They Are More Common Than You Might Think



It's not a pleasant thought, but there are many people suffering from various ailments doctors have been unable to diagnose until some type of parasite or worm was finally discovered.

One of the reasons American doctors sometimes miss these critters is that many types of parasites are not common in our country but are common elsewhere. Many Americans travel to strange and exotic places and pick up problems that are rare or unknown back in the States.

Another reason why parasites are often overlooked as a cause of disease is that a busy doctor is not taking enough time to get a clear picture of your total symptoms. There are about a 1,000 different kinds of parasites, so don't expect too much from any medical professional when it comes to diagnosing your possible parasite problem. On the other hand, don't be shy about finding out what you can from professionals who have expertise and laboratories to help them.

Parasites can enter the body through contaminated drinking water, food, through open wounds, by burring through the skin of the feet, by getting on hands and being transferred to the mouth or nose.  Wind is a possible vector, making earth-bound microscopic organisms airborne.

Symptoms usually depend on the type of parasite, but generally they include nervousness, grinding teeth at night (especially children), various aches and pains that may move from place to place, mimicked appendicitis, ulcers and various digestive pain, nausea or diarrhea. Picking the nose, itching, acne, foul breath,  appetite sometimes voracious and at other times poor, itching anus, anemia, liver jaundice, wide mood swings, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, fever, colitis and insomnia can occur.

Doctors have often misdiagnosed the symptoms because of their similarity to flu, Epstein-Barr (chronic fatigue syndrome) nervous exhaustion, hormone imbalances and so forth.

Parasite problems are often so evasive to regular medical investigation that no one can accurately estimate how much of the population may be afflicted. Present estimates range from 25-80% for Americans.


 The Main Signs of Parasite Infestation

  • Feel tired most of the time / Chronic Fatigue / Exhausted/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Digestive problems / gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea

  • Chronic constipation / Irregular bowel movements

  • Low energy / Low stamina

  • Always getting sick / Feeling down / catching flu

  • Food sensitivities and environmental intolerance / Food Allergies

  • Developed allergic-like reactions and can’t understand why

  • Have joint and muscle pains and inflammation often assumed to be arthritis

  • Suffer with anemia or iron deficiency (pernicious anemia)

  • Have hives, rashes, weeping eczema, skin ulcers, swelling, sores, papular lesions, itchy dermatitis, itchy anus

  • Suffer with restlessness and anxiety

  • Experience multiple awakenings during the night particularly between 2 and 3 am

  • Grinding teeth

  • Have an excessive amount of bacterial or viral infections

  • Depressed

  • Difficulty gaining or losing weight no matter what you do

  • Did a Candida program which either didn’t help at all or helped somewhat but you still can’t stay away from bread, alcohol, fruit, or fruit juices

  • Just can’t figure out why you don’t feel really great and neither can your doctor

  • Itchy ears, nose, anus

  • Forgetfulness, slow reflexes, gas and bloating, unclear thinking;

  • Loss of appetite, yellowish face

  • Fast heartbeat, heart pain, pain in the navel;

  • Eating more than normal but still feeling hungry;

  • Pain in the back, thighs, shoulders;

  • General lethargy

  • Numb hands;

  • Burning sensation in the stomach;

  • Drooling while sleeping;

  • Damp lips at night, dry lips during the day, grinding teeth while asleep;

  • Bed wetting;

  • Picking the nose

  • White raccoon eyes

  • White above the lips


 Parasite Cleansing Programs

Preventing parasites is always a goal, but. since they are so small and clever, the best program to follow is a periodic cleanse of the whole body, which is designed to expel them along with the toxic material on which they may have been feeding.

 Tiao He Cleanse

One of the finest over-all and convenient cleansing programs for the whole body is called the Tiao He Cleanse. This is a ten-day program that is so easy on the body that you may continue regular work without the inconvenience of frequent bathroom trips.

Just follow directions, and if you feel too uncomfortable or inconvenienced, cut down the number of herbs you are taking or stop and give your-self a rest for a couple of days until the body is stabilized and ready to proceed. Everybody's a little different in their reactions to a general program. But it's not anything to fear or dread.

If you are super-determined to be clean, giving yourself an enema is usually wise. Just take your time and this will hasten your general cleanse; you will find an inner peace as a result of the body's relief at having the poisons removed. Anyone who's tried it will assure you that this is a true principle, and worth the effort.

