Symptoms and Medical Conditions that can be caused!
Compiled by Michael C Biamonte CCN
General Symptoms of Parasitic Infection
Acute parasite infection is usually characterized by greater or lesser abdominal distress and diarrhea, often urgent and attended by burning sensations and tremendous fluid loss. Only rarely is there any visible evidence of infection. Moreover, many laboratories fail to detect the presence of parasites even when presented with specimens from infected persons. It is therefore sometimes necessary for the patient to determine whether infection is likely and to self-administer some remedy since allopathic medicine requires a diagnosis before prescriptions can be written.
Once a condition has moved from acute to chronic, there may be alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea, abdominal distention and bloating, intestinal cramping followed by burning sensations and the sudden urge to eliminate. Generally, there is malabsorption of nutrients, especially fatty foods. Irritable bowel syndrome, blood sugar fluctuations, sudden food cravings, and extreme emaciation or overweight are all possible symptoms—but, as stated, not necessarily proof of parasitic infection. Itching is a possible clue to infection, especially among children; however, the absence of itching does not mean there is no infection. The itching tends to be worst where there is moisture: nose, eyes, ears, and of course the anus. Skin sensitivity is also common: rashes, eczema-like conditions, and even serious eruptions.
Many parasites affect the nervous system and give rise to sleep disorders, such as insomnia. In children, hyperactivity is common, but adults may have symptoms ranging from depression to anxiety. Some parasites affect the brain and memory.
In our practice we have had many children who seizures improved greatly after doing a parasite elimination program. So much so that one patient referred over 10 other patients that she had met in her childs Neurologists waiting room. In time all were able to obtain similar improvements and their Neurologist was able to discontinue their medications.
In short, the part of the body affected depends on where the parasites have invaded: blood, intestines, liver, pancreas, kidneys, brain, etc. To make infection even more difficult to determine, add to this scenario the fact that many, if not most, parasites migrate so the symptoms could change depending on where the parasites are at any given time.
The 2 Most Common Ailments Associated with Parasites
Diseases caused by parasites are fairly common in children who play in dirt where worms and other parasites live. The parasites often go from the ground into a child’s body when the child puts his dirty hands into his mouth. Parasites also get into children’s bodies when they kiss or hug or play with pets who have infected worms or ticks on their bodies. And finally, parasites may enter the body when an infected insect, like a mosquito carrying the malaria parasite, bites someone’s skin. Malaria
This is an infection caused by one of four kinds of malarial parasite. It comes about when a person is bitten by a mosquito that is infected with the. parasite. During the first week of malaria, the patient will have attacks of fever, headaches, and chilly sensations. Then, during the weeks afterward, he may feel fine one day, and the next day he may have a high fever and severe chills lasting for a few hours. Then, he will break out in a great sweat. This situation continues with one day high fever and chills, the next day no fever or chills. The mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasites breed primarily in the humid, hot climate of the tropics and subtropics. They are seldom found in temperate regions.
An ameba is a single-celled animal organism that may cause diseases in children. The most common of such diseases is dysentery caused by Endameba histolytica. The diagnosis of malaria is made by taking a little sample of the patient’s blood and examining it under a microscope. On examination, the malaria parasite will be found. Malaria attacks may go on for many weeks or months if treatment isn’t given. Fortunately, there are several excellent medications to control malaria, but they must be given over a long period of time in order to cure the condition. To prevent this disease, someone who is in an area where malaria exists should take ant malarial pills every day. Also, he should protect himself against being bitten by mosquitoes.
This is a form of diarrhea caused by a tiny one-celled animal parasite called the ameba. A child with amebic dysentery will have crampy pains in his abdomen, many watery, loose bowel movements, loss of appetite, loss of weight, and anemia.
The diagnosis of this condition is made by examining the stool in a laboratory and seeing the ameba parasite under a microscope. Luckily, there are excellent medicines to kill the parasite and cure the child.
To prevent amebic dysentery, a child must be very clean about his body and his eating habits. Also, if he isn’t careful, he may spread the infection to other members of his family.
Ailments Reported By Other Health Practitioners
Dr. Hulda Clark – “I have seen that eczema is due to roundworms. Seizures are caused by a single roundworm, Ascarts, getting into the brain. Schizophrenia and depression are caused by parasites in the brain. Asthma is caused by Ascaris in the lungs. Diabetes is caused by the pancreatic fluke of cattle, Eurytrema. Migraines are caused by the threadworm, Strongyloides. Acme rosacea is caused by a Leishmania. Much human heart disease is caused by dog heartworm, Dirofilaria. And the list goes on and on.” Two main kinds of arthritis are recognized clinically, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In osteoarthritis the joints have bacteria living in the deposits left there. In rheumatoid arthritis the bacteria come from larger parasites — wormlets actually living in these joints. The worms are the common little roundworms whose eggs hatch into microscopic wormlets that travel.
