All About Parasites

Dr. Ross Anderson, one of America’s foremost parasitic infection specialists states:  “I believe the single most undiagnosed health challenge in the history of human race is parasites.  I realize that is a pretty brave statement, but it is based on my 20 years of experience with more than 20,000 patients.”

Ann Louis Gittleman, well-known author & nutritionist states:  “You may be an unsuspecting victim of the parasite epidemic that is affecting millions of Americans.  It is an epidemic that knows no territorial, economic, or sexual boundaries.  It is a silent epidemic of which most doctors in this country are not even aware.”

The famous Dr. Zoltan Rona, author of many books and newspaper columns writes:  “The incidence of Parasitic disease in North America is skyrocketing because of increased international travel, contamination of the water and food supply (ed: do you remember a few years ago 400,000 people in Milwaukee, almost half of the city’s population, fell sick due to a water-borne parasite which made its way into the city water supply?  And the overuse of chemicals, mercury and prescription antibiotics…tapeworms, hookworms and a long list of amoebae are far more common in the North American population than conventional medical experts have led the population to believe…Parasites are found in the highest concentrations in commercial pork products (bacon, ham, hot dogs, cold cuts, pork chops etc.).  Beef, chicken, lamb and even fish are contaminated.”

Dr. Frank Nova, Chief of the Laboratory for Parasitic Diseases of the National Institute of Health, “In terms of numbers, there are more parasitic infections acquired in this country than in Africa”.

According to Dr. Peter Wina, Chief of the Patho-Biology in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, we have a tremendous parasite problem right here in the  U.S., it is just not being addressed.”

Common Symptoms of Parasites in Humans

Constipation

Some worms, because of their shape and large size, can physically obstruct certain organs.  Heavy worm infections can block the common bile duct and the intestinal tract, making elimination infrequent and difficult.

Diarrhea

Certain parasites, primarily protozoa, produce a prostaglandin (hormone-like substances found in various human tissues), which creates a sodium and chloride loss that can lead to frequent watery stool.  The diarrhea process in parasite infection is thus a function of the parasite, not the body’s attempt to rid itself of an infectious organism.

Gas and Bloating

Some parasites live in the upper small intestine where the inflammation they produce causes both gas and bloating.  The situation can be aggravated by eating harder-to-digest foods such as beans and raw fruits and vegetables.  Persistent abdominal distention can often be a sign of hidden invaders.  These gastrointestinal symptoms can persist intermittently for many months or years if the parasites do not get eliminated from the body. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Parasites can irritate, inflame and coat the intestinal cell wall, leading to a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, and cause inadequate absorption of vital nutrients, particularly fatty substances that are absolutely essential for the proper inner functioning of our bodies.  This malabsorption can lead to bulky stools and steatorrhea (excess fat in feces).

Joint and Muscle Aches and Pains 

Parasites are known to migrate to encyst (become enclosed in a sac) in joint fluids; worms can encyst in muscles.  Once this happens, pain becomes evident and is often assumed to be caused by arthritis.  Joint and muscle pains and inflammation can also be the result of tissue damage caused by some parasites or the body’s ongoing immune response to their presence.

Anemia

Some varieties of intestinal worms attach themselves to the mucosal lining of the intestines and then rob vital nutrients from the human host.  If their numbers are large enough they can create sufficient blood loss to cause a type of iron deficiency or pernicious anemia.

Allergy

Parasites can irritate and sometimes perforate the intestinal lining, increasing bowel permeability to large undigested molecules.  This can activate the body’s immune response to produce increased levels of eosinophil, a type of the body’s fighter cells.  Eosinophil can inflame body tissue, resulting in an allergic reaction.  Just like allergies, parasites can also trigger an increase in the production of immunoglobulin E(IgE)

Skin Conditions 

Intestinal worms can cause hives, rashes, weeping eczema, and other allergy-type skin reactions. Cutaneous ulcers, swelling and sores, itchy dermatitis and a number of types of lesions can all result from  protozoan parasite invasion.

Granulomas

Granulomas are tumor-like masses that encase destroyed larvae or parasitic eggs.  They most often develop in the colon or rectal walls but can also be found in the lungs, liver, peritoneum, and uterus.

Nervousness 

Parasitic metabolic wastes and toxic substances can serve as irritants to the central nervous system.  Restlessness and anxiety can be the direct result of a systemic parasite infestation.  Perhaps that is why after completing a parasite cleansing program, many people swear that their persistently grouchy mates or relatives have become a lot more pleasant and patient.

The Neglected Colon

“The majority of parasites are found in the colon.  Homeopaths, Naturopaths and now, even physicians agree, 90 percent of all disease and discomfort is directly or indirectly related to an unclean colon (due to impacted fecal matter)” According to Dr. Kelley a leading expert in weight management, had this to say on the subject:  “Parasites are a major cause of obesity since they deprive the body of the proper nutrients and leave us only empty calories as leftovers.  The body also starts craving more and more food as it is starved for the ever-so-needed vitamins and minerals.”

Digestive Organs

Duodenal ulcer causing partial or complete obstruction of the duodenum, pyloric obstruction, distension and dilation of the stomach, gastric ulcer, cancer of the stomach, adhesions of the omentum to the stomach and liver, inflammation of the liver, cancer of the liver.

Heart and Blood Vessels

Wasting and weakening of the heart muscles, fatty degeneration of the heart, subnormal blood pressure, enlargement of the heart, high blood pressure.

The Nervous System

Headaches of various kinds, Acute pain in legs, twitching of the eyes and of muscles of the face, arms legs, etc.  Mental and physical depression, insomnia, troubled sleep, un-pleasant dreams, un-refreshing sleep, loss of memory, difficulty of mental concentration, insanity.

The Eyes

Inflammation of the lens, inflammation of the optic nerve, cataract, hemorrhage in the retina.

Skin

Formation of wrinkles, thin inelastic starchy skin, muddy complexion, sores and boils, herpes, eczema, dermatitis, lupus, acne, dark circles under the eyes.