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The famous Dr. Zoltan Rona, author of many books and newspaper columns writes: "The incidence of parasitic disease in North America is skyrocketing because of increased international travel, contamination of the water and food supply (ed.: do you remember a few years ago 400,000 people in Milwaukee, almost half of that city's population, fell sick due to a water-borne parasite which made its way into the city water supply?) and the overuse of chemicals, mercury and prescription antibiotics.... Tapeworms, hookworms and a long list of amoebae are far more common in the North American population than conventional medical experts have led the population to believe... Parasites are found in highest concentrations in commercial pork products (bacon, ham, hot dogs, cold cuts, pork chops, etc.). Beef, chicken, lamb and even fish are contaminated."

Obviously this is not good news for any society that typically consumes a lot of meat and meat products. In a well-known book on parasites, "Guess what came to dinner!", its author Ann Louise Gittleman writes: "Pork tapeworm infects man through the eating of infested, undercooked pork such as fresh or smoked ham or sausage... The larva stage develops in the muscle, spreads through the central nervous system into other tissues and organs, and finally hooks onto the upper small intestine. Pork tapeworm causes great harm to the human host when immature larvae invade the muscles, heart, eyes or brain."

"In terms of numbers, there are more parasitic infections acquired in this country than in Africa." (Dr. Frank Nova, Chief of the Laboratory for Parasitic Diseases of the National Institute of Health)

As you view the pictures of the various and often extremely long parasites you probably wonder how such beasts could live inside our bodies without us being aware of them? "The answer to this is simple," writes Dr. Anderson. "The purpose of a parasite is not to make itself known. A smart parasite lives without being detected because if it is detected, of course, something is going to be done to eradicate it. If you think parasites are stupid, think again. They are highly intelligent organisms. Not intelligent in the same way humans are, but they are intelligent in their ability to survive and reproduce, which is of course the purpose of any organism on this planet."

So how can a parasite exist in the body without making its presence known? In fact, many people are indeed aware of them. If you know how to read your body and how to interpret its signals, then the presence of a parasite can be determined quite easily by many people. However, if you accept that it is normal to have low energy levels and health challenges, that it is normal to have skin rashes, pains, frequent colds, flu and constipation (the list of things parasites can cause is almost endless) then you will never find out whether you have parasites."

Dr. Thomas J. Brooks writes in his book The Essentials of Medical Parasitology: "Tapeworms are among the oldest parasites of the human race. Indeed, some species have become so well adapted to life in the human intestine, that the host (man) may be entirely asymptomatic."

The traditional method for checking for parasites is examining the stool. The problem is that this test is frequently unreliable. The only way to detect parasites in a stool is if the eggs are noticed under a microscope. If, however, the parasite living in your body did not lay any eggs during that period, its presence can go undetected. Some doctors recommend three stool samples taken at different time periods, but unfortunately this isn't always enough either, since parasites don't always have regular "egg-laying schedule."

It is also important to note the incredible quantity of eggs which can be laid by the parasites. For example, a female hookworm can lay 10,000 - 25,000 eggs at a time. The round worm, for example, can grow up to 16 inches long (40 cm.) and is capable of laying 200,000 eggs PER DAY. The longest parasite can be caught from eating fish and is appropriately named a fish-tapeworm; a mature adult can reach an incredible 30 feet (9 meters) in length and can lay 1 million eggs.

"We have a tremendous parasite problem right here in the U.S., it is just not being addressed." (Dr. Peter Wina, Chief of the Patho-Biology in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research)

What telltale signs might we find that could indicate parasites presence in our bodies?
The possible symptoms are almost endless. Ann Louise Gittleman, the author of "Guess what came to dinner" mentions the most widespread symptoms of parasitic infections. These "intelligent" creatures are sometimes so clever that they can mask their presence through some of the most common diseases around. That is why so many nutrition experts recommend doing a parasite cleanse to all those suffering from everyday ailments that traditional medicine was not able to address.


Some worms, because of their shape and large size, can physically obstruct certain organs. Heavy worm infections can block the common bile duct and the intestinal tract, making elimination infrequent and difficult.

Certain parasites, primarily protozoa, produce a prostaglandin (hormone-like substances found in various human tissues), which creates a sodium and chloride loss that can lead to frequent watery stool. The diarrhea process in parasite infection is thus a function of the parasite, not the body's attempt to rid itself of an infectious organism.

Some parasites live in the upper small intestine where the inflammation they produce causes both gas and bloating. Eating harder-to-digest foods such as beans and raw fruits and vegetables can aggravate the situation. Persistent abdominal distention can often be a sign of hidden invaders. These gastrointestinal symptoms can persist intermittently for many months or years if the parasites do not get eliminated from the body.

Parasites can irritate, inflame and coat the intestinal cell wall, leading to a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, and cause inadequate absorption of vital nutrients, particularly, fatty substances that are absolutely essential for the proper inner functioning of our bodies. This malabsorption can lead to bulky stools and steatorrhea (excess fat in feces).

