Contrary to popular belief, parasite infection is not only a 'Third World' problem. Dr Ross Anderson, a Naturopathic doctor who had over 20 years of professional experience with over 20,000 persons, estimates that a vast majority, specifically, about 85% to 95% of the North American adult population hosts at least one type of parasite.
Are misconceptions regarding the prevalence of the problem making 'First World' people complacent, more unlikely to be aware of the problem and resistant to treatment to actually get rid of existing parasites? Perhaps!
In short, human parasites pose a global problem!
Why you may not know if you have parasites
Researchers explain that most people that host parasites are unaware of their situation. This is possible simply because, like any other organism, human parasites strive to survive by ensuring that their presence remains undetected. After all, detection is likely to lead to their eradication. In fact, some species like tapeworms have so well adapted to human hosts that they may exist without any signs or symptoms.
Many of us who receive tests through orthodox means often feel assured that we are parasite-free. However, such test results do not necessarily mean that you do not have parasites. Miss C can attest to this. She had had a case of food poisoning and received orthodox medical treatment to eradicate intestinal parasites - worms. The subsequent negative results of her stool tests from a modern orthodox medical clinic appeased her concerns.
However, just over one year afterwards, live blood analysis showed that, although she may no longer have had intestinal worms, she had an advanced infection of microscopic parasites that, according to the naturopathic specialist, was possibly a result of the same poisoning event. Intestinal parasites had migrated into her blood stream. Actually seeing the parasites feasting on her blood cells was irrefutable evidence for the erstwhile skeptic.
Her case is consistent with various professional estimations. For instance, it is said that medical testing procedures catch small amounts, about 20% of the actual cases of parasites. Other research suggests that, while over 1,000 types of parasite can thrive in our bodies, orthodox medical tests search for approximately 40 to 50 kinds (Anderson, 2010). Essentially therefore, orthodox medicine tests for about 5% of the parasites while missing up to 80% actual cases. Ultimately, the ability of orthodox methods to detect parasites is roughly 1% (Anderson, 2010).
Miss C's 1-year case pales in comparison to a British research study that revealed that a single specific (Strongyloides) parasite infection continued for 30 years until detection in about 600 persons. With that in mind, it appears possible that parasite infection can last throughout the life of an individual from a single, forgotten event but insidiously rob that person of life every day.
What is a parasite?
Parasites are organisms that live inside of our bodies. They live and feed on any part of our bodies including blood cells, body tissues, organs, nutrients from our food and even health supplements (Lapage, 1963). In fact, they often access nutrients from food before us and leave us starved as a consequence.
There are 2 major types of human parasite:
- large parasites, which are primarily worms and
- small parasites, which are mostly microscopic like protozoa and amoeba.
What are the effects of Human Parasites?
Due to their small size, parasites can burrow into and weaken most parts of our bodies including muscle, major organs, bones and even the nervous system.
Furthermore, parasites secrete toxins that, when left unattended, lead to toxic build-up that stresses the immune system. In short, an infection often leads to serious illnesses over time. The effect is so insidious that the illnesses usually appear completely unrelated to parasites. (See a list of some early side effects below).
Do not be fooled by the relative small size of some parasites. For instance, some years ago, one of our friends in her late 20s ended up critically ill in hospital due to an infection of microscopic amoeba.
How can you detect parasite infections?
As discussed above, parasite infection is designed to go undetected. It is masked by signs and symptoms that most people either associate with other ailments and or ignore as being harmless and minor discomforts that should be ignored.
Some signs and symptoms are hidden in the following ways:
- Flu symptoms
- Sugar cravings and other diabetic and blood sugar tendencies
- Excessive hunger (ie polyphagia) & Inability to successfully follow weight loss programs since the parasites consume the food first thereby leaving the host constantly starved.
- Unclear thinking (because of the toxins from the waste of larger parasites like worms)
- Allergic reactions to food that do not feed yeast (sugars feed yeast)
- Itching around the anus
- Itchy nose
- Stiffness (since the microscopic types, not necessariy worms may feed off of bone tissue thereby predisposing you to arthritic tendencies)
- Nervousness (since some parasites feed on the protein coating on the nerves which, in turn, may disrupt nerve impulses to your brain. Additionally, parasitic metabolic wastes and toxic substances can act as irritants to the central nervous system.
- Restlessness and anxiety can be the direct result of a systemic parasite infection
- Skin disorders that include acne and rashes (may be due to microscopic parasites)
- Tooth grinding (especially among sleeping children)
- Jaundice (in the case of tapeworm infection)
- Some tumors or cysts. Dr Brooks' book even shows an image of a tapeworm cyst in a relatively young man of 40 who eventually died (page 179).
Natural remedy or treatment for human parasites?
Various natural treatments and remedies exist. To get rid of and avoid human parasites, you may do the following:
- Our personal favorite: A Parasite Cleanse that will get rid of all kinds of parasites. Slightly slower in action than orthodox drugs but completely natural and unlike orthodox alternatives that kill only single or a few types, this remedy kills all types.
- Diet (pending)
- Healthy daily habits that fight human parasites (pending)
- Remove parasites from drinking water at home (using a Crown Berkey water purification system)
- Anderson, Ross (2010) http://curezone.com/diseases/parasites/anderson.asp, accessed November 2010
- Brooks, Thomas (1963) "The Essentials of Medical Parsitology" The MacMillan Company
- Gittleman, Ann Louis (2001) "Guess Who Came to Dinner: Parasites and Your Health", Avery Trade; 2 edition
- Lapage, Geoffrey (1063), 'Animals Parasitic in Man', Dover Publications Inc.; 2nd edition
Other noteworthy authors on the topic include:
Bragg, Paul (This is the same person whose apple cider vinegar has become so popular).