Considering its literal description – ‘Tissue Pain’, it’s beyond me just how the medical profession is still getting away with it, but Fibromyalgia (FM) is the general label that is being given to so many people, predominantly women, who have a set of symptoms that their GP can’t or won’t investigate Continue reading
A recent client of mine came to me, understandably frustrated, due to the symptoms she has been suffering for a long time caused by Hypothyroidism, or were they?
I have been undergoing surgeries for Basal Cell Carcinoma on my face recently, which has been quite distressing. What I have found frustrating is the blanket assumption family and medical professionals make, that it has been caused by the sun, that the cancer is a consequence of my spending too much time outdoors.
It was a revelation to discover exactly why good fats are crucial to our health, and why bad fats are so damaging. Continue reading
Ask not ‘what does the Gallbladder do for us?’ but ‘what can we do for it?’…..
So where exactly is the Gallbladder, and what does it do?
‘The gallbladder is a small pouch that sits just under the liver. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. In response to signals, the gallbladder squeezes stored bile into the small intestine through a series of tubes called ducts. Bile helps digest fats, but the gallbladder itself is not essential.’
But, if the gallbladder is not essential, then why is it there?
It has fascinated me ever since I got a very painful infection in my Gallbladder years ago, this was the final catalyst of change for me regarding my journey on the path back to health.
I wanted to understand what had caused this infection, and as a precautionary measure the NHS gave me an ultrasound scan to try and detect any gallstones, nothing could be seen. Naturally I wanted to know why then? The infection caused a delirious fever, and I had to take a course of anti-biotics.
Further down the line, when I learned about parasites, it seemed to be common for parasites to be found in the Gallbladder and bilary ducts;
‘The presence of flukes in the bile ducts causes dilatation of the bile ducts, varying degrees of chronic inflammation followed by adenomatous hyperplasia, and bile duct wall thickening. Imaging findings of clonorchiasis and opisthorchiasis include visualization of adult flukes in the bile ducts and gallbladder, diffuse dilatation of the peripheral small intrahepatic bile ducts with no or minimal dilatation of the large bile ducts, and thickening of the bile duct wall. In biliary fascioliasis and ascariasis, adult worms are visualized in the dilated bile ducts and gallbladder’
Was it the PH of the Gallbladder that attracted these parasites? I wondered, and left the GB conundrum on the back burner.
Dr. Stephen Gangemi, DC, DIBAK, DCBCN appears to know a lot about the Gallbladder and talks about why it is so important to us;
“When fats from food enter the digestive tract they stimulate the secretion of a type of hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK) in the upper part of the small intestine – the duodenum. This, along with the stomach’s secretion of hydrochloric acid, signals the gallbladder to release some of its approximately 50mL of bile into the gut to help aid in digestion of those fats. Since by most, it’s viewed as a “storage tank” and nothing more, it’s often seen as only a nuisance when it comes to digestive problems and pain – expendable at the first sight of problems and removable with surgical ease. But there’s so much more to it than just storage”
Dr. Gangemi goes on to talk about the role of bile, which is of course stored in the Gallbladder;
“Bile is a lovely dark green/yellow-brown fluid and contains about 10% bile salts. The bile acids (salts) have a strong relationship to hormonal regulation as they share many of the same synthesis pathways as hormones. This is why people with hormonal problems, especially women with estrogen dominance, are more susceptible to gallbladder problems. The more hormonal stress on the body the lower the bile acids which in turn disrupts normal hormonal metabolism. It’s not a coincidence that many women have their gallbladder removed at the same time they have a hysterectomy…..
the gallbladder also plays a role in insulin regulation and that β-like cells that produce insulin in the pancreas also occur in the gallbladder. Insulin is also metabolized by the liver and can therefore have an effect on the bile salts – so diets high in refined carbohydrates and those with insulin resistance will also be more likely to have troubles with their gallbladder.”
Wikipedia makes a very good point about in this article;
‘Since bile increases the absorption of fats, it is an important part of the absorption of the fat-soluble substances, such as the vitamins <strong>A, D, E, and K.’
Besides its digestive function, bile serves also as the route of excretion for bilirubin, a byproduct of red blood cells recycled by the liver. Bilirubin derives from hemoglobin by glucuronidation.’
