This information on this page is not intended to replace the
advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
The drug recommendatins are intended as a guide only.
No responsibility is taken for drug interactions, side-effects
or failure of the drugs to alleviate the parasitic infection.
Review the information provided on this site with your professional
healthcare provider & confer with your doctor before taking
the drugs. Keep your doctor informed at all times of any side-effects.
ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR
treatment cases below are for general guidance only and are listed
to show resistance of this parasite to various drugs, especially
to metronidazole (Flagyl).
Contact me for
drug treatments trialled in a clinical setting and shown to be effective
for eradicating Bastocystis hominis.
You may recall having helped me with blastocystis in the past.
The end of the story is that in June, 2003 after 2 years of
suffering and refusing to take any Flagyl since I was sure
it would not work and would cause resistance, I FINALLY took
the combination you recommended for 12 out of the 14 days..I
could not continue treatment since by the 12th day I was nauseous,
felt awful, and was literally writhing.
I tested negative several times thereafter and started to
gain weight back to normal. But I had "irritable bowel"
for a while, then a recurrence of ulcerative proctitis. These
symptoms (which apparently occur in up to 25% of people post
parasite treatment) lasted for about a year, and I took Colazal
for a few months for the proctitis. I went off all medication
and have been FINE since September, 2004. It's finally over.
received January 2004
- a super bug?
Rifaximin & Nitazoxinide
a doctor willing to treat the infection
can be difficult task. The
majority of emails received at this site are from people unable
to find a doctor who will consider Blasto. (or Dientamoeba fragilis)
a cause of their symptoms.
Below are examples of the expense and suffering caused by undetected,
unrecognised and indaequately treated parasitic infections:
(see also Medical
medical mismanagement (D.fragilis), and
Parasites (Entamoeba histolytica)
had quite an open chat with Dr X about the whole pathogenically
controversial issue of blasto and d fragilis. He said
Prof Y's view is that it's probably not pathogenic. However,
he said if people pushed then they would treat with anti-biotics.
He admitted that some people do appear to get better after
a treatment of antibiotics but said that the School's
view is that this is a placebo effect.".
(result of appointment with the London School of Tropical Medicine
& Hygiene in Jan 2005)
read list of medically documented symptoms here
following email was received from an Australian diagnosed with
"I have today endured appointments with two separate
gastro specialists who both told me it is just IBS and I should
just "forget about it cause it'll just go away".
" Well I've put up with this for about 18 months now
at it has shown no sign of going away. Dr C. even suggested
that I should just eat more carbohydrates after I explained
at length how I have tried varied diet adjustments and found
that carbs made the symptoms worse. (an
increase in symptoms when eating carbs is commonly reported
by Blasto. and Dientamoeba fragilis sufferers. Click here
for the reason)
sick of wasting time and money talking to people who seem
more interested in hiding their ignorance than helping me.
Can you please advise me of a specialist within cooee of the
Gold Coast who is familiar with this parasite and won't start
ascribing every symptom they don't have an answer for to IBS.
Dr C. even said, when I asked how IBS caused the coating on
my tongue, that this was just a coincidence.
usually prescribe a course of metronidazole and if it doesn't
go away, just forget about it" - I'm pretty unimpressed
and paid $160 per consult for that little pearl of wisdom."
20th October 2002 from D., Queensland, Australia
Australian patient tested positive to Blasto. after
enduring four years of chronic ill health. His symptoms are
typical of a parasitic infection: "bloating,
wind, mushy stools, green or light yellow stools"
by chronic fatigue.
stool samples were still positive after taking:
Flagyl x 2 treatments; Fasigyn x 2 treatments and finally
a combination of Septrin and Flagyl.
A low carb/high protein diet helped with the symptoms (An
explanation of why this diet helps is here.
keen to try another combination of drugs recommended by a
gastroenterologist with three years clinical experience treating
"I guess my main problem
is my doc is not willing to prescribe the drugs recommended
by your site. I've asked on three occasions and he's said
no every time."
Received Sept. 2003, Canberra, Australia.
"I have been to gastro
doctors who said it is IBS in their typically dismissive style."
Received Feb 04, from S, (USA) diagnosed with Blasto.
Doctors who consider Blasto. a pathogen often regard it as easily
treatable, one "easily fixed" by drugs such as
Flagyl (metronidazole). The US
Center for Disease Control website recommends Flagyl is not
I told him about Great Smokies having found it and mentioned
that I understood that it is sometimes hard to diagnose and
treat he said
in rather classic doctor style "I treat this
successfully all of the time."
suffer...received Feb 04 (USA)
experiences on this site (below) are testament to Blasto's ability
to survive a broad range of drug therapies.
1986 Markell & Udkow studied five patients with B.hominis
only, but concluded that the organism was not a pathogen because
diiodohydroxyquinoline (Iodoquinol) treatment did not eliminate
Studying other patients who had B.hominis, plus a "recognised"
protozoan pathogen, they stated "Blastocystis hominis
persisted after treatment with iodoquinol (25 patiensts), metronidazole
(12 patients), quinacrine (9 patients) and paromomycin (1 patient).".
B. hominis - Past and Future,
Charles H Zierdt.
Clinical Micro. Reviews 1991
hominis - a Super Bug?
The following two case histories, received in July 2003, shows how
Blasto. can survive many and varied drug therapies (see also Flagyl).
noticed "bloating in my abdomen
& an ache in lower left of abdomen. Also much gurgling".
These symptpoms were diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
In 1999 she "came
down with chest aches, racing heartbeat & severe reduction
in physical capacity".
Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Myalgic Encephalopathy
based on symptoms.
GSDL tests conducted, including stool test showing Blastocystis
hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis & yersinia enterolitica.
Complementary therapist suggested a homeopathic remedy for the
the basis of the May GSDL test, CFS practitioner prescribed:
Ciprofloxacin 500mg bd for 5 days combined with metronidazole
(Flagyl) 800mg tds for 5 days followed by Diloxanide furoate
500mg tds for 10days
test showed Blastocystis hominis & pseudomonas aeruginosa
on basis of April's results, plus the assumption that the Df
had not been eradicated with: Paromomycin 250mg bd 6 days
& doxycycline 100mg, once a day, 10 days.
Followed by nystatin to "clear yeasts"
Tested by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:
Blastocystis hominis present
were sent to the UK's public testing laboratory specifically
to check for Blastocystis hominis. Stool tests: negative.
S was still symptomatic a new doctor prescribed:
Cefadroxil 500mg bd along with metronidazole 400mg bd,
both for 2 weeks followed by doxycycline 100mg for 2 weeks.
samples sent to a private UK Lab (Parascope) which uses
specific stool collection and testing methods necessary for
detection of Blasto. and D.fragilis: Blastcystis hominis
500mg twice daily for 5 days,
Subsequent Parascope test: Bh still present in stool samples.
