September 10, 2017
Why Pharmaceuticals Bite
Before I get into this article, I must first dispel some claims. Open up your mind to what real cleansing is, and thus what real healing is. “Restoration”, you might even call the process (it doesn’t happen overnight, nor should it). With all the Western medical hullabaloo, and even some naturopathic hullabaloo clouding our understanding of what detoxification constitutes, we’re often stuck at either end of the spectrum–loyal allopathic fan or anti-pharmaceutical “kook”–when cleansing incites both documented physical transformation as well as mental, emotional, and even spiritual clarity.
Note that you can be both anti-pharmaceutical and non-kook. You might have done some research on the long-term effects of drugs, seen some friends suffer while on them, or witnessed those who seemingly get better until they fall flat on their faces. Or get kind of better but remain obviously sub-par while you both pretend everything’s OK because this (form of medicine) is “all we got”. Yet pharmaceuticals are not all we have, despite the industry’s best efforts to make you believe so; a curative alternative does exist, and it’s being kept from you, and even berated in front of you in more ways than one so that you reach the conclusion (apparently by your own accord) that natural medicine is inferior–ironically, when it’s just the opposite.
It is true that some pharmaceuticals closely resemble the plants they derive from. They’re more “natural”, you might say–in which case, when used correctly, they tend to be much less harmful. However, the majority of the time, prescription drugs do harm, and they harm very subliminally (if not overtly), just like the norms you unwittingly follow because you don’t know any better. The key here being that “you don’t know any better”–the information isn’t readily available to you. It sure as hell isn’t advertised in boldface on the FDA’s website. Anti-pharmaceutical-ists themselves don’t even know how destructive drugs are because few people are aware of a concept known as suppression: any symptom the body or mind experiences reflects the vital force’s–the intrinsic mechanism by which we maintain homeostasis–attempt to heal itself. Stuff up that runny nose and you’re preventing the body from healing the way it wants to. Repress that anxiety with Xanax and you never cope with whatever trauma has disordered you (not to mention the fact that you feel like a zombie). The “disorder” never goes away. There is no cure. The afflicted perpetually suffer, and even get sicker when their vital forces must seek healing elsewhere, via necessarily graver symptoms. So while prescription drugs have many side effects, many effects indeed, they also impress disorder on other parts of the body, if not immediately upon consumption then eventually, almost certainly. In this way, drugs toxify what is already toxic.
You might tell me that you’ve taken antidepressants or anti-constipation meds and that you’re fine with them. You feel great, happy even. But you’re still forking over a hefty amount of cash annually, which your insurance company may so generously pay (ha), when you could be cured, really cured, in a rather short amount of time with homeopathy, and never have to take medicine again (insofar as you do not suffer from another trauma). Plus, because we’re restoring the totality of the being, including the digestive tract which may be contributing to your woe, you’ll be (genuinely) happier than you’ve ever been, happier than you ever thought you could ever be, simply because you’re really dealing. Simply because you’re really healing (from your lower self). Disorder in one front necessarily dishevels the other, exposing deficiencies in the vital force; a true cure will rectify both spheres, even when the disordered–in any part of the body, to any degree–fail to realize their minds are affected, as with The Altered Personality.
Many allopaths will tell you that detoxification doesn’t exist. That it’s a concept contrived by the kooks working at natural food stores, with naturopathic degrees, or both. Wikipedia itself defines naturopathy (note that naturopathy and homeopathy are two different things, although homeopathic medicine is a branch of holistic medicine–more on that later) as pseudoscientific, yet thousands of studies attest to its efficacy. You just don’t hear about them on the news or at your doctor’s office because the health industry is a profit-making industry. Doctors and nurses, victims themselves, follow the protocol; they may have an aching feeling that there’s something they’re not dealing with, that there’s got to be a better way to fulfill their lifelong dream of helping people, but because they remain veiled to it, they suppress their concerns, just like those that suffer from mental tribulation. Unfortunately, Western drugs are not the only form of toxicity we encounter in our everyday lives–our social norms, trying experiences, foods, air pollutants, fabrics, household products, lotions, cleansers, sunblocks and more piece-by-piece manifest a whole lot of disruption to our mental, emotional, and physical well-being (hence the need to detoxify)… When circumstances are impactful enough to permanently impress disorder on the body, mind, or both, we consider them “traumatic”. We’re young souls, we’re unaware souls, we’re susceptible souls; trauma happens all the time. But nobody tells you how at risk you are. Nobody protects you from The Man’s subliminal oppression. Until, perhaps, the last couple of decades. The internet may foment a lot of toxicity itself (I’m thinking social media), but it also enlightens via the widespread communication of valuable information. If you’re worried about our current state of affairs, don’t fret; Corporate America is no match for soulful truth, which I think it’s safe to say is beginning to dominate.
