There are hundreds of different parasites in many different shapes and sizes that can take up residence in humans, two thirds of which are microscopic and about one third that are visible to the naked eye. Parasites are often hidden and can end up anywhere in the body, in EVERY organ, in ALL tissues, in the blood and can cause disease.
Do you feel you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, have your stress levels under control but still struggle with health and weight issues?
Then perhaps a parasite is to blame.
If you are harbouring a parasite and don’t know it, then any work you are doing to heal your gut or improve your immune system may be completely undermined until the parasitic infection is treated.
Key Points to Take from this Blog:
Parasites are not always visible to the naked eye and parasitic infections are more common than
you might think.
If you’re infected, you may show no symptoms OR you may be chronically ill with the 3 main symptoms being chronic digestive issues, mental issues such as depression and anxiety, and autoimmune disorders such as ISB or arthritis.
Parasites are often the culprit responsible for almost every medical condition known.
Studies show that 90% of parasite infection are related to a person’s lifestyle, rather than their environment. In other words, you are less likely to get a parasite from drinking tank water than you are from living an unhealthy lifestyle.
The only true defence to parasites is creating an unattractive environment where parasites are unable to thrive which is a highly alkaline body with a strong immune system and a healthy digestive tract.
Most people respond well to natural cleanse treatment, it may take longer in people with severe long term cases or a compromised immune system.
Parasite treatment is recommended twice yearly for prevention and maintenance.
What’s the biggest cause of parasitic infections?
A weakened immune system.
What is the main cause of a weakened immune system?
An overly acidic environment within the body (Imbalance).
What causes an acidic environment?
Dehydration (many of us are chronically dehydrated)
Stress, Inadequate Rest, Insomnia
Sugar, Processed Foods, Gluten, Meat, Dairy
Alcohol, Drugs, Medications
Put simply ……..Our bad habits are a parasite’s life force.
How does our body protect itself from an acidic environment?
Our body creates mucus as a way of protecting delicate tissues from an acidic environment, which creates a perfect breeding ground for parasites.
How do we build and repair the immune system?
Replace bad habits with healthy habits.
What are Parasites?
Parasites are organisms that live in and feed off a living host. They basically feed off the muck in your system as well as rob you of your precious nutrients. A lack of good bacteria inside us has a lot to do with the large number of people that are infected by parasites. We all have parasites, their job is to eat the waste from our system, but most of us have far too many that cause an imbalance and lead to many health problems.
Parasites can be found just about anywhere including; door knobs, keyboards, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, in domesticated animals, in soil, on playground equipment, in day care centers and schools, in lakes, on the beach and in backyards.
Some of the more common types of parasites found in humans
Tapeworms (Flatworm, Cestode)
- Embed their heads into the intestinal wall and remain there.
- Some tapeworms can produce eggs that migrate to other parts of the body.
- They can grow up to 50 feet long – Yes 50 feet long! – and live in a human for up to 30 years. There are more than 5,000 species.
- Some lay as many as one million eggs per day.
- Found in drinking water contaminated with tapeworm eggs or larvae and raw or undercooked meat.
- Live in the small intestine, where they attach themselves to the intestinal wall with a “hook”.
- Usually measure less than half an inch long, and if given the chance can suck blood from the intestinal wall.
- Over 700 million people are estimated to be infected.
- Transmitted through feces and infected soil.
- The most common way to make contact with this type of worm is to walk barefoot on soil infested with hookworm larvae, which can pierce the skin.
Flukes (Trematode, Flatworm)
They mature first in freshwater snails and then complete their life cycle by burrowing through human skin and swimming through veins.
Blood flukes infect more than 200 million people with species of flukes that reside in blood, liver, lungs, pancreas, kidneys, intestines and bladder.
Size varies from 1 to 2.5 centimetres in length.
Blood flukes are prevalent in regions around Africa and Asia or anywhere that contain freshwater snails.
This parasite can lay 200,000 eggs a day and grow up to 15 feet long.
As many as 1 billion people are infected with this one.
