Parasites - The Enemy Within
"During the past few years, the field of medical parasitology has seen some drastic changes, including newly recognized parasites and an overall increased awareness of parasitic infections." - Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, 1997
Parasites May Cause.
- Problems with menstrual cycle
- Itchy ears, nose, anus
- Gas and bloating
- Fast heartbeat
- Burning sensation in the stomach
- Numbness in your hands
- Male sexual dysfunction
- Oral Candidosis
- Heart pain
- Asthma and much more!
"Parasitic infestation is much more common than most people believe. For instance, it is estimated that the parasite known as cryptosporidium currently infects at least 500 million people.
Trichomonas, a genital protozoa, may infect more than 4 million women and upwards of 1 million men - without their knowledge. Further, an estimated 800+ million people are infected by hookworms. Parasites aren't simply a result of being dirty, they are a fact of everyday life."
" It's a fairly disgusting thought that you or your children could be infested with parasites, but it's true. While we normally think of animals as being the primary hosts of parasites, this isn't necessarily the case any longer. However, it is a certainty that one of the factors which predisposes you and I to parasitic infestation is the domestication of animals. More specifically, household pets.
Just a few decades ago a family's pet of choice was either a dog, cat, fish, or an occasional parakeet. Today it's not uncommon to find children who are raising everything from pigmy goats and pot-bellied pigs to lizards and tarantulas and everything in between. The fact that our household pets have become pseudo-family members has meant that we, children especially, have become desensitized to the fact that animals are, by and large, dirtier than humans.
No longer are households plagued only by the familiar, if pesky, summertime infestations of fleas and ticks. Physicians and holistic practitioners are seeing an increasing amount of people who are infested with parasites that used to be found exclusively in animals.
Another factor that comes into play as it concerns parasitic infestation is that we are a nation of travelers. As such, parasites, which were once only common in certain areas, now have no specific region of reign. Parasites have become such a problem that t entire clinics have been set-up to deal with the health problems they can leave in the wake of their destruction if not treated in time.
Fortunately, nature has provided us with a way to deal with these unwanted intruders. If you or anyone you know suspects that parasites may have taken up residence in your body, please read the following information and take the appropriate steps to safeguard your health."
Parasites - The Unwelcome Guests
The topic of parasites is an emotional one. No one likes to think that their body is being inhabited by disease carrying 'guests' which literally eat you from the inside out. For this reason, by the time you finish this newsletter, the question "What's eating you?" may take on a whole new meaning.
According to Eric Ottesen, head of the Clinical Parasitology Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, " At least 40 percent of the world's population is infected by worms . " This would mean that over 2.5 billion people have parasites .
Geoffery Lapage takes an even more adamant stance in the book 'Animals Parasitic in Man', and states:
" There is no part of the human body, nor indeed, any part of the bodies of the hosts of parasitic animals in general, which is not visited by some kind of parasitic animal at some time or another, during their life histories . "
One thing should be painfully obvious:
Parasites aren't something that plague only third-world countries.
What Are Parasites?
The decision to protect yourself often occurs after you know what is endangering you and how it does so. The same is true with parasites. The idea that people in North America could be infested with parasites is a concept foreign to most of us. Therefore, an education as to what parasites are and what they do is in order.
The term 'parasite' is used to describe organisms that get their food by living on or inside of other living things. The terms 'worm' and 'parasite' are often interchangeable.
The three major groups of parasites are: Protozoans (organisms which have only one cell), Cestodes (tapeworms), and Nematodes (roundworms). While cestodes and nematodes can sometimes be seen with the naked eye, protozoans must be viewed with the aid of a microscope.
Some of the more common (and descriptive) names of parasites are:
Flatworms, Tapeworms, Stickpin worms, Whiteworms, Redworms, Blackworms, Spiders (not arachnid), Inchworms, Fuzzballs, Hookworms, Little Fish, Threadworms, and Pinworms. To complicate matters even more, there are over 1000 species of parasites . There are also often several different varieties of parasitical worms for each category. For instance, the beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata), the pork tapeworm (T. solium), the dog tapeworm (E. granulosus), the dwarf tapeworm (H. nana), and the fish tapeworm (D. latum) are the five basic types of tapeworms found in humans. The list for other distinctive parasites could go on and on.
