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Foods that Help Eliminate Parasites 

The following are common foods and herbs useful in parasite cleansing:

1. Garlic has been used for pinworms, ringworms, threadworms, and others and for amoebic dysentry.  Use in an enema or take in large quantities (12 or more capsule per day).

2. Sage has been used for worms.

3. Plantain has been used for worms in the stomach and intestinal tract.

4. Black Walnut is frequently used for parasites.  It is thought to help kill their eggs.  Horsetail may have a similar effect.  Try two to three capsules several times daily.

5. Pumpkin seeds is an old standby formula for worms and other parasites.  It is often used in conjunction with black walnut or garlic.

6. Any berries with seeds are considered arsenic to parasites.

7. General foods to use in combating unwelcome guests in the intestinal tract include cucumber, fig, garlic, onion, coconut water, raw guava, pumpkin, pomegranate, papaya, squash, and watermelon.  Anti-parasitic sprouts include alfalfa, all beans, and pumpkin seed sprouts.

8. Other anti-parasitic herbs include sarsaparilla, raspberry leaves, senna, wood betony, wormwood, papaya seeds, kelp, puslane seeds, watermelon seeds, and cucumber seeds.  Many colatile oils are also anti-parasitic.

9. For children, fennel, raw carrots, almonds (the skins do the job) and raw lemon water may prove helpful.

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Hanna Kroeger's Cleanses 

Hanna Kroeger was a missonary who devoted her life to natural healing.  She developed many formulas known around the world.  We have found her cleanses to be some of the best.  Here are some we got from her book, God Helps Those That Help Themselves.

Decongest Your Liver
1 pint white grapefruit juice
1 pint freshly squeezed orange juice
1 pint grape juice
1 pint water with the juice of three limes
1 pint water with the juice of two lemons
1 pint frozen pineapple juice, diluted
1 pint papaya juice
12 eggs, whole
2 egg yolks
Frozen raspberries or strawberries

Beat eggs and mix into fruit juice mixture.  This is one day’s supply.  If you are hungry, add one kind of fresh fruit.  For lunch, green salad and/or sprouts with raw almond dressing.  For supper, green salad and/or sprouts with almond dressing and one steamed vegetable.

Liver Flush
Buy two cans of stewed tomatoes.  It’s better to make your own but do not add any fat.  Eat as much as you can and drink tomato juice for two days. 

At bedtime the second day take:
-          3 ounces olive oil
-          2 ounces castor oil
-          2 ounces whip cream

Stir.  Drink before bed.  You may chew a little lemon afterward for taste.  At 3 or 4 AM you will have a nature’s calling.  The next morning have a breakfast you desire and earned.

Lymphatic System
Cucumber: four to five cups a day for a week of cucumber juice purifies the lymphatic system and the blood and clears the complexion.

Kidney Cleanse
Take an 8 ounce glass of raw beet juice one teaspoonful at a time all day long, making the 8 ounces last the whole day and eating nothing else.  The urine turns red as the systems absorbs the beet juice drop by drop.  Water is allowed.

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Common Household Cleaners 

Have you ever looked at the labels on those cleansers under your sink?  Have you noticed warning labels on any of them?  'Will Burn Skin & Eyes' 'Chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer' These are warnings found on some household products.  Scary.

The Environmental Working Group is releasing their Cleaners Database this fall.  They have been working to find out the truth about the chemicals in most homes.  You can look at their Hall of Shame and preview of their upcoming database here: Cleaners.  Here's a couple common ingredients we read about:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Many of us have heard of this.  How many of us realize it's in THOUSANDS of cleaners and cosmetic products?  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS, is used as a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier.  It is derived from coconuts (some labels will even tell you that), but the manufacturing process causes it to be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct we'll talk about next.  SLS is believed to be a moderate health hazard.  It can cause skin and eye irritation, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, and possibly cancer.

1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of the industrial process used to make cleaning ingredients.  It is found in many personal care and cleaning products, including two-thirds of laundry detergents.  It is considered a probable carcinogen and since it is a byproduct and not an ingredient it does not have to be on the ingredients list.

Triclosan is a synthetic antimicrobial cleanser found in antimicrobial soaps, disinfectant products, tartar-control toothpaste, and some deodorants.  It has been linked to hormone disruption and increased breast cancer, plus it builds up in our systems.  Triclosan is also believed to contribute to 'super bugs', bacteria and viruses resistant to drugs and compounds.  Studies actually show it is no more effective at killing bacteria than washing with soap and water.  Also, it is supposed to help control the spread of colds and flu but triclosan actually does not kill viruses!

Yuck. But there are a number of things we can do.  One, you can make your own.  You'd be surprised what a bit of vinegar and water can do!  Check out these recipes: Green Cleaning Recipes.  There are a number of safer alternative available.  Organic Consumers has a great list of products as well as homemade recipes (plus a little more info about chemicals!): Cleaning Supplies.

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Lawn & Garden Chemicals 

It's the time of year when we're all out in our gardens and yards cleaning up after winter.  Unfortunately what we're using in our yards may not be safe.  Tis is from the Environment and Human Health, Inc:

EPA permits over 200 different pesticides to be used for lawn care, and these are often mixed together and sold as chemical combinations. They are intentionally toxic substances.

Some chemicals commonly used on lawns and gardens have been associated with birth defects, mutations, adverse reproductive effects, and cancer in laboratory animals. Children, infants, and fetuses may be especially vulnerable to the health effects of pesticides before the age of five, when their cells are normally reproducing most rapidly.

In addition to their health effects, there are ecological effects to their use as well. Most lawn-care chemicals have the potential to contaminate underlying groundwater. Only two of the top five lawn-care pesticides, 2,4-D and glyphosate, are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, despite governmental acknowledgement of the intensity of effects of their release on the environment, and their potential to leach into groundwater supplies. Also, studies of major rivers and streams have documented that 100 percent of all surface water samples contained one or more pesticides at detectable levels.

Just like household cleaning products, there are things you can do!  Check out these sites for more information: Beyond Pesticides and Byzantine Flowers.