The role of the Gallbladder was beginning to look more and more important in the grand scheme of things, and it came as no surprise to find that during my year of working with bioresonance testing in America, the Gallbladder always came up as being the most chronic and advanced pathological issue in my body. It consistently showed me that I was suffering from what I later realised to be a common condition known as Cholelithiasis, or Gallstones. Aside from these Gallstones, I could see very clearly that I had a very big problem with Liver Flukes.
Not only that, I had tested very low in all my fat soluble, A, D and K vitamins during my days spent in clinics in Mexico, and had been desperate to understand why this was. Dr. Gangemi knows his stuff and starts to get into the thick of it when he talks about bile being like ‘dirty oil’ that needs changing;
“These bile acids are recycled from the intestines and back to the liver and gallbladder. However if there are problems with digestion, such as an all-too-common poor diet, then the salts can become “dirty” – the bile becomes thick like a vehicle’s oil that is way past the oil change date. Eventually this thick, dirty bile can accumulate and form a gallstone, also known as a cholelithiasis. Usually these stones contain some or a significant amount of cholesterol, so it’s often cholesterol that gets blamed for causing the stones when really it’s an issue with oxidative stress, inflammation, and digestive problems caused by other factors, (discussed in a bit). Gallstones in the gallbladder can lead to cholecystitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the gallbladder. The stones leaving the gallbladder can also obstruct the bile ducts which can be life threatening, especially if a stone blocks the pancreatic duct leading to pancreatitis. Also, low levels of bile salts can be a reason for gallstones; this problem would ultimately fall on a production problem with the liver.”
So why didn’t Gallstones show up in my ultrasound? Well it turns out ultrasound is not such a reliable diagnostic tool as we are lead to believe. Gallstones it seems, are likely to be undetected unless they are very large, and probably by then will have caused some rather problematic health problems.
There was another option for cleaning out the Gallstones, if that was what the issue was, the liver or gallbladder flush. Dr Hulda Clark was an early proponent of the flush.
I had been advised early on that I should do liver flushes, but for some reason it scared me, what if a stone got blocked? quite honestly I think I was just scared of drinking vile things like Epsom salts and olive oil. But gradually the relevance of the Gallbladder problems were starting to sink in, and I embarked upon my first flush in 2015; nothing passed!
Of course I wanted to tell myself then that I did not have any stones, all was well! But alas the bioresonance I had learned in my studies, did not lie. Contrary to some opinions you may read on the internet, my experiences with bioresonance were that it was incredibly reliable, and I will write an in-depth post on this in the near future.
The flush was not pleasant, but like most things in life, it wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated, and so I plucked up the courage to do it again. Making sure I actually finished all the Epsom salts this time. How rewarding it is to see those stones in the toilet and OUT of my body. This gave me the drive to try it again, and to date I have done three successful flushes, although the last one was not as forthcoming as I tried magnesium oxide instead of the very bitter tasting magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts). It didn’t work so well. If you are not of optimum health, and chances are you are not if your considering you may need to flush your Gallbladder, then a flush can sure take it out of you. It is not to be taken lightly, the salts dehydrate the body and proper re-hydration should be considered with the use of electrolytes. A consultation with a practitioner is wise before embarking upon a flush.
I have heard of people doing many many flushes, and passing hundreds and hundreds of stones, so I decided that there was no time like the present, and I will continue flushing for a while though I do leave a few weeks between each flush, and only do the flush if I feel strong enough. I wont do a flush if I am doing other protocols such as the Cutler protocol I am following right now for Heavy Metals, this I will post about also in the near future.
Clearly though, flushing the Gallstones is only part of the solution, it still is not addressing the of this issue, is it parasites? Dr Clark among others, seemed to believe that the stones are formed initially from dead parasites, which become crystallized with fat deposits and/or calcium deposits;
“Gallstones, being sticky, can pick up all the bacteria, viruses and parasite eggs that are passing through the liver. In this way “nests” of infection are formed, forever supplying the body with fresh parasite eggs and bacteria. No stomach infection such as ulcers or intestinal bloating can be cured permanently without removing these gallstones from the liver.”
And she even goes as far as to say that a blocked Gallbladder can slow the flow of lymphatic fluid.
