As every new year and Spring approaches we all set about cleaning our houses, and making commitments to having healthier lifestyles for the year to come. Some of us succeed and some fall by the way side, but it is not always your fault as there are other internal organisms that have a different agenda to yourself.
Think about it for a moment, if you have pets, dogs, cats, horses you worm them regularly. However when was the last time you wormed yourself??? “Aaaagh” I hear you cry at the thought, however it is a very real necessity and has been done for centuries. However, in our fast techno world these things have fallen by the wayside. Herbs and castor oil were the favourite old remedies. Having lost touch with these old traditions these critters have been able to proliferate and evolve, and are the reason for a great deal of problems – 99% of people have parasites. It is my belief that when your parasitic burden outweighs what your body can cope with, it can then start to have serious adverse affects on your health.
Lets start by having a look at some of the symptoms related to parasites:
- Constipation or Diarrhoea
- Abdominal pain. Cramps
- Cold extremities
- Anal, nose or skin itching
- Leaky Gut
- Unexplained rashes
- A bit of a tummy that does not go away with exercise or diet
They can also affect the central nervous system in a variety of ways:
- Anger and irritability
- Confused thinking
They can also affect your sleep:
- Bruxism, teeth grinding
- Dribbling whilst sleeping
- Sleep disorders
- Constant waking during the night
They can affect physical growth it is not just in third world countries, but here at home too:
- Lack of physical and intellectual growth adequate for the age
- Obsession and compulsion for sweets or very specific foods
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Inability to gain or lose weight
So how do they affect the body apart from taking up a load of space and eating your food. They can be devastating on the body and here is why:
– One type of parasite which is very commonly found in humans are helminths. The word ‘helminth’ is a general term meaning ‘worm’, but there are many different types of them. Soil-transmitted helminthiasis affect more than 2 billion people worldwide. The trouble is these worms show their appreciation for the 5 star smorgasbord you serve them every day by emitting powerful neurotoxins which affect the body:
- MDA – malondialdehyde
So lets have a closer look at what these means.
Histamine: causes inflammation in the body, it can alter your sleep patterns by altering the neuronal waking state more than most other substances.
Malondialdehyde: is naturally occurring and is a measure of free radical activity and oxidative stress. These levels increase especially when people have ascaris lumbrodoides parasites which habitually love to live in the duodenum and lungs. That pesky cough that will not go away may have another reason behind it.
Formaldehyde: is very toxic even in very low doses, studies have shown a strong association between formaldehyde exposure and asthma development in children. The intake of formaldehyde can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and dizziness. It is also used to inactivate bacteria in vaccines.
Ammonia: can be the reason for poor co-ordination, ataxia where your balance and co-ordination are affected, it can cause tremors, seizures, abnormal posturing and delayed growth and lethargy.
Morphine: acts in the intestinal tract, reducing intestinal motility and thereby causing constipation. It is the most abundant alkaloid found in opium, that acts directly on the central nervous system. People may experience euphoria, nervousness, drowsiness, restlessness, or severe headaches, irritability, lost appetite, body aches, severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting and drowsiness.
It can also give you chills, goosebumps, muscle spasms. It can hugely affect your demeanor with anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, amnesia, confusion and at times paranoia. Many of these things you will just pass off as a bad day, or just being under the weather, but please pay attention to how often it is the case.
Overall these are powerful neurotoxins which cumulatively can have a devastating affect on the body. Giving many symptoms which are hard to find the root cause of, if you are not aware of their existence.
Parasites also have favourite supplements. When you are diligently doing your best to ensure you have great health and supplementing with B vitamins especially B12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium these supplements may not be supporting your body, as these appear to be some of the parasites favourite food. So should you find yourself constantly low in these areas of your health this may be one of the reasons. I have had many a patient come to me who has for years suffered with chronic disorders, battling with anaemia and lacking in energy only to find they have probably spent £1000’s of pounds on these supplements over many years which have been feeding a very healthy parasitic load. When you remove the parasites then it is amazing the changes in people’s health.
Parasitic infections or re-infections can be acquired through many ways:
- Contact with an infected person
- Self infection i.e.. through anal to hand to mouth contact. Scratching the anal area, eggs can become lodged under the finger nails and you can guess the rest.
- From mother to foetus
- Handling contaminated objects
- From soil contaminated by human or animal fece
- From eating contaminated raw or undercooked meat
- From eating raw fish – sushi!
- Contaminated water
- Travelling abroad
As you can now see parasites can be everywhere, and as we cannot necessarily see or feel them we tend to be blissfully unaware of their existence. Putting our reduced state of demeanor and health down to having a bad day or just a bit run down at present, or have been a bit stressful of late.
Lets have a look at size and life cycle of some really common ones:
There are basically four types of Tape Worms:
- Pork Tapeworms: are found in undercooked pork. They can affect the eyes and the brain. Once inside the body, the tapeworm egg hatches, penetrates the intestine travels through the blood stream and may develop an infection in the muscles, brain or eyes. Signs and symptoms of infection will depend on where in the body they are located. In the brain they cause headaches and seizures as well as lack of attention, confusion, balance difficulties and swelling of the brain. They can incubate in the human body for up to 30 years before reproducing.
- Fish Tapeworms: this is the largest of the species. It can go to 33 feet in length inside the human body. It causes anaemia, water retention and weight gain as it makes the host uncontrollably hungry. So for all you Sushi lovers – bear this in mind.
- Dog Tapeworms: are passed along to us from cats and dogs through petting and grooming. The tapeworm itself can measure up to 35 feet long and each segment is about the size of a grain of rice.
- Beef Tapeworms: can be 4 meters to 10 meters in length. They can have a life span of 25 years in a human intestine. People acquire the infective larvae from eating undercooked meat (beef). A tapeworm produces an average of 720,000 eggs per day!
Pinworms are generally the reason why young children have itchy bottoms. Humans are considered the only host of pinworms. Children commonly become re-infected in schools, through contact with others, or through anal to hand to mouth contact. They inhabit the large intestine of humans. Females leave eggs around the anus. Eggs are laid between the folds of the anus. Once they are deposited, the eggs are infectious for a period of up to 20 days. Once in the intestine it can take between five and eight weeks to develop into adult worms.
Liver Flukes actually eat your liver and blood, causing problems with fat metabolism and system inflammation.
Lung Flukes cause irritation and inflammation in the upper respiratory tract; symptoms closely mimic that of a bacterial or viral infection – think asthma?
Blood Flukes travel all over the body and into all organs including the brain and spinal cord. They can cause seizures and they can destroy red blood cells.
Intestinal Flukes can be as little as 2 cm long when mature but can grow to 7.5 cm and 2.5 cm wide. It is a common parasite of pigs and humans. They like to inhabit the gut as opposed to the Liver and many tend to be in the area of the small intestine. They can be tough to get rid of with each adult living for approximately a year.
Flukes come from raw fish, undercooked water plants (such as watercress) and are also carried by dogs, cate and the fish eating animals. They are also found in beef, chicken, pork and unwashed vegetables.
Enough said – these critters do not belong in our bodies and they steal your health bit by bit. There are many ways to rid yourself of parasites depending on what your parasitic load is and how robust your immune system is. If you believe you have parasites and can identify with any of the above, please get yourself tested. Once it is established who else is dining with you then they can be addressed and you can go back to enjoying abundant and robust health.
Should you wish to discuss any of the above please contact me directly and I will be happy to try and assist you in whatever way I can.
Be sure to check out my blog on natural parasite cleansing too.
Sources of information: Dr Andreas Kalcker Ph.D, Kerrie Rivera