So last time I told you about my awesome experiment on myself. If you are still here following on, I want to shake your hand haha, some people have said to me over the years I share too much and have a really open weird family because of the info we share between us. Meh. Whatevs.
Now the most common human parasite here in suburban Australia is the pinworm or more commonly known here are threadworm (Enteroblus vermicularis) (Prociv, P 2001). The one that gives you an itchy bum. This is because at night a gravid female threadworm migrates to the anal area and inserts her tail pin into the mucosa and lays her ova/eggs (Sun Huh 2016). Now transmission is usually from children scratching their bums and not washing their hands and putting their fingers/hands in their and others mouths or touching objects around the house/school/daycare/shopping centre, therefore parents usually get infected (Sun Huh 2016).
Sure threadworm in particular apparently is no big deal, besides a bit of grumpiness and restless sleep. Ha! But did you know they can also enter the vagina and cause inflammation, tubo-ovarian abscesses, urinary tract infections, endometriosis, and urinary tract infections (Medscape 2016, BetterHealth 2016).
In my personal opinion it’s probably best to rid the household of them, including your guts! Treat everyone, wash everything, treat again, wash everything again! You need to put a stop to their lifecycle.
Then we have Giardiasis which can be caught anywhere in Australia but more common in Indigenous communities. Giardia symptoms include those of long term diarrhoea, stomach cramps and pain with fatigue (Australian Government Department of Health 2016).
Hookworm is quite widespread in the warm, tropical and sub-tropical regions of Australia again in Indigenous areas. Symptoms depend on the severity of the infection and most people can be asymptomatic (not feel sick). A hookworm infection can leave you anaemic (pale and weak) as this worm feeds on your blood supply, you could have a fever, abdominal pain, weight loss, constipation and diarrhoea. Hookworm is not spread from direct person to person contact but rather from walking barefoot on infected soil. An infected person can contaminate the soil for several years in the right conditions (Indigenious Communities Environmental Health 2016). In extreme cases and in children, a chronic infection can interfere with their ability to think and move and can slow a child’s growth. Scary right?!
Dwarf Tapeworm, Scabies and Headlice are also here in Australia and common. All of these have over the counter treatments from a pharmacy. But there are other options.
‘Only in the past 20–30 years have scientists seriously begun to determine whether plant-derived traditional remedies are effective, and, if so, their mode of action. Less than 10% of ∼250 000 of the world’s flowering plant species have been investigated scientifically for their pharmacological properties (Lancet 1994) but almost 25% of active medical compounds currently prescribed in the USA and UK were isolated from higher plants (Anthony et al 2005)’.
Garlic oil is the only plant essential oil that possesses a broad antimicrobial spectrum, being antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic. It influences the growth of at least 12 different human and nonhuman parasites (Ankri S & Mirelman D 1999). According to Anthony (2005) ‘apart from garlic, only oregano oil is effective against more than two parasites’. Guess what I’m trialling now, yep a course of Oregano oil.
Dr Axe recommends to only commence a course for two weeks as Oregano oil is that potent (Dr Axe 2016). There is still little known about oregano oil in the scheme of things, and because of its potency it is best to only be administered under the guidance of a natural health practitioner with experience in that area. (I’m not that person).
I was also unable to find clinical evidence on the effects of such a powerful and potent antibiotics albeit natural on the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. So I would always take in conjunction with a potent probiotic such as Modere Probiotic.
When I was researching for this post, I came across articles and articles on Pubmed regarding the effect of parasites, children and their depleted nutrient levels due to having inflamed intestinal mucosa from Olivares and Fernandez et al (2002 and 2003).
Victor has been taking a colloidal form of minerals, a multivitamin and a probiotic for awhile now. These three supplements are key for the world we live in today to prevent disease, I will discuss these in detail another time.
For children and parasites you can use a product like Paracleanse (which contains herbs and medicinal fruits such as wormwood, mugwort, garlic, black walnut, pumpkin, pomegranate and clove) At a lower dose than recommended on the product unless specifically for children, and if they cannot swallow tablets you can try noni and aloe vera juice along with a probiotic.
Disclaimer: I have been studying a long time and working in pharmacy and consult medical professionals all the time and research my butt off. This blog is my own research and is my personal opinion and will never replace the relationship you have with your GP or medical practitioner. Please always consult your doctor!