- Alternative & Natural Medicine
How My Naturopathic Doctor Helped Me Discover That Parasites Were Wrecking My Health
A Kinder Approach to Healing
I have found from personal experience that many of our health problems are the result of undetected parasites in our digestive system, and that a devoted naturopath can truly help in finding the cause and a cure for your health problems.
A couple of years ago I suffered from insomnia and depression. I went to my natural medicine practitioner to find a remedy. My naturopath began the treatment by first giving me a series of tests. The first test she gave me was a test for food allergies. It turns out that I was allergic to many foods. The results of that test left me depressed. I found I was very limited as to what I could eat. Despite my best efforts to avoid these foods, I still felt awful.
She then had me take a Neuro-endocrine test. According to this test, my hormone levels were topsy-turvy, and my neurotransmitters had extreme highs and lows. My GABA and Histamine levels were way too high, while my Serotonin levels were very low. In response to these results my doctor prescribed 5HTP, along with St. John's Wart. She also prescribed a special formulation by Metagenics to help my nervous system. I also had to take L-Theanine, to help with my Dopamine levels. To help my adrenals, which where very low in adrenaline I was given a product called Adreset by Metagenics. Taking all these products did improve my sleep. Finally, I was beginning to feel less anxious and more focused, but I still wasn’t where I needed to be.
My naturopathic doctor then proceeded to give me a Spectracell test. I got my test results, and found that I still had a few health problems. It turned out that I had low levels of B12, and L-Carnitine, which explained why my memory was so bad. I also had a low level of Coenzyme Q10, so my doctor prescribed B12, L-Carnitine, and Coenzyme Q10. I started to improve. Yet, I was still struggling.
At one of my visits I told my naturopath about a program I enjoyed watching on BBC, called "You Are What You Eat". This program is hosted by Dr. Gillian McKeith, a world renowned authority on nutrition.
On a typical episode in order to change her patient's diets, she would administer several tests to her patients, and she would then send the tests to a lab technician that worked with her, the lab technician would then give her the test results on each patient. The first test she would administer to each of her patients was a stool test.
I told my naturopathic doctor about Dr. McKeith, and how she used stool tests to find out what was wrong with her patients. My naturopathic doctor then told me that she would like me to have a stool test, to see how my digestive system was doing. The test I took is called a Gastrointestinal Function Profile by Metametrix. This test is used for finding problems with one's digestion, and this is also an excellent test for detecting parasites. As it turned out, I had three types of parasites. I had Hook Worms, the H. Pylori Virus and a mild case of Candida. I was finally given the reason, why despite watching my diet, why despite test after test, and why despite taking many different supplements, I was still struggling. I was not alone; I had unwanted guests in my body.
My naturopath wasted no time. She had me take a wonderful supplement called SP 722 by Thorne for the H. pylori, and it worked wonders. Just that one supplement, helped me improve my sleep, and I started to feel so much better. Then I had my hook worms addressed by using a prescription drug called Mebendazole, and believe me, it made all the difference in the world on how well I felt. If you are sensitive to prescription drugs, you can also address parasites, such as hook worms, by using herbal remedies, such as wormwood, black walnut and cloves. The other supplements, I was taking, started to work their magic, and my hormones started improve, and Insomnia started to be a thing from the past.
My naturopath has even changed the way she does her protocol because of my case, and now gives her other patients a stool test first. She has found, much to her surprise, parasites are very common, and are often at the core of much of our misery.
Hook worms can cause problems with depression because they primarily reside in the small intestine where 5HTP is processed in the body. 5HTP is essential for making serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure and the main building block of melatonin; the hormone of sleep. My food allergies have also gone away, and I can now enjoy many of foods, I would avoid for fear of feeling worse. Parasites also consume much of the B12 in the body, which explains why I had the low B12 level that were found on the Spectracell test results. B12 is essential for feeling calm and for the nervous system to work well, low levels will cause anxiety. Parasites also mimic food allergies, which explains why my food allergy test results were so depressing.
Thanks to God answering my prayers and having such a dedicated naturopathic doctor, who was able to finally address the root cause of my health problems, I am now feeling confident, strong, and I am no longer suffering from insomnia. I have a greater sense of hope, than I have had in a long time.
So next time you find you are feeling anxious and you can't sleep, your memory is not working very well, and your doctor tells you that you are prone to depression and he wants to give you anti-depressants. It may turn out that you have parasites.
Therefore, one should be tested for parasites regularly, and one should pay attention to one's digestive system. After all, it is the gut where our food is processed. It is here where our body manufactures amino-acids. Take care of your gut, and it will take care of you.