Tag Archives for " do i have parasites "

Aug 21

Dealing With Parasites

Josh Spencer ParasitesHere I am, 4 months after returning home from Mexico, still dealing with parasites. I’ve been trying to stay as strong as I possibly can be, especially with my posts on Facebook and my interaction with the thousands of Coaches on my team, but it would be a complete lie to say that this hasn’t been the most challenging physical and mental battle I’ve ever been through in my life. The crazy thing is that I’ve been through some rough shit before. I just try not to talk about it because I still have a responsibility to be a great father and leader, and on top of that, there are way more people out there with bigger problems than what I’m going through. I’m not a complainer, never have been and never will be. I accept what goes on in my life and just learn how to deal with it. However, I’m struggling. Why am I writing this post? I don’t know, to get it out there, to bring awareness, to possibly help others who are going through a similar situation. It’s been a tough journey, and I’m going to let you all in on just how tough it’s been.

I sat down with my dad last night at Starbucks and said to him, “Dad, thank God I’m strong because I can’t imagine not being strong and going through what I’m going through.” So what am I going through? Yeah, you know I’m dealing with parasites, I’ve made that clear, but what exactly are the symptoms of these parasites? Be ready for a long list.

My Symptoms of Parasites

  • Brain fog
  • Random anxiety and panic attacks
  • Neck aches and stiffness
  • Muscle aches
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Breathing issues
  • Dizziness
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms (from the die-off)
  • Emotional roller-coaster
  • Back pain

I don’t want to take time going through and explaining these symptoms right now because I already did so in my “Do I Have Parasites?” post, but I do want to pick up where that post left off. So where did it leave off? I was finishing up my second round of the Dr. Clark Para-cleanse. Things slowly started getting better and the symptoms began to disappear, but then out of nowhere came back again. For 5 days straight I experienced extreme dizziness, the worst I experienced yet, and then most of the other symptoms came back. For days I felt extremely sick, and then the breathing issues became very bad, so bad that I decided to go to the E.R. The only reason I went, though, was because Melinda (my wife) was scared and wanted me to, so I did. The E.R. docs were clueless and thought I was nuts. The main doctor kept telling me how rare it was to pick up parasites like that. Well NO SHIT it’s rare doc, but that’s what’s going on with me! He didn’t think so, but I convinced him to give me a prescription for a parasite killing medicine called Alinia. Alinia is  what my Chiropractic Kinesiologist who has dealt with parasites many times in patients recommended for me (after the natural approach, of course). I went through a 3-day treatment and again slowly began feeling better.

Everything began to improve from that point on, and I was feeling about 80%, the best I’ve felt in a LONG TIME, and then I made the mistake of getting a deep massage. It released an incredible amount of toxins stored in my muscles back into my system and I woke up the next day feeling extremely sick again. Every single one of the symptoms came back, including the brain fog, dizziness, fatigue, and breathing issues. They slowly began to disappear, but then the symptoms slowly began coming back again. It’s a terrible cycle. Then the day after I got my 4th colonics treatment, I “discovered” another large parasite. Yeah, it’s that in the picture below, and I apologize because it’s damn gross, but now you know what to look for. Before finding this, though, I was seriously beginning to question whether I still had parasites or if something else was wrong with me, and finding the parasite gave me a strange peace of mind because I now had an answer to my continued issues. That was last week, and I got back to about 90% feeling better after it passed, ALMOST feeling like myself again, but decided that I needed to go through another round of Alinia treatment, just in case there were more still left. And that’s where I am now. I just finished up the last day of the treatment and to be honest with you I feel like shit. Apparently there were parasites still living in me and now I’m experiencing the normal parasite die-off symptoms. I’m praying to God that this is the last time I have to experience symptoms, but if it’s not, I’ll just have to figure it out.

Dealing with Parasites

Now I want to talk about the mental battle that I’ve been going through with this. Like I said above, it’s been one of the toughest times, if not the toughest, in my entire life. When you start experiencing random anxiety, panic attacks, and brain fog, it’s very easy to go crazy because you have no idea what is going on with your body. On top of that, the parasites mess with your emotions. One moment I will feel happy, great, and then 5 minutes later I feel sad and depressed. Then thoughts like, “Am I always going to feel this way?” begin to creep in, leading to more anxiety. It’s a vicious, vicious cycle and mental game. To add on top of all that, it doesn’t help that I’ve felt sick for 3 months straight. That alone is a mental challenge in itself.

How am I dealing with it? Like I said above, I’m a very strong person mentally, and I can’t imagine being someone who isn’t that strong. I understand how it can bring on depression, I really do. However, I wouldn’t let myself get to that point. I’ve been raised to be mentally strong, and I’ve read so many personal development books on positive thinking, such as “The Magic of Thinking Big,” that I know how to handle very hard situations. It’s the reason why I’ve been so successful in business and with everything else in life, because I know how to handle challenges. And this is a challenge, a major one. Is it tough to stay so strong? More than you can imagine, but I have to. There are too many people relying on me. It does help that I know what the issue is because I can keep telling myself that all of the symptoms I experience are from the parasites. I can’t imagine going through what I’m going through and NOT knowing what’s wrong. And the bad part about it is that when most people with these symptoms go to normal doctors, they all pretty much tell them they are crazy. I’ve seen the chat forums, where people have these symptoms for years and years and have no idea what’s going on with them, and then they just “deal with it” or give up searching for a solution. Hopefully if you’re one of those people, you now have one possible explanation.

Some of the other things that I do to help get through this is: (1) Pray. I believe in God and His healing power, and know that I’m going through this for a reason, even if I don’t know that reason yet. Maybe it’s to bring light on the topic of parasites, or to make me stronger, or maybe both, I don’t know. I have already learned so much from this journey, including how to deal with anxiety properly. There was a point when I had no idea what was going on with me and had to do research to learn how to deal with anxiety because the attacks were happening so frequently. The exercises I discovered and applied not only helped with my anxiety, but it has helped me in other pressure situations as well. I can now calm myself down a lot quicker than I used to be able to. The anxiety has pretty much disappeared, and that has a lot to do with the brain fog disappearing (been about a month without it), but the exercises helped as well. I can’t find the original article that helped me, but I found one that’s pretty close to it. So if you struggle with anxiety, here are some anxiety exercises to help you feel better. (2) Talk to others about it. I’m thankful for Melinda and my parents because they are the ones I can really open up to about this struggle. When I’m having a rough day, just being able to talk through it makes me feel much better. The absolute worst thing you can do is keep it to yourself. If you are going through this and have nobody to talk to, don’t be afraid to message me on my Josh Spencer Fitness page on Facebook.

So that’s where I’m at. It’s been a struggle, but I’m pushing through it one day at a time. I miss working out, I miss eating somewhat normal (not chicken, brown rice, eggs, and veggies all day long), I miss having a few beers with my buddies, but I’m willing to do whatever I have to do to get myself back to feeling 100% again. If you think you might be dealing with parasites and have any questions, you can contact me on Facebook or email me at coachspence8@yahoo.com.

Jun 30

Do I Have Parasites?

Getting Rid of ParasitesDo 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.

My Symptoms of Parasites

  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Stiff, Achey Neck
  • Brain Fog/Spaced Out
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained Weight loss

How to Get Rid of Parasites

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 sessionsShakeology Samples free 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

  • Vegan Shakeology
  • Probiotic
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • *Sunwarrior Liquid Light Fulvic Acid (minerals)
  • Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Protein (chocolate)
  • Psyllium Whole Husks
  • Bentonite

*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.

My Experience With the Parasite Cleanse

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!