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Parasites—Clearing Up Blastocystis Hominis IBS and Hashimotos

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Today I’m going to discuss how parasites, namely one called Blastocystis Hominis (blasto), can cause IBS symptoms, skin issues, thyroid, auto-immune, and all kinds of other symptoms. Lately, I’ve been seeing so many more patients dealing with digestive issues. 

I’ve been practicing for over 30 years and have seen over 100,000 patient visits. Most new patients come in complaining about fatigue, aches and pain, brain fog, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues. One thing that almost all our patients have in common is that they have a lot of gut issues. We perform a lot of stool and various blood tests

Lately, I’ve seen an increase in test results showing more patients with parasites, especially Blastocystis Hominis, which is the most common parasite in the United States.

Blastocystis Hominis Can Cause Many Symptoms

Blastocystis Hominis can cause gut symptoms—diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and cramps. Blastocystis Hominis can also cause hives, rashes, and affect your thyroid. When you’re fighting off a parasite like this, it can ramp up your immune system and induce autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroid condition. Hashimoto’s is the most common cause of thyroid nodules.

It’s interesting to see how something like a parasite can affect an organ like your thyroid and even cause thyroid nodules. We’re going to discuss how to discover if you have this parasite or any others, and then how to treat it. 

Blastocystis Hominis is something that I had about 15 years ago. For many years I had a lot of gut issues including IBS symptoms, abdominal pain, cramps, gas, bloating, indigestion, and fatigue as well as body aches and pains.

Discovering and Testing for Blastocystis Hominis

Through testing, I found out I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (elevated thyroid antibodies) along with an elevated rheumatoid arthritis antibody. I was feeling pretty miserable. I also found out I had a gluten sensitivity and started eating gluten-free but that didn’t help too much. 

The reason why it didn’t work as well was that I was eating more non-gluten grains like rice and gluten-free products. I was replacing my gluten-containing foods with gluten-free cookies, gluten-free bread, and gluten-free pasta instead of completely eliminating grains. 

I did a stool test on myself and found out I had not only yeast overgrowth and dysbiosis (bacterial overgrowth) but also the parasite, Blastocystis Hominis. At the time, I hadn’t heard of that specific parasite and was unaware of the problems it caused, so I was doing a lot of research about it. This was around 1993 before we even had computers in our houses. In discovering how to eliminate it, I found out there were many effective natural remedies I could use as well as some prescription drugs. I started taking the various herbs and supplements that were recommended. 

Blastocystis Hominis Treatment Options

One of the most effective natural remedies for Blastocystis Hominis was supposed to be a liquid herbal remedy that contained Gentian, a purple-colored compound. I used this product for many months, and one of my most vivid memories was spilling it and staining my white countertop, as well as my clothes repeatedly. It was just a big mess. I performed over 20 stool tests on myself over the years. At the time, the lab would send you a picture if you had a parasite. Every time I would get the test results back, it was very frustrating as it would keep coming back positive. It was very depressing and frustrating as I couldn’t seem to get rid of it. Finally, I broke down and went to an MD and asked them to prescribe the medication that the CDC possibly recommends.

Conventional Treatment Options Often Fail

I say possibly recommended because the CDC views blasto as a yeast-like compound like candida. They believe that it may or may not cause problems, and you don’t really have to treat it. As a result, treatment was very controversial. I asked the medical doctor to prescribe the medications, antibiotics, and antiprotozoal prescriptions, which was very hard for me. 

A natural health doctor having to use a prescription medication for the first time in many years was very humbling. I followed the recommended treatment protocols for a while and then got retested and the protocol wasn’t even effective at eliminating the Blastocystis Hominis. 

In the literature, it says that medication often doesn’t work, so it was even more frustrating. Finally, I discovered a combination of things that did work and I was able to get rid of it. After all these positive tests, I finally received my first negative test. Since then, I’ve gotten tested multiple times and for the last ten years have received negative test results. 

