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Parasites: The infestation you might not know you have

Posted on October 21, 2010 | Filed Under Uncategorized

Research suggests that three out of five North Americans will be infected by a parasite
during their lifetime. Conservative estimates are that 10 percent of North Americans are
infected at any given time and most don’t even realize it.

Your five year old complains nightly of stomach aches, has difficulty sleeping and complains of hunger only a short time after eating a full meal. Just the ups and downs of growing up you figure-he’ll grow out of it, you hope. On the other hand, a mounting chorus of health practitioners are sounding the alarm bells of parasitic infection with wide ranging symptoms including itching (ears, nose, anus), gas and bloating, loss of appetite, eating more than normal but still feeling hungry, blurry vision, muscular pain, lethargy, diarrhea and constipation, indigestion, rashes, hives, allergies, and mental confusion – the list goes on.

What is a parasite?
Any notion that parasites are friendly guests along for the ride is to deny the potential health hazard they present. A parasite is a live creature that invades and lives off it’s host, most often causing harm. They have a mind and will of their own. They multiply inside you as they eat your food, steal your nutrients, and in some cases, live off your flesh.

Parasites vary in form, from tiny microscopic organisms to worms growing several feet in length, to lice and ticks. They can be transmitted by air, food, water, insects, animals and people.

Standard testing, which involves stool samples, can detect the most common types; however, with some 6000 different types of parasites, the chances of some going undetected are high. In fact, health practitioners only check for perhaps six different types. If you’ve been travelling abroad or eating exotic foods you could have a parasite that will not be detected by standard tests.

Common parasites
One of the tiniest and most common parasites is a protozoa called Giardia lamblia. This highly contagious paraasite is estimated to infect 30 percent of the world’s population. Here in North America, it is believed to infest much of the ground water. People become infected by drinking or swimming in infested waters. Symptoms are usually diarrhea, cramps and gastrointestinal upsets.

Day cares are also prime breeding ground for giardia and other parasites. A Toronto study of 900 children and 140 day care workers showed an overall parasitic infection rate of 19 percent among children and 14 percent among staff.

Another common parasite is the pinnworm. Usually these tiny white worms will first infect the children, then eventually the whole family. The usual sign that someone has pinworms is itching in the anal area that intensifies around bedtime. Digestive upsets may also occur. Pinworms are most active at night when they make their way to the opening of the rectum to lay their eggs. They are usually discovered when one or more, or their eggs, turn up in bedding or night clothing.

One mother, upon discovering her child had pinworms, phoned the doctor only to hear in horror that most adults are infected without even knowing.

If the thought of tiny pinworms makes you uneasy, wait, because there are more. Roundworms and tapeworms from eating tainted pork and beef; hookworms, Guinea worms and filaria that enter and inhabit the blood system are among the many worm-type parasites that can infect people. Roundworms alone infect some 25 percent of the world’s population. They are the second most common intestinal worm next to pinworms in the United States and are particularly common in the Apalachian Mountains and adjacent areas.

Parasitic infection is not something to take lightly according to Dr. Leo Gallard, M.D., of New York City, a specialist in parasitology. Even mild parasitic infection can cause major health problems. His own experience is that over half of the people diagnosed as suffering from irritable bowel syndrome had intestinal parasites. The majority were cured of their symptoms by treating the parasite infection. Of chronic fatigue patients, 82 percent were relieved of their symptoms by treating a parasite infection.

According to Dr. Gillard’s findings, any person with chronic gastrotinal complaints (bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, flatulence, chronic constipation, multiple allergies) and unexplained fatigue should be tested for parasitic infection.

Treatment options
Conventional treatment involves antibiotics and other parasite medicaation. A more natural approach is to use herbs and diet to expel the parasites and kill the eggs. Some time-honoured herbs include black walnut, garlic, wormwood and ginger. NSP’s Para Pak combines several proven herbal remedies in convenient packets for a 10-day cleanse program of many common parasites.

How to avoid parasitic infections

There are several precautions which will help you avoid becoming home to parasites:

From Food

  • Don’t eat raw beef – it can be loaded with tapeworms and other parasites.
  • Don’t eat raw fish – you are almost certain to get worms if you eat raw fish
  • Wash hands after handling raw meat or fish (including shrimp) – don’t put your hands near your mouth without washing them first.
  • Use a separate cutting board for meat and vegetables – spores from meat can seep into the board and contaminate vegetables or anything else you put on the board.
  • Wash utensils thoroughly after cutting meat.
  • Wash vegetables and fruit thoroughly – particularly salad items as they often harbour parasites. Wash in one-half teaspoon of bleach per one gallon of water. Soak for fifteen to twenty minutes. Then soak in fresh water for twenty minutes before refrigerating.
  • Don’t drink from streams and rivers.

From Pets

  • Don’t sleep near your pets-they harbour many worms and other parasites.
  • Deworm your pets regularly and keep their sleeping areas clean.
  • Don’t let pets lick your face.
  • Don’t walk barefoot around animals.

General

  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom
  • Wash your hands after working in the garden – the soil can be contaminated with spores and parasites.

When traveling

  • Don’t drink the water
  • Start taking supplements two weeks before traveling and continue them while you travel.

Source: Alternative Medicine, The Definitive Guide
From Nature’s News Vol. 2/No. 1


NSP’s Para Pak
:  a 10-day cleanse program of many common parasites.


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