How to Use Papaya Seeds for Parasites


Anti-parasitic paw paw seedsIntestinal parasites are a far more common problem than most people realize. They are also notoriously difficult to diagnose due to the wide variety of symptoms that can result from a parasitic infection.

Some, but by no means all of these symptoms can include bloating and excessive gas, frequent diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, extreme fatigue, an increasing number of allergies and poor general immunity combined with a lack of energy and regular sickness.

The seeds from papaya fruit have anti-helminthic and anti-amoebic properties. This means they kill intestinal worms and other parasitic organisms in your digestive system and using papaya seeds for parasites has proven to be very effective.

A 2007 study of 60 Nigerian children with strong evidence of intestinal parasites showed an over 75% clearance rate of infection in just seven days. This was after receiving a 20 ml dose of papaya seed extract. The researchers said, “papaya seeds are efficacious in treating human intestinal parasites and without significant side effects.” (Effectiveness of dried Carica papaya seeds against human intestinal parasitosis).

Using Papaya Seeds as a Parasite Treatment

There are three main differences between using papaya seeds for digestive health and using them for treating parasites. The first is the amount used, which will be significantly more. The second is that they are taken on an empty stomach, rather than after a large protein meal. And the third is that they are followed with a natural laxative to make sure that as many parasites as possible are expelled after the treatment.

Since chewing up a tablespoon of papaya seeds first in the morning isn’t the nicest way to start the day, here is a papaya seed smoothie recipe for killing parasites I came up. It contains several other powerful anti-parasitic foods to hit the nasties from many different angles.

The papaya seed dosage is quite high, so it would be strongly recommended to have some experience of taking them, preferably in the doses on the previous page, for at least a week before using the larger amount described here.

Additionally, the papaya enzyme warnings and side effects are especially relevant with this natural parasite treatment and it’s best to check that you don’t have an unusual reaction to them by taking a smaller amount first. 

If you’ve never used strong digestive enzymes like this before, read that page before scooping out and eating half the seeds in a papaya fruit and then writing in that your stomach is telling you about. It’s hardly surprising. Starting off slow and building up the dosage will be more effective and result in less side effects.

Used at the doses described ahead, papaya seeds have been very effective for parasites for myself and many other people who have commented here and in other online forums. I hope they can work as well for you, but please be patient with the treatment.

Parasites have different life cycles and while some people get results with their first papaya seed smoothie, it’s strongly recommended to continue clearing them out in the ways I’ll describe ahead. Fortunately, it actually tastes really good. Which is something not many intestinal worm treatments could say.

Here’s the recipe and instructions for how to make it.

Parasite Killing Papaya Seed Smoothie Recipe

Papaya Seeds Intestinal Worms

  • Start with a full tablespoon of fresh papaya seeds. Scoop them straight out of the fruit and place them, with a cup of real, unflavored, bio-live yogurt (not the flavored ‘fruit’ kind), or coconut water, in a good blender that is capable of chopping up the seeds.

If your blender isn’t up to the task, you could crush the seeds in a mortar and pestle first, or even on a chopping board in a thick plastic bag with a heavy jar or mallet. They don’t need to be completely ground-up, but it makes sense that crushed seeds will work better than whole ones with their outer shell.

  • Add to the blender a third of a small or around a fifth of a large papaya, chopped to fit in your blender. Ideally you’d be looking for a fruit that is just turning from green to yellow, with green more predominant. Papaya like these should still contain useful levels of digestive enzymes, while having a sweetness to it for a good taste.

As to the best papayas to use, I prefer the larger and more popular Mexican and South American fruits to the smaller Hawaiian papayas, of which around 50% to 80% are genetically modified. Please spread the word that not all papayas are GMO as some online resources are reporting, only the majority of Hawaiian fruits. Papayas are extremely good for you and it would be a shame for the fruit to be demonized over just one isolated source.

  • Add around a quarter of a medium sized pineapple. Pineapples are also rich in digestive enzymes like bromelain that can have an anti-parasitic effect and improve the intestinal environment. And of course they taste great too.

Chop it up well enough to get down into the blades of the blender, but keep the core of your pineapple when you add it to the mix. Pineapple cores are not only full of fiber, they are also the part with the most bromelain.

A decent blender should chop this up fine enough. If it doesn’t, it would still be worth chewing up any small chunks and swallowing them down. And look for something quick and powerful like this if you enjoy well blended smoothies. I wouldn’t be without mine. 

  • Desiccated coconut is another ingredient known to be good for purging parasites so add two heaped tablespoons to the mix. If you can find fresh coconut, using the coconut water to this parasite treatment smoothie to replace the yogurt and eating as much as you can of the coconut meat straight after it would be even more effective.
  • Finally, add a full tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil. The lauric acid in coconuts is converted to the compound monolaurin in the digestive tract, which can help rid the body of protozea, ringworm and giardia parasites. In fact, if you value your health and the way you look and feel there’s a lot of good reasons to use coconut oil regularly, especially as a replacement to damaging vegetable oils like corn and soy. It can even help treat candida as well as parasites in your gastrointestinal tract.
  • As an optional extra, half a dozen or more fresh cloves can also be added to this smoothie. They are said to be especially good at getting rid of parasite eggs and may be even more effective mixed in with the digestive enzymes in this smoothie to break down the protective coating that cover intestinal worm’s eggs. 

This will change the flavor somewhat, but it’s more of an aftertaste rather than the potency you might get from having these on their own. As with the papaya seeds, the other ingredients really mask the strong flavor.

If you decide to use them, the cloves should be added at the same time as the papaya seeds so they are down near the blades and get well ground up. They are also most effective when they are fresh, organic and non-irradiated cloves like these.

Once you’ve added everything, blend up all of the ingredients on high until the consistency looks good to you. A little more yogurt or coconut water can be added if it’s too thick.

Drink the whole smoothie down in one sitting if you can. The sweetness of the papaya and pineapple should overpower any bitterness from the seeds or cloves. It certainly tastes better than any other parasite treatment I’ve ever tried.

Papaya Seeds Treatment Timing and Duration 

papaya seeds for parasites

The best time to drink this anti-parasite smoothie would be first thing in the morning on an empty stomach before food.

Since some parasites are believed to be paralyzed by a treatment rather than killed outright, it is also beneficial to follow it with a natural laxative to expel the worms and other nasties before they can recover.

Ayurvedic triphala powder is one of the few truly beneficial laxatives for occasional use. You can make it up at the same time as the smoothie and let it sit for a couple of hours to increase its effectiveness.

Follow the directions for the stronger dose in the page on taking triphala for digestive health and drink it around two hours after you finish the smoothie and before eating anything else. With all of these healthy foods blended up, you’ll find this smoothie quite filling so you shouldn’t be too hungry.

For an even more powerful laxative, a natural and expeller pressed castor oil can be taken. Be aware that this stuff really works and I wouldn’t take it if I had to leave the house in the next few hours.

Some people report having intestinal pain when they take castor oil and it also shouldn’t be used by anyone with gastrointestinal disease or women who are pregnant. If you do decide to take it, the suggested dosage is a tablespoon or two (I’d start with one), around two hours after having the smoothie and before any other food.

You’ll probably want to follow it with a small glass of citrus juice (I use lemon) to get rid of the flavor in your mouth, but castor oil really does work and will clear out as much as possible. Don’t take it for more than 5 consecutive days and it’s perhaps better taken just on the first day of a treatment with the gentler triphala for the remaining days. 

Without getting into too much detail, it is sometimes possible to see evidence of the papaya seeds getting rid of parasites when you visit the bathroom. Many parasitic organisms though are either too small, or expelled compacted within the stool.

So don’t be too concerned about whether you see them or not. There’s a good chance this combination of ingredients is making life very difficult for your unwelcome intestinal visitors (the many comments below have some graphic proof if you’re interested).

Far more important, after the initial cleansing, is a reduction in any symptoms you’ve been experiencing and an improvement in your bowel movements. This will naturally lead to increasing energy levels and better health in general. 

Be aware though that you may well experience a temporary worsening of symptoms when you first begin any kind of internal cleansing. This is commonly referred to as a healing crisis.

With this papaya seed parasite treatment you should usually feel significantly better after visiting the bathroom. Always trust what your body is telling you though and consult a knowledgeable healthcare professional if symptoms are prolonged and worsening. 

Making up the smoothie three or even four mornings in a row would be a good initial treatment time. Many of us have offices to go to during the week though and triphala at the higher doses, and especially castor oil, are very effective at their jobs.

Pawpaw parasites

Given this, drinking the smoothie on both Saturday and Sunday morning for two weekends in a row should be just as effective. As a precaution, no laxatives should be taken for more than five days in a row (triphala is fine at the lower doses for longer term use).

It is also a very good idea to repeat the treatment again in around two weeks time from when you finished and then again in another two weeks after that, even if you are feeling much better. The reason for this is to coincide with the breeding cycles of common parasites, such as tapeworms, hookworms and pinworms.

It is often possible for a cleanse to be effective at removing adult parasites and intestinal worms, but not before they have laid their eggs, which are said to often be even more difficult to remove. By repeating the treatment three times over a 6 week period there’s a much better chance of interrupting this breeding cycle. 

Some resources even recommend continuing treatments for up to 3 months to be completely sure that you have dealt with intestinal worms and other kinds of parasites at their various life cycles.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy the taste of this smoothie and the ingredients in it are good for your digestive health in many other ways. Given that, perhaps you’d consider having it as a preventative against parasites every second or third weekend as I do.

Personally, I’ve noticed a real increase in my energy levels and general health since making this smoothie up on a fairly regular basis. Unfortunately, parasites are everywhere, including the ‘developed’ world. But by using this papaya seed smoothie or some of the the other parasitic treatments ahead, you should be able to make your body far from favorable for them.

Other Effective Parasite Products 

There are a few other treatments and supporting products that can be used in conjunction with this papaya seed smoothie to greatly improve its effectiveness. Alternatively, the following can be used as a different parasite treatment if you don’t have the ingredients, equipment or time to make it.

Since it can be very difficult to diagnose specific parasites, and different parasite cures work for different people, it can be necessary to experiment with a variety of different treatments until you find what works for you. Here are some recommended ones.

  • Oregano oil can be an effective treatment for parasites and especially the microscopic parasitic protozoa like blastocystis hominis. Enteric coated capsules of high potency oregano oil can be taken with this smoothie to make it even more powerful. As well as protozoa parasites, the active compounds in oregano may also help to control candida overgrowth, another important health issue that is said to often go hand in hand with a parasitic infection.
  •  Black walnut, wormwood and cloves are a well known treatment for parasites popularized by Dr Hulda Clark. The strength and potency of these preparations varies considerably though, and they have be done properly to be effective. Much more detail on this kind of treatment in How to Use Black Walnut for Parasites and Intestinal Worms.
  • Something I use on a regular basis, even when not concerned about potential parasites, is a product called Oxy-powder. Made from oxygenated magnesium and organic germanium-132, it is very effective at keeping the colon clean and removing the compacted waste that the parasites thrive in.

Using around half a dozen Oxy-Powder capsules the night before each anti-parasite smoothie should greatly improve the papaya seeds and other ingredients effectiveness by reducing the places in the lower intestine for the worms and other nasties to hide.

  • Paratrax is another powerful intestinal worm killing formula for people who are short on time. Made from organic black walnut, wormwood, American wormseed, organic cloves and several other parasite expelling herbs, it is formulated by Doctor Group at the Global Healing Center and is simple to take, convenient and very effective.
  • Once you’re finished a parasite treatment course, and especially after ever taking antibiotics, it is very important to repopulate the intestinal environment with beneficial microorganisms. Latero-Flora is a special kind of pro-biotic that, unlike some other kinds, survives the stomach acids when taken and can greatly improve the balance of friendly bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract.

Not only can this enhance your overall immune system, the Bacillus Laterosporus organisms in Latero-Flora actually puncture the cell membranes of some pathogenic bacteria and fungi in your gastrointestinal tract and consume them. These good bacteria don’t just passively attempt to out compete the bad ones, they actually get to work actively removing them.

Parasite Cleansing

Pawpaw Seeds Parasites

Using papaya seeds for parasites, or doing any other kind of a parasite cleanse may seem like a lot of effort, but many people are amazed at just how good they feel after a successful treatment.

The whole topic of parasites is such an important subject it deserves an entire website to itself. Until I have time for that, I’d recommend reading the detailed cleansing instructions at the Global Healing Center’s site as a good place to start.

Updates 

Thank you for all the helpful and insightful comments to this page. They are well worth reading, but due to the sheer number of them actually slowing down its loading, I’ll continue the discussion at Eating Papaya Seeds for Digestive Health.  

Please see the first comment on this page for some more useful information on professional parasite treatment options and practitioners I’ve found.  

I also have to state again that I am not a doctor or parasite specialist, just someone who studied the subject and found something that worked for me and wanted to share it. From all the positive comments I’ve received, it seems to be working for many other people as well.

Despite this, some of those who have written in sound to be seriously ill and I think need to see a professional as soon as possible. It’s not the place of online writers to be advising on this (especially when they’re often away as I am). If your current doctor refuses to discuss your concerns about parasites then I’d recommend finding a specialist that will. 

Here is a list of physicians who offer clinical consultative service in Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology that I hope will be a good place to start.

I firmly believe natural treatments, like papaya seeds for parasites, can be effective for intestinal worms and other parasitic organisms, but if you are experiencing serious symptoms then please seek out a knowledgeable healthcare professional and get well. 

All the best in your healing. 

Photo 1 credit with thanks: aka_lusi / Photo 2 credit with thanks: Vegan Feast Catering / Photo 3 credit with thanks: Meni’s Style and A S O ! / Photo 4 credit with thanks: jorgeBrazil

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  1. Jim says:

    I want to thank everyone who has commented and shared their experiences on this page. Unfortunately the number and detail of the comments this page has had is apparently slowing it down. That doesn’t help new people find it so I’ve decided to close comments here and continue the discussion at this page on the many other health benefits of papaya seeds – http://superfoodprofiles.com/health-benefits-papaya-seeds

    Please remember that, as it says at the bottom of every page on Superfood Profiles, nothing on this page should be considered medical advice. Please seek out a knowledgeable health care professional who has experience dealing with parasites if you believe you have a serious infection.

    Unfortunately, as many commenters have found, the parasite problem is not widely understood in mainstream medicine. Here is a list of physicians who offer clinical consultative service in Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology – http://www.astmh.org/source/ClinicalDirectory/

    Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic practitioners may have a better understanding of how to treat parasites but it would be worth asking them some questions on the phone to check just how knowledgeable they are on the subject. This site has a search function that may be helpful – http://www.alternativesforhealing.com/cgi_bin/practitioner_home.php

    Wishing everyone dealing with this problem the best in their healing. I’ll continue to answer any questions to the best of my ability on the page linked above, but ultimately I’d recommend researching your options from a variety of sources, read what’s working for others and come up with a plan that fits with your own personal situation. As always, knowledge combined with action is powerful.