They can live in the human intestine for a very long time.
Usually found in soil and stool and can enter the body through the mouth or direct contact with the skin.
A pinworm infection is caused by roundworm and is one of the most common worms.
The most common sign of pinworm infestation is anal itching at night, when the female pinworm migrates to the perineum to lay her eggs.
They live in the colon and rectum, are reasonably harmless and can grow to about half inch.
The eggs are so tiny you can breathe them in if they become airborne.
People get infected when they touch the eggs and end up putting them in their mouths.
Children are the most common carriers with 1 in 5 being infected.
The eggs can survive on bedding, clothing, and other materials.
A good example of a parasite that is microscopic
A blood parasite transmitted by mosquitoes that affects red blood cells, whereby a new generation of parasitic micro bugs will burst from a single red blood cell.
Usually found in tropical regions in Asia, Africa and Central or South America.
- Giardiasis is an infection mainly of the small intestine caused by the parasite Giardia lamblia. It can affect anyone – however it is more common in infants, children and young adults.
- Common symptoms are diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea fatigue and weight loss. Some people have no symptoms but can still pass the disease to others.
Trichinosis worms (Roundworm)
The infection can last for months if untreated
Infection occurs when a person comes into contact with faecal matter and ingests the parasite. Household and child care centres are common places for infection to spread.
- These are passed among animals and humans usually come into contact by consuming undercooked meat that contains the larvae. The larvae matures in the intestines and can travel outside the intestines into muscle and tissue.
Animals such as pigs, cats, rats, foxes, wolves and bears can become infected.
Humans usually become infected with trichinosis when eating undercooked pork or wild game infected with the larvae of a parasitic worm.
Indications you may be carrying a parasite
- Parasites can cause problems that mimic other disorders so they often go undiagnosed or get diagnosed as a different condition. E.g. Depression is often treated with anti-depressant pharmaceuticals to treat the symptom, however the underlying cause may in fact be parasite related and therefore the correct treatment gets missed.
- Not feeling quite right? Parasites can be the root cause of many illnesses. Parasites may even live within the body for years without causing any symptoms at all. When they do, the symptoms can include:
Digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, IBS, leaky gut
Malabsorption of nutrients
Experienced traveler’s diarrhea while abroad
Experienced food poisoning and digestion has not been the same since
Insomnia, trouble falling asleep, waking during the night (particularly between 2-4am)
Skin irritations, rashes, hives, rosacea, eczema, acne, dermatitis
Teeth grinding, drooling in sleep, excessive saliva
Aches and pains in muscles or joints
Fatigue, exhaustion, lethargy
Depression, irritability, anxiety
Strong cravings for processed foods and sugary foods
Anemia or iron deficiency
Blood or mucus in stools
Loss of appetite OR hungry all the time even after meals
Food allergies / Food sensitivities
Recurring yeast infections such as Candida
Flu like complaints
Regular Viral or Bacterial infections
Brittle hair or hair loss
- Weight loss OR inability to lose weight (overweight)
Reproductive problems in women / sexual dysfunction in men
Breathing and respiratory problems
Itching – especially around mouth, nose, ears and bottom
Memory problems and poor concentration
- This very long list of symptoms shows that parasites can cause just about any known symptom. What makes things even more complicated is that one person can harbor a parasite and show NO symptoms, while another person could be infected with the SAME parasite and feel completely devastated and fatigued, without ever knowing that a parasitic infection is at the root of a lingering illness.
If you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms and suspect parasites may be the cause, especially if you’re returning from a trip to another country, it is important to consult your doctor. There are some diagnostic tests available that can determine if you have parasites.
A fecal test involves checking a stool sample for parasites, larvae, or eggs
An endoscopy or colonoscopy can be undertaken when stool samples show no evidence of parasites, and may also help eliminate other causes for your symptoms
Blood tests may detect parasites in the blood
MRI, CT scan, or X-rays can be used to detect parasites
A tape test can be used. This involves placing a piece of tape over the anus and examining in the morning to see any evidence of pinworms or eggs.
