The source of all diseases

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Poor nutrition + Parasites + Solvents = Chronic Disease

Illness develops from three causes that combine to create disease in the body. Notice "genetics" is not on this list. Genetics determines how disease shows up, but it doesn't predispose to disease.

I used to believe, like many other people, that diabetes was caused by over consuming sugars, carbohydrates and high fructose corn syrup. I thought that heart problems were caused by plaque in the arteries. That eating disorders were due to emotional disturbance. Cancer developed in people who had unlucky genetics. Depression came from poor parenting, and so forth. Then I got sick, very sick. I learned "not knowing - I don't know" is not bliss, and that all chronic illness comes from two causes which combine to create disease in the body.

Parasites

While enjoying a high standard of living, most Americans believe that parasites are a problem only in undeveloped countries where they drink polluted water and live in unsanitary conditions, but the reality is that Americans do have parasites. The CDC found that one in six randomly selected people had one or more parasites. Known incidences of parasitic infection are about 30%, and are increasing in the US, Canada and Europe, but misdiagnosed, undiagnosed and unreported cases make those percentages frighteningly higher.

Thanks to the invention of the microscope in the mid 1800's, and continued improvements in magnification, pathogens were identified and have been studied in depth for the past 150 years. Native Americans knew about them long before that. They used plants to purge their bodies of these uninvited guests in the spring and fall. Settlers to the New World benefited from their knowledge and doctors added the plants to their arsenal of medicines. The practice of purging parasites using these home remedies continued into the 1940's, especially on farms where people lived close to the land and regularly had contact with animals. They wormed their livestock and themselves. Many of these plants are still used in herbal parasite formulas today, but many people in our modern society seem to think that periodic purging of parasites in no longer necessary and have abandon the practice entirely. However, parasitic infections have been on the rise in America and many are not aware that they have become human hotels for these uninvited guests. How is this possible?

Water: Most of our drinking water comes from lakes, streams and rivers that can be contaminated by wild animal droppings, human waste, and industrial and agricultural runoff. Water treatment plants lack adequate filtration systems, and so, rely on chlorine to kill bacteria, parasites and neutralize other pollutants. But some parasites, like Giardia are very hardy and can withstand chlorination. Home filtration systems may be effective against many pathogens, but Cryptosporidium is so tiny that they pass through the filter easily. Swimmers inadvertently swallow water in swimming pools, lakes and creeks that contain parasites, which is another source of infection.

Food can be contaminated with parasites. Produce that is not washed properly, or are washed in contaminated water, is one way of ingesting the wee-beasts. Restaurants, hospitals, day care centers, nursing homes and private residences are sources of infection, where the hygiene practices of just one person preparing food can contaminate an entire kitchen. Where insects like flies, ants and roaches, and rodents, like mice and rats, can access food storage, preparation and dining areas, Amebiasis and other parasites can be a problem. Raw and undercooked meats and fish are sources of tapeworms, roundworms and Anisakid worms. Aquatic vegetables, like watercress, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots can be contaminated with cysts from flukes. Salad bars and buffets, where foods are exposed to the air, are also vulnerable to contamination, and puts people at risk.

Hygiene: Drinking fountains, shared drinking glasses, children's toys, shopping cart handles, door knobs, faucet and toilet handles and other surfaces are frequently touched by several people, especially in public. Contact with Giardiasis on these surfaces can be spread and carry the infection home to family, to the office, school and other public places and visa versa.

