Passing Parasites on GAPS Naturally

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The scene is set: You’ve figured out how to do GAPS perfectly, and you are probably on GAPS Intro.  You consume at least 5 cups of meat stock per day, drink your probiotic brines to tolerance, get a lot of rest, do detox support on a daily basis, and you’ve gotten really comfortable with enemas.

 

That’s when foreign crazy stuff starts coming out your butt.  I know. Graphic.  And that’s what started happening to me over a year ago.  At first I thought I was dying.  Then I learned that they were parasites. 

 

Parasites & GAPS

I get SO MANY questions about parasites + GAPS.  So here is what I have to say about them.  Rather, what Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, ‘discoverer’ of the GAPS diet has to say.  Basically, that we all have {worms} inside us.  Some of them are beneficial, immune boosting, and help us in ways we can’t even conceive of.  And then some cause less desirable symptoms such as:

 

  • waking up in the middle of the night, especially around the full moon
  • itchy anus
  • skin rashes/ lesions
  • really it could be anything
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • gallstones
  • pale stool
  • constipation
  • hernia
  • persistent cough
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • diarrhea
  • blood in stool
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • malnutrition
  • fever

 

So yeah, you can already see that having the destructive kind of parasites is not very fun.  And that it would make all the sense in the world to go after them with a vengeance! However, the reality is that parasites feed off of components of inflammation and heavy metals.  Therefore, Dr. N explains that they are there for a reason.  Even though the worms may not be ideal, they are only there to keep your damaged internal ecosystem from becoming even more destroyed. This is why it’s important to not go after these worms straight away.  They are protective. And though they may be causing discomfort, they are just symptoms of a larger problem.  Therefore, addressing the ecosystem inside of your body is the first priority of the GAPS protocol. 

 

How to Tell if You have Parasites

And how do you know if you have parasites?  I took a stool test, which is ‘supposed’ to test for them.  But it came out negative multiple times.  So I didn’t know that I had parasites until they started coming out of me.  This phenomenon happens super often because when parasites come out in your poo, they release an enzyme that dissolves their physical body within 15 minutes of being released. Making them hard to test for.

 

A Futile ‘War’

Dr. N recommends waiting at least 1 year on GAPS because you ‘do’ anything to address parasites.  The reason this is is that once their food source is gone (again- inflammation + metals) they generally leave on their own.  And if they are not causing unwanted symptoms, then they are not a problem. 

 

It’s important to keep this perspective.  In my GAPS training, Becky Plotner taught me that a parasite can lay between 3,000 to 700,000 eggs per day.  Some eggs have 1 larvae in them while others can have 250,000 larvae each.  So it is damn near impossible to get these little bugs out by force.  They multiply too quickly.  Therefore, the best way to address it is to make your body an inhospitable environment for parasites so that they leave on their own.  And the best/only way I’ve found to do this is with GAPS. 

 

First the adults will leave, then the adolescents, and then the eggs.  And trigger warning, I will show you pictures of each stage in this article.  So if you don’t want to see disturbing sh** [literally], don’t keep scrolling down. 

 

Parasites Live Everywhere in Your Body, Not Just in Your Gut

Parasites don’t just live in your gut.  They all have a liver phase, which acts as a shipping hub to get them to where they want to go in the body.  Just like humans- some like the beach, some like the mountains, some like to be in a high rise in the city, etc, etc.  Each species of parasite is specialized for/ prefers a particular environment within your body.  They hang out in their specific spot during the day, and then at night, they come into your digestive system to feed, which is why their activity can wake you up in the middle of the night.  They are most active during the full moon. 

 

Along with all parasites having a liver phase, they also have a lung + throat phase, where they lay their eggs, and then you swallow them into your digestive tract. This process perpetuates their life cycle.  Making them virtually impossible to control with chemicals, pharmaceuticals, herbs, or any method of sheer enforced human will.  And at the very best, if your don’t address your internal environment, even if you kill them they will come back again. 

 

Parasites & Their Relation to Gallstones

When part of a parasite breaks off in your liver, gets coated in bile, and crystallizes, that is what creates a gallstone.  And when one of these gallstones get caught in your biliary tract, that’s what causes a gallbladder attack.  It can all be traced back to parasites.  So let’s take a look at what it takes to nip this in the bud. Aka doing GAPS intro [what I’ve found to be most effective dealing with parasites in my own experience + working with my clients]. 

 

Over the past year I’ve passed thousands of parasites and expect to pass thousands more as my health continues to improve. Mostly now I’m just passing eggs. Lots and lots of eggs.  And GAPS Intro has been integral in supporting this process along. 

 

A Literal ‘Passing’ of Parasites

One of the reasons you can’t just ‘get rid’ of parasites is because they latch onto the inside of your intestines with suckers, small beaks, or lips and teeth.  And most of the reason that I thought I was dying when my parasites first came out was because of the blood that is present when these ‘suckers’ let go.

 

Here is a picture of some of the first parasites I passed:

 

 

They were coming out of me in droves, especially at first!  And then that same night I tooted and the following came out.  Then I REALLY thought I was dying.

 

 

But it turned out that I wasn’t dying, much to my delight. 😀 After an emergency meeting with my GAPS practitioner, I learned parasites where coming out of me instead of death.  And that it was damn good they were leaving.  Other species of parasites look completely different.  For example, a gal I was working with was struggling with constipation.  I advised her to increase fermented brines, sour cream, and gelatinous meat.  The next day this parasite came out.  So yes, they can also look like an octopus.

 

 

And lastly, after your body releases the adults and the adolescents pass, then the eggs come out.  Beware, this next pic has literal sh** in it.

 

 

Passing Parasite Eggs

Yep, the eggs just look like white dots.  And there are SO MANY of them.  And they just keep coming out to the point where you aren’t even surprised or phased by them anymore.  It’s important to note that through each phase of passing, there is some mental stuff that goes on too.  Dark thoughts such as ‘I’m the most terrible person ever, no one loves me, I’m a terrible mother/ daughter,  I think he just stays with me because I cook for him, he doesn’t really love me.’ That sort of stuff.  It gets darker and more intense as the passing transitions from adults to eggs.  Eggs being the most intense stage.  Though I will say that I still notice it a little, my mental health symptoms are nothing compared to when the eggs first started coming out. 

 

Action Plan

So yeah, DON’T just go after parasites with herbs + drugs thinking that they are causing all your problems.  It’s more complicated than that.  Plus, you’ll never ‘get rid’ of them all on your own.  Time and time again, what I see is that when you address the ecosystem in which they live (aka your body), they will leave on their own in an intelligent, effective manner that you could never force.  And it will be for good! So if you really want to {get rid of} your parasites, heal the ecosystem inside of your own body.  Whether that’s going on full GAPS, upleveling on full GAPS by learning how to actually do it correctly (most people aren’t), or transitioning into the GAPS Intro diet for the upmost effect. And when you learn how to do GAPS accurately, you will create an environment where these parasites don’t want to live anymore. And then you can be free!