Are There Bugs In Your Belly?

You’ve probably heard horror stories of 3 foot tapeworms that cause serious problems for some people, but did you know that most parasites are very tiny and some can only be seen by microscope?

Did you know that there is actually a very good chance that you could have a yeast or parasite infestation?

The human body is literally crawling with hundreds of strains of yeasts and bacteria. The digestive track alone holds more than three pounds of bacteria. In the right balance, these bacteria are necessary for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. Probiotics, the beneficial bacteria in the gut, are a form of bacteria, though they have a tremendous positive impact on our health.

When these beneficial bacteria in the digestive track get out of balance, problems begin. A large number of factors can facilitate the disruption of this balance of bacteria, including diet, certain medications, stress, contact with infected sources, and others.

The body is also host to yeast, which is naturally occurring and not specifically dangerous in proper amounts. Yeast overgrowth, on the other hand, which is rampant in today’s world, can have a tremendous negative impact on overall health and fertility. Many people are (unfortunately) familiar with vaginal yeast infections, but these infections are often symptomatic of a much larger body-wide infection.

The most disturbing invaders to our bodies, in my opinion, are parasites, though sadly, most people carry these guys around too. Studies have found that most people, especially those with chronic diseases and cancer, are host to at least one kind or parasite.

Parasites can range from tiny organisms, visible only by microscope to long tapeworms (several feet long).  They can enter the body through food, drink, contact with animals or infected person, or even just skin contact, and parasite infections can last for years.

How Do We Get Yeast and Parasites?

Yeast and parasites can enter the body a variety of ways, depending on the type. Candida Albicanis, the most common and difficult to remove type of yeast, occurs naturally in the body in small amounts.

When a person eats lots of glucose and fructose (remember the body turns all sugars, starches, grains, and even fruit into glucose for digestion), it feeds the normally occurring yeasts and parasites and allows them to multiply abundantly. Some pharmaceuticals, and especially hormonal birth control and antibiotics, can deplete the digestive track of the beneficial bacteria needed to keep yeast and parasites in check, and lead to an overgrowth or infestation.

Yeast especially, can multiply rapidly in the presence of any high carbon substances like sugar. Yeasts are also able to convert sugar into alcohol in the body, just as it does in the beer and wine fermentation process. This is one reason that people with severe yeast overgrowth experience symptoms like brain fog, lightheadedness, and nausea.

Treating yeasts, parasites, and other fungi in the body is a three step process. First, the invaders themselves must be killed, then they (and the toxins they created) must be flushed from the body, and finally, the body must be supported in healing and regenerating itself.

How to Tell If You Have Yeast or Parasites

There are many symptoms directly or indirectly associated with yeast and parasite overgrowth. If you have several of these symptoms, there is a really good chance that you have an infestation or overgrowth.

Symptoms of Yeast and Parasite Overgrowth:

  • Lowered immune system and constant illness
  • Rectal itching, especially at night
  • More than one vaginal yeast infection
  • Sores on the mouth or lips or white spots inside mouth
  • Constant tiredness
  • Difficulty sleeping and waking up
  • Toe fungus or athletes foot
  • Bloating and gas
  • Allergies
  • Sensitivity to food or chemicals
  • Sensitivity to the smell of strong perfumes or cigarette smoke
  • Rashes or itching around genitals in men or women
  • Recurrent bladder infections
  • Food cravings, especially for sweet or starchy foods
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Endometriosis
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • History of antibiotic use
  • History of steroid use including inhalant or asthma medication
  • History of contraceptive use
  • Brain fog or mental fuzziness
  • Menstrual irregularities including irregular periods, heavy bleeding, cramps, PMS, or anovulation
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Floaters or spots in the eyes
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Previous or current cigarette smoking
  • Use of fluoride or consumption of fluoridated water
  • History of high sugar/carbohydrate consumption

If left untreated, Candida, yeast, and parasite overgrowth have been linked to a plethora of chronic conditions. Yeast and Parasites are often found in people with the following conditions:

  • Infertility or permanent fertility damage
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Malnutrition
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Kidney Stones
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Digestive problems of all kinds

Natural Remedies for Yeast and Parasite Infestation

The good news is that there are some natural treatments that are effective at helping the body kill and remove yeast and parasites. If you suspect that you have an overgrowth, you might consider some of the treatments below:

Dietary Adjustments- If you do have yeast or parasites, any sugars at all can feed an infestation and make removal very uncomfortable. If you are embarking on a natural treatment for Candida, fungi or parasites, remove all sources of natural sugar from you diet, including sources like honey and fruits. Some Stevia is ok once in a while, but avoid anything that gives the body a sugar source and feeds yeast or parasites. Consider also avoiding dairy for 1-2 weeks to give you body a boost.

Sweat- As your body kills off parasites and yeast, their by-products must be removed from the body, along with the toxins that they might have bound to. Some of these are best removed through the sweat glands, so let your body sweat by exercising, taking cayenne supplements and getting in hot tubs or saunas during the healing process.

Diatomaceous Earth- This is a naturally occurring substance that has amazing ability to kill parasites, yeast and parasite eggs. It is naturally high in silica, which is necessary for hair, nail and skin growth, and has other trace minerals as well. It can also help restore body tissue and improve digestion. If you decide to take this supplementally, start with 1 tsp per day in 8 ounces of water and work up to 1-2 TBSP a day until yeast symptoms disappear. Read info below on Herxheimers reaction! Also, make sure to use food grade Diatomaceous earth! More info here.

Apple Cider Vinegar- Another easy and effective remedy for Candida and parasites. Apple Cider Vinegar is high in B-vitamins and very nourishing to the body. It help the body’s pH neutralize and improves digestion. It is well known for killing yeast and improving skin condition. Some people are leery of vinegar, as a fermented product, when they have a yeast infection. While some fermented products like beer and wine can feed yeast, Apple Cider Vinegar undergoes a much different fermentation process and produces a completely different reaction in the body. It tastes awful, but after taking it for a while, you will become more tolerant of the taste, and your body will start to crave it. Start with 1 tsp up to 3 times a day about 30 minutes before each meal (some people can’t handle it before breakfast!). If you handle this well, this dosage can be increased to a tablespoon.

Probiotics- Probiotics restore the helpful gut bacteria that is wiped out by yeast or parasites (or antibiotic or oral contraceptive use). Probiotics are necessary to restore proper intestinal flora, even after yeast and parasites have been removed. A high quality probiotic supplement should be included, taken according to product instruction. Do not take probiotics within an hour of Apple Cider Vinegar or Diatomaceous Earth! You might also consider drinks like Kombucha and Water Kefir to help build up probiotic levels, or whole plain full-fat yogurt.

Cinnamon- Cinnamon is a natural remedy for parasites and fungus. Take ½ tsp of a high quality cinnamon powder in water up to three times a day.

Vitamin C- Besides being an excellent antioxidant and immune support, Vitamin C is helpful in yeast/parasite removal. If you have symptoms of yeast and parasites, take 5,000 mg (5 grams) per day spread out in 2-3 doses. Do not take vitamin C at the same time as calcium/magnesium as they will neutralize each other. High consumption of Vitamin C may cause loose bowel movements, especially when yeast and parasites are being removed. This is not necessarily worrisome, but if it bothers you, adjust the dose down until symptoms go away.

Coconut Oil- Coconut Oil is naturally anti fungal and very nourishing to the body. Hopefully, you are using it in your cooking by now, but consider taking several tablespoons a day additional as an antifungal support. This will also help support the hormones and reproductive system. To make it easier to take, dissolve a couple tablespoons in a hot tea of choice and drink. The first couple sips will be coconut oil, and then you will just taste the tea.

Garlic- To help remove yeast and parasites, finely mince 1-2 cloves and drink in a cup of water before meals.

Olive Oil- Also an antifungal that supports removal of parasite and yeast waste. Add 1-2 TBSP or more to salads or veggies, or take supplementally.

Other Herbs known to help with yeast and parasites: Oregano Oil, Thyme, Peppermint, Rosemary, Olive Leaf Extract and Grapefruit Seed Extract.  If you have a severe case of yeast or parasites, consider using on of these potent herbs, but do your research first!

Herxheimer’s Reaction

I mentioned above that removal of yeast and parasites can be uncomfortable at times. This reaction, named after the German dermatologist who discovered it, is basically the discomfort caused by the die off of yeast and parasites and the body’s attempt to remove them. The faster you attempt to treat symptoms and the more potent remedies you take, the higher your chance of experiencing this reaction.

It is best to be on an anti yeast/parasite diet for several weeks before starting supplements to help minimize this reaction.  Starting with small doses of Apple Cider Vinegar and Diatomaceous Earth and then working up will also help keep die off symptoms at bay.

You may even find that you “catch a cold” a week or so after starting to treat your yeast and parasite symptoms. This is actually a mild Herxheimer reaction, and backing down supplements and drinking more water should help it pass quickly.

Other Important Notes

Removing yeast and parasites is a difficult job for your body. During this process, it is highly important that you support your body as much as possible with regular exercise, good diet, adequate sleep, and limiting exposure to toxins.

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath (1/2 cup Epsom salts in hot bath water) will also help remove toxins through the skin. Drinking enough water will help flush die off toxins out faster, and adequate sleep will give the body enough time to regenerate.

During this time, it is also vitally important that you do not consume sugar or carbs, as this will make the process much slower and much more uncomfortable. Consuming enough raw vegetables during this time will also help keep your energy levels up and clean the body faster. If you can stomach it, this is a veggie smoothie I drink daily.

A grain-free and sugar-free diet is vital in removing yeast and parasites from the body. If you suspect that you have yeast or parasites, please consider joining my Wellness Challenge to get support, recipes and tips for living grain and sugar free.

Note: I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. If you suspect that you have a serious problem with parasites or other health related issues, consult your doctor or specialist. Some of the supplements above should not be taken during pregnancy, and a detox regimen should not be started during pregnancy.

Have you had belly bugs before? Think you might have them now? Let me know below!

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Reader Comments

    • vanessa says


      Hope you are well!! I had self-diagnosed myself years ago with Candida. I had gone to many doctors and have had every exam possible to possibly find out what my discomfort was. When I had the breath test done it came back positive for bacteria overgrowth which also added to my assurance. The discomfort I experience is right under the right rib cage and is a constant discomfort, no pain. It is as though something is full and applying constant pressure and tightness. Do you think that is Candida? I have done the diets many times but always falter after a few months.

      But my real question is…I have had infrequent diarrhea for 2 days and constant stomaches. I feel ok, low energy a bit but overall ok. And I’m just not understanding why this is not going away and its not more constant or frequent. This made me think it could be parasites?
      So therefore they tell you to eat bland while having this but it doesn’t seem to be helping. Sorry to be gross, but every time I go to the bathroom it is diarrhea. I am scared to do the apple cider, veggies and so forth with having “D”. What do you think???

      • Christina says

        Sounds like it may be your gallbladder and/or liver in addition to candida. All humans carry parasites. All three issues need to be addressed and there is no magic pill to make it all go away. It will require a change in diet, supplements, and lots of pure filtered water. Exercise also helps immensely. Good luck!

      • Lisa says

        I would bet that it is your gallbladder. I struggled for 7 years with that pain/discomfort under my right rib. Waxed and waned. I was diagnosed with late stage Lyme Disease a year ago, and my doctor wanted me to have my gallbladder removed before I started treatment. I know it sounds extreme, but the gallbladder is a common problem amongst Lyme Disease patients. I took my time in making a decision. The surgeon who I saw said that he has a “pocket” of patients who have clear gallbladder issues, but do not present with the usual stones on ultrasound, or abnormal HIDA scan (gallbladder function test). He believes its due to a refluxing gallbladder, for which there is no test. Fortunately for me, I was told after the surgery, that I definitely made the right decision. My gallbladder was covered with adhesions and everything (organs) were sticking to it. That ever present discomfort under my right rib is gone, and so is a lot of the referred pain that was in my back (right kidney area). Adhesions form as a result of chronic inflammation. My energy level has also increased greatly since the surgery. I think the inflamed gallbladder was a huge tax on my system. While this may not be the case for you, I just wanted to suggest that you have some tests to look at your gallbladder, and know that the testing isn’t perfect. Hope you feel better.

