Parasites are infective organisms that can live within a human host and wreak havoc on their health. Here in the Western world most people think parasites only exist in under developed countries and that we don’t have to worry about them here. It’s interesting to note, that some sources estimate that at least one in four people are infected with intestinal parasites (Global Healing Centre).
Parasitic eggs from flukes have been found in swimming pools, hot tubs, gym floors, public bathrooms, airlines seats, toilet flush levers, on raw foods like in salad bars, etc. The eggs are difficult to kill and are often even found in municipal water supplies.
Not only that but we can get parasites from our pets – we de-worm them but what about if the parasite has already been picked up by us? We never de-worm ourselves. Then you have undercooked meat (rare steak anyone?), contaminated water supplies, raw food which has been handled by someone with poor hygiene or who is contaminated, some microscopic parasites even travel through the air via sneezing, and then we have food importation, which means we get food from the very same countries that we know have parasites present.
These parasites left in our system, can lead to an accumulation of toxins that can affect nerves, cognition, and even hormone imbalances (many Doctors will stop here with their diagnosis). These symptoms can be so varied and seem so non-related that often doctors end up symptom chasing and never finding the true underlying cause. The most common and early appearing symptoms include gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, poor digestion and assimilation, and food cravings (especially sugar).
Seafood and pork are often two of the most common foods containing parasites. These are also two of the food sources listed in the bible that should be avoided; “And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.”
If you suffer with symptoms that doctors can’t seem to get to the bottom of, then parasites are definitely one to consider!
Check out the 6 week parasite cleanse for help getting started.
To health and happiness,