Do I have parasites? That’s what I was asking myself about 4 weeks ago when I saw someone else post that they tested positive for parasites after returning from Mexico. I was on that same trip and began experiencing very strange symptoms. Let me share my story, and maybe it will be able to help you out. Oh and just a forewarning, some of the stuff I’m going to talk about is disgusting, but I have to talk about it.
2 months ago I visited Cancun, Mexico for the first time in my life. We had a great time, drank quite a bit, and ate a lot. I was warned about the water, which I stayed away from, but completely forgot about the ice, and never thought twice about any of the beef and chicken available. I figured that since I was at a nice resort that they would properly cook the food, but apparently I was wrong. When I returned home I experienced extreme diarrhea for 4 days straight. I’m talking “couldn’t leave the damn toilet” diarrhea. It was miserable, but it soon passed and I felt much better. About a month later, though, I started experiencing some anxiety. I remember waking up after falling sleeping on the couch and having some sort of panic attack. That’s not like me at all. I’m not an anxious person and this was the most random experience. For a week after that I began having more anxiety and then some other symptoms developed. First, there was brain fog and a “spaced out” feeling, where I literally couldn’t concentrate on anything. Then came the extreme fatigue. Around 2-4 PM in the afternoon I would become so tired that I could barely keep my eyes open. Not too long afterwards I began having very bad headaches, and there was even a point where I had a headache for 15 days straight. Along with headaches came a sore, achey, and stiff neck and dizziness. All of these symptoms worsened as time went on. I began to think that there was something seriously wrong with me.
I decided to see a doctor, but he had no idea what was going on. He named off a bunch of things it could be, but nothing really added up. He had me take a blood test, which came back normal, so here I was back at home with no answers as the symptoms got worse. I decided to take matters into my own hands and start doing some research. I “Googled” my symptoms and some pretty serious diseases popped up, such as Lyme Disease and even Lymphoma, but I was only having a few of the symptoms associated with each. Spinal Meningitis was another option, but I’ve had that before and it didn’t feel like that’s what it was. After hours and hours of research, though, I found absolutely nothing that described all of my symptoms. The only thing I did find was a number of chat forums with people experiencing the same symptoms, but just like me had absolutely no idea what was going on. I saw quite a few of them post that they have been going through this for years and years with no answers, and I was beginning to think that’s what was going to happen to me. But then I saw a Facebook post.
In a group that I was a part of I saw someone who was down in Mexico the same time as me post that they were experiencing literally the exact same symptoms as I was, went from doctor to doctor, and ended up finding out the problem after visiting a holistic specialist 8 hours away. Within a few minutes the doctor diagnosed her with parasites. They did testing, and she did in fact get parasites from being down in Mexico. After she posted that, a ton of others who were down there with us said that they were experiencing all of the same symptoms as well. I finally felt a sense of relief and knew that I needed to contact her and not only get help from her, but talk to her doctor as well. I did and have been working with him for the past 3 weeks over phone.
Before I move on to how I am getting rid of the parasites, here is a list of symptoms I was experiencing.
Before I had the opportunity to talk to the doctor, I went ahead and did a ton of research to find the best parasite cleanse out there, and found the Dr. Clark Parasite cleanse. It consists of Green Black Walnut Wormwood tincture, Cloves, and the Super W Blend. There is a specific schedule to take all these, and you can see that schedule in the link above. I also ordered a colon cleanse kit (recommended by another parasite cleanse site), which consists of Psyllium Whole Husks and Bentonite, which I take every morning on an empty stomach. In addition, I take a probiotic before bed and digestive enzymes with meals. The reason for the colon cleanse is because once the parasites begin to die, they release toxins and need to be flushed out of the system as soon as possible. On top of the colon cleanse, it’s recommended that you go through a few colon hydrotherapy sessions to clean everything out. As much as I don’t want to do this, I’m in the process of scheduling my first appointment.
