Parasites Hog Your Nutrients and Pollute Your Body
American Council on Collaborative Medicine, ACCM Health Sense, July 2002
Send the Pests Packing with Nature's Counterattack: Herbals and Cleansing Eradicate Contaminating Invaders.
Infestations of parasitic worms in the intestines and other opportunistic scavengers including nematodes or roundworms (ascarides, hookworms, pinworms, and threadworms), flukes, tapeworms, and single-sell protozoa are alarmingly common even in civilized and affluent countries. (1)(5)(6)(9)
There are from 100-500 different varieties to which humans are host. (1)(5)(6)(9) An estimated 50% of Indian reservations are infected, 55 million children, all elderly are at risk, and in a cross-section of high-income Americans, 20% tested positive for parasites. (9)(12)
Roundworms (Ascaris lumbricoides) are contagious intestinal parasites shaped like earthworms, easily seen with the naked eye, and create internal obstructions due to their large size.(1)(6)(9) The most common of all parasites, over 25% of the population is affected, 4 million in the southeastern U.S. due to soil pollution.(1)(9)(10) Roundworms migrate to the G.I. tract, blood and lymph, and adult worms secrete a foreign protein that creates allergic reactions.(1) Larvae enter from unsanitary conditions or produce grown in infected soil.(1)(6)(10) Symptoms include blood sugar imbalances, abdominal pain, eye or lung infections, grinding of teeth at night, gas, asthma, snoring and weight gain at the full moon.(1)(8) Trichinosis (from pork) is a roundworm disease affecting 1 billion people, with symptoms of food poisoning, which can lead to muscle and neurological damage.(1)(6)(9)
Pinworms are the country's most predominant infestation in children and are small, white threadlike organisms that cause severe itching (at night when worms migrate from the anus to lay eggs), with insomnia and restlessness.(1)(6)
Tapeworms can live 25 years and measure up to 30 feet.(6)(8)(10) These ribbon-life platyhelminthes are associated with reduced appetite, depletion of vitamin B12 and folic acid, dizziness and abdominal pain.(1)(6)(8) Threadworms from drinking water create a bronchial cough, diarrhea, gas, and tiny red abrasions that itch.
Parasites cause deficits of vitamin A, B6, B12, iron calcium and magnesium (thus result in malnutrition), block absorption and diminish immunity, leaving patients susceptible to serious diseases.(6)(8)(9)(10) Symptoms may appear in all systems of the body, often seeming unrelated, including flu-like illness, confusion, nausea, and tiredness.(1)(8)(9) Even stool samples may fail to show evidence. Parasite infections often go undetected for years due to delayed onset of symptoms. Most exhibit diarrhea, although constipation is common due to nests. Parasites occur in children more than adults and are behind many other disorders (especially in the colon).(6)(8)(9)(12) All members of a family should be checked if one has experienced an infection, including pets.(6)(7)
Predisposing factors include malnutrition, a compromised immune system, and chemical or metal poisoning, and pre-existing viral, fungal or bacterial infections (especially Candida, AIDS and chronic fatigue).(1)(12) Worms thrive on sugar, thus carbohydrate intake should be reduced. Parasitologists say scavenger organisms out-number any other species and also take the form of fungi, viruses, bacteria and certain insects. Treating the patient with multi-faceted natural therapies is the most effective.
Parasites can be present in any disease state and experts contend they are found in every cancer patient, notably Fasciolopsis buskii, a flatworm also common to HIV, Alzeheimer's, Crohn's and endometriosis. It resides in the intestinal tract and can produce 1,000 eggs per bowel movement over a period of years. Over 600 million people are infected with the blood fluke, Schistosoma that resides in ponds. Flukes are especially prolific in the presence of toxic solvents (mutagens), one of which is wood alcohol found in commercial beverages (the end product of aspartame), and can lead to diabetes. Patients with environmental allergies typically have sheep liver flukes in the bile ducts causing liver contamination, often the result of mercury poisoning from dental amalgam. Sheep liver and pancreatic flukes are causative in Crohn's disease.