Section 16
Poisons

Part 4
Infestations


WORMS


SYMPTOMS—Allergies, diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating, appetite loss, weight loss, anemia, nervousness, sleep disturbances, irritable bowels, anal itching, chronic fatigue, picking at the nose, dry cough, teeth grinding, and the appearance of worms in the toilet. Worms sometimes causes spasms or convulsions.

CAUSES—Worms live in the gastrointestinal tract or burrow from that tract into the muscles.

There are several types of parasitic worms which can live in human intestines, including tapeworms, hookworms, pinworms, whipworms, and roundworms.

The degree of infestation is determined, upon examination, by the type, size, and number of worms found.

Worms tend to eat your food! They irritate your intestinal lining, and reduce even more the amount of nutrients which are absorbed into your bloodstream. The worms also produce toxic waste which is harmful to your body.

Causes include eating raw or poorly cooked meat; eating vegetation, polluted by contaminated water; improper disposal of animal and human waste; and walking barefoot on soil. Scratching the anus will transfer worm eggs on your fingers to anything else you touch.

Pinworms: Very tiny white worms, which cause rectal itching at night. Contracted by eating raw or poorly cooked vegetables which have contacted contaminated water. Scratching the anal area can also transmit them on the fingers. (Also see "Rectal Itching.")

Tapeworms: Flat worms contracted from eating poorly cooked meat (beef, pork, and fish). The most common one (beef tapeworm) can grow to 20 feet in length in the human intestine.

Hookworms: Found in southern soil and sand, they enter by boring into the feet, but can also enter when eating with unwashed hands.

Roundworms: Most common in children, they bore through the intestinal wall and settle in other organs.

Because of the warmth of the bed, worms tend to come out of the anus. So inspect that area on children after they are asleep.

Worm infestation can lead to arthritis, colitis, fatigue, diabetes, headaches, indigestion, lupus, nausea, sinus trouble, back and neck pain, and cancer.

TREATMENT—

Here are suggestions for purging worms from the body:

• Aloe vera, taken in any form, is especially helpful in eliminating worms.

• The following herbs help expel worms: cascara sagrada, wormwood, echinacea, goldenseal, burdock, and black walnut. Do not use wormwood during pregnancy.

• Grapefruit tea extract helps destroy parasites. Eat black walnut extract, pumpkin seeds, fig juice or figs, and chaparral tea or tablets.

• Take diatomaceous earth capsules for 3 weeks, to get rid of your worms. (Do not imagine you do not have some; everyone generally does.) The worm eats this, and it causes them to disintegrate.

• Clean the colon with enemas and colonics. Take 2 per week for 4 weeks.

• A hot water enema, with 3 teaspoons of salt to a quart of water, may get rid of pinworms.

• Eat a diet high in fiber, primarily from raw vegetables and whole grains.

• For a time, avoid all sugar foods, including fruits, with the exception of figs and pineapples.

• Eat figs and pumpkin seeds. This can be combined with black walnuts.

• Eat garlic, onions, cabbage, and carrots. They contain natural sulphur which helps expel worms. As you might expect, worms do not like garlic.

• Make sure you are obtaining enough water. Drink only pure water (distilled).

• To eliminate pinworms: Eat 1-2 bitter melons each day for 7-10 days. It is available in Asian markets.

• To eliminate tapeworms: Fast 3 days on raw pineapple. The bromelain in it destroys those worms.

• Drink one cup of wormwood tea three times daily between meals.

• Cut up two raw onions and soak them 12 hours in 1 pint water; strain while squeezing out the juice. Drink a cup of this 3 times a day. Along with this, use garlic enemas.

• Powdered tansy, balmony, bitterroot, and wormwood can be put in capsules. Take two capsules 4 times a day.

• For children, crush garlic in milk and drink it throughout the day. Use a garlic enema every morning.

• For children, make senna tea, strain it, add enough raisins to soak up the tea. Give the children a teaspoon of raisins 2-5 times a day. Use garlic enemas, and put a garlic clove up the rectum before bedtime.

