Do you feel bloated after eating? Do you suddenly suffer from constipation and crave sugar? Do you have strong body odor and suffer from skin problems? You may be infected with intestinal parasites or worms.
A parasite is an organism that lives inside an animal and feeds off of him. Humans are not immune to these parasitic infections. They are most commonly transmitted through contaminated feces, water and food, poor hygiene and the contact with our pet. Intestinal parasites can be divided into 2 groups: Protozoa and Helminths. Protozoan infections are usually the ones causing “traveler’s diarrhea”, like giardia lamblia or E.Coli.
Protozoa are one-cell organisms that can proliferate in the human body and cause serious health problems. They are only visible through a microscope. They can migrate from your lungs to your intestines, and then to different organs and joints, causing infections and inflammation.
Helminths are worms of all shapes and sizes that lay eggs and multiply in your guts. Their eggs are microscopic but the adults can be seen easily. Worms survive by eating all your nutrients or sucking your blood, creating deficiencies and lowering your immune system. Common infections in humans are caused by Round worms, Pin worms, Tape worms, Whip worms and Hook worms. Eliminating them is primordial if you wish to regain control of your body.
Recommended Parasite Treatments
(Some people have parasites for years without having any symptoms.)
- Abdominal pain
- Itchy anus
- Hair Loss
- Weight gain
- Constant hunger
- Sugar cravings
- Iron-deficiency anemia
- Worms in the stool
- Skin rashes
- Inability to gain weight
Those Round worms were expelled on the 5th day of our Detox program, during a morning enema. Dozens of worms of all sizes came out during the following enemas. Round worms are usually long and thin, and can measure up to 35 cm! They live in the small intestine and feed off the host’s nutrients. The person who passed those parasites was complaining of being constipated, bloated and always tired from not getting enough sleep at night. She had gained a lot of weight in the last year and was not able to lose it.
During the fast, worms do not get any nutrients so they make their way out of the intestines. Worms usually feed off sugar and other good nutrients from our diet, leaving us with all the garbage, explaining the weight gain. Depriving them of the food they eat is the best way to eliminate them safely and naturally.
Look at these parasites pictures that were taken by OMDetox clients. (Warning: graphic images, sometimes containing feces)
Common Types of Worms
Pinworms (enterobiasis or oxyuriasis) are often spread by children at daycare centers and schools and are highly contagious. 1/3 of all American children will get a pinworm infection in their lives, which happens when someone ingests food or liquid that is contaminated with feces. It can be as simple as someone touching an object that was touched by an infected person. The eggs hatch in the small intestine, while adult worms live in the colon. Pinworm symptoms cause itchy anus. This is caused by the female moving to the anus to deposit her eggs around that area, usually at night time. With poor hygiene, a person scratches and transfer the eggs to the fingers. Pinworm eggs can survive hours on the hands and be passed around through bedding, clothes, a toilet seat, toys, etc. Pinworm eggs may live on these contaminated objects for up to three weeks. Kids can be infected easily because they often put objects in their mouths. Note that the eggs can also be transferred from fingers to food or liquids. Since the worms are rarely seen, and that the eggs are not passed in the stool, detecting a pinworm infection usually requires a Scotch tape test. A clear tape is applied in the morning on the host’s anus, to collect eggs that can be identified under a microscope.
Large Roundworms (Ascaris)
Roundworms (nematodes), infect humans through contaminated water and soil, and can measure from 1 millimeter to 1 meter. An ascaris infection (ascariasis) is the most common infection, and it usually happens when someone eats food grown in soil that has been mixed with human waste, or from eating raw food that was cleaned with contaminated water, or simply by drinking water that contains roundworm eggs. Ascariasis is the most common infection in the world. It is usually seen in tropical climates. First, the eggs are ingested and mature into larva in the small intestine. They penetrate the intestinal mucosa and enter the bloodstream, traveling through the right heart to the lungs. They are then coughed up and swallowed. This process may take 10-14 days and cause flu-like symptoms. The adult worms live in the small intestine, where they feed and produce eggs. They can live for a year or more, and can measure up to 35 cm. The principal signs and symptoms of a roundworm infection are coughing, shortness of breath, abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, blood in stool and the presence of worms in the stool or vomit. Ascariasis can be diagnosed by identification of eggs in the stool, which may occur only 60-70 days after infection.
Learn more about Ascaris, the largest roundworm.
A Whipworms infection, also called trichuriasis, is caused by a parasite called Trichuris trichiura, or whipworm. They enter the human body through contaminated food and water. When the eggs are eaten, the larvae incubate in the small intestine and then attach themselves to the colon, the appendix and the anus. Adults measure from 30 to 50 mm and start producing eggs after 3 months in the host. They are thin with a curled end like a whip. They are mostly seen in children and in warmer climates or areas with poor hygiene. It is estimated that about 800 million people are infected worldwide. Common symptoms include bloody diarrhea, fecal incontinence, painful defecation, abdominal pain, headaches, weight loss, fatigue, anemia, nausea and vomiting.
Hookworms infect 25% of the world’s population. There are two types of Hookworms (nematodes); Ancyclostoma duodenale and Necatur americanus. Ancyclostoma can infect humans when larvae go through the skin (soles or palms) or by ingestion. Necatur can only infect through the skin. This usually happens when someone walks barefoot on contaminated soil or feces. An eruption may occur at the entry site. The larvae migrate to the lungs via the bloodstream, where they mature and then travel to the small intestine, where they lay their eggs. Hookworms measure 5-13 mm long. They have sharp teeth that they hook in the mucus membrane of the small intestine. Hookworms produce suction impulses 120-200 times per minute, removing serum and blood from the host, often causing anemia. They can consume 0.2 ml of blood per day. They even produce anticoagulant to ensure serum and blood availability. Hookworms can survive several years in a host. Often, people infected report no symptoms. Common signs may include coughing, wheezing, an itchy rash, trouble breathing, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue and diarrhea.
