Can parasites make you feel so miserable?

by Khadijah
(Silver Spring, MD, US)


Can parasites make you feel so miserable?

I have done a parasite cleanse in the past and had good results. About 6 months ago I was feeling extra great health-wise and got up one morning went to the toilet twice (bm) stood up and suddenly felt sick and dizzy and the symptoms have continued since---

---constant abdominal bloating, feeling feverish, extreme fatigue, hives, eye styes, facial and eye puffiness, sometimes wake up with a swollen lip, constant sore tongue, slight sore throat hives on abdomen in the middle of the night only, mild itchiness throughout the day, joint pain and stiffness, red flushed skin and cheeks, facial and teeth pain, mild headaches, mild neck pain, mild vaginal itch, intermittent abdominal pain, insomnia and mild mood swings, feeling I want to cry (I am never depressed and always upbeat and positive).

I never had such severe symptoms when I did the parasite cleanse before. I am concerned that maybe there is something other than parasites. Often when I blow my nose, small white worm like things come out---not mucus.

I have been tested and have poor liver detoxification. Does what I describe sound like parasites to you?

Miserable in Atlanta

Hi Khadijah,

Yes, parasites can make you feel so miserable, but that doesn't necessarily mean that's what your problem is.

It almost sounds like you have a severe yeast infection (candida). You mentioned that you've already been tested. I assume you're saying that the doctors can't tell you what is wrong other than to say that your liver is not detoxing efficiently?

I'm not sure if you are saying that you are getting these symptoms while you are cleansing and you are wondering if they are related to parasite "die-off." Please clarify.

When was
the last time you did a cleanse and had such good results? If it was quite a while before you started having these problems six months ago, it would be well worth your efforts to cleanse again.

If you haven't tried cleansing lately, I would recommend you try the Herbal Fiberblend for the cleanse. I love it. You can start out with 1 tsp. twice per day and then work your way up to 1 Tablespoon twice per day.

The other things I would highly recommend are the Garden Trio. They will give your body a boost of good nutrition that will help to strengthen and support your immune system and the Redibeets in particular will help to detoxify your liver. Beets are wonderful for natural liver cleansing.

A good quality probiotic is necessary to replenish the friendly bacteria in your system and build up your immune system to fight off any parasites. I'd recommend Florafood since it has 3 different probiotics in it that work together for good results.

Finally, consider some Bear Paw Garlic for your blood. Garlic is a natural anti-fungal and very good for your system and chasing out parasites, too.

It really seems strange to me that these symptoms came upon you all at once. Usually you get a gradual increase of symptoms as your condition worsens.

I can't guarantee that your problems stem from parasites, but any and all of those items I've mentioned are beneficial for almost anyone to build and support their body, giving it what it needs to identify and heal as God intended.

I do hope you feel better soon. I can imagine how discouraging it would be to feel so unwell for so long.

To your good health!

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Jan 16, 2013
Thank you NEW
by: Anonymous

The information you offered regarding ammonia and parasites was so helpful. I read Dr. Clark's book and I am getting better. Not quite sure what to do about the autonomic response system but would like to heal that too. Thank you again

Apr 26, 2012
Ammonia from parasites, etc. NEW
by: Nancy

Hopefully you are well and don't need this information. Just saw your post and your ammonia comment. Ammonia is a natural occuring die-off from parasites that they release. Can cause all the symptoms you refer to like brain fog, etc. You should be taking ornithine at night for this. Read Hulda Clark's book, the Cure for All Cancers. I am not saying you have cancer. She talks about all of this. You have to use the green black walnut hulls, fresh cloves, and wormwood in order to get the job done & need to use in a particular order and amount. The products she sells are excellent and the green black walnut hulls actually arrive at your doorstep, green, not black. Black means that they have already lost potency. Also, from your low sodium and potassium comment, that is a classic case of Autonomic Nervous System imbalance. Too much on the Sympathic side. Dr. Wilson wrote all about this - you can find on-line.

