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Do These Popular Diets Make You Nutrient Deficient?

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Do These Popular Diets Make You Nutrient Deficient?

by Carin Gorrell | Posted February 2nd, 2018

Eating well and meeting all of the daily nutritional recommendations is hard enough when you have no dietary restrictions. But if you’re on any kind of diet that eliminates specific ingredients or entire categories of foods—whether it’s for health purposes, to lose weight, to align with your ethical beliefs, or any other reason—there’s a good chance you’re falling short on certain key nutrients, says nutrition counselor Stephanie Clarke, M.S., R.D., cofounder of C&J Nutrition.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to break your diet rules in order to meet your nutritional needs. Which is especially reassuring news if you’re someone with a serious condition like Celiac disease who simply can’t start eating whole grains without some very real health consequences.

We asked Clarke to help identify possible deficiencies you should be thinking about if you’re following a Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, strict elimination, or vegan diet. Keep reading to discover the most common deficiencies, plus what you can add to your plate that’s within your dietary restrictions to help replace those missing nutrients.

The Paleo Diet

The basic premise of the Paleo Diet is that you can eat anything a caveman (or cavewoman) could hunt or gather back in the Paleolithic era, more than 2 million years ago. That means yes to meat, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional produce, and seeds, and no to modern foods—namely grains, dairy, and legumes.

You might be missing: Calcium, folate, and fiber

Smart fixes: It’s hard to get enough calcium from natural sources other than dairy, so Clarke suggests looking for a Paleo-friendly non-dairy milk like coconut or almond milk that’s fortified with calcium. If you’re eating plenty of vegetables, you’re likely getting enough fiber and folate, a B vitamin that’s essential for heart health, preventing birth defects, and more. But if your diet is pretty meat heavy, start piling more vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, and dark leafy greens on your plate.

The Keto Diet

This diet was originally developed for use in hospitals to help control seizures in children with epilepsy, says Clarke, but has recently become popular for weight loss. The very low-carb, high-fat plan requires you get only 10% of your calories from carbohydrates and 20% from protein; the remaining 70% should come from fat—think tons of meat, fish, nuts, and oils. Even fruits and vegetables are limited because of their carbohydrates, and so is dairy thanks to its lactose (a natural sugar).

You might be missing: Fiber, B vitamins, vitamins A and C, and calcium

Smart fixes: Eat more green leafy vegetables like spinach, chard, and kale, which are low in carbs but high in B vitamins, A, C, and fiber. These greens also contain some calcium, but not enough, so Clarke recommends taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement that includes 100% of your daily value of key vitamins and minerals.

Gluten-Free Diet

Only a small percentage of people have Celiac or a true intolerance to gluten, a protein in wheat (and wheat varieties and derivatives like farro and spelt), rye, barley, triticale, malt, brewer’s yeast, and wheat starch. But many more people have a sensitivity to gluten, and nixing it from their diet can relieve symptoms such as GI distress, brain fog, and joint pain.

You might be missing: Folate and fiber

Smart fixes: Falling short on B vitamins and fiber is really only a concern if you don’t eat a lot of vegetables and you’re entirely grain-free (meaning you don’t eat gluten-free grains like brown rice, quinoa, and amaranth), explains Clarke. If that’s you, time to load up on leafy greens for folate, and beans and produce like raspberries, apples, and pears for fiber. Note that many gluten-free packaged products such as breads and cereals are not fortified with folic acid (the synthetic version of folate), so don’t count on those to meet your folate needs unless the label says otherwise.

Elimination Diet

These diets can vary depending on your individual needs, but it involves eliminating all foods that are suspected of disrupting digestive function and health due to allergies, sensitivities, chronic illness, or an otherwise impaired immune system. That can entail nixing all grains (there may be some exceptions, such as white rice), seeds, dairy, eggs, legumes, tree nuts, nightshade and cruciferous vegetables, and most meat (aside from chicken and fish).

You might be missing: Calcium, folate, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and enough calories in general

Smart fixes: Remember that most non-dairy milks are fortified with calcium, so choose one that is (check the label) and that works with your plan, such as oat or rice milk. Your folate is likely low because you’re not eating fortified foods or some of the top vegetable sources such as black-eyed peas (legumes) and broccoli (cruciferous), so focus on the high-folate produce you can have such as asparagus, white rice, and avocado. Look to vegetables and fruits on your “yes” list to help pump up your fiber intake as well.

Vegan Diet

Veganism is characterized by no animal products, including all meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. It’s a rapidly growing trend: While only about 6% of Americans are vegan according to one 2017 survey, that’s exponentially higher than the estimated 1% of vegans in 2014.

You might be missing: B12, iron, and protein

Smart fixes: The only reliable vegan source of B12 is fortified foods (non-dairy milks and some tofu, soy, and cereal products), so if you’re not eating fortified foods a few times a day, you should take a B12 supplement, says Clarke.

Iron from non-heme (non-animal) sources is not as easily absorbed by the body. It’s easy to get enough from sources like legumes, blackstrap molasses, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, whole grains, and even dark chocolate, just be sure to pair it with a little vitamin C (strawberries, kiwi, oranges), which aids in iron absorption, says Clarke.

When it comes to protein, most Americans (including vegans) get more than they need, which is 10-20% of their daily calories, says Clarke. But if you suspect you’re falling short, aim to have two or more complementary proteins at every meal—pairing incomplete proteins such as whole wheat, rice, beans, lentils, and peanuts will provide all the essential amino acids you need.