  2. I just wanted to comment on your excellent posts. As a wellness consultant having read countless articles, books and academic papers I appreciate your citation of a pubmed scientific abstract to back your article. Keep up the great work ^_^.

  3. Jim says:

    Thank you for you’re comment Brandon. I like to highlight interesting studies but also feel that papaya seeds are something people can use and experience the positive effects of themselves. It’s important to start off slowly though for anyone who has never used them before.

  4. Jason says:

    When doing a parasite cleanse. Do the seeds need to be dried, or eated fresh out of the Papaya?

    If they need to be dried, how are you drying them? And for how long?

    When doing a parasite cleanse. I’ve read to eat 1/4 cup of Papaya seeds with 1 tablespoon of honey per day.

    Thanks

    • Jim says:

      Hi Jason and thanks for your question.

      Fresh out of the papaya would be best. If you’re eating them regularly you can keep the seeds in the fridge for several days for an ongoing supply. Though as with anything that has a strong effect like papaya seeds taking the occasional week off them completely would be a good idea.

      Believe people dry them primarily for storage purposes rather than enhancing their effect. The previous page has details on how to dry them out and make a papaya seed pepper. These days I tend to just scoop out the entire center with the seeds and freeze it for future use in the smoothie above.

      1/4 of a cup of papaya seeds does sound like a lot to me personally, probably too much for someone who has never had them before. I’d recommend starting off slower and working up to the higher amounts, taking into account how your body feels in the hours afterwards.

      My feeling, and what seems to work well for me and others I’ve spoken to, is smaller but more regular use of anti-parasite superfoods to make the intestinal environment much more difficult for parasites over a longer period. This takes into account their breeding cycle as well. Dr Group has more on this in the last link on the page if you’re interested.

      I think you’d find the combination of foods in the smoothie recipe above more effective than just honey (and certainly more palatable). Raw honey like Manuka with it’s antibacterial/antimicrobial properties would be a good addition though.

      Hope this helps and I’d be interested to hear your results if you try using papaya seeds for this.

      • Jim says:

        Jason replied:

        Do you know of any cheap places online to get Papaya seeds at?

        As I’ve found those Papayas locally are expensive just to be digging seeds out of them. I figured it might be cheaper to buy a bag of Papaya seeds online vs. buying $6 Papayas to get a couple scoops of seeds out of. As that would add up quick in cost.

        Thanks

        • Jim says:

          Hi Jason,

          Don’t think too many companies have caught on to papaya seeds potential yet. There are a few capsules with standardized extracts but the amounts are small and I think fresh would be better.

          Some seed companies sell papaya seeds for planting but I don’t know about the quality of these for human consumption. There are actually a lot of seeds in papaya, particularly the big fruit. Sorry to hear they are expensive for you locally but a good sized papaya should provide enough seeds for several treatments depending on how many you use. They can also be frozen for future use. Think this could be the best option and you’ll also get to eat the fruit which is extremely healthy in its own right. Here’s a couple of recipes you might want to try too – http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-salsa-ripe-papaya-salad-recipes

          Cheers

        • dave says:

          thank u for advice

    • CHERYL says:

      this is Jan 15 2014…. I tried the papaya seeds and honey dr. oz suggested, but had no luck…I don’t think I can do the caster oil can I do s/t else. I’m planning on tryin this over the weekend. any good advice on where to start? I diffently know a lot of people who have them and have no idea. thanks any answers are appreaciated.

      • Jim says:

        Hi Cheryl,

        Triphala is a fine substitute for the castor oil. I personally think this papaya seed smoothie is a lot more likely to be effective than the Doctor Oz papaya seed recipe. Following the details in the article step by step is the best way to do it.

        All the best

  5. linda says:

    Hi
    Love the information given.
    One question would you be able to see the parasites coming out?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Linda. Thanks for your question. Apparently worms are often visible after an effective parasite cleanse but many other forms are too small to usually be detected.

      The CureZone forums have a large archive of people’s experiences with parasitic problems and treatments but I’d recommend keeping any reading of those well away from mealtimes!

  6. AgnesP says:

    Would this treatment work for pets ?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Agnes.

      I couldn’t really advise for pets like cats and dogs as they have a much shorter digestive system and don’t know how papaya seeds would affect them.

      I have read that fresh or canned pumpkin is great for dogs with digestive problems. There’s much more on it in the vegetable superfoods section.

  7. meech says:

    Thanks for these awesome suggestions, i tried your advice with all these seeds and everything.Let me tell you it was no joke i feel like i cleaned all the gunk out of my carbureator. The only drawback was that i spent 3 to 4 hours per day on the toilet bowl screaming bloody murder whilst the acid from the smoothie burned my tailpipe on the way out!!!! so beware!!!!

  8. Patrice says:

    I can’t thank you enough. I suspected parasites after finding something unusual. Visiting a doctor and taking medication had no results, I was beginning to think I’d been wrong. I started taking an herbal parasite cleanse 10 days ago and have done this smoothie 4 times now. The 3rd time… WOW. Something horrifying came out. 10 feet of tapeworm horrifying. I’ll be continuing this smoothie every weekend for quite awhile, along with the herbal cleanse. I am having quite a time finding an expert in the field (a parasitologist), or someone I can ask a few questions of, such as is there a method to determine how long i’ve been infected, or what specific type of tapeworm this is, and how do I ensure I truly rid myself of them throughout my body. THANK YOU!!!

    • Jim says:

      Thank you for the great comment Patrice! I agree it would be horrifying to have that come out. But I’d have to think soon after also very relieving.

      You were right to trust your instincts on this. Unfortunately not many doctors have experience in dealing with parasites and I’ve read of many people expressing the same thoughts about it being hard to find experts on the subject.

      It seems the combination of the herbal cleanse and the ingredients in the papaya seed smoothie made your intestinal environment a place this parasite didn’t want to be any more (and possibly other smaller ones you didn’t detect as well). Considering how tenacious ones this developed are said to be this is a great result.

      Could I ask a couple of questions? What was the name or the main ingredients of the herbal parasite cleanse you used in conjunction? Also, how long after drinking the papaya seed smoothie for the 3rd time did the tapeworm come out?

      I really appreciate your feedback.

    • delia says:

      How did u take out the 10feet tapeworm? Did u pull it out?

      • Patrice says:

        The ingredients of the smoothie paralyzed it, it relaxed (released its grip internally) and just sort of fell most of the way out when I went to the bathroom, in the normal course of going to the bathroom. I didn’t even feel it or realize that was what had happened, I went to wipe and something was there. Realized it, started pulling, until it was completely out.

        • Sher says:

          I had that experience once myself! I was taking a popular, pyramid supplement and they hadn’t covered parasites yet. I had no idea!! Actually thought I had lost part of my intestine or something. The next week they taught us about parasites – what a relief. Excited to try this papaya cleanse. Thank you.

  9. Patrice says:

    INCREDIBLY relieving and strangely vindicating. The cleanse i’m using is daily pills, a fiber taken in water/juice, and a tea. The pills contain: Black Walnut Hull, Pumpkin Seed, Knotweed Extract, Clove Flower Bud, Garlic Bulb, Sage Leaf, Gentian Root, Hyssop Leaf, Fenugreek Seed, Chamomile Flower Extract, Black Pepper Fruit, Peppermint Leaf, Thyme Leaf, Fennel Seed, Cholorphyll.

    I’ve also just ordered the Oxy Powder and Latero Flora.

    The 3rd time I took the smoothie, I upped the amount of papaya seeds, a heaping tablespoon (dried and ground) and took it around 9am. Much to my surprise, around 6pm (after i’d eaten), the worm made its appearance.

    After days of exhaustive searching, I finally have an appointment with a medical expert. It seems Infectious Disease is the key search term, medically speaking.

    I am looking forward to completely ridding myself of this, as well as seeing what positive changes may occur, as i’ve become accustomed to living with the symptoms that I didn’t realize may have been caused by parasites.

    • Jim says:

      Thank you for sharing this information Patrice. I hope this will help other people out there as well.

      Black Walnut Hull and Clove are often primary ingredients in these formulas and pumpkin seeds for parasites I’ve written about before on this site.

      The Oxy Powder really works but I wouldn’t take it before going out for the day. I usually have it before bed and let it get to work overnight. Good probiotics like the Latero Flora are also really important after a cleanse like this.

      I really hope you do get the results your looking for. It sounds like you’ve already come along way. Makes me think though of how many other people out there are suffering from unexplained symptoms caused by parasites that have no idea of what’s going on in their body.

      • Patrice says:

        Very true. I really wonder how long this has been going on inside of me. I’ve done countless other types of cleanses and a variety of diets, attempts at weight loss/energy increase. This could very well have been the missing piece of the puzzle.

        As unpleasant a topic as it is, I want friends to also benefit from the information and a few of them are now starting cleanses and this smoothie as well. Thanks again, Jim.

  10. mina says:

    does it matters if the papaya seeds need to be the black one? i just got some papaya seeds this morning not totally the black seeds, just slightly black its from the green papaya.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Mina. There doesn’t seem to have been a great deal of investigation done into whether the underdeveloped seeds are as potent for parasite cleansing purposes. I believe they would still be a great source of the protein digesting enzyme papain (as is green papaya), but perhaps not as powerful against parasites. The larger black seeds from the bigger papayas do seem to have a bit of a stronger effect than the same amount of the smaller ones. Please let us know if you do decide to use them whether you find them effective. Perhaps if you keep going with the treatment look for a large papaya and use it just as it is starting to turn from green to orange.

  11. ilzo says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering how often can you take papaya seeds smoothie and for how long
    Thank you!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Ilzo and thanks for your question. I’ve used papaya seeds in smoothies for several days in a week for many weeks at a time and found them very beneficial and cleansing. It is recommended to not use the castor oil mentioned above as a laxative for more than seven days in a row though. I’d also suggest starting off with a smaller amount and building up to a larger doses.

      Someone who was concerned about a possible parasite problem could make the smoothie recipe up for 3-4 days initially, or perhaps two weekends in a row, and then have it once or twice a week for the rest of the month. Then again, a person who was fairly sure they had parasites might want to use it more regularly. With any potentially powerful treatment like this it’s really important to listen to your body and how it is making you feel. Some initial brain fog and lethargy from parasite die off is commonly reported with successful parasite treatments but after going to the bathroom you should be feeling better. Discontinue using them if this is not the case.

      If it’s your first time using papaya seeds I’d suggest trying them first as a digestive aid in the smaller amounts suggested here – http://superfoodprofiles.com/eating-papaya-seeds-digestive-health If this is well tolerated you could start using them in the larger amounts in the papaya smoothie. While several days of continual use does have its benefits, overall a longer treatment time with breaks in between is likely to be the most effective.

  12. sunja says:

    thank you for good information about papaya seeds. how fine do they need to be ground? do you suggest to use papaya seed in the smoothy even you don’t have any concerned about possible parasite . thank you.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Sunja. I don’t think they need to be too finely ground. Just crushed up so the outer shell is broken. The reason I like using them in my smoothies is because my blender chops them up well and with all the other ingredients I don’t even notice them. Having papaya seeds on their own is something many people would struggle to do regularly as the taste is pretty strong.

      I don’t have any reason to believe that I have parasites anymore but still use the seeds. They are also rich in protein digesting enzymes and could be thought of as an occasional intestinal cleanser and preventative. Starting off slowly with smaller amounts and taking breaks in between using anything like this is always a good idea, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t try using them whether you believe you have parasite symptoms or not.

  13. DHK says:

    I am so greatful that i found this post. I was having digestive problems with excessive gas for god knows how long. i cannot wait to try this one out. I just wanted to say thank you for making this post and helping people like me

    • Jim says:

      Thanks for your comment DHK. I hope papaya seeds work for you. Interestingly, I’m just sitting here drinking a version of this smoothie as I type this. Remember to start off slowly to see how well your body tolerates them.

      • DHK says:

        yes, I have started with just small amount of seeds as you suggested (1/2 tsp 1st day, 1tsp 2nd day, 1/2 tbsp 3rd day, 1tbsp 4th day) and interestingly enough by the 4th day almost all my symptoms have disappeared already! irritation in my stomach and gas are GONE. evidently papaya seeds are potent enough that even that small amount is deadly for those critters. i plan to try the drink for a week just to be sure i completely get rid of them.

        • Jim says:

          That’s great to hear. I agree with continuing for a week and would then suggest having a week or two off before repeating the treatment that worked for you. As long as the papaya seeds remain well tolerated, it could be worth doing another 4 days for a third time in around a month from the first time you had them. The reason for this is that I’ve been reading more about parasites breeding cycles and it seems their eggs often survive even when the adults are killed. By doing it this way you’ve got a better chance of getting rid of any that were just eggs the first time around. Hope this helps and thank you for coming back to comment. It’s much appreciated.

  14. X says:

    HELLO JIM, I STARTED USING BENONITE CLAY, A ALL IN ONE POTION WITH BLACK WALNUT, WORMWOOD, CLOVES.
    THIS IS THE SECOND DAY AND WOW. I HAVE SEEN SOME THINGS THAT MAKE WE WANT TO RUN SCREAMING FROM THE BATHROOM! I AM ON MY WAY HOME RIGHT NOW TO MAKE YOUR SMOOTHIE. I AM ENGAGED IN WAR TO RID MY BODY OF THESE PARASITES! I TOTATALLY CHANGED MY DIET TO VEGAN/RAW, AND WHAT HAS LEFT ME IS AMAZING…JUST A SIMPLE DIET CHANGE! I READ EVERY COMMENT, FEED BACK. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO PATRICE! I LITERALLY SAT WITH MY HAND OVER MY MOUTH….HOW LONG WAS THAT THING THAT YOU SAT AND PULLED OUT 10 DAMN FEET!!! I KNOW THIS SELF DISCOVERY AND HEALING IS EMPOWERING THANK YOU PATRICE AND JIM I WILL BE CHECKING IN AFTER MY SMOOTHIE….JUST TO SHARE MY RESULTS….YUCK YUCK YUCK! YEA ME!

    • Jim says:

      Thank you for your comment and I want to thank Patrice again for sharing something important for people to hear. It’s a topic that’s rarely talked about, but I believe parasites are behind a lot of problematic health conditions that don’t respond to conventional treatment.

      This site has a lot of valuable information to parasite cleanses – http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/cleansing/harmful-organism-cleanse Add the papaya smoothie to Dr Group’s regime and I think you’ll be making life very hard for any parasites you have.

      Would very much appreciate hearing back how it goes for you and please share this page with others so the word can get out.