Suzanne M. Skinner, PhD., RNC, HHP, CH is a Nutritionist and Holistic Health Practitioner –“In my practice, I always find parasites and worms associated with the following diseases: Diabetes, hypoglycemia, juvenile diabetes, anorexia, asthma, depression, anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, AIDS, cancer, tumors, anorexia, bulimia, colitis, epilepsy, hyper-activity syndromes, learning disabilities, baldness, prostate trouble, appendicitis (the appendix is a favorite place for parasites), elevated white blood counts, Hodgkin’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, psoriasis, some eczemas, leukemia, lymphoma, arthritis, leprosy, ulcerative colitis, low hemoglobin, poor blood quality, iron deficiencies and most bowel disorders.”
Contagious Canine Cancer Spread by Parasites
By Charles Q. Choi, Special to Live Science -Dogs have a form of sexually transmitted cancer that for 200 to 2,500 years has apparently spread via contagious tumor cells that escaped from their original body and now travel around the world as parasites.
These cells are the oldest cancers known to science thus far, and could shed light on how cancers survive and evade the immune system. Lung Disease in The Tropics by Om P Sharma- Section page 33 explains that Parasites migrate through the lungs as part of their life cycle.
The Arthritis Center of Riverside has been established since 1988. Al Robert Franco, MD, FACR is the founder and Medical Director. -The interrelationship between infections and rheumatic diseases has been discussed in the medical literature for decades. Microorganisms that cause bone and joint disease include bacteria, Mycoplasmas, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Parasites have been associated with joint and bone lesions. These include protozoa, flat worms, and round worms.
Eugene Zampieron, ND, Ellen Kamhi PhD RN -“Dysbiosis”, the proliferation of “unfriendly” microorganisms, including bacteria, yeast, fungi and parasites, is not widely recognized by conventional medicine as a cause of arthritis. Yet, these organisms are present in a large majority of people who suffer from muscle and joint pains. “Molecular Mimicry” is an additional complication, which arises when organisms in the gut camouflage themselves to resemble human tissue to escape detection by the immune system. When the immune system eventually makes antibodies to the bacteria, it also begins to make antibodies to the similarly structured human tissue, leading to an autoimmune cascade.
Dr. Ronen Arai is Senior Fellow in Gastroenterology at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in Miami, Florida.-There are many kinds of parasites that can invade the liver, causing acute and/or chronic liver damage depending on the type of parasite involved. Some clues to the type of parasite affecting your friend’s mother may lie in her eating habits, as well as her ethnicity.
One parasitic disease, trichinosis, arises from eating undercooked meat. In this disease, parasites can affect the bile ducts draining the liver, leading to right-sided abdominal pain, fever, jaundice and an enlarged liver. While the patient may be acutely ill, anti-parasitic drug therapy will usually lead to resolution. Trichinosis does not typically lead to cirrhosis.
Another parasitic infestation, clonorchiasis, is linked to eating raw fish. This infection is most common in Asia. It is a more chronic disease than trichinosis, and patients usually do not experience symptoms until long after the initial parasitic infection. Symptoms include right-sided abdominal pain and jaundice. Imaging studies of the abdomen and liver may reveal evidence of the obstruction of the bile ducts draining the liver — a situation that may be mistaken for cancer of the bile ducts. Ironically, by causing chronic inflammation in the bile ducts, long-standing clonorchiasis sometimes actually leads to bile-duct cancer. Although the disease is usually diagnosed when bile-duct obstruction occurs, if it is not detected soon enough, scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) may have already occurred.
Finally, cirrhosis of the liver can be a direct result of parasitic disease. In a condition called schistosomiasis, parasites travel to the liver and settle in the liver’s small veins. After some time, scarring (cirrhosis) occurs as a result of the inflammation and the body’s attempt to fight the infestation. This parasite is acquired via skin exposure, usually from wading barefoot in fresh water in Asian countries.
Questions to Ask Yourself!
DO YOU GRIND YOUR TEETH AT NIGHT?
Teeth grinding is often caused by a calcium deficiency. However parasites have been found to block the absorption of calcium which can then lead to the calcium deficiency.
DOES YOUR CHILD SUFFER FROM SEIZURES?
In our practice we have been alarmed at the number of young children suffering with seizures who have improved after doing a parasite cleanse! The improvements range from 50% to 100%.
DO YOU HAVE SEIZURES OR EPILEPSY?
According to Dr. Thomas Brooks’s author of “The Essentials of Medical Parasitology”, neurological disorders occur when the central nervous system is invaded by parasites. The tiny larva from the pork tapeworm can get into the brain. If they get into the right spots, seizures and epilepsy will occur.
DO YOU HAVE RECTAL ITCH THAT WORSENS AT NIGHT?
This is caused by pinworms or “seat worms”. The crawling of the worm on the perianal area produces the intense itching. When you scratch yourself the parasites eggs get on your fingers! Parasites become more active at night when they deposit their eggs, particularly during a full moon. During these times their metabolisms speed up and they release more toxic wastes. These eggs deposit their eggs on pajamas and linens.
DO YOU HAVE SHORTNESS OF BREATH?
The eggs from roundworms travel through your entire system and go through different stages before settling in the intestines. At one of there stages they settle in the lungs. If too many larvae settle in the lungs, shortness of breath and lung inflammation can result.
DO YOU HAVE LIVER, JAUNDICE OR BILE DUCT PROBLEMS?
