- What are parasites?
- Intestinal parasites
- Worms are smart
- Cestodes (tapeworms) – the oldest intestinal parasites
- Nematodes (roundworms) – widespread intestinal parasites
- How to find out whether you have human worms
Many people don’t realize that the human body presents a fertile soil for various parasites, which can range from microscopic viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoans, up to worms that are several feet long(e.g. cestodes). For the purpose of this article we understand parasites in humans to be various types of worms parasitizing in the human body.
Based on the latest epidemiological studies, we can presume that human worms are found in 80% of the adult population. This finding was a surprise even for the researchers themselves. There is no difference between males and females or when taking into account industrial/economic or geographical limitations. There are two main groups of worms causing various human illnesses. Based on body shape they are divided into:
- Nematodes (roundworms) – where the cross section of their body is round, such as e.g. the pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) or the giant intestinal roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides). These cause a disease called nematodosis.
- Cestodes (tapeworms) – which have a flat cross section of the body, as e.g. the tapeworm, Taenia saginata, which can be several feet long, or the minute cestode occurring in children Hymenolepis nana. These bring about a disease called taeniasis/teniasis.
These parasites infect millions of people. That means that you also may be their victim, without realizing or suspecting their presence in your body. But do not be deceived, we are not talking only about intestinal worms. They can be present and live in almost any part of the body: in the lungs, liver, stomach, in the duodenum, oesophagus, the brain, blood, skin and even in the eyes! And not just one in number or species; there can be many different types present at the same time. However, parasites often migrate within the body and are able to nestle in joints and muscles. This is perceived as pain, often erroneously considered to be a sign of e.g. a joint inflammation (arthritis).
How do you tackle a parasite cleanse and at the same time remove much pain and many diseases? In order to do this you need to include the antiparasitic nutritional supplement Hepafit, which is effective in removing parasites in humans, in your yearly personal hygiene routine. It is one of the components of the Enerix Program for internal cleansing. It contains a special mix of 18 medicinal plants which have been used for thousands of years to successfully kill and remove harmful parasites, their eggs and hatched larvae from various parts of the body.
What are parasites?
Parasites are characterized by their ability to live off another living organism. Each and every one of us can be the host they live and thrive off. In order to be able to live and multiply they feed on your nutrients and energy.
In the year 2000 the magazine Discover published a very interesting article on this topic, which states: “Every living organism has in it or on it at least one parasite, but in reality people have many more … Scientists are only now starting to find out what these widespread parasites are capable of. Research points out one important issue: Parasites may take over the world. It is rather disconcerting to discover that they are so powerful.”
What are the reasons behind and explanations for this? It is very simple. One needs to understand that we are made up of approximately 70 billion cells, among which there is continuous cooperation. The prerequisite for health is for the cells to work as a well-oiled team and this process is regulated by various chemical impulses. ”If one given organism – like for example a parasite – is able to control the impulses, it is able to control us as well. And this, precisely, is the greatest threat parasites pose.” “In reality, parasites killed more people than all the wars in our history,” – this is a claim made by the National Geographic in one of its award winning documentaries with the title “The Body Snatchers”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies parasites as one of the six most dangerous causes of human illness. They are responsible for many gastrointestinal and also other human diseases. Parasites outrank even cancer which is considered to be globally the most serious killer disease.
If you are doubtful that parasites can live in thousands of people then you absolutely must read the many real stories – testimonials – found on this website. You’ll soon realize that it is a much more serious problem than you could have ever imagined.
The highest number of worms occurs in a clogged-up colon. Here, in the impacted waste, one finds parasites of various sizes. If the colon is not cleansed of the accumulated waste in which they live, the toxins which are gradually being created will poison the body. Parasitic waste also creates toxins that irritate the central nervous system and cause nervousness or irritability. Moreover, because worms extract most of the nutrients present in the digestive system, they get the best the food has to offer while your body only gets whatever is left over.