Another well known practitioner in the realms of Biotoxin illness, Dr Richie Shoemaker, understands the implications of a toxic Gallbladder when it comes to treating his patients. He prescribes a ‘bile sequestrant’ known as Cholestyremine (CSM) to bring down toxicity in his patients. I was prescribed CSM and soon began to understand the logic behind this canny tool for detoxing; toxins are re-cycled around the body through our bile, and so by using CSM to bind to this bile, we begin to bring down the toxic burden on our bodies.
More on Biotoxin Illness coming soon….
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has an interesting take on the Gallbladder, typically coming from a more holistic point of view. In TCM the Gallbadder is a ‘Yang’ organ, and is very much related to the courage and bravery;
“The Gall Bladder engenders the capacity for courage and bravery. In the West, we speak of having gall to express this quality. Weakness in Gall Bladder function may manifest with a tendency towards fear and timidity. While the Liver is responsible for planning and organizing, the Gall Bladder is responsible for decisiveness and execution. Inability to act may be tied to a Gall Bladder imbalance.”
Says Robert Kellerka, a classically trained TCM specialist. He goes on to make a very interesting point regarding the Gallbladder and its relationship with the heart:
“The law of midday-midnight asserts that Gall Bladder deficiencies will manifest during the opposite hour, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, which is the time of its lowest energy. This is also Heart time. The midday-midnight theory illustrates the relationship between the Gall Bladder and the Heart. The right / left tropism described above also reflects this relationship. In addition, the Gall Bladder acts as a protector of the Heart. The Heart is protected by the Gall Bladder, and the Gall Bladder is protected by the appendix. They are affected by excess Heat and Dampness in ascending order of biological importance, with the Heart obviously appearing at the end as it is considered to be the ruler of the body. It is very common clinically to see people who have their appendix out as a teenager, their Gall Bladder out as an adult, and then to suffer from Heart disease and an eventual Heart attack later in life. This illustrates the concept in Chinese medicine that illness occurs as a gradual progression over the course of one’s life. When the symptomatic expression of one illness is removed without properly treating its root, then symptoms will simply manifest elsewhere at a later date. Without a model which connects these events, they are seen as different illnesses. <strong>Symptom chasing occurs, possibly over the course of years, without ever addressing the underlying cause”.
Andreas Moritz really blows the lid off the Gallbladder mystery in his book ‘The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush’, here he pretty much describes the Gallbladder as being the premier organ, with regards to blood flow, stating that,
‘Gallstones in the liver may lead to poor circulation, enlargement of the heart and spleen, varicose veins, congested lymph vessels, and hormone imbalances.’
and explains how this can happen,
“Almost all types of heart disease have one thing in common: blood flow is being obstructed. But blood circulation does not become disrupted easily. It must be preceded by a major congestion of the bile ducts in the liver. Gallstones obstructing the bile ducts dramatically reduce or cut off the blood supply to the liver cells. Reduced blood flow through the liver affects the blood flow in the entire body, which, in turn, has a detrimental effect on the lymphatic system”
He makes some groundbreaking connections but one which I found most intriguing was how he associates swollen abdomens in later life with lymph-edema of the ‘cysterna chyli’
“These toxins, along with fats and proteins, enter the body’s largest lymph vessel, the thoracic duct,at the cysterna chyli. The cysterna chyli are dilated lymph vessels in the shape of sacks, situated in front of the first two lumbar vertebrae at the level of the belly button.When the cysterna chyli(lymph sacks) are overtaxed and congested, the lymphatic system is no longer able to sufficiently remove even the body’s own degenerate proteins (from worn-out cells). This results in lymph edema. While lying on the back, existing lymph edema can be felt as hard knots, sometimes as large as a fist, in the area of the belly button. These ‘rocks’ are a major cause of middle and low back pain and abdominal swelling, and, in fact, of most symptoms of ill health. Many people who have grown a ‘tummy’ consider this abdominal extension to be just a harmless nuisance or a natural part of aging. They don’t realize that they are breeding a living ‘time bomb’ that may go off some day and injure vital parts of the body. Anyone with a bloated abdomen suffers from major lymph congestion.”
I have been dismayed by a fairly recent manifestation of a protruding abdomen and somewhat puzzled by what has been causing it, I had always prided myself on a lovely flat stomach, and began almost obsessively observing how most peoples abdomens seemed to be swollen after a certain age, despite how slim their body type appeared to be. I wonder about the connection with lymph-edema, it would appear to make sense.