As for vitamin D and omega-3s, two 3-4 ounce servings of salmon a week should be enough to hit your levels, but you might still consider taking a vitamin D supplement—even the healthiest people have trouble getting enough D, says Clarke. And if you’re struggling to meet your caloric needs, lean on high-fat avocado and oils on your approved list (avocado, canola, grapeseed, and olive oils are usually allowed): One gram of fat delivers 9 calories, compared to only 4 calories in a gram of carbohydrate or protein.

As always, talk with your healthcare practitioner if you have any concerns about nutritional deficiencies or starting a new diet or supplement. Have other questions or suggestions about filling in nutritional gaps? Share them with us on Facebook.



Food is important for everyone, but the Lyme/MSIDS patient needs to take it extremely seriously.  This article points out some possible holes in various diets.  Please work with a good nutritionist and figure out your personal imbalances.  It will help you greatly in your journey.

For more:  Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, film maker – ‘What’s With Wheat?’, best-selling author, international speaker and founder of Changing Habits.  She gives simple and practical steps to change your health.  Diagnosed with MS, Dr. Terry Wahls received the best standard medicine had to offer. After declining to the point of being in a wheel chair, she took matters into her own hands and learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her MS and get out of her wheelchair.  Great video explaining how 70-80% of our immune system is in our gut and the importance of eliminating sugar.  I add info about how MSM, a safe, inexpensive supplement can help heal leaky gut.  Excellent video that explains many nutritional myths we’ve grown up with including – fat is bad. It also points out a few things that are helpful for weight loss, since many MSIDS patients gain weight while in treatment. It also discusses digestive enzymes with ingredients I cover in the article about systemic enzymes:


Leaky Gut – Free Guide

by Dr. Alex Rinehart

Understanding Leaky Gut, Autoimmunity, and Beyond

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Leaky gut is when the intestines absorb bacteria, toxins, and undigested food into the bloodstream.

Once in the bloodstream, these materials trigger inflammation and abnormal immune responses.

Leaky gut has been linked to a number of health problems like Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and virtually every autoimmune disease.

If you suffer with any of those conditions, a good treatment plan must address leaky gut.

Pioneering researcher and medical doctor Dr. Alessio Fasano published a landmark paper in 2012 detailing the the integral link between leaky gut and autoimmune disease.

The paper boldly suggests that autoimmune disease cannot exist without leaky gut.

Normally, a primary job of the intestines is to block the absorption of larger material. It becomes “leaky” by absorbing bigger proteins than it should allow in the blood.

Once in the bloodstream, these materials invite immune reactions. Along the way, the body starts mistaking healthy tissues as enemies too.

This “autoimmunity” can target any tissue in the body.

  • The thyroid? Hashimoto’s or Graves’ thyroiditis.
  • The joints? Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The gut? Celiac disease or Ulcerative colitis.
  • The pancreas? Type I Diabetes
  • Connective tissue? Scleroderma
  • Red blood cells? Hemolytic anemia

So while autoimmune diseases are characterized by the types of tissues the body is attacking – these attacks start by leaky gut.

This means that an autoimmune thyroid condition is not a thyroid problem. Rheumatoid arthritis is not a joint problem. Autoimmunity to ANY tissue is not a problem with that tissue

Autoimmunity is an IMMUNE problem mediated by GUT HEALTH. To manage autoimmune disease successfully – fix leaky gut.

How to Manage Leaky Gut

Some genetic factors like HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8 can increase your risk for leaky gut; yet, ultimately those who carry leaky gut markers are just more easily triggered by lifestyle factors.

Lifestyle factors for leaky gut include.

  • Stress
  • Food intolerance (wheat, dairy, corn, etc)
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs (especially NSAIDs and PPIs)
  • Infections (bacterial, yeast, fungal, viral and parasitic).
  • Imbalance of Gut Flora, Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth/Small Intestinal Fungal Overgrowth
  • Other triggers like radiation exposure, poor sleep, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and overexercise.

To heal leaky gut, simply follow the bullets above like a roadmap.

Manage stress, limit alcohol and sugar, eat a diverse, nutrient-dense, and low-allergy diet, sleep selfishly, and protect those friendly microbes in your gut!



Go to link at beginning of article for your Free Guide:  The 5 Most Overlooked Consequences of a Broken Gut


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Cure a Cold Fast – It’s Not the Flu Vaccine

Lyme/MSIDS patients have impaired immune systems due to serious bacterial and often viral and fungal infections, so when a cold or flu strikes, we are sitting ducks.  Recent research shows that just breathing is enough to spread the flu:  This information is being used to frighten and push the flu vaccine which Dr. Mercola explains is about 10% effective this year due to viral mismatches and growth substrates where viruses can mutate:

Then there’s that pesky detail of not having enough studies on the effectiveness of formaldehyde killing the virus making it “inactive” which explains why some get the flu after getting the vaccine:  This happened before when 40,000 kids were given the Salk IPV and got polio.  OOPS!

What authorities don’t tell you about vaccines for the immunocompromised, such as Lyme/MSIDS patients, is that a vaccine which is created to lower your immune system so that your body mounts an immune response can activate latent infections.  Within this link you will also see a connection between the HPV vaccine and Bartonella.  I just finished “Lyme Madness,” by Lori Dennis.  Her son’s Lyme/MSIDS activated after a flu shot.  I hear these stories over and over.  