You - The Parasite's Feast
Parasites are leeches. It's job, its entire mission in life, is to eat, reproduce (lay eggs), and secrete toxins.
They live off of what you eat and take the nutrients that you need to live a healthy life . Once parasites have infested your body, especially those that line your intestinal tract, they get all of the best nutrients and leave you the leftovers .
When we eat, our body digests the food and extracts those nutrients that nourish us. Parasites are able to feast on the cells of our body and suck the nutrition from them.
For all intent and purposes, parasites have 'first choice' when it comes to nutrients. Due to the way our body processes and stores nutrients, the parasites can get the best nutrients and leave us with substandard nutrition.
This means that you can eat the best foods, take the best supplements, and in time, with enough parasites, your body can actually begin to starve to death from a lack of nutrition.
Tapeworms are prime examples of parasites that feed directly off of your food. They attach themselves to the intestinal wall and eat part of the nutrients that you ingest.
Whipworm is another example:
The whipworm is an insidious little creature that actually uses your own body for food! These worms use a digestive fluid to convert colon tissue into a liquid that can be sucked up.
As you might guess, those that feed off the food that you ingest live mainly in your digestive tract. Other parasites, which are microscopic in size, can use your bloodstream to travel and can be found throughout the body. They can reside in your joints, where they eat the calcium linings of your bones , or around nerves, where they actually ingest the myelin sheath (a protein coating that protects your nerves). This could cause some forms of painful arthritis and can potentially disrupt nerve transmissions from the brain.
How Do Parasites Harm Us?
Regardless of how they survive, parasites are dangerous. Not only do they use you as a nutritional delicacy, your body is forced to absorb and try to dispose of the parasite's waste excretions.
It is a fact of life that each and every organism secretes or excretes some type of waste material. Parasites are no exception. However, the secretions of parasites are poison to our bodies.
Whenever there is a chronic parasite infection, resulting in massive toxin excretion , our body is forced into a state called toxic overload . This can weaken our immune system and leave us susceptible to illness.
As stated earlier, toxic overload is a constant danger. Whenever the lungs, kidneys, skin, and bowels (the four cleansing systems) are stressed beyond their limits, toxic overload occurs. This can easily happen if you are infected with parasites and are exposed to toxic substances, excessive alcohol, smoking, nutritionally deficient (over processed) foods, xenoestrogens, or petrochemicals.
Disorders such as toxic bowel syndrome cause a domino effect in your body. Poisons that can't be absorbed by the bowel are passed into the liver. Once the liver's capacity is exceeded, it excretes them into the bloodstream where the lungs, kidneys, and skin can quickly become overburdened and unhealthy.
According to Dr. Hulda Clark, " Seizures are caused by a single roundworm, Ascaris, getting into the brain. Schizophrenia and depression are caused by parasites in the brain. Asthma is caused by Ascaris in the lungs. Diabetes is caused by the pancreatic fluke of cattle, Eurytrema. Migraines are caused by the threadworm, Strongyloides. Acne rosacea is caused by a Leishmania. Much human heart disease is caused by dog heartworm, Dirofilaria.
And the list goes on . " - The Cure For All Cancers
Larger parasites reproduce by laying eggs. These eggs attach to the intestinal walls and, once hatched, feed on the food that we ingest. Smaller parasites reproduce in a manner similar to a virus or bacteria.
This process is repeated over and over and over. Unfortunately, unless there are large, visibly apparent parasites, most of us don't recognize that we have a problem.
To make matters worse, some parasites have been known to live in a human host for 20 or 30 years.
For these reasons you should want them out of your body and out of your life. Before this can happen, you've got to determine if you are infected.
