As I started acquiring all this knowledge, I grew more and more
determined, being an editor of a health newsletter to share
these facts with my readers, even though this is no the sort of
topic I would normally discuss openly. I felt that this
information is vitally important and could improve the health of
many and, in some worst case scenarios, even save their lives.
I strongly advise our readers not to toss this article aside,
simply because they think that they can't stomach the subject or
because they feel it doesn't apply to them! By the time you
reach the end of this article, you will realize that this
information is essential for you and those you care about. In
any case, as amazing as it seems, statistics show that 8-9 out
of 10 of us are infected with parasites. It will also become
quite apparent that this phenomenon is much more widespread than
most people in the U.S. think.
"Make no mistake about it, parasites are the most toxic agents
in the human body. They are one of the primary underlying causes
of disease and are the most basic cause of a compromised immune
system." (Dr. Hazel Parcells, D.C.,N.D., Ph.D.)
To find out what a parasite is, we turn to one of America's
foremost parasitic infection specialists, the afore mentioned
Dr. Ross Anderson. "A parasite is an organism that lives off the
host, the host being you or me. The parasite lives a parallel
life inside our bodies, feeding off either our own energy, our
own cells, or food we eat. Parasites are even feeding off the
health supplements we use, thus greatly diminishing their
"In recent medical studies it has been estimated that 85% of the
North American adult population has at least one form of
parasites living in their bodies. Some authorities feel this
figure may be as high as 95%."
Humans can play "host" to over one hundred different kinds of
parasites, ranging from microscopic to several feet long
tapeworms. Contrary to popular belief, parasites are NOT
restricted to our colon alone, but can be found in other parts
of the body; the lungs, the liver, in the muscles and joints, in
the esophagus, the brain, the blood, the skin, and even in the
HOW CAN YOU BECOME INFECTED?
The famous Dr. Zoltan Rona, author of many books and newspaper
columns writes: "The incidents of parasitic disease in North
America is skyrocketing because of increased international
travel, contamination of the water and food supply (ed.: do you
remember a few years ago 400,000 people in Milwaukee, almost
half of that cities population, fell sick due to a water born
parasite which made it's way into the city water supply?) and
the overuse of chemicals, mercury and prescription
antibiotics..... Tapeworms, hookworms, and a long list of
amoebae are far more common in the North American population
than conventional medical experts have led the population to
believe... Parasites are found in highest concentration in
commercial pork products (bacon, ham, hot dogs, cold cuts, pork
chops, etc.). Beef, chicken, lamb, and even fish are
Obviously this is not good news for any society that typically
consumes a lot of meat and meat products. For example, the pork
tapeworm can infect us if we consume sausage, ham, bacon, or
other pork products. We tend to think that tapeworms can only
infect our intestines, yet the tapeworm's larvae can actually be
found in our central nervous system, muscles, and even in the
heart, eyes and brain.
"In terms of numbers, there are more parasitic infections
acquired in this country than in Africa." (Dr. Frank Nova, Chief
of the Laboratory for Parasitic Diseases of the National
Institute of Health)
If you later view the pictures of the various and often
extremely long parasites (see parasites link) you probably
wonder how such beasts could live inside our bodies without us
being aware of them? "The answer to this is simple," writes Dr.
Anderson. "The purpose of a parasite is not to make itself
known. A parasite lives without being detected because if it is
detected, of course, something is going to be done to eradicate
it. If you think parasites are stupid, think again. They are
highly intelligent organisms. Not intelligent in the same way
humans are, but they are intelligent in their ability to survive
and reproduce, which is of course the purpose of any organism on
So how can a parasite exist in the body without making it's
presence known? In fact, many people are indeed aware of them.
If you know how to read your body and how to interpret its
signals, then the presence of a parasite can be determined quite
easily by many people. However, if you accept that it's normal
to have low energy levels and health challenges, that it's
normal to have skin rashes, pains, frequent colds, flu and
constipation ( the list of things parasites can cause is very
long) then you may never know whether you have parasites."
Dr. Thomas J. Brooks writes in his book The Essentials of
Medical Parasitology: "Tapeworms are among the oldest
parasites of the human race. Indeed, some species have become so
well adapted to life in the human intestine, that the host (man)
may be entirely asymptomatic."
