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Doctor insights on: Does Taking Goldenseal Really Work Against Parasites

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Does taking goldenseal really work against parasites?

Does taking goldenseal really work against parasites?

Alternative...: From an alternative health care perspective; yes. Ask your physician before you start any new medication; to see if it is right for you. You may need more 'standard' therapies to kill the nasties. ...Read more

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Does taking garlic really work against parasites?

Unlikely: Garlic, despite all the claims, is only good for keeping people away from you. ...Read more

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Does taking wormseed really work against parasites?

Probably not: Wormseed has been used for ascaris and oxyuris, but there is no evidence that it is effective, and excessive doses can cause death. ...Read more

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Does taking pumpkin seed really work against parasites?

Does taking pumpkin seed really work against parasites?

Pumpkin seeds: It is my understanding, that pumpkin seeds may help get rid of parasites. One needs to consume a lot however, and according to what I have read, that means 200-400 grams of pumpkin seeds (one half to one whole pound!). So, you could grind them up and make like a thick soup and drink it. If it were me, i would go to the dr. And take an anti-parasitic medication. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does taking activated charcoal really work against parasites?

Hmmm....: This is usually used to induce vomiting in cases of accidental/overingestions of medications to purge the stomach. It may have an benefit with parasite treatments; but it is not the standard of care. Please consult your doctor before you start playing one! ...Read more

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Does taking grapefruit seed extract really work against parasites?

Unknown: Grapefruit seed extract has been used for ascaris and oxyuris, but there are no studies to indicate whether it works or not. ...Read more

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Does taking black walnut really work against intestinal parasites?

Unlikely: Before picking a treatment, you need a firm diagnosis. There are many good treatments for intestinal parasites but they differ depending on the specific parasite. I do not believe you will derive any benefit from black walnut for general 'parasites'. Be careful whom you trust with your cash, especially when health claims are made. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from diarrhoea for 3 weeks and am going to see docs, loperamide works before returning. Does this point to spasms or parasites?

I have been suffering from diarrhoea for 3 weeks and am going to see docs, loperamide works before returning. Does this point to spasms or parasites?

Chronic Diarrhea: Loperamide is not to be used in possible cases of infectious diarrhea. With diarrhea that has lasted this long, you need to be evaluated. There are several infectious and non-infectious causes. Get a referral to a gastroenterologist and have your stool tested for O&P, get a full history & exam. Stay hydrated/wash hands. http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/disease/chronic_diarrhea.html ...Read more

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Are parasites useful in treating autoimmune disease? I saw recent work which indicated there might be some possibilities with Crohn's disease.

Are parasites useful in treating autoimmune disease? I saw recent work which indicated there might be some possibilities with Crohn's disease.

Probably Not: The work comes after a breakthrough in 2009 when prof. Eric denkers, immunology, and a research associate, charlotte egan, discovered that mice infected with the parasite taxoplasma gondii presented symptoms similar to those found in human patients with crohn’s disease. Denkers’ lab began using toxoplasma-infected mice as an animal model for crohn's. ...Read more

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How does parasite's genome map to design a genetic control or poison to eradicate the parasite work?

How does parasite's genome map to design a genetic control or poison to eradicate the parasite work?

Complicated: This type of question is still far from clinical application. Hypothetically, there are many strategies - for example, genetically altering a vectors reproductive cycle can destroy the population of vectors that can spread the parasite. ...Read more

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How does the antimalarial chloroquine work? Does it passively diffuse into red blood cells to thwart the malaria parasite or does it enter the red blood cells by an active transport process?

How does the antimalarial chloroquine work? Does it passively diffuse into red blood cells to thwart the malaria parasite or does it enter the red blood cells by an active transport process?

Chloroquine: Chloroquine concentrates up to several 1000-fold in the food vacuole of the parasite. Possible mechanisms for this selective accumulation of Chloroquine in the food vacuole are: 1) protonation and ion trapping of the Chloroquine due to the low ph of the food vacuole; 2) active uptake of Chloroquine by a parasite transporter(s); and/or 3) binding of Chloroquine to a specific receptor in the food va. ...Read more

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Blood work is fine, no blood in stool or parasites. Why am I still losing weight? Scared it's cancer. I'm 18

Blood work is fine, no blood in stool or parasites. Why am I still losing weight? Scared it's cancer. I'm 18

Calorie record need: if thyroid test ,tsh normal and all labs normal, do a diet/calorie record for at least 3 days to know for sure what you are taking in, on average 3000 calories equal 1 pound. how much exersize are you doing? how many bowel movements per day , could have abowel disorder[ibs,crohns,] or absorbtion disorder or diabetes, check fasting glucose level [but labs normal?]could be your genetics, bmi normal? ...Read more

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Do herbal parasite cleanses work to get rid of intestinal worms? Herbs include Black Walnut Hull, Wormwood, Cloves, etc

Do herbal parasite cleanses work to get rid of intestinal worms?  Herbs include Black Walnut Hull, Wormwood, Cloves, etc

Herbal treatments: The only treatments I know of for intestinal worms are medicines as they have to selectively kill the worms and not hurt you. How do you know you have intestinal worms? ...Read more

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Mild confusion unblanced.Negative ct blood work good anxious and emotionless . Neurologist said everything looked good could it be parasites?

Mild confusion unblanced.Negative ct blood work good anxious and emotionless . Neurologist  said everything looked good could it be parasites?

Get psych eval: Ask your pcp or OB for referral to a mental health professional to evaluate "mild confusion" and feeling "unbalanced." You say you're pregnant, so how you're feeling may have to do with pregnancy as well. Please don't delay. I hope this helps. ...Read more