Parasites aren’t just worms; they’re also fungus, candida, cytoplasms, bacteria, viruses and basically, any harmful organism that lives off you.
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).
Acute infections can cause diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea, itching, hives, rashes and insomnia to name a few. But these organisms can also live in the system for a long time leading to chronic health issues. These include memory problems, poor concentration, poor gut health, rashes, insomnia, increased cold / flu incidences, joint and muscle pain, abdominal pain and more.
Further, it is not uncommon that long-term parasitic infection can cause leaky gut syndrome, where the lining of the digestive tract is so damaged that particles that should get eliminated, end up passing from the intestines into the bloodstream and cause the immune system to go haywire. This also can often lead to the development of food allergies, and the overgrowth of other pathogenic organisms such as candida and H. pylori.
This is why in the Wellness Programme I focus on tackling pathogens as one of the potential causes of poor gut health, something many other gut healing programmes don’t even consider.
How do we get parasites?
The short answer is, many places.
It’s quite concerning to learn that the fluke parasite for example, have had their eggs fund just about anywhere! Such as 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.
Once we’ve picked up the eggs these flukes generally hatch and accumulate in the liver and the colon. They are seemingly harmless and we won’t even notice they’ve taken up residency at first, but over time they can lead us to develop nutrient deficiencies (because they steal out nutrients) and detoxification issues (because they have to eliminate somewhere) related to liver congestion.
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).
As you can see the symptoms of parasites are also similar symptoms to poor gut health and high toxicity. That’s why it’s paramount to tackle all three when trying to remedy your digestive disorders. This ensures you are treating the root cause of your symptoms. I passed a parasite myself when healing from my chronic cystic acne, as well as resolving my poor gut health and detoxifying my body. It’s a multi-pronged approach which gets great results!
Because parasites are difficult to avoid picking up, being found pretty much anywhere insanitary or where poor hygiene has been displayed, it’s important we keep our internal environment parasite unfriendly. We do this by maintaining a healthy gut microbiome; in abundance with good bacterias, meaning a strong immune system and an alkaline environment, with low toxicity. This is why I also think it’s important to embark on a gut healing programme once a year. As the adage goes, “prevention is better than cure”. Keep your internal environment healthy and you’ll help prevent long term health issues.
Another interesting consideration is the rise in tapeworms since our rise in eating sushi. Consuming raw, uncooked fish puts us at risk as these worms commonly reside in fish. In Japan, wasabi is an anti-parasitic herb, which is why they often consume wasabi alongside their sushi, as a way to combat any ingestion of a parasite. Unfortunately we haven’t been advised of these traditions and instead, consume raw fish without any mitigating measures.
Peter Olson, a tapeworm expert and a researcher at the Natural History Museum’s life sciences department, says, (referring to the tapeworms that can be found in sushi) “almost certainly something called the broad fish tapeworm … salmon is one of the main ways you would pick it up, if you don’t cook the meat.” The life of the broad fish tapeworm involves more than one host. “A typical life cycle might include a bear that feeds on salmon, then defecates back into the river. The larvae would be passed into the environment and, in the case of an aquatic life cycle like this, it would be eaten by something like a copepod, a little crustacean. When that copepod is eaten by a fish, it would transform into a larval tapeworm and that’s what is being transmitted to a human in this case. That would go to the intestine and grow into this giant worm.” – pretty scary!
As I’ve mentioned before, poor sanitation can lead to their transmission. This is why seafood and pork (pig farming is far from hygienic) are often two of the most common foods containing parasites. I find it really interesting too that I discovered these are two of the food sources listed in the bible that should be avoided. For example;
“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.” – interesting!
Then we have rope worms, a newly-discovered intestinal invader, which may be one of the most frightening and most overlooked parasites plaguing human health today.
Rope worm is different from other known parasites, like roundworms and tapeworms, in that they resemble human feaces and intestinal lining. Dr. Gubarev and Dr. Volinsky, researchers who first introduced the parasite at the 2013 International Chronic Disease conference, estimate that every human being may be infected with some type of rope worm!
Researchers report that mature rope worms affix themselves to the colon wall with the help of suction cup-like bubbles. Food substances have been found in the remains of rope worms, suggesting that once again, these parasites may prevent nutrient absorption. Rope worms have also been shown to release toxins in the body as a waste product, further compromising the health of the human host.
Symptoms specific to rope worm include bloating, gas, frequent illness, headaches, indigestion, heightened allergies, and back pain. Again, varied symptoms with many possible causes, often making it difficult to identify and diagnose a parasitic infection.
This is why all of my clients not only go through colon and liver cleansing to remove the built up toxins, but also a parasite cleanse, which can often be one of the contributors to their condition(s).
Here is an interesting blog from a nurse who suffered with endometriosis for many years. Only when she discovered the possible link between parasites and endometriosis was she finally able to live a life pain-free, get happily married and mother children. (This story actually made me quite emotional!)
If you’re concerned you may have parasites or would like to complete the programme as a preventative measure, send me an email to discuss;
Sending you good health,