How Common Are Parasites?

Most people are not aware of the danger to their health posed by parasites; nevertheless, if one looks in the right places, one can find a lot of literature on the subject of parasites and the harmful effects they can produce.

Well over 80% of patients we check have some type of parasite or bacteria and the slight inflammation of the abdomen, and unrelated pains and aches which indicate the presence of parasites.

For instance, in a pamphlet put out by a medical manufacturer in America, we read:  Continue reading How Common Are Parasites?

Drug Resistance

Drug Resistance, Got a drug-resistant infection? Try a herb instead!

Drug resistance is one of the greatest threats to human civilization. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, pneumonia and all sorts of parasites are gaining resistance to last-resort drugs. Increasing travel and trade mean drug-resistance is a worldwide catastrophe waiting to happen.

Could we, though, have snookered ourselves with a reliance on synthetic drugs to treat disease? The story of malaria teaches a lesson that is largely ignored.

For hundreds of years quinine, a natural compound derived from the bark of a South American tree, successfully treated cases of malaria worldwide.

Then in the twentieth century the pharmaceutical industry got involved. Synthetic derivatives of quinine were invented. Hailed for their clinical purity and potency, these wonder drugs claimed to provide a more reliable treatment of malaria rather than relying on the vagaries of nature.

The bubble didn’t take long to burst. Within 10 years resistance to synthetic quinine drugs was noted. Within 40 years it was widespread.

Next came artemisinin. Science isolated this compound from sweet wormwood, a plant that Chinese herbalists had been using for over 2,000 years to treat malaria. It is highly active on the most difficult cases of malaria.

Not content to simply use the herb though, drug companies quickly developed a synthetic form of artemisinin. Once again they had improved on nature, or so they thought.

But by 2011 the WHO was already issuing alarming warnings about resistance by malaria to the “new artemisinin compounds”.

Parasites were sidestepping drugs once again.

Has anyone asked these questions, though:

How did these herbs successfully treat malaria for thousands of years before science “discovered” them?
Why didn’t the parasites develop resistance to the herbs throughout all of this time?
Is it just coincidence that once we start synthesizing these natural compounds into drugs that parasites start developing resistance to them?

I discussed this issue with an audience during a lecture recently. One attendee raised her hand and asked why this was so – why parasites don’t develop resistance to herbs but they do to drugs.

Now science doesn’t even court this question, but experienced herbalists know what’s going on.

Each season as plants grow the natural chemicals in the herbs are slightly different from previous crops. Yes, herbs are constantly changing, side-stepping the defences of parasites and not allowing them to adapt resistance.

This natural process horrifies Western science. If a compound is even slightly different from what is documented, then a scientific approach dictates that it is unacceptable. Western medicine, by synthesizing drugs out of plant chemicals to ensure they are “pure, potent and consistent” actually provides the parasites an ideal opportunity to develop resistance.

And so plants are smarter than medical science. They do exactly what is necessary to protect us from infection. These are the safeguards built into herbs to stop parasites getting the upper hand.

Next time you contract an infection keep that in mind!

Fatigue in a modern world.

Why all the fatigue?

Are you always tired? Drag your feet through the day?
Fatigued from the moment you wake in the morning?

You are not alone. Exhaustion is common in the modern world. The 24/7 nature of our world makes it difficult to unwind and can easily lead to burnout.

This overwhelming wave of fatigue gripping modern populations may have all sorts of contributing factors, including some that are rarely discussed.

Could your fatigue have a hidden or little-recognised cause? Could a silent infection be playing a part?

In 1991 a study identified active Giardia infection in 46% of chronic fatigue patients. Another study in 2004 reported a high prevalence of chronic fatigue following a major outbreak of Giardia in Norway. These studies are not isolated, and persistent fatigue is noted as a common symptom of giardiasis.

What is Giardia?

Giardia is one of a number of parasites that harbor in contaminated water. While most websites identify “developing countries” as the place to pick up Giardia, wealthy nations are not without risk. The United Kingdom alone reports 50,000 cases of Giardia contamination every year. Wherever water is stored for human consumption then people are at risk.

The Giardia parasite mimics human proteins called tenascins that regulate cell adhesion during wound healing. They break apart cell barriers to make stored nutrients available for the parasite to feed on.

If that is not bad enough, other unhealthy organisms that are present can take advantage of the “ready meals” made available by the Giardia parasite. These other parasites can then proliferate and multiple infections result.

One of the results is overwhelming and long-term fatigue.

Interrupting the digestive process has an immediate effect on energy levels. The body’s resources are also redirected to deal with the infection placing further strain on depleted energy levels. Finally the toxins secreted and excreted by Giardia and it’s co-infections all add to the burden the body is trying to deal with.

It is easy to see how Giardia can result in long-term cases of chronic fatigue, and all types and stages of exhaustion along the way.

