Is Something Bugging You?

Have you ever felt a tummy upset that never quite went away? Perhaps bloating or occasional pains? Perhaps something is bugging you and you have picked up parasites. And, not just parasites, but also viruses, bacteria, and fungi are living organisms that are found all around us every day. They exist in water and soil, and on all surfaces, pets, and other animals we touch. Many are harmless, but others are quite detrimental and may cause a variety of illnesses, infect different organs of the body, rob you of essential nutrients and sap your energy.

Parasites require a living host to survive and may transfer from one host to another.

Viruses can survive outside of the body. When they infect someone, they often cause respiratory and/or digestive illness.

Bacteria can live inside or outside of the body, infecting any part, especially the digestive tract. Many bacteria can behave like parasites.

Fungi most commonly affect people with weakened immune systems. A fungus may be picked up in damp or rotting environments, by breathing it in, or by touching the soil. It may attack the lungs or other organs and may cause serious health problems.

Contamination sources include, but are not limited to the following:

  • FECAL to MOUTH TRANSFER—for example, using the bathroom or changing a diaper and then touching your mouth or food prior to washing your hands with soap and water, or allowing pets to lick your face, transferring larvae.
  • TRANSFER from SURFACES to MOUTH, EYES, NOSE, EARS, etc.—for example, rubbing your eyes, nose, or private parts without first washing your hands and scrubbing your nails with soap and water.
  • INGESTING CONTAMINATED FOOD or WATER—for example, food left out for extended periods of time without proper refrigeration or foods that are not heated at high enough temperatures.
  • Sitting in sand boxes or on sandy beaches
  • Swimming in contaminated waters or swimming with open wounds
  • Improper protection from insect bites
  • Walking barefoot
  • Eating improperly cleaned raw foods
  • Poor hygiene

Parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi that commonly infect the blood, tissues, and/or digestive tract after a person comes into contact with contaminated soil or water, raw foods, or surfaces, include the following:

  • Cryptosporidium
  • Protozoa
  • Giardia
  • Rotavirus
  • Ectoparasites
  • Salmonella
  • coli
  • Babesiosis
  • Malaria
  • Trichinosis
  • Helminths worms

* For more information about specific diagnoses, consult with your physician.

Parasites—such as pinworms, roundworms, Wuchereria, Giardia, flukes, and tapeworms, as well as fungi and yeasts—such as Candida overgrowth, are known to infest a large percentage of the entire world’s population. This is not just a problem in underdeveloped countries; it is a major factor of disease in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, too.

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Some common symptoms of parasites are:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Digestive issues, stomach pains
  • Diarrhea or Chronic Constipation
  • Skin infections or irritations
  • Rectal itching or pinching
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Acne or skin sores
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Food allergies
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps
  • Bloating
  • Gas

While these and of these symptoms may be from another cause, do not rule out microorganisms as a potential culprit. If concerned, be sure to check in with a medical professional as well as taking herbicides, high doses of probiotics, and anti-parasitic foods may be helpful. Some of these are:

  • Garlic
  • Coconut and coconut oil
  • Onions
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Papaya Seeds and papaya
  • Carrots
  • Berries
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Fermented foods: yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, coconut kefir, etc.
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Raw Honey
  • Cloves
  • Cucumber Seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Wormwood
  • Black Walnut tincture
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Probiotics

Symptoms or not, it is always a good practice to support your body in prevention of parasites as well as practice semi-annual cleanses. The following is a simple 3-7 day parasite treatment using a two popular ingredients that are effective against microorganisms:

Grind into a powder:

  • 10 Tbls. Flax Seeds
  • 1 Cloves

Take 2 Tbls. first thing in the morning with warm water.

This can be repeated every three-six months or as needed.

Additionally, it is essential to modify your eating habits, reducing processed foods, sugars, and saturated fats.Probiotics are defined as live organisms, which confer benefits to the host. Their efficiency was demonstrated for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory infections, and allergic symptoms, but their use is mostly limited to bacterial and viral diseases. During the last decade, probiotics as means for the control of parasite infections were reported covering mainly intestinal diseases but also some nongut infections, that are all of human and veterinary importance. In most cases, evidence for a beneficial effect was obtained by studies using animal models. In a few cases, cellular interactions between probiotics and pathogens or relevant host cells were also investigated using in vitro culture systems. However, molecular mechanisms mediating the beneficial effects are as yet poorly understood. These studies indicate that probiotics might indeed provide a strain-specific protection against parasites, probably through multiple mechanisms. But more unravelling studies are needed to justify probiotic utilisation in therapeutics.

You need a strong and healthy immune system to continuously keep these invaders away.

For more on parasite testing options, prevention, and treatment options and practitioners, go to pages 23-35 Intestinal Health ~ A Practical Guide to Complete Abdominal Comfort