        • Sherri Hewett says

          That’s so interesting, Lisa! I think I might be one of those people as well. I just got done with some GB tests that were normal (ultrasound and HIDA). But my gallbladder has been a problem for at least 5 years, not to mention every member of my mom’s side of the family has had theirs out. I had a stool test once that showed two of the secondary bile acids were extremely low. One of them was virtually 0 and the other was well below the normal range. But since my HIDA scan was normal, no one will take out my GB. :( I wish I could have it out. But since I can’t, I am just trying to detox the liver and GB and hoping that it will work better some day.

          • julie says

            Try Andreas Moritz Miracle Gallbladder and Liver Cleanse. You’ll need to do some colonics, but, if you suspect gallstones, this cleanse will soften the stones then open the doors for you to pass them. Order the book off of amazon and good luck!

      • lisa says

        I don’t know if you ever found a solution
        But I’ve had the same symptoms before and was diagnosed with stomach ulcers. I thought it was gallbladder. Try taking coconut oil by mouth. Its a home remedy for ulcers.

      • Lisa says

        Hello, I work in the medical profession both in an emergency room AND in a preventative setting…. SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED A STOOL CULTURE DONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE… As anything from Campylobacter to only God knows what could be going on…. And if there is pain that you can point to, there very well could be infection as well as a partial blockage which could also cause diarrhea as that is the only way it can pass… One of the hallmark signs of severe chronic constipation is diarrhea ! Because when there is no more room in the colon for stool to form solid, it must make its way past as liquified due to lack of space so to speak…. So get checked out, without testing, you would simply be grasping at straws…. Be well…

    • Holly says

      Hi. I took my first dose of diatomaceous earth and I am experiencing so much bloat. Very uncomfortable. I’m wondering if this could be a die off symptom?

  1. Stephanie says

    I love your site! I am sure that I have a yeast overgrowth. I am struggling to find help. Thanks for your suggestions. The diet will be my first step

  2. Jake says

    Hi Mama,

    thanks for all that. i just spent the past 5 months on anti-parasitic antibiotics for 3 parasites and 5 families of parasites. i am seeing an MD/Holisitic doc, and going ala natural was not possible for the critters inside of me.  the Herx reaction(s) i am having are quite severe, but i know it’s a healing process and Nothing, and i mean Nothing can compare to the actual antibiotic ritual.
    thank you………

    • Jana says

      OMG I can so relate The antibiotics are unreal horrible poison!  Try some of the herbal nayural stuff It takes time but really does work…Also lifestyle changes excercize, relationships, the whole mind body connection is really important…I have learned that over a long long time and sometimes it takes time to make the postive changes we need for many reasons. i have some intestinal yeast overgrowth went through the whole gammit of docs, forget it. I am seeing a nutrtionist have not eaten sugar, carbs in a long time, do alot of coconut oil green juices, vit c wheat grass and suffer from GERd so im going to start the Bragg apple cider vinegar routine. mama is right though…start slow and steady…you dont want oo much die off at once …tooo much for the bod to handle… Please contact me anytime you like for more info or to have some support with this…i need some myself as well…bless you  Light and peace Namaste…Jana

  3. Jessica West says

    I just recently removed grains from my diet, and this last week I got a cold . . . I thought the two weren’t related until I re-read this article. I’m going to try some of these more direct remedies to finish killing off whatever remains. Thanks so much for all the terrific info!

    • Shelley says

      In 1928 Richard Simmons, M.D. hypothesized that colds and flu virus enter through the ear canal. According to Dr. Simmons, contrary to what you may think or have been taught about how you catch a cold or the flu, there is only one way that you can catch either, and that’s via the ear canal – not through the eyes or nose or mouth as most have believed. Once the cold and flu virus have entered the inner-ear, they begin their breeding process, and from there have access to every avenue throughout our body to infect and make us sick.

      In 1938 German researchers had great success using hydrogen peroxide in the ear to treat colds and flu. Then in the 1940’s antibiotics were discovered and were so successful in treating bacterial infections like pneumonia or strep throat that people forgot all about treating colds and flu with hydrogen peroxide. We now know that antibiotics will do nothing for colds or flu that are caused by viruses.

      It is a medical fact that antibiotics do nothing for the flu or a cold caused by a virus. People in the know, however, for many years have been using hydrogen peroxide to attack the influenza virus and the common cold virus where they begin their breeding process in the inner-ear (middle) and not where they have already spread. It is important to begin treatment as soon as symptoms appear – with one caution, It should not be done if you have a perforated eardrum!

      We have found remarkable results in preventing the flu or a cold by administering a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide (h2o2) into each ear. The h2o2 starts working within seconds to kill the cold or flu virus. You will probably feel nothing or there may be some bubbling or mild stinging. Wait a minute or so and then drain onto a tissue and repeat in the other ear. A bottle of hydrogen peroxide in 3% solution is available at any drug store for about a dollar.
      Check out h202 therapy. Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy. Already love this site for overall wellness! Thanks Mama :)

      • Annie says

        Couldn’t agree more with using hydrogen peroxide. I am high school teacher and am exposed to hundreds of kids each day. Since using this treatment, I have not been sick at ALL since August. That’s a first in eleven years!!! It works, even though it is a bit strange.

  4. Christina Garnica says

    I just realized that I probably picked the worst time of year to cleanse my body.  I just started taking Diatomaceous Earth 4 days ago and today when I woke up, I felt queasy, gassy, bloated, like my stomach was churning, had diarrhea, and have chills.  I hope it will ease up if I start drinking some fresh vegetable/fruit juice…?  Thank you so much for your posts. 

  5. Brooklyn says

    I have loads of the symptoms that you talk about above, and started with Diatomaceous Earth a week ago. I am experiencing a rash on my chest, and itchiness everywhere, pluss some pleurisy pain. But at the same time I have noticed that I am not as exhausted after work and my nails are getting stronger.

  6. Shannah Ferguson says

    First I would like to say THANK YOU for  all the valuable information that I have received through your website. You have helped me tremendously in getting my health back and I enjoy your blog dearly and have shared this with many others! I’ve just become aware in September that I am Gluten Intolerant and have a number of food and environmental allergies and have also encountered parasites that  I have been being treated for. I am still struggling to get rid of them. I am totally Gluten free and following a Paleo diet. I am also religiously following your steps to ridding the body of parasites ie: Garlic, Vinegar, Dietomacious Earth as well as taking Gelatin to help aid with hair and nails after reading your post on Gelatin. I have no added sugars to my diet. I was wondering if there are any fruits and vegetables best to avoid Should I steer clear of fruits and higher sugared vegetables like sweet potatoes? And with Kombucha, is it best to make your own or is it safe to buy from the store? I saw that there is an Organic Raw Kombucha by Synergy but am worried about the type of sugar that is in this? Any suggestions? 

    Thank you so much for all of your help and wealth of information! 

    Shannah Ferguson 

  7. Ivon says

    if i dont consume suger for a day or so my  sugar gets so low i faint no im not diabetic  im 36 and always been hypo or hpergliceimic so howw am i going to do this i need suger in the form of chocolate or caramel before i can eavan think i try and try but i have afast metabilisum and but im covered in zits and my stomach is so bloated i look pregnant but im not its the bugs oh and sorry im dyslexic please reply please help

    • Pieta says

      Don’t stop eating sugar. Definitely see your doctor before it worsens; ask to have your stool examined. Make sure to tell your doctor all of your symptoms. Possibly take some of the treatments in small amounts if it makes you feel better, but dont overdo it

    • jenni says

      Not sure how old your comment was but hypo and going low can be in reaction to the quick highs you are getting from the sugar, try more whole grain and slower acting carbs and make sure you eat every 3 or so hours consume with a fat and protein WITH you carb/sugar to slow absorption so that your blood sugar stays stable an does not jut up and then fall quickly. work with your doctor and see if you can get a referral to a dietitian. Then if that does nothing try the parasite route, Hypoglycemia is a sign of pre-diabetes

  8. Robbinofmt says

    Can you tell me does drinking Green Tea help with/beneficial to trying to get through the “die off/herx” process.  I thought I heard somewhere that green tea competes or cancels out some anti-parasitic or anti-yeast etc. treatments……such as Green Black Walnut Wormwood….(Maybe because green tea as an antioxidant thinks the treatments are bad guys and so the green tea attaches to treatments and then washes them out of the sytem instead of leaving them in to do good work.)  OR is green tea truly beneficial in the process of trying to get rid of parasites and candida/yeast in that it doesn’t disrupt the treatments but then does help to get rid of the toxins out of the body…please help with this…I am wanting an EDUCATED answer versus someone answering without real-life experience.  Please feel free to say if you don’t have experience with this.  By the way, I very much enjoyed your articule.  Thank you.

    • Alexis says

      I will reply that I found that Green Tea had no effect one way or the other. The very good protocol outlined here seems to be for internal parasites. If it scabies you are battling you might have to see a doctor and be sure to really upgrade your cleanliness. I also had a horrible reoccurring bug parasite problem which I found to be from the barn swallows nesting under our eves! Removing the nests and spraying the perimeter of the house and sweeping often with a vacuum solved that problem – but you live a nightmare trying to identify the problem and then searching and finding a solution. Good luck!!

      • Lirpa says

        What did you spray with? We’ve encountered this bird parasite problem twice in the past and had to hire a professional. I want to be prepared for them on my own this time! What did you use to get rid of them? Thank you!

  9. Robbin says

    I just posted a comment regarding green tea, but want you to know that I have being dealing with Scabies parasite since mid-September 2012.  I thought that I had gotten rid of the scabies parasite a couple times…only  for them to return.  I got them after moving in to a different apartment or from buying a mattress that I now understand may not have been new.  Anyhow….been going through a very difficult time with itchy terrible nights and haven’t been able to work…trying all different types of treatments….not having the money for good food or even basic needs.  I’m now trying TriMedica Pure MSM liquid (sulfur) and Biosil Silicon (as Choline-Stabilized Orthosilicic Acid with Choline).  In the past, have also tried:  Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex (with Clove), Ivermectin (Stromectol 12mg), Epsom Salt Baths, Hydrogen Peroxide and Borox baths, Clove Oil (tried based on outbreak study done by Australian Government).  I have to say the Stromectol Ivermectin has worked the best with clove oil put on skin when needed.  But, the Stromectol can’t be taken regularly as it is hard on the liver.  It really works for a few days and then the parasite/mite is back – probably because the eggs (that aren’t killed) then hatch and breed and mate and the circle of infection continues.  Please help.  So tired of spending money that is so hard to come by right now and then the treatments either don’t work or only work for a short time.  Should also say the Walnut/Wormwood complex also seemed to work somewhat, but I haven’t been able to afford it again.  Again, I need to know what will stop this…..Does the DE work?  How is this DE (?silica) related or different from Sulfur as MSM and Silicon (not Silicone).  Please educated advice would be so much appreciate.  I am at my witts end.  Thank you.

  10. Sammy says

    This is some really helpful information! I went on vacation to the Dominican and got very sick on my last night, My doc had given me some antibiotics before I went in case I got travellers diahrrea and told me to just take two, which worked. 2 weeks later I’ve suddenly had chronic diahrrea, dizziness, extreme nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue. I thought it was just the stomach flu at first but its been over a week. I’ve been to my doctor and done blood and stool tests and waiting on the results, but I do feel like I’ve got parasites. I’ve also lost about 4lbs and I’m already pretty scrawny so this is bad news for me. I will wait on my results and doctors advice before I try any of this though.