Feb 05, 2011
nasal parasites
by: Anonymous

hi to the nasal sinus sufferer, i feel like my nose is also blocked constantly and wonder if there is some worms up there in the sinus cavitys haveing a feast? i did see in china or japan people putting like a tube up there nose and in hot steam and inhailing the steam to cleans the nose, sounds good but must be hot...hope this helps....

Jun 29, 2010
Candida Or Parasites
by: Angie

Hi Kai,

You ask Candida or Parasites, which makes me feel I really need to stress that Candida overgrowth IS parasites. Candida is a fungus parasite that naturally resides in the everyone. It's just that there is a balance of good bacteria in our body that is supposed to keep the fungus from overgrowing and becoming a health concern.

When our good bacteria numbers go down - due to illness, antibiotics, etc., that allows the fungus parasite to gain the upper hand and start taking over.

I'm sorry to hear you have been so unwell again with the respiratory infection. I can understand why you would want to turn to antibiotics for some relief.

Unfortunately, because you already have such a history of parasite/candida overgrowth, it probably wouldn't take much for you to trigger a recurrence of your former symptoms, especially since your immune system is already down due to the respiratory infection.

Another consideration is that the symptoms you experienced may have been side effects of your antibiotic drug. It should have come with a paper stating possible side effects. If not, you can look the specific name up online and read about them.

I know I'm always recommending supplements to you :-) but apart from dietary changes, that's about all I can think of that will help you get your body and health turned around. The body needs certain things to heal and unless you are able to provide that to your body, it will really struggle to improve.

With all the various issues you have going on, I would still recommend the following...

  • Herbal Fiberblend - or other good herbal cleanse
  • Garden Trio - or other whole food nutritional supplements
  • Florafood - or other good quality probiotics
  • AIMega - or other rich source of essential fatty acids
  • Vitamin C - 1000mg several times per day

You may also want to consider doing a liver flush using coffee enemas and/or one of the olive oil liver flush recipes you can find online. (I personally have done the coffee enemas, but not the other).

I hope that you will feel well again soon. I know being so sick can be quite discouraging.


Jun 29, 2010
Candida or Parasites
by: Khadijah

Hi Angie-
I recently got a bad respiratory infection that just would not go away ( I still have a dry cough). I broke down and took an antibiotic, didn't finish it because I woke up feeling worse after 2 days on the antibiotic---brain fog, insomnia, bloating, weakness, upper abdominal pain, pain in liver area---I thought I had gotten rid of my candida. I am still battling parasites. Can candida symptoms come on so quickly after taking antibiotics? I also have a congested liver.

Thanks Angie

Jan 27, 2010
Aggressive Parasite Treatment
by: Angie

Hi Kai,

I'm not so sure all of your symptoms are the result of parasite die-off. Die-off can make you feel like you've got the flu, but many of your symptoms sound like they are actually from the parasites.

I'd be tempted to use a more aggressive parasite treatment rather than backing off on the treatment. The quicker you can get the parasites and toxins out of your system, the sooner your body will be able to regain control and heal.

Yes, the die-off symptoms can be unpleasant, but you can endure them if you know they are temporary and you will soon be on the road to recovery.

The ammonia smell in your urine can be related to the parasites in your body. Sometimes the ammonia smell is from your diet, insufficient water intake, etc. Another cause of ammonia smelling urine can be too many toxins in the liver. This may be from the die-off or from the parasites.

The best thing I can suggest is to continue an aggressive parasite treatment with the supplements I suggested above. You will cleanse your body and build up your nutritional strength. God made the body to be the best healer of itself when you give it what it needs.

Be sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating the least amount of sugar possible.

To your good health!

Jan 18, 2010
Ammonia in urine
by: Khadijah

Hi Angie---
I have a very strong ammonia smell to my urine. My urine actually bleaches my underwear (black underwear have a bleached out white crotch)Could this be the parasites. I have been going slow on my parasite cleanse because i have alot of die off: insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, joint pain. Three questions:
Can [parasites cause the ammonia smell in my urine
Why does parasite killing cause insomnia and brain fog? I feel very weak off and on could this be due to parasites taking my nutrients. I have kept three or four of my parasites in a bottle to send to a lab--they are about 1-1/2 inch with a head and a tapering tail and a black dot looking like an eye.


