This was the lead article for ‘First’, a magazine for women on the move. Unfortunately, the parasite problem has not diminished, but has become a problem for a greater number of people, both men and women.

It’s no wonder that every day someone comes out on another miracle diet. We seem to be besieged with new diet theories and new diet books, while at the same time people across the country and the world grow larger and larger.

Most everyone knows that “diets don’t work,” but we continue to focus on them. We count calories, we count carbohydrates, we count fats, we count the steps we walk, we count the minutes in the gym, we count the pounds, we count the inches, and between the count the weight continues to increase. After the count is over, we turn to lotions, potions, pills, and juices and still the weight continues to increase. It seems as if the battle of the bundle has a mind of its own.

The good news is that you are in control and can regain your ideal shape. I lost 86 pounds 37 years ago and have never gained an ounce back. After doing all the things mentioned above, the diet, the counting, I realized that I needed to address the causes rather than the symptoms. It is true that some people overeat, do not exercise, eat the wrong foods. Even if you were doing everything right, if parasites take over, all of those things will make little difference. I once ate only crackers and drank tea for three weeks and gained 15 pounds. In my case, it was not the parasites that made me gain weight, but a different cause that I will write about next time. The end result was the same one that was addressing the symptoms and not the cause.

As a certified nutritionist and naturopathic physician, I help people discover the cause of their excess weight and together we develop a program that is based on common sense, simplicity, and real food. There are many causes, some of which you may never have thought of – parasites are just the tip of the iceberg.

How do you know if you have parasites?

Please answer the following questions, if you answer

1. Unexplained muscle aches

2. Abnormal bowel movements (an average person should pass about 16 to 18 inches of well-formed stool a day)

3. Itching in the rectum

4. Unexplained weight gain or loss

5. Distended belly (often called a beer belly)

6. Thick white coating on the tongue

7. Halitosis (breath in bed, that would be bedatosis, I think you mean bad breath)

8. Grinding your teeth while you sleep

9. Dark circles under the eyes

10. Insomnia or sleep disorders

11. Travel outside the US.

12. Eat raw meat or very rare meat products.

13. Eat raw, unpeeled fruits / vegetables

14. Have close physical contact with pets; for example they lick your face

If your answer is yes, the answer to 5 or more questions about parasites may be one of the causes you need to eliminate.

How to get rid of parasites?

Black walnuts and pumpkin seeds are among the best foods to consume to help eliminate parasites. You may also need to add black walnut tincture to your regimen. Increasing fiber in your diet increases the peristalsis of your intestines and improves bowel elimination time. Coconut oil is a very powerful antiparasitic food; you can add it to all cooked foods. Spices like cloves and cinnamon add flavor to your food and help eliminate parasites. Eliminating refined sugar and artificial sweeteners will speed up the process and give you faster results. Many companies sell products that are very effective in eliminating harmful parasites. I recommend Renew Life For Gone System, which also includes fiber and probiotics. You can buy the system at your local health food store.

Stay tuned when I address another cause that may be contributing to your weight problem ……………

Until next time, stay healthy and God bless you, Dr. Ria.

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