by Kimberly Allen R.N.
During the first week of the school year, one of the first things I do is give parasite treatment to all the students and their families. Intestinal parasite worms can be found everywhere around us. In our food, the water and even the air that we breathe. They are responsible for numerous health conditions. In general the people most affected by parasite worms are malnourished, and the immune system is weak.
Parasite infections can go unnoticed and untreated for years. The symptoms aren’t always obvious and usually are attributed to other things, especially in the US. Most people don’t even consider parasites as a source of their problem(s) unless they have traveled to underdeveloped countries. The underdeveloped countries like those in Central America, Africa and India do not have the infrastructure in place to provide clean, sanitized drinking water as well as other things that can help prevent parasites worms. From the cities to high in the mountains the people bath, wash laundry and dishes and drink out of the same river. Another factor is the lack of hot water. Electricity is very expensive and doesn’t always work so it’s rare, even living in an apartment or house in the city that you have hot water out of the faucet. I have a large pot on my stove just for heating water to wash the dishes, especially the silverware and glasses. Many times I’ve seen meals put on plates that are still wet with the cold tap water that was used wash them. the parasite worms sit there in the water droplets and then go into the food that is put on top of it. once the food is eaten the parasite has found a new home.
Other causes of parasitic worms are eating cold foods, especially meats that are raw or undercooked. Poor digestion and elimination as well as taking antacids frequently are like open invitations to them to come occupy your body.
The obvious symptoms that you may have parasitic worms are abdominal pain, although not always present, bloating, diarrhea, and or constipation. There are also many symptoms you may not have even considered to be related such as poor sleep, grinding your teeth at nite, delusions and hallucinations, chronic exhaustion and fatigue to name only a few. Believe it or not parasitic worms are considered to be moon creatures and tend to become more active during the full moon as well as the new moon. However, they can be active all the time. So if you notice your symptoms are worse during a full or new moon you might consider parasites as your problem.
There are many different herbs and natural treatments that can help you get rid of the parasite worms and even prevent future similar infections. The first line of defense is always good hygene habits. Improving your digestion and the elimination of food/waste will remove and help prevent further infections. The papaya fruit contains proteolytic ensymes that remove intestinal parasite worms. Other herbs such as licorice root and agrimony have properties to support the immune systemvand keep the body worm free. Other homeopathic ingredients such as chamomilla and cina improve the balance and harmony in the digestive tract and keep it free of parasite worms.
Over all it’s good hygiene and eating a healthy diet, incorporating fresh vegetables and fruit, and drinking purified water that are key to preventing intestinal parasite worms.
Kimberly Allen is a registered nurse with an AND in nursing. She has worked in ACF, LCF and psychiatric facilities, although she spent most of her career as a home health expert. She is now a regular contributor to HealthAndFitnessTalk.com, dispensing advice and knowledge about medical issues and questions. You can reach her with any comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.