INTESTINAL PARASITES

Hi SOS’s”

One day while googling info about the parasites I had (Blastocystis Hominis) I came across this great site where Dr Jon Kaiser explained very clearly about Parasites.

I did not try the treatment he explains at the end of this info as I had already taken the antibiotics from The Centre For Digestive Disease in Australia (www.cdd.com.au) with great success!

If throughout the info below you find something typed in ‘blue‘ it is me that I added updated info.

Hope this info helps you bring more clarity to anyone who is going thru the ordeal of getting rid of the parasites in their body!

In.Joy”

All.ways Evolving,

Isabella Giua

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Intestinal Parasites: Everything

 you wanted to know and more!

 By DR. JON KAISER   

www.jonkaiser.com (under ‘education’)

After over fifteen years of experience in dealing with intestinal

parasites, I have learned quite a bit as to how these persistent

organisms can be transmitted, diagnosed and treated. I would like to

share this information with you in the paragraphs below.

 Since I will be providing a lot of detailed information it is important

that you know this information is not meant to diagnose or treat any

individual’s specific condition. Please do not make any changes to

your medical treatment program without first consulting your primary

care physician.

 I will start with some background information and then cover the

specific treatment protocols I currently use in my practice.

 

Introduction

 Intestinal infections have been described as constituting the greatest

single worldwide cause of illness and disease. Numerous studies

have shown that the incidence of intestinal parasites may approach

99% in developing countries. And in the United States, intestinal

infections are the third-leading cause of illness and disease.

 Although the present generation of Americans has grown up with

modern sanitary conveniences, parasitic infections are still more

common than we actually think. One survey of public health

laboratories in the U.S. reported a 15.6% incidence of intestinal

parasites among all samples checked. In my practice, greater than

50% of asymptomatic HIV(+) individuals test positive for at least one

intestinal parasite.

 The reason these organisms are called “parasites” is that they injure

their hosts. By definition, non-pathogenic parasites do not exist. The

only variable is the intensity of the effect caused to the host. Some

parasites, such as Entamoeba histolytica, usually cause acute

abdominal pain and profuse diarrhea. Others, such as Giardia

lamblia, are more commonly responsible for chronic malodorous gas

and bloating. Still others, such as Blastocystis hominis, may produce

a state of chronic fatigue as their only noticeable effect.

 All species of parasites cause stress to the immune system and can

stimulate HIV to be more active and your fatigue to be worse.

 Twenty years ago, the Centers for Disease Control viewed

Blastocystis hominis as an acute pathogen. Recently, it has retreated

from this position and it now classifies it as a “possible” pathogen.

Today, controversy continues to exist surrounding the status of

Blastocystis hominis. Though sometimes an asymptomatic inhabitant

of the gut, B. hominis can cause acute diarrhea, chronic fatigue,

increased HIV activity, flatulence, nausea, and rectal bleeding.

I believe that all intestinal parasites place a significant stress on the

immune system and I treat them with a combination of natural and

pharmaceutical means with complete eradication as the goal.

 

Parasite Transmission

 Most intestinal parasites are transmitted through contact with fecal

matter. The organisms themselves or their cysts are expelled through

the rectum of their host and find their way in some fashion to the

mouth of their next host.

This fecal-oral route of transmission can occur in several ways:

 Sexual Behavior: Intestinal parasites can be transmitted through

sexual activity much more easily than the HIV virus. Common safe

sex practices, including the use of condoms, are often insufficient at

preventing their spread. If a person removes a contaminated condom,

then puts their hand to their mouth, they cannot contract HIV, but they

can become infected with parasites. Another common mode of

transmission is rimming, a sexual practice where the tongue is put in

direct contact with the rectum of another person. This is the most

direct way possible to become infected with intestinal parasites.

 Contaminated Food and Water: The only way to completely prevent

exposure to parasites from food and water is by cooking. Food

prepared by individuals infected with parasites who have not

thoroughly washed their hands after using the bathroom may pose a

risk.

 Unfortunately, not all water-borne intestinal parasites are killed by

chlorine. Therefore, these organisms can exist in the water supply.

Complete elimination can only be achieved by boiling (for at least 5

minutes), filtering with a one micron filter, or drinking distilled water.