Ultimately, most doctors you go to will diagnose you with “IBS” or “IBD” if you present to them a host of seemingly-unrelated symptoms they cannot classify, having yet to identify and name the disorder from which you suffer. They may give you any one of the drugs advertised on television that suppress your disorder further (you know something’s wrong when there’s a pharmaceutical on the market to treat the constipation that arises out of pharmaceutical usage); they will consequently isolate your symptoms, regarding them as a random expression of a gene, when they are so, so much more than that. Unfortunately, in neglecting the whole, in fact making the whole worse over time (why is this generation so anxious and depressed?), allopathics manifest a whole lot of problems that needn’t exist. The situation is scarier than you think. Luckily we have homeopathy to do what Western medicine cannot, and for a few good reasons: Homeopaths, while perhaps curious as to what disorder you grapple with, do not care insofar as they must treat you homeopathically; homeopathic remedies work to cure you from nearly any ailment you may develop in this lifetime based on your “constitutions”–we are all comprised of multiple. Indeed, nature is reflected within us (being that each remedy corresponds to a specific constitution), and there are many, many spiritual and philosophical conclusions to derive from that premise. Homeopathy also functions to restore you by guiding your body and mind, compelling them to return to their natural states, prior to the trauma that initially inhibited you. In this way, homeopathy always detoxifies, even if you do not suffer from some overt form of GI dysfunction or “parasite problem”, because it helps to eradicate the lower self that was necessarily exacerbated in a state of disorder. A mere physical trauma, while unlikely to immediately test your capacity to grow (such as a severe case of food poisoning), will inevitably affect your mind when the acute turns chronic. You may develop a mild case of SIBO thereafter, or a Candida issue, especially if the illness is rather long and drawn out and/or treated with antibiotics. You may be more irritable, on-edge, angry, vindictive, or even overly-sympathetic and submissive concomitantly, with a lack of self-love to match, depending on your constitutions.
Homeopathy does for you what your vital force does for you every day, just with a little extra umph: maintain homeostasis amongst the flux of environmental toxins you encounter. Only these remedies, unlike prescription drugs, show your vital force (you) the way back toward homeostasis when you cannot show yourself, after the acute has turned chronic. Believing in homeopathy will take a capacity to free-think, and within this context a capacity to reevaluate how you evaluate what’s real and what’s fake. To accept homeopathy is to accept that there are underlying laws complementing the purely physical, that there is more to life than just atoms and molecules; homeopathy is energetic medicine, its properties nearly undetectable, yet the millions it has cured and will continue to cure can attest to its reality.
Why Herbs Sometimes Do Too
We know drugs almost always fail to cure, even when they seemingly do. They are far more likely to suppress, which explains why our “cured” allergies turn into “cured” digestive distress and then radiated cancer cells until we die, a martyr for some body part’s Cancer Research Foundation. Unfortunately, herbs often present to us the same dilemma: when we cleanse with wormwood, black walnut, and cloves, we kill pathogens directly. That is, we eradicate the manifestations of disorder as opposed to the root cause itself: the deficiency in the vital force that has permitted the disease process to take hold in the first place. Indeed, pathogenic overgrowth is secondary to digestive distress, not the instigator, for it is your body’s defense mechanisms that cease to function perfectly even when a deadly, more “exotic” parasite challenges its ability to maintain homeostasis. Thus, herbs can be suppressive just like drugs because they bandage the aforementioned expressed deficiency–although, perhaps less-so than many pharmaceuticals–and do not compel the vital force into restoration. Case in point: once people finish with their herbal treatment or antiparasitic diet, their symptoms sometimes return; at the very least, they have to be very careful about what they eat. Does such instability indicate true healing? Should the “cured” have to worry that they’ll fall ill again from the very same disorder, or worse-yet, a graver form? No–to all three. The deficiency should be expressed no longer. Real healing is about really dealing, as I may have mentioned. It’s about becoming aware and recognizing why you got sick in the first place, or at the very least what lower mentalities are perpetually oppressing you (and thus perpetually oppressing the body). Real healing is about loving yourself and cultivating a solid foundation on which you may grow, not one that wavers with something as inconsequential and insignificant as diet. Not one that leaves you stuck in the past. You should care about what you put in your body only to the extent that you care about nourishing yourself; while restriction forces us to do away with what does not serve us, and often to discern what earthly matters are preventing us from formulating spiritual truths, it is better found within subjects whose ramifications are more far-reaching. As long as you are not using food for happiness, by restricting or otherwise, diet is an issue manifested by a society that is not only disordered, but food obsessed.
Plus, I experienced the effects of suppression with herbs first-hand: I not only failed to feel whole throughout this aspect of my journey, my symptoms quite “testy”, they grew worse after seemingly improving for a while. It was a very scary, and very sad experience, although of course necessary so that I may grow. I will not get into my story in this piece, but you can read it here.
Note that I speak mainly of herbs that are used to detoxify in this piece; I wish not to comment on other aspects of herbology because I am not an expert. Although, homeopaths recognize the latter’s potential to suppress when treating a multitude of disorders. I should also mention, for those that are confused, that while homeopathic remedies sometimes are herbs, they are never in the same form. A homeopathic remedy, by definition (even legally, in many countries), is similar to a vaccine: any substance in nature that has been diluted thousands of times or more, then successed, can be marketed as one.
Naturopaths do not solely prescribe herbal regimens to their patients. Some utilize homeopathy–although, most homeopaths I know of are either former naturopaths or MD’s, indicating that they prefer the practice above all else. I speculate that any naturopaths that remain unconverted either have not delved further enough into homeopathy to be aware of its curative powers (it constitutes only a small section of their education), or are infatuated with the (typically) higher kickback associated with naturopathy, as are MD’s in allopathy. Homeopathy, while revolutionary, may not be the only source of cure in this world, however; DMSO and CDS/MMS seem to be fairing pretty well from what I’ve heard from a few friends and family, all of whom have been given these potential-cures by my mother. While I’m not quite sure these products can supersede, or even compare to homeopathy in terms of efficacy and spectrum (being that homeopathy treats the totality of the being merely by virtue of its constitutional model)–they also might suppress–naturopaths around the globe are gravitating toward them, so perhaps they’re doing something right.