  11. Emalikai says

    So I am new to your site. I have been dealing with thrush with myself and my 7 month old daughter on and off since she was one month old. It seem like we just about kick it and then it rears its ugly head again. Should I follow these guidelines? I am still nursing as well. I feel the reason why we got it is because of stress and also I went from not wanting any sugar during pregnancy to not be able to eat enough cookies after, I completely bombarded my body with sugar.It was really  bad. I have been taking a garlic supplement, a probiotic, and using grape fruit seed extract and eating coconut oil. Thanks for the info

    • Alexis says

      Be careful. Grape fruit seed extract is not usually recommended for long term use. Also, my infant had chronic thrush which did not respond to treatment – she had immune globulin A deficiency. I had to chew her food for her so my saliva would kill the thrush. Her condition did shortly resolve itself. For you, merely eliminating all sugar and complex carbs might cure it.

      • says

        Ok. Thanks. I may try to start adding it to a protein drink. I take the Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.  CandiGone from the health food store and just started adding CandElim from that guys site that I posted above. We will see what it does. I drink tons of water so, so far no die off symptoms that I can’t live with. My candida may not be as bad as I thought it was and I am hoping for that.

      • Paulette Garcia says

        Hi wellness mama, I am having some serious issues and I was hoping you would be able to help. I Believe that I do have Candida. I have white patches on my tongue,I am always tired, I have had gerd, and I have severe halitosis. Is it possible that Candida can cause your breath to smell so badly that it stinks up a room? I am so miserable…I don’t know what to do. The dentist told me that my teeth are great. And the doctor doesn’t really respond to my questions about halitosis.

    • Autumn says

      I am not so good with the chalky taste of DE either. I was putting it in my coffee in the morning & adding a little coconut oil as well – I am not sure if those two together (coconut oil & DE) is okay to use together or not since the DE will absorb the nutrients of the Coconut oil. I have been researching using DE for a few weeks now & I just bought some empty capsules (on amazon) to fill with the DE so that I can take it that way instead. It seems much easier for me to just take a couple of small capsules daily and I have read good reviews by doing it this way as well. I hope this helps you some.

  12. Kat says

    I know I have parasites. How can I kill them and flush them out? The items above, are they for healing? I started a yeast free diet and plan to take cinnamon and acv. Is that enough to kill and flush them?

  13. Alexis says

    Hi … Through trial and error I discovered the solutions you list on your site here to combat the numerous types of parasites I had. A couple of comments: Elephant garlic is not really garlic and will not be effective. Really good garlic is hard to find all year round so the DE in water is the other wonderful solution you can depend upon. I wish I had found this site when I first discovered the critters. It would have saved me a lot of tears and trouble.

  14. Debra says

    Thanks for the info! Do you know if I can take a diflucan and antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection at the same time? Just want to make sure they don’t make each other less effective…

  15. Jeff says

    Wow I am very intrigued by your knowledge. I am a 31 yr old male. I was born with a hole in my heart and have had a pacemaker since I was 13. I’ve been pretty healthy considering until the last 2-3 yrs. I had a heart attack in 2009 and recently had shingles in late 2011. I also am losing massive amounts of protein in my urine and was treated with prednisone which literally screwed my entire body up in ways I never thought possible. I’ve also been treated with antibiotics several times through my life due to illness and such. I seem to have 80% of all the symptoms related to yeast/fungus and am pretty much willing to do anything. I generally eat healthy and try to limit processed foods and drink a raw smoothy every day sometimes more. So I guess what I’m wondering is what is the best direction to go from here. I dont like most doctors and prefer the holistic approach to things better!

    • Kieva says

      Have you ever tried a naturopathic doctor? If you’ve never heard of one it’s okay…i hadn’t either…you should google the definition and then find one in your area. A Naturopath just helped me rid my body of what you described above. Start with a strict candida diet and you can beat it! good luck

    • Mona says

      My naturopathic doctor had me take 1/4-1/2t cream of tarter in juice or water every day for several weeks. The COT killed the yeast infection and I’ve not had any recurring flare ups.

  16. Plank says

    I have been taking dia tomatious earth for 4 days. When i used the bathroom today it looked like there was pieces of linguine in my stool. Is that a parasite coming out?

      • Crystal says

        I am nursing my 16 month old. When you say that you started off with a small dose, do you mean that you started off with 1 tsp? Or less? Or do you just mean that you eased up to 1-2 tbspns slowly. TIA for your reply.

  17. Heather says

    I just started taking DE 2 weeks ago and after 3 days I started what I thought was a 2 week early period which never happens to me. I’ve been bleeding ever since. Could this be a detox effect if I possibly had fibroids or cysts? I wanted to wait for the bleeding to stop before going to the doctor because I refuse to take birth control as a solution. It does more harm than good. Have you ever had a case where this has happened? On a positive note, the earth has really helped ease my Crohn’s Disease symptoms! :D

    • P Hicks says

      I have heard of this…. after reading so much about parasitic invasions…. cause I had cysts…ovarian… and endometriosis… I read Hulda Clark’s theory on the parasite encapsulates itself to prevent the body from attacking it as the outer skin is your own, the cyst casing so to speak…. and so you treat yourself… and the cyst or cysts burst and then your body can get them!!!!

    • says

      I take diatomaceous earth while nursing, but I started with really small doses and worked up. I also sometimes take bentonite clay. Most of the others are too strong while pregnant or nursing and you don’t want to detox quickly or the toxins can be passed through your milk.

  18. ste says

    I know I have parasites. How can I kill them i have suffered with parasites for many years now i have been to the doctors many times about the problem they just give me vermox tablets they help for a bit and the pain goes away but then they come back again i have try many herbs parasites cleanse and zappers nothing as worked for me could you recommend a diet with no sugar or starchy/high carb diet i hope that will help i think why i cant get rid of them its my diet its the problem i just keep feeding the parasites . :( thank you for your time

    • Diane Towne says

      I had the same problem and found out that I had Blastocystis Hommis which is difficult to get rid of. I ended up taking a prescription antibiotic SMZ – TMP 800/160 for almost 6 weeks and then have to deal with getting the good intestinal flora back. Metroconizole didn’t work for me.

  19. albert says

    hello, so I took diatomaceous earth over the course of 3 days. I took a teaspoon the first day then I took a larger amount the next two days but not quite a full tablespoon. Well I can’t tell you how sick I became. I got cramps that were so painful I was doubled up from them and diarrhea that was like water every 20 min to a half hour for four days straight. I also had chills and headache. It was like having food poisoning but instead of it just lasting 24 hours it just went on and on. So, I stopped taking it Thursday, the day the cramping started and then was sick that day then Fri, Sat, Sun and now on Monday it seem to have calmed down a bit but I still feel like I have a bad flu and had to call off work. What does all this mean? I am confused as to how to proceed. Was this reaction an allergic one? Or is it do to how much waste was in my intestine and I should continue the use? I am also wondering, if it is due to the amount of parasites present and I stop now will that strengthen them? Has anyone had such a strong adverse reaction to DE? What should I do?

    • says

      It can cause a pretty severe die off reaction like that. Was the brand you used definitely food grade, not pool grade? I would assume so, just wanted to check since that could make you really ill. My guess is that you just worked up too quickly… some people need to take 1/2 teaspoon or less and work up very slowly, only adding in another 1/2 teaspoon or so every few weeks. If you had that severe of a reaction, it means your body isn’t able to process everything it is eleminating, so I’d definitely rest for a while and then reintroduce veeeerrrry slowly if it were me. Good luck and hope you feel better soon…

      • albert says

        thank you for your answer. yes, i double checked once i started getting sick and it is food grade. i’ll do as you suggest here and wait til I feel better and then start very very small and slowly.

    • Gracee says

      I’m replying to an old posting, wondering if you tried it again? Any update? I’m thinking about trying it again.
      Thank you

  20. Dona says

    Lol: Cigarette smoking, drinking fluoridated water and eating sugar or carbohydrates are symptoms of having a parasite? Nope.

    • Franci Greenaway says

      I think she was saying they increase your risk for having higher levels of yeast. The article was about both parasites and yeast overgrowth.

  21. says

    I used to work for a homeopath in Utah who specialized in parasite extraction. He used herbs from an amish run company out in Killbuck, Ohio who make the most awesome remedies for parasites and yeast. Their herbs can get you parasite free in 3 – 6 days (kills the eggs too), depending on the species. My boss helped me overcome severe endometriosis without hormones nor surgery. Infact, after working with him and using the amish products I was able to have kids. One tip tho, when people had tapeworms and roundworms we would give them shots of ozonated olive oil. The ozone in the oil would kill off the adult roudworms/tapeworms almost immediately.

    • says

      Hi Dorthy I was wondering if you could if I could have the name of the Amish store who makes the remedies for yeast.I live in Lancaster Pa so maybe they have some of the same remedies here? Thank you so much Joetta

    • Sally says

      Dorothy — how much ozonated olive oil did you give people with tapeworms? Did they do the protocol for the Amish dewormer at the same time? — And also, where did you get the ozonated oil oil? Did the doc make it themselves? If so, do you know which ozonator they used? — A lot of questions. I know! — But any help is appreciated :-)

    • Amanda says

      To Dorothy: How did you treat/cure endometriosis without hormones or surgery. I was surgically diagnosed in 2009 and was told I must be on birth control at all times unless I’m pregnant or trying to get pregnant. I would love to get off of birth control but I’m also terrified that the endometriosis will take over if I do. Also, I still nursing my tot… so any treatments need to be breastfeeding-friendly as he’s showing no signs of wanting to stop. Thank you!

      And to WellnessMama: I love your blog and refer to it often! Thank you!

  22. Jb says

    Can you put ACV in a tasty drink (like juice, smoothies, hot chocolate, tea) or would that deter the effect? I’ve tried several times to do it diluted in water with honey, but it’s still pretty rough.

      • Rich says

        I saw you mentioned taking bentonite clay on occasion. Have you ever mixed the clay with the acv, and then added a bit of water? I do this, and found that using the vinegar is the easiest way to get clay to mix easily, but was curious if mixing the acv with the clay, would cause the clay to not work as properly? Any thoughts? I’ve had no luck searching for this answer..

  23. Juliet Woods says

    Thanks for the article, I’ve always wondered about this. I always get paranoid when I have a sick stomach, especially after eating at a sketchy restaurant. Thank you for the diarrhea remedies as well!

  24. says

    Hello there finding this website is an answer to prayer for me, i have been suffering from horrible painful stomach bloating and gas and joint pain along with many of the other symtoms of having yeast and parasites and would like to get started asap on recovery. The natual remedies you have mentioned are so numerous im not sure where to start. How many of these remedies should i do at once and do you suggest taking the Diatomaceous Earth and the Apple Cider Vinegor at the same time? Is there anyway that you could recommend a way i could do this that feels more structured. I’m a single mom of two girls who need a healthy, pain free mom and your help is so greatly appreciated!

