If this sounds like some sort of spell from Harry Potter to you, know that your intuition could be on the right track. This is the scientific name of a silent threat that has been puzzling scientists and medics for decades now—and compromising the health of heaven knows how many people.
What is Blastocystis Hominis (BH) and How Common Is It?
Blastocystis Hominis is a one-celled microscopic parasite that lives in the guts of almost all kinds of living creatures from cockroaches and fish to farm animals and humans (otherwise why would be writing about it, right?).
In 2000, the prevalence of BH infection in certain US population samples was as high as 23%, and this number was expected to grow in the following years.
Characteristics of The Blastocystis Hominis Parasite
These are some characteristics we know about the Blastocystis Hominis bacteria:
- Blastocystis Hominis is a one-celled protozoa, and one of the most common human parasites in the world with a global distribution.
- This bacteria has an outer shell so that it can live outside of the host body and may be transmitted from one host to another even during intercourse.
- It is a generally weak parasite that attacks individuals with weak immune system or weak digestive tract.
- BH is deadliest when the infected body also has other parasite and yeast infections that work together with it as allies.
- Under the microscope, the BH bacteria is found to have a “fatty reservoir” and love bad fats. This means eating foods high in the wrong fats will continue to feed them. Go here to understand the harmful fats to avoid, and the healing fats that are safe to be included in this diet.
- Whenever the parasite feels that the condition it dwells in become unfavorable, it hides itself in the intestinal mucus, digging into, sticking and holding on very hard to membranes. This survival mechanism allows it to survive almost anything happening in the host organism. Often, this unfavorable condition includes prescription antibiotics. This is why taking antibiotics may be helpful for a while, but they actually drive the parasites deeper into hiding till it’s “safe” to come out again.
To recap, although Blastocystis isn’t exactly the toughest of germs out there, it can be quite deadly when given the right environment to thrive, so don’t take it lightly.
Symptoms of Blastocystis Hominis Infection
When infected with BH, some of the most common symptoms are:
- Abdominal pain
- Acid reflux
- Diarrhea or constipation (IBS)
- Excessive gas
- Anal itching
- Skin rashes (hives, red patches)
- Joint pain
Some patients may suffer the symptoms for several weeks, whereas for other patients, the symptoms may prolong indefinitely until being treated.
Causes Of Blastocystis Hominis Infection
Blastocystis Hominis can be found on surfaces or in soil, food or water that has been contaminated with the feces from infected humans and animals. You can become infected from eating food contaminated with the bacteria, but you cannot become infected through contact with blood.
Blastocystis Hominis can be spread by:
- Eating food and drinking water contaminated with the bacteria
- Swallowing recreational water (swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, lakes, ponds) contaminated with the bacteria
- Intercourse with someone who is already infected with the bacteria
If you suspect that you may be infected, get a parasites test done. Do your best to eradicate Blastocystis from your bowels with our detox protocol as we share below.
How Do You Get Diagnosed?
You know how the saying goes: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Although there is no univocal opinion on how dangerous BH infections are in general, we already know for sure that for SOME people they absolutely are.
So, again: if you suspect BH infection, get diagnosed and initiate treatment.
The most common (and clinically available) methods of identifying BH are:
- Direct microscopy (O&P—ova and parasite exam): identifies up to 66% of BH cases depending on the equipment and experience of the pathologist.
- Stool culture: identifies up to 83% of BH cases.
- Polymerase chain reaction: identifies close to 100% of BH cases.
Complications: What Makes The Infection Worse
At the time being, there is no universal opinion regarding what can worsen your Blastocystis Hominis infection. However, certain studies suggest the following factors could either increase the risk of getting BH or make it more violent:
- Additional infections (especially yeast and other intestinal infections)
- Poor eating habits and nutrition in general
- Compromised immunity
- Chronic bowel inflammation (such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
Foods to Avoid
Many people suffering from Blastocystis Hominis infection state that eating a lot of carbs (especially refined sugars) often leads to a worsening of their symptoms. The same often goes for foods rich in spices (look out for that extra portion of chili), as most of them tend to have a local irritating effect on the lining of your bowels.
Last but not least, it is highly recommended to stop taking any alcohol while you are treating your BH infection. Late nights also seem to greatly aggravate the condition.
Additionally, if you are on a trip to a less developed country:
- Avoid sources of untreated water (such as wells, streams, rivers)
- Avoid fruits and vegetables that are consumed without peeling (grapes, leafy greens, etc.), opt for fruits that you can peel yourself, such as bananas and kiwifruits
Foods to Eat
Aim for a well-balanced eating regime with plenty of vitamins and all the minerals you need for a strong health in general. Remember that any concurrent infections or a sudden drop in your immunity could worsen your condition, so make sure to support your body in any way you possibly can.
Natural Treatment To Eradicate Blastocystis Hominis
If you are looking for a cure for blastocystis hominis infection, you most likely have come across many websites that say that there is no cure. However, I have been able to successfully help a client who came to me with this infection.
