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A “parasite” is any organism that invades and lives at the expense of another organism, known as the host. Parasites include, not only those organisms scientifically categorized as parasites, like protozoa and tapeworms, but also yeasts, fungi, viruses and bacteria. It’s rare that a person is affected only by yeasts, or by one type of germ. People often harbor many species of pathogenic organisms, which contribute to a wide spectrum of health problems ranging from arthritis and diabetes to depression and irritable bowl syndrome.
Have you ever seen an electron microscope picture of a “dust mite?” Can you say, “Science fiction movie?” Well, there’s another mite that’s difficult to see even under a microscope and it likes to get under the top layer of skin and lay it’s eggs. It’s a “parasitic mite.” The doctor will tell you it’s called “scabies.” They are very contagious.
Scabies mites burrow, or tunnel, under the outer layer of skin. Scabies causes pimple-like irritations known as the scabies rash. These mites lay eggs under the skin and feed on blood. The mites are about the size of a pinhead, are nearly transparent, and usually cannot be seen.
Symptoms of scabies:
The most common symptom of scabies is extreme itching, particularly at night. The skin becomes red and blistered. The itching is the result of an allergic reaction to the mites and their waste.
Picture of scabies on baby
The most common areas of skin affected by scabies include: Between the toes and fingers, around the wrist, folds of the elbow, armpits, belt line, abdomen, genitalia, nipples, buttocks, and the groin. Babies and small children may get it on the face, scalp or soles of the feet.
The symptoms of scabies usually appear from two to six weeks after becoming infested. However, people who have previously had scabies can show symptoms within a few days.
How do you get scabies?
Scabies is transferred by direct skin-to-skin contact. It can also be transferred by contact with clothes or bedding that has been contaminated by an infected person. A very common way to get scabies is to shake hands with an infected person. It can also be transmitted during sexual contact.
You cannot get scabies from pets. Scabies mites only infest humans. Scabies mites can only survive for three or four days if they are away from the human body.
You are contagious and can spread scabies until all the mites and eggs are killed by a treatment.
It’s important to start treatment immediately. The longer you wait, the more the mites will spread.
Everyone living with an infected person, as well as intimate contacts, should be treated. Everyone should be treated at the same time to prevent re-infestation with scabies from other persons who might be infected, but do not have any symptoms yet.
Also, the infected persons clothing and bedding needs to be washed in hot water and ironed to kill the mites and all of its eggs.
Fortunately, there is a very safe and effective scabies treatment. This treatment not only eliminates and kills the scabies mites, but also the eggs. It will end the itching and stop the pain and sores. Best of all, it has none of the dangerous side effects of many prescription medications. The best treatment for scabies is Dermisil.
It’s pretty scary to hear there could be some parasite “enemies” living under your skin! Fortunately, it’s not an everyday occurrence for the general population, but there are plenty more that are.
There are parasites that can take up residence “inside your body” too.
Human parasites consist of tiny protozoa and amoebae which can only be seen under a microscope, and parasitic worms and flukes, which are larger. The small protozoa and amoebae are spread to people by air, water, food, insects, animals, and human contact. Parasitic worms are usually acquired when one ingests contaminated meat.
It is the small human parasites that pose the greatest risk to our health. These tiny protozoa and amoebae can travel from the intestines to the bloodstream, muscles, and vital organs where they can impose considerable damage on their hosts. In their resting stage or cyst stage, these parasites are very infectious. They are very small and light, so they can float in the air and become inhaled. Parasites have been linked to cancer, rheumatoid disease, asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, pyorrhea, and other diseases.
Pinworms (enterobius follicularis) – This is one of the most common human parasites in the U.S. This worm makes its home in the host’s colon, but it lays eggs outside of the host’s body. Transmission can occur through unclean hands, clothes, and bed sheets.
Symptoms: irritation and scratching in the anal area.
Hookworms (necator americanus) – This is an intestinal human parasite that begins it’s life outside of the body, in soil or water, where humans become infected. We can drink water that contains hookworm larvae, or we can ingest contaminated fruits and vegetables. This worm attaches itself to the human intestines where it drinks blood (this worm actually has teeth!).
Symptoms: weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, anemia.
Roundworms (ascaris lumbricoides) – One of the most common human parasites in the entire world, these worms are as large as a writing pencil. Roundworm infections are diseases of the digestive tract and other organ systems caused by nematodes. Nematodes are parasitic worms with long, cylindrical bodies. People are infected by ingesting the eggs which can be in the soil, fruits, and vegetables. The eggs find their way from the intestines to various organs where they can cause severe damage.
Symptoms: Weight loss, weakness, infection, abdominal pain.
Tapeworms (taenia solium, diphyllobothrium latum, and taenia saginata) – Common in dogs and cats but rare in humans. To become infected with this parasite, one must swallow fleas that are infected with tapeworm larvae. This worm can take-up residence in the intestines where it will steal valuable nutrients and expel dangerous waste. The human host infected with this worm may not show any symptoms.
Symptoms: mineral imbalance, bloating and gas, dizziness, hunger pains, “fuzzy” thinking, digestive problems, sensitivity to touch, and allergies.
Liver Fluke (clonorchis sinensis) – A flat worm that attacks the host’s liver by causing inflammation and making holes. It can survive inside a human host for approximately 30 years. Humans acquire this parasite through eating undercooked fish, contaminated vegetables, human feces used as fertilizer, or by drinking (or swimming) in contaminated water.