Treating Giardia with antibiotics can exacerbate other problems as the drugs effectively nuke the good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics are handy in closing the door on infections returning once they parasites have been eliminated, but are not potent enough to kill of parasites already present in large numbers.

Thankfully certain herbs have been used in some cases for thousands of years to effectively hunt down and kill particular parasites within the system. Combinations of these credentialed natural medicines are being used effectively by practitioners worldwide to safely eliminate Giardia and its common co-infections, restoring health and removing symptoms of infection.

Including fatigue.

What are Electrolytes, Why are they important?

What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are well recognised for the amazing role they play in the body. But despite this few really know what they do, why they are important, and even what they are.

And so what are electrolytes, and why is the word “ion” so important in comprehending their function?

Years ago I was presenting our natural treatments to a medical doctor. He had used one of our products for years, but it wasn’t until I arrived at his practice that I realized he wasn’t a naturopath (i.e. registered natural doctor in Australia).

And so the humiliation began as he, one by one, disparagingly consigned all of my other products to the reject pile.

Then I handed him a bottle of liquid Ionic Sea Minerals.

After reading the formula he offered a condescending suggestion that these minerals weren’t “medical” strength and didn’t stack up to his tablets that were much “stronger”.

“Well of course, doctor, the thing that sets these minerals apart is that they are ionic”, I replied.

“What does ionic mean?”, he retorted.

After I pushed picked myself up from the floor (where I had fallen in amazement that an experienced doctor didn’t know his Year 11 chemistry) I explained that ions are charged atoms – much higher quality and greater absorption than other mineral supplements.

His next move was to hit his speed dial, calling a pharmacist on his office speakerphone.

“I’ve got a rep here trying to sell me ionic minerals. Can you tell me what an ion is?”

This exercise, designed to throw egg on my face, saw him soaking in it.

“Oh, I’m not sure, Doctor. I don’t really know what an ion is. I know at the herb store they say ionic minerals are better than other types, but I don’t know why. Perhaps you may like to check with them?”

Well that was the effective end of my interview with the good doctor. I exited the surgery stunned at the abject ignorance of these medical people.

An ionic mineral, or electrolyte, is an electrically charged element. When an element has an even number of electrons and protons it is called an atom. But when there is an uneven number it is called an ion.

Atoms and ions are the building blocks of all things. But as ions carry a charge that atoms do not, they play a vital role in the electrical reactions that take place throughout the body.

That means that every body cell needs ions, or electrolytes, to function. And so every person alive needs electrolytes. Without them we die.

So who really understands what an electrolyte is? Perhaps the next time you visit your doctor you should ask the question, “Doctor, what is an ionic mineral?”

The answer you get may be enlightening on many levels.

Itchy Bottom Curse

Itchy Bottom Curse,  Nothing is more frustrating than repeated pinworm infection in children. In fact one of the most common questions we are asked here at Genesis is, “Why do my kids keep getting these worms?”

The answer may surprise you.

Typically parents treat their children with a chocolate square or tablet from the pharmacy that carry the claim of cure from just a single dose, perhaps repeated after 2 weeks. But the story is more complicated than that, and there are little-known factors that render the one or two-shot drug treatments ineffective.

1. Pinworms don’t lay their eggs inside the body.

Yep, that’s right. Ever wondered what those worms are doing down there to cause the itch? They are exiting the body to lay their eggs around the outside of the anus. The drugs do eliminate adult worms on the inside, but what do they do to the eggs already outside the body? Nothing. The drugs don’t ever reach them.

2. Pinworms are prolific breeders.

When we say eggs, we mean lots of them. Mature pinworms can lay up to 20,000 eggs per day.

3. All those eggs go on a journey.

Once laid those thousands of eggs fall off the body into pajamas, underwear and bed clothing. When these items are handled the pinworm eggs become airborne, landing on hard surfaces where they can remain active for up to three weeks. The child later touches a doorknob, eats a piece of fruit, and hey presto! Reinfection has taken place, possibly weeks after taking the drug to kill off these things.

Pinworm reinfestation will keep taking place until the lifecycle is broken. And that requires administering anti-worm treatments on a daily basis beyond the viability of the eggs in the environment – at least 3 weeks.

Herbal treatments have been used in some cases for centuries to successfully eradicate pinworm infection. And unlike pharmaceutical (synthetic) options, herbal remedies are usually safe to take on a daily basis for long enough to break the worm lifecycle.

There is an answer to and Itchy Bottom Curse and persistent pinworm infestation, and it has been there for centuries.

Candida Chlorine – the Chlorine Link

Candida Chlorine – the Chlorine Link, is hailed as a wonder of the modern world. Portrayed as a safe disinfectant, Chlorine is used in water supplies worldwide from Portland to New York  to eradicate bacterial infection, rendering it safe to drink.

Chlorine comes with a price though, and that is the worldwide increase in candida-related infections such as thrush. How so?

