Are you, a loved one or friend suffering from a change in personality, feeling very fatigued or weak most of the time, loss of appetite, weight loss and inadequate absorption of nutrients from food, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain or salt craving? If the answer is yes to the majority of these symptoms, it is worthwhile to get checked for parasites, particularly tapeworms.
Infection can come from larvae or tapeworm eggs in water or food, particularly in undercooked meat, pork or fish. After ingesting the water or food, the eggs hatch and begin to thrive in your intestines. The head of the tapeworm attaches itself to the intestinal wall and the body grows from the digested food of it’s host…..US!!! The technical names for the diseases that can arise from tapeworms, specifically, are taeniasis (from infected meat not cooked well) and cysticercosis (from ingestion of pork tapeworm eggs and when expelled in the stool the cycle may continue if the eggs and larvae get into soil to further contaminate fruits and vegetables, water, etc.)
Tell your doctor of your symptoms and your suspicions that you believe you may be infected with a parasite and they can do stool samples for eggs, larvae or pieces of the parasites. In addition, your doctor may ask for a blood test to be done to spot antigens, foreign substances that let your doctor know your body is trying to ward off an infection
How to prevent being infected? The WHO has the following recommendations:
- Keep clean
- Separate raw and cooked
- Cook thoroughly (pork or beef should be cooked for at least 70 degrees Celsius)
- Keep food at safe temperatures
- Use safe water and raw materials
- Proper hygiene practices – including hand rubbing and washing, especially before eating and after using the toilet – are important to prevent tapeworm infection.
What are natural ways of treating tapeworms or other parasites?
Please see this video by YouTuber Dr. Berg and also some dosages that follow that I have researched for each of the following natural substances in the video.
The following are links to other natural treatment sources for treatment of parasites. Should you decide to do any of these, please consult your healthcare provider first for their opinion. Traditional remedies may be deemed more suitable for you depending on the medical situation and your history. Traditional treatments usually include medications such as: Praziquantel (Biltricide) Albendazole (Albenza, mebendazole) Nitazoxanide (Alinia), which are toxic to the tapeworm like the natural remedies listed below:
-Raw carrots, raw papaya juice, pomegranate bark, pumpkin seeds, garlic and coconut (see specific doses): https://www.medindia.net/homeremedies/intestinal-worms-treatment.asp#:~:text=Carrots%20for%20Treating%20Intestinal%20Parasites,parasite%20attack%20in%20the%20future.
-Wormwood Extract- due to lack of research, no specific dose exists….see Healthline article for more info: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-wormwood#dosage-safety
Use these for 4-6 weeks and it’s also good to do the treatment every 6 months thereafter.