In days past importance of de-worming (parasite cleanse) was common knowledge. Seasonally parents would brew a foul smelling and tasting tonic and administer it to everyone in the family. Somehow modern man has developed the idea that we're are no longer a parasite target.
They are wrong, in fact, because of our diets we are even more so. Anyone who bites his or her nails, eats pork, runs around in their bare feet, breathes, or eats packaged foods can contract a parasite infestation.
There is a certain stigma about having worms. It means you are dirty or scummy. NOT TRUE! Experts say that up to 80% of all Americans have at least one type of parasite involvement.
Parasites are not always intestinal worms. They can be in any part of the body: The head, thyroid, mucus in the chest area, or even in the uterus. Oftimes, they are microscopic.
So what constitutes being a parasite? Parasites are organisms that live upon or at the expense of the host.
Rather than focus on each type of parasite, let's focus on the reason for their presence and how to evacuate them from the human body.
Parasites have a function. Decomposing the dead, the unhealthy and the weakened. It is part of nature's system of recycling. Parasites do not like a clean and healthy body, because they have little to feed on. What parasites love is G-A-R-B-A-G-E, and the typical American diet provides plenty.
In the human body most parasites start in the intestine. The intestinal system can be compared to your kitchen's food preparation area and place to eat. It can be thought of as your clean-up and disposal area. If for a long period of time the clean-up area is stacked up with leftovers, and garbage, you are going to attract bugs.
If things are not cleaned up, it's just a matter of time until the bugs invade other parts of the kitchen. Some people's solution is to ingest a chemical to kill the parasites. This is like spraying the disposal area to kill the bugs it may get rid of them, but if you don't clean up the area, others will come.
Some parasites can be found by a conventional stool test if they are a certain few and in the intestinal track.
Some health conditions have been linked to parasitical involvement, such as some: seizures, headaches, allergies, attention deficit disorder, sinusitis, lyme (a parasite that was transmitted from a tick into a person) and chronic fatigue to name just a few.
Many experts suggest that a biannual parasite cleanse be done. Some of the natural methods that have been used historically are, garlic, black walnut, pumpkin, and a combination called All Cell Detox. There is also a 10 day Chinese cleanse called Paracleanse (with Paw Paw).
After a cleanse, here are some tips on how to ward off reinfestation.
Parasites are more common than most people are aware. You can discourage their invasion by keeping your body clean and healthy.
An extraordinary variety of viruses, bacteria, parasites, and organisms stand ready to attack us and feed off our bodies' cells. Using microscopes of varying power, photographers show us a teeming microbial world that we could barely imagine without their help.
The approximate sizes of microbes can be approximated by using the following rule of thumb:
Food and water are the most common sources of parasite and invading organism transmission. Since most of us eat three times a day and drink water frequently throughout the day, our exposure to these sources is constant. Tap water has been found to be contaminated with harmful organisms. Both plant and animal foods carry parasites, and cleaning and cooking methods often do not often destroy them before ingestion. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) cites food as the catalyst behind 80 percent of the pathogenic outbreaks in the U.S. Most are linked to restaurants and delis where less than sanitary conditions exist -- from food preparation and storage to the utensils and servers' hands.
Animals, just like humans, can become infected with parasites and unhealthy organisms. Internally, contaminated water and food can spread the problem to our pets. Externally, animals become infected by organisms on their bodies, especially on their fur, because of exposure to infected animal wastes. Forgetting to wash your hands even one time after handling or cleaning up after your animal can transmit the parasite to you. Pets are a wonderful part of our lives. They provide comfort, companionship, protection, amusement, and unconditional love for their owners. Yet, pets, like humans, are often victims of serious infections that can unintentionally be passed on to their owners. In fact, there is a whole set of diseases classified as 'zoonoses' (animal-transmitted diseases) in parasitology textbooks. Animals are major carriers of harmful organisms, and most physicians, let alone the general public, are seemingly unaware of this fact. Experts have projected that of the 110 million pet dogs and cats in this country, over half may be infected with at least one or more different kinds of harmful organisms. Considering these numbers, the potential for transmission of parasitical invading organism infection from animals to humans is extremely high. Making a parasite cleanse an essential part of an effective health maintenance program for both people and animals alike.
The CDC estimates that the number of parasites present in the United States alone number in the thousands. These harmful organisms are biochemically complex creatures in their life histories, development, reproductive cycles, nutritional requirements, and manifestation. They are categorized according to structure, shape, function, and reproductive ability. These include microscopic organisms (protozoa); roundworms, pinworms, whipworms, and hookworms (nematoda); tapeworms (cestoda); and flukes (trematoda).
Making up approximately 70 percent of all invading organisms, protozoa are invisible to the naked eye. They are one-celled microscopic organisms, but don't let their size fool you. Certain protoans, through their intensely rapid reproductive ability, can take over the intestinal tract of their host; and from there go on to other organs and tissues. Some feed on red blood cells. Some protozoa produce cysts - closed sacs in which they may be safely transported through food and water from one person to another. In the cyst state, protozoans are safe from destruction by human digestive juices. These one-celled 'vampires' can actually destroy the tissues of their hosts. According to experts, an estimated 7 million people across the U.S. have some form of protozoa living inside of them. Common protozoa include: Endolimax nana, Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, Cryptosporidum parvum, Blastocystis hominis, Trichomonas vaginalis, Toxoplasma gondii, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Cryptosporidium muris, Pneumocystis carinii, Plasmodium malariae, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium falciparum, Leishmania donovani, Leishmania tropica, and Leishmania braziliensis.
While the protozoans are only single-celled, nematode creatures are multi cellular. The adult worms multiply by producing eggs called ova or larvae. The eggs usually become infectious in soil or in an intermediate host before humans are infected. It is interesting to note that unless the worm infection is heavy, many individuals do not show signs of infestation. While it may be unpleasant to consider, it is true that the human host can coexist quite comfortably with a few worms, unless they reproduce in great numbers and create organ obstruction. Experts claim that 'some type of worm is already in the intestines of over 75 percent of the world's population'. This is a frightening statement. Common nematode include: Roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), Hookworm (Necator Americanus, Ancylostoma duodenal), Pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis), Roundworm (Toxocara canis, Toxocara cati), Heart worm (Dirofilaria immitis), Strongyloides (Stronglyoides stercoralis), Trichinella (Trichinella spiralis), Filaria (Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, Onchocerca volvulus, Loa loa, Mansonella streptocerca, Mansonella perstans, Mansonella ozzardi), and Anisakine larvae.
Among the oldest known parasites, tapeworms are considered humanity's largest intestinal inhabitant. They each have a scolex (head) that attaches to the intestinal wall. As long as the head remains attached to the intestinal mucosa, a new worm can grow from it. Tapeworms do not contain digestive tracts but get their nourishment by absorbing partially digested substances from the host. They are whitish in color, flat, and ribbon-like, with a covering that is a transparent skin-like layer. Common cestoda include: Beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata), Pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), Fish tapeworm (Diphyllobothrium latum), and Dog tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum).
Trematode are leaf-shaped flatworms also known as flukes. They are parasitic during nearly all of their life-cycle forms. The cycle begins when larvae are released into freshwater by infected snails. The free-swimming larvae can then directly penetrate the skin of the human host or are ingested after encysting in or on various edible, vegetation, fish, or crustaceans. Common trematode include: Intestinal fluke (Fasciolopsis buski), Blood fluke (Schistosoma japonicum, Schistosoma mansoni) Schistosoma haematobium), Liver fluke (Clonorchis sinensis), Oriental lung fluke (Paragonimus westermani), and Sheep liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica).
Dwarf Tape worm