infest the appendix, and even enter the bloodstream, finding their way to the joints, heart, brain, lungs, eyes, ovaries, prostate or other organs. Once in the tissues, their presence can trigger the formation of cysts or tumors. Unfortunately, herbal capsules only provide locally effective treatment, primarily in the digestive tract itself. Tinctures are more effective due to better absorption, especially in the weakened digestive tract. Effective natural treatment typically takes between 2 to 4 months, depending on chronicity and the degree of systemic involvement.

How many people have parasites? Around one billion have nematodes (round worms), while another billion have protozoa such as amoebas. Another half a billion have arthropod (insect) parasites. Some 300 million have cestodes (tape worms), and another 300 million have trematodes (flukes). These are not limited to third world areas.

Years of research by Dr. Timothy Ray have shown that 99.9% of Americans actually have parasites. Many have up to five different parasite infestations at the same time, including fungi, protozoans and worms. This has been confirmed by laboratory analysis of stool samples performed by both Dowell Labs and the Institute for Parasitic Diseases. Autopsies, too, confirm that virtually every tissue of the body shows traces of visitation by parasites. Unfortunately, most medical labs show at least a 50% false negative rate, and most doctors rarely even test for parasites at all. Out of more than a thousand species that can affect humans, labs only test for about 50. That’s only 5%!

Just going out to eat, or drinking inadequately filtered water, we may be exposed to parasites. For example, in a study by parasitologist Omar Amin, Ph.D., samples taken from under the finger nails of the entire staff of a five star restaurant identified traces of feces in every single case. Even treated water often contains parasite cysts, such as giardia, that are not killed by chlorine, and only need a favorable intestinal environment to thrive. And many of us do not produce enough hydrochloric acid to kill them in the stomach either. For example, stress shuts down this important function. It is a good practice to slow down enough to relax, sit down and take a digestive stimulant like Digestzymes, to promote the production of digestive juices, shortly before eating, especially when eating out. Be sure, in addition, to relax while you eat and take the time to chew your food well. It is also recommended to wash all fresh produce with a good fruit and vegie wash or acid Microwater. Fasting one or two days a week can also be beneficial along with an improved whole foods diet and exercise like rebounding to flush toxins out of the tissues through the lymph system. Avoiding sugar and other sweets, salt, and over-cooked (denatured, charred) proteins is also important. Alkaline Microwater should be used for both drinking and cooking. This will also help improve digestion and elimination while normalizing the intestinal mileau. Individualized health balancing based on the techniques of European biological medicine are also invaluable.

Few people know or even suspect that they harbor parasites, for years, and even for life. Many of our chronic health symptoms, however, can be related to the toxins produced by these undesirable inhabitants. These can include proteolytic enzymes that eat away at the delicate intestinal lining, antigens that can trigger autoimmune reactions, enterocytotoxins and seratonin-like compounds. Neurotoxins affect our thinking and emotions. Lectins can promote metastatic tumor growth. Viruses carried by the parasites add another burden to the already stressed immune system. Most of these toxins are acidic, predisposing to oxygen deficiency in the tissues and frequently associated fungal problems like Candida. Parasite toxins place an added burden on organs of elimination until they ultimately accumulate in the tissues of the body. The elimination organs themselves, such as the skin, kidneys, mucus membranes, liver and digestive system can begin to show signs of strain as wastes pile up on their way out. With this deposition and eventual penetration into the cells, cellular function is impaired and the process of degenerative disease can be initiated. The name of the disease simply depends upon the type of tissue affected, and the ability of the body to compensate.

Some of the common signs of parasite infection may include (King, FJ. Children’s Health and Homeopathy: Parasites and Your Child’s Health. Explore! 7(4), 16-7, 1996):

  • Abdominal distention (bloating)
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Allergies
  • Altered intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
  • Anorexia
  • Apathy
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Flatulence (gas)
  • Food allergy
  • Foul-smelling stool
  • Gastritis
  • Headache
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Irritation, itching or picking of nose
  • Low back pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Malabsorption
  • Moodiness
  • Nervousness
  • Pale complexion
  • Pruritis ani (itching of anal region)
  • Rectal bleeding; blood in the stool
  • Restless sleep
  • Skin rashes
  • Urticaria (itching)
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

“Artemisia & Clove”

Artemisia & Clove is an all-natural liquid anti-parasite complex. It has been specifically formulated to be well tolerated over time even by people with very senstive digestive systems, with compromising its potency or broad spectrum of action. Its effectiveness has been proven by the Institute of Parasitic Diseases (IPD) in cases ofentamoeba histolyticablastocystis hominisentamoeba hartmannicryptosporidium parvumentamoeba colibalantidium colidientamoeba fragilisascaris lubricoidesgiardia lambliachilomastix and in some fungal infestations including candida. It has been effective for ascaris lumbricoides in combination with diatomaceous earth. This approach has been effective at a dosage of 8 droppers twice a day for a period ranging from 2 to 6 weeks, as shown in the table below. The Institute for Parasitic Diseases in Phoenix, Arizona, which performed these laboratory assessments, has the highest documented rate for positively identifying parasites.

