The Ultimate Parasite Cleanse Protocol
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This protocol is simply one I have devised personally, and have used effectively on my own body in the past. Seek the guidance of a functional medicine doctor if you have any doubts or concerns, and always use your intuition when taking advice from anybody- “expert” or otherwise. I’m not saying this to cover my ass- I’m saying it to be honest. You should never follow anyone’s advice without thoroughly checking it with yourself to see if it’s right for you. Do your due diligence, always.
If you do feel you need guidance/ testing, I personally recommend contacting Evan Brand for a free consult. I get no kickbacks for saying that, I’ve just learnt a lot from Evan’s wisdom over the years through his podcast, and if I personally needed help with symptoms (or were looking for guidance with a child, etc), I would call him. See my Q&A with Evan by clicking HERE.
Parasites. It’s time to dive in! I’ve been wanting to write about this subject for a while now, because my first parasite cleanse absolutely transformed my health/ blew my mind, and I truly think every human being should partake in one. As I am currently gearing up to do another one, I thought it would be a perfect time to actually write out my own protocol and share it with anyone interested.
My first para cleanse was in 2015, and going into it I had absolutely no symptoms that prompted me to do one. Honestly I just learnt about parasites and knew that years of eating all-you-can-eat sushi (#never again) qualified me as a top contender for this type of cleanse (and boy, was I ever right). I’m not going to get too into the specifics of my results because it’s actually foul, and thinking about it even now sends a sharp quiver down my spine. But the reality is our bodies often become hosts to unwanted bacteria, pathogens, and parasites- and so it’s good to give yourself a nice deep clean once in a while.
Does Everyone Have Parasites?
Well, basically. And this shouldn’t really be too big of a concern in of itself. Parasites are everywhere. And I mean e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. They’re in the grass, in the rivers, and oceans, in our fish and meat and on our fruits and vegetables (yes, even organic!): parasites are a part of life. Some people believe that you have to have an open wound or literally ingest them to catch one… but that’s not true. You can actually catch a parasite through your skin simply walking in the grass barefoot. Even if you scrub your peeled carrots and eat your steak cooked well-done (barf, don’t do that..): similar vibrations attract one another- and a low vibration (be it momentarily or longer term) and you will open up the floodgates to parasitic infection.
Preventative health is the best way not to catch a parasite- and that’s 100% doable. But once you have one, it requires a herbal protocol to get it out. You didn't catch the parasite in full health, and you can't will it away with just everyday health either. When I did my first parasite cleanse I had been eating 100% organic, not drinking alcohol, going to bed at 9:30pm, no processed foods or sugars, daily exercise for well over a year- and still, my past habits had left me with some unwelcome guests.
In short- if you were absolutely healthy (both physically and metaphysically i.e. mind and soul) your entire life- parasites would pass through you like you pass through a river to get to the other side: in and out. But once we make our body a parasite-friendly environment (dis-ease), it takes more than just “good health” to get them out.
Types of Parasites
There are so, so many types of parasites, more than I could rattle off probably in my whole lifetime honestly. Some live in the intestine, some in the liver, the lungs, the brain… they can be anywhere really. They can be massive, or microscopic. Common ones are tapeworms, pinworms, roundworms, hookworms, microsporidia, giardia, cryptosporidium intestinal flukes, and liver flukes. TBH I suggest you not Google those, unless you want to traumatize yourself. Parasites can have an instant visible effect on your health/ body (like with pinworms) while others can take 5-15 years until their full development starts to cause problems for the regions they are living in (like Echinococcus granulosus, that takes years to develop cysts in the body).
This protocol is general- and will have an effect on all parasites because the foundation of herbs along with coffee enemas is a general parasite killer. That being said, if you have been diagnosed with something in particular, I do urge you to seek guidance of a trusted functional medicine doctor. This article is educational more than anything; you should always do your due diligence when it comes to information being fed to you by another being.
Tips to reduce the likelihood of catching a parasite IN the first place
Honestly, the only true way to prevent parasitic infections is to have a really strong immune system, and a mind/ body/ soul that is in total balance. This is not the environment parasites want to live in. Parasites thrive in an unbalanced environment, which is generally the state of our bodies in modern day. If you come in contact with one (or many…) and your body is in balance: they will exit just as fast as they entered. But if you’re exposed to a parasite and your body is in a parasite-friendly (unbalanced) state: they will stay.
The definition of “balanced” unfortunately varies wildly, and in fact is totally individual. What determines balance? Well, in fact- no one truly knows. Only you know where your centre lies: what homeostasis looks like. For some people that balance actually includes “toxic” behaviours like smoking and processed foods, for others it does not. What I do know is that balance is deeply rooted in happiness, and self-love.
All that being said, there are certain situations you should be mindful of to avoid unnecessary contamination:
Waterborne parasites: Are a big one when it comes to many parasitic infections. Cryptosporidium and Giardia are the major offenders here, and basically spread through fecal matter that makes its way into bodies of water. It makes me sad, but just be conscious of this when swimming in bodies of water. Lakes, ponds, rivers- keep your mouth closed, be mindful not to let water in your mouth. This is also relevant to tap water- more so in developing countries that have less (or no) chemicals in their tap water supply. That being said, all tap water is destructive to your health- and you should only be drinking spring or filtered water if health is a priority for you.
