Two weeks ago I received my comprehensive stool analysis test results and it was finally confirmed that I have a parasite. This was the answer I have been waiting on for months now and when I finally got the news, I could’t help but cry. Happy tears of course, but nonetheless, there were definitely lots of tears. I finally had the answer I had been waiting for and was able to start a protocol to eradicate this parasite right then and there. For more information about what my life has been like living with this parasite, read this post and this post to learn why functional diagnostic testing is so important.
Today I want to go over how I’ve been supporting my body for the past 2 weeks to eradicate this parasite and the protocol I am currently on and will stick to for the next few months.
The day I found out I had a parasite, I was confronted with the decision on how to begin the eradication protocol. After over 5 years of studying nutrition and after recently completing the level one course of Restorative Wellness Solutions, I am very well versed on natural remedies for parasite eradication. However, in the process of trying to get rid of this parasite, I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned, so I decided to go with both routes, the natural/holistic route and the western/conventional medicine route.
If you’re like me and live, breathe, and eat as naturally as possible, antibiotic use isn’t something we rely on. And to be completely honest, in some health circles, the use of antibiotics is frowned upon or even out of the question.
Personally, I do not rely on antibiotics. I can’t even remember the last time I was on antibiotics to tell you the truth. I opt for natural remedies whenever possible and rarely get sick since I support my body with natural and holistic remedies in the first place. However, this particular situation is a lot different:
Parasites are incredibly difficult to eradicate and the particular parasite that I have, Blastocystis Hominis, is known for difficult eradication for a couple of reasons: first, blastocystis hominis has been found to quickly build up resistance to both forms of treatment (conventional and natural), second, it has a complex life cycle consisting of four different stages, which do not all respond to the same form of treatment, and third, blastocystis hominis can inhabit multiple segments of the GI tract, hide in intestinal mucous, and reside in areas such as the large intestine and colon.
Knowing what I do about the difficult eradication process for this particular parasite, I chose to use antibiotics as well as natural remedies. As I said in episode 72 of my podcast, “you’re not a hero if you don’t take antibiotics.” I truly believe there is a time and place for western medicine. As a holistic nutritionist, I will always opt for the natural route first, but I am incredibly grateful for conventional medicine and believe that we all will be at certain times in our life.
My Blastocystis Hominis Eradication Protocol:
For the first 7 days I took the antibiotic Metronidazole. This is the drug of choice for this particular parasite and was the antibiotic that my doctor prescribed to me. To be honest, I had my doubts as the success of eradicating this parasite with this drug ranges from 0% – 100% (1).
Fortunately, during the 7 day course of the antibiotics, I started to feel better and I even passed a worm in my stool! So, it was clear that this antibiotic was doing its job!
After the 7 days of antibiotics, I began my natural protocol, which includes a blend of holistic remedies with focus on an essential oil based product called GX Assist. GX Assist is a cleansing formula that consists of a blend of certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils (oregano, thyme, lemongrass, peppermint, lemon, and melaleuca) as well as caprylic acid, which is a very effective antifungal and antimicrobial agent.
I began with 1 capsule and worked my way up to 3 capsules for 5 days total, took 2 days off, and then resumed the protocol with 3 capsules for another 5 days. I am currently in the midst of this protocol using GX Assist, the week leading up to the full moon, and will repeat in a month for 3 – 4 months total. It is recommended to begin parasite formulas leading up to the full moon as this is when most eggs will hatch and, according to my symptoms over the past 10 months, I always have increased symptoms leading up to or during the full moon.
In addition to the two main products I’ve used, the antibiotic and GX Assist, I am also using diatomaceous earth every morning on an empty stomach. Diatomaceous earth is a naturally formed sedimentary mineral rock. It is derived from the remains of diatoms or oceanic unicellular algae (2). It is known for its high silica content, but is also extremely powerful when it comes to parasite cleansing. It is important to note here that your diatomaceous earth must be “food grade” in order for it to be safe for you to consume.
During this time, I have also relied heavily on my essential oils. Clove and oregano essential oils are known for their anti-parasitic benefits, so I have been incorporating these into my routine, as well. I use certified pure therapeutic grade oils whenever using essential oils so I can confidently use them topically without irritation and take them internally, too (something you are unable to do with most brands).
Clove oil has also been an important part of my routine due to it’s ability to break up biofilm. Biofilm is a sticky film that parasites create to protect themselves from being killed off – think of it as being a “shelter” for the parasite. One of the reasons parasite eradication is so difficult is because of this biofilm, which is why biofilm should be addressed in all parasite treatments. For this, I am using clove oil, proteolytic enzymes (away from food), and apple cider vinegar.
Lastly, it’s incredibly important to support my digestive function and liver during this time. Having appropriate stomach acid levels is important for digesting or weakening new eggs, depending on their location. In addition to laying thousands of eggs per day, parasites also release toxins throughout the body, which is why also supporting your liver at this time is so crucial. My go to liver support has been the essential oil, Zendocrine.
Of course, diet also plays a huge role when supporting my body through this time. Certain foods are anti-parasitic and have been proven to be extremely effective for parasite eradication. Additionally, you cannot support your liver with a bad diet. However, I will save the anti-parasitic and liver loving diet tips for another post.
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