Oct 27, 2009
Parasite Die Off
by: Angie

Sorry for the confusion. :) Parasite die off symptoms are similar to candida die off symptoms.

No, I haven't specifically heard of anyone having burning skin as part of parasite die off or as a reaction to those specific supplements.

However, if you have a sensitivity to a particular herb, you could possibly have a burning sensation as a result.

You may be able to determine whether that is the case with you by eliminating one of the supplements at a time and see if the burning stops. The process of elimination may work.

Although that method is not foolproof, because if it is a die off symptom, it could fade because of a lack of supplement or because you are improving. :)

Sorry I can't be more helpful!

Oct 26, 2009
Response re burning skin
by: Khadijah

Just wanted to correct something---my burning skin question was in regards to killing parasites and not candida. The burning skin didn't occur until after 2 weeks of using black walnut hull, wormwood and cloves---Have you heard of anyone having burning skin from killing parasites or using one of these supplements that I may be reacting to.


Oct 25, 2009
Burning Sensations and Sensitive Skin
by: Angie

I'm not specifically familiar with burning sensations as symptom of candida die off. It could be possible because everyone is different and has a different level of toxicity from the candida.

If the sensitive skin and burning continues without letting up, I would look for alternative causes - a reaction to one of the herbs or supplements, or something else you've recently been exposed to.

You didn't mention whether or not you are taking any probiotics (good bacteria). Probiotics are very important in trying to conquer candida. If you don't have any, try Florafood.

Let me know if your symptoms are easing and how you are doing when you get a chance.

Oct 20, 2009
Burning Skin when killing parasites
by: Anonymous

Hi Angie---
I am using the rest of my parasite cleanser before I order your product. This cleanser is a strong liquid black walnut tincture, wormwood capsules and cloves capsules. Recently, Istarted experiencing burning sensations in various parts of my body and my skin is very sensitive to touch. No pain just very sensitive. Could this be parasite die off symptoms?


Jul 22, 2009
Repair Your Mineral Deficiency With Leaf Greens
by: Angie

Hi Khadijah,

There are two issues I'd like to address. The first is your anemia or mineral deficiency. Even though you aren't eating red meat, you can get some good quality protein and excellent mineral support from Leaf Greens.

Leaf Greens is an incredibly rich whole food supplement powder made from Spinach, Barley Grass, Faba Bean, and Field Pea.

That will restore most of your mineral deficiency and give you a bunch of other benefits too. I use the Leaf Greens, but have been 'off' of it lately because I've been traveling and got out of my routine. I was just telling someone today that I'm determined to start back up this week with my Leaf Greens and the Garden Trio.

For your potassium levels, you could always add a banana a day to your diet. My mom's been eating a banana every day for several weeks now, as she has been dealing with some serious health issues and felt her potassium levels were down, too (She's also taking the Garden Trio, etc.). ;-)

I would imagine that parasites could certainly cause a change in your electrolyte level, but I honestly don't know the science behind how that works, so I won't pretend to know. :)

I suspect that any time your immune system is compromised by fungus, bacteria, etc., your whole body will pay the price.

The second point that I wanted to mention was in regard to your heavy periods. I don't remember if you told me your age, but I'm wondering if perhaps your hormones are out of balance. I've been using a natural progesterone cream for several years now. I love it.

From everything I've read on the subject of proper hormone levels (particularly the books by Dr. John Lee), it seems that most women in western countries DO have low progesterone levels and your heavy periods may be indicating that you are one of them.

I use Renewed Balance natural progesterone cream 2 weeks each month (I'm still pre-menopause). It's made a big difference in my menstrual cycle, eliminated my PMS, and gives me a number of other benefits for long term could health and protection. There have been no negative side effects reported in over 30 years, and natural progesterone is relatively inexpensive, so it's definitely worth considering.

