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What Type of Parasites do You Have?

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What Type of Parasites do You Have?

“Parasites have killed more people than all the wars in the history of humankind”   National Geographic

Intestinal parasites are abnormal and unwanted inhabitants of the gastrointestinal system that have the potential to cause damage to their host.  They consume nutrients from the foods we are eating and they puncture holes in the intestinal membrane.  Humans can play host to more than a hundred different types of parasites.  Follow these strategies to protect your body from the damage done by parasites.

Parasitic Characteristics:

Parasites can range from microscopic amoeba to 10 foot long tapeworms.  These parasites and their eggs can enter the circulation and travel to various organs such as the liver where they can cause abscesses and cirrhosis (1, 2).  They can also migrate to the lungs causing pneumonia and into the joints, brain, muscles, esophagus and skin where they cause hyper inflammatory processes (3).

Chronic parasitic infections are linked with intestinal permeability and leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, irregular bowel movements, malabsorption, gastritis, acid reflux, skin disorders, joint pain, seasonal and food allergies and decreased immunity (4, 5, 6).

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How Do You Get Parasites?

Parasites can come into the body through exposure to contaminated food and water, day care centers, pets, mosquitoes and fleas and sexual transmission.  Many individuals who are doing a lot of international flying will encounter regions of contaminated food and water.   Pork and scavenger fish and shellfish happen to be especially rich in heat tolerant parasites.  It is estimated that 85% of the world’s population is infested with parasites (7).

According to United Nations data:  “Overall, about 1.5 billion people have roundworms, making it the third most common human infection in the world. Whipworm infects 1 billion people… More than 1.3 billion people carry hookworm in their gut, and 265 million people are infected with schistosomes (8).”

Two Main Classifications of Parasites:

There are two main classifications of intestinal parasites that can create significant problems.  These include protozoa and helminthes.  Protozoa are single celled organisms that have two stages: the trophozoite stage where they are metabolically active and invasive.  They also have a stage where they are inactive called the cyst stage.

Helminths are large, multicellular worms that are typically big enough to see with the human eye in their adult stage.  Nematodes (roundworms), cestodes (tapeworms), and trematodes (flatworms and schistosomes) are among the most common helminths that inhabit the human gut.  These are typically unable to reproduce in the human gut.

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Types of Protozoa:

The most common intestinal protozoans are Giardia intestinalis, Entamoeba histolytica, Cyclospora Cayetanenensis, Cryptosporidium spp and Blastocystis hominis.  The disorders these parasites cause are called giardiasis, amoebiasis, cyclosporiasis, cryptosporidiosis and blastocystitis respectively.

The major symptoms associated with these are diarrhea, constipation, nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, dehydration, weakness, low energy and joint pain.  If uncontrolled, these infestations can be fatal.  You can test to see if you have high levels of these parasites or elevated yeast and/or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) with my preferred stool analysis here

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Anti-Parasitic Nutrition Plan:

Parasites love sugar and everything that turns into sugar. So the best way to starve the parasites is through using healthy fasting and cleansing strategies while eliminating as much sugar and grains as possible from the diet.

Several herbs and foods act as very strong anti-parasitic agents. Extra virgin coconut oil is loaded with medium chain triglycerides that enhance the immune system in its battle against pathogens. Raw garlic and onions provide sulfur containing amino acids that are anti-parasitic (9). Eat six tablespoons of raw, extra virgin coconut oil, one whole clove of garlic and one large red onion daily to help parasite proof your body.

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Unique Herbs and Fermented Beverages:

Dried oregano and especially essential oil of oregano are extremely volatile and anti-parasitic (10). Use two to three drops of oregano oil in water with fresh squeezed lemon and drink this three times a day.  Clove works just as well so you could also substitute or use clove oil with oregano oil. Ginger, wormwood, black walnut are also commonly used in anti-parasitic strategies (11).

Fasting with vegetable or bone broth and loads of garlic and onions is a great anti-parasitic strategy.  Fermented beverages such as coconut kefir and apple cider vinegar provide organic acids that have anti-parasitic properties (12).  These are powerful tools to help destroy parasites.  These contain key enzymes that help to create an environment that is non-conducive for parasitic development.

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Cleansing and the Anti-Parasitic Lifestyle:

I like to use  a three to 21 day low calorie, liquid diet that is rich in organic broth, fermented beverages, water and fresh squeezed lemon. Probiotic and anti-microbial herbal supplements are highly recommended to help destroy parasites and re-inoculate the gut.

After the cleansing period, it is especially important to utilize high quality fermented foods and fibrous prebiotic vegetables in order to reinnoculate the gut.  This includes kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles and coconut milk yogurt.

