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Waste Not, Want Not Provides Nobel Prize

Filed in Cleansing & Detox, General, Parasites, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 10/08/2016

I was thrilled to read about the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine this year – Japanese biologist Yohinori Ohsumi. His research is based in thought processes after my own heart! He is explaining how our body’s cells deal with and recycle waste (as in detox!) and it seems this information is paving the way for treatments of many diseases down the line. Not surprising to me.

Dr. Ohsumi’s work is on a process you may not have heard about – autophagy. That literally means “self-eating” – and it helps us understand how cellular components are broken down and then recycled. Our cells do this constantly. See, recycling is not new – nothing is new under the sun.

And how exciting is this? Due to autophagy cells literally convert waste to energy and also building blocks for the renewal of other parts of cells. As always, our bodies are truly magnificent~

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Ohsumi shared that his research area was important because cells couldn’t function without “quality control” and a way of repurposing what was no longer functional. We are learning that same lesson the hard way as we rush to find ways to revitalize our polluted oceans and waterways.

In the researcher’s own words – “Life is possible only with this extremely important recycling system. We create proteins and destroy them, and again create and destroy, and that’s what makes life exist.”

I have to say I truly admire Dr. Ohsumi’s extraordinarily humble attitude as well as his unswerving focus on this seemingly lowly biological process, rather than gearing his research toward chasing the almighty dollar.

Personally, I find it interesting that Dr. Ohsumi mentioned that he started his research in what people viewed as garbage collection, when other esteemed colleagues didn’t have much interest and couldn’t see the value in the study of degradation of proteins.

I feel a kinship with the Doctor. My work was started in colon hydrotherapy – yes, helping people to literally remove waste from their colons to achieve much better health. In fact, my first product was formulated specifically to help people to relieve themselves of parasites, along with pathogenic bacteria and yeast. Through the years, thousands have found this formula a very effective way to eliminate garbage from their bodies while freeing more energy for repair and regeneration. Like Dr. Ohsumi, when I started out, people really didn’t want to talk much about their poop, didn’t think it was important. Many still don’t.

Just a few years ago my assistant attended a scientific pediatric medical conference. A well know medical doctor delivered a presentation to M.D.s on managing parasitic infections. Only pharmacological options were offered. My assistant asked why there was no information shared about the herbal preparations that had been used not only by me but also by countless populations around the globe for eons. He answered that there hadn’t been any research done to prove the efficacy of such formulations.

How sad. Relief for so many people everywhere is restricted by the money-grubbing choices of controlling financial entities. Much research in the past has been targeted to prove what will bring the most money to the funding source. There’s not a lot of cash in researching black walnut hulls or wormwood unless some pharmaceutical company discovers how to butcher the original DNA to create a new substance they can then patent and monetize.

My prayers are that the studies of Dr. Ohsumi and many others like him are heralding a new era of research.  I believe it’s time we look into the true working of our bodies on a much deeper level. Let’s not be put off by “waste products” (as Dr. Ohsumi has shown are so important) or for that matter, “poop”! What may at first seem like garbage can provide us with critical information about essential processes that can support ongoing health and vitality for ourselves – and for our planet.

A Peculiar Solution for Celiac Disease—Hookworms

Filed in Celiac Disease, Diet, Gluten, Parasites | Posted by Brenda Watson on 12/05/2014

Celiac disease is a serious digestive disease that involves degradation of the intestinal lining in response to gluten. People with celiac disease must vigilantly avoid gluten in order to steer clear of severe digestive symptoms and intestinal damage. A strict gluten-free diet can be difficult to follow, so researchers have been trying to discover a way for celiacs to be able to eat the dreaded gluten without experiencing the harmful effects.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 12 patients with celiac disease were infected with hookworm larvae and gradually given increasing amounts of gluten over the course of a year, beginning with one-tenth of a gram (less than a one-inch segment of spaghetti) increasing up to three grams (75 spaghetti noodles).

“By the end of the trial, the worms onboard, the trial subjects were eating the equivalent of a medium-sized bowl of spaghetti with no ill effects,” noted Paul Giacomin, PhD. “That’s a meal that would normally trigger a debilitating inflammatory response, leaving a celiac patient suffering symptoms diarrhea, cramps, and vomiting.”

Although eight participants did not finish the trial for reasons mostly unrelated to gluten, the eight remaining participants were able to eat the equivalent of a bowl of spaghetti without symptoms. They were able to increase their gluten tolerance by a factor of 60. That’s impressive.

If you are scratching your head about this strange treatment, you are probably not alone. But the therapy works, mostly because the worms help to reduce the human immune response, which allows them to survive while not compromising their ability to fight other diseases. The researchers found that certain immune cells known as T cells within the intestine were converted from inflammatory to anti-inflammatory cells.

They believe that proteins secreted by the hookworms are responsible for their effects, and they plan to study these compounds further so that they can isolate the proteins and not need to infect people with the parasite. “We do recognize that a protein pill will have broader market appeal than a dose of worms.” Indeed.

