– Are You a Good Host?
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Spring
Cleaning – Time to Get Rid of the Gunk!
weeks article on cleansing, I thought it would be a good time
to bring up parasites the thought of which makes most of
us queasy. In spite of that, they are an often overlooked cause
of certain health problems today.
actually very common in nature and more common in humans than we
would like to think. Approximately one half of the population of
the world carries at least one form of parasite. If you add yeast/fungus
(another form of parasite) to that, it includes almost the entire
hygiene does not exempt us from parasites. In fact, our diet of
refined foods tends to weaken our immune systems and make us more
susceptible to parasitic infection. Remember, parasites are scavengers
and poor diets (lots of white sugar and white flour products) give
these critters plenty to scavenge.
are not just found in our intestinal tracts. They can infest any
body part such as the lungs, the liver, the muscles and joints,
the brain, the blood, the skin and even the eyes.
It is very
easy to come into contact with parasites. Contaminated water, undercooked
meats, improperly washed fruits and vegetables are just some of
the common sources of parasitic infections. Transmission from pets,
insect or spider bites, or other people is also common.
parasitic infection can include chronic digestive problems, gas,
constipation, diarrhea, skin rashes, stomach pains, and or fatigue.
Parasitic infections may contribute to a variety of major diseases
including Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and
chronic fatigue syndrome.
be very difficult to detect in conventional laboratory analysis.
Of over 1000 species of parasites that could infect humans, only
40 to 50 have tests available to detect them. Medical testing procedures
for parasites are not always accurate due to poor laboratory technique,
not enough different stool samples, use of the wrong test, or not
catching the parasite in a phase that is easily detected.
I love it
when people walk into the store and tell me that they have been
to over 7 or 8 medical doctors and their skin rash, or digestive
issue, or whatever doesnt go away with whatever they are prescribed.
These problems, more often than not, resolve with a simple parasite
cleanse that has no harmful side effects. Wow!
many good herbal products available that rid the body of parasites.
Different formulas are used depending on the type of parasitic infection.
Common herbs used include black walnut, artemisia or wormwood, cloves,
garlic, oregano, grapefruit seed extract and olive leaf. Parasites
are not affected by these herbs during certain stages of their life
cycle, so it is helpful to repeat dosage after a 10 to 14 day break.
In my grandmothers
time, spring tonics were common. These tonics
typically included herbs to rid the body of parasites or worms.
Although these have fallen out of fashion, nature has not changed
and parasites still find good homes in humans. People with pets
and livestock routinely treat their animals for parasites but do
not think about treating themselves.
parasites are part of nature and they can infect any living creature
not just animals.
April 15, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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