Parasites— How I Got Rid of them Naturally with this 12 Week Cleanse and Protocol

Like many health issues, the signs and symptoms of being infected with a parasite can mimic other illnesses or health issues such as IBS, blood sugar disregulation, SIBO, candida, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, etc. Research reveals that 99.9% of Americans actually have parasites and some live asymptomatic. After picking up a parasite, I followed this 12 week protocol including herbs such as black walnut, wormwood, clove, and mimosa pudica, specific foods like pumpkin seeds, and coffee enemas, to get rid of the parasites for good and regain your health.

 
Emily Morrow Garlic Parasite Cleanse
 

This post was updated November 4, 2018.

"A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host."  There are three classes of parasites: protozoa, which are tiny, one-celled organisms that typically live in the intestines, blood, or tissue; helminths, which are parasitic worms such as tapeworms, roundworms, and thorny-headed worms; and ectoparasites, which are ticks, fleas, lice, and mites that attach or burrow into the skin.

Like many health issues, the signs and symptoms of being infected with a parasite can mimic other illnesses or health issues such as IBS, blood sugar disregulation, SIBO, Candida, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, etc. Believe it or not, parasite infections are far more common than you might think. Dr. Timothy Ray research reveals that 99.9% of Americans actually have parasites and of that:

  • ~1 billion people have nematodes (roundworms)

  • ~1 billion people have protozoa (such as amoebas)

  • ~1/2 billion people have athropod (insects)

  • ~300 million have cestatodes (tape worms)

  • ~300 million have trematodes (liver flukes)

These numbers are not limited to third world countries. Autopsies, too, confirm that virtually every tissue of the body show traces of visitation by parasites.

There are a number of ways to contract a parasite. First, parasites can enter your body through contaminated food and water. Undercooked meat is a common place for parasites to hide, as well as contaminated water from underdeveloped countries, lakes, ponds, or creeks. However, meat is the not the only culprit. Unclean or contaminated fruits and vegetables can also harbor parasites. Some parasites can even enter the body by traveling through the bottom of your foot. - Mind Body Green

Out of more than a thousand species that can effect humans, labs only test for about 50. That is only 5%. Additionally, most doctors fail to test for parasites and most medical labs show at least a 50% false negative rate. 

Dr. Amy Myers relayed that "Conventional stool tests can identify parasites or parasite eggs in your stool, yet this test comes with many limitations. The problem with this test is that it is only conditionally successful. This test requires three separate stool samples that must be sent to the lab for a pathologist to view under a microscope. Parasites have a very unique life cycle that allows them to rotate between dormant and alive. In order to identify them in this conventional test, the stool sample must contain a live parasite, the parasite must remain alive as the sample ships to the lab, and the pathologist must be able to see the live parasite swimming across the slide. While these can certainly be useful tests for some people, they are unable to identify dormant parasites, and therefore I often see a high number of false negatives with this type of stool test." - Source

Signs and Symptoms of Parasites

There are tons of posts out there that discuss different warning signs. I really like the picture below from Mind Body Green.

Some other signs you may have a parasite include:

  • Dark circles under eyes*

  • Foul-smelling stool

  • Foul-smelling sweat*

  • High night time cortisol*

  • Insomnia*

  • Irritation, itching or picking of nose

  • Joint pain and muscle exhaustion*

  • Moodiness/Nervousness*

  • Mucous covered stool/floating stools

  • Night sweats*

  • Pale complexion*

  • Pruritis ani (itching of anal region)*

  • Vomiting*

  • None - some people are asymptomatic for years

Prior to finding out I had a parasite, my symptoms were subtle. I occasionally had digestive problems and some headaches here and there, but nothing out of the ordinary. What ultimately led my doctor to test for parasites was the low white blood cell count and elevated liver enzymes from recent blood work. However, during my parasite cleanse, I experienced a ton of the symptoms above, indicated by the * sign.

How to Test for Parasites

A few people asked me how I found out I had a parasite and how to go about testing for them. Do not make the mistake I made and order a 1 day stool test. Mine came back negative. You need a comprehensive 3-day stool test where someone is actually looking under a microscope. The only one I trust and recommend is THIS one.

If you suspect you might have a parasite, there is no harm in doing this protocol; in fact, I recommend everyone do a variation of it every year because we are exposed to far too many parasites not too.