As we’ve seen, sometimes suppression in minute, sparse doses doesn’t affect us. Sometimes suppression in bigger doses, perhaps induced by harsher Western medicines such as antibiotics or even natural medicines such as herbs, does. Yet there’s another classification I must get into, and it has less to do with the degree of suppression than it does your vital force: if you’re relatively strong, you can handle certain forms of moderate suppression; they might even benefit you (gasp!)–hence the reason herbology still runs strong. Herbs such as those found in the traditional parasite cleanse, diet, and time may function together to induce real healing if and only if the vital force is robust enough to eradicate all manifestations of disorder in the absence of triggers to its woe, if the vital force (and thus the body) is strong enough to heal itself in the absence of pathogens. Notice that “trigger” and “root causation” are not the same thing, although they might intersect; a trigger is something that sustains the disorder that already exists, or brings it into expression (we would consider the latter a trauma). In both cases, the vital force, in its deficiency or susceptibility, must respond to the trigger first and foremost. As usual, it all starts and ends with you. Once the vital force is capable of healing itself in the absence of triggers, the herbs (pharmaceuticals are scarcely capable of curing) are no longer considered suppressive, but you should not be sensitive to certain foods at this point, nor should you relapse. I suspect this precedent applies to DMSO and CDS/MMS as well.
Still, do I advocate using herbs in a detoxification regimen? Not really. As I’ve mentioned a few times throughout this website, it is too hard to qualify the degree to which one is disordered in order to decipher when cleansing this way is applicable versus when it is suppressive. Furthermore, will detoxing with herbs, or even going vegan or eating low FODMAP uproot one’s suppressed emotion regarding nir childhood abuse? It is certainly possible that the cleanser, assuming ne is strong enough, will lift some of the depression or anxiety that has plagued nem (even in minute doses) since some traumatic incident, but it is unlikely that addressing pathogenic overgrowth in the digestive tract will eradicate all manifestations of disorder in all parts of the being–even though holistic healers recognize that many diseases “stem from” parasites. (When I write that parasites are secondary to the digestive tract, I am referring to those that inhabit the digestive tract. Many do, even if they inhabit other parts of the body as well. Furthermore, the deficiency in the vital force gives rise to defunct homeostatic mechanisms–in any part of the body–which then allows those parasites to proliferate.)
We are sick because we are unaware, a state that varies in degree from animal to animal. Some are more aware than others; presumably, they’ve lived more lives and thus are more resistant to succumbing to trauma. Even physical susceptibilities–that is, what we are likely to contract or surrender to (STD’s, the flu, parasites, or our own disease process)–reflect mental susceptibilities, what we have yet to overcome. If you haven’t figured it our already, the mind and body are profoundly connected, a fundamental truth that is given little weight in traditional medicine except to belittle those whose symptoms are considered “psychosomatic”. Ironically, almost all symptoms are psychosomatic when we reflect on the far-reaching implications of the homeostasis-minded, spirited vital force.
Conscious individuals still fall ill because they, like everyone else, still have growth to enact. They may, however, be more likely to triumph their lower selves, even as they are delegated greater tasks. I presume we have suffered a rise in certain forms of malady, while others have been so pacified–such as infections–because we are bombarded with so much toxicity in the modern era (consider the list I mentioned above), yet we prevail because we are far more resilient. If our vital forces weren’t constantly wrought with stressors, many of them tangible in the absence of emotional distress, we would likely be much farther along. Nevertheless, the unveiling process, the capacity to uncover the truth behind facade, is a higher quality we have yet to master on the whole. Those that suffer from depression and anxiety now are still better off than their ancestors who thought it morally permissible to kill animals for fun (oh wait, that’s still going on); surely the extent to which the mind functions does not reveal how low the lower self is, or even the degree to which it is expressed. Higher individuals, more learned individuals, are less likely to embody the lowest qualities of any one given constitution, even when quite disorderd, just as the population in its near entirety has grown past unfruitful social norms. The values of the macro do not indicate spiritual succession, but reflect how we as individuals have changed for the better.
Sometimes I wonder if it wouldn’t have taken us this long to get this far if we weren’t so preyed upon by the norms of the society in which we live (do the majority always manifest them?). If our emotions guide us into our higher selves (for disorder–depression–always exacerbates the lower), wouldn’t we have always had the capacity to feel for one another, and thus to treat one another with respect? Or is it because our unevolved selves could not recover from our traumas in the earliest eras that we easily fell victim to our lower qualities, thus sustaining the defunct social morale until it was slowly lifted (still in the process of lifting)? Surely rationality endows us with the ability to grow; perhaps we began our journeys on this earth disposed to sub-par intellect, or at least without any information to guide us, and thus were even more likely to engage in behavior untrue to the soul. Because emotion is not directly related to the lower self (I believe that, aside from those born disordered, we are all born the “happiest” we can possibly be), it is certainly possible that we may be content whilst unaware. The most fulfilled people are those that have eradicated their lower selves, yes, but if we’re not tested to manifest the higher via trauma or the society that subjugates us (which would in turn test its staying power, its solidity), or if we’re tested so much that we collapse, we won’t know what we’re missing. A slower form of maturation ensues when the macro does not guide us, and in fact delays us.
