Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week so far. My apologies for not getting this posted last Sunday as promised. Every evening since then I’ve been trying to work on it and I’m genuinely sorry it’s taken me until Thursday (actually now the early hours of Friday morning) to get it finished. I made a start but felt like I just couldn’t get into the ‘flow’ of writing over the past few days for various reasons. The irony is that doing the parasite cleanse has delayed the ‘parasite cleanse’ post! I’ll explain further down. Last weekend was spent with friends celebrating a 30th birthday. Although I wasn’t feeling great it was so lovely to see everyone and I enjoyed catching up with them. I’ve been close friends with these guys for a little over ten years now and love them to bits. Can’t believe where the time has gone!
Disclaimer: Please check with your doctor or healthcare provider before trying this supplement. Especially is you are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffer from any medical condition. I’m not a qualified healthcare professional and the information provided is just based on my opinion. I am not diagnosing or attempting to treat any health issue.
As promised, I’m here to talk about the ‘not so nice’ topic of parasite cleansing. Having finished my most recent parasite cleanse 9 days ago, I thought it’s probably a good time to write about it. Having done three previous parasite cleanses, I’m no stranger to the idea. To most of you reading this, you are probably feeling similar to me when I first came across this topic and began researching the benefits.
Before becoming seriously ill from a medication called Accutane (if you haven’t already you may like to read my previous posts titled ‘Accutane- The Life Changer PART I and II’ for more info) I hadn’t even heard of parasite cleansing or given it any thought whatsoever. As I began to research more on health and alternative ways of healing my body, I discovered a couple of sites where it had been mentioned and decided to look into it more. As I rummaged through online information, I noticed that a company called ‘Humaworm’ were being mentioned multiple times in forums and people had written personal blog posts about their experience with this parasite cleanse.
Their website is basic but clear and really informative. According to Humaworm, 90% of the population have parasites in some form. When the word parasite is mentioned, I automatically think of worms and how we deworm our pets every few months. As I did more and more research into this topic, I learnt that parasites are not a third world problem as most of us are conditioned to believe. Parasite cleansing is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and used to be carried out by our ancestors. Even our grandparents used to parasite cleanse regularly, usually deworming their families with pharmaceutical medication or using remedies such as castor oil. In our modern day, fast paced world, we seem to have forgotten this important practice. I’ll speak about my personal experience with the cleanse further down but first I’ll give a bit of an introduction to the topic.
How we get infected with parasites:
Humans become infected with parasites not by ingesting adult worms but rather by ingesting/ inhaling the microscopic eggs of parasites. You can become a hosts to parasites in any of the following ways:
Parasites primarily infect humans through water. Both contaminated drinking water and water that contaminated swimmers use as parasites are spread easily from person to person. It only takes swallowing a small amount of contaminated water to become infected.
The transfer of parasite eggs from human to human is incredibly easy. Since most infections come from the anal- oral route, simply things like someone not washing their hands properly after using the bathroom and then touching items that come into contact with another person’s mouth. Parasite eggs can live under human fingernails for 8 weeks! Common infections come from contact with a wide variety of daily objects as well as kissing, holding hands, sharing cutlery and sexual contact.
Parasite eggs are passed from pets to humans very easily via hands, nose and mouth especially when petting or grooming pets or walking around barefoot where animals have defecated, especially if you can’t see the faeces but have walked where animals have previously been. When animals lick their anus then lick a person’s face, the eggs from their tongues are passed to the person, who now becomes a host.
Undercooked meat is a common source of parasitic infections. Commercial pork products such as bacon, ham, salami and hot dogs are notorious for being a source of infections. Also cuts of meat such as beef, lamb, chicken and fish contain parasite eggs. Sushi (raw fish) contains both the eggs and larvae of several species of parasite.
Fruits and vegetables:
Fruits and vegetables that haven’t been washed properly are also a big source of parasites. Some countries use animal manure and human faeces as soil fertiliser which greatly increases the transmission of parasites. Commercial salad bars and eating out where improper food handling has taken place increase the risk.
With travel being so common nowadays, parasites are spread easily in a variety of ways. Airplanes are a common source of parasitic transmission as people are in a confined space with lowed immunity from lack of sleep and stress of travel etc. It is also common for people to contact a parasite from the country of travel and bring it back to their country of residence.
Types of Parasite:
Bacteria, viruses and fungus (mould, yeasts) are included in the very broad parasite category then you have the following four classifications:
1. The Protozoa (One cell parasites)
These single cell parasites can infect ANY cell in the body. They generally multiply by duplication in the same way bacteria and viruses do. They fall into sub categories including genital protozoa such as Trichomonas, nervous system protozoa such as Naegeria and blood protozoa such as E-coli.