    • Kim says

      Hi Teresa,

      I suffered from bloating/gas for 5 years and saw every kind of doctor,
      including acupuncture, massage, GI doc, etc. Stool tests, blood tests, etc. My
      joints ached (left shoulder, hips and tail bone). I had two colonoscopies and
      the 2nd one diagnosed ulcerative colitis, which apparently has “no known
      cause and no known cure” according to the GI doc. B.S. I had to take things
      into my own hands. First I started a no sugar, no gluten, no dairy diet. That
      helped my symptoms about 50% (no more blood in stool, but still mucus). I
      thought I might have Candida. I also took Aloe Vera juice, Vit D and probiotics
      (very important). Then I started a series of liver flushes with colonics. Read
      “The Amazing Gallbladder and Liver Flush” by Andres Moritz. After I
      completed my 3rd liver flush, I noticed I passed some liver flukes and some
      other unidentifiable parasites. Totally gross, but I finally figured out why I
      has the ulcerative colitis. I also saw a NAET practioner and she had done some
      muscle testing for parasites. Evidently I have/had liver flukes, intestinal
      flukes, pork tapeworm and lung flukes. She “cleared” me for these and
      the next day I passed some more (big) nasty stuff. I also just started taking
      the diatomaceous earth, so we will see if that helps. I am nursing a baby so I
      cannot take the strong herbs to kill the parasites, but we will see if the DE
      works and keep doing the liver flushes. The author of the liver flush book
      believes that if you keep your liver & colon clean, the body will slowly
      take care of the parasites. if your body is in balance. I bet 100% you have
      some parasites. It is no use going to a medical doctor because they think you
      can only get them if you have traveled abroad and they would only prescribe
      some really strong anti-parasitics that don’t kill the eggs, but kill your
      liver. Parasites are so prevalent in the USA and most people have them… I
      think most IBS is parasite related. In any case, you sound like me so I just
      wanted to share my story.

    • says

      Nursing isn’t preferable either as toxins can transfer through the milk, but in some cases it can be better to detox than to keep passing on whatever the issue is, but I’d definitely work with a health practitioner of some kind on it…

  25. Mackenzie says

    Hi there, I just recently found your blog and it is quite the resource for me! I’m so thankful. I’m so glad you have shared so much on this parasite issue. My son(3) and daughter(5) each had pinworms twice. Due to my ignorance(and the severity of my daughters infection) we treated both times with prescribed drugs. (second time around I did some dietary changes but not for an extended time) My husband and I did the medicine the first time around too.We have since done our own at home “flashlight tests” to check on both of them over the last 6 months and they have not had them again. My concern is for my son, who seems to have developed dark circles under his eyes after the second infection of them last July. Do you have any perspective on this? Also, would bone broth benefit by bringing healing to his gut? (he has had food sensitivity to peanuts, citrus, strawberries since he began eating food at 11 months) (he was breastfed until then). Is there a regular “parasite detox” regimine that is safe for me to administer to the kids? How would I need to change some of your doses recommended to be kid friendly? Can my son use diatemecious earth?Thank you for your time!!!

  26. Amy Granberry says

    I read through the comments and couldn’t find the answer so I apologize if you have already answered this question, but was wondering what your thoughts are on taking DE and pregnancy? Also what about for young kids? Thanks!!

  27. Amy Granberry says

    I read through the comments and couldn’t find the answer so I apologize if you have already answered this question, but was wondering what your thoughts are on taking DE and pregnancy? Also what about for young kids? Thanks!!

  28. Mima says

    If you are experiencing some chronic intestinal-related discomfort, I recommend giving the Lady Soma Probiotics a try. It’s the same concept as that Dannon Activia yogurt but way more useful, because people with tummy trouble often have lactose/dairy problems and can’t eat yogurt. I was getting a lot of bloating and discomfort after eating just about anything and was starting to get freaked out. I’ve been taking these Lady Soma Probiotics for almost 2 weeks now and have definitely noticed a difference. I haven’t been having uncomfortable food/intestinal reactions, and without getting too explicit, visiting the toilet these days is practically something I look forward to now. I feel “regular” and “productive” for the first time in months and have a feeling that I had too much intestinal bacteria. These

    I hope they work for you, too, because it’s no fun to be bloated and gassy all day!!

    • RJ says

      Finding this blog is better than winning the lotto! I cannot express the joy in discovering the newfound hope from all the testimonials and advice.

      I have similar stories to many. Since 2009 experiencing terrible bloating after eating and I belch like a guy (and never used to!) I thought I had guy dysbiosis but I was treated for parasite by an urgent care doc in 2009 w/ medication. took the rectal itching away. that comes back once in a while if I consume more sugar than normal. but is short lived. This bloating is RIDICULOUS and the discomfort / pressure disrupts peaceful living.

      While I appreciate all the options for treating parasites/yeast/fungi… I am unclear on whether I need to do “all” the options or can I stick to 1 or 2?? I need something that will not leave me so sick that I cannot go to work and function professionally. Would it be better for me to see a homepathic doc to get guidance? I was looking up stool tests to see how to know if I had a parasite b/c this morning it looked like an inch long white worm attached to a BM… is this evidence enough??? I’m SO SICK of this problem and want to be over it. How long is the process ? do you have to stay on it for 2 weeks, 2 months? Please help!!!!!! I’m beside myself and now getting pain in my back from not being regular as of this week… THANK YOU!!!!

      • Callen says

        You might also want to check out this site:

        This person went through *years* of misdiagnosis from doctors, attempted all kinds of natural remedies, and basically dug through mountains of medical literature before finding out what was wrong with them—turns out it was a parasitic infestation of 2 microscopic organisms (not worms), and an immune system inflammatory reaction to them. Read well and carefully, start with the “My Story” section. They detail how important it is to find a doctor who will take it seriously, and how to get the stool samples analyzed (normal sampling methods don’t work, because the parasites break down rapidly unless a fixative is used).

  29. Janie says

    Hi there, Just saw this article and it looked very helpful to me. I was diagnosed with ‘IBS’ by the doctor and as many of you may know, this is an extremely ambiguous and lazy term given by doctors. I then went to a local health store after being told I just had to deal with ‘IBS’ and had an allergy testing using a VEGA testing method. The lady told me that she reckoned I have a wheat intolerance, and also said that I have a Fungal/Yeast/Bacterial infection in my gut. I haven’t had any colonoscopies, and haven’t been to a doctor since the said VEGA testing. I’ve had IBS like symptoms for 3-4 years now, (including diarrhea, stomach cramps, irregular period and a low immune system) and i’m pretty bloody tired of it, as no definite answer as to what’s happening in my tummy has been given. I’m currently starting to take Yeo valley yoghurts as aparently these contain the most good bacteria, can anyone suggest anything else that might help me? I would greatly appreciate a reply, thanks :)

  30. CeCe says

    I’m a 44 yr old female.
    I have never done a parasite cleanse–ever. I’ve read the comments above and wondering
    about the dietary suggestions of avoiding dairy and sugar, for example. While online, came across recommendation to
    do a parasite cleanse before doing a liver cleanse or gallbladder cleanse. Was diagnosed last yr with gallstones; but no
    symptoms. I initially went to the dr b/c
    of loose stools (uncontrollable) after eating on occasion (was inconsistent;
    not sure if it was too many spices or particular food was giving me trouble). Dr. said I had IBS and gallstones and wanted
    to (of course) remove my gallbladder.
    But since I had not had a “gallstone attack” decided to forego that and
    use Royal Breakstone to flush the stones.
    Felt better. But now a year
    later, had a very painful gallstone attack.
    I did the olive oil/lemon juice flush last weekend, out of urgent need
    to feel better. It did help
    tremendously. However, still feel I need
    to do a couple more cleanses of the gallbladder; still some discomfort.

    So back to my question: I’ve given up eggs since the “IBS”
    symptoms flare up; I appear to be lactose intolerant (and milk just tastes
    funny lately); the only thing that doesn’t bother me ARE simple carbs—which I
    which I know aren’t good, but… what am I to do? Any diet suggestions for parasite cleanse?

  31. Marina Ramirez says

    hey Wellness Mama,

    I am almost convinced that I have yeast parasites. I have had severe abdominal pains in the past and I concluded that it was because of a lactose intolerance. I switched to almond milk and that seemed to help a lot. But occasionally I will still get the abdominal cramps with bloating. I am consistently extremely gassy and constipated. I do not eat a lot of refined sugar, but I do eat a lot of fruit and carbs. I am a collegiate runner and usually depend on breads, granola bars etc for fast energy. I understand that this is probably not best! I also recently had an outreack of a facial rash that seems to be seborrheic dermatitis on my face. In doing a detox what would you recommend for fuel foods for running? Also, I know you encourage people to slowly detox, when does one know when the parasites are gone? When is it okay to eat fruit again? Thanks so much for your articles!!

  32. P Hicks says

    Thanks for the info… I have never heard of the di earth… must get the spelling right…. I have used ParaGone, Cloves, Pau d’arco, Fennel, Black Walnut Hull (common in Native American Indian uses for parasites), Sage, Tumeric, and Colloidal Silver, so you have given me a few to mix around as I just got told I have IBS again… after curing it with parasitic, natural remedies the last time (15 years ago +)….due to researching it myself…. as medical tests can only identify only about 5% of existing parasites, and of that the test can only seem to see about 20%…not good…. if your Eosinophils are in blood results it can be indicative of it… Anyway… thanks…I just bought Ceylon Cinnamon and am wondering which cinnamon you suggest, as I read Cassa v.s. Ceylon have different amounts of Coumarin in them, which too much of can be toxic, difference being 2-5 ppm v.s. 2,000-5,000 ppm, wondering if it is that component of the cinnamon that is having the effect and therefore the Ceylon won’t cut it…. hmmmmm

  33. MIKE says

    im pretty sure ive had paraisites since a very young age probly like 15 years now due to stupid doctors diagnosing me with everything but parasites ive had stomach issue since i can remember im to the point where im old enough to conclude it has to be parasites and have had enough HELP

  34. Carol says

    I love this. Thank you for all of your help and sharing of your knowledge. I wanted to take control of my health. The doctors have never been able to ‘fix’ my sleep maintenance disorder or my recurrent complex cyst issues. Then I realized, with fabulous help like this; my diet and exercise is not enough, I need to be in control of my health, be responsible for it. It is good to get opinions, but to follow blindly the pills and advice they have given in the past was not my best move. I was frustrated by their ‘band-aid’ approach and vague reasons as to why these things were happening. I became accepting of it. Then the side effects were too much. I lost myself in (I am normally good humored and happy), this got lost in the mix. Time to fix that! I am learning and growing in the right direction. Even if theses options are not for me ( I am going to finish my research and try what makes sense to me)-its wonderful to have options when I felt before the only options were pain or pills.

  35. Renata Threinen says

    Diatomaceous Earth is amazing. Apple cider vinegar helps you with your gallbladder stones or a gall bladder attack as well as alkalizing your body if you are too acidic, it also is super for acid reflux or heartburn just put one tablespoon in water and drink it down cold or hot. Coconut oil should be extra virgin cold pressed and organic. There are 333 benefits of coconut oil a true super food! Cayenne pepper is also amazing to prevent flus and colds and to give you amazing energy. It also clears out your arteries and prevents or even stops a heart attack … a small amount of organic cayenne pepper in warm water with lemon and organic honey is super alkalizing and incredible to increase energy, clear out your arteries and organs and alkalize your body – it is the BEST solution if you have a crazy cough and can’t sleep one drink of cayenne (a pinch) + Honey 1 tablespoon + 1/2 lemon squeezed in warm water and you will sleep coughless throughout the night and it clear out yeast, bugs, parasites, and viruses. Great info in this article. BLESSINGS.

  36. Jamie Hirthler says

    Hi wellness mama! Great info here. My question is can starting with diatomaceous earth cause a yeast infection??? Or could it be a symptom of die off?

    This doesn’t really make sense to me, but I started a DE cleanse for parasites recently and within 4 days I started getting itchy down below. I
    had also been noticing around this time that my scalp was a little
    itchy. I tried to fight it with tea tree oil suppositories, coconut oil,
    good diet, kombucha, apple cider vinegar, etc…but after 5 days I was
    still extremely itchy and I broke down and went to the drug store to get
    a 3 day treatment for yeast infection. It helped, but I still felt like
    it wasn’t 100% clear… I started questioning the DE.

    I had on and off yeast infections for several years when I was younger,
    but for the past four years I’ve been fine. It seems like the yeast came on right as I started with the DE. I’ve now stopped the DE and it’s been 3 days and I still feel slightly itchy. So I’m going to wait a week to see what happens. But I hope I can take the DE again b/c from what I’ve read it is amazing stuff. Could this have just been a crazy coincedence? It seems like it’s gotta be related.