Nowadays we are taught to suppress–not only our illnesses, but our emotions, which leads to illness. Societies more inclined toward spirituality than organized religion seem to fare better than we do in terms of self-awareness; they also have the lowest rates of cancer. While the African countries mainly found in this list grapple with discriminatory gender laws (as an example of progression), I would not be surprised if the gender norms are less oppressive than we think. The Afropolitan is a beautiful website centered on African culture; I love this post in particular, which features personal reflections on African life. We think we are so advanced in America, with all of our technology and science and big-whig politics, through which our voices are supposedly heard, yet our incapacity to think for ourselves would indicate otherwise. Of course I am not saying the majority of the population conforms–although I wouldn’t entirely dispel the notion either–but our rigid, I’ll-only-believe-it-until-science-proves-it attitude has led us down a narrow path. With all of the “progression” our Western medicine has made anyway, we’re some of the sickest people around. And we still haven’t found a cure for cancer, it seems… An utterly laughable, unfathomable, disgraceful lie considering many exist–especially when we catch the disease process early. (Pardon me if I link the same article a few times throughout this piece–I am making big claims that need big backings.) And for those of you who are curious, homeopathy is proven an efficient cure time and time again in published studies online. Take a gander; look them up for yourself. I’m sure you’ll find it odd that we could have all of these ignorant micro beliefs stemming from the public view when viable information totally available to us proves otherwise. Once again I’m reminded of politicians…
THE PHILOSOPHY IN PRACTICE:
So, how do you know if you’re strong enough to heal in the absence of triggers? Well, that’s just it: you don’t know, and it seems hard to say, and unnecessarily hard to figure out (when homeopathy exists). A trigger may be defined as something that aids in the exacerbation of the lower self, such as certain foods like bread and sweets or certain people, like your cheating ex-husband. In both cases, running from the problem does not mend it; if you’re angry when you see him like your digestive system is angry when you eat gluten, there’s something you’re not dealing with. The kicker is that the exposed deficiency is affecting you at all times whether you realize it or not, whether you realize your mental welfare is being hindered or not.
Yet sometimes we can heal slowly by taking away those triggers and taking a breath–but if the original trauma (perhaps a trigger itself) was impactful enough, get ready to learn my dears.
A trigger may be defined as something that aids in the exacerbation of the lower self, such as certain foods like bread and sweets or certain people, like your cheating ex-husband. In both cases, running from the problem does not mend it; if you’re angry when you see him like your digestive system is angry when you eat gluten, there’s something you’re not dealing with. The kicker is that the exposed deficiency is affecting you at all times whether you realize it or not, whether you realize your mental welfare is being hindered or not. Yet sometimes we can heal slowly by taking away those triggers and taking a breath–but if the original trauma (perhaps a trigger itself) was impactful enough, get ready to learn my dears.
Now, even if you lack obvious digestive and/or mood-related ailments, you likely still have room to improve. The remedies will do the work for you, lifting your depression, lifting your anxiety, and alleviating any mild-to-severe physical dysfunctions you have grappled with for some time, but no detox program is complete without spiritual growth. If you guide yourself into the right mentalities during your “cleanse”–rather, your path to restoration–you will surely gain insight into your own nature, your true nature, free from the confines of imbalance as well as the misguided claims of Western medicine. Awareness of your motives will then drive you to modify those that do not serve you, for you are not only capable of manifesting your reality, but the impetus to do so; the realization of your strength naturally follows coming into the self, and certainly elevating the self, as your tendencies and behaviors not only begin to originate from you, but reflect you (can we get a little self-love here, people?!).
Starting now, during this detox regimen and following it, you must take the time to relax, reflect, and improve. Refrain from attaching stress to this improvement, however, for the goal of cleansing should be to enlighten and transform organically, not further your detachment to your needs. You have inevitably suffered, to some degree, due to a value system that favors suppressed emotion, escapism, and bandages where restoration instead should take place. Hereafter, liberate yourself from all attachments and vices, including prescription medication (please consult a homeopath as to how you may do so safely), processed foods, controlling institutions, and the spiritually-inhibiting standards they perpetuate. Forgo all toxic relationships, environments, and thoughts that drain you in favor of adopting those that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Do what makes you happy, so long as it corresponds with the prosperity you deserve- real happiness, not that contrived by substances or people external to you.
Limit your limitations, attract positivity (in its absence create it), and guide yourself into whole-fulfillment, so that you may embody the light within you’ve possessed all along but partially lost in the muck of strife. You will feel the force of renewal within you, I am sure, and you will ride the wave of metamorphosis until it tumbles to shore, where your higher self awaits your arrival.
A few things to consider:
- If you choose to alleviate your digestive and/or mental afflictions with homeopathy, the guidelines listed will remain applicable to your cleanse aside from the herbs. Do not mix herbs and homeopathy, which the licensed homeopath you visit will remind you of. In order to fully reap the benefits of the practice, self-prescribing will not do; you may very well find yourself as lost as when you started.
- If you suffer from severe digestive issues, I also suggest reading Signs, Symptoms, and Triggers of Pathogenic Overgrowth, Both Mental and Physical; if these problems have been present for some time, you could be harboring other forms of negativity within your digestive tract (i.e. SIBO and Candida). Because homeopathy treats the person and not the disease, however, your homeopath will not need to know the name of the disease you suffer from, but what your specified symptoms are as a result of it–i.e. how your vital force expresses disorder.
- If you do not possess overt gastrointestinal troubles or overt mental/emotional issues, you may want to consider transitioning into veganism first; mental clarity and increased compassion often follow the adoption of a cruelty-free lifestyle.
- TRANSITION is key here; it is the
The Easiest Way To Detox
And what is my first recommendation in order to rid yourself of pathogenic overgrowth, of course? Go vegan! Now, let me first start off by saying you do not have to commit to a strict plant-based diet for the rest of your life. Although, you might just get a taste of utter vitality and never ever look that pretty little head of yours back. I wrote extensive guides on going vegan the right way here, as well as how to maintain a healthy vegan diet here.
Veganism will cure those in search of a mild cleansing regimen, who are in a mild state of disequilibrium; others will need homeopathy. Read more below!
