Do Zappers work?
Many bloggers and forum users report that zappers have not worked, however the type of zapper is critical, as many are poor in aim and insufficient to reach the digestive system. While the concept is to enliven white blood cells to attack harmful intruders in the body, scientific evidence is lacking on the effects of zappers and digestive parasites.
Is yellow stool a sign of blastocystis hominis?
Perhaps, but a yellow stool may indicate different disorders, including a problem in the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas. Those with celiac disease may have yellow stools. Giardiasis, another intestinal infection from a parasite, may also be the cause. See your health care provider to determine the exact reason and have samples analyzed.
Can Xifaxan help or cause it?
Sometimes referred to as Rifaximin, Xifaxan has not been studied in relationship to blastocystis. The drug is intended to treat diarrhea in IBS patients–which has the same symptoms of blastocystis–and to rid the body of harmful bacteria, such as E. coli. A concern is that, since Xifaxan has anti-bacterial properties, it destroys the probiotics in your body, which weakens digestive and immune health. Since blastocystis is controversial in treatment and not-well understood or classified, Xifaxan for use would be more trial than treatment.
Can blastocystis hominis cause weight gain or weight loss?
Weight loss, anorexia, and appetite loss are symptoms, as the parasites disrupt the digestive tract and destroy needed nutrients in the body. Weight gain is not directly associated, however, some people mistake constant bloating–another sign–as an increase in weight.
Is it a type of worm?
The exact classification is still under debate. Traditionally, it was presumed to be a fungi or yeast, however it is currently classified as a parasite, and more specifically: stramenopiles, which falls into the same class as water molds and harmful algae.
Is vomiting a sign?
Yes, however vomiting is usually a symptom in addition to others, including rapid weight loss and abdominal pain.
Is vitamin C useful for it?
Some people find that taking extra vitamin C can reduce symptoms and aid in recovery. Vitamin C is a top candidate for deficiency with B. hominis. It aids in digestion, immune function, and even stress support. Leafy greens and most fruits and other veggies are rich in vitamin C. You may take additional Vitamin C if you are unsure of a deficiency, up to 1500mg per day.
Is vitamin B useful for it?
B vitamins help with digestion, creating amino acids necessary for digestive and immune function, and other properties. Nutritional deficiencies, particularly in B vitamins, are not uncommon when infected. A wholesome B complex, or consuming vitamin-rich B nutrients such as moderate portions of red meat, grains, beans/legumes (which are okay depending on the intensity of your infection), and other whole foods may be sufficient to providing your body with enough B vitamins. B-12 is nutrient both susceptible for deficiency and support in energy and mood function. If you find that you’ve been under more stress or experiencing a lower mood, consider supplementing vitamin B as it does work to support the nervous system.
Can you get blastocystis hominis because of vitamin deficiency?
Poor diet, including vitamin deficiencies, may contribute to the cause of blasto because of the body’s inability to properly digest or defend against parasitic invasions.
Is it connected to a UTI?
B. hominis usually lives in the colon or digestive tract, but can migrate and reside in the urinary tract as well. Poor digestion and toxic elimination caused by b. hominis may also lead to urinary tract infections. If you have recurring UTIs combined with other symptoms of a parasitic infection, such as bloating, diarrhea, or other stomach pains, consider talking to your natural health care provider or looking into the possibility of having parasites.
Is it connected to ulcerative colitis?
Preliminary evidence shows a possible connection to ulcerative colitis and blastocystis hominis. In a case study published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in October, 1991, a man was determined to have ulcerative colitis. Upon further analysis, he also had blasto, and after proper treatment, his ulcerative colitis symptoms resolved. Since neither disease is well understood yet in the medical community, conclusive evidence is lacking.
Can I have skin rash because of it?
Blasto can disrupt the digestive tract, and will sometimes cause candida overgrowth, which can cause skin rashes. If you are experiencing skin rashes, consider taking a potent blend for both candida and parasitic healing. See the question “What is a good blastocystis hominis cleanse?” for more ideas.
Can blastocystis hominis reoccur after I get rid of it?
Depending on your diet (such as where you eat out or get to-go food), traveling, and other factors, if your body’s health is not restored after you get blasto, you may be prone to recurring infections. Taking a probiotic and anti-parasitic supplement after you’ve rid yourself of blasto is helpful for fully restoring the body. Clean up your diet, and consume more vegetables and wholesome ingredients to allow proper nutrition to support healthy digestion and immune function.