2. The Nemetodes (Roundworms)
These worms include pinworms, hookworms, whipworms and ascaris to name a few and even though they are larger in size than the one- celled protozoa, they are round in shape and most are fairly small. They are what most people think of when parasites are mentioned and can do a lot of damage.
3. The Trematodes (Flukes)
Flukes are the most difficult parasite to remove with each adult fluke living for one year. They can remain in the human body for 10-20 years. There are liver flukes, lung flukes and blood flukes.
4. The Cestodes (Tapeworms)
Most tapeworms are only ½ inch long and are grayish white in colour, but there are some species that can grow to 33 feet long. The tapeworm head hooks onto the intestinal wall and the length of their bodies are comprised of sections that are nothing but reproductive organs and their ‘tails’ release eggs. These eggs then hatch into larvae that can migrate to other parts of the human body and can form cysts. The tapeworm regenerates solely from the head even if other sections break off. Some tapeworms can live for over 25 years. There are Pork tapeworm, fish tapeworm and dog tapeworm (which are passed to us from pets.)
To read in more detail about the different types of parasite please go humaworm.com because it would make this blog post far too long if I wrote about each one in depth.
Symptoms of parasites:
It is the parasites job to live in a host and remain undetected so some people don’t experience any symptoms for a long time after they become infected. Symptoms caused by parasites can overlap with / mimic other conditions so many parasitic infections go undiagnosed. The following are just a few symptoms of a parasitic infection:
- IBS symptoms such as digestive discomfort, gas and bloating, diarrhoea, constipation
- Leaky gut
- Skin disorders and allergies including rashes, dry skin and hair, brittle hair, hair loss, itchy skin, itchy nose, itchy anus, hives, allergies
- Mood and anxiety issues such as mood swings, unclear thinking, nervousness, anxiety, forgetfulness, slow reflexes
- Sleep disturbances including teeth grinding, bed wetting, drooling and disturbed sleep (waking frequently)
- Weight and appetite problems such as weight gain, the inability to gain or lose weight, uncontrollable hunger (eat a lot and still feel hungry) or loss of appetite, long- standing obesity
- Blood disorders
- Sexual and reproductive problems such as water retention, irregular menstrual cycles in women
- Excessive saliva production
- Bad breath
- Foul smelling body odour
- Unclear vision
- Poor immune response
- Respiratory problems
My personal experience with Humaworm parasite cleanse:
Now that I’ve spoken about parasites, how we contract them and the problems they can cause I’ll share my personal experience of parasite cleansing with you. I have done four cleanses to date and it’s been 10 days (just about) since I finished the most recent one.
The cleanse involves taking two herbal capsules twice a day for 30 days. The formula has been produced for many years now by the same family and it has become a large scale company based on the success of their products.
The capsules contain a mixture of herbs: Black Walnut, Wormwood, Cloves,Thyme, Garlic, Fennel, Cayenne, Ginger, Gentian, Hyssop, Milk Thistle, Marshmallow root, Pau D’arco, Burdock, Elecampane, Fenugreek, Liquorice, Barberry, Cascara, Sagrada, Senna, Sage, Psyllium, Yellow Dock, Cramp Bark, Peppermint
This herbal formula is designed to work in three ways:
- A specific herb combination kill parasites.
- Another herb combination helps to sweep toxins from the body and restore the body.
- Some herbs assist the digestive system to remove the waste.
You are supposed to take 2 capsules, twice per day spaced 8-12 hours apart (ideally 12 hours apart to keep the herbs at a consistent level within the bloodstream.) You must also leave 90 days between each parasite cleanse so that the parasites don’t become resistant to the herbs. Humaworm advises cleansing at least twice a year or every 90 days if you have higher ‘risk factors’ that make you more susceptible to infection such as working in the fields of healthcare or childcare or if work with animals or travel abroad frequently. One other thing to mention is the team at Humaworm freshly grind and package the herbs on the day they are shipped to ensure top quality freshness. They arrive in simple zip- lock bags and this is too keep costs down and make it affordable for most people. Please check their website for shipping details and costs. Humaworm also do certain bulk discount packages which can be useful for families or people doing multiple cleanses and they make a children’s formula which is suitable for children over the age of two.
I’ve had incredible results from each of the four Humaworm (HW) cleanses I have done but I’m going to focus on telling you about my experience with the most recent one.
In this description, I’m going to be really honest and real with you guys as I feel it is important and beneficial. This includes sharing a few ‘not so nice’ details so if you would rather pass on that then please don’t read any further. Also, I’ve included some pretty graphic photos below. If you’re sqeemish, I understand you may choose to skip the rest of this post. You’ve been warned!
