Microorganisms naturally inhabit and move through the body. Some are
harmless, while others cause sickness. Infections can occur when parasites
make their homes in our skin, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, liver, and
other organs. Parasites require a host (e.g. human cells) to live and
Parasitic infections were once thought of as a problem that existed mainly
in under-developed countries. After all, diarrheal disease (from parasites
and bacteria) is the greatest worldwide cause of death. Global travel has
been a major contributor to the spread of parasitic infections in North
America. Contaminated water and food are also major contributors. In
addition, better diagnostic techniques have provided a more accurate
identification of parasites and have led researchers to conclude that
parasitic infections are much more common than previously thought. One
laboratory that specializes in stool analysis states "almost 30 percent of
specimens examined are positive for a parasite."
Diarrhea and abdominal pain are the most common symptoms of a parasitic
infection. However, in many cases of a parasite infection, these symptoms
may not be present. A whole list of symptoms and conditions could be
related to a parasitic infection. Examples include loss of appetite,
fatigue, constipation, depressed immunity, food allergy, fever, chills,
heartburn, stomach pain, inflammatory bowel disease, lower back pain, itchy
anus, rash and skin itching, hives, weight loss, arthritis, bloody stools,
mucus in the stool, colitis, Crohn's disease, flatulence, foul-smelling
stools, mal-absorption, rectal bleeding, mood changes (depression,
irritability), and vomiting.
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Parasites - Intestinal
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LifeSource's Para-Cleanse is designed
to rid your body of a wide range of
harmful human parasites.
Super Prescription # 2 Wormwood
Take 20 drops or 200 mg three times
daily with meals. Wormwood is a common
herbal therapy for parasites and is
generally used in a combination
Super Prescription #3 Coptis (gold
Take 20 drops or 200 mg three times
daily with meals. This Chinese herb has
Super Prescription #4
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Take 500 mg of the capsule form four
times daily or as directed on the
container. Oregano oil has powerful
antibacterial and anti-parasitic
Super Prescription #5 Grapefruit
Take as directed on the container for a
powerful anti-parasitic effect.
Super Prescription #6
Echinacea and Goldenseal
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Products. Take 450 mg daily. Echinacea
& Goldenseal helps fight infections
in the digestive tract.
Super Prescription #7
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Take 500 to 1,000mg. daily. Ginger has
anti-parasitic effects and reduces
intestinal bloating and cramping.
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Parasites interfere with the normal activities of the cells they infect,
which may lead to symptoms and disease. The secretions released by a
parasite can trigger a bodily response in which the immune system attacks
its own tissues. This is known as an autoimmune reaction. Examples include
rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. Not all parasites are necessarily
harmful. Some parasites live symbiotically in the digestive tract. It is
thought that certain parasites become a problem only when the environment
of the body changes. For example, dysbiosis, the imbalance between friendly
and potentially harmful bacteria in the digestive tract-can lead to certain
parasites becoming pathogenic (disease causing). The nutritional status of
a person, as well as a compromised immune system, dictates whether a
parasite can become a problem.
Parasites are commonly transmitted through food that is contaminated with
fecal matter (e.g. from food preparers who do not wash their hands after
going to the restroom), waste, and the water supply.
There are many different types of parasites. Following are some of the
more common ones in North America.
Blastocystis hominis. This parasite is detected in a high number of
stool tests. Researchers are unclear whether it is a pathogen, because
many people carry it but do not have symptoms. However, it can cause
various digestive symptoms, such as cramps, nausea, weight loss,
bloating, and others. It is also associated with conditions like
irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, and arthritis.
Dientamoeba fragilis. Symptoms of this parasite, which resides in the
large intestine, include diarrhea and abdominal pain.
E. histolytica. This amoeba is linked to diarrhea and a variety of
Giardia. This is one of the most common parasites found in humans. It
is transmitted through water, in food, between children in day-care
centers, via a fecal-oral route, or through sexual intercourse.
Epidemics from contaminated streams and community water systems occur
every year in the United States.
Cryptosporidium. This is transmitted through contaminated food and
water and from person-to-person contact. Explosive diarrhea is a common
symptom. This parasite is of particular concern for children who are
HIV-positive, as their immune systems may not be able to fight off the
parasite, making it a life-threatening condition.
Ascaris lumbroides. This parasite causes the most common human worm
infection in the world. Infection is common in the southeastern United
States. In children, it can cause abdominal cramps and malnutrition.
Fecal-oral transmission often occurs via uncooked or unwashed
Hookworm. Hookworm is not as common in the United States as in other
parts of the world, yet cases do occur. It usually causes no symptoms,
although a skin itch may be present. Acute symptoms can include
abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and many others. These
worms can live up to ten years. They are transmitted via direct contact
with soil containing the eggs of hookworms.
Strongyloides. The eggs of these worms can penetrate the skin and
migrate to the lungs and the intestines. Most infections occur via the
fecal-oral route. Infected people may be asymptomatic or may have
various digestive problems. Live and nervous system infection can also
be serious problems.
Trichinosis. Infection occurs from eating undercooked or processed
meat. There may be no symptoms, or else nausea, abdominal cramps,
fever, and muscle pain (larvae can invade muscle tissue) can occur.
The conventional treatment focuses on anti-parasitic medications to
eradicate the infection. Toxicity and side effects vary for each
The first step in treating a parasitic infection is to get a proper
diagnosis. This is mainly dependent on a stool analysis. We highly
recommend using a laboratory that specializes in comprehensive parasitology
testing. Many of the stool tests done by clinics are not sensitive enough
to pick up all the different forms of parasites. Certain blood tests by
your doctor can also help to pinpoint a diagnosis. In some cases, we treat
patients for a parasite infection when they have the symptoms and the
history that match a parasite infection, even though the lab testing does
not show a positive result. Some parasitic infections are hard to detect,
but when diagnosis is uncertain, they should be treated. Natural therapies
work well and should be used for a minimum of two months. One standard that
many natural health practitioners follow is to treat for one additional
month after the symptoms of a parasite infection have cleared. In some
cases, conventional anti-parasitic medication may also be required. Please
note that natural treatment of parasitic infections should be done under
the guidance of a knowledgeable health-care practitioner or doctor.
Pregnant women should not follow the parasitic protocol in this section.
Loss of appetite
Inflammatory bowel disease
Lower back pain
Rash and skin itching
Mucus in stool
Mood changes (depression, irritability)
Contaminated food or water
A weakened immune system
Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut flora)
Fresh garlic, ginger, and onions are excellent as prepared foods, because
they have been shown to have anti-parasitic effects. Raw pumpkin seeds kill
worms and parasites. They can be ground up if desired. Consume 1/4 cup to
1/2 cup daily with 8 oz of water. Papaya juice has anti-worm effects.
Foods to Avoid
Sugar products should be reduced or avoided to optimize the health of your
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been shown to be effective against
some parasites. Take 2 ml or drink a fresh cup of tea four times daily.
Take a probiotics containing at least 4 billion active organisms twice
daily, thirty minutes after meals. It supplies friendly bacteria such
as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus.
A combination parasitic homeopathic remedy helps stimulate the immune
system to fight off an infection. Take as directed on the container.
Propolis has been shown to fight certain parasitic infections, such as
giardia. Take 500 mg or 30 drops four times daily.
Rhubarb (Rheum officinale) is often used in parasite formulas as a
stimulating laxative to help clear the intestines of a parasite. Take
as directed on the container.
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