Intestinal Parasite Infestation - Do You Have One?
An intestinal parasite is not easily detectable. That’s because parasites don’t want you to know they are around!
They are not book smart like you and I but are instead 'survival' smart! They don’t want you to get rid of them so they hide and lurk in your body. They feed off of you; your cells, your energy, your food, and even the vitamin supplements you take!
This is the common intestinal roundworm. One survey showed 64 percent of the people in the Southeastern U.S. are infected. The female lays about 200,000 eggs per day (which are not killed by heat). Eggs stay viable about one year in soil or sand. Once inside the body, they burrow through the intestinal wall and go into the lymph system. They are visceral larvae migrants and can cause eyesight to go. Their waste creates high molecular proteins. Some waste from these worms may cause allergic reactions.
Talk about an 'Appetite for Destruction'! It has been reported that 85 percent of the adult population in North America has at least one form of intestinal parasite living in their bodies. Some feel that this figure may be as high as 95 percent.
In general terms, that means you and me! In humans, we find that there are a 'host' of 'different hosts'! They will keep feeding off of your body and suck the nutrients right out of it, if you don't get rid of them. They will literally eat you if you don't intervene!
Having an intestinal parasite is a subject that is not talked about a lot in the US. We deworm our cats and dogs, but not ourselves.
It is a subject that most American’s overlook and it appears that most doctors do too! Deworming is a very typical practice in European nations, but not typical in the U.S, however it should be. The US is the junk food capital of the world and JUNK is exactly the kind of foods that parasites love the most!
While I was in Therapeutic Massage Therapy School, a nurse mentioned a story that happened one day while she was on duty in the emergency room of the hospital.
She recalled being at work when a man came in who had suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. She went into the trauma room and saw a horrible site. Besides the fact that the man was bleeding profusely, the man also had numerous 'worms/parasites' crawling out of his wound. She told us it was unreal to see it up close and personal! Kinda makes your skin crawl too, doesn't it?
And guess what? We all have them! Obviously some people have more than others!
How You Get Parasites
If you eat a lot of red meat or drink a lot of tap water, you can be sure that they are lingering and lurking in your intestinal tract and beyond! If you have a 'pooch' in your 'intestinal region' that you just can't seem to get rid of, or have chronic constipation, parasites may very well be the culprit.
Just one intestinal parasite can impair nutrient absorption and the digestive flow in your intestines. If you have parasites, they are robbing your body and will make you feel tired and run down.
The CDC estimates that the number of parasites present in the US alone number in the thousands. These parasites are biochemically complex creatures in their life histories, development, reproductive cycles, nutritional requirements, and disease manifestation. They are categorized according to structure, shape, function, and reproductive ability. They include microscopic organisms (protozoa): roundworms, pinworms, and hookworms (nematoda): tapeworms (cestoda): and flukes (trematoda).
*Did You Know? In earlier times, mothers used to apply a simple piece of scotch tape to their infants rectum during the night. When mom woke up each morning, she would check the tape to see if there were any worms on it. It seems that pinworm parasites like to come out at night! If the child had them, some would get stuck on the tape. That let mom know if their child needed a parasite cleanse, which she would get from the local doctor. Seems like common sense to me!
Other parasitic hosts include; tape worms, white worms, red worms, inch worms, black worms, pin worms, hook worms, thread worms, stickpin worms, little fish worms, fuzz ball worms, and spider worms. YUCK!!!
Most Common Intestinal Parasites
Round worms – can be up to 14 inches. You can get round worms by eating undercooked meat or by handling dogs or cats infested with round worms.
Tapeworms – can be acquired by eating unproperly cooked beef, pork, and fish.
Pinworms – are mostly found in children who get them from other children by touching their infected clothing, toys and dirty hands.
Giardiasis – is a protozoan that is common among travelers. This parasite is found in untreated water, contaminated food, and can be transmitted sexually.
Bistoplasma capsulatum – is an infectious fungus that is found in dirt or in soil. This fungus can cause lung disease.
It’s enough to make you want to borrow your dog or cats meds! But don’t do that! There are a few better ideas you'll want to know about. If you want to get rid of intestinal parasites and keep them gone, there are many things you can do! Check out the additional pages listed below.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.