Functional (Non-ulcer) Dyspepsia 7 y
I was recently diagnosed with Functional Dyspepsia and am undergoing successful medication for this condition.
I have some news. For the last two years, towards the end of the year 2011 when I was still infected with parasites, I started to increasingly belch/burp uncontrollably. I was diagnosed as being fructose intolerant. Prior to the parasite infection I had no food intolerances.
Over time I got used to this condition and just ”wore it” as part of a digestive disorder caused by long term infection by multi-drug resistant parasites, notwithstanding the strong and recurrent antibiotic protocol treatments I had to undergo, in attempts to rid my body of this scourge.
Earlier this year 2013 I ... read more
The Journey 7 y
Mary Oliver (born September 10, 1935) is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as "far and away, [America's] best-selling poet".
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
throug ... read more
Physical and emotional costs 7 y
Here is what I went through when I was sick all that time...
It has taken me a long time to decide to write this post because these parasites affect everybody in different ways - in terms of which symptoms come to the fore the most.
For me, probably the most significant physical cost was the diarrhea multiple times through the day. From this came food malabsorbtion and malnutrition.
I would wake up bathed in sweat, or alternately shivering, night after night. Additionally, the parasites affected me by causing a lot of stomach gas so I would get sharp stomach pains and these enormous loud belches would come out. If I happened to be asleep, eith ... read more
Transmission, Resistance & Reinfection - D. Fragilis 7 y
Below I outline my personal theories, based on reading the scientific literature, and from personal experience.
It is believed that D. fragilis is transmitted via the fecal-oral route, but some schools of thought also posit the human pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) as a vector. Pinworms are also known as seatworms or threadworms.
Ockert [1, 2] not only successfully infected himself with D. fragilis by ingesting eggs of E. vermicularis, taken from a young boy who was coinfected with D. fragilis, but also successfully infected two other human subjects. More recently, DNA of D. fragilis has been detected within surface-sterilized eggs of Enterobius vermicularis. .
RESISTANC ... read more
Get proper stool testing! 7 y
Outlines the necessity for adequate multiple fixed smear stool testing by experienced parasitologists.
A single standard unfixed stool test will not reveal your parasites unless you are very lucky.
What is fixative? Why is it important?
Both Dientamoeba fragilis and Blastocystis hominis parasites are fragile, and soon after evacuation begin to break apart and become unrecognisable in the rest of the stool sample.
Fixative improves the accuracy of stool testing by preserving the structure of the parasite, making it easier for the pathology lab to identify the parasite.
The shedding of D. fragilis is highly irregular and variable and requires several stool examinations to detect t ... read more
Antibiotic Colonoscopy and Enema Infusions - Australian Providers 7 y
This post details current information and contact details for the two providers of this service in Australia. Note that this treatment is only for multi-drug resistant parasite infections - specifically Dientamoeba fragilis and Blastocystis hominis.
In Australia the Centre for Digestive Diseases (CDD) in Sydney has for a long time been the only provider of the above service.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Paul Froomes in Melbourne learnt the procedure earlier this year at the CDD in Sydney. He started performing them in Melbourne a few months ago. He perfoms the same procedures as the CDD, uses the CDD protocols, and requests that CDD determine a protocol and then he carries out the procedure.
Currently he is performing several a month, but word is spreading and his bookings are increasing.
PLEASE NOTE: The colonoscopy and enema infu ... read more
Appendicitis site pain months after appendectomy 7 y
Appendix removal site pain and diarrhea months after appendix has been removed.
I have found, twice now since having my appendix out three months ago, that I can have severe appendicitis-like pains (intermittent cramps in the area where I had the appendix out), as well as diarrhea.
The first time this happened, I panicked, and thought I might be experiencing ”stump appendicitis” - a potentially threatening condition...
But I rode it out, and improved after three days of pain and diarrhea.
Recently it happened again, but I have located the culprit.
The first time it happened I had had a meal at a Chinese restaurant with a lot of chilli in it, so it was hot ... read more
Obtaining antibiotic protocols 7 y
Details on how and where to obtain appropriate medication.
I have had a number of enquiries about how to obtain the compounded antibiotics necessary to combat these parasites.
The antibiotics required in the protocols used by the Centre for Digestive Diseases (CDD) http://www.cdd.com.au/
are not available via the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and are therefore unavailable in general pharmacies.
To obtain the medicines you require, you will need to liaise with the CDD, or your doctor will need to do so on your behalf. You will need to obtain an appropriate prescription for a treatment protocol based on your previous (faile ... read more
Gut Focussed Hypnotherapy - An assessment 7 y
My personal experience of Gut Focussed Hypnotherapy
For four months I attended sessions with a psychologist trained in the techniques of Gut Focussed Hypnotherapy.