      • X says:

        GOOD MORNING JIM! THIS IS WHAT I AM DOING TO RID MY BODY OF WORMS PARASITES. I USE THREE IN ONE DEWORMER CALLED PARAFREE 3X DAILY 45 MINUTES BEFORE I EAT. I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR DIRECTIONS WITH THE PAPAYA SMOOTHE SINCE THURSDAY EVENING. IT IS RATHER STRONG SO I DID CUT BACK THE PAPAYA SEEDS AND ELIMINATED THE YOGURT USING COCONUT WATER INSTEAD. WELL JIM, HOW CAN I SAY IT? WITHIN HOUR OF CASTOR OIL, I WAS LEAPING TO THE POWDER ROOM. I RELEASED A STENCH WITH SOME BLACK ROPE LIKE STUFF. ON SATURDAY THE 25TH I WENT FOR MY 7TH COLONIC. I RELEASED 2 WORMS ONE APPROX 10 INCHES LONG, THE OTHER NOT AS LONG, BOTH THE DIAMETER OF A PENCIL, AND LOTS OF OTHER STUFF THAT MY THERAPIST ID’S AS “THESE THINGS ARE LEAVING YOUR BODY” SHE SHOWED THEM TO ME. AMAZING WHAT LIES WITHIN. I TELL YOU KNOWING THAT I AM HEALING MY BODY WITH FOOD IS SO DEEPLY EMPOWERING. I LITERALLY CRIED DURING MY COLONIC SEEING WHAT WAS LEAVING. I WILL FOLLOW THIS UNTIL MY COLONIC ON WEDNESDAY TAKE A BREAK AND RESUME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE. PEACE

        • Jim says:

          Thanks so much for getting back to us. While I’m sure it must be a bit shocking to see these parasites, it must also be a great relief to have them gone.

          I’m really glad the papaya smoothie and other treatment are working so well for you. I think taking a break and then resuming is a good idea, taking into account the parasites breeding cycle. That said, the cleansing you are doing now is likely to be clearing out the places they usually breed and making the environment much more difficult for them.

          I really hope you are already feeling much better with your body no longer having to deal with this.

        • X says:

          HELLO JIM! I WENT FOR MY COLONIC LAST EVENING AND PASSED LOTS OF BEEF WORMS, LYMPH TISSUE. YES YES YES THE PAPAYA SMOOTHIE IS REALLY WORKING. I WILL TAKE THE TWO WEEK BREAK YOU SUGGEST. THEN I SHALL RESUME MY EFFORTS. AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GUT SAVING RECIPE!

  15. Samir says:

    Hi Jim, I don’t know how to thank you and all the others here for this amazing gift…….Bless u all!
    Well let me tel u about what lead me to this first……..I was doing the fast for 30 days from sun rise till sun set “Ramadan a Muslim holiday”…….so when was the time to eat and dring i wasn’t eating a lot just some dates and a soop plus water…….so i started feeling better not like the previous Ramadans when i used to eat and drink a lot of water after sun down………..then when Ramadan finished i disided to do the a water fasting…..so i did it for 5 days now and i was planing to go for 40 days but something in my stomach didn’t let me keep going ….I felt like i still have something in my stomach and that’s how i came a cross this link after doing a litle research……I just want this to stop a lot of Gas, going to the bathroom 3 times a day, once i had kidney problem and i cant eat chees witch i love it………..!!
    I made your smoothie yesterday around 1:30 am and that was the first think I took after 5 days beside taking something sweet like Manuka honey before that.
    So now I’ve a few questions if u don’t mind ofcourse…..
    1- Can u take castor oil twise a day and how much? or if there’s anything else lik prune juice….ect I’m asking this also cuz my sister is breast feeding and having constipation and some gas at the same time.
    2-What can i add to the smoothie to make it more afective? Witch i did add clove oil; flax seed and anis seed, because i didnt have The Oxy-Pouder and the coconut, but i got something else today witch called Parastoy from nature’s secret …….so what do u thing also?
    3- Can i take the smooties more than once a day and not eating anything but water and those pills? And if yes how long in between?
    4-Can i do it for a week straight or more?
    5- How do i know if I’ve something in my stomach or not? And if i see a tiny little bubles on the toilet is that the sign of these worms?

    My instinct tells me that i’ve something that’s y I manna try to do everything now…

    I’m so greatful and i really really appreciate ur time and help, thx a lot….

    • Jim says:

      Hi Samir and thanks for your comments.

      I’d be a little cautious about having just the smoothie after fasting. Your body is likely to need some protein and healthy fats. I’d suggest at very least have some raw pumpkin seeds which are a good source of both and also known to help with parasitic worms. Vegetables, organic eggs and coconut (also good for parasites) would be worth having as well, even in smaller amounts. It’s generally believed that it’s the simple carbohydrates/sugars that feed parasites so if your not having a lot of those types of foods you won’t be feeding them.

      To answer your questions:
      1- Take castor oil only once a day after the smoothie and for no more than 7 days in a row. To be honest, if you haven’t been eating a great deal of food you’re probably unlikely to need it that much. The smoothie should work fine on its own. You won’t need to take it twice a day.

      The papaya seeds in the smoothie are also not recommended for breast feeding women and there are specific warnings against castor oil during breast feeding. I think it’s best for your sister to wait till after she’s finished breast feeding if she wants to try this. The Oxypowder at Global Healing Center http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/oxy-powder-60.html would be a far better cleanser for her at the moment.

      2- Clove oil alone would probably be too strong though it’s often in parasite preparations like the one you have. Follow the directions with it and use it at the same time as the papaya seed smoothie to hit the nasties from many sides. Flaxseed meal and anise would be fine.

      3/4- Rather than having the smoothie more than once a day or for over a week I’d suggest you’d get better results by having it first thing in the morning for 3 – 4 days, then taking two weeks off (but still eating healthy, nutritious foods), then have it for another 3-4 day stretch followed by a 2 week off stretch, and finally for a final 3 – 4 days. The reason for this is to deal with any parasites that may have just been eggs when you did your first treatment. In any case, castor oil isn’t recommended for more than 7 days in a row and for the 2nd and 3rd treatments you might be better off with 2 or 3 days only.

      5- The most common parasites are very small and often go unnoticed. Some are described as looking like white rice grains in the stool. The larger worms are obviously more noticeable when they come out but a large percentage of people are estimated to have some form of intestinal parasites so this treatment is worth doing, even if just as an internal cleanse to get out the compacted waste they live in.

      Hope this helps and good luck with it.

  16. Yoda says:

    Jim, not sure if I have any parasites but I want to rule it out as I’ve been having irregular intestinal issues for the past month. I’m sure this wouldn’t hurt to try. Would you recommend this treatment for anyone? (apart from the side effect warnings already mentioned). I’ve been taking a good pro-biotic supplement for a couple weeks I’m wondering if this treatment would essentially also cleanse of the good bacteria in my system. Any thoughts? Thank you for your time and for this article.

    • Jim says:

      Hi and thanks for your question. I think it’s worth doing a cleanse like this for anyone having intestinal issues (which is probably a fairly large percentage of the population with how we eat these days). Even when you are eating healthily, all of my research points to parasites being a far more common problem than most people, doctors and nutritionalists included, realize and all too easy to pick up unfortunately.

      I’d suggest it would be worth discussing first with your health practitioner if you are being treated for digestive problems, especially issues like ulcers, IBS or leaky gut syndrome.

      I’m also a big believer in starting off with a small dose and building up the amount you taking, all the while being very aware of what you’re body is telling you. With papaya seeds, someone who had never had them before would be best off starting with just a teaspoon, or even half a teaspoon and seeing how their body tolerates them. If you have a blender then making up any kind of smoothie with a teaspoon of the seeds would be a good start. This page has some other suggestions on how to use them to improve digestion – http://superfoodprofiles.com/eating-papaya-seeds-digestive-health

      On the good bacteria question, it seems papain, the primary digestive enzyme in papaya seeds, actually helps improve your good bacteria balance. This is a quote from the Simon Clinic’s website about papain enzymes – “Papain can also normalize the intestinal balance of friendly bacteria and prevent symbiosis by maintaining proper intestinal acidity. An acid environment sustains “friendly” vitamin and antibiotic producing bacteria whilst creating a hostile environment for invading opportunistic pathogens like the yeast Candida albicans”.

      If you do decide to try the treatment I’d suggest you’d get maximum benefit from your pro-biotics by taking them a couple of hours after the smoothie. Hope it all goes well for you and please let us know your results.

  17. Samir says:

    Hi Jim and thx for getting back to me, So I’ll let u know about the result soon

  18. Linda says:

    COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN BUY PAPAYA SEEDS TO DO THE CLEANSE?

    I LIVE IN OHIO AND HAVE ASKED EVERY STORE IN COLUMBUS OHIO AND NO ONE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THEM.

    I SEE THEM ON AMAZON IN PACKETS FOR GROWING PAPAYA, BUT I DON’T THINK THESE WOULD DO, WOULD THEY?

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Linda. A few people have asked about getting the seeds used to grow papaya plants. I don’t recommend this as they may have been treated with something.

      The best way to get the papaya seeds is to buy a fresh papaya, ideally an organically grown, non-GMO one. Somewhere like wholefoods or any big fruit market should have these. The bigger ones usually have more seeds and are a little more potent. There should be enough for four to five treatments in a big papaya. You can keep extra seeds in the fridge for a few days or freeze them for longer storage.

      Hope this helps.

      • Linda says:

        Jim, thanks for your speedy reply, but that is my problem—NO ONE in my city of Columbus Ohio carries papaya—they don’t even know what it is –they’ve never heard of it–and neither can they recommend any place to get it.

        Do you know if there is an online website where I could actually purchase the fruit??

        Thanks again for your help—I have been trying since Februaryto find out how I can obtain these seeds!

  19. Linda says:

    Hi again Jim–thanks for steering me in the right direction—I hadn’t thought of buying the actual fruit until I got your post–I was stuck on trying to get only the seeds. Doublebrush.com can send me fresh papaya from Hawaii. Thanks again for your wonderful help!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Linda. I find it amazing that nowhere sells them in Columbus. Would have thought some of the larger fruit markets would have them. Can see a few other online sellers if you look up exotic fruits club or farm tropical. I’d be in trouble if this was my only option though with how many of them I eat. Hope you find a good source.

  20. Ionela says:

    Hi Jim firstly thank you for putting up such a informative website. I world hace a question,

    Can I use this treatment for my 4 years old boy? Can you please advice me of the right amounts or how much to start with. Really need your help, myboy is having nosebleeds and remained same weight for a whole year but does eats a lot, also he is moving so much in the night and day time he is super active.

    Please help,

    Thank you for your understanding,

    Regards,
    Ionela

    • Jim says:

      Hi Ionela and thanks for your comment. I’d have to suggest checking this with a health care professional first, ideally one who is aware of the serious problems parasites can cause. In the pubmed study near the start of the page 60 Nigerian children with evidence of intestinal parasites were treated with papaya seed extract but it makes sense to be extra careful when treating children as their digestive systems may be more sensitive. Additionally, there are many other health problems that could be behind his symptoms, though parasites may well be a candidate.

      I really think it would be a good idea to take him to a holistic practitioner, perhaps talk to them first and let them know that you suspect parasites and get their reaction. If they don’t seem to have much knowledge on it I’d keep looking for someone who does.

      In the meantime the foods in the smoothie without the papaya seeds are known to help remove parasites and may help your son if you add more of them to his diet. Fresh papaya and pineapple and both good and eating large amounts of shredded coconut in particular is often recommended.

      If the practitioner you see thinks it’s ok you could try the smoothie with a smaller amount of the papaya seeds, perhaps only a teaspoon rather than the suggested tablespoon, but be very aware of his reaction to it and stop if he has any problems with it beyond the likely regular bathroom trips.

      Another option would be the Paratrax treatment which is gentler and may be easier for him to take – http://superfoodprofiles.com/go/paratrax-global-healing-center

      Hope this helps.

  21. Alta says:

    Hello Jim,
    Found this subject both interesting & horrifing. I have been having all the symptoms you describe for 20+ years. Been to various Drs. tried probiotic capsules for 90 days. No difference A couple of stool tests over the years etc. All Neg. The diarrhea/ lose stools is really everday. Sometimes not even being able to finish a meal before a trip to the toliet, but always within 20-30 minutes. A lot of bowel pain at times. It has made no sense to me that this is all food allergies. I’ve sometimes thought stress related…
    I too take thyroid med.
    I’m very scared now that I’m in my sixtes that I will not always be able to make the toliet in a few more years. I’m on the toliet 5-10 times a day just for my bowels. So a laxitive is completely out! I’ve even resorted to always cleansing after because it’s so often.
    Exactly what specialist (Dr.) do I go to for specifically Parasites? Please I’m worried to try & do anything on my own, thinking I might worsen my health.
    Thank you so much, Alta

    • Jim says:

      Hi Alta and thanks for writing. It sounds like you really need to find a good holistic practitioner that is open to restoring your health with methods that may be outside of a regular doctors training. 20 years is way too long.

      Good probiotics should help once you resolve the underlying problems but they’re unlikely to resolve them on their own. Also, stools tests will only pick up parasites if they are specifically testing for them (and apparently not always even then as they are very good at staying where they are unless we make the intestinal environment unsuitable for them).

      I’d really suggest seeking out a good holistic practitioner to work with. This site has a search function http://www.alternativesforhealing.com/cgi_bin/practitioner_home.php or try searching for holistic practitioner + parasites + your area.

      It’s important to talk on the phone with them before making the appointment to sound out their level of understanding and experience with the symptoms you are having and the possibility of parasites. If they rubbish the idea or quickly change the topic I’d look elsewhere. Unfortunately this serious health issue still isn’t that well understood by many.

      Another option is a good traditional Chinese herbalist. Many people on forums report a lot of success with TCM treatments. Some of their methodologies may be a bit foreign to you but they’ve been healing people for a few thousand years longer than ‘conventional’ medicine and most will understand the parasite problem.

      Hope this helps.

      • Alta says:

        Thank you so much for your info Jim.

        • Alta says:

          What do you think about Woodworm tea shown on Dr. OZ? Is this a safer method?
          Thanks again

        • Jim says:

          Hi Alta. Interestingly Dr Oz mentions using papaya seeds along with wormwood and garlic. The tinctures are usually much stronger than the teas and can contain other ingredients like clove. Often different herbs and work in different ways so it can be good to hit the nasties from various sides. Wormwood is said to paralyze worms whereas compounds in papaya seeds can break down their protective membranes.

          Since you’ve been dealing with this for so long though I really think it’s worth seeing a good holistic practitioner or Chinese herbalist and coming up with a plan based on a proper assessment of what you’re going through. It may be that you need to start off a bit slower and build up your strength before bringing out the big guns like this papaya seed smoothie. I really hope you can get this cleared up. All the best.

        • Alta says:

          Thank you so much Jim, all the best to you too! :)

  22. Jen says:

    Thank you so much for all of this great info Jim and Patrice! I have been suffering from IBS, major fatigue, insomnia, and depression for a couple of years now. Back in ’07 I had a colonoscopy, which was clear, but all of my IBS symptoms have been progressively getting worse. I had attributed my symptoms from my body changing after having babies, but I’m starting to wonder if parasites are the real cause.