But just like the Tiao He Cleanse, decrease or stop taking enemas if you feel too uncomfortable. You need time and the body needs to readjust the whole system to the fact that it doesn't have to deal with so much poison as it did the day before. Be kind to yourself and it will return the favor many times over.

After the Tiao He Cleanse, rest your body for at least a week. It is readjustment time for your internal regulatory mechanisms. Then do another 10-day program.

It is possible that during your Tiao He Cleanse parasites were killed and removed from the body naturally without having to do anything more. However, some may be buried deep in various tissues and need stronger measures over a longer period of time before they finally figure out that your body is a deadly place to live.



The Para-Cleanse program is an-other convenient ten-day program, with simple instructions clearly stated on the 'label.  This should also be repeated after resting the body for a week to ten days.

 It should be clearly understood that just because you get rid of one parasite doesn't mean you're through! This is also true for any cleansing program-it is a periodic but continuing necessity throughout life.

 The body tries to protect itself by building walls around parasites or other foreign objects just like it does by building tumors around cancer colonies).

Until the body feels strong enough to fight the trapped parasite directly, it will keep it locked up inside a tumorous cocoon (if it can). But as you clean and strengthen the whole system and add to your diet those herbs known to kill your enemies, the body can then take down the walls and permanently rid itself of them.

The Para-Cleanse program contains a variety of herbs for a variety of parasites. This program also requires patience, although some people have such a strong constitution that their systems eject foreigners almost immediately.

Another side benefit you probably were not expecting is that along with parasites, a lot of other foreign material will be loosened and disposed of. This will contribute to your overall feeling of peace and well-being-but not until the loosened material is gone. In the meantime, it, along with dead and poisonous parasites, may be floating in the bloodstream ready to be filtered out by the kidneys, or causing you some upset-stomach feelings or a headache until the bowels evacuate.

So here, again, ease off the cleanse if it is stirring up too much toxicity for the system to handle. Let us emphasize another point once again: periodic cleanses are important. One of the major reasons, besides getting into a deeper cleanse than the first one, is that parasites change there form at different stages of their life-cycle. If you go on the cleanse when a parasite is a hard-coated cyst residing in muscle tissue, it may survive the anti-parasite program unscathed. But when you resume the program two weeks later it may have changed its form and be more vulnerable to herbal compounds in the blood seeking it out.

Using Protease Plus or High Potency Protease on an empty stomach can aid in breaking down the protein shell of the parasite.

Another factor to be aware of is that while some of the parasites are protected, others vulnerable today may have just gotten into their stage of protection right as you go on the program the second time. So three rounds of Para-Cleanse with a week to ten days of rest in-between is actually a smart strategy.

How do you know when you are "clean"? Basically, you will feel inner peace and renewed energy. Various aches and pains or other symptoms will vanish. However, these same symptoms can be caused by other problems like infections, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, over-doing-it, etc. Don't blame parasites if the symptoms return, but be aware that they may be back and you can act accordingly.

As a maintenance program, a Tiao He Cleanse every spring and fall is wise, or even at the beginning of each season if you feel endangered by accidental parasite contamination. The body goes on its own cleanses in the spring and fall, and this explains many of the feelings of “sickness"' that a toxic overload brings, like headache, nervous irritation ("crabby"), fever, gas, nausea and diarrhea.


Herbal Pumpkin

If you know exactly what you are fighting, there are certain herbs that particularly target a parasite species more than others. Some general rules to follow to prevent these common problems are to cook all meat (especially fish, shellfish and pork), wear shoes in infected areas (especially around public toilet areas) and keep your clothes clean, hands and fingernails washed. Also remember your pets can infest the whole house, so don't let your children kiss their pet animals and be careful of animal droppings. It may also be a good idea to give your pets anti-parasitic herbs like garlic (please see this caution for garlic for dogs), black walnut or herbal pumpkin on a regular basis as a preventative measure. Last of all, remember that during a parasite cleanse you may have flu-like symptoms as parasites die off in the body and are expelled.



Common in schoolchildren, pinworms are easily passed around the family. Yes, adults get them too. Not washing hands properly after a bowel movement and then eating can transfer tiny eggs into the mouth. Touching someone else's food or plate can infect another person. It is also possible to swallow airborne eggs.