Parasite Protocol

With help from a few other functional medicine doctors, naturopaths and research, I created this parasite cleansing protocol. It worked for me and I’m confident it will work for you. Below you will find the exact diet, lifestyle and supplements that I used to cleanse my body and reduce the “die-off” reactions associated with it.

I want to make clear that I am not a doctor. The information provided in is this post is based on my personal experience. The information in this post is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure disease and should not be a replacement for medical advice. Always consult your doctor before trying a new diet, lifestyle or supplement protocol.


D I E T
for parasite protocol:

Cleansing parasites through your food is natural, safe, and easy. Parasites live off of certain foods and certain foods eliminate and kill them.

F O O D S  T O  I N C L U D E

Garlic: The allicin in garlic is potent against bacteria, but also viruses and fungus too. To reap the benefits, I recommend eating a raw, minced garlic cove every day, preferably on an empty stomach.

Reference: Ankri, Serge, and David Mirelman. "Antimicrobial Properties of Allicin from Garlic." Microbes and Infection 1.2 (1999): 125-29. PubMed. Web. 7 Dec. 2017.

Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin, which can paralyze parasites, and could prevent them from attaching to the intestinal wall. They are one of the greatest foods for natural parasite cleansing; aim to consume 1 oz of raw, organic pumpkin seeds every every day.

Reference: Plotnikov AA, et al. “Clinical trial of cucurbin (a preparation from pumpkin seeds) in cestodiasis.” Med Parazitol (Mosk) 41 (1972): 407–11. PubMed. 8 Dec. 2017.

Papaya Seeds: These seeds have been shown to have anthelmintic effects on parasites in trials performed on rats.

Reference: Sapaat, A., et al. "Anthelmintic Activity of Papaya Seeds on Hymenolepis Diminuta Infections in Rats." Tropical Biomedicine 29.4 (2012): 508-12. PubMed. Web. 7 Dec. 2017.

Coconut: Coconut is suspected to help kill Protozoa, Tapeworms, Guardia Lamblia, and Ringworm.

Fennell Seed Tea: I did not drink fennel tea, but this is something easy you can add in that is believed to help cleanse.

F O O D S  T O  A V O I D

Sugar: Sugar feeds parasites and lowers immunity. In addition to making parasites stronger, sugary foods reduce vitamin b and essential minerals. People infected with parasites often crave sugar, but this is not a natural craving. Stay away from sugary foods if you are infected with parasites.

Fruit: Fruit breaks down into sugar quickly. It is best to avoid fruit while on cleanse.

Processed Foods: Processed foods lower immunity and make it hard for the body to cleanse.

Refined Carbohydrates: These lead to sugar imbalances in the body and greater strain on your system that is already carrying the unnecessary weight of parasites. Stay away from bread, cookies, cereal, and pasta.

Alcohol: Alcohol does not allow for proper healing because it weakens the immune system.

Wheat & Gluten: Many grains, including wheat and gluten quickly break down into sugar quickly & cause intestinal inflammation.

Pork/Red Meat/Sushi: Can be highly contaminated with parasites so it is best to avoid these while on cleanse.


S U P P L E M E N T
to kill parasites:

Any successful parasite cleanse MUST include supplements. Food is not enough, and natural herbs are often more powerful than antibiotics. If you are uncertain if you have parasites or not, I recommend ordering this tincture from Amazon. After a few days of use, you might see a few parasites eliminated through your stool.

Every parasite protocol MUST include these:

Black Walnut 

These hulls contain natural chemicals called tannins and quinine.  These compounds give the herb the ability to expel worms, larvae and other parasites. It is known to kill over a hundred types of parasites, in the developmental and adult stages. It is used to expel intestinal parasites, worms and yeast. 

Cloves

Parasites lay thousands of eggs every day. Cloves work to kill the eggs, so no parasite cleansing protocol would be complete without cloves.

Wormwood

Wormwood is a very, very, very bitter herb. I see why parasites hate it. Wormwood is also valued, especially for its tonic effect on the liver, gallbladder and digestive system.

Mimosa Pudica 

Mimosa Pudica actively paralyzes parasites and forces them to fall away from their position on intestine walls. This means that parasites can be effectively flushed from your system. Mimosa Pudica supplements should be used for at least six months. This supplement is effective because it plays multiple parts in recovery. Not only does it bind the toxins in the body, but it also repairs cell membranes. On top of that, it delivers positive nutrients into the blood and digestive system.