And then there’s the damning retroviral connection:

Often the first sign of immune dysregulation is an adverse reaction to a vaccine:  All it took was a tetanus shot for engineer Eric Gladen to get major neurological symptoms.  After going on a protocol for about 6 months to remove mercury, his symptoms vanished.  This led him on a journey and gave us the documentary “Trace Amounts,” which is about mercury-based thimerosal & autism.

The flu vaccine in particular often contains high amounts of thimerosal, which is 50% mercury.  Many vaccines also contain aluminum, a neurotoxin.  Research is growing on how these metals accumulate in the brain over time.  Great article on aluminum toxicity.

So rather than be frightened and reach for what seems like an easy button, this article will hopefully give you practical tools to use at home to lower your flu risk or lessen infection time.

The following video by NPR shows how viruses turn our cells into mini viral reproductive factories.

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In this video Dr. Axe shares his top seven remedies to cure a cold fast. These specific remedies can help you get rid of your cold in 24 hours or less.  They are most effective when taken upon initial flu/cold symptoms.

1. Echinacea

The research using Echinacea tea is not consistent. The studies that demonstrated the best effect at shortening the length of a cold occurred when you drink two to three cups of Echinacea tea per day starting on the first or second day of your cold.

2. Elderberry Syrup or Extract

In one study, elderberry syrup reduced the severity of flu symptoms and shortened their duration by about four days. Elderberry extract is also known for inducing sweating, and helps relieve congestion.
3. Vitamin C (1000mg 5x day)
A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients.  You can take several grams every hour (use the liposomal form so you don’t get loose stools), till you are better. 

4. Garlic (capsules or cloves)

In the singular study identified by the Cochrane group, those who took garlic daily for three months had fewer colds than those who took a placebo, and, when they did come down with a cold, the duration of illness was shorter — an average of 4.5 days compared to 5.5 days for the placebo group.

5. Oregano Oil/ Oil of Oregano (4-5 drops in water)
The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective and most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil which has potent antibacterial and antiviral effects. In one study, researchers found when in spray form in combination with four other aromatic plants it could immediately reduce the side effects of a cold. This treatment was no longer effective after three days of use. Oil of oregano should not be used by children, women who are pregnant or nursing or who plan to become pregnant.
6. Zinc (100mg a day)
A Cochrane Database Review of the medical research on zinc found that when taken within one day of the first symptoms, zinc can cut down the time you have a cold by about 24 hours.  Zinc was also found to greatly reduce the severity of symptoms. Zinc was not recommended for anyone with an underlying health condition, like lowered immune function, asthma or chronic illness.  Dr. Mercola does not recommend taking more than 50 mg a day, and does not recommend taking zinc on a daily basis for preventive purposes as you could easily develop a copper imbalance that way.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar (2 Tbsp in water 3x a day)

Cold viruses increase the acidity of your body.  Apple Cider vinegar reduces the acidity and has acetic acid that helps prevent the growth of viruses.
Eliminate sugars from your diet, add in a real vegetable soup a day, consume chicken broth, and citrus fruits. For more information on getting rid of a cold check out this article:
Since it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, it can be toxic, which is why it’s important to test your level at least yearly.  It’s also more effective than the flu-vaccine:  Dr. Mercola adds to this list:

1. Meditation – has significant positive effects on heart rate, brain function, stress reduction and blood pressure.  Research also has demonstrated lasting positive effects on brain function and immune system.  Imaging demonstrated an increase in activation in the left frontal region of the brain associated with lower anxiety, and blood work showed larger increases in antibody production in participants who meditated in the study. 

2. Exercise – if all symptoms are above the neck, such as sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes, then breaking out in a sweat is generally considered safe. The immune system functions better when you exercise regularly and is a good preventative measure.  Walking, jogging, yoga and slow biking are among the best exercises when you have a cold, while endurance sports, team sports, weightlifting and exercising in the cold weather are among the worst.  Exercise may help you feel better but may not shorten the length of your cold. If you are involved in strenuous exercise it depletes the energy needed to fight the virus and can actually make your symptoms worse.

3. Sleep – Sleep has a strong regulatory influence on your immune system and promotes the influence of cytokines stimulating the interaction between antigen-presenting cells and T-helper cells necessary for your body to fight virus infections.  Most people need between about eight hours of sleep a night and plenty of rest during the day.

4. Nasal Saline Rinse – Although researchers can only speculate how saline nasal washes are effective in treating and preventing virus infections and recurrences, the fact is they are effective.  Use only sterile normal saline water in the rinse.  Tap water can increase the inflammatory response in the sinus passages and carry parasites that can infect your brain.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide – In 1928, Dr. Richard Simmons hypothesized that the cold virus entered your body through the ear canal and not the nose. His theory was dismissed by the medical community; however, in 1938, German researchers had great success using hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal to treat colds and the flu.  You must start treatment in the first 24 hours to have a significant impact on reducing the length of the cold. Take a capful of hydrogen peroxide and while lying on your side, pour it in, letting it bubble for a few minutes.  Switch sides and repeat.

6. Chicken Soup – A team of researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center found evidence that chicken soup — both homemade and from the can — had anti-inflammatory properties that could prevent the side effects of a cold.  Avoid the canned varieties in favor of a home-cooked version with homemade broth.