Even excess weight may be caused by intestinal parasites which deprive you of the vital nutrients; what is left are only calories. As a consequence the body requires more and more calories in its effort to substitute and supplement the lack of nutrients and vitamins. Certain worms occur particularly in the upper part of the small intestine and cause an inflammation there. As a result of the inflammation there is gas and bloating. This is associated mainly with the increased consumption of certain types of vegetables.
In order to prevent poisoning the whole body it is necessary to remove the waste and parasites from the colon. Otherwise, instead of absorbing nutrients, only toxins will be absorbed from the clogged-up colon and the mass of toxic stool. If this happens nothing in the body works properly. And this is the answer to the question of why up to 90 % of numerous diseases have their origin in the colon. It is caused by toxins and a nutrient deficiency already on the cell level.
Worms are smart
They thrive due to their unique ability to adapt their life cycle in such a way as to ensure the survival of their species inside an unsuspecting host – your body. For this reason they are very hard to uncover. They hide from you. They cover up what they are doing by imitating symptoms of common diseases. It is unbelievable how worms, even the larger ones, enter the body undetected and live in it. They are cunning in their own way and, admittedly, also sensible. That’s why, if a traditional treatment of a common disease brings no improvement, specialists suggest to start treating for parasites.
But are we really so powerless against them? If you don’t pay enough attention to your body and simply take a loss of energy as a normal state of affairs, or consider a disease to be karma, they’ll certainly remain undiscovered. On the other hand, if you are able to listen to and understand certain signals of the body, it should be easy to detect the presence of parasites. In her book “Guess What Came to Dinner” author Ann Louise Gittleman, a nutrition specialist, talks about the main symptoms.
Cestodes (tapeworms) – the oldest intestinal parasites
These are some of the oldest intestinal parasites of mankind. Various species have so completely adapted to living within the human intestine that they do not cause any symptoms in their host – a human being. Their body is flat and made up of segments. The infection is transmitted by cestodes (tapeworms) releasing segments of the body into the stool. The segments (visible in the stool with the naked eye) contain eggs that are discharged when the segments disintegrate.
- The Taenia saginata cestode can reach 3 to 10 m in length. It enters the body when eating beef that has not been sufficiently cooked. Occasionally, it causes moderate gastrointestinal difficulties. Similar to all cestodes (tapeworms) it has no mouth opening. Taenia saginata absorbs nutrients through the surface of its body that has been adjusted specifically for this purpose. It harms the host by irritating the mucosa with its suction cups, hooks and by excreting metabolites.
- Hymenolepis nana only reaches 7 to 80 mm in length. The sources of infection are the eggs in the stool. Rats and mice are the “storage tank” of the infection. The infectious stage of this tapeworm is the egg (cysticercus) itself. The cysticercus nestles in the intestinal wall where it transforms into an adult tapeworm. Children, particularly from socially disadvantaged classes, become infected as a result of insufficient hygiene. Some of the main symptoms are loss of appetite, weight loss or no weight gain, stomach ache but also bouts of hunger.
Nematodes (roundworms) – widespread intestinal parasites
These worms, in difference to cestodes (tapeworms) have a round, non-segmented body. They are separated by gender and they parasitize in humans in the larval and adult stages. The female either lays eggs or brings forth larvae. Nematodes (roundworms) present a serious threat, as human parasites are predominantly found in tropical and subtropical regions. But some species are widespread globally and are even common here. They occur mostly in children – as e.g. the pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) or Ascaris lumbricoides.
The pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) is a small white worm, approximately 1 cm long. It often lives in the small intestine or the appendix of humans, mainly children. The female worm migrates into the colon and lays eggs close to the anus. This happens mostly at night and when it is warm. A larva is hatched from the egg.
- The source of infection is a human being and he/she is also the only host of this parasite. It is transmitted commonly in situations where groups of people/children get together (school, kindergarten, family). If there is insufficient hygiene after having contact with the rectum area, eggs get onto fingers, under fingernails and can get into the mouth again. Moreover, the eggs can be transmitted via bed linen or the floor, and from there they can contaminate the surrounding items or food. The eggs are also often found in swirling air currents from which they can enter the body of yet another family member (by breathing them in or by swallowing them). Therefore, if one family member is infected, it is necessary to treat the whole family. The most frequent symptom is itching in the rectum area, mainly in the evening.