As a testament to the efficacy of the treatment, all of the participants refused drugs that that would eliminate the hookworms at the end of the trial, even though they were told to resume a gluten-free diet.

I look forward to future developments of this study. I hope that they will also be applied to people with gluten sensitivity, which is a milder form of celiac disease. Until then, a strict gluten-free diet is the best—and only—treatment for celiac disease.

Sugar Cravings? Gas & Bloating? Fatigue? It May Be Parasites.

Filed in Allergies, Cleansing & Detox, Constipation, Dietary Fiber, Enzymes, General, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Parasites | Posted by Brenda Watson on 02/26/2014

Even the word parasites is unpleasant, but worse is what they can do in your gut—so listen up! Although I’ve talked about parasites before, I wanted to give you a quick refresher course. A balanced digestive environment is essential to your overall health, but there will always be organisms trying to move in and upset that balance. And when parasites move in, they can compromise immune health and your good digestion.

Just What Is a Parasite?

A parasite is an organism that lives by feeding upon another organism. Parasites living in the human body feed on our cells, our energy, our blood, the food we eat and even the supplements we take. There are several types of parasites: protozoa are single-celled organisms that are only visible under a microscope, while worms come in all different sizes, from threadworms measuring less than a centimeter to tapeworms that can grow up to 12 meters in length!

Parasites Can Cause That?

Take a look at the list of symptoms below. Do any of them sound familiar?

  • Occasional diarrhea or constipation
  • Gas, bloating and/or cramps
  • Irritability/nervousness
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Persistent skin problems
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia/disturbed sleep
  • Anemia
  • Muscle cramps
  • Teeth grinding
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sugar cravings
  • Allergies
  • Rectal itching
  • Brain fog
  • Pain in the umbilicus
  • Bed-wetting

5 Simple Steps to a Balanced Digestive Environment

A buildup of toxins and waste material in the colon increases your risk of parasites, which is why the right diet and nutrition are essential. Here are five simple steps to promote a healthy internal balance:

1.      Eat plenty of fresh, non-starchy vegetables, lean meats and legumes, and avoid carbohydrates, sugar and starchy vegetables.

2.      Get at least 35 grams of fiber each day to help stimulate the muscular contractions of the colon (peristalsis) that remove the contamination on which parasites thrive.

3.      Consider an internal cleansing program to promote a healthy balance of intestinal microbes.

4.      Maintain a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria with daily probiotics.

5.      Supplement with enzymes and hydrochloric acid to enhance digestion and help deter parasites in the stomach.

IBS or parasites? Or both!

Filed in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Parasites | Posted by Brenda Watson on 12/21/2009

Believe it or not, at any given time one third of the U.S. population has parasites. And when I tell you it can happen to you, you better believe it! Keep in mind that parasites can range from bacterial types to microscopic amoebas and even larger worms. Remember Biology 101? Pretty gross. In a stool analysis study performed by Dr. Amin of the Parasitology Center in Tempe, Arizona, the most notable parasite, blastocystis hominus, was revealed—a microscopic intestinal little bugger that causes symptoms almost exactly like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

I have seen many people who have been diagnosed with IBS, and when they have a stool analysis they find that they actually have blastocystis. This is one reason why some IBS sufferers, despite everything they try, never see any improvement. Not only that, but larger parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms and roundworms are no longer present only in third-world countries… beware, they are here!

 For some good information and moments that will make you squirm, just watch the show “Monsters Inside Me” on Discovery’s Animal Planet channel.

Control Parasites Before They Control You

Filed in Parasites | Posted by Brenda Watson on 06/01/2009

If you suffer mysterious digestive difficulties that derail your sense of satisfaction after every meal, your woes may be linked to parasites. Here’s the good news: In many cases, getting these invisible freeloaders under control isn’t difficult and may reward you with restored digestive health.

Along with feeling bloated or even nauseated after eating, other signs that you may be troubled with parasites include unexplained rashes, tiresome itching, constant hunger, persistent fatigue, coughing, wheezing and fever. And if you suffer flu-like symptoms (such as stuffy nose and headache) without having the flu, you may have parasites.

You have to keep in mind however, that just about everybody harbors parasites to some degree. But, for most of us, these denizens of the body are not usually a health risk or discomfort.

Many researchers actually blame a portion of our problems with parasites and allergies on the American habit of being too hygienic and germ-phobic. According to these scientists, your immune system should constantly interact with a plethora of microorganisms in order to learn how to keep the bad ones in check. From this perspective, if you keep your house too clean, doing things like constantly bathing everything in disinfectant and washing your hands with anti-bacterial soap, your immune system forgets how to cope with invaders. Instead of learning on a daily basis how to zap the occasional pathogen, your immune system is coddled into an unprepared state of dormancy. Eventually, if a larger infectious problem arises, your immune cells are like night watchmen who have fallen asleep. They let parasites and other undesirables march in and take over without offering much resistance.

