Most people would love to dismiss any suggestion that they have Parasites within them, even doctors. But the reality is that most of the world's 6 billion people are infected with Parasites.
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You may feel that parasites are not a problem in the UK, however our therapists on a daily basis kill parasites that have infected their clients - with visible evidence in the stool. If you travel or live with people who travel, eat red meat or pork and chicken or have pets then it is probable that you have some parasites.
There are many types of parasitic worms (helminths) that use the human body as their host. These include roundworms, pinworms, hookworms and flatworms.
A 1995 estimate by the WHO of the number of people infected world-wide gave the following degree of infestation for specific parasitic species:
Toxoplasma gondii 50% infestation
Ascaris spp. 1.2 billion
Enterobius vermic./Oxyuris 1.2 billion
Trichuris trichiura 600 million
Ancylostoma duod. 500 million
Entamoeba histol. 500 million
Pneumocystis carinii 400 million
Obviously nowhere near all parasitic conditions are recognised as such. If we assume also a certain number of unrecorded cases, which is bound to be high, we can assume that at least 50% of the world's population is infested with protozoa and helminths.
In general, all those with impaired immune systems are at risk, whether this condition is the result of stress factors or of immunosuppressive therapy, e.g. for primary chronic polyarthritis or multiple sclerosis. However, parasites may also contribute to hypoimmunity or even immune blocks in their host by fending off the human immune system. Infants as well as the elderly and infirm are most at risk.
Intestinal roundworms, also called ascaris, are found in many parts of Asia and in the southern U.S. They frequently infect the lungs or intestines and can even be coughed up. The eggs produced by the adult worms are very resistant, and can live in soil in either freezing or hot dry weather. They are transmitted by contaminated food and a number of cases show that humans can become very ill after becoming infected after eating infected sushi. Please see an instance of Anisakis simplex here.
Pinworms are a fairly common infestation in children, and are very hard to control or eliminate. The worms lives in the large intestine. The adult worm moves to the anus to lay thousands of eggs and often these eggs are transmitted from a child's fingers from the itching anal area to the mouth, which can create a perpetual infestation. In addition, the eggs that are expelled may live in the external enviroment for months. As you can imagine, washing hands, keeping fingernails clean, and avoiding putting fingers in the mouth are all essential to breaking the cycle. Watch a colonoscopy showing pinworms
Hookworms are parasites that live in the small intestine and suck blood from the host, causing anemia. The eggs are distributed in the soil, and after they hatch, the lavae are able to penetrate the intact skin of bare feet. The best prevention of this type of infestation is proper sanitation and wearing shoes in area where soil is contaminated. This picture is curteosy of St.Bartholomews Hospital. For more information on Hookworm disease in humans, visit the World Health Organisation - Hookworm disease Also watch this video about a cat scratch infecting owner click here
The small worm trichina is found in undercooked pork. After ingestion, the worm travels to the muscles of the host and causes a disease known as trichinosis. Filaria is found in tropical areas such as Asia and the South Pacific. It is transmitted by bites from flies and mosquitoes. The worm grows in large numbers and can infect the lymphatic vessels, causing an enlargement of the scrotum and the lower extremities - a condition called elephantiasis.
These include tapeworms, which are spread by infected improperly cooked meats. Tapeworms have been known to come out themselves as this video shows. Tapeworms infect the intestine, but other flatworms may infect the blood, lungs or liver. Watch this video showing intestinal worms being removed in a 3 year old.
Brain worms - Neurocysticercosis
It is not uncommon as this video shows of patients being diagnosed with brain tumours, cysts or other problems only to find the problem comes from parasites. Bioresonance combined with herbal remedies can identify and treat the parasite their eggs and associated virus.
Ringworm or Tinea is a typically mild disease of the skin, scalp or nails caused by a fungus. Personal hygiene, supported by availability of adequate quantities of water are important preventive measures.
On the scalp, ringworm begins in the form of a pimple or sore, which then spreads into a ring shape. Hair becomes brittle, breaking easily and falling out, leaving bald spots on the scalp. On the body, ringworm may first appear as red or pink, flat or slightly raised, patches on the skin. The circular sores may be dry or scaly crusted or moist. As the sores become larger, the central area clears, leaving a ring of infected tissue around the clear area. Infection in the nails usually begins at the site of an injured nail and may spread to the other nails. Infected nails become thick, pitted, grooved and abnormal in shape and colour.
Fasciolopsis buski - intestinal flukes
Fasciolopsis buski, also called giant intestinal fluke, is a duodenal digenetic trematode, of the Fasciolidae family. It was described for the first time by Busk in the duodenum of a sailor in 1843 in London and its life cycle in humans was first described by Barlow in 1925. Mainly found in Southeast Asia and is found in water chesnuts, bamboo, water caltrops etc
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