Are Parasites in Humans an Issue?*
*As Discussed on Oprah!
Parasitic illnesses are a much more prevalent issue for modern society than most people imagine. Dr. Mehmet Oz, a frequent visitor on The Oprah Show, host of his own TV show and one of the authors of You: The Owner's Manual, says that 90 percent of humans will have a problem with parasites at some point in their life. The most common worm parasite in the United States and Europe is the pinworm, which he says affects 20 percent of the kids in the United States.
We're Just Discovering how Damaging Parasitic Infections Are
Many of today's most virulent diseases are either caused or accompanied by parasites, which account for many otherwise unexplained conditions. Parasitic infections are starting to be recognized as contributing to diseases such as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, arthritis and rheumatoid symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome and possibly even AIDS. Diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive complaints are now being linked to past or present parasitic infections.
Parasites include protozoa like amoebas, giardia and trichomonas, and various worms, like round worms, pinworms, hookworms and tapeworms. Parasites can infect people three ways – by the live organism itself, it eggs or its cysts – and they can be difficult to kill.
Parasites - How Do You Get Them?
A recent television ad for a carpet-cleaning service has a little boy showing his mother their dog’s new trick: ‘scooting’ across the carpet. The mother is, needless to say, horrified!
Parasites can be contracted in so many ways: ingesting raw or partially cooked meat, eating raw or smoked fish, eating vegetables and produce that haven't been properly washed, kissing and/or sleeping with pets, not properly washing hands after using the restroom, walking barefoot on contaminated soil, improper disposal of human or animal waste, drinking untreated water in wilderness or when traveling overseas, and haphazard food processing and preparation (including food handling in restaurants). Sometimes eggs from parasites may become airborne and inhaled through normal breathing.
What's Important to Know About Parasites ?
All the toxins and 'dead' processed foods we eat lead to poor digestion, and cause a toxic build-up in the body, including the colon. According to National Geographic, all this toxic waste material in the colon then frequently is an invitation to "a sinister world of monstrous creatures that feed on living flesh: parasites."
In its August 2000 issue, Discover magazine stated:
"Every living thing has at least one parasite that lives inside or on it, and many, including humans, have far more. ... Scientists ... are only just beginning to discover exactly how powerful these hidden inhabitants can be, but their research is pointing to a remarkable possibility: parasites may rule the world. The notion that tiny creatures we've largely taken for granted are such a dominant force is immensely disturbing. ... We are collections of cells that work together, kept harmonized by chemical signals. If an organism can control those signals – an organism like a parasite – then it can control us. And therein lies the peculiar and precise horror of parasites."
What Can We Do About Parasites ?
Find a good anti-parasitic.
The Ultimate Colon Cleanse line of products includes an anti-parasite product in its colon cleansing kit that helps to eliminate harmful parasites, including intestinal worms and their eggs, from the colon and other parts of the body. Many other good anti-parasite products are available online as well. The important thing is: Do something!