Forte bd plus Tinidazole 500mg bd, both for 10 days
Parascope test came back positive with "few" Blastocystis
hominis present in stool samples.
Septrin Forte bd* plus Tinidazole 500mg bd, both for 10 days
Trembling & quivering cleared up
Parascope test came back with "moderate" Bh
Trembling & quivering returned in November
still have Bh after the above treatments over 9 months.
My symptoms are gurgling and a pot belly of bloating. My stools
are mushy but I feel constipated all the time despite taking
ground linseed & psyllium husks. I'm fortunate in that I don't
have any pain, just occasional bouts of discomfort & a niggling
|* bd = twice daily. tds/tid =
3 x daily.
from Ireland was diagnosed with Blastocystis hominis. She described
her symptoms as "overwhelming fatigue
& profound exhaustion, fuzzy head, a toxic ill feeling although
night sweats and headaches & weight loss"
. Unusually she had few bowel symptoms.
As well as liquid Berberine, she was prescribed a 21 day course
of combined Rifaximin and Nitazoxinide,
and reported that the treatment made a huge impact on her illness
- "more of a difference than anything
else I tried!".
testing revealed the parasite had survived, albeit in reduced numbers.
She was then prescribed a 6 week course of Ciproflaxin*
(doses not provided). Further testing revealed Blasto. hominis
was still present.
*lab tests have shown that Blastocystis hominis. is sensitive to
Cipro. More on Cipro. here
Case No 3.:
During twelve months a male with Blastocystis hominis was prescribed:
Biaxin + Flagyl (10days)
Flagyl + Tetracycline (10days)
Flagyl + Bactrim 10 days.
Fasigyn + Bactrim 10 days.
Fasigyn + Bactrim + Yodoxin 10 days.
positive for Blastocystis hominis after each treatment.
54 yo male treated three times over 12 months
with a combination of Flagyl (750mg 3 x daily) and (Iodoquinol
650 3 x daily) for 10 days and 20 days.
During the third treatment Bactrim (800mg) was added. He tested
positive for Blastocystis hominis after each treatment.
He finally recovered (clear stools and resolution of symptoms) after
taking a combo. of Nitazoxinide and Rifaximin.
Email me for details.
As at November 2003 five people (including the above) used a
combo. of Rifaximin and NItazoxinide for Blasto. Three became symptom
free, or experienced greatly reduced symptoms, followed by clear
stool samples. One tested negative for Blasto. after treatment,
the other positive, and both were still symptomatic after treatment.
J. from the
UK combined Furazolidone, Iodoquinol and Bactrim (Septrin DS):
"My tests results have come back and,
as I suspected, I am still very badly infected with Blasto. Although
I guessed it was going to show that result it still made me feel
very low for a while."
J is currently pursuing other treatment options. The outcome will
be posted when available.
A. from Sweden
was diagnosed with Dientamoeba fragilis and Blastocystis hominis.
After taking 1,000mg of Nitazoxanide for ten days he added
iodoquinol and tetracycline at the same time. On day 21 after
finishing the Nitazoxinide he also took Metronidazole for ten
days combined with Iodoquinol - the latter for a total of 30
A. experienced no side effects during treatment. Some symptoms remained
after finishing treatment, gradually becoming worse over a six week
period. Stool testing revealed the presence of Blasto. hominis.
There was no sign of D.fragilis.
H. from Australia
was diagnosed by stool testing with both Blasto. and D.fragilis.
His doctor prescribed:
Iodoqinol & doxycycline for 20 days together with Furazolidone
& Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septrin DS, Septra)
for 10 days.
Although H. felt queasy whilst on meds, he felt much better 3 days
after finishing. His symptoms returned in full force a week later.
Subsequent stool samples were positive for both Blastocystis
hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis.
"I have been diagnosed with Blastocystis
Hominis and I am looking for a cure. Please help me. I am desperate.
August 2001- Health got mysteriously bad.
2001-2003 Tried various things. Nothing seemed to help.
Spring 2003 Diagnosed with food allergies to milk, wheat,
egg, and potato. At times over the past two years, if I do two many
meds I become allergic to just about everything.
August 2003 Health got a lot worse. Life was complete misery.
September 2003 Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Biggest
problem was candida. Took a lot of Diflucan which worked moderately
well. Tried Nystatin but it made my food allergies horrible.
Health was still very poor.
January 2004 Found that I had Blastocystis Hominis from a stool
test from Great Smokies Lab. Said I had moderate amount. Tried
Iodoquinol 30 for 10 days and followed by Bactrim (I think
you call it Septrin) 20 for 10 days.
-Felt Moderately Better. Started taking crushed raw garlic and it
messed my health up again.
-Stool test form Great Smokies said I had many Blastocystis Hominis.
April 2004 Went on a round of Amphotericin-B 200mg a day,
Tinidazole 1000mg a day, and Furazolidone. This was followed by
ten days of Bactrim and Iodoquinol together at the above
Took some garlic. Felt a little worse again. Did five days more
-Felt moderately good for one to two months. Stool test came
back with many Blastocystis Hominis
July 2004 - Went on Amphotericin-B, Tinidazole, and Furazolidone
at above dosage for two weeks. -Didn't feel much if any improvement
August 2004 Went on Amphtericin-B, Bactrim, Iodoquinol,
and Paramyocin (Humatin) for about two weeks. I do not have
the exact numbers.Felt Moderately better
-Stool test came back still with many blastocystis hominis.
-Told doctor I thought that the Bactrim was what was helping. He
though I had a low grade infection.
September 2004 Went on Bactrim for 6 weeks. Felt the
best I have but my food allergies were horrible.
End of November 2004 My symptoms started to creep back. Did a
week of Bactrim.
-Helped some, but not as much as before."
from Sweden has been battling digestive problems for 5 years:
My biggest problems started after a trip
to Asia five years ago, and I got the diagnosis, celiachy (celiac
disease). However a gluten free diet did not seem to make me any
After having taken a comprehensive digestive stool analysis a
year ago with the GSDL, it showed that my digestive system was not
ok and it also showed me having many blasto and moderate dfragilis.
My first medication the recommended doses of flagyl for ten days
and I got a little better and then worse again. Next test
I did was one from a Swedish laboratory and they found that I still
had both blasto and dfragilis. The next medication was some
months later when I took Nitazoxinide + Iodoquionol (30 days)
+ Tetracycline, but I also included flagyl (10 days).