The Human Host
According to Dr. Hulda Clark, " The human species is now heavily infested with the fluke family of parasites, particularly the intestinal fluke Fasciolopsis buskii, but also the sheep liver fluke Fasciola hepatica, the pancreatic fluke of cattle Eurytrema pancreatica, and the human liver fluke Clonorchis sinensis. This increase is due to the establishment of a new "biological reservoir" in cattle, fowl, and household pets. In the presence of solvents, these flukes can complete their entire life cycle in the human body, not requiring a snail as an intermediate host, as they usually do. These solvents are isopropyl alcohol, benzene, methanol, xylene, toluene and others, which occur as residues in our foods and pollute our body - products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, lotions, and cosmetics. These solvents are also contaminants of animal feed, and thus are responsible for establishing this new reservoir or source of infection. "
Even if you're a vegetarian, you aren't safe. Dr. Thomas Brooks estimates that the overall incidence of E. Histolytica (a plant-based parasite) in the U.S. is approximately 3.9% - 10%. You would think that if you had worms in your body that you would be aware of it. This isn't always the case according to Thomas J. Brooks. In the book 'The Essentials of Medical Parasitology' Brook says, " The tapeworms are among the oldest parasites of the human race. Indeed, some species have become so well adapted to live in the human intestine that the host (man) may be entirely asymptotic. " Asymptotic means that you don't have any symptoms.
This is even more incredible when you consider the sizes that parasites can grow to be. Dr. Brooks tells us that the fish tapeworm is the largest of the human tapeworms. Some of them have been known to grow to be 33 feet long . These worms can lay more than 1,000,000 eggs a day .
Giardia is the major cause of day-care diarrhea. Twenty to thirty per cent of workers in day care centers harbor Giardia. Most have no symptoms; they are merely carriers
A study at Johns Hopkins medical school a few years ago demonstrated antibodies against Giardia in twenty per cent of randomly chosen blood samples from patients in the hospital.
Giardia contaminates streams and lakes throughout North America and has caused epidemics of diarrheal disease and chronic constipation in several small cities by contaminating their drinking water. One epidemic, in Placerville, California, was followed by an epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which swept through the town's residents at the time of the Giardia epidemic.
If some parasites can't be easily detected does this mean that it's hopeless? Not at all. Often parasites leave distintive, tale-tale signs.
The pinworm is a good example of this. The most common symptom of pinworms is itchiness in the anal area. Pinworm infestations affecting women often occurs in the vulva, uterus, and fallopian tubes. Dr. T. Brooks has written that these " worms deposit their eggs mostly at night, contaminating pajamas and bed linen.
The eggs are readily transported through the air, and it is not uncommon to find them in every room of the house ...complications are much more common in women than in men. "
Since not all parasites are so readily identified, is there a way to know if you're infected?
Yes. The best way is to have yourself tested.
The following are just a few of the symptoms that may be associated with parasites:
Symptoms & Disorders Related To Parasitic Infestation
- Eating more without your appetite diminishing
- Fast heartbeat
- Burning sensation in the stomach
- Numbness in your hands
- Male sexual dysfunction
- Pain in the navel
- Dry lips during the day
- Heart pain
- Itchy ears, nose, anus
- Drooling while asleep
- Problems with menstrual cycle
- Damp lips at night
- Gas and bloating
- Loss of appetite
- Slow reflexes
- and more...
" The distressing thing about parasites is that if you get rid of them, you can easily be reinfected. Married couples tend to have them together, and if one person is treated for the parasitic infection, they are often reinfected by their spouse. It is extremely important that both be treated at the same time, and in many cases, the children should be treated along with their parents ."
Since parasites are often hard to detect and infection can easily reoccur, it is suggested that you treat yourself at least once every few months or so.
How Do We Get Parasites?