Of course the most obvious answer would be diet. Too much fats and the Gallbladder is said to be overworked, too little and it’s under-worked. The website Gallbladder Attack stipulates the importance of balancing fats in the diet,
‘Do not avoid all fats unless you are in attack or close to attack mode. Even then, a small amount of the flax oil in the beet recipe can be helpful. Fat-free and low-fat diets can be a cause for gallbladder problems as well as too much of the wrong fats. The body needs fats. Use omega 3 oils like flax or fish oil. Cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil is also recommended. Use with vinegar or fresh lemon juice.’
Which has inspired another blog post on the good, the bad and the ugly fats, (coming soon).
The bile, the blood and the plot thickens, and I am certainly going to pluck up the courage to do another flush, are you?
The ‘Big C’.
Its been the word that most of us seemed to avoid on the health forums that I partake in. Until recently that is. Seems that Cancer, Lyme Disease sufferers and people with many other diseases, are joining force, and that has got to be a good thing.
One of the issues that appeared to unite us is the use of GcMAF, the protein that people are using around the globe, predominantly to fight cancer, but turns out that it is having very impressive outcomes for most everyone with health problems. This is because of it helps the body to produce Macrophages, which are a crucial part of the human immune system;
‘Macrophages play a significant part in immunity and immune responses. They assume a defensive role exhibited by their ability to carry on phagocytosis of parasites and microbes. They regulate lymphocyte activation and proliferation and they are essential in the activation process of T- and B-lymphocytes by antigens and allogenic cells. Enhanced bactericidal activity of “activated macrophages” is based on immunologically linked mechanisms involving lymphocytes’.
GcMAF stand for Gc Macrophage Activating Factor, and it does just that, but a lot more.
But the integrity of the research on GcMAF, conducted by Nobuto Yamamoto and colleagues which originally prompted claims regarding cancer and HIV, has been questioned and it comes as no surprise that Cancer Research UK has warned the public about spurious claims of clinical benefits, apparently misleadingly based on reduced levels of the alpha-N-acetylgalactosaminidase enzyme (also known as nagalase), whose production might be increased in many cancers.
In July 2015, the journalist Mike Adams reported the story of the mysterious death of a successful practitioner in Florida, Dr Bradstreet. The renowned physician known for his skepticism of immunizations (particularly the MMR vaccine), and his progressive autism research, was raided by the FDA one week before his death. The details of the raid remain largely unknown. Bradstreet was known to have discovered that the immune system is being compromised by and enzyme called Nagalase, and that Nagalase was being introduced to the body through vaccines.
In her article on the subsequent mysterious deaths of many other practitioners following the death or Dr Bradstreet, alternative Health Nut News’ Erin Elizabeth quotes Dr Broer, another alternative practitioners, and writes:
‘Nagalese blocks the GC protein from attaching itself to vitamin D, thus preventing the immune system from doing its job and therefore causing cancer and other serious diseases. Without an active immune system, cancer and viral infections can spread rapidly.’
Remarkably, there’s a significant amount of research available on Nagalase and the GcMAF protein. Citing a chapter from The GcMAF Book by Dr. Tim Smith, MD, Dr. Broer said:
“Nagalase is like a stealth bomber, the nagalase enzyme synthesized in or released from cancer cells or a virus particle pinpoints the GcMAF protein facilities on the surface of your T and B lymphocytes and simply wipes them out with an incredibly precise bomb.
How precise? Nagalase locates and attacks one specific two-electron bond located only at the 420th amino acid position on a huge protein molecule, one of tens of thousands of proteins, each containing millions of electrons.
This is like selectively taking out a park bench in a major city from 6,000 miles away. More astonishingly, if that is possible, nagalase never misses its target, so there is no collateral damage.
Nagalase is being found in super high concentrations in autistic children”
Dr. Bradstreet and his colleagues also learned that the Nagalase protein was not present in children at birth but was somehow introduced into autistic children, they felt, during the immunization process.
Before his death, Dr. Bradstreet treated 1,100 patients with GcMAF with an 85 percent response rate – something that was deemed impossible by the medical community.
The renown MD and cancer scientist Mark Rosenberg writes for the
Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine,
“But… there is an issue. GcMAF is naturally produced in the body, so a patent cannot be obtained on the substance. This may explain why his exciting studies have generated little to no interest by the pharmaceutical industry.”