I truly, truly believe in only consuming nature’s offerings as means to reaching the highest self, and consequently optimal gut health. As society progresses, we do less and less harm; veganism accommodates this premise. The spiritual manifestations of mental clarity, a greater inclination towards positivity, and the knowledge that you choose to peacefully coexist with all life on earth may drive you to adopt this diet indefinitely. Within this context, consider that parasites subsist off of the life of others; we imperfect humans exist somewhere in between. We have been given the gift of “reason” (rationality has largely been used against the induction of nonhuman animals rights for centuries; read Descartes or Aquinas and you’ll know what I’m referring to) beyond the barbarism of instinct, and on our journeys to fully embodying the light within our souls, we will surely make mistakes. I do not blame people for doing what they have always done (I was once a meat eater too), but we can no longer justify the slaughtering of other souls for our wants, not needs. Meat consumption is normative; that is, it only happens because it is deeply ingrained within our society to do so. Add meat lobbying (and consequently the government) into the mix and everyone’s doing it–despite that fact that it is utterly detrimental our health as well as that of the poor souls we massacre, from the moment they’re born to the moment we kill them. Meanwhile, the welfare of humanity is compatible with the welfare of all (Read How To Go Vegan The Right Way for more). Parasites feed solely off of energy that is not theirs to take; we have a choice as to whether or not we will operate under similar means. Parasites furthermore thrive off of the toxicity that impacts us gravely, the manifestations of our own lower selves: our traumas (pathogenic overgrowth is secondary to digestive dysfunction, not the origin). Does it makes sense to rid ourselves of toxicity, of evil, while cleansing only to return to a noxious lifestyle once the journey has ceased? You surely will not forgo the spiritual truths you attain on this cleanse, so why allow any form of negative energy back into your life? Adopting a lifestyle free of toxicity, wherein you hopefully refuse to contribute to the suffering of any lifeform, will give these pathogens little opportunity to thrive.
To Fast Or To Feed
You may have ended up here–on this website or at this article–after searching the key terms “parasite cleanse”, “fasting detox”, “how to detox”, etc. Some (misguided, inaccurate, and quite frankly, juvenile) guides to cleansing assert that starving yourself of food will starve your parasites of their capacity to exist; I have a very simple perspective to offer as to why fasting is not optimal and why it should not be implemented into any anti-pathogenic or anti-dysbiotic regimen: you will drain yourself of energy before you drain your gut invaders. Or Candida (or SIBO, although I haven’t heard of fasting as a solution), for that matter. Food may be their main source of energy, but it’s also yours. Long-term GI dysfunction places a great deal of stress on both the adrenals and digestive organs to perform while inhibited by improper balances of gut flora; as such, you should aim to reduce the amount of stress on your body at all costs while it heals. Why fast when you can heal with homeopathy and eat well anyway? So long as you eat majority whole foods, you really are not restricted to any diet when detoxing with this method. I limited my bread and (healthy) sweet intake in the beginning, but only because I was very weak. For those with a past of eating-disordered behavior, or who have been forced to monitor nearly every substance they put in their bodies for fear of the consequences (amplified symptoms) that arise out of merely living, the notion that your life no longer has to revolve around minding your P’s and Q’s should function to liberate, in more ways than one.
Regardless, gut flora imbalances do not stand alone; we need to heal our bodies at the source, and restore those homeostatic mechanisms that allow us to eat whatever our little souls desire (which will naturally benefit us when we are harmonized). I can see how fasting can be a spiritual experience, but insofar as it is used as a mechanism to eradicate pathogenic overgrowth, its benefits are minimal.
The Anti-Parasitic Diet
The Anti-Parasitic Diet can be approached in numerous ways, all of which negate the consumption of toxic foods.
- Stop eating processed crap. This one is obvious. All of the stuff you crave you likely do because not only have you been fed it since birth, but because you constantly feed your pathogenic overgrowth when you do so. Thus, only you can break the cycle of craving, eating, and then craving those foods once again. Stop. Eating. Them.
- Go vegan. Whole, vegan foods are clean foods. I know many vegans–or friends of mine whom I feed vegan grub every so often–who, once switching to a plant-based diet, exhibit all the classic signs and symptoms of detoxification: gas, bloating, constipation, fatigue, etc., before they get better. Some of my friends eat so poorly that they experience mild GI distress after eating just one plant-centric meal. Our sad American bodies are so used to steak and cheese and Doritos that when we take those foods away it says, hey, I like what you’re doing, but give me some time to adjust! And you must give yourself time to adjust. Slow your roll and do away with the meat, then the dairy, then the eggs. Your body’s not unhappy with the diet change when it reacts symptomatically, your (unwanted) gut flora imbalances are. So as your body heals itself in the declining presence of pathogenic overgrowth, don’t force it to work too hard. Veganism should not be a burden. Now, I will say that if you experience extreme symptoms–overt depression, overt anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, constipation, etc.–when you are making the switch (and the right switch; see How To Go Vegan The Right Way first), slow down or stop altogether. Then consult a homeopath. Your digestive issues are likely too significant to be mended merely by eradicating the triggers to your symptoms.
- Go high-carb raw vegan (with an 80/10/10 or 60/20/20 macronutrient breakdown- whatever works best for you). Lay off all refined sugars, and consume fruit sugars on an empty stomach. The idea here is that your body utilizes all of the energy from the simple carbohydrates you consume when fat does not block their absorption; high-fat diets slow the cells’ uptake of sugars, allowing pathogens to feast. This diet will not work, however, if you suffer from chronic fatigue or suspect low adrenal function–your body will struggle to regulate your blood sugar, causing hypoglycemia (hypoglycemia=more stress on the body), and worsened GI issues associated with your adrenal fatigue, such as constipation. I could not go raw vegan to save my digestive system because of my severe adrenal dysfunction. Once again, homeopathy must be sought to rectify severe manifestations of disorder such as these, in which veganism only eradicates the trigger but not the cause; superficial “solutions” become recognizable when deviating from them (like going back to omnivorism) results in the return of former symptoms. The underlying causation has remained even in the absence of triggers.
