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Step 4: Know Parasite Sources

In order to avoid infestation, it is important to understand how parasites operate, and then take the necessary steps to avoid becoming an unwilling host.

How Are Parasites Transmitted? Let Me Count the Ways…

It’s a parasite’s job to infest, and they have designed a variety of clever ways to invade their hosts – i.e. you.

Just like some air-borne viruses, bacteria, and fungi can infect human beings if accidentally inhaled, so can parasites/eggs that are being carried on the wind along with other dust particles. Yes, you can inhale parasites into your lungs.

In North America, Histoplasmosis, Valley fever, and Hanta virus are examples of parasitic diseases associated with bat dung (used in some fertilizers), dust, and rodent feces.

Parasitic worms are readily transmitted from pets and other animals such as beef and swine tapeworms. Cat litter boxes may pose a threat of toxoplasmosis; the Toxoplasma gondii parasite is found in cat feces. Dogs carry Echinococcus, an intestinal tapeworm the eggs of which spread over a dog’s fur via its anus. Unhealthy human contact with infected dogs, such as kissing, transports the eggs into the human intestine from where they can make their way to a host’s brain and liver. Birds and even Fish have parasites that can and do infect humans, as well.

Bloodsucking insects (mosquitoes, flies, fleas, etc.) can transmit parasites through bites as they endeavor to feed on human blood. Insect-borne pathogens are not normally a danger to their natural hosts – a rodent for example – but can become extremely harmful in unnatural hosts such as human beings.

Protozoa – such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia – are transmitted through drinking water that has been contaminated with fecal material from infected persons. They can be found in both running streams and the tap water in many large North American cities served by surface water treatment plants. Even the chlorinated water that comes from the faucet can harbor certain parasites and outbreaks of illness do occur. Schistosomes such as the deadly Trematoda fluke, however, can only be transmitted through skin contact with contaminated water.

One of the most common ways of contracting a parasitic infection is through food intake; including beef, pork, poultry, fish, and even fresh vegetables and fruits. Unless properly washed, vegetables grown on farms fertilized with infected human waste can transmit the eggs of various parasites. When swallowed with contaminated food, parasites can be infective. This can easily occur in household settings, or in restaurants where health inspections at even the most expensive world-class restaurants reveal that employees harbor fecal matter under their nails.

Some parasites – the roundworm nematode, for example – spend their immature egg stage in warm, moist soil, just waiting for a new host to invade. Walking bare-footed or sitting on fecally-contaminated soil can be an invitation to the eggs of hookworms or strongyloides, who penetrate the exposed skin and migrate through the human body to the intestinal tract. Some types of worms are reported to be able to jump from the ground to your ankles and bore into your skin. Other parasites live in wet grass, mud puddles, or in standing water.

Return to Parasites


Parasites range from the stuff of late night horror shows – measuring in at several feet long – to those that are invisible to the naked eye and while they are fond of the colon, this is not the only place parasites can be found. Just about any part of our body is vulnerable to infestation: the lungs, liver, esophagus, brain, blood, muscles, joints, skin…and even our eyes!

In fact, almost everyone has parasites. It’s simply a fact of life.

Even Dr. Oz says…”90% of humans will have a problem with parasites at some point during their lifetime.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies parasites as among the 6 most dangerous diseases that infect humans.

Parasites even outrank cancer as the number one global killer, and account for many of the digestive woes from which people suffer. In the United States alone, one-third of nearly six thousand fecal specimens tested, came back positive for at least nineteen species of intestinal parasites.


So how do you know if you are infected?

Sometimes you can be infected without having any symptoms; however, there are often signs, including:

  • Allergies to many different types of foods
  • Anemia (low red blood count)
  • Bloating/abdominal swelling
  • Bloody stools
  • Bouts of diarrhea and inconsistent bowel habits
  • Dysentery (loose stools containing blood and mucus)
  • Feeling tired or Run down
  • Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and fever
  • Foul-smelling stools that get worse in the afternoon and evening
  • Gas and cramping
  • Itching around the anus, especially at night.
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss with a ravenous appetite

Accepting the fact that parasites are nearly unavoidable, as well as recognizing the kinds of environments parasites enjoy and how they are transmitted, is the key to ridding yourself of them, and preventing further infestations.

First, it’s important to flush out your gastrointestinal (GI) system; a clean, hydrated, and toned colon goes a long way toward discouraging parasites to make their home in your intestines.