Hope that helps!

Jul 21, 2009
Can candida and parasites cause mineral deficiencies
by: Khadijah

Hi Angie--
You and I agree that I have candida and parasites but can you tell me if you know whether they can affect your electrolytes.Whenever I have lab work done--my sodium and potassium are low (not extreme), I am definitely low magnesium and low iron but I eat normally except no red meat. I have been anemic all my life but worsened after having extremely heabvy periods. How can I increase my mineral levels and if candida and parasites are lowering my levels how do they do it?


Jul 07, 2009
Colloidal Silver
by: Angie

As I was saying...

The only other thing I can think of that you could spray into your nose to help kill parasites is colloidal silver. I don't know if you would happen to have any colloidal silver on hand, and in the proper strength for internal use, but it's pretty good.

If not, I would just use the saltwater until you are able to work on the inside, too. A good internal cleanse and the probiotics should take care of it from the inside out.

If you are able to save up and decide to try the supplements I recommended earlier, I would add some Para 90 to the list. It's got a few different additional herbs than the HFB and comes in capsule form. Those two, when taken together, are dynamite on parasites, worms and candida alike.

I so hope you are able to get to feeling better soon. Keep me posted...

Jul 07, 2009
Parasites or Candida
by: Angie

Hi Khadijah,

Sorry to hear you are still feeling so miserable. I can imagine your horror and distress at having to deal with these worms coming out your nasal passages.

I don't think it's particularly common to be coughing up worms or blowing them out your nose, at least not worms large enough to see with the naked eye. But it certainly isn't impossible.

Our body is all connected - each part working together with the other. When one area is weak, it is usually the target for the worst of our symptoms and of course parasites would only make matters worse.

As I mentioned earlier, candida is a parasite. So, when you say which should you target first, the parasites or candida, you really will be targeting both of them at the same time. I know you mean the yeast or the worms, but fortunately, they can both be addressed with the same natural remedy - cleansing herbs and immune building probiotics and nutritional whole foods.

I completely understand what you are saying about using up your current supplements first. I'm the exact same way! It's silly sometimes, because when I know something isn't getting the job done, I still carry on with it because I can't stand wasting my money. :-) Sound familiar?

Until you are able to get the supplements we discussed earlier, here's a suggestion for something you can try for your nasal passages.

Dissolve a tsp. of salt (sea salt if you have it) in warm water. Tip the cup up to your nose and and suck the water up your nostril and then let it drain into your sinus passage and down into your mouth.

Okay, I know it sounds awful, and I can't personally manage to do it very well. My husband can do it quite easily and does whenever he has a sinus problem. Hopefully, you'll be more like him.

The other option is that if you have a squeeze bottle, (like nasal decongestant comes in) you can use that and skirt the salt water up your nose. That may be easier.

You can also get a product called Xlear which is saline (saltwater) and xlitol. It comes in a spray bottle too, if you'd rather use that than make up the saltwater yourself. You can get it at Puritan's Pride.

To be continued...

Jul 06, 2009
Sound like another parasite symptom?
by: Khadijah

Hi Angie---

Thank you for all your previous responses. Here I go again. Both you and I agree that I probably have parasites and a severe case of candida.

My symptoms change constantly---recently I noticed that sometimes I feel a funny sensation in my nose and seconds later I feel bad. The first time it happened I didn't connect the two until the third time---this morning--after the weird feeling in my nose, my ear immediately felt itchy and a little pain but that immediately left...I said---ok what's happening in the nose and ear that could trigger me feeling like crap?

Then I remembered---my parasites come out of my nose. The first time I realized I had parasites---I coughed up a bloody black worm. Since then I get small white worms--I know they are worms---they are all identical with an obvious head and black dot (eye?, they may vary in size---some are fatter than others but I know they are worms. I will get the urge to blow my nose and out they come-dead of course.