- Take other facets of food combining seriously until you resolve your digestive issues. There are many guides on the internet available; consuming fruit on an empty stomach is the first and most important step for vegan hopefuls. Essentially, alkaline environments favor carbohydrate digestion, while hydrochloric acid breaks down proteins (when paired with proteins, veggies are OK as well). Fats exist somewhere in the middle, requiring a higher pH than proteins alone. Pairing certain foods together allows for the proper gastric juices to be secreted, which will optimize assimilation (more food for you and less food for your pathogens). This all sounds like a lot of effort to me, which is why I ate all the whole, vegan foods I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted, whilst under homeopathic treatment. You might be sensing a theme here… If I’ve learned anything from my healing journey, it’s that restriction, and even too much awareness (of what to eat and how to eat it), only exacerbates this nation’s “problem with food“. Homeopathy allows us to move on with our lives while we heal, attending to, experiencing, relishing in the stuff that really matters–not what’s on our plates.
- Consume anti-parasitic foods: coconut (caprylic acid, lauric acid), pineapple (bromelain), raw garlic (ajoene, allicin), onion (sulfur compounds), pomegranate seeds, papaya (papain), pumpkin seeds, pungent spices (warms the environment of the digestive tract, making it inhabitable for parasites), carrots and more. I love me some curry.
- Help your gallbladder synthesize bile, a major avenue to detoxification and sustainer of homeostasis, with omega-3 fatty acids and betaine. Eat hemp, chia, flax, and beets.
- Stevia is a-ok; I don’t believe it feeds Candida (I ate it without problems), but I’m not certain it constitutes as a “whole food”. Make coconut flour “porridge”, bread, desserts, and more.
- See The Essential Candida Cleanse for more diet recommendations whilst utilizing homeopathy to heal your pathogenic overgrowth.
Homeopathy heals in accordance to the mind-body association: expressions of illness in the body can be measured by the mind, and the way the same illness is reflected here varies from person to person. Thus, the proper remedy must be chosen to suit the persona. I always knew nature provided us with the means to heal ourselves, but I never could have imagined how exceptionally the “vaccines” of homeopathy correspond with all life on Earth, as if the traits of animals manifest in non-sentient beings*. This notion only solidifies the concept of unification: the connectedness of nature, the ability we possess to help each other thrive, suggests we derive from the same body of light wherein none suffer at the expense of another’s welfare. Indeed, we do not have to suffer; The Soul (and whatever this entity entails) has ensured that we can save ourselves from anguish, if only more knew we possess the capacity to heal. Our goal as one is not to synthesize methods of healing, but rather to realize and consequently utilize what we have already been given, a facet of our spiritual journey that will only become more apparent as we become more aware… I cannot convey to you how profoundly my remedies affected me on all levels, mending the parts of my body that hindered my mind in ways I could never imagine. So much happiness, and so much awareness. Below I have provided an overview of a few remedies touted for their digestive healing abilities. These descriptions are not meant to replace the advice of a reputable homeopath.
A good indication of a remedy’s applicability to pathogenic overgrowth is if the symptoms it treats worsen with the Full Moon and to a lesser degree the New Moon, as well as at night. At this time, parasites and Candida are most active.
Note that any symptom in the descriptions provided below may be modified by the presence of other constitutions. Remember we are all comprised of multiple. So while Phosphorus types tend to be quite “lofty” in their thinking, because I am “grounded” by Arsenicum and Sulphur constitutions, I am quite analytical.
“Affectionate, sensitive, and stable in good health” (9). Ambitious. Detail-oriented. Highly attuned to critical thinking. Worry-warts, particularly about health of self and family. Vivid imagination. Everything is all or nothing. Needs reassurance, order, cleanliness to calm inner restlessness when ill. Overly-sensitive and insecure. Feels exposed; imagines the worst. Pessimistic. Perfectionism pronounced. Desires company despite irritability. Fears of being left alone, ghosts, robbers, incurable disease, death. Depressed: loathing of life. Suicidal. Full of anguish. Driven by fear and need for control.
Burning sensations relieved by warmth. Stinging, particularly in skin affections. Pale or yellow tint to skin, with dryness, roughness, itch. Cramping pains. Nose stuffed up. Heartburn, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Bloating with enlarged liver. Heart palpitations and frequent fainting. Thirsty; sips little at a time. Craves fats, sweets, sour foods. Trouble breathing; feelings of suffocation when lying down. Vivid dreams that bring worry and fear. Sensitive to cold, which chills to the bones; “This patient knows that if he could just get warm, all will be well” (11). Right-sided ailments. Emaciation. Vital force completely exhausted. Worse from midnight to 2 a.m, from eating, from exertion..
See an in-depth analysis of Arsenicum here.
“Often clean-living, meticulous individuals, they can be contrary and capricious when ill” (9). Needs quietude. Extreme irritability and anger. Does not want to speak, nor move due to pain; tendency to reproach others when spoken to (silence is a very good indication of Bryonia) or when asked to move. Refuses what is offered, even when it is asked for. Always seeks comfort of home and work. Driven by need for financial security. Fears losing job due to illness.
Sharp, stabbing, burning pains. Excessive thirst. Indigestion. Diarrhea and constipation. Stools appear burnt. Diarrhea causes burning of anus. Fever, slow in onset. Remedy quite applicable for the flu. Symptoms improve with sweating. Headaches in morning, gradually worsening before dissipating at night. White coating on tongue, particularly in center. Dryness of all mucous membranes: in throat, colon walls, etc. Thirst for great quantities of water, but waits until cannot bear to do so anymore before drinking. Hypoglycemia. Worse from moving, from speaking, during sleep.
