Question for Betty.
 
What's the best way to do a parasitic cleanse and how?
 
Betty's Answer.
 
This is a great question.  We do have diseases in Alaska which you should be aware.
Giardia:  a parasite obtained through drinking unfiltered water from streams and lakes in Alaska.  It can cause painful bouts of diarrhea, stomach cramps, gas and nausea.

Tularemia:  bacteria obtained from contact with handling infected rodents, rabbits, hares and pigs.  

Trichinosis:  a parasite acquired from eating under cooked walrus, seal, bear and pigs.  It can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, fever and abdominal pain.

Paralytic shellfish poisoning or PSP:  A toxin in shellfish.  Tingling to lips, finger and toes progressing to numbness.  This is an emergency, you can develop respiratory paralysis within 3 to 12 hours after ingestion of infected clams.  Eat only shellfish which has been tested for PSP. 

For further information:  http://cdc.gov/parasites

Other parasites, such as tape worms, round worms, hook worms, and pin worms are possible to acquire; but, usually with travel outside of Alaska.
Symptoms of these may include: constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, aches, pains, anemia, and fatigue.

For prevention:
1.  Cook your food.
2.  Wash fruits and vegetables prior to eating.
3.  Wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom.
4.  Filter or treat water from lakes and streams prior to drinking.
4.  Have a travel consult with your health care provider prior to international travel for tips and preventative measures.

If you believe you may have a parasite or other disease, contact your health care provider for an evaluation.  You want to identify the organism which is causing the symptoms and then treat the disease.