=13.0ptHello --- Thank You All, just discovered this site today!=13.0pt =13.0ptAfter suffering chronic parasites and deteriorating health since 2003 trip to Puerto Rico, I feel A LOT LESS CRAZY after reading what's shared on here!=13.0pt =13.0ptParasitic infections are so isolating -- even doctors from whom we seek help can look at us like we're crazy, and friends/family get bored hearing the repeating complaints......so beyond the medical maze and physical pain, I suffer a lot with depression because of this, as well as periods of very high anxiety, wondering if I will EVER feel better again!I feel sick so much of the time it has destroyed my social life, as I cannot function well when I go out for more than an hour or two.=13.0pt =13.0ptI live in NYC and have seen Dr Cahill since 2010, yet I still, despite many rounds of tests/meds, have cyclically recurring parasitic infections. I woke up 3am recently w very bad heart palpitations pounding out of my chest and was so scared I called EMS. Saw Cahill later that day, he thought parasites could definitely cause my heart palpitations.=13.0pt =13.0ptReading up on magnesium and low electrolyte levels, magnesium deficiency can cause muscle tics in the eyelids, face and elsewhere, and major charley horse cramping then locking of muscles -- I had mine in face, legs and feet. One thing that makes me better when really ill w parasites is drink Pediasure, or another electrolyte drink (you can mix it w water), which REALLY helps to feel better and more hydrated. Makes sense-- when the parasites are active, water or fluids help flush out all the toxic waste products they leave behind in our bodies!=13.0pt =13.0ptAbout a weird pain in the middle of the L chest wall, I have this pain regularly too, and asked my cardiologist about it, who says it doesn't sound like heart pain, it sounds like some variant of GI pain, and from research I've done suspect it is just one more effect of being colonized by parasites. After all, especially the one-celled ones like E Histolytica can go wherever they want, into the blood stream, to the lungs, liver and brain! Thanks for that great posting w the image of the GI tract. Makes it easier to visualize what's going on where inside!=13.0pt =13.0ptRe stomach acid: I recommend reading 'Dropping Acid' by Dr Jamie Koufman. She talks in depth about how GERD and other GI diseases and cancers have increased substantially since the 1970's, when the FDA approved the addition of acids into most food supplies to increase shelf life. Only problem is, our bodies weren't built to eat this stuff--it's basically acid. Her book includes lists of many foods, with the pH of each, making it easier to choose and eat low-pH foods, and limit high acid foods, to gradually heal your GI tract. She also has recipes which are great! You can buy pH testing strips at your pharmacy, just hold it under the urine stream of your first morning pee and you can see how acid/alkaline your body is. This can guide you in your eating choices, and your pee doesn't lie!
: - )=13.0pt =13.0ptI've taken the PPI meds and they made me feel much worse over time. I also developed osteoporosis, which is a real threat when you stay on these meds. I no longer take them, but I do watch my diet and avoid high-acid foods that give me heartburn. Chewing Papaya enzymes after eating helps things digest better, too. Also getting a firm bolster pillow for your bed, to bring your head and GI tract up higher during the night to prevent acid reflux, as stomach acid production increases a lot between 10 pm and 2am.=13.0pt =13.0ptAlso, if you have parasites, they crave high carb and sugar fuel, so it helps to eat mostly fresh veggies, scrubbed and washed in 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water or peeled before eating them cooked, since parasites colonize fresh fruits and veggies like salad greens, raspberries etc which often come from other countries off-season where manure is used as fertilizer. Below is a link that talks about how parasitic-infected people should stay AWAY from eating too many carbs, you are just giving the parasites the fuel they love! Higher protein diets and drinking lots of water are recommended from what I read. I do OK eating eggs despite the list below, but have totally stopped gluten in all forms and that does help me feel MUCH better. Udi's makes non-gluten breads; I like them best when toasted.=13.0pt =13.0ptMy pharmacist advised me that when my appetite is really low due to parasitic infection, taking a B-Complex vitamin helps stimulate the appetite. I find I do better eating small amounts of food every two hours, rather than eating large amounts of different foods at one huge meal. The body has to work less hard digesting just one type of food at a time. I also use my blender to puree things up so my injured GI tract has less work to do in digesting food. : - )=13.0pt =17.0pt =13.0ptSPECIFIC FOODS:
=13.0ptThe following foods all contain a low/very low carbohydrate content, and should not aggravate parasitic symptoms:Pumpkin, artichokes, beetroot, cabbage, green peppers, tomatoes - grilled/fried, parsnips, summer squash, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, string beans, asparagus, onions, egg plant, salsify, okra, kohlrabi, endive, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, chard, spinach, broccoli, zucchini, onions (caramilised onions - ie. heated to a high temp as in frying - contain high levels of starch), salad greens, kale, spaghetti squash, bok choy, collard greens.
Fish & small amounts of meat are ok to eat.Avoid cheese & eggs.Milk in small amounts is ok if tolerated. Soy milk is generally better tolerated than dairy.=13.0ptThe following foods are high in carbohydrates/starches and should be=13.0pt avoided:
All grains: wheat, rye, oats, barley, corn, rice;Potato & sweet potato,dry beans and peas,tapioca, sago, peanuts, chestnuts,bananas;green peas.=13.0ptMany prepared foods contain starches and should be avoided:
couscous, breads, cookies, muffins, cakes, biscuits, pastas, and tabouli, breakfast cereals.
Sugar, honey, maple syrup & fruit should be avoided.=13.0ptA comprehensive list of starchy foods here
And finally, in living w parasites, I find it helpful just to do an hour of work, followed by a rest, then another hour of activity, followed by rest. And get at least 8 hrs of sleep each night, plus drink lots of water.
Even though these parasitic bastards are way smaller than me and can hide out eating me all over inside, I am smarter than they are so
I remind myself that with persistence, sharing war stories with others, and science research and my doctors to help me, I hope to one day outsmart them!
=17.0pt Thank you to all who've shared stories here, it helps me so much to hear what you go through!