85-95% of adults have parasites in them but don't know it. You may be one of the unlucky ones. The subject of these web pages is terrifying, but the information may help you improve your health...

Parasites are a serious public health threat because so few people are talking about them and even fewer people are listening when they are being discussed.

Parasites are insidious because of the common misconception among medical people and the general public that parasites are generally a Third World problem where malnutrition and poor hygienic practices exist. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Tests often do not show the presence of parasites because the testing procedures are by and large outdated and inadequate.

An article in June 27, 1978, in the Miami Herald states that a nationwide survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in 1976 revealed that one in every six people selected at random had one or more parasites.

Louis Parrish, M.D. a New York City physician who specializes in parasites, wrote in 1991, "based upon my experience, I estimate in the New York metropolitan area that 25 % percent of the population is infected . . . . . . . . Projections for the year 2025 suggest that more than half of the 8.3 billion people on Earth will then be infected with parasitic diseases."

"We have a tremendous parasite problem right here in the United States - it’s just not being identified." - Peter Weina, Ph.D., Chief of Pathobiology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, 1991.

"I strongly believe that every patient with disorders of immune function , including multiple allergies (especially food allergy), and patients with unexplained fatigue or with chronic bowel symptoms should be evaluated for the presence of intestinal parasites." - Leo Galland, M.D. Townsend Letter for Doctors, 1988.

"Make no mistake about it, worms are the most toxic agents in the human body. They are one of the primary underlying causes of disease and are the most basic cause of a compromised immune system ." - Hazel Parcells, D.C., N.D., Ph.D., 1974.

Who Gets Parasites?

Everyone can potentially become a host to parasites.

Let’s look at some of the possible reasons for the rising number of parasitic infections.

  • Rise in international travel.
  • Contamination of municipal and rural water supplies .
  • Increasing use of day-care centers.
  • Influx of refugee and immigrant populations from endemic areas.
  • Return of armed forces from overseas.
  • Continued popularity of household pets.
  • Increasing popularity of exotic regional foods.
  • Use of antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs.
  • The sexual revolution.

There are 4 pathways through which we can get infected:

  • Via food or water which are sources of the roundworm, amoebae, giardia.
  • Via a vector - the mosquito is a carrier of dog heartworm, filaria, malaria; the flea is a carrier of dog tapeworm; the common housefly transmits amebic cysts; the sand fly carries leishmaniasis.
  • Via sexual contact where partners can transmit trichomonas, giardia, amoebae.
  • Through the nose and skin where pinworm eggs and Toxoplasma gondii can be inhaled from contaminated dust, hookworms, schistosomes, and strongyloides can penetrate exposed skin and bare feet.

Another parasitic pathway is the airplane. Extensive international travel has exposed people to a whole range of exotic diseases never before encountered in their homeland.

Why Don’t Doctors Often Diagnose Parasites?

Many parasite-based problems can mimic diseases which are more familiar to most doctors. Roundworm infection has been mis-diagnosed as peptic ulcer. Amoebic colitis is often mis-labeled as ulcerative colitis. Chronic fatigue syndrome and yeast infections may be a chronic case of giardiasis. Diabetes and hypoglycemia may be caused by tapeworm infection.

Parasitology courses (study of human parasites) are usually offered by a tropical disease department which explains why the medical community generally perceives parasites as primarily a foreign concern. In addition, it is difficult to accurately diagnose the problem because the parasite’s own reproductive cycle in which eggs or cysts are passed at irregular intervals makes diagnoses tricky.

What Are Some of The Symptoms of Parasite Infestation?

  • Feel tired most of the time (Chronic Fatigue)?
  • Have digestive problems ? (gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea which come and go but never really clear up)
  • Have gastrointestinal symptoms and bulky stools with excess fat in feces?
  • Suffer with food sensitivities and environmental intolerance?
  • Developed allergic-like reactions and can’t understand why?
  • Have joint and muscle pains and inflammation often assumed to be arthritis?
  • Suffer with anemia or iron deficiency (pernicious anemia)?
  • Have hives, rashes, weeping eczema, cutaneous ulcers, swelling, sores , papular lesions, itchy dermatitis?
  • Suffer with restlessness and anxiety?
  • Experience multiple awakenings during the night?
  • Grind your teeth?
  • Have an excessive amount of bacterial or viral infections?
  • Depressed ?
  • Difficulty gaining or losing weight no matter what you do?
  • Did a candida program which either didn’t help at all or helped somewhat but you still can’t stay away from bread, alcohol, fruit, or fruit juices?
  • Just can’t figure out why you don’t feel really great and neither can your doctor?

The symptoms above are only possible symptoms. Please keep in mind that not every person who has a few of these symptoms should automatically assume that they are infected; however, if you suspect infection or have been unsuccessfully treated for a problem, it is worth doing some specific parasite cleansing.

Let's look deeper into what parasite are and what they do .

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