Parasites are known to migrate to encyst (become enclosed in a sac) in joint fluids; worms can encyst in muscles. Once this happens, pain becomes evident and is often assumed to be caused by arthritis. Joint and muscle pains and inflammation can also be the result of tissue damage caused by some parasites or the body's ongoing immune response to their presence.

Some varieties of intestinal worms attach themselves to the mucosal lining of the intestines and then rob vital nutrients from the human host. If their numbers are large enough they can create sufficient blood loss to cause a type of iron deficiency or pernicious anemia.

Parasites can irritate and sometimes perforate the intestinal lining, increasing bowel permeability to large undigested molecules. This can activate the body's immune response to produce increased levels of eosinophils, a type of the body's fighter cells. The eosinophils can inflame body tissue, resulting in an allergic reaction. Just like allergies, parasites can also trigger an increase in the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE)

Intestinal worms can cause hives, rashes, weeping eczema, and other allergy-type skin reactions. Cutaneous ulcers, swellings and sores, itchy dermatitis and a number of types of lesions can all result from protozoan parasite invasion.

Granulomas are tumor-like masses that encase destroyed larvae or parasitic eggs. They most often develop in the colon or rectal walls but can also be found in the lungs, liver, peritoneum, and uterus.

Parasitic metabolic wastes and toxic substances can serve as irritants to the central nervous system. Restlessness and anxiety can be the direct result of a systemic parasite infestation. Perhaps that is why after completing a parasite-cleansing program, many people swear that their persistently grouchy mates or relatives have become a lot more pleasant and patient. "The most famous tapeworm of recent years belonged to the legendary opera singer Maria Callas. She had a serious weight and skin problem. When the tapeworm was detected and removed, her weight dropped, her skin improved and her temperament mellowed." writes Gittleman.

Multiple awakenings during the night, particularly between 2 and 3 A.M., are possibly caused by the body's attempts to eliminate toxic wastes via the liver. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the liver governs these hours. Sleep disturbances are also caused by nocturnal exits of certain parasites through the anus, creating intense discomfort and itching.


Bruxism: abnormal grinding, clenching, and gnashing of the teeth has been observed in cases of parasitic infection. These symptoms are most noticeable among sleeping children. Bruxism may be a nervous response to the internal foreign irritant.

Chronic fatigue symptoms include tiredness, flu-like complaints, apathy, depression, impaired concentration, and memory problems. These physical, mental and emotional symptoms can be caused by parasites that facilitate malnutrition resulting in improper absorption of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and, especially, vitamins A and B-12.

Parasites depress immune system functioning by decreasing the secretion of immunoglobulin A (IgA). Their presence continuously stimulates the system response and, over time, can directly or indirectly related to an unclean exhaust this vital defense system, leaving the body open to colon (due to impacted fecal matter) bacterial and viral infections.

The following conditions may also be telltale signs of a parasitic invasion: weight gain, excessive hunger, weight loss, asthma, bad taste in the mouth and bad breath, diabetes, epilepsy, acne and migraines.

The quickest way for parasite larva to enter our bodies is through contaminated foods, (and hands) improperly washed fruit and vegetables and insufficiently cooked meats and fish:"I was working on the fishing boats; my captain was of Norwegian descent, and would always get a little salmon and dry it out and offer me chunks of this fresh salmon. I would refuse. Several years later he came in to see me at my practice, and I found out that he had passed a 20-foot and an 8-foot tapeworm. He also mentioned that for years he had diarrhea, digestive upset and heartburn, and by passing these worms he had cleared all that up." (Dr. John Matsen from What's Challenging Your Health?)

There is another very sure way of contracting parasites, and that is from our pets. Most pets are hosts to several kinds of parasites, and their eggs are frequently spread into the environment through their stools. From their stool they end up in their coats, whence we humans get infected through petting, hugging, kissing the animals or even through the air. This is especially dangerous for young children who frequently, you could say, "love their pets a lot more unconditionally" than do adults. The risk for pregnant women or those whose immune system is already weakened is also greater.



Parasites: Putting it all together
[by Béatrice Duplantier-Rhea, N.D.]
Pre-program: it is best to use a lower bowel cleanse first (such as Chinese Tiao-He-Cleanse (10 days) to loosen and start removing old fecal material that may be present, making a happy home for parasites.

Fight parasites
with Para Cleanse with Paw-Paw, an ideal foundation for treating intestinal parasites. Take the contents of one cello packet twice a day 15 minutes before your morning and evening meals with at least 8 oz. pure water. Continue the program for 10 days, eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Post-program: be sure to use probiotics such as Acidophilus, Bifidophilus or Probiotics Eleven after the strong herbs of an antiparasitic just as you would after using antibiotics. This assures that healthful bacteria, which may also have been killed, are replanted.

Notes: 1. Always drink plenty of (mineral) water (Celtic or Evian) when on a cleansing program.
2. Since family members often share parasites with each other, best results are obtained when all family members use the same program at the same time.