Recreation: Hikers, campers, backpackers, hunters and other people who enjoy the outdoors have been prey to Giardia by drinking from streams, rivers and springs thought to be pristine, but are very likely contaminated with Giardia cysts deposited by wild animals.
Pets are principle carriers of parasites. We give our dogs and cats monthly wormer, but never think that at any time they could be carrying many parasites that can be transmitted to us from their fur, which may carry eggs or cysts, and through feces and their saliva, after licking themselves and ingesting the same. Infected fleas can transmit tapeworm. Dogs and cats can come in contact with contaminated wild or domestic animal droppings or contaminated water, (puddles, ponds, streams) and can themselves become sources of Giardia and Cryptosporidium infection. The list of parasites that were once thought to be confined to animals, are now known to infect humans also, and the list is getting longer. For example: Dirophilaria worm has lived in my husbands heart since childhood. He had is first heart attack (spasm of the coronary artery) at the age of 21, and 3 more within 48 hours at the age of 31. That is when it was discovered that his heart had been laboring with dog heart worm for years. His family had a history of heart related problems, so his cardiologist treated the symptom by prescribing heart medication at the age of 21, but never looked for the cause. The years of misdiagnosis was potentially life threatening. Dirofilaria (dog heart-worm) prefers the heart, even in humans, but it can live in other organs too, if they are sufficiently polluted with solvents, metals and other toxins. Mosquitoes can transmit dog heart-worm to humans just as easily as it can to dogs. There are 65 animal diseases that can be transmitted from dog to human, and 39 from cats. Unless you are meticulous about washing your hands after every contact with your pet, you are at risk of infection. Pets share our homes, plates, beds and lawns. Parasite eggs and cysts are deposited where ever infected animals relieve themselves, and they can contaminate soil for years.

Dog heartworm cycle

Children are especially vulnerable to parasitic infection through direct contact, by ingestion, through the skin (esp. bare feet walking on the lawn or carpet) or inhaling eggs or cysts through the mouth and nose. People with depressed immune systems, which typically happens at the onset of another illness, surgery, during prolonged, excessively traumatic or stressful situations, or individuals with compromised immune systems, are very vulnerable to any number of opportunistic invaders who want to check in, but don't check out. Is it such a surprise that so many Americans are getting infections?

Trichomonal vaginalis, Giardia intestinalis, pinworms and Entramoeba histolytica are parasites that are shared between partners through intimacy and intercourse.

Entamoeba coli

State diagnostic laboratories across the country have reported that they find parasites in 20% of the stool samples that are examined. However, doctors receive very little training in general parasitology. A little knowledge can be dangerous, because they know just enough to believe that parasite-based illnesses are very rare in the United States and are acquired when persons travel to exotic places and Third World Countries, or that humans can't get certain parasites that are known to infect animals. As a result, few parasitic infections are accurately diagnosed in this country, because American doctors have not been taught to look for the "cause" of illness; only to treat symptoms (symptomology).

Intestinal parasites are being overlooked as a cause of GI illness, and gastrointestinal illness in the United States is increasing. Evidence of parasitic infection and the health problems they cause are generally symptomatic. Symptoms multiply as the infection progresses, leading to prolonged and unnecessary suffering. This paves the way for further spread of the disease as the human continues to be a hotel and taxi for parasites. The suffering and frustrated patient is often regarded as dysfunctional and/or a hypochondriac. Undiagnosed and untreated, these parasitic infections may show symptoms immediately, within days, months or it may take years to become evident. Individuals may show no signs or symptoms at all. All the while, they are carrying and spreading the infection.

Parasites can be found in the colon, lungs, liver, muscles, joints, brain, blood, skin and eyes.

Initial symptoms of infection may include diarrhea and/or constipation, nausea, fever, and abdominal pain. The longer the infection goes undetected, the greater the damage. Then fatigue, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, allergic reactions, severe bowel disorders that result in malnutrition, cancer and organ damage can occur. Just as with pets, parasitic infection in humans can do all kinds of harm and even cause premature death.

Parasite cleansing herbs kill and expel parasites:
Cloves kill intestinal parasites, as well as fungi and bacteria.
Wormwood is an intensely bitter herb that American settlers brought from Europe for malaria.
Pink-root (Sigelia marilandica) was used by Native Americans to expel intestinal worms.
Black Walnut Hull (Juglans nigra) is high in Tannin, which in combination with it's other active compounds make it effective at killing many types of worms.
Balmony (Chelone glabra) is a bitter, but superior vermifuge.
Dogwood bark is a source of quinine for treating malaria.
Garlic is an effective vermicide against round worms, tapeworms, pinworms, and hookworms.
Turmeric expels worms from the body.
CAUTION: I avoid laxative herbs like Senna and Cascara Sagrada. Years of using these herbs proved to be counter productive and detrimental.

The general route of infection and life cycle is as follows.

