10 Tips for Preventing Intestinal Parasites and Parasite Treatment

Ever known someone who relies, or even exploits others habitually but never gives anything in return? If you are smart, you will want to stay as far away as possible from such a person.  Intestinal Parasites are like that; never invited and won’t go away.

Do you know you could have the very same dynamic going on inside your body? They are known as Intestinal Parasites, and they have many of the same characteristics as a ‘human’ freeloader. Simply defined, parasites are opportunistic microorganisms that live off their hosts to the host’s detriment. 

Intestinal Parasites are insidious health stealers. They spread among humans, and among humans and animals, through daily communal and social communication channels. Transmission can occur from contaminated water and food sources, pets and farm animals, domestic and global travel, physical and sexual contact and from the overuse of certain types of medications, especially antibiotics.  Worms, Weasels and Other Diseases” for more information

The good news is that many of the common means of transmission are within your control. Because parasites spread easily through simple normal daily activities, lifestyle factors play an important role in the prevention of parasitic infections. 


Therefore, if you have never had parasites, or if you have had parasites and don’t’ want to get them again or if you don’t even know if you have parasites…here are 10 tips for preventing parasites that we all can use. 

Always wash your hands with soap and water around food preparation, food intake, gardening, and toileting -  for yourself and your children.

Drink only filtered water at all times.

Avoid swallowing water wherever you are swimming.

Wash all raw foods thoroughly before eating.

Avoid microwave cooking. Microwave heat is inconsistent and therefore not sufficient to destroy parasites, especially in animal products.

Keep your cutting boards separate - one for animal products, and one for all other uses. Wash thoroughly with hot soapy water after each use.

Pets are parasite carriers. If you have a pet, have them checked for worms routinely. Regularly adding garlic to their food should not only help eliminate parasites but will also make their kisses and face licks (a form of parasitic transmission) less appealing!

Traveling increases our risk of encountering contaminated food and drink. When traveling always drink purified, bottled or, if necessary, boiled water. This goes for camping too!

Avoid dairy, raw foods and drinks with ice while traveling. Take an anti-parasitic herbal remedy such as garlic or grapefruit seed extract between meals when traveling to support your digestion and keep any exposure in check.

10 When sleeping outdoors, use insect repellant and/or netting to avoid mosquito bites.

And finally the best tip of all…

The very best way to prevent getting a parasitic infection is to maintain a healthy immune system. Our immune system is the first line of defense against parasites. But because we live in a world full of toxins and pesticides, our immune system gets taxed every day just trying to keep up the offensive.  This makes us more vulnerable to parasites. But turning these 10 tips into everyday habits will go a long way towards preventing parasitic infections.

Now, some of you may be wondering what should you do if you think you might already have parasites? 

The Keys To Getting Rid of Parasites

Parasites, being the tough critters that they are, require a change of scenery. To effectively prevent infection or reinfection one must look at the environment - both internal and external – as a comprehensive means of elimination.

Parasite elimination requires a multi-faceted approach. The 10 tips above can all be followed to change the external environment that may contribute to a parasitic infection and the spread of a future infection. That is the DIY part.

The second part of treatment is to eliminate the conditions under which the parasites spread internally. Treating the internal environment (your body) and working to eliminate the parasites -is where Dr. Patrick and the Digestive Relief Center can help.

Our Inclusive 5 Step Approach 

Dr. Patrick’s Parasitic Recovery Program®️ uses a 5 step approach to treating parasites that you might find is different from other approaches used to treat parasites.

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This pyramid illustrates Dr. Patrick’s Parasitic Recovery Program 2 part approach to removing the internal and external factors that play a role in parasitic proliferation. Each step is necessary and needs to work in conjunction with all the other steps in order to effectively eradicate parasitic pests. 

The first step is critical: To determine if you have parasites. We offer a variety of approaches for testing if you have parasites, from urine and advanced stool testing to applied kinesiology. When testing proves positive, we retest after completing the treatment. Our testing also includes what kinds of food the parasites are feeding on because the foods you don’t digest become food for parasites to thrive. 

The next step is to improve your digestion. While that might seem like an odd next step, it’s what separates our treatment program from others that sound similar. Here’s why:

While parasites can affect the bio-chemistry of the whole body, many parasitic infections enter the body orally and thus impact the gastrointestinal tract – both the large and small intestines. Parasite problems are created in the large intestine because impacted fecal matter creates an environment for them to thrive and multiply. Likewise, undigested food particles from food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies in the small intestine provide a fertile environment for parasites to grow and proliferate. Once your digestion is improved we are - metaphorically -- no longer leaving food on the table for the parasites to eat, grow and thrive.

 If you are unknowingly providing a safe refuge for parasites, anything else you may do to fix your gastrointestinal issues will chronically be undercut until the parasite problem has been resolved.

After cleansing the bowel, the next step to reducing the parasitic burden is to select gentle herbs and enzymes to supplement your newly cleansed gastrointestinal tract.

The fourth step is to recolonize both the small and large intestine with beneficial bacteria. This bacterial rebalancing process makes it more difficult for the parasites to re-infest the gut.

Once our parasite retest is negative, prevention becomes the ultimate treatment. Remember the number one prevention tip is to maintain a strong immune system? Our final treatment step is to strengthen and stimulate the body’s own immune system to fight the parasites.

If you know, or think, you may have parasites, please call our Chico office for a consultation and a preliminary screening with Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741, or check out our other patient success stories by clicking here

For More on Parasites see: Worms Weasels and Strange Diseases? and this article Intestinal Parasites - Who's Coming to Dinner?

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