From the early twentieth century the search was on for a cheap and effective way to disinfect the huge bodies of water required to service our ever-growing cities. Showing promise in halting a typhoid epidemic in England in 1905, chlorination quickly became the method of choice for eliminating pathogens from our water supply.

What does this have to do with candida? Read on for the connection.

Harboring in your intestinal system are 100 trillion beneficial bacteria and yeasts. These organisms are naturally balanced and vital for life. Lurking amongst these is the yeast candida albicans, playing a beneficial role in trace amounts. Good bacteria prey on candida keeping the yeast in our gut at the right levels.

Enter: Chlorinated tap water! Chlorine, designed to kill bacteria, suppress the beneficial bacteria in your gut but leave behind yeasts. Candida, having now lost its predator, proliferates rapidly and colonizes your intestinal system in as little as 4 hours.

Excess candida is then absorbed like a nutrient, and your circulatory system delivers it to all parts of your body. Here it shows up as thrush, tinea, digestive problems, brain fog, white tongue, etc.

And it likely started with the suppression of beneficial bacteria in your gut by chlorine in your water.

Widespread candida infection was born in the 20th century as a result of antibiotics (which also kill bacteria but leave yeasts untouched), modern diets and chlorine in our water supply.

Are you safe if you avoid tap water? No. After all, what do you bathe in? What do you wash with? What do you water your organic vegetable garden with?

If the answer is tap water then chlorine is in your environment constantly suppressing the beneficial bacteria in your gut and leaving the door ajar for candida to proliferate.

This is why candida always comes back – the factors that contribute to its growth are ever present in our modern world. And why the only solution to thrush and other candida-related conditions is regular use of herbal formulas that kill candida. Yes, such remedies do exist, and they work!

If you don’t know where to start,
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Genesis Health Products Detox Caloundra

TOXINS are poisonous substances produced by living organisms. Detoxing is a way of eliminating these toxins. Toxins are a common problem. Toxins are produced by all sorts of unhealthy organisms that live in humans. These include bacteria, worms, food & water-borne parasites.

Parasites are by far the most successful life form on the planet. Medical experts in one Western country find parasites in over 90% of the people they examine. These unwelcome invaders feed on the nutrients in your food and load you down with their many secretions and excretions (toxins).

You may not feel them, but you will notice the presence of their toxins! Abdominal pain, bad breath, bowel irritation, fluid retention, food sensitivities, joint/muscle pain, allergies, bloating, fatigue, unexplained fevers, chronic vaginal itching, rashes, gas and stomach cramps are just a few of the common signs of the toxins caused by various unhealthy organisms or parasites.

Many popular “Detox Programs” are ineffective as they generally ignore parasites. Effective Detox treatments should also eliminate the true source of toxins – parasites. Not just the toxins themselves. Shorter treatments lasting less than 30 days will not eliminate parasites properly, but leave behind eggs and larvae to live on. Well established or long term infestations often need ongoing treatment lasting 60 or even 90 days to ensure a thorough cleanse.

Finally, no thorough detox treatment is complete without a system recharge. Replenishing your digestive tract with beneficial bacteria boosts your immunity and helps close the door on future infestations.

Detox, then Recharge!

And so Detox is not a quick fix. It encompasses a whole wellness program, weeding out toxins and the parasites that put them there, seeding your system with beneficial bacteria and feeding the process with minerals to make it all work. Detox is more than a buzzword. It is a way of maintaining vibrant health.

What can be done about Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia was a word that didn’t officially exist until 1990. That was when the American College of Rheumatology identified a list of health factors that suggested a condition that they termed “fibromyalgia”.

How can fibromyalgia be best defined? Nothing can better describe the effects of this condition than can the simple term “chronic pain”.

Previously known for over a century by a number of terms such as fibrocitis, psychogenic rheumatism, chronic muscle pain syndrome or tension myalgias, fibromyalgia is  Continue reading What can be done about Fibromyalgia?

What are minerals & trace elements?

Plants cannot produce minerals. Plants extract and assimilate metallic minerals from the soil they grow in. Through a diet of plant matter, and also by consuming animals that eat plants, humans assimilate minerals.

Like many things in life, minerals, although essential for our well being, are taken for granted. It is only in recent years that the public in general have become aware of these essential building blocks.

There would be no life without minerals. Given the fact that the main source of minerals is from plant matter, and that in most cases plants are grown in mineral deficient soil, it is  Continue reading What are minerals & trace elements?

The World’s Skinniest Fat!

 Coconuts get a lot of bad press. There is a widely held misconception that their saturated fat content raises cholesterol and piles on the kilos. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Modern research has found that coconuts act in quite the reverse. Saturated fats are now recognised as essential to health, with no automatic negative impact on bad cholesterol or retention of fat. (The villains of the fat story are actually Continue reading The World’s Skinniest Fat!