Even in the United States, it is still easy to become infected with parasites through contaminated water, 1 ingesting meat that isn’t cooked completely, 2 domesticated animals, 3 walking barefoot in dirt, 4 swimming in improperly treated water, 5 and even eating unwashed fruits and vegetables. 6 Parasites can cause a vast range of digestive problems from GERD, to abdominal pain, to IBS, to complete abdominal distress.7

A well-known misunderstanding is that a greater quantity of parasite ingestion comes from eating meat than from eating vegetables. This myth is propagated in horror stories of factory farming. Animals from these horrible factory farms are regularly tested for parasite infections and are treated for them as well. In addition, as long as the meat is thoroughly cooked, all parasites that might be in the infected meat are destroyed from the heat of cooking. Most parasites in the human diet actually come from raw food, especially vegetables. 8 Vegans also might have higher parasite loads in their body than meat consumers, because of the improper cleaning of raw vegetables. 9

Most often, intestinal parasite diagnosis comes from a stool sample that can be taken by your doctor. A blood test can also be used in some cases to test for parasites.10 Metametrix also offers parasite tests for clients that can’t get their doctors to order them a test that would find out their parasite load.

Piperine Theory – The Golden Bullet for Parasite Treatment?

Piperine is used both in the treatment of parasites and worms in animals 11 and as a medication in the treatment of schizophrenia in humans. 12 One of the proposed theories of schizophrenia is that it might be caused by a parasite infection. It has even been implicated that some patients develop schizophrenia because they have become infected with the common parasite T. Gondii. 13 14

If this correlation is based in truth, then a simple biopiperine extract in supplement form can be very useful in treating parasite infections. Piperine is a natural alkaloid of piperidine found in black pepper. 15 It has been shown to eliminate parasite populations with less side effects than that of piperidine drugs. 16

The exact mechanism of action for piperine’s elimination of parasites is not currently known. It has been theorized that piperine might cause paralysis in parasites by increasing the permeability of schistosome cell membranes. This increase in permeability causes an influx of calcium ions into the cell membranes, which may cause the parasites to become dislodged from the site of action and eventually be killed by phagocytosis (engulfing by white blood cells.) 17 Piperine might also decrease adenosine uptake by the parasites. The lack of adenosine uptake by the parasites creates mitochondrial disruption and massive amounts of oxidative stress, which causes the parasites to tire to the point of death. 18

Piperine can increase the absorption of supplements and medications and should be taken two hours before or after ingestion of any medicines and supplements. The reason for time precautions in piperine ingestion is to decrease the chance of a possible overdose caused by too much concentration of a medication or supplement in the blood. 19

Diatomaceous Earth – The Silver Bullet for Parasite Treatment?

Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring rock made from the skeletons of fossilized algae. 20 When food-grade diatomaceous earth is ground into a fine powder and ingested, it can be used to kill of parasites in the human body. When the razor-sharp edges of the diatoms encounter the parasites, it punctures their cellular walls. It is recommended that the diatomaceous earth is mixed with water when taken so that the risk of inhalation is very low. Diatomaceous earth can be irritating to the lungs, so try not to breathe in the dust. 21 22 23

I would suggest mixing ½ tsp in a glass of water twice a day (upon waking and before bed) for a week and slowly working up to one teaspoon twice a day. I would not use the diatomaceous earth drink more than three times a day. The diatomaceous earth should be taken for at least a month but no more than three months. Mix the diatomaceous earth with purified water.

Anti-Parasite Regimen Bioperine

The vitamin C, activated charcoal, chlorella, and molybdenum are implemented to limit the Herx reactions from parasite die off.

Anti-Parasite Regimen Herbal

Black walnut and wormwood are both natural herbal parasiticals. 24

The vitamin C, activated charcoal, chlorella, and molybdenum are implemented to limit the Herx reactions from parasite die off.

You can always combine the herbal anti-parasite regimen with bioperine if you choose to.

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  2. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/trichinellosis/gen_info/faqs.html
  3. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cat-poop-parasites-may-pose-public-health-hazard-study-suggests-6C10574506
  4. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/hookworm/
  5. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/water.html
  6. http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/fs_management/surfac_decon/en/
  7. Beers, Mark, The Merck Manual, Merck Research Laboratories, 2006
  8. http://fri.wisc.edu/docs/pdf/parasites.pdf
  9. http://www.totalityofbeing.com/FramelessPages/Articles/organic_vs_nonorganic.html
  10. Beers, Mark, The Merck Manual, Merck Research Laboratories, 2006
  11. http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Jwhozip48e/6.5.html
  12. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/apl/etp/1998/00000008/00000006/art00010
  13. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090311085151.htm
  14. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/05/toxoplasma-gondii-brain-parasite-suicide-cats_n_1651523.html
  15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21802927
  16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21885074
  17. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3025128/
  18. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0005273695000558
  19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3151395/
  20. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/degen.html
  21. http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/243-eliminating-the-parasites-that-you-almost-certainly-have-and-curing-lupus.html
  22. http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp
  23. http://wellnessmama.com/1969/are-there-bugs-in-your-belly/
  24. Balch, Phyllis. Prescription for Herbal Healing, Avery Publishing, 2012.