9. Coconut Oil – has both antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Rub coconut oil over your skin. It is readily absorbed into your body and, as an added benefit, will soften your skin too. Add one-half teaspoon to your coffee or tea when you have a cold and cook with it.

10. Baking Soda – reduces the acidity of your body in the treatment of colds and flu. However, I have pushed the body pH in the opposite direction and achieved the same results, shortening the length of an infection.  The administration of baking soda is simple, relatively harmless and easy to test on your own cold. Simply dissolve the recommended amount of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink it. Recommended dosages from the Arm & Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:

Day 1 — Take six doses of one-half teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at about two-hour intervals
Day 2 —Take four doses of one-half teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals
Day 3 — Take two doses of one-half teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter ½ teaspoon in glass of cool water each morning until cold symptoms are gone
This should only be used as an occasional (not chronic) treatment, however, and be careful not to consume excessive amounts, which can cause serious electrolyte and acid/base imbalances.

11. Lifestyle Choices – eliminate or drastically reduce your alcohol intake and smoking. Both of these factors negatively impact your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to fight the viral infection.

12. Steam – will not shorten the length of your cold, but it will help to break up the mucous secretions in your sinuses, reduce the inflammation in your nasal passages and help you to breathe better.

13. Stress Reduction – Practicing meditation, yoga or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are simple and effective practices to support your immune system and prevent other damage caused by stress.

14. Hand Washing – is a deterrent for infection by viruses and against further infection while you are sick. It will also reduce the spread of the virus to other family members, but it will not shorten the length of your cold. Remember that too much hand washing is almost as bad as not enough. Frequent washing strips your skin of protective oils, causing the skin to crack and bleed.

15. Eat Real Food – and avoiding processed foods will give your body the necessary tools to fight a viral infection. It will also reduce the potential you’ll suffer a quick recurrence of the infection.

In this article Dr. Rawls gives some more great advice:

  1. Isolate the sick & stay in bed
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Maintain a healthy immune system
  4. Drink lots of fluids
  5. Take Vitamin C (1,000 mg up to 4X/day)
  6. Take herbal therapy to support your immune system
  7. Apple cider vinegar (2 Tbs with 8oz water and 1-2 tsp local honey – drink several X/day)
  8. Reduce food intake
  9. Inhale steam before bed (can use essential oils in steam)
  10. Antiviral drugs can reduce severity and duration  Please see this news story first:



The Invisible Universe Of The Human Microbiome & MSM

 NPR 2013

The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you’re more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells. But these tiny compatriots are invisible to the naked eye. Artist Ben Arthur gives us a guided tour of the rich universe of the human microbiome.  Dr. Mercola Jan., 2018

Story at-a-glance

  • Because 70 to 80 percent of your immune system resides within your gastrointestinal tract, optimizing your gut microbiome is a worthwhile pursuit that will have far-reaching effects on your physical health and emotional well-being
  • A vital first step toward balancing your gut flora is to eliminate sugar from your diet, especially sugars found in processed foods
  • Eating fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as consuming prebiotic foods like garlic, leeks and onions, can help create an optimal environment for beneficial gut bacteria, while decreasing disease-causing bacteria, fungi and yeast
  • Taking a probiotic or sporebiotic supplement can also be beneficial, especially during and following antibiotic treatment, because it helps restore and promote healthy gut flora
  • Your gut bacteria can influence your behavior and gene expression, and has also been shown to play a role with respect to autism, diabetes and obesity


All Lyme/MSIDS patients should be on a good pro and prebiotic as well as lowering or avoiding sugars, eating a whole-food based diet, and avoiding processed food.  Some will do well eliminating gluten and/or dairy.  We are all so different – what works for one may not work for another, but all are worth trying.

In my quest, I’ve been studying DMSO and MSM recently and plan on writing a lengthy article on them; however, I can whole-heartedly recommend trying MSM to anyone.  It’s as safe as water.  

Briefly, MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane and is 34% sulfur by weight.  Sulfur plays a crucial role in detoxification and is an important antioxidant for producing glutathione.  If you aren’t getting enough sulfur, glutathione can not work.  Even if you have a diet rich in sulfur (think cabbage, onions, garlic, broccoli, etc – essentially the stinky veggies – and many other food items as well) your body still could use supplementation.

For me it was a game-changer. By Lyn-Genet Recitas, NMT, Sports Nutritionist, Holistic Health Pracitioner, RYT

Recitas, author of “The Plan,” calls MSM the wonder supplement for your gut.  It can alleviate allergy symptoms, helps with detoxification, eliminates free radicals, and improves cell permeability.  She states that with given time, MSM will start to actually repair damage caused by leaky gut – a common problem with Lyme/MSIDS patients.  It can also help the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.  Many Lyme patients struggle with paralysis of the gut where the muscles of the stomach and intestines stop being efficient.  MSM helps this muscle tone as well.

Since I plan on writing a lengthy article, I’m not going to go into MSM’s anti-inflammatory & pain reducing capabilities – but this is exactly what it is most commonly used for.

My personal observation after starting MSM:

I started out with 1/4 tsp of distilled crystals in about 2 oz of water, since it has a bitter taste.  After studying it, I learned the distillation process is the best one and if you want to find sources easily go here: You should see the OptiMSM patent on the product.  I happened to get the 16 oz tub of crystals at the Vitamin Shoppe but as you can see there are many brands available. (As always, I don’t make a dime on any of this and have no connection what so ever to any product line)

Within three days I noticed my nails growing faster.  Within a week, about 50% of my pain was gone.  Now this is a big deal as this pain has been resistant to nearly everything I’ve tried over the years.