Coping with parasites is best handled with a multi-pronged approach, which includes…

Step 1: Herbal Colon Cleansing
Step 2: Increase Your Fiber Intake
Step 3: Reverse Vitamin Deficiency
Step 4: Know Sources – Preventing Re-infestation

Treatment Options:

Conventional medical treatments can get rid parasites more quickly. Alternative treatments may be helpful along with conventional medications. However, your health care provider must find out what kind of organism is causing your problems before you start treatments. They will choose the drug that is most effective against your intestinal parasite. You may need one dose, or you may have to take the medication for several weeks. Be careful to take the medicine exactly as it is prescribed, or it may not work.

Pinworms: are found only in humans and account for the largest percentage of intestinal worm infections in the U.SGetting rid of pinworm isn’t easy, but it can be done. To get rid of pinworms, you should wash your hands regularly to avoid ingesting pinworm eggs. If pinworm infection is detected by your doctor, or noticed in the stool, you should seek an over-the-counter treatment like Reese’s Pinworm Medicine or get a prescription from your doctor for Vermox, the most common prescription given for pinworm infections.

Roundworms: are large worms about as thick as a spaghetti noodle and roughly 4-13 inches long at maturity. Roundworm is an intestinal worm found in both dogs and cats. The life cycle is complicated, and in order to get rid of roundworm completely, one must interrupt this life cycle. Usually this is done with three to four treatments of a pyrantel pamoate based medicine over a month long period. It is repeated once every week to ensure that both mature and migrating adolescent roundworms are destroyed.

Hookworms: are yet another worm that is most commonly found in pets in the U.S., but account for almost 800 million intestinal worm infections in the human population worldwide. To get rid of hookworms, mebendazole or albendazole are used the most often and require a prescription by a doctor to obtain. Hookworm medication in humans is usually taken twice a day for three days. In dogs and cats, hookworm anthelmintic is taken once every week for 2-3 weeks to ensure that the hookworm life cycle is disrupted.

Tapeworms: are found in both humans and animals, it is rare for humans to get tapeworm. A tapeworm problem is synonymous with a flea problem, since ingestion of the tapeworm eggs by fleas and then ingestion of the fleas is required to become infected. To get rid of tapeworms, you must get rid of fleas. Usually treatment for both fleas and tapeworms are administered together. The tapeworm infested individual (be they human or pet) is given a dewormer, and their environment is treated with either Nylar or Methoprene tocontrol fleas.

Ringworm: isn’t actually a worm at all. Ringworm is caused by a fungus and is given its name because of the ring-shaped rash it causes when a person is infected. Ringworm is similar toathlete’s foot with regard to the family of fungus that causes it. To get rid of ringworm, many people suggest dabbing bleach on the skin and then wiping it clean to ensure you don’t give yourself a chemical burn. Essentially, an astringent or topical antiseptic like those used to treat athletes foot may also be used to treat ringworms. Antifungal medications and topical treatments are similarly used to treat pets, but spores may persist and cause recurring infections.

And Finally,

Remember these simple things can help:

  • Avoid simple carbohydrates, such as those found in refined foods, fruits, juices, dairy products, and all sugars, except honey.
  • Drink a lot of water to help flush out your system.
  • Eat More RAW: Garlic, Pumpkin seeds, Pomegranates, Beets, and Carrots, all of which have been used traditionally to kill parasites. In one study, researchers found that a mixture of honey and papaya seeds cleared stools of parasites in 23 out of 30 subjects.
  • Eat more fiber, which help get rid of worms.
  • Probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacilus plantarum, Saccharomyces boulardii, and bifidobacteria, one to two times per day between meals) help keep your digestive tract healthy. Digestive enzymes will help restore your intestinal tract to its normal state, which makes it inhospitable to parasites. Papain is an enzyme from the papaya plant that may help kill worms when taken 30 minutes before or after meals.
  • Vitamin C (250 – 500 mg two times a day) or, if well-tolerated, much higher doses of up to 6,000 mg per day in otherwise healthy adults — supports the immune system. Lower vitamin C dose if diarrhea develops.
  • Zinc (20 – 30 mg per day) — also helps support the immune system.
  • Regular colon cleansings are a must since most water sources are located near human habitation, and are therefore likely infested with parasites. 
  • Supplement your diet with a high-grade multi-vitamin to ensure adequate vitamin, mineral, and nutrient intake, and to combat the resulting deficiency from parasitic infestation. 
  • Show caution when drinking and/or swimming in unfamiliar water sources. 
  • Wear protective clothing when exposed to bloodsucking insects. 
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables in clean water before eating to prevent roundworm and whipworm infection. Add a few ounces of over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide and/or mild soap to increase the parasite-killing activity of water. 
  • Wear shoes or slippers to prevent hookworm infection. 
  • Do not use water from septic tanks or other potentially contaminated sources for watering vegetables. 
  • Contain all waste matter in an outdoor toilet or latrine rather than going as nature intended outdoors. 
  • Children are particularly susceptible to parasites, and often harbor the largest number of worms. Teach them proper hygiene, such as hand washing (including using a nail brush) after going to the toilet, playing outside, or before preparing or eating food.
  • Properly wash bed sheets, towels and clothes with disinfectants.
  • Do Not let your child to play in sands and soils.