 

S U P P L E M E N T
for parasite protocol:

 

ADULT PROTOCOL

R E Q U I R E D:

Paracid X— Contains Black Walnut, Wormwood and Clove, plus other herbs in doses proven to kill parasites.

Klaire Labs Interface Plus— Addresses infection and provides enzyme support.

Biocidin— a synergistic combination of botanical medicines which targets the entire GI tract and supports microbiome balance for healthy digestion and elimination; it also breaks down biofilms where parasites can hide.

Mimosa Pudica— actively paralyzes parasites and forces them to fall away from their position on intestine walls. This means that parasites can be effectively flushed from your system. Most parasite protocols do not include this and it is vital for success.

GI Detox+ or Bioactive Carbon Biotox- removes debris and supports binding biotoxins like mycotoxins from mold, ammonia from bacteria, and parasites and other byproducts from yeast, fungi, and viruses.

ProFlora4R— restorative probiotic to take during off weeks to replenish good bacteria.

O P T I O N A L (but highly recommended):

Oxy Powder - It’s important to keep bowels moving regularly and this will do the trick. If you are not having 1-2 bowel movements per day, get this.

Biotonic— Helps support the body in times of stress and lessen die-off reactions.

Formula 1— I did not use this because I only recently discovered it! However, there is a ton of amazing research on its benefits and I will use it in the future when I do yearly parasite cleanses.


KIDS PROTOCOL

For kids, I recommend this Kids Parasite Protocol. It includes directions with it!


S C H E D U L E
for supplements:

A successful parasite cleanse rotates supplements for a total of 12 weeks. Why? Because parasites live in different stages, and are most active during certain times of the month, specifically around the times of the full moon and the new moon, so the three on/off cycles allow you to always hit at least one of these phases to kill parasites when they are most active!

First Cycle (14 days on/14 days off)

ON:
Paracid X— 1 capsule three times per day on empty stomach
Klaire Labs Interface Plus— (dosage based on conditions)
Biocidin— (dosage based on weight)
Mimosa Pudica: Start slowly— 1 capsule 2x day on empty stomach
GI Detox+ or Bioactive Carbon Biotox— follow bottle; take 1 hour apart from other medications and supplements
Oxy Powder— 2 before bed
(optional) Biotonic— 10 drops 2x day

OFF:
ProFlora 4R Probiotic: 1 per day
(optional) Biotonic— 10 drops 2x day

Second Cycle (14 days on/14 days off)

ON:
Paracid X— 1 capsule three times per day on empty stomach
Klaire Labs Interface Plus— (dosage based on conditions)
Biocidin— (dosage based on weight)
Mimosa Pudica: 2x2/day on empty stomach
GI Detox+ or Bioactive Carbon Biotox— follow bottle; take 1 hour apart from other medications and supplements
Oxy Powder— 2 before bed
(optional) Biotonic— 10 drops 2x day

OFF:
ProFlora 4R Probiotic: 1 per day
(optional) Biotonic— 10 drops 2x day

Third Cycle (14 days on/14 days off)

ON:
Paracid X— 1 capsule three times per day on empty stomach
Klaire Labs Interface Plus— (dosage based on conditions)
Biocidin— (dosage based on weight)
Mimosa Pudica: 2x2/day on empty stomach
GI Detox+ or Bioactive Carbon Biotox— follow bottle; take 1 hour apart from other medications and supplements supplements
Oxy Powder— 2 before bed
(optional) Biotonic— 10 drops 2x day

OFF:
ProFlora 4R Probiotic: 1 per day
(optional) Biotonic— 10 drops 2x day

Maintenance - 3 Months Post Cleanse (3 weeks on/1 week off)

Mimosa Pudica: 1-2 before bed; increase dosage as needed
ProFlora 4R Probiotic: 1 per day
(optional) Biotonic— 10 drops 2x day


L I F E S T Y L E
for parasite protocol:

1. C O F F E E  E N E M A S

This is probably the most powerful additional procedure for parasite removal. Many people notice parasites in their stool after a coffee enema. Coffee enemas stimulate bile flow, mechanically clean the colon and can help loosen and remove parasites from the body. Coffee enemas also reduce liver toxicity, making it great for anyone with an overabundance of toxins in their body.

 
Emily Morrow Parasite Cleanse Coffee Enema

What You Need for Coffee Enema

  • Organic Enema Coffee - I tried six brands and this one worked the best. It also includes instructions for how to prepare the enema coffee.

