Did you know that rashes can be caused by a parasite? From seeing over 100,000 patient visits in the past 34 years at my Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, many of whom have digestive, thyroid, and skin issues. I have noticed a lot of patients testing positive for a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis.
What is Blastocystis Hominis?
Blastocystis Hominis is a single cell protozoa amoeba that can cause all sorts of issues. Apart from the usual symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and IBS, it can cause nausea, abdominal cramps, skin problems, aches and pains, fatigue, and thyroid issues.
In fact, in one study that performed stool tests on patients with hives, 61% tested positive for Blastocystis Hominis. This was compared to only 8% of those who had it in a control group of those without hives.
A Story from My Clinic
I recently had a patient who woke up to lesions all along her back. Naturally, she was quite concerned and turned to several different topical solutions, but it would not go away. Once arriving at my office, we did stool testing in which she was able to take home a kit and collect her stool over a few days. Our results found she was positive for the blastocystis hominis parasite.
I placed her on an eight-week treatment protocol which quickly proceeded to clear up her lesions. While most doctors and dermatologists would diagnose this condition as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, or chronic hives I was able to look internally and get to the root cause of her problem. Instead of prescribing lotions, internal steroids, or steroid creams, I could prescribe a treatment that truly resolved it.
What is the Treatment?
So what treatment is recommended for knocking out Blastocystis Hominis? Below are the steps I help my patients take to treat this parasite and ultimately their skin conditions:
Diet is an important first step in eliminating this parasite. Most parasites like Blastocystis feed on sugar, grains, and starches. So, even if someone is taking a natural product or medication, eating a bunch of sugar (which is standard to a typical diet), can prevent them from working.
So I recommend a diet program I created called The FreeDiet®. Not only is it free of gluten, but it’s free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nitshades, and processed food. These can all be contributors to inflammation and a leaky gut; therefore, avoiding them will starve the yeast and parasites you are working to kill. Instead, incorporate plenty of quality proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats.
On a Personal Note
I created this diet years ago, around the time I too had this blastocystis hominis parasite and was experiencing skin and digestive issues, fatigue, joint pain, and tested positive for both Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and rheumatoid arthritis.
It took me years to figure out how to get rid of it because natural products and even prescription drugs were not working. However, after several trial and error attempts, I found that combining The FreeDiet® along with a specific supplement regimen, it cleared up.
Sticking to this treatment plan, all symptoms and both autoimmune conditions resolved and have yet to see this parasite return in over 12 years.
Another important aspect of tackling this parasite (as well as Candida, or yeast, overgrowth) is supplementation. I use five supplement protocol called the Blasto Pack. You can click here to view and the protocol is under the details tab.
- ProbioSupreme SB (Saccharomyces Boulardii) – A specific type of probiotic
- Yeast Defeat™
- N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine – An amino acid that helps to break down biofilms and allows treatments to work better
- C Bioflavonoids 500
These can be taken daily over a three-month period, with some seeing results even faster. In addition to these, I recommend the Functional Five™ supplements and a smoothie in the morning that combines protein, fiber, essential fats, and FreeGreens™ that provide a way to nourish and cleanse the body.
It’s important that as the yeast and parasites are dying off to clear them out of your system. The idea is as the parasite clears up, the skin clears up as well.
Seek Help and Stay Informed
So, if you have any skin or digestive issues or know of anyone that does, feel free to share this information. For more information on this topic, feel free to check out my book, The FreeDiet® at thefreedietbook.com.
Another option is to download and follow The FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart and get started on the foundational supplements. If you have specific questions, please reach out. I look forward to working with you!