- When they adhere to the wall of the small intestine tiny ulcers may form, which often acquire a secondary bacterial infection.
- In girls the female nematode can transit into the vagina causing a discharge. If the pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) is not removed from the body on time it can even enter the uterus. The presence in the uterus manifests itself as an inflammation of the uterus mucosa and an inflammation of the fallopian tubes.
- Further symptoms: loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting or night bed-wetting (mainly in girls). Children are restless, suffering from insomnia, even a child neurosis may occur.
How to find out whether you have human worms
The most common method of discovering human worms is by testing the stool. This method, however, is not 100% reliable. It is due to the fact that human worms in faeces can only be detected when their eggs, which are visible under the microscope when the stool is tested, are present. Adult worms are firmly fastened to the mucosa in the various parts of the digestive tract, and so their presence in the body can only be detected at the precise moment when the eggs are released. Otherwise it is not possible to show their existence. For this reason the health professionals recommend taking stool samples gradually in three different time intervals. Adult intestinal parasites can be observed by the physician directly at the colonoscopy exam.
Sometimes an infected person shows no symptoms whatsoever. However, there are various signals, which, if observed, can help to detect whether your body has become a “home” for worms. For example, typical signs are frequent gas and stomach cramps. These are caused by certain parasites found particularly in the upper part of the small intestine where they cause an inflammation. This results in gas and bloating. Further, I list symptoms according to Ann Louise Gittleman. The symptoms are really varied and may help in getting to know the given situation. They are, for example:
- Allergies to many different types of foods
- Anaemia (low red blood count)
- Bloating/abdominal swelling
- Bloody stool
- Frequent diarrhea or, on the contrary, constipation
- Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and fever
- Foul-smelling stools that get worse in the afternoon and evening
- Gas and cramping
- Itching around the anus, especially at night
- Weight loss with a ravenous appetite
- Joint and muscle pain
- Sleep irregularities
- Chronic fatigue
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Impaired immune system
Some further symptoms of parasitic infection could be the following : bitter taste in the mouth, accelerated pulse, pain in the navel area, foggy vision, itching nose or ear, salivation during sleep, and diseases: asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, various types of rash/eczema, migraine headache, heart disease and cancer.
- How do you do a parasite cleanse?
- In order to remove parasites in humans first of all it is necessary to cleanse the whole digestive system. A clean, hydrated colon with well toned colon muscles is an inhospitable place for intestinal parasites; these conditions will discourage them to settle there. The answer to the question “How to do a parasite cleanse?” can be found right here. Parasites are best tackled by using a multi-level approach: Step 1: Herbal cleanse. It is necessary because most of the water sources are situated close to human habitation and so are very likely to be contaminated by parasites. Step 2: Increased fiber intake. It allows for an increased transit time of the undigested food rests, which in turn prevents their accumulation. A build-up of these food rests is a prerequisite for parasitic infestation. Step 3: Reversing vitamin deficiency. By getting sufficient amounts of vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body is able to fight the deficiency created as a result of an infestation by parasites. Step 4: Knowing the sources of infection and preventing re-infestation
- If you are susceptible to infestations, eliminate contact with the well-known sources of infection – i.e. rodent and cat faeces, and inappropriate contact with/petting of dogs.
- Be careful when drinking water and/or swimming in water that you are not familiar with.
- Wear protective clothing if exposed to blood-sucking insects.
- Wash all fruit and vegetables in clean water prior to eating to prevent infections.
- Do not use water from septic tanks or other potentially contaminated sources for irrigation or watering of vegetables.
- Children are particularly vulnerable to parasites and it is quite common to find worms in them in large numbers. How do you handle a parasite cleanse? Teach children proper hygiene like washing hands (including using a nail brush) after using the toilet, playing outdoors or before eating.
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