Natural Treatment of Worms in Children:


Add cloves to as many of your meals as you can. These will not kill the worms themselves but will kill the eggs, which can help keep your problem under control.


Eat tomatoes in the morning on an empty stomach to clear worms from your intestines.


Before normal breakfast, give one cup of grated carrot to your child early in the morning. This treatment works well for removal of threadworms. Continue with this treatment for 4 to 5 days.

Wormwood Oil Treatment:

Mix 2 milliliters of wormwood oil with 4 oz of water. Take a small child-sized bulb syringe and fill it with this solution and rinse out the rectal area. The solution will kill the worms.

Fruit Fast:

It is very difficult to change the diets of children completely for an extended period of time. Provide large amount of pineapples, cranberries and papaya to your child for a period of 3 to 4 days. Pineapples, cranberries and papayas are known to kill tapeworms in the body.

Papaya Juice:

Mix well one teaspoon of papaya juice and one teaspoon of honey. Provide this mixture to the child for drinking purpose. You can also give mixture of papaya juice and honey with a glass of the following. Combine 8-oz glass of warm milk and 1 teaspoon of Castor oil. Make sure that your child has consumed whole glass. This treatment is extremely effective to get rid of roundworms.

Pumpkin Seed:

Before giving the pumpkin seed treatment, provide prune juice to your child to cleanse his body as it expel any matter from the child’s intestine. Properly crush 1 tablespoon of skinned pumpkin seeds and mix it in 1 cup of boiling water. Cool this mixture and give it to child for drinking. Provide 3 to 4 cupfuls of this mixture to the child in a day. Eating pumpkin seeds throughout the day helps to get rid of a wide variety of parasites.

Other treatments:

  • In cotton gauze, wrap a clove and garlic and insert it into the anus of child.
  • Mix well senna and cayenne powder with 2 tablespoon of plain yogurt and give this mixture to your child. To improve the taste, you can add cinnamon in small quantities.
  • To repopulate the intestine with healthy protective bacteria, provide your child an acidophilus tablet every day for a month.
  • Crush the lemon seeds and mix them well with honey and have your child consume the mixture. Give this mixture every day to your child for five days.

Natural Treatment of Worms in Adults:


Both mugwort and wormwood are used as anthelmintic remedies in European and Chinese herbalism. Their aromatic oils and bitter principles are effective against a broad-spectrum of species of intestinal worms. They are among the most versatile of the natural vermifuges. They are extremely bitter, making them unpalatable for children and many adults unless taken in capsule form.

Black Walnuts:

Tincture made from the aromatic fresh, green hulls of the black walnut is perhaps the best-known of anti-parasitic remedies. They become richer in elemental iodine as they age, losing much of their potency and staining all they touch a dark color. The vermifugal properties of the hulls are due to the combination of both the natural iodine and aromatic oils. Although more economical, the dried, encapsulated herb is not as effective as the tincture.

Pumpkin Seeds:

Although artemisia species and black walnut hulls are effective against most intestinal worm species, tapeworms can often prove resistant. If a tapeworm infestation cannot be eliminated with other other remedies, it may be possible to remove them with pumpkin seeds. Like mugwort and wormwood, pumpkin seeds have a long history of use as anti-parasitic herb in Chinese medicine. They are still one of the gentlest and most effective of natural treatments.


Cloves are ineffective in expelling mature intestinal worms. They are, however, the only natural remedy for killing the eggs of intestinal worms. Since many parasites will not hatch when there are poisons in the intestinal environment, it can be difficult to get rid of them with a single cycle of the remedies above; at least two cycles of treatment are usually required. The co-administration of cloves with either artemisia or black walnut, however, can often eliminate the need for multiple courses of treatment.


Do not try to rid yourself of any type of parasitic worm without your doctor’s input. All worms are not the same, and infections exist at different levels of severity.


Aromatherapy uses the power of scents.

Even the best of the best doctors don’t know the full power of smell and its effect on the brain, but what they do know is that there are great health benefits to aromatherapy.

Healing Items

Crystals are products of our earth, (minerals and elements). We too are products of this earth.
So it isn’t hard to believe that wearing crystals can help heal our bodies.
(Remember, our bodies can heal through absorption, so by wearing a healing crystal over your body… you heal through your skin. But healing crystals work in other ways too; they activate our internal healing abilities.)

