Parasites in Humans
Parasites are organisms that derive their nutrients from another organism known as the host, and constipation provides a perfect nest-bed for parasites to thrive.
The breeding cycle for some parasites is as little as 36 hours (1½ days). So if you’re not having at least one complete bowel movement daily, you are increasing your chances of harbouring parasites.
Because of the sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits of western society, the average cycle of bowel movements is once in around 96 hours (four days). This provides a perfect space for parasites to proliferate.
Parasites use the body’s food and blood as nutrition to grow and breed, all the while defecating into the host’s body, creating a toxic mix for the body, which encourages degeneration of cells.
As mentioned previously, my wife removed a tapeworm that had been in her colon for years, in spite of numerous visits to doctors and a colonoscopy. I personally removed hundreds of intestinal fluke. I have had a number of friends who have removed some pretty horrific critters from their colon, one a white crayfish-like parasite (without claws). Another 12-year-old girl released a bug that looked like a scarab beetle.
There are over 300 different species of parasite that utilise the human body as hosts; here are a few of the most common:
Cryptosporidium — microscopic parasite found in faeces, causing diarrhoea and abdominal cramping
Giardia — microscopic parasite that thrives in the small intestines, causing diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, upset stomach and nausea. Most infection occurs in tropical areas through drinking water. Fat absorption is decreased and nutritional deficiency is also decreased through the lack of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K1.
Toxoplasma — another microscopic parasite. Has mild flu-like symptoms that can exacerbated when the immune system is low. Most infection is caused through cats and handling raw meat, especially pork. It’s estimated around one third of the world’s population is infected with toxoplasma. Recent research has linked toxoplasma with brain cancer.
Pinworms (enterobius) — resilient parasites whose entire cycle takes place inside the human gastrointestinal tract and can be seen exiting the anus of infected people (especially at night). Pinworms are spread mostly by human-to-human contact and therefore are commonly found amongst children in schools with the most common symptom of an itchy anus. Pinworm infection in humans is called enterobiasis and it’s estimated that 209 000 000 people worldwide are infected.
Roundworms (nematodes) — there are thousands of species of roundworms varying from microscopic to 20cm long (8 in). Their fertilised eggs can be found in most places including soil, food and water. The larvae hatch and invade the intestinal mucosa, then move to the lungs via the circulation system. Once mature, they ascend the bronchial tubes to the throat where they are swallowed and develop further in the intestines, repeating their breeding cycle. They can live for one to two years and when clumped in the intestines, can cause intestinal blockages (constipation).
Hookworm — these parasites evolve in a similar manner to roundworms and once in the intestines, attach to the intestine wall and live off the host’s blood resulting in abdominal pain and poor appetite leading to protein and nutrient deficiencies.
Intestinal/ liver fluke — quite common and mainly inhabit the upper jejunum of the small intestine, but can also be found in the ileum, stomach and liver. Generally the size (and look) of a blanched almond, various species can grow up to 7.5cm long (3 in). They cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea, anaemia, toxaemia, allergies and bowel obstructions.
Because flukes are often found in the liver, it is a good idea to cleanse for parasites prior to a liver and gall bladder flush, otherwise you may end up flushing flukes instead of gallstones; a waste of a good flush.
Tapeworm — infestation is mainly through cysts residing within under-cooked meat and once ingested, the cyst anchors to the colon wall (often near the cecum) and various species can grow to two to three metres long (6 ft 6in–10 ft) enabling it to reach into the transverse and descending colon, retracting at will (for example during colonoscopies). Tapeworms are white, flat, up to 1 cm (1/2 in) wide and once mature, break off in segments as small as 1cm or as long as 10cm (4”) or more, which can be seen in the faeces as they leave the host to reproduce.
Cattle and pigs pass tapeworm segments through their faeces onto grass, where segments can live for several days and be ingested again by the next beast that eats grass in that area.
Our family has a ‘great affinity’ with tapeworms — my wife passed a two metre tapeworm after taking AIM Herbal Fiberblend® early in our health journey (see ‘My Wife’ previously). AIM Herbal Fiberblend® corrected her constipation which removed the comfortable nest-bed that was once home for her tapeworm.
Fungi — fungal infections can occur mostly in people with weak immune systems, gut flora imbalance, diabetes and in women taking oral contraceptives. Candida albicans are commonly found in the mouth, ears, vagina and intestines and can proliferate when the fungi is fed on sweet, fatty, fermented food like cheese, cakes and dairy.
AIM CranVerry+® inhibits candida growth by introducing three components:
1. Resveratrol which acts like a fungicide
2. Xanthones that kill candida cells within 20 minutes of exposure
3. Beta-glucanase that breaks down the protective shield candida creates for itself
Symptoms of Parasites
Loose, smelly stools with blood and mucus
Nausea and vomiting
Flatulence and bloating
Poor appetite and weight loss
Fatigue and lethargy
Visible parasites in stool
Many of the above symptoms are also typical of common bowel ailments, which mostly derive from constipation.
Managing Intestinal Parasites
Conventional medications generally contain a unique ingredient to treat specific parasites, therefore there are few ‘all round’ drugs that can treat a number of parasites at once, either resulting in parasites still remaining even though others have been killed or a number of different drugs needing to be taken. Drugs can have side effects such as depletion of gut flora, diarrhoea or both, and which may require replacement of fluids.
One of the first things you can do to minimise your chances of hosting parasites is to remove their comfortable, intestinal home of stale, stagnant poo. Constipated, filth-clogged colons and intestines are ideal environments in which parasites can proliferate. There are a number of things you can do to remove their breeding bed.
You can also..
– Include traditionally-recognised foods such as pumpkin seeds, garlic, beetroot, carrots, black walnut hulls, shavegrass, violet, barberry in your diet
– Reduce sugar, processed food and dairy in your diet
– Supplement with, or eat foods containing zinc and vitamins A and C to support your gut and immune system
– Take probiotics daily to support correct balance of gut flora.
If searching for such herbs, vitamins and minerals..
· AIM Para90®* contains pumpkin seed, black walnut, wormwood, clove, garlic, sweet Annie and other herbs and was specially developed to assist in the removal of parasites
· AIM Herbal Fiberblend® contains pumpkin seed, shavegrass, violet and black walnut hulls
· AIM Herbal Release® contains barberry
· AIM CalciAIM®* contains zinc, magnesium and vitamins C, D and A
· AIM Bear Paw Garlic® contains the leaves of wild garlic picked in central Europe
· AIM Just Carrots® contains powdered juice of carrots (which contains beta-carotene that is readily converted into vitamin A)
· AIM Redibeets® contains powdered juice of beetroot
· AIM FloraFood® is an excellent probiotic that is non-dairy, doesn’t need refrigeration and keeps for up to three years — ideal when travelling
OUR RANGE OF PRODUCTS AND PACKS CONTAINING HERBAL FIBERBLEND