I’ve had several people recently report that they have been diagnosed with Blastocystis hominis, which NCBI (a U.S. government-funded national resource for molecular biology information) and Australian Health Services say is a common organism found in the intestinal tract of most people. As these friends were insistent they didn’t want to follow the drug route to heal their inflamed and upset gut, it was obviously time to do a little work on finding out more about this critter, to answer their questions as to why they got it and more importantly – what to do about it.
The Mayo Clinic say researchers don’t yet fully understand the role that blastocystis plays, if any, in causing the infection. Apparently Blastocystis hominis was thought for many years to be just a harmless organism, like Candida. But as it turns out, just like Candida and most other parasitic infections, it can turn into a dangerous disease-producing organism if it gets a hold on the body. Your job is to ensure it doesn’t, and that’s where we can help!
Our message today is that Blastocystis is generally considered to be a weak parasite. Research shows it attacks (or rather impacts) those people who have a weakened immune system or a weakened digestive tract. So the key to good health is to look after your microbiome, which will then keep any parasite infection in check for you. In fact, look after your whole digestive tract, because Blastocystis on its own, in the average healthy person, may produce no symptoms at all.
Never-the-less, in a person with weakened digestion or weakened immune response, the symptoms of Blastocystis infection are usually associated with a range of gastrointestinal issues including diarrhoea/constipation, mushy stools, abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas and pain. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, weight-loss, chronic fatigue, depression, low-grade fever, bloody stools and anal itching. Any of these sound familiar? Then it’s time to get to work, contact us so we can help.
The treatment: Many health practitioners believe there are no proven treatments for blastocystosis, however if it an organism that attacks the gut of an individual in a stressed or a weakened state, then healing the digestive tract ands rebuilding immunity of primary importance, and those two things alongside a health dose of herbs to kill off any anaerobic bacteria, microbes and fungus is a great place to start. So don;t be overwhelmed with any negative prognosis. There are simple things that can be done.
The science: Did you know that Blastocystis is a single-celled parasite and it is commonly found in people who have diarrhoea or other intestinal symptoms? The history of B. hominis is unique and few infectious agents have provoked the many misconceptions that plague this enigmatic parasitic amoeba. Because of its many cell forms and anaerobic mitochondria, B. hominis is an organism of great interest for study by researchers. Reproduction is asexual, usually by binary fission and it was only very recently identified that Blastocystis species produce cysts which could develop into vegetative forms. The cyst form is the most recently described form of the parasite. The cysts are now proven to be the transmissible infective forms, which on entering a suitable host develop into vacuolar forms as shown above.
In fact, studies have shown that each of the vegetative forms can freely transform into other vegetative forms as a random, continuous process occurring in vivo. Studies also show as we’ve said that the cysts of Blastocystis are the only transmissible forms and are only transmitted through the faeco-oral route as shown above. Studies have also revealed that suitable hosts could contract Blastocystis infection by drinking untreated water, swimming in it or eating raw aquatic plants contaminated with cysts. Recent studies demonstrate that unclean hands can serve as fomites for transmission of cysts from infected individuals on direct contact and that transmission can even come from contaminated soil. So gardeners beware!
The symptoms: Blastocystis is a very peculiar organism in that it especially likes grains. Interestingly, many people with Blastocystis may have grain allergies or difficulties tolerating grains. There is a great deal of debate about whether Blastocystis causes illness or not. Often there is another cause of the symptoms which has not yet been found. Most published studies have reported that between 50% and 80% of individuals infected with Blastocystis can produce a host of symptoms which appear to come and go and are very unpredictable. It’s been found that many people who have this organism have many different kinds of digestive complaints such as allergies, immune system difficulties, skin problems, and bowel problems. Wikipedia reports most cases of the infection appear to become diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome, according to studies from Denmark, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and Italy.
The duration: The timescale of infection with the parasite can range from weeks to years, which makes it particularly difficult to determine. Blastocystis, many times, is totally unsuspected as being the cause or connection with somebody’s digestive illness, because many labs do not know to test for it, or do not even know that it is now considered harmful. It is quite common to find Blastocystis in conjunction with other parasites, see also candida or harmful bacteria.