    Any help, suggestions, advice would be great! Thank you~

    • Victoria says

      So my husband and I got pinworms. I treated with pin-x and then found out about DE and proceeded to treat for follow up. It definitely worked. But just as the itching from that cleared up I broke out in a yeast infection (while taking 2-3 TBSP a day, worms freaked me out ok!!) so then I cut back on DE to a tsp and got monistat 3 and used that while I was still using ACV (5% acid but more processed) and small amounts of DE as well as cranberry juice and vitamin c. Monistat cleared it up while I was taking it but the infection came right back a day or two later! Is this normal? What should I do? I don’t really want to go to the dr because I feel like they’ll just give me more monistat..

  37. Belan says

    I have been researching the web for 4 days about parasites and removing them. Wow! Alot of discussions abt the topic out there. So much info that I’m totally confused now. I have never cleansed and need to know step by step on how to start and what to take first. Some people say cleanse the liver first, then cleanse for parasites abt amonth later. Some say to follow the H. Clark methods. Some say don’t take wormwood because its bad on the liver. Some say to do enemas ( I don’t even have a clue where to buy a enema bag or how to use one) How do you kill the parasites BEFORE attempting to expel them. The last thing I want to see is alive worms in toilet. I would pass out. No, I would throw up and then pass out.I can deal with a lot of things, but live worms coming out of my butt would put me in a padded room. So, can someone please tell me the exact steps to take. What to buy and where, the times of day and for how long. And ofcourse, how to kill them before expelling them.
    I haven’t been diagnoised with parasites, but like most of you, Im get sick a lot, drs find nothing. Have bloating, skin break outs and cysts at age 43, stomach ailments etc. Please can someone answer my questions? I want to start this asap. Thank you in advance. I appreciate any help.

  38. Amy Pennington says

    I know this post is a few years old, but I just need some encouragement. I’m 18 weeks pregnant and pretty sure I’m dealing with some sort of intestinal worm/parasite. I know you said you shouldn’t detox while pregnant, but I’m more concerned about the negative effects the parasites are having on the baby including malnutrition. Do you think it’s safe to go ahead and begin using DE in small doses? I would love to be rid of them before baby comes so I can breastfeed. Thank you.

  39. Johana says

    I think I have a yeast or candida problem and have had one for a long time. I am currently breast feeding though so I don’t know if I should start follow any of the steps above. I actually made lactation cookies but they have brewers yeast in them… I felt great at first but after a few days I began to get a lot of gas and migraines, my bodies go to reaction to unpleasing substances. Anyway would love to know if I should wait till I’m done breast feeding to try the suggestions above.

  40. Viola says

    Good article and may even explain why I have this ‘fizzy’ sensation in my body and tiht throat to the extend where I feel like vomiting but can’t… I am taking DE since lst night and today I took it in the morning and again at 715 tonight. Not even an hour later and I feel the DE go through my body. Mt skin inside tingles and I feel light headed also. After a rough first night on it I was hoping that taking it twice during the day would make it better but it doesn’t….

  41. Dan Meyers says

    What absurd advice! The best example of how silly this advice is? “Remove all sources of natural sugar from your diet”. Really? Got to get rid of the that “natural” sugar, do we? If this article had any input by any type of dietary professional, they would know that ALL starches are converted to sugar in the body. Get that? ANY starches of any kind. The only way to remove sugar completely from the “gut” is to eat ONLY protein (meat), fat and very limited plant carbohydrates. That’s it. Any bread, pasta, potatoes, corn, or any other starch containing food will turn to simple sugar — the EXACT kind of sugar you get from eating a spoon full of granulated sugar. No difference whatsoever. Bottom line: Let those bugs enjoy themselves in your gut. They are doing you no harm.

    • says

      Obviously… I actually wouldn’t recommend “bread, pasta, potatoes, corn or any other starch containing food” to someone with parasites or gut issues and don’t eat these foods myself…

    • Brian says

      Looks like this Dan Meyer guy was picked on and this is his way at getting back at the world.

      Yes a diet of no sugar or carbs will help the candida in your body. Its helping em right now.

      And Dan…sounds like you have anger issues. Seek help.

    • Julietita says

      How can you say they’re doing no harm when people are battling with all sorts of problems?!? If you know anything about this website she doesn’t eat foods like that.

  42. Moneli says

    Hi! First of all, I love the stuff I read here because it’s so down to earth and it offers such a natural option to everyday things we do, use, eat, etc these days…
    I want to congratulate you and encourage you too keep doing it because it’s what this too modernised society needs these days…
    I have lately heard about the DIATOMACEOUS EARTH and was thinking of using it for my children against parasites. Could you please advise me if it’s suitable for children under 2 and what the dosage is? Should it be taken daily for two weeks and then have a break and another two weeks, or should it be used daily for whatever length of time??? Also, do you know if it interacts with heart medicines or other medicines?
    Your advice would be much needed and appreciated!!
    Many thanks, Elizabeth

  43. Claudia says

    Dear Katie.
    My 16 year old had all sort of parasites, yeast and H.ylori, 2 2/1 years ago, which we treated naturally. One year later it returned and she took one dose of antibiotic with high potency probiotics and being careful with diet. As she is 16, is almost impossible to keep her away of sugars for days, let alone weeks or months. That’s why I try to supplement with probiotics, multi vits, D3, Brewers, yeast and omega 3.
    she is starting to present same symptoms of discomfort at meal times.
    Reading wonders here about DE, I wonder if it is very safe to give her small doses first as it cuts bug out and also, our inner intestine walls.

    Any advice is much appreciated.


  44. carolyn dearen says

    i have been taking diatomaceous earth for several months and i am still passing parts of worms. then yesterday i saw a live bug in my stool. are there bugs that live in your intestines, too? will diatomaceous earth kill these bugs as well?

  45. Natalie says

    Hi wellness mama!
    I found your article very helpful. I have been fighting candida since May and haven’t been as successful as I’d hoped as I have not had the expected results with the things I’ve used (cleanses, enzymes, etc). I think it’s worse than when I had it back in 2007 bc I have struggle with a lot more die-off and my immune sys. is now also much more compromised. However, my husband and I are trying to get pregnant and I really want to know 1) what is safe (and SLOW!…no toxic die-off!) to effectively deal w/candida in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy and 2) how I can support my immune system. I read somewhere that the body needs to reduce immunity when pregnant so your body doesn’t attack the baby. But I do feel the need for immune support big time!!! Thanks!

  46. Jenna says

    Every morning I make a warm glass of water with 1/2 a lemon and 2 tablespoons of ACV. I use this to take my probiotics. I see you mentioned to not take ACV and probiotics within an hour of each other. Just curious why? Thanks so much this article is fantastic:)

  47. Shandra Slack says

    I just watched a video about parasites that was just plain, well terrifying, so I really want to try some remedies, and change up my diet to see if I feel better. Thanks for this post! I a totally buying the diatomaceous earth, the reviews are amazing! :)

  48. Garrett K says

    I’d recommend people look in to the Bulletproof Diet. It’s definitely built for clearing parasitic junk out of your body, and giving you far more energy (and mental fuel) than regular carb-based diets. :)

  49. Rodney Payne says

    Psalmist7777 Katie, U R the only one other than myself that I know of that recommends DE and ACV for Candida and parasite natural remedies, which I have after many years of trying other remedies to not much avail, have personally experienced. For that reason I was greatly pleased to read your article about Candida. I disagree with one thing however; Kumbucha tea. I greatly enjoy Kumbucha tea but believe that the alcohol, or fermentation or whatever was mucho detrimental to my healing a few years back. I would love for you to prove me wrong, but that is what I seemed to experience. Also, I have been extremely underweight all my life and no matter what or how much I eat haven’t gained weight. I have taken DE for awhile now with EXCELLENT results (better than anything ever for Candida) but am just starting recently with ACV, as I read in the Braggs ACV book that it is good for Candida and for the underweight. The DE put no weight on me, but since starting the ACV a couple of weeks ago I have gained a couple of pounds. The ACV really has had STRONG affects good and bad (die off is the bad) (clear sinuses and energy is some of the good) in the short time on it. My wife is also on it, but the DE gave her severe heart problems, as it did with another female friend of mine. They both felt like they were having heart attacks.
    Any comments to what I’ve mentioned are appreciated. God Bless!

  50. Joe Gray says

    thanks for being a great mamma for all us who may not have learned these things from our own parents :) Personally my body looks good – skinny guy, but ever since starting university and moving away from home (7 years ago) my eating habits have caused my health to gradually deteriorate to the point where I was constantly getting sick with some infection and I couldn’t perform well in things that mean a lot to me… so it was time to change and start loving life and living it to the max or suffer through each day. the choice was clear!

    God Bless :)

  51. Briana Reece says

    … I am going to be really really peeved if ALL of the MANY health issues I have had MY ENTIRE LIFE are from sugar. It’s been miserable having to live in my body…

  52. padraig says

    Hello i dont know if people still write on this but i have an infection have a few of the symptoms you listed like rectal itching at night constant tiredness lower immune system i also have a fungal infection ,, me and my girlfriend have been trying for a baby is this the reason why it hasnt happened for us?

  53. Danielle says

    I have a returning yeast infection every week before my period for year now. I am mentally preparing to start your suggested clean up. I basiclly would only need to remove fruits, dark choclate and honey. I am currently already on your remineralising diet for my teeth, so I eat no wheat or sugars.
    But no fruit… a big step.
    Regards Danielle (the Netherlands)

  54. Danielle says

    I have just seatched the internet but can not find a way to order Diatomaceous Earth in or get it shipped to the Netherlands. Does anyone have a suggestion where or how I. Can get to this?

  55. Jennie says

    So I am in the later part of the first trimester of my 6th pregnancy. I know that I have some parasites. I mean who doesn’t? Where would I start? We have already been eating a pretty clean GAPS diet since Oct. with a few splurges for birthdays lately. What would be o.k. to consume during pregnancy? We are already using the coconut oil, consuming olive oil, and probiotics. We have Diatomaceous earth and wondered if that would be o.k. to consume right now as well as more garlic and apple cider vinegar. Should we do all at once or start with one for a week and then add another things? I really want the baby to have the best nutrition possible. My pregnancies have all been rather healthy but all the kids have had minor health issues, they got it from me, which is why we were trying the GAPS. O.k. I guess I should stop. To many questions. :o) Thanks.

    • Lauren says

      A few months at a time i have been really trying to cut out products that could be really harmful. I notice, I itch a lot every year and not sure if this weather could be my deal? I itch in my stomach a lot and sometimes I feel really drained. I watched a few YouTube videos about this parasaite deal and wonder, if I am host to one myself? I eat Sushi but, not a whole lot. Every now and then. I am scaling back slowly on pop products and drinking a lot of Green Tea. At one point, I became so depressed i was always tired and lacked a lot of energy. Not sure how I bounced back. I was noted as nemic a form of nemia due the sun. I’m wondering how can increasing your exercise and eating healthier really boost yourself and defend yourself from all these parasites taking you down? Any answers?

  56. Allison says

    Is there a specific type of vitamin C that you would recommend as a supplement? This is all SUPER helpful. Thank you!