After this reduction in pain, I increased the dose to 1/4 tsp twice a day and then ultimately to my final dose of 1/2 tsp twice a day in 2 oz of water.

I have to report that my pain is completely gone on some days with a fraction returning on other days.

For a great MSM guide:  This article gives a current 2017 review of MSM as well as studies and 195 references.  MSM has been studied for decades.

It is recommended to start at a low initial dose and allow the body to acclimate.  You can slowly increase the dose after a week.  It is also stated that those with chronic conditions may take up to 6 or more months to notice a difference.

You can also get MSM in creams, gels, and lotions for topical application – as well as pills.  Make sure you read about the other ingredients and if the MSM is made from distillation.  Like any other supplement, the devil’s in the details.

Many take MSM internally as well as use it topically in specific areas for pain relief.  It has been so effective internally for me I haven’t even tried topical MSM.





Dr. Sue Massie – Lyme Webinar

In case you missed the webinar session, or in case you’d like to watch it again, here’s the link to the replay video:


Title: “Lyme: The Great Imitator”

Description: TDI/Health Through Awareness presents Sue Massie, ND, CNHP who will be discussing her personal experience and latest information on Lyme disease.

Host: Liesha Getson, BCTT, CHHC, Sue Massie, ND, CNHP, Philip Getson, D.O.

If any of our followers are experts in a particular field and have a topic they think our audience would appreciate and that they would like to present on or know of any practitioners that would like to participate please contact:

Liesha at TDI: 856-596-5834



Lots of great info here.  Since Lyme/MSIDS is such a complex illness(es), it’s imperative you deal with all the blow-back as well as imbalances these infections cause and exacerbate.

Listen to this, take notes, think about what symptoms and issues you have and take ideas to your practitioner.  Nobody knows your body like you do.  With your input, doctors are much more helpful.  Speak up at your appointments and take ideas to them for consideration.





Feel Helplessly Predestined for Disease? Listen to This

This great Tedx Talk reminds us we have far more control over the destiny of our health than we realize.  If you need encouragement to change your health habits – this is it.  

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What’s with Wheat? | Cyndi O’Meara | TEDxWilmington

In this talk Cyndi O’Meara discusses challenges with wheat.

Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, film maker – ‘What’s With Wheat?’, best-selling author, international speaker and founder of Changing Habits. Cyndi graduated with a BSc majoring in Nutrition in 1984, her special interest was ancestral foods. After graduating, she became disillusioned by the global ‘standard’ nutritional guidelines that she paved her own path. Cyndi started Changing Habits in 1990, from her regular newspaper column on nutrition. Her ground breaking book Changing Habits Changing Lives (1998) became an instant best seller and from there she has grown a successful organic food company, certified online education program, a ground breaking documentary and is currently building a 60-acre organic food bowl which will be used as an education centre for sustainable farming practices. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at



Being a native Iowan myself, I found O’Meara’s brief family history interesting. Spraying arsenic, lead & DDT on corn & wheat due to a locust plague was not too shocking considering I lived on the Mississippi River where Dupont and Clinton Corn were huge manufacturing plants employing many of the town folk. Today, all my old girlfriends have thyroid and endocrine disease and there is a lot of cancer.

The micro biome of the soil is just as important as the micro biome of the human body.  When farmers use things that disrupt the soil – beware.  It’s just a matter of time before the human body micro biome gets trashed.

Being a Lyme/MSIDS patient myself and understanding the challenges, this talk will give you simple and practical steps you can actively take to help regain your health.  If it’s overwhelming, do 1 thing until you are able to take on more. Remember – no guilt.  Just start somewhere and feel happy about it, knowing you are making life-long changes that will make a difference.

  1. When able, get to know the farmers at the local market and develop a relationship with them.  Raising crops in a healthy way is what these folks have devoted their lives to.  They are springs of information and are quite willing to share it.
  2. If you suspect wheat, go off it for 6 weeks and see if symptoms improve.  Many have found this one step to be a turning point.  My PT, after listening to my symptoms one day, asked, “Have you considered gluten?  I have nearly every symptom you just mentioned and when my wife, who’s a nutritionist, put me on a gluten-free diet, every symptom disappeared.”  Interestingly, he was so reactive that he had to use his own eating utensils and keep them separate from the family’s as he reacted even to microscopic amounts of gluten remaining on washed utensils others used to eat gluten with.  This shows that for many Lyme/MSIDS looks an awful lot like Lyme/MSIDS.  It can cause joint pain, brain fog, and many other similar symptoms.
  3. Be a label reader.  Find out what’s inside and what is being sprayed on your food.
  4. When you shop, stay on the perimeter of the store where the real food is.
  5. Get back in the kitchen and make your own food.

For another straight-forward talk on how to change your body and health with food:  Diagnosed with MS, Dr. Terry Wahls received the best standard medicine had to offer. After declining to the point of being in a wheel chair, she took matters into her own hands and learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her MS and get out of her wheelchair.