My naturopath told me I should take saccharomyces boulardii. Does it work?
A study from March, 2011, led by E.C. Dinleyici from the Department of Peddiatrics in Turkey showed that after 10 days, 77% of individuals who took Saccharomyces Boulardii showed up as being cured, while nearly 95% were cured after 30 days usage. While this probiotic has little to know reported side effects for usage, there is a concern for persons with immunosuppressant conditions as reported by Theodoros Kelesdis from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA, in March 2012.
Another consideration before beginning a probiotic is to have a blend that will address not only parasites, but also healthy immune function, candida overgrowth, and an imbalance of harmful bacteria. A probiotic such as Canxida Restore assists in the body’s natural detoxification process, and provides multi-channel support to the gut in order to restore healthy digestion.
Can blastocystis hominis turn into small irritable bowel syndrome?
More research linking specific connections between IBS and blasto are needed. The current association is that blasto has similar symptoms as IBS, and some people are misdiagnosed with IBS.
How long can it take to recover from blastocystis hominis?
Each person’s healing time depends on how strong the infection is and how their body reacts to treatment. People report anywhere from two weeks to two years for effective recovery, however healthy practices such as a wholesome diet and stress reduction can help speed up recovery time and prevent recurring infections.
Is quinoa good to get rid of it?
Moderate amounts of grains, such as quinoa, can provide amino acids, fiber, protein, and B vitamins to support healthy nutrition in the body, however quinoa is often over-promoted as a super food. No direct scientific evidence supporting the healing properties between quinoa and blasto are known.
Are probiotics good for blastocystis hominis?
Yes! Supplementing probiotics to the body can support health immune and digestive functions. Consider a supplement such as Canxida Restore, which has a blend of beneficial bacteria to not only restore proper digestion against parasites, but also bacteria and candida overgrowth. This formula also contains enzymes to help break down food and absorb nutrients, thus reducing symptoms of blasto like bloating and cramping.
Should I get on paleo diet?
Many people report feeling better while on a paleo diet, however people are also prone to nutritional deficiencies when taking a more extreme approach. Certainly added sugars and processed foods must be removed while cleansing and restoring your body, but most people are able to digest grains without difficulty. The important action is to eat only moderate amounts of grains. Wholesome options, such as steel cut oats, quinoa, and couscous contain essential amino acids, fiber, and protein among other nutrients to help the body function. Enriched or processed flours, found in most baked goods or pasta, are usually culprits for poor digestion and increased problems in health.
I have heard that oregano oil can be very effective what you think?
Studies have been conducted to demonstrate oregano’s potential anti-parasitic, anti-yeast, and anti-bacterial properties. In August, 2014, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published an overview of research conducted with oregano, and oregano’s potential fighting properties. For some, oregano can have overpowering effects as it works in the body, and so a blend of different herbs, along with vitamins and minerals, such as the blend in Canxida Remove will provide nutritional and multi-level support without over-stimulating the body or worsening symptoms.
Can it cause night sweats?
Dizziness, night sweats, and nausea are some reported symptoms of blasto, however these effects are not as common. Consuming extra omega 3s, such as chia seeds and fish oil, may help reduce night sweats, however overall digestive health should be evaluated and treated.
Can I experience mental symptoms because of this issue?
The gut and brain have close communication channels, with the gut being considered a second brain. Disrupting a healthy digestive tract can lead to poor communication to the brain, and may cause added stress, depression, fatigue, and other symptoms associated with mental health.
What is the life cycle of blastocystis hominis?
Unfortunately, blastocystis hominis has been difficult to understand, and the lifecycle remains mysterious. The parasite can morph into different shapes, which only makes an effective treatment more difficult, as the various types will resist and respond differently for common treatments.
Is it connected to leaky gut?
Any inflammation and disruption to the digestive tract over an extended period of time puts the body at risk for leaky gut, as inflammation or other aggravation on the small intestinal wall can increase intestinal permeability, causing pores to widen and allow pathogens and particles to enter the blood stream.
I have low iron. Can it be reason I have blastocystis hominis?
Low iron can be a cause of poor digestion and immune function, which can be an easy location to harbor blasto. However, other theories relate a deficiency in iron being a cause of blasto, instead of causing the infection. Insufficient vitamin B 12 absorption, which blasto can cause, can also hinder iron absorption.
Is blastocystis hominis harmful/dangerous?