Bottled spring waters can vary greatly in their preparation methods

but are usually safe. To find out about the characteristics of a specific

brand of bottled water, call 1-800-WATER-11.

 

Household Contacts: Individuals who present with recurring

intestinal parasite infections, despite implementing careful hygienic

measures, may be living in households with infected members.

Behavior as innocuous as using the same face towel previously used

by an infected roommate can transmit these infections. Surfaces of

hot tubs, saunas, and bathhouses, where people sit naked, can also

be a hidden source of exposure. If recurring infections are a problem,

ask all of your household members (and sexual partners) to be

tested. All infected individuals should be simultaneously treated,

followed by a repeat test one month after the treatment is complete.

 

Common Intestinal Parasites

 Blastocystis hominis - This organism is more prevalent than any

other parasite, but often goes undetected due to poor laboratory

technique. Next to fungal overgrowth, B. hominis is the most

frequently observed pathogenic organism in the fecal samples of

HIV(+) patients.

A significant weight of evidence supports treating B. hominis as a

pathogen. Acute symptoms from this parasite include abdominal pain,

bloating, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, insomnia, dizziness,

low appetite, and rash. It has also been reported to be a cofactor to

many chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic

fatigue syndrome, autoimmune conditions, and arthritis. In my

practice, it also appears to be responsible for reactivating HIV activity

and may explain why some antiviral drug regimens fail prematurely.

When treated appropriately, eradication of this organism is often

associated with complete resolution of GI symptoms.

 Dientamoeba fragilis - This organism commonly causes parasitic

infections but often goes undetected due to poor laboratory

technique. It lives in the colon and is transmitted by direct ingestion

through the fecal-oral route. Its symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue,

and abdominal bloating.

 The Amoebas: Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba coli,

Entamoeba hartmanni, Iodamoeba butschlii and Endolimax nana

- These organisms are cosmopolitan in their distribution. E. histolytica

is most commonly linked to acute diarrhea and other GI symptoms.

However, individuals may harbor E. histolytica without experiencing

acute symptoms. The other amoebas have been associated with

chronic GI symptoms though they are not recognized to be

pathogens. Variations in an organism’s virulence and/or host

resistance factors may explain differences in the severity of the

observed symptoms. Amoebas are spread most frequently by

ingestion of their cysts. As with all parasites mentioned in this section,

complete eradication of these organisms from the GI tract should be

the goal.

 Giardia lamblia - Giardia lamblia most often resides in the small

intestine. It attaches itself via a sucker to the mucosal cells of the

intestinal wall and causes an inflammatory state to occur. When it

detaches, it is swept into the fecal stream and transforms itself into a

cyst before being expelled from the body. Infection is spread by the

fecal-oral route, either directly or through food and water. Other

sources of infection include mountain streams, well-water, and even

some chlorinated community water systems.

 Diagnosis

The diagnosis of intestinal parasites is straightforward. The name of

the test to get is called a Stool for Ova & Parasites and three samples

(one from three separate bowel movements) are required (it is

abbreviated as Stool for O&P X 3).

 While local hospital laboratories usually do a decent job at identifying

intestinal parasites, specialty laboratories are able to significantly

increase the yield of the test because of their additional expertise.

For example, batching the samples together and putting them

through a concentration step helps improve the sensitivity of the test.

 The increased training the staff of a specialty laboratory receives, as

well as the greater number of samples per day they process, plus the

higher quality equipment that they often use, are all factors that

improve their ability to find parasites in your sample.

 The lab I have used for this purpose for the past ten years is the

Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory (www.gsdl.com). Their website

contains a lot of information you may find interesting.

(Isabella Giua adds, ‘Here I need to update the info: Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory now goes under the name of: GENEVA DIAGNOSTICS and their website is www.gdx.net  or 1800.522.4762

The test that I routinely order is called a “Comprehensive Parasitology – Random

and it not only looks for intestinal parasites but tests for fungal and

bacterial imbalances in your gut as well. This is not the lab’s most

expensive test, but it does a very good job at evaluating the health of

a person’s intestinal system at a reasonable cost (prepay price:

$132). Unfortunately, it must be ordered by a physician or other

health care practitioner (chiropractor, acupuncturist, etc.).