Parasite Average Time Dosage Results
Ascaris lumbricoides 3 weeks 8 droppers x 2 clear
Balantidium coli 4 weeks 8 droppers x 2 clear
Blastocystis hominis 4 -6 weeks 8 droppers x 2 clear
Cryptosporidium 2 weeks 8 droppers x 2 clear
Dientamoeba fragilis 4 weeks 8 droppers x 2 clear
Entamoeba coli 3 to 4 weeks 8 droppers x 2 clear
Entamoeba histolytica 3 to 6 weeks 8 droppers x 2 clear
Entameoba harmanni 2 to 4 weeks 8 droppers x 2 clear

Pathogenic amoeba such as Blastocystis hominisGiardia lambliaand Entamoeba histolytica produce immunosuppressive toxins called lectins. This makes it difficult for the body’s immune system to evict these unwanted guests. Because these organisms can go into a dormant and very resistant cyst form, has also been very difficult to eliminate them with medications and remedies. The conventional treatment is metronidazole (flagyl) (Zinsser, 1980, Microbiology, Appleton Century Crofts, NY, 7:1414, 1431-5, 1438), which fails in 90% of cases, especially the chronic ones, where the amoebas are deeply embedded (Marx A. Parasites. Explore! 7:4, 41-42, 1996). Compounding this problem is the fact that they are very difficult to diagnose in the first place, as they can penetrate into almost any tissue in the body that provides a weakened terrain for them to invade. The liver and the joints are frequently affected on electrodermal evaluations such as EAV and Vegatest. Many patients eventually wind up on prozac due to the fact that the parasite lectins block neurotransmitter uptake.

In order that Artemisia & Clove will not imbalance the terrain of various sensitive individuals or interfere with any other ongoing treatments, the formula has been developed to have a neutral effect on terrain. The specific combination that has been developed incorporates adaptogenic and cleansing herbs including wild American ginseng and red clover to prevent the stress of die-off including kidney stress, toxemia, intestinal irritation and chronic dehydration associated with other natural antiparasitic formulas. Because parasites may also harbor viruses and bacteria olive leaf adds clinically documented broad spectrum anti-bacterial and anti-viral power to the formula. Silver can be added as an antifungal remedy that also kills the eggs of all larger parasites to help break their reproductive cycle. While this is a powerfully effective formula, it is still important, however, while taking Artemisia & Clove, to continue to work on improving and balancing the terrain with other methods and remedies.

Artemisia & Clove was brought to our attention by Starfire member, Dr. Murray Clarke, who is the formulator of the ChildLife product line. Dr. Clarke & his associates have found, through laboratory stool analyses, live blood evaluation and European electrodiagnostic procedures that Artemisia & Clove is the best parasite remedy they have ever encountered in their practice.

This uniquely mild, yet effective, parasite clearing formulation was developed by Dr. Timothy Ray of BioRay based on BEV and other clinical research with numerous patients. Parasites were monitored by observation of live blood samples through darkfield microscopy techniques as well as laboratory stool analyses.

Ingredients: 3:1 concentrate of black walnut hull, grapefruit seed extract, artemesia annua, cloves, red clover, olive leaf, hericium mushroom, and American ginseng.

Directions: Shake before using. Adults build up to 3 to 8 droppers 2 times a day between meals for 3 to 4 weeks. Start initially with a small amount like 10 drops in water or juice to guage your sensitivity. If you experience a mild reaction, you may want to take your Artemisia & Clove (diluted in water or juice) with food at first until you are able to take it comfortably in water or juice on an empty stomach.

Children under 6 years old, build up to 1 dropper in grape juice 2 times a day between meals for 1 to 2 weeks. Children do not usually need as many supportive remedies as adults, since they have had less time to accumulate waste products. One child was cleared of amoebas with just 3 doses!

Do not take if pregnant or nursing. Keep out of reach of children.

Because many parasites are most active during the full moon, you may wish to begin your program at least a week before a full moon and continue for at least 3 weeks after the full moon. A maintenance dose of Cell Silver (about 8 drops 3 times a day in water) is recommended in water twice a day on an empty stomach for an additional 4 weeks. This is to kill any remaining single celled parasite eggs. Fennel tincture from Remission Foundation is a possible alternative to this.

