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Personal Health Update

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Disclaimer: If you are hungry eat before you read this.  I haven’t proof-read this post either it’s 3:30 now and I’m just now going to make lunch.

After getting my lab results, I wasn’t sure if I was going to share with my readers what’s going on with me, but I thought maybe it will help someone. Last night I couldn’t sleep I knew I was getting my test results today and kept thinking what if it’s a parasite. I hope I have anything except a parasite. What if I have a parasite and a bacterial/ and or yeast infection? How do they treat that? Sure enough, I have a parasite and a yeast infection. I have hookworm, and I tested positive for another type of parasite, but it doesn’t state what type of parasite. It says that I have a non-human parasite. Which means I either have a non-human parasite or I had a parasite and it’s no longer there but still showing up on the results.

So let’s talk about parasite shall we? How did I get it? I have dogs, so I could have gotten it from them. I actually just took one of the dog’s stool samples to the vet and will get the results today. Now even if it does come up negative, I’m still treating all of the dogs and the cat. I use food grade diatomaceous earth. You have to use it for 90 days consecutively. If you want more information click here. Another way I could have picked it up is at the beach. I usually take my dogs to the dog beach and if you step in a area where there was once fecal matter you can pick it up. From now on I will always wear shoes when I take my dogs to the dog beach. Which is a bummer because I love walking barefoot. I’m not sure if I’m ever going to take my dogs to the beach again. I just read that the dogs can also pick up hookworm just by running around on a dog beach. Or I just need to regularly de-worm them. Update: I just heard back from the vet and the dog I tested for parasites came back negative. Which makes me think I picked this up from the beach.

One of the reasons I decided to share this information is that a lot of people have parasites, and don’t know it. I read one report that 70% of people have parasites, I read another that 85-95% of people may be infected.

Here’s a couple good quotes: “I strongly believe that every patient with disorders of immune function, including multiple allergies (especially food allergy), and patients with unexplained fatigue or with chronic bowel symptoms should be evaluated for the presence of intestinal parasites.” – Leo Galland, M.D. Townsend Letter for Doctors, 1988.

“Make no mistake about it, worms are the most toxic agents in the human body. They are one of the primary underlying causes of disease and are the most basic cause of a compromised immune system.” – Hazel Parcells, D.C., N.D., Ph.D., 1974.

Just read this and tell me how many people do you know that experience these following symptoms:

What Are Some of The Symptoms of Parasite Infestation?

  • Feel tired most of the time (Chronic Fatigue)?
  • Have digestive problems? (gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea which come and go but never really clear up)
  • Have gastrointestinal symptoms and bulky stools with excess fat in feces?
  • Suffer with food sensitivities and environmental intolerance?
  • 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, cutaneous ulcers, swelling, sores, papular lesions, itchy dermatitis?
  • Suffer with restlessness and anxiety?
  • Experience multiple awakenings during the night?
  • Grind your 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?

I found that on the healing daily website which can be found here.

My health practitioner told me to not google hookworms, which I told her I wasn’t because I didn’t want to be grossed out. I did do a little research though, but maybe once I finish my treatment and know it’s gone, I will do more research. So how do you treat it? She’s having me go to my doctor and take an anti-biotic. It is what it is. I had a prescription for antibiotic last December for an ear infection, and I waited a day to see if it would improve, it did and thankfully I did not take the antibiotic. So it’s been 7 years since I have taken anti-biotics. This also means that I’m going to have to work on repairing the good bacteria.

I also have a yeast or fungi infection. It doesn’t say what type, but is it any surprise that I have this infection? No. I grew up eating a standard american diet(SAD) which consisted of lucky charms, with low-fat milk, or pop-tarts for breakfast. Lunch was PB and Jelly on white bread with a fruit-roll up or gushers. Snacks would be goldfish, ho-ho’s or those Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. When we ate fruit my mother would put SUGAR on it! She would put powdered sugar on our strawberries, or we would put brown sugar on our peaches. Is it any wonder that americans are so sick?

The text also checks a couple different bacteria levels, two of the good bacteria’s are low.

That’s my response to gluten. Almost off the chart! I was tested for celiac disease and tested negative, which means two things. Just because you don’t have celiac disease doesn’t mean your not allergic to gluten. The other thing is, I may not always react to gluten. Once my gut is healed I may be able to tolerate it or I may never be able to tolerate it. The one good thing my practitioner said is that I have been doing a good job of feeding myself, that had I still been eating a SAD diet things would have been even worse.

Another thing they tested was Absorption, and my body is not doing so well when it comes to that. I came up very high on Total Fat and LCFA(Long Chain Fatty Acids) which means my body is not absorbing fats! When I got my vitamin d levels back and they were lower then before it’s because I’m not absorbing the vit. d that I consume in Cod Liver Oil. So I’m going to go off the Cod Liver Oil until my body is better able to absorb it.  I’m a big fan of Josh Rubin’s youtube videos. He posted a great one about vitamin D which can be seen here.

One of the biggest reasons I wrote this post has to do with labs. I was under homeopathic care in the past and I didn’t see much improvement. I still believe in homeopathy(one of my dogs is under homeopathic care) but no matter how much money I spent on homeopathic care, I never would have gotten better, because of the parasite infection. One of my favorite things about Josh is that he wants to know why people are low in vitamin D or B-12, etc. My doctor told me to take vitamin D on top of the CLO. Which would have done nothing for me. People to need to find out why they are deficient in certain vitamins, etc. I will probably post more on my lab results and what else I will be doing to repair by body later this week.

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