I started to take HW at about 7-8am and 7-8pm daily (sometimes this varied by an hour or two.) When you take HW it’s important to drink more water than usual to help you body to remove the toxins and parasites that will be die-ing off. I made sure to drink 2-3 litres of water daily. For the first few days, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary apart from a slight decrease in energy. Then about 8 days in, I remember feeling bloated and uncomfortable and needed to go to the toilet a little bit more. For want of a better way of putting it, I knew I was definitely passing parasites as my bowel movement (BM) was different than usual. I noticed a sense of relief after whatever it was had left my system and carried on like usual.
For the following week or so they was nothing major to report but definitely a few ‘die-off’ symptoms including a feeling of fatigue, I really felt like I could sleep for ages! There was an increased need to go to the bathroom, most people notice this, I had a headache and body aches and had a really runny nose for 48 hours that cleared up quickly. The next main marker I distinctly remember came on day 17. Oh good old day 17, how could I forget you! On the evening of day 17, I ate dinner as usual, it happened to be salmon fillet, steamed veggies and basmati rice. At about 9pm, I remember sitting at my laptop and feeling a little clammy and ‘off.’ I decided to go and run a bath for myself, thinking it would help. I had my bath but felt a little bit queasy so sipped some peppermint tea. Not long after finishing my bath, intense nausea hit me! To cut this short, I was vomiting from about 11pm to 5am pretty regularly. It was so awful, I felt so ill and kept being sick until there was absolutely nothing left in my stomach. I finally got some sleep but was wiped out for a couple of days- I just knew that the HW was killing off some kind of bacteria and my body was getting rid of it in the best way possible.
The rest of the cleanse did seem quite intense and a bit ‘never ending’ but I knew it would be worth it in the end so I persevered. I’d say a lot of what I passed was microscpic but I definitely noticed some things that were not digested food. On closer inspection, several days I found small worms (threadworms I think) and what I believe to be a kind of fluke (I think liver fluke because they look similar to rolled up tomato skins and I hadn’t eaten tomato skins in a few days.) I noticed that I felt particularly unwell before passing something and then noticeably better- it was pretty amazing. One other symptom I noticed that seem to get extremely intense some days and be generally worse in the morning was ‘brain fog.’ It literally felt like I couldn’t think straight and I felt like I was trying to function whilst stuck in treacle. It’s a strangle sensation but really apparent and irritating. Also, one day towards the end of the cleanse, I slacked on my water drinking and felt really unwell. I got a bad headache and felt sick and dizzy so learnt my lesson the hard way! Another symptom throughout this cleanse was that I got skin breakouts. My skin looked more inflamed and dull than usual and I got a few sores on my face, like a milder version of impetigo (which I’ve had before.)
The following photos show first hand that the cleanse works, lots of people see parasites but some don’t as they can be hidden in the stool and many are microscopic. Sorry for the graphic nature of the photos, it’s a bit nerve wrecking putting them online but I genuinely want to help people so I feel it’s worth it.
Since completing this cleanse 10 days ago, I’ve noticed that my body’s still detoxing and passing parasites. Apparantly HW continues to work after the 30 day period. I’ve been taking Chapparal leaf tea and olive leaf extract, both are antimicrobial. Since finishing, I currently still feel tired, sore and ‘run down.’ I was extremely bloated last night and today, so much so that I genuinely looked pregnant and my skin is paler than usual and I have a small breakout around my chin. This is the main reason why I’ve been delayed writing this blog post. I’ve been wanting more sleep and the lymph nodes in my neck are still swollen.
I know once this passes, I’ll take another leap forward regarding my current state of health as I had been doing super well for a consecutive few months. What I’ve learnt over the past 5 years is that true healing takes time and that your body is highly intelligent. If you give your body the correct conditions, it will heal itself and in the best order. It’s a bit like taking a few steps forward and one back (as old issues resurface and are dealt with.) Overall I am definitely getting stronger and healthier and I believe that parasite cleansing as been a great tool and help in regards to this.
After each round of HW I have done (a couple of weeks after finishing), I have noticed increased energy, vitality and clarity of thought. My digestion is better and my stomach is flat. I also notice shinier hair and more of a radiance about my skin. I’m not getting paid or sponsored in any way. This is an independent review of Humaworm but I honestly think it’s wonderful and hope that more people will try parasite cleansing because the results will probably surprise you.
Just to finish, I’d like to say that this post has been the most challenging blog post that I’ve published so far. I’m being extremely open and honest with you and I’m sure you can appreciate that it is a vulnerable position to be in and not the easiest topic to talk about due to stigma and perceived ‘norms’. At the end of the day, we are all human and I’ve decided to share this info with you in the hope that you, or another person may benefit in some way.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or just want to chat. You can reach me by filling out the form on the ‘Contact Me’ page. I love hearing from you.
Next time, I might keep the post a little shorter and more light hearted! I haven’t decided what topic I’ll be writing about next. I want to wish you all a very happy Easter and hope you have a healthy and happy bank holiday weekend.
A big hug to all of you guys!
Until next time,