Back when Donna, my wife, was sick, she was eating well, was relatively stress-free and being careful of the toxins she put on her skin…
…but she was still really suffering.
But then things took a big turn for the worse on a holiday in Thailand.
Her BM’s, in particular, increased in frequency and urgency, and no matter what we tried diet wise we just couldn’t get things to improve.
She was back on the toilet 15-20 times a day, and at times was feeling very, very low.
We knew something must have been causing it but couldn’t work out what it was.
It was a really hard time for us. We had thought we’d cracked it, she’d been feeling great but this really knocked her back.
To cut a long story short we eventually we did some advanced testing that helped us to highlight that she had picked up a parasite.
Once we identified it we were able to put in place a protocol that helped to kill it off and get her feeling good again. She is now symptom and medication free. The parasite had been the one thing that was holding her back.
Is it possible that right now you have something like that that you need help identifying?
Do you feel that all aspects of your life, including your diet, are as good as can be but things still aren’t right?
If so, then it is almost certainly worthwhile looking a bit deeper and understanding what that could be.
Is it a digestive issue? Is it an infection/parasite? Bacterial problems?
There are many possibilities.
The thought of having a parasite or bacterial infection inside you is probably pretty scary, but they are actually much more common than you might realise, and can be very common for someone with IBD.
This is because when you have a weakened immune system and your gut health isn’t where we want it to be you can be much more susceptible to picking them up.
What is a parasite?
A parasite is basically anything that survives by feeding off of another organism.
The parasites that I’m referring to here are basically small bugs/worms that live in your digestion system and will feed off of you and your food intake.
They are dependent upon you to survive.
There are a huge number of different types of parasite that will cause a range of symptoms (and will affect different people in different ways).
How do you get parasites?
While in my wife’s case she seemed to pick hers up in Thailand (which is very commonly done) it’s not true that you can only pick them up in underdeveloped / exotic countries.
You can get them absolutely anywhere so don’t rule out the possibility that you have one just because you haven’t travelled much.
They will generally get into your body through food and water.
Unclean or undercooked food can be a common way to contract a parasite, as is swimming in lakes and rivers.
It is also possible to be passed a parasite or bacterial infection from an animal or another human.
What do you do if you have one?
There is a range of alternatives that you will have available to you to kill off the infection.
I’m obliged to advise that you should always consult your GP should you find that you have one, and they may prescribe antibiotics to help with that.
However, if you understandably didn’t want to go down that route, a more natural approach is also often possible.
The required protocol will be determined on a case by case basis and, in particular, will need to consider the person and the type of infection that they have.
One part of the protocol will almost always be a Saccharomyces Boulardii based supplement such as “Advanced Protection” www.autoimmuneinstitute.com/advancedprotection as this can help to protect your gut bacteria levels while the bugs are being killed off.
It can also help to better protect you from picking up bugs in the future (which is why I always recommend it to people who are travelling, or who spend a lot of time outdoors).
How do I know if I have a parasite?
The best way to check is using a good quality stool test.
A doctor may have already run a stool test on you but due to the accuracy of the testing they typically use and the things they are looking for the parasite/bacteria could have easily been missed.
The technology used for these tests is constantly evolving.
Even the very best tests aren’t perfect and can miss things (i.e. a negative result doesn’t guarantee that you don’t have something).
The tests I use with my clients are considered to be some of the best available and are certainly MUCH more advanced than what a doctor will generally run.
A stool test isn’t the only option. A urine test that we commonly run (the organic acid test) is also extremely effective at picking up underlying bacterial issues (as well as yeast, nutrient deficiencies and much more).
The downside of these tests is that they aren’t cheap but if you feel like you are in position where you need some testing (and interpretation and subsequent protocols to address what is found), and are willing to do what it takes to have them, then get in touch by completing this application form and we can discuss your options.