Case Study: Parasites

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"This patient displayed non-classic symptoms for parasites. In fact the only clue we had that this might be the problem were chronic slightly high monocytes. In the past two years, seven other doctors missed finding the parasites. How much longer would she have carried them if she had continued simply treating her symptoms instead of seeking out the root of the problem?"

Patient Testimonial:

"I am 100% digestive symptom free! So the parasites were most definitely the cause...and all the bizarre illogical symptoms actually make sense now! I'm so grateful you thought to do the parasite cleanse."

Initial Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Hormone problems
  • Vitamin B12 & B1 deficiencies
  • Severe photosensitivity
  • Weight gain
  • Severe GI problems

After parasite cleanse:

  • Fever gone
  • Hormone problems resolved
  • Off all medications
  • No sensitivity to light
  • Stopped gaining weight
  • GI problems 100% better

Patient Profile:

The 48-year old patient has already been to seven doctors, including 3 at OSU clinic, to help her with severe photosensitivity. She currently wears sunglasses even indoors and a double set of sunglasses and visor outside to prevent headaches. Testing from other doctors reveled a severe B1 and B12 deficiency but her eye exams and MRI were all normal. They speculate the deficiencies were due to a possible genetic malabsorption problem and placed her on B1 and B12 shots which have helped her photosensitivity. The patient also suffers from chronic high fever. She states that her normal body temperature is about 99.8 degrees and that she had more than 20 fevers of 105 with convulsions before she was 5 years old.

The patient follows a very strict and healthy diet cutting back her calories recently and exercising but still continuously gains weight. She currently weighs 226 lbs at 5'9" and her BP is 115/75. She eliminated wheat, gluten, and potatoes from her diet and rarely eats pasta, dairy, red meat or alcohol. Any time she eats or drinks nutritional shakes she experiences stomach pain, nausea and light-headedness. She had a long history of GI problems.

"I don't remember the exact symptoms I had, but had so much daily "morning sickness" (stomach pain) as a child (around 10-11) and missed so much school that I was hospitalized for tests at Children's Hospital in Columbus. I went through all kinds of tests (barium enema, gynecological, urinary tract catheter, scopes). They could find nothing wrong, except the symptoms disappeared when I drank barium, so the doctors concluded I had a hyper-acidic stomach which was blamed on me being 'hypersensitive and emotional'. So I was told not to get upset or show emotions, was put on a bland diet (advised to eat lots of dairy) and told to take Mylanta (or Tums), which I did until I was an adult."

She was allergic to fresh fruits and vegetables until adulthood and had a congenital defect in her lower mandible which left her unable to chew foods during two rounds of braces (from age 12 until age 23). She had maxillofacial reconstruction in 1983 (age 23). She had bad periods for about 10 years with severe cramping so 15 months ago doctors put her on Seasoniqe. Her light sensitivity and migraines started prior to the brith control. She also takes seasonal allergy medication as needed.


Blood Test Results

Some preliminary testing was compared to the current tests we ordered. The most significant findings on the latest test are the high Creatine Kinase (CK), low protein and mild liver dysfunction (AST, ALT, GGT) although many other values are not ideal such as cholesterol and thyroid markers.

This was a non-fasting blood test, so the glucose and hemoglobin are fine and the B12 and B1 while high are not harmful. The CK, LDH and CRP are all indicators of muscle breakdown. This could be due to malabsorption or intestinal obstruction with her GI problems. With the low energy will all be lowered and it is very hard to have good cholesterol with a low thyroid. The low Alkaline Phosphatase is another sign of malnutrition and we also see signs of developing anemia with the Iron and low Ferritin.


Tissue Mineral Analysis (Hair) Results

We saw high levels of toxic elements in the hair test, especially Aluminum, Arsenic and Cadmium. There were also high levels of many essential elements like Calcium and Magnesium. When the body is bogged down by toxins, it uses vitamins and minerals to expel them from the body; however, this depletes the resources of essential elements on hand to use for daily functions. So even though it may appear as though she has more minerals than she needs it is actually essential to boost her daily intake of nutrients thru supplementation and begin chelation therapy to help remove the overload of toxins.


Urinary Chelation Challenge

Further evidence of her toxicity was apparent in the urinary chelation challenge test. The column labeled "Pre-Chall" shows what toxins her body is able to eliminate on its own. The column labeled "DMSA" shows what is drawn out with the help of the chelating agent DMSA. Lead and Mercury were expelled at much higher levels after using DMSA signaling hidden stores of toxins in the body.


Doctor Analysis

At this point in her treatment, we had not determined that parasites were the source of her problems. My thought after viewing the test results was that even with her good diet, the extremity of her GI problems led to absorption issues which created deficiencies in the body. She also has a lot of toxicity, but was not sure of the source. Perhaps these built up from childhood due to chronic health problems and dental work. I recommended supplements targeted at replenishing her stores of essential elements, eliminating toxins and assisting the digestive track with the absorption of nutrients.


Patient Assessment

For the past few months, the patient has done alternating cycles of 11-days vitamin supplementation for deficiencies followed by 3-days chelation to remove toxic metals. We saw some improvements with the second blood test and many things which did not improve were likely attributed to chelation. The patient states she feels really good by day 4 of the supplement regimen but then crashes after two days of chelation. Her explosive diarrhea got better in the beginning but she recently relapsed and her morning sickness got significantly worse.

She says, "I can actually feel the food slam into my stomach and my stomach lurching into action to digest the food. If I eat solids, this is a rather painful and nauseating process. If I ease my digestive system into action by giving it liquids...then soft noon I can eat solid foods requiring more work to digest."