*** Please be aware that the opinions expressed below are my opinions based on my own experience of this treatment, and that each person is different and may experience different outcomes. ***
Gut focussed Hypnotherapy is a special form of hypnosis that is specifically designed to treat functional gut disorders like IBS.
I found the sessions beneficial because as a previously well person who somehow contracted two types of intestinal parasites (causing no end of pain and ... read more
Back to normal 7 y
Back to normal and feeling great!
I just thought I would post again. It is now about 5 weeks since I had surgery to remove my appendix.
The sense of wellbeing I have now is amazing. For about a month before they realised something was quite wrong with me I had been having diarrhea and abdominal pain before the pain became intense enough to warrant further investigation.
Anyway, my weight has gone up two kilograms to 59 kg and I no longer feel like a coat hanger! And my stools - well - they have not been this normal since way back at the end of 2010 just before I got parasites!
Oh, it is so good to have energy agai ... read more
Appendicitis 7 y
My recovery from appendicitis
Three weeks ago I had to go to hospital with suspected appendicitis. I had been sick for a few weeks prior to this with diarrhea and dry retching some mornings. I was very concerned and thought that the parasites where back.
So, I saw the doctor and sent a three day parasitology stool test kit back to Histopath in Sydney. Luckily it came back negative for all parasites, cysts and ova.
Anyway, I was in pain one evening and so went to bed with a sleeping tablet to try to knock myself out, however I woke up at 3am, unable to sleep. In the end I dragged myself off to work, where I lasted ... read more
Coping with IBS 7 y
Coping with IBS-D
I love this post on the ”Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group” by Jlady82 - an actress. It mirrors my own experience in a lot of ways, but I just love her outlook:
”I think the best way to deal with IBS is to ’live and let live’ - treat it like a housemate or a pet: don’t be frightened of it; engage with it. Positive thinking! Or, as my religious grandmother would’ve said: ’The Lord helps those who help themselves’!”
Full text below:
Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:55 AM
”I developed IBS-D after catching a stomach bug a year ago: rotten luck! After going through the u ... read more
Blastocystis Parasite Blog 7 y
Blastocystis Parasite Blog
I must bring your attention to a fabulous and comprehensive blog on Blastocystis hominis.
It is written by Christen Rune Stensvold who holds a PhD in Health Sciences and have been working in the field of clinical microbiology for almost 10 years. His research deals with the diagnosis, epidemiology, clinical significance, genetic diversity, and taxonomy of common intestinal ’amoebae’ with special emphasis on Blastocystis.
He has provided much needed information on this bad bug on his blog ”Blastocystis Parasite Blog”.
Please visit http://www.blastocystis.net/ read more
Serious illness (a poem) 7 y
A poem I wrote when I was sick with parasites.
In suffering serious illness, your boundaries transmogrify,
uncomfortable in fragile permeability.
Fear skitters down the hallways of your mind,
hides chuckling manically, in dark corners -
encased in crackling transparency.
Your breath shudders shallowly as you stare
at your pale limp hand upon the sheet.
Your eyes close and disjointed imaginings dance
their scenes under your lids.
Time passes slowly, almost in stupor,
as curtains waft in the breeze.
Pain marks the minutes and the hours.
Fever draws hot rank sweat -
nausea, shivering, clutching, retching
for days and day ... read more
Pinworm (threadworm/seatworm) may be the infective agent which transmits Dientamoeba fragilis in humans. 7 y
Transmission of Dientamoeba fragilis still remains unclear although there has been fair substantiation of the hypothesis that Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm) is the vector (infective agent or carrier) responsible for person to person spread.
If you have been diagnosed and treated for pinworms, but you are still sick, it is extremely important to also be assessed for the presence of Dientamoeba fragilis.
If you have been diagnosed with Dientamoeba fragilis, I would highly recommend you are also treated for worms over a number of weeks, if not months. Please also follow the hygiene measures outlined below.
Transmission of Dientamoeba fragilis still remains unclear although there has been fair substantiation of the hypothesis that Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm) is the vector (infective agent or carrier) responsible for p ... read more
Faeces cure for deadly bug 7 y
A study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine has found transplanting human faeces into people with the superbug Clostridium difficile provided an almost universal cure for the condition - far outperforming traditional antibiotic treatment.
Please see today’s article in ”The Age” newspaper:
To learn more, please see the Wikipedia article ”Fecal bacteriotherapy”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_bacteriotherapy.
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Gut instinct: the miracle of the parasitic hookworm 7 y
A very interesting article. Some parasites are bad for you....my case in point....but there is scope to consider that some may be beneficial in regulating the immune response.
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”Gut instinct: the miracle of the parasitic hookworm”
The Observer, Sunday 23 May 2010 visit the page