Welcome back everyone. I hope you’ve been learning about, and becoming less intimidated by, parasites. Now that you know what they are and where they come from. Let’s take a look at what parasites can do to our bodies.
As the parasite makes itself comfortable in the host it uses resources including food, blood, energy and cells from the host. Symptoms of parasites imitate many other common illnesses and it is often difficult to get a parasite diagnosis. As you’ll see, many of these symptoms are things we as Americans have come to accept as part of our daily lives. Growing research is showing that treating parasites can drastically help reduce these symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
- Traveler’s Diarrhea (if you experience this, it is usually a good bet to assume you have a parasite)
- Recurring Infection
- Lowered Immunity
- Brain Fog/ Inability to Concentrate
- Hormone Imbalance
- Mucous-y stool
- Unusual/chronic Itch
- Anal Itch
- Headaches and Migraines
- Cough (often chronic cough)
- Depression/ Apathy
- Still feeling hungry after eating a meal
- Unexplained weight loss
- Stomach pain
- Food cravings (especially sweets)
- Flu-like symptoms
- Joint Pain
- Mood Change
Children may have any of the above symptoms as well as:
- Nose picking (especially picking until it bleeds)
- Anal Itching
- Sweet cravings
- Frequent Night Waking
- Bed Wetting
- Teeth Grinding
- Chronic Cough
- ADHD symptoms
- Not wanting to be looked at
- Dark circles under eyes
What could the long-term implications of a parasite be?
Many herbalists and holistic doctors are researching parasites as the root cause for several chronic diseases and illnesses including: epstein barr virus, chronic fatigue, thyroid disease, leaky gut, candida, autism, type I diabetes, multiple autoimmune diseases, and even cancer! The research is fascinating and could lead to some revolutionary treatment if parasites are found to be the root cause.
Long-term parasite infections can lead to fatigue, joint problems, malnutrition, digestive and mood issues (which get worse as the infestation progresses). Chegas disease is caused by a parasite and can lead to heart and neurological problems. Many parasites can cause infections and decrease immunity. Hookworms can lead to anemia, and parasites often make food allergies worse.
As you can see, parasites can wreak havoc. They’re gaining attention by practitioners and treatment is becoming more widespread. Many holistic practitioners recommend regular parasite cleaning at least once per year. In a couple of weeks I’ll share the symptoms I had (many I didn’t realize I had until they were gone). Tune in next week to learn about what they love (and hate).