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Parasites: Common Questions

Unwanted Guests May Not Only Rob Us of Our Nutrition, They May Poison Us With Their Toxic Waste

Ascarids and Proglottids
What are unwanted guests?

Unwanted guests are organisms that live on or in another living creature. They can be so small as to not be seen by the naked eye and are called microscopic, or they can be large enough to be seen, sometimes up to two feet long, and are called macroscopic. Some common microscopic unwanted guests are amoeba and giardia found in water supplies, and some common macroscopic unwanted guests are pinworms, roundworms, tapeworms and flukes found in meat and fish. There are over 100 common varieties of unwanted guests that can live in the human being and we can be host to more than one kind at a time.

Where does one find unwanted guests in their body?

One third of the unwanted guests live in the digestive tract and the other two thirds live somewhere else in the body; they might be in one’s blood, muscles, heart, lungs, liver, or brain. Those that live in the intestines especially enjoy sugar or simple starches. They eat digested food, often robbing important nutrition. Other unwanted guests are able to get their food directly from the body’s cells by attaching directly to cells and feeding off of them.

How does one know if they have unwanted guests?

Only about 25% of those with unwanted guests will actually develop an active infection with observable symptoms. Most unwanted guest infestations go unnoticed, which is just what an unwanted guest hopes will occur – one will not notice that it is there, so that it can thrive. Often called the “great masquerader”, unwanted guests can mimic many other conditions thus making it very easy to misdiagnose. If one has a health problem that just won’t go away, assume unwanted guests are there and cleanse and take herbs to get rid of them. Even if one were to have medical tests, only about 20% of the average medical laboratories are able to identify the problem correctly.

What are the symptoms of unwanted guest infection?

Unwanted guests do two things to you. They rob you of nutrition and they excrete their own toxic waste products, which are absorbed into the body. The most common symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal pain, but nausea, bloating, excessive gas, alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, bad breath, food allergies, headaches, irritability, or unexplained fatigue might also be present. Some of the classic symptoms, if one has worms, are loss of weight even though you have a great appetite and eat a lot, and/or itching around the anus, or grinding your teeth, especially at night.

How does one get unwanted guests?

Unwanted guests are everywhere, in food, water, air and earth. Insects, animals and sea-life carry them. One can be bitten by an insect, or licked by a worm-infested dog. They can be picked up walking barefoot, eating undercooked meats and fish, unwashed raw fruits and vegetables. Food handlers or preparers, who are infected or have handled infected food and have not washed their hands after going to the bathroom or handling that food, can pass them on.

One can share drinks, kiss or have sexual contact and transmit unwanted guests. One can inhale dust laden with parasite eggs, or drink water from a lake, river, stream, or creek, or wash dishes in it while camping. Maybe one allows their pets to sleep with them. Maybe they have traveled outside the country recently or share their home with someone else who has.

Children are even more exposed than adults since they stay closer to the earth and pets, and frequently put their hands to their mouths. It is estimated that 55 million children in the United States have some type of worm infestation. This does not take into account the adults that live with them who are thus exposed.

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