The traditional method for checking for parasites is examining
the stool. Unfortunately, this test is frequently unreliable.
The only way to detect parasites in a stool is if the eggs are
noticed under a microscope. If, however, the parasite living in
your body did not lay eggs during that period, it's presence can
go undetected. Some doctors recommend 3 stool samples taken at
different time periods, but unfortunately this isn't always
enough either, since parasites don't always have regular "egg
It's also important to note the incredible quantity of eggs of
which parasites can lay. For example, a female hook worm can lay
10,000 - 25,000 eggs at a time. The pictured round worm can grow
up to sixteen inches long (40 cm) and is capable of laying
200,000 eggs PER DAY. The longest can be caught from eating fish
and is appropriately named a fish tape worm; a mature adult can
reach an incredible 30 feet (9 meters) in length and can lay
"We have a tremendous parasite problem right here in the U.S.,
it is just not being addressed." (Dr. Peter Wina, Chief of the
Patho-Biology in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research)
What telltale signs might we find that could indicate parasites'
presence in our bodies? The possible symptoms are almost
endless. Some of the most widespread symptoms are listed below.
These "intelligent" creatures are sometimes so clever that they
can mask their presence through some of the most common diseases
around. That is why so many nutrition experts recommend doing a
parasite cleanse to all those suffering from every day ailments
that traditional medicine was not able to address.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF PARASITES IN HUMANS
can actually be blocked by the presence of worms, particularly
those of larger size. Normal elimination may no longer occur
when worms block the common bile duct and intestinal tract.
GAS AND BLOATING: Many parasites make their home in the small
intestine. In fact, gas and bloating can often be a red flag for
parasite invasion, which causes the inflammation and irritation
of that region of the colon. Distention, bloating, gas, and
other symptoms can appear in various degrees for many months or
many years if the problem is not properly addressed.
DIARRHEA: Diarrhea itself may, in fact, be an actual function
of an invading parasite. Some parasites, especially protozoa,
produce a hormone like substance which depletes the body of
chloride and sodium, resulting in watery and frequent stools.
PAINS OR ACHES IN THE BACK, JOINTS, OR MUSCLES: According to a
1998 book The Parasite Menace and the American Medical
Association, doctors correctly diagnose a disease only 16% of
the time and the average laboratory diagnosis correctly about
20%. For example, it's not uncommon for parasites to become
enclosed in a sac within joint fluid. Worms have been known to
do the same in muscle tissue. As a result, there is pain, which
may be frequently mistaken for arthritis, or other joint
disorders. Pain and swelling may also occur due to the body's
immune system responding to the presence of parasites, or from
tissue damage due to irritation by parasites.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: Gastrointestinal
symptoms, caused by parasites disrupting the condition of the
intestinal cell wall, can lead to malabsorption of important
nutrients, especially essential fats. These fats, used by our
bodies to run smoothly and efficiently, are vital for optimal
body functioning. Many people assume that chronic digestive
problems, pains in the stomach, fatigue and other vague symptoms
are just something you have to live with, however, many of these
problems can indeed be caused by parasites living within.
ALLERGIES: Irritation and breakage of the
intestinal lining due to parasitic activity can increase bowel
permeability to undigested food. This can result in the body's
increased production of eosinophiles (a type of dense cells in
the body). These cells can inflame tissue and cause an allergic
reaction. That's why those who have allergies often have high
levels of eosinophiles.
EATING MORE THAN NORMAL BUT STILL BEING
HUNGRY, ITCHY EARS, NOSE, UNPLEASANT SENSATIONS IN THE STOMACH,
ETC.: These are often associated with other diseases. But can
also be a sign of a severe parasite infestation. Other possible
symptoms of parasites are: problems with the menstrual cycle in
women, lips dry during the day and/or moist at night, sexual
dysfunction, and even bed wetting.
NERVOUSNESS OR GRUMPINESS: Your nervous
system can easily be irritated by the parasites' metabolic waste
and toxins resulting in anxiety, agitation or restlessness, and
cause people to be moody, nervous, grumpy, easily upset or
impatient. Perhaps that is why after completing a parasite
cleansing program, many people swear that their persistently
grouchy relatives or friends have become a lot more pleasant and
patient. Maria Callas, a legendary opera, was overweight, had
skin problems and mood swings. After discovering she had tape
worms and getting rid of them, her skin problems eased, she lost
weight, and her temper significantly improved.