Blastocystis Hominis and Autoimmune Conditions

I’m going to share how I and many other patients have been able to eliminate blastocystis hominis. Once I got rid of the blasto and cleared up the yeast and the bacterial overgrowth, my thyroid antibodies went down to normal and Hashimoto’s was resolved. For over ten years now, the Hashimoto’s and rheumatoid arthritis antibodies tests I’ve had have shown normal levels. 

There are also reports in the literature that link Blastocystis and Hashimoto’s and other various health conditions. It was interesting to me that autoimmune conditions and most all chronic health conditions are typically caused by deficiencies, toxins, infections like parasites, yeast and bacteria, hormonal imbalance, and/or food reactions. So how did we eliminate blastocystis hominis?

How to Get Rid of Blastocystis Hominis

The first step is diet. Parasites and yeast love sugar, carbs, and yeast in your diet. If you want to eliminate these problems, you must change your diet. You not only have to eliminate gluten, but also rice and other grains. When I started and it didn’t help, it was because I was still consuming grains and rice protein. I was eating a whole lot of rice with vegetables for lunch. Like previously mentioned, all these gluten-free substitutes like gluten-free cookies, bread, pasta, etc. aren’t desirable to eat when trying to balance your gut flora. 

Parasites thrive on sugar and yeast. Since the gluten-free diet wasn’t enough, I came up with the FreeDiet®. The FreeDiet® is not only free of gluten but free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. Cleaning up the diet is so important as you need to starve the bugs. Whether you take prescription drugs or natural remedies, if you’re still feeding them, you’re not going to get rid of them. If you want a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, feel free to click here and we can send you that.

The second step is to strengthen the terrain to make your gut uninhabitable to parasites, yeast, and bacteria. I had all three. I do recommend if you’re having auto-immune thyroid issues, any autoimmune, or digestive issues that you get stool testing. I like to do these comprehensive stool tests, not just test for parasites but also to check for co-infections of yeast and bacteria and leaky gut at the same time. 

It’s important to address all of these to strengthen your intestinal environment so that it’s uninhabitable to parasites. Probiotics are so important, and I use a product called ProbioSupreme™SB that can be very helpful for blastocystis hominis, as well as other parasites and yeast.

The third step is to add in products to help kill unwanted pathogens. I use a product called Yeast Defeat™ that has different herbs and compounds in it to help kill off blastocystis hominis, excess yeast, and fungus in your system. 

I also use Microb-Balance™. which is an herbal remedy containing berberine, which helps kill off excess bacterial overgrowth as well as blastocystis. 

Since then, I put together a group of five products that I call Blasto-Pack. You can click on the details section or that product and it lists the protocol.

Another thing that helped back then was this Amoeba Homeopathic remedy. At that time, I wasn’t all that familiar with homeopathic remedies and didn’t really see how they could even work because they function on a whole different principle. I took this homeopathic remedy, which then strengthens your immune system to kill off the blastocystis. When I combined all these products together with the diet, I finally got a negative result the first time I retested.

Healed for Over 10 Years 

After the protocol, it was amazing that everything was cleared up. I’m thrilled to say that after 10 years of trial and error but I was able to get rid of it. I’ve been able to share what I have learned with many patients, who I have helped get better since then. If you need help with this or similar issues, feel free to contact us and feel free to share this with someone you know, who is having any digestive, auto-immune, thyroid, or skin issues. 

Blastocystis Hominis Diet and Treatment Clears Up 40 year IBS

Blastocystis Hominis Treatment

I recently had a patient who came in that suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for over 40 years. She was able to drastically improve her health once we identified that she had a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis and naturally supported her body to eliminate it.

My name is Dr. Tom Rofrano from The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and author of the FreeDiet®. I’ve had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits over the last 34 years, and some of the most common health complaints I see are gut issues. This woman came in with a lot of bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, and constipation. She said she had IBS for over 40 years, had been to many different doctors, and had tried numerous medications. She had spent the last five years on an antispasmodic drug.

Getting to the Root Cause

Even though she was on the medication, she was still suffering from symptoms. She went to a functional medicine doctor before me who performed blood testing and a breath test, then put her on some supplements. But she still did not know what was causing her digestive issues and was still suffering. 

