American’s Can Have Parasites, Really?

So really this article should be named “The Truth About Worms”. The fact is that a worm is a parasite by definition. There are several different worms or parasites that have been discovered. Some of them can only have human hosts and other parasites can live on human hosts or domestic animal hosts. The most common parasites live in the intestinal tract, namely pinworms, tapeworms, and roundworms. Then there are ringworms that exist just below the skin and manifest their presence by creating a hardened patch of skin that has a red scaly appearance in the shape of a ring.

The three most common types of worms found in the body are: the threadworm, pin worm or seat worm (Oxyurix vermicularis), the roundworm (Ascares lumbricoides–lumbrici), and the tapeworm (Bothriocephalus latus or Diphyllobothrium latum). There are other less-common worm types that enter the body, such as hookworms (Ancylostoma duodenal, Nectar Americanus) and a parasite that occurs in the intestines of pigs and rats and human beings (Trichinella spiralis). This parasite produces larvae that forms cysts in skeletal muscles, it thrives on filthy, unsanitary living conditions like pig sties.

Benefits From a Colon Cleanse

We can all take advantage of various natural methods to cleanse our colon. This in turn will help to rid us of illness causing toxins that build up in the colon, hamper our immune system and rob us of valuable energy. In this article I have discussed laxatives, what they do, what they are, how they work and […]

It’s that time again. Flu Season.

The CDC tracks outbreaks of the flu and has been a reliable source of current flu information. Here you can find an updated map with the latest reported outbreaks. Here are a few of the FAQ’s from the CDC website: Will new flu viruses circulate this season? Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not […]

STEVIA Stevia rebaudiana

If I were to make a riddle I would ask: What is sweeter than sugar, and grows on a bush on marshy ground, and has been the well-guarded secret of two or three countries for hundreds of years? Give up? Well it’s a spindly little bush that is found in South America at about 25 […]

SQUAW VINE Mitchella repens

This sounds strange, but I know of almost a half dozen herbs referred to as squaw vine, or squaw bush. Likewise, this herb is known by a half dozen or more names like “partridge berry,’ “checker berry,” “squaw berry,” “winter clover,” “deer berry,” “one berry,” and many more. A hundred years ago, this wasn’t a […]

SPINACH Spinacia oleracea

Many folks have written in and asked if we would write about different herbs and fruits and different. However, recently someone asked me why I sometimes write about vegetables, instead of herbs. Well to quote a grand old herbalist I used to study with, “Remember, not all herbs are vegetables, but all vegetables are herbs.” […]

SPEEDWELL Veronica officinalis

As a legend has it, there was a lady named Veronica who wiped the sweat or blood from the face of the Lord Jesus as he carried his cross up the rugged hill toward Calvary. His sweat, blood and tears left a mark on the cloth that the Saint Veronica used. They say the blossoms […]

SPEARMINT Mentha spicata

One of the most common herbs that almost everyone knows about is spearmint. Lots of people know where a wild patch of it is growing; yet, very folks take the time to pick it and use it. I am reminded of a young father who had a brand new son. He was real proud of […]

SLIPPERY ELM Ulmis rubra

When I lecture on slippery elm, I like to tell the story of a pioneer wagon train going across the Sierra Nevada Mountains late in the fall. One wagon broke a wheel. But they told the other wagons to keep going down the hill; that they would catch up the next day. During the night, […]

SHEPHERD’S PURSE Capsella bursapastoris

Mother Nature knew we might not always have some of the great outstanding herbs growing around us at our disposal. So, she made some herbs that were rough and tough and would grow in any kind of soil; some that could withstand bad weather, as well as drought and freezing cold. Shepherd’s purse is one […]

SENNA Cassia senna

Before the Gulf War, the name Baghdad had little meaning. Although one of the oldest cities in the world and the capitol of what is now Iraq, we have only heard the name in songs and stories. However, in the beginning of the 9th century, the Caliph Harun Rashid was the ruler of this great […]