The last week I was extremely weak, but some weeks after the treatment
I was stronger and felt better than ever and my system got
worse when introducing carbs. I took yet another test with the
same laboratory here in Sweden and this time they could only find
that I had Blasto.
In the past eight months I have been extremely weak, and I dont
seem to get any better. All of this time, I have kept a candida
diet, tried most natural medicines and also two different kinds
of medicines against fungus but nothing has worked.
| Suprise, surprise I just got a result back from the Dr for a specimen I had in to see if my blasto had been treated effectively with flagyl and .... they are still present in large numbers. It is a huge disappointment though at the time I did say to them I didn't want to do flagyl as I had heard it was not effective but they insisted we had to start with it."
specialist told me that Flagyl was
my only option to treat Blastocystis hominis"
8 Jan 04 (USA).
week they found Blasto hominis in my samples. I have suffered
the well described symptoms for about two years now. The physician
said that after some Flagyl all will be fine.
11 Feb 2004 (Australia)
hominis resistance to furazolidone, metronidazole and
ciprofloxacin at 0.01 mg/mL was 32% (8/25), 40% (10/25)
and 100% (25/25), respectively. B. hominis isolates varied
in their degree of susceptibility to the three drugs studied,
being greater with furazolidone than with metronidazole, and
complete resistance with ciprofloxacin."
Br J Biomed Sci. 2004;61(2):75-7.
(see below for more published medical info. on metronidazole
has been strongly argued that metronidazole should not be used
prophylactically to preserve the usefulness and potency of the
(Upcroft JA, Upcroft P. Parasitol
Below is a small selection of correspondence received at this site
from people who failed treatment with Flagyl.
Despite it's high failure rate, evidenced both anecdotally and in
medical literature, Flagyl (metronidazole) is the most commonly
prescribed treatment for B.hominis infections. It is considered
by many physicians to be the "gold standard" treatment for most
from the USA, was prescribed Flagyl (dosage not specified) for one
month. Stool testing after treatment revealed low levels of Blasto.
(M also tried various herbal treatments without success. Click here
Lab. results show I still have Blasto. and D.fragilis after taking
Flagyl 800 mg three times daily for ten days.
A. from Sweden
2 Jan 2004
"I took 1500mg of metronidazole per day for two weeks in June
for Dientamoeba fragilis. Stool tests I did four weeks following
that treatment revealed that I have Blastocystis hominis. I
obviously had it all along but the tests didn't reveal it. So for
me, the Flagyl didn't work at all in fact, overall it has made me
feel worse. I now have chronic fatigue, my energy is very limited,
and my abdomen is always distended (before the metro. it wasn't
wrote that she's feeling "fantastic" after treatment in
early 2003 with a combination of Tinidazole/Furazilodone and Bactrim.
There have been cases where Blasto. has survived this treatment.
Update: October 2003. Unfortunately some of Piria's symptoms
have returned. Stool testing has so far been negative for Blasto.
"I have been diagnosed as having this
infection after successful identification by laboratory testing
in Melbourne of two stool samples. These were taken AFTER(*) full
treatment for 7 consecutive days by Flagyl. "
D. 19 December 02
*Flagyl reduces bowel bacteria, which in turn enables Blasto.
to colonise more of the bowel. Testing positive after Flagyl, where
previous tests were negative, is commonly reported to this site.
S. was diagnosed with Blasto:
"I have been on at least four courses
of metronidazole (Flagyl), as well as a course of iodoquinol. Nothing
has worked, and a recent stool test says my levels are high as ever.
I have seen for several doctors and mimdiagnosed with IBS, one test
from Great Smokies Lab found that I was infected by Blastocystos
Hominis, Candida Albicans,
and two other bacterias more. I was medicated with flagyl, yodooxin,
etc. However, all the symtoms came again. I feel weak, bloating,
with bain fog. Please, somebody can say me where is possible to
get a consious M.D that he know about this problem. Please, I'm
N. 21 July 02
"I took metronidazole, tinidazole, secnidazole
in high dosages. None of them worked".
E. 19 March 03
"I was diagnosed with and treated
(metronadizole) for DF about a year and a half ago. At the same
time I was also diagnosed with blasto, but my doctor told me
that it did not cause problems with the GI tract. I have recently
(past month) had diarreah again, and tested for blasto. hom. once
again. The doctor has prescribed metronadizole once again,
and I've seen some improvement, although I'm afraid that once I'm
finished with the medication, the diarreah will start again"
B. Dec 01
Hi Jackie, contacted you back in May 2001
with Blasto. I took 1 course Flagyl for 10 days with success
whilst on the treatment then symptoms came back a little for about
1 week. Went back to Travel Dr (specialist in overseas parasites)
told me to go away and pretend I never had it!! Still had like nervous
stomach, fatigue, constant colds/flu weight loss of about 8 kilos.
posted on message board by Kirsty, July 4
been diagnosed with Blasto and was prescribed Flagyl. After I finished
the course, stool’s result still came positive for Blasto, and DF
was found as well.
A. 20 April 02
"I've recently been diagnosed as having
blasto and was prescribed 7 days of flagyl. After I got over the
side effects of the flagyl, I felt terrific for about 2 days, then
back into the pits.
I have previously (in the last couple of years) been treated for
what has probably always been blasto (but was presumed to be giardia)
with two lots of Fasigyn and two lots of flagyl. The former
had a very radical effect on my body."
Posted by Mel on
March 4 01
suffered from chronic digestive problems since 1980. I can barely
eat and I've lost a lot of weight. Except for one test just after
I became sick it was only in 1996 that my doctor had me retested
and Blasto. was found. I've been treated with Flagyl and Fasigyn
heaps of times, all with some success, but the symptoms always comes
J. Dec '99
had blastocystis for about 8 years and have tried everything
possible to be free of it.
I have tried flagyl,oregano oil, kerosine, other antibiotics that
i cant remember the name of, all types of herb combinations, but
it always comes back. "
11 March 03
It was recently confirmed that I have the above (B.hominis).
I went through the flagyl treatment and the results were that I
was very ill on the medication and of course the symptoms returned.
I had a stool test to confirm that there was still a slight colony
A. 25 May 02
"I just completed my third treatment for a variety of
intestinal parasites. I gave another stool sample after treatment
only to learn that I was not able to rid myself of the Blastocystis
Hominis. So far I have taken Flagyl all three times. The
first treatment included Flagyl only. The second treatment included
a combination of Flaygyl and Yodoxin. I was prescribed
Flagyl and Paramomycin (sp?) this last time. It has been only three
weeks since I completed that treatment. I received my results from
the stool sample today and my Doctor has prescribed the combination
of Yodoxin and Paramomycin since Flagyl doesn't seem to be working
on the Blasto. "
M. 11 March 03
I have taken 400mg of Flagyl four times a day for fourteen days
in the past on two different occassions. What a waste of time that
was, all I got from it was being so very sick to my stomach, it
did nothing to get rid of the Bh. My symptoms are bloating/flatulence/irritable
bowel/nausea/now a back ache from ther bloated feeling.