What are Chakras?

Crown Chakra 


Stones that are beneficial to the Crown Chakra are Clear Quartz, Moonstone, Ocean Jasper, Blue Lace Agate, Tourmilated Quartz.

These talisman are full of positive energy, support and well-being. Helping to calm an over active or stressed mind. Reminding you to meditate and connect with stillness.

Third Eye Chakra


Stones that are beneficial to the Third Eye Chakra are Amethyst, Lapiz, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Fluorite, Clear Quartz.

These talisman encourages you to trust your inner voice, listen to your heart and trust your intuition… For it will never let you down.

Throat Chakra


Stones that are beneficial to the Throat Chakra are Lapiz, Amazonite, Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite, Chrysoprase, Aqua Marine, Turquoise.

These talisman will help release your energy and open your voice by encouraging honesty, self-truth, individuality and creativity.

Heart Chakra


Stones that are beneficial to the Heart Chakra are Jade, Rose Quartz, Malachite, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Aventurine.

These talisman will help you to find inner peace through compassion and self-love. Respecting ones own boundaries so you can be in healthy relationships, awakening the romantic in you.

 Solar Plexus


Stones that are beneficial to the Solar Plexus Chakra are are Citrine, Yellow Calcite, Amber, Smokey Quartz, Mookite, Tigers Eye, Rutilated Quartz.

These talisman will help instill feelings of confidence, abundance, and belief in your own potential. Manifests what you truly desire.

Sacral Chakra


Stones that are beneficial to the Sacral Chakra are Red Aventurine, Red Jasper, Moon Stone, Smokey Quartz, Carnelian, Tiger Eye, Fire Agate.

These talisman will help connect you to Mother Earth. Helping you to embrace the unknown and start a new cycle without fear, embracing fertility and growth, vitality and love of life.

Base Chakra


Stones that are beneficial to the Base Chakra are Hematite, Red Jasper, Smokey Quartz, Black Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, Tiger Iron, Mookite, Tigers Eye.

These talisman will encourage grounding, inner strength, action, and stability.

Balance All Chakras


These talisman help you feel more centered, help align your energies and find emotional balance. Used as a way to connect to the moment you are in.

In meditation, bring your attention to each of your chakra points, by working through the rainbow spectrum. Focusing on each of your energy centres as you go. They will help to align and balance your energy centres.



Chakras are Entry Gates of the Aura.

Within the physical body resides a spiritual body, that contains Chakras. Chakras absorb and transmit energies to and from the universe, nature, celestial entities, from people, even from things. They are also responsible for the person’s physical, mental, and spiritual functions.

According to the traditional writings there are about 88,000 Chakras in the human body covering all areas. The majority of them are small and insignificant. However, 40 of them have significant functions. They are in the feet, hands, fingertips, and shoulders.

The most significant ones are the Seven Main Chakras located along the central line of the body, from the base of the spine to the top of the head. They are located in the ethereal body and they express the embodiment of spiritual energy on the physical plane.

Chakras are constantly rotating and vibrating.

When one (or more) of them are blocked, the energy doesn’t flow harmoniously through them (or it is wide open), it will result in imbalance that is manifested in all areas of life.

   Each Chakra is expressed on the physical body in one of the endocrine glands that regulate physical and emotional processes in the body. An imbalance will also be expressed in the endocrine gland linked to it. For example: Body Shape, Glandular Processes, Chronic Physical Ailments, Thoughts, and even Behaviour.

Each Chakra also has a certain true color of the visible light spectrum associated with it.

The Intrinsic Colors of the Chakras

1st Chakra – Crown – Enlightenment

2nd Chakra – Third Eye – Intuition

3rd Chakra – Thoart – Expression

4th Chakra – Heart – Love

5th Chakra – Solar Plexus – Abundance

6th Chakra – Sacral – Creation

7th Chakra – Base – Grounding

Color and Astral Significance

The subject of color has been widely studied, and points to colors affecting one’s moods, emotions, creativity, health and even sales. Which is why we use such phrases as “Green eyed monster,” “I’m blue,” “Red with rage,” “Black as sin,” “He’s yellow,” or “In the pink.”

