Are You Living With Parasites?

What Are Parasites?

In reality there are few animals on earth that complete their life cycles alone, without the involvement of other organisms. Just as we rely on living plants and animals for food and nourishment, there are organisms that directly rely on us to survive. While many organisms that inhabit the human body are friendly and live in harmony with our systems, some organisms only benefits themselves.

Parasites can be divided into two categories: protozoa, which are single-celled organisms, and helminthes, or worms, which are multi-celled organisms. Harboring parasites in the body can result in numerous health concerns, ranging from abdominal pain to fever, loose stools, loss of appetite and weight, weakened immune function and, in some cases, extreme fatigue.

Parasites can range from microscopic single cell protozoa to worms that are 15 feet long. The most common protozoan parasites in humans are Giardia lamblia, Enteramoeba histolytica, Blastocystis hominis and Crytosporidium. These are mostly picked up from contaminated food and water supplies and poor personal hygiene. The most common arthropods, apart from head lice are mites, ticks and fleas. These can carry other smaller cell wall-free bacteria like Borrelia burgdferi, responsible for Lyme`s disease. The most common worms are pinworms, roundworms, tapeworms, hook worms, Guinea worms and filarial. These can be contracted from traveling in undeveloped regions, contaminated water, pets and meat and fish.

How Do You Get Parasites?

Parasites can be contracted in a variety of ways, such as interaction with human or animal waste, walking barefoot on contaminated soil or by ingesting raw or partially cooked meat or seafood. Outbreaks of parasites are often due to poor sanitary conditions and haphazard food processing and preparation. Traveling can also increase the risk of coming in contact with a parasite.

Most people think parasite infections only occur in undeveloped countries; however, it is now estimated that as many as one out of six Americans for example, have parasite infections. Most of them do not realize it. Acute infections with parasites like Giardia result in explosive or watery diarrhea within 3-5 days of exposure. Acute cases can also result in lowered immunity and nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, weight loss, blackouts, muscular and skeletal pain, blood sugar swings and menstrual irregularities.

Chronic parasite infections have been linked to chronic diseases like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Arthritis. Some people may not experience symptoms from a chronic parasite infection, but others will experience the following symptoms:

   • Intermittent diarrhea and constipation • Indigestion • Rashes • Hives • Flatulence • Bloating • Fatigue
    • Weight loss and inability to gain weight • Allergic reactions to food • Nausea • Mucus in the stool
   • Anorexia • Cramping • Night sweats • Vomiting • Fever • Arthritis

The most common sources or causes of parasite infections are:

   • Contaminated water • Contaminated food • Pets • Foreign Travel • Insects • Sexual intercourse
   • Poor hygiene • Poor food preparation practices • Occasionally infections can even be inhaled.

Eating raw fish or sushi increases your chance of parasitic infections. Only go to good quality sushi bars which sell the freshest produce. Cut out all sugar and white refined carbohydrates as these feed parasites and encourage them to breed.

Foods that Fight Parasites Include Papaya, pomegranate and pineapple have anti-parasitic properties.Other anti-parasitic foods include raw garlic, fresh figs, onions, raw cabbage, kelp, blackberries, finely ground pumpkin seeds and ground almonds. Other good foods are those which feed good bacteria in the gut including bananas, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, oats and salsify.

Cut out coffee, wheat and all cow`s dairy as these can irritate your gut when you have a parasite infection. Drink pure filtered water instead of tap water. Wash utensils after cutting meat and use a separate cutting board for meat. Spores from meat can seep into a cutting board and contaminate vegetables or anything else you put on the board Make sure you wash your hands after handling raw meat and fish. Pets harbor worms and other parasites so do not sleep near your pets. De-worm your pets regularly and keep their sleep areas clean. Do not let pets lick your face and do not let your pet eat off your plate.

info from (10/09) How to Avoid Health Harming Parasites by Alex Howard
and Nature's Secret, formulator of Parastroy Parasite Cleanse

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Parastroy is a comprehensive two part program that stimulates the body's immune defense and creates an environment that is unfriendly to parasites. Many of the ingredients in this program have been successfully used by traditional herbalists for years. Parastroy has been designed to have a general cleansing effect, helping to support detoxification and function of the digestive tract. The two parts of Parastroy, Para-Rid and Para-Sweep, are designed to be taken together as a complete program.
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