M. 7 June 02
S. tested positive to B.hominis. She wrote:
doctor and I have a good understanding. Her comment was that while
many people have the Blasto parasite “very few ever show symptoms”.
Considering that I was having symptoms without any other potential
cause she treated me for the Blasto with a course of Metronidazole.
After a ten day run after which I felt quite a bit better but
not 100 per cent I was retested and still showed positive for Blasto
but in reduced numbers.
S. 4 July 02
"My son, 17 yrs old, was found to have blastocystis hominis
in August of 2002, by Great Smokies Lab. The DO we were seeing put
him on Parex, an herbal formlation, for abt 6 weeks. Subsequent
stool test showed parasite still there but weaker. Symptoms of bloating,
excessive gas, stomach pain/acid continued came back as strong as
before. Then we went to an MD who put him on Flagyl, but the
subsequent stool sample showed he still had it.
E. 13 March 03
study shows that isolates of B. hominis of different geographical
origin have different levels of resistance to metronidazole.
The search for more effective drugs to eliminate th parasite
appears inevitable, especially since surviving parasites
from metronidazole cultures show greater ability to multiply
in subcultures than controls.
resistance of Blastocystis hominis to metronidazole.
Haresh K, Suresh K, Khairul Anus A, Saminathan S.
Med Int Health. 1999 Apr;4(4):274-7.
Through anecdotal reports, it has become evident that there
are a significant number of treatment failures with metronidazole....
Blastocystis hominis Past and Future
Clinical Micro. Reviews.
Jan 1991 Vol 4, No 1; 61-79
If treatment appears warranted, metronidazole is suggested
as the drug of choice, although failures of this drug in eradicating
the organism have been reported.
DJ, Boreham PF.
Blastocystis hominis revisited.
Clin Microbiol Rev 1996 Oct;9(4):563-84
Blastocystis hominis cysts concentrated from faeces were
resistant to metronidazole up to a concentration of 5 mg/ml.
A cysticidal drug is therefore needed for radical treatment,
to avoid relapse and to prevent transmission.
of Blastocystis hominis cysts to metronidazole.
Zaman V, et al
Trop Med Int Health 1996 Oct;1(5):677-8
The study shows that isolates of B. hominis of different
geographical origin have different levels of resistance to
metronidazole. The search for more effective drugs to eliminate
th parasite appears inevitable, especially since surviving
parasites from metronidazole cultures show greater ability
to multiply in subcultures than controls.
Isolate resistance of Blastocystis hominis
Haresh K, et al
Trop Med Int Health 1999 Apr;4(4):274-7
effectively relieved the symptoms and cleared the organism
in some but not all patients.
hominis infection: signs and symptoms in patients at Wilford
Hall Medical Center.
Med 1990 Sep;155(9):394-6
Wilson KW, et al
Septrin combined with
Blasto. ability to survive this treatment has been shown in a
clinical setting. It is more likely to fail if flagyl has been previously
prescribed because of Blasto's known resistance to the drugs Tinidazole
and Flagyl. If you've been previously prescribed either of these
drugs your chance of recovery is much lower.
Email me for treatment details..
The following are Septrin (Bactrim)
& metronidazole or tinidazole success stories:
have Blasto, and have had the classic range of symptoms for several
years. I've had one course of Flagyl in summer 2000 which made me
feel great for short period, and another course of another antibiotic
(don't have the name in front of me) this March. I'd like to recommend
your program to my doc.
"This plan worked like a champ and I am symptom free! My
big symptom was lethargy/fatigue (plus GI issues - greatly varying
stools) and it's such a pleasure to have that gone.
Your website and advice are a real asset to the world. Thanks"
JC, Boulder, USA
from Denmark became sick after a trip to the Phillipines in March
2002. Several tests were negative for parasites, but eventually
Blasto. was found. He suffered "weight
loss (8 kg), stomach pain, swollen stomach, diarrhoea (now and then)".
His doctor advised him there is no cure. He contact the site asking
for treatment info and in June 2002 he reported the good news:
Things are fine here! I have completely recovered. After 3 days
of treatment I already felt much better! I finished the treatment
after ten days as ordered by you. I have a little problem with air
in my stomach but it seems that this declining as well.
So thanks again!
Kind Regards A.
19 June 2002
Sue, from New Zealand, began to experience symptoms of "nausea,
tiredness, constant gnawing feelings in my stomach, and bouts of
diarrhoea. I also had lots of aches and pains and my head always
felt like I was in a fog....tremors, shakes, nausealike sea-sickness,
feeling cold, light headedness on the verge of blacking out".
She lost a lot of weight and suffered fatigue so severe she
"could hardly walk across a room".
During one particularly bad attack her symptoms were alarming enough
for her family doc. to send her to hospital for tests. Blood, heart
& sugar tests were negative. She was diagnosed with stress
and sent home. A specialist gastroenterologist performed
a gastroscopy which was negative.
Finally a gp decided stool testing may reveal the problem
sure enough high levels of Blasto. were found.
Click here to read the outcome.
Update: 26th September 2003: Two years after treatment
Sue is again symptomatic. Despite no recent evidence of Blasto.
in her stool samples Sue's doctor is going to repeat the Flagyl
and Septrin treatment.
Final update: 9 December 2004: Sue recovered after another
round of Flagyl and Septrin.
Read how this person's Blasto. is
appears to be resistant to Bactrim
"Recently diagnosed with Blasto (3
of 4 level). I did a parasitology report looking for Candida (for
which I have been treating myself) only to discover a 0 on Candida
and high levels of Blasto. I know nothing of this protozoa and can
use any help in links, treatments, etc."
sent L the medication dosages and received this email in Sept. 02:
- The meds worked exceptionally well with no side effects. THANK
J., who contacted me in July after being diagnosed with Blasto,
also listed among his symptoms:
"Anxiety, panic, overwhelmed w/ fear but of nothing in particular,
couldn’t catch my breath, chest tight, stomach in knots, out of
control, disoriented, scared, depressed, thoughts of suicide &
J. gave me permission to include a diary he sent me during his Blasto.
infection. Click here to read.
Flagyl failed to relieve his symptoms. After contacting this site
he took the drug combination with the following result:
the meds my symptoms seemed to change. I had much worse diarrhea
(many more times a day and more watery). The nausea was also there
but different (not as extreme).
