Parasites..it’s spring cleaning time

We are on a parasite cleanse this month as well. We began four days before the full moon and will continue until four days after the next full moon.

Parasite cleansing is one of the things I talk about in my book because it’s so often overlooked in relation to symptoms.  Sometimes you hear people say things like “wow, it must be a full moon” as an explanation for bad behavior, hyperactivity or other behavioral changes that occur occasionally. However, sometimes there really is a connection because parasite infection and activity does cause behavioral changes.

Other times they can’t figure out why their children are so off certain times and not others. I often have reports of nightmares, fecal smearing, and other unusual symptoms that resolve with parasite kills.

In addition to the chapter in my book, Humaworm’s website has a long list of symptoms that can help with determining if you might have this issue. Generally though, if you have never done a parasite cleanse….well, it’s highly suspect you have them then.  It’s a thought most people don’t want to think about but it’s actually been a part of humanity since forever. Castor oil used to be given to children for the very reason of killing parasites.  Our pets get parasites which is why the vet tests and treated yearly…no reason why humans would be any different.

We did actually have some interesting results from our original parasite cleanses. You can check out our past experiences with parasite cleansing here:

These days it’s more of an yearly maintenance for us but the herbs are also beneficial at killing yeast and some bacteria.  (Just to note that pregnant women and children under 1 should not do a parasite cleanse.)


Disclaimer: *I receive no compensation from Humaworm.com. I just love the product. However if they wanted to send me freebies..I’d welcome them! 🙂

Low Dose Naltrexone

We began at 1 mg of low dose naltrexone at bedtime as per the doctor’s instructions in March. Generally the starting dose is higher but she wants to eliminate/reduce any side effects if possible. From what I read there are usually few side effects and they usually subside in the first week.

The primary symptoms usually reported are sleep disturbances which can be insomnia or vivid dreams.

His first night at 1 mg, he did report bad dreams and he wasn’t too happy about it. The next night I only gave half of a milligram instead. That seemed to eliminate the bad dreams but he is having trouble getting to sleep. He either up late or waking up in the middle of the night.

After 2 weeks I increased the dose to 1 mg as per the doctor. So nightmares are back and he’s not happy at all about that. Who would be? I talked to the doctor again to clarify how long and if that will go away. She suggested we move dosing to daytime which would entirely eliminated the issue.

That did eliminate the issue thankfully. Today we moved up to 1.5 mg. Our target dose is 3.5mg. In three months blood work will be done to see if the viral issue is gone.

We are also using immune supporting herbs and antiviral herbs daily.

I am adding lysine now that I found one that dissolves in juice easily.  Ironically on all these antivirals and there is no yeast overgrowth so that’s a win I owe to chelation.

I was going to also add in olive leaf but I cannot gag down the olive leaf tincture I bought…so that’s not going to work. We have not started niacinamide yet but it’s on my radar because of its usefulness in autoimmunity but I do have him on selenium daily.

I will post when I have more conclusive results from doing the antiviral/immune regulation treatment. I suspect I won’t know more until summer when we see his blood work. To date, sensory is unchanged but hopefully this will help his immune system and thyroid function.

Viruses? Still?

Making sense of food allergy tests

A few months back I wrote about a food allergy panel that our doctor ordered to check my son for food allergies. I really should have asked a lot more questions before agreeing to spent nearly $300 for this testing. It’s expensive and poking your sensory kids finger for blood is a horrible experience for all.

In any case we trusted that the doctor had researched the validity of this test. I should have researched it.  Recalling that my son’s results indicated he had elevated IgG results to several foods.We were told he needed to be off these foods for a period of time to help his body’s immune response calm down.

Four months later, with no improvement, I compared notes with another parent that also reported no change in symptoms/behavior when removing foods based on this same test. This parent ran a follow-up test nearly 6 months into the diet. The results made me questions all of it when I looked at the original and the follow-up.

So what is an IgG?  It’s a “memory” antibody and from what I read IgG antibodies signal past exposure to a food antigen, not allergy to it.  What? Wait….past exposure not allergy?

Of course he was exposes to eggs, whey and gluten in the past and regularly prior to any diet. He was actually already gluten free for a good 5 months before this test was done.

The other child’s follow-up testing showed that the elevated antibodies to those original foods went down which is what you’d expect if you weren’t eating them for 6 months. What we did not expect was there are now elevated antibodies to some of the foods the child has been eating to replace the ones he couldn’t have. So now instead of having elevated IgG to milk, he has it to soy because his cow milk was replaced with soy milk.

So we both looked at each and thought…so does it matter what he eats or are these antibodies just going to go up and down depending on what you eat?

That made me think, wait a minute. How valid is this test?

I am having a hard time finding valid scientific research that demonstrates that elevated IgG to foods actually indicates a food intolerance when the child has no food allergy symptoms to begin with.

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