Like most people, you probably don’t think of parasites as posing any real threat to your health. Yet, it’s now estimated that up to 80 per cent of people in the UK may be harbouring some form of parasite!
This is hardly surprising considering as many as 1,000 different kinds of parasites can invade the human body. These can range greatly in size, from tiny amoebae through to huge tapeworms growing to over 30ft long!
These hidden enemies can have a detrimental effect on your health, depleting your body of essential nutrients, weakening your immune system and creating harmful toxins. In serious cases they can cause toxaemia, anaemia, and even damage your body’s vital organs, which can be fatal.
Typical symptoms include abdominal pain and swelling, disturbed sleep, aches and pains. You may also experience fatigue, constipation or diarrhoea, headaches, food cravings, mood swings, weight gain or weight loss, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and skin problems like eczema (Dr. Bernard W. Barber, PhD, BSc, Allied Health Sciences). However, because these symptoms can be linked to any number of other health complaints, parasites are often overlooked by doctors.
Some parasitic worms can live in your body for over 10 years!
Parasites are easily transmitted through contaminated water, dirty hands, undercooked meat, unwashed fruit and vegetables, pets, toilet seats and even from the briefest of bodily contact. Pinworms are the most common form — they settle in your lower intestine and come out at night to lay their eggs around your anal passage. Personal hygiene is very important in the control of pinworms, which if left untreated can lower your immunity, cause chronic fatigue and vaginitis in women.
Tapeworms are usually contracted from eating raw or insufficiently cooked meats and fish such as sushi. The tapeworms’ head is armed with hooks and suckers, which cling to your intestinal wall. Here it can live and feed off you for over 10 years, shedding segments of its body, which produce eggs! If left untreated, tapeworms can damage your intestinal wall, affect your ability to absorb nutrients and lead to chronic anaemia, weakness and fatigue.
Another type of worm is trichinella, which is contracted from eating undercooked pork. The worms mature in your intestinal tract, causing diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. They lay eggs, and their larvae migrate from the intestines to other parts of your body, lodging themselves in muscle tissue. This can lead to painful swelling and fever-like symptoms.
Why it’s best to assume you have parasites, rather than rely on inaccurate tests
To find out if you’re suffering from an intestinal parasite, your doctor will take a stool sample and send it to a lab for analysis. However, you should be aware that false negative results often come back.
For blood-borne parasites, a sample of your blood is examined under a microscope. Here too, false negatives are common. Organ and muscle biopsies can also be taken, however this procedure is even more inaccurate than the previous two, unless infection is at a very advanced stage.
As a general rule of thumb, if you’re feeling rundown and experience any of the symptoms outlined above – despite following a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep and taking nutritional supplements – it’s best to assume you have them. Especially as over 80 per cent of us are thought to do so. Fortunately there are simple steps you can take to both prevent and eliminate harmful parasites.
A low-carb diet starves parasites of their favourite foods
To prevent parasites, always wash fruit and vegetables, cook meat and fish well, drink filtered water, never let pets lick your face or eat from your crockery, wash your hands after handling pets or working outdoors and clean toilet seats regularly.
It’s also important to eat a healthy diet to maintain a strong immune system. Eat a diet high in protein, which encourages your body to produce antibodies – and the fatty acids deter parasites’ attempts to cling to your intestinal walls. Limiting your carbohydrate intake also helps, as microbes love to feed on the sugars from simple carbohydrates.
How to safely rid your body of harmful parasites and prevent their return
Orthodox medicine seems to have a drug for almost every known parasite. However, most of these – including metranidazole, piperazine, and niclosamide – can be extremely toxic. Even at normal doses, they can cause nausea and vomiting.
As many people often get several types of parasite at once, and each anti-parasite drug is only capable of killing a couple of these, it’s not hard to imagine the health complications that can develop from taking more than one of these potent drugs. However, natural remedies offer a far safer option, and are just as effective… if not more so.
One of the best herbal combinations for the elimination of parasites is: Black Walnut and Wormwood (which can kill at least 100 parasites) and Cloves (which destroy the eggs) (The Cure for all Diseases, Dr. Hulda Clark). They’re available to take in a product called ‘Para-Free’, which contains additional herbs and nutrients, to help expel all types of parasites. The dosage is three tablets in the morning and two in the evening for 24 days, then a break of five days to allow any eggs to hatch, and then the same dosage for another 24 days.
As the parasites begin to weaken and die, they need to be removed from your body. This is accomplished using a fibre supplement of psyllium husks, with supporting herbs for colon cleansing, to help flush them out of your intestinal tract. A good product that contains these is ‘Feelin’ Good’ – take six tablets a day. You then need to boost your immunity and help prevent re-infestation. Try ‘Maximol Solutions’, which is rich in healthful minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and plant extracts.
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