    My two year old daughter has had a bout of yellowish diarrhea for a few days now- almost every time she eats, up to 4 times in a day. She likes to play outside in the dirt near a drainage ditch, and she loves picking up snails. She also sucks on her fingers. One other thing we have been doing lately is playing in our kiddie pool in the backyard, and she drinks the water. I was really trying not to be a germaphobe, and thought I was doing well to let her play in the dirt, etc. But now I think I have been foolish and negligent! I am going to take her to the pediatrician today and see what he thinks.

    In the meantime, I bought a papaya yesterday and tried some of the seeds. Pretty potent little things! It was almost like eating a little scoop of wasabi! Needless to say, I couldn’t get my daughter to eat any. So I am THRILLED to see your smoothie recipe! I will definitely ask her doctor about that today.

    I am pretty bummed though that I am still breastfeeding my youngest, and will have to wait on the papaya seeds for myself. I will try the pumpkin seeds I guess. Any other suggestions for a breastfeeding mom?

    Thank you so much!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Jen and thanks for your comments.

      Yes papaya seeds are potent. I used to eat them by the teaspoon but am much happier with them in the smoothie with all the other complementary ingredients.

      It’s natural for kids to play and pick up things so don’t blame yourself for that. It generally helps build their immunity but it sounds like it’s worth getting it checked out.

      I’d like to be able to recommend the papaya seeds or some of the other intestinal parasite clearing herbs but am hesitant when it comes to younger children and especially children breast feeding and feel it’s important to see a specialist that understands the parasite problem in these cases. If they think it’s ok, and you could show them the Nigerian children study at the top of the page, I’d start with a much smaller amount, perhaps just half a teaspoon to see the reaction and possibly build up from there. Again, I can’t recommend it myself without getting a children’s specialists opinion. Adults that are generally in good health can usually do well from these type of stronger treatments but it’s harder to predict with children.

      Some foods that could be helpful along with the pumpkin seeds you already mentioned are pineapple and the papaya fruit, garlic (if you can get kids to eat it) and both shredded coconut and coconut oil. The pumpkin seeds tend to work best blended up like the recipe on this page on an empty stomach for breakfast so this could be a good alternative – http://superfoodprofiles.com/pumpkin-seeds-parasites-intestinal-worms

      Hope this helps.

  23. Linda says:

    Hi, Jim–I’m the person you helped in Columbus Ohio where no one has any knowledge of papaya seeds…I did get them from Doublebrush.com and they have been fine. I should have put them in the fridge right away, though, as one of them went bad before I got to it out of the box.

    My question now is this: is it ok to eat something before and/or after eating the papaya seeds with the honey?

    Dr. Oz info says to “drink” the seeds with the honey…? I have been chewing them up and eating them–is that ok?

    My main question, though, is — is it ok to eat something else before and after I eat the seeds?

    Thanks so much! Will await your reply :)

  24. Linda says:

    Ok, Jim–this is my LAST question–promise! Some places say to eat the seeds for 10 days and the dr. that was on the Dr. Oz show in February said to eat them for 14 days.

    Which is correct?

    I only have enough seeds for the 10 days—will this be good enough for the parasite cleanse?

    Thanks so much–Linda

    • Jim says:

      Hi Linda, that’s fine :)

      My research suggests you want to actually spread it out over a month to six weeks to be completely sure you deal with the breeding cycle. It seems the adult parasites are often dealt with but their eggs may be more difficult to get so you want to do it in cycles.

      To do this you could start your treatment for 3-4 days or two consecutive weekends the first time. Then in two weeks time do it again, perhaps only 2-3 days would be needed. Then again in a month from when you first started and a final time in six weeks if you want to be really sure (though three treatments over a month would likely be effective for most people).

      You could freeze half the seeds you’ve got now and use them in 2 weeks but you’d need another lot for the last one or two treatments.

      It’s a bit more work but I personally think it’s worth it. If your treatment hasn’t worked by 10 days it probably won’t in 14. Additionally, laxatives like castor oil shouldn’t be used for more than 7 days in a row (though the Oxy-Powder capsules I mentioned at the end of the page are probably ok). Hope this helps.

  25. Jen says:

    Not to be funny, but does this effect the color of your BM’s? Is a pale yellowish color evidence of anything? Thank you!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Jen. I think it helps to get the crap out and movements will probably be a bit different for a day or two after. A lady above had black so pale yellowish, as long as it goes back to normal in a few days.

      That said, and not wanting to worry you, yellow stools are said to sometimes indicate the presence of Giardia parasites. Ideally you’d want them to return to normal after making up this treatment. The Global Healing Center website that I’ve linked to at the end of the article has lots of information about maintaining a healthy digestive system, including what different colored stools mean.

      Hope this helps.

    • john says:

      Yellow stools is often times a sign of parasitic infection. I started 3 different parasite cleanses at once, along with taking goldenseal and drinking chaparro amargo tea (needless to say, I pain increased substantially during the cleanses which I have now been on for about a month). I have been very sick for about the last 10 years. Within 2 days my stools went from loose and yellow to dark brown and perfectly formed. I suspect that I have e histolytica since on several ocassions I have had stool tests come back with “protozoa detected taxonomy unavailable” and several other people with this diagnosis have been recently shown to have e histolytica through a rectal mucosal exam. I was also diagnosed with another parasite in the past as well through a stool sample. I am also thinking about adding papaya seed to my regimen.

      • Jim says:

        Hi John and thanks for your comments. Papaya seeds have been used effectively against entamoeba histolytica from what I’ve read in the study at the start of the page and this one – In vitro study of antiamoebic effect of methanol extract of mature seeds of Carica papaya on trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica – so I’d hope they would help. It sounds like you are already winning the battle.

  26. Linda says:

    Thanks for your help, Jim :)

  27. nvega says:

    Are there any foods to stay away from when doing this treatment?

    • Jim says:

      Hi and thanks for your question. Ideally, keeping off refined sugar and simple carbohydrates like white bread would be beneficial as they can apparently make the intestinal environment more suitable for some parasites. There are obviously natural sugars in this smoothie with the fruit but it’s the very high glycemic carbs that are more of an issue.

      Large and heavy meals with a lot of meat in them can also be a problem as they take so long to go through the digestive system. I’d think eating smaller meals with lots of vegetables, greens and any of the superfoods I’ve been writing about here would help with the effectiveness of this treatment.

      This article has more about the type of foods and other ways we can get parasites in the first place.
      http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-hazards-to-know-about/harmful-organisms

  28. Shafiq says:

    I have been suffering with pinworms problem for almost 4 years. I take mebendazole when the symptoms of pinworm start. Then the worms disappear for few days and come again. I am taking mebendazole every 14 days. I have also convinced other members in my family to takes it as the doctors recommended to treat all the family members at the same time. But the result is not effective. I am also following all sorts of hygienic life style- Washing my clothes in hot water, cutting my nails regularly, and all sorts of cleaning. But still i can’t get rid of the worms. I am really depressed with this parasites. Will i be able to eradicate the eggs and worms from my intestine by following your papaya smoothie recipe. Please give your valuable reply.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Shafiq and sorry to hear you have been dealing with this for so long. It would be wise to discuss taking the smoothie with your doctor and if you do decide to use it to have it well away from any other medications. First thing in the morning is most effective followed by the castor oil above.

      Pumpkin seeds, pineapple and especially papaya seeds are all recommended for pinworms so I would think this smoothie should help your situation. Due to the length of the problem I’d suggest the repeated treatments near the end of the article would be important.

      You’d also benefit from limiting processed sugar and carbohydrates which they are said to thrive on. Raw garlic is also very good to add to more of your meals as apparently pinworms particularly dislike it.

      It sounds like you already know about the recommended precautions to prevent reinfection which is good. However, since they keep coming back you might want to consider if you could find a good supply of papaya and take the seeds in smaller doses on a regular basis as a digestive aid and internal cleanser as suggested here – http://superfoodprofiles.com/eating-papaya-seeds-digestive-health

      Hope this helps.

  29. kashif salim says:

    i am eating 12 papaya seeds from last three four days. its seems to be working well for me as i have constipations problems, can i use it regularly for six week then after i can use occasionally? i read on one website ” The black seeds in the papaya contain traces of carpine or carpaine, a potentially toxic substance. According to the International BioPark Foundation’s information about Medicinal Plants of the Peruvian Amazon, papaya’s carpaine enzyme can numb the nerve centers and cause paralysis and cardiac depression. High doses of carpaine can also cause vasoconstriction or narrowing of the blood vessels.”
    i feel a bit scared, but i think with small quantity would it be ok, ?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Kashif and thanks for your question. I’m glad the papaya seeds are working for you.

      Carpine is one of the alkaloids in papaya seeds that is believed to be responsible for their anthelmintic (parasite killing) properties. Benzyl isothiocyanate is another substance in the seeds of papaya that has been shown to destroy parasites.

      It has been shown to have some toxicity to fish fingerlings and rats at high doses, though these are in far higher and unnatural isolated concentrations than you are taking. I’ve read far more positive studies in relationship to these two substances, such as the research at the start of this page where the scientists said “… papaya seeds are efficacious in treating human intestinal parasites and without significant side effects.”.

      Many seeds in fruits and vegetables have substances in them with physiological effects that are often beneficial at low doses but not recommended at unnaturally high doses. A common recommendation is to not eat more seeds than you would find in one fruit at one time. While I think a whole papaya’s seeds would be too high, this gives you an idea of the amounts for an upper limit. 12 seeds a day seems a reasonable amount to take regularly for a month or so before taking a break as long as you feel you are still getting a positive effect from it. Remember, even substances that we use regularly like table salt are highly toxic in large doses.

      If you’re interested in more information a search for this study (it’s only in pdf) goes into some detail about papaya seed extract, carpaine and parasites: In vitro Effects of Some Thai Anthelmintic Plants on Mortality and Change of Tegumental Surface of Stellantchasmus falcatus

      I’d also again recommend reading this page with its papaya seeds cautions and talking to your doctor if you have any concerns: http://superfoodprofiles.com/surprising-health-benefits-papaya-seeds

  30. JR says:

    Jim,
    Is there any concern about the ingredients used in the smoothie that would promote fungal growth. Many of the ingredients are rich in natural sugars.

    Please advise.

    Thanks!

  31. JR says:

    Jim,

    Sorry for not asking in my first email, but I wanted to make sure of a few things.

    1.the ingredients/recipe:
    1/4tsp to 1 Tbs of fresh papaya seeds
    1 cup real unflavored bio-live yogurt
    1/4 to 1/2 cup of fresh papaya
    1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
    ? pineapple
    2 Tbs coconut
    coconut milk
    1 Tbs organic virgin coconut oil
    1 tsp raw Manuka honey

    2. Is castor oil necessary if you are already moving your bowels regularly?

    3. Can Latero-flora be taken 20 minutes before the papaya smoothie (as directed by Latero-flora bottle)?

    thank you again :)

  32. Jim says:

    Hi JR and thanks for your questions.

    While it is a good idea to limit and restrict refined sugars when doing a parasite cleanse I don’t think the small amount of natural sugars in this recipe would be a problem. This smoothie contains compounds like carpine, benzyl isothiocyanate, papain, bromelain, cucurbitin and monolauric acid that are not only destructive to parasites but can also improve the intestinal environment.

    The optional Manuka honey probably has the most natural sugar, yet this has been shown to be strongly antifungal and is actually often recommended for dealing with candida. Digestive enzymes like papain and bromelain are also very beneficial for controlling fungal overgrowth. Taking into account all these factors, I would think that this parasite smoothie would actually reduce rather than promote fungal growth.

    With regards to the ingredients, you would want to have around a tablespoon of fresh papaya seeds for the smoothie. What I’d recommend though is trying them first on their own at a much smaller dose for a couple of days to see how your body tolerates them. There’s a good description of how to do this here – http://superfoodprofiles.com/eating-papaya-seeds-digestive-health

    The other ingredients would be:

    - A quarter of a papaya, ideally just turning from green to yellow for higher papain levels. Keeping on a small amount of the skin will also increase the amount of this digestive enzyme, though wash it well.

    - A quarter of a cup of raw and preferably organic pumpkin seeds.

    - One cup of real unflavored yogurt. Not the flavored ‘fruit’ stuff.

    - Around a third of a pineapple with the core (as with the papaya, you can adjust this to the size of the pineapple, using perhaps half for a small one and only a quarter for a very large one).

    - 2 heaped tablespoons of dessicated coconut or dried coconut flakes.

    - 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil.

    - Optional teaspoon of Manuka honey if you have it.

    - Lately I’ve been using organic coconut water as a milk replacement and adding this, a good almond milk or just a little water can help to get the consistency just right.

    On the castor oil, I personally don’t use it any more as I am usually very ‘regular’. If you were drinking this as more of a preventative as I am then I wouldn’t think it necessary. However, if you suspect parasites I’d think it would be a good to use the castor oil for the first few times. Another option could be to make up a triphala tea around an hour and a half after you finish the smoothie to make sure as many parasites as possible are expelled as described here – http://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-take-triphala-churna . Either the castor oil or triphala need to be taken before eating any other food.

    I would save the Latero-flora for before the next meal. Having it 20 minutes before lunch on the day you make up the papaya seed smoothie would be ideal.

    Hope all this helps.

    Jim

  33. mark says:

    hello sir,
    I have h.pylori can papaya seed be used to cure hp

    • Jim says:

      Hi Mark. While papaya seeds are very beneficial for digestion, I haven’t read much on them specifically being good for H.Pylori. In fact, if you have ulcers it would be best to consult your doctor before using them.

      The Ayurvedic herb Amla has shown very promising results in dealing with H.Pylori and has been recommended as an effective natural treatment. I’d look into first – http://superfoodprofiles.com/amla-powder-benefits

  34. Nick says:

    Hi Jim,

    thank you for your great information! I’ve been reading and following them a few days. Papaya fruit is becoming our daily food:)

    I”ve started doing the Parasite Killing Papaya Seed Smoothie yesterday. Feeling a bit dizzy and nauseous. Therefore, I couldn’t eat anything all day!

    Q:1. After how many hours should I start eating after my smoothie? What type of food is recommended to eat?

    Q:2. I can’t find a caster oil. I found one at Whole Food , but it says ” external use only”. It’s all natural cold pressed, cold processed pure caster oil and I was wondering if it’s ok to intake it ? The brand is ” Home Health”
    Also, How many spoons should I take it?

    Thank you:)

    • Jim says:

      Hi Nick. Thanks for your questions.

      If you find you are having too strong a reaction you could try having half as many papaya seeds and building up to the higher dosage. Drinking lots of water can also help to flush out toxins. Parasite die off has been suggested to be a possible cause of these type of symptoms, but it’s best to perform cleanses at a rate your body is comfortable with. A good test is do you feel better or worse after visiting the bathroom. If it’s not better then lower the dosage right down or try the papaya seeds on their own for a week as suggested on the previous page until your digestive system gets used to them.

