So after several weeks of research, a few nights of interrupted sleep, & a whole lot of contemplation I finally settled on a three-step approach or “plan” for getting rid of the parasite that’s been (I’m assuming) the main culprit in the GI symptoms I’d been experiencing for the past couple months. The specific parasite I’m dealing with is called Blastocystis Hominis, which you can read more about in my post, here.
I have settled on a three-part master plan, which combines many different approaches – medical, natural/holistic, herbal, supplemental, and real-food/paleo-based. I believe that by attacking this parasite from so many different angles in one full swoop that I will ultimately be able to rid my body of B.hominis completely without having to revisit the little bugger in the near future. I want to make this post as clear-cut and straight-forward as possible to help those out who might be in a similar situation, so here goes, my three-part master plan is as follows:
Part One (aka: Prepping the Body for Eradication)
- Every day for one week..
- Took two probiotics with a large glass of water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning
- Following this, mixed 4 grams of L-Glutamine + one tablespoon Diatomaceous Earth in water & drank that
- Took a Digestive Enzyme complex (NOW Super Enzymes) before each meal
- Drank a cup of Bone Broth 2.0 before breakfast each morning
- Ate a diet consisting of well-cooked, sometimes pureed, vegetables – mainly carrots, spinach, zucchini, yellow squash, boy choy, & green beans, high quality (preferably grass-fed or pasture-raised) animal protein & seafood, and a good amount of healthy fats such as animal fat, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, & avocado oil.
- Incorporated fermented foods into my meals such as Kombucha (usually alone or before meals), Coconut Water Kefir (mixed into a drink or a tablespoon alone), and Sauerkraut (sticking to the juice alone or small amounts of the cabbage).
Part Two (aka Medical Eradication)*
- Every day for one week..
- Take Saccharomyces Boulardii (Jarrow Formulas) probiotic twice a day with a large glass of water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning & before bed each night
- Continue to mix 4 grams of L-Glutamine + one tablespoon Diatomaceous Earth in water & drink each morning
- Continue with a Digestive Enzyme complex (NOW Super Enzymes) before each meal
- Drink a cup of Bone Broth 2.0 before breakfast each morning
- Same diet
- Take the antibiotic, Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (aka Bactrim) twice a day (~ 12 hours apart) following meals (I usually take it around 8:00 am after breakfast and again around 8:00 pm following dinner
- Take probiotic, Prescript-Assist, in the middle of the day (as far apart from taking the antibiotic as possible)
- Incorporated more fermented foods, with most every meal. I made my own fermented carrots, and have been eating the carrots or sauerkraut along with meals. Have continued drinking coconut water kefir & Kombucha, along with Raw fruit Kvass (a probiotic cultured fruit & veggie drink), throughout the day.
- Drink Milk Thistle tea to help protect my liver from becoming damaged as it breaks down the antibiotic medication
*This is the part that I’m currently in the midst of (Day 3, baby!)
Part Three (aka The Herbal Eradication, my Insurance Policy)
- First, I am going to end my antibiotic course my preforming an at home coffee enema procedure, ordered from sawilsons.com
- Then I will begin the herbal parasite cleanse, Paragone. This cleanse consists of a variety of herbs, such as the potent parasite-killing herbs, black walnut hull, clove, & wormwood, and lasts 15 days.
- I will also preform two more at home coffee enemas during this part of the plan – once about mid-way through the 15 days, and one at the end of the 15 days.
- I will continue to take two probiotics on an empty stomach with water each morning (and probably again before bed each night)
- I will also continue with to mix 4 grams of L-Glutamine + one tablespoon Diatomaceous Earth in water & drink each morning, continue drinking my mug of Bone Broth 2.0 each morning (because I looooove it), and continue to take a digestive enzyme before each meal
- I will keep my diet the same but may start experimenting with adding a larger variety of vegetables as I see fit (depending on digestive symptoms, how I’m feeling, etc.)
- And of course, I will continue to consume probiotic-rich foods on a daily basis. I currently have two batches of sauerkraut in the works!
- I have also ordered a supplement to aid in healing my gut further, called Smooth Operator. This supplement contains a blend of nutrients which promote the healing of the gut cells & restore the lining of the gut, or intestinal permeability. The “leakiness” of my gut has drastically improved since I first started my gut-healing protocol, but B. hominis can do a lot of damage & I want to ensure that my gut is given the proper nutrients to come back strong after this whirlwind.
- Lastly, I ordered a Milk Thistle supplement to begin taking daily (since my tea stash is rapidly depleting) to continue to help my Liver detox from the potential damage caused by the antibiotic
Reasoning behind some of my choices/ Resources I’ve found helpful:
- Saccharomyces Boulardii – I began taking this probiotic a week prior to starting the antibiotic (and during/after the duration of the antibiotic) to 1. To ensure that my body had a supply of beneficial gut flora during my antibiotic course (S. Bouldardii is a non-pathogenic beneficial yeast & is therefore not killed off by antibiotics, unlike other healthy gut flora) & to prevent against antibiotic-associated diarrhea and 2. To compete with the B.hominis for colonization of the GI tract. S. Bouldardii has been used & successful in studies as a more natural method to eradicating B. hominis due to its ability to interfere with the ability of pathogens to colonize and infect the gut mucosa
- Some resources explaining this in more detail are: “Blastocystis: Consensus of treatment and controversies” and “Efficacy and safety of the probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii for the prevention and therapy of gastrointestinal disorders”
- L-Glutamine – I began taking this weeks ago as part of my gut-healing protocol. L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in the lining of the gut & aids in repairing the gut lining & supporting the body’s metabolic processes in fighting off infection – very important both when trying to heal your gut & when taking an antibiotic that can easily kill off your beneficial gut flora (your body’s normal defense system)
- Diatomaceous Earth – the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton which is a natural pest/bug killer that can be used in the garden but can also be taken orally to rid your body of any bad bugs. DE is a completely natural & nontoxic substance that aids in internal parasite removal by physically destroying and scraping away at parasites or toxins clinging to the lining of the GI tract. DE passes easily through the digestive system & is expelled through the bowel carrying any bad bacteria, pathogens, etc. with it.
- There are also a multitude of other benefits of taking DE dissolved in water (which has a subtle chalky/earthy flavor but isn’t hard to drink down) & you can read more about them here: “Health Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth”
- Coffee Enemas – I’ve chosen to preform coffee enemas after the antibiotic course, and herbal cleanse to ensure complete eradication of B.hominis because 1. B.hominis has the ability to move down to the lower GI tract (anus, etc) when it feels as though it’s “under attack” & hide out there & recolonize following treatment and 2. The eggs of B.hominis can cling to the intestinal membranes, anal walls, etc. & can also allow for recolonization following treatment AND to help with the symptoms of die-off, potential toxin build up, or other detoxing effects of the antibiotic and herbal cleanse.
- Laaaastly, some other resources that have been especially helpful to me in formulating this three-part plan are:
- “Blastocystis: Consensus of treatment and controversies”
- Chapter 15: How to Fix Your Gut of Ben’s Greenfield’s Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health, & Life
- “Blastocystis Hominis and Digestive Problem/Treatment Options”
- “The Art of Using Antibiotic – How to Limit the Damage”
- “What To Do If You Need To Take Antibiotics”
If you have any further questions regarding my plan/approach please comment below or message me privately! I’ve posted this as an example to others out there who may be dealing with parasites, gut bacteria imbalances, or any other similar GI problems. I know first-hand how frustrating this stuff can be & want to help in any way possible.