Many people live normal, symptom-free lives while harboring blasto. In some cases, people without symptoms may develop long-term health complications, such as autoimmune disorders, if left untreated. When symptoms or a poor lifestyle goes unaddressed, potential further harm can occur, such as leaky gut syndrome (which can lead to more health problems).
Is blastocystis hominis contagious? If yes, how contagious is blastocystis hominis?
Yes. The level of contamination depends on clean water sources, a person’s health, and other considerations. See the question “Can I pass it from kissing?” for further information.
How common is blastocystis hominis?
The exact population infected with this parasite is unknown, as many people don’t display symptoms, and some individuals are misdiagnosed with other conditions, such as irritable bowel symptoms. Areas where water quality and hygiene are poor, mostly in third world countries or impoverished rural areas, are prone to higher infections.
Is blastocystis hominis curable?
See “Can blastocystis hominis be treated naturally?” for information.
Is blastocystis hominis a parasite?
Originally classified as a yeast, or fungi, it is now known as a stramenopiles, which is in the same class as harmful algae and water molds. It comes from a parasite, and little is known in the medical field.
Is blastocystis hominis a bacteria?
B. hominis is difficult to identify and understand, however modern science has changed its classification from a fungus to a parasite, neither of which are a bacteria.
Can you see blastocystis hominis?
To the naked eye, people are not able to see blastocystis hominis. Some stool samples under a microscope will show b. hominis. The parasite can take on different forms, as well, making the visibility and identification more difficult.
Can you get rid of blastocystis hominis?
See “Is blastocystis hominis curable” for information.
How can you get blastocystis hominis?
Please refer to my in-depth article on the causes, “Causes of Blastocystis Hominis“:
Can you die from blastocystis hominis?
To my personal knowledge, no deaths from blastocystis hominis alone have been reported. However, nutritional deficiencies, increased candida and bacterial problems, and other harmful health effects may eventually lead to detrimental diseases and, if continually left untreated with healthy habits, could theoretically lead to death.
Can blastocystis hominis be treated naturally?
Sometimes natural treatment is the only relief and cure people find, as prescriptions are not well researched and often guesswork. Diet, lifestyle, and a combination of supplements to replenish probiotics, aid in digestion, and fight parasites are important for effective results. See “What is a good blastocystis hominis cleanse?” for information on supplements, and “What are some good home remedies?” for foods.
Can blastocystis hominis go away on its own?
In some cases, mild hominis will go away by itself, however a healthy diet and lifestyle will assist the body’s natural defenses.
How long can blastocystis hominis last?
If left untreated, it may go away on its own or last indefinitely. Once natural treatment or another effective route is taken, anywhere from two weeks to two or more years is possible. Some prescriptions may be effective for the short-term, but recurrences are possible when the underlying causes (such as a weak immune system) are unaddressed.
What to eat with blastocystis hominis?
See “What are some good home remedies?” for information.
What herbs kills blastocystis hominis?
See “What are some good home remedies?” for information.
What does blastocystis hominis feed on?
Sugar and carbohydrates are two major nutrients that b. hominis love to feed off of. See “Foods to avoid?” for more information.
Where does blastocystis hominis live?
In most cases, it resides in the colon or intestinal tract, however the urinary tract and bladder are other potential locations.
Does blastocystis hominis go away?
See “How long can it take to recover from blastocystis hominis?” and “Can blastocystis hominis go away on its own?” for information.
Does a blastocystis hominis diet work?
See “Can blastocystis hominis be treated naturally?” for information.
Is blastocystis hominis a pathogen?
Pathogens are typically regarded as entities that will certainly harm the body at a cellular level, however parasities– particularly b. hominis– may not cause harm as yet known by the medical field. See “Is blastocystis hominis a parasite?” for more information.
How is blastocystis hominis transmitted?
See “How can you get blastocystis hominis” for information.
How is blastocystis hominis diagnosed?
Refer to the in-depth article here, “Testing and Diagnosis for Blastocystis Hominis“.
Can it cause any issues to liver?
Potentially, especially if toxins are not properly removed from the body. See “Can something happen to the kidneys if I have this issue?” for more information.
What are the long term effects of blastocystis hominis?
See “Is blastocystis hominis harmful/dangerous?” for information.
Is lactose intolerance connected?
Poor digestion in general is connected with blasto, and so the inability to digest dairy is not unheard of, however once the parasite is treated and foods are slowly reintroduced back into the diet, normal enzyme activity and digestive health allow dairy to be consumed.
