Integrative Health Blog

Parasites, a Common Problem

Posted by on Mon, Apr 16, 2012

Tracy Freeman MD

A very common yet undiagnosed or misdiagnosed problem that we find in patients is parasites. They can live in the body for many years without causing symptoms and when they do, the symptoms are often subtle or vague.

Parasites  can generally be divided into two groups:

  • Helminthes which are multicellular parasites or worms and are most commonly found in the intestines, liver and pancreas and do not reproduce in the body. An adult worm (see photo credit can range from 15-35 cm., or almost 14 inches!
  • Protozoa which are single celled parasites that can infest the entire body causing serious infections. They rapidly multiply in the body. The most common in the U.S. are giardia and cryptosporidium.

Helminthes are contracted through exposure to feces, water or soil and tend to be more common in children, while protozoa can be found in food, water, insect and animal bites and contact surfaces. 

Parasites are ubiquitous and difficult to diagnose without the right testing as their symptoms are vague or mimic other illnesses.



Parasite Symptoms may include:

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Tags: fatigue, parasites, integrative health, digestive health

How Probiotics Work in the Gut

Posted by on Tue, Apr 03, 2012

Good Bugs Eat Bad Bugs

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Tags: irritable bowel syndrome, integrative health, candida/yeast, digestive health, integrated health, probiotics, world wellness store

31 Ways to Love Your Gut

Posted by on Sat, Mar 31, 2012

Here are some daily tips for loving your gut, which is about 70% of our immune system.

Daily Ways to Help Improve the Digestive System:

  1. Probiotics
  2. Digestive Enzymes
  3. Breathe
  4. Stretch
  5. Self-Massage
  6. Reflexology
  7. Essential Oils
  8. Soluble Fiber
  9. Meditation, stress relief
  10. Bowel Cleanse
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Tags: bowel health, detoxification, toxins, digestive health

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Fri, Mar 16, 2012

Sadly, colorectal cancer has become so popular that it has earned its own National Awareness Month. Among the cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is now the SECOND leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. [according to the Center for Disease Control]

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Tags: bowel health, detoxification, colon hydrotherapy, digestive health

Holistic Primary Care Approach to Digestive Health

Posted by on Wed, Dec 14, 2011

Did you know that 70 -80 % of your immune system is in or around the digestive tract?

It’s true. Now consider what would happen to your health if the digestive tract were compromised.

Malnutrition and lowered immunity would become a real health concern.

There are several things that can compromise the bowel including:

  • Parasites ( bacteria,  fungi, viruses, multiple cell organisms such  as pinworms)
  • Food allergies-inappropriate immune response to foods causing inflammation
  • Diverticula - herniations or pouches in the walls of the intestines that can trap foods and bacteria causing inflammation / infection of the bowel wall.
  • Antibiotics- while they can clear infections, they also kill good bacteria necessary for the health of the gut
  • Constipation- slow transit due to poor peristaltic motion can cause  the  bowel to become toxic due to bacterial overgrowth as well as tears in the walls of the intestines that easily become infected.
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Tags: holistic primary care, bowel health, immune system, integrative health, holistic approach, primary care, digestive health, holistic doctor