Each color is believed to emit its own special rays…


Black Absorption, Adversity, Destruction of Negative Energy, Loss, Protection from Evil Spirits, Repel Black Magic, Shield from the Evil Eye (1st Chakra)

Blue – Devotion, Forgiveness, Harmony in the Home, Healing, Health, Honesty, Inspiration, Kindness, Loyalty, Meditation, Patience, Peace, Serenity, Sincerity, Truth, Wisdom (5th Chakra)

Brown – Balance, Concentration, Earthiness, Indecision, Intuitive Communication, Telepathic Power, Thrifty

Green – Abundance, Ambition, Calming, Cooperation, Emotional Healing, Envy, Fertility, Generosity, Greed, Harmony, Healing, Health, Luck, Money, Peace, Prosperity, Protection, Success (4th Chakra)

Orange – Adaptability, Attraction, Authority, Enthusiasm, Friendship, Gentle Strength, Intellect, Joy, Organization, Receptivity, Self-Control, Stimulation, Strength, Success (2nd Chakra)

Pink – Affection, Diplomacy, Emotional Love, Enhancing Relationships, Femininity, Friendship, Harmony, Honor, Leadership, Love, Self Love, Service, Spiritual Awakening, Unselfishness (4th Chakra)

Purple – Awareness, Psychic Awareness, Dignity, Intuition, Spiritual Shield, Spirituality, Wisdom (6th & 7th Chakra)

Red – Courage, Energy, Enthusiasm, Fiery, Health, Impulsive, Life, Love, Magnetism, Passion, Sex, Strength, Vitality, Will Power (1st Chakra)

Turquoise – Awareness, Creativity, Meditation, Mental Strength (5th Chakra)

White – Clairvoyance, Cleansing, Expansion, Generosity,Innocence, Outgoing, Peace, Prophesy, Protection, Purity, Respect, Sincerity, Spirituality, Truth, Wholeness (7th Chakra)

Yellow – Action, Activity, Clairvoyance, Communication, Concentration, Creativity, Inspiration, Invoke Spirits, Learning, Mind, Success, Unity, Universal Love (3rd Chakra)



Aquarius – January 20 – February 18 – Black, Blue, Gray, Green, Pink, White, Yellow

Pisces – February 19 – March 20 – Blue, Gray, Green, Pink, Purple, White

Aries – March 21 – April 20 – Orange, Pink, Red, White

Taurus – April 21 – May 20 – Blue, Gold, Green, Orange, Red, Yellow

Gemini – May 21 – June 21 – Black, Blue, GrayGreen, Orange, Red, White

Cancer – June 22 – July 22 – Brown, Green, Orange, Red, Yellow

Leo – July 23 – August 23 – Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow

Virgo – August 24 – September 23 – Black, Blue, Gold, Gray, Pink

Libra – September 24 – October 23 – Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Pink, Red, Yellow

Scorpio – October 24 – November 22 – Black, Blue, Brown, Red, Yellow

Sagittarius – November 23 – December 21 – Blue, Gold, Green, Orange, Purple, Red

Capricorn – December 22 – January 19 – Black, Brown, Gold, Gray, Green, Red

Sea World – San Diego, California

Sea World San Diego is a theme park located in San Diego, California. The park was founded in 1964 by four graduates of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). They had originally considered the idea of building an underwater restaurant, but the concept grew into the idea of a marine zoological park on 22 acres (89,000 m2) along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego.

With an initial investment of $1.5 million, 45 employees, several dolphins, sea lions, and two seawater aquariums, Sea World drew more than 400,000 visitors its first year.

To date, the park has now surpassed 130 million visitors since opening.

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey Bay, California

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million and holds 35,000 plants and animals representing 623 species. Among the aquarium’s numerous exhibits, two are of particular note.

The centerpiece of the Ocean’s Edge wing is a 33-foot (10-m) high tank for viewing California coastal marine life. In this tank, the aquarium was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp using a wave machine at the top of the tank allowing sunlight in through the open tank top, and pumping in raw seawater.

The second exhibit of note is a one million gallon tank in the Outer Bay Wing which features one of the world’s largest single-paned windows (crafted by a Japanese company, the window is actually four panes seamlessly glued together through a proprietary process). The Monterey Bay Aquarium maintains a close relationship with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

Free Children’s Education

One of my Favorite site’s and my most used (at this point) is called Schoolexpress.comBetween the free worksheets, free weekly Units (if you sign up for their weekly news letter), to the ability to create your own Worksheets, this is a Great Site.

 A great site for Math is I like to use this site for the Pre-made Worksheets (which are grade appropriate). But I also love the great Teaching advice they provide in their weekly news letters.

and one must not forget to mention Dad’s where you will find over 7,400 free worksheets.

Another awesome site that we have come across is Here children can play educational games aimed mostly toward Math and Reading.

My kids & I love Science.

And what’s Not to Love?

Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science

We Love it all.

Earth Science

  • Planet Earth
  • Tsunamis
  • Volcanoes