Have Rope Worms Invaded Your Gut?

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This might be straight out of a science fiction novel, but there could exist a type of parasite not yet identified by western medicine that is affecting people’s health, and it is called a rope worm. Like its name, this supposed parasite looks like tangled rope and may cause severe digestive issues as well as systemic inflammation, leading to chronic diseases.

Although there is no test currently designed to detect a rope worm infestation, numerous accounts of passing these ropelike substances via enemas, colon hydrotherapy and other cleanses are baffling people to explore what they might be, where they come from, how they impact one’s health and of course, how to get rid of them!



One theory is that this ropelike substance is not a parasite, but mucus from the intestinal wall that has developed into mucoid plaque. Our intestines produce mucus as a protective barrier to ward off microorganisms, and as part of their self-proliferating mechanism, these mucoid cells routinely slough off and shed. Excessive production of mucus, however, may be a sign of a serious gastrointestinal issue, such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, a parasite infestation, bacterial infection, colon cancer or other inflammatory bowel condition. 

Another theory is that this mucus buildup is residue or the body’s reaction to GMO foods, a type of biofilm created by our bodies in a detoxification attempt in response to GMOs. A suspected association even exists between this mucoid plaque and the development of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and cancer. 

It is believed then that this mucus and mucoid plaque is simply the result of lymphatic tissue build up caused by an initial bacterial or parasitic infection. This triggers an immune response to produce more mucus to create a barrier. The intestinal wall then sheds this layer, which is full of dead cells and debris. 

Supporting this theory is the fact that DNA taken from this ropey excreted entity consists of almost entirely human DNA, not representative of any parasite encountered thus far. 

What’s strange, however, is that nobody noticed these ropes in their feces before 2009, although human intestines have been creating mucus and mucoid plaque before this date. They weren’t observed in surgeries, colonoscopies, x-rays, autopsies and other cleansing procedures prior to 2009, but have suddenly become commonplace. Although commonplace, western medicine has not yet addressed it, as they don't see it as an issue. Parasite tests come back negative when patients are tested. The issue is dismissed and hardly ever connected with the systemic issues that plague these patients.

In fact, according to Nikolai Gubarov and Alex Volinsky, both of whom have studied this rope worm phenomenon since 2013, most people have “rope worms” and may never know it. They might be misdiagnosed with various illnesses ranging from metabolic disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, autoimmune diseases without ever uncovering the real root cause of their illness.

Symptoms of rope worms include headache, bloating, stomach pain/pressure, hormone imbalances, depleted immune function, lack of appetite, weight gain or weight loss, cravings for carbohydrates, bad breath, insomnia, anxiety/depression, brain fog, chronic fatigue, anemia, hair loss, acne and skin rashes, muscle and joint pain, difficulty concentrating and other symptoms. 

Gubarov and Volinsky both dismiss the mucoid plaque theory and believe that rope worms are indeed a new species of parasite that have not yet been identified and accepted by western medicine, and they are detrimental to human health.

Dr. Volinsky and Gubarov's research on rope worms was published in 2013, describing the details of this intestinal parasite. Rope worms, also known as funis vermes, doesn’t fall into any known parasite genus and have unique characteristics that differentiate them from other parasites. Scientists claim that they’ve seen microscopic scales on rope worms as well as internal tunnels. Rope worms don’t possess reproductive organs, muscles or a nervous system. 

In his research, Dr. Volinsky and his colleagues identified 5 stages of the rope worm’s development: 

Stage 1: In its infancy, rope worms appear as viscous mucous.

Stage 2: As the rope worm develops, it creates bubbles that serve as their motility mechanism. 

Stage 3: The rope worm grows appendage-like branches like an octopus or jellyfish. They resemble a monstrous blob.

Stage 4: A more well-formed body is created, although it is still soft and slimy. At this point, the rope worm may be able to feed off not only fecal matter but also on blood as it can attach to the intestinal wall with its suction-like appendage.

Stage 5: The parasite has developed into a ropey entity that may appear either white or brown and resemble human feces. They are able to move via jet propulsion and are most active at night into early morning hours. 



Rope worms may grow to be 1 meter long and have the ability to corkscrew into the intestinal wall. They may cause constipation as they can block the intestinal lumen. As they grow, develop and proliferate, rope worms release toxins that may affect multiple systems and cause many symptoms. Being anaerobic, they do not thrive in an oxygenated environment; once they have been excreted from the body, they dry out quickly, making them difficult to further study and identify.

Whatever it is, this ropelike entity does exist! A simple Google search of “rope worms”  in images will fill your screen with multiple graphics that all resemble this same, rope-like insidious creature. Individuals who claim to have rope worms have this in common--once these “ropes” are removed from their system, they immediately feel better. The removal of these rope worms almost instantly eliminates their plethora of symptoms. 

Therefore, it’s clear--no matter what it is, it’s better out of the body than in the body. So, how does one get rid of rope worms? Certain herbs can help “kill” these ropelike entities along with binders that further assist with their elimination from the body. Various enemas are also imperative in flushing rope worms from the system. 

Mimosa pudica seed is a potent natural remedy that is anti parasitic and responds aggressively to rope worms. Binders such as activated charcoal or diatomaceous earth can help scrub the intestinal wall and attach to dead parasites and pathogens to push them through the system to be removed via feces. Eucalyptus enemas, baking soda enemas, milk and salt enemas and coffee enemas further assist in flushing the colon and removing these “ropes.” 

Licorice root, aloe and caprylic acid (Saccharomyces boulardii) may also help eradicate parasites. 

If you suspect that you have rope worms, visiting your healthcare provider may not provide you with answers. The parasite tests will not identify rope worms specifically, and you will test negative for parasites even if you have them. Western medicine does not see mucoid plaque as a health issue, and there is a lack of published research on this topic. Furthermore, mainstream medicine does not acknowledge parasites as a major health issue, which means that additional research and funding for more studies and investigation is likely not to happen any time soon. You might wish to consider joining a social media support group with like-minded individuals facing the same baffling health issues.

Parasites such as rope worms and other opportunistic infections live synergistically with candida overgrowth, low vibrational energy, heavy metal toxicity, high toxic load--in other words, misery loves company. Frequently, uncovering one issue uncovers another, allowing the body to fully detoxify from decades of toxic overload. 

Opportunistic infections such as parasites can gain access to our gut and immune system due to open junctures in the mucosal lining of the gut, also known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. By supporting a healthy mucosal lining and providing nutrients to help seal these gut junctures, our immune systems may be additionally protected. 



Our Leaky Gut Defense consists of ingredients that help repair the mucosal lining, building a stronger barrier. Other natural ingredients promote a conducive environment for good bacteria to flourish while banishing pathogens that may disrupt the microflora.

Supplementing with good bacteria is also imperative to rebalancing the gut microbiome. Our Power Probiotic Daily and Power Probiotic 100B consist of four well-studied strains that help increase gut transit time and support immune function, both of which are vital to preventing parasitic infections.

Any detox program requires liver support. Being the body's filter, the liver is taxed heavily when trying to eliminate pathogens such as parasites.



Support the liver and detoxification process with our Liposomal Liver Detox+. This formulation naturally helps protect the liver during detoxification as well as reducing the symptoms associated with herx or "die off." 



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