Conventionally raised meat (especially beef and pork): Low quality meat is problematic for so many reasons, one of them being the higher instance of parasitic infection. Large commercial farms whose profit margins are the driving force leave very little room for care about parasitic infections. Moreover, animals squished in small quarters are much more likely to spread bacterial and parasitic infections. These animals are often given antibiotics to prevent this problem, which is just as damaging to your wellbeing. Go organic, pasture raised; and make sure you actually investigate the living situations of the animals you’re consuming. Visit the website, ask questions to the butcher, do your due diligence.
Fish: Fish is a big one these days. Opt for wild-caught wish (caught in non-polluted areas). Having them undergo a deep freeze or a thorough cooking will kill any parasites, so buy pre-frozen fish, or cook it properly.
Pets: are notorious parasite carriers. Get your pets checked for worms, etc, regularly. Pet parasite cleanse FTW. Also stop letting your dog lick your mouth… he was literally licking another dog’s butt hole 5 minutes ago.
Travelling: always exposes us to more people, surfaces, and new breeds of parasites that your immune system might not have built up a resilience against (hence the “Bali belly” that foreigners get, but locals do not). Taking some wild oregano oil preventatively before a flight is a great tool, mega dosing on probiotics, and generally boosting your immune system before, during, and after. You can read my tips for travelling healthy by clicking HERE, and my tips for flying healthy by clicking HERE.
Symptoms of parasitic infections
gas and bloating
irritable bowel syndrome
joint and muscle aches
grinding your teeth at night
cravings, especially sugar
skin conditions – mostly irritation/itching at nose, ears, eyes, anus – but also potentially rashes, hives, eczema
blisters on lower lip inside mouth
loss of appetite
bad taste in the mouth
vomiting (may return several times a year)
weight gain OR may have trouble gaining weight, children especially
long-term presence may contribute to the development of food allergies
dark areas under eyes
yeast/candida infection, especially if it returns
AKA basically, every ailment ever. So is any of that super helpful? Well, not really. And on top of it all, I personally did my first parasite cleanse with no symptoms, and yet still eliminated so. many. of. them. Even if you don’t notice any symptoms, the presence of parasites means that they are robbing you of nutrients from your food, and excreting toxins in return- which is a lose/ lose for you. This is why I think it’s important to just do a general para cleanse every so often.
To add to this long-ass list… I want to dive into:
two less obvious signs of parasitic infections
First is restless sleep during the full moon. You know all the spiritual gurus that say how they can’t sleep during the full moon because they’re so connected to it? Well, that’s definitely possible.. but more realistically it’s probably their parasites waking them up. You see, parasites have predictable life cycles; during the new moon they lay their eggs, and during the full moon (give or take 4 days in either direction) is when these eggs hatch. Barf. The full moon is also a time when people act more “crazy” - when the emergency rooms are statistically most full and when the most crimes are committed: hello parasites.
This full moon cycle is the foundation for the parasite cleanse protocol, and why we will be taking herbs cyclically 2 weeks on, two weeks off. More on this later.
The second rarely discussed aspect of parasite signs is the modification of host behaviour. Parasites will literally act like those aliens in Men In Black that enter a human body and essentially take control of the brain. It’s bonkers. So be mindful of your lack of willpower for example- to what degree are your cravings possibly parasites? Parasites need sugars to thrive, so if you have an insatiable sweet tooth that you are constantly trying to override, parasitic infection is definitely a possibility. Another is irritability; many people report irritability/ strange moods that disappeared when they cleared their parasitic infections. And again, children whose temperaments (and diagnoses like ADD) that completely vanish post-parasite cleanse.
view full study HERE.
The degree of health you begin with going into this parasite cleanse will dictate how hard you can go at it, and how successful you will be. Before embarking on any detox protocol, you need to make sure your body is strong enough to actually make it through the taxing experience of a detox. The methodology I absolutely love and ascribe to was devised by Dr. Daniel Kalish, and it called the Three Body Systems.
There are essentially 3 systems you have to be mindful of before embarking on a detox, and they build upon one another:
adrenals (first fix your hormones)
digestion (then fix your gut)
liver/ detox pathways (and finally evict the parasites/ bacteria/ infections)
Without addressing levels 1 and 2, you will not have success in level 3 because your body needs enough strength and stability to fight off whatever has invaded it. You need to be healthy to get healthy is a bit of a paradox, but the reality is you should spend a few weeks (or months, depending on how depleted you are) regaining balance and essentially training to go to war. Your adrenals and gut don’t need to be functioning at 110% before ever considering a detox, but if they are severely compromised, you should address that first before embarking on a cleanse.
For a more comprehensive understanding of these 3 levels of health, please listen to this brilliant podcast on the “Three Body System’s approach,” by Evan Brand. It’s a game changer in terms of really clearly understanding how important it is to build up resilience before embarking on a detox protocol.
The more you prepare for your parasite cleanse, the easier and more successful the 90 days will be. By easier I mean that you will have less severe Herxheimer reactions.
Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (herx)
Ja·risch-Herx·hei·mer reaction | \ ˈyä-rish-ˈherks-ˌhī-mər- \
Medical Definition of Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction:
The Herxheimer Reaction is a short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.
This is a normal — and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place.
Essentially the Herxheimer (or Herx) reaction is the paradox that you get sicker before you get better (life is just one big paradox.. isn’t it!). There are so many reasons for this, but honestly this article is long enough so I’m not going to get into it. All you need to know is that the more prepared you are going into it, the easier the process will be.