After I'd been off the meds for about a week and had these "different"
but similar symtoms I did another stool sample. They told me I had
Clostridium difficile (aka. cdiff) at that time. Then they prescribed
Flagyl to get rid of the cdiff. That took another 10 days or so.
Then I got better. "
H had been diagnosed with both B.hominis & D.fragilis:
" I have been unsuccesfully treated
with Tetraciclina (Tetracycline)
500 mg three times a day X 10 days for an infection with hominis
and fragillis. I noticed in the web your combination drug treatment
and told my doctor. He agrees with the treatment but is a little
bit concern about what he says "a powerfull cocktail".
Please send me the recommended doses."
26 July 2002
On the 25th September H. recontacted with the news "my
stomach still feels a little bit upset. Needs a bit more time.But
definitely the old symptoms are gone. Thank you very much for your
help and wish you well in your magnific campaign".
Whilst this treatment is very effective providing there has been
no pre-treatment with Flagyl or Tinidazole - failures have occurred
and Blasto. has been found in stool samples post treatment.
D.contacted in March 03. She reported suffering
gastrointestinal complaints for a number of years and symptoms of
general weakness and fatigue. She was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable
Bowel Syndrome) and also mild Chrohns disease (inflammation
detected during colonoscopy). Stool testing by Great Smokies Diagnostics
in 2003 revealed infection with Blasto. hominis. She believes she
may have become infected on a trip to India in 1999.
She tested positive to Blasto. after taking
Tinidazole and Septrin (dosages).
She had not been pre-treated with Flagyl (pre-treatment reduces
the effectiveness of this combo. because Blasto. builds resistance
to this drug).
Since mid 2001, shortly after this drug became
more widely available, there have been no reports to this site of
recovery (negative samples and symptom free) after taking Nitaz.
for 3, 7, 10 days @ 500, 1,000 or 2,000mg twice daily (examples
Longer treatments using 1,000mg twice daily have been the most successful
with the majority reporting negative samples and greatly reduced
or disappearance of symptoms after treatment.
Contact me for exact details of this treatment.
has been demonstrated**
to eradicate 100% of Blastocystis hominis infections in
a clinical setting in Mexico.
6 samples post treatment on days 6, 7, 8 & 13, 14 &
Note: This trial tested stool samples
for up to two weeks after treatment. For accuracy testing
should be done at least 3 - 4 weeks after finishing meds.
may result in false negative due to reduced numbers of parasites.
antiprotozoal/anthelminthic A new 5-nitrothiazole derivative,
nitazoxanide, is unusual in being the first drug to be active
against both intestinal protozoa and helminths. Mexican parasitologists
treated 246 adults and children, each with at least one protozoal
and two helminthic infections, giving them 7.5 mg/kg nitazoxanide
12-hourly for 3 consecutive days. Cure rates were 81% for
E histolyitica/E dispar, 71% for Giardia, and 100% for Blastocystis
hominis and Isospora belli. The drug is reported also to be
effective against anaerobic and some aerobic bacteria; and
it is said to be the first effective treatment for cryptosporidial
diarrhoea in AIDS.
Nitazoxanide for the treatment of intestinal protozoal
and anthelminthic infections in Mexico.
Cabello, RR et al.
Trans R SocTrop Med Hyg 1997; 91: 701-3
Blastocystis hominis: neutral red supravital staining
and its application to in vitro drug sensitivity testing.
Vdovenko A &
Parasitology Research. 2000; 86: 573-581.
Nitazoxanide for the treatment of intestinal protozoan
and helminthic infections in Mexico.
R, Robert Guerrero L, Munoz Garcia MR & Geyne Cruz A.
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and
Hygiene. 1997; 91: 701-703.
Manufacturer - USA: Romark
Nitazoxanide (Alinia) is available
in Mexico over-the-counter at pharmacies.
HAVE YOU BEEN TREATED SUCCESSFULLY WITH THIS DRUG?
YOUR STORY MAY HELP OTHERS SUFFERING FROM A BLASTO. INFECTION
daily 2 x 500 mg) for 10 days didn´t help me to get rid of the Blastos.
This morning the lab found the parasite still present ("2 x campo",
translated 2 per sample).
received from a Dutch woman living in Mexico,
6 Nov 2002
took Nitazoxanide for 10 days. Again, I felt better for a bit, but
am now back to feeling shit. Once again, the follow-up stool test
has come back showing that B Hominis is thriving inside me."
J. 25 Nov. 2002
"I took 500 mg NTZ for ten days
or so, however I tested positive for Blasto. h. after taking it"
73 yo male still positive for Blastocystis hominis after taking
Secnidazole 2gr for 3 days.
(Symptoms: "bloating, difficulty with evacuation, slow dygestion,
dizziness, and nervousness".)
illness began in late January 2003. I felt bloated, slightly nauseated
and developed a mild but persistent diarrhea. I was first treated
with lomotil and then, after stool samples revealed the presence
of Blasto, with Flagyl. The Flagyl had little effect on the the
blasto or my symptoms, in fact I felt much worse during and immediately
after the 10 day course of 750mgs three times a day
took the course of Alina (Nitazoxinide) May 24,25,26. The retest
took place on June 16. I am scheduled for a another stool test next
week and will let you know the results. If they indicate further
testing I will keep you informed" (see
D. (USA) June 2003
last test was positive and I was given another round of Alinia,
although my doctor is convinced that the B. hominis will eventually
disappear of it's own accord."
D (USA) July 2003
S. was diagnosed with Bh:
In June 2003 she took Nitazoxinide for 5 days (no dose supplied)
Subsequent Parascope test: Bh still present
Received August 2003
P. from Melbourne, Australia tested positive after taking Nitaz.
Exact dosage and length of treatment not supplied.
received August 03
Rifaximin was successful in eradicating B.hominis in the following
HIV-1 infected patients severe enteritis and chronic diarrhea
are often documented as a consequence of multiple opportunistic
infections. We analyzed 48 HIV-1 positive patients for the presence
of intestinal pathogenic protozoa. Patients with CD4 > or =
200/mm3 showed a higher prevalence of a single pathogenic protozoa
than patients with CD4 < or =200/mm3, who showed the presence
of multiple protozoal infections. Patients who proved positive
for only a single protozoa, Cryptosporidium or Blastocystis,
were also positive, by stool culture, for the presence of Proteus
mirabilis (3 samples), Citrobacter freundii (3 samples), Escherichia
coli (one sample) or Enterobacter cloacae (one sample). Treatment
with rifaximin (600 mg, 3 times a day, for 14 days) was efficacious
in resolving the clinical symptoms and clearing protozoan infections
in HIV-1 infected patients with CD4 > or = 200/mm3, who presented
enteric and systemic symptoms due to Criptosporidium or Blastocystis
associated with enteropathogenic bacteria.
protozoa in HIV-infected patients: effect of rifaximin in Cryptosporidium
parvum and Blastocystis hominis infections.
