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Parasites: How do I know If I Have Them?

How to Get Rid of Parasites

A good gut healing diet, and the use of probiotics  to improve the health of digestive flora will assist in the eradication of parasites. Liver support  is also crucial because when the liver is congested bile and toxins are often pushed back into the stomach injuring the cells of the stomach lining. This makes the lining more susceptible to damage from pathogenic microbes such as H. Pylori that can cause non-stress induced ulcers. Candida overgrowth is another problem due to parasites such as H. Pylori.


Determining if You Have Parasites

Common symptoms of parasites are stomach pain or cramping, lack of nutritional absorption, rapid weight gain or loss, nausea, vomiting, headaches, migraines, sinus issues, fatigue, depression, anxiety, joint pain, and lack of mental clarity. As you can see these symptoms are often consistent with those of candida overgrowth, so how do you know what the true culprit is?

Parasites are able to hide. This can be elusive when testing for them. Many tests can come up negative when, in fact, there is a parasitic problem. The home-tests by the laboratories of Genova, Diagnos-Techs, and Doctors Data are among the most accurate. They all carry a Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology Test. 

Genova Labs grows out the strains of bacteria to find what the strength of it is and then offers natural solutions. A result sheet is sent to you with a number scale. This scale tells you the strength of each strain, then several natural products are tested against those strains of bacteria that came up. The sheet tells you what specific natural product or products would work best to eradicate your particular problem. The best option is given per individual.

These tests are superior to many other tests that often do not detect all of the pathogens. They are simple to do from home, and can be purchased online without any doctor’s appointment needed. A variety of different types of tests are also available to fit any possible additional needs.


Authored by Karen Thomas, Founder of Naturally Healing Autism. Get her FREE guide to a gut healing diet. Follow Karen on Facebook! 

Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics wins Best Supplements Award 2014

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics wins Better Nutrition Magazine’s ‘Best of Supplements’ Award 2014

Once again, Better Nutrition Magazine chose Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics as a 2014 “Best of Supplements” award winner in the Probiotics Category. This is the sixth time.

Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D.

Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D.

The award was presented to them during the Natural Products Expo EAST that was held September 18-20 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The way it works is that the magazine’s editors conducts retailer surveys and tallied up both reader and staff votes. Then their Supplement Advisory Board, that consists of naturopathic physicians, health writers, and nutrition educators, evaluate the nominated supplements for quality of ingredients, reputation, and the science behind the products. The award winners will now be featured in their November 2014 issue of Better Nutrition Magazine.

Ross Pelton Talks about Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics Formula

Ross Pelton, RPh, CCN, Essential Formula Inc.’s scientific director. He says, “Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics uses 12 beneficial strains in an exclusive manufacturing process that allows the bacteria to thrive for three to five years in fermentation vats while producing numerous other beneficial byproducts. Besides the diverse strains of bacteria, you also benefit from numerous immune-enhancing components that are normally only produced after the probiotics have set up housekeeping in your gut. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are a phenomenal and one-of-a-kind product that promotes good health.”

The genius behind the scenes is Dr Iichiroh Ohhira, PhD, who formulated this product. He has conducted more than 30 years of university-based, scientific research studies, which have shown that the products are safe and effective in dealing with digestive distress. Essential Formulas Inc. is the sole distributor of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics products in the United States. Their president and CEO says, “Dr. Ohhira’s is an exceptional product and like no other on the market today. It’s always exciting to be honored for quality, efficacy, and it’s stellar scientific credentials.”

We are proud to say that we have been selling Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics ever since Essential Formulas started selling in the USA. Our customers love them, not only because they are so effective for all kinds of digestive challenges, but also because they are so easy to take. The small blisters packaging fits easily into a pocket or purse. The don’t need to be refrigerated and they’re safe for infants, kids and seniors a like. Forgot to mention another important factor – they’re dairy free. The professional formula is the one that I recommend the most. I get excellent results when I suggest them.

Dr Ohhira's Professional Probiotic Formula 30 capsMany of our customers who are dealing withchronic digestive complaints like crohns, colitis, Leaky Gut and IBS take advantage of our on-going special – when you buy 12 Professional Probiotics Formula 60 cap boxes (blue box), you get 2 additional boxes at no charge. This puts the pricing as low as wholesale prices.

The special we offer on the Original formula (green box) is also an excellent deal. When you buy 12 boxes of Dr Ohhira’s Original 

Dr Ohhira's Original Probiotic Formula 30 capsFormula, you get one box for nothing. Our customers are very appreciative of the fact that we are able to extend that type of volume discount to them.

We have tons of educational material on our website about Dr Ohhira and all sorts of clinical studies that he has done. He developed the proprietary TH10 strain from the Malaysian food delicacy, tempeh. This TH10 has been proven effective in vitro against the many virulent pathogenic organisms like E coli-157 that causes food poisoning, Bacillus cereus that causes of intestinal anthrax, MRSA – the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, H. pylori that leads to peptic ulcers, as well as L clostridium that often results in morning sickness, migraine and cluster headaches.

Needless to say I am a big fan of Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics and if you haven’t experienced their benefits yet, I encourage you to try them.


Probiotics Symposium Day 3

Probiotics Symposium Day 3

This has certainly been three VERY full days in San Antonio TX …..
– full of valuable information in the area of probiotics and how they relate to literally all fields of medicine and do you know why? There are more neurotransmitters in your gut than there are in your head and so if probiotics feed the microbiomes that live in your gut, there isn’t an area of your body’s function that will be not benefit.
-also full of presenters and colleagues who are experts in their fields. The cacophony of sound at the luncheon tables were a true indication of how much communication was taking place… everyone was so open to sharing their knowledge and experiences with others… what a pleasure.