It’s worth noting that no matter how much you prepare or how “healthy” you are going into this, there will always be a degree of herx associated with an intense cleanse like this. Be patient with yourself, and try to schedule in some extra alone time/ de-stressing activities for yourself. Whether it be a headache or irritability, more alone time will enable you to focus on letting your body heal through the herx instead of giving up on the protocol.
The Ultimate Parasite Cleanse Protocol
Ok here we go! This protocol runs for a duration of 90 days. Yes, it seems long- but honestly it’s pretty important because parasites are continuously laying eggs and hatching/ cycling through their lifecycle inside of you. If the very notion of that isn’t motivation enough to commit to 3 months mate, I don’t know what is.
During this protocol, we are introducing many “killing” agents to target the parasites, and an inevitable part of this process will kill not only the bad bacteria, but also the good. Detoxing is a constant balance between taking out the bad and putting in the good; which we will do in waves during weeks 1/2 vs. 3/4.
“Taking out the bad” will happen on weeks 1/2. The two weeks on will be the week prior to the full moon, and the week following the full moon (as mentioned previously, this is the best time to napalm the bastards). During this time you will be taking the herbs/ supplements, doing coffee enemas and the weekly salt flushes, and focusing on rest. “Putting in the good” happens on weeks 3/4- which are the week prior to the new moon and the week following the new moon. During your time off the herbs, you will maintain both the diet and the coffee enema routine, and incorporate more exercise as well as probiotics.
I added some supplementary herbs/ supplements/ rituals you can add in/ substitute with, but honestly be realistic with yourself and don’t over commit to everything if it’s not sustainable. Be mindful not to over-do it especially when it comes to supplements. The ones suggested are all you really need. Most of the herbs/ supplements I included in the bonus section is because they were a part of my protocol last time, which I have tweaked this time around. If you have a hard time finding an ingredient in the protocol, you could swap for one of the bonus ones. Stick to the fundamentals first and foremost, but use your own intuition when it comes to everything- and interchange as you feel called to.
The protocol breaks down into 4 categories: the herbs, the supplements, the diet, and the rituals.
Black walnut, clove, and wormwood are the three heavyweight herbals of any parasite cleanse.
The herbs/ supplements
These are the fundamentals of this entire cleanse; the herbs you will be taking are highly anti-parasitic and all serve a slightly different function both in killing types of parasites at different stages in their life cycles, sweeping up the mess of toxins left behind, supporting the immune system, and minimizing the Herx effect.
Quick note: invest in the absolute best quality herbs you can find, or don’t do a detox. The supplement industry is notorious for cutting corners due to their very slack guidelines for consumer safety. You can damage your health more than help it if using tainted, poor quality supplements.
Is the silent killer of the parasite world. Although the three following herbs (black walnut, wormwood, and clove) have been popularized by Jedi’s like Hulda Clark, berberine is without a doubt the super star of breaking into biofilm and destroying parasites. Berberine is the active ingredient, you can look for Oregon grape, or barberry supplements.
This will typically be an encapsulated powder.
I suggest: Thorne Research, Berberine-500
Is a powerful extract with antineoplastic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiatherogenic and neuroprotective properties. The active ingredient of black walnut hull is called juglone, which is highly anti-parasitic. Black walnuts astringent effects also promotes healthy skin; is rich in ALA which improves cardiovascular health, and even helps fight cancer.
This will typically be a tincture.
I suggest: (see image)
Is particularly good at eliminating the most common intestinal worms, but it also kills cancer cells, fights IBS/ Crohn’s disease, is used to treat malaria, and contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties which fight SIBO, candida, and other bacterial infections. In terms of parasites, it helps break their life cycles.
This will typically be a tincture.
I suggest: (see image)
Cloves have so many health benefits, ranging from digestive aid, anti-cancer, boosts liver function and immune system, balances blood sugar, and strengthens bones. They are anti-mutagenic and anti-microbial as well.
This will typically be a tincture or an encapsulated powder.
I suggest: (see image)
Tip: When I was living in Australia, I was using a black walnut, clove, wormwood complex called Triplex and honestly it’s the bomb (literally and figuratively). If you can get your hands on some, you should. Otherwise simply look for individual tinctures or another brand name. In Canada I have found a black walnut/ wormwood complex (tincture) and am going to be using ground clove capsules. The brands I chose were based on the quality ingredients (no weird additives, certified non-gmo, and tinctured in organic alcohol).
Is a synergistic herb that will actually boost the potency of all your other herbs. Anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycaemic, antiulcer, antimalarial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic… neem is a powerful force but is also known for its effects supporting skin, hair, and nails (bonus!).
This will typically be a tincture or an encapsulated powder.
I suggest: (see image)
A full-spectrum binder
This is an important part of your supplement protocol because when we release pathogens, bacteria, heavy metals, or parasites into our body (from where they are hiding in bio-films, our organs, or our bones) our body undergoes a detox effect called the Herxheimer reaction (discussed earlier). See which one you resonate with the most, and go for that one. Note: no need to take more than one, in fact I would advise against it. That being said you can incorporate some diatomaceous earth with your broad-spectrum binder (not at the exact same time).
Activated Charcoal: this is my preferred binder. The only downside is that it is super messy, but other than that I really love it. Make sure you source a reputable brand of high quality.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: this is not an extremely broad full-spectrum binder, but I’ve included it here because it does act as an entrapment for parasites, that helps eliminate them. You can take 1 tsp of DE up to 1-2 tbsp (in water) instead of your broad-spectrum binder a couple of times per week. They work slightly differently so just hitting it from different angles is a tactic I like. I will be taking DE 3x week on weeks 3/4 of the protocol.