  57. Dana says

    Not sure where exactly to start with this. Talked to my sister tonight and when I mentioned that I’ve got a sinus infection and the Dr. gave me antibiotics she got upset and told me she hates me taking antibiotics and that she’s sure I’m filled with fungus. Honestly, the first thing I thought was fungus, yeah right, she’s went off the deep end. Google is my friend so I finally decided to check it out and found some interesting info before I stumbled on this site. So now I’m wondering if maybe she isn’t completely nutty. So a brief history – I’ve had sinus problems most of my life which I blamed on a broken nose that I’ve since had fixed and I still have issues. Sinus infections can come on almost instantly. I may have a runny nose one day and the next everything is green and congested sometimes to the point I’m dizzy. I get major headaches especially with weather changes. I can’t be around strong smells, perfumes, candles, body lotions, smoke of any kind, without getting a headache and becoming short of breath. I don’t sleep much. I average 4 – 6 hours a night and some nights I don’t sleep at all. Was diagnosed with diverticulitis that flares up occasionally. Have had stomach pain & diarrhea issues at least 3 times a week for approx. the last 6 weeks. If I split the skin inside my mouth, ex: biting my cheek, I get canker sores. I get cold sores a couple times a year if my system gets really down. Was diagnosed with fibromyalgia approx. 8 years ago. Joints ache, flesh and skin hurt. Sometimes to the point that if I’m gently patted on the arm it will be painful. Sometimes I can’t stand to wear long sleeves because my skin hurts. Have gained weight over the last 5 years, mostly in my belly that I can’t seem to get rid of. To be in the healthy range according to the BMI chart for my height I need to lose 50 pounds. Skin related, if I’m in the sun I get little white bumps on my upper arms that sometimes have white puss in them. It was worse as a kid, maybe because I was in the sun more then. My legs don’t get the white bumps but they get tiny little blood spots that come to the surface. Mom always said I was allergic to the sun. Don’t have much physical energy and get tired easily with just walking or small chores. Keep in mind that the energy could be related to the fact that I’m 48, work a full-time semi-stressful job, am a full-time college student, have a husband, children, pets, and a house to take care of, among other activities. I can guarantee that my diet stinks considering I usually start my day off with a Coke. So anyway, what do you think – fungus, bugs, or just age. I’m not against making lifestyle changes, I just honestly don’t have any idea how or what to begin with and definitely don’t like the sound of Herx Reaction. Any thoughts, opinions, or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Michelle says

      To me it definitely sounds like Candida AND parasites (they go hand in hand). These are a couple of the better websites for info that I’ve come across and the first link has a questionnaire to help you determine if you have a Candida overgrowth. Be ready to make some drastic eating habit changes, at least temporarily. That coke first thing in the morning is definitely gonna have to go lol.

    • julia says

      Wow Dana I have suffered similar to you. You must cut the sugar out and eat healthier and also take a multi b vit. Also, I started to do the hulda Clark parasite cleanse, wormwood, clove and black walnut. The morning of day three I passed a worm, today, day four, different type of stringy worm. Sorry for the yucky info, but if you try these three herbs and follow it as well as b vits, you will get results. Its gross and I feel so yuck knowing these things ate in me, but better I know now and get them out. I was heading towards a wheelchair yet no doctors could help. I KNEW I was being poisoned, but by what? My whole body, organs and systems breaking down due to lack of b vits, parasites and then being poisoned by my sugar addiction
      which has gone after 6days and I’m feeling better in every way, except for thinking about the parasites yet to come out……google about what parasites can cause and the symptoms they create. I just know that the three herbs work, I have seen the results.

    • Dave says

      Dana, your symptoms of fibro, aching joints, sensitive skin are typical Lyme symptoms. You may also have parasites and candida, but the prudent thing to do is to go to great lengths to rule out Lyme disease. This is tricky since it most likely is chronic and tests could very easily show up negative. Try to find a lyme literate doc. Lyme disease is reported in all US states but the NE is the worst:especially pa. nj delaware md ny. I live in eastern pa and this area is a hotbed for lyme. I know very few people that never had any history of lyme disease.

  58. Misty Hunt says

    Wellness Mama…My 15 month old daughter has became infested with worms. No dr has been able to diagnose what kind. They were in her diaper and even coming out of the side of her toenai. i gave her abenzole and it got a little better but is coming back. Is it safe to give her diatomaceous earth and how would I get her to take it? By the way…love ur site!l

  59. Liz Hempel says

    I think I inadvertently gave myself a nasty die-off reaction when trying to fend off a mild cold.
    I started out by taking 1 or two cloves of garlic a day when I felt a little sniffle coming on. I thought it had disappeared but I started to feel a bit yuck when my period came on so I added some coconut oil, lemon water and an extra clove of garlic per day to the mix, in addition to ACV on some days. I’ve been gradually feeling worse with no idea why, and up until yesterday I continually upped the ante. I started getting nasty headaches and now I have a sore throat and a tight feeling when I swallow. My arms were also itchy, not like I’d been bitten by bugs or anything, but just insanely itchy for no apparent reason. Now it all makes sense! So now I’ve stopped with the garlic and I’m sipping lemon water now. I hope this reaction passes because I feel awful :(
    It had me scared half to death last night when it felt like my throat was closing in.

  60. emily says

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for this article! I’m not quite sure how long I’ve had candida & parasites (I’m assuming years!), but last April (2013) I started seeing an herbalist for digestive issues & anxiety. When she did a scan, I was full of parasites & candida, which she believed was causing the digestive issues & anxiety. I have been using herbal cleanses & been on a low carb diet for almost a year and have still been battling both infections. I read your article about 1 month ago and ordered some DE. I had only been taking it for 1 1/2 weeks before my last herbalist visit, which was on 3/7/14. When she did the scan, my parasites & candida had reduced greatly! Furthermore, when she tested the DE, it tested better than the Para Cleanse I had previously been taking off and on throughout the past year! I will still continue to stay on my low carb/no sugar diet & continue taking DE, but I just wanted to share my results with anyone who might be on the fence trying DE. Another bonus – it’s much cheaper than the parasite cleanses. FYI – I’ve been taking 2 TB a day – 1 TB in the morning when I get up and 1 TB in the afternoon when I get home from work. Thanks again! :)

    • Gracee says

      Hi Emily,
      I’m curious about the scan, I would like to see if my holistic dr. can do it?
      I’ve heard of all kinds of other tests and done the stool test, it takes a long time for the results.
      I’m about to start DE again and will get tested again afterwards.
      My 1st stool test was positive for parasites. In the past, I’ve taken the meds the dr. prescribes with temporary results.

  61. Amber Affleck says

    I think I may have parasites. I recently had a baby in February 2014. During the third trimester I started experiencing constipation and bad tummy aches. Then it turned into constipation then loose stools(formed) but forever wipers and very stinky. They turned into thin(size of finger, not pencil thin). I would have some days where I wasn’t hungry and my tummy would cramp and be nauseated and no appetite. Well when I had the baby I ate some hospital food and within hours my belly was cramping. The following morning I went to the bathroom and had the worst smelling stool of my life and it was solid but mushy at the same time. I had nausea and stomach cramps all day that day. Well then a couple days later developed body aches all over like the flu. All my joints and muscles are achy and I have loss of appetite, nausea, burping a lot, hiccuping, stomach cramps. So I’m guessing I probably have some parasites going on. The doctor says it’s unlikely cause we don’t live in a third world country. I’m sorry but I don’t buy that crap, parasites are all around us. Anyways, my MIL gave me diatomaceous earth to try. She used it for yeast overgrowth in her body. I’m wondering if there is anything else I should do like as far as diet? I’m having a hard time figuring out what I should eat and shouldn’t eat and coming up with meal plans. Does it sound to you like I have parasites? Or do you think something else is going on? I hate to keep going back to the dr if this is something I can treat naturally instead of doing a bunch of tests being exposed to radiation from CT scans and MRI etc. I just want to get back to normal and be able to eat normal again and gain weight! My pre pregnancy weight was 85 and I was 123 before I delivered him and now I’m down to 102, I don’t want to loose anymore weight I need to maintain or gain. I never want to be that low again :o

    • says

      It could be parasites.. a naturopathic doctor or a functional medicine practitioner could do a stool test to be sure. I would definitely go back to a doc if anything changes to rule out a problem like a bowel impaction or an organ problem but the DE shouldn’t hurt either way…

  62. Janette says

    I was wondering how much DE would you give your 2 1/2 yr old and for how long if your child had parasites? Thanks

  63. Mary M says

    I think I have parasites I have tried almost everything, but they keep coming
    back, they are also in my head. I started today grape juice welchs 100 per
    cent with 1 teaspoon vinegar. I have already used D earth.

  64. KT says

    I have done 3 different parasite cleanses over the last 5 years and had good results with all of them. Now I just maintain a wholesome diet and consume anti-parasitic foods. I take garlic daily and apple cider vinegar and munch on activated pepitas daily. This really seems to work.
    I was also told to try cloves for parasites, has anyone used cloves for this? I’d love to know how to use them.

    On the whole idea of die off, one day on a cleanse I woke up with an almighty headache and severe nausea. I thought I was really ill. My husband stayed home and took care of the kids so I could lay down. Then about an hour or so later I suddenly had a big bowel movement and lo and behold, there were 3 very dead parasites in my toilet bowl. My headache and nausea vanished and I felt great for the rest of the day. I know, yuk!

  65. Shirlene says

    Hi, I would like to try this cleanse, and was wondering do I need to take the apple cidar vinegar right from the teaspoon or can it be diluted? Also, do I have to eliminate all sugars, like the ones found in fruits? As I cannot locate any fruit that do not have some sugar content.

  66. Jen says

    Glad I just came across this. I think I may have a parasite. I’ve had IBS for 9 yrs. I pretty much try to manage it but I “cheat” a lot which causes exciting trips to the bathroom and fun times with gas. However, I’ve noticed over the past few weeks and esp. The last few days something is not right with me. Sorry in advance for TMI but if you have any words of wisdom I welcome them…..I have had loos stool for days now and massive flatulence that smells obscenely bad. My belly is gurgling and I have belly pains and am bloated. I’ve also noticed headaches. Anything I eat makes me gassy. I already do not eat dairy, beef, pork, egg yolk, fried foods, etc. however I do eat a lot of fruit and I use coconut sugar to sweeten foods. Unfort I can not go on a strict veggie diet due to my IBS because I need soluble fiber as a base for my belly. I’ve been eating white rice,sweet potatoes, and oatmeal the past few days in hopes that if would give me some sort of relief….but nothing has. I’m making an appt to see a GI but I need relief nowwwww. Any thoughts here? Thanks!!

    • Dillon says

      Hey Jen…
      Step 1: cut out all grains, sugar and dairy. This includes the oatmeal and white rice you’ve been eating. Many “dieticians” will recommend foods like oatmeal, white rice and yoghurt for individuals with IBS as these foods are considered “soft on the gut.” Though true in regards to their texture, these foods are actually loaded with antinutrients and sugars which further aggregate the IBS and prevent gut healing.
      Step 2: Look into the FODMAPS and GAPS diets. Both eliminate certain starches and fermentable sugars that are problematic for IBS sufferers. They also emphasize healing of the gut through bone broths and probiotic rich foods/supplements.
      Step 3: Listen to your body instead of worrying about what restricted foods you “cannot” eat and what you “should” eat. Through the healing process of bringing your gut and digestion back to optimal health, take notice of what foods and eating habits work for you. Each individual is different on their path to wellness.


      • Kiwi says

        Jen, I have a similar problem with IBS to you! I can’t eat certain fruits that are not on the FODMAP diet (please google it, it has been life changing to me). Lots and lots of starches are bad too. Starch in large amounts just increases the amount of loose stools etc. I’ve found eating veggies on the FODMAP diet, lots of raw salads, not too much over cooked starchy vegies and then fish and chicken and meat without too much fat on it (I’m able to eat more fat now that my gut is healing). I don’t eat wheat anymore. I was eating rice and oats etc, but found myself carb loading again at a time of stress and got my guts into a bad state again. Stress also causes a lot of problems with IBS. I have to physically feel myself breathing deeply into my stomach in order to calm my system down and slow down the IBS. I’ve found I can actually sit down now with a drink and calm myself so much that it stops the runs completely (when I can feel it coming on). I eat dairy because I find I don’t have too much of a problem with it, but others do. My main problem is with too much fruit, cauliflower, onion (the worst vege of all), cabbage, bok choi, massive amounts of garlic (small amounts ok), lots of starchy veggies like pumpkin slow cooked just about kills me. Sugar in any form is terrible for me. I’m better with meat and less starchy veggies like courgettes, carrots, broccoli, salad veges and plenty of greens. I’m trying bone broths now which taste great, but can’t season it too much with black pepper as I can feel acid rising. I basically know how you feel Jen and hope you find what works for you and get some relief, but PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FODMAP DIET! Hope this helps a bit.