Tapeworm infections (Taeniasis) are often found in people that eat raw or undercooked meat. Worldwide, more than 60 million people are infected with beef tape worms (Taenia saginatum), which can measure 2 to 10 meters. The worm is sometimes so long that it protrudes from the anus and cause perianal symptoms. These worms can live for 25 years in the host. Usually, only one worm is found. About 4 million people are infected with pork tapeworms (Taenia solium) around the world. These worms are usually 2 to 8 meters long. Their eggs migrate to different parts of the body, including the brain, causing epilepsy, headaches and hydrocephalus and eosinophilic meningitis. The largest tapeworms found in men are called “Broad” tapeworms. The eggs are usually passed when eating sushi or raw fish from fresh water or farms. The larvae will grow in the intestines and will take three to six weeks to be fully grown. Fish tapeworm infections come from the parasite
How do I Catch Parasites?
–Eating under cooked meat or fish
Meat and fish are dead organisms. It is normal that bacteria and parasites find a home in those products. Sushi and tar-tar are very popular now, not surprisingly making parasitic infections quite common. Cooking meat and fish products will kill these organisms. However, the infected eggs are in contact with your knives, cutting board and hands, and be ingested if not washed sufficiently.
Visiting third world countries where the water might be contaminated is a risk of getting infected with a parasite. In developed countries, we treat the water with chlorine in order to kill all bacteria. When traveling, make sure to brush your teeth with bottled water, and avoid raw food if you think that they are using tap water to wash it. You can ingest infected eggs just by swallowing water in the shower so be careful.
Parasites can be passed around with a hand shake, on door handles, dishes and clothes. Washing your hands after visiting the bathroom can help prevent infections. Pin worms are commonly transmitted in children, at school and at daycare. They scratch their anus and do not wash their hands after. If your child complains of having an itchy anus, you should treat the whole family for pinworms and wash carefully all towels and beddings.
–Owning a Pet
Pet animals like dogs and cats carry many bugs that can be transmitted with cuddles and kisses. They walk around, sniffing each others behind, bringing all sorts of parasites into the house. Different types of worms can affect dogs and cats: heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms. Clean your pets often and avoid contact with your mouth. Deworm them every six months to make sure they do not infect your family. This will save you a lot of trouble.
If you walk on contaminated soil with infected feces, parasites like Hook worms can get through your skin from the bottom of your feet. They end hooking their sharp teeth into your intestines, feeding off your blood and leaving you with anemia. Wear shoes outside and slippers at home if you have animals! Wash your hands after touching your feet.
Recommended Parasite Treatments
How to Eliminate Worms?
There are different types of treatments for parasites and worms. Drug therapies are effective but highly toxic. The medication will kill adult worms but not always the eggs, so the treatment might have to be repeated. Conventional treatments include Mebendazole, Ivermectin and Albdendazole. Your doctor will decide which one is best for the infection you have. You may take a single dose and repeat it two weeks later, or your doctor may prescribe a 5 to 14 day treatment. You should get a new stool sample during the following month. Treatments are often prescribed in two cycles, separated with a week off, to avoid liver diseases and toxicity.
If you prefer a natural approach, we recommend a natural parasite treatment that contains all the herbs that can safely kill and remove them from your digestive system. They include wormwood, black walnut and clove. Oregano oil and grapeseed extract can also be added to your cleanse. Be aware that an effective treatment can take up to 3 months. Performing enemas during the cleanse will help eliminate the dead worms in your bowels. Avoiding sugars and processed foods is also beneficial. Consuming anti-fungal foods like turmeric, garlic, clove, onion, hot peppers, oregano oil and grapeseed extract has also been shown to be effective. If you are up for it, try our complete body cleansing program while you are doing your parasite treatment, to get maximum results.
The Best Natural Parasite Treatment
The best natural and gentle way to eliminate parasites is to go through a complete detox program that involves fasting and colon cleansing. Eliminating food during the cleanse starves the adult parasites which are then flushed by enemas. OmDetox has selected natural ingredients to eliminate parasites and their toxic waste, allowing you to regain your health and normal balance. Turmeric, garlic, ginger and clove have been shown to be effective at removing parasites from the digestive tract while the psyllium fiber is able to gently detach the dead worms and eggs from the intestinal walls. Bentonite clay powder has the ability to absorb the toxins left behind, leaving your bowels free of all those harmful substances.
When detoxing, most people that have parasites will expel them during their enema. This usually happens around day 4 or 5 of the 7 Day Detox program, and will continue throughout the rest of the program. Worms will be passed in most bowel movements, until they are gone or when the food is reintroduced. A natural parasite treatment can be followed at the same time as you do a detox. Fasting will only increase the benefits to your herbal treatment. Depriving the worms of their food, while nourishing them with what kills them, like black walnut, wormwood and clove, will give them no choice but to abandon the ship. If you were unaware that you were infected with parasites before starting your cleanse, and that you start flushing worms during the program, we encourage you to get a stool sample two weeks after your detox, to make sure they are gone. If there are more, you should get a parasite treatment of your choice and get tested again, two weeks later. *