J Chemother 1999 Oct;11(5):391-5
Amenta M, et
The drug can be obtained from the following international German
Please note: Requires: A doctor's prescription and
authorisation from your department of health to import this drug.
& Nitazoxinide combined:
of Rifax and Nitaz. cured a 4 year Blasto. infection, misdiagnosed
for the first 2 years as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Unfortunately for a UK woman this treatment failed to eradicate
her Blasto. infection. Info. here
Up to November
2003 there has been 1 failure and 2 successes with this treatment:
ie greatly improved or complete disappearance of symptoms accompanied
by clear stool samples.
If you are considering taking Cipro
(Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) read the info. on these
US Food & Drug Administration Centre for Research includes comprehensive
info. on Cipro:
Journal article contains important info. about the dangers of this
The following are examples of people who
have been helped by this drug.
More examples will be added as they become available.
site was helpful to my battle with B Hominis. Thanks for all the
effort you put into this site. I'm almost back to 100% after a 10
in case you want more data, I'll give you a brief summary of my
I returned from a trip to rural Africa. I began having upper GI
problems by the middle of Nov. Mostly acid reflux and the feeling
that my stomach lining was inflamed, thus creating a tender bloating
that is different from a more typical gassy bloating. At first I
thought it was from my Lariam RX (malaria ).
Restricted diet -- no alcohol, fat, caffeine, spicy food. Ate mostly
bread & rice. Pepcid AC & antacids little help. Constant
Dx -- giardia and treated with 250 mg flagyl 3xday
Giardia gone, stool sample normal, but symptoms remain. Prevacid
and bland diet keep symptoms from being overwhelming. Prevacid was
a definite help. Chinese herbal medicne no help.
All the standard upper & lower GI scans, x-rays etc,. negative
B Hominis test positive in 1 of 3 stool samples. Got standard
advice that B hominis is not the problem. Got scoped from top
& bottom and all was negative.
B Hom treated with flagyl 750mg 3xday & cipro 500mg 2xday
for 3 weeks. Started feeling a little better after 2 weeks of
treatment. No side effects from the drugs.
Slow improvement. Stopped the Preavid. Started to expand
diet, and by end of the month was back to a near normal diet.
Thanks again for your work It gave me a great perspective on my
situation and helped me manage the medical community."
S. 27 September 02"
Trevor was also
diagnosed with Blasto. and despite the reluctance of his dr's to
treat this organism he was prescribed Fasigyn (similar to Flagyl)
for 4 days.
doctors here in Zurich told me not to treat the Blasto, rather to
leave it go away by itself"
made no difference to his symptoms (weight loss, fatigue and digestive
complaints). He was eventually treated with: Cyprofloxacin 2 x 500mg
a day for for 6 weeks and at the same time took good quality probiotics
during and after the treatment. He wrote:
"After 6 weeks, all the weight I had
lost returned, muscle built up around my joints again...I feel much
better now and my stool is completely normal, no flatulence, no
the information because "I know how
bad this bloody BH can make a person feel.........if what I have
learned can help others please share it."
and with other drugs
(Important info. about Iod. on the manufacturer's
This woman's Blasto. symptoms
disappeared after taking a combination of Flagyl and Iodoquinol:
I am cured! But the drugs were awful. I had Yodoxin and Metronidazole
(Flagyl) at the same time. I was throwing up on the 10th day of
treatment. Then my tongue turned green and I had to take something
for thrush. Luckily, I have a wonderful doctor who keeps up with
the current therapeutic options. Anyway the whole ordeal was worth
it because I am now fine and have been fine for several months.
The other thing that I did was to take healthy intestinal bacteria
three times a day that I found at the health food store. "
In the following
case Flagyl was prescribed 3 times without success, initially alone
and then in combo. with Iodoquinol (Yodoxin) & the drug Humatin
"I just completed my third treatment
for a variety of intestinal parasites. I gave another stool sample
after treatment only to learn that I was not able to rid myself
of the Blastocystis Hominis. So far I have taken Flagyl all three
times. The first treatment included Flagyl only. The second treatment
included a combination of Flaygyl and Yodoxin. I was prescribed
Flagyl and Paramomycin (sp?) this last time. It has been only three
weeks since I completed that treatment."
M. March 2003
woman was treated successfully with a combination of Iodoquinol and Flagyl:
I was happy
to find your webpage. My husband and I have had blastocystis hominis
since last November. My worst symptom was a nasty flatulence while
my husband had runny bowels. I am on 3 x 210mg Yodoxin 3 times a
day (20 days) and 3 x 250 metronidozole 3 times a day (10 days).
This cure is worse than the disease. I am so sick from these medications
(nausea, loose stools, dizziness, lethargy) that I can barely get
through the day. But I am on the 7th day of treatment and encouraged
because my evil flatulence is gone. I am keeping my fingers crossed."
"Just to follow up, I took 10 days of the metronidozole and
the yodoxin and kept getting sicker and sicker (excessive dizziness
and lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, nausea) and by the
night after my 10th day (last Sunday) I was up for a few hours dry
heave vomiting. Since I was done with the metro anyway my doctor
told me to discontinue the yodoxin because of my reaction. Although
I am not sure if one drug was more responsible than the other for
my reaction. By the way did I tell you that my tongue is slimy greenish
looking (seriously, is this a yeast infection?). Also I have a sore
back where I think my kidneys are, maybe they got stressed out a
little. Or maybe I am overreacting."
J 6 July 01
and the final result:
is what I took for Blast. hominos: Metronidazole 750 mg three times
each day for 10 days Yodoxin 630 mg three times each day prescribed
for 20 days but I was throwing up by the 10th day and the doctor
wanted me to stop taking it. Anyway it worked and I seem to be fine!
Best wishes to you (by the way I had a course of metronidazole a
few months before the above regime and apparently that alone did
Yodoxin (Iodoquinol) and Flagyl failed to eradicate this infection:
J 3 Nov 01
just completed my third treatment for a variety of intestinal parasites.
I gave another stool sample after treatment only to learn that I was
not able to rid myself of the Blastocystis Hominis. So far I have
taken Flagyl all three times. The first treatment included Flagyl
only. The second treatment included a combination of Flaygyl and Yodoxin.