In addition to the gut symptoms, she was also experiencing fatigue, brain fog, sinus congestion, dry flaky skin, and high cholesterol. She was on medication for that as well.

The first step I performed was an evaluation with some comprehensive testing. Part of that testing was a stool test that she performed at home. The stool test came back positive for a parasite called Blastocystis hominis, which is this microscopic protozoa/amoeba.

Blastocystis hominis is very common, and many of our patients that I see with this had picked it up when they traveled to the islands. This patient went to The Bahamas quite a bit. It’s also common in other tropical islands, South and Central America, and even Europe.

Treatment for Blastocystis Hominis

There are specific medications used to treat Blastocystis Hominis, although a lot of doctors think it’s not a big deal and it doesn’t require treatment. Other doctors do take it seriously and treat it with prescription drugs. 

The downfall is that, in my experience, medications are not all that effective. I suffered with blastocysts over 12 years ago and tried many different natural products which did not work. I then visited an MD who prescribed different medications to try and rid my body of it. Unfortunately, the prescriptions did not work either. So, I kept experimenting until I came up with a supplement protocol and diet that worked together. 

One of the reasons why blastocystis can be so stubborn is parasites thrive off sugar, starches, and yeasts. When you are trying to eliminate parasites and still eating the standard American diet that has a lot of sugar and starches, it can be very hard to get rid of parasites.

A Specific Diet Protocol

One of the things I discovered was a specific diet that can be very helpful with clearing Blastocystis Hominis. I call it the FreeDiet® because it’s free of not only gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed food. It’s also free of those foods most commonly responsible for inflammation and chronic digestive issues. 

This diet is one that can be extremely effective in starving off the blastocystis. Treating yeast is a large part of this plan. This patient, as did I, had positive yeast and bacterial overgrowth on her stool test. Treating parasites, bacteria, and yeast are all important parts of the protocol. All three of those are starved by eliminating those foods as well as alcohol.

If you want a free copy of the FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart, click here 

Supplements for Helping with Blastocystis Hominis

The first step in treatment is diet, and then supplements are part two. I use a protocol of supplements called the Blasto Pack™ which is a combination of five supplements, including a probiotic called ProbioSupreme SB™, Microb-Balance, Yeast Drfeat™, NAC, and Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids. It is designed as a three-month protocol. 

Beyond that, I recommend the Functional Five™: a good quality multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, probiotic, and vitamin D w K2. Many people are deficient in a variety of vitamins and minerals if they are the host of a parasite. 

The results of the patient’s testing showed she also had leaky gut, gluten sensitivity, as well as other food sensitivities. These parasites can wreak havoc on your gut and lead to other issues. 

I used other supplements as well to restore proper nutritional balance and correct any other deficiencies. After four weeks of treatment, we did a follow-up blood test because her inflammatory markers were high. The testing showed her inflammation went down by a factor of five. Her CRP (C-Reactive Protein) initially was a 5 and went down to 1 in four weeks, and she also lost 8 pounds in four weeks. Her digestive symptoms were clearing up as well.

Many Symptoms Resolved 

The patient talked to her doctor about stopping her IBS and cholesterol medication at the beginning because she wanted to give this treatment a hundred percent effort. It turns out her cholesterol and other blood work had improved. Her IBS symptoms completely cleared up as well. 

After following the 12-week protocol, we performed the follow-up stool test which showed her blastocystis and yeast were gone, and bacteria had cleared up in her gut. 

I was thrilled about the results because having lived through the misery of having blastocystis myself, I knew what it was like to finally get rid of it. 

I was ecstatic that not only had her bloating and all her digestive symptoms clear up, her other symptoms resolved as well—fatigue, brain fog, sinus congestion, and skin issues.

Your Body Has the Ability to Heal

It just shows you that no matter how long you’ve had an issue, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. You first have to find the underlying root cause and then be provided with the proper solutions for you to heal. 

If you want a free copy of the FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart, click here 

or click here to see my book, the FreeDiet®. 

For the specific treatment protocol with dosages, click on Blasto Pack™ and then look under Details. 

Thanks for joining me today, and feel free to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I look forward to assisting you on your healing journey.

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