“Best suited to shy, placid, sensitive, contemplative people who may also have an agitated, excitable side, notably in the face of cruelty” (9). Typically overweight with strength and resilience. Diligent workers. Team players. Worrywarts in need of control over their own lives (but not others). Loves the home, loves comfort; resistant to change as a result. May be followers and/or somewhat conservative. Highly sensitive. Embarrasses easily. Needs reassurance to combat deep insecurity when ill. Forgetful. Fears of failure, poverty, embarrassment due to belittling. Anxious but not typically afraid to die; rather, afraid to live entire life sick. Finds comfort in the home and through performance. Driven by need for security.
Low energy. Lazy. Sensitive to cold with sweats. Often fair-skinned. Overweight. Flabby abdomen. Poor muscle tone. Face is fleshy. Chronic low back pain and arthritis. Craves sweets, starches, eggs, indigestible things (pica) and eats them despite disagreement. Loves food, takes comfort in food. Constipation without urge and diarrhea (better from constipation). Grinding of teeth. Damp, smelly feet; cannot bear to have them cold and wet. Low pain tolerance. Insomnia. Worse from exertion, overwork, standing, and confusion.
“Prescribed when anticipatory anxiety figures strongly in the psychological symptoms. Lack of confidence is often hidden behind a veneer of sarcasm” (9). Tendency toward leanness and tall stature. Ambitious with great desire for approval typically due to an inability to meet standards set by one or both of the parents, usually the father. Impotence. Fear of impotence, in all facets of life, even when it is not present. Over-talks abilities to compensate for lack of self-confidence. Loves cocaine and caffeine, anything to veneer insecurity. Highly irritable when ill. Victimization common. Wants company in the home, but in other room. Fear of failure, of change, and cracking under pressure. Driven to by need to increase self-worth and value in the eyes of others.
Incarcerated flatulence, constipation and indigestion. Fullness after a few bites, which is generally disregarded. Abdomen bloated with enlarged liver. Pains in liver. Faintness and trouble breathing. Weak sex organs. Vivid nightmares. Craves fats, sweets, gas-causing and hot foods. Worse from fasting or overeating, on right side, from 4pm to 8pm.
Small-boned and refined, even when tall. Typically underweight when ill. Innate sense of right and wrong, very proper, very conscientious. Quick-wit. Organized, detail-oriented, controlled and meticulous. Loners with feelings of abandonment. Poor self-image, never as good as others. Emotionally distant, struggles to express themselves. Despite fragile appearance and push-over demeanor, these types are resilient and stubborn when confident in their pursuits. They lack grit when ill, however, due to burn-out. Fear of failure, of speaking in public and of real or imagined ridicule, particularly about subjects of which they lack knowledge. Sensitive to feeling overwhelmed and to the critiques of the others. Centers their world in the home.
Sensitive to cold. Cannot bear to have cold and wet feet. Depleted vital force; immune system naturally weak. Sweats readily. Catches colds easily. Upper respiratory infections. Poor assimilation, multiple food allergies; avoids these foods like the plague. Skin afflictions. Gum bleeds. Poor-quality hair and nails. Must have head covered. Everything is slow to heal (start with lower potencies). Worse from the new moon, from washing or swimming, cold weather and extremely warm rooms, as well as lying on the left side.
“Those best suited to Sulfur [British-English spelling] are imaginative and inventive, but inept practically” (9). Well-fed individuals with a strong build. Philosophical, egocentric, original, revolutionary. Friends love them but tire of their egos. Will talk incessantly about subjects that interest them without a care if anyone is listening! Genuinely confidence in themselves and their talents; thinks they are at the cutting-edge of whatever they do. Rebellious, anti-establishment, cannot be controlled. Can be selfish or selfless; will be generous when it suits nem. Desires to pursue own interests rather than academic requirements. Highly analytical, sometimes spiritual, intelligent and inquisitive when focused; lazy, disorganized, restless, and averse to bathing when ill (Hering calls Sulphur the “ragged philosopher”). Disjointed thought processes; genius subdued. Head is perpetually in the clouds, neglecting practical matters. Driven by curiosity.
Tendency to overheat. Burning pains. Offensive smell of flatulence and stools. Constipation. Vomiting and diarrhea at 5am. Bloating. Burping. Craves sweets, fats, and spicy foods. Abdomen feels raw. Movements in abdomen. Dryness of skin, of mucous membranes. Itchy, red, dirty skin. Hunger pains at 11am accompanied by sinking feeling. Worse with bathing, from standing, and around 11am with sinking feeling in stomach.
and so many more…
*A note: I am obviously a huge advocate of veganism. There are a few remedies based in animal byproducts; vegan homeopaths do not use them. I don’t necessary disbelieve in using animal byproducts to heal our(human)selves, as we are all here to aid in one another’s growth, but as the industry operates now (heinously–although I don’t think homeopathic remedies are subject to the same evil), and given the general consensus among humans that animals are lesser beings, I think we need to begin to respect each other on more of a widespread level before we can begin to help one another grow.
I provide herbal options for those who want to see them, but I do not generally condone their usage; it is too hard to tell whether your digestive issues are mild enough to be cured–i.e. healed at their source–with diet and herbs alone. Furthermore, the tumbling-dice effect of disorder indicates that other facets of the body and mind may have been affected by your gut flora imbalances, so unless your vital force is strong enough to restore itself in the absence of overgrowth–such as from significant childhood trauma–you will not fully heal. Think gallstones, constipation, anxiety, fatigue, etc. as indicators that you need the mac daddy of all holistic medicines.