An Immune booster
Yes it would be nice to take them all, but realistically just pick one or two of the countless powerful immune boosting supplements out there to support your body as you undergo this deep detox program. In 2015 I used olive leaf and colloidal silver, this time I will be using medicinal mushroom extracts.
Mushroom Extracts: are my go-to for all things immune boost. My personal favourites are reishi and chaga- and these are the two I will be using during the detox protocol. Reishi and Chaga double as detoxifying agents, they are really the optimal mushroom extracts for a parasite cleanse. Other varieties include Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, and Turkey Tail. Make sure your mushrooms are properly harvested and extracted. Learn more about chaga mushroom HERE. A couple of brands I like:
Olive Leaf Extract: is an incredible immune supporter. Look for one without any added flavours or sweeteners. This was my go-to during my first parasite cleanse.
Colloidal Silver: is really incredible. It’s often marketed as a cure-all for it’s immune supporting properties as well as fighting viruses and bacteria. I took this during my first parasite cleansing protocol.
The probiotic supplements will only be taken during weeks 3/4, but you should focus on probiotics (and prebiotic) rich foods throughout the 90 days. You can take the probiotic supp all 4 weeks if you wish, but realistically theres no point because it will be paired with so many natural anti-parasitics.
a broad spectrum probiotic: the specific type doesn’t really matter, but make sure it’s of reliable quality. You should always aim to rotate probiotic brands because there are literally billions of probiotics strains, so if you always stick with one company you are actually narrowing your gut flora diversity.
Some of my favourite brands: (click name for more info)
A good quality magnesium is a great way to support your body through the stress of a detox protocol. You can take it throughout the entire 90 days, best taken about 1-2 hours before bed (either topically or internally). If you’re overwhelmed with taking so many supplements and getting all the timing right, opt for a transdermal (topical) mag, that you can take at the same time as your binder (before bed).
Some of my favourite brands: (click name for more info)
- Organic Olivia transdermal magnesium (topical)
- Thorne Research magnesium bisglycinate (internal)
Quick note on timing…
You cannot take binders anywhere near herbs/ supplements, and ideally not around food either. Binders like charcoal will stick to everything, including the herbs, etc, and will negate their effects. This is super important.
So if you take charcoal upon waking, you wait, then take herbs, and ideally wait a bit (at least 20 minutes) before having breakfast. Needless to say, intermittent fasting is near impossible while on a parasite cleanse. Your priority should be getting in your herbs 3x a day (spaced out) as well as your binder (far enough away from any other consumption).
A good rule of thumb: wait 1 hour after taking a binder to consume any supplement, and wait two hours after taking any supplement to consume any binder.
If you take activated charcoal upon waking at 7 am, you need to wait until 8am to take herbs.
If you eat dinner at 7pm, you need to wait until 9pm to take herbs.
This might seem like a lot, but you’ll get the swing of it real quick and it will all become second nature. A tip is to just set silent alarms on your phone for when to take your herbs, that way you make sure you’re actually taking them (trust me, after a few rounds- it’s hard to remember).
Organic ginger: helps break down biofilm where paras hide. Nibble on some raw ginger before a meal (boost digestive fire), cook with it, put it in your bone broth, or make a potent ginger tea (boil shaved fresh ginger for 20 mins) and sip throughout the day.
Organic garlic: raw (and crushed) kills all the baddies. I personally consume a tsp of raw minced (fresh) garlic during the “two-week on herbs” part of the protocol. You can alternatively take a garlic extract (more on this below).
Organic coconut oil: is a natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial, as well as anti-inflammatory and is a great addition to your parasite cleanse. Opt for a high quality extra-virgin, cold-pressed. You can add it to smoothies, just have a spoonful, drizzle it over veggies, etc. Just go for it.
Organic pumpkin seeds: are a parasites worst nightmare. These are an absolute must while parasite cleansing; the amino acid cucurbitin in pumpkin seeds actually paralyze the parasites which enables the herbs to work much better. As many pumpkin seeds as possible, 1/2-1 cup a day. Pumpkin seed oil too.
Organic papaya seeds: these guys are the business. Seriously anti-parasitic (you can tell by biting into one…), but avoid eating the papaya which is honestly way too sweet for a parasite cleanse.
Greens/ fiber: are great for keeping things moving and sweeping through your GI tract. There is such a thing as too much fiber, so don’t go gangbusters- but do consume your (low GI) veggies.
Organic, pasture raised, high quality animal protein: is the ultimate nutritional source. Make sure it’s the highest quality.
Clean water: water is the foundation of any cleansing protocol and health in general. You should be drinking lots of spring (or properly filtered) water- absolutely no tap water. Not only is tap water filled with chemicals, but the chlorine alone is enough to destroy your gut flora and health. If you do one thing for your health- it should be to drink clean water.
Supportive teas: are a great way to get some extra anti-parasitic and/ or immune boosting support throughout the day. Some of them include: astragalus root, cat’s claw, echinacea, pau d’arco, goldenseal, and matcha/ green tea leaf.
Raw/ Cold “yin” foods: raw/ cold foods place a burden on the digestive fire which is not ideal during a cleanse of this kind. Opt for easier-to-digest cooked foods (soups, stews, baked, steamed), as much as possible.