Here are other precautionary measures which should be taken:

• Eat a nourishing diet, rich in vitamins and minerals. You need all the good nourishment you can get. The worms are robbing you of so much.

• Make sure your children, if they have worms, are getting adequate nutrition.

• Do not eat sugar and junk food.

• Never eat watercress. It grows in streams, many of which are now polluted. Watercress, which is eaten raw as a salad, can have pinworms and tapeworms on it.

• Do not eat raw or partly cooked fish, beef, or pork.

• Wash vegetables thoroughly before eating them raw.

• Wash all underclothing, bed clothes, and sheets frequently in hot water.

• Have all family members wash their hands frequently, especially after using the toilet, before meals, and bedtime. Do not bite nails.

• Clean rooms frequently, especially bedrooms. Put some ammonia on a cloth, to dampen it as a dustcloth.

• Sterilize toilet seats. The infected person should sleep alone.

—Also see "Convulsions" and "Ringworm."

ENCOURAGEMENT—Living day by day with God—as we pray to Him; obey Him; and walk with Him—can bring a peace and maturity to our lives that is so much needed.


FUNGUS GROWTH


SYMPTOMS—A peculiar tiny growth on various parts of the body. It appears to be moist red patches. In the vagina, it produces a cheesy discharge.

CAUSES—This substance is fungus, which is also called yeast or mold. It can grow under the nails, causing them to become raised and misshapen (see "Ringworm"). It can grow on the feet and toes (see "Athlete's Foot"). It can grow in the throat, intestines, or vagina (see "Candidiasis").

Causes include a depressed immune function, taking antibiotics, or having the body damp too much of the time. Those especially affected are those who have a depressed immune function; perspire heavily; live in a damp environment; eat improperly; are obese, ill, diabetic, or use oral contraceptives.

TREATMENT—

• Eat a nutritious diet, supplemented with vitamins and minerals.

• Avoid mucous-forming foods (milk and white- flour products). Do not eat meat or processed foods.

• Keep body parts clean and dry.

• Apply crushed garlic to the affected area on the outside of the body, alternating with honey.

• Another formula for fungal infections of any kind is tea (te or tee) tree oil. Place some on the affected area for 2-3 weeks and the problem may be eliminated. Tea tree oil smells like eucalyptus, and also comes from Australia.

Fungus under the nails: This is a special problem, and quite difficult to solve. It may take six months of careful work before results begin to be seen. The fungus is generally under one or more toenails, and causes them to warp out of shape.

• Potassium permanganate is the remedy used on this for decades. This is poison, yet used externally, it seems to be one of the best solutions to the problem. Permanganate is a powerful fungus killer! And fungus under the nails demands something very special. The permanganate also stains the skin dark brown, so after soaking your toes or feet in the solution, they will not look very pretty. Formula: Soak the feet for half an hour in a warm 1:5,000 solution of potassium permanganate. Dry the feet thoroughly after use. This is the same formula for athlete's foot, which is a similar fungal foot disease.

• If you need to prepare this solution at home, you dissolve a slightly rounded teaspoon of the crystals in 8 ounces of water. Keep it in a dark-colored glass bottle. A teaspoon of this saturated solution in a pint of water makes a solution of about 1:1,500 strength; a teaspoon in a quart of water makes one of about 1:3,000 strength. With this information, you will be able to prepare about any strength you might need.

• The above is one of the few powerful poisons mentioned in this book. Do not let a child drink it!

See "Ringworm," "Athlete's Foot," and "Candidiasis" for much more information.

ENCOURAGEMENT—Live to bless others, and you will find a happiness which you have not experienced before.


TETANUS (Lockjaw)


SYMPTOMS—Symptoms generally appear within 5-10 days. Possible discomfort at the site of the wound. Stiffness on opening and closing the mouth, and the person becomes restless and apprehensive. Muscle stiffness and spasms increase and spread to more muscles in the body. The face becomes contorted, and the slightest noise or disturbance produces muscle spasms. Pain intensifies, high fever and exhaustion develops, followed by death.