I was prescribed Flagyl and Paramomycin (sp?) this last time. It has
been only three weeks since I completed that treatment. I received
my results from the stool sample today (pos. for Bh) and my Doctor
has prescribed the combination of Yodoxin and Paramomycin since Flagyl
doesn't seem to be working on the Blasto. "
M. 11 March 03
For this person
Yodoxin alone failed*
I emailed you in September I had recently completed a course of Yodoxin,
and my Blasto symptoms had returned."
alone also appears to have failed here:
my midnight searches on the internet I came across your website discussing
your cure of D. Fragilis using the drug treatment prescribed by Dr.
B. It was very inspiring, and it's amazing to be able to learn so
much by hearing other people's stories. While I don't suffer from
D. Fragilis, I have been diagnosed with Blastocyctis Hominis and have
been struggling with it for about three months now. I've also learned
that the treatments for these two different parasites are often similar,
and that both of these bugs can be difficult to get rid of. Two weeks
ago I completed the standard 20 day course of Iodoquinol (650 mg three
times a day). All of my symptoms (weakness, fatigue, dizziness, trembling,
confused thinking, and cramping) wonderfully disappeared. Unfortunately
two weeks later my symptoms returned."
Iodoquinol and Flagyl was
prescribed as a combination for this woman's Dientamoeba fragilis
infection. These drugs were not successful in killing off the Blastocystis
I was so fortunate to have doctor who was willing to let me try the
treatment you suggested without even waiting to hear from Dr. Borody.
My symptoms improved right away. I finished the treatment and gradually
my symptoms got worse again. Tests show that the d. fragilis is gone,
but I still have Blasto. hominis."
and the author of this site was prescribed Iod.
+ Flagyl for D.fragilis - her Blasto. survived the treatment (previously
prescribed 4 courses of Flagyl).
"Iodoquinol was reported to have therapeutic
activity in infections caused by this parasite (but) were found to
be significantly less active than metronidazole (in vitro = in the
lab as opposed to human studies)"
The in-vitro activity of drugs against Blastocystis
Dunn LA, Boreham PF. .
Antimicrob Chemother. 1991 Apr;27(4):507-16
(chemically similar to Flagyl):
Tinidazole is chemically similar to metronidazole (Flagyl)
Two days of Tinidazole failed to clear the Blasto. this woman's
I have Blastocistis Hominus and Dientamoeba
Fragilis. My doctor first gave me two doses of Tinidazole. (2 days
worth) This made me feel better for about ten days then I got sick
again and have both bugs still present.
K. March 02
B.hominis was reclassified from an intestinal yeast to a
protozoa for a number of reasons. One was because Blasto. doesn't
respond to anti-yeast medication (ie. amphotericin, nystatin, Diflucan,
Sporanox, and Nizoral.).
(reference can be supplied)
How effective are herbs to treat Dientamoeba fragilis or Blastocystis hominis? Not very - according to feedback to this site. Thousands of people have reported that herbs either failed to relieve their symptoms, or after treatment has ended the symptoms returned. During eight years this site has heard from only a handful of people who have recovered using anti-parasitic herbal medications, despite the majority having resorted to using them.
A herbal treatment's contribution to symptom relief is difficult to assess. Many alternative medical practitioners often recommend a restricted diet during treatment. Such diets will also reduce the number of parasites. Evidence for nutritional depletion reducing the parasite colony was presented in a study in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in 1977. A low carbohydrates/high protein diet resulted in less excretion of the parasite Dientamoeba fragilis. Conversely more parasites were excreted when subjects were placed on a diet consisting mainly of high carbohydrate foods. (More information about diet and parasites here
Popular herbal treatments are Wormwood (artemesia), Cloves and Black Walnut Tincture. A search on the internet will reveal a great many sites selling these products for treating parasitic infections. Due to fierce competition, many boast a stronger potency than their opposition to entice potential customers to buy their products.
Such treatments often lack supporting evidence and highly priced, resulting in further unnecessary expense for sufferers of these parasites.
A further cost burden arises when parasite herbal treatments are only available on prescription. Metagenics is an Australian nutritional supplements company catering to "practitioners only". Anyone wishing to buy their products is required to consult an alternative practitioner for a script to buy their herbs. This approach adds unnecessary cost, an expense many can ill afford if considerable amounts of money have already been spent on allopathic and alternative treatments without success.
Metagenics is not the only company who favour this approach. In 1997, whilst researching herbal treatments to rid myself of a Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis infection, I discovered two Indian herbs considered useful for treating parasites. I tracked down a small Australian distributor, who advised that the herbs were available only through a qualified pracitioner, and recommended an Ayurvedic practitioner in Sydney. At this stage I had been chronically unwell for just over three years, weighed 41 kilos and felt constantly ill.
The practitioner refused to prescribe the herbs, preferring his own method of treatment. I was advised to meditate twice daily, take daily oil baths followed by skin brushing, accompanied by a special diet. If, after four weeks, I was no better after this regimen he would write the script for the herbs. Despite serious reservations, I had no choice but to comply. I had tried just about everything else, including Blackwalnut, Cloves and home grown, practitioner prescribed and over-the-counter Artemesia, without success. I was charged $150.00 and left feeling thoroughly miserable. Four weeks later, with no sign of improvement, I returned. He wrote the prescription, but two bottles of the herbs made no difference to my symptoms.
This example highlights the high cost of treating a parasitic infection. I was recently contacted by a Sydney woman who told me she had spent $10,000 on alternative treatments trying to rid herself of her Blasto. and D.fragilis.
Perhaps in some cases herbs do work, but this site aims to warn people that herbs often do not work, and to be wary of the many claims, both by pracitioners and on the internet, that they do.
Have you been treated with successfully with herbs. I would love to hear from you: click on the "contact me" signs on this site and tell me your story.
Below are a few of the many examples of failed herbal treatments.
"Obviously the cure Dr M (homeopath/naturopath) gave me in Ottawa where I flew to didn't work. It was a homeopathic charged water alternated with walnut and clove extracts."
tested positive to Blasto. before and after this treatment and after 3 weeks of Iodoquinol.
M, from the UK, had lived and worked in India. He experienced stomach upsets, loose stools and gas, which failed to settle down after returning to the UK. A naturopath prescribed artemesia (wormwood) and various other herbs, supplements and pro-biotics. "After a couple of months of taking this I did eventually have a parasite stool test at the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene where all three stool samples showed blastocystis hominis. In once sense I was happy that I finally had proof of something that could be causing me harm, but in another sense I was dismayed that the artemesia wasn't working."