Symptoms: an enlarged liver, pain in the right side of the body, depression, edema, vertigo, bile stones, and cancer.
Giardia lamblia – After pinworm, this is the most common parasitic infection in the U.S. , with several million cases occuring annually. Giardia resides in the intestine (or gall bladder) of it’s host and is spread by fecal contamination and through water. Poor sanitation and unsafe sexual practices contribute to the spread of this parasite. Since it is resistant to chlorination, Giardia can be found in tap water, but it can be found in natural streams as well.
Symptoms: abdominal pain, food sensitivity, vitamin deficiency, diarrhea.
Entamoeba histolytica – This one-celled organism produces a disease called amebiasis. It can be found in water and damp environments, in soil, and it can contaminate fruits and vegetables. This protozoan spreads through fecal contamination. Poor sanitation contributes to infection, unsafe sexual practices, and it can spread through crops that are fertilized with human waste. Although most people with E. histolytica don’t have symptoms, this parasites is the leading cause of death by protozoa after malaria.
Symptoms: abdominal pain, weight loss, weakness, diarrhea.
Cryptosporidium – A single celled parasite that can infect the digestive tract, causing serious gastrointestinal problems. Once again, this parasite is spread when something has come in contact with feces, then finds its way to a person’s mouth. Cryptosporidium can be widely found in the outdoors. It can contaminate public water supplies, and lakes and streams. It can also be spread by food handlers who work in restaurants, as well as child daycare workers. Unsafe sexual practice is another way it can be spread.
Symptoms: stomach pain, diarrhea, “fluish” syptoms.
Toxoplasma gondii – a common, crescent shaped parasite that invades the central nervous system. Humans become infected with this organism by eating undercooked meat or by handling infected cat litter, which can contain eggs. Most people have been exposed to this parasite and show antibodies for it, but only few individuals show symptoms. Those with a compromised immune system are more susceptible.
Symptoms: “fluish” symptoms, fever, chills, fatique, headache.
Human parasite infections are difficult to diagnose because many exhibit only vague symptoms, or no symptoms at all. The following symptoms, however, may indicate human parasite infection:
• Diarrhea with foul-smelling stool that becomes worse in the later part of the day
• Sudden changes in bowel habits (e.g. constipation that is now soft and watery stool)
• Constant rumbling and gurgling in the stomach area unrelated to hunger or eating
• Heartburn or chest pain
• Flulike symptoms such as coughing, fever, and nasal congestion
• Food allergy
• Itching around the nose, ears, and anus, especially at night
• Loss of weight with constant hunger
• Anxiety (caused by the metabolic waste products of the parasites)
Other symptoms of human parasite infections include anemia, blood in the stool, bloating, diarrhea, gas, loss of appetite, intestinal obstruction, nausea, vomiting, sore mouth and gums, excessive nose picking, grinding teeth at night, chronic fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and pains, shortness of breath, skin rashes, depression, and memory loss.
What You Don’t Know About These Enemies CAN Hurt You!
A 46-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of swelling in her left breast. An x-ray examination revealed a 2 x 2 cm nodule in the subcutaneous tissue. Breast cancer was suspected and the resection was performed. When her breast skin was cut open, a white string like parasite came out. This shows the parasite taken from the patient. Neither head nor mouth was observed. This parasite is called a Plerocercoid of Spirometra erinaceieuropaei. Spirometra erinaceieuropaei is a parasite of dogs and cats. Humans become infected with the larval stage (plerocercoid) of this parasite.
It’s disgusting isn’t it? I only included this to help you understand that parasites are very real in our modern world.. in “civilized” society. They don’t care where we live. They’re just looking for a host.
There are 132 known different types of parasites and worms that can survive (and thrive!) in the human body. Most of these “enemies” live inside your colon and small intestine. A few get into your internal organs too (lungs, liver, thyroid, stomach, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, etc.) and on occasion, under your skin (scabies) and your bloodstream. There have even been parasite infestations found in the brain.
Every one of us are consistently being infected and re-infected daily with parasites through food, water, air and earth. In addition they are laying eggs inside our body, multiplying at an alarming rate. It only makes good sense to do at least one or two parasite cleanses a year.
Parasites and worms can cause a wide range of chronic and degenerative health problems. In fact, any long-term cure for almost any disease and chronic ailment must incorporate some form of serious “parasite cleansing” in addition to other therapies applied.
Although we’d rather not think about it, a lot of people reading this article are a host to parasites.
Most people know nothing about parasites, or even want to know, but we should, because they can hurt our health in serious ways. Just because we haven’t “dropped dead” yet, doesn’t mean that their destructive power is not at work inside our bodies right now, “setting us up” for a serious health problem in the near future and a weakened immune system.
Many health practitioners believe that not only do parasites result in symptoms such as those listed above, but they also may be responsible for a number of other health problems. These include environmental illness, hypoglycemia, Crohn’s disease, long-standing obesity, depression, upper respiratory tract ailments, and endometriosis.
Parasites cause these effects because of what they do in the body.
If you’ve never done a “parasite cleanse” at least once in your life.. the time is now! Your health may depend on it.
This can all be done “naturally” without painful medical procedures. Body care doesn’t have to be painful. There are many herbal packages that will naturally cleanse your entire body.