Low GI sugars: many people say NO SUGAR AT ALL during a parasite cleanse, but honestly it’s not necessary. I have friends that have insane (and I mean insane) success even eating fruit while on a parasite cleanse. Just be mindful that parasites feed on sugars, so try to keep it limited to low glycemic foods, and eat them as a part of a balanced meal. Personally I avoid fruit, although I do still eat sweet potato and other lower glycemic vegetables. Try to limit your low GI fruit to the “off” weeks (with no herbs), or all together.
Nightshades: this category really depends on how sick you are. I personally don’t avoid nightshades at all, but if you have a multitude of symptoms and are very sick, nightshades may trigger some auto-immmune symptoms and best avoid (just for these 3 months!)
Peanuts: I normally do consume organic peanut butter because of the hormetic stress it causes (and it’s delicious); but this legume can cause too much distress on the body while your deep in detox mode.
Legumes in general: are high in anti-nutrients and can cause digestive upset in some people (and they are generally higher in sugar content). Just be mindful of this.
Fish: is crazy dodgy these days. Unless you trust your fish supplier 1 million and ten percent, try to minimize the fish consumption while you’re healing. Fish should almost be in the “off limits” category. Proceed with caution.
Alcohol: If you’re a regular alcohol consumer, 3 months might seem impossible. Honestly, alcohol = sugar (and poison), and moreover usually leads to poor food decisions for that day/ night/ the following day. And it weakens your immune system. Totally your call how you actually play out this protocol, but if you want the most success- zero booze.
All refined sugar/ high GI sugars in general: parasites feed on sugar, don’t feel the parasites for three months. Be aware that many people’s sugar cravings are parasite cravings. Don’t give in to their feeding call! You can totally reincorporate higher GI sugars after the cleanse if you want (once the herbal protocol has kicked them to the door), but don’t self-sabotage yourself during.
Dairy: high glycemic dairy (milk especially) is a no-no during the cleanse. Homogenised and pasteurised dairy in general promotes mucous, and we’re trying to remove all the sneaky places parasites are hiding. If you know you’re 110% ok with dairy (allergy wise), then go for high quality (organic, etc) cheese, and other raw, cultured foods. Just be mindful.
Wheat/ grains in general: sugar, processed, almost all laced with glyphosate….. just take a break from the gut inflammation for 3 months. We’re trying to heal here!!
Packaged/ processed foods: I don’t personally consume any pre-made foods (even “healthy” ones), and this should be of heightened importance during a para cleanse. You don’t want added sugars, weird preservatives, colouring agents, glyphosate, etc. Just stick to real food as much as possible for these 3 months. This parasite cleanse will double as a full body cleanse- bonus!
Pork: is just a really really high carrier for parasites. I do consume bacon and sausages in my “normal” life, but just opt to reduce any overt exposure to unnecessary paras for the next 3 months.
Are an absolute must for this protocol. You’re going to have to just let your fear of them go (if you have one) and crack the proverbial knuckles in the name of your health. If you are really resistant to the process, try a water enema first to understand how easy the process is. I have written all you need to know about coffee enemas (click the button below), and you will be incorporating them into your routing at least 3x week, throughout the 90 days. The more you can do them (especially during the 2 weeks on herbs), the better.
Salt flushes are another integral tool to the protocol. Unlike coffee enemas, the salt flush simply flushes your entire colon out; but both do help expel parasites that have been dislodged by the herbal protocol. These will be performed 1x week, during the (2) herbal weeks. So twice a month (or 6 times total during the 90 day protocol). Click the button below to learn how!
One 24 hour water fast the day before you will do your weekly salt flush will be very beneficial, but isn’t absolutely necessary. So say you plan to do a salt flush on Saturday morning: have breakfast Friday, and fast (water only) until after your Saturday enema. Again, this is not necessary (I didn’t do it the first time) but it will enhance the salt flush benefits. I highly highly suggest you try to do this.
Every physical ailment has metaphysical roots. We manifest reality based on our actions, words, and ultimately our thoughts. Your present reality used to be but a figment of your imagination, and mantras can help plant seeds for future realities. Using mantras to help release stored energy, pain, memories, and fear is seriously a powerful tool while detoxing; some people say that the stronghold that parasites have is actually completely metaphysical in nature. So by letting go of things like past traumas and pain, we also disempower the parasitic infections that are feeding on those energies. These are particularly useful and potent during salt flushes and coffee enemas- when you are doing some powerful releases. Try truly feeling the mantras throughout your parasite cleanse, incorporate them somehow. Be it in the morning before waking up, during a flush or an enema, or at night before bed.
I am clarity
I am strength
Life flows through me
I release what is no longer serving my highest good
You don’t need to overcomplicate the concept of mantras- and whether or not you consider yourself a “spiritual” person: they will work. So write them out on a piece of paper and stick them to your bathroom mirror to do morning and night, or set a “mantra” alarm on your phone to go off a couple of times a day. Just take a deep breath (calm your mind) and repeat them (out loud or in your head). Focus on your heart space during this time: speak them into your heart.
To figure out which mantras will best serve you, all you need to do is ask your Self. Dig! What are you ready to let go of in your life? What has been holding you back? What areas of your life feel beyond your control or are overwhelming you? Let them go along with the parasites. It was probably those buggers all the long. If you want to learn more about mantras and the power of letting go, check out THIS book.
Garlic extract: if you don’t like the idea of consuming raw garlic (trust me, it’s not that bad) you can opt for a garlic supplement (you want to look for the allicin extract- which is the bioactive ingredient in garlic).