Removing Parasites to Fix Lyme & Chronic Illnesses – Dr. Jay Davidson  Sept. 2017

by Dr. Jay Davidson

Article Summary

  • Parasites are more common than you might think. About 50% of the western world has parasites. Importantly, parasites can play a part in almost every common illness, and they can prevent the effective treatment of chronic disease.
  • Parasites can range from microscopic creatures, to huge tapeworms. Anyone can be affected by parasites, but there are some patients, such as those with poor immune systems and Lyme sufferers, who are more risk-prone.
  • The symptoms of parasites and Lyme are often very similar. It may be easy for many people to overlook the presence of a parasite in their body. Common symptoms range from insomnia and bruxism, to anemia, skin conditions, and more.
  • Parasites and Lyme disease go hand in hand. When parasites are within your system, it is impossible to remove Lyme. Some studies have even found that parasites can protect the bacteria of Lyme inside themselves.
  • Treating parasites can also mean treating chronic illness. Often, treatment for parasitic infections will begin with a careful consideration of diet. Make sure to remove grains, sugars, and pork from your diet. You should also consider adding substances like garlic, diatomaceous earth, and coconut oil.
  • One of the most powerful treatments for Lyme and parasites is Mimosa Pudica. This substance paralyzes parasites and flushes them from the system.
  • Management for parasite die-off will be necessary during a cleanse. Removing Lyme and parasites from your body can be an exhausting process.


It is difficult to think that there might be parasites crawling around inside you. The concept is nerve-wracking, and just plain disgusting. Experts believe that more than 50% of people in the Western world will suffer from a parasitic infection in their lifetime. It is easy to understand why this is the case when the human body is crawling with bacteria. The digestive tract holds more than three pounds of bacteria alone.

Although some bacteria can be good for your body, improving nutrient absorption and digestion, other bacteria can be devastating. When the bacteria in your system gets out of balance it creates a perfect place for parasites to thrive.

Parasites can enter your body in many ways and eating lot of fructose and glucose feeds the parasites helping them multiply. Pharmaceuticals, such as antibiotics, can also deplete the digestion system of bacteria and encourage parasitic growth.

For people with chronic Lyme, the problem is that they may not know they have a parasitic infection. This can mean that you are attempting to rid the body of disease while the parasites inside you are still acting as a host for Lyme disease itself. Researchers believe that parasites could play a part in every common illness. If you want to get rid of a chronic disease, you need to start by killing parasites.

The first step, of course, is recognizing that you have parasites in your body. The disturbing truth is that you probably do. Studies indicate that most people have parasites – especially those with chronic illnesses like Lyme.

The Symptoms of Parasites: What to Watch For


Parasites are complex creatures. Almost always associated with inflammatory diseases, including chronic Lyme, they actively prevent good health. A parasitic infection can range all the way from tiny microscopic organisms, to tapeworms that are several feet long. A parasite can enter your body through water, food, or even just skin contact.

The key thing to remember is that anyone can have a parasites. These creatures are not just common for impoverished countries and unhygienic environments. Parasites are a common all over the world, including the United States.There are factors that can mean you have a greater level of risk.

Factors that can increase your risk of parasite infection include:

  • You frequently swallow water from ponds, lakes, rivers, or other unhygienic sources.
  • Your immune system is compromised, perhaps because you’re suffering from chronic Lyme.
  • You work in a medical environment that might include direct contact with feces and bodily fluids
  • You travel frequently to tropical regions where parasitic infections are more common.

The symptoms involved with parasitic infections are varied. Many involve skin problems, such as hives, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. According to Parasite expert, Dr. Todd Watts, one of the most common problems links back to trouble sleeping. Many of his patients suffer from insomnia and “bruxism”.

Bruxism, or the grinding of teeth, can happen because parasites are more active at night. Additionally, parasites can also be responsible for anemia and blood sugar problems. Before you begin treating your parasites, you may need to come to terms with some of the common symptoms. For chronic Lyme sufferers, pinpointing symptoms can be particularly difficult. Lyme symptoms and the signs of parasites are often very similar.

Some signs that you may have a parasitic problem include:

  • Insomnia, consistent fatigue, and poor sleeping habits
  • Lowered immune systems, the appearance of new allergies, and constant illness
  • Rashes, itching, and skin problems such as sores, or eczema and Psoriasis
  • Mental problems such as brain fog, anxiety, or depression
    Food cravings
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Eye spots or difficulties with sight
  • Anemia, low blood sugar, or adrenal fatigue
    Parasites and Chronic Lyme Disease

It is an uncomfortable truth that the human body is crawling with hundreds of strains of bacteria. When properly balanced, the right bacteria can be beneficial. However, when bacteria falls out of balance, problems begin to occur. In chronic Lyme disease patients, imbalance is a significant problem. Ongoing inflammation within the body, and issues with the immune system can throw the entire system into chaos.

In many circumstances, parasites enter the body because we create the ideal environment for them. With a compromised immune system from Lyme disease, consistent gut problems, and exposure to various chemicals, we are welcoming parasites in. Experts, like Dr. Watts, believe that to overcome chronic infections such as Lyme, we need to first address parasites.

Interestingly, it is also worth noting that some parasites can house Lyme disease. In other words, if you do not remove the parasites from your system before treatment, you’ll still have protected Lyme bacteria in your system living inside of the parasites. One study, which examined the brain tissue of patients who died due to serious neurological conditions, revealed that Lyme can thrive within nematoid worms., and

Without a protocol that takes parasites into consideration, treatments for Lyme disease may be temporary, or completely ineffective. While it is possible that treatments that do not engage parasites might lead to some improvements in your symptoms, many problems will remain or return later on. This is because parasites allow Lyme disease to persist within the body, inside the parasites, even after treatment.