Additionally, if the individual can tolerate grass-fed dairy doing products like raw milk kefir, amasai and yogurts.  Be sure you do unsweetened low-sugar forms of these foods.  These foods are rich sources of L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps rebuild the gut (13). These fermented foods also contain very powerful strains of good bacteria, organic acids and enzymes that act to keep parasites out of the body.

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Intermittent Fasting and Super Hydration:

A regular life cycle that inhibits parasitic development includes doing regular intermittent fasting for periods of 16-24 hours every day.  It is important to drink lots of clean water to push out feces and not allow it to become a breeding ground for parasitic organisms.

I recommend drinking a half gallon of water between waking and 12pm.  Adding in anti-microbials such as oregano, clove or lemon oil, apple cider vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon is especially helpful.  You can also do herbal tea blends such as Pau D’Arco and dandelion in order to kill off more parasites, support the liver, kidneys and colon and sweep the dead carcasses out of the system.

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Anti-Parasitic Meal Plan:

Consuming meals between 12pm – 7pm each day with the first meal (lunchtime) being a high quality protein shake with lots of coconut fats, berries, high quality protein powder and an additional scoop of collagen protein to strengthen the gut lining.

During the afternoon snacking on some fermented foods like sauerkraut, coconut water kefir for hydration or having a  bowl of coconut yogurt with berries is a great idea.  Dinner should be healthy meat in the form of grass-fed animal products, steamed or sauteed veggies covered in melted grass-fed butter or ghee and herbs.

Adding in a side salad with olives or avocado is a fantastic idea.  Be sure to get lots of good healthy fats (coconut products, grass-fed butter/ghee, olives/olive oil, avocado) in order to provide high quality fat-soluble nutrients and to stabilize blood sugar.

The nutrition plan should focus on fermented foods and drinks, good fat sources, anti-oxidants and clean proteins.  Consuming anti-microbial herbs such as garlic, basil, thyme, oregano, turmeric, ginger and rosemary throughout the day is highly recommended.

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Anti-Parasitic Supplement Protocol:

The supplemental protocols I use to help the body destroy the parasites, detoxify the endotoxic debris from their carcasses and rebuild the gut and mucosal membrane are the following:

1)  Para Elim:  This is a blend of powerful plant-based anti-parasitic herbs that have been clinically studied to eliminate some of the most challenging worms, ameoba’s and protozoa’s.

2)  Activated Charcoal:  The activated charcoal helps to bind and grab up these organisms and sweep them out of the body effectively.

3)  Gut Repair:  This is a blend of nutrients designed to heal and seal the gut membrane and replenish the mucosal membrane.  This is especially important due to the damage the parasites inflict and how they scar up the intestinal membrane.

4)  Gut Defense:  This product is an immunoglobulin concentrate derived from colostral whey peptides. It delivers natural immunoglobulins, bioactive proteins and growth factors. These components support immune function, reduce inflammation and strengthen and repair the gut membrane.  This is very important for preventing future parasitic and/or yeast or bacterial infections.

6)  Probiocharge 100 Billion:    This product contains bifidobacterium longum and lactis as well as lactobacillus acidophilus and plantarum which are researched to have a strong anti-parasitic effect.  These microorganisms help to reinnoculate the gut and make an internal environment that is inhospitable to parasitic overgrowth.

7)  Acid ProZyme:  Hydrochloric acid is necessary for creating an acidic environment in the stomach to digest protein and ionize minerals.  This also helps to stimulate bile release from the gallbladder to effectively metabolize fat in the small intestine.  Without these key functions working optimally we become at risk for anemia, thyroid problems, osteoporosis and auto-immunity.

Low stomach acid in a very common problem especially in older individuals or those who have suffered from various infections like H Pylori or parasites and those who have been on anti-biotics and other medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Low stomach acid sets the stage for damage to the delicate lining of the digestive tract and the formation of leaky gut syndrome and parasitic overgrowth.

8)  Super DZyme:  Enzymes are extremely key for breaking down carbohydrates, protein and fatty acids and prepare them for proper digestion and assimilation in the body. Individuals with parasite overgrowth are often unable to produce sufficient quantities of digestive enzymes and are unable to effectively digest the food they are eating.

Improper digestion causes significantly more stress and inflammation in the gut lining that ultimately leads to the degradation of the mucosal membranes and the complications of leaky gut syndrome. When the mucosal membrane is damaged it is then unable to secrete the appropriate enzymes and we end up with a vicious cycle that causes more gut inflammation.

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Sources For This Article:

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  4. Foundation of Integrated Medicine – Intestinal Parasites, Bacterial Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut Link Here
  5. Weston A Price.org – A Precursor to Chronic Illness Link Here
  6. Patient – Do parasites cause autoimmune diseases? Link Here
  7. Hindawi – Comparative Study of the Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites in Low Socioeconomic Areas from South Chennai, India Link Here
  8. Unicef.org – Progress against worms for pennies Link Here
  9. Mercola – RAW Garlic For Parasites and Viral Infections Link Here
  10. NYU Lagone – Conditions Link Here
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19 Responses to What Type of Parasites do You Have?