Roundworms have been known to leave the intestines and go into the liver or bile duct causing obstructions. They can also cause more serious liver problems and disease.
DO YOU HAVE CHRONIC VAGINAL YEAST OR ITCHING THAT DOESN’T RESPOND TO TREATMENT?
Parasites can live in the vaginal area. Even the kind that you can see with the naked eye! Parasites can cause yeast and keep it there! They can cause itching and inflammation by directly attacking the mucus lining of the vaginal area. If you ever have strings of mucus from the vaginal area or in your stool, look closely as it may be a worm. Look for something that looks like a head or for intestines running the length of its body.
DO YOU FEEL AS IF SOMETHING IS BITING OR CRAWLING UNDER YOUR SKIN?
As gross as it may sound, there are parasites that can crawl under different layers of skin and in the lymphatic system. They can also literally bite at skin and mucus membranes. Some people feel this at night while lying in bed and particularly in the rectal area.
DO YOU GET UNCONTROLLABLE FOOD CRAVINGS?
Many parasites live and crave sugar. They can rob you of so much of your nourishment that your blood sugar can crash causing hypoglycemia. Some parasites love fat and grease and can cause you to crave chips, fries and fast foods!
DO YOU HAVE UNEXPLAINED BONE LOSS?
Certain parasites eat the calcium right off your bones! These parasites are microscopic and hard to locate. If you are having unexplained bone loss at an early age this could be why.
DO YOU GET UNEXPLAINED FEVERS AND DIARRHEA?
Many of us think of fever and diarrhea as being caused by viruses. However, if your symptoms began particularly after swimming in a river, lake or stream, you may have contracted a parasite called Guardia. Giardia commonly causes fever and diarrhea. It occurs from time to time in New York public water supplies.
DO YOU HAVE CHRONIC DERMATITIS COVERING LARGE AREAS OR MOST OF YOUR BODY?
Reports from my own office and from colleagues of mine show that people with severe chronic dermatitis are infected with many parasites. Dramatic and miraculous improvements have occurred by doing parasite cleansing.
HAVE YOU BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ANEMIA OR HAVE YOU BEEN CHRONICALLY TIRED FOR YEARS AND NOTHING HAS HELPED?
Some parasites called hookworms can attach themselves to the lining of the intestines and bite into our blood vessels drinking our blood. Chronic hookworm disease can cause extreme and chronic anemia. Cats are a common source of these worms. These worm eggs can easily get into your system after you contact your pet!
HAVE YOU HAD A RASH OR ITCHY SKIN AND THEN A MONTH LATER HAD FEVER, CHILLS, COUGH AND MUSCLE ACHES THAT WON’T GO AWAY?
If so, you may have Schistosomaisis. This is an illness caused by your body’s reaction to the eggs of worms. You can get it by swimming in water that has had certain types of snails living in it. These parasites absorb through the skin. The parasite is normally found in Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
DO YOU HAVE HAIR LOSS, ROUGH SKIN OR A TENDENCY TO FLUSH AROUND THE FACIAL REGION?
If so, you may have a parasitic mite known as demodex brevis or demodex folliculorum. This parasite can live in the hair follicle. It sucks out the nutrients at the root of the hair. The follicle becomes enlarged and infected causing loss of hair and inflammation. When living on the skin, it feeds on nutrients in the sebaceous glands, they become infected and inflamed and the skin may then thicken. Acne Rosacea can also be caused by this parasite.
DO YOU GET DIARRHEA, GAS, STOMACH CRAMPS, AND NAUSEA, VOMITING, FATIGUE, WEIGHT LOSS AND LOW GRADE FEVER FOR SEVERAL WEEKS THEN GOES AWAY AND THEN RETURNS?
If yes, you may have a parasite that has been found on raspberries called cyclosporiasis. It came into this country from Guatemala on raspberries. There were two large out breaks of it in May and June of 1996. It is very hard to diagnosis. If you feel you have this, please notify the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
DO YOU HAVE CHRONIC ABDOMINAL PAIN, WEAKNESS, LOSS OF WEIGHT, NAUSEA AND DIZZINESS?
If yes, you may have a tapeworm that comes from eating rare beef.
This tape worm takes up to 3 months to grow into an adult after it’s ingested. This worm can grow from 13 to 39 feet in length. It is considered the second largest tape worm.
HAVE YOU HAD CONSTIPATION AND CHRONIC ANEMIA?
There is a fish tape worm that can reach 33 feet in length! In fact, it can get so big that it can cause colon blockage which will appear to you as constipation. It can cause anemia, interfering with B12 absorption. Researchers Davies and Goldsmid in 1978 also found that roundworms can cause intestinal obstructions. This happens when many roundworms “ball up” into one big mass.
DO YOU SUFFER FROM UNEXPLAINED CONVULSIONS OR FITS?
According to Geoffrey Lapage the author of “ANIMALS PARASITIC IN MAN”, poisonous substances produced by this same beef tapeworm can cause unexplained convulsions. The worm can even damage the intestines causing ulceration’s and infections.
In part 3 of “Parasites the Merchants of Mayhem” we will discuss parasite treatments.