      Castor oil is very effective at cleansing out the intestinal tract so it’s particularly good for people who sometimes have trouble having regular bowel movements. Parasite cleanses are considered more effective with a visit to the bathroom a couple of hours after taking them hence the castor oil suggestion. The castor oil you use should say food grade. This one at iHerb is the one I used – http://superfoodprofiles.com/go/expeller-pressed-castor-oil Suggested dosage is usually one to two tablespoons, with a maximum of three, followed by a big glass of water.

      However, if you are fairly ‘regular’ in this area then triphala could be a gentler option. It’s an Ayurvedic preparation that has many health benefits. I’ve written about it here – http://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-take-triphala-churna and you’d want to take the larger recommended dose for the digestive cleansing effects.

      If you are using the castor oil or triphala it would be best to avoid eating until after you have visited the bathroom. This shouldn’t be too long. If you take the smoothie as your breakfast, around lunch time would probably be a good time.

      • Nick says:

        Thank you Jim!

        I appreciate your help and your great info!
        This is a life changing experience, never felt so good, THANK YOU, THANK YOU:):)

        Nick

        • Jim says:

          Thanks for positive comment Nick. It’s really great to get messages like this.

          Most people don’t realize just how much our digestive systems affect our energy levels and the way we feel. I wonder how many different issues that people go to the doctor for could be improved by starting with a healthier gastrointestinal tract.

  35. Maria says:

    Hi Jim,

    I’ve never had Papaya/Papaya Seeds before so I’m going to take it slowly for now and see how my system likes it. In the meantime, is it okay to drink Aloe Vera Juice with Papaya Seeds?

    I love everything that you’re saying and hope to move up to the smoothie phase soon!

    Thanks!!

  36. Maria says:

    Hey hey!! Okay last question. I came across your site because I have a papaya hear with me (literally next to me right now, Ate a little baby seed, thinking how hard can this be! OMG, the taste is so strong!) Anyway, since I’m interested in eating largely alkaline based foods I was also wondering if it’s okay to replace the pineapple part of the recipe with prickly pear (since prickly pear is anti-inflammatory and gives a sweet juice of its own, especially when blended) and whether prickly pear and papaya seeds go well together?

    Also, just a side note, in light of my lack of ingredients at the moment, I’ve noticed that simply eating the papaya seeds with the papaya fruit (like when eating a cantaloupe) masks the taste of the seeds pretty well. And the papaya fruit actually tastes good! How come I never knew of this before!! I love this site!

    Thanks again!!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Maria.

      It’s a good idea to start off slowly with papaya seeds, though you can have as much papaya as you like. It’s a very healthy fruit. You can read about just how healthy here – http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-health-benefits Pure aloe juice is fine and should be helpful to your digestive system.

      The seeds of papaya plants do have a pretty strong flavor and that’s part of the reason why I came up with the smoothie as blended up you won’t taste them. That said, it would be beneficial to chew up a small amount first thing in the morning for a few days. You could start with a quarter of a teaspoon and work up to a teaspoon. I used to wash them down with fresh lemon juice in water so the taste doesn’t linger.

      The prickly pear is a healthy food so I see no problem with adding it if you like. Pineapple was chosen for its digestive enzymes like bromelain that can have an anti-parasitic effect themselves (though probably not as strong as the compounds in papaya seeds). I think the pumpkin seeds are definitely worth adding though. They work in a different way but I suspect the effect is synergistic.

      Hope this helps.

  37. Marina says:

    Hello Jim.Just finished to read all the comments,and your rec.for smoothie.Going to buy ingredients,and will do it tum.morn.i read somewhere that almonds also are good to combine.Can i add?do they have any anti parasitic properties?

  38. Marina says:

    Just forgot to add that living in Africa,and eating papaya regulary for last 25 years,but throwing away all seeds always!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Marina. It’s a shame to be throwing papaya seeds away but I must admit I did until a couple of years ago. Now I even freeze them when I have extra.

      Glad you’re interested in trying the smoothie. I’d recommend starting at a smaller dosage of them for the first few days, whether in the smoothie or on their own to get used to them.

      Almonds can be a good internal cleanser so they would be a fine addition. I think the papaya seeds and pumpkin seeds are more powerful though.

      Hope this helps.

  39. Marina says:

    Hello Jim and thanks for the reply.i forgot to ask one more question.Papaya by the way is already in my fridge with the pineapple.
    The question,is this smoothie ,is it not going to affect kidney?My problem,that I had to take antibiotic last week for ameba.It is affected me so badly,my kidney pain till today,doctor suspect that kidney stones moved during all those activities,caused by antibiotic.Now i am planning next saturday to start smoothie.Any risk for the kidney?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Marina. I’d have to advise discussing this with your doctor if you have kidney pain or suspect kidney stones.

      One study found papaya seed extract may have a protective effect in toxicity-induced kidney failure – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carica_papaya But it is probably best to deal with the kidney issues first. If need be you can freeze the papaya seeds in tablespoon sized amounts along with some of the fruit and use it once you are feeling better.

  40. Kelly says:

    Hi, I have a reuccuring problem with thread worms in my 9 year old daughter. As much info on this topic would be greatly appreciated
    Thanks kelly

    • Jim says:

      Hi Kelly. I’m hesitant to suggest papaya seeds for young children as their digestive systems may be more sensitive and they are usually less able to self monitor the results they are getting.This site has a wealth of information. From this link do a search for threadworms and you’ll find a lot of different treatment options – http://curezone.com/forums/f.asp?f=336

  41. Sid says:

    I have read that papaya seeds are or contain cyanogens (capable of producing cyanide), any idea if this has any bearing on the safety of long term use of the seeds for digestive health or treatment of parasites. I see this term very infrequently under the warnings for use in general.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Sid,

      This refers to compounds such as benzyl isothiocyanate which are also found in many other vegetables and seeds, though papaya seeds are a particularly good source and many of their health benefits are associated with compounds like this. There is a lot of articles online about cyanide in various fruits, vegetables and their seeds as well as the essential nutrient B12 but there is a big difference between pure cyanide and these naturally occurring compounds. Apple seeds are often used as an example but the amounts required to possibly have negative effects are very large. The seeds of dozens of fruit all taken at once and on their own without the fruit for instance. A far bigger concern is the hydrogen cyanide found is cigarette smoke in my opinion.

      http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-isothiocyanate.htm

      An isothiocyanate is the chemical group contained in a number of phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. These compounds give the flavoring to foods such as wasabi, horseradish, and mustard. While toxic in large quantities, there is quite a bit of evidence that isothiocyanates have anti-cancer properties at the concentrations found in foods.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isothiocyanate

      Isothiocyanates have been shown to inhibit carcinogenesis and tumorigenesis and as such are useful chemopreventive agents against the development and proliferation of cancers. They work on a variety of levels, the most notable one being the inhibition of carcinogenesis through inhibition of cytochrome P450 enzymes, which oxidize compounds such as benzo[a]pyrene and other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into more polar epoxy-diols, which can then cause mutation and induce cancer development. Phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) has been shown to induce apoptosis in certain cancer cell lines, and, in some cases, is even able to induce apoptosis in cells that are resistant to some currently used chemotherapeutic drugs, for example, in drug-resistant leukemia cells that produce the powerful apoptosis inhibitor protein Bcl-2. Furthermore, isothiocyanates have been the basis of a drug in development that replaces the sulfur bonds with selenium, with far stronger potency against melanoma. Certain isothiocyanates have also been shown to bind to the mutated p53 proteins found in many types of tumors, causing an increase in the rate of cell death.

  42. aya says:

    Dear Jim,
    many thanks. I am to try your recipe as i have been looking for a natural way to get
    rid of those parasites: my question is do you know whether your recipe can affect those that have
    already reached other parts of the body (outside the bowels…), particularly the skin?
    thank you so much again and thank you to those who tried and their testimony.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Aya. It’s possible that ground papaya seeds may have an effect but I haven’t read anything specifically about them being used for skin parasites. The Manuka honey mentioned above is often used for skin infections and some people say they have used it to clear up skin parasites as well.

      • aya says:

        ok. thank you. once i have tried i will send feed back in here. thank you again.

  43. MRL says:

    Hi Jim,

    I’m so glad to find this awesome smoothie. I will try over the weekend. Is there a special diet I will need to follow along with the smoothie? Or may I eat everything? I have heard that the low sugar and carb diet will help, but I feel so weak and low in energy. Thank so much for your recommendation.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Mariely. Ideally you’d want to cut down on refined sugar and simple carbohydrates as many parasites thrive on these. The ingredients in this smoothie are designed to drive them out and make your intestinal environment a more difficult place for them to live. But if your diet is high in sugar then it may make it more difficult to get rid of them and more likely for them to return. Alongside this, a high carb diet promotes candida overgrowth which can really drain your energy and cause many other health problems.

      I’d suggest having meals based around vegetables, high quality protein and healthy fats like coconut oil while you are clearing out parasites. Any of the superfoods on this site will help support your bodies recovery. Eating smaller meals every 3-4 hours will also provide a more consistent energy and get you of the carbohydrate insulin roller-coaster.

      Hope this helps.

  44. Sarah Nangobi says:

    thank you very much for the wonderful excellent information. God bess you

  45. Alan says:

    Hi Jim,

    I was working 106 hours a week. Working on a business and a fitness freak. I contacted glandular fever last year and 1 year later have chronic fatigue.
    The fatigue and dizziness has ruined my life and I have tried pretty much everything. I have yucky stuff on my tongue ( white) and have tried not eating any sugar ( this includes fruit) for about 1 month and nothing is getting better. Can you recommend anything? Will eating the seeds maybe help me? Ill try anything

    • Jim says:

      Hi Alan. A good holistic practitioner could be sure, but the white on your tongue is often a sign of a candida overgrowth which could have taken hold when your system was weakened by the glandular fever. Cutting out the sugar is beneficial but if it has already become well established in your gastrointestinal tract then just starving it out can be difficult.

      This page has some recommendations for dealing with this very common but often undiagnosed problem – http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/video-questions-and-answers-blog-page-2/candida-and-yeast-overgrowth/ The curezone forum also has a large list of people’s experiences of dealing with candida and what worked for them. Coconut oil is another food that’s said to be very beneficial against candida albicans.

      Parasites and candida often go together and papaya seeds are sometimes recommended for its treatment as well, but I would look to getting the candida treated first. If you’d like to try them I’d suggest starting off slowly with just a small amount of the crushed seeds as suggested here http://superfoodprofiles.com/eating-papaya-seeds-digestive-health rather than the whole smoothie.

      Hope this helps and wishing you the best for getting this cleared up.

  46. Grushenka Stapleton says:

    Hi Jim
    My son who is 12 now has been having gut problems for about 5 years now, everytime he got worms he would be sick for a week or two with cramps, vomiting and sometimes diarrhea. He has had every test under the sun but nothing shows up specific.He is taking various supplements now, but I think he has parasites, that his body cant get rid of. Do you think I could start him on the papaya smoothie but in small amounts?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Grushenka,

      Sorry to hear about the problems affecting your son. I would say your intuition on this is likely to be right. Unfortunately not many tests seem to be able to detect parasites, even when people subsequently expel large numbers of them with anti-parasitics like this papaya seed smoothie. As long as you inform his practitioner if he is taking any treatments that could be impacted by the papaya seeds, I would think you could start him on the smoothie at a smaller dose initially, perhaps half a teaspoon to start. Check how he is feeling a few hours after that and if this is well tolerated then you could slowly increase it by small amounts to around a two teaspoons over time.

      It looks like you live in Australia from your email so hopefully papaya should be more readily available. If you could make the smoothie up at a lower strength for a longer time, say a week on and a week off for 6 weeks I would think it would be more beneficial for a child than the larger doses in shorter periods.

      I’ve also been reading more about the beneficial properties of coconut oil on parasites so I’d suggest switching your families cooking oil to that and adding it to as many meals as possible.

      Hope this helps him.

  47. Moniluv says:

    Hi Jim – thank you so much for this smoothie recipe, and all the others who have contributed. I have been eating clean now for about a month, and working out. I have lost 10lbs, and on the way to loosing more. With the change in eating, it has almost eliminated sinus infections, which I suffered from.
    For some reason, when I woke up this morning, I had a taste for a papaya. (My dad grows papayas and pineapples) I already knew that papaya calms the stomach, and is great for digestion. I took a papaya, and made a smoothie this morning after my workout. I was curious about other health benefits, and stumbled upon your site. I had no idea the seeds were so powerful. For lunch, I made your smoothie, and will be taking some castor oil in about 15 minutes. I did use a lot of seeds, probably about 2 tablespoon fulls, because my system/tastebuds can tolerate a lot. I hope I get the ‘Patricia’ experience! I think due to the clean eating, it will work fast. Thank you, and God bless!

    • Jim says:

      Hi Moniluv and thanks a lot for your comments. I would also like to thank again everyone who has contributed with their comments to this page. It has become a lot more than the original work with people sharing their experiences.

      You are very lucky to have fresh papaya and pineapple so readily available with your dad growing them. I think I’d eat them pretty much every day. 2 tablespoons does seem high for your first go, though I’ve had this much before myself without negative effects (though I had built up to it). If you did find it a bit much you could try it at half a tablespoon of papaya seeds and increase it up to the higher amounts.

      I hope it goes well for you and would appreciate hearing how you feel after a few treatments. Not all parasite cleanses are as dramatic as Patricia’s but that doesn’t mean you didn’t get rid of the more common smaller parasites.

  48. swara says:

    HI Jim,

    I am a 23 old female from India, with a healthy and active life before I caught giardia 18 months ago. I was on very strong antibiotics for a very long time to treat the giardia. Although I finally got rid of giardia, my problems persisted and I had lost around a fifth of my body weight. My GI did tests like gastro- duodeno-endoscopy and colonoscopy , but the biopsies were negative for any parasite or abormality. I also went in for a CT enterography which was also perfectly normal. So, my GI put me on antibiotics for SIBO. The antibiotics do not seem to be working and my GI does not take me seriously anymore. I really am at my wits end now, having lost my job and social life owing to my ill health. I wonder if papaya seeds can help in getting rid of SIBO. My current symptoms are : loose stools 5-6 times a day, constant gurgling noises in my stomach and flatulence. I am also severely malabsorbing although my stool test for fat came negative.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Swara,

      Papaya seeds have been used as a giardia treatment and do have antibacterial properties though I can’t find anything on them being used specifically for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Syndrome. The pineapple and coconut oil in the smoothie can also be very helpful for improving the intestinal environment.

