What if getting a parasite wasn’t only something that happened to somebody else, but also applied to you? I have a pet theory that Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream (detail shown above) was inspired by his reaction to the knowledge that all humans host an average of 6 to 8 parasites until they get dewormed. Whether you end up having 8 or only 1, the fact remains: having no parasites at all is preferable.
There are 4 obvious steps to eliminating parasites, so the 5th step is the one everyone seems to overlook:
STEP 1 is to locate the parasite: they can thrive in 3 body regions: 1) the intestines, 2) the blood stream or 3) any part of your body tissue, including the organs, the glands, the skin, scalp, eyes and brain. It is an uncomfortable thought that to parasites we are food, but it may provide some small consolation to know that some of them (giardia and the amoeba, for example) are microscopic.
STEP 2 is to identify it: it is ideal if parasites can be visually identified in a stool test but this almost never happens, so it is usually necessary to use alternative means to clarify which species you’ve picked up. A muscle testing analysis is probably the most accurate when done scientifically.
STEP 3 is to treat it: an unappreciated fact is that each species needs its own treatment. Many approaches work, but few work on all species. It seems the most universal treatment modality is electrode therapy, which works on all species but one in 5 minutes.
STEP 4 is to confirm the treatment worked. If after step 3, you can’t find the parasite, then logically, what you did in Step 3 must have worked. Where it hasn’t worked, that’s fine, at least now you know what doesn’t work and that will make your search more efficient. Eventually, something will work.
But STEP 5 is the step most people miss: stop the cycle of getting them back. You got them from somewhere to begin with, so chances are you will get them again unless you learn how to stop reinfecting.
This article is about Step 5: How to stop the cycle of getting parasites… again.
Where Parasites Come From
Public service announcements about hand washing are simply childish: unless you’re actually handling faeces, you don’t get parasites from dirty hands. They don’t get carried in by a stork either. So where do they come from?
Simply put, parasites come from other animals: either their meat, their milk or their poo.
Meat: it is relatively rare to pick up the pork roundworm or pork tapeworm from raw pork because nobody eats raw pork. And you’d have to eat awfully rare beef to get the beef roundworm or tapeworm. It is more common to get the fish roundworm or fish tapeworm from eating raw fish (e.g. sashimi) because most governments don’t police what temperature the fish are frozen to, or for what duration. But if you eat raw fish you’re asking for it. However, parasites from the fluke family, which might only have come from raw fish, have periodically been identified in products that contain some kind of a fish base, such as salad dressing, fish sauce or vegetable dip. Presumably in these cases the product isn’t being boiled adequately, or else the fishy ingredients are being added afterword. I can’t claim to understand the mass manufacturing of foods, only that I keep finding parasite eggs in them. The rest is inference.
Milk Products: Yogurt, cheese and other milk products are the leading source of all roundworms and tapeworms in the world. In the animal kingdom, those species are passed along through the milk from one generation to the next. When we drink an animal’s milk we are inserting ourselves into their lifecycle. Cow’s milk is no worse or better than goat’s milk or yak’s milk for that matter, the issue is that milk is a mammary gland secretion. A fully grown beef tapeworm or beef roundworm in an animal or for that matter in a human mother will pass itself along through their milk to their infant during breastfeeding or pumping. The parasite has evolved to make this happen. The fact explains many infant-onset allergic reactions, particularly to the milk itself. With cow’s milk, whether in the production of cheese or yogurt, it seems that the manufacturing process does not require or in some cases does not allow for the milk to be brought to the boiling point. In the absence of boiling, the eggs will survive simmering. All that needs to happen for you to get a tapeworm from your cheese is for the cow that produced the milk that the cheese came from to have had a tapeworm. Considering that most dairy farmers seem to think that when they treat their cows with ivermectin, they’re treating for all parasites, it makes sense how tapeworms seem to survive in yogurt/cheese more frequently than the cow roundworm. Ivermectin treats roundworm but praziquantel is needed to treat tapeworm. The dairy industry needs to start using praziquantel even if it means more expensive milk but at the moment, this isn’t even something dairy farmers understand. Interestingly enough milk itself is held to a much higher standard of manufacturing, perhaps because it spoils unless it is boiled, so it is less common, even uncommon to get a parasite from milk. Cream however is quite common, as is whipped cream (e.g. the whipped cream filling in a donut or dessert). This includes coffee creamers that interestingly are quite a heavy source of the beef roundworm and the beef tapeworm. An experiment was done to confirm that pouring a creamer into a hot cup of coffee was not sufficient to kill the eggs. Unless the coffee is literally boiling, or was just boiling seconds earlier, the drop in temperature puts the coffee at an insufficient temperature to kill the eggs.