CHRONIC FATIGUE, LETHARGY OR APATHY: Improper
absorption of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and other nutrients
and vitamins can result when parasites rob these from our bodies
or cause intestinal damage. Several physical and mental symptoms
of chronic fatigue or general weakness can result. These include
lack of concentration, difficulty with memory, feeling
lethargic, weak or sluggish, lack of motivation, apathy,
depression, slow reflexes or flu like symptoms.
VARIOUS SKIN PROBLEMS: Protozoan parasites
can cause a variety of skin conditions, including acne,
swelling, sores, ulcers, lesions, dermatitis, cutaneous
leishmaniasis (leishmania), skin rashes, hives, weeping eczma,
and more. Further more, in this day and age of widespread
international travel it's easy to pick up parasites while
traveling or from those traveling to the U.S.
PROBLEMS SLEEPING: When the body eliminates
metabolic and toxic wastes (including those produced by the
parasites) through the liver, restlessness and awakenings can
occur during the night resulting in problems in sleeping. Two
other possible symptoms of parasites presence are excessive yet
un refreshing sleep and a strong urge to nap during the day.
NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES AND ANEMIA: Intestinal
worms can leech essential nutrients from our bodies when they
attach themselves to intestinal lining. If their numbers are
sufficient, they can create a severe iron deficiency called
pernicious anemia which is also linked to a deficiency of
vitamin B-12 (deficiency of B-12 can also be caused by a
parasite infestation in the body).
IMMUNE SYSTEM PROBLEMS: Giardia and other
parasites can significantly reduce the production of
immunoglobulin A, our bodies major source of sercretory
antibodies, and thus can depress our immunity. Over time, by
wearing down the immune system in this manner, parasites can
seriously inhibit the bodies ability in battling viral and
bacterial infections. A healthy and well functioning immune
system is our key to staying healthy and disease free.
TOOTH GRINDING OR CLENCHING: According to
"Parasites: An epidemic in disguise", 25% to as many as 90% of
the children of the U.S. have pin worms. Many have other kinds
of parasites. One condition, most noticeable in children,
bruxism -or unconscious grinding, gritting or clenching of the
teeth during sleep -has been observed in some people with
parasites. This can be a nervous system response to the presence
of parasites and it's effect on the body.
EXCESS WEIGHT, FORGETFULNESS, BLURRY OR
UNCLEAR VISION AND SO ON: The following may also be tell tale
signs of a parasitic invasion: weight gain, excessive hunger,
weight loss or loss of appetite, asthma, bad taste in the mouth
and bad breath, diabetes, migraines and as incredible as it may
sound, even the biggest killers: heart disease and cancer.
Some of the experts are quite cautious about this subject and
will only acknowledge a "possible" link between parasites
and these diseases. Other doctors, like the much quoted Dr.
Hulda Clark, in her ground breaking books "The Cure for
All Cancers" and "The Cure for All diseases" claims that most
cancers are caused by the "fasciolopsis buskii" parasite and
that every single one of her cancer patients had parasites.
Although the doctor's point of view is based on hundreds of
well documented case histories, her skillfully argued view can
be considered by some to be controversial. Yet some of us may
wonder at this point why all the worlds doctors are presumably
trying to find a way to help prevent cancer and heart
disease if the answer is simpler than we think.
The politics of disease treatment is a hotly debated subject
and a topic of many future articles. We recommend to our readers
by Dr. James P. Carter, M.D, Ph.D., "Racketeering in Medicine:
The Sup-pression of Alternatives" which clearly demonstrates,
with the help of mountains of evidence, how the pharmaceutical
and medical establishments try to systematically deny Americans
bona-fied therapies by dismissing them as quackery and persecute
and discredit alternative medicine, doctors, and health care
providers. They stand to lose large profits built into the
prescription drugs, surgeries and other expensive solutions, and
they know it.
The quickest way for parasite larva to enter our bodies is
through contaminated foods, improperly washed fruit and
vegetables, and insufficiently cooked meats and fish:
"I was working on the fishing boats; my captain was of
Norwegian descent, and would always get a little salmon and dry
it out and offer me chunks of this fresh salmon. I would refuse.
