EP 161 – Parasites 101

I’m not going to jump into this episode without asking you to put down your fork, and perhaps listen to this when you’re not eating… that’s my kinda trigger warning to you. You’ll understand why in a moment. 

Protozoa, helminths, and ectoparasites are the three classifications of parasites that can quite literally wreak havoc in your body and mind. We likely all have them, but when your cup is overflowing in a bad way, cracks, aka symptoms in your health show, and you may not put the full picture together. 

The list of names is almost unpronounceable like Blastocystis hominus, Cryptosporidium, Dientamoeba fragilis, Giardia lamblia, Rhinosporidium seeberi that nasal mucosa came into contact with infected material through bathing in common ponds, according to Wikipedia makes you never want to go underwater again. 

Does it help to know that pinworms are the most common parasite, swiftly followed by guardia? Sometimes knowing what you have eases the wonder, right? 

This episode and show might make your skin crawl or give you the creeps, so be careful if you start enlisting Dr. Google’s help. 

Parasites can live in your sinuses, eyes, ears, bladder, gallbladder, lungs, and just about anywhere and move through tissues. Single-cell organisms, the amoeba, can even get into your brain. They love to find a place that’s dark, warm, and even injured areas by either physical trauma or emotional trauma, as in organs associated with emotions – the gall bladder and worry, for instance, the liver and anger, more on that in the work of Louise Hay. Over 70% of parasites are microscopic, but 30% can be visible. More on what they look like in a bit. The lifespan of these buggers is up to 50 years in form. Exposure can be from childhood – a mouthful of lake water up at a friend’s cottage, a trip to a different land, or just in your backyard with your family pet. Depending on your age, you are quite likely home to these opportunistic beings live off their host and could tip the balance to a bunch of symptoms that I’m going to guess you don’t know about. So today on EAT THIS with Lianne, parasites 101. What are they, and how will you know if you’re a host, a lot about prevention and, if we get to it today, treatment? 

They are everywhere, and the Western world, across the globe, in your dog and your cat, hopefully not, but possibly in your water. After my recent trip to Costa Rica, I know I picked up a hitchhiker and had to deal with it asap, knowing how they can take hold. 

They’re found in food like raw fish, so yes, that sushi you love is in the top 5 list. Eating rare meat is a no-no, and they’re found in undercooked beef, pork, and chicken. They’re found in kids as they pick up everything and put them in their mouths, so daycare is a breeding ground for them. The impact of parasites and where they can get into, from what I have experienced and heard from clients and colleagues, your doctor is unlikely to find a parasite in your gall bladder, so this is another concept that you should seek out help with. Yes, first by your doctor, but also someone with experience in functional medicine, as these buggers can get into places further to where the sun doesn’t shine! We deworm your pets, and children are dewormed in some areas of the world. 

Listen to this list of symptoms and tell me that you don’t have or know of someone who has mentioned this to you in a chat about their health… 

There’s gas and bloating, grinding teeth, cough at night, putting on weight, fatigue, migraines, vision issues, eye floaters, eye twitches, brain fog, food cravings, iron deficiency anemia that shows as low ferritin, allergies, sleep issues, behavioral issues, mental health and illness from anxiety to depression, feeling like your skin is crawling (outside of this conversation), noises coming from your colon, pinching feeling in your belly (which is really your colon), IBS – diarrhea or constipation, you’re always hungry, sugar cravings, heart palpitations, dermatitis, joint pain, muscle pain, bed wetting, night sweats, anal itching, cysts like ovarian cysts in women, and tumors. If that’s not enough, eosinophilia or high levels of eosinophils – you liked that word when Dr. B said it didn’t you, Chris? Eosinophils are a type of disease-fighting white blood cell. This condition often indicates a parasitic infection, an allergic reaction, or cancer—also, elevated basophils, mast cell, and histamine issues as a follow-up to episode 157 that blew everyone’s mind. Your food allergy could have an underlying cause of parasites. 

As well as the list that I shared, in a presentation from Dr. Brockenshire, a regular guest expert, he listed autism, ADD/ADHD and behavioral disorders, depression, schizophrenia, ALS, MS, Chronic fatigue syndrome, neurodegenerative illnesses, and specifically toxoplasmosis that can lead to increases risk behavior, so less prone to common sense. If you have a cat, toxoplasmosis is likely. If you have a dog, you could have worms. 

I often have a-ha moments; I had one as I researched for this episode. 

Depression and inflammation in the brain are linked. 

I’m not sure why that only landed for me, but I’m grateful it did. I knew it on some level, but it really landed now. Knowing what an anti-inflammatory diet looks like versus a pro-inflammatory diet does, truly, what goes on our plate and in our mouth, whether there’s a parasite in there or not, impacts mental health not directly, but your overall health and therefore susceptibility towards mental health issues. 

