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Parasites: The Cause Of Your Health Problems?

             By Dr. Mindi Carmack

Parasites within the body occur more often than one would think. Believe it or not there are hundreds of kinds of parasites that can live in the human body. Most people have one kind or another. Parasite epidemics have occurred in New York, Colorado,
Washington and New Hampshire, with serious outbreaks in other states. Parasites can even coat the inside lining of the small
intestine and prevent the lining from absorbing nutrients in food. They can also cause severe constipation by blocking or plugging the alimentary canal. On a world-wide basis, worms outrank cancer as man's deadliest enemy. In fact, the World Health Organization has named parasitic diseases as among the six most harmful infectious diseases in humans.

In Brazil, one parasite called American Trypanosomiasis causes 30% of adult deaths. Relative to other countries, it was thought that North Americans suffered little from parasite diseases because of our "good health," "good nutrition," climate and sanitation. Climate, yes. Sanitation, yes. But the fact that we are one of the sickest nations in the world would reflect poor nutrition. Increasingly poor eating habits are beginning to catch up with each new generation. Parasite diseases in America have increased significantly just in the last two decades. Few medical doctors understand the significance of this. Seldom do they look for parasites in their patients. And then if they suspected parasites, few would know what to look for or how to effectively treat them.

I know of an instance where a doctor who was examining a patient's eyes with a microscope and saw a tiny worm crawl from one part of the eye to the other side and disappear. Parasites may be microscopic in size or as long as 20 feet (or longer). Most of them are not deadly, but they can cause a lot of trouble. Parasite disease symptoms mimic many other diseases, thereby avoiding accurate diagnosis.

Since the medical world does not accept the fact that parasites are abundant in the American people, they have not thoroughly investigated what parasite invasion can do throughout the body. Parasites can live anywhere in the body - be it intestines, lungs, liver, muscles, or brain. One autopsy revealed five tapeworms in a woman's head. If they cause damage to the nerves in the head or spine, symptoms can occur anywhere in the body - from one end to the other. Similarly, if worms are in the intestinal tract, they can cause problems in the heart, liver, kidneys, brain, etc. by their toxic secretions or by reflex disturbance. Some common worms such as roundworms lay over 200,000 eggs a day. Hookworms lay 5,000-10,000 eggs a day and can live for fourteen years. Something to think about!

Here is something else to think about. Have you ever had symptoms of feeling tired most of the time? Are you experiencing digestive problems - gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea - that come and go but never really clear up? Do you suffer from food sensitivities and environmental intolerances? Have you developed allergic-like reactions and can't understand why? Are you depressed? Do you have difficulty gaining or losing weight no matter what you do? Have you even tried a yeast control program that helped to some degree but know you can't stay away from bread, alcohol, fruits, and fruit juices all of your life? Do you sense something is not quite right with you but just can't figure out the cause - and for that matter, neither can your doctor?

If these symptoms and feelings sound familiar, then you may be an unsuspecting victim of the parasite epidemic that is affecting
millions of Americans.

You may be asking how a clean-living person could be infested with parasites. Some of the more serious infections (especially those involving large worms) find their way into the human body when one eats rarely-cooked pork, beef, fish, or other creatures that have eyeballs, legs, fins, or pinchers (yes, this includes crab and lobster).

Touching dogs, cats, and other animals may lead to one's picking up parasite eggs or sometimes parasites themselves. The reason for this is that pets are hosts to numerous parasites and they are unexpected spreaders of disease. There are 240 infectious diseases transmitted by animals to humans. Of these, 65 are transmitted by dogs and 39 by cats. There are 110 million dogs and cats living in America's households, making exposure to some of these diseases significant. One pet food manufacturer says that 89 percent of all house cats in America sleep with their owners. Dog and cat roundworm, hookworm, and cat-transmitted toxoplasmosis can become severe in pregnant women and children and even life-threatening in immunocompromised individuals.