      While I can’t advise specifically on SIBO I would think if your GI is not taking you seriously when you are obviously unwell then it sounds like time to find a better one. Personally, I would only be treated by someone who is at least open to considering more holistic methods. Too many doctors seem to think pharmaceuticals are the be all and end all. While they have their place, many people find other more natural options more healing. The antibacterial properties of garlic for instance are much more effective than antibiotics – http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/9734/20120501/garlic-antibiotics-food-poisoning-diallyl-sulphide-campylobacter-bacterium.htm

      I did find this on SIBO and antibiotics – http://www.puristat.com/bloating/sibo.aspx

      While they take a much different approach, there are many reports in online health forums of resolving gastrointestinal problems with the help of a good Ayurvedic practitioner. Wishing you the best with getting this healed.

  49. Habo says:

    Hi Jim,

    I love this site, I had parasites for 12 yrs now they are persistent to leave my body I had so many medications from conventional doctors and treatments from naturopath and still I have them and they seem to multiply. The type I have is called Endolimax NaNa and doctors are telling me they are not harmful. However for the past 12 years I suffered so many intestinal problems, GERD, gas, bloating, IBS, mala-absorption, deficient in B12, folic acid,iron, Vit-D, and weak immune system, l suffer chronic UTI and hair thinning that now turned into hair loss. Jim I was advised since these parasites are non-pathogenic I don’t have to worry about them, would this treatment work on this type of parasite? Looking forward to your response. Thank you so much

    • Jim says:

      Hi Habo and thanks for your question. The combination of anti-parasitic ingredients in this smoothie may well clear your system of Endolimax NaNa but I can’t find any references to papaya seeds specifically being used for it.

      Apparently oregano oil has been used effectively for E NaNa though. If you decide to try it I’d suggest enteric coated capsules as the oil of oregano is very powerful and better off released in the small intestine rather than stomach – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10815019

      Hope this helps and I’d be interested to hear you results.

  50. swara says:

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks a lot for your valuable advice. I have been taking papaya seeds internally for a week now. Though I don’t see any change in my BMs, the gurgling and rumbling noises in my stomach have reduced considerably. I am planning to continue using them. I have started looking for a good ayurvedic practitioner who can hopefully help me heal my gut.
    In the meantime, I have also started taking Virgin coconut oil. I cannot have pineapple as I have become fructose intolerant. Also i have fresh amla juice everyday to increase my immunity. These natural antibiotics seem to be working, but it looks like it’s going to take a long time. Thanks for your support.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Swara. These all sound like positive steps forward to me. Particularly finding a good good ayurvedic practitioner and the fresh amla juice. I wish had access to this. It might be worth discussing triphala with your practitioner as well. Really hope things improve for you. I sounds like you’re heading in the right direction.

  51. Dave says:

    Hi guys,
    I’d just like to add my story in case it helps someone.
    I went to the doctor and asked for a deworming treatment because I’ve been having progressively more extensive food allergies over the past 15 years. I was getting to the point where I could eat very little and could see the writing on the wall for a mega health problem. I got to that point because the fear and some prompting from my family pushed me to read as much as I could about allergies. Somewhere in between the lines I figured that there might be a link with parasites although I had no inkling that I had any whatsoever. In fact, my idea was actually to make sure I didn’t have any then introduce some a la worm therapy you can read about elsewhere on internet as a treatment for allergies.
    The doctor prescribed a 3 day course of “Fluvermal” (flubendazole) and what happened next was that I got quite ill.
    First of all there were shooting adominal pains and then there was hot flushes and shooting pains in my head, my lower back and my upper back. I also got very tired, lost appetite and had a kind of a brain fog. By the end of the third day I had a terrible discomfort in my intestines (lower left portion in particular) with a writhing sensation which became almost unbearable after meals. I became quite constipated (a problem I never have) and my
    my stools became quite yellowish. I also kept waking up in the middle of the night. I could see pin-worm-like critters in the stools (had never seen them before) but nothing else. Over the next day I read a lot on internet and became obsessed with the idea that I might have a massive infestation of roundworm and returned to the doctor. He prescribed anti-spasm medicine and enema but didn’t seem to buy into the hypothesis of massive worm infestation, which he had never come across in his long career as a doctor. He discounted, as impossible, my assertion that I could actually feel what felt like compressed bunches of worms in my intestines by hand and didn’t even try to confirm it…
    The next night the writhing became unbearable and painful – with an added bonus of a pain a bit like what I imagine an ulcer must feel like. I was confused because it was now three days since the end of the fluvermal course and, if these really were worms, they didn’t seem to be killed by it. I couldn’t go back easily to my doctor because it was Sunday, and quite honestly, his lack of concern compared with the potential gravity of the situation (possibly life-threatening according to internet) pushed me to read even more and I came across this website.
    I should probably have gone to hospital at this point but the lack of belief/interest from the doctor (and my family/friends – one friend in the medical sector suggested that my problem might be psychosomatic) plus the lack of any concrete evidence of larger worms made me doubt my sanity…
    There’s a lot of stuff on internet about herbal treatments for parasites etc. but I am pretty much allergic to all herbs. Very bizarrely, I am not allergic to any component in the smoothie (I actually wonder now if this is more than just a coincidence but anyway) and I saw some pretty serious/convincing stuff on papaya seeds + honey on youtube so I ran with it.
    It took me while (and a lot of effort) to put together all the ingredients (on a Sunday in France there are not that many shops open) and the manuka honey was just a bridge too far, so I substituted it with an untreated honey from a market.
    I didn’t bother with the blender and found the mix relatively palatable compared with some of the comments above. I also bought and took a laxative (first time in my life).
    The result was that things seemed to get worse. More pain, more extreme constipation and more writhing.
    Next day – hospital. Trouble was I didn’t want to go somewhere that had never seen this before (apparently there are very few cases per year in Europe of massive roundworm infestation) and get misdiagnosed/treated (or even operated on by default) so I found a hospital in Paris with a parasitology emergency department. I get there at 11.50am and they refuse me access to a doctor – the “emergency” service was closing at midday!!!! – and offered me an appointment for 10 days later. I insisted. The secretary went off to see the doctor and comes back saying that it was not possible to see the doctor because the service was (all of a sudden!?) only for people who had just come back from a trip. I guess that the doctor was keen to go off for lunch…
    I was dispatched to the general emergency department.
    Half-an-hour later I was still in the queue to the get into the waiting room!!! surrounded by druggies and alcoholics in an environment that looked like the last lick of paint was applied in the late 1950s. No thanks. I left. Went to a small private clinic hospital in the suburbs. Clean and much better access but, once again, an incredulous doctor. “Did you do any tests?” “So you just think you have worms”. “It’s not possible to see them through the stomach”. I can tell you that I did not feel great.
    The icing on the cake was that I had brought a stool sample in a tupperware box to accelerate proceedings/tests ( a vet friend of mine – the only health-care professional I know who was informed on parasites – told me that a stool analysis was the starting point for worm diagnosis) but the doctor refused point blank even to look at it – she acted squeamish at the thought!
    An echography was done and nothing abnormal was seen |(they said the echography could not see worms directly because of air in the intestinal cavity making it opaque) so I was sent packing like a madman.
    I persisted with the morning cocktail and, after 2 days. the writhing had abated a little. The next day I found a 10cm decomposing worm in my stool…Hallelujah! I’m not completely mad!
    I continued the smoothie cocktail for 4 days and by the evening the writhing in my stomach has almost completely abated and I feel like the spitfire doing the victory roll at the end of the “Battle of Britain” movie!
    “It’s not the end, it’s not the beginning of the end but it is the end of the beginning”!
    I’m not out of the woods yet but I am very grateful for your smoothie recipe and page. You may just have saved my life…

    • Jim says:

      Hi Dave and thanks for sharing your experience in such detail. I do believe it will help other people out there but I’m sorry you had to go through all this and I wonder how many other people are being misdiagnosed and suffering because of it.

      It is very frustrating that so many doctors won’t even consider parasites as having an impact on the human body and seem to have little understanding of how to diagnose or treat them. It seems our pets get treated better than people when it comes to intestinal worms. That you even had a stool sample for testing and they wouldn’t even consider is really disappointing.

      I think it’s important for online writers such as myself to advise people with serious health conditions like this to seek the help of a knowledgeable health care professional that specializes in the area you are experiencing problems in. Unfortunately I’m not sure many doctors fit this description and I’ve personally heard of far better results with experienced holistic practitioners.

      It sounds like the smoothie is working for you. As long as you are not experiencing negative effects I’d suggest making it up for a similar period of time every 2 weeks for at least 2 months to make sure you deal with the breeding cycle.

      The Global Healing Center is a good resource for information about parasites http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-hazards-to-know-about/harmful-organisms There are a lot of other articles if you do a search for parasites there. I also think their Oxy-powder is a good way to clear out the large intestine of compacted waste and help with parasite cleansing.

      Thanks again for writing and I’d really appreciate hearing your about progress.

  52. Donna says:

    I am currently doing a parasite cleanse with paragone and it says no fructose,( which rules out all fruit accept cranberries, lemons and limes) or any other sugars honey or sugar substitutes. They do not list papaya as a recommended food but I would like to try the smoothie. Is there something in the pargone that could react badly with papaya?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Donna. Black Walnut looks to be one of the main ingredients here. It is powerful and I will be putting up articles about it on the site soon. As far as I’m aware there’s nothing in the papaya seed smoothie that should react badly with the paragone but I’d suggest following their directions and trying this recipe after the suggested 15 day course.

  53. Dave says:

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Indeed, the poor service and the lack of education/awareness on parasites that I experienced in the French medical community is more than shocking.

    Anyhow, the saga continues. I’ve realised that I’m not going to get far without knowing my enemy so I’ve taken to examining my stools after every bowel movement…not something I thought I’d ever find myself doing!

    Lo and behold, 8 days from the end of my fluvermal (flubendazole) course, my feces are full of…hook worms
    (for those who do (or don’t) examine stools please note that the worms were not evident without getting them out of the toilet, breaking them up and looking inside…yuch).

    This was bewildering to me at first because I thought that hook worms could only be caught by walking barefoot in tropical zones but it would seem (from internet) that A. duodenal hookworks can be ingested in food. Anyhow….I got ‘em and there’s a lot.

    The good news is that they are coming out, so the smoothie seems to be working!

    What concerns me now is whether the smoothie is just killing the adults or whether it attacks the larvae and eggs too?

    Elsewhere on internet it’s suggested that an alternative herbal cocktail is a good idea…

    I’m also concerned about tapeworms. After getting all this gunk out I’m starting to suspect that it would be weird if I didn’t have them. There has been no sign up til now, however. Do you know if the smoothie gets them or not?

    Thanks.

    Dave.

  54. Jim says:

    Hi Dave. Thanks for writing back and I’m glad the parasite smoothie is working. Unfortunately I think the French medical system is far from alone in it’s lack of awareness on parasites.

    On the larvae and eggs, from my research, yes the larvae would be just as if not more vulnerable to the ingredients in this recipe. Hence the reason for making it up in a course every two weeks to deal with the breeding cycle.

    Intestinal worm’s eggs are said to be the most difficult to get rid of so ideally we kill any new ones with regular treatments before they get a chance to lay eggs. Ingredients like papain and bromelain in this smoothie break down undigested proteins so may well help to destroy their protective coverings. Additionally, the MCTs in coconut oil makes the intestinal environment less suitable for parasites to breed in. It would be worth getting coconut oil into your diet where ever you can as it has a lot of other health benefits.

    Ground clove is noted as effective against many kinds of parasite eggs. A couple of organic cloves could be added to your smoothie but I’d blend them up with the papaya seeds and a small amount of liquid or the yogurt first, then add all the other ingredients and blend again. Large pieces of clove can irritate the stomach as it’s very potent so you’d want them fine. I haven’t tried this but imagine it would also taste quite strong as well.

    Alternatively, the Paratrax mentioned in the article contains clove along with other ingredients like wormwood, black walnut and diatomaceous earth which should be effective at dealing with the breeding cycle. For a serious parasite problem rather than just a general cleansing it might be best to alternate the papaya seed smoothie with a treatment like this. This should also affect a broader range of parasites.

    On the tapeworms, Patrice in the earlier comments had good success with using this for tapeworms and papaya seeds are a known treatment for them so I believe it can be effective. Still, everyone is different so the best way to approach this (which is what you are doing from what I can see) is to research the best treatments and monitor the results you are getting until you find what works for you personally.

    Curezone has a lot of people discussing different parasite treatments and some (but not all) posters are quite knowledgeable so it might be worth reading a few posts on hookworms and tapeworms etc there. Glad to hear you’re improving.

    • Dave says:

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for the info and advice.

      In case it is of any use to other readers, the latest installment is that the battle was indeed, far from over.

      I passed a 20cm (decaying) worm and 7 black stones. At first I thought that it was some kind of worm egg but they were far too big (about 6/7mm across) and rock solid. My research on internet leads me to believe that these are “gall” stones. I guess that some ascaris had blocked the bile cavity…

      The second thing that occurred to me was that the arrival of hookworm-like worms 10 days after taking the fluvermal might not actually be hookworms (I thought that they were because they were too long to be pin worms and not tapered like whip worms…). My suspicion is that these are baby ascaris that have recently come into my intestines and been killed by the smoothie…

      The third (and worst) thing is that I took the follow-up dose of fluvermal 15 days after the first one and I was hit again by the pains (resembling renal colic in the abdomen (with constipation again) and in my back – upper right (between shoulder blades). I really didn’t expect this. I thought that I was through this and that I had understood what was going on but it seems that something the fluvermal does to the worms is still causing me big problems – maybe a lot of larvae or baby worms?

      Finally, I think I located when I got infected. I visited rural southern China in 1997 and got sick shortly after coming back (diarrhea, nausea and yellow feces) with no explanation ever emerging. I now understand that Vietnam and Southern China have a culture of using human fertiliser and that the infection with ascaris is over 50% due to eating local vegetables and fruits (which I did).

      I’m just hoping that there is no serious damage being done to my intestines right now…I see a parasite specialist in 2 days time…

      Dave.

      • Jim says:

        Hi Dave,

        I think seeing a parasite specialist is a very good idea. It sounds like there’s a lot to clear out and, while you’re having some good results, it would be really helpful if you could get some definitive tests on what you’re dealing with.

        It would definitely be worth discussing with the specialist the fluvermal treatment as well and the effects you are getting from it.

        I’d like to be able to give more advice but you really need to know what you are dealing with to have the best treatment plan moving forward. Focusing on healthy meals to help heal your digestive system would be important too and perhaps some strong probiotics following each treatment as well to improve the intestinal environment and make it less habitable for these parasites.

        Really hope you can get this resolved soon.