I feel tremendous empathy for those people suffering with Cancer, who must be very confused by contradicting information, perhaps wanting to trust an alternative route but dismayed by the negative press they may be reading. I can only talk from experience, whatever you research online you will find its polarized opinion, perhaps this is the law of nature manifesting itself within the realms of virtual reality.
GcMAF I use topically, it is easier and cheaper to use this way than through I.V. The product is sold as skin cream and so evades certain legal restrictions.
I had been applying it to the small area where lymph nodes are often sore, on my neck and under my ears, and for the first time in a long time I had noticeably more energy; I began cycling again. I had a very profound improvement in my symptoms all round but definitely mostly more energy.
What I am really exited about is the sheer volume of positive feedback I am seeing on the forums, some very heartfelt stories of people making progress for the first time in years. There is more progress on the GcMAF forums than I have seen on the Lyme disease, or any other related health forum so far.
I long since realised my Lymph nodes are affected, or infected and this must include what is known as Payers Patches, which are Lymph nodes that reside in the gut. To activate Lymphocytes in this area (remember we are activating our immune system, and Lymphocytes play a big role in this) a novel approach has been developed, although in truth its the oldest one in the book; yogurt, or fermentation.
Healing the Gut
There is a brand of super gut healing yogurt called Bravo, and
at a hefty price of around $200 for the culture (you can make your own thereafter) there was sadly little chance of me trying it. Fortunately a forum friend posted a recipe you can make at home which apparently does the same thing as Bravo, using the cheaper ingredients; fermented Colostrum, Bifido (probiotic) cultures, a form of sulphate and oleic acid (from olive oil). You can read about it here.
A youtube video presented by Clive de Carle and to Dr. Reinwald claim that another product called Rerum works even better than Bravo and that actually its the combination of Oleic acid, Chondroitin sulphate, Vit D3 and D2 that are the most crucial components of Bravo yogurt.
Only time will tell, as today I had my first dose of the homemade colostrum MAF yogurt.
What I really liked was the comment that someone called soupper soulger posted below the youtube video, which stripped the issue down even further to the bare bones, and brought back the underlying element that Lyme Disease, Morgellons Disease and Cancer could all have in common; Fungus.
“The real question is why do cancer cells require 18X more sugar-glucose than any other normal cells. Shouldn’t make any difference, right. Maybe because the unhealthy(compromised immune system) stem cells are being invaded by a species of fungus (mycotoxin) that has learned how to penetrate cells over millennia. Yeast, Candida, Fungus all thrive on sugar but cannot feed on ketones from a Ketogenic diet. Antibiotics are also a Fungi…….a fungus given to us in pill form to help kill a bacterial infection. One organism wiping out another……competing in the body for territory and nutrients. Now comes Rerum and Bravo……as Super Probiotic wiping out the cancer fungi parasite. This is also why so many plants and herbs do well fighting cancer fungus. Fungi too attack plants in the wild but the plants have natural anti-fungal defenses….garlic uses allicin, coconut uses capric acid, Oregano uses carvacrol, apples use malic acid, cayenne pepper uses Capsaicin and so on. Fungus are decomposers while plants are producers. A fungus’s job is to put you back into soil, if you let it……”
Published scientific research o GcMAF: http://gcmafresearch.com/published-medical-journals.html
Cancer Industry Profits:Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/050582_nagalase_GcMAF_cancer_industry_profits.html
Recipe for homemade GcMAF yogurt: http://www.alternavita.com/how-to-make-fermented-colostrum-alternavita-4th-generation-fermented-colostrum-maf-recipe/
Video presentation of Dr Bradstreet before his death:
Before my ex-husband and I got together, I did for a moment consider if two sick people was a really bad idea. I asked myself ‘do two wrongs make a right?’. Well technically no they don’t, but on the other hand, being the sick one in a relationship with someone who is well and cannot relate to you is torture, similarly being well and dating someone who is not has got to be pretty grueling. After all, who wants to listen to someone complaining about their health? Don’t we want to feel inspired and invigorated in a relationship, not brought down and dismal. Truth is as we get older illness is a reality, if its not one its the other’s health that will decline, perhaps that’s inevitable.