Drinking infected water is a major method of parasite infection. According to Steven Rochlitz, Ph.D., in his book Allergies and
Candida, he states "Giardiasis may be a rampant problem in the U.S. today, since over 50% of our water supply is contaminated with it and unlike bacteria, it is not killed by chlorination. Hundreds of small water systems throughout the country do not have adequate purification systems. In urban as well as rural areas, streams can become contaminated through infected human sewage.

Walking barefooted on infected soil is another way you can be infected by parasites. In the soil, the eggs can become infectious
within two weeks. Soil, grass, and shade help the eggs survive. They usually settle near the top of the soil in a silt layer, which
protects them from destruction by sunlight. Toxocara eggs are very hardy and can survive for years, resisting the most perilous
weather conditions of rain and snow. There are no chemicals that can kill all the toxocara eggs in the soil. While contaminated soil is the primary direct source of infection, children can become infected from the coat of a puppy who has been playing in
contaminated soil.

Antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs are a big problem of parasite infections. Parasites are opportunistic invaders. When the intestinal system is in healthy balance, there is less opportunity for parasitic infestation. Antibiotics, however, kill bacteria
indiscriminately, both the good and bad, upsetting the natural ecology of the gastrointestinal tract and vagina. This often leads to
yeast overgrowth and trichomoniasis. Trichomonas vaginalis is a microscopic parasite that causes foul-smelling vaginal discharge, burning sensation, and inflammation. In some areas of the United States, this condition is found in 50 percent of all women. It is sexually transmitted and when passed to a male partner can cause non-specific urethritis.

The immune system is our first line of defense against invading bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Patients with compromised immune systems or those undergoing immunosuppressive drug therapies for cancer and organ transplants are at greater risk for
toxoplasmosis, an opportunistic infection that attacks the central nervous system, heart, and lungs. While the effects of this
infection in healthy individuals can be asymptomatic, in compromised patients it can be life threatening.

Improperly washed vegetables and fruits are also a constant source of parasite infection. Vegetables known to carry parasites
include watercress, lettuce, and radishes, as well as leafy greens. Even organic fruits and vegetables need to be washed thoroughly. Whether the food is organic or not, I instruct all of my clients to use Nutribiotic to wash their fruits and vegetables. Nutribiotic is derived from grapefruit seed extract, and it does the best job in killing yeast, parasites, and bacteria.

Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own health, and nowhere is this seen more dramatically than in the case of parasites. Parasitic infection remains a neglected disease. Physicians hardly ever suspect parasites as a current American health problem and therefore, rarely ask for a comprehensive lifestyle history. Without this kind of history, parasites can be easily missed because their symptoms mimic a host of diseases. Irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue may be cases of Giardia. Persistent allergy is often a case of roundworm infection, while pinworms may be at the bottom of your child's hyperactivity.

Parasitic infections are a reality in the United States today. Our water, food, pets, restaurants, and day-care centers are all potential sources of infection. But there is no need to become paranoid. We just need to become more responsible and conscious of a problem that many of us are not aware even exists. Parasites can only persist when they have suitable environment. Diets high in sugars, refined carbohydrates, and fiber-depleted foods, and immune systems that have been weakened by these diets and by other environmental consequences of modern-day living, provide the ideal feeding ground for parasites. The problem is not so much "out there" as it is within our bodies.

The body can and will rid itself of the parasites if it has the right natural nutrients. Based on that belief, I have set about to provide you with the information necessary to find the best products to help you. When I seek products, I look for those that will give you the best quality of nutrients and that are very easily absorbed. My years as a Nutritionist have taught me that people do not want to take a handful of pills to feel good.

Here is a list of primary nutrients that I would look for in a nutritional supplement that was designed to kill and eliminate parasites from within the body:

Green Hull Black Walnut: Walnut Hulls are well known for their antiparasitic properties. They are typically used to remove ringworm, tetter, Candida, and other pests. They are primarily effective against the adult and developmental stages of the parasites. Green Hull Black Walnut supply natural iodine (which is lacking in our depleted soils), and manganese. Walnut hulls have been used as an effective blood cleanser, particularly in cases of stubborn skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, impetigo and boils. Walnut hulls have been used in the treatment of systemic poison oak toxins.

