Parasites, Infections and Fatigue
Testing at Great Smokies Diagnostic Labs as well as other labs indicate that many of us have intestinal parasites. These can vary from microscopic, so that we cannot see them, to large worms. In addition is the intestinal dysbiosis caused by use of antibiotics, poor diets and exposure. This may be a far more common problem that was suspected. If you suspect parasites we recommend the Comprehensive Parasitology test by Genova Diagnostic Labs as one of the foremost testing labs.
Parasites can be difficult to find and just as difficult to eradicate. Often times it is best to test first to find out what you have and then to pick a specific remedy that works for that parasite. Alternatively you can use one of the general parasite cleanses. The difficulty here is that you are not sure it will work and if you did not test you are not sure you got rid of it.
Another problem with cleaning of parasites is that the can be burrowed into the linings of the large or small intestines and they can be in layers. This can make it hard to detect them. In addition it may mean that you have to do several rounds of cleanses as each round may only kill the topmost level. As the gut heals from the inflammation the underlying parasites are now accessible and can be killer.
Unlike many of the popular parasite programs out there that promise quick results, the facts are that killing all the parasites and infections can take some time and requires persistence.
Parasites are living breeding organisms and as such lay eggs. These eggs can lay dormant for some time. You may do a very good parasite cleanse but stop too soon. You killed all the active parasites but left the eggs. The eggs then hatch and you are now in the same place as before except you are probably frustrated. So any good program has to be long enough to get the eggs as well. Sometimes the addition of a castor oil pack will get the eggs to hatch thus speeding their eradication.
Fungus and Yeast Infections
Fungus and yeast infections are very prevalent in our society. They seem to come about from a breakdown of the immune system often due to unhealthy alterations in the body terrain. By the time the fungus or yeast has taken root there has probably been an ongoing problem for some time. This is part of the reason why it can be so difficult to kill them and get rid of them permanently.
An addition consideration when trying to kill yeast is that they appear to metabolize heavy metals in the gut. Heavy metal toxicity is very common in our culture due to the mercury in our mouths (whose idea was that), the mercury used as a preservative in our childhood vaccinations (another crazy idea) and the mercury and other toxic metals in the environment.
Some practitioners feel that trying to kill the yeast with a candida program before removing the metals is inappropriate. So before deciding on killing yeast in your body you may want to do a heavy metal program or test to find out if you have this common problem.
The Many Causes of Fatigue
Fatigue can have many causes. Overcoming fatigue, on a consistent basis requires that the underlying causes be understood and addressed. Below you will find the most common causes of fatigue. Generally when these areas are addressed energy levels come up and the feelings of vitality and well being increase.
In our clinic we ask a number of questions on every visit to asses the overall subjective experience of health and well being. These questions are on a scale of 1-10 with 7 being what we consider good health. Many of our patients come to us because their subjective experience of energy and vitality is below 7, often below 4.
If your energy levels are below 7/10 or if you want to raise your energy levels even higher then you may want to consider the following areas. The list is not exhaustive but does cover the vast majority of cases.
- Adrenal Fatigue & Adrenal Exhaustion
- Blood Sugar Imbalances
- Food Allergies and Gluten Sensitivity
- Heavy Metals
- Hormone Depletion
- Mitochondrial Dysregulation
- Neurotransmitter Exhaustion
- Vitamin/Mineral/Fatty Acid/Amino Acid Deficiencies
- Yeast and Fungus Infections
If you are uncertain as to which products or programs to use or which tests to take; or, if you would like additional help:
- Contact us with a brief question.
- Arrange a phone consultation with Dr. Forrest.
Call ( 408) 354-4262