N. from the USA tested positive to Dientamoeba fragilis after using an expensive anti-parasite treatment bought over the internet:
"I have spent $600.00 trying to cure my now diagnostic d. fragilis. I do not have health insurance so I pay for all my medical myself. Before going to a traditional G.I. specialist, I came accross debrasimon.com. I ordered her products which came to $400.00 ( all natural remedies). There was definitely improvement even to the point that I thought it was gone, but it would return after 2 weeks of feeling normal. I can't believe this has happened to me. How did I get this? The best answer I have found is bad shrimp I had at a restaurant 5 months ago. I was fine until a week after I ate there. SInce the treatment I tried (debrasimon.com) I went to see a G.I. doctor. After 3 stool samples, I tested positive for d. fragilis."
C. contacted in April 2004. Diagnosed with both D.fragilis and Blasto. hominis, she had lost weight, her stools were green & loose, joints & muscles aching, itching anus, and "In bed all day feeling dreadful, awake in night feeling sick". Between April and November 2004 she used the following therapies:
Thirty days of capsules containing coconut, cinnamon, oregano, clove, ginger, rosemary.
Allergy desensitisation: C. was advised by her therapists that her Blasto. would disappear with allergy sensitisation.
Two different types of probiotic treatments, one of which released anti parasitic oils into the gut, for a period of 6 months. C. wrote: "results show an improvement over the last six months in lactobacillus +2, should be +4) but my bifidobacter has gone , it's now 0, it was normal 6 months ago at 4+" (this is not an unusual result. Many people who contact this site have low or non existent types of beneficial flora after taking months of probiotics).
8 weeks of two different herbal anti parasitics plus Hulda Clarke's zapper.
A diet restricted of high carb foods and further herbal treatments.
In November 2004 C. wrote that stool tests indicated she was still positive for both Blasto. hominis and D. fragilis and was considering drug treatment.
was still positive for Blasto. after being prescribed Flagyl
for a month then being put on a
"low carb diet (for almost a year
now) and the alternative medicine treatments of artemsia, dietumaceous
earth, olive leaf extract, probiotics, and digestive enzymes and
Feb 2004 (USA)
"I believe that I contracted Blasto 30
years ago when I first went to Mexico. This is because I have had
mild symptoms all this time that could never be diagnosed and treated.
After an operation in 1998 I felt chronically fatigued and still
do. I believe that the operation lowered my immune system and the
Blasto could then cause fatigue. Last year I had a stool test that
indicated Blasto. Since that time I have gone through a complete
herbal regime including Undecenoic Acid and general parasite cleanse
with Ann Louise Gittleman's company Unikey. (last October) Guess
What Came to Dinner is one of her books. More recently I took emulsified
Oregano Oil recommended by Great Smokies Lab. Also I have
used acupuncture, Chinese herbs, severe grain/fruit free diet
(except for quinoa), energywork, craniosacral, chiropractic, therapy,
"Terminator" zapper, Prill water, biofeedback....Fortunately
I do not have candida that often accompanies Blasto. Nothing cleared
the Blasto yet. "
e-mailed by Jane, 1 July 02
son, 17 yrs old, was found to have blastocystis hominis in August
of 2002, by Great Smokies Lab. The DO we were seeing put him on
Parex, an herbal formlation, for abt 6 weeks. Subsequent stool test
showed parasite still there but weaker. Symptoms of bloating, excessive
gas, stomach pain/acid continued came back as strong as before."
E. 15 March 03
Hulda Clarke, author of 'The Cure for All Cancers' recommends
Black Walnut and other herbs to eliminate parasites. The following
Blasto. infected woman used these herbs as well as a diet restricting
foods high in carbohydrates:
"I have been suffering from Gastrointestinal
complaints for a number of years now plus general weakness and fatigue.
My doctor diagnosed me as having IBS and also mild Chrohns disease
but I have recently found out that i am carrying the Blastocystis
Hominis parasite in my system.
was found through having a stool test done with Great Smokies Diagnostic
Laboratory and i was told i may have picked it up on a trip to India
in November 1999.
have since followed a 50 day program of severe carbohydrate free
diet and a 40 day program of Black Walnut and Wormwood Herbal
supplement. When i was re-tested Blastocystis was still there.
Also, as soon as i began to eat the Carbs again my systems got
D. -received March 03
"I was diagnosed with blastocystis
hominis last October by Great Smokies lab and have been taking
Paraguard recommended by nutritionist and the lab in two
lots since (Nov - Jan and March to August). I am still taking
one tablet a week. According to the nutritionist the paraguard
should have killed the bug months ago but says I have a very resistant
infection. I have felt so ill with the die-off from this drug
with the the debilitating tiredness and the effect on my liver.
H. 20 August 03
Again positive to Blasto. after treatment ended.
his symptoms of Blasto. hominis using the above, after a combo.
of Flagyl + Septrin failed:
"I took Artestatin (chinese
herbal formula) for about 2 months (6 tablets per day) along with
emulsified oil of oregano....when the battle did'nt end
after 7-8 weeks, I added a very dense tea of Coptis Root one
day (probably way too strong / concentrated) and the battle seemed
to subside dramatically for a few days, then I drank some more,
and a few days later I drank yet another batch and then my stools
returned to normal (6 out of 7 days) for the last month"
5 August 02
Thus far, I only have loose stools and diarrhea
once a week or less. I have consumed Coptis Tea ( a more dilute
tea this time) a few times in the six weeks my stools returned
to normal. ".
11 August 02
For the following
woman herbs & probiotics appeared to increase her symptoms.
This site has many reports of increased symptoms whilst on probiotics..
Read how bacteria "feeds" the parasite
"I have been diagnosed through Great
Smokies Diagnostic laboratory in the US with 'many' blastocystis
hominis....(symptoms are extreme fatigue and brain fog) i have taken
natural medicines through my accupuncturist- Candibactin-BR (2 tabs
2 times a day) a Berbine formula, alongside **Probioplex (1 tsp
2 times a day) to kill and to keep the b.hominis from 'sticking'
to my intestinal wall. The treatment created such extreme fatigue
and greater mental fog that i could not function and quit taking
it within 3 weeks. My doctor wanted me to take this for 3-4
L. 19 March 03
**Probioplex is a probiotic.
D. was diagnosed with Basto. hominis & contacted in March 03.
Her symptom & drug treatment details are here.
She wrote: "I have followed a 50 day
program of severe carbohydrate free diet and a 40 day program
of Black Walnut and Wormwood Herbal supplement. When I was
re-tested Blastocystis was still there. Also, as soon as i began
to eat the carbs again my systems got worse.
very close friend who has been suffering from severe blastocystis
for about two years. He spends several hours a day on the toilet
he is now suffering from depression and is seriously suicidal.
has had two courses of Flagyl but it has been useless. He is now
taking oregano oil but it's not helpful."