Before you discount the idea that you could be infected by parasites consider the following. According to experts we can become infected with parasites through very common activities such as:
- Shaking hands
- Sharing someone else's soda can
- Kissing (even on the cheek),
- Intimate sexual contact
- Inhaling dust containing the dried form of these organisms
- Drinking water from lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks
- Eating meat
- Eating Salads
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
The following are simple, common sense ways to protect yourself from parasites or, at the very least, reduce your exposure.
If you wish to reduce your risk of contracting parasites don't consume unsterilized water, unwashed vegetables, or undercooked meats or fish.
It is also imperative that you wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating.
Food preparation, you should always wash your hands after handling raw meats and any utensils used in their preparation (this would include countertops and/or cutting boards). Doing so will not only reduce your exposure to possible parasitic infestation, it will also reduce the chances of you or your family members from being made ill by the bacteria that is often present in raw meats (especially pork and poultry).
A very common source of parasite is pets.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that you can contract parasites from your pets. Anyone who has ever had a puppy or kitten knows that 'worming medicine' is staple that can't be dismissed if they are going to reach adulthood. If we de-worm our pets for their health, shouldn't we also take the same care of ourselves? Whether you want to admit it or not, dogs, cats, gerbils, ferrets, and almost every other household pet has one filthy habit - they clean their anus using their tongues. The same tongue that they use to give you or your children 'kisses.' Birds and reptiles also expose you to the risk of parasites.
If you don't happen to own a pet you are still a candidate for parasites.
Mosquitos transfer some parasites, such as the thread- like parasitic roundworm, called the filarial worm, from person to person.
The Silver Lining
When one enters into a discussion about parasites the tone can quickly turn grim. It doesn't need to. We should approach the possibility of parasitic infestation the same way we should approach any possible disorder. First, it's only a possibility, not a fact.
Secondly, if we are concerned about ridding ourselves of parasites we simply need to take the appropriate steps needed to do so. I believe that at least one last comment about parasitic infestation is warranted. Just because a person is afflicted with parasites does not mean that the person is dirty. This is a very common misconception.
Certainly unsanitary living or eating conditions predisposes us to a greater risk of contracting parasites, but parasites are a fact of life.
As you've already read, they can reside in our food, water, and soil (missionaries - who often return from foreign countries infested with parasites - know this fact well). They can be transferred from person to person, animals to people, and people to animals. So, if you or someone you know becomes infected with parasites, simply decide to take care of the problem.
Finally, removing parasites can be as simple as taking a course of dietary supplements that have been specifically designed to rid the body of these unwelcome guests. Compared to the damage that parasites can cause, the supplements are very inexpensive. If you are concerned about parasitic infestation and the removal of parasites or if you have further questions, please contact us.
Formulae specially designed to control a wide range of human intestinal parasites, it is safe to use and it contains no harmful drugs.
Following are some of the classifications of the herbs for parasites.
- American Wormseed Chenopodium ambrosioides vermifuge, anthelmintic
- Black Walnut Hulls Juglans nigra vermicide, antiseptic, antiparasitic
- Boldo Leaves Peumus boldus alterative, antiseptic, vermifuge
- Butternut Bark Juglans cineraria alterative, laxative, anthelmintic
- Clove Caryophyllus aromaticus carminative, antiseptic
- Cramp Bark Viburnum opulus antispasmodic, astringent
- Garlic Allium sativum antibiotic, alterative, antiseptic, vermifuge, anthelmintic
- Grapefruit Seed Citrus paradisi antibiotic, antiparasitic
- Kamala Mallotus philipinensis taeniafuge
- Male Fern Root Dryopteris filixmas vermifuge, anthelmintic, alterative
- Neem Azadirachta indica alterative, anthelmintic
- Peppermint Mentha piperita carminative, antiseptic, antispasmodic
- Pumpkin Seed Cucurbita pepo vermifuge, anthelmintic, taeniafuge
- Sweet Annie Artemisia annua vermifuge, alterative, anthelmintic
- Thyme Thymus vulgaris carminative, antiseptic
- White Oak Bark Quercus alba antiseptic, anthelmintic