Don’t Let What You Can’t See Hurt You!
The “Black Plague” ravaged Medieval Europe and killed 25 million people in just 5 years (1347 to 1352). The “Plague” was caused by a single cell parasite called Yersinia Pestis. You’ve heard the children’s rhyme, “Ring around the rosy (sign of the plague on the skin) pocket full of Posies (to hide the sent of death), ashes, ashes, (the corpses had to be burned) we all fall down (everyone died)”.
There were 2 forms of “Plague”, Bubonic Plague (death rate, 30-75%) & Pneumonic Plague (death rate 90-95%). Spread to humans by the Oriental Rat Flea, it took 1-7 days for plague signs to become visible. Death came 24 hours later.
Today microscopic parasitic organisms invade our bodies either by contact on the skin or via oral ingestion. A parasite derives it’s food and nutrition from you the host. Toxoplasmosis can easily be spread from cats to humans and is carried by 40% of all cats and 35% of the U.S. population. As per Science News by J. Raloff.
It’s important to periodically rid the body of parasites.
“Fish and game and other meats can be contaminated with bacteria, viruses or parasites that can cause illness…”
New York Department of Health, Health Advisories, Chemicals in Sportfish and Game – 2003-2004
Humans can host over 100 different types of parasites. Here are some of the most common parasites found in man.
Hookworms attach themselves to the intestinal wall using buccal capsule teeth. At maturity a Hookworm may lay more than 30,000 eggs a day.
Tapeworms are a type of flatworm that can colonize animal and human digestive tracts.
The adult worms are large, measuring up to 10 inches long, and they typically live in the right side of the heart and the pulmonary artery, which pulls blood from the heart, into the lungs for oxygen.
Its mouth consists of three, independent lips, each equipped with small piercing projections.
Protozoa: Perhaps the most common parasite, it is any of a group of diverse single-cell organisms that cause a long string of diseases, including Malaria, Sleeping Sickness and Dysentery.
Amoeba: A type of microscopic, one-celled organism that can change it’s shape and move by means of tiny appendages along the outside of its membrane. Amoeba generally reside in the large intestine. Many times they are harmless, but they can get into the intestinal walls and the bloodstream, forming pockets of infection. Several species are commonly found in man.
Giardia: This parasite generally causes intestinal problems such as diarrhea, bloating, abdominal cramps, passing excessive gas, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and/or fever. Swimmers are very susceptible to Giardia.
Toxoplasma: Transmitted chiefly though under-cooked meat, soil or cat feces this parasite creates symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes in the head and neck, headaches, fever, muscle pain, sore throat and mild illness similar to mononucleosis.
Are Parasites Present in Your Body?
- Have you been bitten by mosquitos?
- Feel bloated, grumpy or gassy after meals?
- Always hungry?
- Drank stream or river water?
- Had your face licked by a cat or dog?
- Eaten at a Sushi bar?
- Eaten at a salad bar or buffet?
- Have abdominal, uterine or leg cramps?
- Eaten food off the floor?
- Pains in the abdomen?
- Sinus problems?
- Constipation and or diarrhea?
- Restless or rough sleep?
- Crave sugar, sweets or breads?
- Swam in the ocean or lake or gone water skiing?
- Had Parasites before?
- Experience anal itching?
- Frequent yeast infections?
Check your total POSITIVE responses below:
0-2 Unlikely unless you answered yes to either #1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 15 or 16.
3-5 Extremely high probability.
6 + Without question.