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Gastrointestinal problems are among the most common complaints heard by doctors today. Still, many people fail to look beyond the symptoms when seeking relief, and as a result problems can worsen over time. Knowing that roughly 80 percent of our natural immune defenses are found in the digestive tract, it is time to reconsider how we deal with digestive issues—and with that comes getting a better understanding of certain things that can affect a healthy gut.

 If you have persistent gas and bloating, abdominal pain, or chronic constipation or diarrhea, here’s something you should know: More and more Americans are finding out that sensitivity to gluten may be at the root of their problems. But is it just gluten sensitivity or is it celiac disease? And what’s the difference? The following is a brief overview:

 Gluten sensitivity is a broad term used to include many different types of sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat. People who are sensitive to gluten may experience a wide range of symptoms, from mild inflammation of the intestinal lining to abdominal discomfort and occasional irritable bowel, but not everyone with gluten sensitivity develops celiac disease (those who don’t are considered Non-celiac Gluten Sensitive, or NCGS).

 However, people with gluten sensitivity may be experiencing the beginning stages of celiac disease. In essence, gluten sensitivity implies that the immune system cannot tolerate gluten in the diet. As a result, it forms protective antibodies to try to neutralize the gluten, in the same way it reacts to harmful bacteria or viruses. When these autoimmune reactions cause intestinal damage, a person is then considered to have celiac disease.

 Celiac disease is genetic and in some cases may be triggered by a traumatic physical or emotional event. More than 2 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, which can include severe abdominal pain and bloating, chronic diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, fatigue, and in some cases even severe anxiety and depression, skin problems, as well as bone and joint pain.

 The bottom line is this: If you have unexplained, persistent gastrointestinal issues and you and your doctor can’t seem to figure out why, gluten sensitivity may be the culprit. The best way to determine if you are truly gluten sensitive or if you have celiac disease is to have a simple stool test performed. Visit to find out more, and once you have the results you and your health care practitioner can take the next step toward better gastrointestinal health.

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Are Parasites Causing Your Sugar Cravings, Joint Pain, Fatigue and Gas and Bloating?A parasite is an organism that lives by feeding upon another organism. Parasites living in the human body feed on our cells, our energy, our blood, the food we eat and even the supplements we take. There are several types of parasites: protozoa are single-celled organisms that are only visible under a microscope, while worms come in all sizes from threadworms, that measure less than one centimeter, to tapeworms that grow up to 12 meters in length.

• Diarrhea or Constipation
• Gas, Bloating, Cramps
• Irritability / Nervousness
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Persistent Skin Problems
• Fatigue
• Insomnia/ Disturbed Sleep
• Anemia
• Muscle Cramps
• Teeth Grinding
• Post Nasal Drip
• Sugar Cravings
• Allergies
• Rectal Itching
• Brain Fog
• Pain in the Umbilicus
• Bed-wetting

Take the Parasites Self-Test

Print this page and answer each question below. If you score 3 or higher, then a parasite cleanse may be helpful to you.

1. Do you experience regular fatigue and/or muscle aches and pains?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

2. Do you experience normal bowel movements with bouts of intermittent diarrhea or constipation?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

3. Do you have unexplained weight loss and/or fever?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

4. Do you have a distended belly?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

5. Do you grind your teeth while you sleep?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

6. Do you have dark circles under your eyes and/or acne?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

7. Do you have insomnia or disturbed sleep?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

8. Have you traveled outside of the United States?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

9. Do you regularly eat unpeeled raw fruit and/or vegetables?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

10. Do you have pets that sleep in bed with you or do you eat after contact with your pets?

YES (   ) NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

Total Score ____

A score of 3 or higher indicates you may be suffering from Parasites.

How do I Promote the Detoxification of Parasites from the Body?

1. Internal parasite and Candida cleanse.
2. Strict diet excluding carbohydrates.
3. Maintain good intestinal bacteria using probiotics.
4. Supplement with a fiber supplement to absorb toxins from cleansing.
5. Supplement with enzymes and hydrochloric acid to digest food and deter parasites in the stomach.

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