Podcast #58: Brain plasticity and parasites with Kirsty Wirth


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Now onto the show…

So my last chat with Kirsty Wirth was a popular one indeed – show 42 on the many personalities of gut bacteria. We just had to do a follow up chat with so much more to talk about. We’ve answered some of your questions on gut health, as well as going into parasites and a look behind the scenes at what her recent US trip to Cerebrum Health in Texas did for Noah, her autistic son. It’s a jam packed episode with tangents and twists and worth having the pen and paper out for notes with all the useful information Kirsty is always so generous to share.



Here’s a little snapshot of the juicy bits in today’s episode…

  • There are some simple exercises that can be done at home to stimulate the nervous system and the brain. Gargling activates many different functions in the body that affect the brain, similar to singing. Playing an instrument is a great way to use both sides of the brain and both sides of the body at the same time. Crawling is another way to stimulate different parts of the brains and planking to strengthen the core is an important exercise. The more oxygen the better: breathing properly, being out in nature are the best ways to get a good intake of oxygen.
  • Kirsty’s typical day on a plate: lots of vegetables. Load her day with good quality fats, starting with bulletproof coffee including turmeric, bone broth, herbs, anything that works for that specific day, good quality butter. Lots of intermittent fasting, going by feel to choose the best days to fast. Tune into your body to determine what you need today in terms of nourishment.
  • Intermittent fasting is where you spend 14 to 16 hours without eating to give your gut and your body a rest. It is all about moderation. When you’re not digesting food you’re allowing that energy to go to the brain, the immune system or other parts of the body that need it.
  • Starches and grains are very high in carbohydrates and will feed pathogenic microbes within the body. Grains are very hard to digest unless you’re soaking and fermenting them before eating. If you have gut problems, eating grains will worsen the symptoms. Grains have phytic acid around them that burns holes in our gut wall and withdraws nutrients from our body. Well prepared grains and legumes can be beneficial in moderation.
  • Diatomaceous earth helps to excrete parasites from the body. It needs to be used in conjunction with a mopping up agent (such as activated charcoal, bentonite clay or chlorella) to deal with the toxins that will be released once the parasites have been broken down.
  • Parasites can be contracted from many different sources. Many symptoms can be declared when someone has parasites: hives, rashes, acne, brain fog, heart problems. To diagnose the type of parasites that affect someone: there are tests available through GPs for more “mainstream” parasites. When they’re harder to find, something more elaborate such as Bioscreen can provide a good understanding of what the parasite is and how much of the good microbes are low or missing to support healing.
  • A twice-yearly cleanse that lasts a week or two can be beneficial to keep parasites at bay. That would include using beautiful herbs such as black walnut and wormwood, changing the diet (plenty of good quality fats, vegetables, proteins and no sugar or carbohydrates) and having a perfect hygiene.
  • The die-off reaction of clearing parasites can feel like a huge discomfort. Parasite cleanses can lead to panic attacks or anxiety in extreme cases. It’s important to know this can be part of the process. Using a staged approach to build up the dose of anti-parasite over a few weeks and using the right binders or mopping up agents to support the cleanse can make a huge difference. It’s important to work with a practitioner who is completely across gut health to mitigate the risk of a die-off reaction.


And here are a few extra important links:

You can find out more about Kirsty’s work, the Kultured Wellness Program as well as her beautiful range of products on her website www.kulturedwellness.com 

Follow Kirsty’s and Kultured Wellness’s adventures on facebook and instagram @kulturedwellness

Healthforce make a great oxygen supplement that can be found here


Enjoy the show and thanks again for taking the time to rate and review the show – it’s like tipping the bartender and it means the world.

Low Tox. Happy us. Happy planet




Comments 4

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      Hi Jayne, this is definitely best discussed with your practitioner personally and if you don’t have one, I’d be happy to refer, so just let me know x

  1. Hi Alex and Kirsty

    I’m wondering if by any chance you can help me.
    I have being trying to fight off the parasite blasto for almost a year and a half now. I have done multiple herbal cleanses with numerous practitioners now and spent thousands of dollars trying to make myself feel better.
    I have recently just seen a new holistic doctor who is a naturopath and gp and she wants me to do the triple antibiotic therapy from sydney. I’m so desperate as these little guys are wrecking havoc on me with symptoms like stomach pain, hives, terrible anxiety ( so bad I’m now on antidepressants), no energy and extreme fatigue, and recently have started having heart palpitations also. I also a month and a half ago had a blo clot in my leg that travelled to my lung so not sure if this could possible be related??
    I am desperate to feel like my old well energetic self again and with a little boy and a family I so desperately want it for them too.
    I’m wondering what your take on the triple antibiotic therapy is or if you know of anyone who has had success wiTh it??
    Thank you so much

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      Hi Erin, gosh personally? I would go for it and try it. It’s for the bad times – just not for the ‘every little sniffle’ times, so go for it and give it a go under the Dr’s guidance x

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