Poo: nobody knowingly eats animal feces but it creeps into the diet in two main ways: through soil and through water.
Poo-SOIL: For some time it was a mystery as to how hookworm could be continually found in tomato ketchup until it was remembered that hookworm is a soil-transmitted parasite. Since tomatoes are grown in soil, it is conceivable how hookworm could be transmitted along the chain. I always wondered how they got all the mud off of vegetables. I guess they don’t quite get it all. This also explains the variation between one batch and the next: hookworm is not found in every bottle of ketchup, just most. This can be confirmed through a muscle test combined with a simple chain of reasoning: if ketchup = weak test, but ketchup + albendazole 800 mg = strong test, the ketchup is positive for hookworm, since albendazole 800 mg treats hookworm. By this logic, it is also conceivable how other forms of roundworm can be found in other condiments: the cow roundworm in soy sauce, for example. It is more common to get cow roundworm from the soy sauce at a sushi restaurant than it is to get the fish tapeworm from the fish itself. Presumably the soy beans were grown in cow faeces (titled manure to make it sound clean) that came from cows that had roundworm. Any vegetables purchased fresh with the mud still showing on them are equally likely to be a source of faeces-transmitted parasites, though in this case a simple wash will do, to my knowledge the eggs don’t penetrate the skin of the vegetable.
Poo-WATER: While stories about rainwater washing faeces over fields of berries that lie downstream from a field of cattle can take away the appetite, this is actually relatively uncommon. More frequently, our drinking water will carry water-borne parasites from the protozoan family, such as Giardia Lamblia (also called giardia, or beaver fever) and Entamoeba Histolytica (or just ‘amoeba’, as in ‘most people who get an amoeba on vacation spend their trip in the bathroom’). These parasites are microscopic and invisible to the human eye, although they will confer a stale taste to water. All that needs to happen is for a bear or some other animal to defecate in the water being drawn out by the bottled water company’s water pump.
Protozoans spread through the mass of water surprisingly quickly. It was disappointing to learn that national health authorities don’t mandate daily testing for giardia among bottled water companies, so water, juice and soda pop are fair game for giardia. You will know you’ve picked it up when you stop sleeping well as giardia clogs the pineal gland and impairs sleep. Perhaps it is not surprising then that a large percentage of bottled water contains giardia or the amoeba. It seems that 2017 has been a good year for giardia, about half of the bottled water I have bought this year has had giardia, amoeba or both. This includes the large blue water cooler bottles. I have brought this to the attention of a couple of the companies in question and heard nothing but shocked denial, followed by a fascinating inability to locate the parasites with their own testing. Finally I gave up buying those brands. You can understand that I won’t provide the names of the brands: while the water companies seem unable to find water-borne parasites, I have no doubt that they would have more success in finding the phone number of their law firm. And this is ironic because the employees at the bottled water company and the employees at the law firm are all going to have giardia. We’re all in it together, whether it seems that way or not. For you, the reader, it is a simple matter to muscle test your water. If it tests weak, don’t drink it, that’s simple enough. For the record, Giardia is confirmed as follows: if water = weak test, but water + metronidazole 250 mg = strong test, the water is positive for giardia, since metronidazole 250 mg treats giardia. Conversely, the amoeba is identified in the same way but with 800 mg of metronidazole. Most people aren’t going to have access to metronidazole so just follow the golden rule of muscle testing: if it tests weak, don’t eat it. For the record, by contrast, municipal (e.g. tap) water is usually much cleaner than bottled water, but this can easily be tested. Also, since parasites don’t survive in alcohol, beer and wine can be considered parasite-free and this may explain their widespread historical use.
Summary: Top 5 Source of Parasites
1. Cheese (usually the tapeworm family)
2. Yogurt (usually the tapeworm family)
3. Condiments, dressings, mayo (usually the roundworm, tapeworm and fluke families)
4. Bottled water (usually the protozoan family)
5. Raw fish (usually the fluke family, which are relatives of the tapeworm)
How To Stop the Cycle
I should specify that this information isn’t intended to be sensational, or to create paranoia. Your world should become bigger after reading this information, not smaller. However, an understanding of these variables immediately gives rise to concern about consuming the products listed above. Typically after grasping the distribution of parasites in our supposedly clean food chain, the instinct is to want to eat or drink nothing at all, and that’s not realistic. But a solution is needed that doesn’t involve food and water manufacturers being expected to change a behaviour, since at this stage in the game there isn’t enough of a widespread understanding of the variables to provide them with the information they would need to behave correctly. Groups learn much slower than individuals.
