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Giardia

General characteristics

General characteristics

Giardia is the name given to an infection by the organism Giardia lamblia, a single celled parasitic micro-organism. It can exist in 2 different forms, as an active organism called a trophozoite and as an inactive cyst. The most common way to become infected is to ingest the cysts through contaminated foods or water. The cysts are activated to become the trophozoites by stomach acids and go on to proliferate in the intestines. Cysts are often present in the faeces of those infected and will lead to further spread of the organism. It is very common indeed, perhaps the most common source of infectious diarrhoea. Many adults can become infected and never know as their body deals with the infection on its own. Children and weaker adults tend to suffer the most.
Infection can occur through drinking water, bathing in public baths, drinking from infected lakes/streams, close contact with an infected person, from infected animals, not washing hands etc.
Once in the body, it attaches via a sucker to the intestinal walls where it interferes with the body's ability to digest fats and lactose, leading to fatty, slimy, yellowish, foul smelling stools. Carbohydrates (starches and sugars) encourage it to grow so should be avoided or limited during recovery. Other symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal pains, flatulence, eggy smelling burps, bloating, vomiting or nausea, loss of appetite, slight fever or no symptoms at all. The infection can be difficult to eradicate if left untreated for a long time.
Healing objectives are to kill the organism and restore the body's vitality.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Eat plenty of raw garlic, at least 1 raw clove squeezed into each meal you eat (apart from breakfast perhaps!). Garlic will weaken the organism.

Eat a good bowl of muesli for breakfast with wheatgerm powder sprinkled on top.

Use plenty of fresh or dried oregano in your cooking.

Include plenty of foods rich in plant fibre with every meal such as vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts and fruit. Fibre reduces the symptoms and slowly defeats the organism by increasing mucous production in the intestines, making attachment of the organism more difficult.

Avoid fatty and oily foods, sugar and dairy products. Giardia often makes lactose difficult to digest and thrives in the presence of sugars and fats.


Useful herbs

Useful herbs

Drink  a tea made from fenugreek seed (crushed or powdered), bilberries and chamomile (equal portions of each herb) 3 times daily to which a few drops of goldenseal tincture or a pinch of the powder has been added. All these herbs will help reduce symptoms and weaken the organism.

Neem leaves are very effective aginst giardia and many other intestinal infections.

Make a formula from the tinctures of barberry root, wormwood, peppermint, black walnut husk or leaf, neem leaf and gentian root (equal parts) and take 15 drops in water 3 times daily, after meals, until all symptoms are gone. They are all potent herbs to help kill unwanted intestinal invaders.

Take reishi capsules to boost immunity, up to 3 daily.


Natural healing

Natural healing

Take a course of probiotics or use cider vinegar in water, a teaspoon 2 times daily after meals.
Take a teaspoonful of food grade coconut oil each day for its giardia busting effects.
Take  grapefruit seed extract for several months.

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