Giardia intestinalis cysts

Giardia intestinalis is one of the most common parasitic diseases in America and is highly contagious. Cysts are hardy and can survive conditions that would kill many other parasitic forms. Infection occurs by ingesting contaminated water from municipal water supplies, lakes and swimming pools, food, fecal-oral route (changing diapers, sexual practices), filth on hands or other objects that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, furniture, and utensils (especially at day care centers). Once in the small intestine, each cyst produces two trophozoets, which then multiply and remain in the small bowel, where they can be free or attach to the mucosa by a ventral sucking disk. The parasite becomes enclosed in a cyst as it travels to the colon. Because cysts are infectious when passed in the stool or shortly afterward, person-to-person transmission is possible.

This particularly nasty critter prefers to inhabit mucous membranes of the small intestine, where it can cause considerable damage to the villi and cells themselves, resulting in malabsorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins, proteins, and vitamins A and B12. However, it has also been found in the gall bladder, bronchial tubes, prostate gland and pancreas. Symptoms include diarrhea that is pale with an offensive odor, excessive discharge of fat in the feces, abdominal cramps, bloating, weight loss, muscle pain, headache, and an inability to tolerate exercise. Chronic symptoms include depression and extreme fatigue. Chlorine will not kill this critter.

Cryptosporidium oocysts (round) sporozoites - indicate sporulation has occurred

Cryptosporidiosis is the #1 water born parasitic infection in the US, and can be highly contagious. Infection occurs by ingestion, very much like Giardia. The larvae travel to the small intestine, invade the lining and initiate asexual reproduction by multiple fission. The offspring are released and invade new tissue, continuing the cycle of asexual multiplication. The CDC determined that the tough oocysts of this wee-beast are resistant to chlorine and bleach.

Roundworm life cycle

Roundworm - Fertilized eggs are passed with the stool and require a moist, warm, shaded soil to become infective in 15-30 days. After ingestion via soil-contaminated hands or food, the eggs hatch in the small intestine and release larvae. The larvae mature and the adult worms attach themselves in the cecum and ascending colon, growing to approximately 4 cm in length. Females shed 3,000-20,000 eggs per day, which are passed with bowel movements.

Whipworm life cycle

Whipworm infection results from ingestion of eggs from contaminated soil or water, fruits and vegetables. The worms live in the intestines, where they damage the mucosa and cause chronic bleeding and malabsorption. This leads to anemia. Symptoms of infections include abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas, weight loss, insomnia, dysentery and greater GI tract damage, leading to prolapse of the rectum.

Ascaroasis lumbricoides - roundworm

Ascarsis lumbricoides is the largest roundworm in the human intestine. It is common in cats and dogs. Adults grow to 15-35 cm in length. When eggs are swallowed, the larvae hatch, invade the intestinal mucosa and are carried through voids in the intestinal wall (Leaky Gut). Now systemic, they travel to other parts of the body, especially the lungs, where they mature, penetrate the alveolar walls, ascend the bronchial tree to the throat and are swallowed. In the small intestine, they develop into adults. This process takes 2-3 months and the cycle begins again.

Hookworm life cycle

Hookworm requires a warm, moist, cool soil to hatch into larvae. The CDC states that larvae can penetrate the skin of the feet or bare hands while working in the garden, but the most important route of infection is eating animal filth and inhaling contaminated dust. Larvae are ingested, travel to the intestines and are carried in the blood stream to the heart and lungs. They penetrate the pulmonary alveoli, ascend the bronchial tree to the pharynx, and are swallowed and travel to the small intestine. There, they develop into 1/2" long worms and attach themselves to the intestinal wall, where they suck blood. Adults can live several years, and result in significant blood loss by the host.
Pinworms are a highly contagious roundworm and humans are their only hosts. Infection comes from contaminated food or drinking water. It is the most common parasitic infection in children, who share them with other family members through person-to-person contact. The female travels outside the anus to lay eggs, causing itching and irritation around the anus. Children may continually reinfect themselves through transferring eggs from the anal area to the mouth. Newly hatched larvae from the anal skin may crawl back into the rectum, unless removed thoroughly by frequent cleansing of the area. I know it doesn't sound pretty, but this happened to my youngest daughter. This is reality! Eggs can survive outside the body for weeks, so whole families can become infected through sheets, towels, clothes, carpets, bathtub or toilet seat and curtains may also be other areas in the environment where pinworm eggs are numerous, including becoming air-born via vacuum cleaners and inhaled. Once swallowed, the larvae hatch in the small intestine and the adults attach themselves to the colon and can inhabit the appendix, where they are suspected of causing appendicitis. Other symptoms may include headaches, asthma, psychiatric disturbances, hyperactivity, vision problems and abnormal EEG's.