Instead of expecting the problem to go away, or hiding in a box until it does, four simple courses of action are recommended, each of which will effectively allow you to avoid parasites.
- Muscle Testing. Get into the habit of muscle testing whatever goes in your mouth. This will require a partner. At some point, when grocery stores and restaurants understand that enough people are using muscle testing as a food screener, they will start to provide an in-store muscle testing service. It will probably happen in San Francisco first, then Vancouver. Muscle testing your groceries is a great way to avoid bringing things into the house that are going to make the whole family sick: tapeworm cheese, for example.
- Cooking. When you consider that Cheese, yogurt and condiments are the main food sources of parasites, it is a simple matter to adopt the habit of only eating them when they’re cooked. If you treat your cheese, yogurt and condiments like raw meat (e.g. only eat them fully cooked) you will render them parasite-free even if they had parasites to begin with. The same goes for water, but we drink so much of it that boiling it all is unrealistic, although microwaving does work. What’s worse, microwaving your water or drinking giardia?
- Avoidance. If you can’t be bothered to muscle test your high-risk products, and can’t be bothered to cook them, and don’t want to microwave them, then you can avoid the parasite by avoiding the product entirely. This shouldn’t be a first choice but it is a last resort.
- Treatment: Do your best to avoid parasites and then when you pick one up, find someone who knows how to identify and eliminate them for you and get a health reset. Sometimes it makes sense to wait until you get a few before scheduling an appointment as one single parasite is unlikely to ruin your health. The problem arises when there are 4 to 8, as the main disadvantages of parasites are the chronic nutrient deficiency they create and the progressive lymphatic backup and inflammation.
Most people find that some combination of the four works for them: for example, muscle test your yogurt, cook your cheese and avoid bottled water and book an appointment every 2 or 3 months for a reset.
Why Everyone Doesn’t Know This Already
The information outlined here gives rise to an obvious question: if all these products are full of parasites, why doesn’t everyone get sick every time they eat one of them??? This illuminates one of the most fascinating principles of the parasite world: the motel concept.
Think of each species of parasite like a room in a motel. There’s a tapeworm room, a hookworm room, a common roundworm room, a cow roundworm room, a giardia room, etc… Every room has an intended occupant and can only be filled up by that occupant. It is easy for the motel to fill up, it usually happens by the time someone reaches 10 years of age. The average parasites that a 10 year old has when I test them is 6-8, which is the same as the average for an adult who is not ‘sick’. An adult who is ‘sick’ (e.g. chronically suffering from some combination of symptoms) will typically have 10-12 parasites, and in some cases as many as 15 or more. But it starts early on: all a kid needs to do to pick up 6 or 8 parasites is to eat some ketchup, some cheese, have a yogurt in their lunch box, a bit of soy sauce, some salad dressing, a cream donut and a few bottles of water. Then once the motel is full, nobody else can check in.
The factor that is unrecognized about these parasites is that once you have one, it’s in you for life (unless it’s eliminated with medication, herbs, sound therapy or electrodes). And once the parasite is in you, it’s not good for the species if it keeps doubling in quantity as that would eventually harm the host (e.g. starvation from within, etc). So it’s better for the species if once you have it, you stop getting more of it. For this reason, I theorize that an adult parasite excretes a chemical signal that discourages same-species members from hatching in that host. So you if you get a tapeworm when you’re 5, you’re unlikely to get another tapeworm, not because getting one was a rare event but because the one you have will protect you being infected by all the future tapeworms you’ll be exposed to daily throughout your life. It’s as if the “No Vacancy” sign is up at the motel: all the rooms are filled up. This can also be thought of as paying the mafia for protection: sure, they siphon off your profits, but they protect you from other mafias, and they leave you in business so you can keep paying for protection. In dietary terms, this means that once you have a tapeworm, to stick with the current example, you can eat all the tapeworm cheese you want and you’re immune: the new eggs won’t hatch in you because that species is already filling the vacancy.
If you’re someone who doesn’t want to muscle test your food, doesn’t want to have to cook everything and doesn’t want to avoid anything, then it’s ideal if you already have all these parasites in you, and can handle them. That way you can eat whatever you want and it won’t make you sick. You can live in the illusion that all your food is clean and safe because you’d never know the difference.