I watched a TED talk by Turhan Canli, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Stony Brook University, where he is the founder and director of the SCAN (Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience) Center, is mind-blowing watch if you inhale information about mental health as much as I do, as anything that I can do to help my daughter, and even myself at times, is very much needed further to the standard medical protocols.

I watched a TED talk by Turhan Canli, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Stony Brook University, where he is the founder and director of the SCAN (Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience) Center, is mind-blowing watch if you inhale information about mental health as much as I do, as anything that I can do to help my daughter, and even myself at times, is very much needed further to the standard medical protocols.

As we’ve said many times on this show, I hope you now know that our emotional and mental health is not separate from our physical or overall health. Let me explain how this is actually happening so you understand its cycle – which can be positive or negative–usually the latter. Your thoughts and feelings create stress, which includes self-doubt, self-loathing, and body dysmorphia, and any kind of stress negatively impacts the immune system, slowing down your army and its ability to keep you safe from viruses, bacteria, and parasites. The immune system really has a tough go of it. Creating inflammation all day long to try and capture a foreign invader, like food, a bug, someone’s perfume as a chemical sensitivity, or from cellular damage in your arteries, injuries and trauma like a hit to the head, in all these cases, you’re more susceptible to becoming a host for a parasite. If it’s in you already, that underlying under-functioning immune army allows the parasite to stay wherever it has found its home, and one day, in one movement, the balance tips, and you end up with symptoms.   

Of those that you could see in your stool, which requires an almost hazmat set up before you dig in – here are what they look like for those inquiring minds that want to know:  I got this list from NaturoapthMelissa on Instagram: 

– flukes: trematodes: what you’ll see the most of & look like rolled up tomato skins or jelly blobs

– roundworms: nematodes: look like spaghetti noodles

– tapeworms: cestodes: that look like flat pieces of rice

– all the parasite eggs which look like sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds, you can definitely see these

– gallstones which can look like corn

If you follow Sir Richard Branson on social media, you see him holding a jar full of 200 roundworms, a typical number in a child’s belly. He talks about how much they negatively affect children and adults, putting a damper on life. His post talks about the Virgin Unite team’s philanthropic efforts, contributing to the treatment and encouraging others to get on board. If we can clean up ourselves and help others at the same time is a total win-win. 

Let’s talk about prevention and dealing with these buggers. A strong immune system is the only way to go—a healthy gut, recognizing where your issues are, and dealing with them. Like indigestion could be from not enough stomach acid, so taking an enzyme like Hypo zymase is essential. Actually, taking it when you travel and when you eat out is prevention right there. 

Cleaning up your diet, removing sugar and processed foods, and increasing fiber-rich foods from the plant kingdom are needed so that your body can expel them on its own. Just like Chris and his salad, I have proof that he ate yesterday… 

Photo evidence shared by his wife!

Correct your deficiencies; parasites live off you, so you certainly have deficiencies. Something like Adult Boost and Cell Mins are both essential. Add in Skin Boost and Alka C and Liposome B complex. A probiotic is foundational to the immune system. 

Stabilize the gut, support the immune system then go after the parasite. Start with RCCP first, then move into the parasite. 

In my opinion, these buggers are hard to test for with medical and lab tests, so the energetic way of testing is the way to go. 

Start to sort out your gut with the Restoring Cellular Communication Pathways Program called RCCP from Physica. It’s a full-month program (or longer) that really helps to get your drainage pathways open, get your cells talking to each other, and help support your gut to start your path to healing. It’s an extensive program and has helped so many clients, and I know practitioners who won’t even treat a patient until they go through the program. Hence, they truly know what they’re dealing with after the foundation of the gut, giving vital nutrients for function and assisting elimination happens. 

The only long-term solution for keeping parasites & other bugs in check is to make your terrain inhospitable for them so they don’t stick around. The immune system can deal with them, but you must find them and get them to show themselves. How do you do that? Testing is one way. EAV testing, muscle testing, which Dr. B does, and other practitioners. I do a variation of muscle testing with sound therapy, and as soon as artemisia shows up, I know that there’s a parasite to be dealt with. 

Notice your symptoms at the full moon. No, not the howling, but if your symptoms worsen, there could be a parasitic association, so notice!  

Supplements mentioned:

Take This by Lianne  

  • Adult Boost multi-mineral and enzyme capsule
  • Cell Mins – homeopathically prepared minerals for easy absorption
  • Skin Boost – superfood powder to support all cellular functions and powerful antioxidant
  • Bio Boost – probiotic to support a healthy microbiome 

Physica Energetics

Hypo Zymase enzyme to take on holiday and when you go out (at a minimum). I take it at every meal. 

RCCP Program – the full monty of getting your health back on track 

Artemisia Intrinsic – anti-parasitic. You must support your gut and immune system first before using this product. 

GB-40 Yuan Source – gall bladder support, whether you have one or not. 

Liposome B-Complex liquid – easy to take and absorb B vitamins for energy, enzymes, and everything your body does! 

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