She has also started gaining weight - as much as 10 lbs per month despite maintaining a very healthy diet. The patient went off her birth control in December and has had gushing, painful periods since. She is considering endometrial ablation for this problem.

Blood Test Results

Based on her blood testing and relapsing digestive symptoms, I asked her to pursue a parasite cleanse. Typically with parasites, patients will drop weight, not gain. But with the emerging anemia, unknown reasons for B12 deficiency, and chronic mildly elevated monocytes, this was a possibility worth investigating.


Urinary Chelation Challenge

The chelation therapy was working well. Levels of Lead and Mercury were significantly lower with this urinary chelation challenge as well as Nickel and Arsenic. The fewer toxins in the body, the more nutrients can focus on the healing and repair of cells.



Patient Assessment

The patient just completed a 21-day parasite cleanse program and since day 5 when she passed her first tapeworm she has been 100% symptom free. Many other parasites and segments have passed out of her system since then. She had at least three types of tapeworms and believes she has likely had them wrecking her system since her teens. She will continue with weekly parasite cleanse maintenance to be sure they are gone and take supplements targeted at aiding digestion to help rebuild damage done to her intestines.


Patient Assessment

Now that the parasites are out of her system we will retest her to see what deficiencies and imbalances appear in the body and work to rebuild nutrient levels and detox her body. She is still 100% digestive symptom free, has no light sensitivity, fever is gone, and has no more hormone problems.

"I'm looking forward to finally healing up from the devastating effects of having so many parasites for so long. Thank goodness I was such a healthy eater all those years! I was pumping so many nutrients in there that I was able to keep slightly ahead of those pesky critters until there were just too many to keep up! I am SO grateful you thought to do that parasite cleanse. It is wonderful to have 80% of my life back. Now if I can get off restricted activity (because of my pulled hip flexor muscle and hemorrhaging) I am looking forward to being able to resume exercise and hopefully lose some of the weight the parasites caused me to pack on."

Dr. Merkle's Final Thoughts

Most of us think of our bodies and homes as clean, sanitary places where parasites cannot survive or thrive, but recent studies found that 85% of U.S. adults have at least one form of intestinal or organ parasites living in their bodies. Tapeworms can be contracted from eating insufficiently cooked meats (especially beef, pork, and fish), drinking unfiltered water, eating unwashed fruit/vegetables grown in contaminated soil or irrigated with contaminated water, or insufficiently washing hands after touching things possibly contaminated by stool - diapers, pets, litter boxes, etc.

Tapeworms in humans are true survivalists having both male and female gonads and are capable of producing their own parasitic worm eggs - sometimes more than one million eggs a day. Many of these eggs are expelled in the stool, but others that hatch are capable of growing up to 30 feet in your intestines and surviving for 30 years! Their survival is enhanced by the industrial nature of our country. A few decades ago, the eggs and larvae of these parasites would just pass through, but today with the high levels of chemicals and solvents in our environment these parasites can establish themselves in our bodies completing their cycle with just one host - starting as eggs, then larvae, growing all the way into adult worms.

Typically, patients with parasites suffer from diarrhea, hunger pains, appetite loss, weight loss and anemia. Tapeworms attach themselves to the intestinal walls causing irritation and inflammation leading to gas, bloating and malabsorption of vital nutrients, particularly fatty substances. The situation can be magnified when hard-to-digest foods such as beans and raw fruits and vegetables are eaten. By living in the intestines, they also get "first choice" of any nutrients fed to your system. You are their nutritional delicacy. These nasty fiends can also cause liver damage by secreting toxins. The more worms in your body, the more toxic build-up and waste excretions they produce. This increases stress on your liver which is called upon to process and expel the excess toxins from the body.

This patient had non-classic symptoms actually gaining weight even though she was eating less. She likely had so many worms that they were taking all the nutrients provided and leaving her with nothing but water weight and substandard nutrition. By doing comprehensive testing, we were clued in that this might be a possibility with the decreased B-12/anemia, chronic slightly elevated monocytes (an indicator of long-term parasitic invasion), abdominal/GI distress, elevated liver enzymes and severe nutritional deficiencies. Without all this diagnostic testing, the true cause of her problem would likely have been missed yet again.

Research has shown that parasites are particularly susceptible to a variety of herbs which are lethal only to there organisms. Cloves, pumpkin seeds, wormwood and black walnut are all poisonous to the adult worm. Cycles must be maintained however to ensure that any larvae and eggs are killed off as well. This can be a lengthy process, but as you can see, symptoms can begin to ease immediately once the parasite is addressed.

This case showcases a real patient's results using the Science Based NutritionTM system of analysis, which takes into account hundreds of numeric data and their roles, combinations and inter-relationships as related to disease diagnosis. This patient is/was under the care of Dr. Van D. Merkle, creator and found of Science Based NutritionTM, Inc. and is meant to serve as an example of results achieved using the Science Based NutritionTM report. Joshua Ledbetter, D.C. is a provider of Science Based NutritonTM. Results will vary based on patient ability/willingness to flow the recommended nutritional protocols, among many other factors. Any suggested national advice or dietary advice is not intended as a primary treatment and/or therapy for any disease or particular bodily symptom. Nutritional counseling, vitamin recommendations, nutritional advice, and the adjunctive schedule of nutrition is provided solely to upgrade the quality of food in the patient's diet in order to supply good nutrition supporting the physiological and biomechanical process of the human body.

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