If you find you are extremely sensitive, check your salivary and urinary pH first thing in the morning. Saliva pH must be tested before drinking, brushing or eating. If the saliva registers below 7 (acid), mix Artemisia & Clove with Colloidal Mineral Clay and purple grape juice, and take Wobenzyme twice a day between meals. If your urine pH is too alkaline (over 5.5) mix the Artemisia & Clove with cranberry juice plus take two cranberry extract pills with each dose. If you find that both of the above conditions are true, simply follow both recommendations.

For those who simply cannot stand the taste of Artemisia & Clove, even in juice, it can be put into vegicaps or gelatin capsules immediately before taking. 

After completing a period on Artemisia & Clove, repeat in 2 weeks if needed based on stool testing or other tests. Some parasites like amoeba, giardia and ascaris often migrate up the bile ducts into the liver. A saliva test (from Diagnosteks Lab) and/or a blood antibody test may show up such a problem even when there is no overt liver pain.

Frequently recommended in a complete individualized parasite clearing program in conjunction with Artemisia & Clove are products selected from among the following list. The typical number of bottles needed to complete a one month cleansing program are noted in parentheses.

Vermifuges

The following products are among the most frequently useful:

  • Artemisia & Clove (BioRay), 3 to 8 droppers 2 times a day between meals. (average 2 bottles)
  • Cell Silver, build up to 8 drops three times a day in microwater or coral water. This is generally beneficial to add to Artemisia & Clove, and to continue long term for cellular oxygenation and colloidal trace mineral supply. (1 bottle)
  • Diatoms, 2 capsules 3 times a day with meals, beginning one week before the Artemisia & Clove, if larger parasites such as round worms, pin worms or tape worms are suspected (2 bottles)

Antifungals:

Alternative remedies for fungal overgrowth that typically accompanies many parasites (listed in increasing strength: build up strength according to tolerance of any Herxheimer die-off symptoms):

  • Pau D’Arco (Tabebuia), build up to 3 caps 3 times a day
  • Spilanthes/Usnea compound, build up to 100 drops 3 times a day
  • Caprylic acid (from coconut), build up to 3 tablets 3 times a day with meals
  • 10-Undecenoic acid from castor beans: build up to 5 capsules 3 times a day with meals (about 6 times stronger than caprylic acid)
  • Undecyn (Thorne Research: contains Undecylenate from castor beans, grapefruit seed extract, bentonite and betaine HCl), build up to 3 capsules 3 times per day (over 30 times stronger than caprylic acid)

Rebuilding of the Intestinal-Mileau

For repairing the integrity and immunity of the gut, consider the following remedies:

  • Colostrum, powder (or 2 capsules) twice a day
  • Friendly-Flora, 1 capsule 3 times a day to replenish flora and restore normal intestinal ecosystem, though Artemisia & Clove itself does not harm the friendly flora. Recently, friendly flora were placed in a bottle of Artemisia & Clove, and were found still alive several weeks later.
  • FOS, 1 capsule (or 1/4 tsp powder) 3 times a day to feed the friendly flora
  • One Step powder with support for nutrition and detoxification, including enzymatically predigested protein
  • Chitosan (marine fiber), build up gradually according to bowel function to as much as 15 capsules a day with extra water, preferably alkaline Microwater or coral water. 
  • Phyto-Enzymes vegicaps or Wobenzyme tablets, 2 twice a day, between meals if tolerated, to break down mucus in which parasites can hide.
Intestinal Cleansing & Healing:
  • MSM (alternative: NAC 1 capsule twice a day), at least 2 capsules (or 1/4 tsp powder) 3 times a day between meals, to reduce ability of parasites to bind to intestinal mucosa, assist cleansing of liver & bowels, reduce gut inflammation, and healing of ulcerated membranes lining the intestinal tract
  • Colloidal Mineral Clay (alternatives: Luvos, mezotrace minerals, green clay, bentonite, charcoal), 1 teaspoon 2 times a day between meals, to absorb parasite toxins and other waste products ensuring elimination from the bowels, rather than permitting reabsorption and cycling back through the liver 
  • Magnesium glycinate, 1 to 3 capsules on rising to support bowel regularity, or Magnesium malate if fatigue and discomfort symptoms are also prominent, 1 to 3 capsules on rising.