THIS IS THE KEY THING ABOUT BLASTOCYSTIS HOMINIS
Anyone who has gastronintestinal, allergic, skin or immune problems which seem to come and go, on and off, without making much sense, should suspect that he or she may have Blastocystis homminis. The reason for this is blastocystis homminis multiplies prolifically and attacks the body and creates trouble especially when you’re under stress or weakened in some way. The moment your body picks up a little it may not be able to affect you!
So the key here is to rebuild your immunity using every strategy you know of. Plus do a regular bowel purge to ensure you keep them better in check, even if you do not get rid of them entirely. While it can be done, most people are so impatient they stop their parasite program far too early, or they only half-do the program, which obviously will only give half results.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Blastocystis does it deadliest work when in combination with other parasites, harmful bacteria, and fungus? In the case where someone may have parasites or candida or harmful bacteria, tests generally always find that Blastocystis is the last to leave. Because Blastocystis needs the help of other parasites, candida or harmful bacteria in order to get a hold on your body, the proper approach demands that you first kill the organisms which are its allies and help it, because this renders the Blastocystis helpless and less able to create irritation to your system. If you want to know of a simple way to get your digestive system in a better position to do this, follow our Savvy Parasite Cleanse.
So if you have a current Blastocystis infection, start with going on an anti-candida diet such as the Atkins program. We have found that most people can totally eliminate candida following that regime. Did you know that it can take six to twelve months for diet alone to eliminate candida? So be willing to put some time and effort into you, your body with reward you for ever. Did you know that you can do it faster (eliminate fungal and parasitic infections) if you are taking the ninety necessary nutrients for good health? For more on this regimen talk to your Savvy Team support person.
Your Savvy Support Team support offer to work with you as you go through this process,and this can make the difference between success and failure. After you have killed off the candida, parasites and harmful bacteria, you can then focus your attack on the Blastocystis. Having no allies, we find it is much more likely to being killed off in enough quantities to be eliminated.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
It sometimes occurs that people will eliminate all symptoms of the Blastocystis while their stool tests indicates they are still retaining the Blastocystis parasite. This is due to the fact that when your immune system, your microbiome and the health of the intestinal tract is strengthened, the Blastocystis is weakened and has little effect. It is possible and in fact more than likely to still have Blastocystis in your intestines, yet suffer no effects of it, by following this procedure.
In this case it is necessary to maintain a lengthy program of some of the herbs that help control it’s proliferation, as well as digestive enzymes, and bowel cleansers to keep the intestinal tract in good enough shape to withstand any unwanted influence the Blastocystis may have. It is of course much better to eliminate the Blastocystis fully from your body, but if this is not possible, the next best thing is definitely to be symptom-free.
It is also likely that if you have an infestation of one parasite, it can create the environment that can be conducive for others to set up residence. So it is always a good idea to ensure you are coving all basis by using an all round general anti-parasites formula, to ensure this does not occur, while dealing with Blastocystis.
THESE ARE THE SYMPTOMS
- watery or loose bowel motions or diarrhoea
- abdominal pain
- itching around the anus (back passage)
- weight loss
- excess gas
However, as we’ve said, many people in whom Blastocystis is found have no symptoms at all. This is because their health and immunity, or rather their microbiome is healthy and is able to work on their behalf to keep any unwanted guests in check. The Savvy Team put a strong emphasis on gut health, because it is fundamental yo your well-being and longevity. If you want to find out more about restoring a healthy microbiome to your body, makes sure you talk to your Savvy Team support person or contact us on [email protected]
NOTE: Blastomycosis is a rare infection, totally different from Blastocystis. Blastomycosis is a rare infection caused by inhaling fungal spores, or blastospheres, produced by the microorganism Blastomyces dermatitidis, which is found in decomposing wood and soil laden with decaying organic material. An interesting fact about fungi is they cause disease as a parasite, but the parasitic phase is not essential to their life cycle. Persons who are most prone to contract this endemic disease are those with exposures to wooded sites and areas featuring thick vegetation. People most susceptible tend to include farmers, forestry workers, hunters, and campers.
The Savvy Team have a particularly good fibre supplement that has an incredible impact on spore bearing parasites, so ask us for more info if you are unfortunate enough to have this infection.