The following is a republication of our original article on Parasites from several years ago. Due to the popularity of the information, we’ve made it an official part of the Real Food Cures Blog. Enjoy.

The TV famous Dr. Oz says that 90% of Americans have parasites.

On this point, we at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor agree with Dr. Oz.

There are a number of other respected leaders in medicine who have said the most undiagnosed condition in America are parasites. There are many books on the subject. Some true, some scary, and some outright alarmist. But here are the basics you need to know in your quest for optimum health

Parasites can cause seemingly random symptoms in various organs of the body with varying degrees of severity. Some symptoms of parasites are the source of great agony and some are barely noticeable. A couple of the more common symptoms are: Clenching or grinding of the teeth or jaw and an itchy butt…yep you read that right.

Even if you don’t have a compulsion to scratch your behind…read through this article to get more of an idea if you might be affected by parasites.

Parasites come in all shapes and sizes.

They can be big, like tapeworms: fifteen feet long. They can also be single-celled; only visible with a microscope. They can live anywhere in the body, such as in the sinuses, around the ears, in the brain and, of course, the intestines.

Parasites can even live in the heart muscle or heart chambers. One doctor we know grew up in a family of butchers. After years of slaughtering cattle, he could see which cows were sick just by looking at them. They would slice the throats of the cows and then cut the jaw muscles. Upon slicing the jaw muscles of the sick cows, parasite eggs would pour out onto the floor. This is why people grind their teeth at night–because parasites inhabit the jaw muscles. Jaw grinding happens primarily at night when parasites are more active.parasite

Some parasites lay eggs. The eggs hatch around the time of the full moon, give or take four days. When they hatch, it makes people act crazy. This is why an observant police officer, teacher or emergency room doctor will dreadfull moons–they will be busier. Parasites are the real reason why.

In our office, we have seen parasites cause psoriasis, heart problems, constipation, diarrhea, muscle weakness, floaters in the eyes, junk food cravings, excessive appetite, allergies, and depression.

Many people who complete a parasite program report that they are happier and enjoy the company of others more.

To get rid of parasites, Mother Nature has provided us with certain plants. In Japan, people use wasabi (with sushi) and in Mexico, it’s hot peppers. In India, people use curry and turmeric to stay free of parasites. Many cultures throughout the world do a parasite cleanse every six months or one year. The World Health organization recognizes Wormwood as an effective herb to kill parasites.

When worms die, they cause intestinal cramping, pain, diarrhea or constipation. In the toilet, the worms often look like angel hair pasta with a frayed end. They could be a few millimeters long to six inches long.

One of my clinician friends had a patient who excreted a two-foot roundworm. To kill egg-laying parasites, it is necessary to take the herbs for ten days, then stop them for five and keep cycling like that. This is because for ten days you are killing the “mother” parasite. It releases a chemical that prevents the eggs from hatching. When the mother is dead, the eggs start to hatch. Let them hatch for five days, then start back on the herbs. If you don’t, the baby parasites will fight each other to become the next dominant worm. Cycle the program like this for 2 to 3 months.

I have had many patients do a parasite program that they picked up at the health food store. I have never seen one of these work, primarily because there is no cycling of the herbs. The herbs may also be ineffective even when cycled properly because they may not be the correct herbs to target the specific parasite a person has. Certain herbs are more effective for certain parasites, and we can discern which herbs are appropriate via muscle testing. Parasites that do not lay eggs do not require cycling of the herbs.

Parasites are largely ignored by the medical profession.

I have heard a lot of MDs dismiss the topic by saying, “We don’t have parasites in this country.” Truthfully, the University of Michigan Parasitology Department identifies 100 parasites a day but it should be in the thousands per day because they receive stool samples from 5 states! I am amazed at the number of people who have health problems from parasites. At any hospital, easily 90% of the patients have them but they are not being identified.The sneaky thing about parasites is that out of more than 1,000 different kinds of parasites that can infect us, we can only detect about 50 of them through regular laboratory testing.

The other 950+ can be found only through alternative methods of testing like Nutrition Response Testing. To be sure that you are free of parasites, get into the office and asked to be checked. Bring your family as well, because we often share parasites with each other and our pets.

Yours in health,
Dr. Schmidt

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