of Parasitic Infections
Symptoms of Parasites in Humans
Constipation: 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
Diarrhoea: Certain parasites, primarily
protozoa, produce a prostaglandin (hormonelike substances found in various
human tissues) which creates a sodium and chloride loss that leads to
frequent watery stools. The diarrhoea process in parasite infection
is, therefore, a function of the parasite, not the body's attempt to
rid itself of an infectious organism.
Gas and Bloating: Some parasites live
in the upper small intestine where the inflammation they produce causes
both gas and bloating. The situation can be magnified when hard-to-digest
foods such as beans and raw fruits and vegetables are eaten. Persistent
abdominal distention is a frequent sign of hidden invaders. These gastrointestinal
symptoms can persist intermittently for many months or years if the
parasites are not eliminated from the body.
Irritable bowel syndrome: Parasites
can irritate inflame, coal, the intestinal cell wall, leading to a variety
of gastrointestinal symptoms and malabsorption of vital nutriens, particularly
fatty substances. This malabsorption leads to bulky stools and steatorrhea
(excess far in feces).
Joint and muscle aches and pains: Parasites
are known to migrate to encyst (become enclosed in a sac) in joint fluids,
and worms can encyst in muscles. Once Ads happens, pain becomes evident
and is often assumed to be caused by arthritis Joint and muscle pains
and inflammation are also the result of tissue damage caused by some
parasites of the body's ongoing immune response to then- presence.
Anaemia: Some varieties of intestinal
worms attach themselves to the mucosal lining of the intestines and
then leach nutrients from the human host. If they are present in large
enough numbers, they can create enough blood loss to cause a type of
iron deficiency or pernicious
Allergy: 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, one type of the body's fighter
cells. The eosinophils can inflame body tissue, resulting in an allergic
reaction. Like allergy, parasites also trigger an increase in the production
of immunoglobulin E (IgE).
Skin conditions: Intestinal worms can
cause hives, rashes, weeping eczema, and other allergic-type skin reactions.
Cutaneous ulcers, swellings and sores, popular lesions, and itchy dermatitis
can afl result from protozoan invasion.
Granuiomas: Granulomas are tumour-like
masses that encase destroyed large or parasitic eggs. They develop most
often in the colon or rectal walls but can also be found in the lungs
liver, peritoneum, and uterus.
Nervousness: Parasitic metabolic wastes
and toxic substances can serve as irritants to the central nervous system.
Restlessness and anxiety are often the result of the systemic parasite
infestation. (After completing a herbal cleanse, 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 late opera singer Maria Callas. She had a serious weight
and skin problem. When the tapeworm was detected and removed, ha"
weight dropped, her skin improved and her temperament mellowed,"
Sleep disturbances: Multiple awakening
during the night particularly between 2 and 3 AM, are possibly caused
by the body's attempts to eliminate toxic wastes via the liver. According
to Chinese medicine, these hours are governed by the liver. Sleep disturbances
are also caused by nocturnal exits of certain parasites through the
anus, creating the intense discomfort and itching.
Teeth grinding: Bruxism - abnormal grinding,
clenching, and gnashing of the teeth - has been observed in cases of
parasitic infection. These symptoms are most noticeable among sleeping
for children. Bruxism may be a nervous response to the internal foreign
Chronic fatigue: Chronic fatigue symptoms
include tiredness, flu-like complaints, apathy, depression, impaired
concentration, and faulty memory. Parasites cause these physical, mental,
and emotional symptoms through malnutrition resulting from malabsorption
of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and especially vitamins A and B-12.
Immunie Dysfunction: Parasites depress
immune system functioning by decreasing the secretion of immunoglobulin
A (I&A). Their presence continuously stimulates the system response
and over time can exhaust this vital defense system, leaving the body
open to bacterial and viral infections.
The following conditions might also be
tell-tale signs of a parasitic invasion: weight gain, excessive hunger,
weight loss, bad taste in the mouth and bad breath, asthma, diabetes,
epilepsy, acne, migraines, and
even the biggest killers: hearth disease and cancer
From NATURAL VITALITY CENTRE