Several years later he came in to see me at my practice, and I
found out that he had passed a 20 foot and 8 foot tapeworm. He
also mentioned that for years he had diarrhea, digestive upset
and heartburn, and by passing these worms he had cleared all
that up." Dr. John Matson from "What's Challenging your Health."
There is another very sure way of contracting parasites, and
that is from our pets. Most pets are hosts to several kinds of
parasites, and their eggs are frequently spread into the
environment through their stools. From their stool, they end up
in their coats, whence we humans get infected through petting,
hugging, kissing the animals or even through the air. This is
especially dangerous for young children who frequently, you
could say, "love their pets a lot more unconditionally" than
adults do. The risk for pregnant women or those whose immune
system is already weakened is also greater.
THE NEGLECTED COLON
The majority of parasites are found in the colon.
Homeopaths, naturopaths and, now, even physicians all agree:
"90% of all disease or discomfort is directly or indirectly
related to an unclean colon (due to impacted fecal matter)"
Royal Academy of Physicians of Great Britain.
The Academy identified 36 different kinds of poisonous
substances that form in the large intestine. These toxins are
absorbed into the blood stream and have a detrimental affect on
The legendary Dr. Paul Bragg, an author of many best sellers
about the importance of internal cleansing and the originator of
America's health-food stores, always stressed that being
"internally clean" is a lot more important than being
We all take showers at least 1 or 2 times every day to try and
keep our bodies externally clean and yet we constantly neglect
cleaning our insides on a regular basis, which, in many ways, is
far more important to health than external cleaning. "People are
constantly hurting themselves by eating inappropriate foods and
promoting the creation of toxins and colon build-up in their
bodies, which can only be taken out by natural cleansing
processes." Dr. Bragg is the best example of his own teachings.
He died at the age of 96 in a tragic accident while engaging in
his favorite hobby, surfing. When the doctors performed the
autopsy, they discovered that the condition of his body was
almost that of an 18-year-old man. He was exceedingly healthy
and strong as a bull right up to his tragic death.
Another well known appropriate proponent of regular internal
cleansing is Dr. Brian Carpenter who says that, "we must clean
the built-up fecal matter out of our colon, in order to avoid
self-poisoning. If we don't take the appropriate steps to rid
our colons of this build up, and the parasites that set up home
there, then we are actually allowing our bodies to get more and
more toxified with each passing day. When the body is trying to
absorb nutrients through the colon, which is backed up, it is
actually absorbing poisonous fecal matter. Toxins also block
enzymes and nothing in the body functions properly without
enzymes. Now we're starting to get a better view of why 90% of
all diseases start in the colon, because toxins are the cause of
diseases plus the lack of proper nutrition on a cellular level."
Medical facts reinforce Dr. Carpenter's views: Today in
North America the third most common reason for hospitalization
among 15-44 years old are digestive disorders. Between the ages
of 45-64, digestive problems become the second most common
reason for hospitalization (self toxification increases with
Not only colon build-up but parasites can also be a major
cause of weight gain.
According to Dr. Bernard Jensen, the father of iridology in
the U.S. and a foremost expert in colon research and therapy,
"the average person over 40 has between 5 and 25 pounds of
build-up in their colon. Parasites of all sizes thrive in this
indisposed residue of fecal matter, slowly but surely toxifying
the whole body."
Many of our readers already know how unhealthy colon build-up
is. Unless eliminated promptly, the food in our bodies tends to
putrefy and poison our systems. Now we see that it is also
wonderful breeding ground for all sorts of parasites.
What's interesting is that parasites, given this colon build-up,
end up receiving the best nourishment possible. They gratefully
indulge in the most nutritious parts of a person's diet, leaving
only crumbs for the host. This may be why so many people don't
notice an improvement in their health, despite a healthy
lifestyle and vitamin supplementation. A healthy diet without a
prior and thorough internal cleanse is significantly less
effective than it could be. Dr. Donald Kelly, a leading expert
in weight management had this to say on the subject: "parasites
are a major cause of obesity since they deprive the body of the
proper nutrients and leave us only empty calories as leftovers.
The body also starts craving more and more food as it is starved
for the ever so-needed vitamins and minerals."