It is this single fact that is the basis for the lack of understanding about how much of our food has parasites in it: literally every person on the planet (except those who have been or are being vigorously dewormed) is riddled with multiple species of parasite.
The parasites provide them with protection, the protection renders them unaware of the parasites eggs they’re eating but which aren’t hatching, and they are able to live under the illusion that all their food is safe. It has been said that ignorance is bliss but this is a strange kind of bliss.
However, the bliss comes at a cost: parasites harm the body in 3 ways: they steal your nutrients, excrete waste and lay eggs which create inflammation on their way out. Over time, this results in all of the medical conditions we are aware of (too many thousands to list) as well as premature aging and every level of dysfunction the body is susceptible to. It’s not worth it, it’s not bliss at all.
So you deworm. And even though protozoa aren’t worms, it still sounds good… It sounds final. But it isn’t.
Why They Keep Come Back
Deworming is a great way to create a health reset. It is the most effective way to collapse a chronic set of health conditions, from a skin rash to a food allergy, from chronic fatigue to a sleep disorder, from an organ problem to a gland imbalance, from a digestive condition to a neurological complaint. It’s a great way to get healthy again because the body’s default is health and getting parasites out of the way restores the default. And it’s worth it, you really can feel amazing again.
But this also turns off the “No” in “No Vacancy”. Suddenly you’ve created a vacancy. Maybe 6-8 vacancies. Now an entire lifetime of foods you haven’t had to think about becomes a lifetime of foods you need to think about. Suddenly you’re wondering why everybody else feels fine when they eat tapeworm cheese but you get the tapeworm…AGAIN.
The answer to this is simple: if someone can eat tapeworm cheese without getting sick, they already have a tapeworm, their “No Vacancy” sign is lit up like a Christmas tree. If they can eat hookworm ketchup without getting hookworm, they already have hookworm. These organisms are older than the dinosaurs. They didn’t last 250 million years by slacking. They are in everyone: they are the most successful organisms in history. When paleogeologists talk about historical mass extinctions, and explain that only 5% of life on earth survived each extinction (e.g. the Permian Extinction, the Triassic, the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary) these parasites have always been among that 5% which survived because they are always in every member of every species.
When your “Vacancy” sign lights up, you get reinfected because parasite eggs are in a series of common food sources, and unfortunately the eggs are microscopic. Outside of a systematic, comprehensive muscle testing analysis, there would be no way for someone in our culture to come to this understanding because combing through every food sample with a microscope would be enough to drive anyone over the deep end.
This is simply something we need to understand. Parasites are a fact of life. Their eggs are in a lot of our foods and manufacturers don’t understand this, nor are they going to by the time you’re done reading this article. Before you deworm, you won’t need to think about it, but every time you experience illness, or at least unwellness, you should understand that a parasite is at the root of that chain reaction. A portion of people will become tired of being unwell and will seek a means of becoming healthy. Where this quest leads to the elimination of parasites, there will be the remarkable experience of having health restored. However, once the parasite is eliminated, our bodies are no longer protected from future parasites and then certain high-risk foods will need to be muscle tested, cooked or avoided, or else the parasite species will return, begin to grow and recreate the health symptoms that originally lead to the desire to seek a means of becoming healthy.
Is it easier to just let the parasites win, pay the parasite mafia and then eat whatever you want? This is a question you will need to answer for yourself. The answer will vary from one person to another based on the severity of their symptoms. Unfortunately, even with 100 billion brain cells, we are still a reactive, externally motivated species. But remember that parasites cause premature aging. My feedback is that it should be understood that the ‘premature’ in “premature aging” usually means the ‘aging’ in “premature aging” isn’t going to go smoothly. Eventually the human body breaks down under the strain of widespread nutrient deficiency, lymphatic backup from parasite waste and chronic inflammation from passing their eggs. Eventually, almost everyone spends the same amount of time and effort popping pills, and shuttling back and forth between doctor’s appointments and operations that they could have in simply avoiding parasites, except the latter is proactive, and carries with it the benefit of health, while the former is reactive and presupposes a fair amount of suffering along with a correspondingly reduced quality of life.
So, it is an unrealistic expectation that once you have dewormed, you can spend less effort on your health. Health requires effort either way; the question is whether this effort should be invested proactively, during wellness, or reactively, during suffering.
As the value of life is progressively realized, the choice becomes progressively clear.