Are there any lab tests I can do to confirm I have the issue?
A stool sample is the most common test, however it does not always yield positive results even when blasto is present.
Is kombucha good for it?
Yes! Kombucha is rich in B vitamins and probiotics, however be weary of added sugars which will only hinder the health benefits.
Is kefir good?
Homemade kefir is ideal, as this will be the most unprocessed form of nutrient-rich probiotics. Many who are lactose intolerant find that unsweetened, unprocessed, whole milk kefir has no side-effects, however begin slowly to see how your body reacts.
Can I pass it from kissing?
Blasto is highly contagious and can be spread through fecal matter, even trace amounts such as in pools and other recreational water facilities. Wash your hands regularly to prevent passing the infection. No direct links between kissing are known, however, children are especially susceptible to b. hominis. If you have one partner, consider having them go through a cleanse as you do to prevent infection.
Can something happen to the kidneys if I have this issue?
When the body is unable to properly excrete toxins, which can be caused by constipation and poor digestion, the liver and kidneys often have to work overtime to try to remove toxins. Too much strain may cause eventual harm to the kidneys, particularly with a poor diet consisting of fried, sugary, or processed foods. Foods overloaded with salt (sodium) cause especially cause a potential hazard for healthy kidney function.
Can it cause joint pain?
Though rare, some individuals have reported joint and other pain because of inflammation and the immune system constantly battling the parasites, along with reduced enzyme activity which aids in inflammatory response and helps proper digestion of food. Another potential reason for joint pain is that parasites in the gut cause inflammation, which can expand the pours in the small intestinal lining, which causes leaky gut syndrome. Particles and pathogens are able to escape into the bloodstream with leaky gut, and can cause the immune system to attack even harmless pieces that it does not recognize. This can lead to further inflammation, which can then cause joint pain and eventual autoimmune diseases, such as fibromyalgia.
Can it cause itchy anus?
Yes. One of the symptoms of any parasitic infestation is an itchy anus.
Can I get IBS because of it?
IBS is sometimes mistaken for a B. Hominis infection. See “Can I get Irritable Bowel Syndrome” for more information.
What is a good herbal treatment for blastocystis hominis?
See “What is a good blastocystis hominis cleanse” for an appropriate herbal treatment.
Can I experience hair loss because of it?
People with blasto infections may become deficient in vitamins and minerals, especially B vitamins and zinc: both of which may cause hair loss. Extra stress on the body or poor adrenal function from the immune system working too hard are also considerations for hair loss.
What are some good home remedies?
Plenty of water and fiber assist in cleansing the body of toxins and waste. Vegetables support the natural detoxification process, while herbs and teas such as garlic and clove are natural anti-parasitic remedies. Turmeric, ginger, and other anti-inflammatory spices, roots, and herbs may reduce joint pain and inflammation in the gut. Cooking food can help with the digestive process, as raw food can be more difficult to break down in the body.
Is garlic good for it?
Parasitology Research published a study from the department of medicine at The Aga Khan University in 2011 which demonstrated garlic was an equally effective agent against B. hominus as conventional prescription medication.
Is grapefruit seed extract good for it?
Yes. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published research in June, 2002 demonstrating grapefruit seed extract’s natural antimicrobial properties. You can read more about grapefruit seed extract’s role as part of the ingredient list in Canxida Remove.
Is gluten intolerance connected to it?
Gluten intolerance may be associated with leaky gut, which can be a cause from inflammation that b. hominis causes in the small intestinal lining. Leaky gut allows particles, such as gluten, to accidently enter the bloodstream. The immune system associates such particles as a threat, and attacks them while registering their code so that, upon reentry, the immune system is ready to fight them again, which causes side effects for otherwise harmless foods.
What foods to avoid?
The following list comes from the article, “Best Diet for Blastocystis Hominus.”
• Simple carbohydrates: found in refined foods, juices, fruits, and dairy products, these are food for parasites and candida.
• Sugars: with the exception of honey and occasional fruits such as bananas, avoid any natural sources or added sugars. They feed parasites and candida, and can cause further inflammation in the intestinal lining.
• Undercooked meats: including fish, shellfish, and all animal sources, if they are not well-done, there is a risk of contaminants.
• Unpasteurized Ingredients: Juices and dairy products that are unpasteurized are usually ideal for purity, however they also risk having contaminants.
• Anything Sitting Out for Awhile: Buffets, left out dips or sauces, or even unrefrigerated vegetables or fruits are prone to becoming contaminated or developing mold.
