Information and facts on Parasites

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Parasites have become increasingly the cause of many diseases in recent years. This is especially true of parasites that damage the gastrointestinal  tract. Years of poor eating habits, medication overuse, and increased exposure to these organisms is creating an increase in the number of people suffering symptoms of parasitic problems. Many Americans  think of parasitic infections as something that occurs only in other, less developed parts of the world. This may be true for certain individual parasitic diseases like malaria. However, over 85% of all Americans have at least one type of parasite and many people are not even aware they have a problem. There is an amazing number of parasites that can infest  various regions of the human body, even the brain. We will be looking at intestinal parasites, those organisms that invade the  digestive tract, particularly protozoa (including giardia, cryptosporidia, and entamoebas) and different  types of parasitic worms (flatworms. tapeworms, flukes, hookworms, pinworms, and roundworms). All of these parasites live by feeding off the cells and tissue of the infected person. Note the nutritional supplements below are effective for a wide range of different parasites.

The range symptoms and health problems that can be traced to intestinal and other parasites can really be amazing. They include indigestion, constipation, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, depression, skin rashes, headaches, insomnia, anemia, joint pains, and even just the feeling of being unwell. There have even been  cases in which people with all the symptoms of other disorders among them allergies, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), heart disease, and cancer were found to really be suffering from parasites.

Giardiasis, or infestation with the protozoan Giardia lamblia, is one of the most common parasitic problems that afflicts people. It can be transmitted through contaminated food or water as well as by direct or indirect contact with body fluids of an infected person. Symptoms, which are usually relatively mild, can include general abdominal discomfort, burping, flatulence, and bad smelling diarrhea. If the infestation is severe, it can lead to problems with the absorption of nutrients thus affecting other aspects of the persons health due to nutritional deficiencies.

Cryptosporidia are very tiny protozoal organisms that are spread primarily through contaminated water and food, however they can also be spread from person to person. Even in a healthy person, they cause explosive watery diarrhea and abdominal  cramping. Symptoms come on quickly and may also go away quickly, normally about a week later. People who have a depressed immune function, such as cancer patients and people who are HIV-positive, crypasthtosporidia is a unique problem. For in these persons, the diarrhea is normally more severe and the condition may even become chronic and life threatening. While most of the municipal water supplies are tested to make sure to they contain no more than "acceptable" levels of these parasite levels deemed not likely to make a healthy person sick - levels lower than that may very well cause illness in a person with poor or weakened immune function. Numerous cases of cryptosporidiosis are believed to have been caused by drinking what was thought to be "safe" tap water. There have also been incidents in recent years in which cryptosporidia in ground water have proliferated beyond the so called acceptable point, causing entire communities to be advised to either boil their tap water before using it or, preferably, to use bottled water. 

Infection with entamoebas is a more chronic problem, even in healthy people. While in some people these organisms cause no specific symptoms, others experience periodic flare-ups of gas,  abdominal pain, cramping, and diarrhea, often alternating with constipation symptoms that can be confused with those of ulcerative colitis or irritable bowel syndrome. Some people notice blood or mucus in the stools, and the abdomen may be tender to  the touch. In severe cases, a fever may be present. Without  treatment, symptoms can occur over and over for life and lead to nutritional deficiencies like anemia and others.

Infestation with any of the various forms of worms most often starts with accidental ingestion of worm  eggs, embryos, or cysts, normally a result of contaminated or improperly prepared food. Hookworms, however, are contracted when worm larvae from contaminated soil penetrate the skin. Whatever the port of entry, the organisms eventually migrate to the intestines and attach themselves to the intestinal wall, where they begin to feed. They may or may not cause such symptoms as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If the  infestation is bad enough, weight loss and malnutrition may occur. In particularly severe or long standing cases, the worms can grow so big, they can cause blockage of the person's digestive tract.

Pinworms, a comparatively common type of worm infestation that is seen mainly in children, also cause severe anal itching as the female worms migrate to the anus at night to lay their eggs. The egg deposit is itchy and irritating to the delicate tissues in the area. This makes it likely the affected person will scratch, and if some of the eggs end up on the hands, and spread the infection to other people or even re-infect themselves.

Getting an accurate diagnosis of intestinal parasites is made complicated by the fact that the symptoms are so variable and mimic those of other diseases. Many doctors simply do not think of parasites as a cause of health problems unless other possibilities have been exhausted. It does no harm to use the nutrients listed on this webpage to see if they help.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Parasite cleansing

  ( Make sure to drink 
  plenty of water )
10 a good herbal formula can help cleanse parasites from the body. The formula should include the following: areca seed, black walnut, cinnamon, chinese ginseng root, ginger, grapefruit seed extract, lycium, lemon verbena, licorice,  magnolia bark, mume, rhubarb, schizandra, tribulus fruit, and wormwood.
Black walnut 10 herb that helps purge all forms of parasitic infections
Ginger 9 herb that help with general healing
Lycium 9 herb that helps with parasites
Licorice 9 herb used in combination with others 
Schizandra 9 boosts properties of other herbs it is mixed with
Rhubarb 9 cleansing herb
Cinnamon 8 good herb to add to a parasite cleansing formula
Multi-vitamin and
Mineral supplement
10 a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement will help with parasites and damage that they do. Poor eating habits and diet also make a  person more vulnerable to parasites and a wide range of other health problems. A daily supplement will provide nutrients required for good general health and well being.
vitamin C  9 can help with intestinal cleansing


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.