Anyone tried PARA-1

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WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 4/6/2018 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Saw the doctor today. She still thinks I have parasites and thinks Para-1 is going to make my gut feel better and the constipation improve.

She said Para-1 is just mimosa pudica. Of course it's formulated by a doctor, so you know how that goes. I don't know yet how much it costs but I'm guessing it's highly overpriced for what it is. Of course if I just buy some mimosa pudica and it does nothing or makes me feel worse, the doctor will automatically assume it's because I didn't use the doctor preferred brand. I feel like I have to do this to appease the doctor and then prove her wrong, at my own financial cost, of course.

I don't know why I'm so cynical about doctors, but I am. Maybe it's because I'm on my 3rd alternative practitioner and I've bought every expensive supplement they insisted would make me feel better and with RARE exceptions that has not happened. A lot of the stuff I've done for them made me worse.

Anyway, has anyone used this special Para-1 parasite formula (she said mimosa pudica was the only thing in it)?

Girlie
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   Posted 4/6/2018 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
WBF - I know what you mean. I bought so much stuff that my LLND wanted me to take.

Some of it I tried...and it didn't help (and the darn guy sent me two bottles sometimes)
and others - I just didn't want to take.

so much money spent. At first I did everything he sent me...but got more skeptical with time.

Many of the items cost $25 and up.

Hate to say this, but sometimes I'd just tell him I tried it...and it did "x" or "y" so I discontinued.
YES, I lied...but didn't want him to send me any more bottles...lol...and I also didn't want to say 'no, I don't want to try it" because I thought that would affect our relationship...and I didn't have many options for treatment.

One of them was Beyond Balance - Parazomin. It has Wormwood, Cat's Claw, Hawthorn...and more.

I was already taking hawthorn (WE) and Artemisinin... didn't need this one IMO.
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Post Edited (Girlie) : 4/6/2018 4:18:07 PM (GMT-6)


The Dude Abides
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   Posted 4/6/2018 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I think being skeptical (perhaps even cynical) is warranted. I don't recall how many doctors (conventional and alternative) I've seen over the past four-and-a-half years, but I stopped counting after a dozen.

Initially, I was pretty gung-ho about Integrative/Functional Medicine doctors, as they claimed to "get to the root" of the problem and not just treat symptoms. But, after my own experience and observations, I now believe that much of "alternative" healthcare is simply about escaping the collapsing conventional healthcare (sickcare) system.

Now, despite that last comment, many (certainly not all) alternative doctors probably believe in what they're doing. That is, they likely really believe all the expensive tests, expensive supplements, expensive therapies (HBOT, IV Vitamin C, FIR Sauna, etc.), restrictive diets, and recurring visits are going to make a difference.

But, as time has passed, I think some of the veteran Integrative/Functional Medicine doctors are starting to realize they don't have all the answers, either. The testing is neither all-encompassing nor perfect. Many are just as confused as we are, regarding diet. They tend to follow fads, like Paleo, Low-Carb, and, most recently, Ketogenic diets. Everyone has leaky gut and gluten sensitivity.

Rather than pharmaceutical medications, we swallow handfuls of supplements (fish oil, Vitamin D, etc.), in order to manage symptoms and manipulate biomarkers on lab tests, but still without addressing the root cause -- and, in the face of conflicting safety information and little-to-no conclusive evidence that any of this will lead to improved health outcomes over the long-term.

Thus, in my opinion, I don't believe that bowing-down to the altar of alternative medicine with unquestioning faith is any more of a viable strategy than blind faith in conventional medicine. Both can be useful and neither are perfect.

If I were to break a bone, I wouldn't want my doctor telling me to drink a cup of organic, shade-grown, mycotoxin-free coffee with grass-fed butter and MCT oil.* Rather, I'd want to go to the Emergency Room, get some pain medication, have the bone set, and a cast applied. Conversely, if I have a cough and the sniffles, I don't want an antibiotic. I'd rather try some elderberry syrup, hot baths, lots of rest, and reevaluate in a few days.

One of the best epiphanies I've had is that my doctors are consultants. I pay them for their professional opinion. However, my health is my own responsibility. So, I may follow their advice and I may not. In many cases, I realize they know much more than I do. In other cases, maybe not so much. I'm still trying to cultivate the ability to discern between the two, when it's not so obvious. And, getting a second opinion is always another option.

Now, since I'm not actively treating Lyme/Coinfections and have done little of it in the past, my above comments are general in nature and not necessarily aimed at Lyme-Literate Medical Doctors. Instead, the above harangue is just how I feel about my experience in alternative healthcare, in general. And, it's just an opinion. I'm not claiming to be correct. smile

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*Actually, if any doctor ever suggested this, under any circumstances, it would be time to find a new doctor.

WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 4/7/2018 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Girlie and Dude,

Thanks! Feels so good to be understood 😊

Dude,

You really nailed it.

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Update:

The doctor sent me a message through the portal about the Para-1, but the link was to Microbe Formulas Organic Mimosa Pudica made from the seeds. Now I have to research this to find out why they're using only the seeds (this is the selling point). /shop.microbeformulas.com/collections/frontpage/products/microbe-formulas-mimosa-pudica. I find this all so exhausting.

She also asked me again if I'd used Samento and Banderol. I told her no that I was already using cat's claw. Like all bamboozled doctors, she thinks the doctor patented herbs are better. She sent me a follow up message about it and said again "Please note that you may benefit from Samento and Banderol; It kills biofilm." I guess she doesn't know or believe what Buhner says about many herbs having the ability to bust biofilm or that the NAC I've taken daily for a year supposedly also busts biofilm.

I know she means well and knows very little about herbs, but I just want to go bang my head in a wall. I hope to write another rant post later, as I have concerning issues. I don't know if I'm right and she's wrong, or if I just know enough to be obstinate and think I know more than the doctors. She never talked about Lyme or coinfections at all. When I mentioned I felt most of my symptoms were from bartonella, she just kind of smiled and acted like no it wasn't. All she talked about was parasites and mold.
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