Fasciolopsis buskii - fluke : flatworm

Human intentestinal flukes (flat worm) is the worst parasites of all! It has six different life stages, but only the adult stage normally lives in the intestine of humans. It depends on the snail for part of it's life cycle, as a secondary host. However, when it lives in a body that has solvents in it, the other five stages develop in you, using your organs as secondary host! What makes this possible is that the solvent Propyl Alcohol allows the eggs, that would normally be expelled during bowel movements, to hatch inside the intestines. Then they enter the blood stream and travel to other parts of the body. Dr. Hulda Clark, N.D. discovered in her research that a remarkably high percentage of cancer patients have human intestinal fluke in their liver. This is also true of patients with HIV infection and AIDS.

Flat worm

Found in my dogs feces. I eradicated it with a homeopathic remedy, which I also take periodically to evict any wee-beasts I may have. Our pets share the same living space, so if they are healthy we as their human companions have a better chance to be healthy too. Pets and people share the same parasites, so hygiene is very important.

Pancreatic fluke has a complex life cycle with a primary host and more than one intermediate host. The adult fluke lives in a vertebrate carnivore, such as sheep, cattle or pigs. The eggs are released into the environment, including ponds, where they hatch and penetrate snails, who serve as a kind of incubator. There, they produce the next larval stage. The larvae exit the snail and swim until they find another intermediate host, like a frog or salamander. If the amphibian is eaten by a bird, the larva form into adult worms and the bird is a means of transportation. Don't you just love the idea of having something living inside you that once lived in a pig, snail, frog and bird! Yuck!

The adult sheep liver fluke prefers to live in the large bile ducts and gallbladder, where they may block the common bile duct, causing obstructive jaundice. They have been found in blood vessels, lungs, brain and other tissues. In their journey from the liver to those locations, this fluke causes inflammation and traumatic damage. Infection results from ingesting contaminated fresh watercress and other water vegetation, like bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, raw or undercooked fish or wading in infected water. How many people have their gallbladder removed, when all they needed do is evict an uninvited guest?

Tapeworm life cycle

Tapeworms come from eating the muscle tissue of raw or undercooked infected fish, pork and beef. Fleas and lice are the intermediate host and infection results when they are swallowed by accident. Fish tapeworms produce eggs that are covered with spiny projections, which cause inflammation. They also release toxic substances that damage tissue in the hosts body. Adults can grow up to 30 feet long. The continued presence of a tapeworm can lead to vitamin deficiencies as they consume nutrients from the host. Nearly every mammal species has its own characteristic tapeworm. Humans can also be host to the larval stage of the parasite and continue to reinfect themselves by ingesting the eggs via hand-to-mouth contact. Children are the most common host, because they tend to put their hands in their mouth often, and ingest filth. The larvae migrate through the body to muscles, the heart, brain, liver, spine, eyes, etc. In the brain, they can cause seizures or stroke. This is the most dangerous of all tapeworm infections. Symptoms may include diarrhea, disturbed sleep patterns, restlessness, fever and elevated white blood cell count, loss of appetite, vomiting, heartburn, anorexia and anemia, because the tapeworm consumes large amounts of the hosts vitamin B12. I do not believe that eating disorders are the result of mental health conditions. I think mental health conditions, Anorexia, Bulimia and other eating disorders are caused by nutritional deficiencies that are the result of parasitic infection, in addition to consuming nutrient-deficient foods and chemicals.

Anisakine larvae is found in infected fish, like snapper, haddock, cod, herring and Pacific salmon that is undercooked, raw or lightly salted. Symptoms of infection can be misdiagnosed as appendicitis, gastric ulcer or stomach cancer.
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Pollution

All of this sounds very daunting and frightening, but ignorance is not bliss. Parasites are only half of the problem. Environmental pollution in the form of solvents, heavy metals, mycotoxins, physical toxins, and chemicals in the food, beverages, skin and hair care products, cleaners, furniture and carpet, building materials, exhaust and industrial pollution, etc. are all bombarding our immune systems, collecting in our organs and tissues, are working with the parasites to cause disease and death.