So how to cope with each others misfortunes without loosing the bond that brought us together? This is where empathy comes into play. Empathy I discovered throughout my life, is a very rare life skill to posses. Not many people seem to have mastered it and not many care to either. I wonder whether empathy could be the ultimate test of enlightenment, I bet Buddha was an early proponent of empathy. So what exactly is empathy?
The Oxford English Dictionary says empathy is ‘The ability to understand and share the feelings of another’. Simple right? wrong. Receiving empathy as someone with a chronic illness can be like trying to get blood out of a stone. In part this may be because often chronic illness’s can be invisible and people judge a person by how they look. This is understandable, but I have been met often with suspicion, even been treated as someone who is looking for attention. Truth is after so many years being ill but being denied I am ill by the medical profession (even after a Lyme D diagnosis), I learned how to suffer quietly. A friend once messaged me after she learned I had been diagnosed, and said ‘but how come you never seemed ill?’, like I must be faking it. What is hard to explain is that I always did feel ill, it dominated so much of my everyday life that I often had to have a drink to get away from feeling ill. The anxiety I experienced, the pain, the depression, without any medical support I turned to the only other support I knew. But oh how I suffered afterwards, and so continued the cycle of suffering. What people don’t tend to consider is that you don’t see sick people on their bad days, and that the reason why we hide away for such long periods is not that we are crap friends, but that we are suffering and don’t want to be seen that way, or know how to express it.
I suspect there is a lot of people out there who’s lives are but a shadow of what they could have been because of a misdiagnosis, and often these people are made to feel degraded by relying on benefits, and sometimes relying on medications. But hardly ever will they receive empathy, quite the opposite, often society condemn such people as scroungers and are despised.
You cannot see a bacterial infection such as Lyme D, and its many co-infections. So when you decide that someone does not deserve your concern because they look OK, think again.
I suppose I learned about empathy through being sick myself, I am genuinely interested in listening to people who are sick, and I want them to know that I understand how they feel. So why is it so hard for other people to do so? Maybe they have never been sick before? Or maybe they feel, for whatever reason, they have a harder time of it than you? What I discovered is that there is often a competition for empathy, sometimes people you meet feel that they are worse off than you. Maybe they have rarely experienced empathy from others also? Such is the nature of this evasive little life skill. Comparing situations is childlike, without walking in another shoes how can one judge how another is feeling?
As a person with chronic illness’s I have to ‘fake it’ every day. What has given me strength is other ‘Lymies’, when you think you got it bad you always meet or hear someone else who has it equally as tough or tougher. We find that its common to be treated like we are actually faking the illness rather than faking the wellness, and often see a stark contrast between those who are diagnosed with a condition such as Cardio-Vascular disease or even Cancer. People stumble over themselves to support people with these more well known conditions, yet chronic illness is treated with suspicion. Personally I think it exposes a fundamental flaw in the ‘human condition’, and that is our need for endorsement or validation, before we are willing to give our care, our concern. Indeed I see it as a great weakness of human nature.
I discovered that despite how sick I felt, I still had a lot to give, and I gave those around me the empathy they needed, at my darkest times I found I could give even when I was not receiving. Perhaps it is the cornerstone of humanity, but it can be a thankless task that can be taken for granted, and so for those who give empathy, I salute you! and those who need empathy, cherish it! Hold it dear, it is a ruby in a mountain of rocks.
Using anti parasite medication is a no brainer if you have Lyme, IMO it has been the most helpful medication for me much more so than ABX. Not least because some of the co-infections of Lyme are actually microscopic parasites but also because Lyme D compromises the immune system, making us more vulnerable to parasites. You wont likely get a formal diagnosis for parasites, a stool sample is a waste of a lot of money (it is estimated the margin of error is about 95%. I have had 4 negative stool samples, but removed plenty with anti parasite medications). I observed my progress with bio-resonance testing. I follow a protocol online and joined one of the many forums where I found where to purchase medications. I knew I had parasites because of my debilitating symptoms but I had been in denial for ages, “no not me” is of course what I thought. Tentatively, I took the medications and after about 4 or 5 days started to witness the dam break, so to speak. I never could have imagined, in my worst nightmares, that I could have been harbouring such volumes of parasites, but struggled to get an exact identification.
