Americans today are host to more than 130 different kinds of parasites ranging from microscopic organisms to foot-long tapeworms. Practically every imaginable kind of exotic parasitic disorder has been found on our shores: African sleeping sickness, toxoplasmosis, schistosomiasis, giardiasis, amebiasis, filariasis, even malaria. Although parasites are an insidious health threat, most people in the United States are unaware of their pervasive presence, because they think such problems occur only in developing countries.
Many seemingly unrelated factors unique to our modern lifestyles have contributed to an unrestrained parasite epidemic. Some of these factors include the rise in international travel, the contamination of municipal and rural water supplies, the increasing use of day-care centers, the influx of refugee and immigrant populations from endemic areas, the indiscriminate use of antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs, and the sexual revolution.
The problem is so acute that some sources claim as much as 25 percent of the population of metropolitan New York may be infected. Projections for the year 2025 suggest that more than half of the 8.3 billion people on earth then will have parasitic conditions. Other reports and predictions are even more ominous. One recent study suggests that as many as 80 percent of the world’s people are now infected with parasites.
Indications that a person may have parasites (these are the most common indications, but the presence of one or more of them could also signal a different health problem) include:
- Drowsiness after eating
- Bloating and gas
- Unclear thinking
- “Toxic” feeling
- Explosive diarrhea
- Tendency for blood clots
- High or low blood-sugar levels
- Mineral imbalance
- Fluid buildup during full moon
- Light-colored, fatty stools
- Recurrent yeast infections
- Joint pain
- Grinding of teeth during sleep
- Liver problems
All Worms Are Parasites, but Not All Parasites Are Worms
A parasite is a very small life form that can be either an irritant or a destroyer or both. The ones that cannot live in the presence of oxygen are commonly found in the intestinal tract, a place containing very little oxygen, where they are nourished and propagate.
Parasites are responsible for many conditions for which no apparent cause can be found. When Dr. Parcells investigated the health problems of ten people, six of them showed indications of worms or other parasites. While these microbes can be present anywhere in the body, the most common are found in the intestinal tract.
The many different types of parasites each produce their own effect. For example, amoebas, one of the most common of the parasites, interfere with the digestive process; they can disturb digestion in a person for years.
Worms-tapeworms, round stomach worms, and many others-are parasites, but not all parasites are worms. Because many are microscopic, parasites are unlikely to be found by ordinary means. They wreck livers and therefore whole internal systems. They lodge themselves in the soft tissues in many areas of the body. One of the greatest causes of bleeding ulcers is parasites.
When sufferers are rid of the parasites that have been breaking down their bodies, there is a dramatic return to normal health. That does not guarantee there will be no reinfection, however.
Parasites are now a part of living in an environment that has been compromised in its life-nurturing abilities by toxins in the air,
the soil, and the water. Our depressed environment opens us to degenerative conditions of many kinds and makes us prey to plagues of parasites that ordinarily would never enter our experience.
When we look at what is keeping the vast majority of people in the world half-healthy, surely we must point to parasites as one of the causes. They themselves are appearing more and more frequently now that there is an environment to support them-an environment, diminished by contamination and mistreatment, that is becoming less competent to sustain human life.
Testing for Parasites
To find out if you have parasites, see your medical doctor or alternative healthcare professional. There are many ways of testing for parasites: the most common among them is testing a stool sample (this has to be done in a laboratory). Other ways of testing for parasites are kinesiology and dowsing.
Adverse Side Effects of Drugs Used to Treat Parasites
- lodoquinol (trade name Yodoxin). Occasional. rash, acne, slight enlargement of thyroid gland, nausea, diarrhea, cramps, anal pruritus. Rare: optic atrophy, loss of vision, peripheral neutropathy after prolonged use in high dosage (months), iodine sensitivity.
- Metronidazole (trade name Flagyl). Frequent. nausea, headache, dry mouth, metallic taste. Occasional: vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, weakness, stomatitis, vertigo, aparesthesia, rash, dark urine, urethral burning. Rare: seizures, encephalopathy, pseudo-membranous colitis, ataxia, leukopenia, peripheral neuropathy, pancreatitis.
- Quinacrine HCI (trade name Atabrine). Frequent: dizziness, headache, vomiting, diarrhea. Occasional: yellow staining of skin, toxic psychosis, insomnia, bizarre dreams, blood dyscrasias, urticaria, blue and black nail pigmentation, psoriasis-Re rash. Rare: acute hepatic necrosis, convulsions, severe exfoliative dermatitis, ocular effects similar to those caused by chloroquine.
Hulda Regehr Clark, Ph.D., N.D., in The Cure for All Cancers, 1993