CAN YOU BECOME INFECTED?
To find out what a parasite is, we turn to one of America's foremost parasitic infection specialists,
the aforementioned 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 effectiveness."
"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%."
can play "host" to over 100 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 eyes!
The famous Dr. Zoltan Rona, author of many books and newspaper columns writes:
"The incidence 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 city's population, fell sick due to a water-borne parasite which made its way into the city water supply?) and
the overuse of chemical, mercury and prescription antibiotics. Tape worms, 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 concentrations in commercial pork products (bacon, ham, hot dogs, cold cuts, pork chops, etc.).
Beet chicken, lamb and even fish are contaminated."
this is not good news for any society that typically consumes a lot of meat and meat products. In a well-known book on parasites,
the author suggests that pork tapeworms infect individuals by eating undercooked and contaminated pork. These can come
in the form of fresh ham, fresh sausage, or smoked ham and sausage. The parasite larva develops in the muscle
and spreads through the nervous system into other organs, eventually attaching itself to the upper small intestines. It is
suggested that this tapeworm causes extreme conflict to the host, the human being, when the parasite larvae invades muscle,
eyes or even the brain.
Dr. Nova writes, "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)
As you view the pictures of the various and often extremely long parasites 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 smart 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 this planet."
can a parasite exist in the body without making its 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 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 any eggs during that period, its 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-laying schedule."
It's also important to note the incredible
quantity of eggs which parasites can lay. For example, a female hookworm can lay 10,000 - 25,000 eggs at a time. The
pictured round worm can grow up to 16 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-tapeworm; a mature adult can reach an incredible 30 feet (9 meters)
in length and can lay 1 million eggs.
"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. 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 everyday ailments that traditional medicine was not able to address.