  1. elsa March 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi Dr Jockers,
    Thank you for this article.I have a question.
    Years back I used to take worm medication.How does it affect our body.is there any side effects can occur in the body because of the worm medication?
    Thank you
    Elsa

  2. Dr. Jockers March 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Elsa,

    I am not exactly sure how it affects the body but it can’t be good. Usually anti-microbials effect our normal microflora in an unfavorable manner. You should certantly be on the anti-inflammatory diet and take anti-inflammatory and gut enhancing supplements.

  3. Kevin March 12, 2014 at 2:52 am #

    An excellent article. Would you think taking large amounts of garlic or oregano effect the intestinal flora in a negative way over the long term. Would you recommend a person cycle taking garlic and oregano. I look forward to your response.

    All the best
    Kevin

    • Dr. Jockers March 12, 2014 at 6:15 am #

      Unless the individual has issues metabolizing sulfur, I think taking garlic and oregano regularly is very helpful for the flora. It is important to reduce our microbial load on a regular basis.

  4. Kevin March 16, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    Thanks for your response it is much appreciated.

    All the best
    Kevin

  5. Christie March 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Hello, I was diagnosed with IBS several years ago and have had many health issues since is there a definite way to find out whether or not I have a parasite?

  6. vishva April 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Dear Dr JOCKERS,,
    You are truly a star,, everything you write is so clear to the point and so well explain,, so happy i get your news letters,, all the best ,thank you so much for an excellent true service,,,
    blessings,,
    Vishva

  7. Brenda August 26, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    Dr. Jockers,
    Does Young Living’s Para Free kill parasites? I’ve been taking 3 capsules twice a day for about a week and a half now. I hate to think of those things living inside me. Thank you!

    • Dr Jockers August 27, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      Yes Brenda, it should be working for you!

  8. Neil February 4, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    Thanks for your article v intefesting and helpful i have been struggling to break my parasite worm cycle i am passing lots oc dead worms that are coming out like strands of thick threads .My sides hurt and my testicle hurt sins cleansing the parasites useing black walnut wormwood cloves and essential oils eucalyptus and citrus.Any further help i would really apreciate as i miss playing with my children and v depressed over this worm cyle never ending im flushing every day dead worms out just no end….Many thanks Neil Taylor.

    • Dr. Jockers February 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

      I am sorry to hear about this Neil! I would recommend following all the strategies in this article.

    • Earl September 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

      Neil: You just need to end the cycle now. Use some real medication and kill them. Then rejuvenate your body with every good thing there is to put in it. I’ve just been through something similar. Ask your doctor to prescribe Albendazole, 200mg twice a day for three days. Repeat in 14 to 21 days. If the medication is not covered by insurance look into pharmacies south of the border. My insurance paid $2500 for the two rounds of medication. The same medication from south of the border is $20. All I can say is it works and I have never felt better in my life,

    • Dr. Jockers December 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

      Sorry to hear about this Neil, be sure to follow the strategies in the article. If you would want to set up a consult with Dr Jockers you can email him at drjockers@drjockers.com

  9. Chris June 12, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    Great article. Lots of free lifestyle and nutrition suggestions.

    I would like to go to the next level and have questions about the Parasite Support Pack:
    – How many weeks do you recommend someone take the Parasite Pack supplements?
    – Are any of the recommended dosages sequential, meaning do you take Para Elim first, and then Gut Repair, then Daily Detox, etc.?
    – Are there instructions that come with the Pack?

    Thanks for all your great info and products.

  10. Michi April 24, 2017 at 9:58 am #

    Dr. Jockers I think this is why my daughter is vomiting everyday. The gastroenterologist just gives her omeprazole and says she has acid reflux but he can’t explain the constant constipation and abdominal pain even though she’s had every kind of scan. I think Miami doctors are just witholding information from patients for fear of misdiagnosis or to keep us going to them.

  11. Gregory Haynes May 16, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    Dear dr. Jockers my name’s Greg I have flukes in my eyes that I have seen come out of a cyst small white worms small red worms larger worms in my intestines that I can actually feel moving around and biting me internally these things may have been in with me for a few years now I know there’s another type of worm in my eye that I can see in the white part that’s coiled around. I begged Dr’s, nurses, and ER staff to check the cysts in my eyes at UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL in Denver , CO., for the past 2+years. No one did , now they’re everywhere and I mean , everywhere

    • Dr. Jockers May 19, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

      Wow Gregory I’m sorry to hear about this! I can’t tell exactly what you’re dealing with here but you could get in touch through nutrition@drjockers.com for some functional lab work that may be able to pick up what is going on!

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