Of course I was horrified, but relieved to witness them leaving. I turned to friends and family to try and express what a traumatic experience this was, but was met with disbelief and suspicion, mostly in the form of silence. I did have one friend who appeared to believe me, and this was crucial to staying sane during these dark days of cleansing. Clearly this was something I had to go at alone, talking about parasites in our western culture is very controversial; its almost like the concept is not one we have embraced into our psyche. Although we acknowledge that our animals need routinely de-worming, we omit to consider it for ourselves. Many people believe this may be beneficial to the Pharmaceutical Industry, and that parasites may actually be the CAUSE of many diseases. The very well renowned and revered Functional Medicine practitioner that I first saw in the UK, once said to me that “parasites are the medical profession’s best kept secret”. Perhaps it is because we fear them so much, we would rather believe someone is mad than riddled with parasites.
Repeating was necessary and as I found, it can take years. It is unlikely you will see them otherwise. Starting slow with Mebendazole, which is easily available online from various pharmacies, is a good idea as it works in the gut rather than the whole body, before working up to using systemic meds. The colon must be clear, and bowel movements must be regular when using parasite meds, so psyllium and bentonite is best used to follow dosing and as a bowel cleanse prior to dosing. The reason one must start slow is because when parasites are killed they release a dangerous list of toxins into the body which can include ammonia and heavy metals, as well as the myriad of bacteria and virus’s they are coexisting with within the biofilm matrix, and this can make you very sick. Using binders such as the psyllium and bentonite really is of paramount importance, as is keeping well hydrated. In order for the meds to work well I needed to restrict portion size when taking with food. If you have liver toxicity, or suspect you have, it is a good idea to get your liver enzymes checked before and during a protocol. Of course it is preferable to visit a trained parasitologist or a functional medicine practitioner, but for many of us this is not financially feasible, an appointment with a parasitologist within the UK will not get you very far because without the positive stool diagnosis you will not be treated.
Many people start with herbal cleanses but in my experience they are not powerful enough to have any substantial benefit. I did try to tell myself I had cleansed through following a herbal protocol, after nothing could be seen I was happy to believe I was parasite free. A much different story after using pharma meds. Some people favour a more holistic approach than pharmaceutical, but for me this meant very ‘aggressive’ use of herbs, I had taken different Chinese herbs as well as the standard ones that are usually recommended, but found no results although some do when taken for long periods of time. But my health was declining fast and I had to respond equally as quickly.
A favourite Functional Medicine practitioner of mine is the German born Dr Klinghardt. This is the doctor that I really wanted to see but alas he does not take new clients anymore, rather he tours internationally giving seminars and training practitioners. Much of what he advocates is rooted in treating parasites, and in his presentations he ties in many different alternative therapies to reduce the bodies burden of these unwelcome guests. Like so many alternative practitioners he rarely advocates the use of pharma meds, but has been quoted to say that anti parasite meds are the exception and usually a very necessary component in improving chronic illness’s.
One of the problems we see, us who use these medications, is that although they are very helpful and health can be dramatically improved, it seems impossible to eradicate parasites completely. This can be for various reasons, it may be that parasites have become disseminated meaning they have spread to various areas of the body other than the gut, which is harder treat, but also it appears that we are seeing parasites that have mutated and are fairly tolerant to the drugs. This is a very worrying situation;
Author and Lyme D ‘survivor’ Bryan Rosner has researched very extensively into using anti-parasite treatments as part of the treatment of Lyme. His latest book; “Freedom from Lyme Disease: New Treatment For A Complete Recovery” He makes some pretty relevant observations with regards to Lyme (Borrelia) and parasites,
“Many physicians and researchers now believe that there are also other, recently discovered community members living within the infectious colonies inside the body of an infected person. Modern science hasn’t solved all the mysteries surrounding this discovery, but we are beginning to uncover some answers to important questions. For example, we know that these community members are larger than Borrelia, Bartonella and Babesia, and we know that they play an important role in the Lyme complex. They are likely worm, or worm-like organisms, or even a number of different species of worm-like organisms. It is also possible that these organisms may have merged with Borrelia, creating a type of hybrid organism with shared DNA.”