  55. sugarB says:

    I have been sick for months, told i may have cancer, then i had these unbelievable symptoms from rapid weightloss, showing lack of all vitamins B, D, Etc. and showing as though I was not eating! with continued weight loss and fatique that strained me to the point I had to close my store. I was admitted from possible heart attack to misery, 36 and feeling awful was not the word, my life was stolen for several months. I was told to see a psychiatrist by one doctor because she thought i was not eating. My story is long and dreadful, from doctor to doctor endoscopy, colon you name it.. I kept saying the statement i feel toxic I feel like something is stealing my nutrients from me. With so much out there and wanting to do it naturally I am taking my life back starting today! I made my first shake to make you laugh i even got a coconut which did not work out, however i will get the organic coconut oil tomorrow as i had it in my hands. However today is day 1 and i wanted to report that the shake tasted great and i used a raw local organic honey. I wanted to share this so i can then report to everyone my prayerful great outcome!

    • Jim says:

      Hi there and I really hope the papaya seed smoothie can help improve these health issues for you. I would say it’s important to start off relatively slowly with your dosages if you’ve been very sick. The bodies ability to heal itself is still there, but giving it too much to deal with too early may cause problems. So please try the smaller doses of the papaya seeds to start with and work up to the larger ones over a couple of weeks if your results are good and as you are feeling stronger.

      The coconut oil is a good thing to add but not absolutely essential so you can add it when you get it. A teaspoon of real raw honey is beneficial and getting harder to find these days. If you have a real coconut then the water from it and the coconut meat carefully cut out with a butter knife and added in smaller slices to your blender is a great addition.

      You may find a holistic practitioner who has experience dealing with parasites or a physician who specializes in infectious diseases better equipped to deal with the parasite problem.

      I also found this link to a list of physicians who offer clinical consultative service in Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology – http://www.astmh.org/source/ClinicalDirectory/

      Hope this helps.

      • sugarB says:

        I am confused on what to expect, yesterday was day 1 and i took a natural tea laxative and nothing happened. Today is day 2 and I drank my shake, drinking water to assist inhydrating and bowl movement. ready to attempt another round of tea because i feel full inside and in need to release but no real cigar expect for to light bowl movements. What am I missing , I can say i have had yesterday and today off for me to do this so I have been inactive which i know that is not helping. Is the shake suppose to be like a laxative within itself..
        P.s. I have no clue how to open that coconut open I think I may need a chizzle and hammer.. haha.. this is great though I am excited to see what end results.

  56. Sienna Matthews says:

    Hi,

    I was wondering if you need to eat the seeds before every meal like you said you did? Or is this just something you do as an ongoing routine for keeping parasites at bay?

    I just used a red papaya is that going to have the same benefits? Also would you still eat the seeds of a non organic papaya? As they are harder to come by and also very expensive.

    How long can you keep the seeds in the fridge for them to still have the benefits for parasites?

    I just made up a smoothie using 1/4 tsp of water, 1/4 tsp peptias, 1/2 flesh of a young thai coconut, 2tsp of the fresh seeds, 1/2 small pineapple. 1/2 small papaya and a tsp of dried coconut on top. It was delicious so I am wondering if I am doing something wrong?? I thought it was going to taste sooooo bad I would not be able to eat it.
    I blended it all in my vitamix so it did a great job. Will the seeds be the same benefit ground by a machine or would it be better to eat them myself?

    Drinking this everyday for a few days and hope to see some things happen.

    • Sienna Matthews says:

      Hi again,

      Since posting the above update I went and did a coffee enema which I have done many times before. After doing this I almost immediately starting having the most awful nauseous feeling.

      Anyway it was about 30minutes – 1hour since I had drunk the papaya drink.

      This nauseous feeling had me lying on my bed for nearly 2 hours. So awful and felt like I needed to be sick but wasn’t and then it just passed.

      I am pretty convinced it was the papaya drink not agreeing with me. I did then take 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil which I have every day.
      I know I know you warned us to start off small. But after tasting the seeds I thought they weren’t that bad so decided to add 1.5 teaspoon – 2 teaspoons to the drink ( which my husband got half of) So I actually did not consume that many.

      Next time I will make it with just .5 teaspoon to begin with. Will this small amount once a day even do anything?????? And how long do you recommend before uping the amount of seeds?

      • Jim says:

        Hi Sienna and thanks for your comments.

        I’m glad the papaya smoothie tasted good. I designed it that way so I could have it regularly as a preventative at the lower doses. I used to chew the seeds straight from the papaya and knew I was unlikely to continue doing that long term. All of the other ingredients in it can help to clear out parasites and improve the digestive environment in their own way as well.

        You are lucky to have access to fresh coconuts. These are particularly beneficial.

        It’s possible that it was a little too many papaya seeds for your first time. But I think there’s a good chance combining the coffee enema at the same time was probably too much cleansing all at once. These are particularly effective at releasing toxins and the smoothie would likely have been doing the same thing by then. While you’ve done them before, the combination right at the time when the papaya seeds and other ingredients were working may well have overwhelmed your system and manifested as the healing crisis mentioned in the post above.

        I would suggest if you were to do the two together again, the coffee enema should be done first, either early in the morning or the day before. If done in the morning, wait at least an hour before having the smoothie, still on an empty stomach and perhaps at half the dose of papaya seeds you had previously.

        Done in this sequence, you’d be doing a colon cleanse first and clearing away the areas that parasites usually hide. I do this in my own way with having the Oxypowder at the end of the article the night before. If you have the smoothie an hour or so later it should be more effective at its job.

        The hour between should let your body deal with some of the releasing toxins but I would still advise not having it if you are feeling brain fog, tiredness or any other ‘cleansing symptoms’. This can manifest whenever we cleanse a little too fast but the important thing with the smoothie is that you should feel better after the next time you go to the bathroom when you have it. If you feel worse, try to drink as much clean water, perhaps with fresh lemon juice in it, as you can and leave it for a day or two.

        If you decide to make it again, try it at a half dose from what you had previously and only increase this amount slowly, perhaps by a quarter of a teaspoon over time. Anyone who feels they are still having a negative reaction the following day should consult a good care professional.

        Hope this helps.

        • Sienna Matthews says:

          Jim I so appreciate your great reply. Thanks for giving your time to help me out.

          1. Is red papaya ok and not organic?

          2. Will the seeds still be powerful if kept in the fridge for a few days? Since I am not using as many Im going to have heaps left over!

          3. Is this smoothie only good on an empty stomach?

          4. I think you mention that the smoothie can just stun the parasites then its important to get them out. That is why I decided to do the enema then. Have i misunderstood or do we need to get the paralysed parasites out soon after drinking the smoothie? If so how long after? An hour, a day??? How fast does the smoothie work in effecting them?

          5. Should I use castor oil to help get them out? I hate the thought of the things still sitting there and rotting and creating more toxins.

          Thanks again in advance.

        • Jim says:

          Hi Sienna,

          Red is fine. The bigger the seeds the more powerful they tend to be so I usually go for the larger Mexican/South American sourced papayas over the Hawaiian.

          While I always prefer organic when it’s affordable, papayas are considered a low pesticide crop as the skin protects them. The only exception where I’d say you really should have organic is if you intend to add a portion of the skin. But this is most effective which papayas that are just turning from green anyway so I wouldn’t worry about it with these.

          The seeds are fine in the fridge for two or three days. After that I would freeze them. I often by papayas in bulk and scoop out the seeds with the pulp, divide them into appropriate sizes so I get the dose I want and then freeze them and use them separately in my blender. Your vitamix would have no problem with them still frozen and it’s a good way to maintain an easy supply.

          It’s best on an empty stomach as it can get down to where it needs to without obstruction. A little watery fruit like a melon would be ok before it but I definitely wouldn’t have it after a big dinner or lunch.

          Pumpkin seeds are known to primarily stun intestinal worms rather than kill them outright. My understanding is that the seeds of papaya are more powerful and may well kill them. Either way I still think it’s best to get them out with a laxative.

          An enema is very effective, but for the natural laxative after the smoothie I’d think something ‘coming from above’ (if that makes sense), rather than ‘added from below’ would be better. Castor oil is the powerful option and a larger dose of triphala the gentler – http://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-take-triphala-churna

          It sounds to me like your digestive system is already more ‘cleaned out’ than most and you’d probably be fine with the triphala. That said, the castor oil would definitely work. Though it is also a bit more likely to provoke a healing crisis, possibly not quite as much as the coffee enema.

          What I think actually happened for you last time was the whole process worked too well. When parasites die or even are threatened they can apparently release toxic compounds. You mentioned that you’ve done coffee enemas before without problem so it’s likely your system isn’t too toxic and can handle a reasonable level of cleansing. Adding the cleansing from the smoothie on top of that though was really increasing the amount of work your body had to do to get rid of all the toxins being released and it’s not surprising it was overwhelmed. I think mine would be too.

          The enemas are still a great addition to the whole treatment, I just think they’d be far better the day before or even in the morning with at least an hour break before making up the smoothie.

          If you go to the bathroom within two to two and a half hours of drinking the smoothie then you don’t need the laxative. If not, it’s helpful to make sure you clear things out. One thing I think that helps with that is having quite a big glass of it so really fill you up. I don’t use the laxative myself these days as I always visit the bathroom within two hours of having it.

          That said, I’m more in preventative mode than treatment mode. If I suspected parasites again after travelling, I’d probably use the castor oil or triphala at least for the first few to make sure.

          Hope this helps and best of luck with your cleansing.

  57. debra says:

    Hi, I wanted to know if I could take the seeds whole and then chase it down with the rest of the smoothie? I cannot get it down when i crush the papaya seeds up in the smoothie. I have no problem taking spoonfuls of the whole seeds? thank you for your help.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Debra,

      I think the seeds need to be crushed to be effective as the compounds are inside the hard shell. Another option could be to crush them in a mortar and pestle, or even the bottom of a clean jar, and swallow them with a large glass of water so you don’t taste them. I personally have never tasted them in the smoothie, even at quite large amounts.

  58. Sienna Matthews says:

    Jim,

    I cant thank you enough for all your help.

    feel really bad because I keep thinkning of new things to ask you. I dont want to be a pest to you.

    My morning routine 5 days a week is wake up and go straight out for a 10.5 k run. Then I come home really thirsty and drink about 1 litre of water before I make a green juice or green smoothie. Now I will replace the juice with your papaya smoothie.

    My questions are these.

    1. You say consume the smoothie on an empty stomach can I have water in my tummy though? Once I get home from a run I am dying for water and dont really want to wait till I have had my smoothie to drink some water.

    2. What do I look for when buying a papaya for the best parasite cleanser? Should the skin be half green and half yellow. I know the full green ones usually still have small white seeds.

    3. So you think that if you have not gone to the toilet after 2 hours of consuming a smoothie then use a laxative?
    4. Should I be consuming this smoothie 3-4 times a week?

    You are so helpful and thanks again for all your input. Its really appreciated.

    BTW – I added 3 cloves in the smoothie this morning and only .5 tsp of papaya seeds. No point doing all this if I can’t kill the eggs as well. So far so good. I wont be doing an enema. I learnt the hard way.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Sienna,

      That’s fine. I appreciate the positive comments.

      Sounds like a pretty healthy routine. Can’t say I’m always that active first thing.

      On your questions:

      1. Definitely have your water before the smoothie and drink as much as you like after as well as it will only help. The empty stomach is just so there isn’t a large amount of heavy food slowing down the smoothies digestion.

      2. I personally like the larger papayas when I can find them and ideally with just a little green still to the skin without being obviously unripe. These may contain more papain enzyme and the seeds still seem quite potent. That said I’ve used both smaller and very ripe papayas successfully so I don’t think it makes that much difference.

      3. This would be ideal but if you’ve been for a run you may well have already visited the bathroom. In this case as long as you went again some time that morning you may not need the laxative. The enzymes in the papaya seeds can have a bit of this effect anyway. I think the advice is more aimed at people who don’t have regular bowel movements. If you already visit the bathroom more than once a day you probably don’t need it.

      4. 3-4 times on your first week, then again in 2 weeks time for 3-4 days and again another 2 weeks after that is a good initial treatment time. After that you could perhaps have it as a morning smoothie once every week or two as a preventative as I do.

      Thanks for mentioning the cloves. I considered adding them but was a little worried the taste would be too overpowering. I think I will edit the article and put them in as an optional extra.

      Hope it all goes well for you.

      • Sienna Matthews says:

        Thanks Jim,

        I actually only go to the bathroom once a day and its not normally before my run.

        With all the raw food I eat I would think I would go more than once.

        Today I added 1 Tsp of cloves to the smoothie and it still tasted fine to me. You could taste the slight clove taste but it was not strong.

        I was told though they you need un irradiated cloves as the normal ones in the shops are not as effective so not sure if it is actually doning anything by taking normal store bought cloves. Its hard to find un irradiated cloves.

        But at least I am trying. I should get my results back soon from a stool sample what type of parasite I have then I can look at adding other things like wormwood and black hull to really help. Did you do this mix also? And if so did you use a tincture or the actual leaves and drink it as a tea?

        • Jim says:

          Hi Sienna,

          I’ll definitely have to give the cloves a try in the smoothie. I agree that they shouldn’t be irradiated. Frontier herbs say on their website that they do not irradiate their products and they have a bulk bag of cloves for sale on Amazon.

          I’ve tried black walnut hull, wormwood and cloves preparations before but found this papaya seed recipe far more effective personally. That said, I am researching black walnut hull for parasites at the moment and should have an article about it out soon.

          I feel a strong tincture of the green black walnut hulls and wormwood is better than the tea. Perhaps adding these to the smoothie would make it even more powerful.

          Hope this helps.

        • Sienna Matthews says:

          Yes thanks Jim,

          I just found out last night from my Dr that my stool sample came back that I have blastocystis hominis which has me stumped as I have never heard of it.
          They say its not that harmful. But I dont care if it’s living inside me I want it out. Not heaps of research on it but all the websites I have been looking at say its a really hard one to get rid of and lots of people try and try with no success. They say rotate your herbs as this parasite builds up resistance and is in for a fight.

          So I feel a little discouraged today. But still chewed on some papaya seeds as it is supposed to help with digestion, its good just to have anyway.

          I live in Australia so not sure about Frontier herbs will have to look them up. Not sure if that sort of things can be sent OS.

          Bye the way have you heard of blastocystis hominis?

          Thanks again.

        • Jim says:

          Hi Sienna,

          The papaya seed smoothie is aimed a bit more at intestinal worms but may still be useful for blastocystis hominis as the digestive enzymes in the papaya seed and pineapple could help to break down their protective coating. With this organism it is said to be especially important to clean out any compacted waste in the lower intestine. While the coffee enemas should help with this the Oxypowder mentioned at the end of the article may also be useful, especially the evening before a treatment.

          Oil of oregano has been used with success as well so some enteric coated capsules of these with the smoothie on an empty stomach might be worth investigating.

          These and the Frontier herbs cloves can be found on iHerb.com and I believe there’s a $5 or $10 discount if you use the code DIL799 at the checkout. They are based in the US but ship internationally for $4.