On top of the problems that parasites impose when it comes to Lyme, they also cause a range of problems in general with your health. Simply ignoring the presence of parasites in your body could mean overlooking solutions that could allow you to achieve optimum health.

Treating Parasitic Infections to Treat Chronic Illness

Treatment for parasitic infection can come in numerous forms. There are a range of natural treatments that can help to eliminate parasites and prepare the body for better health. Most of the time the best solutions for parasitic infections involve changing your diet and using the right supplement at the right time.

People suffering from parasitic problems in combination with Lyme can make the problem worse by consuming sugars. It is often recommended that you remove all sugars and grains from your diet during a parasitic removal so you are not feeding the parasites as you try to eliminate them. Dairy can also present problems for some patients, although you should seek out guidance from a professional.

Natural Solutions For Parasites:

Just as there are foods that can worsen parasitic infections, there are other foods that can help your circumstances. For instance, pumpkin seeds help to fight off parasitic infections. There are also a range of other solutions that are commonly recommended, including:

Garlic: Garlic can be a powerful solution when removing yeast and parasites. It is a natural source of health-boosting nutrients. To use garlic, simply mince two cloves into a glass of water.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon can be a fantastic remedy for a range of different illnesses. Cinnamon can break down a parasite infestation and kill fungus in the body.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is wonderful for boosting your immune system. While fighting Lyme disease, Vitamin C can give your body the antioxidants it needs to thrive. For the purpose of parasite removal, it is best to take around 5,000mg per day.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a naturally nourishing anti-fungal substance. You can consume coconut oil throughout the day to support parasitic removal and soothe your gut.
Apple cider Vinegar: A rich source of B-vitamins, apple cider vinegar is useful for neutralizing the pH in your gut, which can help to make the intestines healthier. By boosting your microbiome health, you can improve digestion, and remove parasites at the same time.
Diatomaceous Earth: Effective at killing parasitic eggs, and parasites, Diatomaceous earth is great for improving your digestive tract.

Natural solutions

Foods To Avoid:
Banishing parasitic infections is a complicated process. Generally, you’ll need to focus on introducing positive substances into your diet, while removing dangerous substances. There are some foods that will naturally help parasites to thrive. Since your aim will be to remove parasites at all costs, stay away from:

Pork: Pork is one of the most common sources of parasites. Because pigs consume and process food differently to humans, there are toxins present within the flesh of the animal. It is crucial to avoid pork when cleansing your body of parasites.
Grains: Wheat and many other grains containing gluten can quickly break down into sugar. Sugar not only feeds parasites, but also leads to intestinal inflammation.
Processed foods: Processed foods are bad for your health because they contain a lack of nutrition. However, it is worth noting that these foods also contain a great deal of sugar.
Alcohol: Alcohol impairs the immune system and many other elements in the body. To improve your body functioning during a parasite cleanse, avoid alcohol.
Sugar: Sugar reduces the functioning of the immune system, and feeds parasites.

One of the best treatment solutions for removing parasites is a Mimosa Pudica (Para 1) protocol. The best supplier of premier, fat soluble, additive free Mimosa Pudica, is Microbe Formulas. Importantly, while there are other Mimosa Pudica options on the market, the Organic Mimosa Pudica offered by Microbe Formulas is the most pure form for treating parasitic infections.

Mimosa Pudica actively paralyzes parasites and forces them to fall away from their position on intestine walls. This means that parasites can be effectively flushed from your system.

With Mimosa Pudica, patients have seen huge improvements in their lives, thanks to the removal of parasitic infections. The good news about this substance, is that it is a powerful tool to include in any parasite protocol. This means that regardless of what your parasitic treatment includes, Mimosa Pudica (Para 1) could enhance your protocol.

The system fits into every GI and GAP protocol, because it helps to create a healthier gut microbiome. To make the gut system more effective, it is crucial to get all the mucus, parasites, and other dangerous substances out of your stomach and intestines. Whether mucoid plaque or parasites, you need to begin by clearing out your microbiome.

Mimosa Pudica supplements should be used for at least six months. The supplement mentioned above is particularly effective because it plays multiple parts in recovery. Not only does it bind the toxins in the body, but it also repairs cell membranes. On top of that, it delivers positive nutrients into the blood and digestive system.

Importantly, if you are considering using Mimosa Pudica, you will need to deal with issues of constipation first. If you’re struggling to pass bowel movements, this can be a serious problem for any parasite or detox program. Although the substance itself can cause a little constipation at first by releasing things throughout the body, it is important for patients to manage their bowel movements. Make sure that you use enemas, magnesium, and frequent water consumption to push your bowel movements through.

Managing Parasite Die-Off
As we bring this conversation about parasites and Lyme disease to a close, one important thing to mention is parasite die-off. Crucially, as you move forward with your parasite cleanse, you may notice that you begin to suffer from a range of symptoms caused by the death of parasites in your system.

