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Dientamoeba Fragilis

Robert S. Lewis macaque at bigfoot.com
Tue Oct 20 22:38:35 EST 1998


Jackie wrote:

> Can anyone help.....I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia, and I'm trying to
> find someone who's been successfully treated for Dientamoeba Fragilis.
> All specialists and doctors I've consulted (and I've seen quite a few
> over the 5 years I've been infected with this parasite) don't take this
> parasite seriously enough to treat it.  I've just done a lot of
> research at our local university medical library and found info. on DF
> which largely refutes the informationt I've been given by the medical
> profession. According to many articles I've found in such journals as
> American Journal for Diseases in Children, Journal of Tropical Medicine
> and Hygiene and others, is that it IS a pathogen (ie it can cause quite
> severe symptoms in some people ranging from weight loss, vomiting,
> blood in the stool, diarrhea/constipation, headaches, nausea, anorexia,
> abdominal pain, fever, fatigue etc),  it is more prevalent than thought
> but goes undetected due to incorrect testing procedures (stool samples
> need to be in some kind of preservative as the parasite doesn't last
> longer than a couple of hours outside of its host.  Also lab. staff
> have to be trained to recognise this particular parasite), and
> metronidazole (Flagyl) isn't always successful but diiodohydroxyquin
> (Diodoquin, Yodoxin etc) has worked in every case.
>
> If anyone would like copies of the articles (I'm condensing them down
> into a manageable size) please email me.  I'm collecting more
> information and intend to get as much information out as possible to
> the medical profession and anyone else suffering from mysterious bowel
> diseases (usually diagnosed as IBS).  I've been (and am) very sick from
> this parasite and there must be many others out there who are in the
> same position as me by not being taken seriously by the medical
> profession and unable to get treated successfully.
>
> In the meantime if anyone can help with a good doctor - please let me
> know - I'm desperate and thinking of travelling to the UK to get
> treated!!!

Hi Jackie,
   Alot of those medications that you're talking about will cause you more
grief than D. fragilis, itself.  According to Basic Clinical
Parasitology/6th ed. by Harold Brown and Frankin A. Neva, therapy consists
simply of iodoquinol 650 mg t.i.d. for 10 days or tetracycline 250 mg
q.i.d. for 7 days.  Having recently had giardiasis, I found that the best
remedy was fasting for several days and drinking large amounts of fluids
high in electrolytes or "sport drinks".  Much of your distress is perhaps
due to dehydration and electrolyte loss.  This was the regimen that my
physician placed me on.  No antibiotics!  I'm not a physician so make sure
you consult your doctor before you try this, yourself.

Bob Lewis

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