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Parasites are opportunistic critters. Any flaw or weakness in our defense systems is an open invitation to invasion. The best line of defense against parasitic infection is a strong, healthy immune system. But our immune systems have taken a beating in the past few decades. A number of seemingly unrelated factors unique to the late twentieth century have contributed to the unrestrained parasite epidemic. Some of these factors include:

  • the rise in international travel
  • the contamination of municipal and rural water supplies
  • the increasing use of day-care centers
  • the influx of refugee and immigrant populations from endemic areas
  • the return of the armed forces from overseas
  • the continued popularity of household pets
  • the increasing popularity of exotic regional foods
  • the use of antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs

Since many of these infections are often non-specific and mimic other, more recognizable diseases, the condition is then misdiagnosed and health problems persist for months and sometimes even years before the real culprit is identified. If you suspect you may have parasites a simple test from Great Smokies Lab evaluates stool for presence of parasites and levels of beneficial flora, imbalanced flora, pathogenic bacteria, and yeast.

Parasites create damage to the host's body in many ways including:

  • They destroy cells in the body faster than cells can be regenerated, thereby creating an imbalance that results in ulceration, perforation, or anemia.
  • They produce toxic substances that are harmful to the body.
  • They irritate the tissues of the body, inducing an inflammatory reaction on the part of the host.
  • They may invade the body by penetrating the skin, producing dermatitis.
  • The size and/or weight of the parasitic cysts produces pressure effects on the organs.
  • Their presence depresses the immune system functioning while activating immune response which can eventually lead to immune system exhaustion.

The best treatment protocol* for the most commonly occurring intestinal parasites - roundworms, pinworms, and tapeworms - entails the following four steps, which should be carried out in conjunction with an experienced health-care practitioner who can guide you through the recovery process:

  1. Cleansing the intestinal tract.
  2. Modifying the diet.
  3. Administering effective substances to eliminate the parasites.
  4. Recolonizing the gastrointestinal tract with friendly bacteria.

* Guess What Came to Dinner (Pg. 93) - Ann Louise Gittleman


The intestinal cleansing process can be accomplished through the use of one or more of the following natural substances; rice bran fiber, alfalfa leaves, butternut root bark, fennel seed, licorice root, Irish moss, anise seed, peppermint leaves, cranberry, psyllium seed husk fiber, flaxseed fiber, apple or citrus or pectin, and buckthorn bark. These substances act like a broom and sweep the debris out of the digestive tract. (note: this cleansing would not be appropriate for the more exotic blood-and tissue-invasive parasites, which cause malaria, trichomonasis, toxoplasmosis, schistosominasis, filariasis, elephantiasis, and leishmaniasis.) * Guess What Came to Dinner (Pg. 93) - Ann Louise Gittleman

A Supportive Therapeutic Diet

Ann Louise Gittleman, in her book, Guess What Came to Dinner, recommends a diet composed of 25 percent fat, 25 percent protein, and 50 percent complex carbohydrates which she has found works well for parasite-ridden bodies.

  • The diet must have sufficient unprocessed oils.
  • Foods rich in Vitamin A such as cooked carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, yams and greens are important
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  • Eating sufficient, properly cooked protein is vital. Vegetarians and others who depend upon protein sources such as beans, nuts, seeds, peas, and legumes will need to restrict their intake of such foo
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  • These high-fiber foods in the presence of parasitic infections cause flatulence and irritate the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Soy products such as Tofu or Tempeh can be included in moderation.
  • Heavy intake of raw fruits and vegetables should be greatly curtailed and cold or iced foods and drinks should be avoided. these foods cause the intestines to contract, thereby holding in toxins rather than releasing them.
  • A well-balanced supportive eating program is essential because malabsorption often occurs from parasitic damage to the intestine.

Eating the right foods, however, may not be enough to ensure proper nutritional support. Many people lack an adequate supply of the digestive enzymes that are needed to release the nutrients contained in foods. Even with a good diet, enzyme deficiencies can lead to nutritional deficiencies and weakened resistance.

Enzyme deficiencies also lead to incompletely digested foods that can putrefy or ferment in the intestines, creating an environment that is ripe for parasites. Concentrated plant enzymes from aspergillus (a fungal-type microorganism used in the fermentation of miso and soy sauce) can be used as a dietary supplement to help correct the underlying conditions that favor parasitic infections.

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