Regardless of the cleanse you choose, the process of removing parasites and Lyme from your body is exhausting. It is crucial to make sure that you get plenty of rest. Sometimes its best to take some time off of work if possible to reduce stress and recover faster. On the other hand, you might consider using a gentler cleanse to help acclimatize your body. Some of the symptoms you might expect during die-off include:

Headaches: Pain and headaches are common with parasite die-off. Sometimes, these pains are a result of a change in your internal environment. In some cases, headaches can also be a result of parasites moving around in your head.
Crawling sensations: A parasite cleanse is an uncomfortable experience for your unwanted guests. This means that the parasites might begin to move around in your body. The truth is that many patients will not be able to feel this movement. However, you may convince yourself that you can notice a crawling sensation.
Issues with digestion: When parasites are living in your body, digestive problems are common. In some cases, as you begin to rid the parasites from your body, you might find that the symptoms appear to get worse. You may experience issues like diarrhea and bloating as your body eliminates toxins.
Skin sores: As mentioned above, skin problems are a symptom of parasites. However, sores can also occur when the body tries to remove toxins and parasites too fast. The skin can suffer from breakages and sores over time.
Problems with emotional stability: Parasites thrive on your nutritional income. A parasite can also steal away the nutrients and minerals that you need to enjoy good mental health. You might struggle from periods of anxiety and depression during die-off.
Cravings: As mentioned above, parasites thrive on sugars and other types of food. It is important to remove these foods from your diet during a parasite cleanse. However, doing so could leave you with specific cravings. Make sure that you do not give in to them!
Respiratory effects: Killing parasites in the body can mean that your system takes drastic measures to rid you of the infection. Increasing the flow of mucous is a common way to respond to contaminants. There’s a chance that you’ll experience respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold.
Frequent bruising: When parasites begin to feel threatened, they can move around. Sometimes, the restlessness of parasites in your body can cause them to move closer to the skin. When this happens, you might find that you see more bruises on your body.
Ultimately, it is fair to say that removing parasites from your body can be a difficult and uncomfortable process. However, if you want to overcome Lyme for good, it is essential to start by killing parasites.

If you leave parasites unattended in your body, they can contribute to a range of illnesses and diseases, including chronic Lyme. On top of that, it is simply impossible to live in good health with a buildup of parasites in your body.


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Dr. D. KLINGHARDT PROTOCOL – To be used only under the direct supervision of qualified medical practitioners.  
(systemic parasite medications)

The following represents only PART of Dr. K.’s protocol. Other herbs and therapies comprise the complete protocol. They can be found in the “A Deep Look Beyond Lyme” in the note book. That information is from 2011 and is being updated as Dr. K and other physicians learn more.

The following drugs are used for a year in rotation to kill parasites.

1. Biltricide 600 mg – twice daily (q. 12 hours) for two days
Absorption increases most when taken with a high carb meal. A high fat meal increases it almost as much. Take with grapefruit juice to increase absorption also.

2. Ivermectin 12 mg – one 12 mg (or four 3 mg) tablet(s) four times per day for fourteen days (take at the same time as Pyrantel Pamoate) on an EMPTY stomach.
Pyrantel pamoate (liquid – 4 teaspoons) 1000 mg per day at bedtime for fourteen days.

3. Albenza 400 mg – Two 200 mg tablets twice per day for fourteen days (after completing fourteen days on Ivermectin and Pyrantel). Take with food. (every 12 hours)

4. Alinia 1000 mg – Two 500 mg tablets twice per day for fourteen days (after completing Albenza) every 12 hours

(A’s addition from Dr. Clark’s Book – Levimasole 100 mg (3 times/day) before meals)


5. Mimosa Pudica (Biopure) – ½ teaspoon 2x/day for fourteen days mixed drink, milk or juice

6. Arteminisin (Biopure) – 200mgs 2x/day for fourteen days.
ALWAYS take with 4 oz. of grapefruit juice 30 minutes before meals.

REPEAT ENTIRE SEQUENCE 4 TIMES.  Nurse practitioner Rebecca Keith on Parasites and MCAS.

For another take please read this by Susan Luschas, PhD, and mom who has done a lot of footwork for her family:


“Dr. Klinghardt has suggested that when it comes to parasites, this is where some of the pharmaceutical options really shine and are often necessary.” –Quote from Better Health Our family had to learn this the very hard way (See 5 years and thousands of dollars in the previous section).

I no longer believe that you can get rid of parasites in humans without prescription medications. If I could do it all over again, here is a list of what I would do, in order from first to last:

Enemas to get a head start on worms
Kalcker Protocol for worms
Additional Parasite Medications for flukes, protozoans, and more worms
Gallbladder Liver Flush & Massage to flush out the dead ones
Suppositories if itchy bum  and  Excellent articles, both by Dr. Simon Yu, M.D.  Here we learn an inconvenient truth about nearly ALL coinfections including nematodes: Despite the prevalence of parasitic worms, anthelmintic drug discovery is the poor relation of the pharmaceutical industry. The simple reason is that the nations which suffer most from these tropical diseases have little money to invest in drug discovery or therapy. It comes as no surprise therefore that the drugs available for human treatment were first developed as veterinary medicines. There is thus a pitifully small repertoire of chemotherapeutic agents available for treatment (see Table 1). In some respects, this situation has been exacerbated by the remarkable success of ivermectin over the last twenty years (Geary, 2005), which has decreased motivation for anthelmintic drug discovery programmes (Geary, Sangster and Thompson, 1999). This prompts concern, as anthelmintic resistance has been widely reported in livestock and it may also only be a matter of time before this phenomenon occurs in parasites of humans.

The drug industry just isn’t attracted to these pathogens.  Frankly, treatment is in the stone ages on all things TBI.

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