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Health tip for week Nov 23rd

* Should we worry about Parasites here in the US?

You probably have never seen a parasite so why would you worry about them?  You may think that parasite does not exist in the US.  On the contrary, they are living among us more common than you think.  Parasites occur in places and among people who are health-minded.  They are no longer a disease of the lower classes.  Even the rich are not immune to infection.

What are parasites?

Parasites are organism that live in or on another organism (the host), at the expense of that host, and often compete for nutrition.  Their sizes range from very small microscopic amebas to very large intestinal worms that can grow to several feet long.  Parasites excrete waste products that may be toxic, and prey on people with weakened immunity.  The infection parasites usually start with contaminated water or food, or coming into contact with infected animals or people through fecal-oral contact.  Most people are unaware that a parasite lives inside them.  Most people do have them, whether or not they produce apparent symptoms.  Parasites can be living inside you for over 10 to 20 years before getting symptoms.

Why should we worry about parasites?

Parasites cause illness.  How many people do you know that have some type of chronic health problems and doctors can’t find anything wrong with them?  Parasites have the ability to secrete substances that are toxic to the body.  Over time, these toxins stress the body and cause a variety of health problems.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 50 million cases of food-borne illnesses each year and about 9,000 people die as a result.  In the US, diarrhea caused by intestinal parasites is the third leading cause of illnesses.

Parasites often eat the nutrient in your body before you get to use them.  You are left with what the parasites do not want, the leftovers.  They grow healthy and fat, and you starve for nutrition leaving us malnourished.  Parasites can remain in your body, robbing it of nutrients for many years, some have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years.  This means that you could have eaten contaminated food 10 years ago and still harbor the same organism somewhere in your digestive tract.  Some parasites get their food from the cells in your body.  Your blood, your muscles, your heart, your lungs and your brain are all possible sites for parasitic infestation.  No organ is immune.

How do we get parasites?

Parasites live everywhere and are commonly transmitted to humans in diverse ways.

  • Insect bites
  • Walking barefoot
  • Eating under-cooked meats and fish
  • Government inspectors do not inspect most of the animals that go to the slaughterhouse
  • Eating raw food including raw fruits and vegetables and exotic foods.
  • Any food that has been imported could possibly pick up illness-causing microbes
  • Lack of personal hygiene causes the spread of parasites
  • Drinking water from many of the lakes, rivers, streams and creeks in North America
  • Close contact with companion pets and other animals that live around your neighborhood
  • If you have taken or taking antibiotics which disturbs the balance of intestinal microflora and makes the host more susceptible to parasites.
  • Someone who is already infected can spread it by sharing drinks, kissing, sexual contact, and even inhaling dust that contain the eggs or cysts of these organisms.
  • Traveling abroad or to foreign countries.

I know this sounds very scary but this is the reality.  I want people to realize that parasites is very common and even though we, the US, have a very high standard of living compared with the rest of the world, yet the parasites live among us and we need to pay closer attention to this parasitic infestation.  “Approximately one-half of the population carries at least one form of parasite”, per CDC. (Source book: The Parasite Menace by Skye Weintraub, N.D.)  There is little research being done to stop the spread of parasitic infection.  We have a tremendous parasite problem because of the increase in pollution and environmental poisons.  Parasites of all kinds are invading our bodies and we are not even aware of it.  It takes constant vigilance and a change in lifestyle if you want to remain free from them.

There is no true way to detect if you have parasite unless you get laboratory test or analysis.  And even then, it can still be difficult to diagnose the presence of them.  Some symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal pain, foul-smelling stools worse in certain times of the day, sudden pains in the chest or heartburn, food allergies, itching around the anus especially at night and losing weight when still have a starving appetite.

What to do?

Our diet and nutritional status may be of major importance in determining the outcome of a parasitic infection. Most Americans fail to meet even federal standards for a healthy, balanced diet ( 3-5 servings of vegetables each day and 2-4 servings of fruit daily).

Today’s lifestyle of the average person keeps the body chemistry out of balance.  When this happens, our immunity collapse and makes us more prone to parasitic infections as well as other health problems.  A well-balance diet improves immune function and can defend the body against parasites.  Eat a diet high in natural fiber including plenty of vegetables and fruits.  Make sure they are organic.  Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates.  We all need protein to survive so avoiding meat is not feasible.  Therefore, make sure you eat organic meat and wild caught fish (not farmed because of contamination).

Drink plenty of water.  Make sure it’s not tab water.

Avoid grains because they are extremely acidic to your body.  A healthy body should have a proper acid-alkaline balance.  However, nowadays people eat mostly acidic foods and not enough alkaline based foods.  Eat alkaline foods like figs, most fruits, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, and dates to counteract the acidic foods like meat, dairy, wheat, grains, alcohol, fish, coffee and sugar.

Do a cleansing and detoxification program once a year with herbal combinations which can easily, safely and effectively rid your body of toxic waste and the parasites.  The intestinal lining is your primary barrier to toxic compounds getting into the bloodstream.  It is important to keep your intestines and liver healthy by rebuilding them after the cleansing and detoxification with a combination of live foods, vitamins and minerals, herbs, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, and probiotics.  I strongly recommend that you seek professional help for this.  We, at AF Performance Center, provide laboratory analysis for parasites and have nutrition consultation including toxic cleansing and detoxification.


November 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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  1. […] Great Article on Parasites Posted on November 24, 2009 by coachrouse Here’s a great link on Parasites, check it out here. […]

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