Today we’re going to talk about something that might make some people squirm. It’s a discussion that we need to have as it affects almost ALL of us.
Parasites are organisms that feed on other organisms. They are opportunistic and they feed off of the foods that you eat and the blood and cells in your body! They release toxins into your blood stream and make it a full time task for the liver to detox them out. It puts an excessive load on your immune system and puts your body in a constant state of chronic stress.
Experts believe that close to 80-90% of the population have some sort of pathogen infection in their body. Yes, you too probably have some type of parasite. I know. It’s a freaky thought. Let’s talk a little more about how this happens and why so many people are affected by parasites.
How do you get a parasite?
There are a number of ways to contract a parasite. Have you ever traveled abroad? Well you don’t have to visit a third world country to come into contact with a parasite or even leave this country for that matter. Parasites are just about everywhere.
Food is the most common way they enter your body. Ever eaten raw or undercooked meats or seafood… sushi anybody? Have you eaten un-washed produce, maybe unknowingly from a restaurant? Eww. Do you have pets or come into contact with any fecal matter? If so, then you probably have been infected by some sort of pathogen.
You can also contract them from already infected people through hand shaking, kissing and even sharing a beverage. And don’t think that kids aren’t subject to this issue, playgrounds are breeding with bugs. Children are prime targets as they usually have undeveloped immune systems, unprepared to fight these buggers off.
It’s amazing how many people are affected, or I should say “infected” and don’t even know it! The symptoms are so common to people nowadays that they just think it’s normal to feel that way. Or, they think it’s something else causing the symptoms, since they are the same indicators for many other conditions. Unfortunately, most Doctors dismiss the idea that you may have a parasite. It’s very uncommon for them to suggest a lab test to rule it out. They’re more likely to give you an antibiotic or steroid or any other prescription and send you on your way with no real diagnosis or resolution. Because of this, so many people go untreated. Let’s take a look at what you might be experiencing if you had a parasite.
What are the symptoms?
- gas and bloating
- irritable bowel syndrome
- joint and muscle aches
- sugar cravings
- skin conditions
- irritation/itching at nose, ears, eyes, anus
- rashes, hives, eczema
- sleep disorders
- hyperactivity, anxiety
- teeth grinding
- chronic fatigue
- fuzzy thinking
- runny nose
- blisters on lower lip inside mouth
- loss of appetite
- unexplained infertility
- bad taste in the mouth
- may have trouble gaining weight, children especially
- long-term presence may contribute to the development of food allergies
- dark areas under eyes
- yeast/candida infection, especially if it returns
What kinds of pathogens are people affected with?
There are bacteria, yeasts, fungi and parasites. Everyone has bacteria in their gut. There are hundreds of thousands of types of bacteria. We have good bacteria and we have bad bacteria. The goal is to keep the beneficial organisms in higher populations than the bad ones, and that is why it is so important to take a good probiotic and eat fermented foods which provide you with the good bacteria that you need in your gut.
As far as yeast, we find candida albicans, Aspergillus and Penicillium. Everyone has some amount of candida albicans in them and that is normal. It is when this candida overgrows and takes over that we have a problem. The most common symptom of candida overgrowth is intense or persistent sugar cravings, as well as brain fog, fatigue, skin issues, constipation and diarrhea.
Below are some of the other common, nasty pathogens we find in people.
- Blastocyctis Hominis
- Entamoeba Histolytica
- Cryptosporidium parvum
- Giardia lamblia
- Endolimax Nana
- Iodamoeba Butschlii
- Entamoeba Coli
- Chilomastix Mesneli
- Entamoeba Hartmani
- Dientamoeba Fragilis
- Entamoeba Coli
How do you treat a parasite naturally?
Depending on what we find, we will use an all natural therapeutic protocol with anti-fungals, anti-bacterials and/or anti-parasite complexes. We always use a gut repair protocol as well. The lining of the gut is always affected when there is an infection of this kind, and it is SO IMPORTANT to have a healthy, functioning gut to ward off invaders, protect against food allergens and bolster the immune system. Gut health also affects the thyroid, adrenals and brain function. Gut health is extremely important!
What happens if you do not ever treat it?
You may have an infection that has gone undetected for many years, but I assure you that it is wreaking havoc inside you, whether you know it or not. An infection like this can keep the body in a state of chronic stress and can be a source of adrenal exhaustion, mal-digestion, mal-absorption, toxicity, elimination problems and mucosal barrier problems. The longer the body stays in chronic stress, the more chances of progressing to later stages of adrenal fatigue. Pathogens are a significant hidden stressor on the body, and a definite blocking factor to achieving any health.
There is also the possibility of migration to other tissues and organs that are distant to the GI tract, which can cause a whole host of new problems and are much more difficult to detect and to treat.
How can you test to see if YOU have any critters inside of you?
As a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, I see people all the time who exhibit symptoms of infection and I always have them run this test. All you have to do to find out if you have a pathogenic infection in your body, is simply take an at-home lab test. The test is a 6 day collection of stool (don’t worry, there are specific instructions on how to do this in the lab kit) and you can do it in the privacy of your own bathroom. It tests for parasites, bacterial overgrowth, yeast and fungi. It comes with a pre-paid FedEx shipping bag, so you just drop it off at any FedEx location and simply wait for me to contact you with the results in about a week! I can send out the kit to you wherever you live, and go over the results by phone/email with a natural therapeutic protocol that will be sure to rid you of any creepy creepers. Please email me for further details on how to get started right away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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