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Parasites & Other Body Bugs

I’m still relatively new to this parasite talk. I have 3 years of experience with candida (a topic for another day), but Parasites I’m still learning a lot as I go with each cleanse that I do.

What are Parasites?

In short, parasites are tiny organisms that live in or on another organism called a “host” and is fed at the expense of its host. In simple terms, a parasite can eat up all your vitamins, proteins, carbs etc in your body and deplete your body of things it needs to survive at it’s optimal health capacity. When our body is depleted of things it needs, we develop illnesses- chronic and acute. Our body is this miraculous organism and gives us physical queues to things that are wrong.

How would I know if I have a parasite?

Parasites are hard to detect in tests. Some doctors may opt for a stool sample, but parasites are tricky and it is rare that stool samples prove valid. Symptoms can vary in number and duration, everything from digestive problems, sugar cravings, skin issues, sleeping problems, decrease in brain function, food allergies etc

How do I get parasites?

Here’s the kicker, you get them from eating fruits and vegetables. Even if you wash them, and wash them well. They’re everywhere.

Doesn’t that mean that everyone would have parasites then?

Yep, sure does. Crazy right? But not really the more you dive into the microbiome of our bodies. We are made up of thousands of tiny organisms. When you have cravings for certain foods- that’s not your body craving those foods, it’s an organism craving that food so it can stay alive. Different organisms live off of different things. Take Candida for example. It thrives off yeast and sugar. So what do you think you crave when you have a Candida overgrowth in your gut? All the yeast and sugar things!

If you want to read way more in depth about Parasites, I really love Organic Olivia’s blog posts Part 1 and Part 2. She does an incredible job explaining all of this.

An Interesting Theory with SARS-COV-2

My dear friend Lisa, sent me this really cool theory in an email. It’s important to know this is just another branch of ideas with some really cool questions to explore. None of this has been immensely studied or proven, but with today’s censorship and knowing how little we really know about the SARS-COV-2, I think all possible angles should be considered. The really cool thing about informed health, is that each individual can make the choice and decision for themselves on what they want to believe or follow when they are presented with all angles of options. This is just another one to consider. Here’s an excerpt of her email to me. I’d love to know your thoughts too and open a dialogue about this below in the comments or emailed to me privately for discussion.

Lauren,

So I have a theory about how viruses may take advantage of the pathways opened by an ongoing parasite infection, and when you close those pathways by killing the parasite, the virus infection clears up too. Well, I’ve done some more research and found that both of the drugs I mentioned to you, Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine, inhibit/interrupt virus replication. They have been in the news recently as possible treatments for SARS-COV-2. There’s ongoing research into Ivermectin and it looks promising, depending on the study of course, haha. I know the controversy about hydroxychloroquine continues, and I don’t want to get in the middle of that and I’m definitely NOT a doctor, I just love research. What I find the most interesting is that outside of the side benefits of these drugs in treating viral illnesses, they are primarily anti-parasitic medications. Ivermectin is a pretty broad anti-parasitic, treating parasites both inside (hookworms/roundworms) and outside the body (scabies, lice, even bedbugs). Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malaria drug and is also used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. I know there’s a connection between parasite infections and being more prone to a host of other problems (inflammation, gastrointestinal issues, brain fog, etc.) as well as a weakened immune system. What if getting rid of the parasites, takes care of the rest?

Interesting right?

How cool is that idea? It just so happened that as she was emailing me, I was feeling called to look into parasite cleanses. It was coming up when I was on social media and it was not anything I had researched before. We were entering winter and I was already looking for ways to boost my natural immunity and our children’s immune systems to prep for the cold, dark, long winter. Why not do a parasite cleanse for the whole family right?

Lisa led me to DetoxJen who had her own protocol on parasite cleanses. Coupled with the Parasite Cleanse Lisa herself developed for her and her family, I did my research on the various recommendations and did my own for what felt right for us.

Here is my Parasite Detox

5 days on, 5 days off for a total of 3 rounds

Mornings ON:
10-15 drops of Wormwood/Blackwalnut in a Veggie Capsule
Veggie Capsule with 2 drops each of Myrrh, Oregano, Thyme, Clove
1 Pill each of GX Assist & Zendocrine
2 Hours after: 6 Capsules of Activated Charcoal

Evenings ON:
10-15 drops of Wormwood/Blackwalnut in a Veggie Capsule
Veggie Capsule with 2 drops each of Myrrh, Oregano, Thyme, Clove
1 Pill each of GX Assist & Zendocrine

For my 5 year old, she got 10-15 drops of the Kids Intestinal Cleanse just in the morning, 1 time a day for 5 days on.
I’m still nursing my 1 year old, so she did not get anything extra
*I know the controversy around cleanses while nursing. I have successfully detoxed a severe heavy metal poisoning while nursing and I go off how the baby reacts and wean down my cleanse or ramp it up based on her queues. This is not medical advice, I know my body and my baby the best and it is a very give and take relationship when I choose to detox while also nursing.*

Mornings OFF for the adults and the 5yo:
1 scoop of the probiotic powder mixed in water or fresh Orange Juice

Food we ate

We already eat rather clean, basic, and lots of whole foods. So we didn’t deviate from our normal eating habits. We don’t eat processed sugar except on special occasions, and we stopped drinking alcohol while we did the cleanse.

The outcome

Overall I felt SO good, lots of energy, despite lots of sleep interruptions with my 1yo, I felt I could exercise for longer, had more energy during the day with my kids. My skin drastically cleared up, my bloating went down. And my bowels felt normal for the first time in a very long time. The biggest improvement is my snot level decreased, I’ve always had a lot of snot and boogers in my nose, and I’d say I have 1/4th of what is my normal output. Overall, I plan to implement a parasite cleanse 1-2 times a year as a good health practices, and more if needed. I didn’t have any severe detox symptoms or craving detox. It all felt very gentle to my system.

Have questions?

Again, none of this is medical advice. I gathered my own research and researched specific essential oils to assist with parasite removal, muscle tested them and how many drops and how often we should do it and ours is a medium aggressive take on several parasite cleanses out there.

If you have questions or if you’ve also done a parasite cleanse in the past, I’d love to open a dialogue with you and hear from you. Feel free to email me at hello@laurencecora.com or comment below!

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