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Root Cause to Illness: Parasites

Root Cause to Illness: Parasites

Did you know that iron deficiency anemia, asthma, seasonal allergies, skin issues, stomach issues, sugar cravings, teeth grinding, etc. can be because of parasites? Parasites can be a root cause to illnesses in our bodies. When I talk to most of my patients parasites, so many are shocked that they even have them. We live in America where we think that we think we live in a very clean environment and could never get parasites. Don’t you deworm your animals? Why would you not do it to yourself? You’re a mammal too! Most doctors are unaware how prevalent parasitic infections are and tell patients that their thought of being affected with parasites is “all in their head.”  Due to our increasingly toxic environment such as from pollution can exacerbate the parasite problem.

Parasites are the trojan horse that bring in things into our bodies such as viruses, Lyme, candida, heavy metals, h. Pylori, E. Coli, Salmonella, or Staphylococcus. They are also like sponges and can handle 7 to 8 times their weight in these same things. When they bring in these infections and toxins it causes mineral deficiencies, and other health issues. Its almost impossible to address health related issues, if you don’t work with a provider that is educated in how to properly parasite cleanse.

Where can I get parasites from?

I often get asked where do we even get parasites from? We can get exposed from parasites from:

  • Food that is uncooked meat, pork, sushi, raw vegetables, and/or fruits.
  • Pets (cat litter,
  • Bedding
  • Door Handles
  • Toys
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Water from lakes, pools, streams, or drinking.
  • Toilet Seats
  • Shaking Hands
  • From our family members
  • Traveling

Parasites are pathogens that live on, or inside other organisms plus they depend on the host for nourishment. They can range in size from being microscopic to easily be seen by the naked eye. An adult tapeworm, for example, can reach a length of more than 49 feet. Remember that 70 percent of parasites cannot be seen with the naked eye. Some of the microscopic parasites live inside cells for example fat cells or red blood cells and the larger ones like the parasitic worms more likely live in the areas between cells. Parasites can occupy the brain, gut, liver, lungs, lymph, muscles, and other organs and tissues.

Also, parasites can disrupt and obstruct parts of organ function. For example, some worms can block the valves between intestines or clog bile ducts. (11, 12, 13)

They also use various tactics to evade and manipulate the immune system. For example, single-celled parasites can change the proteins on their surface, so the immune cells don’t recognize them. (13, 14, 15)

And some parasites alter their form — such as changing into a protective cyst — to evade the immune system.

What are the signs and symptoms of parasites?

  • Stomach Pain/Cramps
  • Bloating/gassy
  • SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
  • Weight Gain
  • Sugar Cravings
  • Restless Sleep/Insomnia
  • Skin Issues (acne, eczema, hives, itching, raches)
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Irritable/Depression/Anxiety
  • Dark Circles Under the Eye
  • Vertical Wrinkles Around the Mouth
  • Anemia
  • White Spots on the Nails/Low Zinc
  • Vitamin B6 Deficiency
  • Increased Symptoms Around the Full Moon
  • Anal Itching
  • Allergies/Food Sensitivities
  • Frequent Colds/Flu/Sore Throat
  • Eye Floaters