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Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects 6-18% of people world-wide. It is characterized by changes in bowel movements and abdominal discomfort. Common symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both, gas and bloating, fatigue and difficulty sleeping, anxiety and depression.

Through muscle-testing, I have found mainly two factors that play a part in irritating the bowels.  These are Candida overgrowth and Parasites.


Candida is a form of yeast that is normally found everywhere including our skin, mouth, throat, gut, and the vagina of women.  As long as our immune system is healthy and functioning properly, the Candida growth is regulated and kept under control. But, if our intestinal flora is diminished, the Candida can flourish and take over. After the Candida takes control, it will shift from its yeast form to a fungal form and start to invade our body. 

The Damage  

In its yeast state, Candida is a non-invasive organism, however in its fungal state it is invasive and can produce very long root-like structures, which can penetrate our intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes. Undigested food particles can then enter other parts of our body and cause Leaky Gut Syndrome. 

By penetrate our intestinal walls, Candida can also enter our bloodstream. This is systemic Candidiasis. It then plays hide and seek with the immune system. Our body knows that something is wrong, but it cannot find the Candida. Then our body may start attacking itself while looking for the invader. This is the start of auto-immune problems, and environmental and food allergies can also develop.

There are many different things that can cause Candida overgrowth.  Some of these are: mercury in amalgam fillings, vaccinations, fungal toxins, chlorinated or flourinated water, antibiotics, birth control pills, steroids, pain-killers, poor diet, excess of sugar or junk food,  stress, long term infections, and smoking. 

Almost everyone has parasites, it’s simply a fact of life. Even Dr. Oz says…“ninety percent of humans will have a problem with parasites in their lifetime.”   The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies parasites as among the six most dangerous diseases that infect humans. Parasites outrank cancer as the number one global killer, and are the cause of  many of the digestive woes that people suffer. 

How We Get Parasites   

The three major groups of parasites includes protozoans, (single-celled organisms), nematodes (roundworms), and cestodes (tapeworms).  Getting parasites is easier than we think, here are a few ways we can become infested:

  • Eating raw or rare meat
  • Contact with cat feces
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Swimming in lakes or any contaminated water
  • Contact with infected people
  • Eating raw vegetables that have been contaminated
  • Eating at restaurants where those who prepare the food are contaminated.
  • Contact with most any animal

The CDC estimates that over 60 million people in the United States are likely infected with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite associated with raw meat and contact with cat feces.  Parasites can cause problems in the intestine and throughout the body.  


Herbal Help
Whether it is Parasites or Candida, at Herbs4You, we have herbs that have been historically used effectively.  Our Parasite Formula contains Black walnut hulls, Wormwood, Cloves, and garlic.  Mycocyde from Barlow Herbal contains herbs that are effective for yeast and fungal problems.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or contact us. 


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Amy Willis


About the Author

Amy Willis M.H.

Master Herbalist
Amy is the Owner and Founder of Herbs4You. She is a Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing. Amy has 30 years experience with herbs and 15 years experience muscle testing.