A parasite is a creature that lives off another living creature consuming all its nutrients and causing them to become very sick. Parasites live everywhere, but they particularly thrive in warm, moist areas. There are various parasite, liver flukes, Tapeworm, Ropeworm, Roundworm, Hookworm & pinworm and also bacterial parasites like Giardia just to name a few.
Parasites can lay tens of thousands of eggs each day! Around the full moon the parasites which reside in the intestine move to the stomach to breed.
Parasites are very calculating and thrive when the immune system is under stress and cannot fight them off, the gut then becomes inflamed resulting in a perfect environment for parasites to flourish.
Parasites are very common around the world.
A few ways that Parasites can spread:- from animals to humans; in water, this includes bath water, swimming water & drinking water; by eating under cooked meat, Pork is the worst; raw fish - Sushi; unwashed fruit and vegetables; poor hygiene (not washing hands after visiting the toilet) soil; feces; urine; saliva, including mouthing of toys in children; sandboxes; nappy changing tables; nurserys & schools; toilets; shopping trolleys; kitchen utensils and worktops; We may even be born with them; Some spread through the air, through insect bites, if the insect is a carrier.
The symptoms of parasites can vary and testing for them is almost impossible as they do not show up on routine blood test and stool test produces a lot of false negatives because Laboratories only test for 40 or 50 out of literally thousands of varieties of parasites.
Some of the symptoms associated with parasite infections:
- Diarrhoea, constipation or a blockage in the intestines
- Sleepless nights or night waking, especially around the full moon
- Giggling or aggressive behaviour
- A poor immune system
- Stomach pain
- Bloated stomach
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Faecal smearing
- Rectal itching
- Grinding teeth (Bruxism)
- Nail biting
- Picking nose
- Hand flapping
- Obsessive compulsive disorders
- Repetitive movements
- Severe weight loss or inability to gain weight even though appetite is good
- Constant grazing of foods
- Craving of sugary and/or starchy food
Best Treatment - Find a good practitioner who recognises that gut health is a complete must before beginning a parasite cleanse. Parasite cleanses can be quite tough on the body because of the by-products excreted by the parasites in their die off phase, so supporting the detoxification pathways and boosting the immune system is very important in this stage. Please bear in mind that behaviours can often worsen before they get better, especially when the parasites are in their die off phase and it can be a long process getting rid of the parasites. Do not undertake treatment without supervision for children with a history of seizures, as treatment could cause seizures to worsen.
By maintaining a good hygiene protocol you can limit further parasite infections, these are some recommendations:-
- Wash hands frequently, especially after changing nappies, going to the toilet, playing outside and with any animals.
- Do not share towels.
- Avoiding potentially contaminated water
- Wash bedding regularly on a hot wash.
- Wash children’s toys with disinfectant.
- Change underwear regularly
- Refrain from swimming in lakes or stream
- Try to avoid swallowing swimming pool water
- Pinworm eggs are susceptible to light, open blinds or curtains in bedrooms throughout the day.