CAUSES—Tetanus is caused by the toxin (waste product) of clostridium tetani, which normally lives in animal manure.

Puncture wounds from stepping on dirty nails is the most likely immediate cause. The germ only grows where there is little or no oxygen. The spores (seeds) were on that nail and, entering the body, begin to grow and multiply. But the spores must penetrate deep enough; they cannot grow if oxygen is present. It is the toxin that the growing tetanus produces, which paralyzes voluntary muscle tissue, including the jaw muscle (the masseter).

Tetanus is not common; but, if contracted, it is extremely dangerous.

TREATMENT—

• Squeeze the puncture wound repeatedly to make it bleed. Keep doing this until it bleeds freely. If necessary, cut the area open with a clean, sharp, razor blade. You must get air to the wound and get it to bleed freely.

• Then wash it well with soap and water; pour in hydrogen peroxide and let it fizz. Get the blood flowing again. Then wash the area with pure water, pat dry with a sterile cloth, and cover with a bandage.

• Call a physician. If symptoms of tetanus begin appearing, call a physician at once! It is not too late.

Here is what nature healers in out-of-the-way places do, when there are no physicians available:

• Take cramp bark tea in teaspoon doses.

• Grind up some peach leaves and apply directly to the wound after washing it. Change this raw poultice twice a day.

• Heat some turpentine and apply to the wound; massage it over the jaw, neck, and spine when symptoms of lockjaw are suspected.

• Use 2 cups of wood ashes per gallon of water, and soak the limb or punctured part in it. If the wound is located where it cannot be soaked, apply the ash solution in a fomentation. Do this for an hour, and repeat if danger is suspected.

• If lockjaw actually appears and the person shows stiffening, give 10 drops of antispasmodic tincture every 15 minutes until the stiffening is gone.

The formula for the tincture is as follows:

• Into a large-mouth, glass, quart jar, put 1 ounce each of the following herbs (they should be in ground form or you should grind them first): skullcap, skunk cabbage root or seed, gum myrrh, lobelia seed (or plant if seed is not obtainable), and black cohosh root. Mix them in the jar while dry, and add one pint of pure grain alcohol of 70 to 100 proof; 80 proof Vodka works well. Let this stand for 10-14 days, tightly covered, and shaken well once a day. Then strain it through a very fine cloth and squeeze out all the sediment you can. Keep the tincture in a tightly covered jar. Put some into a small dropper bottle. It is taken internally in 8-10 drop doses.

• In addition to the above, also give the person lobelia and cayenne. Prepare it by boiling a quart of water, take it off the stove, and put a teaspoon lobelia powder and a teaspoon ground cayenne into the water. Let it stand 20 minutes and drink cup every half hour till relieved.

ENCOURAGEMENT—Make it the law of your life, from which no temptation or side interest shall cause you to turn, to honor God. What would Jesus do if He were here? This is the question to be asked.


PARROT FEVER (Ornithosis)


SYMPTOMS—Weakness, fever, chills, and loss of appetite. Dry coughing changes into sputum coughing.

CAUSES—The primary cause is inhaling the contaminated dust from the feathers, cage bedding, or feces of infected birds. These birds can include parrots, parakeets, lovebirds, canaries, or pigeons. Think especially twice about keeping a parrot or pigeon. But there is danger with the other birds also.

The disease gives the appearance of an "atypical (unusual type of) pneumonia." When it first starts, it is often misdiagnosed as the flu or confused with Legionnaires disease (which see) or Q fever (which see). Only a blood test can provide a certain diagnosis, but a history of frequent exposure to birds ought to provide an indication of the true nature of the problem.

TREATMENT—

• Call a physician. Strict bed rest while he is receiving treatment.

• If left untreated, parrot fever can be fatal.

ENCOURAGEMENT—God wants you to choose the best gifts. And only He can give them to you. Through continued prayer, study of His Written Word, and obedience to it, let Him ennoble your life. You are to be His representative, showing others what it means to be a Christian.

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