Digestive enzymes: taken with food will help your body breakdown and assimilate nutrients, but taken on an empty stomach certain enzymes will actually help break down the biofilm in which parasites live/ are hiding. It requires a particular kind of enzyme to do this work, including serrapeptase, nattokinase, and lumbrokinase. Learn more about biofilm in links at the bottom of this article.
Grapefruit seed extract: is a really powerful anti-parasitic agent, but I didn’t include it above because too much is too much. If you can’t get your hands on neem you could swap it out for this. *Note: grapefruit (in general) extends the metabolic half-life of drugs and supplements, so be mindful of this you are taking any other drugs.
Clays: like zeolite or bentonite; can act as an added binding effect to your primary choice of binder. These are less powerful as the broad spectrum binders mentioned above but you could incorporate one of these two as an added sweeping agent.
Psyllium Husk: is a great source of non-soluble fiber. I took it religiously during my first parasite cleanse and it really helps to sweep your GI tract and stick to things that might be floating around in there or clinging to the walls. When ingested (after being soaked), psyllium swells up and genuinely acts like a sticky broom. The stuff is incredibly cheap, and I do recommend adding it in.
Algae: like spirulina and chlorella are often said to be “binders” but in fact they really are not really. They do cling somewhat to VOCs, heavy metals, herbicides, and mycotoxins - but the hold is not strong, and experts suggest that they move stuff around more than actually eliminate them. Taking one of the two won’t harm you during this protocol (I took Chlorella during mine), but more than anything it will probably reduce your Herx reaction as opposed to actually release serious toxins. Do add one in, if you like, but don’t substitute them for a powerful broad psectrum binder like charcoal.
Wild Oregano Oil: Is a powerful natural anti-biotic; it has natural antibacterial properties, is a powerful anti-inflammatory, fights yeast (candida), and is a potent tool against parasites and pathogens. I always have some on hand and a couple of drops under the tongue will wipe out any virus if taken at the first sign of illness. Be mindful that it shouldn’t be used long term, as it does kill the bad and the good bacteria. (Three months cycled is totally cool.) I took it during my first protocol with great success, but am not called to it (intuitively) this time around.
Hot Bath: Don’t underestimate the power of a hot bath when it comes to detox and reducing Herx reaction. Your body sweats in a hot bath, and this sweat releases toxins much like a sauna does. Add in a tsp of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) if you don’t have a bath water filter (this helps neutralize the chlorine), and a cup of magnesium bath salts (epsom).
Sauna (infrared or Finnish): is a great way to promote the release of toxins, and heavily reduce your Herx reaction. Try getting a couple of sauna sessions in per week if you have access to one, it will do wonders. And is especially useful during your two weeks on herbs; sauna is a great substitute for a normally more vigorous exercise session.
Dry brushing: promotes lymphatic drainage and is so healing/ detoxifying. Bonus points for dry brushing whilst in the sauna! (Click HERE for my favourite dry brushes + a demo on how-to).
Acupuncture/ cupping: these are a God-sent in my life. I go to acupuncture (+ a combination of cupping, moxa, and shiatsu) about once a week, at a student clinic in Toronto. I highly recommend finding a TCM student clinic in your area, where sessions will cost about $10. TCM is beautiful, and helps your body find homeostasis. They will really nourish and recharge your body as it undergoes the detox process.
What about exercise?
It depends. If you’re going into this very healthy (i.e. no parasitic symptoms), continue on; but you need to understand that the body cannot heal and grow at the same time. If you push yourself in every direction, all tasks get done poorly. You cannot effectively be destroying your muscles in the gym and expect your body to have enough resources to eliminate parasites.
Scale it back during the 2 weeks on-herbs: rest more, trust that your body is healing. And if you’re feeling good, push it harder during your 2 weeks off herbs. Including more rest in a serious training protocol is actually what helps many athletes break through a fitness plateau- so this might honestly even help your #gains (for real).
The Protocol weekly Breakdown
Important: these ratios were devised by me, for me. Albeit rooted in a lot of research, I am also hardcore when it comes to detoxing. I am also very healthy going into them, and so my immune system and resilience is strong. Please be mindful of your own body, your own current state of health, as well as your schedule and lifestyle. You can literally halve these doses, start slow, and increase as you feel intuitively ready. Do your own research, and trust your gut. This protocol dosage is my own, and as I said: I’m one of a kind (so are you!). None of these herbs are lethal (disclaimer: everything is technically lethal at some point), but the problem with going too hard at first is you will have a more severe Herx reaction to the detoxing process (refer to “pre-detox plan” above).
Duration: 90 days
You will rotate through all 4 weeks, 3 times. Don’t concern yourself too much with specific days, just mark in your calendar the week prior to the full moon, and the week post full moon: those are weeks 1 and 2. Weeks 3 and 4 are the “off herbal” weeks that fall during the week prior and post new moon.
Weeks 1 and 2 are the same, and they will fall on the week prior to and following the full moon.
Your chosen binder (I’m using activated charcoal): 1 tsp 1x day (in a large glass of water) first thing in the morning (1 hour before you take any herb/ eat anything) or last thing before bed (1-2 hours after taking your magnesium or taking any supplement/ eating anything).
