Gather around kids, I’m getting real and raw and totally gross today because we’re going to discuss what a parasite cleanse is REALLY like. I’m going to share my own journey in graphic detail (no photos though so don’t worry!) and help you to get emotionally prepared about what to expect if you are in the middle of a parasite cleanse or are thinking about starting one. The side effects and die-off are not for the faint of heart. But if you have any kind of chronic illness, ridding your body of parasites is going to be one of the key tenants of healing. Are you ready?
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I like the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of parasite the best, “An organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense.” The word parasite has it’s origins in Mid 16th century via Latin from Greek parasitos – a person eating at another’s table. Para = alongside and Sitos = food.
Before you start reading this article, if you want a 101-style article about parasites, I recommend reading Parasites in America are (Not) a Fluke – What’s in Your Colon?
My Journey with Parasites
Being in a place of chronic illness and especially fatigue from cancer and autoimmune disease, I was pretty desperate to try anything to be healthy again. I had learned about parasite cleanses and thought it might be something to try. “Better out than in,” as Shrek says, right?
For about a year, I took some herbs before and during the full moon to expel the parasites when they are the most active. The first parasites that I expelled were liver flukes. I almost threw up. To see these dead critters in your toilet… there are no words to describe how disgusting it is. But after that, the more I expelled, the happier I was that they were out. The squeamishness stopped and it was no more or less emotional than having your daily BM.
And then I passed a few worms. Seeing these small pinworms in the toilet grossed me out all over again. I would take a deep breath and kept repeating the wise sage from Shrek. “Better out than in. Better out than in.”
I worked with Dr. Jay Davidson and Dr. Todd Watts on several projects, including the Mystery Symptom Master Class and knew that I needed to begin their protocol. Little did I know what I was in for! I had already been a huge fan of the Mimosa Pudica Seed in combatting parasites, but I decided to dive into their full protocol of healing. PS – Click HERE for more information on the Microbe Formulas Detox Protocol.
For the most part, the main symptoms that I experienced were cramping, GI distress, and diarrhea. Manageable and tolerable… all things considered.
One of the more noteworthy two weeks of my life was due to an epic parasite expulsion. I started seeing more and more pinworms in the toilet. Then one night, I was doubled over in pain for several hours. My stomach swelled so much it looked like I was 7 months pregnant. The next morning, it was like parasite palooza in the toilet. And they kept coming.
Several days later, I had a meltdown of epic proportion. I’m normally pretty calm and reserved, but this felt like alien invaders had taken over my body. Which, I guess they did. I learned that the toxins from the die-off can include severe mood swings too. Wow.
Oh and not to mention nights of insomnia and days of feeling like I have the flu. These critters are relentless not just while they are alive, but also when they die.
The journey to optimal health isn’t always pretty. I’m not only committed to finding that place on my own, but also sharing my experiences to give you the education, information, resources, and inspiration to not give up hope.
What Will I See?
You may never see anything. According to the doctors at Microbe Formulas, “70% of parasites are completely microscopic, meaning even if you’re killing them off during your cleanse, you won’t see them on the way out.” (source)
For the remaining 30%, get emotionally prepared for some serious grossness in your toilet. The first passing was traumatic seeing everything come out of my body. It got easier over time. And just when I thought I cornered the market on standing strong through the “ick factor,” something new would appear in the toilet and I would throw up just a wee bit in my mouth. Better out than in. Better out than in. Better out than in.
Liver flukes are more almond shaped. The rest of them are various types of worms and will vary in size from a few centimeters to a few inches to even several feet. I promised no photos in this article. Google images will give you more than your share of what to expect. Feel free to search for liver flukes, tapeworms, pinworms, roundworms, and more. And not while you are eating lunch. Just saying.
What are the Die Off and Side Effects?
When parasites die, they “release neurotoxins, heavy metals, viruses, and other toxins, which enter into the interstitial fluid that surrounds the tissue cells. These toxins then travel to the lymphatic system, which helps filter your body’s waste. Next, they head to the spleen, lymph nodes, or liver to be further filtered, and then sent to other drainage organs (like your kidneys, bladder, colon, or even your breath and skin).” (source)
Die-off symptoms can range from mild to severe. I feel like I’ve experienced them all, as described above.
According to the doctors at Microbe Formulas, some of the top die-off effects include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Mood swings
- Food cravings
- Digestive issues
- Trouble sleeping
You can visit Microbe Formulas for more scientific information on how parasites die and what the die-off reactions are.
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