Sometimes these testing methods will come up negative even when a parasite exists. You know your body better than anyone and if you feel that parasites may be a cause of your symptoms, then consider an effective method to test for parasites which is the use of Kinesiology. Kinesiology is used in the natural medicine field and is defined primarily as the use of muscle testing to identify imbalances in the body’s structural, chemical and emotional energies to establish the body’s priority healing needs.
If parasites go undiagnosed they can cause a lot of damage:
Parasites cause harm by taking nutrients away from their host causing malabsorption of nutrients
Parasites produce their own toxic waste (from excrement and their death cycles) which negatively affects the human body including the central nervous system
Parasites often create intestinal inflammation and destroy the intestinal lining of the gut as well as create inflammation in the brain (causing mental distress) due to the direct gut-brain relationship
How to get rid of parasites
Starve them using the correct foods.
Kill them with anti-parasitic herbs.
Flush them from the body.
Support the body to heal.
Live well to prevent future infection.
Parasite Killing Herbs
As the body gets cleaned up from an alkaline cleanse and you begin to remove the food sources of the parasites you can then hit them hard with parasite-ridding herbs.
There are three powerful herbs that, when taken together as a liquid extract can rid the body of parasites.
Green Hulls of Black Walnut – its active ingredients are juglone, tannin and iodine which kills the adult stages of parasite. Black walnut has been used for centuries to expel various types of worms, including parasites that cause skin irritations such as ringworm. It oxygenates the blood, which also helps kill parasites. Black walnut is very effective against tapeworms, pinworms, candida and malaria. It is also helpful to reduce blood sugar levels and rid the body of toxins.
Cloves (from the common clove tree) – removes the parasite eggs and creates an environment hostile to further parasitic infection. Cloves contain the most powerful germicidal agent in the herbal kingdom known as eugenol. It also contains caryophyllene which is powerful antimicrobial agents. These components travel through the bloodstream, killing microscopic parasites and parasitic larvae and eggs. Cloves are extremely effective in killing malaria, tuberculosis, scabies and other parasites, viruses and candida. They also destroy all species of Staphylococcus and Streptococcus.
Wormwood (from the Artemisia shrub) – kills the larval stages of the parasites. This is one of the most powerful tools in killing parasites. It is most effective against roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and pinworms. Wormwood contains the potent chemicals thujone and isothujone, which are the primary components that kill parasites. It also contains santonin, an effective remedy for parasitic diseases. Wormwood is the second most bitter herb known to man and is proven powerful against malaria. Wormwood also contains sesquiterpene lactones, which works by weakening the parasites membranes to kill them. Wormwood helps produce bile which helps the liver and gallbladder to function.
Wormwood, clove and black walnut hull must be used together as a single treatment to kill all stages of parasites and avoid reinfection. We recommend using TriPlex which incorporates all three ingredients and can be used in an easy to follow protocol.
How long does it take to get rid of parasites?
Parasites are smart and designed to survive. But so are humans – so it becomes a battle of you against them. Don’t let them win. It may take a few months of combining the above protocols, but once you gain control you will begin to feel your health, vitality and energy return.
If you have a known parasitic infection, antibiotics are not the answer because they kill both good and bad bacteria in your gut. It is best to try the natural approach first, however if symptoms persist then seek advice from a medical expert that specialises in parasites.
How to prevent parasitic infection
We all have parasites. It’s virtually impossible not to come into contact with them as they are just about everywhere. The goal is to keep them at bay by achieving and maintaining a healthy alkaline environment within the body which is unattractive to parasites as they are unable to thrive.
The best way is to stop doing things that cause an unhealthy body. Health is often about what we stop doing moreso that what we put in.
If you experience any of the discussed symptoms, even on a healthy alkaline diet, you may want to consider a parasite cleanse. It is also recommended to parasite cleanse once or twice a year for maintenance and prevention.
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The information provided has been researched from various sources and is intended as general information only and is not intended to substitute or replace medical advice or be a specific treatment plan for any medical condition.