Black walnut: 250 mg 3x day
Wormwood: 200 mg 3x daily
Clove: 1x 500 mg capsule 3x day (or 3 cups of tea)
Berberine: 1x 500 mg capsule, 3x day (take with food)
Neem: 1x 300 mg capsule, 3x day
Garlic: 1 tsp of organic minced raw garlic (chop it fine, spoon into your mouth, and swallow) OR 1 capsule of garlic 1x day
Magnesium: 1x serving daily, about 1-2 hours before bed (either a scoop, a cap, or rub some transdermal mag on your body)
Salt flush: 1x week. First thing in the morning (before any food) *bonus if you can fast for 24 hours prior to the salt flush*
Coffee enema: 3x week (minimum). Ideally first thing in the morning.
More rest: try to rest more during weeks 1/2; all these herbs and flushes put a lot of pressure on the body. Think hot bath or sauna instead of long run, or a gentle restorative yoga instead of heavy weight session. Listen to your intuition, but don’t over-do it.
Week 2 is identical to Week 1.
Here we switch it up. Week’s 3 and 4 are the one week prior and one week post the new moon.
Food grade diatomaceous earth: 1 tsp (working your way up to 1-2 tbsp) in water x3 mornings per week (30-60 minutes before you have any food)
Probiotic supplement: 1x day (first thing in the AM/ last thing before bed, whichever you prefer- make sure you take it significantly after any binder)
Magnesium: 1x serving daily, about 1-2 hours before bed (either a scoop, a cap, or rub some transdermal mag on your body)
More movement: since we are taking it easy on the herbs/ supplements (which is energetically taxing on the body) you can incorporate more movement (heavier weights/ HIIT/ harder exercise in general).
Coffee enema: 3x week (minimum). Ideally first thing in the morning.
Week 4 is identical to week 3.
Understand why you’re taking each individual herb/ supplement, doing each ritual and how these things interact with one another. If someone asked you “why are you taking neem?”, you should be confident in answering this. This applies to all things you do/ take- don’t just take something because someone said so. By properly understanding the herbs, supplements, and rituals, you empower yourself, are more likely to stick to the protocol, and are more likely to implement it successfully. For example, knowing how binders work and why they shouldn’t be taken near food, etc. By truly understanding this, you are more likely to adhere to the wait time and less likely to accidentally take it alongside your morning herbs.
By fully understanding the protocol you will also be able to tailor it to you. If something doesn’t work (like you don’t have time to take your binder first thing in the AM before herbs, and breakfast, and leaving for work) you will understand that you can take it just before bed too, just far enough after your last ingestion of food/ supplement.
2. Mark your calendar
Pull out a calendar and mark the weeks prior/ following the full and new moons so that you have a plan for when you will be taking which herbs. I suggest marking down the days ahead of time to schedule in things like coffee enemas, your salt flush, taking diatomaceous earth, and perhaps a weekend sauna. There are a lot of things to remember, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it- trust me! You can also use the calendar to make a little note when you take your herbs (3x day).
3. Use alarms
Smart phones have the ability to set alarms with no sound, so when I’m doing a detox protocol that requires multiple doses or tasks, I set recurring alarms to remind me. For example, set 3x a day for the recurring herbs, and you can also use this time to slip in a mantra or two. In the past I would also set them around 8:30pm to remind me to start winding down/ take my magnesium (but now the 9:30pm bed time is just autopilot!).
4. coffee enemas in batch
When I boil up my coffee enemas I do it in a massive pot, and make enough for 3 enemas. I keep the other 2 in the fridge so that my coffee for the week is already pre-boiled. You can then just warm it up to room temp the other two times instead of boiling it for a long time each individual morning. Learn how to do them by clicking HERE.
5. Buddy up
I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by humans just as crazy as I am, and have had friends by my side each time I’ve done a parasite cleanse. It’s helpful to have someone to discuss the in’s and out’s with, so send this article to someone and pitch them the idea!
I did answer most of the questions submitted about parasite cleansing in the actual article, but here are a few lingering ones I thought I might as well just answer in Q&A form.
Q- Do you always wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly? I often get lazy and don’t.
I buy 100% organic produce, and I do rinse the outside (very lightly) because other people have probably touched it in the store- BUT honestly I am very aware it probably doesn’t do much, and possibly even more harm than good. A little rinse of water is just so insignificant- is that really washing away anything? I don’t think so. Some people really soak their lettuce, for example, but personally (living in a city) I believe the damage that tap water would have on my fruit and veg (fluoride, chemicals, chlorine) is much much worse. So- I don’t have the answer for you. Cooking your food and really having a strong immune (+ adrenals + gut health) is probably the best thing you can do.
Q- Are off the shelf cleanses effective?
It really depends, but most of the time off-the-shelf protocols are using poor quality supplements… in which case no. You really need to invest in the absolute best quality herbs and supplements because these powerful extracts can do a lot of damage otherwise. The other thing I don’t like about off-the-shelf is that these mixes contain multiple ingredients, and you will not be able to tailor it to you. You are an individual, and although this protocol contains neem for example- you may not jive with neem, in which case you shouldn’t take it. When a pre-made powder or tincture contains 20+ ingredients, the odds of at least one not being right for you is so high… and you will never know. With individual ingredients, your intuition kicks in real quick when you pick up a bottle. Always check in with yourself to see how you feel about every single aspect of a cleansing protocol.
There is one protocol out there that I do trust not only ingredients wise, but energetically (I truly trust Olivia, the woman behind the brand). If you want to really simplify your life, buy her e-book and follow her protocol (the herbs are all in one pill she sells on the site). You can click the links below for her e-book, and the supplement; you can also incorporate it alongside the protocol I’ve detailed above (be mindful of substituting the herbs, you don’t want to take too much at once). If you opt for Organic Olivia’s Parapro I suggest taking it instead of the wormwood, clove, black walnut, and neem- but continue the rest of the protocol as outlined.
