Recently, people have been asking me about treatments to prevent parasites. Parasites can be contracted from soil, foods, and contact with other people or pets. We have become quite accustomed to purchasing fruit and vegetables that originate from other countries. The 100 Mile Rule is a consumer movement that advocates only buying products that are from our own locality and one’s own ecology.
My grandmother felt that parasites where a thing to be actively reckoned with. Tonics and de-worming potions were routinely given in the spring and fall. However, in my mother’s generation an unusual arrogance settled in. For some reason, people began to believe that if we lived in a first world country, we were too sophisticated to have such visitors. This was a great time to be alive if you were a parasite.
Opportunistic organisms such as viruses, bacteria and parasites are…well…. opportunistic. That means if you give them an inch, they will take a mile. Parasites don’t thrive well in a healthy body. When our immune systems are strong and vigilant and when our digestive systems have appropriate stomach acids and the enzymes are plentiful, we are more resistant to parasites are working well.
Many kinds of parasites but generally they fall into two groups; single celled or large body. In children we find the very common parasites: round worm and pin worm. There are also single celled micro-organisms such as amoeba and protozoa that can cause misery. In addition there is thread worm, tissue worms, tapeworm, flukes of all sorts, salmonella, neospora, just to name a few.
It isn’t just the parasites that cause us grief; it is the toxins they generate as well. Many people with unresolved skin issues will find parasites and their toxins at the root of their problems. Parasites may not be the first thing that occurs in a person’s body, but if the ‘digs’ are right, the parasites move right in. Usually, parasites go hand in hand with other opportunistic overgrowths such as bacteria and Candida yeast and fungus. This rogue ecology can really overwhelm the body’s elimination systems.
There are foods that are very effective for reducing infestations of parasites. In the fall we have many foods available that help our bodies resist and eliminate parasites. Raw pumpkin seeds are effective, as is garlic, cloves, apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice and pomegranates. Calmyrna Figs are a great addition to the general diet. If you have ever eaten a Fig Newton, you probably have noticed that when you chewed the seeds well, they felt like you were crushing glass. These seeds damage the body of the parasites.
Wormwood is a herb that is effective in powder or capsule form. This has been an age old remedy for parasites. Another common herb that is a deterrent to parasites is Black Walnut. I prefer this in a tincture form. Homeopathic Cina in low potencies can be effective to rid the body of parasites. Also homeopathic complexes have been designed for helping to rid the body of parasite overgrowths,
It makes sense to re-build the body after a parasite cleanse. Making a real effort to clean up the digestive tract can help the body to be more resistant to overgrowths. Taking a supplement of bacteria with low toxin (such as acidophilus) helps to ‘fill the space’ and crowds out infectious bacteria, yeast, fungus and parasites. Having a wellness program in place that includes supplementing with digestive supports at every meal can really give our digestives systems the ‘edge’ against parasites taking hold.
As with every bit of advice, something may be generally true, but not necessarily specifically true. If you feel that parasites may be at the root of a chronic concern, it is best to contact a health professional.