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We are delving deep into the world of underlying infections, and we began with an exploration of biofilms. Today, we’re here to talk about another fascinating but often overlooked topic: PARASITES.

The Stealthy Nature of Parasites

When you hear the word “parasites,” you might cringe, and I totally get it. These stealthy invaders often go unnoticed, lurking in the shadows and causing seemingly random health issues. We’ll discuss a wide range of symptoms associated with parasites, and provide some insights on how to determine if they might be affecting your health.

The challenge with parasites is that they can be challenging to detect accurately. Unlike some other pathogens, there isn’t a definitive test to diagnose them. Therefore, it’s essential to rely on signs and symptoms to identify potential issues. Many vague symptoms can be linked to parasites, and they are more common than you might think.

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Parasites and Other Infections

Research indicates that parasites and other infections may have a symbiotic relationship with each other, although this is not yet fully understood. Many parasites act as a sort of “holding tank” for various toxins, including heavy metals, bacteria, viruses, and chemicals, which your body deems foreign/a threat. This raises the question: Why are they causing problems now? It’s likely due to our modern lifestyle, characterized by excess stress, chemicals, and processed foods, creating a favorable environment for parasites to thrive.

What Are Parasites?

According to the CDC, a parasite is an organism that lives on or inside a host organism and derives its nutrition at the expense of the host. Parasites are incredibly diverse, and there are three main categories: protozoa, helminths (worms), and ectoparasites (like ticks).

Where Do Parasites Come From?

Parasites can enter your body through various sources, including contaminated water, animal contact, human-to-human contact, undercooked or raw meat, and even through simple activities like walking barefoot or gardening. While these activities are part of a healthy lifestyle, they can increase your exposure to parasites.

Symptoms of Parasite Infection

Parasites can cause a wide array of symptoms, some of which may surprise you. Here’s an extensive list of symptoms associated with parasite infections:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune issues
  • Bloating
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Brain fog
  • Breathing problems
  • Constipation
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty gaining or losing weight
  • Eye problems
  • Fatigue
  • Gas or bloating
  • GERD
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Joint pain
  • Leaky gut
  • Memory issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Neurological problems
  • Nightmares
  • Persistent cough
  • Pins and needles sensations
  • Skin issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Stomach pain
  • Tingling
  • Unusual heart rhythm
  • Weight loss

The Full Moon and Parasites

The full moon has an interesting connection to parasites. While some might dismiss this as superstition, there’s a scientific basis for it. Melatonin and serotonin levels in the body can shift around a full moon, making parasites more active. If your symptoms worsen during a full moon, it might be a sign that parasites are a concern.

The Challenge of Testing

Detecting parasites is a significant challenge. They can excrete enzymes that cause them to dissolve within 24 hours after being expelled from the body. This makes them challenging to detect in stool samples. Furthermore, parasites can inhabit various parts of the body, not just the colon, making their detection even more complex.

Taking Action

It’s crucial not to let fear control your response to parasites. Coexisting with them for millions of years has its reasons, and it’s about managing their presence rather than eliminating every single one. Working with a trained practitioner can help you determine the best approach for addressing parasite issues. While some might want to tackle this independently, it’s often beneficial to consult with a professional for a more comprehensive plan tailored to your specific needs.

Parasites are an essential but often misunderstood aspect of our health. Instead of fearing them, we should focus on managing their presence in our bodies. Addressing parasites first is crucial, as they can hold onto many other toxins and contribute to various health issues. Stay tuned for more episodes in our series on underlying infections, and if you need assistance or more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to our trained team of practitioners. Remember, knowledge and understanding can empower you to take control of your health. See how you can work with us on this issue and more! 

Hey there, I’m Kari!

As a Pharmacist and Integrative Health Practitioner, I get the privilege of working with women who are struggling with fatigue, poor sleep, painful cycles, digestive issues, and irritability- all of which have become their norm. And they are struggling just to keep up, simply wanting their health back.

I know what it’s like to feel frustrated and left with the same issues, even after spending time, energy & money thinking I’d found the answer.

With the right support, a proven method, and the Lord as our guide, let’s get your health back so you can run the race set before you with perseverance and joy.

So thankful you found your way here! 

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