The Final Step
After you are aware you do or may have a fungal or parasite infection, the final step is too address and heal the infection. As I’ve pointed out already Fungi and parasite are not the problem in and of themselves. This is a very important point that I’d like to make again. Fungi and parasites are indicators that the host (in this case humans) is living in such a way that they invite over population of these organisms. There are a wide variety of general parasite tinctures, homeopathies, herbal supplements and cleanses available at health food stores. As well as many naturopathic physicians, functional nutrition and medicine doctors that have the resources to treat your infection. Many people spend large sums of money chasing herbs, pills/drugs, therapists, and doctors down in hopes of ridding themselves of a parasite. While often the intentions are good and the supplements or treatments are effective, they often do not address the root cause of the problem, the Fungi.
Address the Fungi First, Unless
It is very common for people to have both parasite and fungal infections at the same time. In this case, it would be wise to immediately address the fungal infection first. This is because fungi are more capable of manipulating and down-regulating our immune system than parasites are in general. Therefore, there isn’t much sense chasing parasites and spending money on expensive herbs and drugs to kill them if the fungi are just going to continue disabling your immune system and leave you wide open to yet another parasite infection. There is an exception to this suggestion and that would be in the case of an invasive parasite, such as a tapeworm or another aggressive parasite often acquired in jungle environments or polluted bodies of water.
Addressing Underlying Issues
In order to regain control over fungal and parasitic organisms we must address the underlying issues and here are some simple tips to help heal and prevent infection:
- Stress is one of the primary causes of poor vitality, immune deficiency, and chronic illness, including fungi and parasite infections. Most of our perceived stressors emerge from our own judgments of what we feel or what we don’t want to experience. Your first and most important long-term solution to preventing and healing fungi and parasite infections is to identify what events or experiences cause the most stress in your life and if eliminated or more effectively managed , would result in the greatest decrease in your overall stress levels. For more information on how you can remove, lessen, or more effectively manage stress in your own life read this
Sleep Quantity and Quality
- It is critical to get 8 hours of sleep, or more as needed, when you’re dealing with an infection. Sleep is the time during which most of our body-mind repair and regeneration takes place. Furthermore, even more important than the amount of sleep we get is the quality of sleep we achieve. One of the major detriments to getting quality sleep are stimulants such as coffee, caffeinated teas or stimulating beverages. These particularly decrease sleep quality, for many, when they are consumed after 3:00 pm. For they will very likely stop you from ever entering deep-restorative (REM) sleep due to excess hormone production. Through a multitude of bio-chemical pathways, stimulants can alter the balance of hormones in our bodies that results in you not sleeping fully each night. This is only one of the many behaviors that can stop us from achieving deep sleep. If you truly want to achieve optimal deep sleep than I must recommend you check out this article by Shawn Stevenson, who I believe to be one of the world’s leading sleep experts, and that you read his book “Sleep Smarter.”
- This in one of the most essential components of health and well-being, yet it is also probably the most overlooked aspect of any program directed at healing from fungal and parasite infections. In my opinion, the very best thing you can do when selecting foods is to seek out organic produce, free-range and organic animal meats, and wild-caught fish. By doing so, you are going to significantly decrease the toxic burden on your body, while also increasing nutrient density and variety. If you can’t afford to go all-organic, you should spend your money on free-range, organic meats and/or wild-caught fish because commercially-raised meats and fish are the most concentrated sources of toxins in a typical diet. Another option is shopping at a local farmers market since the quality of food from farmers markets is far superior to what you find in chain stores. Side note, many local farms use organic farming methods, or minimal use of chemicals, but can’t afford the price to gain organic certification. Most chain stores work exclusively with the largest farming conglomerates, who are among the biggest chemical users, soil polluters, and water suppliers. Their foods are loaded with chemicals, coloring, dyes, stabilizers, preservative, GMOs, etc. While also being very poor in nutrient density, essentially because the soils in which the foods are grown are dead from overproduction and chemical destruction.
Anti-Fungal and -Parasitic Foods, Herbs/Spices & Supplements
Although I believe we first need to live a lifestyle that doesn’t promote fungi and parasite growth. I also believe that there are many foods and supplements that can be efficacious when it comes to ridding ourselves of parasites. If you’ve got a parasite, especially an invasive parasite, then you’ve got to rid yourself of the parasite as soon as possible. So here are some of the most effective parasite cleansing supplements and anti-parasite foods:
- Black walnut: Historically used for the treatment of parasites1
- Wormwood: Known for its potent anti-parasitic effects2
- Oregano Oil: Has been shown to have powerful antibacterial and anti-parasitic effects3
- Grapefruit Seed extract: Anti-parasitic4
- Clove oil: Natural killer of parasites and other invading organisms5
Anti-parasite Foods & Herbs/Spices (foods to consume)
- Garlic & Onions
- Herbs (Ginger, clove, oregano)
- Papaya juice
- Coconut oil
- Probiotic rich or fermented foods
Pro-parasite Foods (foods to avoid)
- Any and all processed foods
- Wheat, especially industrial wheat and wheat products
- Commercial or factory raised pork
Both fungi and parasites are universal in nature. Most infections result from living outside the parameters defined by are unique and authentic, individual needs. When we live outside these needs we are likely to experience fatigue, then illness, then disease, and finally (possibly) death. Although there are definitely invasive parasites, which even the healthiest people can get infected by, can cause symptoms that stop them from functioning in a normal fashion or produce symptoms that indicate that something is seriously wrong. People who have or think they may have an invasive parasite should consult a skilled physician immediately!
This Is Only A Brief Overview
As I’ve stated in this article, and parts 1 & 2, fungal and parasite infections are largely a result of imbalanced and toxic way of living. They are part of nature and thus part of us for we should not forget that we are part of nature, though we often separate ourselves as something outside or not part of nature. When we are living with the laws of nature (not against them) cultivating a healthy, balanced, fully functioning lifestyle, we are far less likely to have problems with fungal and parasite infections because we have an optimal amount of resources and energy to restore any imbalances. Though this is only a brief overview of the essential information needed for a complete and comprehensive approach to healing from fungal and parasite infections, I hope you found it insightful and helpful. If you’re looking for more information on this broad topic, please read “The Fungus Link” by Doug A. Kaufmann.
Fact Of The Week
Pigs raised on pasture have 300 percent more vitamin E and 74 percent more selenium (a vital antioxidant) in their milk than pigs raised in confinement.6
This is according to Don C. Mahan Professor of Animal Sciences at Ohio State University. Pastured pigs raised outdoors can also have more Vitamin D (read all about Vitamin D here, from the brilliant Chris Masterjohn)7 in the lard.