Parasites (either plant or animal) are organisms that take their nourishment from the host in which (or on which) they are living. Pathogens are parasites which cause damage and disease. Viruses, bacteria, rickettsia, fungi and worms are all parasites affecting humans. Most people are familiar with viral and bacterial infections (see Infection). Typhus Q, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease are caused by rickettsia, transmitted by fleas and ticks. Moulds and yeasts cause fungal diseases. They do not produce chlorophyll and must get their food from other organic matter. Ringworm, athlete’s foot, yeast infections, candidiasis of the skin, mouth and vagina are all superficial fungus infections; coccidio-idomycosis (‘Cocci’) and histoplasmosis, which attack the organs of the body, are deep systemic-type fungal infections. Parasitic worms are roundworms (nematodes) including pinworms, hookworms and trichina (or flatworms including tapeworms and flukes). Parasites are the cause of a variety of symptoms, such as fever, chills, nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, itching and breathing difficulties, and may be responsible for allergic reactions, lesions, abnormal growths and toxic reactions similar to poisoning. Nutritional loss, anaemia, cell damage, trauma and obstructions in organs and body systems are caused particularly by worms, their presence being indicated by restlessness at night, excessive nose picking, grinding the teeth and rectal itching.

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Although improper hygiene and sanitation habits are usually related to worms, internal uncleanliness is the major cause, since all parasites function essentially as scavengers in the overall ecological system. Virtually all parasitic organisms operate in the same way as germs, acting as ‘garbage men’ to clean up the environment. It is important to cleanse and tone the bowel, blood and liver, the bowels often being the first organ subject to parasitic attack. Enemas involving astringent and anthelmintic herbs are beneficial. Anthelmintic herbs are of two types – vermifuges (expel worms) and vermicides (destroy worms). Better results will be achieved if these are taken with a diet low in mucus and one including foods such as onions, garlic, pickles and large quantities of pumpkin seed, all of which are offensive to worms. Take two Para-Tech, twice daily for 15 days, alternating with 15 days of acidophilus. Repeat this process three times or for up to six months.

Black walnut extract preceded by a few drops of garlic oil is a potent fungicide. (It is also a specific remedy for persistent yeast-related diaper rash). Since superficial fungus infections thrive on warm moisture, make sure that the area is kept cool and dry. Remember that parasites are everywhere and the only way to avoid them is through internal and external cleanliness. We have a natural internal barrier against parasites provided by the HCl in our stomach. Adequate acid formation in the stomach will destroy most parasites.

See also Candida.

Single Herbs: Chamomile, Chaparral, Garlic, Peach Leaves, Male Fern, Wormwood, Black Walnut, Senna, Goldenseal, Coptis, Pumpkin Seeds (anthelmintic); Black Walnut Extract, Garlic (vermicide and fungicide).