Somehow many years ago, I picked up a nasty parasite named Strongyloides stercoralis. This tiny little worm can wreak havoc on your body, and once you get it you have it for life. To keep it under control, I have to take a yearly five-week protocol of a combination of the anti-parasitic drugs Ivermectin and Albendazole. The Ivermectin is easy. The Albendazole is quite another story.
What is Albendazole?
Albendazole started out its life as the anti-parasitic drug Albenza. It was then found to be effective in treating certain kinds of cancer, so it is not a drug to take lightly. It has numerous side effects and can cause liver damage with long-term use. You have to take it for two weeks on, one week off for no more than 3 rounds to avoid liver damage and hair loss.
Fat, fat and more fat.
Albendazole is fat-soluble and must be taken with a meal containing 40 grams of fat to be most effective. That’s a lot of fat, so I had to find high-fat foods that weren’t also unhealthy. My body doesn’t do well with a lot of fat, because the bulk of my diet is raw fruits and veggies. I tend to stay away from foods like hamburgers and french fries, but I would have to eat some of those during my 5-week course for two meals a day. I felt like I was back on the Atkins diet, and in fact, I did lose a few pounds. I tried to eat a lot of nuts, which have healthy fats. If I never see another roasted or boiled peanut, I’ll be happy.
Side effects I experienced
I don’t know if it was all the fat, or the medicine itself, but I was nauseous every time I took this drug. It wasn’t bad, and I never vomited, but I just got a horrible, queasy feeling. I also felt dizzy quite a bit. I had shooting pains all over my body, and a few muscle spasms. The worse part was the headaches and abdominal pain. My doctor told me that if the side effects got too bad, to stop taking the drug for a couple of days, and I had to do that twice. Since both drugs caused diarrhea, I took Bentonite clay daily to remedy that.
Albendazole is a strong drug which is very effective at killing stubborn parasites such as strongyloides, tapeworms and hookworms, among others. It should only be taken while under the care of a physician, because of possible serious side effects. It is said that 80% of us have parasites, so if you have symptoms you can’t explain, ask your doctor to test you for parasites.
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