I would like to know where Brian Rosner got that information from, he does not cite it in the article written for the website Public Health Alert here, but I suspect It may well be in part from Dr Steven Fry’s research, whom has caused a stir in the Functional Medicine world. Dr Fry is a regular MD and practices so, but he has generated a lot of attention due to his research into what was named the Fry Protozoa and now the Protomyxzoa Rheumatica. A protozoa put simply is a microscopic parasite,
“Protozoa, as traditionally defined, are mainly microscopic organisms, ranging in size from 10 to 52 micrometers. Some, however, are significantly larger. Among the largest are the deep-sea–dwelling xenophyophores, single-celled foraminifera whose shells can reach 20 cm in diameter. Free-living forms are restricted to moist environments, such as soils, mosses and aquatic habitats, although many form resting cysts which enable them to survive drying. Many protozoan species are symbionts, some are parasites, and some are predators of bacteria, algae and other protists”.
His discovery came about through his interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome amongst his patients some years ago, he was intrigued as to why apparently healthy individuals would suddenly become sick, often after going abroad for vacations. Dr Fry discovered the new protozoa residing inside the blood samples of his patients and spent may years researching into what taxonomy it belonged to;
“At first I thought it was Babesiosis, and over the years, and a lot of money, and a lot of time, turns out it was actually a malaria-like organism with an extremely complex lifecycle that forms biofilm communities in the blood, it is a blood-loving parasite. And after mapping the genome of it, and we didn’t really name it until we had done that it’ probably a new genus, in the phylum [???]. You know, similar to malaria, similar to Babesiosis, even more complex genetically, sort of in between a helminth [parasiticworm] and a protozoan”
When I heard that some people with Morgellons Disease had been diagnosed with this Protozoa, and I read his interview, I began to suspect that I may be carrying this organism. After all it was insect vectored as Lyme is and its main characteristic was that it is a biofilm building protozoa. Could the tick that I was bitten by 20 years ago been carrying this disease also? Or was it the hundreds of mosquito bites I experienced whilst travelling Asia? The parasites I was passing after taking ant-parasite medications, the Ropeworms, seemed to be coming from or connected to a type of biofilm residing inside the gut, so I moved out of my home and into a tent to save the money for the very expensive test. I got tested from the UK at Fry Labs in Arizona, and sure enough I was positive for the Protomyxzoa. I was sure this was my best bet to go to Arizona, but after a harrowing journey to the USA to see Dr Fry, I was told that my case was too far advanced, that he did not have the knowledge of how to treat the organism once it was in the “worm stage”, and he advised me to visit a Dr Amin the well known parasitologist, whom he added, was a close friend and lived on the same street as him. I knew a fair bit about Dr. Amin, he had his own theory of what the cause of Morgellons Disease was, and marketed this theory, even attempting to use a different name for it that he chose himself; Neuro-cutaneous Syndrome (NCS). Crucially what I knew about Dr Amin was that he appeared to vehemently dismiss the existence of these Ropeworms. My colonic irrigation specialist told me she was going to a parasite conference in London, and as she was intrigued by the strange worm like stuff she could see exiting from me, decided to stand up at Q and A time, and bravely ask Dr Amin about Ropeworm. He preceded to shoot her down publically and true to his reputation, further denied that they were a parasite at all. She said she felt humiliated by his response, somewhat overwhelmed, I could tell she withdrew her interest in my search for answers after that. Dr Amin should know right? after all he is a parasitologist, but then why did I and many others, remove such vast amounts with parasite cleanses? And why would Dr Amin be so eager to dismiss the possibility. DNA sequencing of this organism had not been achieved, and at such a high financial price, it was unlikely to be neither.
Dr Fry prescribed me what he said was his most aggressive protocol of anti-parasite medications; Albendazole and Ivermectin, which I had been taking, pulsing, for at least a year prior to our appointment. These drugs were only partially effective, though it was true they had helped me immensely in the beginning. After visiting a pharmacy in California, at nearly $2,000 for a months supply, I realised that the human version of these medications was a luxury I could not afford, unless I went to Mexico…….
Parasites and worms the new Lyme D co-infection http://www.publichealthalert.org/parasites-and-worms-the-new-lyme-disease-co-infection.htmal
Protomyxzoa Rheumatica / Fry Protozoa http://protomyxzoa.org/
Morgellons, parasites and Dr Amin https://www.parasitetesting.com/morgellons.cfm
Increasing virulence of parasites globally http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20399129