☹ Benzene + human intestinal fluke + the thymus as its secondary host = AIDS, liver = cancers. Benzene is in all bottled drinking water, fruit juice (including health varieties).
☹ Propyl alcohol + sheep liver fluke + the liver as a secondary host= cancer in some distant organ and environmental illness; kidneys = Hodgkin's disease or lupus; brain = Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis. Proply Alcohol is in bottled water, fruit juices and commercial beverages.
☹ Wood alcohol + pancreatic fluke + the pancreas becomes the secondary host = pancreatic dysfunction; diabetes. Wood alcohol is found in artificial sweeteners, carbonated drinks, diet drinks, herb teas, bottled water, and infant formula.
☹ Xylene / Toluene + any of the 4 flukes + the brain as the secondary host = manic depression, migraines and other types of severe recurrent headache. When then invade muscles, they cause dystrophies. Xylene and Toluene are found in carbonated drinks.
☹ Methyl ethyl ketone or methyl butyl ketone + flukes + the uterus becomes the secondary host = endometriosis. These chemicals are found in flavored foods.
Other solvents include Acetone, Carbon tetrachloride, Decane, Hexanes, Hexadione, Isophorone, Methylene chloride, Pentane and Trichloroethane, to name a few. They are all found in processed foods and beverages, even health food brands.

The inorganic form of metals pervade our environment and are carcinogenic. Metal in jewelry (gold & silver have fewer harmful effects), nickel & chromium in cosmetics, drinking water from metal plumbing (copper, lead & cadmium), metal cookware, aluminum foil and cans, aluminum added to deodorant and aluminum silicate in table salt, mercury (contains thallium, which is even more toxic) amalgam fillings, rods and plates implanted during surgery.

Tapeworms and roundworms are also affected by solvents in the same way. Ascaris in the lungs = asthma. Pork tapeworms can enter the brain and cause seizures.

Cancer - Once ingested, the eggs hatch and the larvae burrow into the mucosal lining of the intestinal tract, enter the blood and are invited to use other organs as secondary hosts, it is only a matter of time, but this organ will become cancerous. Your body encases the parasite with a tumor, where your white blood cells begin to attack it. This is very unnatural, because white blood cells are not supposed to attack your own tissue; the tumor. The recipe for cancer: Human intestinal fluke in the liver + solvents = cancer.

Parasites, viruses and bacteria have their own parasites, viruses and bacteria living in them, so when you kill one, you release their pathogens on you. When parasites, viruses and bacteria are killed, their uninvited guests can turn their attention to you. This makes it necessary to repeat the cleansing process two more times, to get them all.

Animals consume filth while eating vegetation, licking the dirt and dust off their fur and swallow eggs. Humans eat filth too, by licking their fingers, picking their teeth or eating with unwashed hands.

Mycotoxins are some of the most toxic substances know to exist. Alfa toxins are the most common mycotoxin. It is produced by molds that grow on a variety of plants. It only takes a minute amount to incapacitate the liver for days. A heavy dose of vitamin C helps the liver recover quickly. It also is useful to decontaminate fruit when soaked in water with vitamin C powder added. Moldy fruit, vegetables, grain products, jar of peanut butter or jelly made with just one piece of moldy food can contaminate an entire batch of orange juice, jelly, etc. I cover this in another blog.

Physical toxins include asbestos and fiberglass. We know how asbestos affects the lungs, but breathing in "broken glass"? Think about it.
Chemical toxins include CFC's or freon used in refrigerant, arsenic used in pesticide, PCB's were banned from use, but are still found in commercial soap and detergents, formaldehyde is used to cure foam; furniture, cups, plates, packing materials, etc.

Identifying who’s who:
In general, Gram + bacteria are called monoderms because they have a single lipid bilayer. They are identified when the thick peptidoglycan layer in their cell wall retains the crystal violet stain used in the test.
Gram + bacteria are more receptive to antibiotics than Gram -, due to the absence of the outer membrane.
Gram + bacteria are capable of causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in people. Six are pathogenic to humans, which include: Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, are cocci (sphere-shaped). Bacilli (rod-shaped) organisms are subdivided based on their ability to form spores. Corynebacterium and Listeria ( a coccobacillus) are non-spore forms. Spore-forming bacteria can be divided based on their respiration. Bacillus (a facultative anaerobe) and Clostridium (an obligate anaerobe) produce spores.

