Sometimes life throws you curve-balls, and sometimes it throws you stomach yeast, and parasites..


Today’s post almost didn’t happen…I’ve been in bed for the better part of twenty eight hours.  I climbed into my bed around 4pm yesterday, and only got out of it today because I had an appointment with a specialist, that took me a month to get, so I’d be damned if I was rescheduling that.  (Yay social health care.)  The other time I left my bed was when I had to leave my house while a parade of engineers, and representatives for everybody we’re suing for the floor fiasco in our house had to come through to make sure the floors really are a write off.  Once I did those two things I climbed right back into my bed, which is where I’m writing this from.

As you all know I said this is my summer of getting to the bottom of my health issues.  I have a good handle on some of the big stuff, the Peri-menopause, the bio-identical hormone protocol, eating all organic at home, blah, blah, blah.  I’m pretty good at taking care of not only my health, but my family’s as well.

Or so I thought.

If I am then why are three of us, regularly, unwell?  This is what I want to get to the bottom of, so I decided to do a live blood cell analysis, and what it came back with wasn’t pretty.  Thank God my cells are healthy, robust, and plentiful.  There is no impending disease, so YAY ME.  I’m doing a good job at caring for my body.  But, I am overrun with two things that are a bit of a pain in the ass to not only live with, but get rid of.

Candida.  And, parasites.  Usually, since we have dogs, and eat everything organic I typically do a parasite cleanse every single year.  But lately due to all the back and forth between our two places those cleanses have fallen by the wayside.  And let me tell you this, I’m paying for it now.  Candida and parasites go hand in hand.  Usually where you have one, you have the other.  They love one another.  They each create the perfect habitat for the other.  So rather than screw around and eliminate one, and then the other, I opted to attack both at the same time…for the first two weeks all was fine.  That is until yesterday morning.  As of yesterday morning I legitimately thought I was dying.  The pain, the lethargy, the bathroom breaks, of which I will not get into the disgusting gory details on, were all too much to bear.

I’m a woman who gave birth three times naturally.  I taught 15 classes of TaeBo a week with bulging discs, three of them.  I’m no wuss.  I can take quite a bit of pain.  But man oh man this was something else.  I almost burst into tears a good dozen times.  I wanted to pull a Game of Thrones and have a giant wolf tear my stomach out of my body, but alas that only happens on television.  Instead I’ve had to live through it.  And here I am, hopefully, prayerfully, close to the other side of purging this mess out of my blood and my body.

Only time will tell.  Wish me well my friends.


  1. I hope you are feeling better at this time. I noted this was written about a week ago. I’m wondering how long it has been since your trip to Haiti. You might have picked up a parisite from your travel. As a member of many mission teams over the last 25 year, that memory is my worst. Take care. JB

  2. I am so sorry for what you are going through hope you are better by this time, To me it is the worst type of pain and sickness. And thank for the post. I have never thought about those two issues with similar issues that I have experienced. So now I know what testing to ask for. As wives and mothers we do tend to put everyone else first and that is not a bad thing necessarily We just can’t forget that we need to be healthy to take care of the others. Hope this all clears for you quickly

  3. Not to minimize your ordeal, but if I can survive a colonoscopy/endoscopy combo this week, you can get through this, Shantelle.
    Hang in there and lean on whoever you need to.
    And get well soon!

  4. Oh girl! I’m so sorry you’re going through this! I just went through the parasite test, as a matter of course in my effort to be healthy. I’m okay though. Poor girl! Is it from the dogs? How do you get it? Is walking around without shoes an invite for parasites?
    Whatever the reason, I hope all of you are back on your way to good health! You’re in my prayers.
    Take care of yourself Shantelle, we all need your daily mental purging (blog) and you have a lot of shit to do in the next couple of months!

  5. Definitely wishing you well and my thoughts are with you. Pleased you are taking the time to get to the bottom of your health issues and are focusing on you. Also pleased you are showing the candida and parasites who is boss and they are not welcome in your body.

    Take care…rest and healthy vibes sent your way.

  6. Good grief! So sorry to hear this. I hope you have some relief soon. Sounds awful. Everyone should wait on you hand and foot until you feel better. Thinking if you!

  7. I feel for you Shantelle! When parasites and candida start to die off en masse as the result of a cleanse, the waste they produce and the degradation of the critters (I know, ewwwww) can make you feel really sick as your body detoxifies. The really good news is you should feel fabulous once it’s all over; the less good news is that you should do the parasite cleanse again in 10 to 20 days to take care of any eggs that may have hatched (again, ewwww). Since you’ve done parasite cleanses before, this may not be news for you. Doing a candida cleanse at the same time though — serious respect!! Clearly you’re working with a knowledgeable and talented naturopath. Hope all of this “passes” soon!!

  8. So hoping the worst is over and sending you as many positive vibes as I can muster. Love and hugs.

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