  67. Lulu14 says

    So, I definitely have parasites and candida. What came first, who knows. i can feel them crawling all over my body and have seen them in my stool so I know for sure. i’m guessing they are in my muscles (sadly sort of getting used to it but at least it doesn’t make me cry from fear anymore). And they feel huge and numerous in number. I even feel one in my skull every once in awhile. Yeah.

    My question is, will DE actually be able to kill all the parasites all over my body and the ones deep inside. This is not an issue of just intestinal parasites anymore. If DE won’t help, what can I do? I’m not interested in paralyzing them just so they can wake up even stronger. It’s why I haven’t taken any anti-parasitic medications. Thank you!!!!

    • Dewormmeplease says

      Have you discovered anything that has worked for you? It’s a very good question considering matters may be worse than considered

  68. vivette says

    I have candida and parasites it is so bad that i am con sidering sergery to remove them. I am only 130 pounds these things have taken over my life. I am taking diatomaceous earth and i have tried just about every herb that there is. I have been off carbs for about a month and after i cant seem to get better i started eating them again. makes no sense starving myself if they are not going to go away. They move every where. I was going through this torture since about october of 2013. I am planning to see a gastroenteroligist to do a colonoscopy then i might see if i can get the sergery. Your post is great though i follow you a lot. When ever i want natural things i always come to your site and refer others also

    • Jenn says

      I have a couple of comments; first thanks for the website great posts! I wanted to comment on Vivette above and while I am not a doctor I have not been well for a long time and the doctors keep telling me I am fine….this is a whole other story for another time but before you have surgery are the fillings in your mouth amalgams (silver fillings)? If you have any? Mercury is very serious and can host a whole plethora of problems. If you do, please consider having those removed first, your symptoms or feeling unwell will never leave. Consider it this way, you are giving your body a detox every day with the DE but then, your body is constantly getting bombarded with continuous amounts of heavy metals which it can’t get rid of as quickly as you are giving it another dose of detox.. make sense? I am not sure I explained that properly.

      My question actually relates to this, I’ve done research on it but I am not finding any info on it. I do have amalgam in my mouth I am in the process of having them removed, I know my body will never be completely healthy until I get rid of this poison. I’ve been taking DE for about 3-4 weeks now I know it’s killing the parasites I’ve seen them (disgusting) but happy to say these little guys free ride is over. I think I am experiencing Herxhemier reaction but it’s so far in that I am not sure..I’ve been sneezing for about 2 weeks now and yesterday had pretty bad flu like symptoms, today very bad runny nose. I don’t know if this is just a coincidence because my immune system is down trying to get rid of the toxins or if it is Herxhemier reaction (I feel like it’s very far along to have the symptoms now). I am also not sure if this is going to stay this way until I do get my amalgams out? I’ve tried to look on line but no luck under this category. Also how quickly should I see an improvement in my skin, again not sure if anything is going to change until I get the Mercury out of my mouth. thanks :)

  69. Sandon says

    MMS Miracle Mineral Supplement! If you think about the chemicals we consume with prescription drugs MMS can give the same side affects. This a contraversial system but may help people. It is to do with the lack of minerals within our bodies that countreact the acidic chemical-that cause cancer, fungus etc.

  70. Sandon says

    Another sugar supplement is Organic Maple syrup. The real stuff-not the processed sugar. There is a recipe of this syrup and also, bi-carb soda(No aluminium), infused together. Aides in cancer removal. Anything that is above normal amounts; that is attacking the body, can produce cancer. Eliminating these things is best. Oxygen helps decrease cancer. Oxygen is the only way burning anything can happen. Without it, nothing will burn, including the most explosive gas. Makes sense that Oxygen helps the body rid itself of the bad!

    Makes sense that smoking reduces oxygen as well as put harmful chemicals into the body; thereby cancer producing. I am all for self rights to smoking or anything but just making an observation, common sense approach. DE can also aid in the prevention of Nits, Headlice, bed bugs etc, when sprinkled in the hair, or beds-be careful of eyes though.

    Everyone says to reduce salt etc but the reality is, if you reduce salt too much, you can get cramps and also produce too much acid. Salt countreacts acids in the body. Basic school science!

    It is like a diabetic needing sugar or not. I believe that our bodies tell us what we need by what we feel we need to eat. For instance a craving for sweetness or salt etc. Sweetness, however doesn’t necessarily need to be sugar cane. It could be fruit.

    Beer is another yeast producing product-so alcoholics can have yeast problems. I know when i drink, i get very bad sinus. Which could also be an allergic reaction-which really is an overload of something to our bodies.

    Garlic oil can help with many things. Gone are the days of eating healthy things, everything is processed now and it shows, with all the problems, from Hypo kids to obese or diabetics, Lethargic etc.

    There is one hint. Do things in moderation. Don’t do silly diets, because once the diiet is finished, you could have worse problems. Just don’t go overboard! So with these supplements, there are recommended doses, or doses that people find suitable. Starting slow first, even with very little is better than nothing at all.

    It is like the Nutri-Bullet. Bad reviews because the bodies needs to break down its own food, not rely on a man made machine but again, anything is better than nothing so even if you have this juice and then, have an apple at the end of the day, or just treat it like it is a drink, rather than a food. This is what i go by and rarely do i ever attend a doctor. Anti-biotics do not work anymore and really it is best to try not to take them-so if you really do need them, they may work for you, instead of building ammunity to them.

  71. Krissa says

    Thank you for this post! I have suffered from chronic yeast infections for the past 6 months. I believe it was brought on by severe stress and contraceptive use for 3 years. I have stopped taking them, and while symptoms have relieved slightly, they are definitely not gone! Every article I have found on this subject is either too vague or too deeply complicated. Plus, they all say I’m dying of one lethal disease or another. This simplifies everything and I will start your recommendations ASAP!

    Do you have any recommendations specific to my condition?

    Thanks again so very much!

  72. Helena says

    What recommendations do you have for children with yeast overgrowth? I am pretty sure my son has had it since birth, but no doctor tests for it and I am having touble findin a holistic doctor that has good revies and won’t throw a bunch of questionable products at a patient. I prefer to go a totally natural route, but can be difficult with small children. My son has trouble gaining weight, so I hestate to change his diet in a way that would reduce his calories. He had antibiotics at birth, and I’m pretty sure I had a yeast problem while pregnant, and I had antibotics during labor. He has had so many issues since birth, I am hoping to find some sort of relief and solution for him. Long and rambling, sorry. Any insight to treating yeast overgrowth in children is much appreciated.

  73. Itty says

    I read somewhere that DE is only effective for bugs if dry. But for intestinal parasites you (& the supporting DE website) say to drink it in water/juice. On that same website, a reader posted that to treat intestinal parasites, you rub some DE on the clean anus every night for 15 nights. Then repeat. They said that cures pin worms. I am new to DE & would like more explanation. Also, I feel I’m suffering from some type of intestinal parasite, & maybe have had it since April 2013. I’m on my second week of taking Oil of Oregano (600mg/day) & when I can remember, I take my daily probiotic & will drink 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water. I’ve also been adding Oregano spice & Tumeric spice to my morning eggs. I’m hoping to start a family soon & I don’t want to have these parasites while pregnant – I don’t know how harmful it can be, but I don’t even want it to be an issue. If I had more info on DE, I would consider adding it to my attempt for ridding parasites. But all I’ve found is from the DE link in this post & another non-medical website. Thanks!

  74. Felicia Craggs says

    Update: After only 2 wks, I’m feeling 10 times better, no more aches or bloating and more energy. I’ve been eating only 1 meal a day, which is good for me being 10-15 lbs over weight.
    My 1 meal a day is usually a plant based protein or steamed vegetable with some nutritional yeast on top.
    Drinking tons of water and juicing. I know it’s mostly the DE drink I’ve been taking 3x a day, the 1st week I didn’t notice a huge difference. My diet wasn’t as strict either. I’m mixing a combo of ground cloves and fresh grated ginger to my iced coffee, yum! Still haven’t given up coffee yet.
    I’m also doing 1-3 glasses of water a day with 1 tsp raw organic apple cider vinegar.
    My skin and hair is changing for the better too! I’m wondering if some of my age spots might start disappearing, wouldn’t that be fabulous!
    I would love to hear from anyone else here!
    Thanks so much for the support and advice!

  75. Shane Caldeira says

    Great info! I am battling a yeast overgrowth/parasite infection and this is very helpful :) I’ve had to change my diet dramatically, I now eat organic and non-GMO because big business farming uses antibiotics in their crops, livestock feed/water, farmed-fishing, etc., to which I beleive leads to the western antibiotic syndrome which creates a candida overgrowth among other things. I’ve also changed my drinking water to reverse osmosis processed water since there are so many pharmaceuticals and non-natural flouridation. The die off reaction was really tough at first, but I am adjusting pretty well to the diet now and feel a lot healthier.

  76. Steph says

    I have parasites and candida however due to my sugar problem I haven’t been able to be successful at staying off grains and sugars for the DE to work. I’m kind of at a loss of what to do. I also heard of a herb cleanse that you can take but the website claimed that you do not have to restrict your diet while taking it, and also that if you stop taking the herbs then the parasites can come back and be resistant to the herbs the next time. Is this true?

  77. Sybil says

    Hi there,

    Thanks for this post. I am getting tested by my doctor for parasites as we returned from a trip to Mexico last month and I have had an upset stomach for several weeks.

    I am still breastfeeding my two year old. Do you know offhand which of the treatments above are safe to do while breastfeeding?

    I am thinking about starting off with the garlic, cider vinegar and cinnamon while waiting for my stool sample results and I am also interested in learning more about diatomecious earth. I am guessing that the first three are probably fine while breastfeeding and will check out the earth one.

    My goal is not to do a full cleanse or detox per se as I know that’s not good to do while breastfeeding but I am trying to avoid antibiotics while dealing with this infection.

    Thanks for any additional information you can provide.

  78. Alisha says

    I have had watery diarrhea for almost two months now. The first three weeks were very twenty times a day. After that it decreased a little from five to thirteen times. Probiotics seemed to help a little. I just started digestive enzymes but no diffetence yet. I am normally fighting constipation so this was super bizaare. I had my first deep tissue massage the day before this started. I doubt that would have caused all of this. Does this sound like parasites? Please help!

    • Judi Demmert says


      Your description of your ‘problem’ is identical to mine. Can you tell me if you’ve conquered your problem and what you have done please? I’m really desperate. Sending in a stool sample in a few days, but I’m not too hopeful. This diarrhea has me home bound for two months now.


  79. Mai says

    I believe I have candida overgrowth and parasites. Have been treating the candida for the last month, but I’m about to start using D.E for the parasites. Does anyone know whether the whole household has to be treated for parasites? (And would I need to clean all towels and bedding, like with threadworms) Also, could I have infected other people with them? I’m definitely going to struggle to get my parents and boyfriend to do the cleanse :(

  80. Jeff says

    Please inform your readers that if they supplement with cinnamon they need to use ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon (nearly all of the cinnamon sold in grocery stores) is toxic to the liver in high doses.

  81. Darla says

    I just took my first dose of DE. I started taking it because I have been having problem with systemic yeast infection for years. Well I noticed while I was fringing in my mouth became foamy, like when you eat pop rocks. Has anyone else had this happen?

  82. Tiffany S says

    Quick question: Does taking probiotics with ACV render one of the two ineffective? Why do you suggest that we take them one hour apart?