• Unpeelable produce: Grapes, tomatoes, and berries are just a few ingredients where, if you can’t peel them, you risk contaminants.
• Alcohol: alcohol converts to sugar, causes inflammation in the intestinal lining, and slows down immune function when consumed often.
What foods to eat?
See “What are some good home remedies?” for foods and other nutrients to incorporate into your diet.
Can blasto cause fatigue or chronic fatigue?
Yes, this is one symptom of having blasto. When the adrenal glands are strained, the immune system working overtime, and the gut-brain communication channels disrupted by an unhealthy digestive tract, fatigue and mood can be affected.
Can it cause depression?
While depression is a medical term used loosely, those diagnosed with depression may have worse symptoms, and low moods are not uncommon in parasitic infections. See “Can I experience mental symptoms because of this issue?” for more information.
What are die off symptoms?
Parasites can often provide a happy home for candida, which begins to overgrow. When taking yeast medication, die-off occurs as the yeast cells are destroyed. The cells release toxins, which can lead to fatigue, light-headedness, and other negative side effects. With a formula like Canxida Remove, which is both anti-parasitic and anti-fungal, certain herbs and minerals are a part of the blend to reduce die-off effects.
Is coconut oil good against blasto?
Coconut oil has many anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, pro-digestive and healing properties. Other beneficial, extra virgin oils such as flax, olive, and avocado may also be beneficial. Parasites cannot feed off of beneficial oils. Caprylic acid, derived from coconut, also has anti-fungal properties which can be effective against potential candida overgrowth.
Can you experience brain fog because of it?
Yes: one of the common symptoms reported is brain fog. See “Can I experience mental symptoms because of this issue” for more information on cognitive side-effects.
Is berberine good for blasto?
Berberine has antimicrobial properties, including the ability to support mucous membranes and enhance the immune system. For more information, read about its role in the Canxida Remove blend, which combines berberine with other known anti-parasitic ingredients for a whole body cleanse and support.
Is black walnut good?
Yes. It is a traditional remedy, and also promotes healthy digestion as well as being a mild, nonaggressive laxative. Many find that black walnut is ineffective when used alone. For more information, read about its role in the Canxida Remove blend, which combines black walnut with other known anti-parasitic ingredients for a whole body cleanse and support.
Are blastocystis hominis and lyme disease connected?
A potential connection exists, as any parasitic invasion in the gut can create an imbalance of bad to good bacteria. While lyme disease is most often associated with tick bites, the body’s natural defenses against bad bacteria are greatly weakened when the gut is not healthy. Probiotics are critical to restoring a proper balance of good-bad bacteria in the body, but having other bacterial, yeast, or parasitic infections will hinder the body’s natural ability to function properly.
What is a good blastocystis hominis cleanse?
A wholesome diet, particularly with hot meals to ease digestion, is critical to providing the body with proper nutrition. In addition, probiotics such as Canxida Restore is a blend of probiotics aimed at fully supporting the intestinal tract’s recovery, and includes probiotics to help aid digestive and immune support, as well as enzymes to help break down and absorb nutrients and prevent bloating, cramping, and other side effects. Canxida Remove provides vitamins, minerals, and herbs to support cleansing the body of parasites, as well as any potential overgrowth of bad bacteria or candida which may result from parasitic activity.
Is corn good or bad?
Corn can be high in sugar, which feeds parasites and any candida overgrowth. Depending on how strong your infection is, moderate amounts of corn may be okay, but if you’re unsure, do avoid it until your body has repaired itself.
Blastocystis hominis: Is storing stool samples for a week to get results a good idea?
Generally, the fresher the stool sample, the better. B. Hominis stypically takes at least 3 stool samples in a lab, and even then it may not show the parasite. However, stool samples can also yield other results you’re not aware of, so see your health care provider for more information about whether a test is needed.
I hear a lot about blastocystis hominis and full moon, what is the connection?
The theory is that some parasites are more active during a full moon, and people may wait to begin holistic treatment until near or on a full moon in order to destroy a larger quantity of parasites. The reasons for the connection are unknown, as they have not been studied, however the gravitational pull of the moon is believed to affect living bodies on Earth, including parasites, and even though parasites live in our digestive system, the effects of water–including our blood and gut–may alter based on lunar cycles. However, I would like to repeat that there are theories, but no scientific evidence or hypothesis to explain the potential full moon-parasitic relationship.