This theory, known as the “Hygiene Hypothesis,” argues that a little dirt and bacterial exposure is good for kids, adults and other living things. For example, a study at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health found that the immune systems of kids who grew up with cats in the house produced antibodies to cats early in their lives. By age five, these children were less likely to have immune problems such as cat allergies or asthma.

An Ocean of Parasites…

Even though having a cat around the house can help your immune system in some ways, you may be one of the 60 million Americans infected by Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite carried by cats that is often found in their kitty litter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 percent of the American population carries this parasite, and it is the third leading cause of death from food-borne illness in the U.S.

Researchers have been shocked to find that toxoplasma is also becoming a problem in the world’s oceans. Scientists have found that during the past ten years, toxoplasma infection is now common in sea mammals such as seals, beluga whales, dolphins and sea lions. They estimate that 17 percent of sea otter deaths off the coast of California can be attributed to toxoplasma. Many scientists think that this parasite is spreading in water runoff contaminated with cat feces, although this connection has not been proven conclusively.

Researchers believe that sea mammals ingest toxoplasma from eating smaller raw fish that carry the cysts of this parasite. Similarly, many humans may pick up parasites from sushi (raw fish), which can be infected with parasites such as the commonly found roundworms Anisakiasis.

Other sources of parasites include:

  • Rivers and lakes. Studies show that salmonella and other problematic organisms are present in the water at many recreational areas.
  • Undercooked meat. Be sure the heat you use to cook is high enough to kill parasites.
  • Contaminated food and water. Eating and drinking contaminated food and water is common during overseas travel.
  • Airplane travel. In airplane cabins, travelers are exposed to air that is constantly recirculated.
  • Walking barefoot. Parasites from the soil can penetrate the skin.
  • Eating unwashed produce. Always thoroughly clean fruits and vegetables even if they’re organic to avoid contamination by pesticides and other chemicals.

Push Out Parasites…

To prevent parasites from growing out of control, use a thorough parasite cleanse at least twice a year. This type of cleanse should include botanicals that support a healthy intestinal environment, including:

  • Wormwood: A digestive aid that stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach. HCl helps destroy parasites before they can travel down the digestive tract and grow to be a menace.
  • Garlic (bulb): Garlic has a long history of being employed as an anti-parasitic and infection fighter. The antioxidants in garlic are believed to be among the fastest-acting ever studied by scientists.
  • Marshmallow (dry root): An herb that helps relieve mucosal irritation and soothes inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract.

Taking a daily enzyme formula that includes HCl is important for keeping parasites in check. High acidity in the stomach kills incoming microorganisms, and low HCl levels can leave your digestive tract more vulnerable to invasion. Wide-spectrum enzyme preparations that include nutrients such as L-glutamine and butyric acid are also helpful because they supply nutrients that help the intestinal lining heal itself.

Also remember to take probiotics—supplements that supply beneficial bacteria. These help control disease-causing microorganisms in the gut. The key to a healthy digestive tract is not a sterile internal environment; it is in achieving a healthy balance of the organisms living there.


Are Parasites Causing Your Sugar Cravings, Joint Pain, Fatigue, and Gas and Bloating?

Filed in Parasites | Posted by Brenda Watson on 03/01/2009

A parasite is an organism that lives by feeding upon another organism. Parasites living in the human body feed on our cells, our energy, our blood, the food we eat and even the supplements we take.There are several types of parasites: protozoa are single-celled organisms that are only visible under a microscope, while worms come in all sizes from threadworms, that measure less than one centimeter, to tapeworms that grow up to 12 meters in length.
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Gas, Bloating, Cramps
  • Irritability / Nervousness
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Persistent Skin Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia/ Disturbed Sleep
  • Anemia
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Sugar Cravings
  • Allergies
  • Rectal Itching
  • Brain Fog
  • Pain in the Umbilicus
  • Bed-wetting

Take The Parasites Self Test

Answer each question below. If you score 3 or higher, then a parasite cleanse may be helpful to you. 
1. Do you experience regular fatigue and/or muscle aches and pains?YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

2. Do you experience normal bowel movements with bouts of intermittent diarrhea or constipation?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

3. Do you have unexplained weight loss and/or fever?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

4. Do you have a distended belly?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

5. Do you grind your teeth while you sleep?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

6. Do you have dark circles under your eyes and/or acne?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

7. Do you have insomnia or disturbed sleep?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

8. Have you traveled outside of the United States?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

9. Do you regularly eat unpeeled raw fruit and/or vegetables?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

10. Do you have pets that sleep in bed with you or do you
eat after contact with your pets?

YES ( ) NO ( )  (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

Total Score ____

A score of 3 or higher indicates you may be suffering from Parasites. Visit this link to learn more about parasites: http://www.brendawatson.com/pdf/parasites.pdf

How do I Promote the Detoxification of Parasites from the Body?
1. Internal parasite and Candida cleanse.2. Strict diet excluding carbohydrates.

3. Maintain good intestinal bacteria using probiotics.

4. Supplement with a fiber supplement to absorb toxins from cleansing.

5. Supplement with enzymes and hydrochloric acid to digest food and deter parasites in the stomach.