Intestinal Parasites - Who's Coming to Dinner?

Intestinal parasites, also known as intestinal worms, have been in the news lately with product recalls from beef to lettuce. Not good.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 60 million people have parasites. Unwashed food, kissing your pets, contaminated water, and undercooked food, especially meats and fish are some of the ways we can develop intestinal parasites.

Digestive Parasites Treatment - Intestional parasites symptoms

If untreated, parasites will rob your body of nutrients, create an inflammatory reaction, and drain the immune system, leaving your body susceptible to infections and more toxicity. 

Unfortunately parasites in humans are not always so easy to identify, because like pests in a garden, they are sneakily hidden… both in our respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Plus symptoms may be confused with many other conditions for ‘just not feeling well’.

Depending on the parasite, and there are multitudes that can afflict us. Common Intestinal Parasite symptoms include a long list that can sound like many other respiratory or gastrointestinal conditions. Unexplained onset of constipation, diarrhea or other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome may be the result of parasite infection.                                                                                                                                                        Abdominal pain, headaches, coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, fatigue, nausea, body sweats, itching and burning skin, allergies and asthma are just some of the symptoms of parasites. Iron deficiency anemia may also be a sign of parasites.

Abdominal pain, headaches, coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, fatigue, nausea, body sweats, itching and burning skin, allergies and asthmaThis is an image of a worm that a patient passed after a parasite treatment.

Now you might be tempted to think that Americans or other people living in the developed world countries don’t have parasites. We hate to disappoint you.  I can recall watching an interview with a Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where she stated that her research showed that 47 percent of Americans have some sort of parasite. My initial reaction to that interview was disbelief. After working with patients for years, I now believe her.  CDC (Centers for Disease Control) also report more than 60 million Americans are infected with Toxoplasma gondii alone which is transmitted from the feces of house cats. Millions more are exposed or harbor other parasites according to CDC researchers as well.

We can get parasites from untreated water, poorly washed fruits and vegetables, uncooked fish, undercooked pork, or fecal contamination of food in restaurants due to improper hand washing. 

Some parasites are microscopic, single celled microbes known as protozoa. Common protozoa are amoebas, Giardia, Entaameoba histolytica,  Plasmodium, and Cryptosporidium. Other parasites are worms which we can see with the visible eye.  Among the more common worms are pinworms, roundworms, hookworms and even tapeworms!

 If untreated, parasites will rob your body of nutrients, create an inflammatory reaction, and drain the immune system, leaving your body susceptible to infections and more toxicity. While there is no vaccine, and traditional treatment relies on drugs, we offer parasitic cleanses that support your body’s ability to rid itself naturally of parasites.

If you are concerned that you might have parasites, call Dr. Patrick’s Chico California office in Chico, California for a telephone consultation to learn about  natural methods for testing and treatment.

Revised 2017, © Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC. All Rights Reserved.

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