          I’d also suggest checking out these sites on blastocystis hominis:

          http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?threads/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-caused-by-blastocystis-hominis-parasite.8232/

          http://www.diagnose-me.com/symptoms-of/blastocystosis-blastocystis-hominis.html

          Hope this helps.

  59. Sienna Matthews says:

    Thanks again Jim. So helpful.

    I have booked into see a naturopath. Hopefully she can help me naturally rather than pumping me full of drugs.
    I am still going to take the smoothie though as I am convinced I have another parasite besides this. I physically have seen it and gave it to the pathologists but my results came back with Blasto. So if I can afford it I think paying to have a more in depth stool sample done with the Naturopath would be the best option.

    Great to know that iHerb send to Australia and so reasonable.

  60. Peter de Ruyter says:

    Hi Jim,

    Came across your site and just want to say how impressed I am with your information, but even more impressed with the way you answer each and every query – (even when so often people ask for info you have already posted!) – with such warmth, caring and patience. Your Soul sure Shines through!

    I am also impressed with the way you encourage people to seek medical back-up where necessary, and that you always suggest they start any treatments slowly and build up over a period of time, ‘listening’ to their bodies – something that so many therapists manufacturers of natural remedies don’t do, thinking that ‘more is better’.

    Bravo! Great site; great info, and a great service to humanity.

  61. Alex says:

    Hi,

    I did the smoothie just like the recipe in your blog. I first tried papaya seeds for more than a week before starting the treatment. Now, on my very third day of the smoothie, I can’ t get past half the glass. It’s just sooo much! Yesterday, when I was drinking the triphala concoction, I threw up; not sure if it was from the thiphala’s taste or some reaction. I don’t know I’m getting sick of it because of the cloves, or something else. But I just wanted to finish the treatment. What should I do?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Alex,

      It sounds like it is too much for your system at the moment. I’d suggest leaving it for a day or two and then trying around half of the amounts suggested in the smoothie for half the treatment amount. See if you naturally make it to the bathroom within the next few hours. If so you may not need the triphala initially. Though I would recommend trying to ‘shot’ it with less liquid so you don’t have to taste it too much.

      If this is tolerated you could add slowly add some extra papaya seeds and a bit more of the other anti parasite ingredients like pumpkin seeds without too much more liquid. Cloves are one the most likely ingredients to cause this reaction so perhaps leave them out for the first week and try introducing them slowly. Alternatively, enteric coated clove oil capsules are available.

      Hope this helps.

  62. D.Swapna says:

    can i swallow the papaya seeds directly or i have to chew it with the papaya fruit which is the best way

  63. Karim says:

    Jim, first i want to thank you for pointing out an essential matter : everything to heal us is in nature, around us but we are only starting to accept the idea that a pill can be more harmful than what you are trying to fight against. I just popped a tablespoon straight to my mouth and finished chewing it up. I am curious by nature and this tatses similar to clove. I will let you know the results.

    Also, there are various statements on the prodigy of grapefruit in healing many diseases and viruses and i have a hard time finding a report so complete as yours. Any chance of you sharing your knowledge on the subject?

    Great blog which i will recommend around me !

    Best regards,

    Karim

    • Jim says:

      Hi Karim and thanks for your positive comments.

      Grapefruit seed extract is another powerful superfood and I hope to post a series about it in the not too distant future.

      All the best.

  64. Carlos says:

    Hi Jim,

    Its Jan. 25 2014, and I just took the smoothie described by this post, never in my life have had pay attention to this issue with parasites until I read this post, having lived in mexico for 13 years and never paid attention to my diet until recently I can wait for the results in this powerful smoothie.

    It has been 45 mins. that I took this smoothie, and as I write this post its a battle zone in my stomach.

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge,looking forward living a healthy and better life.

    Blessings
    Carlos

    • Jim says:

      Hi Carlos and thanks for your comments.

      The papaya seed smoothie at full strength can have a strong effect if you haven’t tried the seeds of papaya first. As in the post, I recommend having a few papaya seeds for the first week to build up your tolerance – http://superfoodprofiles.com/eating-papaya-seeds-digestive-health

      I hope it’s working for you. I find regular smoothies the most effective over the timeframe detailed in the post.

      All the best.

  65. Anita says:

    Thank you so much. i am looking forward to trying this…

    Any issues with people on various medications (outside of the blood thinners etc mentioned in the earlier article) using this cleanse?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Anita,

      It’s always best to have medications away from natural treatments like this. Blood thinners were the only one I found researching this article but it’s best to discuss it with your doctor. Pharmaceuticals can have some bizarre reactions unfortunately.

      Hope this helps.

  66. Marina Pimentel says:

    Hello Jim,

    I am amazed with this antiworm papaya recipe! Thanks so much for all the help you are giving to humanity in this your website. Here in México we have tons of papaya. Wish I could send some to you guys, especially to those who are having hard time to find them. I have in my garden a lovely Papaya Tree and give medium papayas. But if you go to the “mercado” market there are huge papayas and we have 2 kinds “Maradol” this one is “orangeish” and the real one, which is yellow. Both sweet as honey. Enough said I am going to try your awesome recipe and I will be letting you know guys what happened to me… augh! Wish me good luck! Thanks a many blessings to you all. Awesome site!

  67. Marina Pimentel says:

    Hey Jim, My first day and so far I am feeling better and better. I am not the common or usual type of person. I say this in a humble way. I have been training my self to be intuitive and I follow my gut as I respect my spirit. Anyway the reason I said this is because… I have the papaya seeds smoothie as a first meal with a full spoon of seeds and did the récipe as you said but slightly different I ask my inntuition, what about 2 table spoons of castor oil and said yes. Went to bathroom service easy and not at all diarreic stuff. No pain and that was all! Kind of surprise! Then I have a simple veggie soup as a luch. I was feeling less uneasy, less anxiety and feeling really good. At 4 pm I ask myself what about another papaya seeds smoothie and my body said BRING IT ON! bit hesitant but I followed my instinct and again 2 castor oil spoons and 2 full papaya seeds!. Another deposition just slightly cramp in my intestine and its 5:22 and feeling good. Just for the record that we human being, we are all different. I should just say, its important to follow your intuition. If not sure follow instructions. Please in order to be understood if you see any mistake feel free to change the paragraph. English is not my principal language and I am aware that is imperfect. Thanks so much again.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Marina and thanks for your postive comments.

      I agree with using your intuition and listening to your body. I’d recommend for anyone starting this treatment to begin slowly and then once you feel the papaya seed smoothie agrees with you can try a bit larger dosage, always keeping in mind the effect it’s having on you, particularly several hours after.

      All the best.

  68. Catwoman24 says:

    I just made a shake from the ingrediants I already had at home, which happened to be:
    Natural yogurt
    Papaya
    Coconut oil
    Pumpkin seeds
    (All organic)

    And for me, it was hard to stomach, it wasn’t bad, it just tasted like papaya, but I don’t like papaya, rock melon, or any of those sorts if fruits..
    I’m into plums pears, grapes, apples, basically anything but those melony tasting fruits..
    I think I’d be better off just eating a spoonful of seeds by themselves, as it’s just 1 swallow and it’s done, as opposed to an entire drink of feeling sick..
    Maybe if pineapple was added it’d be better.. But sadly I used the last of the pineapple the other day in a fruit salad before I discovered this wonderful website!
    I had to eat a grape between each gulp to clear my pallete..

    So I’m just wondering, woukd it be as beneficial to just eat the seeds alone? I considered just swallowing them whole, but I know you said it’s better to break the shell, but surely swallowing them while would help atleast a little bit?
    I could also take a spoonful of coconut oil straight after, as is take a spoonful each day anyway.
    Unfortunately the castor oil in my cupboard is a decade old so I’m iffy about taking it. I just hope the fecal gods will bless me with a BM, despite the fact I’m usually very constipated.. I’ve ordered an end a kit online, waiting for that to arrive so I can also cleanse my colon, I bought some organic arabica medium grounded coffee beans to use for enemas, as I don’t drink coffee, so hopefully that is the right kind, I have no knowledge of this stuff.. Only started eating organic since New Years, and want to get my body in order and feel well again, I haven’t felt well in quite some time, and I’m relatively young (24)

    Thank you so much for your help, for posting such informative articles, and recipes, and indiviually replying to many comments, that must take a lot of time and effort, that is so kind of you, and I’m sure many people are now healthier because of it, and have possibly ridded themselves of disease. You’re doing a frets thing, you have an abundance of knowledge and wisdom. You must be a health guru!

    This is definitely my new favourite health related website.
    I’ll continue to update my progress on here, in case others in the future are curious, I read all the comments and was absolutely fascinated with other people’s journey, so perhaps someday it’ll be of use to somebody.

    Since eating organic for 6 weeks, I have been noticing changes in my stool.. It contains small light brown spots inside, and sometimes bits of brown almost bark-like material around the toilet bowl.
    Haven’t had the strength to actually break up my feces just yet, I’d probably be traumatised if I did see a giant worm, though I’m sure they are inside of me due to my symptoms.

    My mother has an extremely bloated stomach, she looks pregnant, but she’s quite slim, she had an ultrasound and it showed nothing, she’s undergoing more tests, but I’m certain she has parasites, I saw a video on YouTube of a body builder who was on a high protein diet for years and he had an insane parasite infestation in his gut, the video is graphic, not sure if it’s authentic, but my mother used to be on “Bill Phillips” diet for many years and work out a lot, so it does concern me, especially since apparently people on high protein diets are more prone to giant parasite infestations.

    Anywho, apologies for going on, I’ll see how my next stool is. Thanks again for all your wisdom! Sorry for TMI.

    • Jim says:

      Hi there and thanks for your positive comments.

      You can take the papaya seeds directly if you prefer them but the do need to be crushed up. They’re unlikely to be effective with the hard shell intact. One option would be to crush them in a pestle and mortar and then shot them down with some coconut water.

      Stool changes are likely when you move to a healthier diet, including the occasional ‘evacuations’ but obviously it’s better out than in. Many parasites are simply too small to be easily detectable and certainly won’t show on ultrasounds. I personally think the best practice is to have more of the type of foods in this smoothie recipe that make your intestinal environment unfavorable to worms and the like and much less of the sugar and refined wheat that feeds parasites.

      Hope this helps.

  69. Clarissa says:

    Hello,
    I have a question regarding the worms/parasites; have they ever made anyone rectally bleed?
    Over the past 7 years I have been in & out of the hospital with different gastro Dr.’s & physicians. They have done every medical exam in my body possible while the active bleeding is in play (colonoscopy, endoscopy, MRI, CAT Scan, Pill Cam, etc….) and cannot diagnose what I have. I have episodes of rectal bleeding where its constant weeks at a time & then stop all of sudden and come back. Therefore, I was reading your article and some of the comments of symptoms people encounter but haven’t read one person that bleeds. Do you know if that could be one of the symptoms of a parasitic infection? I’m researching every possible lead of what’s in body. I’m so tired of being fatigued, loss of blood, etc…
    I’ll do anything to make it stop, but I wanted to ask first.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Clarissa,

      It’s possible as parasites can attach themselves to the intestinal wall or Blastocystis hominis is sometimes noted as causing these kind of symptoms http://www.badbugs.org/Blastocystis_hominis/bh_symptoms.htm but this would need to be diagnosed by a professional. Unfortunately regular doctors aren’t often great at diagnosing parasites so a parasitologist or holistic healer with parasite experience would have a better chance of finding the cause. This form might help with the former http://www.astmh.org/source/ClinicalDirectory/ and the later should be interviewed over the phone as to their parasite experience level.

      Hope this helps and all the best with your healing.

  70. Richard says:

    what happens if you just swallow down raw papaya seeds , how effective would this be ? also is it only
    raw pumpkin seeds that can be used , would any other squash seeds that are more available in the winter months work ?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Richard,

      Papaya seeds need to be crushed to be effective. Other squash seeds could be used but they should be raw, not roasted.

      All the best.

  71. Angela says:

    We came home from Mexico almost 3 weeks ago and enjoyed our 8 days abroad. The day after returning home my fiancé and I suffered several days of exhaustion and diarrhea ever since arriving in the U.S. I tried the 500 million probiotic twice with no help. We are still going 10x’s a day. Should I be looking into this parasite idea? If so, what is your take on organic papain/papaya supplements?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Angela,

      It’s always difficult to tell for sure with parasites but I always do a couple of weeks of treatment personally whenever I come back from holidays where this sort of thing is a possibility. If it’s more that a few days and symptoms are ongoing then it’s less likely to be food poisoning and could make sense to consider. Obviously consult a healthcare professional too if the problems are ongoing.

      Hope this helps.

      • Julie Srhoy says:

        I would like to use this for my children. My 8 year old said he saw a white worm in his stool.
        My 10 year old had red worms couple years ago. Can you let me know how much of the smoothie the children can have? Thanks Julie

        • Jim says:

          Hi Julie,

          The study near the start of the page found papaya seed extract effective for Nigerian children with evidence of intestinal parasites but it makes sense to be extra careful when treating children as their digestive systems may be more sensitive.

          I’d suggest if you did decide to make it up then it would be best to start with a much smaller dosage, perhaps 1/4 of the amount suggested here and build up to half if needed. Unfortunately it’s difficult to avoid transmission within the same family, regardless of whether you have obvious symptoms, so perhaps you could make it up for yourself for the first day, make sure you don’t have any discomfort after several hours and then consider giving them the smaller amount.

          If you’re unsure on any of this please consult a knowledgeable health care professional.

          All the best.

  72. Laurel says:

    May I just ask you, Patrice, what the name of the product you used is called?

  73. Flora says:

    Hi Jim,

    I am so greatful for your research work in this area. I have had stomach related problem for over 15 years. Sometimes I stay very well without any pain but sometimes it is terrible. The pain is accompanied by gaseous activity and constipation. My stool was once tested and found to be having amoeba worm and given treatment. But got just little change after treatment. I have strong feeling the worm was not fully treated. I am considering taking your advice but I do not have where to find castor oil. What I have is wal nut oil. I am wondering whether this can work as laxative. Another kind of oil I have is coconut oil but it is in a solid form. Just wondering whether it can serve when it is warm but fear that it might solidifies when taken and turns into fat. Advice me please. Thanks.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Flora and thanks for your positive comments.

      Walnut or coconut oil wouldn’t really work unfortunately. Castor oil is a very different type of oil. For some people just having a large smoothie is enough to result in a bathroom break a few hours after. If not then triphala is the healthiest and best replacement – http://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-take-triphala-churna

      Hope this helps.

  74. Angela says:

    Can this be used for children? If so, what modifications to the recipe are needed?

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Angela,

      The study cited at the start of the article was on children and the authors said the treatment was well tolerated. That said, I’d recommend making up the smoothie and having it yourself first. If you feel it is ok older children could have a quarter dose and have a little more each day if it is well tolerated. It’s difficult to recommend it for young children as they may be more sensitive and a healthcare professional should be consulted in this case.

      All the best.