Symptoms include anal itching, especially at night when the female deposits her eggs in this area. Scratching may lead to infection also. (Remember that other problems may cause anal itching, like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.) Notice nervousness, inability to concentrate, lack of appetite and unusual dark circles around the eyes. Sometimes pinworms get into the female genital tract.

Using a flashlight, 1-2 hours after a child has gone to sleep, these worms may be seen at the anal opening as short white threads. They gravitate to the rectum as their permanent residence when they enter the body orally. A diet high in sugar and other junk food encourages them.

Treatment: Make the following enema solution. Open 5 capsules of garlic and mix in 6 oz. of milk. Bring to a boil, let cool and strain. Inject rectally and have the child hold as long as she or he can. Do this for three nights in a row; Wait 7 days and repeat to get any new crop of worms that have developed.

Plenty of garlic and onions will clear the system of this and many other types of parasites. Since garlic is hot to taste, capsules or oil in gel caps are best. You can also prepare a handful of washed raw brown rice for breakfast and have the child chew it extremely well before swallowing. Whole, raw pumpkin seeds will also help. Or take Herbal Pumpkin capsules, adjusting the amount for the child's age. The exact amount is not critical because of the mild nature of the formulation, just estimate. Six capsules a day is probably sufficient. A tablespoon of aloe vera juice three times a day is recommended, and you may also serve slippery elm mixed in the child's cereal.

Prevention: Precautions to prevent spreading would include washing bed linens, bed clothes and underwear of entire family, having infected child take daily morning showers and remove eggs deposited in the perianal region during the night, using disinfectants daily on the toilet seat and bathtub, and being sure everybody washes their hands (and fingernails of those infected) before meals.

Other parasites may be worse, but emotionally the tapeworm is frightening because it can get to be 10 feet long, and in one case grew 25 feet! Some-times it balls up under the ribs just below the liver on the right side. There may be either constipation or diarrhea, or interchanging between both. Some people lose weight but most are overweight when afflicted with this problem. These worms seem to be more active during the full moon, for some reason. In fact, many (if not all) parasites are moon-regulated during their life cycle.

The tapeworm may also raise blood sugar levels. This may show in the urine and cause a misdiagnosis of diabetes.

Treatment: There are several recommended programs you may choose, including Para Cleanse. One is to eat nothing but raw pineapple for three days. Eat only as much as you like. The enzyme bromelain in the pineapple destroys the parasite, and most others too, even to dissolving the protective coating around the cyst stage of life and also the larvae inside. If you have a blood sugar issue or don't want to eat the raw pineapple take a Bromelain supplement and enzyme derived from pineapple between meals.

 Another method is to eat a larger quantity of pumpkin seeds at night (or several capsules of Herbal Pumpkin). You may also take four capsules of  garlic after each meal and four more at bedtime. A cleansing enema of garlic in water is good. Another old time discovery is raw fig juice, which also paralyzes several other types of parasitic worms. In addition, people have used thyme, capsicum and cranberries.

When expelling a tapeworm, the tail parts tend to come out first. Be sure the head does not remain or it will re-grow. This is hard to imagine and discuss, but these suggestions are better than the harsh drugs usually prescribed.



America has prided herself on excellent municipal water systems and inspection standards. However, besides chemical pollution, the parasite Giardia lamblia seems to be taking the world by storm, doubling every five years from the last report we've seen.

Giardiasis is not new, but has probably been masquerading under several other names. Symptoms vary from mild to severe diarrhea and gas, bloating, foul-smelling stools and abdominal pain. Powerful chemicals are prescribed to kill Giardia in the body.

At one time it was thought to be spread by beavers or muskrats, but now almost all animals are carrier suspects. Drinking water from open streams is a common way to be infected by Giardia cysts, but food and hand-to-mouth contact may also transmit the disease.

Ten grams of Goldenseal daily for ten days has been proven effective in ridding the body of Giardia. Other herbs reported to be useful in eradicating Giardia include grapefruit seed extract, black walnut, wormwood, barberry, ginger and an extract of bee propolis.



Para-Cleanse with Paw Paw (10 day program)

Microscopic organisms in the body are more common than you might think. In spite of our efforts and even government regulations, these organisms can take up residence in us and some can affect our ability to thrive.