These include:
Actinomyces - filamentous form causing respiratory diseases and cavities.
Bacillus - (rod-shaped) endospore form (facultative anaerobe respiration) causing B. antracis (anthrax) and food poisoning. Pathogenic in humans.
Clostridium - (obligate anaerobe respiration) endospore form causing C. tetani (tetanus), C. perfringens (food poisoning, gas gangrene), C. botulinum (botulism).
Corynebacterium - (rod-shaped non-spore) pleiomorphic form causing C. Diphtheriane. Pathogenic in humans.
Enterococcus causing Vancomycin resistant E_(VRE)
Gardnerella - rod form causing vaginitis.
Lactobacillus - vaginal flora
Listeria - (coccobacillus) rod-shaped non-spore form causing fatal pathogens and newborn meningitis. Pathogenic in humans.
Mycobacterium - acid fast causing M. leprae and M. tuberculosis.
Nocardia - filamentous form causing respiratory diseases.
Propionibacterium - rod form causing acne.
Staphylococcus - cocci (sphere shaped) in clusters form causing S. epidermidis, S. aureus, Methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin resistant Staph aureus (VRSA). Pathogenic in humans.
Streptococcus - cocci (sphere shaped) in chains form causing S. pneumonia (Alpha hemolysis), S. pyogenes (Beta hemolysis) and S. mutans (cavities). Pathogenic in humans.
Streptomyces - filamentous form (antibiotics).

Gram - bacteria are diderms and have two bilayers. They can not retain the violet stain after the decolorization step; alcohol is applied, which degrades the outer membrane of gram - cells making the cell wall more porous and incapable of retaining the crystal violet stain. Their peptidoglycan layer is much thinner and sandwiched between an inner cell membrane and a bacterial outer membrane, causing them to take up the counterstain (safranin or fuchsine) and appear red or pink.

These include:
Acetobacter - Acetic acid from ethanol.
Borrelia - spirochete form causing Lyme disease and Arthropod borne.
Mortadella - rod aerobe form causing B. Pertussis (pertussis).
Burkholderia - rod aerobe form causing B. cepacia (Cystic Fibrosis).
Campylobacter - curved rod form causing GI infections.
Chlamydia - obligate intercellular parasite form causing STD, Trachoma (blindness) and pneumonia.
Enterobacter - rod form causing opportunistic UTI (urinary tract infections).
Escherichia (E. coli) - rod form is a normal GI tract strain.
Fusobacterium - rod anaerobe form causing Gingivitis.
Helicobacter - (H.Pylori) - curved rod form causing peptic ulcer.
Hemophilus - rod form causing H. influenzae (the flu), URI (upper respiratory infections), Epiglottitis, Meningitis and Otitis.
Klebsiella - rod form causing Hemorrhagic pneumoniae.
Legionella - rod aerobes form causing pneumonia.
Liptospiria - spirochete form causing leptospirosis.
Neisseria - aerobe diplococcus form causing N. gonorrheae, N. meningitides.
Nitrobacteria - nitrogen fixed bacteria.
Proteus - rod form causing opportunistid UTI

Gram staining does not work for some bacterial species because these two kinds of bacteria do not form phylogenic coherent groups. However, its basis lies in the marked differences in the ultrastructure and chemical composition of the bacterial cell wall, marked by the absence or presence of an outer lipid membrane.

A number of other bacteria are bounded by a single cell membrane (monoderm), but stain Gram - due to their lack of the peptidoglycan layer. They are unable to retain the Gram stain because of their cell wall composition, showing a close relationship to Gram + bacteria. Mycoplasma have a single membrane, but stain Gram - due to their lack of the peptidoglycan layer, causing walking pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis. Because Mycoplasmas are gram Gram -, like your human cells, they do not respond to antibiotic treatment.

The exceptions are called indeterminate.


Recovery
Knowing that illness and chronic disease is caused by a combination of parasites and pollution makes it easier to do something about it, and reverse the process. Genes don't have as much to do with it as many people think. The body was equipped with an immune system that was designed to attack parasites, viruses and bacteria, yeast and fungus, but it was never designed to tolerate being a toxic waste dump. Pollutants are the problem. Parasites have been around for many thousands of years and our bodies were designed to deal with foreign invaders. The use of chemicals beginning some 70-100 years ago is what has created havoc, by causing natural processes and behaviors to act unnaturally. The proof is evident by the increasing rate of disease and the incidence of chronic disease and cancers occurring at a younger age with each successive generation.