  • Stainless Steel Enema Bucket - I bought this bucket because it was recommended by a well known ND. Please DO NOT USE a plastic or silicone bucket or bag; these can leach chemicals into the coffee that will then get into your body.

  • Fine Mesh Strainer - Do not use coffee filter paper, it will remove some of the therapeutic aspects of the coffee.

  • Organic Unrefined Sea Salt - Sea Salt restores the minerals lost during the enema.

  • GI Detox+ - bind to toxins being released from parasites to carry them out of the body.

  • Blackstrap Molasses (optional) - I did not learn about the benefits of blackstrap molasses until my last month of the cleanse, but it helped so much with retaining. Add 1 teaspoon into the coffee before putting it into the enema bucket.

  • Organic Coconut Oil - Lubricant for enema. Use organic and unrefined.

 

How to do a Coffee Enema

See post here for how to complete a coffee enema.

Aim to do 4 coffee enemas per week. With the enemas, you will do 3 weeks on and 1 week off.

You may also do coffee enemas post parasite protocol during the maintenance phase to help detoxify your liver and keep bile moving freely.

Coffee enamas are used in other countries for cancer therapy and treatment. They are such powerful tool for detoxifying and flushing the liver and gallbladder.

Emily Morrow Coffee Enema Cleanse Parasite
 

2. G R E E N  J U I C E S

It is important to incorporate certain greens and toxin binders while cleansing. These will carry the toxins that are released from the parasites when being killed off. I've listed the recipe for the green alkalizing drink I consumed before and after every enema (1/2 before and 1/2 right after). This drink greatly reduces symptoms of the healing crisis, something I will discuss here in a bit.

 
 
Parasite Cleanse Green Drink

Green Alkalizing Drink Recipe

Drink before and after every coffee enema and periodically throughout the cleanse to get rid of toxins and alkalize the gut.

Recipe:

  • 1 Lemon, Freshly Juiced

  • 1 Tbsp Organic, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother, like this one

  • Filtered water using this water filter - I can not stress how important filtered water is! The filter in your refrigerator is most likely not removing pathogens, heavy metals and other toxins.

 

3. I N F R A R E D  S A U N A  S E S S I O N S

Parasites are very intolerant to heat. Daily use of Infrared saunas can help with countless health conditions including candida, brain fog (caused by heavy metals and candida), lifelong, chronic sinus infectionS, gut dysbiosis, parasites and heavy metal detox.

4. C L E A N  S H E E T S & T O W E L S

You will want to sleep in a new pair of sheets every night. This is one of the reasons that people have such a hard time getting rid of parasites. Parasites lay eggs at night, so it is so important to wash your sheets after every time you sleep in them. Go ahead and buy a few pairs of sheets and change them out every day to make it easier. And replace your towels after each use.


H E A L I N G C R I S I S
during parasite protocol

When you cleanse your body, the toxins dislodge and the bacteria die off and release endotoxins, meaning you may experience mild detox symptoms, called a Healing Crisis or “Herxhemier reaction.” This is a normal response to detoxing, as parasites and pathogens die, releasing their toxins into your system for elimination. This sudden circulation of toxins can temporarily impact your well being and symptoms of illness (sweating, fever, discomfort, etc.) may occur.

The indications that you are experiencing a healing crisis typically resemble symptoms you may feel during illness. Symptoms of a healing crisis vary from one person to another and may include:

  • Fatigue*

  • Diarrhea

  • Aches/Soreness*

  • Low-grade fever*

  • Anxiety

  • Mood changes

  • Nausea*

  • Skin irritations

  • Stuffy nose

  • Congestion

  • Low blood pressure*

* Indicates the symptoms I experienced

How to Combat the Healing Crisis

Massage, acupuncture, sauna sessions and meditation may be helpful for relieving the indications of a healing crisis, especially anxiety. Back off the dosage amounts as needed until it passes!

Recap

Order a compressive stool test to confirm parasites if you want to test; however, you may also seek out a functional medicine doctor to have them test for parasites through muscle testing in their office.

Supplies & Supplements

Some of the links below for supplements will take you to product on amazon. However, to ensure quality and purity of supplement & to get the products for cheaper, I HIGHLY recommend ordering them from Fullscript or Emerson Ecologics.

1 in 3 people have parasites, some asymptomatic, so I highly recommend a yearly cleanse with 3 weeks of the protocol above! For more help and info, feel free to book a call below!