During certain stages of growth, certain microorganisms react to natural chemicals found in herbs, spices and other nutrients Para-Cleanse supports the efforts of the intestinal system in maintaining a hearty micro organic balance. It combines helpful herbal ingredients in a gentle, effective blend that encourages an environment that is friendly to beneficial organisms. Nature's Sunshine Products (NSP) has added the herb Paw Paw to the formula along with Yeast/Fungal Detox and Artemisia Combination for a powerful cleansing product

• Provides safe, natural, gentle, effective ingredients.
• Supports the intestinal and immune systems.
• Creates an unfriendly environment for parasites, yeast and fungus.
• Is conveniently packaged in individual servings.

Para-Cleanse is the only cleansing product on the market that contains an extract of Paw Paw for more complete results.

The herbs in Para-Cleanse work synergistically to create an environment that supports the health and viability of "healthy" microorganisms, also known as intestinal flora. These include new Paw Paw Cell-Reg, which helps the body's natural cleansing process. Herbal Pumpkin formula and Artemisia Combination help make the intestines inhospitable to foreign invaders, and help cleanse debris and lubricate the colon to optimize intestinal function. Yeast/Fungal Detox helps maintain the naturally healthy balance of yeast and friendly flora.

Each cello packet contains:

One capsule of Paw Paw Cell-Reg

One capsule of Herbal Pumpkin (pumpkin seeds, black walnut hulls, cascara sagrada bark, violet leaves, chamomile flowers, mullein leaves, marshmallow root and slippery elm bark)

Two capsules of Yeast/Fungal Detox (oregano, caprylic acid, propionic acid, sorbic acid, Echinacea angustifolia root, garlic, pau d'arco, selenium and zinc)

Two capsules of Artemisia Combination (two species of artemisia, wormwood and mugwort, along with elecampane root, clove flower buds, garlic bulb root, ginger root, spearmint herb and turmeric root.)

*All the above products are sold separately as well.

Take the contents of one cello packet twice a day 15 minutes before your morning and evening meals with at least 8 oz. pure water. Continue the program for 10 days, eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Take 10 days off and load up on probiotics such as L. Acidophilus, Bifidophilus and Probiotic Eleven. Then repeat another round of ParaCleanse for 10 days and then return to taking the probiotics daily.





1. NSP’s Deep relief essential oil and parasites - It is actually a narcotic to parasites. It puts the parasites in a coma-like condition so that they don't tear the membrane lining in the intestine when you start to flush them out. It attacks their nervous system. Use one drop in a carrier on the abdomen of small children before bed


2. It is suggested to start a parasite cleanse 5 days before a new moon as that is when they are most active.


3. It is essential to take Probiotics while cleansing.  Probiotic  Eleven or Bifidophilus Flora Force are good choices.


4. Remember, parasites love dairy and sugar so it is suggested to go off dairy and sugar while cleansing. 


5. For children the following supplements can be used for up to 50 days to help a child with issues of parasites:

Garlic pearls

Black Walnut liquid

Pumpkin seeds





The following common foods and herbs are useful as additional options to your anti-parasite plan.

1. Garlic has been used for pin-worms, ringworm, thread worms and other worms and for amoebic dysentery. Use in an enema, or take in large quantities (12 or more capsules per day) for worms.

2. Sage has been used for worms

3. Plantain has been used for worms in the stomach and intestinal tract.

4. Black Walnut is frequently used for parasites. It is thought to help kill their eggs. Horsetail may have a similar effect. Try two to three capsules several times daily.

5. Herbal Pumpkin or pumpkin seeds is an old standby formula for worms and other parasites. It is often used in conjunction with black walnut or garlic. Usual dosage is two capsules three times daily.

6.  Any berries with seeds in them are considered arsenic to parasites.

7. General foods to use in combating unwelcome guests in the intestinal tract include cucumber, fig, garlic, onion, coconut water, raw guava, pumpkin, pomegranate, papaya, squash and watermelon. Anti-parasitic sprouts include alfalfa, all beans and pumpkin seed sprouts.

8. Other anti-parasitic herbs include sarsaparilla, raspberry leaves, senna, wood betony, wormwood, papaya seeds, kelp, purslane seeds, watermelon seeds and cucumber seeds. Many volatile oils are also anti-parasitic. For children, fennel, raw carrots, almonds (the skins do the job) and raw lemon water may prove helpful.


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