    Thanks!! :)

  83. Erin says

    Thanks for this post! I thought I was going crazy. I have been diagnosed with Candida for over 2 years. I even got the DNA test to confirm the type in an attempt to treat it better. Nothing has worked. Today I found out that I also have parasites. Man! I will be looking into your diet now!

  84. Sarah Mae says

    Is it safe to follow some of these recommendations while breastfeeding? I can’t imagine daily ACV could hurt, nor some of the others. Or, is it better to wait?

  85. Charles says

    Interesting and familiar conversation on candida, parasites, gall bladder issues and so on. I see that most issues seem to be addressed by women on this forum. I would like to chime in as one of the other gender. I have had several problems over the years, that I have , through research and trial and error, have come to a manageable solution to at least lessen the suffering. For years I have craved carbs and would have typical symptoms of yeast overgrowth. Also I would have frequent ant severe sinus infections. A few years ago I started taking a few herbs and supplements that really helped. olive leaf extract, daily. Oregano oil, not more than 14 days strait. NAC, an amino acid. Other things I have researched that seem to help candida and fungal infections are malic acid and apple cider vinegar. I am no expert, but I believe in the power of natural remedies. These are just some things that have helped me manage the bacterial,fungal and viral issues that I have dealt with. Of course, this is the tip of the iceburg,but I am glad we have those like wellness mamma to help navigate the complex nature of natural healing.

  86. Brooke says

    After hearing about a young girl just around the corner from my work being diagnosed with parasites, i decided to google it for myself. Im only 25 and have had the above symptons since i was 16. Only recently have these symptons increased dramatically and everything else just irregular.I cant eat, ive lost 6 kilos in the last couple of weeks, i cant sleep, i suffer from anxiety and small case of depression, i have constant waves and butterflies in my stomach all the time almost like a baby is in there, my joints and muscles have been nothing but painful and annoying…i had thought i had this from the weight loss, im constantly tired and have constipation, diarrhea and burping irregualry every week. My friend has suggested i take cambantrom, will this help clear up the problem or should i still see a specialist?btw thank you so much for information!!

  87. Mia says

    Thank God for this thread! I need help. I’m 22 and have had a history of health issues. I had mono at age 17. At age 19 I started to develop adult acne (had great skin before) and I still have acne. I had taken birth control pills (3 times for only a month each and months apart–immediately getting off after UNCONTROLLABLE appetite and other horrible sides effects). Since high school I started gaining weight and since i have a rather thick neck and chubby face I assumed thyroid problem right away. EVERY BLOOD TEST at my MD would show nothing,except a little low iron. A naturopath gave me desiccated thyroid + cortef (a steroid) which he said would give my adrenals a rest. This ended up making me very sick and my white blood cells were as high as someone with leukaemia….so I stopped.

    Right now my weight is pretty good (130 pounds at 5’8) and I eat a typical busy student diet outside of home, healthy organic diet at home. To be honest it was the acne that lead me to research what could be wrong with my health. Now, I’m sure I’ve had systemic Candida overgrowth for a while (and possibly parasites) for years which has lead to leaky gut and given me acne on my face, back, chest.

    -dark circles under eyes with puffy bags 24/7
    -acne on face
    -red tiny pimples all over back and shoulders, even slightly on chest
    -sun allergy (whiteheads develop on shoulders back and chest)
    -chronic fatigue
    -insomnia + difficulty waking up
    -dilated pupils at night
    -history of birth control pills, steroids, antibiotics for chronic UTI’s, ear infection
    -chronic yeast infections
    -foggy head
    -tonsil stones
    -bad breath/phelgm
    -sweating problem
    -very loud growling/bubbling stomach
    -excess body hair on stomach
    -painful periods

    I just look and feel sick…I look at all my friends who have perfect skin and drink alcohol 24/7 and eat whatever they want and it’s just not fair!

    I find it very hard to eliminate fruit. How long do I have to do this for? And what about coffee?
    I’m going to buy DE and ACV and saccharomyches bolardii to take along with my probiotic.

    I want to get a colonic done as well, start working out to sweat out the toxins, get some anti-fungals from the doctor, and alternate anti-candida herbs every week. I’m taking coconut oil and drinking kombucha as well.

    Is this a for-life thing? Cause I really won’t be able to last forever. It’s expensive and inconvenient for a busy student like myself…but I really want to look and feel 22 instead of 45 :(

    I used to take DIM to rid my body of excess estrogen. And D3 is very important…and I’m low in iron (probably cause the candida is causing malnutrition). I don’t want to overdo the supplements…what’s crucial to take here? I also take progesterone cream it helps with my painful periods.

    My mom has had breast cancer and likely has also had a candida problem…my sister and I were both born by c-section which I hear makes us more likely to develop these problems. She had some docs tell her she had asthma and IBS but my mom never let her take medication for it.

    Before my adult acne, I switched to almond milk as my mom had cancer and adopted a strict vegan diet…I have researched many diets and Ray Peat’s diet is very pro natural raw dairy and very anti nuts and almond milk and it was suggested that it caused my hormonal imbalance causing acne….I recently switched back to milk and dairy and noticed an improvement in my skin. But I guess that all has to change….

    I need a LIST and some structured plan I can follow! I’m so confused, everything seems very contradictory on the internet. For example, I read that eliminating natural sugar on the candida diet will ruin your metabolism as the liver and other organs NEED glucose to function. And as candida naturally exists in the body, you don’t want to starve and kill it ALL, it’ll also starve and kill your good bacteria…?


    • Snow says


      A few months ago I started visiting an interesting hybrid doctor, (using both “Eastern” and “Western” medical techniques, perspectives, meds etc) and I was diagnosed with leaky gut, a really bad excess hormone issue and things that needed chiropractic work, amongst other things. I have most of the symptoms you have:-

      I had struggled with puffy/dark eyes until I had surgery to correct my septum and I started breathing more correctly. I quit birth control a year ago, and since then my acne got obviously and chronically worse until I started treatment with this doctor – it was particularly bad on my face but started showing up on my chest and back, something the medicine acted as a bandaid for. There was one particularly bad patch of acne that was near the right corner of my mouth. My sleeping was an absolute mess and I had big fatigue issues. I had a concerning amount of yeast infection in the last couple years, even though I only wear cotton undies etc. My periods were a mess, I had tonsil stones for the first time last year, and also became unable to eat gluten after trialling Paleo for a couple of weeks and caving in (cause let’s be real, giving up this stuff is tough at first).

      Anyway, I was put on some supplements to help with digestive issues (including bad bugs, leaky gut and all that terrible stuff), and extremely encouraged to follow a diet that sounds extremely similar to the above. It was difficult and nasty at first but in the good way, as all the junk cleared out, and the bad bugs were rioting about their forced eviction. I’ve been doing it for a couple of months, and I’ve noticed a significant difference, even though I haven’t followed it perfectly. I actually prefer eating this way now! My body doesn’t feel like it’s struggling as much, the acne has been slowly clearing from my face in particular, and I’m sure it will continue to get better as my other treatment continues.

      Work on the digestive health first. Avoid all forms of sugar including fruit and honey, avoid grains like wheat, rye, barley, avoid anything fermented – picked food, vinegar (I was only recommended apple cider vinegar sparingly), mushrooms and other fungi, tea and coffee (herbal tea not using tea leaves is an exception), and processed meats. Get big on the veg and good meat. And please don’t give up on finding a good doctor who can help. I couldn’t have done this without my doc. This diet is super hard at first, but it can be done. Good medical advice will help you take all the steps you need. Good luck!

  88. Ellie says


    This article is very interesting to me, since I’ve lived (2 years) in a house that is very likely filled with parasites and toxins (the entire first floor was completely destroyed due to flooding in our area). Since I have been living there, I have gained weight, been lethargic and fatigued but unable to sleep through the night, generally feel unwell and nauseous ALL THE TIME. I am moving out of this situation at the end of the month, but I do NOT want to take these parasites with me. I am already on a high-fat, low-carb diet cutting out all dairy except butter and cream and cutting out sugars COMPLETELY, and I drink coffee with MCT oil (coconut) and grass-fed organic butter. My question is does the coffee effect the coconut oil’s anti-bacterial properties? If I need to cut the coffee out in order to feel better, I will do so willingly, but I do enjoy my coffee haha.

    Thanks for reading,


    • Mica Stroder says

      Ellie, I have used the Paleo coffee too for several months. Along with the diet 60/20/20. Due to terrible diabetic issues. Almost have it whipped in abt 4-6 months. I have that love hate relationship with coffee too. Use a swiss water water method decaf. has an excellent French roast, best I’ve found. The caffeine can be an issue with some people. The phytic acid in regular coffee beans is what’s worst. It hinders the absorption of minerals and causes other problems in people with digestive issues. I was originally jumping from infection to infection till I started with the coconut oil and Organic ACV with the mother. Start slowly and build up, u have to let the body adjust!. I started noticing the infections dissapering when i hit the 2 to 3 tablespoon a day of coconut oil (organic). Paleo coffee- 1/2-3/4 tablespoon coconut oil 3/4 tablespoon organic grassfed butter. Blend with abt 12 oz swiss water decaf I used stevia too. Wonderful latte!

  89. Kimmy says

    Hello Wellness Mama! :)
    Would ACV pills work the same as drinking the ACV?
    Can I take all the supplements at the same time?

    Thank You! ;)

  90. MaryB says

    Hi Wellness Mama
    I don’t believe I have parisites but I’m certain I have candida Both myself and my husband were diagnosed with Crohn’s over the past few years Me 6 years ago and my husband a year ago After 2-3 years of medication I started displaying symptoms that the doctors couldn’t understand so was told I had fibro Funnily enough now though my husband has all the same symptoms Just wondering if anyone else was mistakenly diagnosed with Crohn’s / colitis and is DE effective for just candida ?

  91. Nicole says

    I have been watching a show called know the cause and it is what led me to wellness mama. It is completely dedicated to fungus (FUPO) fungus until proven otherwise.
    After much research and testimonies from people from other websites who were making themselves better by unknowingly using antifungal foods and supplements and from my daughter’s ear infections going awAy and my acne finally starting to clear after 11years, I truely believe that fungus is the reason for much of the health problems

  92. Stephanie says

    I am planning on starting a parasite cleanse tomorrow but the only thing is that there is a possibility I could be pregnant (I have had unprotected sex this month but I still have a few weeks before I would get my menstrual cycle) what are the potential risks I could be taking by doing this cleanse now?

  93. PJ says

    I do a tremendous amount of reading on wellness, and I stumbled on to your site. For many years, I have suffered with a condition called Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is a condition that causes a person to pull strands of hair from their head or any place on the body. Doctors say the condition is caused by trauma and it’s considered to be an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). My question is, could this condition be caused by a parasite? Any response or suggestions are much appreciated. Thank you.

  94. Sam says

    I have all the symptoms you listed and I am convinced I have a parasite infection. Getting diagnosed seems to be difficult though since doctors in my area are little versed on parasites and after going in to get checked the one I saw did not even order a stool sample ( and did not read my chart). I have had upper urinary bacterial and fungal overgrowth in the past that caused a severe upper urinary tract infection due to not being diagnosed early enough. This time I went in after seeing segments of eggs in my stool and showing signs of severe malnourishment, sugar cravings when I dislike sugar and being nauseous plus weight gain ( not loss but it is due to stool backup ) and mind fog and everything you listed. A few months ago I also got to see and feel a worm moving right under my skin on my face leaving a welt that took a few days to heal, Instead I got diagnosed as possibly pregnant when I am sterile on birth control and a virgin by a doctor who did not even read my chart or history and a first year med student. I don’t know how to get properly diagnosed with what I know to be a parasitic infection when the doctors refuse to admit I could have them at all. Should I just self medicate to get rid of them? But how do I know which one I have? I feel so fatigued and look like a damn corpse I just want these monsters inside me gone.

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