When I talked to the doctor, he put me on a very strict diet regimen as well. There are a lot of websites that say that some fruits are OK while doing the cleanse, such as pineapple, but he feels otherwise. He has me staying away from all meat, dairy and fruits, and sticking with pretty much all organic vegetables, brown rice, healthy oils, and some nuts and seeds. The only exception he allowed was my Shakeology supplement, which does have some natural sugars in it. Some of the foods that are said to kill parasites that I am eating are pumpkin seeds, onion, garlic, almonds, and extra virgin coconut oil. Along with that, I am drinking green tea and a ton of water. Drinking a lot of water is important because again, you need to make sure you flush out your system of the toxins released by the parasites.
Supplements I’m Using
*The reason for the Sunwarrior Fulvic Acid (minerals) is because the parasites tend to steal the nutrients from food that need to be absorbed into the body. My doctor said that the reason for the muscle lock-ups and stiff neck is because I was not getting enough minerals in my system.
The parasite cleanse is an 18 day cleanse, and I just finished up with my first round. I’m doing another round based on the recommendation of my doctor. The first 4 days were rough, and I continued to have all of my symptoms. However, on day 5 things began to change a little bit. The brain fog lifted some and I was less fatigued and my headache went away. Things got better for the next few days until I got to Day 7, and then I began feeling like crap once again. I was extremely spaced out on Day 8 and developed a very bad headache. This is expected because like I mentioned above, once the parasites begin to die, they release toxins into your system, and you can experience flu-like symptoms. In addition, I began getting aches all over my body, especially in my joints. The aches lasted about 4 days and then disappeared.
I felt OK for days 9, 10, and 11, and then all of the sudden I got hit hard with some symptoms. I got another bad headache and really began feeling bad again. I just didn’t feel good, but the worst symptom I experienced was on day 12, when I was extremely dizzy all day long. The dizziness is another symptom that occurs once the parasites start dying. And here comes the gross point, but the next day, day 13, is when I started seeing the worms in my stool. I found quite a few of them, ranging from roundworms, flatworms, to liver flukes. Yeah, disgusting, I thought so too, but it was a good sign that these things were finally leaving my system. By the way, for those of you wondering, they aren’t alive when they come out. I noticed the worms in my stool all the way up until the last day of the cleanse. When day 15 rolled around, I felt better than I had in about a month and a half. I had energy again, my neck wasn’t as stiff, I could think clearly, and I finally just felt good. Now here we are, Day 19, and I have my focus back, have no anxiety, have more energy, and finally feel like myself again.
The one thing that has been extremely tough for me is not being able to work out. My life revolves around fitness (I’m a fitness Coach), and working out is part of my daily routine. I’ve only been able to work out a few times over the past 4 weeks. I tried lifting, but with my neck being so stiff I strained something in the tendons connecting my neck to my scull. I have had to take it easy since then. It’s probably good that I’m resting anyways, though, because of the lack of protein and calories I’m consuming. Working out would just burn more calories, forcing me to eat more veggies, and because veggies are so low in calories, I would have to stuff myself full of them. After eating nothing but veggies for weeks, there is no way I could force myself to eat MORE of them! All I know is that I’m looking forward to adding some chicken and eggs back into my diet.
So if you’re asking yourself, “Do I have parasites?”, hopefully this post has been able to help you in some way. Like I said, after going through the many different chat forums and seeing all those people out there suffering from the same symptoms I am without having any idea what is going on with them, maybe now you have one possible answer. Parasites are nothing to mess around with. If you have been out of the country or are experiencing any strange symptoms like I was, you want to make sure you see a your doctor or a specialist immediately. It’s always good to get multiple opinions as well. If you have any questions, just post below in the comments section and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I’m going to do my best to bring awareness to this issue and help out as many people as possible!
My name is Josh Spencer and I'm a husband, father, online fitness Coach (since 2008), soon to be author, and holistic healing advocate. Since 2008 I've helped thousands and thousands of people make a change in their health! I believe that in order to make incredible changes you have to have the right mindset, nutrition, and workout plan.