I had my fair share of parasites when I lived in Africa and South America. They'll cause violent diarrhea, vomiting, high fevers (up to 104); it's really just very messy. I've been treated with Flagyl and Ciprofloxacin on probably 5-6 different occasions, sometimes I.V. and sometimes orally. I really did not experience any bad side effects from either of those medications, maybe a little nausea in the beginning, some headaches. I would NEVER do a parasite "cleanse" - those are complete hokiness, in my opinion, and they can do more damage than good to your intestines.
Most parasitic infections clear up with a simple round of Flagyl. But if you did indeed have parasites, it's likely they'd show markers in your labs - you'd have leukocytes and/or blood in your stools, discreet changes in your complete blood count, etc. - even if the ova & parasite smears they do turn out negative.
Post Edited By Moderator (7Lil) : 3/19/2007 10:35:03 AM (GMT-6)
What Lil is telling you is true...the formulations of those "cleanses" are designed to give you some really creepy runs that make you believe you are ridding yourself of the evil parasites or cleansing your system. Until you study the gastrointestinal system closely, you won't realize that the gut already sheds it's lining every day; new cells are constantly being generated while older cells are sloughed off. That's why "cleansing" is such a misnomer; your body is perfectly equipped to cleanse itself without the aid of expensive solutions sold by snake oil salesmen!
I have many gripes about the medical profession as well, but at least they have peer-reviewed studies and some sort of regulations to follow. It is extremely difficult to prepare a pharmaceutical drug for approval from the FDA; endless trials, reviews, etc. Someone's magic parasite potion can be bottled sewer water, for all you know!
Steve, when you start shouting (in capital letters) about us calling you an extortionist and a fraud (which we absolutely did not), it does nothing but further bruise your credibility. You still have not discussed this medical biochemistry that you continue espousing; I've been waiting for you to tell us about it.
Just because I'm a pre-med student doesn't mean I'm a gunner for people to run out and pop a pill any time they develop some random symptom. I myself have seen chiropractors, a doctor of natural medicine, and nutritionists. I also spent several months living in rural East Africa with indigenous people who had absolutely no access to traditional Western medicine. You might find this amazing, but most of them - with nary an antibiotic, NSAID, or antacid in sight - had and likely continue to have chronic diarrhea. They have tuberculosis and trypanosomiasis and about a quarter of them will die from AIDS. One in 5 of their infants die from diarrheal illness, despite their traditional treatments.