Question---is there any parasite supp that I can place directly in my nasal passages? Also--does that sound logical that these buggers are stirring around in my sinus cavities and I feel bad because they are releasing toxins?

I plan to buy the products you suggest as soon as I finish the products I had just brought before I found your page. Financially--I can't throw these away. How do I distinguish what are parasites and what is candida? What do I address first? I'm sorry I have so many questions but I am....

Miserable in Atlanta

Jun 12, 2009
Candida Diet Guidelines
by: Angie

Khadija, I just wanted to mention something else that will help too.

Take a few minutes to look over the candida diet guidelines to help you get an idea of the best types of foods to eat and the best to avoid for a little while.

It won't have to be forever, but by eliminating the parasite's food source, you can start eliminating THEM more quickly. :)


Jun 12, 2009
Gunk In The Toilet
by: Angie

Yes, Khadijah, the gunk in the toilet can certainly be the culprit to at least some of those nasty symptoms.

Believe me, I don't want to even imagine sitting over that! :)

Even if the bacteria didn't "splash" up and hit your bottom, many bacteria forms are also airborne particularly when a toilet is flushed - a fine mist rises into the air. Yuck! You then breathe it in as well as touch objects where the mist has landed. (I make a point to keep my toothbrush away from the toilet area to avoid transferring that 'gunk' into my mouth!)

Anyway, if your system was already in a weakened condition, you would have been an easy target for any lurking germs (also known as bacteria, virus, parasites, etc.).

Candida IS a parasite. It's a fungus that naturally grows in our bodies, but when our immune system is compromised by taking antibiotics, birth control pills, a poor diet, a recent illness, etc., it gives the fungus a chance to start growing like mad.

If we don't have enough good bacteria in the body to overcome it, it just gets worse and worse. We actually "feed" a yeast (candida) overgrowth by eating processed foods and foods high in sugar.

If you suspect Candida, try to cut out as much sugar as possible for a few weeks. Also, begin taking some probiotics like I mentioned earlier - the Florafood.

If I were you, I'd definitely give myself a 3 month cleanse with Herbal Fiberblend for a really good clean out. That's what I did last year, and I still use it from time to time when I start to feel anything "coming on." It works wonders.

The Garden Trio will also benefit you greatly in boosting your energy and giving your body the nutrition you need to heal, particularly with your mention of having trouble with the liver.

I would use all of those at once. (Taking the Herbal Fiberblend at least 1 hour away from the rest of the supplements).

If money is a problem and you can't afford them all, I'd start with the Herbal Fiberblend and the Florafood to at least deal with the cleansing and rebuilding the friendly bacteria.

If money ISN'T an issue at the moment, I'd get the lot all at once.

  • Herbal Fiberblend (you'll need 3 pots for a full cleanse)
  • Florafood
  • Garden Trio
  • Bear Paw Garlic

You'll still end up saving some money because you'll get free shipping on your order and an additional discount on top of that. You'll have to look at the options and decide what is right for you and your budget.

Just do the most that you can afford so that you can get the fastest results.

Whether you are dealing with Candida alone or Candida AND some other parasites, these are your best options for cleansing and building.

Please let me know if I can be of further help.

Jun 12, 2009
Miserable in Atlanta
by: Khadijah

Thanks for your quick response, Angie.

No, these symptoms are present when I am not cleansing. I should have clarified that although I got sick quickly from the initial symptoms, the rest did come on more gradually.

I am thinking that I never got rid of my parasites before and already had a mild case of candida but it all was triggered by something.

I am suspicious of the toilet system in a new apartment I had just moved into 4 days before I started feeling really sick. A black gunk would come up into the toilet bowl and it looked toxic even if it wasn't.

My landlord claims it was harmless but I am suspicious that it may contain microbes which pushed me over the edge. Imagine your naked butt sitting right over this black sludge. Does this sound like a possible cause of me being pushed over the edge?

I think you are right about a severe candida infection---but I do think it is also parasites. Which do I start first?

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