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BIOFILMS/Parasites

Parasites can become integrated into biofilms creating multiple layers of toxin and infectious resistance.

Recently there was a super moon AND a full moon, which means if you have parasites, your symptoms might have gone a bit crazy (observed this in my poor little dog). Here’s another thing that makes parasites way worse: 𝗕𝗜𝗢𝗙𝗜𝗟𝗠𝗦.

Biofilms are mucoid plaques created by survival. Researchers estimate that 80% of chronic illness is related to biofilms. Parasites can be integrated into a biofilm where they are hidden from the immune system and anti-parasitic therapies. Parasites can also accumulate bacteria, viruses, and other infections (like Lyme causing spirochetes) inside themselves, creating layers of microbial resistance. If you’ve been following along with my parasite series, you know that heavy metals and parasites often occur together. If a biofilm is in the picture, it can concentrate the metals thousands of times, increasing metal toxicity and treatment resistance.

BOTTOM LINE: parasites can become integrated into biofilms creating multiple layers of toxin and infectious resistance. Because of this biofilm treatment can be an important part of anti-parasitic protocol and an anti- parasitic protocol can be an important part of a chronic illness protocol. 

HOW DO YOU TEST FOR PARASITES?: conventional testing is infamously inaccurate for a few reasons:

🪱The parasite may not be expelled from the intestinal lining 

🪱The parasite may not have DNA that is detectable on testing or be too small to be detectable on microscopy. 

While each provider may use a different combination he or she believes is the best, here are a few I use: 

🐛STOOL TESTING: if testing for parasites and yeast only, I use a company called Parawellness research that processes stool multiple different ways to best identify parasites. I also sometimes find markers that suggest presence of parasites on the Gut Zoomer test that I run. When this is the case, I progress to 👇🏼

BLOOD TESTING: because of the way parasites impact the immune system, certain blood markers can help confirm the presence of parasites. These include changes in immunoglobulins (especially elevations of IgE) and changes in white blood cells (especially elevations of eosinophils), elevations of Eosinophilic cationic protein.

⚠️ KEEP IN MIND: just because you have positives in these results, doesn’t mean you have a parasite that needs to be 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥. It’s important to work with someone skilled in interpreting results so you don’t overtreat.

Dr. Chelsea Azarcon, NMD

I am a Naturopathic Medical Doctor who graduated from Bastyr University, San Diego as well as holding a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Cornell University. I love working with chronic illnesses, infections and environmental toxicity and finding hidden triggers of persistent illness.

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