To learn more about Olivia’s story with parasites read her detailed depiction of her own life experience HERE.
Q- Thoughts on raw garlic for clearing out parasites?
A great tool! I don’t personally feel it is enough to get to parasites that are deeply embedded in biofilms and inside organs, but as a adjunct to a proper cleansing protocol, it’s great! You want to make sure to activate the garlic’s active ingredient (called “allicin”) by crushing it; or invest in a garlic extract. Note that garlic (although cooked with probably too often in modern day) is a powerful- which is why Ayurvedic medicine says it shouldn’t be used all the time, only as a medicine.
Q- What about children and parasites?
This is h-u-g-e. I was listening to an Evan Brand podcast discuss how many children’s emotions, disorders, and general disposition have completely transformed post-parasite cleanse. If you want to get your child on a protocol I would absolutely recommend doing it with the guidance (and pre-testing) of a functional med doc. Evan discusses how kids generally take about 1/4 dosage- but I can’t in good conscience recommend you DIY with your babies if you are not 100% confident in doing so.
Q- Are parasite cleanses safe while breastfeeding?
No. You should never embark on any serious detox protocol while breastfeeding because your toxins will dump into your breast milk. If you are severely ill and in need of a parasite cleanse for your own safety now- pause the breastfeeding. Otherwise, wait until you are finished. In the meantime, I suggest you focus on boosting your immune system, nourish yourself, spend time in nature, and incorporate healing/ empowering mantras into your daily life. These things are invaluable to the success of a detox protocol, and so when you are ready to start, you will be miles ahead.
Q- Can you address eosinophils and potential presence of parasites?
Eosinophils are kind of white blood cell that helps fight disease and are usually associated with allergic diseases and certain infections. I personally do not know much about the science of all this- what I do know is that parasites tend to be present in so many cases where the immune system is low, or as an adjunct to other problems ranging from mood disorders (like ADD and ADHD) to those suffering from autoimmune problems, and more. Parasites make your body their home when your body is out of balance- so when you open the door (be it depression, a common cold, a stressful job or breakup, or simply eating too much sugar), you increase the chance of them taking up residency.
A functional medicine doctor will run their preferred tests, and an alternative metaphysical healer will do it their way (be it kinesiology or otherwise), but all I know is most people have em, and I don’t personally need anyone testing me for me to take my own health into my own hands and use nature’s wisdom to heal myself. I am weary of all testing, because our methodologies to do so are just so flawed. Don’t get me wrong- modern Western medical science has it’s place, but they are very ineffective when it comes to parasites and natural healing. Over my dead body will I introduce an anti-biotic into my body to ever fight a parasite, which will only further weaken body systems 1 + 2, deplete my body’s resilience, and leave me even more open and vulnerable for subsequent infections, disease, and anti-biotic resistance.
Q- Do you need to know what type of parasite you have?
It would be irresponsible of me to just say “no”, but… well, it depends. If you want the most success- there is no doubt you should get fully tested (multiple stool tests/ organic acids test) and get yourself a reputable functional medicine doctor to tailor you an individualized parasite protocol. But, it’s going to look pretty dang close to this one, I promise you. So the decision is totally up to you. You are the sovereign decision maker of your life, you know what you need. If you feel the need for guidance or more certainty- absolutely you should go that route. If you’re like me: you just research, trust, and dive in.
For proper guidance, aforementioned, I suggest booking in a consult with Evan Brand, which you can do so by clicking HERE.
Q- How do you know if you have a parasite?
…… you do.
Click on book to know more.
https://www.organicolivia.com is a bible when it comes to parasite-free living. Olivia is truly a pioneer, and her blog posts sharing her own story (read it HERE) were one of the biggest catalysts for doing my first parasite cleanse years ago.
Dr. Hulda Clark’s cleansing, A Beginner’s Guide https://www.drclark.net/en-us/beginners-s-guide
Parasite Cleansing by Dr. Axe https://draxe.com/parasite-cleanse-top-5-treatments-naturally-2/
Diatomaceous Earth https://draxe.com/diatomaceous-earth/
Information on the Herxheimer reaction https://healthybliss.net/what-are-the-symptoms-of-a-herxheimer-detox-reaction/
Tips for reducing the Herx reaction effects https://www.jillcarnahan.com/2012/11/17/tips-for-dealing-with-herxheimer-or-die-off-reactions/
Parasites + mind control https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/science/parasites-practicing-mind-control.html?_r=0
Biofilm and how to penetrate it https://kresserinstitute.com/biofilm-what-it-is-and-how-to-treat-it/
How to restore gut health https://kresserinstitute.com/rhr-restore-healthy-gut-flora-long-term/
Treating chronic fatigue/ restoring adrenal function https://kresserinstitute.com/rhr-chronic-fatigue-treating-cause-not-symptoms/
Black walnut benefits https://draxe.com/black-walnut/
Wormwood benefits https://draxe.com/wormwood/
Pumpkin seeds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22910218
Black Walnut https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23163769
Grapefruit seed extract https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12165191
Parasites linked to personality changed https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/common-parasite-linked-to-personality-changes/
Complementary medicines for intestinal parasites http://researchbank.rmit.edu.au/view/rmit:18182
Parasite host behaviour change Toxoplasma gondii https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3712452/
Parasite host behaviour change in flukes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22559287