 

Treatment

In my opinion, there is no such thing as a good parasite. By

definition, these organisms sap your energy, interfere with the gut’s

absorption of nutrients, and most importantly, they put an added

stress on your immune system (which is definitely not what someone

with HIV infection needs).

 A highly respected researcher presented the following information at

a recent high profile HIV conference – “The vast majority of CD4 cells

reside in the mucosal lining of the gut, not in the blood or lymph

nodes. The more these immune cells are activated and stimulated,

the more quickly CD4 cells will die from HIV.”

Gut pathogens, such as intestinal parasites, activate CD4 cells and

due to this activation make it much more likely that they will be

infected by HIV. They are then more prone to die off leaving the CD4

count negatively affected. This is one of the hidden reasons that,

despite taking antiviral medications for several years, many people do

not see their CD4 counts continue to rise. It is also one of the

reasons for ongoing symptoms of chronic fatigue and intestinal

symptoms such as gas and loose stools in people with undetectable

viral loads.

 Most physicians have been taught that the first line treatment for

parasites is Flagyl (metronidazole). They were taught this thirty years

ago and have been prescribing it ever since. There are two main

 problems with this approach. First, Flagyl can cause terrible side

effects in many people. These can range from headaches to a

metallic taste in the mouth to psychotic behavior. It is also often

ineffective because, over the past thirty years, most common

parasites have developed resistance to this medication.

 This brings me to a very important point. One must always retest for

intestinal parasites one month after finishing a treatment to make

sure that they have been completely eradicated. I then recommend

retesting on a yearly basis to make sure that you stay parasite-free.

 The following protocols are what I use to treat most cases of intestinal

parasites in my practice. These medications have been well tolerated

in my patient population during the past fifteen years.

 Disclaimer: “This information is not meant to diagnose or treat an

individual’s specific condition. Please do not make any changes to

your medical treatment program without first consulting your primary

care physician”.

 

Treatment for Non-complicated Parasite Infections

Very effective against: Blastocystis hominis, Endolimax nana,

Iodamoeba butschlii, Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba fragilis, and

Entamoeba coli.

 

1) Humatin (paromomycin) 250 mg 2 pills 3X per day for 10 days

2) Iodoquinol 650 mg 1 pill 3X per day for 20 days

3) Metagenics Candibactin BR 1 pill 3X per day for 20 days

(800-692-9400)

 Start all of the above on the same day. Take together in between

meals with a full glass of water (at least 30 minutes before or two

hours after a meal). Mild to moderate gas, bloating, nausea, and

even cramping may occur. Stop all the medications if frequent

vomiting or a rash occurs.

 Following this treatment, take a high potency probiotic supplement for

at least one month. I recommend:

 Custom Probiotics – Adult Formula CP-1,

1 capsule 2x/day with or without meals

(800) 219-8405

 

Treatment for 3 Parasite Infections or Resistant Parasites

1)   Humatin 250 mg 2 pills 2x/day for 14 days

Humatin: Paromomycin (brand name Humatin) is an aminoglycoside antibiotic, first isolated from Streptomyces krestomuceticus in the 1950s. It is also called monomycin and aminosidine.[2 It is an antibiotic designed to fight intestinal infections such as cryptosporidiosis, amoebiasis and leishmaniasis.

2) Albendazole 200 mg 1 pill 2x/day for 14 days

3) Iodoquinol 650 mg 1 pill 2x/day for 14 days

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#4) Metamusil (psyllium seed husks) 1 tablespoon 2x/day for 14 days

#5) L-Glutamine Powder 1 teaspoon 2x/day for 14 days

 Start all of the medications together. Take them with #4 and #5 in a

full glass of water or juice at least 30 minutes before or two hours

after a meal. Mild to moderate gas, bloating, nausea, and even

cramping may occur. Stop all the medications if frequent vomiting or

a rash occurs.

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Following this treatment, take a high potency probiotic supplement for at least one month. I recommend:

Custom Probiotics – Adult Formula CP-1,

1 capsule 2x/day with or without meals

(800) 219-8405

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