Parasites: Types, Symptoms, Tests, and Treatment
Parasites: Immune system invader
- Pathogens that live on or inside other organisms. They thrive at the expense of the host by stealing nutrients.
- Some are microscopic, such as toxoplasma gondii & giardia. Others are visible to the naked eye. An adult tapeworm, for example, can reach a length of more than 49 feet!
- They can invade the brain, gut, liver, lungs, lymph, muscles, & other organs. They can obstruct certain organs. Ex: some can clog bile ducts.
- They use various tactics to evade & manipulate the immune system. Ex: single-celled parasites can change the proteins on their surface, so the immune cells don’t recognize them. Some alter their form, such as changing into a protective cyst to evade the immune system.
- Keep in mind, parasites are like a trojan horse. They harbor other pathogens, such as mold, lyme bacteria, & viruses, which can also contribute to symptoms & make getting to the root cause tricky.
Common parasite symptoms:
Symptoms may vary with specific critters, but many are vague & can happen for several reasons., leading to incorrect diagnosis & treatment.
For example, many parasites infect the gut, leading to a range of digestive symptoms, which may be misdiagnosed as having iBS or IBD.
- Abdominal pain
- Air hunger
- Bladder inflammation
- Bloating & gas
- Chronic fatigue
- Eye inflammation
- Flu-like symptoms
- Food sensitivities
- Gallbladder disease
- Anal itching
- Leaky gut
- Low blood sugar
- Muscle/joint pain
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Skin rashes and sores
- Teeth grinding
- Weak immunity
- Weight loss
- Feeling worse around the full moon
Types of Parasites:
Ectoparasites: very common. attach to skin to feed on blood or skin tissue. Some even burrow under skin & may cause itching. Many are vectors that carry other pathogens that are transmitted to their host.
- Bed bugs
Protozoan Parasites: Single-celled parasites that are microscopic. Able to multiply in humans and create serious health issues for the host.
Helminths: General term for parasitic worm & can be seen with the naked eye. They gravitate toward specific areas of the body and affect function of certain organs. The two main groups of helminths are roundworms and flatworms.
- Roundworms: Also known as nematodes, can infect intestines, liver, lungs, skin and muscle. Subtypes are hookworms and pinworms. Hookworms have a hook-like bend of their hear. Pinworms have a pin-like tail.
- Flatworms: Tow common subtypes are flukes and tapeworms with flat bodies. Flukes: Have a leaf-like shape that invades the blood, intestines, liver and lungs, and can damage bile ducts. Tapeworms have ribbon-like bodies that are segmented. Most commonly infect small intestine and can cause nausea and weight loss. They may also migrate to the gallbladder and block the common bile duct.
Ways people contract parasites:
- Blood transfusions: Some people don’t know if they’ve been infected before donating and labs only test for certain parasites.
- Food: Undercooked meat and seafood, fruits, and veggies.
- Other people: If an infected person doesn’t wash their hands, they could pass parasites to others. Some are sexually transmitted.
- Pets: Handling contaminated kitty litter, letting pets sleep with you or lick you. Parasite eggs can even stick to fur. .
- Soil: Walking barefoot outside.
- Surfaces: Toys, bedding, door handles. Pinworm eggs can become airborne, linger on objects and in the air for a few weeks and can be breathed in.
- Toilets: Pinworms can stick to toilet seats and contaminate other objects in the restroom. \
- Water: Even some municipal water. Some are contracted from swimming in contaminated lakes, streams and swimming pools.
The Breast Implant Connection:
Heavy metal ad chemical toxicity can make people more prone to parasite infections.
Heavy metals and chemicals (including silicone) can weaken the immune system.
Breast implants as a foreign body also have a negative impact on the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to parasitic infections (among others).
On top of that, parasites tend to accumulate heavy metals, which can be released when these parasites are killed. So, it’s important you’re ready to combat this as a part of parasite die-off symptoms.
Best way to test:
The Pulse Test: If you have a pulse, you likely have a parasite.
Problems with most tests include: rapid DNA destruction, shortage of time, parasites aren’t being expelled, insufficient training, insufficient availability, and improper storage of samples. I almost never see parasites show up on a stool test, however my clients see them coming out when they self-treat at home.
How to treat parasites naturally:
- Drainage: make sure toxins are moving out of the body FIRST. you don’t want debris from critters remaining in the gut, kidneys, & liver. Expelling toxins requires good drainage.
- Parasite-fighting herbs: consider Amla, clove bud, holarrhena, neem, triphala, vidanga, clove, black walnut hull, holy basil, mimosa pudica.
- Binders: help mop up biotoxins from parasites to prevent autointoxication.
- Target parasites during the full moon when parasite activity increases.
- Humicos & fulvicos can help repair damage.
- Target specific pathogens that parasites can pass along, like lyme bacteria and coinfections.
- Healthy lifestyle: healthy foods like grass-fed meat, nuts, seeds, fruits & veggies. Avoid sugar & refined carbs, which parasites love. stay hydrated with clean water to prevent constipation. Move your body to help drain the lymphatic system.
Parasite infections are quite prevalent, even in developed countries, but standard tests are unreliable & often don’t reveal that you have them.
Parasites range from microscopic to large worms. No matter the size, they can deter your health & healing efforts.
Parasites could be another root cause beyond breast implants of many chronic health issues. They can be a part of the bigger health puzzle, with toxins from breast implants & other exposures feeding the downstream problem. With this in mind, detoxing the body is an important step in creating a healthy terrain & immune system so parasites can’t thrive.
Parasites exist all around us, but with an effective protocol, you can alleviate chronic health issues by strategically fighting back to optimize your healing journey.