The Alamo San Antonio TXIt was only later in the day, my last day, that I reminded myself that I had not been down to visit ‘The Alamo’! Imagine visiting San Antonio and not going there! I remedied that rather quickly by taking a quick sprint down E Houston Ave and was there in 8 minutes! And what a splendid experience – I was so happy I did – I learned so much US history that I didn’t know about.

Gerard Mullin MD, Assoc Prof of Medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine was our first presenter, talking about “Gi microbiota in Obesity”. Did you know that you cut your life by 10 years when you have morbid obesity? wow! and of course there are HUGE costs to US relating to obesity.

What did he teach me today? ….that the human microbiome is made up of a community ofGerard E Mullin MD Obesity microbes that can actually collectively sense one another! And we feed them with the food we eat.These Gut microbiota are a very important consideration with regard to obesity and are referred to as ‘fat bugs’ and what happens in obesity is that there are distorted microbiomes due to an imbalance. You see there are two kinds, Furmicutes and Bacteroidetes – Furmicutes are fat forming (not good) and then there are
Bacteroidetes and those are more of what you want.

Experiments with mice show that fat mice have lots of Furmicutes and if donor stool is from fat mice the experimental mice will get fat. The studies are done using FMT – Fecal Microbial Transplants. Mullin also discussed how high fat sugar alters the composition of bacteria flora that leads to increase in firmicutes and fewer bacteroidetes and this affects metabolism.

Next was Maria M Oliva-Hemker MD, who specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, and is a Stermer family professor of Pedriatric IBD, at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore MD, She was a very fluent and interesting presenter. She deals a lot with babies who suffer with intestinal micro necrotizing enterocolitis, a life threatening inflammatory intestinal disorder in infancy. She says that prophylaxis of chronic disease starts with infant and child. She sited lots of experiments that are on the way. One comment she made was to consider giving the mom more probiotics during on pregnancy.

I had listened to Elizabeth Mumper MD speak in Alexandria, Virginia last year. She runs the Rimland Center for Integrative Medicine and Advocates for kids and families. Her topic was “Gi Disturbance in Kids with Autism”. I was amazed to hear Dr Mumper’s most recent statistics that autism spectrum disorder is currently affecting 1 in 50 kids in the US.

Diarrhea and constipation are recurrent associated symptoms in autism and probiotics Elizabeth Mumper MDare very prevalent in her practice. Probiotics enhance killer cell IGA and so helps generally with digestion. She stressed how each child is unique and needs to be treated individually. She says that often behavioral disturbance is a sign of the expression of pain in a non-verbal child. She sees many children with leaky gut and recommends zinc as an important supplement for helping with this condition. She also recommends SCD Breaking the Vicious Cycle diet, explaining that Gluten is not recommended for these kids, not only because of possible celiac complications, but rather because there is a pro-inflammatory molecule in gluten and will manifest often as IBS. She mentioned that she always puts her patients on essential fatty acids

She commented on the differences in autism, ulcerative colitis and crohns, saying that even though they resemble each other and overlap in many ways, their gene expression is different. She regards the symptoms of eczema as much more than a skin condition to be treated with topical creams, to her its the window to the immune system. She spoke about how often she sees kids who have been on excessive bouts of antibiotics in the first 12-18 months of their life and this will wipe out all their good bacteria and add fuel to the fire.

Stephen Olmstead presented a very contraversal topic “Helicobacter pylori – Foe? Dr Stephen Olmstead MDSometimes Friend? He explained how H pylori is thought to be a monstrous organism that causes cancer and we need to get rid of them. Yet perhaps not??? He says that H pylori has been cohabiting with humans beings for 150 thousand years and that they modulate gastric output as well as encourage acid homeostasis.

H pylori was first identified by Dr Warren as a spiral bacteria 1979.Then in 1981 Drs Warren and Marshall collaborated and in 1985 actually won the Nobel prize for their pioneering work. Its a gram negative bacteria with 2-8 flagellae and can invade epithelial cells. It may be spread orally in water and by domestic pets.

H pylori is a commensal gastric organism. Yes, its pathogenic in 15-20 % people. But maybe it ought to be there but in small amounts?? We have been treating ulcers with h pylori but now we notice that there is an increase in esophageal cancer. why? Also, is there increase in asthma because of treatment of h pylori? These are the unanswered questions.

Treatment often fails, he says, and antibiotics are usually necessary.Why?
Dr Olmstead points to Biofilm where he feels the h pylori resides and hence the reason that its so difficult to eradicate. S boulardii has been shown to damage h pylori structure.
When used alone it only shows effective in small numbers – you use 10 billion cfu per day. Take for 30 days. Certainly natural agents are anti biofilm, like enzymes, probiotics and N acetyl l cysteine. These supplements are extremely helpful in dissolving Biofilm and I can order them for you from Klaire Labs – please email pamela@crohns.net or call 877-240-7528.

I really enjoyed meeting naturopath, Amy Johnson, whose practice is in Portland, Oregon. We discovered that we both practiced homeopathy which immediately added another area of conversation for us. She helps lots of people with digestive complaints teaching them about ‘the elimination diet’. She even offers cooking classes to her patients which makes compliance that much easier for them. Check her out at BlueHouseHolisticHealth.com

Pamela Nathan & Amy Johnson



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