Liver & Lymph: Drainage-Remedies

The following remedies provide support for the elimination systems that are often overloaded when dealing with parasite die-off:

  • Silymarin with Artichoke and Dandelion (alternatives: consider testing LiverLife, SAT, Hepatotrophin, Luvos, etc.), 1 capsule twice a day with food, for liver drainage and hepato-protection 
  • Energessence (Starfire), 1 tsp 2 times a day as a general lymph and tissue drainage remedy
  • Amebex or Vermex homeopathic, 10 drops 3 times a day, if parasites are suspected to be amoebic (Amebex) or larger parasites (Vermex), to stimulate tissue elimination of parasite wastes and debris, as well as to stimulate immune defence against parasites.

Other problems to consider in discovering why your particular body is such a good host for parasites include toxicity (acid tissues), pathological detoxification, silver amalgam fillings (see report on Biological Dentistry) and weakened immune function, food allergy or sensitivity (e.g. gluten intolerance), constipation, diverticuli and impacted fecal matter (an average 5 to 10 pounds excess per American), candida and leaky gut syndrome, maldigestion, ulcers and hypochlorhydria, a S.A.D. diet (i.e. the Standard American Diet including ‘eating out,’ sugar, caffeine, alcohol and other drugs), poor hygiene practices and stress. Reduce wheat as much as possible and avoid undiluted fruit juices. It is also beneficial to take your main protein meals before 3 pm. Drink microwater rather than tap or distilled water. For those with hypoglycemic tendencies, carry an enzyme rich organic Papaya Energy Bar for snacking as needed.

If you have many amalgam fillings, and perhaps other metallic dental materials as well, chewing properly will increase the release of mercury which exacerbates the underlying problem. Consider juicing and blending foods temporarily, and then ‘chewing’ these foods without actually grinding the teeth together. This will ensure proper salivation to initiate the digestion of carbohydrates. The Biological Dentistry report provides much more information on amalgams, buccal currents, mercury toxicity and related issues. Amoebic gingivitis can also contribute to reinfection, so it is recommended to brush the teeth using acid microwater and concentrated drops of tea tree oil.

Soak raw foods for 10 to 20 minutes in maximum strength acid Microwater before cooking or eating. Cut foods on a wood cutting board, not plastic, as bacteria have been shown to survive long periods in the grooves on plastic cutting surfaces. Avoid eating cold cereals due to contamination with rodent feces.

As you begin your parasite cleansing program, look for improved bowel function, preferrably one bowel movement per meal. A healthy stool will be eliminated easily and require very little wiping. Optimally, it will have a large diameter, be well formed, brown in color and will float. There should be one to 3 formed segments which extend around the circumference of the toilet bowl, representing the emptying of the full length of the colon. There should be no foul odor or excessive gas. Other ideal indicators to look for include normalization of weight, appetite, digestive comfort, flatness and softness of the abdominal area, sustained energy level after eating and a consistently clear mind.

As a rule, you should plan on doing a parasite cleanse twice a year as an essential part of your overall health maintenance program. This is especially critical if you dine out, live in a metropolitan area, travel, camp or have a compromised immune system. Be sure that your entire family is treated at the same time, as many parasites are shared with loved ones, and you can be easily re-exposed. Pets should also be dewormed at least twice a year. Wash children’s toys on a regular basis, and keep pets outside the living areas of the home. In public restrooms it is a good practice to flush toilets twice before using, and of course use a paper seat cover. Exposure may occur through intimate contact, swiming or bathing, eating and drinking, shaking hands, touching animals, dirt or surfaces in public places and even breathing airborne sources. Dust with a damp mop or use a HEPA vaccuum cleaner to reduce airborne infection. Keep fingernails short and well-cleaned.  High-Tech Hygiene products are recommended for cleaning face and fingernails. These products even increase blood albumin levels, associated with enhanced immunity, brain function and longevity! On the other hand, worrying about all these things can become a chronic stress that weakens your defences as well! This is why ongoing improvement of your terrain, together with good hygiene, is so crucial. Breast feeding infants also supplies protective antibodies.

Parasites are considered a type of chronic focus in Biological Medicine. Foci are foreign substances in the body that cause chronic stress and disease. They often interfere with the body’s ability to heal and recover from degenerative disease of any type even when taking otherwise well-indicated and effective therapies. Other foci to consider include heavy metals, toxic chemicals, infections in the teeth, sinuses, tonsils, or appendix, poor diet or other health habits, as well as geopathic and electromagnetic stresses (see Electromagnetic Pollution Solutions). In most instances, these foci are sub-clinical, so testing by EAV, Vegatest and Bio-kinesiology (Biofield Analysis) are among the best ways to detect these subtle but very significant chronic stress sources.

If you are not feeling some improvement within a few days to a week, you may need a different dosage or additional remedies in your protocol. If you feel worse or experience a healing crisis, you may need to reduce your dosage as well as take additional drainage remedies and other supportive supplements. Good luck with your ‘eviction proceedings!’