An herbal regimen works to kill pathogens directly; your vital force will then clear away the muck, iff it is well enough to do so (which is precisely why symptoms return in some anti-Candida dieters and raw vegans when they cease their regime and revert back to their old diets: they didn’t address the root cause of their body’s dysfunction). Time may strengthen the body’s weakened foundations whilst cleansing, in conjunction with a reduction in stress levels, attention to proper nutrition, and an improved quality of life overall. Learn about all the basics of the healing crisis the right way here, including how to go about it and what to expect. Naturopaths recommend taking breaks when utilizing herbs to avoid overwhelming the body and its major detoxifying organs: the liver, gallbladder, spleen, and kidneys. Otherwise, you will inhibit yourself further. If you need to take breaks, however, you shouldn’t be utilizing herbs.
These are the herbs I used during my parasite cleanse, most of which contain antifungal and antibacterial properties as well (hence their propensity to fight against Candida and to a lesser degree SIBO). Take these herbs on an empty stomach once daily, gradually increasing up to three times daily, thirty minutes before meals to allow them to directly kill pathogens; your food will escort dead matter out of the digestive tract.
- Black Walnut Hulls-–This herb, in conjunction with Wormwood and Cloves, can comprise a complete cleansing regimen. The active ingredients iodine, tannin, and juglone work to kill adult parasites (5). The article cited specifically references juglone.
- Wormwood*–Touted to increase bile production (which encapsulates toxins) and stimulate appetite when hunger hormones have been compromised in the body’s attempt to rid itself of parasites. Appetite loss is a common symptom of long-term parasitic infection despite the popular belief that parasites only cause an increase in appetite.
- Cloves–Destroys the eggs of parasites in the abovementioned trio; skipping this herb will result in the growth of new life cycles, thus nullifying the progress of Black Walnut and Wormwood.
- Oregano Oil—Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal; inhibited growth of T. Cruzi in this study.
- Garlic–Shown effective against Trypanosoma, Plasmodium, Giardia and Leishmania, and Cochlospermum planchonii according to this study.
I also alternated Neem*, Olive Leaf Extract, and Cayenne.
A number of other herbs are also utilized in purgative regimens due to their antiparasitic properties. You can most certainly combine any of the abovementioned with the below-mentioned to formulate your own treatment.
- Berberine (found in Oregon Grape Root, Goldenseal, and Barberry)
- Paul D’ Arco
- Any compounded version of the anti-parasitic properties in the abovementioned foods (papaya: papain, pineapple: bromelain, coconut: caprylic acid, pumpkin seeds: pumpkin seed oil, etc.)
You can also use a reputable anti-parasitic supplement such as Para-Dysbio-Zyme by Doctors’ Research. This is actually the first product I used to treat my condition back in December of 2015, as prescribed to me by my naturopath. You may have to meet with a holistic doctor of your own to obtain Para-Dysbio-Zyme, however.
*Wormwood and Neem should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, as they can act as a contraceptive.
Where’s The Proof That Herbs Work?
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The extraction of parasites and other pathogens from the abdominal walls often results in abdominal pain. Certain vitamins, herbs, and amino acids can be taken to aid the body in restoring the protective mucosal lining of the digestive tract. Patients under homeopathic treatment need not worry about taking additional supplements, however, unless advised to do so.
- Vitamin D helps regenerate epithelial tissue in the mucosal lining. This deficiency is very common, and not just in vegans. Ensuring adequate Vitamin D intake whilst cleansing will allow the body to restore the intestinal lining.
- Iodine is also a very common deficiency which hinders the body’s defense against pathogenic overgrowth and heavy-metal toxicity. Maintaining healthy levels of this nutrient will prevent further infection.
- Vitamin A, along with Vitamin D, is associated with a proper intestinal immune response.
- L-Glutamine is an amino acid synthesized by the liver used to maintain the structural integrity of the intestinal lining. I had severe anxiety from my flatulence–indeed, my flatulence–in February before I began supplementing with L-Glutamine; my digestive tract was so torn (i.e. “leaky”), I could not bear the literally constant, overwhelming gas pressing up against my abdominal walls. With L-Glutamine I saw significant relief within days. All of this occurred before I sought the advice of a homeopath.
- NAC is an amino acid that helps heal the gut and may provide some relief from constipation.
- Marshmallow soothes the intestinal and acts like a coating to porous wounds within the intestinal lining.
- Slippery Elm reduces inflammation like Marshmallow.
- And finally, a good probiotic. Probiotics work to “kick out the bad guys” and restore proper gut flora. I recommend taking this while detoxifying; I do not believe you need to take it for maintenance afterward if you are fully healed and you eat well. The body is designed to function optimally without additional gut flora influencers.
The herbs I mentioned can be utilized in cooking (although Wormwood is not very palatable) or in teas to help the body maintain symbiosis and minimize the risk of overgrowth on an everyday basis. Don’t overdo it. Time and the consequent reduction of stress, both in body and mind, will help too, as will rectifying your lower self, which may lead to suppression when you refuse to address it. Diatomaceous Earth on an empty stomach once daily can help as well (the particles of which destroy pathogens mechanically). Apple Cider Vinegar promotes the production of stomach acid, a main defense against pathogens, and also possesses antibacterial qualities in and of itself.
Permanently reduce your intake of processed foods (go vegan if you wish; join the movement!!), suppressive drugs, toxic lifestyles and behaviors. Trust the mind-body connection; listen to your inner wisdom and begin to decipher the real from the fake; aim to feed your earthly mind and your eternal soul.
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