Cloves: Cloves are beneficial to the nervous system, and are also very effective in removing various types of worms and parasites. Cloves are the only herb which has been found effective in killing the eggs of the various parasites. This is important because any eggs left behind will soon hatch and start the parasitic cycle anew. Cloves have a definite antiseptic action which helps to prevent and eliminate bacterial infections. Cloves also are particularly useful in alleviating indigestion and nausea, or as a gentle aid for malfunctioning kidneys.

Pumpkin Seed: Pumpkin Seed is taken to eliminate many varieties of worms. Native Americans were known to have chewed on pumpkin seeds as an aid in de-worming.

Gentian Root: Gentian Root helps stimulate circulation, strengthen the circulatory system, and strengthen the muscles of the digestive organs. It is also good for convalescence, especially in the cases of extreme weakness, and is excellent for ridding the body of parasites. Also good for anemia, counteracting the effects of poisons, stimulating the appetite, strengthening the blood, bruises, constipation, urinary infections, and worms.

Hyssop: Hyssop contains an essential hormonal oil to help build resistance to infectious disease. It has been used for poor digestion, breast and lung problems, coughs due to colds, nose and throat infections, and has proven useful for clearing up mucous congestion in the intestines. Also helps with Asthma, regulating blood pressure, bronchitis, external bruising, chronic catarrh, external cuts, dropsy, ear ailments, epilepsy, fever, jaundice, kidney, liver, and spleen problems, external lice, lung ailments, hard phlegm, muscular and external rheumatism, and worms.

Black Seed: Black Seed has many medicinal properties including anti-neoplastic activity. It is also antibacterial, antifungal and antihelminthic (parasitic infestation fighter), and has an immune-enhancing effect on the human T-cell production which helps to
balance and stabilize the immune system. It aids in the healing of acute and chronic illnesses regulating blood pressure, enhancing bile and breast milk production, and stimulating sperm producing tissue. Also helps with arthritis, asthma, gastrointestinal complaints, proper kidney and liver function, and circulatory problems.

Cramp Bark: Cramp Bark is considered one of the best natural remedies for regulating female disorders. It is an excellent relaxant for the ovaries and the uterus, and is commonly used as a uterine sedative and anti-spasmodic. It is also recommended for preventing nervous diseases of pregnancy, after-pains, and cramps. In Russia, the berries are used for regulating high blood
pressure, heart problems, coughs, colds, lung and kidney problems, as well as stomach ulcers.

Peppermint Seed: Peppermint helps to cleanse and strengthen the entire body. It can also be useful for bowel problems, and helps to assist the salivary glands in digestion.

Thyme: Thyme is a powerful antiseptic and tonic with curative powers. It has been used for anemia, bronchial and intestinal problems, and as an antiseptic for tooth decay. It destroys fungal infections such as athlete's foot, and skin parasites such as crabs and lice. It also kills abdominal worms. Also good for bowel problems, bruises, catarrh (inflammation of mucous membranes of the nose and throat), colitis, diarrhea, indigestion, epilepsy, fainting, fever, gastritis, external gout, headaches, heartburn, hysteria, internal infections, laryngitis, leprosy, lung congestion, mastitis, suppressed menstruation, nightmares, paralysis, promoting perspiration, rheumatism, sciatica, sinus problems, throat problems, uterine problems, warts, and whooping cough.

Fennel Seed: Fennel acts as an appetite suppressant and diuretic, and helps to stabilize the nervous system and expel waste material from the body. Fennel improves digestion, and has also proven helpful with coughs and persistent bronchitis due to its mucus-countering and anti-convulsive properties. Also helps with abdominal cramps, female disorders, gas, gout, intestinal problems, promoting lactation, nervous disorders, pinworms, and muscle spasms.

Grapefruit Seed: Grapefruit Seed, well-known as an anti-fungal agent, kills many different types of parasites and assists the body in producing beneficial bacteria.

Using natural supplements that are balanced in their formulations, plus the dietary considerations outlined here, you should experience relief very soon. Depending on your condition and how frequently you take this combination of nutrients, you will be able to improve the quality of your life.

Preparedness Journal
September/October 1995

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