So this is a new one for me... I came across a jaw dropping niche of health-woo today. Apparently tens of thousands of people (if not more) believe that almost all humans are infected with parasites that cause us all to crave sugary foods, and a "water fasting" diet will make us expel those parasites. They aren't just claiming microscopic parasitic infection, which could be mistaken for the regular flora that lives inside us, but they are claiming mass infection with naked-eye-visible parasites. Inches or feet long.

10 Ways to Eliminate Parasites You Almost Certainly Have

If you consume a Standard American Diet, the truth is, is that you likely have some parasite cleansing to do.

1. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse
As with my own experience in cleansing, I can tell you that this is one of the best ways to help eliminate parasites. Water fasting is by far, one of the most effective ways to get rid of parasites

5 Foot long parasite worms that came out of my body!
Graphic youtube video claiming to be the worms expelled after a 28 day water fast

Video subject:

I just finished up a 28 day long water fast.


...This is my 27th day of fasting... And right now I just pulled out... if you fully unwrap this...probably could have been anywhere from probably 3 feet to 5 feet long.. worm

Dry Water Fasting to Disconnect Parasites
A slicker Youtube video produced by "Dr. Robert Cassar" about the parasites we're all infected with and how to disconnect them with water fasting

From the video:

Most humans are "hosts" to these parasitic worms called Ascaris lumbricoides (Roundworms)

Claiming that most humans are infected with macroscopic worms.

Paraphrased transcription:

...The best way to deal with this... is a block fast. ...Three days at least... of fasting.

Got Parasites In Your Body? I Bet You Do!

Parasites take up residence in a human host and eat many of our essential nutrients, dumping their waste products, and leaving us in a state of deficiency, leading to infections and serious diseases.

Most people, including me, don’t even know they have these little creatures inhabiting their system.

A few years ago, a friend suggested I try a parasite cleanse. I’m always up for experimenting on my body, so I did.

I fasted from ALL food for 72 hours, and drank only water, herbal tea, plus swallowed daily doses of turmeric and Black Walnut Hull tincture.

The results were interesting to say the least!

I noticed some odd spaghetti-like things in the toilet. I fished a couple of them out (see picture) and discovered these creatures were called round worms or Ascaris. They had been living in my digestive system, unbeknownst to me.

So is this true? Are hundreds of millions of first-world inhabitants riddled with macroscopic parasites that can be starved into leaving the body?

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    Please actually quote the claims in context. The link #1 recommended juice fasting, and didn't talk about visible parasites. Link #2 seems to be the result of an enema, not just fasting. There are woo claims about the waste that comes out of the body after an enema, but that should be a separate question with more notable sources. #3 is a boring video too long to ask people to watch - please quote and timestamp a claim. I've put this on hold while we clean up your reporting of the claims – Oddthinking Jul 25 '18 at 4:12
  • The last link is another enema claim. – Oddthinking Jul 25 '18 at 4:16
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    Read the links more thoroughly. Every single one specifically claims water fasting kills or eliminates the parasites. The addition of an enema, or not, to clean out the colon, is irrelevant for my purposes. – WakeDemons3 Jul 25 '18 at 4:31
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    @WakeDemon3: You are right. I misread the first one (twice!). I apologise for that. Explicitly quoting has helped. – Oddthinking Jul 25 '18 at 9:04
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    My focus on the enema part is because I can already see that is where the answers will end up revolving but perhaps that is unreasonable. Basically, I am seeing three different claims here: Many people are infested with parasites (without mention of size). Waster fasting removes parasites. Enemas (plus fasting) reveal large parasites. I think they have 3 different answers. – Oddthinking Jul 25 '18 at 9:07

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