I've not been on this board for a while because I've been struggling with some health issues that I could not figure out. I did finally figure it out, and I wanted to share it with all of you.
In the fall I began having severe allergic reactions to almost everything I ate... I'd break out in hives all over my face and neck, I'd have patches of really painful weeping eczema all over my scalp and neck, and my eyes would swell almost shut. All starting within 20 minutes of eating. The severe reactions would take almost a week to recover from, but I'd have moderate reactions all the time, which would go away more quickly.
It turned out it was an intestinal parasite, and as soon as I treated for it, all my allergic symptoms went away, along with a host of other symptoms I had had for three years: splitting itching skin on my hands, liver spots, anal fissures, egg sensitivity, and mood issues.
And here's the thing: the CDC says that 85% of Americans test positive for intestinal parasites at any given time. It's not unusual at all, and yet we don't often talk about it or treat it, especially when presenting with allergy symptoms like hives. Some people shed parasites naturally, while others have a harder time shedding them -- for various reasons.
I wrote a website about my whole experience, because the treatments I used are very detailed, and also I treated while breastfeeding, so I couldn't use the normal herbal treatments, which are all contraindicated for nursing. I figured you all would be particularly interested in what I used. The website is:
I hope this helps someone. I can think of some folks in particular on here who might benefit from this info, based on symptoms I've heard people describe over the years. I think that anyone with leaky gut should consider that parasites are a root cause. Actually, I think that we all should make parasite cleansing a yearly thing, the way our ancestors and most traditional peoples do. They're everywhere, and the point is not to battle them or be afraid, but just to have tools in our toolbox, and be aware. Also, there are general health issues -- metabolic issues -- that make us more vulnerable to parasitic infection, so for those of us with adrenal or thyroid issues, it's good to be particularly aware.
P.S. And for those of you with food allergies -- I'm able to eat eggs again without itching! It's amazing!