Someone just told me that raw walnuts might cause diarrhea because they are prone to parasites. Another person also said that she heard this when she attended a seminar by Vianna Stibal, the founder of Theta Healing. I know most of us including myself eat raw walnuts without any problems, but does anyone with a compromised immune or digestive system need to worry about this?
I have been wondering about this as well. I've read in a couple of places (I think one of them was Paul Pitchford's book Healing with Whole Foods) that walnuts, specifically, harbor liver flukes. Certainly, many of us eat lots of raw walnuts. Like many parasites, I think liver flukes only become a problem in certain cases (for example, when digestion is impaired and they're able to survive and establish in our bodies.
I have seen references that the *ground hull* of walnuts is used to treat for parasites.
Anyone know more? I'm certainly curious! (though I don't think I'd stop eating raw walnuts-- they're one of the healthiest nuts out there!)
I believe this claim may have originated with Hulda Clark. Although she had some interesting ideas, her obsession with parasites was rather ridiculous (she recommended microwaving salad for at least three minutes to kill any organisms before eating, as well as assigning pretty much every human illness to parasites). Regardless of where this idea comes from, why would liver flukes (which live on blood) be interested in walnuts? And how would they get there?
I would be interested to hear if anyone knows of a science-based, well-documented trend of walnuts carrying liver flukes.