Hi, Ben. I grew up in Johnson County! My experience: I got infected with pinworms a few years ago, and seem to have had them on and off (or flare-ups and asymptomatic?) ever since. The first few times I took Vormox, but I think I developed a tolerance to it. Or, as I've read, once you have worms, you can't get rid of them; you can only control them.
I already do apple cider vinegar (ACV) and occasionally raw garlic daily, and contrary to what I've read, they have no effect on my worms, so I got some diatomaceous earth (DE) and saved it for the next time I felt the unmistakable rectal itching.
Predictably, itching started, so I opened up the DE container and started right in with a Tbsp. a day mixed with fresh-squeezed OJ + my 2 tsp. ACV, and a little ground cloves sprinkled in. I put that in the freezer while I shower; I need it to be as cold as possible to counteract the vile taste. Post-shower, I add a dash of club soda and a couple of ice cubes, mix vigorously (the ingredients separate quickly), and start gulping*.
That regimen began two weeks ago. The acute symptoms have disappeared, but every 2-3 days I do feel itching. Hard to tell if it's “the one” or just my butt itching, but it's always in the same place. It's not the crazy-making itching; I scratch it with a cotton swap dipped in white petroleum jelly, and it stops. Sorry to get graphic, but we're here to talk about parasites.
So…I can't definitively say “DE and my troubles are over! ” like I've read in so many testimonials. I don't mind taking it when I'm symptomatic, but I really don't want to be taking it daily indefinitely.
*I've read not to use metal utensils with it, and I have been using metal. Anyone know if this renders it inert? Ditto for the putting it in the freezer?
Any comments on what I've written here are welcome.
Do a search on the internet-it is the only way I could find it. Buy a giant bag, because it stays and it is a fortune for shipping. We got it from a vendor through Amazon.com. There are vendors that sell through Amazon.com and Amazon guarantees the authenticity (I think). Anyway, be sure to get FOOD GRADE-it is not the stuff at the pool store. Oh, and people say to put it on floors then vacuum it up in a few days. I had some nightmare trying to get it off of my floors! It broke our vacuum-don't bother. I have been taking it for the parasite problem (mystery) 3x a day in water w/crystal light and I feel much better. My problem, however, is nowhere near done. I am going to try a raw coconut cleanse and using coconut oil (not hydrogenated??) Make sure it is pure and unprocessed. Let me know how you do. Good Luck.