Doctors offered me antiparicitic drugs, but they did not solve the problem once and for all. Successful treatment depended upon my active participation and there was no simple, quick fix. Successive courses of powerful parasite killing herbs, changing habits, better sanitation, and diligently following a protocol, in addition to making a long term commitment to avoid parasite reinfection by improving lifestyle and dietary habits was necessary to prevent relapse. This is a detoxification process, which will most likely be accompanied by unpleasant symptoms from die-off. These may include nausea, fever, chills, GI disturbances, headache, depression, irritability, frequent bowel movements. This process should be undertaken with the guidance of an experienced health-care practitioner.

NOTE: There are some outdated antiparisitic drugs, which were believed to be highly effective and non-toxic when they were offered to me years ago, but many of them were later found to cause heart damage. There are no approved alternative drugs to replace them, so they are still being prescribed. Metronidazote (Flagyl) is the most commonly prescribed to treat many parasitic infections with many of the side-effects you would expect from any drug, but it can also cause severe depression, major bone marrow problems and seizures. Quinacrine HCI (Atabrine) can cause blurred vision, psychosis, convulsions and flashbacks when prescribed to people who once abused recreational drugs.

The remedy I found is to clean up my environment and my body, and to keep it that way. I removed toxic molds, metals and chemicals by changing health and hygiene products, and having my mercury fillings replaced. I also removed processed foods and beverages form my diet, which focuses on whole, organic foods and simple preparation methods. I reduce exposure to environmental chemical pollutants as much as possible. Adopting healthy habits and teaching them to your children is vital. Don't eat with your hands or anything off the floor or countertop. Always wash your hands after petting an animal, cough, sneeze, blow your nose, use the bathroom, floss your teeth, or handle dirty laundry. Keep your fingers out of your mouth. Never touch the bottom of your shoes and keep them off the furniture. Take care not to share! That means don't reuse or share hand towels in the bathroom, drinking glasses and flatware, etc. Don't allow pets to sleep in bed with humans or use the same dishes. Always wash pets things after and separate from people things; laundry and bedding, dishes, etc. Remove the vacuum bag after use and put it outside, so the wee beasts can depart, instead of reinfecting your home. We have slip-on shoes that are only to be worn in the house, and shoes for going out.

It was literally, "do or die" for me, and the many people I talk to who are just as sick as I used to be. Making these changes was by far the most loving and caring thing I could ever do for myself and my family, honestly. Is this change like culture shock? Yea, you bet! But the results are more than worth it! I will never go back to the way things were or have to worry about test results, cancer, chronic illness or premature death due to "unnatural" causes in myself or my children again.

To achieve and maintain optimal health, I do a parasite cleanse twice a year. I kill parasites with their various life stages, as well as bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungi using Black walnut hull, Clove and Wormwood tincture. Then I do a kidney cleanse, and follow that up with a liver cleanse after the parasites are gone. I use whole food vitamins, supplements, herbs and homeopathy as needed. I make optimum nutrition and proper sleep a priority to help my body heal. When my body had what it needed to heal and function properly, it repaired itself surprisingly fast. Once I achieve optimum (not just adequate) health, I am vigilant to maintain it, because I never want to be sick again. For repairs that are beyond my ability, I seek help from a naturopathic or alternative physician, but that truly has not been necessary.

What does "healthy" feel like? Effortless self motivation, ample energy for the tasks of the day, joy with a smile - just because, no pain - anywhere, sleeping like a baby, others focused, hugs and kisses, problem solving with creativity, living in the moment, time to play, staying on task, organized and prioritized, no fear, optimistically looking for opportunities, love learning, listening, self confident, giving gifts graciously, living in the power of who I am, presence not perfection, keeping life simple, creating spaciousness around time, not stressing about anything, counting blessings, gratitude, service, loving the Lord. These are all things that make my life beautiful, now. Many of these things alluded me during 30 years of multiple chronic, debilitating illnesses. I wasn't sure I'd ever know a life like this. Now that I am living this, it's the most important thing to keep and I never want to lose it again. I wish optimal health for you too.

If you have questions, email johnna@wholefamilyhealthandnutrition.com to schedule your free introductory consultation. I look forward to serving you. JVW