At that time, I have never even heard of this big word parasite before. My client had done his own research and tried many things, yet was not able to eradicate the parasites. He was in pain and suffering with many issues.
If you or a loved one is suffering from blastocystis hominis, please know that you can totally eradicate this parasite with the following protocol:
Step 1: Clean Up Your Diet
There has to be a complete change to your diet. Eating clean means totally removing all processed foods from your diet and eat only organic food. See foods to avoid and foods safe to eat as mentioned above.
Step 2: Drink Plenty Of Water
I cannot stress enough, drinking sufficient water daily is so important, especially when you’re doing a detox and cleanse. Find out here, how much water you need to drink daily for your body size, and add on another 20% when doing a detox program.
In your water, add ¼ teaspoon of seasalt to every 1L (approx. 1 quart) of water to help hydrate your body cells with the therapeutic minerals to speed up healing. Seasalt water will also help your body to fight the infection.
Step 3: Gastrointestinal Cleanse
When your body is infested with parasites, there needs to be a complete clean-up of the entire system. Doing a gastrointestinal cleanse is very important to help eliminate dead parasites and organisms efficiently.
Start immediately with a gastrointestinal cleanse. (This page will explain how you can do entire body detox in the right sequence to minimize healing reactions—massive parasites die-off—and to eliminate them efficiently.)
Most often, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to kill parasites and other organisms. Antibiotics are the cause of your gut problem in the first place. Taking them will cause further problems. In any case, they don’t even kill all of the parasites, especially this stubborn BH. Read above, about how the BH parasites hide in your intestinal wall lining.
Step 4: Supplement With A Parasite Cleanse
When the gastrointestinal tract is cleaned up, it will expose the parasites. Ingesting the herbal parasiticides will get the potent herbs to be in contact with the parasites and strip them off your intestinal membranes. This is why the protocol works powerfully, effectively and safely to eradicate the parasites.
I particularly like these two sets of Parasite Cleanse formula that are outstanding with their ingredients, and that work effectively to get rid of the parasites at every stage, without any side effects.
OPTION 1: DR HULDA CLARK’S FORMULA
There are many herbs that have anti-parasitic properties, however, I like these that Dr Hulda Clark discovered. Three herbs alone can get rid of over a hundred types of parasites, at every stage, without any side effects:
Black Walnut Hulls: The tincture can kill the adult stages of the parasites.
Wormwood: Increases stomach acidity and bile production. Wormwood capsules kill the larvae stages of the parasites.
Common Cloves: Cloves capsules can remove the parasite eggs.
According to Dr Hulda:
Dying parasites release their toxins such as ammonia. Ornithine and arginine are two natural amino acids that detox ammonia. It is important to take ornithine and arginine together with the parasite cleanse. They help the body free itself from excessive nitrogen.
Further, they protect the liver from damage caused by medications and chemicals and stimulate the regeneration of the liver. They strengthen the immune defense by stimulating the production of more active and more effective white blood cells (your body’s defence system).
To make things easier, you can buy the supplements here and follow the instructions (included) on how to take them. I trust Dr Hulda and respect that they only sell high quality and superior products that are effective. These are highly recommended:
OPTION 2: ERIK BAKKER’S CANXIDA REMOVE
Although this product is named CanXida for removing Candida yeasts, it is also powerful for getting rid of fungi, harmful bacteria and parasites. I have used this product with a few clients and am satisfied with the results.
CanXida Remove contains 12 powerful and potent antifungal ingredients, yet gentle on the digestive tract and does not cause any reactions nor side effects. Unlike Dr Hulda Clark’s formula, you take only one tablet (up to 3x/day) with CanXida Remove.
I highly recommend this product for its potency, convenience and reasonable price for what it does. Go here to read about CanXida Remove’s 12 ingredients, and to buy.
Also purchase the L-Ornithine and L-Arginine recommended above to go along with CanXida Remove.
How Long To Take These Parasiticides?
Follow this protocol:
Step 1: Gastrointestinal cleanse for 45 days.
Step 2: Parasite cleanse for 30 days, starting on the second week after you have started gastro cleanse. At the end of 30 days, take the parasite or bacterial test again. If still positive—most likely much reduced—continue for another 30 days. If it tested negative, good—continue for another 10 days for good measure. The recommended parasiticide herbs are gentle and safe to be taken for the period. My client tested negative after doing this for 45 days.
For more cleansing, please check this page on Detox.
Support Your System With An Anti-Parasite Diet
In order to help support your system during this time of cleansing, it is recommended to avoid foods that continue to feed the parasites: processed and sugary foods, wheat and pork.
Here are some foods you can add to your diet that will help to support your organs for a more effective cleanse. Click on the links to read more about each of these items:
Other powerful herbs that you can use:
When there is a parasite infection, most likely there are yeasts as well. Read this article on Candida infection for information, but most of the protocol for removing Candida is covered here. Adding diatomaceous earth to your fiber drink (gastrointestinal cleanse) takes you a long way.
Get a copy of Dr Hulda Clark’s book to learn more:
The Cure for All Diseases: With Many Case Studies.