“Projections for the year 2025 suggest that more than half of the 8.3 billion people on Earth will then be infected with parasitic diseases.” Dr. Louis Parnish, MD, specialist in parasites.
Parasites are not solely a “Third World Problem”, linked with malnutrition and poor hygienic practices, as often believed by the general public and members of the medical profession. A 1976 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that 1 in 6 people is host to one or more parasites. A plethora of cases of parasitic infection exist across the globe, yet go undetected due to a lack of up to date and adequate diagnostic tests.
Some common parasitic infections include:
Roundworms (ascara lumbricoides) – similar in appearance to the earthworm, they produce up to 200,000 eggs daily. Approximately 1,008 million people are infected, making it the most common infection worldwide. Symptoms of infection include abdominal discomfort, asthma, eye pain, insomnia and rashes caused by secretions or waste products from the worms. Large numbers of worms can cause blockages in the intestinal tract, hemorrhage when penetrating the intestinal wall, appendicitis, peritonitis, abscesses in the liver, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, loss of appetite and insufficient absorption of digested foods.
Tapeworms – usually contracted from an intermediate host, such as beef, pork, fish, dogs and cats. In humans, they reside in the intestines where they absorb our nutrients, especially vitamin B-12 and folic acid and give off dangerous waste. Symptoms include intestinal gas, thyroid imbalances, high and low blood sugar, jaundice, bloating, fluid build up during the full moon and “verminous intoxication”.
Flukes – smaller parasites that attach themselves to a variety of organs, including the lungs, heart, intestines, brain, bladder, liver and blood vessels, causing inflammation and damage. Fluke eggs have tiny, protruding spines that can cause damage as they migrate through the body. Infection occurs through consumption of raw or undercooked fish or crab, infected vegetables like water chestnut or watercress, or drinking or wading through infected water.
Hookworm (necator americanus) – larvae penetrate the skin. When hookworms reach adulthood, they can sap the victim’s strength, vitality and overall well-being. Young worms use their teeth to burrow through the intestinal wall and feed on the host’s blood. Symptoms include iron deficiency, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, craving to eat soil, protein deficiency, dry skin and hair, skin irritations, edema, distended abdomen, stunted growth, delayed puberty, mental dullness, cardiac failure and death.
Pinworms (enterobius follicularis) – one in five children are infected. Symptoms are itching and irritation of the anus or vagina, digestive disorders, insomnia, irritability, or nervousness. Female worms crawl out of the anus and lay about 15,000 eggs per day. Once airborne, the eggs can survive about two days anywhere in your living environment.
Dr. Leo Galland states that all patients with disorders affecting immune function (i.e. multiple allergies, especially relating to food) and those suffering with unexplained fatigue or chronic bowel symptoms should be evaluated for the presence of intestinal parasites.